Saturday, March 27, 2010

Patting(Kicking) Myself

Every now and then, the dormant management consultant in me who is awaiting to be unleashed , awakes from the slumber, shows his face for a fraction of second and dozes off again.

Once upon a time long long ago, he woke up and wrote a piece here and as usual dozed off, even without noticing that he really did get noticed.

May be the recession is away and it is time to start something like this again, But with all this things happening, we cannot  expect something like this from them! Well any other media house can do something like this, and nobody can stop it. After all it is a concept that is not patented!

The Devil Wears Prada

Not sure why i wanted to watch this movie!

Is it because he was drooling over anne hathway[:P :D] or or just to kill the boredom of my insomniac nights!

Well, First things first. Anne did not appeal to me! More over i liked the smart, Fat Anne who wears hideous skirts than the one who comes in the later part.

Loved the part where Meryl gives a history lecture on the sweater Anne wears! [if you had read the above line, you will know why i loved these :)]

Of all the characters in the movie, the one which admired the most was Meryl Streep.[What a lady sir she is ;)]

As soon as you see a guy doing favors and flirting with the heroine, when she has a steady boy friend, you can guess they will end up in bed!

This movie also reinforced my thoughts, why i really prefer watching english movies. They really do think a lot or spend efforts on a thing called "SCREEN PLAY" and give their best shot to make the story more realistic and give a try to tie the loose ends. Above all the climax, usually has a twist, a poetical touch if i may say and keeps you hooked until the last second.

Deepdown if i think, why i really liked the movie is cause, it is the story of most of our lives.

You get in to a job knowing least about it.  Keep thinking that it is a pit stop and temporary thing that will be a ticket to pursue your passions. Keep cribbing about the job and everything. You get englightened during a tea break from your senior colleague that ,If you cant work in what you love, Love the work you do" "Prove that you are good at what you are doing before you ask, this is what i want to do"  You start drinking the Kool Aid,  start worshipping the holycows,you blasphemed; you join the bandwagon and become one among them or even worst among them. All this happens while you forget you (did) are doing all this because, you were not able to beat them and can never accept the reality "they got you too" and you did sell your soul to devil.

And in the end, you think, "I had no choice and I am doing what everybody wanted to do!"

We just lack the courage and conviction to walk away from the hell we rot!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Things Money Can't Buy-3

It was a cosmopoliton, multilingual, multicultural college, i.e more like a mini desi version of New York.

Thanks to Mom and Dad for his master proficiency in Telegu and Kannada respectively. Though he did not know malayalam,this 'Green Tamilan' thinks himself as a resident of true South India Vilas ;)

Inspite of being handicapped at Hindi, the rashtrabasha, save for his 'Multilingual Swearing Capabilities',Very decent jokes, an easy-go attitude, get along with anyone, can converse anything under the sky, very soon he was quite comfortably at home with Ahluwalia to Agarwal,  Batra to Bannerjee, Chatterjee to Chakroborthy,Malhotra to Mehtas, and Singhania to Singh.

Though he prides on his reckless roaring rants, Still jitters hits him, when he wants to talk to the people, whom he thinks as 'Perfect Epitomes of Residents of Venus' and cat really does gets his tongue, when he has an exponentially increasing interest over them!

Telugu Thunderbolt hit him as soon as his eyes saw a girl in his class and the above explained, "can't explain why" phenomenon occured. He started dreaming, "ye maya chesave"

During the first year farewell dinner, he gathers up some courage, [of course well motivated by his friends], thinks that Queen's english is not the lingua franca between them, argues to himself that indeed technically telegu is his mother tongue, since his mother speaks telegu,  goes to the telegu girl, tries to strike a conversation, mumbling few words in telegu.

Telegu girl, clearly confused,promptly  replied in English, "I dont understand what you are talking, Can you tell me which language you are speaking?"

Expressions on his face: Priceless!
From there on, he stopped blowing around his telegu trumpet!

Any resemblance to reality is merely mind playing games over your hallucinated mind

Dreamz @ Desk

Monday Morning.

Alarm rings by Six. You wake up as soon as hearing the alarm, even with out bothering to snooze.

To the wake up call from Mom, You reply, I am all set to start from home.

Dressed formally, with polished shoes and washed socks, you leisurely walk to arrive first at an empty bus stop.

In the bus, rather than dozing off, you keep your window open, feeling the breeze on the face, listening to some peppy song from ipod.

When you reach your cubicle, your colleagues are awed that you have arrived early and looking fresh rather than your usual "straight out of sleep" syndrome.

"All is well" until some one disturbs you out of your dreams, and call for a 'Chai' break!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Things Money Can't Buy-2

Place: Public Place. Could be an icecream parlour or park or bus.

Character 1: Talking on phone in One language, say Tamil.

Character 2 happens sit near in the vicinity of Character 1.

Character 1 gets jumpy, feels intrusion of privacy, switches over to some other language, say telugu.

All of a sudden, Character 2, gets a phone call, picks up and starts speaking in Telugu.

Expression on the face of Character 1: Priceless.

Things Money Can't Buy

Watching a Good Movie at the comfort of home-Cost of DVD/Cost of Bandwidth

Watching a Good movie in Good Theatre~120
Watching a good movie at the comfort of home with a good home made lunch and snacks, bonding over buddies- Priceless!

Thank You Folks :P :D

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Buzz Fizz

Right now, we all know that Buzz did not create, quite a buzz but was a fizz. Nobody would have even given a damn to this, if it was not creating the privacy havoc!

Why did Buzz fail??

It is just against the laws of nature!

In their book, "Origin of Brands", Ries and Ries, state and argue that, "Convergence is Crap", Divergence is Divine. They go on to give examples and prove the above mentioned statement.The book compares the origin of brands and origin of species and gives recipe to successful brands.

Now compare this with the so called social media!!Twitter is for tweets, Blogger is for Blogs. Picassa is to share pictures. Gmail is to send mails. Gtalk is for chat.

You dont mail all people who are in your network in a networking site.You dont chat with all the people to whom you send mail.

Nowadays you have your blog friends, tweet friends, chat friends, mail friends and orkut/facebook friends.
Definitely you dont want to bring all this together. In fact it would be better if they are all kept apart.[and you would want it that way]
And when you try to bring any of these together, all you get is a mess like buzz or a wave that dont reach the shores!
So even for social media, the origin of species do apply! and even here "Convergence is Crap" "Divergence is Divine"
After reading this post, if you feel, "something is missing in this post" "there is quite something wrong that i cant lay my finger on" voila I(Ries and Ries) have proved my(their) point.
This is what happens to a reader when an author tries to converge a book review and product review.

ஒரே ஒரு ஊரிலே ஒரே ஒரு ராஜா

பாப்பம்பட்டி  கிராமத்தில் இருப்பவர்களுக்கு உசிலம்பட்டி  கிராமத்தின் ஒரு குறிப்பிட்ட பொருளின் ஆசை. ஆனால் பாப்பம்பட்டி கிராமத்து மக்கள் அதை யாருக்கும் தருவதாக இல்லை. உசிலம்பட்டி மக்கள், பாப்பம்பட்டியில் வேவு பாக்க குழுவாக செல்லும் போது ,ஒருவன் அங்கே மாட்டிக்கொள்கிறான். அவனை கொல்ல முற்படுகிறாள் ஒருத்தி. [அந்த ஒருவன் தான் கதாநாயகன். அந்த ஒருத்தி தான் கதாநாயகி]அப்பொழுது பாப்பம்பட்டி குல தெய்வம் அவள் மனதில் தோன்றி அதை தடுத்து விடுகிறது. தெய்வ சங்கல்பம் என்பதால் அவனை அவர்கள் தலைவனிடம்[ஊர் தலைவர் தான் அந்த பெண்ணின் தந்தையும் ஆவார்] அழைத்து செல்கிறாள். ஊர் பஞ்சயாத்து அவளை திட்டுகிறது. அவர்கள் ஊர் பூசாரி அவர் ஆசிர்வதிக்க பட்டவர் என்று குறி சொல்கிறார்.

உசிலம்பட்டிகாரனை பாப்பம்பட்டியின் பழக்க வழக்கங்கள் எல்லாம் சொல்லி தரும் பொறுப்பை [வேறு யாரிடம்] தான் பெண்ணிடம் கொடுக்கிறார் தலைவர்.
அப்படி அவன் கற்றுக் கொண்டு அந்த ஊர் காளையை அடக்கும் போது அந்த பெண்ணிற்கு வழக்கம் போல காதல் வருகிறது.
உசிலம்பட்டிகாரனுக்கும் உசிலம்பட்டு மக்கள் ஆசைபடுவது தப்பு. பாப்பம்பட்டு மக்கள் தான் நல்லவர்கள் என்று உணர்கிறான்.

இந்த சமயத்தில் இவன் வேவு பாக்க வந்தவன் என்ற உண்மை வெளிபடுகிறது.

சமாதானம் செய்ய முயன்று பேச்சு வார்த்தை தோல்வி அடைந்து உசிலம்பட்டிக்கும் பாப்பம்பட்டிக்கும் பயங்கர சண்டை வருகிறது.  உசிலம்பட்டிகாரன் பாப்பம்பட்டி மக்களுடன் சேர்ந்து சண்டை இடுகிறான். [வழக்கம் போல அவன் நண்பர்களும் அவனோடு]

இதில் பாப்பம்பட்டி தலைவர் கதாநாயகனின்  நண்பர்கள் அனைவரும் செத்து மடிகிறார்கள். பாப்பம்பட்டி உசிலம்பட்டியிடம் தோற்று விடும் போல் இருக்கும் சமயத்தில் பாப்பம்பட்டி குல தெய்வத்திடம் கதாநாயகன் வேண்டுகிறான் . கடைசியில் தெய்வம் உதவ , கதாநாயகனும் வில்லனும் சண்டை போட,வில்லனை கொன்றும் கதாநாயகன் உயிருக்கு போராட கதாநாயகி காப்பாற்றுகிறாள்.

இது அவதார் படத்தின் கதை என்றோ. பாப்பம்பட்டி தான் நாவி என்றோ. உசிலம்பட்டி தான் பூமி என்றோ உங்களுக்குத் தோன்றினால் அதற்கு நான் பொறுப்பல்ல.

இந்த படத்திற்கு ஆஸ்கார் கிடைக்க வில்லை என்று ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் செய்பவர்களுக்கு, "போங்கப்பு புள்ளைங்களை படிக்க வைங்க"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Death of the Big Flix[In Chennai]

Big Flix - Cousin Brother of Netflix in India. Their rental arm had shops at major places in Chennai. They for sure had one of the largest collections(almost) across all languages in all genres. The quality of the DVD's were good.The service from staff was excellent. The staff were terrific sales guys in all aspects.You could take any number of movies during your subscription period. No late fees. You could queue up your movies. Book movies in advance. Check out videos at any shop, check in videos at any shop.Free home delivery. Availability of movies, as soon as original DVD's were available.

I don't think a customer could ask any more than this for the price being paid.

The only thing i felt not favorable to customer was, you cannot opt to stop in middle of your subscription period and get your due money back. [Say you paid for six months subscription and after three months you want to close it. you can't]. Rather, you could pause your subscription period just by the phone call and can continue it later.

Inspite of the best service and great features,they have closed shop in chennai.Yes all shops are winding down their operations.[I am not sure about the status in other cities and was not able to google any news] From now on only online queueing and home delivery will be available. The worst thing is they did not bother to offer an option to bail out for customers with a refund for those who wanted to stop the subscription.

Does this means the video rentals is not viable or feasible? Is it a business meant for doom? Is it because the profit margins were not good enough for Reliance?Was it the business model of unlimited videos rather than the pay per video model that is usually practiced in all other video rental shops? Is it because of piracy? Is it because of Internet?Is it because of "ATTITUDE" of our people?

For sure there are rental video shops still operating in chennai. English movies are far more easily available on Internet via torrents. The Internet speed too is too high in US. Still NetFlix survives in US. I would also very strongly say it is not the ATTITUDE of our people. Even our people, who have used the service of BigFlix once will stay loyal to it and even recommend to others,inspite of easy access to pirated versions.

Probably, one reason was their collection of videos in regional language, Tamil did not meet the expectations of people. Moserbaer had(has) rights and many movies available on moser baer were not available for rental.

Above all, most importantly, I would attribute to their downfall is "Failure of Marketing" and nothing else.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

ஜக்குபாய்-விண்ணைத் தாண்டி வருவாயா!


நான் பிரஞ்சு படங்களை பார்த்ததில்லை.ஆனால் ஜக்குபாய் பார்த்திருக்கிறேன்.ஆனால் பிரஞ்சு படங்கள் இப்படி இருக்கும் என சத்தியமாய் தோன்றவில்லை. நல்ல வேலை மஹா அவதார் பாபா புண்ணியத்தில் ரஜினி இதில் நடிக்கவில்லை. ஸ்ரேயாவிற்கு அம்மா ஸ்தானத்தில் நடிக்கும் அளவுக்கு கிரணுக்கு வயசுக்கு ஆகி விட்டதா என்ன? அல்ல எனக்கு வயசுக்கு விட்டதா?ஸ்ரேயாவும் அவரின் டப்பிங்கும் சகிக்கவில்லை.கவுண்டமணி இன்னமும் ஹீரோவுடன் படம் முழுக்க வருகிறார். சண்டை எல்லாம் கூட போடுகிறார். ஆனால் காமெடி தான் காணமல் போய் விட்டது.We expect more from you yaa!!

விண்ணைத் தாண்டி வருவாயா!

இன்னமும் படத்தின் தாக்கத்திலிருந்து வெளியே வரவில்லை. கௌதம் மேனனின் சிறந்த படம் அல்ல ஆனாலும் எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்த படம்.சிம்பு இந்த படத்தில் நடித்திருக்கிறார் என்று சொல்ல முடியாத அளவு மிக இயல்பாய் செய்து உள்ளார். எங்கே சிம்பு ரசிகன் ஆகி விடுவேனோ என்று பயமாய் இருக்கிறது. பாடல்கள் படமாக்கபட்ட விதத்தில் ஆறு வித்தியாசம் கூட தெரிவதில்லை. Mute செய்து பார்த்தால் எந்த பாடல் என்று சொல்வது மிக கடினம்.கதை,திரைக்கதை,கதாநாயகியின் கதாபாத்திரம் ஏன் வசனம் கூட உண்மைக்கு மிக அருகில் உள்ளது!