Friday, January 27, 2006

A Million Little Lies

Oprah's book club recently recommended 'A Million Little Pieces' by James Frey. A book of 'memoirs'. Turns out, he was bluffing.

Fiction passed under the guise of fact, and what did he get - a nice old spanking from Momma Oprah.

The publishers though outwardly disgusted are jumping for joy - and the author has got the two greatest publicity pushes that an author can hope for - Oprah Book Club nomination, and Oprah public renunciation.

At last check James Frey was laughing his way to the bank.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I'm telling you for the last time + 1.

(a.k.a some material for Seinfeld to try out)

Why is it that these tennis players have to carry their big heavy bags themselves after the game. You know, they've played a Five-set roller coaster of a match, one player wins the final set 18-16 and then he looks to the sideline and says - 'oh boy, the bag's got to be carried, I've got to fill it up with my all my rackets and carry it all the way back to ' I don't know wherever it is that they carry big heavy bags to.

Why can't they have someone to carry the bags. They've got all those over-enthusiastic kids running all around those stupid balls all the time, are you telling me they're too tired to carry the bag ! (then in a kid's voice) 'No, I'm not carrying the bag - no, not the bag! You give me a thousand balls to chase around - I'll do that, but the bag? Nah ! I'm too tired for that '

Friday, January 20, 2006

Bill Bryson Redux

My cousin, Hrishi who lives in Sydney, has taken a sabbatical from work and is currently touring all the parts of India - and better still, blogging at Karma Generation.

So from Rameshwaram to Kashmir to Darjeeling he will be doing it all. Armed with his Lonely Planet India and new Canon IXUS 55 he will be doing a scratching exercise across the sands and the snowcaps. He'll have, I'm sure, interesting economic fundaes, fresh Aussie takes on life and of course - some amazing examples of his march towards photographic excellence.

But remember, he's an Aussie-Indian and you must spare him, if he sees this movie, twice.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Acting lineage put to good use.

D.Dharmendra (Dhammo) IIML alumnus and a classmate of Manjunath, truly showed that there is really something that the Dharmendras of this world can do.

Running marathons as opposed to burbling all the time, and using the opportunity to run for Manjunath - amazing work man.

Bravo !


Thursday, January 12, 2006

We are not prould of you

The few initial years of my computer typing life were spent learning the qwertys and yet somehow I'd always had this penchant for making really stupid and prominent typos. Now I suppose I've become more careful, mostly probably due to the ridicule and castigation of friends.

But then comes a day, when I, the great typomaster of yore find a grave error in a tagline nominated for the tagline indibloggie. And then the guy acknowledges.

Damn! I knew 'set a theif to catch a theif' meant something.

Generous Tip to : Kunal S

I am

PERMANENTLY licenced to kill.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Stupid Things That We List

What's common to Amisha Patel, Aishwarya Rai,Katherine Hepburn, Norah Jones, Eric Cantona, Greta Garbo, Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman and Denzel Washington among others.

Find out for yourself, here.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Campaigning for Bihar begins . . .

No, I've not been reading an old newspaper. It's just that 'Miracle Man' Nitish Kumar after having robbed us of aaluu from our samosa, is now planning to attract all the NRB investment to his state. Now before your imagination goes bonkers, NRB stands for Non Resident Biharis (lol), and I suppose that includes the hordes of Bihari immigrants in Calcutta and Mumbai.

How, you ask. Voila 'Bihar Calling'. After locking horns with laaluu over his prolonged exploitation of Bihar, Nitish Kumar is seen proudly proclaiming excellent infrastructure and 'seeds of security' in Bihar. A slick campaign, no doubt - but hopefully backed by action on the ground. Also to note was NK's fervent appeal for investment at the currently going on Pravasi Bharatiya Din at Hyderabad.

PS : Also to note Renuka Chaudhary's 'Athithi Devo Bhavaa' ad - which IMHO should get the 'most inadroitly shot ad' award. It shows a local 'feeling-up' a firang lady, and the lady's Indian friend promptly appears on the scene and tells the man "This is why tourists don't come to India". Sick !

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

College, Cricket and College.

Good friend, and cult sports quizzer Aniket starts blogging here. And yes, since i'm on the contributors list too, i might pop in sometimes.