Monday, June 30, 2008

You will be missed...

Saraswati Rajan a.k.a. Pappa patti (1923-2008).

Teacher, master cook, force feeding expert,
Confounder of all logic, the one to fall back against everybody else,
Secreter of Charlie perfumes, lover of Lakme foundation, collector of key chains,
Beloved aunt, grandmother and great grandmother.

We will miss you so much.

Friday, June 20, 2008

How things change

"One hardly need add that the Paumacariya is filled with references to Jaina places of pilgrimage, stories about Jaina monks, and Jaina homilies and legends. Furthermore, since the Jainas consider themselves rationalists—unlike the Hindus, who, according to them, are given to exorbitant and often bloodthirsty fancies and rituals—they systematically avoid episodes involving miraculous births (Rama and his brothers are born in the normal way), blood sacrifices, and the like. They even rationalize the conception of Ravana as the Ten-headed Demon. When he was born, his mother was given a necklace of nine gems, which she put around his neck. She saw his face reflected in them ninefold and so called him Dasamukha, or the Ten-faced One. The monkeys too are not monkeys but a clan of celestials (vidyadharas ) actually related to Ravana and his family through their great grandfathers. They have monkeys as emblems on their flags: hence the name Vanaras or "monkeys."

- A.K. Ramanujan in Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation

Funny, that last thing I would have thought about Jains I have met in Mumbai is that they are rationalists. I recall discussing with a long lost friend that Jainism and Buddhism were the Renaissance in Hinduism. Its weird that they have evolved into something , and in some instances, something so militant. If you don't get what I mean, take a walk down Chowpatty one of these days!

Have you seen this?


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Why need a stunt when you have a great product?...

... is the question I want to ask Mozilla. Alright, I did download Firefox 3 on the set day, but that was because I was eager to experience the highly anticipated new version. Which is probably the primary reason why most of the 8 million odd other people did as well. Firefox didnt need this publicity stunt to get people to download v3. More so since their site almost crashed with the number for download requests. Anyway, just waiting for my favourite add-ons to get updated.

Sexy veggie my foot!

Does anything about this man suggest any connections whatsoever with the word 'sexy'?
AB has been voted 'Asia's most sexy veggie'. Is he the only veggie in Asia or what? If you want to know what a sexy veggie really looks like, look below.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Somethings are just not worth it! And some...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Song in my head:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


My first ever client vote - Yay! The problem is repeating it every quarter. Bless me!

Friday, June 06, 2008


The best day of the week. Even more so if its has begun to rain and the skies are a lovely gray. The cool breeze is such a relief after the sultry days of summer. And to top it all, the hubbisaurus returns tonight. Happy :).

Monday, June 02, 2008

Why, oh why?

Is Harrison Ford's age the issue in the movie? I am not sure, but clearly George Lucas and Steven Spielberg seem to think so. That Ford is still capable of doing his own stunts at an age (60? 70?) where most leading men would have to huff and puff to get running seems to have made no impact on these two. Worse still, they seem to have had little faith in Ford's ability to recreate the Indiana Jones magic well enough to pull in the crowds. So we get repeated reminders of Indy's advanced years, more Henry than Indy, a diminutive Marlon Brando wannabe, and one big mess of a movie. Well, maybe not that big.

The movie is great wherever they let Ford get into full blown Indiana Jones mode - Indy might be old, but he can still kick some bad ass! Unfortunately, that is kept to a minimum. The feisty Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen, who has wisely resisted the many charms of Botox), whom we first saw out-drinking Nepali men under the table, offers no resistance to falling for a cheapskate who (supposedly) ditched her at the altar. Worse, we get a green-behind-the-ears Shia LaBeouf trying to out swagger the great man himself. Which is a pity, since Ford and Allen by themselves would have made the movie more watchable. Honourable mention goes to Cate Blanchett as the deranged Russian psychic Irina Spalko, she looks like she had great fun playing to the gallery.

I had nearly had a heart attack in the scene where LaBeouf attempts to try on Indy's fedora, only to have its rightful owner snatch it away at the last moment. Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, its a pity that Lucas and Speilberg didn't remember that!


Some things are difficult to accept, no matter what the reasoning. Even if you try and adjust, it stares at you in the face because in reality, it is a compromise.