Archive for April, 2010

The inside story – Maoists

April 11, 2010

I have been hearing about menace of the Maoists for last 4-5 years (since I started following NEWS sincerely). Be it terrorists or Maoists the only thing that puzzles me and only question I wanted to ask the intellectuals is that how do these beasts get the Money and Resource to accomplish their devilish work. I always believe that those who supply arms or sponsor these activities are as much responsible for the life of the innocents as those who actually commit it (Sanjay Dutt is still a villain in my eyes).

The bitter truth and the answer to my puzzle came to me when I was in a conversation with few of my relatives and close ones who had come from my native, Bihar, after a vacation. We all know that Bihar is one of the states which are badly infested with the naxal violence. So here is couple of anecdotes that had happened and that is prevalent at large.

One of my cousins close friend (his dad in fact) has a business in Jharkhand, a hugely popular textile business. They are making a killing from this business. But all is not well the way business is run. He had a brother few years back. Yes! He had one but not any more. His brother was brutally murdered by the Maoists. It so happened that the Maoists came to know that these people are making a good amount in the business so they abducted his brother and demanded a sum of 1crore 15 lakhs (can not fathom the amount), the family could only manage 60lacs. The result was that the Maoist took away the amount of 60lacs and in return sent the lifeless body of the kid. Yes! Their demand was not met. Since then this guy has never been to that place ever and his family has transferred to other state. Now they occasionally go their just to keep the account of their business. Worst part is that Maoists are still earning a healthy 10lacs per year from the business, that’s a contract now with the industries. Needless to say that police were hopeless and did nothing in the matter, rather could not do anything.

The other instance is from Bihar. What I heard from my relatives was just appalling. All those with good business be it in sugarcane factories, transport, cement business or any business which earns you good money, are under pressure from the Maoists of paying a yearly subscription of 2 lacs per year after paying a token amount of 50k Rs initially. These entire medium-big business people are getting letters at their doorstep with the details of contracts. The poor fellow (poor means helpless) don’t have any option but to agree with the contract or run away to some safer destinations. They just can not risk any of their family members.

The worst part is that the influence of Maoists is spreading its wings to a larger area in Bihar and other states; this is in stark contrast with the claims made by the government.

I have already burnt quite an amount of blood by thinking over these incidences and thinking of the future that might confront us. So have nothing to comment on these issues. Hope peace prevails in the end.

Keep praying…if you can not act!

PS:  These monsters might play in the guise of helping poor by hurting the rich….helping poor is what I agree, getting rich is your own choice…why not these people come  in open and demand for the equality in a democratic way….solving the inequality is been endowed to the government not to the self claimed Robin Hoods, and choosing the government is in our hands….having said this, I do believe that their is huge gap between the poor and rich in this country and it is widening day by day….we need to become more sensitive towards the need of the poor and government should make sure that the basic requirements are met at the ground level….hope some day we all find peace within….

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Movie At 11!

April 3, 2010

Movies at 11:

I thought of writing this article just because of my passion for the movies.
So here are the top 11 movies that I have seen in past 3 year…and yes let me tell you that three year back I hardly used to watch any movie…hardly, not even the Bollywood ones. But now I make sure that I watch at least one movie a week from my huge collection of the movies (All NON BOLLYWOOD).

Before starting let me clarify that the sequence in which the description of the movies appear, doesn’t indicate my rankings coz it is too difficult for me to rate one above the other. Though I should say that the first two movies are my favorites ranked 1 and 2 and rest are among my personal top 11 list in random order.

The Pursuit of Happyness: I don’t have any doubts in declaring this movie as the best movie ever. There is not a single point that goes against the movie. Mind blowing acting and amazing chemistry between the father-son along with the emotions involved makes it the topmost movie in my list. You can actually relate it with lives of many common people who emerge victorious against all odds. You have to watch it if you need to find the definition of happiness and how painful can the struggle be for most of the people who are not lucky enough to be born rich.

Reasons to watch:
1.    The truth of life is being portrayed and the excellent chemistry between the father and a son. By the way the son in the movie is also the Will Smith’s real son.
2.    Proves the importance of perseverance, hard work and determination in life. You can achieve anything and against all odds if you have those two.
3.    Based on a real story.
4.    Doesn’t have any gore, violence, nudity, blasphemy, etc. You can all watch it with your family.
5.    No comments on the acting, specially the Will Smith. I am too small to judge his brilliance in the movie. It looks so real.
6.    One of the movies that bring tears to my eyes every time I see it.

The Shawshank Redemption: Again a clear winner and deserves being the number one movie on the IMDB top 250 lists. Just because I am bit emotional and love things that actually happens around in the real world, I have put the above movie as my top favorite.
If you have any doubts that a lone, helpless person can not do anything great in this world, just go ahead and watch this movie. Nothing beats the power of determination and patience. One thing I have learnt from this movie is that you don’t have to tell your enemy that you are killing (defeating) him until he realizes that he is already dead.

Reasons to watch:
1.    Awesome acting.
2.    Core thing is that when you know that you are true and honest no matter what are you up to, you will emerge as a winner and even if someone with all the authorities and power is against you, you can still defeat him if you have confidence in you. This includes even if you are alone fighting against the entire world that too in a nonviolent way.
3.    Another thing it teaches is the importance of patience in life. Believe me (or at least the movie) your enemy would just hate to see this quality in you as it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
4.    Again it doesn’t have any gore, little bit of prison violence, no nudity, no blasphemy, etc. You can all watch it with your family.
5.    Do listen for the unforgettable and inspiring dialogues\quotes in the movie.

The Prestige:
Want to know what is obsession? This movie is for you. Setup in the era around the end of 19th century this movie has got a tremendous screenplay. The movie clearly epitomizes the common desire of getting more famous than the other. That was the time when people used to work for a sole reason that they just loved their work, penchant for money never tempted the humans of that era. This movie also proves how much do people are ready to sacrifice just to prove that they are better than someone else.

Watch the movie for:
1.    Lovely screenplay.
2.    Lovely acting.
3.    Lovely theme.
4.    MEANING OF OBSESSION!
5.    Also for one of the most beautiful woman on earth – Scarlett Johansson
Btw you can watch this with your parents 🙂

The Usual Suspects:
If you love to get puzzled, if you love movie’s CLIMAX that makes you go crazy and if you love deceiving people, this movie is for you. It has got the best climax among all the movies I have seen till now. That’s a big thing to say, but it is true.
Watch out for:
1.    Exceptional acting (actually it goes with out saying that all these 11 movies fulfills this criteria that is acting!!!)
2.    Mind blowing CLIMAX! (don’t take in other way :-))
3.    The teaching, that never underestimate the weak, and often it happens that what appears in reality is just an illusion and what appears to be unreal is what the reality is.
4.    Do I need to say more?

The Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind:
Interesting one and especially for those who are in a relationship and often fight over trivial issues. Now I hope more people are gonna watch this movie :-). Staring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, interesting pair indeed, this movie has something in it that makes you watch it more and more and strengthens your belief in LOVE, I mean the true LOVE!
Watch out for:
1.    Extra ordinary theme\story. Believe me if I pen down in just a small paragraph the gist of the story, there wont be a single person who would be able to resist watching the movie.
2.    After the movie you will be assured that true love can never be washed away and it remains with you for rest of your life.
3.    The direction and the concept of the movie, just awesome.
4.    Again the climax, it gives you Goosebumps.
5.    No gore or violence in the movie.

City Of God:
Caution before, this one has got loads of violence. And I am pretty sure that girls would not like the movie as much as guys would. This movie depicts the real slum story of “Rio De Janeiro” in Brazil. It is all about the life in slums, the gang wars, and the eternal cycle of shift in power. It is a strong movie which maintains the tempo from beginning till the end.

Watch out for:
1.    The reality depicted in the movie. No where does it makes you feel that it is a reel story but real.
2.    The brilliant screenplay and dialogues (watch them carefully).
3.    Importance of law, order and education in any society.
4.    The false belief that you can be in power for eternity.
5.    Revenge and redemption.
Only minor problem you might have is the subtitles as the movie is not in English. Good if you could get the dubbed version but in no way does it take away the brilliance in the movie.

Schindeller’s List:
This movie has been the favorites of many people and rightly so. If some one wants to know the details of barbaric act against the Jews by the Nazis, this movie tells it all. The holocaust and the horrendous, inhumanity against the poor Jews really brings tears to your eyes. The best part is the change of heart of a Nazi officer (mind you, a spoiler) and the sympathy he shows towards the Jews. Truly amazing!!
Watch out for:
1.    The life, how we are better off and how cruel can life can be for others (God where were you).
2.    It is based on a real story.
3.    Jews frightful condition under the Nazis and their endurance.
4.    A Human amid the devils.
5.    Above all the MR. SCHINDELLER.

Life is beautiful:
Just one word BEAUTIFUL. It is a classic piece of art. This movie makes you believe that in spite of the precarious situation you can still survive by being yourself, being calm and enjoying the way you live, because life indeed is beautiful. I bet this movie will have a lasting impression in your life, at least for the father-son duo. Like the above movie this one too is about the Nazi’s treatment against the Jews but has far lesser violence and more aligned to the life in a Ghetto and the love of a father towards his son.
Watch out for:

1.    Father’s love towards his son and his effort to protect him at any cost.
2.    The pathetic condition of Jews (getting different kind of feeling after writing about the above movie and this one, I pray those conditions never arises in the future ever and may God give peace to those helpless souls).
3.    How can we make our life less complicated by just being what we are?
4.    Essence of the movie.

Titanic:
I just love sea and ships. This movie was always in my top movies list. Above that the romance just makes it even more compelling. I can watch it 100times (bit exaggerated:-)) and still would not get bored.
Watch out for:
1.    Romance and love.
2.    Life on a ship.
3.    How people from different social strata being in the same ship live life in an entirely different fashion.
4.    Breathtaking scenes while it sinks.

Babel:
This one is of a genre where you see different stories running in parallel and often having a common string that binds them together. I personally love these kinds of movies. The movie has got stories from different location on the earth but each one connected to other. It really amazes me the way the director has seamlessly captured the essence of the respective geography. Again this is one of the movies that may move you into tears (keep napkins handy:-)).
Watch out for:
1.    The life in different parts of world.
2.    Though being so far from each other we all have some kind of problems in the life, so everything being uncommon the problems definitely are common as are love and hatred for that matter.
3.    How cruel and unfair the life can be to us, but above all how can we rise against all odds and emerge triumphant.
4.    How deeply the emotions are attached and how important they are for each one of us.

Memento:
This one is truly UNIQUE and I don’t think we have any other movie of this kind (not sure actually).
One thing I will tell you in advance is that this movie made my head go round and round and round when I saw it for the first time. This is because almost the entire movie is in backward timeline, two minutes of live and then 15 minutes backward, two minutes of live and then 30mins backward, so on and so forth (again a spoiler).

Watch out for:
1.    Incredible concept, direction and acting.
2.    The CLIMAX again, mind blowing.
3.    Full length of thrill and suspense.
4.    The perplexity of a person that the actor is.
5.    Where do Bollywood movies get the ideas from 🙂

By no means are these the best movies ever made but definitely worth watching once (at least). Other than these movies I would like to recommend few more which are equally worthy of being in the top 11.
Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Donnie Darko, A Beautiful Mind, GoodFellas, Godfather and many more…..

Few excellent animation movies for me are: (Top 5)
Kung Fu Panda, Horton Hears a Woo, Finding Nemo, Over the hedge, Ice Age – 1
PS: I love all the animation movies, and make sure that I watch them at least once. Kung Fu Panda is the undisputed king of this genre.
To be frank I could just go on writing about so many other excellent movies coz I feel as if I am not doing justice to them, but then these are my final top 11 movies (TILL NOW). Do pour in with your valuable comments, recommendations, and suggestions. Would love to hear your top three movies of all time (NON BOLLYWOOD please).

Cheers!!!

Movies at 11:

I thought of writing this article just because of my passion for the movies.
So here are the top 11 movies that I have seen in past 3 year…and yes let me tell you that three year back I hardly used to watch any movie…hardly, not even the Bollywood ones. But now I make sure that I watch at least one movie a week from my huge collection of the movies (All NON BOLLYWOOD).

Before starting let me clarify that the sequence in which the description of the movies appear, doesn’t indicate my rankings coz it is too difficult for me to rate one above the other. Though I should say that the first two movies are my favorites ranked 1 and 2 and rest are among my personal top 11 list in random order.

The Pursuit of Happyness: I don’t have any doubts in declaring this movie as the best movie ever. There is not a single point that goes against the movie. Mind blowing acting and amazing chemistry between the father-son along with the emotions involved makes it the topmost movie in my list. You can actually relate it with lives of many common people who emerge victorious against all odds. You have to watch it if you need to find the definition of happiness and how painful can the struggle be for most of the people who are not lucky enough to be born rich.

Reasons to watch:
1.    The truth of life is being portrayed and the excellent chemistry between the father and a son. By the way the son in the movie is also the Will Smith’s real son.
2.    Proves the importance of perseverance, hard work and determination in life. You can achieve anything and against all odds if you have those two.
3.    Based on a real story.
4.    Doesn’t have any gore, violence, nudity, blasphemy, etc. You can all watch it with your family.
5.    No comments on the acting, specially the Will Smith. I am too small to judge his brilliance in the movie. It looks so real.
6.    One of the movies that bring tears to my eyes every time I see it.

The Shawshank Redemption: Again a clear winner and deserves being the number one movie on the IMDB top 250 lists. Just because I am bit emotional and love things that actually happens around in the real world, I have put the above movie as my top favorite.
If you have any doubts that a lone, helpless person can not do anything great in this world, just go ahead and watch this movie. Nothing beats the power of determination and patience. One thing I have learnt from this movie is that you don’t have to tell your enemy that you are killing (defeating) him until he realizes that he is already dead.

Reasons to watch:
1.    Awesome acting.
2.    Core thing is that when you know that you are true and honest no matter what are you up to, you will emerge as a winner and even if someone with all the authorities and power is against you, you can still defeat him if you have confidence in you. This includes even if you are alone fighting against the entire world that too in a nonviolent way.
3.    Another thing it teaches is the importance of patience in life. Believe me (or at least the movie) your enemy would just hate to see this quality in you as it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
4.    Again it doesn’t have any gore, little bit of prison violence, no nudity, no blasphemy, etc. You can all watch it with your family.
5.    Do listen for the unforgettable and inspiring dialogues\quotes in the movie.

The Prestige:
Want to know what is obsession? This movie is for you. Setup in the era around the end of 19th century this movie has got a tremendous screenplay. The movie clearly epitomizes the common desire of getting more famous than the other. That was the time when people used to work for a sole reason that they just loved their work, penchant for money never tempted the humans of that era. This movie also proves how much do people are ready to sacrifice just to prove that they are better than someone else.

Watch the movie for:
1.    Lovely screenplay.
2.    Lovely acting.
3.    Lovely theme.
4.    MEANING OF OBSESSION!
5.    Also for one of the most beautiful woman on earth – Scarlett Johansson
Btw you can watch this with your parents 🙂

The Usual Suspects:
If you love to get puzzled, if you love movie’s CLIMAX that makes you go crazy and if you love deceiving people, this movie is for you. It has got the best climax among all the movies I have seen till now. That’s a big thing to say, but it is true.
Watch out for:
1.    Exceptional acting (actually it goes with out saying that all these 11 movies fulfills this criteria that is acting!!!)
2.    Mind blowing CLIMAX! (don’t take in other way :-))
3.    The teaching, that never underestimate the weak, and often it happens that what appears in reality is just an illusion and what appears to be unreal is what the reality is.
4.    Do I need to say more?

The Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind:
Interesting one and especially for those who are in a relationship and often fight over trivial issues. Now I hope more people are gonna watch this movie :-). Staring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, interesting pair indeed, this movie has something in it that makes you watch it more and more and strengthens your belief in LOVE, I mean the true LOVE!
Watch out for:
1.    Extra ordinary theme\story. Believe me if I pen down in just a small paragraph the gist of the story, there wont be a single person who would be able to resist watching the movie.
2.    After the movie you will be assured that true love can never be washed away and it remains with you for rest of your life.
3.    The direction and the concept of the movie, just awesome.
4.    Again the climax, it gives you Goosebumps.
5.    No gore or violence in the movie.

City Of God:
Caution before, this one has got loads of violence. And I am pretty sure that girls would not like the movie as much as guys would. This movie depicts the real slum story of “Rio De Janeiro” in Brazil. It is all about the life in slums, the gang wars, and the eternal cycle of shift in power. It is a strong movie which maintains the tempo from beginning till the end.

Watch out for:
1.    The reality depicted in the movie. No where does it makes you feel that it is a reel story but real.
2.    The brilliant screenplay and dialogues (watch them carefully).
3.    Importance of law, order and education in any society.
4.    The false belief that you can be in power for eternity.
5.    Revenge and redemption.
Only minor problem you might have is the subtitles as the movie is not in English. Good if you could get the dubbed version but in no way does it take away the brilliance in the movie.

Schindeller’s List:
This movie has been the favorites of many people and rightly so. If some one wants to know the details of barbaric act against the Jews by the Nazis, this movie tells it all. The holocaust and the horrendous, inhumanity against the poor Jews really brings tears to your eyes. The best part is the change of heart of a Nazi officer (mind you, a spoiler) and the sympathy he shows towards the Jews. Truly amazing!!
Watch out for:
1.    The life, how we are better off and how cruel can life can be for others (God where were you).
2.    It is based on a real story.
3.    Jews frightful condition under the Nazis and their endurance.
4.    A Human amid the devils.
5.    Above all the MR. SCHINDELLER.

Life is beautiful:
Just one word BEAUTIFUL. It is a classic piece of art. This movie makes you believe that in spite of the precarious situation you can still survive by being yourself, being calm and enjoying the way you live, because life indeed is beautiful. I bet this movie will have a lasting impression in your life, at least for the father-son duo. Like the above movie this one too is about the Nazi’s treatment against the Jews but has far lesser violence and more aligned to the life in a Ghetto and the love of a father towards his son.
Watch out for:

1.    Father’s love towards his son and his effort to protect him at any cost.
2.    The pathetic condition of Jews (getting different kind of feeling after writing about the above movie and this one, I pray those conditions never arises in the future ever and may God give peace to those helpless souls).
3.    How can we make our life less complicated by just being what we are?
4.    Essence of the movie.

Titanic:
I just love sea and ships. This movie was always in my top movies list. Above that the romance just makes it even more compelling. I can watch it 100times (bit exaggerated:-)) and still would not get bored.
Watch out for:
1.    Romance and love.
2.    Life on a ship.
3.    How people from different social strata being in the same ship live life in an entirely different fashion.
4.    Breathtaking scenes while it sinks.

Babel:
This one is of a genre where you see different stories running in parallel and often having a common string that binds them together. I personally love these kinds of movies. The movie has got stories from different location on the earth but each one connected to other. It really amazes me the way the director has seamlessly captured the essence of the respective geography. Again this is one of the movies that may move you into tears (keep napkins handy:-)).
Watch out for:
1.    The life in different parts of world.
2.    Though being so far from each other we all have some kind of problems in the life, so everything being uncommon the problems definitely are common as are love and hatred for that matter.
3.    How cruel and unfair the life can be to us, but above all how can we rise against all odds and emerge triumphant.
4.    How deeply the emotions are attached and how important they are for each one of us.

Memento:
This one is truly UNIQUE and I don’t think we have any other movie of this kind (not sure actually).
One thing I will tell you in advance is that this movie made my head go round and round and round when I saw it for the first time. This is because almost the entire movie is in backward timeline, two minutes of live and then 15 minutes backward, two minutes of live and then 30mins backward, so on and so forth (again a spoiler).

Watch out for:
1.    Incredible concept, direction and acting.
2.    The CLIMAX again, mind blowing.
3.    Full length of thrill and suspense.
4.    The perplexity of a person that the actor is.
5.    Where do Bollywood movies get the ideas from 🙂

By no means are these the best movies ever made but definitely worth watching once (at least). Other than these movies I would like to recommend few more which are equally worthy of being in the top 11.
Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Donnie Darko, A Beautiful Mind, GoodFellas, Godfather and many more…..

Few excellent animation movies for me are: (Top 5)
Kung Fu Panda, Horton Hears a Woo, Finding Nemo, Over the hedge, Ice Age – 1
PS: I love all the animation movies, and make sure that I watch them at least once. Kung Fu Panda is the undisputed king of this genre.
To be frank I could just go on writing about so many other excellent movies coz I feel as if I am not doing justice to them, but then these are my final top 11 movies (TILL NOW). Do pour in with your valuable comments, recommendations, and suggestions. Would love to hear your top three movies of all time (NON BOLLYWOOD please).