Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cheaper labour. Less valuable lives?

They say manpower costs less in India.

Does that mean our lives are less valuable too?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A mirror to Mumbai

What is this 'spirit of Mumbai' that figures so prominently in the media coverage of tragedies that hit the city?

Something that can be called upon to divert attention from the Government's failure to provide security to its citizens?

Resilience to bounce back after tragedy?

A chat topic for hacks seeking their 30 seconds of fame?

Emotional padding employed by new channels to bolster viewership ratings?

Well Mumbai has proved from past incidents that it has the resilience to bounce back. But that's necessity more than spirit. After all what can the working class do but recover and go to work. Mumbai is the most expensive city in India, and if you don't work, you don't eat. Which is a worse tragedy for 75% of the population of Mumbai.

This spirit (read 'survival instinct of the working class') is glorified by hacks on TV, who were born with silver spoons for their every orifice. People who don't need to work for a living. People who don't need to bounce back, but can sit in air-conditioned environments praising the spirit of a city that's been battered and bruised by terror attacks for more than a decade.

The hacks will continue to preach; as will opportunistic politicians who have easier ways of gaining votes than by providing security to citizens - like caste, religion and language. And of course, the TV channels whose reports have more drama than a Karan Johar movie (it's all about TRPs baby!).

The vultures always converge when tragedy strikes. And after consuming their fill, they say goodbye. Adios. Till next time, when the next tragedy strikes.

India needs a change. From the democracy it practises to the democracy it preaches. We need better governance than what the politicians in this country can provide.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sail-in interview

On a dark horizon littered with pink slips, there appears to be a silver lining. Positions are rumoured to be opening up close to the Dark Continent, in Somalian waters.

Applicants are required to be strong of arm and black of heart. Previous experience though desirable is not an absolute must. However, the willingness to learn, burn and earn is indispensable.

Remuneration will be handed out strictly based on performance. LTA, PF, EPS and other such claims will be settled with a rope around the ankles and a dunk in icy blue waters. The claimant will not be retracted until his claims are.

Perks include and are restricted to living quarters, 3 daily meals, 2 sets of overalls and a company vehicle. The uninitiated might consider high speed chases in the high seas and pitched gun battles an added bonus.

Defiance of authority (aka mutiny) will be treated with a tip over the rails, minus the rope around the ankles.

Please note. The company is an equal opportunity employer, and provides equal opportunities to all men on board.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Titles that titillate

The plot never changes in an adult flick, but the titles often titillate a writer's senses much more than the screenplay itself.

Here are a few examples:


WEAPONS OF ASS DESTRUCTION


RIDING MISS DAISY


PUMP FICTION


MUFFY THE VAMPIRE LAYER


SATURDAY NIGHT BEAVER


PORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY


A TALE OF TWO TITTIES


DONE IN 60 SECONDS


FOREST HUMP


GOODWILL HUMPING


PHALLUS IN WONDERLAND



Feel free to add from your collection.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dostana - a very brief review


It ought to be illegal for John Abraham to take off his shirt. My better half has a rather violent difference of opinion. Which is why I am of the opinion in the first place.

Click here for more of John in very little.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The mood of the American people, In black and white

After over 200 years of independence, a black man has made it to the White House. By a very wide margin; which tells me that America was indeed very close to having its first woman President.

It also points out just how much the Republicans have fallen out of favour with the people of America.

Barack Hussain Obama's victory is not only a testament of his ability, but an indication of the despair America has been plunged into by 2 terms of George Bush.

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