Fanaa : A Movie Review


Frankly, I was not at all excited about this movie. But couldn’t help myself watching this flick as the whole nation is getting fanaatic about it.
God knows why Gujrat banned this movie. If tomorrow Irfan Pathan says something about their river, may be they will turn their heads while watching a cricket when he comes to bowl.. or may they’ll ban Cricket in Gujrat. Sometimes I think it may be a just another publicity stunt.
Who knows and who cares..

Back to Fanna.
I’m a software engineer and we follow processes to buid good software. And I do not find Yash Uncle (thats what his heroines call him) any different from my Project Manager. No matter who directs his movie, you can clearly see the Yash Chopra stamp.
He has a formula, a model, a process and a team of good developers.. oops.. good directors.
Watch Hum-Tum and tell me if the same director has directed Fanaa. Kunal Kohli just put the right ingredients in Yash Uncle’s recipe and dishes out one delicious product.
Something about the movie..
You may skip this block if you don’t want to know the story.
Fanaa is a love story of a terrorist who falls in love with a blind girl and vanishes the day when that girl regains her sight. Pretending that he is dead, she continues her life with her kid for seven years. And one day, their paths cross again but then heart takes a back seat and mind drives the girl to take her decision.
Sounds interesting.

Now lets compare it with Veer-Zaara. Fanaa also has Indo-Pak backdrop, one patriotic song, highly adorable performances by lead pair, and some mindless stuff.
But as I said, the model works fine Indian audiences. So why bother changing it? Atleast you don’t have fear of loosing money by making an innovative movie. Let Ram Gopal Varma suffer alone.

Fanaa succeeded in arousing the interest of moviegoers mainly because of the casting of Aamir Khan opposite talented Kajol. And this duo do not disappoint at all. It’s a treat to watch versatile Aamir and sizzling Kajol together. Its worth your slightly hiked movie ticket.
Apart from these two, the one who will win hearts is a kid who played Kajol’s son. He is extremely cute and delivers his lines with an élan.
Rishi Kapoor and Kiran kher play Amitabh and Hema from Veer-Zaara. Keep wondering about these open-minded parents who allow their girl to sleep with her ‘Shehzada’ for a night.

My verdict
I know you hate stupid bollywood flicks and planning to watch Da Vinci Code this week-end.. but spare your next week-end for Fanna. Watch it for good locals of Kashmir, power packed performances by Aamir and Kajol and couple of melodious songs.
Its ok if you forget your thinking cap at home. You’ll not need it.
Watch it with family. Enjoy it with Popcorn (You can afford a popcorn cup because most likely you won’t be watching this movie in multiplex. Thanks to the unnecessary hype)
I give it 3 stars for good direction, great performances and catchy tunes.

Last couple of weeks in Harshal’s world

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I’ve been writting after a long time about myself.
Last couple of weeks have been very happening.

Life looks different when you have an iPod. Yes, I got my very own iPod video 30GB. Its a dream come true. I’ve been waiting for this gadget since long. Its very cool. Now I spend most of time updating it and optimising it.

Aditya Soni left HSBC on 17th. He was among the close circle of friends. I shared lots of fun filled moments with him. We would have lots of fun with Mishra, Patil, Pallani and others. I will definately miss his imaginative jokes and really sarcastic n creative comments. He has played Mangal for GMG. Now everyone is talking about leaving the company.
My MCM final sememster exam is over. Finally! It was been very hectic, and i was just not in a mindset of studying. But i stated studing properly once i got into the rythm. It helped me improving my confidence. I would just read for once or twice and would able to remember each word properly. Some Project work is still left, which i’m planning to complete in december.
Abhijeet is also leaving on 30th. He is following the footsteps of Aditya but not leaving to join another compnay. He got selected in S P Jain, Mumbai for an MBA program. He has taken a right step in right direction. Abhijeet, me, vishi and Umesh had nice quality time with drinks on wednesday. I wonder why we didnt go for this earlier. We could have had lot of fun together. Next day we went out with a whole group. Had lots of chicken. An evening to remember.
I’ve uploaded few snaps on this space.
Now I’m planning to enhance my skills and looking for other opportunities. I still find myself very attached to HSBC as this is my first company. I’ll have to think hundered times before I leave this organisation. Lots of memories have attached with this company.
But the show must go on.


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Meditation of the week

Just as you have the impulse to do something, stop.

You can try it anywhere. You are taking your bath ― suddenly order yourself to "Stop!" and stop. Even if it is only for a single moment, you will feel a different phenomenon happening within you. You are thrown to the center and suddenly everything stops ― not only the body. When the body stops totally, your mind stops also.

When you say, "Stop!" do not breathe then. Let everything stop…no breathing, no body movement. For a single moment remain in this stop, and you will feel you have penetrated suddenly, at rocket speed, to the center. And even a glimpse is miraculous, revolutionary. It changes you, and by and by you can have more clear glimpses of the center. That is why inactivity is not to be practiced. Use it suddenly, when you are unaware.

For example, you were going to drink a glass of water. You have touched the water, the glass ― suddenly stop. Let the hand be there, let the desire to drink, the thirst be there inside, but you stop completely. The glass is outside, the thirst is inside; the hand is on the glass, the eyes are on the glass ― stop suddenly. No breathing, no movement, as if you have become dead. The very impulse, the thirst, will release energy, and that energy is used for going to the center. You will be thrown to the center. Why? Because any impulse is a movement outward. Energy is always in movement ― either going out or coming in. Energy can never be static.

Remember three things…. One, try it only when a real impulse is there. Secondly, do not think about stopping, just stop. And thirdly, wait! When you have stopped, no breathing, no movement ― wait and see what happens.

When I say stop, it means stop totally, fully. Nothing is moving, as if the whole time has stopped. There is no movement ― simply you are! In that simple existence, suddenly the center explodes.

Osho: Excerpted from The Book of Secrets

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Talking about Migrating Content from One Blog to Another

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(Via Dare’s Space)

One of the reasons I like providing APIs to online services is that it gives users more control of their data. Alex Boyko, who’s one of the testers on our team wrote a tool for migrating his blog from one blog service to the other using the APIs they provide. In his blog post Blog Content Transfer he wrote

Apparently, my old blogging site (Blogger) and the new one (MSN Spaces) expose some APIs that can be used to play with your content (Metaweblog API for Space and Atom API for Blogger). I spent some time over the weekend and wrote a tool that helped me to transfer my data between two sites.

In case if somebody else is excited about gleams as much as I am ;] I’ve decided to share a copy of BCTransfer (Blog Content Transfer).


Please let me know if it works and especially if it does not work for your. I’ll be more than glad to help.

Please read this first. It tells your how to get a login for your space.

At this moment, it is a command-line tool written using .NET 2.0. So you need to have it installed (the easiest option for that is Windows Update). Here’s how you run it in the most basic scenario:

bctransfer -bu <old-username> -bp <old-password> -su <new-username> -sp <new-password>

Yet another reason why providing APIs for online services is a good for regular users as well as developers. Nice.

5 things i would like to have in iPod

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I wish iPod could have following features.
1) FM Radio
I agree that having your own custom playlist is much better than listening to Radio, but nowadays we have plenty of good radio stations in our cities. And you never know, some of them may be playing that 70’s song which you don’t have in your library !
And few stations give you city specific info, so its really worth it.
2) Blue Tooth
Imagine, you like a song in your friend’s cell phone and with a click of a button you transferred it into your iPod! I know Apple will never do it. It will kill their iTunes business.
3) Recorder
Now, what would you do if your iPod has 60GB of storage?? Obviously you would start recording the live music concert  and enjoy it as times as you want.
Tip: If you have a recorder in your iPod, just don’t tell anyone. Pretend that you are listening to the music while your friend is ‘praising’ your boss. Then you know what to do.
4) Data Input
Ok, so your iPod has got To do list and the Calendar function but whats its use if you can’t enter the events when your are not with your laptop? You don’t want to rush to your PC and update the Outlook Address Book and then sync it with your iPod when next time your friend tell you his new cell number!
Apple can think of a virtual keyborad (like origami) which you can control with your wheel.

5) Internet Connectivity
Nothing can beat downloading a song or video directly from internet as soon as it comes. And you can check latest wheather report, your stock quotes and even your mails!
Possibilities are endless.
If not full fledge conectivity, we can atleast expect for wap based sites.

Apple guys, are you listening??

How to use chopsticks..

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Some of the most important chopstick rules are:

  • Hold your chopsticks towards their end, and not in the middle or the front third.

  • When you are not using your chopsticks and when you are finished eating, lay them down in front of you with the tip to left.

  • Do not stick chopsticks into your food, especially not into rice. Only at funerals are chopsticks stuck into the rice that is put onto the altar.

  • Do not pass food with your chopsticks directly to somebody else’s chopsticks. Only at funerals are the bones of the cremated body given in that way from person to person.

  • Do not spear food with your chopsticks.

  • Do not point with your chopsticks to something or somebody.

  • Do not move your chopsticks around in the air too much, nor play with them.

  • Do not move around plates or bowls with chopsticks.

  • To separate a piece of food into two pieces, exert controlled pressure on the chopsticks while moving them apart from each other. This needs much exercise.

  • If you have already used your chopsticks, use the opposite end of your chopsticks in order to move food from a shared plate to your own plate.

Knife and fork are used for Western food only. Spoons are sometimes used to eat Japanese dishes that are difficult to eat with chopsticks, for example some donburi dishes or Japanese style curry rice. A Chinese style ceramic spoon is sometimes used to eat soups.

Click here for more information about Japanese table manners.

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