Archive for October, 2010
Exclusive Wildlife Outing
Wonderful Wednesday Workout, better known as F4 has branched out to an interesting area. Samuel Eddy,the curator of F4 is planning to take the F4 people out of Subway (the usual meeting place) and give them something very exclusive. This will be an “Exclusive Wildlife Outing”, to Kalakad Mundanthuai tiger Reserver.
Poster designed by Jason
Each batch consists of only 10 people as these are exclusive areas not open to the general public.These are reserve forest areas and not tourist zones . Eddy has managed to get permission from the forest Department to take the group.
So interested to go for the most adventurous wildlife outing of your lifetime?
Please visit EWO facebook event page.
Come this November, The Extra Terrestrials (ET WOW) is back in Chennai. They will land on Nov 4 and will be performing on NOV 4,5 and 7. Last time it was in Feb 2010 that they performed in Chennai. Read here the details if you missed the shows.
The venue for Nov shows is Sir Mutha Venkata Subbarao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet.
So as the website says eight stunning international acts ( FEARLESS ENTERTAINERS – acrobats, skaters, illusionists, laser experts and cyclists from various parts of Europe) will again wow Chennai with some incredible acts! so be ready Chennai, lets celebrate this Diwali with some Extra Terrestrials.
The power of cartoons, TED talk by Patrick Chappatte
The never ending queues of Visa aspirants is a common sight if you happen to visit any of the US and UK consulates in India,. In this age of Globalisation also the desire to go and settle abroad is one among the top priorities of middle class Indian.
If the trend in 1970s and 1980s for the most preferred destination , especially for Malayalees was the middle east , in 1990s and 2000s US and UK took over that place. And now it is South East Asia. The trend continues, only destination changes
This sights, in front of the various consulates reminds me of a movie that hit silver screens almost 26 years back, Akkare. Akkare was the first film of well know Malayalam movie director K N Sasidharan, a Gold medalist from Pune Film Institute and the story was based on P K Nandana Varma’s (my dad) short story on the same name.
The movie very aptly portrays a typical middle class mentality, of not satisfied with what you have and always craving for more, without realising whether you deserve it or not. We can still see the same characters, brilliantly played by Bharat Gopi, who played the lead role of a Thahasildar, who is not very happy about his job and life style and always compares himself with many Non Resident Keralites (NRK), Mohan Lal, Mammooty and Nedumdi Venu in our neighbourhood. This shows the plot and the movie Akkare is still relevant today. Akkare was selected to Indian Panorama and went on to be screened at various International film festivals.
The team behind Akkare
Director : K N Sasidharan
Story : P K Nandana Varma
Screenplay : K N Sasidharan
Dialogues : K N Sasidharan
Music : M B Srinivasan
Produced By : K N Sasidharan
Genre : Comedy, Drama
Cast : Gopi, Madhavi, Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Mohanlal, Rani Padmini, Srinivasan, Sriraman
So many things have changed after the Akkare. Mohan Lal and Mammooty became superstars and ruled (still rule) the Mollywood. Sashidharan went on to take more movies and later moved to ad film making, P K Nandana Varma scripted and directed various documentaries and tele serials. Very recently I happened to meet Mohan Lal and his memories of the film was afresh. On the Socio economic front, 90s brought the economic reforms and as a result India now is the third largest economy in the World, but still we see the same Gopis in our society, who are never satisfied with what they have and always in search of something else. The movies like Akkare will be always relevant,as Akkare, in a very sarcastic way depicts one of seven deadly sins of human, Greed.
Facebook is slowly becoming like the Great Indian epic “The Mahabharata”, where it is said that ‘what is not in Mahabharata, is nowhere!’
Nowadays facebook is used in so many ways, here are some examples I found,
One person reacted to the entire CWG scam by sending an open letter
A friend of mine created this Facebook event page, for his wedding
As Direct Mailer
We are sick and tired on Direct Mailers on email, then we come to Facebook and see this
For disliking someone
When CWG was happening, Suresh Kalmadi was the most hated person in India and the same feeling reflected on Facebook, there are almost half a dozen of hate pages on Kalmadi
For organising Wildlife Outing
When it comes to organising an event, Facebook is the best place. This event is organised by Samuel Eddy, a good friend of mine
Panchayat elections happening in kerala. This is a closed group on Facebook, asking to support Congress party. These are just few examples, am sure we will see many more interesting ways in which people will use Facebook
‘Haiti was not a natural disaster’, want to know the reason? listen to this TED talk by Peter Haas
Found this image of how Rajnikanth will be doing Ayudha Pooja with many humanoids and other hi tech systems,
but if you think this is way too stretched, then have a look at this,
My friend Balaji Lakshmanan kept his Robot, which he recently developed for TEDx Chennai cool zone. Now during the festival of Navratri in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, people display “Golu” (also Kolu), a collection of various dolls, now this time Golu has gone hi tech for Balaji. He says that his mother gave a live demo of the Robot to visitors and made the robot move inside the house
It seems The Endhiran effect is still working!!
Paal Abhishekam, Kshirabhishekam or bathing in milk for Rajnikanth on the releasing day of his latest Tamil movie Endhiran- the robot
Curious to know how the future Mobile phones will look like? check this TED talk by Fabian Hemmert
Peter Van Geit, for introducing so many beautiful places to go in and around Chennai
Chendhil kumar, for giving us the OWL, now when ever we see an OWL (forget about the monkey), we will remember you for sure
Dr.Chinny Krishna, for sharing the ABC of BC
Ms.LaraStein was quite happy about the progress of TEDx events in India
GuitaristPrasanna, for sharing the idea of how he brought up a World class music college in Chennai
G. J.Siddharth for never give up attitude
Dr. AnandaShankarJayant for taking us to the ultimate excuse factory, the mind and Krishna’s adventures
LakshmiPratury, for showing the power of failures
ShekarDattatri for those stunning videos and
RasmusAnkersen, for his concept of “The person, who wants the most, will win despite the fact that all of them taking part have the motive.”
Dr.TaraThiagarajan about micro finance and molecules
G Rajendran , the only TEDx Chennai speaker to speak in Tamil, in spite being a Malayalee and his revolutionary ideas of education system
HiphopTamizha for all their Hip hops
Friends of TEDx Chennai
Official Bloggers, Tweeters and Photographers
They uploaded around 5000 great pictures
Almost 9000 words
Made #TEDxchennai as the most trending topic on Twitter
TEDx Organisers, am proud to be part of this group, who really wanted the event to be a great success, set aside all the excuses, never gave up and brought a World class event to Chennai