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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HIMYM ended today. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the series, I want to make a different point here.
Top line - HIMYM is so hugely inspired from Kuchh Kuchh Hota hai in its storyline. Or, if I remove my biases, let's say there is significant correlation between the two.
First, the characters:
I should have gotten an indication of this similarity when robin was shown as more 'guyish' - had mostly male friends and played hockey! Now, isn't it similar to the character of Kajol? And both Kajol and Robin didn't look their usual great in their wedding scenes.
Then comes Ted. The chocolate boy (SRK) who marries his miss perfect Tracy.
Tracy's character was similar to Rani Mukherji's. An 'external' person who comes in. Is classy. And, Ted gets bowled over by her.
However, there are times when Ted becomes kajol-ish and Barney SRKish and we'll come to those.
Next comes the scenes:
The first time I got the idea that HIMYM is similar to KKHH was the scene between Barney and Ted during Barney's wedding weekend where he learns that Ted was leaving for Chicago. This scene, in its feel and emotion, was very similar to the 'train scene' in KKHH where Kajol(Ted) figures that SRK(Barney) and Rani(Robin) are in love and decides to leave the town. Ted makes up some story around why he needs to go to Chicago and Barney figures that he is trying to get away from his and Robin's lives.
The nail on the coffin was the ending. Towards then end, you have Tracy(Rani) long been dead. Ted(SRK) is nostalgic. And his kids(little Anjali) insist that he gets married to Robin (Kajol).
Isn't the parallel too obvious? Nonetheless, I really liked both the show and the movie.
Posted by Prashant Mehta at 2:06 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Kansa (the bad guy) was creating havoc in the city of Mathura. He arrested Vasudev and Devki and wanted to kill Krishna.Vasudev saves Krishna from the tyranny and took him to Nandgaon where he was raised by Nand and Yashoda.
While at Nandgaon, Krishna did a lot of 'small acts of greatness'. A lake in the village was poisoned by Kaliya Naag. Cows and cattles who drank water from the lake were dying. Krishna went into the lake and 'tamed' the Kaliya Nag with his 'super-human' powers and saved the people of Nandgaon. Then again, when Indra Dev was angry and showered torrential rain on the village, Krishna with his 'super-human' strength lifted Goverdhan Parvat with his little finger and used it as an umbrella for the entire village.
At last, Kansa learned that Krishna was in Nandgaon. There was a dramatic fight between Krishna and Kansa and finally Krishna won and saved the entire Braj Pradesh!
Story of Man of Steel is somewhat similar to the story of Krishna.
Krypton had become too unstable both environmentally and politically. General Zod (the bad guy) wanted the genetic codex hidden within Kal-El. Kal-El's father sent him in a spaceship to earth. Kal-El was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent as Clark.
While on earth, Clark realizes he has 'super-human' powers and does a lot of 'small acts of greatness'. He rescued kids in his school bus which met with an accident and was drowned. He also saved a crew stuck in a burning oil rig.
At last, General Zod learned that Clark/Kal-El was on earth. There was a dramatic fight between Clark/Kal-El and General Zod and finally 'superman' won and saved the world!
I was amazed at the similarity between Man of Steel and Krishna. Sometimes I wonder how great an epic Mahabharata is! A lot of movies/novels have plots which have been inspired/inherited by one or more episodes of Mahabharata.
Do share in case you came across any movie/story which had resemblance to some episodes of Mahabharata
Posted by Prashant Mehta at 3:59 PM
Monday, June 18, 2012
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Winner: Winner will be selected based on the number of people sharing and liking the picture that we'll upload on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SAGNChannel)
Deadline: 'Votes' (i.e., linking and sharing) will be calculated till 1st July 2012, 23:59 Indian Standard Time. So, it makes sense to upload your pictures as early as possible to get more votes.
Prize: South Asian Good News Channel merchandize!
Posted by Prashant Mehta at 2:14 AM
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Sachin: Khelna nahi aata toh cheating toh mat karo
Rahul: Hey, mujhe cheater mat bulao, ha
Saurabh: That's what you are. Cheater. Cheater, Cheater
Rahul: Saurabh, mujhe cheater mat bulao
Sachin, Saurabh and the other kids started in chorus: Rahul is a cheater. He is a cheater. He is a cheater.
Rahul: Cheater nahi
Sachin: Cheater (Screamed so loud that other voices couldn't be heard)
His brother came to his room. Rahul got back to the present. Rahul's heart started beating faster. His mind started racing with thoughts. He was wondering why was it necessary to score runs in cricket? Why was it necessary to take wickets? According to him cricket was a game. And like any game, it was a game to have fun. Just then his brother interrupted him.
Brother: Rahul, when did you come back?
Rahul: Just a few minutes back.
His brother started searching for something in his cupboard. Rahul's mind started wandering again. He started questioning, should the team scoring the highest run be winner? If the purpose of the game is to have fun, shouldn't the team enjoying the game the most be the winner? The team which plays with what's called the sportsmanship, with integrity and having the most fun be the winner? Suddenly his heard his brother's
Brother: Have you seen my The God of Small Things?
His brother continued his search. Rahul thought, perhaps the game is designed to keep the players fit. Then, shouldn't the team which exercises their muscles the most be the winner? Perhaps the objective of the game is to instill team spirit among the players. Shouldn't then, the team with the best team coordination win? Rahul considered 11 years as too young an age to answer such questions. He was still not sure what was the purpose of the game. Was it having fun, exercising or instilling team-spirit? Or a combination of these factors. If so, how does the run scored or wickets taken indicate how well the purpose of the game is fulfilled.
He got out without making any runs today also. Despite knowing that he got out, he didn't agree. He stood on the crease until his friends Sachin, Saurabh and others started calling him a cheater. He left the game and came up. He was feeling bad. Today was not a one off case. He generally gets out for lesser runs and feels bad about it. He dreads his brother and other family members asking him - 'how many runs you scored today'? or 'how many wickets did you take?' He wondered why they never asked him - 'did you enjoy the game today? or 'was today's game exercising enough?' or 'What did you learn about team spirit from today's game?'
His brother shut the cupboard with a bang. He had 'The God of Small Things' in his hand.He turned around and asked Rahul
Brother: So, how many runs did you make today? How many wickets did you take? Did you make the highest run of did that Sachin made the highest run today also? I think he was on his 99th century in the gully. Could he make his 100th today or did you take his wicket before that?
Raj was a little sad today. He had not be able to get that dance step correctly. He had not been selected in the dance troupe. Raj loved music and dancing. However, he wasn't a good dancer. He had been trying to hide this news from him mother. He tried to keep himself busy. He was searching for 'The God of Small Things', the book he had started reading when he was in 10th standard but couldn't complete it till now when he's is the final year of his under graduation. He found the book in his cupboard, had a casual chat with his younger brother and went towards his study room silently.
He wondered, if the purpose of dancing is to have fun then why isn't the person who enjoys the dance the most considered the best dancer? Why is knowing difficult steps considered important?
On the way to his study, he heard his mother's voice:
Mother: So, did you get selected in your college's dance troupe?
Posted by Prashant Mehta at 8:56 AM
Monday, March 5, 2012
[For those who don't know, SAGNC is a social media channel which shares 'good' news from the SA region. Check out the Facebook like to get an idea about the channel - https://www.facebook.com/SAGNChannel]
SA GOOD NEWS CONTEST: Dhanam, like millions of rural women across India, is a housewife first and bread-earner second. And just like those other women, making some extra money after finishing the housework would greatly improve her family’s lifestyle.
For this 38-year-old living in the outskirts of Coimbatore, the low-cost sanitary napkin maker designed by A Muruganantham is a boon. Working for a comfortable 6-7 hours daily, Dhanam makes close to 400 pads, supplementing her family income by Rs 3,000 per month, which is going towards her daughter’s college fees.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/SAGNChannel and like the page. Only participants who ‘like’ the page will be considered for the contest
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Posted by Prashant Mehta at 5:23 AM
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