The 20% Rule

Its like the chains around an Elephant’s leg. The park officials tie the chain when the Elephant is first brought to the zoo. At first the elephant tries to break-free, but over time it gives up.

In time, the park officials merely wrap the shackles round a thick wooden peg instead of tying it tightly, because by now they have tamed the mighty Elephant’s mind, will and sense of freedom and seasoned it into believing that, he will never break free. Cruel, isn’t it?

Similarly, job seekers get trapped thinking the best they can do is get a 20% hike.

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Dunkirk : A View

Yes, its true, Dunkirk is a World War II epic. Gut -wrenching, suffocating, real-life depiction of the pain, fear, anguish and frustration of the horrors of war. But you died a hundred times with Schindlers List as well, and cringed with the Inglorious Basterds, cried listening to the Pianist, rooted for the Great Escape, yet admired Catch 22 ‘s irony  and whistled  with the soldiers crossing over  Bridge on the river Kwai, but your heart sank to see Life is Beautiful.

So what’s new with Dunkirk?

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The Great Indian Flimsy Awards

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Great Indian Flimsy awards. A show which will leave you gasping for sanity, breathless for brazen humor, gripping nepotism , song and dance sequences which outnumber the total awards ! Outstanding performances, looped reactions for special television audience. Watch it till you can…

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Jagga Jasoos : A View

Think of a fairly tale come alive. Exotic locales, picture perfect long shots and a light weight feel good musical. It has adventure, think Shikari Shambhu, it has emotion , think Tinkle, it has humor, think Suppandi. I ‘ve chosen only Indian comic book references, but I guess you get the drift. Tintin, Sherlock Holmes would be similar references from the western world.

But to understand the lyrical narrative style, you need to watch Chicago, or closer home a movie called Thoda Sa Roomani Ho Jayen. No connection in plot or class, but just the musical style of story-telling is what is common.

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Breaking News : Peace Alert

People around the world are working at their piece. But are they  thinking of making these diverse pieces work together for an unified peace? Because if there is no peace, then each of the individual pieces will not work either. Zero sum game. We’ve reached a stage where a news report about something good and positive will become a breaking news alert instead of it being a way of life.

Let us join hands to celebrate a world #ceasefire day.  And this is not just for guns, but for anger, in mind and body.

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Climate Change Parenting

Dealing with Climate Change is quite like parenting a child.  you don’t know how they will turn out, but its not worth the risk to leave them unattended. Because there are few things in life, that you do not just for yourself, your future, but also for others and their future. Like it or not, we are all tied to the same planet.

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Analysis of a Viral Post

Its not often you get  a chance to be viewed a million times, liked five thousand times and commented about four hundred times. And for me it was a first. But as I sifted through the content , I came across a few common observations – the top one being, if you can’t offer a job, then they are not interested to connect further !

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Zero Sum Game

Take a look at any newspaper, news portal, or channel. Conflicts in ideologies, belief systems, political views, arguments, outrage, simmering  anger , blazing rage, hurl abuses, injustice and intolerance, it seems we humans just can’t stand each other no more, just about everything is at war with each other. When will this mad world get tired of these constant contradictions and relax in peace?

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Rangoon – A View

When Hunterwaali meets Casablanca, when Ingrid meets Kangana,when Bogart meets Saif you know you are in for trouble.Yet you hope because of a name Vishaal Bardwaj. But like the say, sometimes in life, things don’t add up even if you are doing the math right. Rangoon is a movie which had all the elements of greatness, yet failed to touch a single chord throughout its duration. Find out why?

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Consistent Champ or Comeback Kid?

Lasse Viren fell down running the Olympic 10,000 meter final at the Munich games, and then went on to win a world record. Ben Ainslie won the America’s cup coming back from a huge deficit. Dennis Taylor came back to beat Steve Davis. India beat Australia after following on in the 2001 series. Tom Brady’s Patriots came back from a massive deficit to win NFL!

World just loves comebacks, but spare a thought for the consistent champions, who is rooting for them? Who is rooting for consistency and design ?

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Raees – A View

Call me biased if you will, but will there ever be a better Vijay Dinanath Chauhan than Amitabh Bachchan ? A better Don than Amitabh Bachchan?

No. There won’t , period.

With that out of the way, Raees, is a bold , could’ve been good, absurd and confusing movie. It greatly reflects on the mindset, and handle on the craft, of Mr.Dholakia, the writer and director , of would you believe it-Parzania? A National Award winning movie. Perhaps sums up why the disappointment is high.

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The Opposite Democracy

 

What does one do when your idea of democracy conflicts my idea of democracy? Who should prevail. And Why? In the years gone by the world has seen so much conflict basis on multiple belief systems. Most leaders are doing crisis management rather than updating the laws of the land.

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Music & Platforms

The Bollywood hierarchy of playback singers , or the so called first family, royalty, would have names like Lata,Rafi,Kishore,Asha and Mukesh – they crowded the music scene back then.Yet, they were only five of them who ruled the roost. Imagine if there was a platform like Indian idol in the 50’s or ’60s what other names would’ve thrown up?

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Hope Stress

Is hope stressing you out this new year? Are you leading a life hoping that magic will happen someday? Are you mixing up being hopeful with expectations of a perfect result? What are you going to change to make hope a more relaxing experience?

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Dangal – A View

Making movies with a social message is not uncommon in Bollywood. Making movies on sports is a recent trend that is catching up. Recent movies like Iqbal, Chak De are some examples of good movies. But what sets Dangal apart?

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