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Shave Puri

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The scene starts with camera focus on the floor. A man comes walking on the plush granite flooring. The focus is still on the floor. Black leather shoes polished perfectly to shine just as much needed. As the camera moves upwards we could see the trousers that are plain, elegant and pressed to roll out even the smallest crease on the fabric. The left hand is in his trouser pocket and the right hand is still not visible in the frame. Shirt neatly tucked in, full sleeves, straight collar and matched the trousers. An outfit that will make the women turn their heads; that will make even a man envious. As the camera moves further up, the excitement amongst the audience increases. As the camera finally reaches his face the audience is disappointed or perhaps disgusted.

After such a brilliantly groomed entry, the audience least expected a man with his hand on his cheek, scratching his shabby beard. The man is Amit Puri and the audience are my classmates from my engineering school. The above…

The Times Of The Rhymes

Children teach us a lot. Their innocent and curious souls may throw light at things that you may have never thought of. Childhood memories are pleasant.
I was a slow learner as a child but learning slow was fun. We didn’t have that inner voice telling us constantly that we have to score well in exams. All came at a constant pace and came naturally. What helped was the tunes and actions associated with the rhymes. The actions were not mere face gestures and little hand movements; they included running at one place, jumping, laughing and clapping too. I loved this particular rhyme: If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands. Watch the video below,

Clapping, jumping and saying hurray with whole heart was so much fun. I remember the last day of school - Class 10 in 2004, we decided to revisit this rhyme amongst others. The entire class sang the rhyme; clapped, stamped and said hurray till the time our teachers interfered and stopped us! There is a very famous story that was everyo…

Kshuda Shanti

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After 67 years of Independence, a child born in India is still unsure of getting adequate food and apposite education. Who is to blame is the second question; the first question is what are we doing to change the picture? An underprivileged child in India has work to get him and his family fed thereby compromising for his education. During the work, he may be battered to work out of his limits and even assaulted physically. The young heart may not even know what is going on with him; such is the state where helplessness forces a child into illiteracy and never come out of it.”Paapi pet ka sawaal hai“; the hungry stomach forces a man to do things that are not always honest. But we cannot hide behind proverbs to justify what is wrong.  A hungry child van choose anything; lets help him choose the right.

Government should invest more into Education in the rural areas. Steps should be taken to ensure that no middlemen come into picture and the funds are utilized at the right place and for…

Elizabeth Ekadashi (2014): Reviewed

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November Ekadashi
|| एनर्जी आत्मा वगैरे मंडळी कधीच बदलत नाही फक्त रूप बदलते, ह्यातून त्यात त्यातून ह्यात ||
After delivering a bunch of superhit marathi movies like Lai Bhaari, Duniyadari, Kaaksparsh, Natarang, Essel Vision has come up with a sweet children oriented movie set in Pandharpur. The film gets its timing right with its release date on Children’s Day and just after Kartik Ekadashi.
Paresh Mokashi of Harishchandrachi Factory fame strikes a chord with the next generation with a group of talented kids in the movie. Shrirang, Sayali, Pushkar playing Dnyana, Zendu and Ganya respectively act so effortlessly that it almost feels that they have lived the characters from birth.
Dnyana’s family has a loan to pay off. The bank guys snatch the sweater weaving machine, which is the only source of income, as mortgage. However, the bank gives them a deal – Pay Rs. 5000, take the machine back and the interest will also be waived off. But 5000 is a huge amount for them. Dnyana's pet Elizabeth; …

God is a Gamer: Book Review

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God is a Gamer is authored by Ravi Subramanian (ISBN: 978-0143421399)
published by Penguin; First edition (12 September 2014)

The USP The world’s first bitcoin thriller introduces the reader to the world of bitcoins or online money; money which requires no middlemen or payment gateways and no banks! They are used to buy merchandise anonymously. The bitcoin founder goes by the screen name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Cotton Trail is an online store where all the illegal drugs are available anonymously. The buyers’ identity will not be revealed.

The Characters The author uses real companies and individual names in his story; Vodafone, MasterCard International, VISA, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and even Satoshi Nakamoto.  Swami and Sundeep are colleagues mentored by Aditya Rao who is a legend in the Indian Banking Industry. Aditya goes on to start his own company eTIOS which is a BPO and Indiscape which is an online web browser based gaming software. Varun and Tanya are a young couple deeply in love w…