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Antilla, the Ambani Residence

The building you see above is the famous house of Mr. Mukesh Ambani build at the cost of US $ 1 to 2 bn. Well, to put things in perspective, that’s something like Rs 5,000 to 10,000 Crores — I wonder whether a Taj Mahal would cost so much today. And, see what it looks like: A flatted factory at best and a multi-storey garbage dump at worst. Who can…


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Flattr.com

Flattr.com is more than a website. I agree to a great extent with the tagline of the website, “big change through small payments.” The concept is very simple: An interested person is expected to make a monthly commitment of an amount as small as 3 Euros on the Flattr Website, and then click on the “Flattr” button whenever he sees it on any website of which he likes the content;…


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Mod

I should first make a declaration that I like Nagesh Kukunoor’s Cinema. I was just reading the box-office reports of the movies. The taste of the Indian audience is pathetic. A movie like Mod has earned just ₹ 40 lacs, and is being termed a “disaster”. Incredible! Mod is zillion times better than Ra.One, Bodyguard, Dabang, Reddy, Singham, and, for that matter, even 3 Idiots. I also watched Aashayein, and…


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Udaan

Rebellion is a necessity in any political society. It is a check on power. It emanates in many forms and is never without a cause. The attempt has to be made to understand the cause. For example, the most prominent rebellion is that of the teenagers, which is always considered as being without cause. But, is it true? A teenager considers herself a political prisoner of her parents, who have…


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Love, Sex and Dhoka

I don’t know why I am even writing this review. I am so stunned by the fraud played by this movie that I need to express: This movie is no love, no sex, but only DHOKA. Dhoka No. 1: It has been made to believe that the video clippings in the movie are real, but they are in fact acted upon and screen played. In the director’s own words, “Imagine…


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“An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire” by Arundhati Roy

First and foremost, I have an issue with the title of the book: An ordinary person in the Indian Subcontinent can’t afford a book costing Rs. 395; an ordinary person in the Indian Subcontinent can’t read English like a native language; and an ordinary person in the Indian Subcontinent won’t read the essays till they are presented in some popular media, not book. Until the essays are translated in vernacular…


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Welcome to Sajjanpur

“Welcome to Sajjanpur”: A Shyam Bengal movie produced by UTV is definitely commercial but with a characteristic subtle social message of Shyam Benegal’s movies. The story is that of an immensely talented infamous writer, who, nevertheless, makes big differences in the lives of people. Story is set up in a small Indian village dominated by goonda politics. The protagonist of the movie is a letter writer, who puts in emotions…