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|Posted by Jacob Parackal on February 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM||comments (0)|
My Name is khan
Movie Review: My Name is Khan
MY NAME IS KHAN makes two strong statements...
The first: B.C. [before Christ] and A.D. [after death] are designations used to label years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. There's a third designation now - 9/11. Post September 11, the world stands divided. Terrorist outfits continue to strike in the name of religion and the common man, not even remotely associated with these groups, is bearing the brunt. The world is not a safe place anymore.
The second statement: There're two sets of people in this world - the good and the bad. No matter how strong the evil forces are, good always triumphs.
MY NAME IS KHAN mirrors the era we live in. Not a day goes by when you haven't heard/read/watched news of terror attacks and innocents being killed. We live in turbulent times. Also, the movie states - and states very strongly, without mincing words - Not all Muslims are terrorists.
Karan Johar's cinema got more real from KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA onwards. In MY NAME IS KHAN, the storyteller attempts to make a social statement and succeeds completely. At the same time, it takes no sides. If the protagonist says 'My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist', it also exposes those who misadvise the youth with inflammatory and rabble-rousing speeches.
Karan's take on the issue deserves the highest praise, since a subject like this is difficult to attempt. Final word? MY NAME IS KHAN is Karan, SRK and Kajol's best outing to date. Do I need to add anything more?
Rizvan Khan [Shah Rukh Khan moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother [Jimmy Shergill] and sister-in-law [Sonya Jehan]. Rizvan, who has Asperger's syndrome, falls in love with Mandira [Kajol]. Despite protests from his brother, they get married and start a small business together. They are happy until September 11, when attitudes towards Muslims undergo a sea-change.
When tragedy strikes, Mandira is devastated and they split. Rizvan is confused and upset that the love of his life has left him. To win her back, he embarks on a touching and inspiring journey across America.
Let me alert you. The story unfolds feverishly from the very start itself. So if you miss a scene or two, chances are you would've missed some vital links in the story. The fact is, there's too much happening in the first half. Although the narrative tends to get leisurely-paced at times, the wheels continue to move from one episode to another.
A number of sequences are endearing. For instance, the romance between SRK and Kajol is subtle, yet charming. But it's SRK's relationship with Kajol and their kid that's one of the best parts of the movie. Your heart bleeds when an accident occurs and their lives are torn apart. Kajol's outburst - first, when her son meets with a catastrophe and second, when she confronts SRK - are truly shattering.
MY NAME IS KHAN's strength lies in the fact that you root for Khan all through. At the same time, you are weighed down when he's in a vulnerable situation, especially when he's labelled a terrorist and thrown behind bars. You don't realize it, but the fact is that you, as a spectator, have already got entwined in Rizvan and Mandira's lives.
There's a slight hitch in the second hour, when SRK returns to Georgia to save a hurricane-ravaged hamlet. Also, the media exercise tends to add to the length of the film. Nonetheless, it's a minor hiccup that doesn't rob the film of its punch.
There's just one word to illustrate Karan's direction - exemplary. One of the finest storytellers of our generation, he deserves brownie points for deviating from 'Karan Johar brand of cinema' and attempting a film that knocks on your heart and stimulates your mind. With MY NAME IS KHAN, Karan takes rapid strides as a storyteller.
Shibani Bathija's screenplay is truly arresting. Shibani and Niranjan Iyengar's dialogues are noteworthy and at times, applaud-worthy. Ravi K. Chandran's cinematography is awe-inspiring. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music gels well with the nature of the film.
When a film stars two of the finest talents of the country, you expect nothing but the best. SRK, well, how does one describe his performance? To state that this is his best work so far would be cutting short the praise he truly deserves. In fact, no amount of praise can do sufficient justice to his portrayal of Rizvan Khan, who has Asperger's syndrome. His latest work is several notches above anything he has done before. The only compliment that I can think of is, SRK has a new screen-name now. Raj is passe, Rizvan it is.
Kajol is pure dynamite and casting her for this character was the most appropriate decision. No other actress could've matched SRK in histrionics the way Kajol has. In fact, SRK and Kajol compliment each other wonderfully well and this film only proves it yet again. It's a powerhouse performance from this supremely talented actress.
The film boasts of a number of capable actors, but the ones who leave a rock-solid impact are - in this order - Zarina Wahab, Sonya Jehan, Jimmy Shergill, Arjun Mathur, Parvin Dabas and Arif Zakaria. Sugandha Garg is confident. Navneet Nishan supports well. Vinay Pathak leaves a mark in a brief role. Tanay Chheda [young SRK] and Yuvaan Makaar [SRK and Kajol's son Sameer] are excellent. The American actors, especially the kid who plays Sameer's friend, deserves mention.
On the whole, MY NAME IS KHAN is a fascinating love story, has an angle of religion and a world-shaking incident as a backdrop. It not only entertains, but also mesmerises, enthrals and captivates the viewer in those 2.40 hours. At the same time, a film like MY NAME IS KHAN is sure to have a far-reaching influence due to its noble theme. I strongly advocate, don't miss this one!
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on January 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM||comments (0)|
20 Things You Didn't Know About Time
“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so,” joked Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Scientists aren’t laughing, though. Some speculative new physics theories suggest that time emerges from a more fundamental—and timeless—reality.
Try explaining that when you get to work late. The average U.S. city commuter loses 38 hours a year to traffic delays.
Wonder why you have to set your clock ahead in March? Daylight Saving Time began as a joke by Benjamin Franklin, who proposed waking people earlier on bright summer mornings so they might work more during the day and thus save candles. It was introduced in the U.K. in 1917 and then spread around the world.
Green days. The Department of Energy estimates that electricity demand drops by 0.5 percent during Daylight Saving Time, saving the equivalent of nearly 3 million barrels of oil.
By observing how quickly bank tellers made change, pedestrians walked, and postal clerks spoke, psychologists determined that the three fastest-paced U.S. cities are Boston, Buffalo, and New York.
The three slowest? Shreveport, Sacramento, and L.A.
One second used to be defined as 1/86,400 the length of a day. However, Earth’s rotation isn’t perfectly reliable. Tidal friction from the sun and moon slows our planet and increases the length of a day by 3 milli seconds per century.
This means that in the time of the dinosaurs, the day was just 23 hours long.
Weather also changes the day. During El Niño events, strong winds can slow Earth’s rotation by a fraction of a milli second every 24 hours.
Modern technology can do better. In 1972 a network of atomic clocks in more than 50 countries was made the final authority on time, so accurate that it takes 31.7 million years to lose about one second.
To keep this time in sync with Earth’s slowing rotation, a “leap second” must be added every few years, most recently this past New Year’s Eve.
The world’s most accurate clock, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado, measures vibrations of a single atom of mercury. In a billion years it will not lose one second.
Until the 1800s, every village lived in its own little time zone, with clocks synchronized to the local solar noon.
This caused havoc with the advent of trains and timetables. For a while watches were made that could tell both local time and “railway time.”
On November 18, 1883, American railway companies forced the national adoption of standardized time zones.
Thinking about how railway time required clocks in different places to be synchronized may have inspired Einstein to develop his theory of relativity, which unifies space and time.
Einstein showed that gravity makes time run more slowly. Thus airplane passengers, flying where Earth’s pull is weaker, age a few extra nano seconds each flight.
According to quantum theory, the shortest moment of time that can exist is known as Planck time, or 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 second.
Time has not been around forever. Most scientists believe it was created along with the rest of the universe in the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago.
There may be an end of time. Three Spanish scientists posit that the observed acceleration of the expanding cosmos is an illusion caused by the slowing of time. According to their math, time may eventually stop, at which point everything will come to a standstill.
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on January 30, 2010 at 9:53 AM||comments (0)|
a factual story
efore you know the story do the following.
Have u ever seen the calendar for September 1752???
If you are working in UNIX or Solaris, try this out.
At $ prompt, type: cal 9 1752
See the explanation for what you see.
Isn't the output queer? A month with whole of eleven days missing. This was the time England shifted from Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and the king of England ordered those 11 days to be wiped off the face of the month of September of 1752. (What couldn't a King do in those days?!) And yes, the workers worked for 11 days less, but got paid for the entire 30 days. And that's how "Paid Leave"was born. And that is 100% fact.
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on January 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM||comments (0)|
Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads. No one I know has gotten it right, including me .
A woman , while at the funeral of her own mother, meets a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was simply ' amazing' , very much of her dream guy, she believed him to be just that! She fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him.
.........A few days later she killed her FIRST sister.
Question: What is her motive in killing her sister?
(Give this some thought before you answer).
SCROLL DOWN ............
Answer: She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again.
If you answered this correctly , you think like a psychopath . This
was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to test if one has
the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part
in the test and answered the question correctly. If you didn't answer
the question correctly, good for you.
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on December 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM||comments (4)|
A Scientific View of 3 Idiots
A movie based on engineering aka engineering students overlooked the basic principles of science. A movie which has gathered (aka hyped) immense popularity among the masses had just forgotten the fun of engineering college. I was so much flabbergasted seeing the movie. Maybe I had accepted a lot from the movie. Let me get into the details of the movie. From the director of two-cult movies (Munnabhai MBBS and Lage raho Munnabhai), I personally had expected a lot more. It was far too less.
The movie starts with a phone call to Farhan (Madhavan) which helps in crash-landing of an Air-India Flight. Farhan picks up Raju (played by Sharman Joshi) and sets to go to their college (Imperial College of Engineering) where they are supposed to meet their long lost friend Rancho (played by Aamir Khan). Sooner or later the movie lands a decade past where they meet Rancho, a free spirited student who changes the life of Raju and Farhan for-ever is always right. He can make anything right with just 3 words “Allz iz well”. The humorous ragging scene just violates the basic principle of electricity. Rancho builds in a circuit to electrify his senior.
Now, the senior is wearing a rubber slipper. He pees on a circuit carrying current. The current would only flow through the complete circuit and not through the incomplete one.The complete circuit is the one between the source and the ground with the spoon and not the body with the slippers on. His pee-pee is pretty safe this way. Basic principle violated. Well this gag is used twice in the film. Just ponder over it .As the movie continues Rancho takes colossal pleasure in violating all the rules of the college. I just don’t understand why the director, Mr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe (played by Boman Irani) didn’t throw out Rancho in the first place itself where he has violated most of the conventional methods of teaching. Who dares to tickle the director’s balls? The story is about a journey of two idiots finding the long lost friend Ranchodaas (3rd idiot). When they find him he has achieved some impossible tasks. 300 patents in 10 years. Truly unfeasible. And let me get into few of the patents. Inventing how to convert car batteries into AC current (Inverter). Mr. Hirani , dude its class xii physics of using semi-conductors (diodes). And then we have a simple conversion of rotary motion to linear motion for aata peesing. Dude, do u really patent all these? Truly incredible.
The second half of the movie is totally filmy. Unlike Aamir. The birth of champ is a true example. I would call him “Allz izz well” kiddo. I was indeed dumbstruck at seeing this amazing scene. A birth-giving scene on a ping-pong table assisted by a doctor via webcam, indeed amazing.
The only problem with the movie is it would make parents embarrassed at seeing the difficulties the child has to go through before getting his engineering degree. Well I am studying in one of the best technical institute of the country and please it’s not that difficult as shown in the film. Well Aamir himself hasn’t been to any college, so won’t be able to capture the complete emotions an engineering child has to go through before getting the degree. He has show beyond all these. One more thing I was willing to see was the fun in second and third year. They unfortunately no fortunately missed both the years. Good for us else we had to go through some more tortures of engineering being portrayed. God save us, it isn’t that tough to be an engineer.
The movie is humorous in parts, but it is far below Mr. Rajkumar Hirani who has given two cult movies this decade. Well since it is a big-budget movie it has to have a love story. Pia (played by Kareena Kapoor), daughter of the director falls for Rancho owing to his free-spirit.
Over-all, just go and have a good laugh. The movie is worth-watching but just keep your brains at home. It’s a movie about engineering forgoing most of the engineering principles. A movie far behind Aamir’s caliber,
Jake’s rating- 2.5/5
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on December 26, 2009 at 7:46 AM||comments (0)|
Master Mock Test
“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”- ROGER LEWIN
IIT-JEE is considered one of the toughest examinations to crack by most of the student community in India. Well it’s not just the robustness of the exam but shear competiveness that determines who gets into the most reputed technical institutes of the country. 15 technical institutes run by the government of India produces around 4000 best technocrats of the country. Getting into these esteemed establishments is every child’s dream. A dream that can now be reckoned resourcefully. Following the IITs come the 20 NITs which cater to the needs of scientific education of the vivid students who miss out on good IITs. AIEEE is an examination where speed, accuracy and practice come into play.
We are in the epoch where technology changes every day. A sound know-how about technology available across the planet will help you compete with the world in store for you. India which produces around half a million engineers every year is said to produce the worst of its kind. It’s pretty much evident that the majority of student populace prefers engineering over other career. But quality education should be the main aspect than magnitude. Only the top technocrats are absorbed by the ever-growing competitive corporations globally. The technocrats graduating from the IITs and the top NITs are looked after by the multinational corporations. To get into these top seminaries what you need is just not study but “smart-study”. Smart study deals with proper online study with the best home-edification with updates about IIT-JEE and AIEEE.
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One can guarantee that if proper edification is undertaken with the help of Master Mock Test, nonentity can stop you from taking up the most coveted place in the IITs. It not only will assure your position in IIT but will also develop your persona with our mentoring and supervision.So it won’t be wrong if I say as IIT-JEE is the mother of all Entrances, Master Mock Test is the mother of all mock tests. Truly dimag ki batti jalde.
- Jacob Parackal
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on December 25, 2009 at 10:37 AM||comments (0)|
I was posted up in Udaipur for my December break. I had all the perception of it being the dreary Rajasthan Thar. I had read that Udaipur was voted the best place (scenic) on planet Earth. Yeh Saach hai. It is also the place jaha sabse zyadda firangi’s come in. Main 30th Nov ko naa Dhokar dupar tak pohach gaya to the Lake City. I was so surprised to find all my notions fade out. I was amidst Concrete Jungles, was staying in one of the poshest area in the Lake City. I used to wonder what made this place the tourist attraction. And above all I couldn’t even find a firangi near me.
Then came 25th December. Yeh sabse bada Xmas tha mere liye. I ventured into new areas. Went tracking with my office team to view the actual Udaipur. It has been the amazing moment of my one month out here. We climbed all the way to a hill beside the Rupi’s Resort. The fun was the scenic beauty and above all the trek. It was fun to trek with a new found friend whom I call Katrina Kaif. The view from the top was indeed amazing.
But what made my dimag gol was yet to come. It was in Udaipur outskirts I found my true heaven.Dimag ki batti jaldi isne. Maine jannat hi dekh liya.It was an outing with my fun junkie roomie- KK.
And then it was me.....
It didn't end with the Jannat. Copeniculus wit Vaso set sail to find new jannat. We hit upon a old architecture beauty temple.
My experience with God's inner creation has changed me for a while now. I can say one thing for sure ihaven found a beautiful place than this... Swizz is so far behind. The famous lakes of the lake city are so far behind this inner beauties.
|Posted by Jacob Parackal on December 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM||comments (0)|
The Hottest topic that happened this year was really the women reservation bill. We had one reputed MP Mr. Never correct Sharad Yadav menacing to suicide if the bill eva passes. Well Wat is ever imp. Jake’s take on it..
I would like to initiate telling you guys an allegory Jake once told me,” There were two families, one very well-off other otherwise. The child from the pomp family got wateva he wanted. Be it toys, PS, Videogames, delicacies etc etc. He named it n he got it. Well that was a life. He never had a value for the thing he got.
But the kiddo from not so lucky family had a life just opposite to the above toddler. He had to work for what he wanted. His demands were solemnly fulfilled. What value did he have for the object. He loved it to his fullest and even shared the bed”
Well this parable from Jake clearly states my state of mind. I am totally against any concessions or reservations.
But in this case I am forced to change my stand which Jake knows I normally don’t do. Jake always taught me never to change stand but I am remorseful. The reason I state it below.
India is a country with 48% of its population engaged by the eve population & it would be surprising for many to know that only 10% is being represented in the India’s political hub THE PARLIAMENT. Bus dus ka dum..yeh toh naa insaaf hai..n believe me that 10% is the maximum till now. Well special thanx to the male subjugated society we are presently living in. it is very vital for the women’s bill to get passed which can hence help in better addressing of the needs of eve species.
This is the most appropriate time for the bill to get passed. We fortunately or unfortunately have a women’s president, a woman speaker who can’t speak a bit a woman who runs the country’s biggest political party- congress party who features in the top 10 most influential person on earth.
Sothahue MP jagjao mere laal.. Aur as Mr. Big Bachalan says ise pappu ko pass kar do!!
As Jake says it, “ Better late than ever”