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Presenting Shamu !

Yup ! You got that right.. the world-famous killer whale , at his home in SeaWorld , Orlando , FL.

That is one performance that you simply CANNOT miss ! In an arena , with over 7000 people , are these 3 HUGE killer whales , named Shamu 1 , 2 and 3… Guess you remember them from Animal Planet..

The performance itself is pretty amazing… they mite appear HUGE and dangerous , but , according to their trainers , they’re ‘gentlemen’ at heart… infact , they’re quite mischeivous as well , splashing water on the audience every once in a while ( its quite a different story that they leave the stands looking like a mini-ocean ! )..

In short , a MUST VISIT if you’re in Orlando… !

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September 26, 2006 at 9:32 pm 2 comments

Presenting Shamu !

Yup ! You got that right.. the world-famous killer whale , at his home in SeaWorld , Orlando , FL.

That is one performance that you simply CANNOT miss ! In an arena , with over 7000 people , are these 3 HUGE killer whales , named Shamu 1 , 2 and 3… Guess you remember them from Animal Planet..

The performance itself is pretty amazing… they mite appear HUGE and dangerous , but , according to their trainers , they’re ‘gentlemen’ at heart… infact , they’re quite mischeivous as well , splashing water on the audience every once in a while ( its quite a different story that they leave the stands looking like a mini-ocean ! )..

In short , a MUST VISIT if you’re in Orlando… !

September 26, 2006 at 4:23 pm 2 comments

Lage Raho Munnabhai – a MUST WATCH !!

CAST

Sanjay Dutt
Arshad Warsi
Vidya Balan
Boman Irani
Diya Mirza
Abhishek Bachchan

I take back my words from my previous post.. there is one other film , apart from Crash , which can have an impact on your life… yup , I’m talking about the latest smash hit , Lage Raho Munnabhai.

The cast remains the same , and the comic timing of the lead actors is nothing short of brilliant ! But thats not what I’m going to talk about here. You must have read or seen on TV , reviews of the film , which say that the movie brings to life the teachings of the Mahatma. Well , it doesn’t stop there. It actually manages to ‘change’ your line of thinking… something that a very few movies , and i mean , a very few movies have managed to date.

Like the first movie , this one too has a deep message. The first one showed how one can fix everything ( well , almost everything ) with a little love and compassion. This one is all about speaking the truth , and living by the forgotten ideals of the Mahatma. AND , most importantly , it also talks about the dilemma most commonly faced by most before coming out with the truth… but it also shows the positive impact of speaking the truth….

The underlying message ? It’s simple… just speak the truth and the circumstances will get fixed themselves… and if you’re worrying whether the other person will forgive you ? Well , the movie answers that question as well.
I don’t really have much else to say… the movie will speak for itself !

September 25, 2006 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Lage Raho Munnabhai – a MUST WATCH !!

CAST

Sanjay Dutt
Arshad Warsi
Vidya Balan
Boman Irani
Diya Mirza
Abhishek Bachchan

I take back my words from my previous post.. there is one other film , apart from Crash , which can have an impact on your life… yup , I’m talking about the latest smash hit , Lage Raho Munnabhai.

The cast remains the same , and the comic timing of the lead actors is nothing short of brilliant ! But thats not what I’m going to talk about here. You must have read or seen on TV , reviews of the film , which say that the movie brings to life the teachings of the Mahatma. Well , it doesn’t stop there. It actually manages to ‘change’ your line of thinking… something that a very few movies , and i mean , a very few movies have managed to date.

Like the first movie , this one too has a deep message. The first one showed how one can fix everything ( well , almost everything ) with a little love and compassion. This one is all about speaking the truth , and living by the forgotten ideals of the Mahatma. AND , most importantly , it also talks about the dilemma most commonly faced by most before coming out with the truth… but it also shows the positive impact of speaking the truth….

The underlying message ? It’s simple… just speak the truth and the circumstances will get fixed themselves… and if you’re worrying whether the other person will forgive you ? Well , the movie answers that question as well.
I don’t really have much else to say… the movie will speak for itself !

September 25, 2006 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

What’s NASA upto ??

Hurrah ! STS-115 is back home once again ! What with all the technical issues that plagued Atlantis’ latest flight to the ISS , well , alls well that ends well I guess !

But this lates bit of news is kinda worrying… NASA just announced plans of the new ‘shuttle’ that is all set to replace the ageing ones , come 2010 or later ( because , apparently , the new versions are ‘too small’ to carry all the cargo required (!!!!) ). All thats fine , because , you and me thought that these 25 year old shuttles with ANCIENT computer systems and stuff falling off will probably be replaced by newer versions of similar craft.. but NO ! NASA is going in for a design by Lockheed Martin , called the CEV ( Crew Exploration Vehicle ). The rationale behind it is that the new design would have a minimum amount of ‘protrusions’ , such as wings , which bear maximum stress during take-off and re-entry.

Well…. yeah , this design is like the Apollo Spacecraft which took man to the moon… and incidentally , far from releasing specifics about the Mars Mission , NASA ‘promises’ that this craft will take us ‘back to the moon’ in 15 years. WHAT ??!?!?! It took us just 10 years to start from scratch n land on the moon !!

Guys , WHAT were you thinking when you made that press release ??

September 24, 2006 at 9:34 pm 2 comments

What’s NASA upto ??

Hurrah ! STS-115 is back home once again ! What with all the technical issues that plagued Atlantis’ latest flight to the ISS , well , alls well that ends well I guess !

But this lates bit of news is kinda worrying… NASA just announced plans of the new ‘shuttle’ that is all set to replace the ageing ones , come 2010 or later ( because , apparently , the new versions are ‘too small’ to carry all the cargo required (!!!!) ). All thats fine , because , you and me thought that these 25 year old shuttles with ANCIENT computer systems and stuff falling off will probably be replaced by newer versions of similar craft.. but NO ! NASA is going in for a design by Lockheed Martin , called the CEV ( Crew Exploration Vehicle ). The rationale behind it is that the new design would have a minimum amount of ‘protrusions’ , such as wings , which bear maximum stress during take-off and re-entry.

Well…. yeah , this design is like the Apollo Spacecraft which took man to the moon… and incidentally , far from releasing specifics about the Mars Mission , NASA ‘promises’ that this craft will take us ‘back to the moon’ in 15 years. WHAT ??!?!?! It took us just 10 years to start from scratch n land on the moon !!

Guys , WHAT were you thinking when you made that press release ??

September 24, 2006 at 4:25 pm 2 comments

Crash – A masterpiece on film

CAST
Sandra Bullock
Matt Dillon
Don Cheadle
Brendan Fraser
Larenz Tate
Ludacris
Micheal Pena
Trailer : http://www.apple.com/trailers/lions_gate/crash/large.html
Have you ever watched a movie that has you thinking about what you saw , long after you left the theatre ? Well , this year’s Oscar-Winning movie , Crash , does just that. It tells interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. All are victims of it, and all are guilty of it. Sometimes, yes, they rise above it, although it is never that simple. Their negative impulses may be instinctive, their positive impulses may be dangerous, and who knows what the other person is thinking?
One thing that happens, again and again, is that peoples’ assumptions prevent them from seeing the actual person standing before them. An Iranian is thought to be an Arab, although Iranians are Persian. Both the Iranian and the white wife of the district attorney believe a Mexican-American locksmith , Michael Pena , is a gang member and a crook, but he is a family man.
It shows the way we all leap to conclusions based on race — yes, all of us, of all races, and however fair-minded we may try to be — and we pay a price for that. If there is hope in the story, it comes because as the characters crash into one another, they learn things, mostly about themselves. Almost all of them are still alive at the end, and are better people because of what has happened to them. Not happier, not calmer, not even wiser, but better. Then there are those few who kill or get killed; racism has tragedy built in.
Not many films have the possibility of making their audiences better people.The movie contains hurt, coldness and cruelty, and not to forget , a dose of humour as well – but is it without hope? Not at all. Stand back and consider. All of these people, superficially so different, share the city and learn that they share similar fears and hopes. Until several hundred years ago, most people everywhere on earth never saw anybody who didn’t look like them. They were not racist because, as far as they knew, there was only one race. You may have to look hard to see it, but “Crash” is a film about progress.
My verdict ? Take a look.. You’ll never find a better movie !

September 22, 2006 at 9:44 pm 4 comments

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