Monday, July 10, 2017

Sridevi is overhyped - it was the her of yesterday that was the real Sridevi [COMPACTIDEA]

Watched MOM and concluded that all this hype around Sridevi in MOM is nonsense. Sridevi's acting in MOM wasn't good - bland and without proper expressions. It's quite safe to say that it was the Sridevi of yesterday which was far better than this Sridevi of today [when evaluating as an actress]. Any random actress could've done what she did in MOM.




Friday, June 30, 2017

I can't believe it that I had forgotten that there are rubber balls too for playing cricket [COMPACTIDEA]

Guess it has been quite many years since I played cricket, or perhaps it has been many years since I was a small child. Maybe both. It was a bit of a strong surprise for me a few days ago when I saw a rubber ball - most likely after 10-15 years - and realized that there are rubber balls too for playing cricket. How could I forget this? I, who as a kid had collected so many abandoned/lost balls of all sorts from playgrounds, roads and elsewhere? I had forgotten the rubber ball?

Anyway. When I was small, I remember there were 4 types of cricket balls:
  1. "Cosco" ball. We used to call it Cosco, but it was really tennis ball. The softest.
  2. Rubber ball. Heavier and harder than Cosco ball, but still very gentle.
  3. Leather ball [red leather or white leather]. Heavy and very hard too.
  4. "Corak" ball. Sort of a white stone. Heavy and hard like a stone. Quite dangerous.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Afterlife, the concept, is a basic need of mankind [COMPACTIDEA]

"Gone forever" [or "lost forever"] is too hurtful a realization. Mankind needs the concept of afterlife in order to reduce the hurt of death of a loved one. It makes one feel - even if falsely - that the lost one is still alive, even if elsewhere. It lowers the pain of the immense loss by assuring one that the person has only separated, but "is still there", somewhere. It allows one to continue wishing good for the departed soul. It allows one to continue "speaking" to the gone person, even if only in one's mind. It would be too difficult to live with the knowledge that with the funeral pyre, everything that comprised one's loved one - body and mind/personality - is gone, and gone forever. Too hurtful. Hence mankind created the concepts of afterlife, next life, and so on.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Philosophical - most people end up at one of those cremation grounds which they had attended all their lives [COMPACTIDEA]

This feels saddening and philosophical. But then death is sad and philosophical. People attend cremation grounds throughout their lives, for the cremation of colleagues, friends, associates, relatives, etc. Does anyone ever think or realize that one day, upon one's death, one is going to end up and burn into ashes at one of these same grounds? This mere thought can send chills through one's body.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kittens and puppies are so lovely - with them you escape this artificial world and get close to pure nature for some time [COMPACTIDEA]

Recently saw a newborn kitten. Such innocence. Such a small, innocent baby. No bad feelings in him. Pure innocence. No jealousy or greed or other nasty things. Only softness and tenderness. You can escape the same old daily routine for some time by playing with or by simply watching newborn kittens or puppies. No more phone calls, material dispatch, machine breakdowns, payments, crowded roads, horns, polluted air, hot weather, data backups, disk shredding, door locking and so on. Nothing. Pure nature. Pure peace.


Some a-holes keep calling you even when you're on another call and they know this [COMPACTIDEA]

You're talking to someone on your phone, and a 'call-in-call' comes from someone else. So far everything is normal. This third fellow cuts his call but then calls you again, fully aware that you're talking to someone on another call [he can obviously hear 'call waiting' tone on his phone]. Then he calls you yet again. And again. And again. He calls so many times that he disturbs and irritates you, and makes you feel that it might/must be something urgent. You're forced to stop your ongoing phone call and call this third person, and it turns out that this wasn't about something urgent, but was a normal, routine call. You grumble and ask yourself, what's the problem in this fellow's life that he wants you to disconnect your ongoing call and attend to him first. Such an asshole. And there are many such shitpots around. I get calls from some such buttholes every few days.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is so good, yet there are some flaws [COMPACTIDEA]

  • The background score during some key scenes was far more inspiring in the first part than in The Conclusion. Thoroughly missed, as it would've made several scenes in the second part more touching.
  • Last scene felt dragged. Fight wasn't as impressive as the fight in the first part. This was overloaded with special effects, and the overload showed. Overload itself wouldn't have been bad had the effects seemed real. At several moments the special effects just seem artificial/fake. Further, there were several unnecessary slow-motion scenes which felt bad rather than good. Overall, the fight failed to create goosebumps. The excessive use of VFX in this last fight shows the filkmaker's intention of making this scene the grand conclusion, but it doesn't live up to the mark.
    • More generally and simplistically speaking [though simplistic distillations can't properly capture the fine nuances], while the second half of the first part was better, it was the first half of the second part that was better.
  • The voice [in Hindi] given to Mahendra Baahubali is significantly worse compared to the excellent, authoritative voice [in Hindi] given to Amarendra Baahubali. Mahendra Baahubali, thus, fails to inspire whenever he speaks. The difference is clear and it shows.
  • Mahendra Baahubali's haircut is shorter compared to the long and flowing hair of Amarendra Baahubali. Moustache and beard too are different. The net effect is that Mahendra looks childish while Amarendra looks like an invincible king. The difference, once again, is clear. Looks, after all, can make a very significant difference in how we perceive someone/something.
  • It's [quite] hard to be believe and somewhat frustrating to watch Sivagami take bad and hasty decision after decision. One can't stop asking oneself if this is the same Sivagami who had announced [in the first part] that Amarendra Baahubali would be the new king, despite he not having killed [technically] the leader of the enemy? Her string of bad decisions and bad actions lead to the eventual death/killing of Amarendra Baahubali and other chaos.
  • While Avantika/Avanthika had a meaningful role in the first part, and she did contribute meaningfully to the movie, she had a laughable "role", if any, in the second part. Which is a shame.
Amarendra



Mahendra


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Philosophical feeling looking at how tiny and worthless Earth looks from Saturn [COMPACTIDEA]

It's a strange, choking feeling seeing how our Earth looks from Saturn. You almost feel like crying. An unremarkable dot of light, like so many others. Yet we on our planet know what all - so so much - is going on here. There's life and not just any life but intelligent life. So much development. So much chaos and warfare. From there's it's just a simple, quiet blip of light. Events here don't reach there. It's dark, quiet and cold out there. So vast is this Universe. So very vast that our brains can't really comprehend its vastness. The entirety of what all comprises the Earth is reduced to how we see a grain of sand here. Seems like we're in someone else's video game!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I have little respect for people who cut phone calls [COMPACTIDEA]

All of us cut [or have to cut] incoming phone calls sometimes. But some people cut calls too frequently. And it feels very rude. Are you guys so busy? All the time? Not really. No one is. Then what are you trying to show [if anything] by giving the busy tone so often? I myself, as far as possible, pick all/most incoming calls and tell the caller that I'll give a call back as soon as possible. Picking call - even if only to say that I'll call back - is a much more warm and respectful action from the perspective of the person who calls us.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

That a-hole who uses Mail.Ru app but can't spell an email address correctly [COMPACTIDEA]

Such wannabe losers bore and irritate me. This is about an accountant in someone else's firm who I told to email me some documents. Despite telling him properly that the email ID is luxmisteel@..., he emailed the documents to lakshmistee@.... A typical a-hole since he assumed that it must be "lakshmi" and can't be "luxmi". A bigger a-hole if he knows the firm name and yet writes "stee" in the address. And the biggest a-hole when he insisted that he mailed the documents to the correct address and that he hadn't got any "delivery failure" message. Later I made him forward that previously sent email to my personal address, and noticed that he uses Mail.Ru email app. What a wannabe loser. Using an exotic Russian email program and failed with a simple email address? Indeed a shit-hole.