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YEAH! We have done it, this time with a harvest of 3 Oscars! Every Indian must be feeling 10 feet tall… I certainly do!

It is no mean task to wrest away so many Oscars , as many as eight, from the hands of the ‘Honchos of Hollywood’ in a world famous competition where the Western stalwarts rule the roost, especially for a country with a pitiable track record of Oscar collections….But our boys Rahman and Pookutty  have   succeeded in bringing home the bacon this time…

However,  after all the  euphoria dies down, that
‘feel good’ could get dented with a touch of embarrassing reality.

True, Rahman is a great composer who can hold his own with any other guy in the field …but is ‘Jai-Ho’ his best so far?  He has done excellent scores and composed brilliant  songs for many Indian films even before all this ‘brouhaha’. But why didn’t he get an Oscar for any of those flicks ? And Rasool Pookutty had been in this ball game  for a long time  before this windfall came his way . However he got scarcely a second glance from the international community till now. Why?

These are questions that will rise in our mind…
The answer probably lies in the vehicle that catapulted them to this level of fame and world recognition this time , as also in the guy who was in the driving seat.

The content of this  movie is basically good and interesting. It was however not much different from many of those top class Indian ‘art’ movies produced by our best directors in the past . And even with some poverty showcasing in some of these movies such content alone didn’t get  us any Oscars…

What got us these coveted awards this time was possibly the packaging of this entire project! And the Briton, Danny Boyle,   did an excellent job of it . He presented the content to the  International audience in a form and execution that they are familiar with and could easily  appreciate and understand. Our way of story-telling of the same content would not have got us much takers from the international arena.
His did…because he was from them and knew all the nuances of making a good film for the folks out there! An Oscar-worthy creation !

And the same goes for the ‘Song’ and background score of this movie . Rahman, I feel , tailor-made them to suit the taste of these people and so it went straight into their hearts and bowled them over. Out came another Oscar !

After  all  dust settles down ,  the fear is that  this movie   may  not stay  long in the minds of  the Indians as much as  the those  made by our people like Satyajith Ray,  Ritwick Ghatak, Adoor Gopalakrishnan ,  Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal ,Girish Kasaravalli or M.S Sathyu , to name a few.  Nor will ‘JaiHo’   continue to linger on the lips of the average Indian Movie goer as have done the songs of Rahman of old, Dakshinamoorty, Ravindran,  Devarajan,  Illayaraja, Shanker-Jaikishen , O.P.Nayyar  and a host of other well known music composers of the tinsel towns of Chennai, Mumbai and  Kolkotta.

But enough of that!

None of all that was said above  detracts from the achievements of these two mighty ‘Injuns”…They brought us all a much coveted glory and for that alone we all are indebted to them for ever…!

YEAH, let us all shout aloud “Jai Ho”  to them 

CLICK HERE… >>>The ‘INJUNS’ Dunnit !

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The 'INJUNS' Dunnit !

YEAH! We have done it, this time with a harvest of 3 Oscars! Every Indian must be feeling 10 feet tall… I certainly do!

It is no mean task to wrest away so many Oscars , as many as eight, from the hands of the ‘Honchos of Hollywood’ in a world famous competition where the Western stalwarts rule the roost, especially for a country with a pitiable track record of Oscar collections….But our boys Rahman and Pookutty  have   succeeded in bringing home the bacon this time…

However,  after all the  euphoria dies down, that
‘feel good’ could get dented with a touch of embarrassing reality.

True, Rahman is a great composer who can hold his own with any other guy in the field …but is ‘Jai-Ho’ his best so far?  He has done excellent scores and composed brilliant  songs for many Indian films even before all this ‘brouhaha’. But why didn’t he get an Oscar for any of those flicks ? And Rasool Pookutty had been in this ball game  for a long time  before this windfall came his way . However he got scarcely a second glance from the international community till now. Why?

These are questions that will rise in our mind…
The answer probably lies in the vehicle that catapulted them to this level of fame and world recognition this time , as also in the guy who was in the driving seat.

The content of this  movie is basically good and interesting. It was however not much different from many of those top class Indian ‘art’ movies produced by our best directors in the past . And even with some poverty showcasing in some of these movies such content alone didn’t get  us any Oscars…

What got us these coveted awards this time was possibly the packaging of this entire project! And the Briton, Danny Boyle,   did an excellent job of it . He presented the content to the  International audience in a form and execution that they are familiar with and could easily  appreciate and understand. Our way of story-telling of the same content would not have got us much takers from the international arena.
His did…because he was from them and knew all the nuances of making a good film for the folks out there! An Oscar-worthy creation !

And the same goes for the ‘Song’ and background score of this movie . Rahman, I feel , tailor-made them to suit the taste of these people and so it went straight into their hearts and bowled them over. Out came another Oscar !

After  all  dust settles down ,  the fear is that  this movie   may  not stay  long in the minds of  the Indians as much as  the those  made by our people like Satyajith Ray,  Ritwick Ghatak, Adoor Gopalakrishnan ,  Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal ,Girish Kasaravalli or M.S Sathyu , to name a few.  Nor will ‘JaiHo’   continue to linger on the lips of the average Indian Movie goer as have done the songs of Rahman of old, Dakshinamoorty, Ravindran,  Devarajan,  Illayaraja, Shanker-Jaikishen , O.P.Nayyar  and a host of other well known music composers of the tinsel towns of Chennai, Mumbai and  Kolkotta.

But enough of that!

None of all that was said above  detracts from the achievements of these two mighty ‘Injuns”…They brought us all a much coveted glory and for that alone we all are indebted to them for ever…!

YEAH, let us all shout aloud “Jai Ho”  to them 

CLICK HERE… >>>The ‘INJUNS’ Dunnit !

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Sometime back a   whiz-kid had made a prediction  that the next World War will probably be fought on sharing of Water resources. And considering the serious nature of the tussle that is going on between the States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu  in  India over the water level in Mullaperiyar dam maybe we Indians have beaten the others to it and  made a modest beginning!

This bone of contention  is constructed in the Kerala portion in the Tamilnadu-Kerala boarder. Both sides have been  bickering bitterly  for quite some time now and at one point in time, the water row escalated to such an extent  that  DMK party workers  and farmers in Tamil Nadu blocked all roads leading to Kerala.

What water has to do with the roads is anybody’s guess!

Tamil Nadu  kept on asserting that the allowable dam water level needed to be raised from 136 ft to 142 ft so that it could get enough water to irrigate five of its southern districts . This infuriated the Kerala mandarins. They threw the suggestion out of the window, saying that that the move would affect  the safety of the lives of its people living downstream . They also cited the fact that Dam is an old cow, a 110 years old to be specific, and can croak in no time if stressed too much .

Tamilnadu is situated in the rain shadow region and is a well known for its  perennial water starvation in Summer.  On the other hand   Kerala  apparently  has practically no use for this  dam or its water . So why should it make such a big fuss ? Maybe it is using this opportunity to needle its neighbour by starving them of their water needs !

Ha! Some neighbourly feelings, indeed !

What makes the situation ludicrous is a  news paper report that appeared recently about this on-going ‘tug-of-(water) war’  . On a visit to the dam site Kerala’s Legislative Committee on Environment got a big  jolt when they noticed that the scale to measure the water level in the catchment area had been tampered with . Some fellows in their Public Works Department had apparently stuck a sicker on the scale  and made the water level read as  142 ft, while in reality it is only 110 feet 

For what purpose did they do it ? Well, God only knows…!

But  why a sticker? I have a better suggestion for the blokes who did it . This way they can go on raising the water level without anyone getting the wiser .  Wanna see how ?

CLICK HERE ;-)….>Mullaperiyar- Dispute

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RED KILLERS

The public roads in Kerala are the killing grounds of the-by-now -infamous ‘red killers’ that stalk our cities and its suburbs. These ‘predators’ are not from the Animal Kingdom, they are  from our own!

They can put to shame even MI15’s  Secret Agent 007!  James Bond at least had ‘M’ to keep him from committing wide-spread mayhem. But not our home-grown Bonds…With a never-expiring ‘license to kill’ and maim, these ‘private enterprises’   haunt the streets of the city at break-neck speeds, breaking all rules known to man , from morning till  late night, terrorising two and 4 wheelers and pedestrians alike!

In that they have the company of their their first cousins, the Tipper Lorries !

Driven by impatient and inexperienced  youngsters  ,  as though with a grudge against the public and the Society , their  giant-sized ego compel them  to show off their “ driving skills ” , nay , ‘killing skills’,  by ploughing through the soft tissues of   other road users. ! Many are reported to be under  the  influence   drugs or liquor when they ‘take to their wheels’ , and their red behemoths make mincemeat of the unwary !

Allegedly, they have  protection from powerful higher quarters in the Government and Police, who  abet their  marauding sprees, and protect them from getting jailed for more than a jiffy. Most of these  vehicles are rumoured to be owned by members from these ‘higher-ups’  . The More  trips these buses make more is the money that flows into their coffers.  Paid on the basis of the number of trips they make in a day the drivers are also indirectly encouraged to attempt the unthinkables. They literally paint the town red!

Every time someone gets killed the drivers and other staff  flee from the scene of their crime. Even if police manage to net them later  they usually get bail and are back on the roads the next day to continue their trade.  Invariably  a public uproar follows these accidents , urgent meetings are called by the administration , discussions on how to tackle the menace  take place , condemnations are issued by ‘all concerned’ and unconcerned which are then followed by  the usual string of ‘inactions’, until the next unfortunate victim becomes their prey. Then the circle starts again!

At one point in time a decision was taken to shackle the red killers by installing speed governors and a lot public money was wasted in purchasing these devices… wasted because the ‘Red Mafia’ opposed strongly the installation of  the speed governors. Where installed they promptly and permanently disabled  them .

And the Police? What are they doing to eradicate this menace from the streets of our cities?
…Maybe this ! -

CLICK HERE>>>red-killers0001

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Metro Wail…

The 25 km long Metro Rail, Kochi’s ‘Dream Project’ has been in the news for almost 3 years  now,   for all the wrong reasons.

First , there were  disputes about the  Alignment proposed by Delhi Metro who are acting as the consultants. Part of this alignment goes right through the heart of city’s busy trade zone , the M.G.Road. This move was however fiercely opposed by vested interests in the trade community who had many big establishments functioning along the proposed alignment. They had their reasons too, albeit from self interests, for fighting the proposal tooth and nail and some.

For one thing, take a look at the track record of the numerous projects started by the State with a lot of fan-fare . Most ended  up  on their backs on the wayside after  getting mired in all kinds of allegations, acquisition problems, lack of focus, departmental   inefficiency, non-accountability and many other ills. Plagued  with these debilitating handicaps, it does not require much of a brain to foresee that this main arterial road of  the city will be mercilessly dug up and left to rot for years, thereby also marking the end of an otherwise thriving trade.

Then there were experts who denounced the alignment for technical reasons . Some strongly recommended  a ring embracing of the newly developing eastern parts of the City –   the ‘ Navi-Kochi ’ …Of course, nobody took them seriously , though!

As the last straw  on the back of this limping , albeit yet to be born camel ,  the Union Planning Commission refused to fund the Project when approached by the State , citing shortage of funds. There were apparently many contenders with better ‘bonafides’ for this ‘alms race’…The Commission  however helpfully suggested  that the State  should consider getting this project implemented through a  Public-Private sector partnership. At that all hell broke loose since it was unthinkable and anathema to our Comrades to have anything to do with Private Sector ‘ Moneybags ‘ , let alone ask them for alms. Defiance  rather that discretion seems to have spurred them on to puff up their chests and declare : ‘Over Our Dead Body’ !

After being nonplexed for a long time, the whiz-kids of the Red Brigade  finally waved with much bravado the ‘Start’  flag of the project but soon found out that there was no space available to build an office which was  recommended by Delhi Metro as the first step towards project implementation.  Apparently the  space allotted  for the Project by  the Greater Cochin Development Authority ( GCDA ) 3 years ago  had gone…gone for good !  It was taken back by GCDA, because neither was any rent paid nor any initiative taken by the State to start an office there all these 3 long years !

So our Comrades scraped the bottom of the barrel and in typical fashion came up with just  a statement that an ‘astounding’ sum of Rs.50 lakhs have been ‘ set apart’ for starting the office of this ‘Dream Project of Kochi.’ , a project that is estimated to cost around 3.5 crore of rupees!   There it stands today…A dream to dream about!

After that , what? ….Maybe this?

CLICK HERE…>Metro-Wail

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