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Slumdog Sucks Somewhat

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This Saturday evening, we watched Slumdog Millionaire, after braving a couple of ‘Sold Out’ theaters in Midtown. Even before we went in, I was eager to declare it one of the best movies I’d ever watched. After all, Danny Boyle was well-liked, Rahman composed the score, the cast looked good, the trailer looked wonderful, several critics had raved about it and most importantly, it was based on a novel that I had truly enjoyed reading about 2 years back. They were even talking about Oscars. But, being circumspect by nature, I took care of a little technicality first i.e. I watched the movie before making up my mind. My verdict: a huge disappointment. My astonishment: why nobody gets it.

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November 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Jagriti Yatra: Five point something!

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If asked to recount 5 top events of my life, I will perhaps always include my participation in the Azad Bharat Rail Yatra (Free India Train Journey) in 1997-98. A chartered train with over 200 students cris-crossed India in an exciting journey that celebrated India’s 50 years of independence. The second edition of this journey, called Jagriti Yatra (Renaissance Journey), takes place this winter, 24Dec08-11Jan09.

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November 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm

The Passion of Dalai Lama

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I have great respect for Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, also a Nobel Laureate. This post is not about him. It’s about one of his predecessors, the 6th Dalai Lama whose earthly name was Tsangyang Gyatso. He was unlike any other Dalai Lama before or after him; he was a poet and a romantic. He led a playboy lifestyle and lived for only 9 years after ascending to the throne.

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November 9, 2008 at 5:44 pm

If I were an American, I’d vote for….

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Elections are due this Tuesday in the US. Since I have been following the trajectories of Obama and McCain campaigns since they emerged as favorites in the run-ups to the nominations, I am somewhat informed about what they represent and promise. That said, I wonder who I’d have voted for, had I been an American citizen.

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November 1, 2008 at 8:42 pm