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Remember remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason, why the Gunpowder Treason, should ever be forgot.


[1] The Gunpowder treason was a failed assasination attempt in England in 1605, when a group plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament
[2] Guy Fawkes was the person in charge of execution of this plot but was caught shortly before the execution.
[3] November 5’th is celebrated as the Guy Fawkes Night


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Beauty is a summation of the parts, working together, in such a way that nothing need to be added taken away or altered.

– Quoted by Nicolas Cage in the movie Next

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So, Amitabh has a blog and he blogs everyday (well almost). Usually the blog entry title is Day <day-number>. Ex: Day 125, Day 400, etc.
And today he has the Day 404.
Thankfully he is not into Software Engineering, and particularly into web development (although he blogs, but I wonder if he works out the technicalities) otherwise this would have become a Day ‘NOT FOUND‘ !!!
This is what I commented on his post:

This is really amusing! I am a software engineer and work on web site creation et al. You may not be knowing (and I may be grossly wrong in assuming this), the code 404 in HTTP (a software protocol which is used to transfer web pages) stands for ‘Not Found’.

So essentially, the Day 404 would be a Day ‘Not Found’ 🙂

[comment #401, which then, essentially means NOT AUTHORIZED]

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Anupam Mittal & Aditya Shastri, producers of the movie 99 stuck to their word with the release of the movie across multiplexes. This release is an exception to the current ongoing Bollywood Producer’s strike which had created a drought on the movie screens. 

The movie is a fast paced comical sequence of events in the life of few ordinary people who want to make it in their life. It is loosely based on the cricket match fixing scandal that took India by storm during the India-South Africa cricket series in early 2000.

The movie breathes fresh air into the multiplexes and us who were so deprived of the silver screen for so long! Must Watch!

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All that Glitters

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgement old
Your answer had not been inscroll’d
Fare you well, your suit is cold.

– William Shakespear, The Merchant of Venice


All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king

– Bilbo, The Lord Of Rings

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엽기적인 그녀

Ugly Aur Pagli

My Sassy Girl

Back at school, our teachers used to tell us after the results were announced, “you need skills even to copy stuff during exams”. I couldn’t agree more. You copy and you copy it with skills, forms that thin line separating the success with failure. Same could be said for the state Bollywood is in currently. There are producers who copy get inspired by foreign scripts all the time. But then there are ones who execute it end to end beautifully, and then there are ones who are just…, I am sure how their report card looked in schools 🙂

That Bizarre Girl / My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀) was released in South Korea in 2001 based on a true story told in a series of love letters written by someone called Kim Ho-sik, which were initially posted on the internet and later adapted as a novel. The movie is sweet, romantic and refreshing everytime you sit to watch it.

Come 2008, there are 2 remakes of this movie being released almost at the same time in 2 parts of the world. Hollywood does it with My Sassy Girl and Bollywood takes it up with Ugly Aur Pagli. Well, I am yet to watch the Hollywood edition but words flying out in the internet give me a hint I’d better stay off. Last week I saw the Bollywood version though, and that was disappointing. It was an abuse of the original. The producers went to an extent of copying even the dialogues from the original, but failed to create the magic with it. Ranvir Shorey is funny moulds nicely in the character although sometimes going overboard, but Mallika needs more cheekbones to make people laugh. And please directors do not, I repeat DO NOT make her cry in any movie, she looks so dumb and so artificial. Though U&P had its share of laughs but that lasted only for minutes and weren’t enough to carry on the 2 hour long movie.

When I first saw the original I really really wanted it to be adapted into a Bollywood movie, but seeing this adaptation is disheartening. May god put some senses into the Xerox machines to let them generate Bollywood’ised copies of international flicks in more fidelity.

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