Monday, March 30, 2009

A.R. Rahman's Oscar & Slumdog Millionaire

It is more than a month (23-Feb-2009 morning time in India) since the 81st Oscar ceremony. It was a curious moment to know whether A. R. Rahman would get the award or not. I desperately wanted him to get it though I'm not such a great music listener. I saw that win as a confidence booster for millions of music enthusiasts in India and other developing nations.

Just the day before the oscar ceremony, induced by the media coverage, I watched Slumdog Millionaire. I liked that film. The story line was good and the movie held my interest. Various incidents were sewn well with the story. It was a good film though a sad one.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Election time in India

If anybody doesn't believe in God, just bring that person to any part in India and make him observe the surroundings. I'm sure, he'll come to a conclusion that unless such divine power exists, it is impossible to run the wheel of India. Otherwise, how can so many people be alive when they travel through hanging cables, extra large hoardings on weak poles, center median cut-outs unexpectedly and automatically changing its axis,... well, leave the traffic violations of our fellow citizens. After all they are in hurry to earn their livelihood. God will save them!

Election times are challenges to logic. Well, Indian Politics challenges logic always. But, it is lot more obvious in election times. One such interesting 'logical' thing I saw in the news paper today was the initiatives to reduce the Pub culture. The Government owned liquor shops (known as TASMAC) are overflowing with crowd. Pubs are less crowded and frequented by wealthier people in comparison with TASMAC shops. It is an obvious logic that closing TASMAC shops will bring higher benefits than this pub thing. But our cabinet minister's logic is unsolvable by me!