There are movies and then there are characters. Some characters just cling to your mind because of the impact they create. Alka Singh in Revolver Rani, flawlessly portrayed by Kangana Ranaut, is one of them. My mind right now is thinking, “Vaikundarajan, what if you were in Chambal?” “Vaikundarajan, what do you think Alka Singh would do to you?” Well, this has happened to me. I have not seen the movie but the hype that it has created is just about the right amount for me to go watch it as soon as possible.
Kangana Ranaut. Alka Singh. Kangana Ranaut. Alka Singh. Kangana Ranaut. Alka Singh. Kangana Ranaut. Alka Singh.
Well, I think she fits the mad-woman, cat-woman, gun-woman role perfectly. Who else would look good with her Italian inspired clothes in middle of gangland with a gun in one hand and her toyboy in another? Respect.
The craziness quotient, the quirky, dry and dark humour, the oomph and the metallic bra are definitely worth a dekko!
What surprises me though is the superb chemistry of Kangana with the short, comical and weird Vir Das. The promos make it clear that Bollywood has truly come out of age with its bold storylines, even bolder dressing sense and experimental star cast. No wonder I loved Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola’ as well. A great couple, Mr. Pankaj Kapoor and the bhains.
Coming back to the Thyan Thyan lady, I feel she is the true Queen of Bollywood with a range of roles under her belt that are as different as chalk and cheese. Fashion. Gangster. Life in a metro. Queen. Many more to come I hope.
To me she is the modern gabbar, sans the paan-tainted teeth and the opulent drama.
More Raw. More Real. More Raunchy
A tie in the super over! How often do we get to see that? Rajasthan Royals pulled off an amazing win against the Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday at Abu Dhabi. Rajasthan posted a total of 152 for Kolkata to chase, but despite of all the efforts, they could only manage to level the score with them, thanks for birthday boy, James Faulkner’s amazing spell (2 overs, 11 runs, 3 wickets).
It was time for super over then. Again, it was a tie at 12 runs each. One can only imagine such situations! But ultimately someone had to win. So, on the basis of the number of boundaries hit, Rajasthan Royals won the game.
T20 cricket is no longer a batman’s game. Players understand the format better than ever before. Fielding has become one of the most important aspects of the game. They say, “If you can’t put up enough runs on the board, you have to fix it by throwing yourself in the field.” Bowlers are not getting smashed out of the park, every-now-and-then. Most of the matches have been low scoring, which proved that point!
And now it makes me wonder – Are T20s more exciting than ODIs? Hell, yeah!
This view of Vaikundarajan on IPL T20 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Apple began selling the iPhone 5S in October 2013. Google followed the following month with the Nexus 5, manufactured by LG Electronics. Both smartphones are extremely popular, and will likely remain so for the rest of 2014.
Some iPhone and Android users take pride in their chosen platform, firmly believing that theirs is the better ecosystem. The competitive nature surrounding these devices likely has several causes, due in part to the fact that both Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) cultivate a loyal fan base.
While some smartphone users might consider their device a status symbol, many consumers are outside looking in, simply wondering which gadget is better for them. Wherever you fall, the following comparison should be helpful in comparing the strengths and weaknesses of these two flagships.
The iPhone 5S starts at Rs 47000 for 16GB of storage without a contract, and goes up to Rs 60,000 for 64GB. The Nexus 5 maxes out at Rs 34000 for 32GB, and goes down to Rs 30000 for 16GB.
While the iPhone 5S features a more striking design and fantastic features, the bottom line is that the Nexus 5 has significantly comparable features, a larger screen and a few exclusive features of its own for Rs 34000 or less. That being said, the iPhone 5S is more likely to have a higher resale value thanks to the trust consumers afford the Apple brand.
Since both offer speedy hardware and a smooth user experience with software updated regularly and in a timely fashion, smartphone buyers will have to weigh the Nexus 5’s larger screen and lower price against the iPhone 5S’ premium design and higher resale value.
I have own a Nexus 5, and I hear people saying ‘Vaikundarajan has a good choice’, so I would say that I prefer the Nexus 5 over iPhone 5s.
Punjab has been amongst the weaker side in the IPL most of the times. But this time, Australian cricketer, Glenn Maxwell has changed that! He has certainly won a lot of heart and provided immense entertainment by his three outstanding innings against Chennai, Rajasthan and Hyderabad.
In the first match he batted brilliantly against Chennai when he scored 95 and got his team to chase a massive score of 205. With 2 sixes and 15 boundaries, he looked unstoppable there. David Miller batter equally well to get to 54 from 37 balls.
The second one was a high scoring game again. They were up against the boys from Rajasthan. Rajasthan put up a total of 191 for the Punjab to chase, and guess what? Glenn Maxwell (89) and David Miller (51) chased it with 8 balls to spare. How cool is that?
In the third match Hyderabad was certainly under pressure after seeing what Glenn Maxwell can do when he has the bat in his hand. This time the boys from Punjab were chasing. The run machine, Maxwell, flew 9 balls out of the park and hit 5 boundaries to reach 95 in just 43 balls.
This guy is gifted with something special. He can change the course of any game in minutes. You might be supporting any other team but one thing is for sure, once he’s out to bat, you’re going to love watching him play!
I, S. Vaikundarajan, am a big fan of Glenn Maxwell.
Salman Khan! Sallu Bhai! The shirtless Wonder. He is called by different names by different people. But everyone has one common answer when asked what kind of a person is the actor. An infectious personality, Salman’s charm and aura works on everyone around him. Not only have his movies done fantastic at box office (considering some of them have no storyline at all but just Salmanness all over!) but he has managed to stay at a pinnacle all through his career. From his early days in Andaz Apna Apna to some of his latest movies like Wanted, Dabanng 2, etc. he is a true entertainer. I wonder how he manages to stay in news despite no movie being released at times.
A friend who had a chance meeting with the Superstar recalls that she was awed by his presence. My friend, a 22 year old bubbly Gemini, went all ga-ga about Bhai! She was super-thrilled as Salman not only took a picture with her that she will keep closest to her heart for a lifetime but also gave her a lift in his swanky SUV to her destination. No words to describe the man’s generosity and humility. Personally I think Salman Khan cannot act or dance the way a superstar should but with his positive qualities I think it really doesn’t matter. Because you can like him or you can love him but not ignore him! No wonder that he truly epitomizes his home-grown brand, Being Human.
I, Vaikundarajan personally feel that there is no other greater actor than Salman Khan!
Short stories have already enticed me. Mainly due to the easiness they provide me while reading.
Interpreter of Maladies got Jhumpa Lahiri the Pulitzer Award. Well deserved I must say, for the complex human emotions faced by middles class Indians living across the world and, the way they have been written. It makes me firmly believe that short stories are not easy to write. Within a limited word count, doing justice to each character must be daunting. Characters in Interpreter of Maladies may appear overemphasizing yet her narratives create an aura of reality and presence for the reader. Stories, so simple yet unmistakably captivating, common-place yet elegant, subtle yet profound.
I particularly got hitched to the first story ‘Temporary Matter’ which deals with a story of a couple who have recently lost their child with which they lost love and understanding for each other. How they begin to nurture their relationship under the guise of confessions over a course of a week. Losses can have staggering effects on our lives. Like Namesake, this book also deals with life of immigrants but, emotions remain universal and I assure everyone will find an emotion to relate with, in one of the stories.
Ever wondered about what will happen if you were told that you have limited days to live? Would you rejoice, feel saddened or make the most of remaining days? It is a difficult to situation to imagine ourselves in, but a certainty called death cannot be escaped ever. I feel, knowing to have limited days to live is the best thing to happen. Knowing the time to die is better than a sudden death that could occur anytime.
The Last Lecture is one such book that makes you celebrate life and death.
Undoubtedly, life comes to an end some day, the bitter truth, when encounters us, leaves us all shattered. But, little do we know that life is to be lived illustriously and not mourned at any event. This book is a tale of this author, who upon realizing that he has limited days to live owing to cancer, records the best of his experiences as a lecture to his university students, in a bid to preserve them for his three children. He is leaving them an example of how he led his life.
Randy properly plays around with human emotions and ascertains the fact of death but leaves the readers with the thought ‘Live this life the way you want to’. Take risks and emerge victorious. Your heart comes out to Randy’s wife who is coping up with the fact that she has limited days with him, more so, when their kids are at a tender age of 6,3 and 1 respectively. It is remarkable to see Randy preparing to leave his mark on his kids, especially the youngest one, who will probably never have an early memory of his father.
An inspiring book! The only lecture in the book is in the title. Entire book is a tale of a happy life.