Tuesday, September 24, 2013

RUSH(2013)


9/10


Rush is a biographical action packed film, directed by Ron Howard about the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt(played by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda(palyed by Daniel Bruhl) and the unfortunate accident that happened on August 1,1976 at the German Grand Prix.

Hunt is extremely talented fast driver who has reputation of being a playboy. He drinks, smokes and beds his way through the season, seemingly driven by the sole need to defeat his archrival for the title. His only motivation to prove to himself that he can be the best. The sheer determination that comes from self motivation can be seen in his driving.

Lauda, on the other hand, is more of a calculating intelligent character. Literally a genius at setting up his racing car, he knows the car spec just by the feel of the car's drive on his bum (a joke in the movie, but is possible). He is portrayed as the polar opposite of Hunt – a cantankerous genius driver largely shunned by other due to being too technical and non-risk taker(before the accident).



Hemsworth does amazingly with his screen charm and arrogance to nail the perfectly shallow Hunt, but Bruhl’s performance as the no-nonsense serious-kind person that Lauda actually was, is where RUSH gets truly exceptional.

The movie's direction is epic, each scene is exceptional and never feels repetitive. Kudos to Ron Howard on that! Creating those adrenaline pumping moments require extensive shooting and hard-work. And the story is not concentrated on any particular character, but on how the relationship between Hunt and Lauda began and progressed evolving with each race they compete. Each character making something on their own, and the battles they have to fight to make it to F1.

Lauda entered F1 on his own borrowing money from a bank, but ran into debt when everything didn't go his way. However he was given a lucky break as Ferrari wasn't performing disastrously that season, paving way for Lauda launch into F1 with Ferrari. As for Hunt when Hesketh couldn't get sponsors, he had to convince McLaren that he could beat Lauda.

James Hunt: "I can beat this guy. Trust me."
Teddy Mayer: "Niki Lauda, he's consistent, dependable."
James Hunt: "Will he put his life on the line the day it really matters?"

And this is where their story began...



The events concerning in this movie go back to 1976. Lauda had won the championship the previous year and it looked that he would be winning it again this year, even though Hunt was breathing down his neck. But God had other plans...

The German Grand Prix of 1976.

Lauda had doubts about the track safety and urged fellow drivers to boycott the race, which the other drivers esp. Hunt thought as a scared move on his part that others wont catch up to him in championship point run, thus rejecting his decision. Both Hunt and Lauda went on wet tires which they had to replace immediately after Lap 1. Hunt got the lead during the pit stop, and Lauda had lot of catching up to do, thus making him go faster than necessary. During the second lap, his car faced a rear suspension failure  causing his ferrari to spin out of control on a curve and hit the embankment sending the car into the path of another driver which then exploded into flames while spectators on the track and television watched in horror as Lauda was still trap inside.
Several drivers came to his rescue, but not before he sustained first and third degree burns to his head and inhaled toxic gases that damaged his lungs. He survived the freak accident but it costed him his face.



It was sheer determination and extraordinary will power on his part to return to race only six weeks after the accident that almost claimed his life and finished in an honorable fourth place in the Italian Grand Prix. Hunt who had gained on Lauda's absence had to win almost all races to win the championship that was his, had Lauda not returned. Hunt by then had grown admiration for Lauda, and started respecting the man he had despised.



It all concluded at the Japanese Grand Prix, for Hunt to win the title he needed to beat Lauda at any cost and be within top 3. The race conditions were torrentially wet, and Lauda had to retire as he did not feel safe with excess water going in his eyes. By then no one could blame him. Racing through the same condition that had caused the accident. Buhhh! Lauda had nothing left to prove, he would come back and later go on winning two more championships.

The race was Hunt's who after leading most of the race suffered a puncture, then had a delayed pitstop and finally received mixed pit signals from his team. Any other person would have defeat, but not Hunt, who drove like a maniac and managed to finish in third place, scoring four points, enough for him to win the World Championship by one point. The story is about the personal battle of two souls quite different from the outside, but same in the core.



Finally, bow down to Hans Zimmer for bring out the adrenaline rush, his soundtrack combined with sounds from the engines roar, made the cinematic experience one of a kind. Truly, a difference maker when it comes to making a movie a masterpiece. I WOULD say Rush is a masterpiece. It's ability to show two different people achieve the same goal combined with amazing cinematography is truly spectacular.

My only wish is for a Senna movie to come, even though the documentary Senna(2010) was world-class. But I feel more people should know Senna who is godly for F1, just like they would now know Hunt and Lauda.

Hope you enjoyed the post. Leaving you with Hans Zimmer amazing soundtrack from RUSH itself. To describe it would be unjustly, just enjoy it!

Signing off,

Harshal.



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ayrton Senna: The Greatest F1 Driver Ever.


Whenever I talk about racing, the first lines that come to me are:

"Focus. Speed. I am Speed. One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning."
This quote is from an amazing animated movie, Cars. 

Most people will say Michael Schumacher is the best F1 driver. And they would be right, if you only look at the stats. 7-time world champion=world's greatest driver.

But actually, comparing overall they are dead wrong about Schumacher being the best. There existed and will always exist, a racing god, a forgotten hero, a legend. Ayrton Senna.


Faster than any other driver of his era, as his three world titles and 41 grand prix wins proved, Senna also had a ruthless streak like no other.

Among true racing fans, Ayrton Senna holds the top spot, his skill and nerve allowed him to do things on the track that no one had seen before or since. And among those true racing fans, there are people, a much smaller group who consider him a villain, a danger because of his single-mindedness and overpowering desire to win.

Mostly because of his controversial crashes with his arch rival, Alain Prost. Senna-Prost participated in one of the most intense and acrimonious rivalries that became life-threateningly dangerous on the track.
Although here too, Prost was statistically better than Senna, it was clear in most of races they competed that Senna was faster and a much better driver. His drive to win and be the fastest, costed him points. But being the fastest was his motto. That what made him so great.
They were also involved in two of the most controversial crashes which also decided championship wins (1989-Prost; 1990-Senna), both of which happened at Japenese Grand Prix and in both they crashed and were out of the race. (Although I still consider that the 1989 championship was Senna's.)



SENNA AMAZING F1 STATS:
Races attended162
Races won41
Pole positions65
Fastest Laps19
Points net610
Championships              3 (1988 1990 1991)

Though his career was short-lived, he still holds 3 world records. And had maintained several others for years, one of them being most pole positions which Schumacher broke in 2006 (currently record 68-schumacher).
Those 3 WR are: Youngest 3-time World Champion, Most Consecutive Wins, Most Start/Finish wins (Carrer).


Ayrton Senna is well known for his exceptional driving during wet conditions, winning almost every race in those conditions. But he wasn't always a rain-master.
The truth was that Senna was terrible in the rain when he was younger. He would win every competition or race in the dry, but when it rained, he was completely miserable at it. Completely fed up with his results in the rain, Ayrton would sit by his local karting circuit, just waiting for it to rain. He'd spend hours in the wet, often coming home drenched and soaking wet. While every other driver sought shelter in the wet, Ayrton was the first to get out there and drive.

Senna's one of the best race (though he didnot win) was infact in wet conditions, in his early F1 years, at Monaco Grand Prix. Ayrton qualified 13th on the grid, but made swift progress through the field. By lap 19 he was in second place, and was hunting down the leader Prost, making 5 secs (gap) every lap.
And on lap 32 Prost slowed as he approached the start/finish line and Senna passed him. However, the red flag came out and the race was stopped due to the worsening conditions. And he came in 2nd. Nevertheless, that drive at Monaco had impressed a lot of people.

He also took a memorable first race victory in dreadful wet weather conditions, similar to the one metioned above. He would win by over a minute from the second placed Michele Alboreto in the Ferrari and lapped everyone up to 3rd place. In fact he was so dominant that day that he recorded his first grand slam as well - he won from pole, led every lap, and set fastest lap of the race.

Thus, the title rain master was born.

Another one of his famous victories was his first Brazillian Grand Prix win. Where his gearbox jammed, and he had to drive almost half of the race stuck at 6th gear. This sheer determination and the desire to win is what made him a legend, unmatched champion.

He was a man who simply had so much self-belief that he could not fathom the idea of being beaten. It was the key to his greatness and his biggest flaw. Genius or thug? The debate will run and run. Not so the argument about his claim to be the greatest.

Ayrton Senna ~ "Being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, competing to win. And the main motivation is to compete for victory; it's not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. I race to win as long as I feel it's possible. Sometimes you get it wrong? Sure, it's impossible to get it right all the time. But I race designed to win, as long as I feel I'm doing it right."

His best years were at McLaren, which he left later for Williams. By 1992, F1 had changed a lot, with introduction of new designs, faster cars, better engines, and auto-leveling systems (active suspension), which Williams had until 1994...which also helped Prost take away the championship title from Senna in 1993, due to this unfair advantage.
Senna joined Williams team, when Prost called quits...and suspiciously the self-leveling systems were banned. And Senna for few months remained very unhappy with his car, and spun out many times.

Sadly, 1st May 1994 was his last race, where his car spun off track and hit the side benders, leading to his demise. (There was another crash which happened just a day earlier taking the life of Ronald Ratzenberger)


The legacy of Senna's death, is that safety standards in F1 and across numerous other formulae have improved dramatically. No driver has lost their life in F1 since Senna's death, and the sport has now enjoyed its longest ever period without a fatality.

But Senna’s greatest accomplishments may have come off the track. It only became clear after his untimely death that Senna had been donating millions of his own money to charities for children in his home country. Despite growing up in somewhat privileged circumstances, Senna recognized the hardships that many of his countrymen faced and was most concerned about kids and their future.

If you want to see him action, and know his complete story, I suggest you watch Senna, an amazing and emotionally gripping documentary.


Dedicate this post to you, one of your biggest fan, this is me saying you are the best, Senna:

                     

Harshal.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Answer is 42.



"There is a theory that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable..."

"There is another theory which states this has already happened."


Ever since we are born, we question our existence daily. Some quit, thinking there can never be an answer. But some put there whole life, searching for clues. Unfortunately, they die before reaching a conclusion.
It is stated in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  that 'The answer to life, the universe and everything' is 42. What's it's an exactly answer to is an entirely up to you.



The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first book in an amazing and comical series by Douglas Adams. And I am currently on the 4th and the last one. It so damn-addicting, you can't put it down.!

The story as it goes is that long ago there was a group of superior-intelligence beings, who developed a supercomputer called Deep Thought. Deep Thought took 7.5 million years to come up with answer. And stated the answer to everything is 42, and that's all it had to say about it. It stated that in order to understand the answer they had to understand the question first.
And to calculate the question to the ultimate answer...an ultimate computer was to be designed, a computer of such infinite and subtle complexity that organic life itself shall form part of it's operational matrix...and it was called 'The Earth'.!!


However before the question could be realized, Earth was destroyed. So, the group proceeded in framing a series of questions to fulfil the answer:
"What's yellow and dangerous?"
"What do you get if you multiply six by seven?"
and finally they struck gold, with
"How many roads must a man walk down?"

Nearing the end, the subconscious question was drawn out of Deep Thought by drawing random Scrabble tiles. The message said "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?" The answer is obviously 54, but Deep Thought's answer was 42. Dent sees this and says, "I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe." Never mind that the Scrabble message included 3 Y's, and an ordinary game of Scrabble only includes 2. Maybe he drew a blank. Or maybe it doesn't really matter.


Now if you look up the significance of 42, it holds a lot.

A team at the Cavendish Laboratory estimated the value of the "Hubble Constant". This measures how quickly objects in the universe are receding from each other - a natural outcome of the Big Bang that created the universe. Dr Richard Saunders, who led the research, sounded a trifle abashed by the result. "We have taken two measurements for the constant, and the average of them is, well, it's 42," he said. But he insisted this is "entirely fortuitous" - (though thousands of fans of the Hitch Hiker novels might disagree).


                                               4 8 15 16 23 42...
                              press it after every 108 seconds or world ends!
                                (Lost Fans know what I am talking about)



42 is a pronic number, which is defined as being the product of two consecutive integers, n (n + 1), as such:
6 × 7 = 42

In binary, 42 is represented by this handsome number; 101010

The three best-selling music albums – Michael Jackson's Thriller, AC/DC's Back in Black and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon – last 42 minutes.

The world's first book printed with movable type is the Gutenberg Bible which has 42 lines per page.

On page 42 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry discovers he's a wizard. (Was JK Rowling a fan too!?)

In Lost, 42 is one of the six numbers that mysteriously recur throughout the series, as is part of an equation that predicts when the world will end.

Titanic was travelling at a speed equivalent to 42km/hour when it collided with an iceberg.

These facts surprised me, just as they would have surprised you...but the conclusion remains: The answer is known. The question, irrelevant.



What is the meaning of life.?

I don't think you're meant to know. I think you're supposed to discover it as life goes along.  We don't need to know life's purpose. Just experience it.

Maybe, the final revelation is when we die...Maybe we bounce to some parallel universe, who knows.
Maybe we get out of a plasmic body and are saved by some creatures, who call us 'Neo, the one'. And we get these unbelievable reflexes!
Maybe we are living in a dream, and we wake up to find all this was not real.

Frankly, I don't give a damn...and niether should you. The universe is infinite, it is declared as a fact...but can you prove it, NO...can you show it, NO. We only BELIEVE that universe is infinte. Same is with life, I BELIEVE that there is meaning to life.

That rush you get when you look at that hot girl sitting just few feet away from you...that is life. That feeling of achievement when you look at your first pay-check(though not much!)..that is life. When you fall head over heels for someone, when you experience something new, when you watch an amazing movie, see a funny video, laugh at a joke, smile at someone, love someone infinitely...that is life.

So, go live it...break some rules, make some hungama...enjoy it, feel it, just don't question it.!

On a side note, you should read the book. It's incredible and may change your life...maybe even give you a purpose to life.


Till next time,

Harshal.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises [2012]



                                         EPIC CONCLUSION TO A SENSATIONAL TRILOGY

                       
4.5/5

Most awaited movie of 2012. The Batman trilogy has been the most satisfying of all superhero movies, infact it is counted in a different league. Batman Begins started it all, way back and it made us believe that a superhero movie could be so much more than raw action. The Dark Knight, then took it to a whole new level and blew everyone’s mind. Batman became more than a superhero, he became a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.

So, the main doubt was will ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ live upto expectations? The answer is ‘Yes, it does’. I was dead wrong to doubt if TDKR was required after TDK. Sometimes even the Bat needs some fixing. TDK showed him a fallen hero but he had to rise again from the shadows, become what the people needed him to become. A legend! TDKR concludes just that.

The other doubt was ‘Will Bane be as great as Joker’? The answer is unfortunately ‘No’. Nolan missed out here, but I understand that a villain as epic as Joker can’t be created. But a little bit more work on Bane would have been great. His voice modulation wasn't that effective but Tom Hardy (Bane) did bring out his charisma as expected.
However the rest of the cast is outstanding. Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne) carries Batman as he always has, his voice and acting both top-notch. Michael Cain (Alfred) gives a powerful performance, with some of the best dialogues again. Anne Hathaway (Selena Kyle) is outstanding, she comfortably adapts to the sensual character of Catwoman (though Catwoman is used anywhere in the whole movie), who seems to be confused ‘if or not to help Batman’. Another new character in TDKR is that of Joseph Gordon (Det. John Blake), and stands out which his brilliant performance and well-scripted dialogues. He also has his full name revealed in the end. And boy, is it EPIC!

Nolan has directed this movie perfectly, dialogues are well-scripted and performed outstandingly. Nolan's effort and money is visible in the movie, which has 50mins IMAX footage, the action scenes are visually amazing and en-grossing. The only key ingredient missing is a sound plot, one that Nolan has never missed. So it comes out above Batman Begins but cannot be compared to TDK. However all three are required to conclude the series. Without this TDK and BB were incomplete, and Batman ­­­broken. TDKR is about Bruce Wayne, his fall, rise and redemption. As Alfred said in TDK: "Know your limits, Master Wayne." "Batman has no limits." On which Alfred corrects him: "But you do." This movie revolves around that point.

PLOT: (may contain spoilers) The movie starts with Bane capturing Dr. Pavel, a nuclear scientist and cuts into Wayne manor where Harvey is being given tribute while Batman downgraded. We are introduced to Catwoman who gets away from Wayne stealing his mother’s necklace. But that wasn’t the whole reason behind her breaking in. Gordon is injured while pursuing a lead on location of Bane and is hospitalized. He encourages Bruce to bring Batman from the shadows.
Bane then targets the stock market, and sinks Wayne Enterprise with a computer virus. Wayne realizes Batman is once again needed to suppress this evil and makes an appearance, mind it the movie has run 20mins with no batman, what was really surprising was till then he wasn't missed (so engaging was the plot) and at this point everyone in the audience applauds at his grand entrance.
Later on, Bane has a one-on-one with Bats and breaks his back (true to the comics) and is imprisoned in an isolated almost unbreakable prison.
Bane then makes a grand entrance, destroys a football field and threatens people to stay inside Gotham or else a fusion bomb blows. Civil anarchy follows and Gotham is torn down to bits. Wayne now broken in the prison, realizes he is needed more than ever by Gotham and that he needs to rise up and live upto people expectation. Quotes: "I am not scared, I am angry."
He attempts to break out of the prison, going up a deadly climb of circular walls of this well shaped prison, the only route to escape with help of ropes. Bane's rampant continues till Blake and Gordon scheme up with Batman in a full-scale war.

Bats goes one-on-one with Bane again, only this time he is stronger and motivated. He breaks Bane and asks him to give him the nuclear detonation device. He then shockingly discovers the betrayal of one of his friends, however the device fails. Now Bats has few minutes before the bomb detonates as the bomb core deteriorates and becomes more and more unstable. We see the end as Bats stepping up and taking the bomb away to a safe distance, and sacrificing himself to become a legend! But everything is not what it seems, as Nolan brilliantly concludes the movie with 3 mashed up scenes leading to an EPIC CONCLUSION. Music plays.
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Hans Zimmer has to be awarded an Oscar...he can make all the difference between great and EPIC. The music is in continuum with TDK, and creates that sensational climax when required. His music at the end, which is 'Rise' from the TDKR OST is outstanding, esp. when the last bit creates that climax. You will feel goosebumps while watching that scene.

After a long thought, I understood the reason behind TDKR making, Batman is a symbol of hope and justice. He has to be more than Dark Knight, he needs to be etched in Gotham memory. With everyone supporting and admiring him, not chasing and berating him, this movie does exactly that.
No running, no chasing..EPIC conclusion.
Nolan should be awarded for portraying Batman in a way no one ever thought was possible and for making one the best trilogy of all time. 

For my part, I can only applaud and shout as ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ comes up in white on black background as it finally concludes.


Till next time,

Harshal.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A life-changing decision...

These few months have been quite exciting, in the sense that for quite some time I was stuck in a routine...failing in many areas. It had been quite some time since something good had happened to me. I had already resolved at new years to make this year worth it, and for the first time my resolution hasn't failed..I got my training or in other words a 6-months project semester in GE-Energy Bangalore while back in January. Happiest moment in a long time, felt relieved of getting out and learn some real stuff...practical stuff that is useful in real life. Not mugging non-sense.

It has been nearly 5 months, and overall GE has been exceptional. I got under a good mentor...happy, funny, and understanding. Which is usually not the case in India...esp. not with the teachers present in our higher educational structure. He helped me out a lot. The thing is I got a hang of like 'WTF' I was doing for past three and a half year. I had a meek knowledge of everything..but in my time in college, I hadn't really thought it could be applied anywhere.

Got the hang of what finally 'electrical' has in store...thats what surprises me. I mean in my whole engineering career I had hated my branch. Electrical sucks, was my motto. I give this credit to my teacher for being so fabulous while teaching electrical. I mean 'BRAVO'...clap..clap.
This really proves that no one...and literally no one gives a crap for teaching these days. Good guys go for a job, and all the filth goes for teaching. Even if the teacher is a 10 pointer, which is quite hard to believe...he/she doesn't know how to communicate..or are biased..or simply evil!

Anyways, back to GE...so it's got like a f**ing awesome workshop. The employees are all nice and helpful. I started getting work, like menial at times, but work still. And it felt good...really good..contributing to the company like you can say..you know what, 'I DID THAT'. I have worked for few weeks till 7p.m. and surprising I like it...I finally understood ' yes, I can enjoy work too'. I mean put on your headphones, put a great soundtrack, drink a pepsi and work your way through...Once I got a hang of stuff, its was like paradise for me.

I think one should not judge himself based on whatever society says, or anyone says...I mean I had started believing I was LOSER...couldn't get work, would become a couch-potato. But see, I changed. I loved the work, I related to stuff...and I helped out many guys in their task. I finished deadlines for some.!!

It has been a life changing decision...one I am highly thankful I made it for myself.

Bangalore city has been awesome...great weather is definitely a plus point. I have started getting up on my own..NO ALARMS!!! NO SNOOZE.! Traffic is a problem...the city is also a bit expensive, if you wanna have fun. However it got everything, and staying at mamu's place in Air Force Stn. has been EPIC!

Been going to gym quite often...Got into regular swimming, and it like showing instant results..after like 2 months I have shed like 4 kgs. NO SHIT! and you what it does give you quite a boost to look good and feel good.

Overall I give this few months, a 5/5. Thank you God, if you are really there. I think I can never decided if I am believer or an atheist. For me believing in God, comes in phases. Its like you always wanna blame someone for your failures...and you forget to include 'YOU' in the list.

So...reader, enough said...how have your few months been? Did you follow your new years resolution? or you just quit? Did you really try...did ya?


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" – Lao Tzu.
see you next time,


Harshal.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Materialistic Relationships...

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.  Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.  ~Oscar Wilde

 
Why is that even though we have 300 friends on facebook, we still feel lonely? Why is it that I feel more happy when I have Rs.1.5 balance on my phone...than when I have 100.? Why is it that we tend to seek acceptance from those who don't give a damn, but forget those who stand there with open arms? Why is it that I expect calls when I make none?
It starts as solitude...goes into isolation. We start blaming others...hating each other.
As social structure crumbles locally, as we try to connect globally, we tend to lose small meaningful relations that matter in the process. Facebook, a site that was actually started for a college networking to know social status, hangout zones, get drunk-get laid opportunity...how did that go from college to nation to continents to world?
So much so, some relations are only facebook oriented...though we may call it the greatest invention of all time. Is it really? Has facebook destroyed true friendship..as we all fake our way to the virtual world.
We put the nicest pics, the best thought status, we like others non-sense status for sake of their approval of ours..abusing, ragging has become so very easy. All you need is one upload and several tags. AND TAG YOU'R IT!

Families have gone from joint to nuclear to living in to its complicated, to seperated...that's how society is now proceeding. We are infact all moving towards isolation.
Friends really played a very important part in our lives...when young, we are so open minded..'you like GIJoe, I love GIJoe..lets be friends..and play together.' How easy we made new friends.
Now when we are all grown up, we choose them carefully...we have started to buffer, 'STEREOTYPE'..we have began grouping..there are 'popular' and 'losers' in a each group now. We now 'hate' more than we 'love' each other.

And yes we are paranoid creatures, we love to be popular amongst people who we don't give a fuck about.

Friendship these days has become materialistic...yes, been there and faced that. Money, money, money.
So, much so..I have seen guys been beat up on there birthday with chappals, bealts, and what not...are you kidding me! It's his birthday...and then they have the guts to go and say 'TREAT'...the birthday guy suffers and then pays them too.! The only happiness he gets is acceptance from the group who have vented their own personal frustration at him..and the assurance that he'll get to beat other guys on their birthday too.! I mean what the fuck is wrong with you people?!
Abusing each other has become the new 'it'...so much so, i was called something, laughed at..then i came back, abused someone else, at laughed with...but that's not me...but it's survival of the fittest,baby...EITHER OTHERS MAKE FUN OF YOU..or..YOU MAKE FUN OF OTHERS. And I choose the latter..it takes less toll on you.

Egostic friends, fake friends, rude friends, on/off friends, name calling friends, high five friends, gaming friends, druggie friends...

They include people who have same intellect as you, same interests, watch same movies, read same books..but are so egostic and full of themselves. That they deserve no less than a middle finger. UP YOURS.



Materialism is everywhere...what to do then?
Well, I read a note somewhere...saying if you can talk with yourself..love yourself, you need no one...no acceptance is required when you accept 'you'.
It said god is alone..why can't you be too.
isolated you may feel, it's good...try to meet the real you..In this materialistic world, the only one true to you is YOU.
You say I hibernate...I say I meditate.

"You are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God's place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things."~ Into the Wild.

till next time,

Harshal.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sherlock: Book, Movie and now a TV Show.




I had always been a big fan of Sherlock, started from The Hound of Baskervilles, my first sherlock novel. It was gripping, thrilling and to my then young mind, scary. From then on, I read every sherlock novel, short stories, whatever I could get my hands on. Somehow when you read about genius, you try to familiarize yourself with the character...copy him in a way. So much so, I did some investigations on my own sometimes! My pet hamster after a period of 6 months being with us, disappeared. Dishearting as it was for my family, I remember me being more happy than sad. I got my first case. I was certain he was stolen. I collected facts, investigated my family, wrote notes and drew a conclusion which shocked me to my core: the culprit for his disapperance was ME.!! I had (by mistake) forgotten to shut his cage door and he had escaped to the garden..probably into the wild.!
Since then, I kept that piece to myself..and scared that I was then for being punished, I concluded that it was infact stolen.!

Those were some memorable times, back then you could wish to be anyone..free from any rules. We lived in the present...not a care about the future. Not the same case now.

Anyways, still amongst the best quotes from the book, which apply in real life too is:

"I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones." ~ Arthur C. Doyle.


Recently I watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows...and it was mind-blasting! Game of Shadows is hilarious, exciting, emotional...sometimes at same time. And it presents after a long time a worthy evil genius...an opponent matching sherlock, Moriarty. Robert Jr. was (no surprise) oustanding! The guy is seriously talented...his acting of a genius is so realistic.
Game of Shadows in some ways it was better than the first one.

This year, however I not only watched the movie..but got my hands on Sherlock, the TV Series. And there are no words...the show has not only amazed me, but literally brought back that wish to become a detective..no matter how crappy one, I would become.
The show beyond doubt has take bits from the book, but added twist so good that they seem worlds apart. The best episode, I recently watched was A Scandal in Belgravia...and all I can say is "Brainy's the new sexy."
Robert Downey Jr. is no doubt, a class Sherlock...every word he utters tells you the intended genius.
But Benedict Cumberbatch is something totally different...not only a powerful performer, but so much emotional intensity. He is the perfect Sherlock. And Scandal in Belgravia shows exactly that...and watching the show I AM ---- LOCKED!!


Scandal in Belgravia quote ~
"Mycroft Holmes: My brother has the brain of a scientist or a philosopher and yet her elects to be a detective. What might we deduce about his heart?
Dr. John Watson: I don't know.
Mycroft Holmes: Neither do I. But initially, he wanted to be a pirate."


The tune of the episode which plays in the end moved me so much...it plays to likes of hanz zimmer..check it.!


I definitely have to give violin a try!
My advice...elementary that it maybe, get your hands on Sherlock. The show till now has released 6 episodes. And some of them are indescribable..pure genius.

In the end, I ask my readers..Do you wish to be sherlock? have you ever done some investigation on your own? Who do you like more as Sherlock: Robert Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch.? 


till next time...

Harshal.