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December 23, 2007

Taare Zameen Par – Movie Review
Taare Zameen Par is a movie about a gifted child who is also dyslexic. The subject is handled sensitively by Aamir Khan, who is both producer and director…The movie is a little slow in the first half, but it’s a treat to watch the director take us into the world of children. One doesn’t have to be a dyslexic or have a dyslexic child to identify with the world that is created…a world of imagination, of colours and that of innocent wonder at the joys of nature…After the interval the movie moves much faster and sad little Ishaan, traumatized by his separation from his family…

Which city has the coolest bus service and website?
After checking out the websites of our city transport corporations I realised several things:
1. That several of our cities have fully functioning websites and some are pretty good!
2. That Kolkata, Guwahati and Jammu/Srinagar and even beautiful Chandigarh and hi-tech Hyderabad (city bus services) don’t have have their own website, or at least I could not locate them.
3. That some of the sites are awfully misleading.
4. That some of them are plain dull.

I have written a short note on each site and service here, along with the screen shots of the sites…

Words of wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi…in pictures.
The thought of Mahatma Gandhi has always made me think of three things. His teachings of Non-Violence, his struggle for the independence of India and lately his poor relationship with his son. On a recent visit to the Sabarmati Ashram I realised the depth that was there to this great man and in this photo feature I shall be show you some of his sayings which made an impact on me…

Do Dining and Music mix?
In the west dining and music go together, but this concept hasn’t quite caught on here. Ofcourse, a lot of hotels in India have been doing it for a while. Plenty of bands do play at fancy and not-so-fancy restaurants and live music has acquired a kind of snob value. But this doesn’t mean that the Indian audience listens to the music with rapt attention or even appreciates the performance…

Dependence on parents has to go!
There has been some brouhaha lately about the news that daughters-in-law cannot lay claim to their in-law’s house, according to an order passed by the Bombay High Court…unless her husband too owns the same…Well, if people cannot claim a house which does not belong to them, it sounds logical to me…I think this sort of judgment is good because it will make young people attempt to secure their own future by buying their own house…

The cave temples of Ellora – a photo feature
The cave temples of Ellora are different from that of Ajanta, and not just because fewer paintings have survived the onslaught of the ages (you get to see a lot of beautiful sculpture). These temples are markedly different because they do not represent just Buddhism (like the Ajanta caves) but also Hinduism and Jainism. There are beautiful carvings of the various gods and goddesses. Each style of architecture is distinctively different…and so are the time periods. The Buddhist caves are from 500-700 A.D and some of the Hindu temples were built as late as the 9th century A.D…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2007 10:24 pm

    Nita, the first link (at least) ain’t workin’!

  2. December 23, 2007 10:33 pm

    @ rambodoc:

    Hey thanks. I fixed it. 🙂

  3. December 25, 2007 7:02 am

    Thank you for writing this summary post. I haven’t been keeping pace with your blog writing lately but I do mean to catch up soon.
    Best regards

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