January 2010


While watching the Australian Open finals, something caught my eye in the midst of spectators which stamped authority on my ‘distinguished’ thoughts of Federer. Someone in the crowd had a play-card saying “New word in the dictionary – ‘Federarized’ “. How true! the word has enough implications and weight and a hard to describe patten of events. It looks so simple yet pouncing. There is certain force that comes with special words and vocalize the personality that stands behind. Game apart, the authoritative nature by which Federer has reclaimed ‘his’ title was spellbinding.

Server after serve, point after point Federer demonstrated why he is considered Open-Era’s best player, ever. I often wonder how important are these people’s contributions to the society, considering they play mostly at professional level. Do they really add quality to our lives in particular when a crown after crown is stacked in their shelves. Can we really think outside the box when what we watch is mere sport? I guess these are more of self-questionnaire than generalized queries. Irrelevant as they are, persons like Federer exemplifies success at individual level. They personify a fact and remind us what hard work and dedication yield and constantly remind us that we all serve a purpose at our own level. Federarized is more than an adjective beyond personality.

Yesterday was just a grand-slam and two individuals were trying hard to reach a goal they waited to reach so desperately over last 2 weeks. Murray may have lost, but he has more to gain than to loose as he got to witness a master-class of tennis, at a level few could even dream and was standing opposite to that legend, in awe and Federarized. It is a lesson to all of us of how important it is to follow our dream and reach it step by step.

I wait for my day to be FEDERARIZED.

Blessed I was to have seen such great personality with one racquet hitting one ball at a time.

Rediscover the Classic


If there is one movie that I wish to see anytime, anywhere with anybody, I will blindly pick ‘Mayabazar’. This eternal Telugu classic is being revitalized to be released in digitally mastered color-scope with DTS sound. Since my childhood, I’ve watching countless movies in all genres and in tons of languages, but one movie which will forever remains in my heart would be ‘Mayabazar’. Never in the history of cinema, for that matter any cinema in any country would not have captured the hearts as ‘Mayabazar’. 3 generations have passed, but this eternal classic has remained in the hearts of people.

Goldstone Technologies Ltd. in Hyderabad took up this painstaking task of bringing the celluloid painted in vibrant yet period colors, shredding 3 long years in manpower and investment. Economics apart, their tribute to bring this classic to 21st century digital era is in itself is commendable in every aspect. Thanks to all those (I am so jealous that they’ve got to see this movie frame by frame numerous times) who gave steroids to our memories forever printed in our hearts and head.

Kudos and bring it on.

It’s your turn people!

Telangana agitation took a different route this week. The JAC brutally murdered an innocent student by burning him alive and made him a martyr. How do I know? Because there is no reason for that innocent soul to commit suicide. More than anything he gives a damn to Telangana. He is doing his masters’s in Computer Applications and would like to graduate and then get on to work for some Multi-National and then probably earn a 5 figure salary and spend his rest of life in peace and riches, period!

After a series of ‘Bandhs’ in the state and burning public property in the name of agitation, tide has turned to people. Well done Telanganites. Not only you proved yourself to be on par with bastard politicians like KCR, you have yet again demonstrated how uncivilized you are. I bring my head in shame to have born (most unfortunately) in the same region. Osmania University has been reduced to laughing stock and students have turned into barbarians. Killing an innocent student on the name of agitation is far beyond politics. The local law enforcement is ‘impotent’ enough to reveal the secrets behind his death.

I am happy though, happy for that boy to have become a martyr for couple of days as news channels for their TRP rating must have already interviewed his near and dear (zillion times). I am sad for that boy as he left as a un-satisfied soul trashing his and his family hopes.

So people of Telangana, kudos on becoming uncivilized, bravo on achieving barbarism and congratulations on the new generation politics. Well, be prepared to burn your mother and father next.

Why 3 Idiots?

Its been really a while since I watched a good movie. I got a chance to watch in awe, ‘3 Idiots’ along with my family. Movies with messages have always inspired me, much better when the telling is ‘earthy’. Rajkumar Hirani has unique ability on this front, his last movie “Lage Raho’ was a hearty entertainer with a message, I guess very few can even think to pursue. Well, the zealot inside me kicked in ever since I heard the movie title, but nonetheless gave any importance to it as my expectations were reserved until the release time. Anyway, after watching the movie (without reading the inspirational base, the book called ‘5 Point Someone’ by Chetan Bhagat) one thing that kicked me off was, why ‘3 Idiots’? Does that title mean that its about 3 idiots in that engineering college? Yes and No is my take. After thinking, actually listening to the songs, I found the clue to the movie title. The title is not just perfect and apt but adds icing to the cake (message). You are just as curious now as I was and the answer is.. ‘Idiot=Heart’. The story is about 3 guys, who have listened to their hearts. And where did I find the clue? Well the most buzzing number from the movie which goes “All izz well..”. Swanand Kirkire the lyricist penned brilliant lines into this easy yet memorable number from Shantanu Moitra (his last work of music was in Parineeta).

The lines in the number goes…

Dil jo tera baat baat pe
Dil pe rakh ke haath usae tu fuslaa le
Dil idiot hai pyaar se usko samjha le

and there it lies, the clue. Giving a message is not a big deal, we do that to everyone we know almost every day. Seldom are those instances where the listener really likes what you convey, and to convince people in millions is no mean feat and that is what Hirani had proved himself once again. Movies forum is mainly for entertainment, it is such time that a person would like to be relaxed and have fun, more than anything its a form of escape. What better when you get a Dollar for a Cent. Go fetch.

Wow! I wrote an OS (many times)

Ever since people started calling Apple’s Mac OS, Leopard, etc an Operating System, I wondered why is it so famous. After all I wrote so many pieces of software that works, of course only for that client and only for that environment and no where else. If writing a program that is hardware specific, software specific and device and environment specific can be called OS, I guess I wrote many.

Well, I am sure that Android will be welcomed by all those wits out there eager to write their apps that can be ‘tested’, ‘deployed’ and ‘used’ without paying to some nut-cracker. Apple’s price gouging will some day be dealt with a whip, until then, enjoy its exuberantly priced caps. By the way I heard that they are coming up with a magic wand, but it only works in persons named Panther wearing a white shirt over black trousers, gray tie and brown buckled belt. Oops! that’s still too generic I guess for Apple. The Panther should be 24 and weigh exactly 150 pounds. That’s it I guess! No one last thing, is he wearing Hush Puppies?

Over the years, the joke that Apple had played upon us was in more ways humiliating. Calling a piece of software running faster than Windows, etc which has been customized to run only on its machine is actually more than a joke. I am not a Apple hater, I hate Apple products, not for being so niche, but being so ‘close’ and they come with a billion ifs and buts. Its like selling a bulb that only works in my bedroom in broad day light, who cares!

I guess most of you can claim, “I wrote an OS”.

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