Insignificantly Significant: Gooney Recovery

This image is a distressful reminder of the way business is done in our country.

Like a lot of us, I missed this incident reported in the newspapers. On the surface of it, its just another death. When I think about it, it reminds me that my life is not that significant. I might be too insignificant in a bank’s larger scheme of things, and 15000 bucks might be required to break or shake the fortunes of the company. So what if there are other defaulters dealing with several crores contesting for the apex position in this country.

And on my death, while my family would talk about the scared voice

Around 12.30 pm, Sunanda says, Yadaiah called her up and told her to arrange Rs 15,000 at any cost. According to her, Yadaiah sounded scared. “He said that he would not be allowed to leave unless he returned the money, and then he hung up,” Sunanda has told the police.

I will have a bank manager fabricating stories– 

In a statement, Rahul Virkar of ICICI Bank, said, “We are informed that Yadaiah had come to the office of our agency for making payments for the overdue instalments. We are informed that during the interaction with the representatives of the agency he felt unwell and requested to be accompanied to a doctor. We are further informed that the agency representatives had provided all possible support for his medical treatment.”

And our friend, the Police  will say –

Narasaiah said Elite`s agents had admitted to having taken Yadaiah to their office in Ameerpet and asking him to clear his debts. [Zee News Article]

 And in the same vein of contradictory statements –

A case was registered today under Sections 342 (Wrongful Confinement) and 304 (Culpable Homicide Not Amounting To Murder) of IPC. Inspector G Narasaiah said, “We are awaiting the post- mortem report. If it turns out to be a case of murder, the sections will be altered accordingly.”

Talk about playful cajoling by a factoring agency. Gentle reminder – Supreme court had come down heavily on commercial banks (again, driven by ICICI’s behavior) for using goons for recovering bad debts.

 Its appalling.

In another development, the AP State Human Rights Commission taking suo moto cognizance of the case has asked the city police to furnish a report on the circumstances leading to the death of Yadaiah. Justice B Subhasan Reddy, chairnman of the State Human Rights commssion has asked the ACP Panjagutta to  furnish a report by June 29. The commission will initiate action after receiving the report.

William Gladstone had mentioned in one of his popular speeches– Justice delayed is justice denied! But then, I think we have already moved from the judicial theory of arbitration to the political theory of arbitration. Its about collective coercion, and analyzing the power of the parties requiring arbitration. Justice usually sides with the powerful.

The Boss… Ulle Po*

Well.. its pretty late in the night (3:00AM) for me to be writing a blog. Those who know me, know that I love my sleep. And sleepless nights are usually a by-product of “falling” in love. Yes. I fell in love today. With the B-to-the-A-to-the-B-to-A (Known is a drop, unknown is an ocean) – BABA… Thalaivar… DalpatiSivaji… The Boss.. Rajni… yet again.. today!

Every time I have watched or discussed Gunda in the recent times, I have felt a certain emptiness in modern Indian cinema. Can any other movie really touch the standards set by movies such as Gunda? Or, can any other star beat the imagination with such consummate ease as Mithunda [ These links are proof that I don’t find too many people apart from GreatBong doing justice to Mithunda’s histrionics] . Lo and behold… The Boss is here!

Now, the experience of watching the movie was a great one! Just like the movie. We landed at G-7 in bandra (galaxy, gaiety, gem etc etc) only to realize that the movie did not do too well and was taken off the screen. Shootout at Lokhandwala got the better of Sivaji at Bandra. Pity! What a loser crowd!! But Juhu, the suburb of the rich and the famous, stars, starlets and wanna be stars, was still running the movie. We had about 90 minutes to go. Religiously, we decided to celebrate our team outing at PVR Juhu’s late night show with the Boss. The night started off well. Not much traffic. No sign of the forecasted heavy rains either (having heard the prediction from Met deptt., we were anyway quite sure of their being not much of rain problem). No problems in getting the tickets of the biggest blockbuster of recent times. A nice bit of Pasta and Sandwiches at Brio (they are quite delectable). And oh yes! The star attraction – Sonali Bendre! at Brio, first.. and in the theater later. Ever since I started at Diamond/Mumbai, I have been hoping to catch a glimpse of beautiful people like Madhuri Dixit, Sonali Bendre, Aishwarya Rai, etc etc. Aishwarya from up close was quite disappointing. And so is Sonali. She looked quite old and frail! Though I still maintain that she is gorgeous! Its just that I had higher expectations!

With Sonali in tow (how I wish!), we landed at PVR and watched 2 interesting trailers – first was of Gandhi, My Father! And second was of Sultan – Hooaa Haaa haaaa… The potential Rajni blockbuster of 2008. Though I read that its an animation movie directed by Rajni’s daughter Soundarya. That said, I have already marked these two movies on my planner!

Back to the movie – The movie was exactly what I/we had expected. No subtitles meant that we could enjoy the movie to the fullest. No distractions of having to understand the (non-existent) storyline, dialogues with higher morals, and romance of unimaginable proportions. For me, the movie was about 3 things – Rajni, fight sequences, and songs. And it was totally worth the time and money. Fulltoo mindless entertainment.

Rajni – rocks! Thalaivar is God. Right from the chewing gum trick (even though I don’t agree with the hygienic aspect of bouncing the gum off any damn surface (including the villain’s face) for popping it in) to the coin flip (in comparison, the coin trick of Le Chiffre in Casino Royale looked petty) to the climax sunglass flip from front to back and back to front. The movie has style written all over it.

Fight sequences – mind-blowing! Fight at the music store (the first sequence) was exciting, but as the movie unfolded the Rajni brand of action sequences, I realized that first sequence was just the first layer of the onion being peeled. Well, onions are quite troublesome with their smell and sting. No such problems with the sequences. Nothing to think about. Sit back.. and relax. Let The Boss take over- the control of your senses, gravity, aerodynamics, and what have you! The fight sequence in the middle of the movie (at a farmhouse kinda place) and towards the end are just too good. True passion. You can be anything! There are some things human beings cannot do. For everything else, there is Thalaivar. Epitome – In an imaginary song sequence, the gun is used as a boomerang. Just that it kinda holds its own once it spots the villain, shoots him down, and goes back to the Boss! And people hate me for watching too much of Naruto!


Songs- they definitely deserve a mention. I have never been proud of the perfectly illogical way songs are inserted in Indian movies. But this movie lets you explore the avenues you can only dream of. Come to think of it, how many people do you know who can sing and dance around a tree to patao a girl? Not even one I guess! Songs are nothing but an imaginary and artistic way of expressing your deepest emotions (including lust). This movie lets this spirit soar. None of the songs have anything to do with reality. Its all about imagination and creative expression. The girl switches between multiple avatars (long-choti thoroughbred, deeply immersed in Tamil culture, traditional girl, the straight out of Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana princess with lots of jewellery and princessly clothes, tomboy cuts, mini skirts, etc etc.) and dances all that she wants. Rajni dresses up as a warrior, king, with a blond wig, with tonnes of lipstick (wonder what kinda fantasy is that), in multicolored suits, five packs of facial powder to look fair (with due credits to fair and lovely). They move between modern India, western world, historical places, palaces, with such ease that you wonder whether their desire to showcase their wardrobe is higher, or the director’s access to these locations too inexpensive. Every song is unpredictable, expensively and expansively shot, giving Rajni a good shot at a girl (probably his daughter’s age)

I tell you people. You must watch the movie. Don’t take a tamil knowing friend along. They will spoil the fun in their enthusiasm by explaining everything. There is no need to understand anything.

Final verdict – Even though Gunda had a much better poetic appeal (Humara naam hai Potey, jo apne baap ke bhee nahi hotey kinds), Sivaji has style! I leave it to your sensibilities.


* Ulle Po is the famous dialogue from Baasha!

Talent & Excellence

In two related-unrelated articles of Economic Times –

1. The first if from Corporate Dossier, written by Sharmila Ganguly from Spenta Consultants. I remember having a short conversation  with her more than a couple of years back, when they were looking for someone for the National Bank of Dubai & HSBC CIBM later on.

However, thats not important. The article is. Its something that I’ve always believed in. Excellence does not manifest itself in parts. Talent may! People who excel in life never take anything casually. Passion drives everything they do. After 18 hours of energy oozing all around, they have a smile on their face and determination in their head even as they hit the sack. And yes, I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of them!

Am I one of them? I don’t think so!  Might have wanted to be one! But as Shikamaru always says – mendokusē (“what a drag”) 😉

“Unko gauhar mile jo doob ke teh tak pahunche,
Main tha saahil pe mujhe ret ke zarRat mile.”

Gauhar – Pearl     teh – bottom    Saahil – Kinara/Beach     ret-Sand

Are you one of them?

2. This one, here, is just a pointer. The top headhunters of this country..  They identify talent, and the organizations hope that they are excellent. My guess is that these top Headhunters are able to identify people who are not just talented. They are able to identify excellent! Ahem Ahem! Do you know them?

Me.. I have interacted with a couple of them in the past!

You’ve got time?

Its funny how the evening changes if you reach home early (?). Well.. I did leave office by 8 PM today!  THAT was like a BIG news for me. And a pleasant change. Even after taking care of a couple of things, I realized that I was home by 9:30.

Anyways.. so what did I do? I made some soup and pasta for myself…  put VH1 onTV. picked The Golem’s Eye for continuing from where I had left – yeah.. the point where the concept of Golem is introduced. But kept it aside. Started writing this. Plan to scrap at least 10 people on Orkut. Finish off all my pending blogreading. And then.. get back to my friend.. Golem!

So.. what do people do when they have time? Apart from spending a big part of it on cellphone?


He turned around and left….

It seemed like the perfect setting. They had been talking to each other for an unusually high amount of time every day for the last 3 months. He was was everything for her. Everything except that one thing she yearned for him to be. They both knew it. They both knew that it could not come to be. Yet they prolonged their agony. The perfect sunset had a dark spot.

He used to wait for her outside her office. Drop her home. Talk to her for hours standing next to the ice cream trolley. Every day, the cellphone would ring. Every day, he said bye. Every day, he turned around and left.

Both of them wanted to end this. The suffering, the pain, the longing. They both knew it was not right. Yet, they continued fooling themselves. The temptation to give in was strong. The pragmatism to hold back, was equally compelling. Who would blink first? While cracking jokes, sharing anecdotes, till the wee hours of the night, thinking about all this, he would turn around and leave.

That day was the same. Yet, it wasn’t. That day, they both decided to end it. They agreed that it was not what they ever wanted. That day also, he waited for her outside her office. She finished work, came down, and sat next to him in the car. He drove back silently. After stopping at her home, he did not say anything. She kept looking at him. With hope, a silent prayer going up in the air, she clinged on to the belief that this was also not something that they ever wanted. He still did not say anything. She wanted to cry. It was over. He turned around and left.

The next evening, he said I Love You. It was a Saturday, one of the best weekends of his life…

Movie Review: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

I managed to watch Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
over the weekend.. Saturday morning first show it was! And I am glad it was so… why? Morning show tickets are cheaper than the evening shows. Much to my agony, in this age of scantily clad actresses and sparkling colors on the Yashraj screen, I was still not able to recover my 90 bbucks. Not even Gulzar’s lyrics, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music, london locales… Nothing worked! Pathetic movie!

Its a movie which revels in mindlessness, below average acting, and poor casting.

The basic plot of the movie seems inspired by the movie Chocolate featuring Anil Kapoor, Emran Hashmi, Irfan Khan and Tanushree Dutta. Not the bank robbery thing, but people cooking up stories on the fly looking at the billboards and magazines lying around. Guy meets girl. Girl wants to avoid guy. Cooks up a story about being engaged. Guy cooks up a similar story about being engaged. (How usual!) Both cookup extremely flimsy idiotic stories. Start liking each other. But can’t say! Since the other likes someone else. Mess? No! They go back to their homes. Call up each other. Forcefully and with the right set of incentives, persuade their story characters to participate in a 15 minute long dance and music competition, at the beginning of which know the only surprise element left is – “who will win the dance competition?”. Everything else is already fixed. Match fixing, eh? Worse still – even the choreo of this 15 minute marathon is not great.
The constant reference to the guys being from india and the gals being from Pakistan is just not needed. There are better ways of advocating unification of India and Pakistan into one nation!
Absolutely no chemistry being Abhishek and Preity. 2 smooch scenes featuring Lara Dutta (once with Abhishek, and the next time with Bobby Deol). What is the bachchan family thinking now? I heard there were some strong reactions to Hrithin-Ash smooch scene in Dhoom2, including some from Abhishek too! Preity refuses to oblige in a similar way. With her, its back to the flowers in gardens, birds in sky and other such metaphors. Bobby Deol is pathetic, no surprises there. Lara Dutt looks hot, but 1. is there for a very short duration and 2. even that doesn’t help.

And those who are wondering where Amitji is in the middle of all this – This really is a new role for him! Special Guest appearance as a singing dancing sensation, who sings and dances everywhere in London, without any invitation. And the same song, over and over again!

Best character – Hafeez Bhai! He has his comic moments!

Music- some of the songs are good. You can see some of Gulzar and SEL in action there! Title Song, Bol Na Halke Halke, and Ticket to Hollywood are the ok.

Overall – Dont watch!

Itsy Bits.. Life in the pits!

Opening song of the day – Sham-e-gam ki kasam…. (Talat Mehmood, Movie: Footpath)

Chain kaisaa jo pahaluu mein tuu hii nahiin
Maar daale na dard-e-judaai kahiin
Rut hansiin hain to kyaa chaandanii hai to kyaa
Chaandanii zulm hai aur judaai sitam
Shaam-e-gam kii qasam

Dil pareshaan hain raat viiraan hain
Dekh jaa kis tarah aaj tanahaa hain ham
Shaam-e-gam kii qasam aaj gamagiin hain ham
Aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa aaj mere sanam

Full lyrics here
Audio Link [ here ]

Itsy bits from the newspaper that caught my attention –

The new olympic logo has come under quite a bit of fire. For once, I think I can just stop at saying – I AGREE. This logo SUCKS!

JJ and 8 party co are forming a 3rd Front

When would we start covering our backs? Everyonez interested in opening up a front! Thats obscenely blasphemous! Imagine! Another front?

8 parties – JJ heads! Wow! Now, the front will have a lot of Saree to cover their.. err.. back and front!

AC Local Trains in Mumbai gradually seem like a possibility

I wonder- what will happen to those hundreds and thousands of people who just love hanging by the open gates of mumbai local, ready to inhale the fishy odor and sulphurous fumes of a stinky bandra track? There is an old saying – Kutte ko ghee nahi pachta! A dog cannot digest ghee (clarified butter?)

Its a veryyyy long day ahead with the final presentation expected to go on till about 2 or 3 in the night!

Closing song of the day (based on model predictions!)- Dhanyabhaag sevaa ka avasar paaya (Pt. Rajan Mishra, Pt. Sajan Mishra, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Movie: Sur Sangam)

Dhanyabhaag sevaa ka avasar paaya
Charan kamal ki dhool bana main
moksh dwaar tak aaya

Ghat mein goonja naad nirantar
jyot jali antar mein….
Sau sooraj ke ujiyaare mein..
maine mujhko paaya!
Dhanyabhaag sevaa ka avasar paaya

[ Damn it! No audio links or lyrics links for this song!]

Well.. I haven’t stopped watching movies, or plays…

Well.. I haven’t stopped watching movies, or plays, or listening to music that I want to talk about, or books that I have read that I want to let you know about. and its not that I have been totally deprived of time either! Yes, life has been a bit of this and that, but I think its more of outright laziness lately that has stopped me from writing!

So… Wassup? Me? Watched Shrek3, Cheeni Kum, Shootout at Lokhandwala and n number of Naruto episodes lately. [ Remind me to start writing about animation series like Naruto and Avatar-The Last Airbender as well]

Shrek 3 was neat, not as neat as 1 or 2, but neat nevertheless! Time well spent. Watched it at Eros, Nariman Point. It was a pleasant change to watch a movie from balcony for 60 bucks, in a really downtown location (people tell me that it doesnt get more posh than that in mumbai – South mumbai is “the” place!). I guess one of these days I would stop watching movies so frequently because I don’t think a movie like Shootout deserves even 25 bucks, leave aside 250 bucks! The movie was pathetic, to say the list. Rediff was right in commenting about the idiots who fund such movies. Cheeni Kum would have been a perfect movie if the length was shortened and Paresh Raval muted a bit! Tabu and Amitabh are cool, and its surprising to notice that they had a pretty cool chemistry! Its a good movie to watch!

At one time I really wanted to blast movies like Tara Rum Pum having watched the early shows. But thats some less blood on my hands! 😉

Watched a play – “Flowers” at NCPA. Its a monologue enacted by Rajit Kapur (Of Byomkesh Bakshi fame). (Here is a review that I largely agree with) . Same problem as Cheeni Kum. The length, though short by the standards of usual plays (90 mins), could have been shortened further. More so, because there was no change in scene, no pause, no other character but the protagonist, and no movements. Its about a priest who’s torn between his duties as a priest, his love for his wife and his lust for a courtesan. Its a 90 minute narration where the priest walks through the course of events, his emotions, his agony and conflict, paints images using his words, and makes us all visualize the drama! Rajit Kapoor managed to be ok. But the play was just not my kind. I don’t want to take the credit away from Rajit, but c’mon – I have a low attention span. I can’t concentrate on something for 90 minutes on the trot! Not a lecture from the greatest of professors, not the same song even if I am in love with it, nothing!

My analytics blog is still waiting for the remaining articles and a response to Amit’s comment.

There is a blogger meet on 9th June in Mumbai. I am still debating within myself if I want to attend! Should be fun. Lets see!

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