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Being Cyrus

Posted by nishitdesai on April 10, 2006

Once the game is over, The king and the pawn go into the same box.

With arrival of movies like Raincoat, Black, Iqbal, Page 3, Hazaaron Khwahishein aisi… Bollywood has proved that it’s certainly moving forward and going to routes which has remained virgin to it. Being Cyrus is one such attempt. While others have attempted to go subtle. Being Cyrus is not only subtle, but also highly professional, stylish and well executed.

We see the movie through eyes of a young parsi, Cyrus Mistry. He joins family of Dinshaw Sethna, well-known pot-maker in the past and his wife Katy. What follows is a twisted story of Sethna family of Fardounjee Sethna and his sons, Dinshaw Sethna (Naseeruddin Shah) and Farokh Sethna (Boman Irani).

First half deals superbly with development of characters of both of the brothers, their father and their spouses. Homi Adjania, being a Parsi himself, gives superb look into the Parsi culture and mannerisms. Scenes like Boman Irani’s encounter with his neigbour, Boman Irani’s dealing with his father give a fair outlook. Second half starts a mystery where actual plot starts. Who is good? Who is bad? Who is killer? Who is victim? You never know!!!

Saif Ali Khan vowed to do film with a solo hero after Kal ho naa ho. At that point of time, he seemed overconfident, but in recent times he has definitely grown up into a decent actor. Boman Irani and Naseeruddin Shah are at their usual best. Simone Singh scores. Dimple Kapadia is adequate. Manoj Pahwa does more than what director might have hoped for him as Inspector Lovely.

At no point in movie you have dragging feeling. Editing is superb. Why not? Editing is taken care of by Jon Harris, who edited Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. Camera work, Cinematography gives you an international feel. While other offbeats (Page 3, Iqbal) were different yet Indian, but this one is truly international class. Homi Adjania’s work as a debutant is fabulous. Watch out for him, he’s going to make big in new-age Hindi Cinema. Movie is a punch with its 90 minutes storyline. Highly recommended!!!

Other Reviews : Gaurav Sabnis, Rediff

PS:- This review has been cross-posted to InFiCa, where I am ahem…a movie critic now.


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Experimenting Google AdSense

Posted by nishitdesai on March 28, 2006

Google AdSense is good way to make money, if your site/blog is getting good visit, unlike mine. I have managed to earn $ 0.81 through my blog. YEAH!!!! Anyway…

Multiple sources tell me that some keywords are getting very high "per click price". Here I am putting some, so by chance you're visiting this article and see Google ad on top, please click it. I'll share my revenue with you, if you can get past me $1. (Although Google won't pay me till I manage $100 😦 ). Let's see how much money can I make out. Here are the keywords with per click price. Happy Clicking!!!!! Click with all your might and all your time. πŸ™‚

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Update 1:- List has been updated with highest keyword worth $78.30. If you're still reading this, which is quite unlikely, keep clicking…

Update 2:- This is more interesting. I actually earned 3.80$ in two flat days, more than I have earned till date. Wow!! This actually works.

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Sivasamudram / Shivasamudram

Posted by nishitdesai on March 17, 2006

Due to some laziness I am missing out on putting up some pics of my recent outings, so before I miss again, I just put up the pics of Sivasamudram. Description later or may be never… In short, the place is awesome, especially in groups and don't miss it if you get a chance. And if you don't get a chance, create one.

First View

Our group

First fall

Second Fall

A few brave men… and women too

Me, Puneet, Rawat and Shetty made some efforts to go down and this venue of so-called Dam. Rest of us prefered to stay in the cab. And boy, they definitely missed this opportunity. It was a perfect view ( a la Rang De Basanti – above two pics). Sitting on the cliff of looking down, wow!! that's awesome. 180 degree steep. We were out for a casual trekking and didn't take the camera, so didn't manage to have closeups of this breathtaking visuals.

While returning, although tired we were in great mood, with a biig hoopla, with all 'Dil' songs and some wonderla-remix πŸ™‚ Detailed ( and better) description of tour by Anshu is here.

PS:- Pallavi mentions that the place is called Shivana Samudram. Wikipedia says both are same. Now I am really confused. Please someone clearify my doubts.

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Holi – 2006

Posted by nishitdesai on March 16, 2006

A picture is worth thousand words. Let the pictures speaketh…

Read-Ink group, who were enthusiastic enough to celebrate inspite of not having holiday at company. People here don’t celebrate neither Uttarayana nor Holi nor Navaratri. Bangalore sucks, Gujarat Rocks!!!! πŸ™‚

Host Couple, Lalit and his wife…

With Nishit, there has to be a solo.

Ab itne nahaoge, to bhookh to lagegi hi…

Bhang ka rang jama ho chakachak, phir lyo pan chabai…
Aisa Jhatka lage jiya pe, punarjanam hui jaay…

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Do you love/hate Google??

Posted by nishitdesai on March 14, 2006

I have been told that these days my blog looks like more of sports/IT blog πŸ™‚ Might be true, but then again it used to be movie blog few months back. So stay here and you might get something of your choice in future πŸ™‚ This time around it's again some techie stuff, but I assure you'd enjoy this if you are using Google (which I bet most of us are).

Danny Sullivan has two nice articles at SearchEngineWatch blog. 25 Things I Hate About Google and 25 Things I Love About Google.

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A weekend that was!!!

Posted by nishitdesai on March 13, 2006

A great day in history of sports. And a great weekend!!! Too much adrenaline to be contained in veins. You don't know what to see, what not to see, of course you can demonstrate your remote control skills to miss as less as you can, just like Uday did.

Australia gets off to flurry start, courtesy Gilchrist and then Ponting and Hussey stretched it to the limits. 434-4. Highest ever total in the history of ODIs, breaking a record almost 10 years old, which many brave teams closed to but could never broke it. Australia broke it in style and broke with margin of 36 runs. Whew!!! Now who's gonna chase that? 330 is the record chasing total in ODIs. 434?? Impossible. No one has chased that even in Test Match. Can Proteas do it? Doesn't seem so. Loosing first wicket even before they get into double figures, but then miracle happens at The Wanderers. SA skipper Greame Smith and Man-of-the-match-to-be Herschelle Gibbs punishes Australian bowlers all around the ground. In the midway, after few wickets, they seem to lose the track, but with the support of tail-enders Mark Boucher takes Proteas to the win in style with pen-ultimate delivery boundary marking his half-century and an exciting match and series win for South Africa. Australian record is broken in less than five hours. Lewis ends up with record of higest beaten bowler in ODI history with figures of 10-0-113-0. Statisticians have hard job at hand. So many runs scored and so many records tumbled. A match that was!!!

It was bound to be an intense battle. Michael Schumacher. Making his intensions clear in qualifying by snatching the poll position and issuing warning to young guns. I ain't out of here so soon. Fernando Alonso. No mood to give up his well-deserved champion title. Kimi Raikonnen. A poor chap. Had to satisfy himself with runner-up position last season courtesy repeated engine failures of his McLaren. This time too starting from the back of the grid due to engine failure in qualifying. Alonso made his intensions clear when he overtook Massa to find himself on tail of Schumacher. Then onwards these two were involved in a fierce battle for the dominance. Ferrari crew managed to keep Schumi on top after first pit but Renault overpowered them and Alonso took first place while coming out of pit and wheel-to-wheel battle with Schumi. At some points, Schumi went close enough but this Spaniard, Alonso is here to stay and didn't let seven-time world champion overtake him. And while these two were busy in their battle of man, the man who started behind all others snatched the last podium position owing to some great driving and clever one-pit strategy. First Grand Prix of 2006 season, the Baharin Grand Prix has shown us the flavour, as to what this season has in bag for us. A race that was!!!

Everybody was certain about the future of the second test between India and England at Mohali, when only 65 overs were bowled in two days game. But Indians aren't giving up so easily. After restricting England to 300 in first innings with man-of-the-match deserving performance by Bespectacled, engineer, mild-mannered, soft-spoken, unlike Warne and Muralitharan, metronomic line-and-length, hardly turns the ball, flipper, loyal soldier, matchwinner Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid with some tailenders support made sure that India secured handy lead of 38 runs in the first innings. All well upto this point, but on fourth day England tasted what they had been deprived of till now, India's spin attack. The way Bhajji and Kumble were turning, flipping, googlying, doosraing deliveries, each England batsman must be praying Bismilla-e-rehaman-e-rahim-esque thanks to Jesus for each surviving delivery. The penultimate day of second test match saw England reduced to 112-5, which ultimately resulted in 9-wicket win and 1-0 series lead for India. A day that was!!!

PS:- Adjectives used for Kumble are a blatant lift from Amit Varma's India Uncut.

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MS : Back to the business

Posted by nishitdesai on March 11, 2006

That kind of rhymes, doesn't it? Well, almost. 2006 Formula 1 season officially flagged of today with qualifying for first Grand Prix of the season, The Baharin Grand Prix. And the baap of all is back to business. Yes, it's Michael Schumacher.

IT's Ferrari on the front-row with master on the poll. Ferrari showed reliability in both the practice sessions, as compared to poor reliability of McLaren and poor show by Renault. With new regulations in place, MS did intelligent show by just managing to stay in top 10 for first two qualifyings and snatching the first place in the third one and equalling Ayrton Senna's record for 65 polls. His partner, Felipe Massa, who was upgraded from Sauber-Petronas to Ferrari seize the opportunity to manage second place. Jenson Button and current world champion, Fernando Alonso followed. Hit by rear wing failure and right rear suspension failure Kimi had to satisfy with last place on the grid. Tomorrow is the big day and this season I bet is rebirth of the Phoenix.

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Renounce what you don’t have

Posted by nishitdesai on March 11, 2006

Nice Zen story about Renounciation and Non-attachment. Thanks to Arati for sharing this beautiful story.

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On Women’s Day…

Posted by nishitdesai on March 8, 2006

Frankly speaking, I had forgotten Women’s day until Puneet woke me up and passed on this article (Streets, stories and strategies)to make me feel something I am unable to put it in words. Is it pain? I don’t know. Amit Varma puts it as (Of many violations) Bloody hell, I’m lucky to be a man; and a part of me says I should be ashamed to feel that way.

Being a man you’re lucky not to go through some of emotional hell as women or girls or even female children go through. Reading such incidents make you feel their pain, although you may not totally understand their frustration, their anger, their embarassment, their pain that they suffer at one or other stage of their life. Most of them never speak. Neither to friends, nor to family. I have few bold female friends who have been brave enough to put their embarassing experiences in front of me. I have seen their faces while narrating, I have seen their anger, I have felt their pain and I will never be able to forget those faces. I seriously don’t know how to conclude this. Whatever had to be said has been said here and here, but can only feel satisfaction to hear some instances such as Hemangi’s Train to Chennai.

Link of the day : Blank Noise Project. A voice against street sexual harassment.

Update : Gaurav Sabnis aptly describes need and effectiveness of Blank noise project.

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Remembering Gandhiji

Posted by nishitdesai on January 30, 2006

Linking yet another great post on punyatithi of Mahatma Gandhi.

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