Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Average Indian Man is Scared

I am the average Indian man. And I am scared.

There has been another brutal rape in Delhi, 2275 kms away from my home, and I am terrified.

I am worried as I type this down, for I am not sure what you will interpret my fear as. One wrong sentence and you are all over me saying how wrong I am to say what I am saying.

Why am I  scared? Cos' everyone simply hates me. The women think that every man out there is responsible for what happened and that men secretly think that whatever bad that happens to women is right and she deserves it. My fellow men think that I could be one of those men who would hurt their women. The public tells me to not blindly follow someone's suggestion, but to take a stand and do "something" to set things right. Social media tells me to stop shedding crocodile tears for I will forget the whole thing sooner than later and go back to living my life. But all that does not give you, man or women, the right to tell me that I shouldn't feel hurt or scared for what is happening around me.

But is this really why I worry? The answer is No!

Monday, December 17, 2012

55 Fiction - "Let's Do It!"

"I have made up my mind! Let’s do this, baby!" He said

She looked up at his face "Have I ever said No? I have always been prepared for this."

She was trembling. He was silent

“Okay then, let us do it!” He finally said

They fell into each other’s arms

“Yes, let’s get married!”

Thursday, November 22, 2012

55 Fiction - "Oh! Brother!"

“I’ve hated you all my life!” Raghav cursed.

“How could you do it to me?”

“I would have never come back!”

“I didn’t want to see you ever again!”

“And that is exactly what happened! I’m sorry, Brother! I’m sorry”

He flopped down on his knees near the grave. Tears finally poured out. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review - The Bankster - Ravi Subramanian

Book: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Price: Rs.168 @33% Discount at Flipkart
Genre: Thriller
No. of Pages: ~350 

I have to start by saying that this is the first time I have read Ravi Subramanian. I also have to confess that I have zero knowledge in the areas of banking and finance – despite a thousand people trying their best to explain things to me. So you will be surprised when I say that I loved The Bankster.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 10

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Which cricketer is associated with 'Udayan', a charity home in Kolkata? 

Answer - Steve Waugh

2. Who founded the Missionaries of Charity?

55 Fiction - The Cardiac Arrest

“I’ve lived my life. I’ve done my part”, George said to himself as he clutched his chest. He knew the pain now. This was his third time.

“Probably my last”, he thought.

He felt it coming. The end. From deep within him.

His face twisted. His mouth opened. Then…


Oops! False Alarm!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book Review - The Krishna Key - Ashwin Sanghi

Book: The Krishna Key
Ashwin Sanghi alias Shawn Haigins 

Price: Rs.175 @30% Discount at Flipkart
Genre: Anthropological Thriller
No. of Pages: ~500

This is definitely not the first review of The Krishna Key that you have read. There are thousands out there - All you have to do is to "Google it"! And there is a reason for that - It is Good! But then how good is it depends entirely on you! Let me make it clear right at the start - It is not a book for everyone!

Synopsis: (Spoiler-alert!)
The protagonist is Ravi Mohan Saini, a historian who is accused of murdering his close friend over an ancient artifact which is eventually a part of the mythical "Philosopher's Stone". As expected, apart from the extremely smart cop who is hellbent on capturing him, there is another set of people who would go to any length to get their hands on the same object. The entire story revolves around how Saini can prove his innocence, outwit his enemies, and at the same time solve what has been baffling historians and conspiracy-theorists for centuries - What is the legacy that Krishna left behind for us?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 9

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Cassius Clay is the original name of which famous boxer?

Answer – Muhammad Ali

2. The oil derived from which tree is chiefly used in medicine?

55 Fiction - “We’re just Friends!”

He adored her. She’s such a goddess.

Her face was as pink as her lips.

“My God! She is so beautiful”, He said to himself

Then he saw the gun. He got up from the chair slowly.

“Honey, nothing happened! She’s just a friend!”

The last thing he saw was his white shirt turn red.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 8

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Anna Kournikova belongs to which nationality?

Answer – Russian

2. The Country Burma is also known by the name

55 Fiction - The Confession

“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned” The man’s voice cracked

“Tell me, son” Father William was really bored

Sundays are long days

“I… I’ve… I am a murderer”

“WHAT!” Things were suddenly interesting

“Who? Who did you murder?”

Silence. “You!”

The last thing he heard was the deafening sound of a gun going off!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Movie Review - Harishchandrachi Factory – The Birth of Bollywood!

Name of the movie – Harishchandrachi Factory 
Language – Marathi
Genre – Comedy
Year of Release – 2009
Running Time – 97 minutes

In the year 1913, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, directed and produced a silent movie called Raja Harishchandra, thus marking the birth of Indian Cinema and making him the Father of Indian Cinema. In 2009, debutant director Paresh Mokash, attempted to recreate the struggles of Phalke to successfully make India’s first movie through another wonderful movie – Harishchandrachi Factory.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 7

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Who is known as the Father of Java Programming?

Answer – James Gosling

2. Which sport is played in a 'diamond'? 

55 Fiction - The Jump

“Shouldn’t my whole life be flashing before me now?”, Katie thought.

All she felt was pleasure. “Feels like flying. Wish I could do this again.”

She felt freedom. “This really IS the tallest building in the city”

She saw the colored dots become people. “It’s a busy day”, She thought.

THUDDD!!! She hit the pavement.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Movie Review - THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE – The True Story of Yahia Latif!

Name of the movie – The Devil’s Double
Language – English
Genre – Biography
Year of Release – 2011
Running Time – 108 minutes

We all know Saddam Hussein. But how many of us know Uday Hussein? Uday is Saddam’s eldest son and was seen as the next heir to the throne until he was killed by U.S. Special Operations Task Force in 2003. The Devil’s Double is the life story of Iraqi war-hero, Yahia Latif, who is recruited (through threats and torture) to play as the body double for Uday.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Movie Review - JSA – The Koreans know how to make Movies!

Name of the movie – Joint Security Area (JSA)
Language – Korean
Genre – Drama
Year of Release – 2000
Running Time – 108 minutes

The July of 2007 was a turning point to Korean Cinema with the release of the now world famous movie – My Sassy Girl. It was then that the world realized that the Korean movie industry is exceptionally brilliant – especially South Korean. Since then, there has been a large portion of world population, even Indians who have dedicated their lives to finding the best of Korean movies. Joint Security Area or JSA is one such exceptionally brilliant movie. It was the highest grossing film in Korean film history at the time and won Best Film at the 2000 Blue Dragon Awards and the 2001 Grand Bell Awards.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Movie Review - COACH CARTER – Can’t Resist Sports Movies!

Name of the Movie – Coach Carter
Language – English
Genre – Sports Drama
Year of Release – 2005
Running Time – 136 minutes

I am a huge fan of sports movies – Right from Rudy and Field of Dreams to The Longest Yard and The Blind Side or for that matter even, Lagaan and Chak de India. And one of my all time favourites in this genre is Coach Carter – A true story based on the life of High School Basketball Coach Ken Carter (played by the charismatic Samuel Jackson).

Friday, June 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 6

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Who was the world's first computer programmer?

Answer – Ada Lovelace

2. Who authored ancient Sanskrit epic 'Ramayana', also known as 'Adi-Kavya' (first epic poem)?

55 Fiction - "Wow"

“Wow! That is the most beautiful gal on campus, dude!”, said John

“Wa? Where?” Roy snapped back to reality

“That one, there!” Roy adjusted his glasses, “I can’t see, bro!”

“Hmm… which one? The one in blue?”

“Yup!”, John nodded. He appeared star-struck

“C’mon dude! That’s my mom”

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ice-Breakers - Part 1

Difficulty Level - Very Easy

1. How many years of marriage would be celebrated by a golden anniversary?

Answer – 50

2. With which river is social activist Medha Patkar associated?

Answer – Narmada

3. What is the abbreviated word 'fax' short for?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 5

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Name the first Indian to have traveled to Space

Answer – Rakesh Sharma

2. Which is the most expensive spice of the world?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 4

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Which part of the body does leucoma affect?

Answer – Eyes

2. Which city will host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games?

55 Fiction - Graphic Violence!

He stood amidst countless bodies. The last one standing.

He drew his gun. He fired one. He fired another.

And then something hit his head. He screamed.

“Care to come back to reality, Mr. Thomas?”, the teacher glared at him.

The whole class laughed as he ran out of the room.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 3

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. Who wrote the national anthem of Bangladesh?

Answer – Rabindranath Tagore

2. Expand DVD

Friday, March 16, 2012

Than Kopam Thannai Chudum!

This is a VERY long post. It is intended to be. This post really means that much to me!!!

"Than Kopam Thannai Chudum"

Roughly translated as "Your Anger Will Consume You", it is a saying in Tamil that is very dear to me.

As a kid (not as a teenager, but as a kid), I was very angry. I lost my temper easily and once I did, there was no stopping me. People really, really close to me now know that it has not changed much over the years. I am stil extremely short-tempered.

I was in the 5th Grade (living in Chennai at that time) when we hired a new maid. Her name was Indrani. She was really, really old and she walked slowly. But she was a great help and support to mom as Dad (like most Keralites of his generation) was abroad.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 2

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. The picture of which leaf would you find in the flag of Canada? 

Answer – Maple

2. Which Indian athlete is nicknamed the 'Payyoli Express'?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Porn to the Rescue!

The Assembly is in Session... It is Boring... What do you do? Pornography to the rescue!!!

This is a short post to thank our media for reporting this piece of news. This is definitely one of the funniest front-page news in recent times. I just opened the morning paper and fell off the chair laughing.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rapid Fire Questions - Part 1

Difficulty level - 3 Low, 4 Medium, 3 High

1. What is the Official Language of Cuba?

Answer – Spanish

2. Who was assassinated in 1948 by Nathuram Godse?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I Am One Year Old Today!

Hi, I am "When Da Sun Goes Down"!
Today is 17 January, 2012. First of all, thanks to Blogoversary for reminding me that today is my Birthday! And that I am One Year old! Yippee!

So I have decided to take a few moments for myself and reminisce.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Politics of Languages!

Disclaimer: This post was written back in 2012 when the situation was not as bad as it is now in 2016. This is now part of a larger issue with the displeasure of the local population in the amount of people moving into Bengaluru from other parts of the country. And is now a very sensitive topic. Please consider the following rant as something that was written with the year 2012 in context. It is not meant to hurt anyone at all.

I don't know why I am probably the last person to get this information (probably cos' I haven't touched a Newspaper since long now). It seems some politician in Karnataka came up with this genius idea that everyone who is in Bangalore for a year has to pass the VII grade exams for Kannada language.

I say, this is ridiculous. Don't get me wrong. I have utmost respect for the language, the city, the state, and its people! And during my years here, I have managed to speak enough Kannada (out of my own interest) to bargain at shops, with autowallahs, and to ask for directions. But do you not feel that this is a little extreme?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Oh! So you are a Shah Rukh Khan Fan?

Somehow, being a South Indian, my North Indian friends find it surprising that I even know a lot of old Hindi songs, maybe even more than they do. Thanks to my Dad who introduced me to the old melodies at a very young age. But that is probably the material for another post... Later...

So, the other day, while talking with a friend, I suddenly had a realization. The conversation was as follows:

"So, do you watch Hindi movies?" he asked

"Of course, I do!"

Monday, January 9, 2012

I Love My Job - Is That a Problem???

That's right!!! I love my Job! And I have no idea as to why that is a problem...

Oh yeah, it is a problem. For family, for friends, for everyone who knows me...

Not just my current job, I loved my previous job too. I only left it so that I can continue my education. For no other reason.

But from the very first day at my first job, I have had people tell me, "Don't spend too long at work. Then they will expect you to do the same always."


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