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20 October, 2010

Ode to the self

Filed under: Entertainment,Personal — Sahaye @ 12:14 am
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At the crossroads of life, you oft become sceptical, reflective
Stutter to a standstill – immobilised, indecisive, introspective
Pondering whether to march on the trodden path, tested and secure
Or to take the road less travelled, enticing in its allure

www.sahaye.comAs you dither over the inscrutable dilemma
Thrust into the throes of a terrible trauma
Even the most cogent, consummate analysis
Will come to a naught-precipitate paralysis

Afloat in the fathomless ocean,engulfed by a torrent profuse
Caught in its cross-currents,you conjure up shores abstruse
But the spider of life weaves a vexatious web
The high tide of hope recedes,reaches its lowest ebb

Much as you fret and fume, agonise, agitate
Sweep it under the carpet, wish it will mitigate
The conundrum gnaws at you, debilitates, devitalizes
You sink into an abyss, no escape materializes

Alas! where is that elusive spark?
Whence will it come and make its mark
With senses benumbed, the mind clueless
‘Is it beyond me?’ you plead, powerless

Gather your wits, don’t be torn asunder
Submit to your inner being, in abject surrender
Within the wellsprings of your consciousness lies the solution
You need only to look inward,motionless, sans digression
For there you will discover a flame -shimmering,sparkling,shining

Its the SELF, which always beckoned, whilst you were whining
Akin to a beacon-light, it annihilates all illusion
Salvages your ship from the stormy sea of delusion

When the SELF speaks,keep your ears open, be alert
The remedies it proffers are simple, the message curt
Pay heed to its averments, imbibe the profundity
Partake of its omniscience, revel in the majesty

Connect to your SELF and you will with an effulgence glow
At your beck and call shall the waves of wisdom flow
Tis futile to look askance, dwell on the outside
When the key to life’s enigmas lies within – inside

Ode to the Self!

Courtesy: http://bhatiams.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/ode-to-the-self/

11 May, 2010

Goggles by Google

Imagine you a are pure vegetarian, traveling to Tokyo, want to pick up a fancy looking food-item from a local store but can’t really make out what the label reads . You reach out to the store attendant who cannot speak in English and you don’t know what to do. Imagine you’re rushing to find a toilet in Moscow, but cant figure out what the label on the door means and passerby’s neither have the time nor the will to guide you. Imagine the same while buying a medicine from a local chemist in a small by-lane of Paris or even visiting a landmark building, unable to recollect its name or significance.

I’m sure you could relate to so many such anxious situations.

All you need to do is take a picture from your mobile phone and you’ll get the answer, instantaneously.

No kidding! Google has introduced the next level of innovation to make our lives easier, called Google Goggles.

Google Goggles a new way to search by sight, with your mobile phone’s camera.The latest version has built-in translation capabilities. Earlier, one could either type or call for a local query, Google has opened a completely new dimension in Local search.

Here’s how it works:

  • Point your phone at a word or phrase. Use the region of interest button to draw a box around specific words
  • Press the shutter button
  • If Goggles recognizes the text, it will give you the option to translate. Press the translate button to select the source and destination languages.


That’s not all, in addition to Text, it supports ‘landmarks’, ‘images’, ‘books’, ‘contacts’ (visiting cards), ‘Artwork’ & ‘logo’s’

So, just how does Google collect such detailed information for Google Maps?

Primarily, by using Street View cars!

The feature provides users 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic street level views within Google Maps. Google collects these images using special cameras usually mounted on vehicles and equipment that capture and match images to a specific location using GPS devices. Once the images are captured, they are “sewn” together to create a 360° panorama. Faces and license plates are claimed to be blurred before the panorama images are served and become viewable in Google Maps.


Update (16th May 2010): Google says Sorry for Privacy violation


Seems Mr. Pegman wanted more than just pictures!

Google’s Street View cars have been capturing more than just images and co-ordinates. They even captured personal information from unprotected Wi fi connections. Google announced that it is profoundly sorry for the mistake and didn’t realize this depth of data collection due to a communication gap between teams who were programing and executing, but promises to mend ways. The extent of damage goes beyond 30 countries where Street View cars were used and Google is said to have captured personal information such as PC details, email snippets, images, etc. They claim to stop collecting Wifi information with immediate effect for now and are putting in a 3rd party based governance model to avoid any such future blunders. The reactions have started pouring in from all quarters. Greece has already gone a step ahead and blocked Street View unless some guarantees are put in place.

Privacy jitters, anyone?

17 January, 2009

Chandni Chowk to China is a drag

Ever got a feeling of losing patience while tolerating nonstop nonsense? Exactly how one feels while watching the much hyped ‘Chandni Chowk to China’. It had such a gripping effect on the (remaining 😉 )  crowd, that they were unified in the cinema hall while yawning together and making sounds of “Oooh” in chorus, astonished to watch consistent stupidity of watching the star couple jump from a sky scraper to escape the villain, with help of an umbrella and immediately start singing.

chandni_chowk_to_chinaMuch contrary to Akshay Kumar’s macho image of  being a class  action hero & a super comedian in his  recent blockbusters, he is  mostly a cry-baby in the  film who is seen weeping with tears rolling  down.  After seeing his foster father being killed in front of  his eyes by  the Chinese villain, he is convinced to  avenge it and approaches an  old policeman for  learning Cosmic Kung Fu. He is taught so, on  principles of Shaolin but without an iota of  seriousness as he keeps  cribbing and making fun of  the steps, not to forget his utter  disrespect  for the master. What finally helps him win the ultimate  fight are  his  cooking skills from the Chandni Chowk dhaba. Deepika  Padukone  looks very fit & vibrant in her Chinese attire and performs a double role and martial arts very impressively. Ranvir Shorey also has a great comical start but his role later reduces to a mere informer lacking any punch.

The Chinese crime-lord Hojo (played by a Chinese superstar Gorden Liu), wears his signature black hat that is thrown as a boomerang to slit throats. Warner brothers being one of the producers of this movie might have contributed to bring comic features in Akshay, with smoke coming out of his ears and getting kicked to outer space and back, but it fails to tickle the funny bone. In fact, its unintended scenes of violence make many kids cry. There is occasional slapstick comedy which is entertaining but the movie is otherwise a drag. I could never imagine writing a blog review for this movie, but hey such an over hyped &  yet disappointing film comes only once in a while 😉

The movie is worth a watch only if you have spare time, are prepared not to seek logic, want to see Deepika in an impressive new role and are fond of Kailash Kher’s music.

14 January, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire is Oscar worthy

The opening swear words of the movie, set all expectations straight!danny_boyle

A lad being tortured by a fat guy, who later turns out to be an interrogating cop attempting to trace a  potential  accomplice in the boy’s unbelievable winning streak at KBC (Indian version of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’). The sequences depicting slum dwellers,  religious riots, mafia of begging industry, gang wars, sleaze, life of common people & their aspirations is so real that one readily agrees. The movie is an insight into the dark life of Mumbai that people prefer to  ignore. It  shows how three street smart children from slums, who ironically compare themselves to the ‘Three   Musketeers’, get emotionally hardened from their sufferings and be easily drawn to  illegitimate &  inhumane situations.

‘Jamal Malik’ (played by Dev Patel) & his elder brother ‘Salim’ escape religious riots that killed their family and take to unexplored territories to survive. Jamal longs to be with his childhood friend ‘Latika’ (played by Frieda Pinto) who was also displaced in the same rampage. Jamal becomes a “Chaiwalla” in a BPO, his elder brother Salim becomes a gangster in his desire to be rich and Latika is tossed everywhere for survival.

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While it may appear to be a cliche of a slum-dweller’s story from rags to riches, it really isn’t about the money.

Jamal’s participation in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati'(KBC) is incidental and planned with intention to get reunited with his childhood love. The best parts of the film are its narration & screenplay, which reveals how the young boy has learnt the answers to most difficult questions on the show, from his grave real-life experiences. The plot holds your attention right till the end, which is happy, but heavy hearted. A.R. Rehman’s music is quite compelling, but nothing unusual for fans who’ve enjoyed his past work. The acting skills of the little boys can perhaps create a new benchmark in Indian cinema.

It’s unimaginable how a british movie maker, can portray the stark under belly of Mumbai so realistically and in a manner that attracts cross-cultural global appeal. With Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle has created a masterpiece of a film which is unflinching, gripping, provocative, appealing, a bit funny and very realistic that its almost certain to win an Oscar. Definitely a must watch film, without kids.

Update (23rd February 2009): Slumdog wins 8 Oscars for the following categories.

BEST PICTURE

BEST DIRECTION

BEST MUSIC (SONG)

BEST MUSIC (SCORE)

BEST FILM EDITING

BEST SOUND MIXING

BEST CINAMATOGRAPHY

BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Wow… very well deserved. Congrats to the team & all supporters.

More on : http://www.oscar.com/oscarnight/winners/

9 November, 2008

The remaining quantum of James Bond

The 22nd Bond flick is a great action sequel to Casino Royale, which was in fact a tad better. It appears more like a Hollywood “Masala” movie which has carefully plotted fighting sequences in air, land, sea and on foot to satisfy the action hungry fans. Daniel Craig is yet again the macho 007 who has acquired Jason Bourne style of killer tactics and very predictably walks out of every damn situation with ease. The action sequences are extremely well filmed and would put the movie amongst top slots in that genre but the Bond’s character

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig

we knew has somewhat diminished. “Name’s Bond, James bond” is not to be heard anymore. The refined charismatic appeal that attracts women, intelligent & snappy humor in verbal spats is deeply missed. The villains have also evolved over the years with unprecedented new objectives. Just as the plot to win a game of high stakes poker to fund terror by Le Chiffre in Casino Royale was already very difficult to digest, Dominic Green in this movie is gunning to capture the depleting natural resource, Water. The Bond girl, played by Olga Kurylenko also has an emotionally damaged past and a prominently burnt back. The sex scene with a fellow MI6 agent, played by Gemma Arterton seems to be a deliberate and out of context inclusion without the usual hard to get character snots. The new Bond is a highly emotionally charged guy with tears in his eyes (nearly), who gets drunk to overcome his love loss, refutes M‘s orders, makes sentimental statements when blocked by MI6 and is at times, quite pitiable in his disillusioned battle of trust. His is not very suave anymore but an assassin with lots of blood gushing in the movie, alleged to deliberately terminate every lead. The title theme song also leaves much to be desired. The whole experience will perhaps leave a larger impact of watching a super action flick and lesser of a signature Bond movie. Nothing yet can perhaps beat Bourne Identity in urban lethal action category but it’s the remaining quantum of James Bond that draws us to this movie.

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