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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Hindu vs Timesofindia

Hindu would actually win the worst website among all the news websites I browse. Yet....yet...

A small query on alexa shows,


If with that Website, Hindu can win the battle, how bad is timesofindia's content?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Caution: Skip norway if you have kids below 18 years of age

When the whole slew of news channels fb spam was talking about the Norwegian authorities taking away a 3 yr old and 5 month old from their Indian parents, I suspected there was more to the story. 

Authorities taking away Kids from their parents isnt an easy decision like us returning stuff in Walmart, right? -  Unless there are serious issues like sexual abuse/Physical abuse, common sense would say a child's best interest is in being with its parents.

But, here are all the details about the case (#25-32 and #46 is an instance where norway tried smuggling a turkish boy out of Turkey!), you get better picture.The elder kid had behavioral issues which doesnt seem to have been properly diagonsed till date. None of the instances seem to require the action the Norway govt. agency resorted to.

Seriously, you all know better than to schedule a connecting flight through even a Norway airport if you have kids.

PS1:  to me small babies being put in cribs of their own had always seemed cruel. Eastern countries should be taking away all the western babies from their Parents on this account alone.

Friday, February 24, 2012

kadhalil sodhapuvadu yeppadi

" Don't blame me if the movie turns bad", said the friend as she got into the car. Ironical, because that was exactly the words I wanted to say to her. I decided to go because heart was heavy and it has been quite a while since I hit theaters and this had good reviews. Friend had equally unimportant reasons.

I felt the movie wasn't bad, but my friend rated 5/10 saying there is no story. So that was the end to the short story.

Now about the movie... The director is 24. This is important very important, because the story covers pretty much every type one would meet in college - the ever fighting couple(fights would usually about not being loved:)), the two timing jerk, Propose to every gal he can find guy - I could recall every one of these people. 

The style is very different with  loads of talking to the camera by Siddarth, it is fun. Movie was funny too - Theater crowd laughed a lot.

But, anything wee bit beyond a college romance doesnt get handled very well in Indian Cinemas, no? So Suresh and his wife's track didnt register at all - I just took it as  something to end the movie. I was lot more disturbed when Pooja decided to go back to her boyfriend ( oh please dont expect me to put spoiler alert for these type of movies).
There is also the whole Men are from Mars  Women are from Venus type dialogues. These annoy me  because they somehow sounds as if  all women are just one woman and all Men are just one single Man. I mean if only life were that simple, unfortunately 0.001% DNA variation  stands in the way. 

Here, though the compare contrasting were with  points I agree on. Besides, considering the way women are usually treated in current day Tamil Cinema, this movie is such a relief. A girl can actually break up with a guy and guy reasons himself to it - doesnt sing "adida avalai, vetra avalai .. (beat her, axe her.. ) - Seriously doesnt that alone make the movie oscar worthy?

PS: As an aside, having lived beyond those college years - watching a movie with all this talk about love, made me really wonder, should people invest in a college relationship with all seriousness of a marriage during college? - life in college should be fun and all this relationship sentimentality seems a bit much, no?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I am not an animal lover

in any remote sense even but this picture made me almost cry.

Clearly, economically it might not be easy to provide them space and commercially it might not make sense.

But this is not a way any living being should be treated!