Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays

Its that time of the year when we all reflect, rejoice and celebrate the great gift of life, family and friends with one another. Wish you all a merry Christmas and happy holidays folks.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Greatest Speech Ever In Cinema

The Great Dictator (1940)

Charlie Chaplin made numerous silent movies and made the world laugh. Then came one movie where he spoke. And when he did, the world listened. This speech is timeless and even more relevant for out times than it had ever been. Or perhaps, we have not changed as a civilization yet to be called an evolved being at all. What ever may be the truth, the fact is that these words will echo for a long time to come.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

If Only For A Second

What if you can give someone something to smile about. What if a small gesture, however insignificant or mundane it may seem, would brighten the darkest of dark.

If only for a second, happiness can given to someone suffering for terminal cancer. If only to give them a moment in their life that makes them feel carefree, silly, joyous and live life, the way they would have want to live.

A touching effort by Mimi Foundation and Leo Burnett France.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The New Godzilla (2014) Teaser Trailer Looks Freaking Awesome

The new Godzilla looks fantastic in its teaser. Unlike the previous one which ended up being ruined by the human characters in the movie, this one looks hardcore with a much larger Godzilla going on a rampage. Of course, you just get to see glimpse of this creature. But then, for a first teaser, its the right appetizer. Enjoy!

Godzilla 2014 Movie Poster:

Godzilla 2014 Trailer
Releases May 2014 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hiroo Onoda | The Living Spirit Of Japan

Hiroo Onada


Hiroo Onoda


JAN 16, 2007
Hiroo Onoda, 84, is a former member of an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence unit, an elite commando during World War II who was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines in 1944 to conduct guerrilla warfare and gather military intelligence. Trained in clandestine operations, his mission was to sneak behind enemy lines, conduct surveillance and survive independently until issued new orders. He did exactly that for the next 30 years. Long after Japan’s surrender in 1945, he continued to serve his country in the jungle, convinced that the Greater East Asia War was still being fought. He lived on mostly bananas and mangoes, evading many Japanese search parties and the local Philippine police, all of whom he believed were enemy spies. In March 1974, at age 52, a Japanese man who had run across Onoda brought his former superior to the island with instructions that relieved him of his military duties. After a brief return to Japan, he moved to Brazil where he became a successful rancher. He came back to Japan in the 1980s and established the Onoda Nature School with the goal of educating children about the value of life. His incredible adventures on Lubang are detailed in his book “No Surrender: My Thirty-year War.”

Hiroo Onada wrote his autobiography "No Surrender: My Thirty Year War"

No Surrender: My thirty Year War

Article excerpts are from The Japanese Times. The article was written originally by JUDIT KAWAGUCHI

Hiroo Onoda | The Japan Times

iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 start selling in India

So, finally the long wait is over. The new line up of iPad's are out in the Indian market. They are slimmer, smaller, lighter and better in every possible way when compared with the older generation of their siblings.

iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 now in India

iPad Air : Starts from Rs. 35,900/- for the 16Gb Wifi model and Rs.44,900/- for the 16Gb 4G+Wifi model.

iPad Mini 2: Starts from Rs.28,500/- for 16Gb Wifi model and Rs.37,900/- for the 16Gb 4G+Wifi model

Is it worth the purchase?
It depends. If you already own a iPad 2 or above and you are not a gamer on the go, you are fine with your current ipad. I got a iPad 2 and it still rocks, even with iOS7.

If you don't own an ipad yet, you can now think of owning one. And its no more just the mini to consider for the size, the iPad Air too is quite small when compared to the older generation iPad's. So, choose the right one that fits your usage. For 'home only' users, I would recommend a iPad Air. Mini 2 is for the mobile users.

And for the Apple enthusiasts, nothing like getting the latest iPad aye!?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Devine Skyline

I still love the old city clinging on to what it was while its getting a make over.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Duck Sauce - The Big Bad Wold [Music]

Love the beats to this song. Nothing spectacular, just that the tempo and chilled out and cool. Btw, I would not recommend the video of this song to anyone as its NSFW and a lot of people found it to be tasteless. I though it was creative, extreme and conversation starter. Enjoy the song.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mumbai - A city under perpetual construction

A view of the city landscape with soaring concrete and the machines that build it.

Mumbai city is dreaming big. The local authority, business and Realtors want to make it a mega city. I am not sure if the people of the city share the same vision. For someone who was born in this city, its already changed a lot to be recognized or compared with its former self.

Commuting daily to work in town from my sub-urban abode, I see the new slowly and surely creeping into the space of the old. Change is part of any cities growth. But it should consider the collective interest of all and not just a few. With residential apartment cost that matches or beats the cost of housing in big cities like Tokyo, New York and London, one wonders - is this city changing for good or for worst.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Beats Antique "Beelzebub" (featuring Las Claypool) [Music Video]

Beats Antique "Beelzebub" (feat. Les Claypool) from Beats Antique on Vimeo.
Director | Ivan Landau
Animator | Webster Colcord

Assistant Sculptors | Rich Zimmerman, Edgar Humberto Alvarez
Set Assistant | Dave Waddle

Filmed in Hollywood at Shadow Machine (www.shadowmachine.com)

Special Thanks | Erin Colcord, Maya Noonan, Obscura Digital (www.obscuradigital.com)

Jolla - Smart phone with a personality

Jolla Phone with Sailfish OS and customizable phone covers

Ever since the announcement of the Jolla phone, I have been eagerly anticipating the release this new phone in the market. My interest in Jolla brew with two key ingredients -
  • It was started by Nokia's ex employee's.
  • It was open source 
The nokia culture and design has always been the key to its success. I could understand the disappointment when Nokia abandoned the Meego  project and went on to embrace the Windows platform. Open source has always been the heart of Nokia's software philosophy. So, for someone who always loved their handsets, the liking for opensource went beyond just trust. It was also in experience.

When Jolla was announced, they got Sailfish Operating System as the default opensource OS for their handset. For those who have experienced The Nokia N9, the user experience would seem very familiar.

Now that the Finish company has just launched this handset for the EU market, I can only hope and anticipate its launch in Asia, and specifically India. Check out this advert for the handset which sets the tone for Jolla's user base.