Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Is there a Sachin Tendulkar inside God?

Why is Sachin Tendulkar called god? Kartik Dayanand Boddapati - Mind u Read

Ever since Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket, thousands of articles have been written about him, adding to the millions that are already in existence. I tried to read most of the pertinent ones but somehow I never found a convincing answer to the one question that always haunted me...

Why is Sachin Tendulkar called God?

I also asked my friends on Twitter; they came up with some interesting observations, but the complete answer eluded me. I then saw Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech at the Wankhede. That speech brought tears to my eyes for reasons that seemed to defy logic. Based on what he spoke, I wondered further... 

What if the question changed from...why is Sachin Tendulkar called God? to...what if there is a Sachin Tendulkar inside God?

A bizarre thought, but the answers that came up really baffled my mind. Here is what I figured out, summarized in ten points.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Krrish 3 and Mangalyaan: Birds of the same feather!

Krrish 3 and Mangalyaan - Kartik Dayanand - Mind u Read

People laughed when I said I loved Krrish 3. They laughed even harder when I said Krrish 3 should break all box office records. But they laughed the loudest when I said Krrish 3’s success is as important to us as the success of Mangalyaan, India’s Mars Mission.

Everyone thought I was joking. They still think so. Now that I am writing this blog post, I hope all doubts will be laid to rest. I will start by first speaking about the movie and then go on to Mangalyaan.

Krrish 3

To be honest, I wasn't too enthusiastic to watch Krrish 3 despite all the pre release hype about the VFX and other stuff. Dhoom 3 which is to release in December seemed far more exciting. In 2006, Dhoom 2 overshadowed the hysteria around Krrish, and it seemed like a case of advanced deja vu already.

However I was really curious to see how Rakesh Roshan strung the movie together. I think he has a terrific sense of screenplay and there is a certain rhythm and mathematical precession in the way each scene of his flows into the next. I have been observing this from the time I watched his Karan Arjun in 1995; more about that in another post.

So, this wasn't a good enough reason to convince my wife to watch the film as she didn’t find the prequels that exciting. She agreed only under the condition that she would catch up with some much needed rest in the theatre by sleeping through the movie. My kids weren't too enthusiastic too; they hardly knew who Krrish was, especially considering the 7 year gap since the previous instalment. They were more attuned to the likes of Iron Man and Hulk. They are 8 and 5, so you can imagine how ancient Krrish seemed to them.

And then...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Gravity and the secret sauce of life!

Philosophy behind the movie Gravity - Kartik Dayanand's blog

Life in space is impossible!

The movie ’Gravity’ begins with this ominous line, and for the next 100 odd minutes  it is an immersive roller-coaster ride following astronauts marooned in space.

As the tag line of the movie ‘Don't let go’ suggests, survival of the characters in the film depends on - holding on to things, letting go off things and reaching out for the right things at the right time. This in essence is the simple storyline of the film.

The above scenario reminded me of how similar life on earth is to the one the movie showed us. For survival, we all do the same three things - hold on, let go and reach out; though not literally like in space but in a very metaphorical and invisible way. This is the secret sauce that I am going to speak about in this post.  If you were expecting a review of the movie Gravity, I am sorry to disappoint you.

So here it goes...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Telangana Ki Daaredi

Kartik Dayanand - Telangana Ki Daaredi - Mind u Read

If you know the language or follow Telugu films, you obviously know the inspiration behind the title of this post. For those who wonder what it means...this title is based on the recent blockbuster Telugu film Attarintiki Daaredi (which way to my in law’s house?) starring Pawan Kalyan. I have used the same format, replacing the word ’Attarintiki’ (in law’s house) with ’Telangana’ - the new state proposed to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh (AP).

But Telugu is a tricky language, the word Daaredi in the context of my blog could give the title two different meanings...

Which way to Telangana?
Is there a way out for Telangana?

Similarly, the questions surrounding and supporting the creation of Telangana are quite tricky. They sound logical when viewed from one side and extremely illogical from another angle. Most people I know are oscillating between both the angles or are plainly indifferent. To be honest, I was indifferent too, but the more I think about the reasons why Telangana is being created, the more bizarre they seem to me. Through this blog post I would like to highlight some of those points.

I was warned in advance that this is a sensitive topic and I should tread carefully, especially where it concerns Hyderabad. I see no reason why I shouldn't speak my mind, that too when I come from that region. If you want to counter my views you are most welcome to leave your comments below so that everyone can see your side of the story too. Here goes my version...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shahrukh Khan and the journey of Chennai Express

Chennai Express Shahrukh Khan - Kartik Dayanand - Minduread

 “I am normal, naam toh suna hi hoga”

In one of the many goofy scenes from Chennai Express, Shahrukh Khan (SRK) rattles his trademark dialogue but mistakenly uses the word ‘Normal’ in place of ‘Rahul’.  It was intended to be a pun but it aptly sums up the box office phenomenon of Chennai Express and how Shahrukh Khan finally after a long hiatus gets back to being normal - which is - being the king of the box office.

His last normal movie was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi way back in 2008. A lot has happened since then and Chennai Express arrives like all Indian trains, late by at least 4 odd years but is a wait well worth it for die hard SRK fans. What happened inbetween both these movies is what forms the bulk of this post and then I will go on to speak a little more about Chennai Express and a little more about SRK. If you are not a Shahrukh Khan fan, than this post is probably not for you, don't say I didn't warn you!

Ok, I am kidding, I want you to read it too.

Let’s now press the rewind button.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Beyond Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!

Beyond Bhaag Milkha Milkha - Kartik Dayanand

It is a little over a week since Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's ’Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ released to packed houses everywhere. Volumes have been written about the film already. Lots of people have called it an inspiring movie about the life of Milkha Singh while some have complained about the length, while everyone unanimously hails the performance of Farhan Akhtar as Milkha. Now that we are almost done with talking about the movie, let me tell you a secret...

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag isn't a movie about Milkha Singh! 

It is a movie about Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farhan Akhtar having sex with each other!

No, I am not trying to grab your attention by making bizarre statements. I have good reason to say that and here is why...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Social Media Following: Don't FAKE it if you can't MAKE it!

Fake Followers on Twitter, Facebook - Kartik Dayanand

Face'booth’ Capturing - I came across this term for the first time on a TV news debate earlier today evening. A term inspired by the concept of booth capturing - a process by which fake votes are posted and elections are won based on those inflated numbers. 

Something similar is happening on Social Media; politicians it seems are buying fake followers on Twitter and Facebook to show how powerful and influential they are. Latest example being that of the CM of Rajasthan - Ashok Gehlot seeing a sudden rise in the number of Likes on his Facebook page, and funnily the majority of those Likes coming from Istanbul out of all the places.

Similar accusations are placed on other politicians too, notable among them being Narendra Modi who recently overtook Shashi Tharoor as the most followed Indian Politician on Twitter, aided by a lot of egg heads as seen by the opposite camp (If you are on Twitter you would know what those eggs mean).

I don’t blame these politicians. They are just trying to Fake it when they can’t Make it online.

But the reality of social networks is something closer to what you are going to see next, and the sooner everyone realizes it, the better it is. Watch the video below:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Time to burn our cities!

Time to burn our cities - Kartik Dayanand - Mind u Read

It’s man-made – It’s nature’s fault – It’s a combination of both

The hills have been ravaged - We need to save them – It was a disaster waiting to happen...scream our headlines in the aftermath of the Uttarakhand flash floods, and rightly so. Voices have to be raised, to understand how something like this could happen all of a sudden and to find out if there was any way we could have prevented or avoided this tragedy.

The hills are everyone’s concern today. But my concerns go beyond that.

The perks of living in Delhi:

Though I have never been to Kedarnath, I have driven extensively in the hills of Uttarakhand, right from Haridwar-Rishikesh to Landsdowne to Dehradun-Mussoorie-Dhanaulti and Jim Corbett national park at different times. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most beautiful places in the county and is probably one of the reasons why a city like Delhi seems tolerable, with the hills just a few hours away.

At the same time, I have to admit something.

The thought did occur to me - how do people survive at such remote places, connected by narrow ghat roads which act as their only lifeline? What if the links are broken, how do they connect with the rest of the world? That nagging doubt unfortunately proved prophetic and the Uttarakhand flash floods and the mayhem unleashed after that have proved my worst fears right.

Doomsday prophet:

This makes me even more scared because I have similar thoughts about our major cities and have wanted to write about it for a long time now. In August 2012, I even posted a question on my Facebook Page for some preliminary research and the responses to that confirmed my worst fears (You will understand why I call them fears as you read further). But then, I stopped myself from writing that blog post, which I wanted to call 'I want to burn my city', because I didn't want to sound cynical, paranoid or like a doomsday prophet.

But now, I am not going to stop. If the Uttarakhand tragedy is possible, then it is very much possible that my other fears might come true too. Hence I feel - it is now ‘time to burn our cities’ and here is why...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The world is screwing itself!

“We’re getting closer to a world where technology takes care of the hard work—discovery, organization, communication—so that you can get on with what makes you happiest… living and loving. It’s an exciting time to be at Google.”

These are the concluding lines of a recent announcement by the CEO of Google, Larry Page. It sounds great that technology will make our lives easier and we don’t have to work hard anymore. The machines, or in other words - technology they say will run our world. But...

I think we are in the middle of an unfolding horror story!

For, it can’t be a bizarre coincidence that when we are at the peaks of technological innovation, USA is going through its worst recession in 97 years. The story is not too different in Europe and most of the rest of the world; there must be something seriously wrong somewhere.

Plenty of articles have been written on the often repeated topic of machines taking away jobs from humans and also about its other menacing twin - outsourcing, but this time things are different, really different. They are so different that...

I have no hesitation in saying that the world is on the verge of screwing itself in a spectacular fashion!

Here is the proof...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Why should we pray for Boston?

Whenever tragic incidents like the Boston Marathon blasts take place it shakes our belief in humanity and in society. Such incidents happen with alarming regularity in other parts of the world too and the first thing that comes to our mind is to say...Our prayers are with the victims and their families.

Have you ever wondered if these prayers are of any use?

Why should we pray?

Before I speak about prayer, let's look at what makes us human in the first place...

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Attacks of 26/11 and The Kasabs of Twitter!

As you can notice from the title this isn't just my take on the Ram Gopal Varma movie 'The Attacks of 26/11’ but also my take on a trend that I have been noticing for a long time on Twitter. If you are only interested in reading about the movie you can skip the second part of this post and if you want to read only about the other burning issue that I speak about in this post ‘The Kasabs of Twitter’ you can skip the first part but I would suggest you read it in entirety so that it makes better sense. I will leave the choice to you.

I shall first start with the movie.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Curse of Ram Gopal Varma!

There is a bizarre truth about RGV's films! 

I have written twice about Ram Gopal Varma on my blog, the first one I called 'The truth about the man', and the second 'The De-Evolution of Ram Gopal Varma'.

However, the reason why I am writing this mini post today is to share with you a bizarre observation that struck me after the bomb blasts in Hyderabad a week before the release of his next film 'The Attacks of 26/11”.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kamal Haasan’s true Vishwaroopam!

The movie is running smoothly everywhere, the controversy surrounding it has vanished and it has also stopped trending on Twitter. All that had to be written about it has been written and there is really no point in me saying anything now. Yet, the movie Vishwaroopam refuses to leave my mind; more specifically Kamal Haasan refuses to leave my conscience alone. I have too many demons that I need to exorcise and this blog post is my only means for redemption if I can say so. Before I go on to speak about Kamal Haasan and the movie, I need to first make a confession:

I had no inclination whatsoever to watch Vishwaroopam when the promos came out, not even when the DTH controversy broke out!

"Respect the Art, Respect the Artist, Respect the Audience - I Support Kamal Haasan" said everyone after Kamal Haasan gave an emotional speech on TV speaking about his plight to release the film in his home state Tamil Nadu. I bought tickets to the film (Vishwaroop – Hindi version) at a Delhi multiplex as my way of showing support. I was doing an act of charity or so I thought until the lights went off in the auditorium and the movie began. Something strange happened next, guilt was the first emotion that I experienced when I saw Kamal Haasan on screen. To understand why, I need to now speak about my past with Kamal Haasan...