Friday, August 21, 2009

Kaminey: After-thoughts

If the ‘funda’ in Kaminey is to be logically extended, the quite a lot of ‘desi’ Gujaratis are lisps (totle). One of the first few and one of the last few monologues in the movie is ‘main fa ko fa kehta hoon’. In the movie Charlie (Fahid Kapoor) pronounces ‘sa’ as ‘fa’. Now, if this disorder is said to be ‘totlapa’, then the ‘disorder’ of pronouncing ‘sa’ as ‘ha’ should also be claimed as ‘totlapa’. Imagine a conversation between two persons with the disorder (the mehona flavoured – ‘H’ versioned)

A: Hi, kem chhe? [Hi, how are you?]
B: Bas, jhalha chhe! [ enjoying!]
A: Kaminey joi? [Did you see Kaminey?]
B: Na nathi joi. Kevi chhe? [No, haven’t heen. How ih it?]
A: ekdam firt claah chhe [Abholutely, firth clahh]
B: Em? Pelo Moonden Jhurni waro kehto to ke Hahid e haari akhon kari chhe [is it? That Moonden Jhurni fellow was haying that the ekhon (action) of hahid was good]
A: Haa – bahu hweet lagtoto [Yes, he looked really hweet]
B: Tu paachhi mari jode halis kale? [Would you again go with me for the movie tomorrow?]
A: Horry ho. Mare kale mol ma hopping karva javanu chhe. [Horry, tomorrow I have to go to a mol for hopping.
B: Thik chhe – hoon koi bija ne laijaih. Mari agar be free paahih hata. [Ok. I’ll take someone else. I had two free paaheh]
A: Oh – mare kale javanu canhel thai gayu. Ho halis tari jode. [Oh – My tomorrow’s plan got canhelled. I’ll join you]

Anyway, getting back to the movie – Charlie was ‘totla’ and Guddu (S..SS..Shh..ahid Kapoor) was a ‘hakla’, one who stammers. The plot of the movie is nothing out of the box. Everyone in the movie is ‘kamina’. There are about 5 ‘kaminey’ groups and the story connects and brings them together. Finally, in the tussle for power and in the quest for outdoing each other, all the kaminey kill each other. Only Fahid Kapoor, S..SS…Shh..ahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra lived through the story. The subplot which shows how the twin brothers got separated was very loose. An ordinary railway employee’s school going son having Rs 3000 and Charlie making it to 5000 by gambling on a roadside stall leave you wondering why at all it was added. Otherwise, the plot was just okay.

Shahid Kapoor is said to have ‘internalized’ Shahrukh Khan’s way of acting. The character of Guddu, who not only stammers but is also a ‘sweet-boy,’ makes Shahid more vulnerable to ‘internalize’ SRK’s acting. Priyanka Chopra did a good job. She seems to suit such de-glam’d characters more than ultra-glan ones (like that of a super-model in Fashion ). Amol Gupte did great job. He had the charisma that the character demanded. Bhope Bhau (the character played by Amol Gupte) is shown to be a local politician whose party is against non-Marathis. However, when he is offered huge amount by Guddu, a non-Marathi, he becomes pro non-Marathi and says that he would change to a party which is not against non-Marathis. The way his character turned 180 degrees makes us think whether the politicians really think about people – Or, is it for some personal benefit they play with the life of the commoners?

The songs are average. The background score during car chase and fights reminds you of the 80’s movies. The dialogues seem to be forcefully made ‘strong’. These dialogues reminds you of the 80’s and 90’s movies.

Paifa banana ke do raafte hai – ek fort cut aur dufra chhota fort cut

The lyrics are good. The hand held camera effect used in a few scenes was un-called for and makes the scene difficult to see. The movies pace is pretty good – with a few ‘slow’ moments. Overall, it if a ‘timepass’ movie and can be feen one time.
Remember, Charlie fa ko fa kehta hai?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hash Include

Hash Include

Inclusion seems to be the new buzzword. From financial inclusion (as mentioned by the Indian President Pratibha Patil on the eve of Independence Day) and sexual inclusion (by the amendment of section 377 of IPC) to inclusion (at least, by being a witness on national television) into the process of selecting a groom. Not to forget the evergreen first line of a C program.

However, this word was more popularly used in the context of education. It refers to a state where children with and without disabilities study together. As on everything else, there are people who support the notion and there are people who do not. While, as on everything else, most people don't really care. I am not going to discuss whether or not 'educational inclusion' should be practiced. The reason is that apart from the obvious cases we don't know who falls and who doesn't fall under 'retarded' category.

Though, in theory, we may be able to classify people in terms of those with and without disabilities, the fact remains (and as hinted by Pauli's exclusion principle) that every child is unique with his own learning curve. So, while the know-all work out whom to include in which category and fight for what level of 'inclusion' is optimal, there is one thing we can do without much controversy.

Let me explain. The process of children education has two end-points - the producers (teachers) who are the sources of knowledge and the consumers (children) who take in the knowledge. Of course, there is self learning and self exploration. But for children, it works the best if the source of knowledge is another person. So, instead of having all teacher-for-the-normals teaching to 'normal' schools, we should have some 'special teachers' also in the 'normal' schools.

There are cases where children who need special teachers are sent to 'normal' schools - probably, because they are not thought of as 'special'. These children, obviously (and by definition), don't do well in the school and are deemed 'slow learners'. This makes the matter worse. One way to address this is to have special teachers in all 'normal' schools. These teachers would help in identifying students with special needs. They would also make other teachers - who put a lot of unnecessary and virtual pressure (reminds you of your boss?) on the students - sensitive to the fact the every child is unique.

This is what i thought of when i (again) watched Taare Zameen Par. We need people to identify and deal with children with special needs. We need 'inclusion' among teachers. I am sure this is not something which will arouse a lot of debates. Nether would the serial-topper's mother be worried about her child slowing down in study because some of his classmates have special needs. This is one area where we not only lack inclusion but also lack debate on it.

Do share your views on the concept of inclusion applied to teachers.

Monday, August 10, 2009


My friend and I were discussing politics the other day. We were discussing the difference among Congress (I), Congress and Indian National Congress and among CPI, CPI(M) and CPM. Just then i asked him: If Congress(I) were founded by Steve Jobs, what would it be called. He was stunned. What the hell was i asking. He never bothered to even think why the hell was i asking that.

He had no clue (Good for me). So, i replied:


And he was like - "Awww.."

He smirked at me - Don't tell this to the Presidency/JU Arts girls. They will bury you. I said they can't do that. If they come to do that, I'll tell them:

"Don't Bury, Be Happy"

Now, don't give me that look. I know it was bad. But couldn't help sharing it. [You would understand this if you know Bengali]

BTW, i am still awaiting your pet-peeves. The idea is that I'll collate them up for the larger group of readers. Do key in your pet-peeves here


Friday, August 7, 2009

Guest Blog Post: Alice In Wonderland - The Review

[Hey Guys!

I am a bit busy with my work these days to write something. So, you have a guest blog post from Tejaswy!

Prashant ]

This was one of the first books I read in my life and the one of which I have least memory of. After having a chat with my friend Raj, who happens to love reading books that are not related to engineering or academics, I realized that I should get back to reading and what better way to get back to reading than read the first book I ever read and of which I have no memory of.


Alice in wonderland is a story of, as you all know, a girl who follows a talking white rabbit into a rabbit hole, and hence enters a wonderland where nothing makes sense to her 7 year old brain but she is still able to make sense of a lot of things that would normally not makes sense to grownups!

Did that sentence make sense?

For example

Drinking magic potions to grow small
Eating cakes to grow big
Sneezing babies turning into pigs
A mysteriously grinning and vanishing cat
Stopping and modifying time
And a Queen who’s answer to all the problems is “Chopping of heads”

The Story

Alice is depicted to be a typical English mem, who is polite, courteous and sometimes a bit too mature for her age. She is in a boring tea party with her elder sister when she spots a white rabbit who seems to be in a hurry to meet the Queen of Hearts. She follows him to a rabbit hole where she discovers she is too big for the door. She drinks a potion which reduces her size to the level of the door but only to realize that the keys were on top of the table. She eats a mushroom to grow big but apparently she eats too much of it and outgrows the room itself! After a lot of mixing and stirring she finally manages to get through the door to see the most beautiful garden ever.

There she meets a caterpillar, who is smoking a hookah (Talk about smoking being dangerous to health) who guides her to a “Mad”tea party where a Hatter and a Hare are having a tea party and they somehow manage to get Alice involved with her. She is challenged to a game of riddles with the Mad Hatter and the Hare with no clear evidence of who is making sense and who is not. After spending some time with them Alice loses her temper and storms out of the tea party calling the tea party “The stupidest tea party ever.” She keeps meeting Cheshire, the disappearing, grinning cat, who helps Alice out in bits and pieces and seems to be the only friend she has in the Wonderland

Soon after this she meets the Queen of the Wonderland who is incidentally the Queen of Hearts in a pack of cards, and all her guards are pack of cards.

Her favorite line happens to be

“Off with the head”
“Don’t be nervous, or I’ll have you executed”
“Give your evidence” said the Queen, or “I’ll have you executed”
“You are a poor Speaker, off with his head”

After losing a game of croquet with the queen , Alice is put on trail and the witness happens to be the hatter , a hare and the sleepy mouse. Alice eventually losses the case and is to be executed.

But in the nick of time she wakes up.

You have to think like a 7 year old when you are reading this book. You have to forget the fact that some things are impossible. It is a wonderful and a magical book (not that the book does magic itself but you get the idea).I think everyone should read the original book at least once in his/her life time and please be sure to read it to your kids.

Implications of Alice in Wonderland in today’s world

The story has become a metaphor in today’s world. It is used to describe one’s imagination/Imaginary world where not everything is perfect. It has been taken up by the medical community as a Syndrome termed as “Alice in Wonderland syndrome”

In the movie Matrix, Neo is asked to wake up by Trinity and asked to follow the white rabbit. Check the video here.

And here is when Morpheus offers the choice between the Red pill and the Blue pill and tell his about the Matrix wonderland. Check the video here.

In the movie The Resident Evil the protagonist is named Alice and the Antagonist Character, the Macro Computer, is named as The Red Queen.

Not to mention Tim Burtons latest movie called Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp playing as the Mad hatter. Check the trailer here



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About him: (in his own words) One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.]

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