Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stupid India TV

All right then, somebody has finally started a blog to ridicule India TV. Good for a few hearty laugh and to ridicule the new lows to which Indian news reporting is falling.

Hat tip: Ridhi


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Five Stages Of Grief

Came across this accidentally while going through a business blog today. Interesting stuff.

The Kübler-Ross model describes, in five discrete stages, a process by which people allegedly deal with grief and tragedy, especially when diagnosed with a terminal illness. The model was introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book "On Death and Dying". The stages are known as the "Five Stages of Grief".

The stages are:

  1. Denial:
    • Example - "I feel fine.""This can't be happening."'Not to me!"
  2. Anger:
    • Example - "Why me? It's not fair!" "NO! NO! How can you accept this!"
  3. Bargaining:
    • Example - "Just let me live to see my children graduate.""I'll do anything, can't you stretch it out? A few more years."
  4. Depression:
    • Example - "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?""I'm going to die . . . What's the point?"
  5. Acceptance:
    • Example - "It's going to be OK.""I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Drona or Prince of Persia?

Apparently, it isn't just me who feels that Abhishek Bachchan's look for Drona is inspired by the immensely popular Prince of Persia games.

The first time I set my eyes upon a poster of Drona, I went "What the hell?? They've just copied the entire look for Abhishek from 'The Warrior Within'". And trust me, the half-man half-sword look has been done before.

If any further clarification was needed, I just needed to wait for the movie trailers to hit the theatres and television screens. Images of 'Drona' swaying on ropes inside what looked like Persian warehouses just cleared all doubts. Plus, all the tunic-wearing and jumping on trains and fighting with swords just looked oh! so right out of the video game.

But you have to give the makers of the film some credit. After all, it ain't only Prince of Persia that they're taking their "inspiration" from. For example, the face-in-the-sandstorm effect is right out of "The Mummy".

And it isn't that I'm just lambasting them 'coz I like to point out "inspirations". After all, they've brought originality into the story as well.... only a Hindi film could have a heroine who reveals enough cleavage, is the bodyguard of the protagonist-superhero and is also the film's romantic female lead !! :D Woo Hoo Priyanka !!!!

Disclaimer: I'm not by any means saying that this will be rubbish. In fact, if history is any pointer (the success of "Krrish" and "Koi Mil Gaya" for example.... err.. did I get the right number of 'r's and 'K's in there??), then 'Drona' should be a hit. Hell, even I might like the final product. But as of now... ~sighs~ It remains a film which has a very "inspired" look.