being Indian

I was watching the bollywood movie ‘Players’, for the umpteenth time on the Sony channel..by no means the greatest of movies to have been made & released, but effective when it comes to the beautifully planned and executed robbery scene in the movie.

Movies like these have always sparked my interest..so be it Aankhen, Dhoom, Dhoom 2, Happy New Year, Players, Don 2, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Race, Race 2 (all Bollywood) etc..etc.. I’ve loved and enjoyed each and every one of them, irrespective of them, going on to be blockbusters or bombed at the box-office.

But do stuff like this happen in the real life? https://i1.wp.com/studentorgs.umhb.edu/sites/studentorgs.umhb.edu/files/imagecache/organization_profile/148034_original.jpg?resize=142%2C139

I’m not sure I’ve heard of anything like that happen..but then there is no dearth of talent in a country like India that can carry out something like this, if ever.. that too with clinical precision. Count on an Indian to do the job!

The world should take note..India is the land of jugaad, anything is possible. We Indians are multi-talented, along with being experts in fields of I.T, Engineering and others, we have hidden talents that are shown only in times of adversity, you’d do well not to drive us into a situation like that.. it is at that time, where an Indian is most dangerous – He turns into The Smiling Assassin.

Team INDIA – Brought back to Earth

The high-flying INDIAN CRICKET TEST TEAM has been brought down to Earth..courtesy a slow left arm bowler namely Steve O’Keefe from Australia. Yes! It’s time for the whole of India to bash the same Indian cricket test team that has had a flawless 2016 and a great home season so far, barring this one test that they are all set out to lose, gracefully!

I am no specialist cricket analyst, all I’m saying is If the Australian batsman could apply themselves on that pitch – WHY NOT INDIA?

Some Major talking points of this Test Match:

To begin with Pune being a first time test venue, has dished out a ‘disgraceful pitch’. Why lay out a pitch that turns from day 1 or worse still ball 1? Shame on the curator.

That done. Virat’s captaincy was very ordinary, considering the fact that there was so much talk about ‘having plans for each batsman or whatever’ I believe Rahane said that, so did Virat Kohli [Rahane’s contribution of 13&18 runs, Virat Kohli contribution of 0&13, add to that senseless reviews and below average captaincy (this test)]

Playing 5 specialist bowlers on a turning/crumbling pitch, where as a team you know you will require the extra batsman instead of the extra bowler. Wrong selection! Australia was never going to be pushover team like Bangladesh. Australia was the smarter team, better team composition, I think they understood the conditions better.

So much for Team India and their unbeaten streak, so far which will end somewhere today. Shame on a team, that has played some excellent display of both, bat and ball all of 2016, to come down to getting out for 105 in the first innings and to be struggling at 102/7 in their second.

I agree, even the best team can have an off match, but on home turf..in your own backyard and its not only that – you’ve been outplayed by a team who looked clueless in Sri Lanka, on similar pitches with similar bowling attacks and with Team India boasting of in-form batsman and bowlers. It’s a shame! At least compete (104 & 107) doesn’t quite make pretty reading.. this has been a complete humiliation.

I want to hear what Harbhajan Singh has to say now!! He predicted a 4-0 in favor of India..Australia is going 0-1 up, in a hurry.

Current score as I post this 107 all out – Pathetic!!

Which team bats for less than 41 overs in a test innings? INDIA..and they’ve done it twice in the same test.

Sorry! But we’re (Indian cricket fans) not impressed!

~ Fifty Shades ~ 2nd Installment

Good News: Fifty shades darker (the movie) released on 10th February 2017

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The Bad news of course is that it isn’t releasing in India 🙁  Yes it is confirmed and I am not surprised at all. We have a SHIT censor board in India led by Pahlaj Nihalani. Guess we’ll have to wait until we download an HD or higher version (anything less than HD quality isn’t worth) to enjoy the movie in the comforts of our own house. Besides, I don’t think many people would opt to watch it with another person… (girl & girl might – boy & boy – NO – girl & boy…hmmm) you know just in case they get a little over excited. Couples however can enjoy it together 🙂

The movie might have not released in India but that does not stop us from imagining what to expect in the 2nd installment, the book of course gives us a lot to look forward too.

A little something to keep you going till you get to download and watch the movie

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Needless to say…

…and every man needs a woman with a lottle (little but a lot) Anastasia Steele in her.

Let’s meet up! II

This was my first post regarding the meet up, which some of you must have read. However we were unable to move much further but for only coming up with a place (city) to have it in and a day to have it on.

Okay! So we have set the ball rolling from our side..we have around 20+ bloggers who are interested in meeting up. A little more co-operation from your side would definitely be helpful here. However, Aditi & myself haven’t been unable to move much further. Our next step is that in order to communicate better, we’d like to create a whatsapp group wherein we could discuss better on the what, which & how.

We have so far come to a finalization of only a ‘Place’ which is Mumbai city to have it in, since it is easily accessible from all directions and most probably the meet up day, which would be on a weekend, either Saturday or Sunday (when most working people/students are free) 
So please..please send in your numbers to either Aditi or me (who-ever you are more comfortable with) so we could take this to the next stage.

Aditi’s email address: aditi.r.ranade@gmail.com

Savio’s email address: saviopaz@gmail.com or you can whatsapp me directly on 9860781187

Looking forward to your co-operation.

Aditi, pls re-blog the same.

 

Being Indian-‘The Real India’

A lot is written, spoken and mentioned in magazines, newspapers etc..but when it comes out on screen in the form of a ‘Hindi dialogue’, it is definitely worth watching again and again. The below video is from the movie ‘Namastey London’. You certainly don’t lose anything if you watch it just this one more time, in fact it fills your heart with Pride (that’s if you’re an Indian of course)

After listening to someone disparage India as a “land of snake charmers”, Arjun Ballu Singh (Akshay Kumar ) impressed many with his response in the 2007 romantic comedy Namastey London. The speech was delivered in Hindi with Jasmeet “Jazz” Malhotra (Katrina Kaif) translating in English.

One of the highlights of the film, this short speech delivered facts to some, pride to others.

What makes the scene memorable is the directness and sincerity of Arjun as he talks about the achievements of the 5000 year old Indian civilization along with Jazz’s increasing pride as she conveys this information to their non-Indian audience. While some of the ideas are lost in in translation, the spirit of the speech comes across loud and clear. 

The text version of which is below 🙂

Arjun: Namaste. Sir, mera naam hai Arjun Singh. 5000 saal purani sabhyata ki wajah se hum Hindustani sabko aise hi jhukke pranaam karte hai.

Jazz: When we greet one another, we fold our hands in namaste because we believe that God resides in the heart of every human being.

Arjun: Aisi sabhyata jisme ek Catholic aurat Pradhan mantri ki kursi, ek Sikh ke liye chhod deti hai aur, ek Sikh, pradhan mantri pad ki shapat, ek Muslim raashtrapati se leta hai, uss desh ki bhaag daud sambhal ne ke liye jisme 80 pratishat log Hindu hai.

Jazz: We come from a nation where we allow a lady of Catholic origin to step aside for a Sikh to be sworn in as Prime Minister by a Muslim President to govern a nation of over 80 percent Hindus.

Arjun: Aapki matra bhasha Angreji puri duniya mein sabse zyada hamare hi desh mein ghasi jaati hai. Aur aapko shaayad ye bhi nahi pata hoga ki Angreji ki zyaadatar shabd, Sanskrit se liye gaye hai. Sanskrit ka shabd “maatra”, Angreji mein “mother” bana, “bhratra” bana “brother”, “gaamiti” bani “geometry”, aur “trikonmiti” bani “trigonometry”.

Jazz: It may also interest you to know that many of the origins of your English words come from Sanskrit. For example, “maatra” becomes “mother”, “bhratra” becomes “brother”, “giamiti” becomes “geometry”, and “trikonniti” becomes “trigonometry”.

Arjun: Aapko shayad ye baat dilchasp lage ki hamare yahaan 21 bhashao mein, 5,600 akhbaar aur 3,500 magazines chapti hai, jinko padhne waalo ki sankhya 12 crore hai. Aapke desh ke muqable mein kayi zyaada hai.

Jazz: We have 5,600 newspapers, 35,000 magazines in over 21 different languages with a combined readership of 120 million.

Arjun: Chaand tak pahunch gaye hum. Lekin ab bhi aap logon ko hum Hindustaniyon ke haath mein saap ki been hi nazar aati hai.

Jazz: We have reached the moon and back yet you people still feel that we have only reached as far as the Indian rope trick.

Arjun: Doctors, engineers aur scientists ki ginti mein. Janaab hum sirf do mulko se peeche.

Jazz: We are the third largest nation in the world of doctors, engineers, and scientists. 

Arjun: Hai ye thi dimag ki baat, ab karte hai taakat ki. Duniya mein sabse badi teesri fauj hamara yaha hai, aapke yaha nahi. Phir bhi, main aapke saamne jhuk ke aapko pranaam karata hoon, kyun ki hum kisi ko apne aap se chhota ya kamzor nahi samajhte. Namaste!

Jazz: Maybe your grandfather didn’t tell you that we have the third largest army in the world. And even then, I fold my hands in humility before you because we don’t believe that we are above or beneath any individual.

Reading a post on Aditi’s blog, prompted me to share this with all of you. Do visit her blog for some really good posts 🙂

 

Let’s meet up!

Ever wondered what will happen if a bunch of bloggers are stuck in a lift with the current out?

You’d think they’d blog about it right?  #BloggerInstincts

But then what if there’s no mobile signal available in the lift? 

The next best option then would be to talk to each other and get to know one another better right..and maybe by the time the current is back, you’ve made new friends.

Now Imagine this…

The same scenario, only this time, instead of a pokey lift, you’re in a much larger hall, surrounded with fellow bloggers with music, entertainment with lots to eat & drink.

Can you see yourself there? U can..? Excellent!! 🙂

Read further…

A fellow blogger and myself were flirting with the idea of having most/all of us [more the merrier] bloggers meet up under one roof for a day filled with fun, laughter and a lot of other cool things to do.

This however is only step 1 of what could lead to the day when we actually meet the good, better and the best of the blogging community here on WordPress 🙂 I’d love to get feedback of what you think. 

Where? (as in which state)… Mumbai? Bangalore? Goa? or other options?

When? (as in which month)…May? July-August? November? 

We’re still trying to work out the logistics. We know we can do it with ‘U’

For more details, click HERE. Aditi gives you more information 🙂

If you’ve read this post, we’d like you to comment and come up with suggestions (or if you wanna email me, u can do so on saviopaz@gmail.com)

If you’ve liked this post, you’re probably interested and you will surely leave a comment and for those who like, comment and re-blog, I already love you a little bit more. Let this post reach out to as many people as it can, for there’s nothing like.. more the merrier 🙂

MS Dhoni – India’s Best Captain

MS Dhoni, steps down as India captain from all formats.

Indian supporters: We want a Review   

Probably it was in the best interest to take Indian Cricket forward, and maybe now we can get to see shades of the old Dhoni playing carefree cricket like he did, when he first burst into the cricket scene before he bows out of the game altogether. 

Guess we’ll never forget Dhoni (Captain Cool) for this shot.. ever!

199 ODI’s as a captain – Yup, The Man is selfish!

#DeDhonitization

Stop the money talk..please.

t’s Okay! Now seriously..what is wrong with people? Don’t they have any other topic to talk about? For birthdays, weddings, on phone conversations, on chat…every damn medium, not forgetting Facebook and Whatsapp.. the unlimited jokes on demonetization.

It’s all got to stop! Stop the madness!

Praying for another big event to happen to shake the country, so at least people have options to talk about different other things. 

MONEY! MONEY! MONEY! Is that ALL what people are after?  Gimme a break! 

Virat Kohli scored a 167 and a 55 n.o in the ongoing test match against England..a good chance to kick white ASS and win the test match. Talk about that 😉

The second name of every Indian is P-A-N-I-C

Reading articles on the newspapers for the past few days about the chaotic situations in banks, at ATM’s all over the country and you will agree that Indian people are in absolute PANIC mode.
The reason – MONEY
The excuse – Shopkeepers don’t have change and things need to be bought

The above situation is only one example where people are in PANIC mode. 
India has had many such instances where people have gone absolutely berserk!

All I am trying to say here is, we as Indians..need to take things cool. Indian people react way too fast…and the worst part is that all Indians think alike, so in all probability chaos is bound to happen no matter what the situation. One thing that Indians are really good at is, they take their frustrations out on social media like FaceBook, Twitter etc, every Indian has an opinion and they all have an urge to express it whether they are heard or not.

There is a certain madness that comes along with being Indian and staying in India, the faster people get used to it – the better. People aren’t gonna change. Tempers flaring, people getting aggressive, property being destroyed are normal things that one will see in India.
People from other countries may have lots of negative things to say about India but whatever it is.. India is still one country that is loved, visited and praised for what it has to offer.

Being an Indian is a different kind of an experience! It’s a country like no other. India is always buzzing! Proud to be an Indian! Will always be 🙂