Monday, June 12, 2006

when more is less

"it all starts with an all starts with all starts with intrigue
it all grows like all flows like all makes you wanting more
it all ends like it did in all ends embarassing all ends with you being eaten..."

ever wondered how HE made us all so different in every conceivable manner and yet gave us all one similar trait, that entertains HIM endlessly...endless evolutions and countless creations and one constant force that binds us all - "We all Want MORE with a M..."..and "We all end making our lives LESS with a L"

how do we humans - born with such absolute innocence - live our lives like lunatics wanting everything more with so much naivety do end up being so ignorant that we complicate all things not realizing its the simplicity that made the ride an happy one..and how do we end up not able to find the innocence lost..

ever thought about it ?...

well you're in your little room
and you're working on something good
but if it's really good
you're gonna want a bigger room
and when you're in the bigger room
you might not know what to do
you might have to think of
how you got started in your little room da da da

-- white stripes

after "three" days

its not a movie title - its just the number of days that has passed till the 2006 edition of the soccer world cup was kicked off in Munich. so after 72 hours, these are some of the thoughts that are refusing to die..

1. whats the bigger worry in german camp now.."is it their young defence, who look like who can leak a goal like a new born baby anytime" or "the supposed clash between the inspirational ballack and the once inspirational klinsmann..hopefully for germany's sake, this doesn't turn out to be like chappell-ganguly spat"..
2. germany can score..and bring on ballack and they can score at will..
3. england played like true englishman - dull, dour and dumb..their post match interviews were also in-sync with their english spirit..whine whine and whine more..
4. argentina play football like vienna orchestra...with their genius riquelme conducting the orchestra and the rest playing to his tunes perfectly..imagine what would happen when messi steps in to spotlight..
5. "Go oranje"..thats my "uno" team for the world cup...they dominated their possession but their attack lacked bite and let me is chewing his nails and worried if oranje can beat ivory coast and argentina..
6. portugal played well..score sheet does not justify their talent..they can go deep in to this tournament..but don't expect them to win.
7. good job by the carribbean least they are better than their cricketing brothers..

what to watch out for
azzuris...can they put their match fixing scandal behind them and gel has long been an admirer of the azzuris, ever since the "divine ponytail" dazzled in the 90 and 94 editions..lady luck has not been kind to the boyz from the "shoe shaped land" but this could be the year..after all when they last won the world cup in 1982, some of their key players like rossi were banned for match fixing..if totti can play as well as he does when entertains the crowds of rome, the italians have it in them to win the world cup..

so after three days, i am not complaining, two of the my four favorites - dutch and argentina have won and the two remaining - italy and spain look strong..

forza italia..go argentina..exult espana..

footnote - did roger federer blew his chance to win all four..:(..

Monday, June 05, 2006

jesus, now what did we do..

here we go again..another movie got its boot - not only by critics but also the "so called religious morality groups". we ( mr.k and i ) are talking about ron howards critically panned movie adaptation of dan brown's "the da vinci code". the movie has been banned in quite a few states in india as most people ( read "the guys who are bothered only about votes") claim that the movie distorts biblical history. the movie claims that Jesus married mary magdalene, who gave birth to HIS kins. this truth - the book (and hence the movie) says has been hidden from humans for ages. it goes on to suggest that there is an existence of "templar knights" who guarded JC's descendants and the church went on a violent spree to extinguish these knights and hence the truth.

this controversy (no one knows if there is any truth to it) is an headache for the church to handle, but the truth of the matter is it is far too much of an headache for indian politcal system. wonder why the countries in europe, americas and australasia don't seem to have a problem with the movie, but India does. when the POPE in vatican does not go on any media asking for the ban of the movie, bishops in India do. are these guys talking their mind, or they talking what they have been asked to by the so called "secular" politicos of our country. whatever be the source of this protests, it seems to have achieved its cause and the movie has been banned, depriving of many cine-goers to get a glimpse of the beautiful audrey tautou ;-) {forget the movie, it is not much to talk about }. if JC did bear children and someone like ms.tautou was a descendant, one thing i can say is JC and MM ( Mary Magdalene for clarification) must have been very beautiful people.

as the movie gets banned these are the few things to ponder..

1. the movie was going to be released most likely only in multiplexes - where people of learned origin frequent and must surely possess enough intellect to understand its fiction
2. the movie goers were probably going to be spending more time debating on "book vs movie - which is better" than the "the biggest lie that was told to the world"
3. surprising that women groups did not want to press for the movie to be shown, as the whole idea behind leo da vinci's philosophy was that "feminine divinity" was deprived of its value by "the power hungry men"..
4. our politicians are useless and run our system like mafia
5. its going to be good time for movie piracy :)

my personal take on this thing is that we just don't seem to make crazy decisions based on religion and will continue to do so..ensuring we remain a "intellectually under-developed nation"
after all as tom hanks says to ms.tautou at the end "do you really want to tell the truth, do you really want to throw doubts in to the minds of millions faith, do you want to shake the very foundations of the system"?.. let me answer to that a) in the context of christianity, no - let the doubts not permeate the faith b) in the context of indian political system, what do you guys think?

Jesus, are you having a nice laugh up there with the games people play :)