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Archive for September, 2008

Beautiful Bangalore V

Posted by anandrr on September 30, 2008

Slum area in Domlur

Slum area in Domlur

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Just Not Landed Enough

Posted by anandrr on September 28, 2008

In the preface to Summer Lightning, we read

A word about the title. It is related of Thackeray that, hitting upon Vanity Fair after retiring to rest one night, he leaped out of bed and ran seven times round the room, shouting at the top of his voice. Oddly enough, I behaved in exactly the same way when I thought of Summer Lightning. I recognized it immediately as the ideal title for a novel. My exuberance has been a little diminished since by the discovery that I am not the only one who thinks highly of it. Already I have been informed that two novels with the same name have been published in England, and my agent in America cables to say that three have recently been placed on the market in the United States. As my story has appeared in serial form under its present label, it is too late to alter it now. I can only express the modest hope that this story will be considered worthy of inclusion in the list of the Hundred Best Books Called Summer Lightning.

As this Google search for Just Landed shows, not only was our exuberance on running into the name Just Landed a little over done, there are any number of websites out there called Just Landed, and by Google’s lights we are not even in the top hundred websites with that awesome name.

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The Soft Bigtory of Low Expectations

Posted by anandrr on September 27, 2008

Heard on the post-debate coverage on CNN, after Wolf B. claims that McCain seemed not to know the Pakistani President’s name, pronouncing it Hardawi instead of Zardari:

GOP flack: But he got most of the vowels and consonants right.

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Flashback Friday: P.B. Sreenivas Gets a Makeover

Posted by anandrr on September 26, 2008

It’s Friday September 26th. Which can mean only one thing. Buddhivantha, the movie all of Karnataka is awaiting with bated breath has been released. Yay for Uppi! Ups is the superstar  who rules our lives! Yippee-dee-do!

But Mr Cranky here has detected the dark cloud within the silver lining. You see, Buddhivantha includes this grating number. You can’t go an hour on Radio Mirchi (Sakkath Hot Maga!) or any other local radio station without being subjected to this torture.

This would be a remix of the melodious If by remix, you mean sung by a dude who rolls his R’s like he just stepped off the plane fresh from his 20-year stay in the States, and anyway just as soon as he seems to get a hang of the melody gets interrupted quite rudely by interlopers from the “chorus.”

And anyway, WTF is that bark at the 2:02 mark? Seriously, WTF?

Posted in Films, Kannada, Nostalgia, Showbiz, wtf | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Dirty Old Men

Posted by anandrr on September 26, 2008

It’s been barely a few months since his wife was blown up by a bomber. But Zardari couldn’t wait to land in the US and start chasing some tail:

“You look so gorgeous. Now, I know why the whole of America is crazy about you,” said Mr. Zardari, while receiving Ms. Palin, also the Governor of Alaska, here…..“If he’s [aide] insisting, I might hug,” Mr. Zardari replied, for which Ms. Palin smiled politely in response.

Stay classy, Zardari!

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Psmith in the City

Posted by anandrr on September 25, 2008

The BBC is dramatising Psmith in the City. And quite excellent it is too. And all available for listening online. What greater joy than listening to:

“Aah Bickersdyke, the merchant prince of commerce. That explains your ignorance. Please Comrade, no need to apologise. In your relentless pursuit of doubloons, you have had little time to get acquainted with the rituals of summer, the sacred codes of behaviour governing perambulation and bowling screens.”
“Who are you?”
“I am Psmith, the P is silent. As should you be, Comrade. Utterly silent. After your frightful blunder.”

Thanks to Crooked Timber for telling us all about it.

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Stop Making Me Kill You

Posted by anandrr on September 24, 2008

A bunch of disgruntled workers got together and allegedly beat up the CEO of their company leading to his unfortunate death. Sad story. There are good ways to deal with the situation. Then there’s the Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of Labour, way. Blame the CEO.

Describing the killing of L.K. Chaudhury, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an Italy-based company Graziano Transmissioni in Greater Noida as a fallout of the “simmering discontent among the workers,” the government on Tuesday said, this should serve as a warning for managements.

“It is my appeal to the managements that the workers should be dealt with compassion,” Minister of Labour and Employment (Independent charge) Oscar Fernendes told journalists here.

There are disparities in the wages of permanent employees, contract and temporary workers. The workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever that had happened in Greater Noida, he said.

Well played Oscar. Well played.

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Beautiful Bangalore IV

Posted by anandrr on September 23, 2008

Srirangapatna Temple, not strictly Bangalore, but well take credit for it anyway

Srirangapatna Temple, not strictly Bangalore, but we'll take credit for it anyway

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Dirt befell him

Posted by anandrr on September 21, 2008

Image stolen shamelessly. © Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project

The BBC is reporting that a large statue of Marcus Aurelius has been recently unearthed from the ruins of a bath. It is thought that an earthquake buried the bath and its statue occupants for posterity. If I may just add, it is rather fitting that Marcus Aurelius came in for this treatment, after all as Bertie Wooster once reported:

‘I wonder if I might call your attention to an observation of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius? He said “Does aught befall you? It is good. It is part of the destiny of the Universe ordained for you from the beginning. All that befalls you is part of the great web.”’

I breathed a bit sterterously.

‘He said that, did he? ‘

‘Yes, sir. ‘

‘Well, you can tell him from me, he’s an ass. Are my things packed?’

– Mating Season

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Flashback Friday: Remember That Kid From Fauji?

Posted by anandrr on September 19, 2008

We’ve mentioned before our somewhat recent learnings about Don. It was even more recent that we finally got to watch the latest version of Don. It runs to 3 hours or more, so we cleverly skipped the first half hour and the last half hour. But we got the flesh, er, meat of the movie. We loved the movie. The entire movie was an exercise in titillation and how. You had your tech porn, gadget porn, automotive porn, action porn and of course plenty of luscious, soft porn.

But most of all, we loved Shah Rukh Khan. We’ve mocked him before for his ubiquitousness on the TV. We’ve mocked him personally for his seeming overarching desire to be bigger than the Big B. But man, what a star! He totally brings it, and totally owns it. But some things never change. The mannerisms that made him famous some twenty years ago? Still here! Back in the day, we used to love this and all, but looking at it now, it seems like a cheap Army recruitment video. Note to self: Don’t revisit the past.

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