Oct 27, 2012

Lumia 800

It's not conventional to say the least. There are no boundaries and somewhere that's a good feeling. No boxes to restrict your imagination. Interestingly  there are no exit signs also,  making you feel like everything is always part of your life and it's just a thought away.

That's a purely nontechnical description of windows phone mango v7.5 on my new Nokia Lumia 800. Migrating from Symbian to 7.5 is not the easiest to say the least. Symbian offered so many things that we started taking for granted. It defined the way we called, smsed, mmsed, took picture, access internet and what not. I surely feel that no one will ever write songs about those and just blame it for not keeping up with time.

About my love for nokia, well it's true that I'm hooked onto nokia for quite some time now. Be it my first smart phone E63 (how can I forget using it for those free calls on nymgo and updating my eurotrip blog using free wifi at mcdonalds), then the second one E72 (that was a really good companion, I must say), nokia n8 (with it's amazing camera and a really cranky software), E7 (the hulk who did nothing) to finally to Lumia 800 (style that could match Moto Razor and OS that's a refreshing change), it's been a journey filled with unlimited stories to talk about. Not forgetting those small flings with C2-00, X1-01, C1-01, 1600, C3, X2-00, X3-02 and some more protos, this love story is here to last for some more years.

Oct 13, 2012

mere size ka milega kya...

Finally it's here. Our much awaited moment is here. Like it always happens, some may call it the judgement day, others might call it moment of truth. I will take it easy. It's just moment. In a long enough journey, there are multiple junctions where one has to decide on some direction. It's a flip of a coin, how much ever science you claim to put behind it. What matters is the effort that is put after the decision.
It's just the start. Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost...

For now, let me share something it with you...

And if that does not give you enough reason, here is more on Why ZOVI?

Oct 6, 2012


It's interesting to see Sa Re Ga Ma Pa auditions on Zee. While the judges are not as nasty as those in some other reality shows, somethings are same nonetheless. Every contestant makes it a point to touch the judges feet and take their blessing. While it looks straight from the heart admiration at times, at others it just looks as fake as Rakhi Sawant's attempt to talk sense.

The Dewarist had a memorable episode in season one with Zeb, Haniya, Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire. It's not just the song "Kya Khayal Hai" that is memorable, but the journey that was shared in that episode. Swanand tells us why he chose theater over music in spite coming from a family of musicians. He says it was the "touching the feet" culture of the music fraternity that he despised. He chose to take some other paths and luckily has been able to prove himself.

It's a very personal choice. What we see in Saregamapa is just a manifestation of this choice.I feel it's not just in field of performing arts that it happens like this. Politics is one more field where such adulation is very visible. Any common link - blind faith? nepotism? or indeed a true admiration?

marji hai aapki.. aakhi sar hai aapka...

Oct 2, 2012

OMG - this is my kind of cinema

2012 has shelled out some of the best that Bollywood has offered in recent years. Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Vicky Donor, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2, Barfi and now OMG - it's been wonderful going back to theaters again. Surprisingly, I've not added the top grossers like Ek Tha Tiger, Rowdy Rathore, Agneepath, Housefull 2 etc to this list and I've no regrets about it.

If I think about it, I find some common connections in these movies. There are characters that are inherent part of story line or in most cases the story is about the character. And there are other characters that support these main anchors and still are not just the props to be displayed in the background. For every Frodo there are Sam, Merry, Pippin and Gandalf who make Frodo what he is. Each one has a story of his own and is complete in himself, still does more than just being himself.
And mind you, they are not the Ranveer, Priyanka, Akshay, Manoj we know from bollywood. They are puppets that writer and director would have imagined when they thought of these movies.

Their theme is so nicely set in a time and place that makes you travel along with the storyline and live it to the fullest. I have never been to Chambal, Wasseypur, Shimla or Kolkata, have lived for a very small time in Delhi and Mumbai, still feel a lot more attached to them knowing there is so much joy in every bit people live there.

Then there is music that goes not just in background, but along the storyline. If 2011 was about Rockstar, 2012 has lot more of amazing Indian music in different forms - from Usha Uthup and Amitabh in Kahaani, Ayushman in Vicky Donor to Kailash Kher in OMG - the songs that we've heard are not the regular crooning your hear in Hindi cinema these days. Moora is refreshing and so is Paani da rang. And my playlist is filled with some amazing new things now.

All in all, I'm happy. Really happy. For once, I don't have to look upto foreign films for a refreshing movie watching experience. Hope to see more of it in coming times.