Losing my religion!!

This article reminded me of something I wrote somewhere a long time ago.

“The trick is to hang on and keep fighting for what you believe in.”

While the article still puts forth a valid point. Given the conditions what would we have done if we were in Google’s shoes. Maybe we would have made the compromise. Maybe we wouldn’t have. But again we have to think as heads of a multi billion dollar company which is answerable to its shareholder. I still dont agree with the choice Google/Yahoo/MSN made but I definitely understand why they made it.

“If you’ve had to swallow a boss’s distasteful diatribe, stick your tongue out at him once you’re safely within a bathroom stall. If you think the company you work for is slimy, do volunteer work that counteracts what it’s done. If you’ve had to accept a lesser salary, keep sending out resumes in hope for a better future.”

The teens have become adults but I sure hope the spark hasn’t died out. And “hope is a good thing. Perhaps the best of things.” 🙂

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Of Holocaust, Sonia and fatwas!!

David Irving, a British right wing historian, has been jailed for three years for denying that the Holocaust by an Austrian court. Apparently the denial of Holocaust is crime in Austria with imprisonment of up to 10 years!!! While Jewish leaders and historians have said that the decision was correct a few have also questioned wisdom in imprisoning Irving. Interestingly the decision comes when Europe finds itself wrapped in an intense debate over freedom of expression. Now this one should be an interesting affair. Mr. Irving has found himself once again on the wrong side of law after having been already fined for making Neo-Nazi remarks in Germany and being labeled as “anti-Semitic and racist” by a British court.

Meanwhile in India, Ms. Sonia Gandhi finds herself extremely disturbed by the Danish cartoons of Prophet Mohammed. I never heard about her being disturbed by MF Hussain’s drawings. On the other hand she definitely would have been disturbed by the attack on Mr. Hussain’s exhibition.

Also a UP minister (of Haj!!! Do they have a minister for Amarnath yatra or do they sponsor it with tax payers hard earned money?? But that is another issue.) has called for the beheading of the Danish cartoonist and offered a reward of 51 crores. Also a UP cleric has offered reward for anyone who kills the Danish cartoonist. Interesting. A public supari you may call it. Are there no laws against such people??? They should be classified as anti-social elements in the bracket of Dawood Ibrahim and Chotta Rajan.

Meanwhile, Manisha Koirala is in midst of a controversy (not for any skin show this time.. thank god for that) for naming her dog (which she claims does not exist) as Mustafa. We do live in interesting times. I think I read 1984 at the right time. This is what Dilip D’Souza and Amit Varma have to say about it.

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“Secular” Army!!

A religion based census of the armed forces!!! Am I awake???? And oh hold on, the infamous Imam Bukhari has endorsed this UPA government initiative!!

I mean brilliant. The UPA government (Congress in most cases, and Left front in others) is the truly (pseudo)secular in nature. The give Muslims reservation in Andhra. they support the reservation for Muslims in AMU. They support (including the Left) Bangladeshi Muslims living in Assam and Bengal. I mean they are the most tolerant of all political parties. Only this tolerance is for the Muslims and them alone.

The Indian Armed Forces is perhaps the only least corrupted of all government organisations and it is mainly due to the fact that they do not believe that religion matters. I remember Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, all paying respect to Babaji on the Indo-China border in Sikkim. I remember everyone celebrating all festivals with equal fervor. I remember them saving loads of lives in all riots. Did anyone ever ask the religion of the soldier posted in Gujrat or Delhi? No. Coz we have faith.

This exercise only goes to show the political oppurtunism of the Congress led UPA government. Makes me feel puky!!



I thought I would not write anything about the Jylland-Posten controversy for very long out of the thought of getting misinterpreted (as I am more often than not). But after reading this I could not take it anymore. You can check out the cartoons for yourself here. Also you can read a totally different take on the issue here.

There are two views about the whole the issue.

1. The newswpaper was irresponsible in publishing such controversial cartoons – Agreed. I mean they should have known where to draw the line. They should avoid hurting the sensibilities of any religious/ethnic group.

2. The people and Islamic nations over reacted – Agreed. There are ways of registering a protest over something and burning down an embassy is certainly not one of them. It gives further strength to all the cartoons and the tainting.

Now there is a personal view. There have been times when Hindu Gods have appeared on toilet seats, bikinis, sandals and even toilet rolls. Indians have protested and the products have been taken off the market. That is a good way of going about such things. There is that other way. The one that Bajrang Dal took. The one the Muslims took. I do not agree with such actions. And of course I cannot help but smile on the stand taken by Indian political parties. The communist pinkos have stayed silent and have not criticised the demonstrations. The Congress, as usual, has taken a middle ground. Bull shit. Every one had something to say when Bajrang Dal ransacked the MF Hussain painting exhibition (not that I support it). What happened now??? So much for religious tolerance. Smacks of pseudo secularism to me.

Update: Pakistani cleric issues fatwa againgst cartoonist!!


Rang De Basanti Rocks!!

It had been a long time since Lagaan roused those patriotic feelings in you by a means other than bashing Pakistan. Is it a coincidence that it again required an Aamir movie to do it. But only this time Bhuvan did not hog most of the screen time nor did he hit the winning six. And that to me is the USP of the movie. The movie has no big names other than Aamir or Rehman but still manages to emerge out of the shadows of both.

The direction of Mehra is outstanding and the sepia touch while shooting is just mind blowing. 10 on 10 to him for that. The music by Rehman is soulful yet feet tapping and cannot be said enough about. But the songs sounded better to me after watching the movie (Iris (City of Angels) was the only other example). I just love Khalbali and Roobaroo. Also none of the characters ever sing a song in the movie. Brilliant!!! (Is it a first???)

The story moves with a very fast pace and movie mixes the past and the present very well. The murder planning scene on the roof is perhaps the best one on the scene. The movie also brings out the anger in todays youth very well. I specially loved the scene where Aamir cribs about how the system controls you outside the boundary of the college (brought back the memories of my psentisem).

Yeh system ko badal ne jao, toh system tumhe hi badal deta hai 

The part with Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kappor in the jail is also very well made. Also the end of the movie touches you and the fact that Karan kills his father is a masterstroke.

The scene where Karan (played by Siddharth) wakes up after the India Gate vision absolutely blows you away. Atul Kulkarni (as Laxman Pandey) keeps improving movie after movie and seems to me one of the Nana Patekar mould. Kunal Kapoor plays his part as Aslam to perfection is my choice for the best actor in the movie. Soha Ali (Sonia), Kiron (Mitron) and Anupam Kher (I guess this is the first movie where both have been cast together) are good in their small parts. Coming to Alice Patten (Sue). Her accent is believable and her acting top notch.

Overall I would give the movie 9 on 10. A def must watch. Another piece of advice. Please watch it in a theater not on TV. It deserves the big screen.

Update: I have fallen in love with the song Luka Chuppi (Lata and Rehman dazzle)!!