Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Play of sentiments 26/11

As we get accustomed to Serial Blasts happening taking place in different cities across India, and the usual condemns by the government and the role media plays in scrutinize those acts, but what happened on 26/11 is totally unpredictable. Some young spoiled brats came from sea route in the group of 10-12 and created mayhem across southern part of Mumbai, they have targeted our prestigious Taj, Oberoi Trident, Nariman House, Cama Hospital, CST railway station, Juhu Chowpati with free flow of bullets from AK-47 and hand grenades and also planted three bombs across the Taj hotel with eight kg of RDX with the clear intension to repeat 9/11 by demolishing the Taj hotel and creating havoc across the world
It took nearly 4 days to clear Taj, Nariman House and Oberoi Trident as the terrorists had taken hundreds of hostages. During these days, nearly 200 innocent people were killed by the terrorists. In this horrifying and shameful act, we have lost many businessmen, ordinary citizens, NSG soldiers, a few brave ATS top officials and policemen who fought with .303 rifles.
After such a horrifying incident, as a common citizen of India what do we expect from government is strict action against our neighboring country, but instead of any effective action what we heard from our egoistic and self-serving politicians are following irresponsible comments:
Kerala CM (Achuthanandan): "If it had not been (Major) Sandeep's house, not even a dog would have glanced that way."
India HM (Shivraj Patil): "Before I could reach there, the terrorists who had attacked one of the hospitals, the Cama Hospital, had left and those who attacked the railway station had also left."
Maharastra HM (RR Patil): "Itne bade shahar me ekhada hadsa ho jata hai" (An untoward incident like this can happen in such a big city like Mumbai).”
Maharastra CM (Vilasrao Deshmukh): No comments on probe till operation is complete.
After quoting those words in public the maximum measure Indian government took was asking for resignation and asking some of them for apologies but no action is taken against LeT which is responsible for these terror attacks.
Indian government has asked for the ISI chief to meet which the Pak government denied, after which the Indian government gave a list of terrorists to hand over. Pak’s response was: “Pakistan will not hand over terror suspects”.And adding to chaos, our Minister for External Affairs said, “We won’t take any military action against them,” which latter on was denied by a government official.
With election round the corner, present Indian government is speechless on what to say and what to do, while every other party wants to take opportunity to play this card and Play with sentiments.

following are few people with their emotion shown on banner who gathered near Taj on 3 dec.

Friday, November 28, 2008

TOp 20 Car Chases

20: The Dark Knight

Considering that the Batmobile is Batman’s best-known asset, certainly more famous than his teenage sidekick, it’s a surprise there aren’t more classic car chases in the Caped Crusader’s canon. That's something Christopher Nolan has attempted to redress, with a breathless freeway pursuit in Batman Begins and this relentless rolling battle from the Dark Knight. Having the mortally stricken Tumbler disgorge a combat motorcycle before it self-destructs is a master stroke that had cinema audiences cheering and might even provoke an involuntary whoop when you watch on DVD.

19: Who Am I?

Best known for his fearless physical stunts in a long series of light-hearted chopsocky movies, Jackie Chan here puts his own signature twist on the car chase. The principal innovation is the employment of loose gravel as a weapon.

18: Freebie and The Bean

One of countless 1970s cop dramas characterized by squealing tyres and wild automotive destruction, Freebie and The Beandeserves a mention just for The Bean’s sheer good sense. How many other hard-driving American cops had the foresight to bring a helmet along in case a high speed pursuit came up?

17: Taxi

The only foreign language film on our countdown but the international language of fearless stunt work is understood in any country with more than 100 yards of tarmac. If you've only ever seen the Hollywood remake, you haven't seen Taxi. Be sure to hunt down the French original.

6: The Fast and the Furious

The Fast and the Furious is a film franchise that exists purely to house some of the most unapologetically, irredeemably irresponsible driving stunts in cinema. It’s hard to pick one example from a franchise that consistently does the same thing over and over again so very well but most fans of the series will always have a soft spot for the first movie. Click over to our 2009 movie preview for a look at the next installment.

15: To Live & Die in LA

Director William Friedkin’s unabashed attempt to match the high octane thrills of his earlier French ConnectionTo Live & Die in LAis a brilliant but almost forgotten cop thriller from the 1980s that is ripe for rediscovery. Or, given the current paucity of creativity in Tinseltown, a remake.

14: The Cannonball Run

No mention of the art of high-speed entertainment would be complete without a mention of that mustachioed master of mechanical mayhem Burt Reynolds. Grinning genially as he taunted hapless law enforcement officers, he epitomised that last hurrah of old fashioned irresponsibility in a world increasingly dominated by the safe and sensible. That he also inspired The Fall Guy and the Dukes of Hazzard should in no way diminish our appreciation of the last happy-go-lucky outlaw of the wide open spaces. And of course we couldn’t talk about Burt without at least one quick peek at Smokey and the Bandit.

13: Gone in 60 Seconds

The original Gone in 60 Seconds didn’t have a car chase. It was a car chase. A labour of love for director/star H.B. Halicki it had practically no scripted dialogue, just a general story outline draped over a number of automotive set pieces. Together with the preponderance of non-actors performing on set, the resultant effect is not dissimilar to the pornography of the day, but with Ford Mustangs instead of young women.

12: McQ

In the car-chase crazy Seventies even John Wayne was a tough uncompromising cop in an ugly car. The Duke traded in his horse for a Plymouth Belvedere and called upon the services of stuntman (and later Cannonball Run director) Hal Needham. The central chase itself was innovative for taking place on a beach – occasioning generous use of windscreen wipers – and featuring the first staged rollover of a car in movies.

11: The Matrix Reloaded

Computer generated effects are generally considered to be the poor relation when it comes to car chases but this seamless blend of CGI and practical effects filmed on a specially-constructed 1.4 mile loop of three-lane highway on a decommissioned navy base, is a masterclass in how to combine digital trickery with old-fashioned petrolhead derring-do. Other innovations include teleporting twins and in-car kung fu. General Motors reputedly lent over 300 vehicles to the Wachowski brothers for this sequence. None survived.

10: Quantum of Solace

The Man With the Golden Gun and Thunderball were both considered for this list but variety is the spice of life, so we elected for just one example from the rich Bond heritage: The adrenalin-soaked opening sequence of Quantum of Solace features Daniel Craig’s Bond transporting a captured criminal mastermind from Lake Garda to Siena while pursued by agents of the shadowy Quantum organization. It’s a thrilling object lesson in how to capture the sheer danger of high speed driving and show it to people who are far too sensible to ever do it themselves. Apart from the destruction on camera one unlucky Aston Martin employee wrote off a £160,000 DBS while delivering it to the set, driving it into Lake Garda in poor weather conditions. To add insult to injury he was also fined £400 for dangerous driving.

9: Terminator 2

Not strictly a car chase, it’s true, a movie that was essentially one long chase from start to finish, employing trucks, motorcycles, cars and plain old fashioned running. It all climaxed with this sequence, where a helicopter chases a van underneath a flyover before all the principals change vehicles and start again. Could not be ignored.

8: Vanishing Point

Part of the ‘car as the extension of the man’ aesthetic that reached its apotheosis in Steven Spielberg’sDuel. A slight plot involving a hopped-up car delivery driver and a reckless bet supports a manic chase from Denver to San Francisco. Like its close relativeTwo Lane Blacktop the movie hasn’t dated well but traces of its nihilistic destructive glee can be detected in modern genre movies such as Quentin Tarantino’sDeath Proof.

7: The Blues Brothers

Featuring what must surely be the first indoor car chase, The Blues Brothers is one long destruction derby interrupted by a few classic Stax tunes. The movie is distinguished also by some of the most comical in-car bickering in car chase history.

6: Ronin

Combining dauntless seat-of-the pants driving with an omniscient computer controller and some neat bazooka sunroof work, Roninhas one of the most admired movie car chases of the modern era. It manages to incorporate genuinely high speeds unadulterated by camera trickery, some classic market stall destruction and a devil-may-care approach to roadworks that is the envy of every British road user.

5: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mad Max was a hugely influential movie, spawning an entire post-apocalyptic aesthetic that still crops up in movies, pop videos and fetish clubs today. The climactic chase - where a motley army of biker crazies pursue Max across the featureless Australian desert in order to obtain some of the last petrol left on Earth - is indisputably one of the great set pieces of action cinema.

4: The Bourne Identity

Not just the most deadly assassin ever to have been trained by America’s espionage agencies, Jason Bourne is also that car-crazy country’s most skilled defensive (and occasionally offensive) driver. The Bourne series features more than one breathtaking ‘passenger’s eye view’ race though busy city traffic, but the amnesiac killing machine’s deliciously irresponsible employment of a Mini Cooper in The Bourne Identity is probably his most memorable.

3: French Connection

A career-defining role for Gene Hackman who might otherwise be remembered as the comedy villain in the Superman movies, The French Connection improved on its true life source material with the addition of a high speed car-versus-train chase though the streets of Brooklyn. Combining big studio production values with guerilla film-making sensibilities (at least one of the car crashes filmed was a genuine accident) The French Connection is a true one-off.

2: The Italian Job

The Italian Job is a catalogue of everything that is great about Britain, from Noël Coward and gay gangsters to Benny Hill and CCTV. The centerpiece of the film is the exuberantly silly pursuit out of Turin, featuring plucky British Minis demonstrating their essential superiority over laughable Italian cars. The car chase might traditionally be seen as an American innovation, but Michael Caine shows the Yanks that when we want to drive like maniacs though a sewer system, we can.

1: Bullitt

Undeniably the ultimate car chase. Bullitt got everything right: It had Lalo Schifrin’s score, by turns haunting, cool, and heat-pumping. It had an inspired choice of location, which allowed suspension-punishing jumps as well as tight cornering and raw speed. Most of all though, it had Steve McQueen, quite evidently driving the car in even the most dangerous shots and projecting an icy determination to get the job done, no matter how many Kwik-Fit Fitters would have to pick up the pieces afterwards.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Famous LOGO n meaning

AdidasThe 3 striped Adidas logo was created by Adi Dassler, founder of Adidas. Adidas Logo was first used in 1967.
The shape of 3 stripes on the Adidas Logo represents mountain, pointing out towards the challenges that are seen ahead and goals that can be achieved.

This was done to commemorate the discoveries of gravity (the apple) and the separation of light (the colors) done by Isaac Newton and possibly to tribute the ‘fruit of the Tree of Knowledge’ in Adam and Eve’s story. Even the term ‘Macintosh’ refers to a particular variety of an apple. But certain speculations exist about the proper meaning of the Apple logo. Some believe that the ‘rainbow colored’ Apple logo was used to advertise the color capability of the Apple II computer. Others, like author Sadie Plant of Zeroes and Ones, considers the Apple logo as homage to Alan Turning, the father of modern computing


The current BMW logo is said to be inspired from the circular design of a rotating aircraft propeller. The white and blue checker boxes are supposed to be a stylized representation of a white/silver propeller blade spinning against a clear blue sky.
The theory is further strengthened with the statement that the image has its origins in World War I in which the Bavarian Luftwaffe flew planes painted in blue and white. It also reflects the origins of BMW as a military aircra
ft engine maker during WWI and the belief that BMW started as an aero engine manufacturer.
when a BMW engineer was testing the company’s first 320 bhp engine. He admired the reflection of the shining disc of the rotating propeller that radiated like an aura of two silver cones. In between the two cones, the blue from the sky shined that made the ‘rotating propeller into four areas of color – silver and blue’. The engineer, who envisioned this image, also saw three letters – B M W – reflected on the propeller. Thus, the BMW logo was born.

The first Coca-Cola logo was created by John Pemberton's partner and bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson, in 1885. Thinking that the two Cs would look well in advertising, it was Robinson who came up with the name and chose the logo’s distinctive cursive script The Coca-Cola logo was first advertised in the Atlanta Journal in 1915 and also appeared on the display of Pemberton’s pharmacy.
The Prancing Horse was a symbol used by Count Francesco Baracca, who was an ace fighter pilot of Italian Air Force during World War 1. He died young, fighting fearlessly. He was shot down after 34 dual and team victories.
Count Francesco Baracca used the Prancing Horse symb
ol at the sides of his plane. On June 17, 1923 Enzo Ferrari met Baracca’s mother Countess Paolina, after winning a race at Savio track in Ravenna.
Countess Paolina suggested that Enzo should use the symbol of prancing horse, as it would bring good luck. It was not until 1940, that Enzo Ferrari began to use the symbol, which later on became the part of the world famous Ferrari logo.
The word “Google”, in the Google logo originates from the misspelling of ‘googol’, which refers to 10100 (that is the number represented by a 1 followed by one-hundred zeros). The name is the only element of the Google logo and is used with different variations and modifications depending on the occasion/s. The company uses features that compliment and refer to specific holidays
The Mercedes Benz logo was originally created by Gottlieb Daimler and was featured in 1909. The Mercedes Benz logo consists of a simple depiction of a three-pointed star that represents ‘its domination of the land, the sea, and the air’. After Daimler’s death, his partner, Wilhelm Maybach, took over the company and sold many Daimler cars with the help of Emile Jellinek. Following the success of Daimler cars among Jellinek’s wealthy acquaintances, Jellinek suggested Maybach to create light, lower and more powerful cars which he named after his elder daughter, Mercedes. That’s how the Mercedes logo got its name. After the merger with Benz & Cie., the Mercedes logo was introduced with an addition of the Benz laurel wreath in 1926 to signify the union of the two firms.
The design requirement of the company was to create something that will express ‘the feeling of speed’. Thus, the winning logo resulted in the change of the name from ‘Toyoda’ to ‘Toyota’. This was as the Japanese lettering of ‘Toyota’ gave the logo a sleek look and was also chosen because the number of strokes in the Japanese word ‘Toyota’ (eight) was considered to bring luck and prosperity. Although no longer used on products, the original Toyota logo is still used as the company’s emblem and is given to the employees of the company upon joining. The current Toyota logo consists of the name “TOYOTA” in roman type with three ovals in red and white color scheme. ‘The two perpendicular center ovals represent a relationship of mutual trust between the customer and Toyota. These ovals combine to symbolize the letter "T" for Toyota. The space in the background implies a global expansion of Toyota's technology and unlimited potential for the future’.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Ghazal originated in Iran in the 10th century A.D. It grew from the Persian qasida, which verse form had come to Iran from Arabia. The qasida was a panegyric written in praise of the emperor or his noblemen. The part of the qasida called tashbib got detached and developed in due course of time into the ghazal. Whereas the qasida sometimes ran into as many as 100 couplets or more in monorhyme, the ghazal seldom exceeded twelve, and settled down to an average of seven. Because of its comparative brevity and concentration, its thematic variety and rich suggestiveness, the ghazal soon eclipsed the qasida and became the most popular form of poetry in Iran.

The ghazal came to India with the advent and extension of the Muslim influence from the 12th century onwards. The Moghuls brought along with them Iranian culture and civilization, including Iranian poetry and literature. When Persian gave way to Urdu as the language of poetry and culture in India, the ghazal, the fruit of Indo-Iranian culture, found its opportunity to grow and develop. Although the ghazal is said to have begun with Amir Khusro (1253-1325) in Northern India, Deccan in the South was its real home in the early stages. It was nursed and trained in the courts of Golconda and Bijapur under the patronage of Muslim rulers. Mohd. Quli Qutab Shah, Wajhi, Hashmi, Nusrati and Wali may be counted among its pioneers. Of these, Wali Deccany (1667-1707) may be called the Chaucer of Urdu poetry. Wali's visit to Delhi made in 1700 acquires a historic significance. This visit was instrumental in synthesizing the poetic streams of the South and the North. Wali's poetry awakened the minds of the Persian-loving North to the beauty and richness of Urdu language, and introduced them to the true flavor of ghazal, thus encouraging its rapid growth and popularity.

In its form, the ghazal is a short poem rarely of more than a dozen couplets in the same metre. It always opens with a rhyming couplet called matla. The rhyme of the opening couplet is repeated at the end of second line in each succeeding verse, so that the rhyming pattern may be represented as AA, BA, CA, DA, and so on. In addition to the restriction of rhyme, the ghazal also observes the convention of radif. Radif demands that a portion of the first line -- comprising not more than two or three words -- immediately preceding the rhyme-word at the end, should rhyme with its counterpart in the second line of the opening couplet, and afterwards alternately throughout the poem. The opening couplet of the ghazal is always a representative couplet: it sets the mood and tone of the poem and prepares us for its proper appreciation. The last couplet of the ghazal called makta often includes the pen-name of the poet, and is more personal than general in its tone and intent. Here the poet may express his own state of mind, or describe his religious faith, or pray for his beloved, or indulge in poetic self-praise. The different couplets of the ghazal are not bound by the unity and consistency of thought. Each couplet is a self-sufficient unit, detachable and quotable, generally containing the complete expression of an idea.

Some poets including Hasrat, Iqbal and Josh have written ghazals in the style of a nazm, based on a single theme, properly developed and concluded. But such ghazals are an exception rather than a rule, and the traditional ghazal still holds sway. However, we do come across, off and on, even in the works of classical poets, ghazals exhibiting continuity of theme or, more often, a set of verses connected in theme and thought. Such a thematic group is called a qita, and is presumably resorted to when a poet is confronted with an elaborate thought difficult to be condensed in a single verse. Although the ghazal deals with the whole spectrum of human experience, its central concern is love. Ghazal is an Arabic word which literally means talking to women.


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