Sunday, 27 April 2014

Flash News!

My 12th one! :)

MAY 17

Mithun woke up after a long sleep of 10 hours. He had returned late from work around 10 PM the previous night and dozed off instantly. He went to the living room still feeling sleepy and sat on the black leather sofa. A fresh copy of the daily paper lay on the glass topped teak table before him. Laxmi would have already got up, Mithun thought.

'Laxmi, a cup of tea, please', he gave a call.

Almost immediately a voice from the kitchen responded, 'Coming right away, dear'

Only when Mithun looked at the copy of the paper he remembered that the results for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had already been declared the previous day. But he was so engrossed in his work along with everyone that he didn't even have time for casual chats. Yesterday had indeed been a tiring day. The first page, as expected, contained an advertisement of the latest Samsung Galaxy S5.

'Really! . . .', Mithun thought to himself.

He opened the paper to reveal the third page. But what he saw, startled him.

Stretched across half the paper was the picture of actress Rainy Leone, in a thin, black velvet dress, beaming wide and holding a golden statuette. The headline read: Rainy wins award! ..... Below the pciture: 'Model' turned bollywood actress Rainy Leone wins the award for the best debut actress for the horror cum thriller movie Rohini SMS 2 at the IIFA ceremony held at Tampa Bay, Florida. (more reports on page 5).

Just beside this piece of news, was a picture of cricketer Glenn Maxwell, holding the man of the match award. The headline read: Yet another feather in the cap! ..... Below the picture: Maxwell's 147 off just 78 balls helped Kings XI Punjab secure a win over the Chennai Super Kings's total of 245. (more reports on sports page).

Below that was another advertisement of Amazon e-commerce website.

'Realllyy!!! . . .', Mithun now almost let out a shout in shock.

'What is it?', Laxmi had come outside, holding Mithun's cup of tea.

'Hmm...nothing. Just that I wanted to see who won the elections. But there seems to be no mention of it here on the first page. The results were not declared, uh?', Mithun asked, now totally confused, wondering whether he got the date wrong.

Laxmi gave a short laugh and said, 'Yes, the results were declared. The BJPA has won and Moghul Rodi has been declared as the prime minister of India.'

But Mithun gestured her to look at the paper, indicating that there was no news of it. Laxmi sighed and said, 'Oh you silly!! Turn to the next page.' He did so.

In the fourth page, was the report on the 2014 elections.

Mithun then looked at Laxmi shocked, 'The pages are kept in the reverse order!'

--> Ofcourse this post is been slightly exaggerated but nevertheless makes my point.
--> This post and its contents are fictitious and imaginary.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Time To Enjoy!

Within a blink of the eye, yet another academic year has passed away. Time does fly fast. And now I'm left staring at an incredible number of days for holidays - almost a two and a half months - all thanks to the general elections that is poised to take place soon. Therefore my vacation has started a little early than usual. All my engineering friends were very much flabbergasted, some in awe and some in vexation. I couldn't help but give the 'Evil smiley' while chatting in Whatsapp. Apparently most of them are in the midst of their models or practicals. No wonder some of them got pissed off and asked me to refrain from taunting them.

While I do have other important work to accomplish during the holidays, apart from starting to prepare for the campus placement that will start in the next semester, there is still a lot of time to enjoy or do some productive work. Although, the torrid summer is a pain in the butt (decent). This post is merely a summary of what all I achieved or rather what I got to experience, many things in it, a first time for me.

The most noteworthy of them was of course, the present President visiting my College to inaugurate a new building for commerce and economics.  It was a unique experience, albeit it was irritating to wait for a person who came at 1 PM from 8 AM, however important he may be!

Outreach comes to an end this year. I do take a little pride in doing community service in a little way. A lot of mixed feelings regarding that. That again was new and important for me.

I was also among the group of students who took part in a campaign to create awareness on noise pollution sponsored by TAFE. That ended on a unexpected note with a fantastic lunch buffet at Hyatt Regency, a star hotel.

Surprisingly, I came as a runner-up in the Dabur Chyawanprash contest sponsored by Indi. You can read the entry here. However, I still have no clear idea where I could use this voucher. I also won a prize for a essay competition hosted by the Pro-Life forum club on the topic - 'The Girl Child is an Asset to the Society'. How I wish I had that article with me now!

This year I could not attempt the A-Z challenge. Last year's challenge still brings me much needed traffic to the blog. Clearly, people want to read about Chennai more :) and that is a nice feeling.  However, I see that many of them have started writing for this year. All the best to you all !

Though my blog's readership, traffic and Indi ranking has considerably decreased, thank God that it is atleast alive and I hope to continue to sustain it. Now that I have more free time, it will be good to spend by reading some new blogs and interesting articles.

To digress, Kochadaiiyaan is to be released anytime this month and heavy expectations are upon it. Of course there is no doubt that it will become a box office hit, yet there were some comments made on the quality of the picture when the trailer was released. Many think that this movie is an animated feature and have already started comparing it with blockbusters such as Avatar, TinTin etc. I couldn't help but laugh. To start with Avatar's budget was more than 200 million US$ while Kochadaiiyaan is a small 20 million US$. So they can't possibly compare it in the first place. Moreover, they do not know that this is a motion capture film - meaning that there were real actors who acted with 360 degree cameras on their heads. Infact, this is more difficult because of the fact that actors have to imagine themselves in imaginary surroundings. The surroundings are then computer generated. So yes, Rajinikanth and Deepika did act and perform stunts in real. Agreed, we all had great expectations and it does fail to live up to Hollywood standards but we must not forget that this is just a stepping stone (Second Indian Film to utilise performance capturing) for Indian Cinema and who better than Rajini to start it.

And finally there is a big surprise coming up for the readers very soon, and do wait for it. I'm sure it will not fail to make you happy. 


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