The ‘Talaash’ for a good, Bollywood thriller

The difference between a good suspense thriller and a great suspense thriller is that you can watch the great movie a second time and still have as good a time as you had the first time.
The kind of enjoyment you get the second time will be different from what you got earlier. It’s similar to solving a difficult Physics problem. You know, the kind that you could find in Irodov. You keep looking at the problem for sometime, re-reading it to see if there is a clue in the words that you have missed. If you get it, good. But if you don’t, apart from the disappointment of missing the obvious clue, there is a certain joy that you get on finding the answer. This is similar to the feeling on finding out the suspense in a thriller.
If it is a good movie, once you know the suspense you move on. There’s no real point in watching the movie again. But if it a great movie, you can go back to it and marvel at how you missed the obvious clues, hiding in plain sight.
Talaash is a good suspense movie. Well made, well acted and much better than most of the Bollywood movies that you will watch this year. What lets it down, and prevents it from crossing the thin line from good to great, is it’s script. It’s like it was written by someone who was doing a great job till he realised that he has ran out of time and still hasn’t figured out the answer. And therefore ended up taking the easiest, laziest route to the end.
It’s a shame because it could have been much, much better than it is. Till then, you can only keep waiting.


I just don’t get fanbois

I’ve noticed a strange trend among people I follow on twitter. Okay, maybe ‘Strange’ is too strong an adjective, but the trend is exceptional for sure.

The trend I’m talking about is people professing their love for some gadgets in their twitter bios. As far as I knew, the bio (short for biography, I think) link was to tell people about who you are, so that they know who they are following. At what stage does your love for a gadget (or a brand, for example) become so strong that you start using it in your bio. In other words, why do people let a gadget/brand define who they are?

The most noticeable brand that I’ve seen appearing on peoples bios is the iPhone. Followed closely by it’s parent, Apple Inc., and it’s other products like the iMac, Macbook etc. The Enfield also makes it appearance but in a reduced number, comparatively speaking.

All of these are brands/products that have achieved cult/iconic status. So it is natural for people to feel nice getting associated with them. And Apple fanbois would’ve existed ever since the Macintosh  made it’s debut. But when you have just 140 characters to write about yourself, wouldn’t you resist the temptation to squeeze in the name of your favorite phone/laptop in it?



The Future of Email?

This is what I said two years ago,

… (if) Facebook could provide an email address (you@facebook.com), provide the ability to fwd mails and messages, tag and group mails and do all the other cool things that gmail allows us to do, wouldn’t that be awesome? It already has all the other things with it. It is already the biggest database of photographs. You can embed videos in it, you can share links with people. Almost everything that you would want from an email id is right there.

And if you’ve managed to peek out from under your rock anytime in the past week, you would’ve certainly seen this, or some variant of it flying around on the net. In fact, as I write this, Mr. Zuckberg is in the process of proving me right (WSJ Live blog, TechCrunch’s Coverage). Even though, he explicitly says that he is not competing with Gmail, this may just be the biggest threat that Gmail has faced, yet.

“We don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. He said that e-mail is too formal, too slow and too cumbersome, especially for young people who have grown up communicating using online chat and text messaging systems. The new Facebook service, which will allow users to have @facebook.com e-mail addresses, intends to integrate the three forms of communication into one inbox that is accessible from PCs or mobile phones.

(Source: NYTimes)

Personally, I love the Gmail experience, but I’m still willing to bet that Zuckerberg has a killer of a product on his hands.

Now, can we just sort out my royalty amount please, Mr Zuckerberg? 🙂


arbit, Funny/Humorous, Movies, Uncategorized

Sqrt(3) x Sqrt(3)

Imagine what would happen if one of the characters of XKCD jumps out of the frame and decides to propose to another?

How would he/she do it?

This is how.

I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine

For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality

When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three

As quietly co-waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer

We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands

Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed.

Kal Penn FTW! 🙂


Why did I get an MBA?

One of the best times I have during the day here is the time I spend traveling. Yeah you heard me right, I enjoy the traveling. The whole 2-2.5 hours daily thing. And it’s primarily because I don’t drive by myself. All I do is sit in the company bus (which I have paid for) and read. Its been a long time since I have been able to read like this. Fiction, Non Fiction, History, Biographies anything that I can lay my hands on. If it was movies in B-school, its books now. In B-school books took a back seat to movies, mainly because a movie would get over in a max of 3 hours while a book could take any amount of time, depending on the genre and the language. Not because time was at a premium or something. Well actually it could have been. If I had spent my time studying. Which I decided not to. 🙂
Anyways, that is a story for another time, another day.
All I am saying is that if you love to read, you should definitely consider getting an MBA. Not because it’ll change your perspective to life or any such thing. (Maybe it does that too. I’ll let you know when it happens to me.) But because it’ll get you a decent enough salary to buy the books you want to. 😀