Wednesday, July 20, 2016

People may be sensitive or insensitive. Remarks may be sensitive or insensitive. But when people start getting ‘outraged’ over a figure of speech, this ‘sensitivity’ thing becomes rather absurd.

It wasn’t too long ago when a major section of the Indian population laughed out loud while watching a sequence from the film 3 idiots (the sequence, later referred to as - Balatkaar Speech). This was somewhere in December 2009 (hasn’t been THAT long).

I am sure even at that point; there might have been some who believed this sequence was insensitive. Thankfully though, there wasn’t an ‘OUTRAGE’. There weren’t protests. There weren’t any summons to the script-writer by the NCW. Sigh… a time when there still was at least SOME semblance of common sense.

Try pulling off something like that TODAY!

People no longer seem to be able to distinguish between figures of speech, jokes or statements intended to be hurtful/insensitive/disrespectful.

It is expected of role models (rolls eyes) / public figures / senior officials to be careful/sensible and avoid the use of potentially offensive (politically incorrect) words/phrases. Fair enough. BUT is it too much to expect the general public to be sensible as well?!

For fuck sake… Dikhaawon pe mat jaao. Apni akal ladaao.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

S.O.S - Portishead

ABBA’s S.O.S sounded great. This one… sounds better!

High Rise

Masterpiece!

Sienna Miller is … damn she’s hot! Now, with that out of the way…

I loved the film. Will try and get the book (I already have a huge list of To-Read Books. So this will have to wait a bit).

Impeccable production value. Direction is absolutely beautiful and the performances (barring one) are brilliant. Whoever decided to cast Jeremy Irons as Anthony Royal deserves a medal! Well done, mate!

As much as I enjoy watching James Purefoy being an arrogant snob, I couldn’t help feeling that his performance as John Pangbourne was hammed and didn’t blend well with the screenplay. Thankfully, that doesn’t take away too much from this otherwise perfect film.

 

I am not going to comment on the Khadi bit, but just wondering how come these people got away with using ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’. Hmmm.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ramadan And Office Work

For a lot of people, reduced office hours during Ramadan is a welcome change.

For me (and perhaps a few others), it isn’t something that I look forward to. I still have the same amount of work (best case scenario) that needs to be completed in a shorter time-span. To make matters more frustrating, this time around the Quarter-end was during the month of Ramadan!

There were days when I didn’t have time even to check out the news feed! This was probably the first time that I paid my bills a day after receiving the notification!

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