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Inside Wikileaks - My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website - A Review

One Book review after a really long time I guess. :)

Just finished reading "Inside WikiLeaks - My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website"
by Daniel Domscheit Berg.

When I first heard about this book, I was taken aback at the reaction the press had given. Most magazines had given the book, the treatment that one gives a disgruntled employee who has been kicked out of the organization. They had ignored it. In fact, tried to push into oblivion. For them Julian Assange was on his way to become The Time - Person of the year. And they could not bear to see anybody - or rather, any book, coming in its way.

Honesly before I read the book, I was of the opinion that Julian Assange was a "Hero" and Mark was a "Sucker"berg. I came to realize that both of them belong to the same category.

What I liked most about this book was the fact that its stripped of all the glamor and glory and glitz that we have and still associate with an organization like WikiLeaks. When I first heard of it, I thought, WikiLeaks was backed by a multi-billion dollar enterprise that was being given the cold shoulder by the United States of America.

The book is fresh. Fresh in every aspect of the word. It has all the makings of a movie like "The Social Network." In fact, this book will be a block-buster if made into a movie. It has all the elements. There hatred, enemity, jealousy, the thirst for power, friendship, relationships, affairs, money and above all, the search for Ultimate Control Over the world. It may sound like an "over-the-top" review of the book, but honestly the way the book has been written, talks tons about Daniel Berg.

The book describes a lot of Julian's characteristics in the form of short incidents. It also tells us about his pompous attitude (if I may call it that)

Julian could walk into a telephone booth and forget which direction he had come from when he came out again.

That was one of his (Julian's) favorite sayings: “The man in the uniform has to learn his lesson.”

“I am an Anarchist not because I believe Anarchism is the final goal, but because there is no such thing as a final goal.”

“the moment of truth” only arrives “when they come to take you away.”

“Do not challenge leadership in times of crisis,” was one of his favorite answers to any critical questions we asked.

Assange loved to work without looking at the computer screen, and typing furiously at the keyboard. He thought that...
Working without optical feedback, is a form of perfection. A victory over time. He finished what he was doing long before his computer did.

But this was also the main reason why the first major difference of opinion rose between Assange and Daniel Berg.
When sending out an email, Assange forgot to change the TO field into BCC. As a result of which everybody came to know, who else was receiving the email. And As Daniel Berg joking remarks, someone sent WikiLeaks their own "To" list as a document. This was the first and the only homegrown leak, that happened in February 2009. But this also raised questions on the very principle that they stood for. They had to reveal their own sources. That was what WikiLeaks stood for.
For good or for evil, we were going to have to reveal it. It was interesting because we had spent some time philosophizing about what would happen if we were compelled to publish something about our own organization. We agreed that we had to release things that were bad as well as good publicity. In fact, our internal leak went down well with the press. At least we were consistent and none of the donors complained.

The ultimate furore came up internally in WikiLeaks when they had made public the video footage that showed US Air Force Personnel, shooting down journalists and terming them as Terrorists. The video had an Oscar Wilde Quote as a title to it.
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Daniel also explores why there are secrets among people. And the intrinsic need to "have" secrets.
One of the main reasons for secrets is people’s desire to share them only with a select circle and exclude everybody else. Fraternities are a very vivid example of this.

Working for WL taught me that secrets are almost never kept. I wonder whether there even is such a thing as a secret between two people. I think they are very, very rare. If a sentence began with the words “I’ll only tell you if you promise not to pass it on,” it was nearly a foregone conclusion that this promise would get broken in another sentence beginning with those same words. This sort of prelude only prevents a secret from being spread quickly; despite what people may have promised, the secret would still make the rounds in the end. Even if someone’s best friend or spouse were the one being told, the danger of revelation was there—at the latest when the two parties in question got into a fight.

And here comes the most critical part of Inside WikiLeaks. The final conversation that led to the ouster of Daniel Berg from WikiLeaks.
D: what are the agreements re iraq? i need to understand what the plan is there, and what the constraints are
J: “A person in close contact with other WikiLeaks activists around Europe, who asked for anonymity when discussing a sensitive topic, says that many of them were privately concerned that Assange has continued to spread allegations of dirty tricks and hint at conspiracies against him without justification. Insiders say that some people affliated with the website are already brainstorming whether there might be some way to persuade their front man to step aside, or failing that, even to oust him.”
D: what does that have to do with me?
D: and where is this from?
J: Why do you think it has something to do with you?
D: probably because you alleg this was me
D: but other than that just about nothing
D: as discussed yesterday, this is an ongoing discussion that lots of people havevoiced concern about
D: you should face this, rather than trying to shoot at the only person that even cares to be honest about it towards you
J: No, three people have “relayed” your messages already.
D: what messages?
D: and what three people?
D: this issue was discussed
D: A [Architect] and i talked about it, Hans* talked about it, B talked it, Peter* talked about it
D: lots of people that care for this project have issued that precise suggestion
D: its not me that is spreading this message
D: it would just be the natural step to take
D: and thats what pretty much anyone says
J: Was this you?
D: i didnt speak to newsweek or other media representatives about this
D: i spoke to people we work with and that have an interest in and care about this project
D: and there is nothing wrong about this
D: it’d actually be needed much more, and i can still only recommend you to finally start listening to such concerns
D: especially when one fuckup is happening after the other
J: who, exactly?
D: who exactly what?
J: Who have you spoken to about this issue?
D: i already told you up there
J: those are the only persons?
D: some folks from the club have asked me about it and i have issued that i think this would be the best behaviour
D: thats my opinion D: and this is also in light to calm down the anger there [...]
J: how many people at the club?
D: i dont have to answer to you on this j
D: this debate is fuckin all over the place, and no one understands why you go into denial [...]
J: How many people at the club?
J: In what venue?
D: in private chats
D: but i will not answer anymore of these questions
D: face the fact that you have not much trust on the inside anymore
D: and that just denying it or putting it away as a campaign against you will not change that it is solely a consequence of your actions
D: and not mine
J: How many people are represented by these private chats? And what are there
positions in the CCC?
D: go figure
D: i dont even wanna think about how many people that used to respect you told me that they feel disappointed by your reactions
D: i tried to tell you all this, but in all your hybris you dont even care
D: so i dont care anymore either
D: other than that, i had questions first, and i need answers
D: like what agreements we have made
D: i need to understand this so we can continue working
D: you keep stalling other peoples work
J: How many people are represented by these private chats? And what are there positions in the CCC?
D: start answering my questions j
J: This is not a quid-pro-quo.
J: Are you refusing to answer?
D: i have already told you again that i dont see why i should answer to you
anymore just because you want answers, but on the same hand refuse to answer
anything i am asking
D: i am not a dog you can contain the way you want to j
J: i am investigation a serious security breach. Are you refusing to answer?
D: i am investigating a serious breach in trust. are you refusing to answer?
J: No you are not. I initiated this conversation. Answer the question please.
D: i initiated it
D: if you look above
D: twice already
D: i want to know what the agreements are in respect to iraq
J: That is a procedural issue. Don’t play games with me.
D: stop shooting at messengers
J: I’ve had it.
D: likewise, and that doesnt go just for me
J: If you do not answer the question, you will be removed.
D: you are not anyones king or god
D: and you’re not even fulfilling your role as a leader right now
D: a leader communicates and cultivates trust in himself
D: you are doing the exact opposite
D: you behave like some kind of emporer or slave trader
J: You are suspended for one month, effective immediately.
D: haha
D: right
D: because of what?
D: and who even says that?
D: you? another adhoc decision?
J: If you wish to appeal, you will be heard on Tuesday.
D: maybe everyone was right, and you really have gone mental j
D: you should get some help
J: You will be heard by a panel of peers.
J: You are suspend for disloyalty, insubordination and destabalization in a time of crisis.

Berg was sad at the way the media "used" WikiLeaks' cable leaks. They had used it for merely reporting trivial issues and targeting celebrity head of states. He gives examples such as ...
French president Nicolas Sarkozy was hypersensitive and authoritarian; Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, an alpha male; German chancellor Angela Merkel, indecisive and uninspired; German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, a greenhorn; and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, a vain party animal.

Julian had once mentioned in an interview “Now I am untouchable in this country.” Daniel Berg feels that,
No one should be untouchable. Not even Julian Assange. I cannot understand how anyone else can support this idea, even for a second.

A writer and professor of Political theory, Hefried Munkler wrote that
Someone who criticizes the fact that secrets always remain in the hands of a chosen few with power must answer the question of whether his (Julian's) publishing strategy truly makes them accessible to everyone. Is it not the case, that with the cables only the guardians of the secrets are being replaced?

Confidential information once kept under wraps by the US State Department and the American military is now in the hands of five large media companies and Julian Assange. They decide what is of public interest and what is not. The recent Cablegate publications are a far cry from the original ideas behind WikiLeaks. I think they stray much too far from those basic principles.

Before wrapping up the book, Daniel Berg raises quite a few pertinent questions.
• What is WikiLeaks’s financial situation? What have donations been used for? And who decides how money is allocated?
• What is the current organizational and decision-making structure? How are responsibilities divided up?
• What did Julian mean when he reportedly told the Guardian that he had a financial interest in how and when the diplomatic cables were published?
• What roles do WL’s representatives in Russia and Scandinavia, Israel Shamir and Johannes Wahlström, a father an son with a record of anti-Semitism, play at WikiLeaks?
• What kinds of deals have Wahlström and Shamir arranged with media outlets?
• Are there other WL brokers who have provided media outlets with material, and if so, on what terms?
• Do Julian Assange, other people involved with WikiLeaks, or their companies profit from any such deals?

I had a lot of respect for Assange before I read the book. Now I realize, I have none left for him. For the organization, Yes. They are doing a great job. Open Leaks (Created by Daniel Berg himself, 2 days after quitting WikiLeaks) has also joined the league now.

In the words of Daniel Berg,
OpenLeaks can be seen as a kind of sober, neutral infrastructure. We see ourselves as technological engineers, not as media stars or global galactic saviors. Some people may even think we’re boring. That’s just how we want to be. The main thing is that the system works.

As much as it is a case of a disgruntled employee, Daniel Berg raises the ever-pertinent question -

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who Will Guard the Guards ?

Friday, July 29, 2011 by Hari
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Husn - e - Haqiqi

Hats Off Coke Studio !!!
For bringing to us this gem of a piece called "Husn-e-Haqiqi'.
"Romaharshana" is the right word. Honestly. And to think of the deeply profound meaning.
Arieb Azhar does a fantastic job singing this masterpiece.

I am not going to talk further. Here goes the song, the english transliteration and translation as well.

And now for the lyrics ...

Ai husne haqiqi noor e azal
Tenu waajib te imkaan kahun
Tenu khalik zaat qadeem kahun
Tenu haadis khalq jahan kahun
Tenu mutlaq mehez wajood kahun
Tenu almiya ayaan kahun
Arvaah nafoos aqool kahun
Ashbaa iyaan nehaan kahun
Tenu ain haqeeqat maahiyat
Tenu arz sifat te shaan kahun
Anvaah kahun auzaah kahun
Atvaar kahun auzaan kahun
Tenu arsh kahun aflaak kahun
Tenu naaz naeem janaan kahun
Tenu tat jamaad nabaat kahun
Haivaan kahun insaan kahun
Tenu masjid mandir dair kahun
Tenu pothi te quran kahun
Tasbeeh kahun zunnaar kahun
Tenu kufr kahun imaan kahun
Tenu baadal barkha gaaj kahun
Tenu bijli te baraan kahun
Tenu aab kahun kahun tenu khaak kahun
Tenu baad kahun neeraan kahun
Tenu dasrat lichman raam kahun
Tenu sita ji janaan kahun
Baldev jasuda nand kahun
Tenu kishan kanhaya kaan kahun
Tenu barhma bishan ganesh kahun
Mahadev kahun bhagvaan kahun
Teni geet granth te bed kahun
Tenu gyaan kahun agyaan kahun
Tenu ibrahim hawa shees kahun
Tenu nooh kahun tufaan kahun
Tenu ibrahim khaleel kahun
Tenu musa bin imran kahun
Tenu har dil da dildaar kahun
Tenu ahmad aalishaan kahun
Tenu shaahid malk hijaaz kahun
Tenu baais kaun makaan kahun
Tenu naaz kahun andaaz kahun
Tenu hoor pari ghilmaan kahun
Tenu nouk kahun tenu ttouk kahun
Tenu surkhi beerha paan kahun
Tenu tabla te tamboor kahun
Tenu dholak surr te taan kahun
Tenu husn te haar singhaar kahun
Tenu ashwa ghamza aan kahun
Tenu ishq kahun tenu ilm kahun
Tenu vehem yaqeen gumaan kahun
Tenu husn kavi idraak kahun
Tenu zauk kahun wajdaan kahun
Tenu sakar kahun sakraan kahun
Tenu hairat te hairaan kahun
Tasleem kahun talveen kahun
Tamkeen kahun irfaan kahun
Tenu sumbal sosan sarv kahun
Tenu nargis nafarmaan kahun
Tenu laale daagh te baagh kahun
Gulzaar kahun bustaan kahun
Tenu khanjar teer tufang kahun
Tenu barcha bank sanaan kahun
Tenu teer khidang kamaan kahun
Soofaar kahun peekaan kahun
Berang kahun bemisal kahun
Besoorat har har aan kahun
Subooh kahun qudoos kahun
Rehman kahun subhaan kahun
Kar taubaa tart Fareed sada
Har sheh nu par nuksaan kahun
Tenu paak alakh be aib kahun
Tenu haq be naam nishaan kahun


O’ Beauty of Truth, the Eternal Light!
Do I call you necessity and possibility,
Do I call you the ancient divinity,
The One, creation and the world,
Do I call you free and pure Being,
Or the apparent lord of all,
Do I call you the souls, the egos and the intellects,
The imbued manifest, and the imbued hidden,
The actual reality, the substance,
The word, the attribute and dignity,
Do I call you the variety, and the circumstance,
The demeanor, and the measure,
Do I call you the throne and the firmament,
And the demurring delights of Paradise,
Do I call you mineral and vegetable,
Animal and human,
Do I call you the mosque, the temple, the monastery,
The scriptures, the Quran,
The rosary, the girdle,
Godlessness, and faith,
Do I call you the clouds, the flash, the thunder,
Lightning and the downpour,
Water and earth,
The gust and the inferno,
Do I call you Lakshmi, and Ram and lovely Sita,
Baldev, Shiv, Nand, and Krishna,
Brahma, Vishnu and Ganesh,
Mahadev and Bhagvaan,
Do I call you the Gita, the Granth, and the Ved,
Knowledge and the unknowable,
Do I call you Abraham, Eve and Seth,
Noah and the deluge,
Abraham the friend, and Moses son of Amran,
And Ahmad the glorious, darling of every heart,
Do I call you the witness, the Lord, or Hejaz,
The awakener, existence, or the point,
Do I call you admiration or prognosis,
Nymph, fairy, and the young lad,
The tip and the nip,
And the redness of betel leaves,
The Tabla and Tanpura,
The drum, the notes and the improvisation,
Do I call you beauty and the fragrant flower,
Coyness and that amorous glance,
Do I call you Love and knowledge,
Superstition, belief, and conjecture,
The beauty of power, and conception,
Aptitude and ecstasy,
Do I call you intoxication and the drunk,
Amazement and the amazed,
Submission and the connection,
Compliance and Gnosticism,
Do I call you the Hyacinth, the Lilly, and the Cypress,
And the rebellious Narcissus,
The bereaved Tulip, the Rose garden, and the orchard,
Do I call you the dagger, the lance, and the rifle,
The hail, the bullet, the spear,
The arrows made of white poplar, and the bow,
The arrow-notch, and the arrowhead,
Do I call you colorless, and unparalleled,
Formless in every instant,
Glory and holiness,
Most glorious and most compassionate,
Repent now Farid forever!
For whatever I may say is less,
Do I call you the pure and the humane,
The Truth without trace or name.

All translations are acknowledged to be their creators.
No copyright/intellectual property violations intended.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Hari
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Loving it !!!

Apparently one good hearted soul, loved my post on "Date a Guy Who reads" and shared it on StumbleUpon. And what happened next was that ...

Yesterday alone, my blog hit about 4K visitors :) :D

"Date a Guy Who Reads" is on it way to beat my blog's most visited post , "The Names of the 100 Kauravas"

As at the time of writing this post, traffic to this blog has shot up almost 30 times !!!

Hail StumbleUpon !!!

Friday, July 15, 2011 by Hari
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Epic Ctrl-C :: Ctrl-V act by the PMO

Self Explanatory !!!

PM's address to the NationPM's statement on arrival in Mumbai

Let me assure you that the Government will do whatever is required to deal with the challenge at hand. We will win this war against terror. Nothing will break our resolve.
I assure the people that the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in the future. In the final analysis, it is the unity and strength of the people that will defeat these efforts to divide our people and destroy our civilized way of life.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 by Hari
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Now, this IS Interesting ...

I am not the kind to be blown away by first impressions or by hearsay.

I casually came across this site called NirvanaFilms. (Not the Tamizh Nirvana :))

Please stay on the site as the page loads and notice the way the "kolam" or the motif unfolds. And of course do not forget to move the mouse over the links, hear the wonderful "chink" and look at the animation. I never knew one could innovate a mouse-over !!! Great Job !!! :) :D

Click inside and be surprised at the number of ads these people have done. :)

Good job !!!

I've always believed that getting people on to your site is difficult to begin with, and to retain them is tougher. But the toughest is to surprise them with something that they did not expect. I just loved it !!!

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கோ, அபூர்வ ராகங்கள் மற்றும் பலர் ...

I watched some movies the past couple of weeks.

Average movie. I thought Shankar went overboard and made a man one-day CM and then made him CM of the whole state, in the span of 25 minutes. K.V.Anand, does a la-Cameroon, and makes Ajmal CM in 4 minutes. :)
Good story, bad direction. Screenplay could have been more taut. In fact the bombing scene reminds me of Vantage Point. Even the set looked the same. கொஞ்சம் அளவுக்கு அதிகமா தான் ரீல் விட்டுருக்காங்க... Can watch one time.

Aboorva Raagangal.
Fantastic !! No wonder they called K.B as Iyakkunar Sigaram. I never thought highly of K.B, despite seeing many of his movies, including Sinthu Bhairavi. But Aboorva Raagagal and especially SriVidya's Ethereal acting. And is that JayaSudha ? WoW !!!
For a movie of this genre and for a director of this calibre, to come with such a movie in 1975, man, that IS remarkable.

I simply love the scene, where SriVidya says to Kamal, that Age is a factor, and Kamal says, "I do not think, that in circumstances and times such as these, Age should matter". Surprisingly, as much as our film makers have grown, we haven't let ourselves grow. +1 to the scene where Kamal asks SriVidya shyly the appropriate "praise" for his artistic skills. :P

I liked the climax in Aboorva Raagangal, especially the lengthy monologue that Major Sundarrajan gives, in the presence of his son, Daughter-in-law (or is it mother-in-law) and his wife. Well written !!

Watched Bits and pieces of ThiruVilaiyadal (the Original), and Karnan. Sivaji Sivaji thaan. :)

Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu. Yet another masterpiece !!!

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An Open Letter to Mr. P. Chidambaram (B.Sc, L.L.B, M.B.A)

Dear Dr.P.Chidambaram (B.Sc, L.L.B - University of Madras, M.B.A - Harvard),

I think its time to take up the end of your "veshti" and fold it up and get down into the mayhem that you've been put incharge of.

Seriously man, do you know the lady who taught you English in School and the Professor who taught you Philosophy and Logic ? Well, I actually do not know how to break this to you, but they just committed suicide. Apparently, they had seen your comment, that read

Lack of intelligence doesn't mean a failure in intelligence

What a fantastically responsible statement from the Home Minister of the Indian Government. I am absolutely sure, that Mr. PC (B.Sc, L.L.B, M.B.A), would have given the same reaction, if the blast had happened at 10 Janpath.

O.K. Mr. PC (B.Sc, L.L.B, M.B.A), You being a lawyer, I'll give it to you. One does not argue with the Minister who is incharge of Home Affairs, especially when he is a lawyer, and an incompetent one at that.

But does not your statement reek of incompetency and failure to even be aware of what is happening in your own portfolio ? Not in your profile ? or are they not giving you enough salary ? Don't tell me the RAW had no inkling that this was coming. I would love to hear the RAW chief's take on this.

Here is a Cabinet Minister, shamelessly admitting the fact, that they did not have intelligence. I thought, that was YOUR JOB !!!

2 attacks in 4 years under the "abled-leadership" of a visionary. After-all, aren't you the man who represented Enron's Case in India ? I, for sure, cannot expect more from you.

So, Mr. PC (B.Sc, L.L.B, M.B.A), now that your wife is also in the Ministerial League, and that now there is one breadwinner in the family, I think you can step down. You may think that you do not owe the nation an apology, but atleast do not shame the nation by holding (on to the) office.

by Hari
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I'm a bloody Sadist and I'm loving it !!!!

I checked out someone's FB profile last week and was thrilled to find out that she was married.

Yes, it was a female, but wondering why was I thrilled to bits ? :)

Basically this was the female, who was instrumental in breaking a very good friendship that I had with a guy in my school-days. He had a crush on her, and at the outset, (it appeared as if) she had a crush on him. And as was anticipated, the much anticipated clash came, where he had to choose or rather prioritize between me or her. He chose her.

The initial reaction was disappointment. Then it became RAGE.

If you offend me, make sure you apologise then and there. Don't wait for some other time. My anger grows with time, exponentially. And by the time you confront me with the issue, don't be scared if you find my behavior creepy or irritating or sadistic. I am made that way.

By the time, he came to apologise for the flare-up, two days later, I had reached the peak. I told him "Tatham Gatham" and did not talk to him for the rest of the term. The three of us, among others, joined the same college, and our relationship was as icy as ever even there.

In college, I "came to know" that things were not rosy between this girl and my friend and that this girl had literally "dumped" him. Adapting a "Devdas" like stance, this guy almost became a psycho - for instance, if he found any of "his" friends talking to her, he'd go up to them and say that she was like "his" wife and that from when did they start eyeing their own-sister-in-law ? Yikes !!!!

Anyway, that being said, this woman probably took the best decision of her life and got married recently, TO SOMEONE ELSE, and I'm glad for her !

Call me a sadist ? LOL ... I probably wrote the most satisfying post of the year !!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by Hari
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I am now obsessed with Limitless !!!

I watched this movie two weeks back and ever since it has been making circles in my head.

Bradley Cooper simply nails it in this movie.

The story line is simple. Eddie Morra is a wannabe writer, struggling to make his ends meet. In a chance encounter, he meets his ex-girlfriend's brother on the streets and finds that he has made it big. Pitying Morra, Vernon takes him to a restaurant, and gives him a pill. He tells Eddie Morra that we usually utilize only 20% of our brain's capability. He asks what would happen, if we could tap the remaining 80%, and that this pill was designed to do precisely that.

Eddie Morra takes him for granted, but nevertheless takes the pill. Taking the pill makes him realize that the pill indeed has a magical effect on him and that he could be "dry" for hours, without even a cigarette and yet perfectly finish all the tasks at hand. He felt "clear". He approaches Vernon for some more of this wonderful pill only to find Vernon already dead in his apartment. Eddie makes away with the wonder-drug called NZT and what happens after that is the remaining story. I loved that last, injection part. Pretty Scary but surreal !! :)

Effing Fantastic Screenplay. I just loved the way the story meanders in and out.

You can simply say that I am just looking out for a wonder-drug like NZT :)

P.S :- If you are aware of any Nootropic whose effect you have personally seen, please contact me. :) :D I'd love to hear from you.

by Hari
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ஆரண்ய காண்டம் ... ரோதனம் !!!

Pulp Fictionஇல்ல ,Pulpy Fictionஉம் இல்ல, அட புளிப்பு fiction கூட இல்லப்பா ...
இவனுங்கள நல்லா கோர்த்து ஓவரா பிட்ட ஒட்டிருகானுங்க ...

அதுக்கு எதுக்குடா இவ்ளோ பில்ட் அப் குடுத்தீங்க ...
ஏதோ ஒரு cult classic மாதிரி... அப்டி எல்லாம் ஒண்ணுமே இல்லையே படத்துல...
நானும், மோதல் லிருந்து கடைசி frameவரைக்கும், எல்லாரும் ஆஹா ஓஹோன்னு சொன்ன மேட்டர் எதாவது வரும்ன்னு ரொம்ப எதிர்பார்த்தேன்...
ஏமாந்தது தான் மிச்சம்.

Trailer எல்லாம் நல்ல தான் பண்ணீங்க... ஆனா directionla சொதப்பிடீன்களே ...

ஆரண்ய காண்டம் - ராமன் இல்லாமல்.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Hari
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Godavari - Fantastic !!!

Am not going to make this a long review.

Godavari is effing fantastic. I loved it !!! zimbly ... !!!
The story is simple. SriRam is a US return graduate in Vizag, who wants to join politics and serve the people of his country. He loves his cousin, who happens to be his uncle's daughter, Raji. Raji is a fickle minded woman, I would say selfish, who wants her guy to have a job, bank balance and according to her lots of understanding. Raji's marriage is fixed with a rich guy, who happens to be in the Indian Police Service.

The marriage is scheduled to be held at Bhadrachalam and the family starts to the place on a boat.

The other part of the story begins in Hyderabad. Sita Mahalakshmi hates a regular job and runs her own fashion boutique but is always cash strapped and is looking for better avenues. Her parents want to get her married. She says OK to the boy who came to see her, but the boy rejects her, for unknown reasons. Depressed and disappointed with life, she wants to go to Bhadrachalam, the proposed place of her marriage, if that "rishta" had come through. Sita boards the same boat as SriRam and the story takes a new turn there.

I think Shekhar Kammula has clearly proved that you do not need thundering dialogues, super-stunts and rain dances in Telugu movies. The hero's part is subtle. Without histrionics. The heroine is extrovert, but does not border on the crass. Very decent. Excellent usage of sari throughout the movie.

I just loved it. Kamalini Mukherji nails it as Sita. I loved the dialogues. Natural and Pithy.

Way to go Shekhar Kammula, you just earned yourself, another fan !!! :) :D

Monday, July 11, 2011 by Hari
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Of Women, Buses and The Tolerance of Men !!!

Note :-

Men :: Read this post at leisure. Appreciate the fact that I empathize.
Women :: Read this post when you are really happy and miserable about it !!! :)

Here is the background to this post. Of course, as usual, the background may have nothing to do with the crux of the post, still...

This story starts on the 127K. Kondapur to Koti. Or Rather, this happened on the way back. I was waiting at Ohri's for the bus to take me to Jubilee Hills checkpost. This bus came. Slightly crowded. Standing only. I boarded the bus, only to find myself standing right at the entrance. But that was ok. I was to get down 4 stops later.

It was then I noticed. All the men on my left were looking beyond me. Yes, not at me. But beyond me. It took me quite some time to realize that they were ogling at a female. So I looked at my right and found that there was indeed a pretty female.

Female, 24ish, Medium Hair, Curly. Low-Hip Jeans. 4 inch heels. Rather loud. Tip-of-the-tongue Hinglish.

The moment the specs (short for specifications) were clear, I was smiling to myself. This was a pretty common "configuration" as far as women in Hyderabad go, especially the crowd from Jubilee Hills, Banjaara Hills, Madhapur Iyappa Society, Kondapur, Silpa Gardens. So what was it that the guys were ogling at. And then I realized it. S.L.E.E.V.E.L.E.S.S

Indian men have a thing for Sleeveless. I do not know why they are wired like that. But Sleeveless gets the Indian men turned on.
Well, before you start conjecturing this post is not about the untold fantasies of Indian men, but rather, my advice or rant on how adjusting Indian men are.

1.) When you wear a sleeveless, please make sure, you use a proper Deo. I've born the brunt of many a sleeveless woman, pushing me to think, a guillotine was better, than to stand the stench.

2.) If you have/had opted for a waxing or threading job, make sure you get the proper result. I've seen some pakka specimens, that get a half baked (read half waxed) job done and then exhibit her arms and legs. Everytime I saw one of "those" women, I only felt like slapping myself.

3.) Please do not apply layers of that sun-screen lotion and come and sit next to me. I do not know how you stand it, but it makes me nauseated, everytime I breathe that thing in. :( ... If you are using one of those lotions, please do use some talcum powder on top it, atleast to cover the smell. No, this is not for you to impress me, but you must realize that you are doing me a favor by preventing me to die of asphyxiation.

4.) Watch YOUR heels. Yeah, I know you walk on a stool (err... not the human excreta, I meant "stilts"), doesn't mean that it gives you the right to stand on my toes. Gosh, Do you know how much it pains woman ? And to think, you only use it on men, who try to be nice to you and give you space to get down. Thanks !!!

5.) Watch your HANDBAG. I know that thing contains your "accessories". Doesn't mean you swing it on the head of every single person on the bus who falls within your "arc". And please, if you are having glass bottles (read perfumes), please do not break it on someone's head and then crib about it.

6.) Volume zara kam karna ... Yes, If you do not want men to be staring at you and laughing at your silly stories, please keep your volume down. If you are doing it for the sake of attention, please go ahead and act as if you have not read this. But if you feel awkward that something is wrong and all the wrong people are looking at you, you just crossed the decibel limit.

7.) Take those Coolers, Goggles, Shades (whatever you call them) off your head. P.U.H. - L.E.A.S.E !!! And the sun is not shining "inside" the bus. You don't want to be ridiculed ? Remove them. Let better sense (read common sense prevail). You are not sitting in the Golf Club. And seriously woman, that Dolce and Gabbana is covering about 40% of your face. You want to hide your face ? is it that hideous ??

Yeah, in response to this post, I am prepared for some hate mails as well. Honestly women, I don't really give that a damn. All that I want to highlight here is that I am no chauvinist, but it does not really matter. Does it ?

by Hari
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