20 Mar 2013

Up Down

People waiting for lift to arrive act funny. Always.

  • They press the down button when they have to go up – Really not sure why
  • Few mahaanubhaavas press both the buttons, “Up” and “Down”, just in case.
  • People have no clue whether the lift is going up or down, they ask. Every fucking time.
  • Once they realize the lift is going in the opposite direction, they freeze. Its like they have no idea what to do, that earthquake is about to take place expression. Few just enter saying “let’s go up and come down” and few say sorry.
  • What happens next is crazy, few mental people, press the button again, just when the lift door was closed. Watch the door open again and repeat, that earthquake is about to take place expression.
  • The lift is full, but still few people have to get it. The overweight siren starts and the newly entered people stand as if it is none of their concern, until someone says “get out” in a subtle way that is.
  • Al though there are escalators people use lifts to go from floor 1 to floor 2.

People in the lift are funnier. Always.

  • Even if the floor 2 light is ON, person A who alights at floor 1 wants to still click it.
  • People either watch the floor, or the roof. Some fiddle with the mobile phones. When the lift travels. Only nut cases like me watch what others are watching.
  • Once the lift door opens people just want to rush out, like as if someone is torturing them to death inside. Even without knowing if that is the right floor or not. Some just go away in embarrassment, some return back.
  • Best have to be those parents, who let their kids lick melted cone ice-cream in the lift and thereby smearing it to next person’s trousers.

Finally, how can I not talk about the lift admin. Why do we need one? Do people make-out in lifts too that they need patrolling? What interesting do you do in the lift? Tell Tell

18 Mar 2013


There is no difference between “Super” and “Topiwala”. No really. The story opens with someone talking in ShankarNag style. Super too did the same. They show you how India would be if the black money never went out of India. Super does the same. I am the pioneer of longu-macchu culture Uppi says, agreed boss but what is with you telling the same every movie, every scene. Why the hell can’t you get over the fact that your regime is done and dusted? There are better creative people now or that your brains are rusted.

I did A, I did Om, you chant the same kithogiro mantra but why are you doing “Topiwala”, pray tell us why? We accepted those flicks and those are gems, yes. But doesn’t mean you give us kaage-bangara now and we rejoice thinking its original.

Topiwala is a bullshit movie, with bad story and even worse screenplay. And who is story and screenplay department? Real Star Upendra. Gone are the days when this man was a lunatic story teller, now he is just lunatic, and there is no story.  The songs are OK. So is the direction. Some debutant director Srini who himself is lost in the tale has directed the movie.

First half is Rangayana Raghu who is trying to arrest Basak aka Uppi as he is the mastermind behind thieves dressing up as cops’ idea. I don’t understand why this comedy idea was used. If that is the case why not declare a movie “comedy” genre, stop taking the audience for granted “oh this concept is dabba, so let me showcase this as comedy and that should make them believe” logic. Insert “Sholay” movie concept in between, throw a lot of “Anna Hazare”, “Baba Ramdev”, “Sonia”, “Karunanidhi” look-alikes and think you are doing justice to your screenplay. Haak thuuuu. Also Bhavana, high time you quit doing such roles.

Finally, to say that vote bank is the biggest Topiwala, so much drama and so much hype. Also producer, *throws a chombu*, ninge ide gathi.  Thale illadavarigalla tagline is so perfect, considering the headache I got after the movie.

13 Mar 2013

F?@k Knows by Shailendra Singh

About Book

Fuck Knows book by Shailendra Singh. The book is funny and candid, yet rich in insights on how to really live life on your own terms, this unconventional self-help manual is unlike any book around. What do you want from life? Are you on the right track? Are you truly happy? If your answer to these questions is Fuck knows!, then this book is for you.

Candid and thoughtful, Fuck Knows will show you how to really live life on your own terms, to do what you want to do and not what you have to do just because your father said so!

 My View

This book doesn’t preach, considering all your answers to life’s important questions would be “Fuck Knows”. It’s not a self-help genre, but still teaches you a lot, including the language. If you are someone who complains about foul language, I’d suggest you keep off this one.  Sometimes it irritated the shit outta me. Do not read this to “improve” self, but to discover actual life between what you think is life.

There are 5 important things why you should pick a copy.

  • About heart & life - Your heart is the closest thing to truth that you will find in life
  • The questions and answers - Everything that you wanted to know, everything that you didn’t even know, you wanted to know is all right there. Inside you. It is that easy
  • What is that you want - Write out 5 things that you want to accomplish by end of year. Not what your family wants to do or your wife wants you to do, or your boss wants to do, what you, deep in your heart, want to do.
  • Amidst busy schedule - Have you figured out your ME time?
  • On gut, heart and mind - Listen to your gut. Next flash your mind starts acting up. Pause it. Don’t act. Your gut is voice of your heart.

You might feel that you already know every detail that are said above. Agreed, but have you implemented 1% of what any self-help book has taught you? This one makes you want to do that, today, not tomorrow but today. That my friend is the major difference!! Written in 75 very short tales it deals with various aspects and not unlike any normal self-help that usually focuses on a single one. For instance you will find answers on love, question on wealth, raise fingers on attitude, make you take pen to jolt down goals, tick your to-do lists, let you listen to heart and most importantly gut. It says when not to shut up and when to think and when to just keep quiet.

Author finds humor in few of the traumatic incidents of (his) life & does not play the usual emotional card like any other author in the market. Each chapter doesn’t stretch beyond 3 pages and that makes it “not clich├ęd philosophical” pick. My favorite chapters have to be “Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi” and “Conversation with God”.

As much as I enjoyed author linking the chapters to his own life, there are certain chapters that sound very fake. I also thought there is no flow of any kind. If you read it in a continuous stretch you would be confused with too much information, but if you read it bit by bit, chapter by chapter, there would be right amount of information instilled in your mind is what I feel.

Do not expect a “Dale Carnegie” type of content but if are bored with the regular fiction novels, go pick it up. And as I mentioned read it, slowly. 

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11 Mar 2013

Simple-aag Ondh Love Story

Before I write about the movie, on saashTanga namskara to the entire team of “Simple-aag Ondh Love Story” - #SOLS

Sandalwood audiences are the most “weird” people ever. Most versatile too; chances are that when a couple watches a Kannada movie, one might rate it 5/5 and the other 0/5. They are extreme in their choices, who often complain that the only reason they are glued to television is bad movies. They are also the same people who will watch a good movie twice, thrice and give you “word of mouth” publicity, which is the best PR any movie can get.

While Prem is still coming in terms of in his “adda”, Bhatru writing lyrics like “kai asude basuda” for other movies, Nagathihalli thinking of his next tourism hotspot, Nagashekar working on his next molestation movie, Uppi scratching his head taking out his Topi and our Gadda Guruprasad finding an awesome glass to pour Director’s Special, here comes “Suni” in his debut venture. The best part of any debutant work is, we are viewing it for the first time and that person would have put every inch of creativity in his work. The movie is a winner mainly due to Suni, with catchy dialogues (which you can also watch with your mummy and daddy) and the narration (flashbacks and the actual story telling)
Director is very clever in releasing trailers; none of them tell you what the movie is about. He is also very clever telling the audience “picture abhi bhi baaki hai mere dost” during the climax. Kudos to the freshness in the script and the new star cast; I am in love with Rakshith Shetty’s voice, that voice is what drives the entire movie, not too fast, not too slow but in perfect pace.

The story is about Kushal (Rakshith Shetty) visiting Kodagu to fix an alliance of his sister (RJ Rachna of RadioCity 91.1) with her love and in turn settle with Brother-in-law’s sister (Dr Ithihasini) He meets the happy go lucky girl Khushi (Shwetha Srivatsav) in the house and is impressed. What happens when they meet is what you guys have to go figure.

Beautiful expressions, amazing body language and perfect dialogue delivery (you see very few girls can do the pyade dialogue delivery with ease and not look vulgar), Shwetha Srivatsav is born in the industry. I was a fan of BJ Bharath’s remixes earlier and he steals hearts with Baanali badalaago. Shot in Kodagu, you can expect the usual rain magic, but what you can also enjoy is Kaup Lighthouse of Mangalore, the most unexplored places of Karnataka.
Silly huDgi, Serious huDga, Sea nalli skipping maaDo aase huTTisida ruwaari, bega hogi “theater” nalli noDi, Simple-aag Ondh Love Story.

5 Mar 2013

Beaten By Bhagath, by S. V. Divvaakar

About the Book

I m sure you can do a much better job than Bhagath! When BB hears these inspiring words from his sexy lady boss, his staid life as a successful analyst in an MNC goes into a tailspin. Bitten by the ego bug and smitten by her, BB sets off on his quest to write a book that’s better than India’s greatest writer Dr. Bhagath’s blockbusters. Nothing unusual about this for BB who likes a good fight. Except that he and Bhagath had been classmates and friends at college.

What follows is a roller-coaster voyage of the debutant author and his book, with all its twists and cul-de-sacs. Brushes with publishers, celebrities, retailers, book chains, and competition with the alliances among giants, mark the challenger’s journey, upping the stakes at every stage. Will BB catch up with his famous friend? What will their encounter be like? Written from inside the ring, Beaten by Bhagath is a gripping tale the first-ever about the unseen side of the wonderland of Indian fiction

My View

There was a time when for entire khandaan there used to be one person who knew English and the same person wrote leave letters to school kids, college teenagers and also to working men. I remember how the content would always be the same, only “To”, “From” in the letter would change. Fast forward, today everyone is writes rather blogs. Everyone is an avid reader, amateur photographer and things of such sorts.

Beaten By Bhagath! A Tale of Two Writers by S V Divvaakar is all about the present publication industry. Based on a fact that everyone thinks they can write a book, wants a book published as soon as possible. This book gives you an insight on how things work and the struggle between the debutant “author”, the “publisher”, the “retailer” and most importantly the “reader”.

It also tells why you have to be “a good writer” and not “a good writer as ABC”, who has already made a mark. Our society has always been comparing creativity, academics and that is exactly the same wrong that we are instilling in our children; Beaten by Bhagath, tells you that. It asks you to have a competition, set a realistic goal that involves “only you”. Author asks everyone who is thinking of the venture to focus on who will be reading the book than what to write.

Two young guys Ketan Sarvadaman Bhagath (K-10) and Balwant Bhagath (BB) enter college and what follows till chapter 5 is very boring. It loosely runs like the movie “3 idiots”, be the ragging part or pursuing the singing part, and when I was bored enough to close the book because I already know what happens, is when things get interesting. 

Once BB starts scripting his book, every tiny issue he faced was true. I could so relate to “don’t take family for granted” chapter. Every writer wants his book, blogpost to be read and that is exactly what is written in your highness is naked.

There are few instances that were totally not necessary like physical abuse, comparing a book to a slut and connecting how a write is a pimp. If they were written to just for the sake of up content, then it sounds very dumb. Author plays very well with changing names of the people in question and publishers in talk to ones that rhyme with the actual names. To one extent this got a little too childish. I am also not sure what the cover has to do with the story, maybe cricket sells logic. Its kind of misleading.

The climax however is not what one expects. With a flair for singing for a long time, I always thought that the book will move towards interests of the author. What happened came as a shocker to me and the impending approach made me wonder, if really such a day would arise in the industry. This one is an interesting read with amazing lessons and most importantly 200 pages, a quick read.