American Beauty

First of all, if you haven’t watched the American Beauty, stop reading. Stop doing whatever you are doing; Go, watch it and come back.

Now, here is a movie that deserved it’s Oscar, unlike the much hyped Slumdog Millionaire which won the Best Picture Award today. SM is a good movie at best, for free’s sake it does not even portray the slums of Bombay for a decent amount of runtime. It really is one fucked up day when in one long year, The Academy could not find a movie better than SM. Anyway, it was awesome to see ARR win and make us all proud ( even though the OST of SM is not that great! ARR has done much much better before! ) and it was amazing when that guy spoke in Tamil and Hindi during his acceptance speech, Absolutely Amazing :D.

So then, coming to American Beauty, watched it the second time this week and loved it even more. Spacey is God. The Acting is simply breathtaking, every single character is so so Real and the OST is superb! With a really good real life story, and a message that is so basic to us all that it just knocks you out, it is probably the most perfectly executed movie project ever.

The only reason I’ve made you go all that crap above is to say this, American Beauty has such a beautiful ending with the best Monologue Ever! It just delivers everything that the movie has gotta say in an awesome way that you can watch it a million times :). And again, Spacey is God. Better than God.

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Life, Cricket and God…

Sport is Life and Test Cricket is probably the only sport that mimics life thoroughly. Everyone who has even been remotely associated with some Sport or the other knows how Mental toughness is much more important than physical excellence and Test Cricket is the ultimate Test of mental strength with the ability to stay focused even when it makes you yawn ,and hence the name.

One would certainly be hard-pressed to find another game that stretches on for five continuous days with so much physical skill and temperament involved. Which other game can bring out the exuberance of patient batting by Andrew Strauss and the flamboyance of Virender Sehwag in one single package?

George Bernard Shaw once said “The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity” and yes, the game meanders along for a really long time but so does life. The English in this match showed us what boredom really is! And I had the misfortune of seeing every ball they faced with zero aggression. They were so slow that Viru and even Mishra were gesturing to the crowd that they were dying in all the blade the English were putting without Manasatchi!

Life gives you shit, then everything that comes after it even if only slightly better feels like heaven and after two really gritty, patient and defensive innings from England and one totally insipid performance from India where we collapsed to a bowling attack with an off colour Monty and debutant Swann, came the awesome stuff. When it rains it pours and when Viru unleashed those breathtaking shots, the white buggers didn’t know what the hell hit them. You should have seen the English faces going wtf!! Lol !

And then, came God. Football gave us Maradonna, Basketball gave us Jordan and Cricket has given us Sachin Tendulkar. What commitment, skill, determination and love for the game even after all these years! The final day was just plain fucking legendary. Never will so many dot balls from Yuvi be cheered with such ferocity as he stopped eating away the runs that would allow God to score yet another hundred. Never will the entire stadium stand up for an hour and watch him play and erupt with joy for every run the legend scores. Never will so many plastic bottles be hit on the chairs to make so much noise. Never will the Barmy Army be surrounded by such freaked out Indians and stand in awe at the Chepauk’s amazing Crowd. And never will my throat be this sore after screaming the hell out for five days of amazing Cricket.

God..

God..

Another thing that I realized during this match is how awesome a bowler Freddie is. Man, he was the best with a line and length that rivaled McGrath and every time he ran in hard to bowl you cannot help but feel tensed at how the batsman is going to negotiate such fine bowling. And his stamina, phew, is he on steroids? When will our thayir sadham fast bowlers reach such levels of fitness ? And Strauss was amazing with two hundreds, a Dravid like performance that was so awesome that we did not know when he had scored a hundred runs because all I saw was dot balls when he faced, test cricket at its patient best. But the match was rightfully ours, for taking our chances; for Viru’s magnificent batting, for Sachin cause well, he is God; for Yuvi , for his ability to come up with such a fine innings after the most abysmal batting performance by him in the previous day and for Dhoni, man he is one lucky guy. Everything he does, he seems to nail it. Engaeyo machham da avannukku.

And I missed Kumble a lot, and we are gonna struggle when we go abroad because he was only guy consistently taking wickets for us away from home, lets hope Dhoni’s moles help us with this one too.

Anyway final words, Sehwag weightu! Sachin God! Chennai, Namma Ooru Ultimate!

Test Cricket is the ultimate test simply because it remains the only sport where men like Inzi and Viru, the Thondhi fellows with a nonexistent fitness program who cannot even see their toes compete against the fit and athletic men like Yuvi and Freddie. Well actually there is another thing that pits men of such contrasting natures and abilities against each other, it is called Life.

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Nila Nila Oodi Vaa

The Moon, the nearest chunk of alien rock from Planet Earth, never fails to inspire awe and wonder every time you look at it and to think that India is going to reach for the Moon is absolutely amazing.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch the Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter tomorrow and it is going to be Legendary!

From the ISRO’s Website:

The primary objectives of Chandrayaan-1 are:
1. To expand scientific knowledge about the moon
2. To upgrade India’s technological capability
3. To provide challenging opportunities for planetary
research to the younger generation of Indian scientists

Chandrayaan-1 aims to achieve these well defined objectives through high resolution remote sensing of the moon in the visible, near infrared, microwave and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. With this, preparation of a 3-dimensional atlas of the lunar surface and chemical mapping of entire lunar surface is envisaged.

We’ve also got a bunch of Indian payloads and have also accommodated a few foreign payloads and our orbiter is going to do some serious scientific work. ISRO has released this brochure with complete information about this mission.

October 22 at 06:20 Indian Standard Time is the date and time set for the launch and there’s going to be a webcast on the ISRO website, so don’t forget to catch it online.

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India Rocks..

India is on the verge of becoming a space superpower and it should make every Indian proud. This should make humans all over the world stand united and feel good for what we, as a species can achieve.

Moon, here we come. In a few years it is going to get really crowded up there and someday we will spread our huge population to the moon too :p.

I’m sincerely hoping that the launch and the mission goes off without any major hitches. Here’s to Science and of course, to India.

Saare Jahan Se Accha, Hindustan Hamara
<< Those were the words Rakesh Sharma uttered 24 years back on board the Soviet Soyuz T-11, when asked by the then PM of India, Indira Gandhi, about how India looked from space. >>

Links:
ISRO
Unofficial Website
Indian Express

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All said and done, NASA sent men to the Moon decades ago and that is the most awesomest achievement by us till date. Let us hope that this time instead of a space race, international cooperation takes us to greater heights and reach Mars in the near future. I want to see man land on Mars before I die :). I wish I were an astronaut, going places, seeing the earth in all it’s insignificance; I don’t even mind if it is a one way ticket to the stars.

Nature is God. Science is my Religion.

A1 GP…

To witness India win in Motor Racing is a special feeling… A1 GP is not that awesome to watch, give me F1 anyday but man it is special to root for your own country, specially when you’re pwning the others 😀

From Pole to P1 in the Podium, Narain rocks and when he went up at the top of the podium i had goose bumps and when ‘Jana Gana Mana’ started playing it was ruddy brilliant.

Wish Narain comes back to F1 driving for Force India, it would be the awesomest thing if he wins an actual GP in Formula 1 ( Somehow A1 GP wins seem unreal 😐 )

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