Tuesday, January 29, 2008
As always is the case with rediff articles, the comments section too makes for an interesting read .
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tsonga's near-perfect serves & Djokovic's play at the net were amazing. In spite of the fact that I am a die-hard Federer fan and absolutely love his game, class, grace & ease with which he plays those impossible looking shots; I did not feel guilty about admiring the Djokovic-Tsonga game. And my loyalties kept shifting from one to the other - that's what you call enjoying a game without any bias.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
P.S.: I am the one sitting on rock - 2nd from left
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Also, in my opinion it is not a film about dyslexic kids or kids suffering from any other physical or mental disabilities. The film is about parents' over-expectations from their kids; about every parent wanting his/her child to be an all-rounder, about the aspirations and dreams of the child being drowned somewhere in the process, about our education system's lack of capability in dealing with varied needs of children having different abilities, about academic marks/grades being the only yardstick in our society for measuring a child's abilities. Ishaan being dyslexic is just for added impact; although I would have found the movie more realistic if Ishaan would have just been a child with less inclination towards studies. But then, he would have received less sympathies from people that way.
Some things I specifically liked about the film were breaking of some Bollywood stereotypes - like showing Ishaan's elder brother Yohaan as understanding & sympathetic towards Ishaan in spite of being an 'achiever', not showing any romantic angle between Nikumbh and the young lady whom he often confided in (this is something I liked in 'Chak de India' also) , of not showing any miracles unlike run-of-the-mill Bollywood films. Ishaan already had a talent for painting, so his winning the painting competition did not seem miraculous (again, I would have preferred it if he had been second instead of a winner); improvement in his reading & writing abilities did not happen overnight but gradually and with lot of practice and patience.
The film did have its weaknesses too. For one, there were too many songs. Although all the songs were great & had very good lyrics, it was not necessary to have all of them in the film (particularly 'Bum bum bhole' & 'Jame raho'), the painting competition scene rambled a bit too long and Aamir did go overboard with the character of Ishaan's father. But in spite of these, the film managed to make us all do some amount of soul-searching and relating to the movie in some way or the other. I could see Aamir's trademark attention to details in the scene where he arrives at Ishaan's parents' home in Mumbai in a cab sitting in the front seat (and NOT the rear seat). But the best part was the effortless chemistry between Aamir & Darsheel. My favorite scene in the film was when Ishaan looks at his portrait by Nikumbh sir in the painting competition and the glances they exchange without saying a word - masterpiece!
Picture courtesy: http://dvdstore.erosentertainment.com/
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
On race: "... because racism stereotyped black men as more 'masculine' for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren't too many of them)"
Above lines are from this piece by Gloria Steinem on the presidential battle between Clinton & Obama. She observes that when it comes to running for the President, being black is much better than being a woman ... even in today's America.
And we thought gender biasness is only OUR national trait ...
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
What exactly changes between 31st December of a year and 1st January of the next? In my opinion - nothing, apart from the last one (or in some cases two) digit of the year part of the date. Then why do we make such a hue & cry about the whole thing and spend so much time & money over it? We also indulge in inane things like making new year resolutions, taking stock of things done (or not done) right during the last year. Why is any other time of the year not good enough for doing this? Or is it all just a gimmick of these event management companies - just like Valentine's Day is that of all cards/gifts manufacturing companies?
Whatever it is, one thing is for sure - I am done celebrating new year. From next year onwards, it's going to be just another day for me..