Friday, January 29, 2010

The Rules of SPEECH CLUB

Well, thinking of Fight Club the other day, the most striking scene of the movie for me is when Tyler (Brad Pitt) gives out the Rules of Fight Club. Here they are:

#1 - The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club.
#2 - The second rule of Fight Club is, you DO NOT talk about Fight Club.
#3 - If someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
#4 - Two guys to a fight.
#5 - One fight at a time.
#6 - No shirts, no shoes.
#7 - Fights will go on as long as they have to.
#8 - If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.

Thinking about them, I thought couldn't we have some similar rules or at least similar "sounding" rules for our INFYnity Toastmasters Club down here. So here are the rules that I propose for my club aka from now SPEECH CLUB:

#1 - The first rule of Speech Club is, you do talk about Speech Club.
#2 - The second rule of Speech Club is, you DO talk about Speech Club.
#3 - If the timekeeper shows the red flag, the speech is over.
#4 - Two parties to a speech - the speaker and the evaluator.
#5 - One speech at a time .
#6 - No mobile phones and no cross-talk .
#7 - Speeches go on only as long as they should.
#8 - If this is your first evening at Speech Club, you have to speak.

Wonder how it sounds to some of my fellow Toastmasters oops, fellow SPEECH CLUB members ??

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The '3 Idiots' Files

Very few films have caught the imagination of the public in recent times as "3 Idiots'. The film came with great expectations, but very few could have predicted that it would go on to be such a massive hit. So remarkable has been the success that it became the first Indian movie to make it to the IMDB Top 250 list. The movie was followed by an equally amazing controversy and helped in keeping the film in the limelight.
Over the last month or so, there has been a plethora of reviews, articles, blogs, spoofs and cartoons about the movie. This post is essentially an archive of the best of the web on 3 Idiots - from the ridiculous to the sublime.
As with any movie, there are innumerable reviews available for 3 Idiots. The one that I liked the best came from Mayank Shekhar in the Hindustan Times. When it comes to movie reviews of my choice Greatbong’s review has to be kept here as well as he articulated beautifully why this movie is something a lot of us can relate to.
As most of us, already knew, the movie was "based" on Chetan Bhagat's book - 5 Point Someone. Whether it was "loosely based" or "adapted" or "70% based", I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. However, with Bhagat's name appearing only at the end, and after being urged on by thousands of his fans, he decided to create a hue and cry about it. Here's what he had to say about it in his blog. Well, that led to quite a fight between the makers of the movie - Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Raju Hirani & Co on one hand and Bhagat on the other. I believe they have kissed and made up since, but this clipping showing Chopra's reaction - SHUT UP - SHUT UP in a press conference is priceless :D
Vir Sanghvi put the right perspective on the whole issue - while what the makers did with Bhagat's name was legal, it perhaps showed a certain lack of grace.
A slightly more unconventional look back at the controversy by Manan Singhi in his blog here - Yeh Kya Hui :D
As the film kept becoming a bigger and bigger hit, Aamir Khan tried to do a TZP by demanding tax exemption for it. The last I know, it hasn't been successful.
The Management Gurus were quick to pick up on all of Baba Ranchoddas ka gyan as they neatly summarised all the lessons from the move here.
With the Management Scientists at work, could the real scientists be left behind. Livemint's LabRats came out with all the science bloopers in the film.
One person, who clearly didn't get the film's message (as usual) was the world famous Sagarika Ghose of CNN IBN, who prophesised how this film shows that we are going to become a nation of idiots, following this movie.
Coming to the lighter side of things, this cartoon review/spoof from the vigilidiot is mind blowing. Equally interesting is this cartoon from Satish. Do have a look at them.
As far as I know, the only people who didn't whole-heartedly enjoy the movie were some SRK fans (:D). So here's my friend Ajit, yet another SRK fan, paying an underhanded complement to the movie
And finally while the entire nation keeps repeating All is Well, All is Well, about 74 times a day, there has been a much more profound impact of the movie. My friend Vageesh, a lifelong Aamir Khan fan, has been so impressed by Boman Irani's character that he now takes power naps for 7 and a half minutes everyday in the office. Don't believe it - Have a look :D

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Unhappy feet

There was always something wrong with them.
It all began when I discovered that my trusted pair of Sandals had got torn and could not be worn again. After a brief period of grief, I decided that it was time to get a new pair. Now, coming from Kolkata as I do, I am a bit of a sucker for Bata. And conveniently enough, there is a Bata store just about 500 metres from my house. So I hopped over there, chose a smart looking black coloured pair and came home, satisfied with my latest acquisition.
Things took a slightly odd turn next day. Accompanied by a visting friend, I was walking on the road towards the market, wearing my new sandals. Within a minute, I felt something wrong with my feet. I checked and found out that my left feet had a sandal of size of 8 and the right one - size 9 !! I entered the Bata store immediately (which was luckily along the way) and demanded an immediate exchange of my left sandal. Overcoming their feeble protests, of the sandals not quite being in pristine condition, was not to much of a problem, as I visibly demonstrated my shock at this atrocity on my feet. It's a separate matter that coming home having bought sandals of two different sizes is carelessness of unacceptable magnitude.
The next few days were uneventful in the lives of these sandals, with me not wearing them too much. In between, I had got into the stupid habbit of keeping my footwear outside my door. However, last Saturday morning, when I went to wear them, I could not find them. I was absolutely shocked to see them missing. Preliminary investigations did not reveal much as to who might have liked them a bit too much.
Alas, it seems that they are lost forever. And I am back to being in another grieving period :( . (With Holmes not releasing in Mangalore anytime soon, I have given up hopes of recovering them, much like Sir Henry Baskervilles had to do in The Hound of the Baskervilles.)

Friday, January 8, 2010

14 of the reasons why I love test cricket

Test cricket has been rather interesting of late, hasn't it? There are many reasons why I love test cricket, here are just 14 of them:
1) It is played by people wearing WHITE clothes - reminding me of my school days wearing the white shirts and sometimes white pants.
2) It is played with a RED ball, which sort of justifies calling it a "CHERRY".
3) Knowledgeable and serious cricket anchors such as Mandira Bedi generally stay away from it.
4) The crowd can pay full attention to either the game or go to sleep rather than being constantly distracted by celebrities like Shilpa Shetty or Preity Zinta hugging players or blowing kisses.
5) The people who do the cheerleading are the ones who pay for it (i.e. the FANS) and not those who get paid for it (i.e. the "professional" skimpily clad ladies).
6) POWERCUTs are not a major issue with games finishing before sunset. Test cricket conserves energy.
7) There are no "Strategy breaks" after every ten overs.
8) It is played over a period of FIVE days, which is a good reason to bunk studies/work for five days.
9) Bowlers sometimes DO FEEL they have a chance of taking a wicket or two.
10) Spinners can't complain about the "WET BALL" and they have a better chance to get into the game with an "OLD BALL", fast bowlers can look forward to the "NEW BALL" which is truly new.
11) Delightfully named fielding positions such as SLIPS, SHORT LEG and SILLY POINT are used.
12) Batsmen can take a little bit of time and afford to play a DOT BALL or two.
13) Batsmen generally get full value for their good shots as most fielders are NOT on the boundary.
14) The players and spectators get sufficient time to rest and eat with LUNCH, TEA and DRINKS.

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