Archive for September 2008

Aghora - The Left Hand Path Of God - Robert Svoboda

Finally.. I found the time, last night to finish this book.

As a student of the occult, I would be expected to have read the book, and digested the information present in this book.
As a matter of fact, I was searching for this book, all over the place...
But again, as this is a rare book.. (Was published in 1998 .. amidst a lot of controversy.. especially on a couple of chapters ..) and no second hand copies were available....

So.. now comes the book ...

Writing a review for the book, which has aready been acclaimed is not a big deal.. anyway ... Here comes...

The book starts with an introduction to the Tantric Texts ...
Followed by a brief discussion on the Right Hand and the Left Hand Paths..

The actual Aghori in the book is Vimalananda .. who recollects incidents in his life time.. and narrates them with some amount of wit ...I was disappointed in some aspects of the book... I thought certain rituals would be explained in a more detailed.. unfortunately .. that was not the case.. Vimalananda remains as tight lipped as his contemporaries.. which is again.. understandable ...Chapters on RnuBandhana, and Mahakala, And Mahapurusha .. are extremely ...interesting ... and enlightening...Vimalananda's first interaction with Smashan Tara was the highlight of this book... The book specifies a number of do's and don'ts .. hence it is like more of a checklist rather than a manual or a textbook ...Vimalananda's take on Karma, Death, Karmic thoughts, intercourse, Shakti and other occult aspects are worth reading ...
The author and Vimalananda.. very specifically tell you that, practising certain rituals is upto the discretion of the 'saadhak' and that in no way.. will the person/should the person.. blame the supreme forces for the effects that might arise out of its usage...

A pretty good disclaimer though ....

I personally enjoyed reading the book..
The book is close to 300 pages ..
though it is quite possible to read it quite fast, due to its simplicity ... :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008 by Hari
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Ah. Finally... The One Black Coffee Please Ad....

After a really really Really Long time....
I have got hold of the ad that impressed me the most in my childhood days...

This Advertisement used to come during the 1996-1998 period.
It was the perhaps the most famous of its times....

And why am i so fascinated by the ad ...???

According to me.. this ad was the beginning of the 'small mobile' concept...
It was only after this ad, did the sales of Ericsson mobiles picked up in the market...
If you ask me.. this ad was a veritable trend setter...

Ok.. What Ad are we talking about...???

One Black coffee Please....

Yes... Both the stars were very famous at that point of time.. both having acted in innumerable number of advertisements and television serials....

Ah... The look on the man's face and the sound of broken glass at the end of the ad... simply too good...
Lemme tell you something... I saw this ad when i was just about 11-12 years old... and have not seen it again, till i saw it on youtube..... and i still remember the people who played the characters... You can imagine to what extent the advertisement has lingered on my mind...
Been searching for this ad for the past 6 years... Gotten hold of it.. just now...
Don't miss it out....





Please don't forget to comment... !!!
In case you have other such memorable ads, (preferably Indian Ads... No Offence Meant...)
I would love to view them...
Please mail me @ vharicharan@gmail.com ....

Monday, September 15, 2008 by Hari
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The Three Mistakes Of My Life-Chetan Bhagat

Finally... I found the time to read Chetan Bhagat's Latest novel-The three mistakes of my life.
The plot is too 'filmy'.. bollywood style.. wonder if he was inspired to write something like that....
Am not surprised.. after both his books have been taken up for scripting, to be made into films... it is highly probable that could have happened.

The book is short..144pages only... I finished it in something less than 3 hours .. which is quite remarkable....(for me ..of course :) )
The plot is simple... Govind Patel, Ishaan, and Omi are three chuddy buddies in Ahmedabad.
Govind being a hardcore gujarati, cannot resist being a businessman, so.. he decides to start a business... a sports shop, in a temple, run by Omi's Father.. Ishaan would provide cricket tips to youngsters etc ... Slowly they decide to expand ... as their business trebles, then quadruples... they book an expensive mall, and plan to move in there, when the Gujarat Earthquake occurs... their dreams are all vaporised instantly....
Govind being very good at maths is asked to coach Ish's sister.. and of course.. he inevitably falls for her....
Ish finds a boy called Ali.. who has a medical problem, which can be used to his advantage... that of hitting sixes ... Ish is surprised to see, how the 12year old has smashed a 20+ something district level qualified fast bowler to pieces... Ish decides to take him under his wings... then they decide to meet the Australian team for some help (in showcasing the talent of this boy...) and then their trip to Australia occurs.... In the meanwhile Govind and Vidya(Ishaan's sister) get phyiscal ...resulting in an unwantedly threatening position for Govind.. meanwhile the communal riots at Godhra happen, so.. here the young boy Ali is being targeted by the mobs ...Omi is killed in the encounter... Ishaan finds out that his best friend was wooing his sister and decides to once and forever forsake him .... After 3 years of separation from Vidya Ishaan and everybody... Govind is frustrated with his life and decides to take the pill... but of course.. not without writing a letter to this author... which of course happens to be the first scene of this story....

All's Well that Ends Well....

You can download a copy of the book from Scribd.. search for the file '3Mistakes' and you can find it over there....
I have no idea who posted it there in the first place.. so no once comes rnning after me....!!!!

My Opinion ? Not worth reading.... Too Filmy a plot... Worth buying.. only if you are a hardcore chetan Bhagat fan or an aspiring Bollywood, Script writer or Assistant Director.....

Saturday, September 13, 2008 by Hari
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Ah ..... !!!!! 5000 Visitors to my Blog.....

Ah ...
Finally ... I reached what I wanted to reach ... long time back...

5000 Visitors to my blog ... !!!!

That's quite an achievement... that too without these Google Adsense - nonsense..... !!!!

Folks who have been supportive of this effort.. thanks a ton.. buddies....

Have a great time folks...

I know.. i haven't done much updation in recent times...

Will definitely spend some more time, hereonwards....

So... As I have said..It has been a wonderful journey.. and I pray.. that it continues to be...

Euphoria..... !!!! is what I want you to experience....

Monday, September 8, 2008 by Hari
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