Sunday, September 1, 2019

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil | CID |

One day I was on the way to the local post office when I saw three peeps cleaning an auto. They were cleaning it in and out with soap water and all that. You can call it special A1 cleaning. Nice, I thought. When you serve customers you should have a clean presentable vehicle.

As I was returning, I saw the auto again, gleaming like a golden egg in the sun. But this time I saw something funny. The three were busy applying boot polish on the tyre. And then it dawned. These three were dressing the vehicle to dupe some gullible smuck into buying an inferior product.

If they asked me I could have given them an idea or two. Put some banana pulp in the engine oil and the autorik will purr like a BMW engine. But it will blow thick grey smoke from behind. But there is cure for that too....

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Jaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge | Mere Sanam |

There are some songs so fresh that they seem to have been recorded yesterday. This is one such song. Add Asha Parekh to the mix and it becomes heady.

Thursday, July 25, 2019


The Twilight Samurai -

This is 2002 Japanese movie set in the 1800s during the last days of the powerful local warlords.  The movies show samurai as ordinary men with families and jobs. Making end meet. Our hero is a poor samurai and a reluctant warrior. Fate pushes him to fight an even more reluctant warrior.

Are u getting bored? I was. What with a fighter working in a kirana grocery godown.

But this slow burn movie caught me tight and I continued viewing.

And god bless the maker. Nor arterial sprays, no gory violence and no sfx.

Its a little gem this movie. Story of a father rather than a fighter. Story of man who can see the end- end of an era. Story of a village - done authentically. There is a cute romance. There is unstated humor. 

Give it a try. You won't regret it.

Thursday, February 28, 2019



This happened in the year 2012. I was back from my school reunion. That is BVBPS Hyd RCPuram Class of 1983.  The best reunion ever ever ever. The two-day affair is more memorable than my wedding day. Really.

Well. I became the self-appointed reunion archivist and went about collecting pics and video from the people who flashed their cams during the reunion. And I loaded videos on YouTube and lo... One video got banned right away. WT hell...

The reason - the video, they said, contained copyrighted material. What? I couldn’t believe it.

I protested, objected but to no avail.

What happened was this -Saregama saw the video which had us goofing around having a nice time and said that they have the copyright to the Amitabh song 'Rote Hue Aate Hai Sub' from Mukaddar Ka Sikandar. It was a laugh. We have copycats making outright copies of songs for a commercial purpose and here we are with a video that is miles away from infringing any copyright.

They asked me to remove the video. I refused. They said they will close my channel. I said I will take them to court. It went on and on (and is not yet concluded). It did result in a change of thinking and YouTube policy. We can now upload say old Hindi songs but all the likes and comments will be attributed to the original content creator. Nevertheless, that doesn’t apply to this video. It shouldn’t have been blocked in the first place.

Please see for yourself and let me know whether or not we have even remotely infringed the rights of Amitabh Bachchan, Prakash Mehra, Kalyanji Anandji and Anjaan.

And 50 bucks if you can name the peeps in the video.....

This is the video

For those who want to know what out class has been thru, here is the link

#youtube #ban #amitabh #bollywood #reunion #classof83 #bvbps #hyderabad

Monday, February 18, 2019


I just completed viewing the documentary on Acharya Rajneesh called “Wild Wild Country. It’s powerful. I knew bits and pieces about him and his sojourn in the US. Now I know everything. But can’t believe it was so deep and diabolical. I am surprised that no one lost their lives in all the scheming and politicking. Power to a crooked mind will always lead to a terrible situation. Whatever the intentions.

And hats off to the documentary for dealing with explicit content maturely.

All images from the web

#osho #rajneesh #oregon #poona #maanand #brainwash #cult 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil | CID |

One day I was on the way to the local post office when I saw three peeps cleaning an auto. They were cleaning it in and out with soap...