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Love in the time of War

Forget sacrificng one's life fighting the enemy at a height of 13000 feet to defend one's country. watching My Name Is Khan has become the ultimate test of patriotism. This test has been devised by an actor, Shah Rukh Khan and a regional political party, Shiv Sena. While Shiv Sena has been spewing vitriol, SRK has been claiming the moral high ground. SRK, the man who turned hostile witness in the Bharat Shah case, has been claiming that his stardom is transient but his integrity non-negotiable. Going further, he asks people who criticise him to 'SHUT UP'. Why do people still see watching MNIK as a good thing to do baffles me. Can't you see why is this all done?
While Maharashtra Home Minister, the infamous Mr. R.R. Patil, and other self-serving politicians waved their ticket to the MNIK show, another show was put up by a bunch of crazy people in the education capital of India, Pune. Bomb blasts ripped through German Bakery yesterday killing at least 9 people. This n…

Movie Review - Ishqiya

Ishqiya - the film is as intriguing as its tiltle. Although this movie is directed by debutant Abhishek Chaubey, it has shades of Vishal Bharadwaj all over it. The experience starts even before the first scene flashes, for the Disclaimer (the thing which says "All characters in this movie.... blah... blah...) is in Hinglish, the way people speak it in UP.
Ishqiya takes you in the bad, gun-toting, caste-wars ridden world of the cow belt in no time. Our protagonists, Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) take us on a Ibn-E-Batuta type journey. The little details in the movie are so beautifully captured that when the big road-side hoarding reads, "गोरखपुर विकास प्राधिकरण आपका स्वागत करता है", you feel you have really arrived in a world frozen in time with no bijli, paani or sadak. The choice of cuss-words is also unique with Chutiyam Sulphate slated to become the next buzz-word! To those who are wondering what Chutiyam Sulphate means, its derived from Copp…

Scientifically Unscientific

It was my second year of engineering course and I was in the Electronics Communication Lab. The practical examination for the subject was going on and the external examiner was expected to arrive anytime to check our readings. I was sweating out to get correct readings for Amplitude vs. Frequency of a circuit but to no avail. May be the equipment was faulty. Out of ten readings, only two matched. Faced with the prospect of flunking the exam, I fudged the readings to produce a graph which resembled the expected one.  The only problem was that I noted down my first readings with a pen, so I had to cut them out to take down new readings. The examiner got suspicious at this and started querying me. After much arguments to convince him of the authenticity of the readings, which later turned to pleading, I was allowed to pass the exam with only the passing marks. Moral of the story : Always note down scientific readings with a pencil.