Friday, 28 January 2011

'Life In A Day' world premier

 The worldwide premier of  Life In A Day following a Q&A with the LIAD team and some of the top lucky contributors at Sundance, streaming live on youtube just got over. Wonderfully made, an attempt to describe life in a street man's perspective. Though my stuff didn't make the final cut, atleast happy reaches ad good stage and more importantly been a part of something big.


Watch out the YouTube Channel for more information in the coming future. The movie will hit selected theaters most probably on 24th July 2011, exactly a year later the day the actual film footage was shot by people worldwide. DVD of the film director's cut which is originally 3 hours in length is expected to launch sometime this year.


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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Celebrating 61 years of The Republic of India

 26 January 2011




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Saturday, 22 January 2011

A letter written by a father to his son

 My pop sent me this earlier today.

My dear son Aditya,

 I am writing this to you because of 3 reasons:

1. Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows how long he lives. Some words are better said early.

2. I am your father, and if I don't tell you these, no one else will.

3. What is written is my own personal bitter experiences that perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches.

Remember the following as you go through life

1. Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I. To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every move. When a person is good to you, it does not mean he/she really likes you. You have to be careful, don't hastily regard him/her as a real friend.

2.  No one is indispensable, nothing in the world that you must possess. Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go through life when people around you don't want you anymore, or when you lose what/who you love most.

3. Life is short. When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy life.

4. Love is but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with time and with one's mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness. Don't over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don't over exaggerate the sadness of falling out of love.

5. A lot of successful people did not receive a good education, that does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life. One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

6. I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old, either would I financially support your whole life. My responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether you want to travel in a public transport or in your limousine, whether rich or poor.

7. You honor your words, but don't expect others to be so. You can be good to people, but don't expect people to be good to you. If you don't understand this, you would end up with unnecessary troubles.

8. I have bought lotteries for umpteen years, but I never strike any prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There is no free lunch!

9. No matter how much time I have with you, let's treasure the time we have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life.

Your Ever loving Dad.



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Monday, 17 January 2011

The King's Speech

I was just viewing this very good film of the same title, when I came across this on Youtube. The famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr. 'I have a dream' which continues to be a legacy. Thought it is something worth sharing (if any alien doesn't know about it, yet)


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Transcript:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. 

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. 

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. 

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                
Free at last! Free at last!
                
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

 
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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Wikipedia turns 10

 Today one of the world's most visited and used (& one of the most favourite) websites celebrates its 10th anniversary.


Happy 10th birthday to Wikipedia and kudos for the innovation of openness sharing knowledge and making many lives easier (along with side sister projects) :D


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Thursday, 13 January 2011

From school to 1000

 Today is a great day for me and my fellow batch mates of my alma mater St. Francis D'Assisi High School. Today marks the 1000th day after completing (our) 10th std at St. Francis D'Assisi High School batch 2007-08 and thus ending our school life (in a way) and starting to become where we stand today and what we will become tomorrow. Indeed a day worth noting in my life. Rejoice!

Wishing everyone success and a great life ahead.


When I bid farewell.


How it stands today.




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Facebook Obsession


courtesy of Mashable

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

National Youth Day

ACT – Get up and put your shoulders to the wheel – how long is this life for? As you have come to this world, leave some mark behind.Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They too Come into existence, decay and die.
                                                                                                         – Swami Vivekananda
So on this day let us invoke the vivek within us. 

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”

Wishing one and all a very happy - inspiring National Youth Day!!!
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The difference between Nerd, Dork and Geek explained by a Venn Diagram

To all of you nerds and geeks who have been unfairly and inaccurately labeled "dorks", only to then exhaustively explain the differences among the three to a more-than-skeptical offender, I say:

You’re welcome. This nerd/dork/geek/dweeb Venn diagram should save you a lot of time and frustration in the future.



To those of you who have been called "dweebs", I say:

Stop hanging out with people from the 1950s.

 And ya nice date/time for such a post right? /relevance  =D
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Friday, 7 January 2011

Warriors are made of Honour

Warriors are born from loyalty, love of neighbor and country and a desire to protect and safeguard. Their actions are precise, principled, determined and committed to act selflessly for the benefit for others.

To those men that make every sacrifice to become what they are.

For Honor. For Country. For Brother.

Medal of Honor

The following text is the Tier 1 dedication as seen when completing Medal of Honor’s single player campaign. This was not written or edited by any EA employee. This is directly from the Tier 1 Operators who consulted during the development of Medal of Honor, and on this Veteran’s Day, we’re sharing this dedication with the entire world.


To our brothers, past and present –

This is a dedication to America’s servicemen. A dedication to the debt we owe to Warriors lost and to all of our military forces who continue to defend freedom around the world. Men and women who have honorably served throughout our nation’s history – who stood and continue to stand fast in the face of a determined enemy and defeat them with unwavering discipline.

Most Americans do not know what our Special Operations Forces community experience. They do not know what these Warriors endure in combat, nor do they understand the selflessness and love of the brothers beside them. Men within this community bring the fight to the enemy, engage aggressively and stand their ground.

Born unto a different cloth, these men could have chosen a life of prosperity and chased every opportunity afforded by our great nation. Giving life as they live it, they chose to leave these pursuits behind and devote themselves instead to a higher calling, living with indomitable purpose, by simple truths – Brotherhood. Honor. Sacrifice. Words molded into their character, exemplified by their actions.

It is their final hour we celebrate – our fallen brothers who shine a light on the greatest attributes of dedicated men. With their sacrifice, legends are born and will live as examples to inspire the heroes that will lead our nation to victory in the years ahead; making our founding fathers proud and acting as a promise to America’s next generation.

This is to our fallen brothers. You will be honored in our community’s history as the greatest heroes. As men who shouldered our nation’s burdens, you will remain as beacons for our heroic ideals. Taught to be proud and unbending in failure and humble in success, there are no greater examples for which this nation stands for and of which this nation is built from – the ideal of service to country and others.

To our community and all who wear the uniform – Thank you for your service to the nation.

And, to those in this hour who are in the fight and keep our enemies awake at night.

Salutations to these men, heroes noticed or not. Every hero may not be a warrior but every warrior is a hero to be looked upon.

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Saying, Knowing and Living

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by her ability to climb a tree, she will live her entire life believing that she is stupid.


There is no Market for your Sorrows. No one will buy them!
So never Advertise your Feelings! Just display your Attitude!


'Love at 2nd Sight.'
A Girl Fell In Love With A Boy At 2nd Sight.
Because
At 1st Sight, She Didn't Knew That He Was RICH. :D


Money...
Attitude...
&
Ego...
are like an
'Underwear'.
We should have it,
but we should not show it unless we become a 'Superman'!!


Life Is Like Playing Chess With God.
After Your Every Move,
He Makes The Next Move.
Your Moves are called CHOICES....
&
His Moves are called CHALLENGES...!!!

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much......


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him......


Have you noticed that the "lol" symbol looks like a drowning guy?
Bet he's not laughing out loud!!! :D


Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.


The only disability in life is a bad attitude.


When you are in doubt, just toss a coin. Not because it will solve it, but when the coin is in the air, you will know what your heart is hoping for...


Don't argue with fools, they bring you down to their level and beat you with their experience.
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Amazing English

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

An english pangram ie containing all 26 alphabets.

 

 

 "I do not know where family doctors acquired
illegibly perplexing handwriting  nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality
counterbalancing  indecipherability, transcendentalizes intercommunication's
incomprehensibleness".

The n^th word of the sentence has n number of alphabets. You might need the help of a dictionary for this one :) 

 

 


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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Another year gone by... another end, another beginning!

 So another year has come to an end, full of times filled with happiness & sadness, excitement & boredom, success & failure, life & death, a beginning or an end! Another year in my growing up decade as ended. So many things have happened in this duration of time. Such a time is filled with much anticipation. Although on a personal note it doesn't much make a difference, but this is a time to let go of the past and look into the future. (though this is applicable 365 days of the year 24/7, but still this time creates the excitement for the change)

  Every year of our life is filled with events both small and largely significant. Every year around this time I ponder what I have achieved so far in life, and what is gonna happen as time passes? We always wish everyone a 'Happy New Year' and on any other occasion but how happy are we exactly? Thinking about what is gonna happen next is truly mind itching, can be exciting and full of optimism yet frightful and filled with doubt.

 What is that makes this 'New Year' occasion special? Isn't it not just a transition of just another day/month/year? It will happen always, nothing exclusive about it. Whats so special about the earth completing a one cyclic journey around the sun? Come to think of it even I think, or rather though the same. I never celebrate my own birthday (I know sounds so uncool) so this New Year is out of the question.

 But in reality it is indeed special. Not for most of the reasons and wished said by people but actually its more than meets the eye. For an average person its time for celebration with family and friends, parties and fireworks, feasting and dancing, spending time together with people who mean to you in your life (and many who don't, well at this point its just that the realization takes time to come). In a sense the whole world is connected with this event, irrespective of location, nationality, religion, liking etc. and all those points based on which other occasions exist. This might be the single and only event till now which is rejoiced by everyone around the globe in unison. That is the specialty of this - New Year.

 Sounds good and nice, doesn't it? Bust sadly thats not entirely true. All this maybe applicable to 'everyone' but not exactly in entire sense. Here who are this 'everyone' in the world? It only comprises of the educated, so called 'civilized' people, people who have a house to live and who can feed for themselves living a normal and above life style. What about those who don't fit into this category? While we enjoy, what about those farmers who toil everyday for their daily bread? Beggars lying on the road waiting for something to happen (most probably die) someday?

 What difference does it make to such people? Why even 'normal' people among us who has faced a tragedy like a huge loss or death among loved ones? At such times would we care if if any event is actually happening or not? (In reality many go 'oh crap my ___ got ruined thanks to this!')

 So keeping in mind that there are those who are not (blessed/fortunate or whatever you like to call it) like us, shit can happen anytime, and to live life with meaning,full satisfaction and happiness, working towards your goal and reaching there successfully, and hoping to live in a world worth living, wishing everyone and especially those like me who are too busy not doing anything special :D

another Happy New Year 2011

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