Friday, November 06, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar - the champ!

He has competed against the best in the world across different eras; against grizzly pros when he was a kid and brash, irreverent young men now; he has played on feverishly seaming pitches and on raging turners, on cold, cloudy days and blazingly hot ones; at home surrounded by family and fans and away amidst loneliness; when the body is obeying all commands and when pain and fatigue bring you to your knees. And he hasn’t just survived; he’s left his imprint on every situationHarsha Bhogle ...What a tribute to THE greatest ever!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa - by Manna De

One of the goldies, song mellifluously, lyrics pregnant with out-of-the-world wisdom ...simply awesome! One of the best!

Kasme vaade pyar wafa sab
Baatein hain baaton ka kya
Koi kisi ka nahi ye jhoote
Naate hain naaton ka kya

Hoga maseeha saamne tere
Phir bhi na tu bach payega
Tera apna khoon hi aakhir
Tujhko aag lagayega
Aasmaan pe udhne waale
Mitti mein miljayega

Sukh mein tere saath chalenge
Dukh mein sab mukh modenge
Duniya waale tere bann kar
Tera hi dil todenge
Dete hain bhagwan ko dhoka
Insaan ko kya chhodenge

Kaam agar ye Hindu ka hai
Mandir kisne loota hai?
Muslim ka hai kaam agar ye
Khuda ka ghar kyun toota hai?
Jis mazhab mein jayaz hai ye
Wo mazhab toh jhoota hai

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Scientists unravel mystery behind schizophrenia

Washington (IANS): New research has revealed how schizophrenia, a mental disorder which results in hallucinations, memory loss and social withdrawal, works in the brain.
In a new, genetically engineered mouse model, scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSM) have discovered that the disease symptoms are triggered by a brain protein necessary for neurons to talk to one another.
In human and mouse brains, kalirin is the brain protein needed to build the dense network of highways, called dendritic spines, which allow information to flow from one neuron to another.
Northwestern scientists have found that without adequate kalirin, the frontal cortex of the brain of a person with schizophrenia only has a few narrow roads.
The information from neurons gets jammed up like rush hour traffic on an interstate highway squeezed into a single lane.
"Without enough pathways, the information takes much longer to travel between neurons and much of it will never arrive," said Peter Penzes, senior study author.
"This discovery opens a new direction for treating the devastating cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia," Mr. Penzes said.
"There is currently no treatment for that. It suggests that if you can stimulate and amplify the activity of the protein kalirin that remains in the brain, perhaps we can help the symptoms," he said.
These findings were published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Source: Hindu

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Howz this...

If Mental is a field in the table called Face from the database of this Body, then the only trouble with it is it is Nullable ;)

Cropped up on 17th June, 2009 afternoon

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Jai Hind - Bharat ko salaam

Awesome music.
Dont know who is the composer, director of the music and video, but a very powerful patriotic song!

Loved it!

Award winning Indian ad for a cause - Hostel/Holi

Awesome Ad!
Must watch

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Al Pacino - not my cup of Cappuccino

Al Pacino! Al Pacino! Al Pacino!

Who has not heard or spoken about him? I too, heard a lot before venturing into watching this guy in action. I must say, I loved the ending dialogues in Devil's Advocate - more for the content than the grasp held by the deliverer, Al Pacino. Honestly, I am not that impressed with this guy.

Watch Scent of a Woman, I agree, he did well. One look at his face and we know he is blind. Appreciated that role. But watch any other movie (from what I watched ;P), say Insomnia, he is pretty much the same. He has the same huskish, hoarsy voice, same way of dialogue-delivery, walk; a frequent 'Aahk' - thats Al Pacino. I am not against him neither am I completely disappointed. He is definitely one better than many around. But, maybe he doesnt deserve the hype he gets!

A school of thought says, hype increases one's expectation leading to disappointment later. I may be one such person to have lived this thought in this guy's example. Similar thing happened when I marketted the latest movie 99 of Kunal Khemu, Boman Irani, Cyrus Broacha, Soha Ali Khan. I went and watched it in Cinemax without any expectation. Came out utterly satisfied for a good choice of watch. But after marketting found it didnt live upto the expectation of its new audience, who had a tinge of adoration even before they saw 9 of 99!
Coming back to Al Pa, my simple anology was this. Watch Amitabh and watch him. People can imitate Amitabh and yet sound hollow. The presence that hits the spectators with Amitabh on
the screen delivering is phenomenal. Al Pa? One can deliver his dialogue and still get away with it. One can imagine some one else there with similar dialogue delivery (possibly with lesser credit). But, one cannot expect same intensity being thrown from the scene if some one else was to deliver Amitabh's dialogues. Look at The Last Lear. Life which Amitabh gave to the words might be even more than what Shakespeare imagined while writing! No doubt, the comparison is a folly on my part, but after the hype, my expectations of this guy were somewhere close to what I would expect from Amitabh. Amitabh is a legend. Surely, Bollywood and for that matter the whole Film Industry owes him for the excellence that he has got acting to.

Undoutedly, Amitabh is one of the finest ever and has just shown how old wine in a new glass is any time better than a budding new wine in an ultramodernized glass. His movies after his come-back are the classics, not the angry-young-man ones. Sure, many will agree with me on this. He shall live as a legend in this world and the world after him.

Al Pa, if you are reading this, you are one of the actors I admire. But you have a long way to prove yourself better than legends from Bollywood :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Adv of Population explosion!

One advantage of population explosion (for a country like India) is that the number of people in the young group will always be higher than the number of people who are in the old-age group. Thus, we are always progressing! ;D
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