Lara thrashed Pak’s bowling in the recent ODI. Man, at 35 this guy is still so good! I can’t remember the last time Sachin produced an innings like this. Its not cool to compare, but…I hope we can see Sachin display some of his best in the months ahead, ie., if he manages to get past his injury problems.
Sun announced today about joining the open source bandwagon (sorry, they were always committed to open source, now they have reiterated their committment!) . As usual there is plenty of clever spin. On the one hand I think Sun joined the race a little too late (by this time hordes of Sun hardware users have already switched to Linux running on Ontel boxes), on the other I still feel Sun is somehow going to make it! (though most people have written off Sun!). I have no idea how. Its just my gut feeling at this point 🙂
“Give stuff for free, charge for support, hardware” seems to be the in thing. Wonder where this is headed. Anyway, time will tell, I suppose.
If you use the Firefox browser and think that you have managed to avoid more pop-ups, go to Chennai Online website.You’ll see a small message window pop-up saying “Your browser stopped a pop-up” (or something on these lines) followed by an “ok” button or a “x” to kill the window. No matter which option you choose a new browser window pops up! Arrrggghh!!!
Saw Flavors over the weekend. Another Indo-American movie produced and directed by NRIs and second generation Indians living in the United States. The movie revolves around a number of young people (many couples), their relationships and life of desis in the US in general. The director has cleverly managed to weave so many different characters and their stories into one at the end of the movie. The movie stars a number (maybe most?) first time actors. Also, starring are two Bollywood imports as parents of one of the characters in the film.
There are times during the film when the constant context switching between the various stories gave the movie a choppy feel to it. Some of the accents were a little exaggerated. In some cases, it appeared as though the story would have been better served had first generation Indians been cast in some of the roles as opposed to second generation.
The two Bollywood imports did a fine job and blended very well into the film. The characters of “Vivek” and “Sangita” came across as most genuine and were perfectly portrayed by the actors. Pretty much all the characters in the film are very believable and true to life. For a first time movie maker, the director and crew have done a fine job. Its definitely better in production and direction quality than a whole bunch of movies that have been released in the last couple of years by aspiring first time movie makers of Indian origin.
Overall, hats of to the crew. Very impressive for a first time director. An easy going movie, that will serve as a nice break from the standard bollywood masala.
Saw the recent CBS 60 minutes program featuring Aishwarya Rai. The last time I saw this program was when the IITs were featured here. The interviewer referred to her as “the most beautiful woman in the world” and said that the likes of Julia Roberts have given her a verbal certificate to the same effect. As you can imagine Ash was all giggly (and quite understandably so). Nevertheless I thought she did a very nice job of handling the interview. I am not a huge Ash fan, but I thought she looked better than she looks in most films. Clearly, this is a huge step for her and not to mention Bollywood. She is certainly doing the right things from a PR perspective, helping her achieve what no other Indian star has ever achieved on a global scale. Hats off to Ash and her PR agency!