Saturday, December 11, 2010

Consistent Bachchan

guru-abhishek-bachchan-1 Ram Gopal Varma once said this man’s a better actor than his father Amitabh Bachchan. But then Ram Gopal verma also said that ‘Raam gopal verma ki Aag’ was a true tribute to Sholay and that he had no ulterior motive in giving 5 back to back movies to Priyanka Kothari. So lets leave that shmuck aside. Lets about the man himself - Abhishek Bacchan. He's dubbed the Crown Prince of Bollywood. Son of screen legend Amitbah Bachchan, Abhishek has emerged as a major star in his own right and more importantly in his own space, which happens to be right there at the very bottom. Educated in Switzerland and the United States, he entered into acting in his early 20s, and the only known acclaim that he has till date is marrying his wife Aishwarya all on his own.

Small B goes candid with our correspondent from Making News Networks, as he talks about life, gols, squares and straight lines.

MNN: Hello Sir, thanks for accommodating us in your busy schedule.

AB: No No .. No problem at all. Time is all I have .. Well actually a lot of people have that confusion. You see what happens is that on seeing me with dad, mom, Aish, Amarsingh etc people absent mindedly associate a picture of busy schedule with me .. But all I can say is, don’t trust all that you see.

MNN: All right then. To start with, please accept heartiest congratulations from our whole team & entire nation on yet another flop.

AB: Thanks you. What can I say, GOD has been kind.

MNN: So would you like to tell us something about ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se’. You were very tensed before the release. So how was the entire experience.

AB: O Yes Yes, I was very tensed. You see with my last movie ‘Raavan’ I had a narrow escape. With people line Mani Ratnam, Aishwarya, Vikram and AR Rehman associated with ‘Raavan’ the kind of hype that movie got before release, we were scared to death that it might become a hit. But I guess my past lives good works paid off and it tanked .. It was difficult but we achieved it as a team .. I mean did you even look what we were up against - the budget, people, locations, music, I mean it was so easy to loose focus and give a blockbuster .. But I must give credit to my and my wife’s dedication to lifeless acting that we were able to pull off a flop from those ingredients. From outside it may appear easy but when you have a image to maintain, you have to be totally involved.

MNN: hmm you were saying about ‘Khelien hum..’

AB: Ya post ‘Raavan’ near death experiance, with ‘Khelien hum ..’ we didn’t want to take any chances hence we got Ashutosh Gowarikar as the director. With him around, I mean you can be 50% sure that the final product would be crap. I mean look at his face with that constant ‘I just smelled my own boxers’ look, that alone is good enough to shoo people away from the theater. With ‘Khelien hum ..’ I am sure he has conclusively proven as to who between him & Aamir directed most of ‘Lagaan’ and that if you have have see Ashutosh’s real work you have to watch ‘What’s my Rashee’ and ‘Khelien hum ..’.

MNN: Ok so with Ashutosh around you were relaxed that final movie would be a dud.

AB: No No. Like I said, after Raavan I did not want to take any chances hence after Ashutosh as director we signed Deepika as the female lead .. That sealed it .. I mean the chic is a genius. See to start with, anatomically she barely qualifies as a female lead, you know like waist up & all. And even if you overlook that fact, its almost impossible to get her to act. I mean calling her a female Arjun Rampal would be an understatement. So ya with Ashutosh & Deepika in, I was sure this would be yet another big flop for me .. *looses himself in a trance, then smiles* .. Dad would be proud of me !

MNN: Hmm good planning I must admit. So Abhishek tell our readers, were you always clear that you wanted to become the flop superstar. Did being Amitji & Jaya’s son (that is when we are carrying on with the assumption that you are) not bother you?

AB: I won’t say that this is what I planned when I entered the Industry or it was easy. But it seems everything kept falling in place .. Like I always say, GOD has been kind .. You see from my school days itself am a big fan of zero. The roundness of that shape always fascinated me. Speaking of my liking for roundness, it was only apt that I started my career with Kareena. And I am speaking of that time only when she was most round at all possible places, then of course she spoilt it all but that too with that zero figure n all. So zero kept popping up in my life. Also biggest of them all, looking at my acting skills my first director JP Dutta predicted, that that (zero) was the amount I should consistently see on my paycheck if were to be evaluated on my acting skills .. So point is that the attraction with zero or the bottom was always there and there were enough hints.

MNN: But now that you have mentioned Kareena & JP, ‘Refuge’ did do a decent business. In fact it got you nominated for the best male debut Filmfare.

AB: *Laughs* .. O ya that ! .. Dad I tell you! he always surprises me with such gifts .. But then the good thing about my family is their maturity. When I told Bacchan Sab & Mom that look lets accept it, you have seen me, you’ve seem women I have dated, you have seen my school grades and you have also seen my acting. There is no way I can follow dad and achieve same or more than what he has achieved. So wht don’t I become the Big B of anti-universe and we will have a winner for all worlds right at home. I told them about my dream of being the unprecedented flop superstar of the century, and they were totally supportive. And from there I worked really hard to achieve what I wanted. And it reflects in my work. You see ‘Dhai Akshar Prem Ke’, ‘Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya’, ‘Haan Mene Bhi Pyaar Kiya hai’, ‘Main Prem Ki Deewani hun’, ‘Mumbai Se Aya Mera Dost’ etc they all broke record after record for lowest grosser.

In fact the first real career high moment I achieved was with ‘Naach’. Story goes on first day of the release, Raam Charan shukla the Reel operator at Imax cinemas was allegedly the only one who saw or had to see the first show as he was the one playing it. And then when the Imax management was forcing him to play the second show of ‘Nach’, he allegedly unrolled the film roll from the cassette and hanged himself with the same .. *Silence* .. Well I was touched by the gesture .. It was post that incident that I realized that I had it in me and have been confident of myself since then.


AB: Ya I mean when someone shows that kind of confidence in you, you get motivated to work harder. In fact I followed up ‘Naach’ with, ‘Mumbai se Aaya Mera Dost’, ‘Sharaarat’, ‘Phir milenge’ etc. Well I can say that I am satisfied with what I have not achieved.

MNN: Hmm so what went wrong with ‘Bunty Aur Bubly’, ‘Bluff Master’, ‘Sarkar’

AB: Bad choices I would say. But my conscience is clear. Even if you see these movies once you’d know they have been hit due to factors beyond me. I tried hard with my abysmal acting, but you can’t do much when a energetic Rani Mukharjee in Bunty, a winning script in Bluff and my own Dad in Sarkar thwart your effort and make the movie work. It was embarrassing. But what to do. Who said life was bed of roses.

MNN: Who said?

AB: Who said what?

MNN: Who said life was a bed of roses?

AB: I don’t know

MNN: But you said who said?

AB: O that was a rhetorical question.

MNN: Anyways .. bigger thing is we still see you as a hopeless star and refuse to watch any of your movies.

AB: What can I say, I am what I am because of my fans.. Or lack of them.

MNN: So AB would you like to talk on you marriage.

AB: Ya Ya that. Aish was a conscious effort on my part. You see I have been always accused of having the benefit of the having the parents I have. I mean people are mean enuf to say that you had no role whatsoever in your having those parents and I should have some sort of guilt in riding on their good names. So marrying Aish was a slap in their face of my detractors. I mean she is all my effort right. My initiative my work. So now I can leach on her celebrity status for the rest of my life but no one can accuse me that she just fell in my lap. I watered that plant and am now reaping the benefits.

MNN: How have people accepted your marriage?

AB: See I don’t care. I have got on my bed what they had got on their bedroom walls in posters. They should learn to respect me.

MNN: Great .. So any more goals that you have set for yourself in future.

AB: Ya, sometime in future I would like to see at least one, one of my producers shoot himself in the head on first day of release. Am working on it. Only if GOD remains kind I shall see that happen. Do pray for me.

MNN: Amen, we can see you seeing that day. Thanks so much for talking to us. Now if you’ll excuse me, at least I have a life. Thanks & Bye

Photo Source: Do you care? For this.Really?? | News Source: Would have told but you already know where this came from. Right!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The only option is to change sides …

Wrote this piece a year back. Now when I read this in the light of CWG, 2G, Adarsh housing and many such scams or should I say attack on our indifference, this makes so much more sense to me. Noone has changed - neither us who have learned to live on nor those who know no matter what, we would forget and live on. Now if you can, think - what is more appalling, a enemy state sending their trained murderers who carry on a attack on our soil killing more than 170 OR ministers from our own democratically elected government looting the nation to the tunes of more than Rs.170 cr. Who deserves a more stringent punishment. But an even bigger question is who decides?

Shared below is my post dated: 26-11-2009

The only option is to change sides …
Disclaimer: This is not yet another piece on the 26/11. The main catalyst in pushing me to pen down my thoughts are news channels displaying the vicarious pleasure of reliving the dead and the unending documentaries on Mumbai terror attacks

I tuned on to Times Now on 25th nov 2009 evening and it along with all other news channels were flooded with there own versions of a years experience of Mumbai terror attacks. Since then I have come across various news pieces, written comments and documentaries using striking images & videos of the 26/11 attack skillfully woven in a story thread with a background voice trying to drive home the point of how vulnerable we were on that doomed day and contesting if anything has changed between then and now. “ The story of Nariman House” they call it. Followed by more short documentaries about the CST, Taj and the Oberoi Trident attacks. The context, story and narration amongst all is more often than not gripping and you can't help watching the whole story.

It instantly brings back the memories that fateful night on 26th nov 2008 when the average common man - used to the steroid of regular saas-bahu sagas courtesy Ekta, Rahul Mahajans torturous laughter on Big Boss 2, some season of Indian Idol (i’ve lost count), the titillating sexapades of SplitzVilla and Indian cricket teams back to back one day wins against a depleted English side) - was returning home from their days work for a daily doze of trivia on the idiot box. Least had they expected that what would unveil on their TC sets that night would redefine the breaking news they were used to seeing and bring the terror right to their doorsteps. And for more than 2 days from thereon, people across the globe witnessed gun shots, grenade blasts, fires, deaths and survivors.

Today we claim that 26'/11 was not just another tragedy, it was a CHANGE. It redefined and changed the terror coverage from a post carnage reporting to live feeds, changed the definition of breaking news from trivia to topics that mattered, changed the potent threat from cross border terrorism that was restricted to places away from home to ghastly act of unprovoked & unwarranted violence right in your face, changed the face of terror from an unknown turban veiling bearded man to a clean shaven causally dressed boy next door , changed how people were made accountable for loss from passing the buck to action and changed how common man voiced his opinion. 

Well … The above is a perception and in-fact the desired or logical change that should have been an outcome of such an brazen challenge to our existence.

The million dollar question is whether that change ever happened and if it did, did it stay !

A year later we browse through the net, shuffle though news paper pages and navigate through the numerous news channels and we are forced to think at least once, that has there really been a change after what was arguably the biggest attack on our democracy and sense of feeling protected in our homes? Was all or any of the feeling of change and leanings derived post 26/11 real? Is anyone who is responsible or who should be responsible really bothered? And more than anything else have we changed? 

Well i gave it a thought. And from various things that I noticed I personally am little confused on whether even a fraction of all the talks of patriotism, call for accountability, demand for revolutionizing changes in defense & security were anything other than chatter anger and pseudo sense of contribution. 

Look around and this is what you’ll see. People who were made to vacate their office have been brought back in to office when it suited the people in power. Scores of candle lighting Mumbaikars did not even turn to vote to voice then opinion in the very next election that happened the attacks. The MNS with its hate politics acted in ensuring that it weakened Sena and BJP to congress’s advantage and is still going strong with its dividing ways & hate politics without any check. 17 years and 8 crore rupees Mr.Liberahan took to tell us what India already knew. And instead of questioning why those guilty of millions of deaths that resulted of what happened in Ayodha have not been punished, all, which the politicians are debating is why and who leaked the report. Elected members of Indian democracy in Lok Sabha are shamelessly chanting Jai Shree Raam and shouting Allah ho akbar instead of taking us ahead of competing nations in global economy and world political environment. Take any state, any political party, the administration or even the Judiciary, all around you will see inefficiency and corruption. The fact that even after all this we are still a reasonable voice in the global front tell us that the condition may not be bad enough to summarize that we all are alive only for the fact that we are not dead yet, but we must also realize that the scene is not all’s well as well.

Let me go back to the shows that I saw and that prompted me to pen down this piece. The show and various show like that stressed on one question – “ As a citizen of this country, as a common man you were angry on 26/11 2008. One year post the incident - Are you still angry??? ”

Well if you ask me - the average citizen, the common man I believe is too busy to be angry. 

We all I would say are too busy to do anything about the fact that the potential threat to our lives & freedom is still at large and still very real. We are by now used to talking big and then disappear. Little are we concerned to check if anything has been done to amend the flaws which make us weak and vulnerable to the evil intentions outside the borders ( and even inside) waiting to pin us down. Actually if you ask me we don't have an option. The daily battle for earning a suitable livelihood to support the lifestyle we want for us and our loved ones, leaves but no time for caring for our own safety. The country is way back in priority in the long list of our daily needs. The needs depending on individual may vary from the struggle to earn a few rupees to ensure just one meal in a day for hungry mouths that look at him to buying a villa to ensure a hearty vacation once in a year for protected souls looking at him for ensuring their comfort. The bottom line is that a common man does not have time to care if the relevant authorities that he is paying his hard earned money as taxes, are doing their work to ensure that he would live to reap its benefit.

The bitter truth of life is that those sitting at those positions of relevance and those who are & who wish to run the country are aware of this fact that a common man does not have time for even himself, leave alone the time to vent the anger at them and ensuring their accountability on a continuous basis. In fact this is the truth from where they and the ones who attack and kill us time & again derive the strength from. There is a fine line that divides those who suffer and those who take advantage of their indifference to themselves.

An even uglier truth of life is that there is no reason why the situation should ever change. We on the darker side of that fine line would continue to suffer, fight and die and those sitting on the other side would continue to thrive at our cost. 

I guess the way out and possibly the only way out is ….. that we change sides.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vivek’s marriage is over !

Vivek oberoi 30 October 2010. Yes you heard it right. Believe it or not, while you were sleeping last night the marriage of Vivek Obeys-Rai & Priyanka Halva got over successfully. It was a pretty low key affair with only close relatives & family participated. Truth be told even some important family member’s were missing and there were hired security personnel deployed at all exits to prevent those present from leaving early. Nonetheless the marriage did finally happen. There were varied reactions from friends & fans. The ‘Prince’ club formed by those unfortunate few who saw the movie at theaters during the 1 ½ day it ran on screens across country had a mild celebration and distributed sweets. When contacted the secretary said and we quote – “No no we don’t give a damm that he got married, we are only excited that now that some lady has voluntarily chosen to see the man’s face for major portion of the day his publicity urge may satiate and he may restrain from doing more movies.”

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Break in the News.

If you like subtle humor, present day news is not your fodder.

They may be unintentional but they are so obvious on your face, the ha-ha boom kind.

Well there was a time (remember an extinct species - Door Darshan? [link]) when we had proper English speaking news anchors who maintained the same expressionless face whether reporting the news of India completing a successful moon mission or that of our president dying.

Their lips moved to vomit out written text but their face had a constant - ‘We don't give a tiny rat’s ass.’ look. Yet, their impassive and impersonal act of news-reading, on retrospect, is in my opinion a better approach to news anchoring than the impassionate, highly personal and uninhibitedly theatrical modern day newscasters now.

Back then we had news readers and now we have news anchors. (The Job title shit .. umm sorry, shift says it all)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What Men Want !

You may have seen the celluloid version of the other half of  this story on screen where Mel Gibson took us though the complex thought process of the "better half" of the society. Did it ever cross your mind as to why Nancy Mayor did not opt to make ‘What Men Want’ ? Well, if you give it a thought - she would have told the answer i.e ‘Sex’ in say 5 mins – there is nothing else in the male mind to fill up for the rest 80 odd mins of the movie.

So friends, the inability of this topic to make it to the 70mm screen is pretty much the genesis of this post. [PS: Parental guidance advised before reading on.] Well in the full story, what I am trying to do it to make you understand what men want & why men want what they want and also clear a bit of smoke from the ‘Women from Venus’ myth.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

State Vs Naxals – Those dying are the same, just that some are wearing “Khaki” and some “Red”

The gruesome act of killing 76 CRPF personnel by the Naxals in Dante-Wada Chhattisgarh, has kind of given a conclusive edge to the school of thoughts that justify use of force to curb the homegrown insurgency. But even in the shadow of such tangible evidence to justify the complete wipe of gun wielding extremists  or the home grown & possibly more adverse form of terrorism, a few including myself are bound to have a ambivalent approach towards such men and the situation as a whole. One might wonder as to why would someone even think twice before supporting use of force to eliminate the extremists who without blinking an eye have taken so many innocent lives over the years, the massacre of 76 CRPF men just being the most recent of their bizarre uncalled for acts. Here I discuss as to why the second thought on such action crossed my mind.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Tribute to GOD himself – Aeeee Salaaaaa Prabhuji !

This is for all my GenX friends or to ‘Youngistan’ (a term which a out of place looking 50+ Sanjay Dutt & a under ripe Ranbeer Kapoor tried to promote without much success). So, my friends with a heightened sense of selection, who were too snobbish to dismiss courageous attempts at creativity like Rann, Houseful, Wanted, Badmash Company, Kites …. etc as a not noteworthy & Deepika Padokonish feeble shot at movie making - Am outraged on your thinking (well to be honest not as outraged as Rakhi Sawant was when Mikka went too far while checking her Lipstick flavor), so lets rephrase that am upset when such Bollyflicks are equated to an eventuality of an attempted remake of Titanic with KRK & Himesh R as lead. (Depending on the adventurous abilities of your mind you may assume at either of them at the leading end of the mast). Well don’t get me wrong I hate them too but for totally different reasons. Reason simple enough that they dont even come close to my Prabhuji. 

What? Who Prabhuji ??? Well if you really don't know your existence on planet earth till now does not have any meaning? But for now plead mercy for your sins and read on.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Growth on “X” axis !

Exactly 58 days back a pretty looking manager at the booking table of Cloud 9 Gym promised a gullible Mr.XXL a healthy lifestyle and a fit body in return of Rs.22K.  But what happened … now after about 2 months have gone by he is sill so “horizontally” existent that the Air Traffic Controller at the local Airport sights him on their radar. Read on the following post which is my inference of why people like Mr.XXL should not be seeking to reverse the growth that GOD has bestowed on them in return of their good deeds in past life and should understand that being “Horizontally challenged” is a boon,,,, much contrary to the general perception !

Sunday, February 28, 2010

State Vs Naxals - Where does this end?

The closest that I have got to an inland extremist, naxalites or the Maoist is back in 2005 when traveling a few 100 km from Kolkata in the rural heartland of West Bengal our site installation team was stopped at a village road and asked to pay up taxes for passing on the road. There was no violence, in fact the octroi collectors or the traffic policemen in Mumbai are any day more rude when stopping a non MH registration vehicle in Mumbai. Those men there were normal  bangla speaking guys, dressed in pajamas & soiled shirts who would easily pass for an normal villager except for the two barrel guns hanging on their shoulders – a noticeable add-on to their attire that entitled them to run a parallel government and collect taxes on behalf of their “red” army.

All new "Honda Crosstour"

Honda's latest experiment. The first crossover utility vehicle (CUV) from the Honda stable. The shape has attracted some polar opinions. I belong to the side that kind of like it. Not confirmed as to when it would come to India though.

Detailed Review:

Some more pics -

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Name is Stupendous

Well it seems that I have been talking nothing but movies for the past few times. But such is life dearies, maybe i did not get a topic of interest to write or maybe what I wanted to write was not interesting. Nevertheless here I am with yet another comment on perhaps one of the better made cinemas I have seen in recent times.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vishal Bharadwaj’s ISHQIA – Viciously honest !!

ishqiya The brilliance of Naseer Saab as ‘Iftekhar’, the infectious energy levels of Arshad as ‘Babban’ and the so believable Vidya Balan as ‘Krishna’ is enough to pay you back your money’s worth in full. And to top that you have the superb direction of debutant Abhishek Choubey, the magic of Gulzar-Vishal duo and the so real settings of a dusty UP village. An amazingly honest attempt by the entire team to tell you a story which is so real and told in the backdrop that makes it all the more hitting. A must watch for anyone who likes watching stories that you know can come from around you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pranav Mistry and the magic of Sixth Sense.

Watching Pranav Mistry, India’s IT wunderkind, demonstrate his “SixthSense” technology you cannot but help feeling like a raw meat eating Tarjan from the stone age watching a man use a video phone. The hi-tech gadgets we boast around & use would seem like toys for kids. 

Throw your phone and dial a number by the keypad that appear on your palm, raise your bare fingers & take a picture, look at your flight ticket and see the most updated status of your flight …. These are only a few dreams that he displays, dreams that a few years ago would have to be rubbished as anecdotes of black magic. But today, rest your horses if at any point you find it to be a chapter straight out of science fiction. It is being put to business use and we have products like Google photo search, or Google bar code search available for use. Even by the most conservative estimates it should not be long when you see majority of the ideas shared here become a affordable product or service that you would be using.
If you have not already seen this, take my word you would love it. Enjoy !!
Part 1 of 2

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Salman Khan’s “Veer” (2010) – Movie Review (My Take: 2/5)

To set records straight I loved every bit of it. I mean what is there not to like – Indians wearing western outfits in 1857, protagonist running faster than horses & train,  sons enjoying the vulgar dance number of their parents.How many times have you seen this before? But the best part about this movie is its script which in my opinion can be written in a 60 word SMS ...... Twice !!!

This would be my nomination for “Ripley's Believe it or not”. Two kinds of movies work in Bollywood, one that are really well made and the other that are truly crappie.  This definitely does not fall in  the first bucket. If the only other thing left for you to do is to count your eyelashes – go and watch this in a single screen theater. The movie is unintentionally funny at pathes and you might a fun day with friends. Watching alone not advisable. BTW the only person who’s confidence this movie will boast is Himesh Reshamiya. If Salman can do this then Himesh didnt do no sin with Karzzzz and Radio.

Read on for the full review. Trust me this does not even need a spoiler alert.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weird, but interesting

You would surely have come across this in one of the mails forwarded to you. I found it interesting enough to post it here for you. Here you go straight as i received it:


This is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too. Can you raed this? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. 

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!


Brij: I have no idea where the stats came from, but this indeed is interesting, isn't it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A monk who will NOT sell his Ferrari !

How many time on Indian road have your speedometer needle kissed the 150 – 165 kmph marks consistently for close to about 15 mins ? Read on to see how it happened with my Dzire DDis on the scenic Pune-Mumbai Expressway….

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) – Movie Review (My take: 8/10)

When the dead walk, the living will fill the graves” - The movie has quite a few take home phrases but this one happens to be my favorite. I particularly liked the dead cold expression of the graveyard guard as he delivers the verdict from the skies to Sherlock & co. Sherlock Holmes - A must watch for the Victorian era lovers, The story is good, the acting makes the story believable, the screenplay is good, the scenes are straight out of history. For the casual moviegoer, it makes for a very good watch and deserves a 9/10. However if you are looking for a hard core Holmes movie or a fantastic portrayal of his character, this isnt it. Overall good value for money and time.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Tryst with Destiny

One of my favorites. It would go right up there in the list of the best speeches ever made. The writing is as inspiring as the oration of Pandit Nehru. Am sure you have read this earlier, but then it never grows old.

- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

Old wine for Karan Thapar fans

Just saw perhaps “the” most interesting edition of Devil’s Advocate where Mani Shankar Iyer and Karan Thapar swapped places and for a change Karan was at the receiving end and  and getting flogged. The suave & poised Mani was total rock star in this role and this truly is one of the only moments when one can see Karan giving the sheepish smile for a change. Worth watching. Wait for the detailed post and video on this. And by the time we wait for that video on You Tube I happened to revisit an old write up on another cult episode of Devils Advocate where a vindictive rottweiler styled Karan Thapar ripped apart Ram Jethmalani who was/is perhaps one of the most shrewd and successful advocates in the country.  The context was Jethmalani deciding to defend Manu Sharma in court in Jessica Lal murder case. This was more than  a couple of years back and since then the case has reached its conclusion and Jethmalani’s Client has been sentenced. The interview however still has an contagious energy that grips you. Hear the classic statement of Jethmalani to Karan - "Repeated bullshit does not become wisdom !"

Read on for the full video and the story.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Celebrations have changed but the magic phrase still is - Happy New Year !!!

A very warm welcome to the start of yet another year. Am always amazed as to how excited we all are at the start of a year that we feel will bring in new joy, success and happiness in all our lives. The ways to welcome the coming years have evolved, the rules of partying have changed but yet the childlike enthusiasm of everyone greeting almost everyone they meet on the morning of the January 1st of every year if nothing else still bring a smile on our faces. How the new year celebrations have changed ?? Read on ...