Twenty 20!!! Ultimate Entertainment!!!

Oh Man!!! This is the ultimate film I had ever seen. I am not telling that the story is awesome, the cinematography is too good and all. But the effort taken by the director Joshiy and Producer cum Actor Dileep is worth appreciable. Assembling all the actors of current Malayalam film industry under one roof was a quite difficult job. And more than that making a story which can include all these actors, which counts nearly to 70, is quite a hectic task. The writers Uday Krishnan and Sibi K. Thomas had written the story in an awesome way. All the top actors, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi and all should be given a fair importance in role wise which in fact the writers had done very well.

The song featuring Nayan Tara, was in fact a brilliant idea. It featured a dance bar sort of thing and the director was able to plug in a lot of stars like pritviraj, jayasoorya, kunchako boban, nayans and all… To be frank, there is nothing much great about the story, except that it packed up all those 70+ stars. But trust me, no one will fell like we lost the money. I saw the film at my hometown Trivandrum, but I felt that even if I had watched the film at some multiplex here at Bangalore, it wouldn’t have been a waste of money. Its such a great entertaining 3.15 hours.

I don’t know about how others feel, but being a big Mohanlal fan, I believe that Mohanlal is the real star in this film. Even though the producers had tried to make them equal, we can clearly see Mohanlal standing a inch ahead of Mammootty. And among all these stars Suresh Gopi was there from the starting to end of the film, that too again in a commissioner role, proving that there is nobody still in the industry to over throw him from that role.

Once again hats off to Dileep and Joshiy, and above all to the unity of the film stars of Malayalam. You guys really made us proud. Nobody here at Bangalore usually discussed about any Malayalam films, but after this twenty 20 release, believe me even my North Indian colleagues are asking about this film. This is in fact a big achievement and in short it became one more reason for me to say proudly that “yes, am a mallu” 🙂

Am I a Hindu?

Last day I found this interesting article by Uday Pai…

Four years ago, I was flying from JFK NY Airport to SFO to attend a meeting at Monterey, CA. An American girl was sitting on the right side, near window seat. It indeed was a long journey – it would take nearly seven hours. I was surprised to see the young girl reading a Bible unusual of young Americans. After some time she smiled and we had few acquaintances talk. I told her that I am from India. Then suddenly the girl asked: ‘What’s your faith?’ ‘What?’ I didn’t understand the question.

‘I mean, what’s your religion? Are you a Christian? Or a Muslim?’ ‘No!’ I replied, ‘I am neither Christian nor Muslim’. Apparently she appeared shocked to listen to that. ‘Then who are you?’ ‘I am a Hindu’, I said. She looked at me as if she was seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what I was talking about. A common man in Europe or US knows about Christianity and Islam, as they are the leading religions of the world today. But a Hindu, what? I explained to her – I am born to a Hindu father and Hindu mother. Therefore, I am a Hindu by birth.

‘Who is your prophet?’ she asked.
‘We don’t have a prophet,’ I replied.
‘What’s your Holy Book?’
‘We don’t have a single Holy Book, but we have hundreds and thousands of philosophical and sacred scriptures,’ I replied.
‘Oh, come on at least tell me who is your God?’
‘What do you mean by that?’
‘Like we have Jesus and Muslims have Allah – don’t you have a God?’

I thought for a moment. Muslims and Christians believe one God (Male God) who created the world and takes an interest in the humans who inhabit it.

Her mind is conditioned with that kind of belief.
According to her (or anybody who doesn’t know about Hinduism), a religion needs to have one Prophet, one Holy book and one God.

The mind is so conditioned and rigidly narrowed down to such a notion that anything else is not acceptable.

I understood her perception and concept about faith.

You can’t compare Hinduism with any of the present leading religions where you have to believe in one concept of god.

I tried to explain to her: ‘You can believe in one god and he can be a Hindu. You may believe in multiple deities and still you can be a Hindu. What’s more – you may not believe in god at all, still you can be a Hindu. An atheist can also be a Hindu.’
This sounded very crazy to her. She couldn’t imagine a religion so unorganized, still surviving for thousands of years, even after onslaught from foreign forces.
‘I don’t understand but it seems very interesting. Are you religious?’
What can I tell to this American girl?
I said: ‘I do not go to temple regularly. I do not make any regular rituals. I have learned some of the rituals in my younger days. I still enjoy doing it sometimes.’
‘Enjoy? Are you not afraid of God?’
God is a friend. No- I am not afraid of God. Nobody has made any compulsions on me to perform these rituals regularly.’

She thought for a while and then asked: ‘Have you ever thought of converting to any other religion?’
‘Why should I? Even if I challenge some of the rituals and faith in Hinduism, nobody can convert me from Hinduism.

Because, being a Hindu allows me to think independently and objectively, without conditioning. I remain as a Hindu never by force, but choice.’

I told her that Hinduism is not a religion, but a set of beliefs and practices.

It is not a religion like Christianity or Islam because it is not founded by any one person or does not have an organized controlling body like the Church or the Order, I added. There is no institution or authority.

‘So, you don’t believe in God?’ she wanted everything in black and white.
‘I didn’t say that. I do not discard the divine reality. Our scripture, or Sruthis or Smrithis – Vedas and Upanishads or the Gita – say God might be there or he might not be there. But we pray to that supreme abstract authority (Para Brahma) that is the creator of this universe.’

‘Why can’t you believe in one personal God?’
‘We have a concept – abstract – not a personal god.

The concept or notion of a personal God, hiding behind the clouds of secrecy, telling us irrational stories through few men whom he sends as messengers, demanding us to worship him or punish us, does not make sense.

I don’t think that God is as silly as an autocratic emperor who wants others to respect him or fear him.’

I told her that such notions are just fancies of less educated human imagination and fallacies, adding that generally ethnic religious practitioners in Hinduism believe in personal gods. The entry level Hinduism has over-whelming superstitions too. The philosophical side of Hinduism negates all superstitions.
‘Good that you agree God might exist. You told that you pray. What is your prayer then?’
Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
‘Funny,’ she laughed, ‘What does it mean?’
‘May all the beings in all the worlds be happy. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.’
‘Hmm …very interesting. I want to learn more about this religion. It is so democratic, broad-minded and free’ she exclaimed.
‘The fact is Hinduism is a religion of the individual, for the individual and by the individual with its roots in the Vedas and the Bhagavad-Gita.

It is all about an individual approaching a personal God in an individual way according to his temperament and inner evolution – it is as simple as that.’
‘How does anybody convert to Hinduism?’
Nobody can convert you to Hinduism, because it is not a religion, but a set of beliefs and practices. Everything is acceptable in Hinduism because there is no single authority or organization either to accept it or to reject it or to oppose it on behalf of Hinduism.’

I told her – if you look for meaning in life, don’t look for it in religions; don’t go from one cult to another or from one guru to the next.
For a real seeker, I told her, the Bible itself gives guidelines when it says ‘Kingdom of God is within you. I reminded her of Christ’s teaching about the love that we have for each other. That is where you can find the meaning of life.

Loving each and every creation of the God is absolute and real. ‘Isavasyam idam sarvam.

Isam (the God) is present (inhabits) here everywhere – nothing exists separate from the God, because God is present everywhere.

Respect every living being and non-living things as God. That’s what Hinduism teaches you.

Hinduism is referred to as Sanathana Dharma, the eternal faith. It is based on the practice of Dharma, the code of life.

The most important aspect of Hinduism is being truthful to oneself. Hinduism has no monopoly on ideas. It is open to all.

Hindus believe in one God (not a personal one) expressed in different forms. For them, God is timeless and formless entity.
Ancestors of today’s Hindus believe in eternal truths and cosmic laws and these truths are opened to anyone who seeks them.

But there is a section of Hindus who are either superstitious or turned fanatic to make this an organized religion like others.

The British coin the word ‘Hindu’ and considered it as a religion.

I said: ‘Religions have become an MLM (multi-level- marketing)industry that has been trying to expand the market share by conversion.

The biggest business in today’s world is Spirituality. Hinduism is no exception’

I am a Hindu primarily because it professes Non-violence – ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma‘ – Non violence is the highest duty.

I am a Hindu because it doesn’t conditions my mind with any faith system.

Waaaoh!!! What a Birthday!!!

Yesterday the score card of life showed across my name as 26 not out. Indeed its a good knock with good strike rate. But it seems like my birthday is unlucky for many others. With declarations coming out regarding lots of cost cutting measures, it should be unlucky for others. But its not new for me. My dad used to tell me that the day I born, he was pick pocketed. 😦 Then how come it will be lucky for others. When nearly a ton people got their salary cut to half, they shouldn’t be lucky anyway, right? So one more birthday of mine passed away, without any celebration,  yes!!! without any celebration. Even no sweets given also. How can I send a mail with subject, Sweets at my Desk, please help yourself, to a set of people who were sitting with a heavy head after the great recession meeting?

What’s going to happen next? Is this the same situation across industry? Then I think IT people, who were the top spenders in this garden city, will cut their spends, and eventually leading to the crash of a big growing city. And the big question, when am I going to get targetted???

Nail Biting Match

There is nothing so boring like spending a weekend closed inside the house. But considering our decision of cost cutting and also due to the terror fear, me and LS had decided to stay at our house only. Thanks for the cable TV that put lots of films which helped me stay alive all through this weekend.

I was waiting for the EPL matches to start so that the boring weekend become more lively. It was Sundarland against ManU and Bolton against Chelsea. It were almost an easily predictable matches. But I wanted ManU to beat Sundarland with high margin and Bolton to do some miracle at Stamford Bridge like what they did last year at Old Trafford.

Again ManU playing a match at Midnight IST. Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal had completed their matches before that and ours were a late kick off match. Arsenal escaping with one goal, Liverpool finishing with 3-1 and shit man, Chelshits won with a comfortable 2-0. Now I felt the pressure. Anyway I had my belief in SAF and his boys.

The match was absolutely one sided. In the 90 minutes Sundarland were able to cross the half line for a maximum of 5 times. ManU played brilliantly and passed superbly. I wondered why Tevez not in the starting line up even after his 4-goal haul against Blackburn at Carling Cup. Sundarland playing extremely defensive way and were not at all trying to attack. Rooney, Ronaldo and Berba were trying hard to finish it off. It was reaching 90 mins and still 0 – 0. 😦 I really got tensed about the mails we ManU fans will get from the Chelshits fan. Wait Carrick is aiming for a long shot at 2nd minute of injury time. Shit yaar… it stuck the post. This day is really not ManU’s. We were too much unlucky this day. Hey there is someone in front of the post with the ball that rebounded after the long shot of Carrick. This is Vidic. He had hardly anything to do. Just touch the ball and I cant believe my eyes when the ball shook the net inside the post. Yeah, We had got it. We got the truly well deserved 3 points and still in title race at 3rd place. Thanks Vidic and thanks Carrick for the long range shot. We had ran across the negative fully defensive football of Sundarland with victory and 3 valuable points.

Double Strike

India, in fact the whole world was already been crumbled in the hand of  recession, and to make the situation more worse, here comes the terror fright also. This recession had already stopped majority of people from going to pubs, malls or cinemas every weekend. After the mumbai Taj terror attack, people are hardly going to these places anymore. Income of multiplexes had already gone several percentages down. Above that the warning of another terror attack in major cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai had add more fear in people’s mind. Whenever going out, people are checking the surroundings more carefully for a possible bomb or a militant with AK-47. Nobody is ready to take a risk of life and wants to enjoy the feel of safety they will get by remaining closed in their own houses. What a drastic situation this is!!! Isn’t there a stop for this? We need to see where the combo “recession + terror” will take India in the coming days.

Five Point Someone

Finally I finished this book. Waaaoh!!! What a book to read!! This author, Chetan Bhagat, had got real talent to hold the readers to the seat until the reader finish reading. I started reading a scanned copy of the book, even though the creator of the PDF had cheated me by scanning only 23 chapters. Even then, these 23 chapters I completed in 2 days, but was left with the curiosity and anxiety to read the rest of the book. I searched further, but didn’t get the last 5 chapters. LS had already read the book, and she somehow managed to get one copy of the book from her friend yesterday. I was jumping with joy seeing the book and can’t wait to finish it off. Finally at 10:30 PM IST, I finished it off…

Five Point Someone. Really a great book, which took me to the world of IIT, which brought back my good old memories ar Marian where I did my MCA. In all his 3 books, he had written the things in such a way that, while reading we will feel like the entire things are happening in front of us. Between all those messing ups, he had drawn the love between Hari and Neha in an awesome way. In short, awesome book and 4.5 stars out of 5 from me.

Am I Worried!!???

Smiling faces everywhere… This was the environment of my workspace some two-three months ago. I wonder where all these smiling faces went? People rarely smiles now. I can see a serious plot of worry in almost all faces around me. Ha! With so many news coming out regarding lay-offs from everywhere, everyday, how can anyone be seen smiling, na? Even though Indian companies hadn’t started any layoffs as of now, everybody thinks that those days are not that far. At every corner of the office I can see people murmuring about some rumours. Yes, rumours!!! Daily am hearing many such rumours. Each time I hear such rumour, unknowingly I will pray to god that let the rumour be rumour itself. What else I can do? When the dirty face of recession become more and more vulgar, aren’t prayers the only option left with us? Am I also worried? To be frank, yes, I am