Sunday, December 27, 2015

Dilwale

Boman Irani – A talented actor yet again wasted in a shit film.

Kriti Sanon – Unnecessary inclusion (just like 90% of the cast). Wouldn’t matter even if her role didn’t make it to the final cut.

Varun Dhawan – Annoying/idiotic/irrelevant role.

Well… I could go on about the cast but that would be just as pointless as the film.

In my view, Dilwale is just an excuse for SRK and Kajol to dress up and walk around. Kajol actually manages to look good in a scene or two, but that hardly compensates for having to put up with that shrill voice of hers (Not to mention, the idiotic film).

SRK’s antics (especially the scenes where he is trying to impress Kajol) make him look girl-ish/gay-ish/Karan Johar-ish.

The song Gerua is good to listen to but the picturisation is an overkill (laughable). The theme score is fine and even hummable. Emotion and Tukur-Tukur tracks are precisely the sort of crap that makes me hate the present day Bollywood music scene.

The film is a waste of time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Is There ANYTHING On Android That ‘Just Works’!?

I am sure there are about a MILLION app suggestions that would address my need. It’s even plausible that some of them actually manage to work without ads all over the screen. BUT… I can’t possibly be the only one who finds it annoying that a bloody Android Handset is absolutely useless out of the box. Bells and whistles be damned.

I was going to give this shit OS till Thursday… but… this has gone too far already. At least with the Hub, Universal Search and the Physical Keyboard, I was able to hang in for 4 full days.

Stupid piece of shit, good for nothing, toy. I have significantly more important things to do with my time as opposed to go APP HUNTING for basic functionality on a handset. Half of the time is spent searching or downloading APPS to perform rather basic functions and the other half is spent updating the apps that were previously downloaded.

Not a total waste of money though. At least now I know that I did give this shit OS a fair run and it’s simply NOT for me. Makes a rather stylish paper-weight. I am sure I could put the screen to some use.

Back to the BlackBerry Classic. It WORKS.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Yet to find anything ‘good’ to say about the Android. Found plenty of negatives though.

Try this one for starts. The stock photo album APP (beginning to hate that word even more) doesn’t support nested albums. As someone who would like to avoid 3rd party apps as much as possible, I wasn’t particularly happy to go look for one that would support nested albums. Honestly, it felt stupid.

But it felt even worse when the 3rd party apps with their idiotic ads in the interface STILL did not support nested albums! Found one which DID have this as a feature but one would have to PAY to activate the feature (seriously… how the fuck do users put up with an Android device?? And worse still… sing praises of this crap?).

I mentioned yesterday that I found the Android to be messy, cluttered and untidy. I would like to add ‘unorganised’ to that list. Even stuff which IS organised becomes unorganised with this bloody OS.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

BlackBerry Venice (Priv)


Just got this (as a secondary phone).
 
Wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Besides, some individuals (who I take seriously) insisted that a plausible reason for me not being comfortable with the Android OS could be that I haven’t spent enough time with a good quality Android handset. I did point out that I had used the Notes (a few of them, can’t recall which ones) for a few hours and it wasn’t just the bloody Huwaei (my previous secondary phone) that ticked me off with the Android.
 
Anyway, got the Venice. Used it. Here is what I feel:
 
Android users (in my view) would welcome the Hub, Universal Search and the physical keyboard (amazing, just like any BB Keyboard).
 
For me… however the Android experience is just as annoying as it was with my previous attempts with the OS. I DO NOT want to download APPS for basic functionality. IF I am being forced to download an app, THE LEAST these fucks could do is NOT put up ads within the APP.
 
I honestly don’t see WHY I have to be forced to download an APP for something as basic as a FILE MANAGER and then be told to BUY the app to get rid of the bloody ads. It’s ridiculous.
 
Android is too cluttered for me. Too much of redundancy. Untidy. The Contacts module adds contact accounts whether I want them or not (I have 7 email accounts but use only 2 for contact syncing and those are the only ones that I want to show in the Contacts module).
 
For some idiotic reason, best known to BlackBerry, Android and Whatsapp, Whatsapp notifications will NOT integrate with the hub. Also, there is no option to save Whatsapp media to the SD card.
 
I DO NOT find it either intuitive OR user friendly (perhaps I need to spend more time with it and then it may feel intuitive and friendly).
 
There is nothing that I can NOT put up with. Of course I can put up with the minor annoyances and then get used to it. I just don’t WANT to and so far, don’t see any compelling reason why I should.
 
Update:

A new update for the APPS now allows Whatsapp notifications in the hub. Rather messy, but better than no integration.

Elementary

Started off with the series. Currently watching the 2012 Season 1 (almost done).

It’s… tolerable. SOME of the episodes are in fact interesting and fun to watch. The one liners could’ve been better but thankfully, they aren’t too idiotic.

Jonny Lee Miller is just passable as Holmes.

Lucy Liu is annoying. Doesn’t add much to the show.

It isn’t great… but so far it’s watchable.

Cyrstal Reports Not Exporting To PDF

Encountered this issue the other day. The report ‘exports’ and the PDF created is 0 bytes (in other words… not exported).

Spent some time Exiting the application and starting it off again, restarting the PC (unfortunately have to use Windows at the office), Uninstaling and Reinstaling Acrobat, and then thinking what else could be causing the conflict. Turns out it was caused by a Windows Update patch.

KB3102429 – That’s the idiotic patch from Windows that caused the issue. Uninstal the patch and everything is back to normal.

Google Blogger 0Auth2.0

Well whatever the fuck that is, it has happened again and now WLW won’t work with the Google Blogger account.

Pretty annoying. Gets more annoying when I have to go back to Blogger on the webpage to add the tags to the post. Hate blogger’s web interface.

Switched to Open Live Writer as a work around, but OLW itself is a work in progress.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Odd-Even Nonsense

Pollution Problem in Delhi. Here are some plausible solutions/suggestions:

- Sort out your public transportation system. That will take time, right? Well, how about making sure that the public transport vehicles have the emissions in check. THAT will have a considerable effect right away. Inspect the vehicles and fix the ones that can be fixed, and replace the ones that can not be fixed.

Private cars se zyaada dhuaan tumhaare public transport ke vehicles se aate hain? Dikhta nahin kya? In addition to being stupid, these politicians seem to be blind as well.

- You don't want people to take out their private cars, right? Then how about starting off with a directive to government offices/establishments/colleges/schools to have their own government sponsored fleet(s) of busses. Make it mandatory for their staff/employees/students to use these busses for their commute to office/school. If MANDATORY is an overkill, then at least make it optional. Surely there will be some improvement EVEN if this is just optional.

In addition to a reduction in pollution and traffic, there is also a chance that it will have an effect on the punctuality of the employees/students.

Like Crazywal wants to try his Odd-Even Chutiyagiri for 15 days; try the above suggestion for 15 days. If this works, expand/improve it.

Kharcha hoga na… hone do. Since the government (both centre and state) are so SERIOUS and CONCERNED about the problem and willing to cooperate on the issue, I am sure they wouldn't mind the expense. It's a much better use of state's budget and/or taxpayers' money as opposed to say… err… erecting more statues or having a Yoga day? Kyon maadarchod? Itna bhi nahin soch sakte? Sab ka saath sab ka vikaas aur ye sab bakwaas?

You want cooperation from the people… abbey thoda bahut tum bhi cooperate kar lo na jaahilo!

'There is a problem. Something needs to be done. This is something. Let's do it.'

For some reason, people just can't seem to get away from the above stated idiotic approach. A recent example being the Odd-even formula that crazywal has suggested to tackle to problem of pollution in Delhi.

Since it was announced, several changes (to the 'scheme') have been suggested. Some by Crazywal himself. The latest among those being - The exemptions for women.

Rajnath Singh and Crazywal have a talk and Chutiya Singh is concerned that the scheme may be MISUSED by the 'rich' who can afford more than one vehicle.

Being able to afford more than one car is all it takes to be categorised as RICH? Ye kab hua??

More importantly - What the fuck do these idiots mean by 'misuse'? Saale gaandu, log ghar pe baithe rahenge kya? Kaam pe tera baap jaayega? If one can avoid being transported as a cattle, why shouldn't they avoid it? Why would you want to call that MISUSE of the 'scheme'? Duffer ki aulaad… akal hai ke nahin?!

It's not as if there is NO OTHER OPTION. I have highlighted some in the beginning of this post itself and I have done so intentionally because just about ANYONE can point out what's WRONG with the situation/proposal. What we need is not just definition of the problem but also a WORKABLE solution.

Coming up with those options did not require a research study / degree / establishment of an inter-departmental committee / an election to a public office / an infringement of the rights of the residents.

Surely with all those advisors/experts/consultants that the central and state governments have on their payroll, they could come up with MUCH BETTER alternatives.

Bachche, solutions tou bahut hain. Bas tum haraamzaadon mein thodi si akal hoti tou shaayad desh ka kuchch ho saktaa tha.

Maadarchod-jaahil-kutte ke bachche-phatte condom ki paidaaish. Thuu.

Laaanat hai

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Suggestion To BBC Radio

Can you please NOT have Matthew Bannister interview anyone?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with his diction or his questions (mostly). The problem is with the tone and the way he asks those questions.

Bannister's tone is more suited for a quiz show or something along those lines. When it comes to interviews however, he is completely rubbish.

The tone makes it seem like the questions were framed AFTER the responses were recorded independently. More often than not, Bannister himself voices out a good part of the respondent's story himself, usually starting off with 'Isn't it true that….' OR 'Tell me about the time when…' and that's usually followed by pretty much a detailed description of the event (by Bannister himself), often leaving very little for the respondent to add.

Bannister reporting the news is fine. Hosting a quiz show would be brilliant. But… a question/answer interview… err… pretty annoying.

If he MUST do the interviews, perhaps he should take a few pointers from Jo Fidgen.

Talvar

*Applause.

Excellent! I have no way to conclude how close it is to the actual events but the film is well made.

Every actor has put in a brilliant performance for this film.

Kis Kisko Pyar Karun

Watchable. Nothing great but tolerable time pass.

Anusual - Anu Aggarwal

Not what I was expecting. Not even close.

In my humble view, it's a very badly written book. Sloppy. Referring to herself in third person every few paragraphs does become annoying for the reader but that's not the only thing bad about the book.

It is only on Page 45 that she decides to mention that Suma Varghese came up with the term 'anusual'. The term which she is using as the title of her memoir! Surely this should be acknowledged somewhere in the beginning, right?

For someone who claims to have attained clarity through selective Sanyas and attempts at Yoga, she sure seems to talk WAY too much about money (dollars, pounds, rupees), designer labels, insists on informing the readers that she shared a drive with some big shot in a merc and later in the book, which car she was driving when she had her accident (which doesn't really add anything to the story).

Same goes for the references to the men in her life. In my view, even mentioning the names wasn't necessary. She could have just put up her nicknames for them (like she uses 'swamiglee' or 'bade swamiglee' and a bunch of other nicks for the people).

But, if you Do want to mention the names, there is absolutely no need for us to know what these individuals did… is there? One doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to figure out the precise reason why Anu decided to include that majority of them were big-shots.

The end of her relationship with Rick is pretty confusing. At one point it's mentioned that it was because he asked for access to one of her international accounts. A few lines later, the book states that Rick believed the tabloid reports and that caused the end of the relationship. Later on, Anu states that the relationship ended because Rick got tired of waiting for her to say 'Yes' for marriage. Anu also states at that point that she kept saying 'No' because Rick wasn't making decent money.

Then there is the over the top self-praise. Anu was/is born with the model/ramp walk. Anu was/is a wonderful actress. Anu was hounded by international talent management companies to sign up with them. Anu managed to transform the lives of men who came in contact with her. Anu was a brilliant yoga student. As per Anu's account of some firang yoga student's dabbling in numerology - Anu also shared A LOT of traits with the Dalai Lama. Also, Anu's birthday coincided with the day that her swamiglee attained some form of enlightenment/awareness/fuck knows what.

Ahem… a bit too much, don't you think?

From what I read… Anu Aggarwal's own description of her life effectively portrays her as a delusional cunt.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Agent X

Watched a few episodes of the show.

Sharon Stone looks amazing. Olga Fonda looks even better.

However, the plots are way too lame for my taste. Not bothering with this.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Jab Tum Chaaho

I found this song to be the best in the album. Palak Muchhal's voice is… well it's nice to listen to.

(Sonam Kapoor… err… yaar koi aur nahin milli)

Jumla Babu… At It Again

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ANTALYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the BRICS as 'Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions', which will be the theme of the 5-nation group when India assumes its presidency next year.

Link

Ab bas bhi kar na. Seriously, bahut hogaya.

Maraasiyan de ghar ik vaar munda jamm gayaa…. Chum-chum ke maar suttyaa

Err…

Tou?… Naachoon?

Imagine if the two planes were actually parked NEXT to each other? They would have probably interrupted a report on the Paris attacks to bring us this BREAKING NEWS!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Indian Politicians' Obsession With Dog Analogies

- "See, the thing is, never associate local incidents with the central government (sarkar). There is an inquiry going on. There was a dispute between families. The dispute - how did it turn out - where did the administration fail, after these it come to the Centre. For everything...like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible...it is not like that," - VK Singh on the burning of a Dalit family in Haryana

- "Even If I am in the back seat of a car and a puppy (kutte ka bachcha) comes under the wheels, isn't it painful? It is. Whether I am a chief minister or not, I am a human being - I will be sad if something bad happens anywhere." - Narendra Modi to Reuters when asked about Godhra 2002

- "A dog runs after a car and thinks that car is moving because of him." - Kailash Vijayvargiya on Shatrughan Sinha


Thoda zyaada hogaya… nahin?

Of course BETTER (and possibly less offensive) analogies can be made. At least give the impression of being civil. It can't be that difficult.

Bahubali

The flash back bit of the film/screenplay is fine (excluding the item song, of course). Entertaining even. However… Prior to that point - it's idiotic!

Rohini as Sanga is a rather stupid character with hardly any sensible lines.

Shivudu falling in love with a mask?! Bas kya…

Kattappa's proficiency in combat could surely be highlighted in a much better way as opposed to an impromptu/unnecessary duel with an arms dealer.

Tamannah Bhatia as Avanthika is HORRIBLE. Can't walk. Can't run. Can't act! Laughable 'performance'. Her idea of a serious warrior stance / walk is hilarious!

The floating Avanthika in white was ridiculous and I thought it was put in for some comic relief.

Coming to the (much talked about) CGI bit - OVERKILL on the slicing or splicing or whatever that is called. It makes the frames look amateurish. For example, one blue butterfly is fine. A bunch of blue butterflies covering Avanthika's back looks like it's a children's animation flick.

Unnecessary aerial shots / drone footage (and too many of them), makes it boring. ONE is enough!

The CGI bits of Prabhas's leaps/jumps - BAD! Not only was it bad CGI but the idiotic sound effects that were added just made it worse!

The Kalakeya clan's language - Surely a less comical one could have been opted for.

Brothers

I wasn't expecting much from this, but this film was a good watch.

Pretty decent performances, overall. The background music score was absolutely brilliant! The 'item' song - Unnecessary. Ill timed. No entertainment value. Kareena looked absolutely horrid.

The climax did seem a bit dragged. Further, I do feel that there was a bit too much happening on the sob story part of the film.

ONE SOB STORY would be just fine. Pick one - Father-Son issues. Siblings having issues. Daughter having medical issues. Seriously, this was overkill.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Drishyam (Hindi)

Not bad. Definitely worth a watch… BUT the Mohanlal one was much better!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dear Mr. Arun Jaitley,

There is no INTOLERANCE in India? Err… Let's see:

Even with all of these were to be ignored or rubbished as 'aberrations', your own party members keep speaking of the INTOLERANCE in India. Latest example of this would be Prahlad Joshi's statement:

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Asked if Channabasappa's statement ran counter to Union minister Arun Jaitley's statement that there was no intolerance in the country, Prahlad Joshi said, "If that's the case, the CM's statement, too, reeks of intolerance. When he knows beef is an emotive issue for Hindus, making a provocative statement from a public forum is also a sign of intolerance."

Link (scroll towards the end of the article to see the above statement)

One way or the other, INTOLERANCE tou hai. Kyon? Sir ji… humaari na sahi, apne party ke logon ki bakwaas hi sun lete tou aisi baitukki statement na dete.

Dikhaawon pe mat jaao… apni akal ladaao.

Emoji Keyboard

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You've been hunting emoji on your screen for years but now they're right on your keyboard. Spend less time playing "find the emoji" and more time being awesome.

Link

Face-palm

Monday, November 2, 2015

 

Da Vinci's Demons - Season 3

Done!

Blake Ritson - Count Riario - Brilliant! Steals the show.

Hera Hilmar - Vanessa - Boring.

Laura Haddock - Lucrezia Donati - Wish there was more of her.

Paul Rhys - Vlad - Cool character. Fun to watch.

I still had an issue with the 'visions' and the blabberings about the Book of Leaves, but thankfully it wasn't overdone and seemed tolerable.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Err…

Link

  • Why is this 'News'?
  • Why do they even have these statistics?
  • Why did this merit a graph?
  • Why the FUCK is this on MARKET WATCH?!

Multi-Purpose, All-Occasion Greeting Cards?!!!

 

Link

Ok, the foil stamped boxes are good… really good. BUT what the fuck!!

The entire point of giving a card… the sentiment behind this action - is to AT LEAST give the illusion that SOMEONE cares enough to have bothered to find (or make) a card with the right words / message that could reflect the feelings or how special the occasion is or how much you mean to him/her.

A 'Tick The Appropriate Box' card is defeating the whole point of GIVING THE CARD!

Laanat hai. Thu….

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cheating Dishonestly !?!

IPC 420 - Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property - How the fuck does that get shortened to 'Cheating dishonestly'???

If you HAVE TO truncate the section title/expansion then AT LEAST MAKE SURE IT MAKES SENSE! Is that too much to ask?!

Fucking retards!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Player (Updated)

Definitely over the top, but the 2 episodes I watched were intriguing/interesting enough.


27 minutes into Episode 3. Too OTT. No longer intriguing. Definitely NOT interesting.

Mr. Holmes

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A good watch. Enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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The Shiv Sena says it is opposed to any engagement with Pakistan as long as the country supports terror.

Just saying…

If one is of the view that the black paint attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni was a valid/acceptable form of expression of 'patriotism' and opposition to Pakistan, then why isn't anyone suggesting that Narendra Modi should also have his face painted black? He did invite Nawaz Sharif to the swearing in ceremony, didn't he?

Chutiye bhare hue hain humaare desh mein. The ones who couldn't become politicians ended up becoming 'journalists / editors / anchors'.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

While it would be better if one doesn't go about spitting in public, BUT JUST IN CASE one HAS TO spit in some Indian metro station… then it would be in ones relative interest to claim that one can not read Hindi.

Perhaps the central government (to further its objective to promote the Hindi language) should issue another directive to significantly reduce the fine amount mentioned in Hindi.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Contract

I am not even going to bother with the poster for this one.

The start was a bit disappointing but it was still tolerable. Until Nick Dayton (played by Robert Fucilla) makes his entry. Pathetic. The film becomes intolerable at that point and I had to switch it off.

Don't bother.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Har Haqeeqat Majaaz Ho Jaaye

Faiz…

Har haqeeqat majaaz ho jaaye
Kaafiron ki namaaz ho jaaye

Dil rahin-e-niyaaz ho jaaye
Bekasi kaarsaaz ho jaaye

Minnat-e-chaarasaaz kaun kare
Dard jab jaan navaaz ho jaaye

Ishq dil mein rahe tou rusvaa ho
Lab pe aaye tou raaz ho jaaye

Lutf ka intezaar kartaa huun
Jor taa hadd-e-naaz ho jaaye

Umr be-sud kat rahi hai 'faiz'
Kaash ifshaa-e-raaz ho jaaye

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Blacklist - Season 3

A very disappointing start to Season 3. Was expecting something MUCH better.

Barely qualifies as 'mediocre'.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Surprisingly good. I did find this entertaining. I wouldn't term the film as 'ground breaking' or anything, but it was a pleasant watch and a relatively well made film.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui impresses yet again with a wonderful performance.

Another surprise in this film - Kareena Kapoor somehow managed to avoid being her intolerable annoying cunt-ish self. Well done! Not that the performance was brilliant or anything, but it wasn't ticking off. THAT (in my view) is a significant achievement for Kareena Kapoor.

Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

Another unnecessary and pointless mission from the Mission Impossible franchise. Very limited entertainment value (for me) and a rather pointless plot-line.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino

Thanks Surya! A very thoughtful gift indeed. Thank you so much.

A wonderful read. A compelling read. Page turner. Impressive. Up to the very last page! Well… I hated the last page, but that's a different story.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quantico

Lame. Idiotic. And that's just the first episode!

Priyanka Chopra looks relatively good in the poster, but her face and hair looked absolutely horrid in the pilot episode.

Aunjanue Ellis - Miranda Shaw - is way too dumb a character to be considered as a believable Academy Director.

Remainder of the cast hardly merits a mention. The pilot episode was way too disappointing for me and I won't bother watching this one.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Reality check:

  • You have loans to repay.
  • You are extending the loans.
  • You are borrowing from friends and colleagues.
  • You aren't paying them back. When you do, you aren't paying back the entire amount.

YET… you have the nerve to say shit like:

'How can you just say NO to me? It's just a short-term loan, buddy. Just a bridge. Will sort it out in a few days'

'I was thinking of buying a SUV. Hopefully a Denali. Just for the thrill. To get the feel of driving a big car. You sold yours, right? I should've bought it'

*Rolls eyes.

Laanat hai.

Terminator Genisys

There was SOME entertainment value. It was funny. Some lines were good. The effects were brilliant and fun to watch.

A predictable plot line - to be expected of course, but the acting was disappointing.

Emilia Clarke - Horrible.

Jai Courtney - Sad. Sissy. Lame. Idiotic.

Jason Clarke - Not nearly as sinister as the character should've been.

Tomorrowland

Watchable and even entertaining in parts.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Limitless

Just watched the pilot for this. Not bad.

Seems like a good watch, although not sure how long I will be able to tolerate the mopey Jennifer Carpenter.

ATTN: Office Of Smt. Maneka Gandhi

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Responding to a question on involving men in the gender debate Gandhi who holds the charge of women and child development ministry said, "Obviously it is the most critical since all the violence is male generated. One of the ways to tackle this is at the school stage so we have started something which will go into effect in a few months called "gender champions'': boys who have been particularly respectful and helpful to girls and deserve to be emulated and rewarded. These prizes will be given to a person in each class annually. It can also be given to a girl who has been outstanding in her bravery/attitude.''

Link

That appeared in the papers on 15-09-15.

Maneka ji may have missed another story that made rounds on 14-09-15. It's understandable, given how busy she is saving the tigers and what not. Hota hai. The story was about a 'fight' breaking out during a TV show / Debate [Link]. Video:

 

Maneka ji SHOULD view the video (and read the article). She just might want to retract her statement. Of course, that's not the only option. The alternatives are:

  • Perhaps she could enlighten us as to what constitutes violence and what does not. She may be of the opinion that Deepa Sharma slapping Om Ji can not be considered 'violence' (It is a probability - Recently another BJP MP, Mahesh Sharma, shared with the general public his own method of determining who CAN BE a nationalist and who can not. OR which text is religious and which is not).
  • Perhaps Maneka ji could drum up support from the other bandars members in BJP and then insist on standing by her statement ('all violence is male generated'). They could even demand a gender test for Deepa Sharma.
  • Perhaps Maneka ji would applaud Deepa Sharma and give her one of those Gender Champion Prize/Award for outstanding bravery/attitude.

JFTR, I couldn't care less about Deepa Sharma or Raadhe Maa or Om Ji. Either one of them getting slapped or slapping another one is a non-issue for me. In my personal view, they (and a significant number of other personalities) are deserving of a lot more than just a slap.

I merely pointed out this incident to highlight the problem with the idiotic extraordinary comments of Smt. Maneka Gandhi. I am sure there are a number of other reports that could be used for that purpose, but this was a preferred choice simply because of the short interval between the two 'news reports'.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tragedy Used For TRP

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Delhi government has issued notices to two private hospitals after the parents of a seven-year-old boy, who died of dengue on September 8, jumped to their deaths from a building after they failed to get him admitted to a hospital in time.

…The couple's only son, Avinash, died of suspected dengue on September 8 after allegedly being denied admission at two prominent private hospitals on the previous day.Union health minister JP Nadda expressed anguish over the denial of admission to the child and tragedy thereafter. He has assured action against those guilty.

Link

The incident is sad. Times Now deciding to have a 'debate' on this, is a clear indication of how fucked up the media has become.

It's extremely insensitive to be debating this and having Arnab Goswami - perhaps the worst debate moderator in Indian media, conducting it. Here is a moderator who drowns out any panellist who does not echo the view already voiced by Arnab. This was made obvious last night when he wouldn't allow Dr. Vimarsh Raina (Director - Akash Hospital) to answer the questions, enumerate the action(s) taken, defend the position of the hospital, or complete his points.

Dr. Raina MAY have valid points or may not. How the fuck do you conclude that NOTHING WAS DONE when you won't even let him speak!?

At least there was Dr Shalini Pandey (Sr. Consultant - Batra Hospital) who managed (towards the end of this horrible 'debate') to put in a sentence commending the steps taken by the doctors at Akash Hospital to try to help the child.

Arnab insisted on NOT politicising the debate. If he did not want to politicise the debate, then he shouldn't have brought two politicians on the panel! He hammered away at the AAP spokesperson stating that the State government should be blamed for the actions (or lack of) of the PRIVATE hospitals (JFTR, show cause notices had already been issued).

Sambit Patra - one of BJP's more eloquent and reasonably well behaved spokespersons (which means that he is relatively tolerable when compared to other idiotic party spokespersons. It doesn't mean that he is LESS idiotic) suggested that the Delhi government SHOULD have 'Put up hoardings all over Delhi that told people that if they are infected with Dengue then they should go to the following government hospitals'.

*face-palm.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

You Would Think No One Could Be THAT Stupid

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Dear Angelika:

I started wearing my earings one hour ago. They are a gift from my beloved and a group of special friends. As soon as I put them on, I was able to vibrate to my soul map in a much clearer way. I have felt that my body has not been able to be as strong/clear, powerful as my soul and suddenly this shifted.

Immediately, much began to change beginning with a fully surprising out of the blue phone call of news for something I prayed for YEARS ago and then let go as it never happened!. Now it is happening.

Much has changed in one hour in several areas of my life…too much to comment on and including the clear answer and solution  from WITHIN  to a mysterious question and challenge that had plagued me quite a while. I am amazed. Please receive my immense gratitude for this upgrade that is in motion. Because you all choose to be in service, so many benefit and I thank you.

Mahalo Nui Loa, Love, Laurie~~~~~

Link

That's NOT all. Braco's 'followers' claim that by gazing at his face, you will be healed! They claim that Braco's abilities are so strong that his gaze can have these positive healing effects even through a Live video feed!

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In an encounter with Braco, he offers his gift to visitors through his silent gaze. Whether meeting Braco in person, or through an online Live Stream experience, an interaction ensues between Braco and his visitors, which many scientists studying Braco’s work have reported takes place beyond the level of traditional ‘energy healing’.

Yaar…. hadh hoti hai!

Veep

Started off with this series. No matter what anyone tells you, this is NOT a funny show!

Season 1, Episode 2… That's how far I was able to get, at which point, I wanted to trash my laptop and stab out my own eyes.

Absolute rubbish! Can't understand how such nonsense can make it to a 'Recommended Watch' list. Getting a 4 star rating?!! How did that happen?!

The VP being dumb is acceptable / believable… BUT the Chief of Staff? Director of Communications? VP's Personal Aide? How the fuck is it possible that EVERYONE in the office is incompetent to a degree that they appear retarded?! Even the Whitehouse liaison to the VP is an imbecile!

These are supposed to be civil servants with ACTUAL experience at handling and babysitting nominated / elected officials. These are the individuals who are expected to save the nominated / elected 'representatives' from landing in shit. True, that they may not always be able to accomplish that, but they simply CAN NOT be THIS incompetent.

This show isn't funny. It is STUPID!

If this shit excuse for a comedy show was supposed to be satirical, well … IT ISN'T. If it was 'inspired' from Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister, well… the Americans have failed miserably… yet again.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

More Pointless 'Records'

Hyderabad boy eyes new record by clicking 1800 selfies in one hour!

A world record attempt… for selfies?! What makes it worse is… there actually is an existing record (held by another idiot) that this Hyderabadi idiot is trying to break!

The article continues and so does the chutiyapa:

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Bhanu has quit his job as a research assistant at a city hospital to practice for the record. "I wanted to focus on breaking the record. I worked there for five months. But when my application got accepted, I decided to quit. My work hours were 10 am to 6 pm and that wouldn't leave me much time for practice," explains Bhanu, whose "day begins ends with a selfie".

…Bhanu has been working hard on his hands and wrists. "I am comfortable clicking selfies only with my right hand, so I do exercises for my hands and wrist," he says.

*rolls eyes

What is the BLOODY POINT?! Why is there even a category like this in the Guinness World Records? What the fuck is wrong with people?! SERIOUSLY!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"What We Want Is Not Less Journalism, But Better Journalism"

The viewpoint shared by Mr. Shashi Tharoor:

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From the breathless and hysterical coverage inundating the Indian press and TV screens, you would scarcely realise that there isn't even proof that the charred remains are those of the missing woman, nor that evidence that a murder has even been committed rests entirely on hearsay.

Welcome to India's extraordinary media environment, in which the Fourth Estate serves simultaneously as witness, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. In ancient times, India put its accused through agni pariksha - a trial by fire; today, we put them through a trial by media.

No Indian democrat would call for censorship, or for controls on the free press: what we want is not less journalism, but better journalism.

Link

Finally, an article that's worth reading / sharing.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

'Breaking News'

Thanks Mathew

Surely I am not the only one who feels that it's most imperative to shut down ALL 24 hr news channels and simply revert to the earlier model of having a 20-30 minute news broadcast on regular channels.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

MI6 or M16?!

  

Surely this is a typo.

  • MI6 - Military Intelligence - Section 6
  • M16 - That's a rifle!

I don't think I am wrong, but if anyone has heard of an Intelligence Agency named M16, then please let me know. I would want to update my info (and would definitely retract this post).

Dil Dhadakne Do

There was absolutely no need for Anushka Sharma (she looks absolutely horrid) and Farhan Akhtar. Unnecessary characters adding to the length of the film without contributing anything significant to the plot. Those two out of the script, the film would've been better paced.

That said… Surprisingly, the film wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be. Good enough for a one time watch, at least.

Zipper

 

Interesting.

Took me some time to get over the annoying Lena Headey (just have this feeling of extreme revulsion when I see her face). Once I was over that, it was possible to enjoy this drama. Not bad.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

San Andreas

Crap! Horrible screenplay. Most of the lines are pathetic. "He left you?!" and then leaving a message on Riddick's voicemail… Seriously?! The timing and the delivery of that sequence couldn't have been worse.

The reporter stating that the University team did 'predict' this disaster but no one listened, is just… [don't have the right word for this chutiyapa]. It was only at the START of the disastrous day that Lawrence was able to conclusively confirm that his laptop and a bunch of sensors were PREDICTING (whatever bullshit it was expected to predict).

Paul Giamatti and Archie Panjabi are reasonably talented actors and they have been wasted in this film.

Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario - NOT good looking. Tits bouncing or not. Bikini / hot pants - nothing works.

Waste of time. Bullshit film.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Avengers - Age Of Ultron

Watchable. Should've been better, though.

James Spader - Couldn't have been a better choice for Ultron. Excellent!

Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) - Bad acting. Really bad.

Captain America - Waste as always. This guy is boring.

Nick Fury, War Machine, Maria Hill - Waste

Bruce Banner - Pretty ok, but in the sequence where Bruce and Stark chit chat about Ultron (the first time), Bruce looks lame. Seems like they are tying too hard.

Black Widow - Pretty ok, but the lullaby shit looks ridiculous onscreen.

Hawkeye - Character is relatively better when compared to the earlier film, but his limited moves with the bow just seems too videogame-ish.

Club Life

The plot was interesting. Had some potential. The acting was horrible.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hmmm

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With tobacco linked to up to 900,000 deaths a year in the country, the government wants to raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and ban the sale of single cigarettes, which make up 70 per cent of overall sales.

Before taking its proposals to Parliament, the government in January asked for public suggestions.

The result was unprecedented: 45,000 e-mails and more than 100,000 letters delivered by mail, in white and brown sacks stacked up in the health ministry, beside the desks of officials working on computers.

Analysing and collating public responses is crucial for the legislative process to move forward. The sheer volume has left officials stumped, with some fearing that it could take as much as five months to sift through the letters.

Link

Legislative process taking public response into account?!?

This sure is impressive. Hats off. A rather bold position to take. This will be a challenge.

BUT HOLD ON - I don't recall the government taking any public suggestions when it was coming up with the land-bill? Or when they decided to block 800 odd websites? Or when they decided to… well you get the point.

I am in favour of smoking and staunchly support every delay, anywhere in the world, on a ban on Tobacco sale/marketing. Obviously I do not have a problem with the delay in the tobacco-control legislation in India. But I do have a problem with the explanations being offered. Chutiya samjh rakha hai kya?

Dikhaawon pe mat jaao… apni akal ladaao.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Err… is that a warning?

Look at the number of re-tweets and favourites!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Some Kind Of Beautiful

Not too bad a film. Actually enjoyed watching this one.

Mad Max Fury Road

Senseless. Pointless.

Nothing to say about the acting or the lack of it. BUT… at least it was fun to watch the chases, explosions, shooting sequences. Not a complete waste of time.

Time Out Of Mind

Yawn…

Couldn't sit through the entire thing. Completely pointless. Boring crap.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DropBox - USB Key Authentication

Sure we could talk about how to use this on mobiles / devices without a USB port or will this work with anything other than Chrome or how long will it take to be able to use this across platforms. BUT, what I really want to ask is:

If one is fine with carrying around the USB drive/stick at all times (in order to access the DropBox more securely), then why doesn't this person just opt for storing his data/files on that USB drive itself?!

Paxis Backpack - Useful Innovation

 

In the midst of pointless idiotic gimmicks being hailed as revolutionary and innovative, it's refreshing to see an innovation that is useful and also justifies the use of the term.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Typo

… Australian ChargeD With Smuggling Drugs

Proofread!! Or get someone to do it for you.

Supposedly A Real Election Campaign Ad

Errr… it isn't conventional, that's for sure.

Every Bollywood Party Song

After a long time, an AIB video that's actually funny

Minority Report

Watched the pilot… for 20 minutes.

Too lame. Crappy acting. No eye-candy. Won't bother with this.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lucifer

Just watched the pilot for this show. Excellent!

The attitude, the styling, the lines… well done! Does look promising.

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