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I donated to Wikipedia – Did You?

December 18th, 2009 admin No comments

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Finally a debit from my bank account which i am extremely happy and proud of.

Yes , I donated to Wikipedia.

Hardly a day passes in the recent times without visiting the "Sum of all knowledge" and i believe it is a remarkable and absolutely wonderful  human achievement which has to be supported with all might.

Please read about the ways to to donate here, http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give/en

-D

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Whaay Saar??!!!!!!

December 6th, 2009 admin No comments

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Coming soon….

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Tatt Av Kvinnen (2007)

December 5th, 2009 admin No comments

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Tatt av kvinnen

Tatt av kvinnen

This will be my first movie review in deepak.dk. So lets start with a Norwegian movie.

I am no big fan of the movie channels – clarity or quality wise- that i get in Kerala. But..recently sifting through the usual mess of the reality shows, lose weight shows,super slicer(Wowie!!!) and AbKing pro informercials , I hear something very very familiar. Sounds with hot potatoe juggling in the mouth,familiar tone of words rising and falling. Well it is a movie in “Rosebowl” a westernish channel which shows some good movies- with substance. Recenty they are having a movie festival Prime A-Z and today it is “D” and “Dead Man Walking” is on the air. Yesterday it was “CastAway” and tomorrow it will be “Erin Brokovich”.

I was not able to place the language although i was 100% sure that it was Nordic. Either Danish or Norwegian, Since Swedish is very different to hear. A bit more musical. And finnish being totally different of all these.

I have seen a couple of Dansk movies while in Denmark, you can rent movies from the Bibiotek . Also i saw one in Jaman- the video rental service, Villa Paranoia. Most of the Dansk (or rather Nordic) movies are very close to life – as i saw it over there. You see all these characters in real life too :).  Well, if you see the Indian movies(Esp the so called Bollywood ones :)), they are totally set in some Fantasy land, with all that songs etc etc.It is like the life the people want to be.Although  Yeah,  the story of the non-mainstream Indian movies are  a lot different.

Coming back, i could find that the movie name is “Gone with the Woman” in English. I checked the wiki and got landed in “Tatt Av Kvinnen”. Looks like it was Norway’s nominee for the Oscar too.

Literal meaning of Tatt Av Kvinnen is “Taken by the Woman” (?). Kvinnen is “The Woman”. In Danish it is Kvinden, with D silent. I think Norwegian (Bokmal) is said as it is written compared to Danish(not too many silent stuff in there).

Synposis  of the movie as per IMDB is,

“A woman moves into a young man’s home and starts to run his life — a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her”

The protagonist is a  unnamed young man (mentioned just as HIM :) ). He is a quintessential scandic middle class guy, Not very very educated ,has a job , a coop apartment and living the normal socially secured beer drinking life. Now a girl (Marienne) moves in with him and his life starts changing. She is a little mean, and may be self contradictory at times since she is seen loud mouthed about the “Beauty of Silence”. The movie kind of reminded me of “Amelie”, actually HIM looks a lot like Nino in Amelie. HIM is trying to find the meaning of life and to find true love. Which is kind of same as the Amelie’s theme. Also there is a gist of Paris in the movie :).

I particularly loved a scene in the movie where Him gets fired from his job. He is given the usual drill in a conference room. “Yeah , times are tough”, “It is not that you have performed less”. “Well you get a 3 months salary”..etc etc. And the cheque travels along the circular conference table to his hands. :) (the shot angle is just superb at that point). Yeah that is deja vu. Now he gets out and tells Marienne that he lost the job.  Ah, Marienne is super happy and says lets go for a vacation. FERIE!!!!!!!!(HOLIDAYS!!!!),that is very Nordic!, people are not very concerned about losing the job at all!Later,they get in an NSB train while the boarding board on the platform says “Tog Til Europa”!.

Another scene worth mentioning is when Marienne gets back to him, after  a break up (When she cheated on him with  some Eagle watcher, Thor). Him asks “Too many Eagles , huh??”

Finally i think it was worth the hours spent in front of the idiot box – which is a rarity now a days. Little bit of comedy, Drama and Romance and a straight depiction of life makes this movie very special. 10/10 !! I would really love to get a DVD for this for sure!.

This will be my first movie review in deepak.dk. So lets start with a Norwegian movie.
I am no big fan of the movie channels – clarity or quality wise- that i get in Kerala. But..recently sifting through the usual mess of the reality shows, lose weight shows,
super slicer(Wowie!!!) and AbKing pro informercials , I hear something very very familiar. Sounds with hot potatoe juggling in the mouth,familiar tone of words rising and falling. Well it is a movie in “Rosebowl” a westernish channel which shows some good movies- with substance. Recenty they are having a movie festival Prime A-Z and today it is “D” and “Dead Man Walking” is on the air. Yesterday it was “CastAway” and tomorrow it will be “Erin Brokovich”
I was not able to place the language although i was 100% sure that it was Nordic. Either Danish or Norwegian, Since Swedish is very different to hear. A bit more musical. And finnish being totally different of all these.
I have seen a couple of Dansk movies while in Denmark, you can rent movies from the Bibiotek . Also i saw one in Jaman- the video rental service, Villa Paranoia. Most of the Dansk (or rather Nordic) movies are very close to life – as i saw it over there. You see all these characters in real life too :).  Well, if you see the Indian movies(Esp the so called Bollywood ones :)), they are totally set in some Fantasy land, with all that songs etc etc.It is like the life the people want to be.Although  Yeah,  the story of the non-mainstream Indian movies are  a lot different.
Coming back, i could find that the movie name is “Gone with the Woman” in English. I checked the wiki and got landed in “Tatt Av Kvinnen”. Looks like it was Norway’s nominee for the Oscar too.
Literal meaning of Tatt Av Kvinnen is “Taken by the Woman” (?). Kvinnen is “The Woman”. In Danish it is Kvinden, with D silent. I think Norwegian (Bokmal) is said as it is written compared to Danish(not too many silent stuff in there).
Synposis  of the movie as per IMDB is,
“A woman moves into a young man’s home and starts to run his life — a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her”
The protagonist is a  unnamed young man (mentioned just as HIM :) ). He is a quintessential scandic middle class guy, Not very very educated ,has a job , a coop apartment and living the normal socially secured life. Now a girl (Marienne) moves in with him and his life starts changing. She is a little mean, and may be self contradictory at times since she is seen loud mouthed about the “Beauty of Silence”. The movie kind of reminded me of “Amelie”, actually HIM looks a lot like Nino in Amelie. HIM is trying to find the meaning of life and to find true love. Which is kind of same as the Amelie’s theme. Also there is a gist of Paris in the movie :).
I particularly loved a scene in the movie where Him gets fired from his job. He is given the usual drill in a conference room. “Yeah , times are tough”, “It is not that you have performed less”. “Well you get a 3 months salary”..etc etc. And the cheque travels along the circular conference table to his hands. :) (the shot angle is just superb at that point). Yeah that is deja vu. Now he gets out and tells Marienne that he lost the job.  Ah, Marienne is super happy and says lets go for a vacation. FERIE!!!!!!!!,that is very Nordic!, people are not very concerned about losing the job at all!Later,they get in an NSB train which says Tog Til Europa!.
Another scene worth mentioning is when Marienne gets back to him, after  a break up (When she cheated on him with  some Eagle watcher, Thor). Him asks “Too many Eagles , huh??”
Finally i think it was worth the hours spent in front of the idiot box – which is a rarity now a days. Little bit of comedy, Drama and Romance and a straight depiction of life makes this movie very special. 10/10 !! I would really love to get a DVD for this for sure!.
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Hungry Kya?

November 19th, 2009 admin No comments

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I love to try out some new age services during my -now brief- stays in bangalore ( With S). So recently i tried out one “highly celebrated “food delivery service.

The process is simple, go to their site register your email and house address, check out the menu of the restaurant that you like, order and wait. It is just like the phone ordering thing but in this case you order via the internet and you got to choose a lot of restaurants and menus. You get some confirmation mail and text messag after placing the order.

Now comes the beauty of things. I wait for one hour harping like nero (on the notebook pc) when fire burned inside ( as usual no breakfast), then i have a look at the text message which explicitly tells you (please don’t contact the hotel if you don’t get the food in time ..wow thats clever!). I had explicitly chosen a restarant which is a few blocks from the house where i was in. So i was pretty sure that this is not a traffic block.

Rome started to cool down and then i get a phone call with the typical bangalore service voice. Saaaaaaaar where are you saaar , where is this building saaaaar, i am waiting saaaar. Now that was in S’s slum home which is on the top floor of a “Lego apartment complex” . I rush to the balcony and i see this guy riding away on a scooter. I yell on top of my voice. Hello .. Hello… No awail. Due to the starvation effect even the energy was not too high – Well it is never that high. so say it was kind of lower.

I call it quits and get back to harping… thinking about the bread that i should have bought yesterday to combat such rather do_not_know_what_to_do exceptions. Then i get one more call. this time from the hotel. Apparently this guy went back to the restaurant and they kicked his — for not delivering. Anyway i explained the exact route along the Labyrinth and they deliver it fine.

I pay up and the rome is again on fire. So i open the box. i had ordered a hyderbadi CB and they have sent a CB with no hyderbad connection (but the price as per the menu is the same,,).. hmm… I didn’t have the patience to call them up again and go through the same ordeal of Sorry saaaaar, where are you saaaaaaaar,Who are you saar .. No saaar , Yes Saaaaar. Later saaaaaaar. So i decided to live with not being so hyderabadi.

-D

Tailpiece
When the delivery guy handed over the food, i asked him the bill. The response was the canned one. No saar, sorry saar , bill later saar. And i haven’t seen him yet.

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