Monthly Archives: September 2004

Bloggywood

Bollywood – where dreams come true, where talent, if it exists, will definitely getrevealed, where fantasies are lived out, where passion finds a way of expression…(for that matter, any ‘ollywood’ – B, H, K…)
in the beginning, almost every movie made had a fresh storyline which made people see it. then we had formula movies, which tried to recreate the same magic as its successful predecessor, most failed, coz people could see the same thing only so many times… the search for keeping viewers happy continued.. for some time, fresh faces were the mantra, and love stories were churned out like there was no tomorrow (maybe there wasnt).but then even love could only keep interest that long..
action, romance, mystery, sex …a time when every idea has been thrashed out , thrashed in, and thrashed inside out… then the varied treatments began… “its the same story, but my treatment is different”…. somewhere in between there was also the “for the first time in bollywood” wave, which included phirang heroes and heroines, and special effects… we also had, maybe still have movies made for the niche audience…the cross over movies…’grey’ heroes and heroines, literally and otherwise..none of this making much of a difference…..every time a fresh face is launched with reasonable fanfare, there is an interest, but itisnt sustained… there are not enough viewers, except for very rare cases…
but yup, you are right, bollywood and the other woods still go on, movies are being made, we still watch them, but the standard of movies has reached rock bottom, and is still digging (that would explain the underworld involvement ;) ),the chances of watching a good movie are infinitesimally small… the consolation is that there are still some who experiment, and make movies about stuffthey believe in, and that belief many a time makes the movie a success… but they are too few to change the general phenomenon………..
Blogs- where dreams come true, where talent, if it exists, will definitely get revealed, where fantasies are lived out, where passion finds a way of expression…(rediffblogs, blogspot, blogdrive…..)
in the beginning……………
do we see bloggywood happening?
until next time, keep believing, keep blogging….

Relative Values

These days, i find i am ‘doing’ the things that ‘happened’ to me in childhood, to this generation of kids (perverts, mind your mind !!)..simply because i am reaching the stage of life that my relatives were in,at that time…Relatives were important initially coz of the attention they gave, and perhaps also because of the favourable comparisons (favourable to me, that is..hehe) they made with their offspring…. and it was only a sidenote that they used to give pocket money when they left….
unfortunately, increased exposure to the material world gradually converted the sidenote to a headline..well, thats the excuse..:)..gradually their visits became important because they became a major source of revenue… i will refrain from commenting on the status of the comparisons…
On my last visit to kerala, i ended up on the ‘relative’ side of things… quite obviously, i wasnt so naive that i couldnt understand the relatively low value of affection(for the kids, that is)… i was smug in the knowledge that, at the time of saying bye, i would be bestowing some surprise pocket money on the ‘kids’…. but i realised how ‘out of touch’ i was with the world, when hours before departure, the ‘kids’started asking me how much i planned to give them…. the only solace was that i had matched their expectations in value…at least i think i did… shudder to think of comparisons!! Innocence was not lost, it wasnt there at all!! …*sulk*
until next time, get some values!!

A Reason to blog

I think i have followed a predictable path in blogging, starting out when rediff hyped blogging in early 2003, precisely because of that reason, hype. i felt it was a good forum, still do, though some apprehensions still remain, primarily to do with the commercialisation of the medium.the next step was playing around with template, going all green after going visiting..hehe..i think the only one remaining (in my list) from that era is swb. cant help say that i still feel green when i see some of his content..:).. what, i guess, followed was a deliberate attemptto make the content interesting to readers, to put it more bluntly,anything to increase traffic!!…hehe
it actually seems a long time ago, though we are talking only of times a year and a half back…. when i read the earlier posts objectively(as much as possible), i can actually see the person evolving with the blog (there are some who would question the particular word used..hehe)….over a period of time, the blog has meant different things to me – ego boosts, acceptance, freedom.. to name a few.
now readers are important to me in a whole new way – like friends in school/college..to be taken for granted when around, and to be missed terribly when not around… now, posts are moments captured in time.
for many people, images do the trick, but for me, the regular ‘picture and thousand words’ doesnt make sense in this particular context. some time later, i can read this post and understand exactly what i felt at 10.30 am on 24 sep 2004….
at different points in time, we have different reasons for doing things, and for me, now, this is the reason to blog….
now….weekends should start on a happy note, and thats enough reason for some
Solid Humour, I Thought
Here are the top eight comments made by NBC sports commentators during the Summer Olympics:
1. Weightlifting commentator: “This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.”
2. Dressage commentator: “This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother.”
3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.”
4. Boxing Analyst: “Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.”
5. Basketball analyst: “He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.”
6. At the rowing medal ceremony: “Ah, isn’t that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.”
7. Soccer commentator: “Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.”
8. Tennis commentator: “One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them…

till next time, keep reasoning

The Lighthouse

Thats how i would describe this template. i am not sure if blogger has named it the same. the template is partly the reason i decided to shift here (psst psst, i am sick of copy pasting template codes from sites..hehe)
i love the sea, must have something to do with my starsign, that and the fishy character bit :)… and i love all the visuals they have used in the template – the clouds, the waves breaking against the rocks,the lighthouse itself…..
the clouds, because of the sense of serenity and infinity that they portray…. the rocks and the waves, which show me the paradoxical situations of end and continuity..
..and the lighthouse – waves crashing all around, but still standing strong… seeing clearly the things around, helping others see it too, awake when everyone is asleep, awake when everyone is sheltered, awake to help people find the shore safely….
…one day, i hope to live life like the lighthouse, remain awake, see things clearly,help others see too, and still stand strong….(uh oh, scary thought..did i just describe a call centre job??)
till next time, lighten up !!

my new scripts…..

all endings are also beginnings. we just dont know it at that time……… damn , if i knew how to write such profound statements, i would also be sitting on my second bestseller by now, instead of being confined to a virtual presence, but hell, who says thats bad. those first two lines were from the book i just finished reading – “five people you meet in heaven“. i will refrain from doing a review, the last time i did it, i scared off potential readers.
wokay, thats enough publicity for the book, lets talk about ME for some time…hehe, did i scare you?
i feel bad getting out of rediff, like i told D, its like leaving your first home. but version 1 seemed to be getting too serious for my own good, so i am making a conscious effort to be slightly more ‘normal’. i wish i could explain ‘normal’ to you. mundane is definitely a parameter and so is humour and increased frequency. i frankly dont know if this is justification enough, the company remains the same, and you still find a lot of stuff you used to find in version 1, but JUST GIMME SOME MORE TIME, OKAY!!..oops, sorry again….
but like i have said before, each blog has a character separate from the individual behind it, and it is easier to create a new entity rather than change this character …
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” ~ Frank Herbert
……….and so he has
until next time, keep the change!!