1 reason not to like Flickr

If I was asked to provide a single reason that I don’t like in Flickr it is the fact that comments do not get threaded unlike how it happens in normal social conversations. That aberration sucks. Fix it.


শেখার দুই রূপ

বাংলায় বলে “দেখে শেখা ও ঠেকে শেখা” মানে এই যে হয় নিজে অনুভব করে শিক্ষা লাভ কর বা অন্যের অবস্থা দেখে বুঝে নাও। সাধারণ নিয়মে লোকে দেখে শেখার উপর জোড় জোর দিয়ে থাকে, বাড়ীতে হোক আর বাইরেই হোক। অসুবিধা তখন হয় যখন দেখে শেখার উপদেশকে আদেশ হিসেবে নেওয়া হয় এবং তাকে বলা হয় যে স্বাধীনতায় বাধা দেওয়া হচ্ছে। অনেক সময় এই আচরণ কাছের লোকেদের ঠেলে দেয় দূরে এবং যে ঠেলে দেয দেয় সে বুঝতেও পারে না। গতকাল এমনই কিছু ঘটনা নিয়ে আমরা কথা বলছিলাম…আমাদের দুজনের এই বিষয়ে মতের অমিল নেই।

বানান ভুল ধরে দিয়েছে রুণা

and in en_US if bn_IN is something you do not dig 🙂

There is a saying in Bengali which if roughly translated says that there were two roads to learning things : learning by observation and learning by first hand experience. It is somewhat common for parents and others to stress upon learning by observation both at home and outside. The real problem crops up when a suggestion to learn by observation is taken as a command and assumed to be implicitly trampling upon independent thought. More often than not such assumptions ensure that even those who mean well are relegated to being distant observers and the person who assumes wrongly is unaware of the damage done. We were talking about this yesterday and turns out that we have the same conclusions on this topic

These days it is a bit difficult to be a child

These days it is a bit difficult to be a child. Everytime I receive an invitation to a birthday, I dread the act of attending. Primarily because it is expected that there would be a gift and figuring out what to give is a bit difficult. In the good ol’ days of ours, I remember I used to get laden with lots of books ( will testify that loading up a bookshelf with books is a habit I am yet to get out of) or with toy sets which used to allow me to “make” / construct stuff. Having had the luxury of handling Lego playing sets for various ages, I can say that nothing would be better than them to actually let young kids imagine and construct things. However, they are too darned costly in India. And educators don’t seem to realize how to use them. The nearest I have managed to find are Peacock Toys which is good but really does not have the “education” bit put in place – oh !! what a misery


Dus Kahaniyaan – A brave attempt

and me went to watch Dus Kahaniyaan. The obligatory wikipedia link

It is an odd collection of stories (which is expected), a mixed bag of acting talent, mediocre script writing skills and of course overtly stylized bits. However, in terms of an attempt it is a nice one. I guess one can have an idea of the stories from this link. Some bits stand out – Neha Dhupia can’t act even if her life depended on it. Sanjay Gupta is hell bent on proving that he knows more about noir than he actually does. Dino Morea should stop using his pectorals to act. There’s a random chance of meeting a girl in a strappy red number and even lesser chance of talking to a ghost with one ear-ring – but what the heck. The golden oldies show what it means when one says “act” – Naseruddin, Shabana and Nana do their solid acts (the last bit of Gubbare is worth watching over and over again if only to learn how to act). Dia Mirza is good as is Manoj Bajpai in a story that is fairly predictable Jimmy Shergill ought to stop being cherubic however. Amrita Singh has learnt over the years to use facial muscles to act and she’s worth the watch. Masumeh Makhija needs voice lessons. Lastly Mandira Bedi should learn how to act before getting in “out-of-the-way” movies.

The camera work is nice – tight close-ups and the required grainy bits that provide the visual edge. 6.5 out of 10 and that’s because it is an attempt worth appreciating. I would sure love to see more of these.

I liked Pooranmasi, Rice Plate, Gubbare, Zahir.


He came to foss.in, he went $HOME and married and now he’s online again

and he is a married man …


The Great Indian Car Chase

I present the Great Indian Car Chase on the last day of foss.in


Plastic paradox

Under circumstances which are far too verbose to repeat here, I received an i-mint card. So when at Lifestyle Stores (Kalyaninagar) I passed on that card for a swipe, the person at the counter said that I can either use that card or the store’s own card – but not both. That’s fairly curious – anyone else can claim to have received similar treatment ?


A look at life – lived, loved and longed for.

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