Archive for January, 2006
I heard uniformly good reviews about Rang De Basanti. Hence, I went with lots of expectations, and, sadly, the movie is not upto my expectations. The tagline is A Generation Awakens; it looked like it was such a forced awakening (assuming that the generation was sleeping in the first place). The first half was fine — apart from a few caricatures (of Laxman Pandey, for example). But towards the end of the film, it was not clear as to whether DJ et al wanted to go for armed revolution or for peaceful protests — and, that faltering is the main flaw in the movie. Having said that, the performance of all the actors (especially Atul Kulkarni, Kiron Kher, Alice Patten, and Soha Ali Khan), the wonderful music (my favourite being the Guru Vaani), and nice camera and editing is what makes the movie great, and the first half greater (I am not the only one who feels let down by the movie. Here is Uma and here is desitrain (link via Desi Pundit)). Bottomline – Watch the first half, and endure the second — but don’t miss it.
Last saturday I watched the telugu movie Happy (spelt hyappy) starring Allu Arjun, Genelia and Manoj Bajpai, among others. Apparently the “punchline” of the movie is A Happy Film; that it certainly is. But for the bloody climax, everything else was just fine. If you can watch a movie where every emotion is caricatured at the extreme, and where everything is in black and white with no greys in between it is a great film — I usually do, and hence I enjoyed it thoroughly. I also liked the emphasis that was placed on the studies by the heroine — she was, in the entire movie (in spite of the romance label), worried only about her studies and nothing else; or, so it seemed. The bottomline: a few happy hours, and strongly recommended!
Apparently, it is natural for books to fall out of print 😦 Link via Boing Boing. On second thoughts, are there several births for books too? Do they get revived in a new format, in a new language, for a new audience? Do they surface in some other part of world (like PG Wodehouse in India, though, I understand that he is largely forgotten in the west)?
Here is an article about the Debian distribution, and why it is a good choice; link via digg. The first three paragraphs put it succinctly:
There are hundreds of GNU/Linux distributions around, each with its strengths and weaknesses. One that stands out from the masses is Debian. It is the only major distribution not developed (or even backed) by commercial vendors, but by a group of volunteers around the world. Its main features are robustness, great software package management, a huge software collection consisting of more than 15,000 pre-compiled packages ready to install and run, and a transparent and always helpful support system based on mailing lists and a bug tracking system.
But, there is something else that makes Debian special: No other distribution has seen as many offspring distributions as Debian has. Among them you’ll find customized Linux distributions for regional markets like LinEx (a government-driven project in Spain), or the shooting star Ubuntu (developed by a commercial vendor). The reason for this popularity is obvious: The Debian distro is not only free, but boosts flexibility and transparency.
If you use another Linux distribution and you are interested in changing, after you read this article you should install Debian.
Happy linux-ing and debian-ing!