Archive for September, 2010
Saw this interesting contest on my friend’s facebook page. Suresh Kalmadi, the indomitable force behind CWG is asking for some votes. He is participating in a contest named “Get Rid of Me”.
In present circumstances it is next to impossible for Kalmadi to get votes from Indian public. But in this game, apt for Kalmadi, named Get Rid of Me, am sure that Kalmadi will be the winner.
The contest is simple, you need to sign up for the contest, promote through various social networking sites, get maximum votes and you will a full paid trip for 6 months to 18 countries. Now no wonder people will frantically vote for Kalmadi. Latest heard that some of the leading contestants have withdrawn from the contest so that we can pack Kalmadi for six months.
Here is the list of countries you can go if you win. I see Cape Town and Beijing in the list. It’s good that Beijing Olympics and Football World cup got over, just image the case if Kalmadi were there in midst of the all this, he would have definitely made the Chairman of the games because of his immense experience in (mis) managing great events and games like CWG
Now this is our last chance, please vote for Kalmadi and save India and CWG. Let us not worry about the other 18 countries.
It is happening after 3 years, last time it was in the year 2007, Chennai saw a celebration like this and this happens everytime A Rajnikanth movie is released. This time its the much awaited Magnum Opus “Endhiran- the robot” movie. Endhiran is the costliest Indian film made till date, a budget of Rs 160 crores. The movie is directed by Shankar, music by A R Rahman. The film is releasing on Oct 1, it’s a Worldwide release.
Sometime back I had blogged about the Endhiran popcorn bag branding
Ticket for the Endhiran is sold out. This was the scene infront of the theatres when tickets started selling
Enthiran Booking at Satyam cinemas for first day show and Udhayam cinemas for 4th day show.
Now what is so special about Rajnikanth? an article by Grady Hendrix in slate magazine describes Rajnikanth as “ If a tiger had sex with a tornado and then their tiger-nado baby got married to an earthquake, their offspring would be Rajinikanth and he is no mere actor—he is a force of nature.” read the full article titled Superstar Rajinikanth!The biggest movie star you’ve probably never heard of.
There is nothing called Rajnikanth can not do, here is the list
So Chennai is ready for the D day. Everywhere you see huge banners
Banners infront of various cinemas where the film Endhiran is set to release on Oct 1
Planning to take some more pics of banneers in Chennai city. so let us wait for Oct 1, friday for the Endhiran
To be continued….
Interesting talk by Seth Godin on how the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.
These are the two most discussed topics in various social networking sites. Public hatred towards mismanagement and corruption at CWG is skyrocketing.
Different means are being used to show the hatred and rage
Hate pages and communities
Some are busy creating hate pages on Facebook
Never ending discussions
Some are discussing in detail about CWG, corruption and politics in India
My friend Shrinidhi wrote a sarcastic spoof on the whole incident:
CWG spoof: How newspapers would read on Oct 2
Another post named Commonwealth Games 2010 Looters
This one by Vivek Dehejia named The Commonwealth Con
Suresh Kalmadi and CWG are the latest trending topics on Twitter
Kalmadi and CWG Jokes
About Suresh Kalmadi tried to hang himself but …..
About the big conspiracy behind the games
About the false ceilings and Indian feelings!!!
and the black sheep one
So let us wait for more, I am sure Kalmadi and his CWG will not disappoint us
Sheena Iyengar’s interesting talk on the art of choosing
At last had the opportunity to see and blow the controversial wind instrument, Vuvuzela, thanks to Kiruba Shankar, who picked up the instrument in South Africa.
Now this instrument is quite simple, a plastic instrument, almost 2 ft in length. Can be detached into three parts. There is the website address given www.vuvuzelas.com and mentioned ‘proudly South African’ . There is a warning sign also i.e blowing the instrument at close range can lead to permanent hearing loss. Vuvuzela’s sound pressure is almost 120 dB at 1 metre from the device opening.
The term vuvuzela in Zulu language means ‘ to make vuvu sound. Now at least in appearance Vavuzela has close resemblance to The nadaswaram /nadhaswaram, also called nagaswaram.
Nadaswaram is one of the most popular classical instruments of TamilNadu and the world’s loudest non-brass acoustic instrument.
Nadaswaram also has three parts, kuzhal, thimiru, and anasu same in the case with vuvuzela but similarity stops there.
In Nadaswaram there are seven finger-holes and five additional holes drilled at the bottom which are used as controllers. The Nadaswaram has a range of two and a half octaves like the flute.
By looking at Vuvuzela and blowing also one might get this wrong idea that it can produce only one sound : A sample sound but like in the case of nadaswaram, with special play techniques (like with didgeridoo or jug blowing) many different tones and even melodies can be played on it. Read it in Wikipedia that there are Vuvuzela Orchestras.
A recent visit to nearby retail outlet made me think whether we, as a society are at all ready for shopping at huge retail outlets.
It seems lot of free knowledge is being shared here
Forget about trials, the shelf is locked and supervisor has the key, so if you want any deo, you need to tell him which brand you want, he will come unlock the shelf and handover the deo to you
“There’s no such thing as a free lunch”
Now this is the ultimate message
For the second time Chennai is hosting Facebook Developer Garage. This time the event is happening on Sep 19 (sunday), from 5pm to 9pm at Tidel Park.
First edition of the Facebook Developer Garage happened on March 15, 2009 at Photon Infotech. Around 50 participants were there for the first edition.
This time the event has some fabulous speakers that include David Recordon, Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, Palo Alto, California. Have a look at the complete list of speakers for second edition of Facebook Developer Garage, Chennai.
For further details on the event, please visit : http://www.businessblogging.org/facebookgarage/
Ever since I tried the wraps at Petawrap, I wanted to meet the person behind this wonderful wrap kiosk. And atlast met, Rakesh Raghunathan, the man behind Petawrap
No, it is not the regular Autos you see, parked on a pavement, it’s the petawrap kiosk. “I wanted people to instantly relate themselves with Petawrap”, says Rakesh. And auto rickshaw is such a common and popular mode of transport that everybody, at least once in their lives might have traveled and thus auto kiosk happened.
saidapettai kurompettai ranipettai Petawrap
After his studies in abroad, he returned to India and wanted to start something related to food. Later Rakesh decided to start a wrap shop. His good friend and famous pianist Anil Srinivasan (Rakesh is also a professional singer) suggested why not “PetaWrap”?, the famous A R Rahman’s song from Tamil movie ‘Kadhalan’ (here is the lyrics and the song)
Rakesh has just started his journey in his Petawrap Auto. He has big plans to make Petawrap a great place
So if you love it, just wrap it and eat it, that’s Petawrap
Facebook page of Petawrap: http://www.facebook.com/Petawrap
Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts — asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet?