Sunday, November 19, 2006

Casino Royale Review * * * * *


This Bond is cool. Really cool. James Bond on his first mission after upgraded to a license to kill. James Bond becomes Agent 007. In his first mission Bond has to choke the funding channel to world of terrorism by winning poker(!), and defeating a blood-weeping man Schiffr in it. He is accompanied by Eva Green, an acountant in Treasury. Bond plays poker, swallows and digests poison, makes love with Eva Green, endures brutal torture and emerges as One Of The Best Bond ever. Yes he is simply better than metrosexual Pierce Brosnan. Raw, agile, brute & witty. That's the 007 we want.

Credit here goes to Daniel Craig and the script. Devoid of gadgets, the Bond here relies more on his brute force and agility to break necks (yeah! he really breaks them in the movie), more humane (heroically humane) persona of bond. The original story of Casino Royale is changed here to fit into the terrorised world order of today. This seems more an artificial unfit. But the presentation and daniel Craig sail through it all.

21st Bond movie and 6th Bond are different from predecesors on at least three counts...

  1. Bond is blond here. Yes blue eyed sexy blond.

  2. The Bond's female is not so glamourous and polished (remember Ursulla Andress!). She is more feminine 7 doesn't holds a gun in whole movie. Instead sits below shower - terrified and shocked - after seeing kiilings and death bodies.

  3. Here is real comedy which proves my point no. (2) -- Ursulla Andress & Halle Berry emerge out of water like godess and seductress...! In Casino Royale, who emerges out of water is not Eve Green, but instead - Daniel Craig!

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Nothing Much...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

Beautiful Words

Here is a list of 70 most beautiful words in English language (courtesy: British Council).

Mother tops the list. For me, however, the beautiful word is 'Claustrophobia' & 'Luscious'. What are yours?

Thursday, November 9, 2006

US Senate Elections. Democrats Win. (Why I must follow it?)

Why in the hell, should the US election matter to 99% countries on globe? Because US mindset is still a McCarthic mindset. They just can't be normal people. They need learning to be brave & happy. Insecurity and fear run US foreign policies. Bad luck is that this US is prosperous and powerful.
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Monday, November 6, 2006

New York Times: Free Access To 'Times Select' section

One of my favourite online dailies, NYT is currently celebrating a Free Access Week for its Times Select Section. Now you can read Maureen Dowd & Thomas Freidman free of cost anywhere in the world (for only one week though). Also available is the access to NYT's archives. Here is one piece from NYT archives. Date is 21st April, 1889- when Eiffel Tower reached to its full height. (Courtsey: NYT, offcourse)


Sunday, November 5, 2006

India's Moral Crisis & The Answer

We have a very talented engineer turned social engineer in my hometown, Ambajogai. Prasad Chikshe, who runs a school in my town has become a source of inspiration for many youngsters like me in and around Ambajogai. It's a Swades (the movie) like story started long before Swades was released. He sent us an email pointing to the intellectual crisis of India and need for intellectual activism.

Here is my comment to his very well thought write-up:

"Hello Prasaddada for a contribution so simulating to the our thinking.

You are absolutely right to point out the intellectual crisis (or rather Intellectuals' Crisis). All those people who can do something are not doing anything to their full potential. And that is the reason why their is a crisis in our minds. We are actually going up but still feel depressed.
Prasaddada, I feel that the reason is beyond only 'Intellectual crisis'. I strongly feel that it is a Morality Crisis which has plagued us. We Indians have little self respect left in us. A brave tribal who can kill a tiger single handedly, becomes a cow when he goes to Tehsil office. An enterprising businessman of the caliber of Ford, acts like a slave in front of foreign delegation.
Why this happens? Credit for this must go to the Britishers, who destroyed every Indian symbol of national pride and also destroyed her socio-economic fabric. This is also the reason why even after 59 years of independence, we Indians are still in dilemma about whether we should be proud of Sanskrit and Sanskriti or not.
But the situation is changing. Mittal, TATA, Infosys etc. are the beacons for a new era for India - exactly because they are giving us a reason to be proud of. USA, UK and Japan are far ahead in development and welfare not because they have more people like Medha Patkar and Anna Hajare. This is because they have Ford & GM & Intel & Microsoft & Sony.
People like APJ, Sam Pitroda and TATA-Relience-Mittal believe in exactly this thing. They are giving us vision and also implementing it. We don't need Medha Patkar and Anna Hajare who prefer to become a part of problem rather than solution.
India and Indians need more people who have a tremendous self respect (Self reaspect = respect about one's past, present and future). And India also need more people who create something of which we can be proud of.

"Self Respect + Hard Work = Strong Nation"
6 days of quality work at your own company > Rs. 1 lakh to charity


Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Do we surf the Internet, or just go straight to Websites (apart from Googling)?

Tell me what around us needs Innovations?

There are a lot of things around us which really need innovation and change. Let me list some those:

  1. Politics. 'Democracy' is very general concept. There is so much variations across societies of different countries. And there is so little difference among the political and administrative systems they use. It surely needs innovations that suits a particular country. What can be the most important innovation that will be required for India?

  2. Laptops & Medicines. Why are they so expensive?

  3. Business Models in Books, CD's industry. Otherwise they will not be able to beat piracy. Piracy industry serves needs of consumers in a better way.

  4. Newspapers. Times Of India sucks.

  5. News Channels. All of them suck.

  6. The desktop keyboards. My hands ache.

Tell me where else do we need Innovations. Top 5 of them.