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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 | Author:

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Palash Das : 	Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM
To: More Fun; Content Team;Tech Team; All

The good salesman combines the tenacity of a bulldog with the manners of a spaniel. If you have any charm, ooze it.
David Ogilvy

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Good one…

If you have the charm, ooze it.
And if you have the drink, booze it.

Ankit Chadha: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:58 PM

If you have control, lose it.

Mayank Saxena: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:03 PM

If you have a bulb, fuse it

Harish Agrawal: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:03 PM

You might be an idiot, snooze it.

Palash Das: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:05 PM

bulb?? oh no my idea , Cant loose it

Vikram C: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:58 AM

If you have a door, close it…

Ankit Chadha: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

If you have an option, choose it.

Priya Nigam: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:09 PM

If you see CWG ka OC, noose it

Priya Nigam: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Pants too tight? Loose it (ok that’s not grammatically correct, but poetic license naam ki bhi koi cheez hoti hai)

Praveen Kumar: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

If you have power, use it……..

Praveen Kumar: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM

If you don’t have girl friend or boy friend, KHOSE it.

Ambrish Kumar Singh: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

If you have time , utilize it..

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

way too many options, can’t choose it!

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

If you have a fight, Truce it.

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

the crux of the MESSAGE – dont dilute it

Priya Nigam : 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:31 PM

If you have an orange, juice it.

Ankit Chadha: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:43 PM

If you have a Tom, cruise it.

Mayank Saxena: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:46 PM

If you have a bomb, bruise it….

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:46 PM

I’me running out of words, can’t choose it

Ankit Chadha: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM

If you have a Lay’s, shoes it.

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:49 PM

If you have a match, don’t lose it.

and If the match doesn’t match you, loose it.

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:53 PM

If the angle if acute, obtuse it.

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Match, the Match or a Match, don’t confuse it

Vikram C: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM

if you have a laptop computer and no work… please close it…

Mayank Saxena: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:03 AM

my neighbors mobile rings at 6 am, can i snooze it.

Palash Das: 	Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:55 PM

now ime gonna loose it

Vikram C : 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:07 AM

ship has not arrived as yet 🙁 , please cruise it..

Rizwan Khan: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Our Country is in trouble, Help it!

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:10 AM

CSK won the match, into the semis , enjoy it.

Priya Nigam: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Arre, this is India, excuse it!

Vikram C: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:29 AM

if you have written a good java code, reuse it…

Priya Nigam: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:33 AM

English is a good language, dont abuse it

What brought about that was…

Loose = to loosen something (dheela karna)

Lose = when something gets lost (kho jana)

Avi Kapoor: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Got a new mobile, dont know how 2 use it!!!!!!!!!!!

Ankit Chadha: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:36 AM

if you have a mon, goose it!

Mayank Saxena: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:37 AM

If Rakhi Savant gets a Avi’s mobile, she will misuse it…

Vikram C: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Avi if you are still struggling with the phone, disuse it…

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:41 AM

@Avi If you aren’t happy with the phone, donate! I will use it.

Avi Kapoor : 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:44 AM

It wud be better to go thru the guide “How to use it”

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Too many options ?? reduce it.

having problems ? deduce it.

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Let’s concentrate on what Ogilvy said and use it.

Now going to sleep, Goods Nights.. !!

Ambrish Kumar Singh: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Where to go for Team Outing ? Finalize it..

Anshul Mendhiratta: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Why have rusty brains, lets footloose it.

Anshuj Shrivastava: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:18 AM

I wish i have a remote control to pause it.

Harish Agrawal: 	Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Can someone compile all the quotes and put it on Veranda, let’s use it

Vikram C: Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

please find a row document of this mail as attachment…

if you can write a blog, produce it…

Kuntal Shukla: Sep 23, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Formatted and uploaded, Please read it! 🙂

P.S: Further replies can be continued through comments to this post 😉


Thanks

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 | Author:

Once an auto-rickshaw driver told me the mother of all ‘quotes.’

He said, stay away from four kinds of quotes in life. These were khaki quotes (meaning policemen), white quotes (doctors), black quotes (lawyers obviously) and the penultimate, petti-quotes!!!!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 | Author:

Arunesh Dogra: polly is asking for ‘quotes’ again, we should give him some
Ankit Chadha: ya
Ankit Chadha: lets do that
Arunesh Dogra: yes, quote-le aam!
Arunesh Dogra: saala quote-a sikka!
Ankit Chadha: this ones for the IPL season: feroz shah quote-la
Ankit Chadha: wat else?
Ankit Chadha: rain-quote
Arunesh Dogra: bichare me koi quote nahin
Ankit Chadha: quote and bowled
Arunesh Dogra: where is ‘hardquote butler’
Arunesh Dogra: what bites palash at night?
Ankit Chadha: no idea
Arunesh Dogra: Mausi-quote-toe
Ankit Chadha: which kind of shirts does palash prefer?
Arunesh Dogra: dunno
Ankit Chadha: 100% quote-ton
Arunesh Dogra: once palash was travelling…where was he going?
Ankit Chadha: pathan-quote?
Arunesh Dogra: to Faridquote
Arunesh Dogra: where does he go gambling?
Arunesh Dogra: Quote-man-do
Arunesh Dogra: bachpan mein (this is a bad one) aunty ne baby palash to kya bola
Arunesh Dogra: chooo quooooote
Arunesh Dogra: bas

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Author:

Cricket Fans will remember March 11 2009 a Holi-day for one more reason. Sehwag’s slam bang century. New Zealand scored 279 in 47 overs losing 5 wickets. Not a bad target for a game that was marred by rain; but Sehwag had other plans. The par score after 23.3 overs was 117. India were 84 ahead of that par score. India won by a considerable margin. I captured the magic of Sehwag using some interesting comments from commentators and viewers of cricinfo. Interesting and entertaining comments if you missed todays play..

Over 1.5 – Thompson to Sehwag, FOUR, slightly short in length and Sehwag plonks his front foot out and crashes it over short midwicket.

Over 7.3 – O’Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, Oh dear oh dear . Sehwag almost decapitated O’Brien here. It was a full length delivery, he thrashed it on the up and the ball flew past the startled bowler

Over 7.6 – O’Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, Oh my… Sehwag is gone bonkers. It was short-pitched delivery and Sehwag cleared the front foot and clouted it over mid-on and to the long-on boundary

Sujay: “O’Brien in his blog wrote….Sehwag has scored 42 runs of 21 balls from him….guess Sehwag now wants it to be 84 from 21 balls!! Hope the blogger continues to blog…i mean bowl though!”

Over 14.3 – Srikanth: “Sehwag Vs NZ reminds me of Obelix against the Romans! O’Brien must be wondering what magic potion Sehwag’s Ma {mother] fed him as a baby.

Over 17.6 – “Watching sehwag bat is like watching the movie KILL BILL , he just massacres anyone and everyone who comes in his way.” …. As the character Hattori Hanzo said, “Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in”

Over 18.4 – Vettori to Sehwag, SIX, Catch catch was Vettori’s cry of plea but that has been sucked over long-off boundary by the fans. He waltzed down the track and got under the ball. Initially, one thought he got more elevation than distance but it kept going. 100 up for Virender Sehwag. 7th fastest in the ODI history.

vamsi Krishna: “Sehwag seems to have short term memory loss ,ala Ghajini,[ a movie inspired from Memento] and seems to be thinking of only next 5 overs! Great stuff from him. This rate, India will wrap up in 25-30 overs.” …. “I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning. Even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still here. Do I believe the world’s still here? Is it still out there?” At least Sehwag is still out there.

Vinod: “Well, Sehwag is not suffering from any short term memory… He knows exactly what needs to be done in a rain curtailed match and he is just chasing the rains to get a result/win for India! Hats off to his smart thinking.”

Over 23.2 – Oram to Sehwag, SIX, The end is nigh. 200 of the partnership is up in style. It was a short delivery, Sehwag pulled it off the front foot and over deep midwicket and the ball sailed towards raucous fans

Anil: “Would anyone believe Gambhir is batting faster than a run-a-ball?? With Sehwag down the other end, everything seems so slow in comparison.”

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Thursday, February 05th, 2009 | Author:

The other day I woke from a slumber.
The world looked a little different….seemed better.
The illusion of reality we lived with had become redundant.
Dividing people to experience power was not necessary any more.
The need to kill today to live tomorrow had gone away.
Politics and religion had returned to being tools of love and peace.
Destroying what has been created was found to be wrong.
The joy of creation had been discovered.
The opportunity to create more than one consumed was available.
The ‘have nots’ finally had enough.
The ‘haves’ realized they had enough, finally.
The ‘us’ had started merging with the ‘them’.
It was easy to see who each one of us really was.
Everyone was lovable and everyone was loved.
The ‘every’ in everyone had begun to become redundant.

Then again the state above was driven by a simple three dimension perspective. We need to be able to distinguish the ‘person’ from the following three dimensions:
1) The stage of evolution that one is in. The lessons learned so far, and the learning that might still be on its way.
2) The environment that one is currently living in. Which covers all things external which often impact the decisions made.
3) The actions that one takes today.
On removing the three dimension above one starts seeing the true being within our self and others. It is a state in which we begin to truly appreciate how wonderful all of us are. That is the beginning of an awakening where the world described above starts moving from theory to practice. Complexity moves to simplicity. Illusions dissolve to show the reality.
Things get even more interesting when you start seeing the fourth dimension – time. With a perspective into time the three dimensions mentioned above can be moved around in your mind such that you can clearly start seeing the future and the past. Then you move from living in a beautiful world to living in many of them at the same time!

Monday, February 02nd, 2009 | Author:

What could be a better way to unwind after a hectic day than with some heavy petting? Now, now, this is a family blog site – would I be suggesting what you just thought? What I meant was that personal experience and tons of research over the years show that a pet can be an enormous stress-buster. As Josh Billings once said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” We all could do with some unconditional love each day, don’t you think?

I’m an animal lover and find it difficult to restrain myself, especially when confronted with baby animals. Can anyone remain indifferent when confronted with a litter of frolicking puppies? We’ve always had at least one dog at home. There were a few memorable years in my adolescence when my grandmother had six dogs of various breeds running around the house. I believe that all my adolescent angst was made more tolerable because of these dogs. Each time I was sad, had a fight or was generally put out, I would sit by myself and one of the dogs would find me and stay with me, unquestioningly, till I felt better and was ready to face the world again. They never judged me, never expected me to say something intelligent or even ask for attention. All they wanted to do was to be there with me. Can you imagine such unconditional support from anyone else?

My favourite portrayal of the limitless love of animals and man is exemplified in the video clip below:

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace. – Milan Kundera

Then there was my first Labrador, Lucy. She seemed almost human in her understanding of what was happening around her. Each time my mother and I had one of our frequent battle of wills, she would rush between us, stroking each person in turn with her paw and licking our hands to calm us down. She would sit by me and lick away my tears while I coped with the travails of teenage life. I sincerely believe that only a dog has that special way of making you feel loved and needed and of telling you that you might just be the most wonderful person on this planet. Such is a dog’s love for its human. The dog doesn’t want anything in return.

One experience I will never forget is when my dog saved my daughter’s life. We had this huge German Shepherd, Tarzan, who we fondly thought of as our guard dog. He was scared of firecrackers, smoke and even puppies, but in the minds of his loving parents (my husband and I) he was this fierce watchdog with a loud bark. One afternoon, while I was upstairs napping in my bedroom and my daughter was entertaining herself playing in the garden, I heard Tarzan barking relentlessly. He usually did not bark this way. He seemed to be extremely troubled by something and my first thought was that my 4-year-old was trying to kill him! I quickly went down to investigate and found Tarzan standing between my daughter and a Cobra, who was ready to strike. I almost fainted. My daughter was intrigued by the snake that had somehow managed to find a way into our garden. Tarzan had sensed its presence and kept barking at it so that it could come no further towards the house. My daughter was standing 2 feet behind Tarzan with her ball, as though she had just missed playing with the snake because of the dog’s intervention. While Tarzan kept the snake busy, I took my daughter away and managed to call the watchman. After this, the watchman took over, caught the snake and took it away. Tarzan immediately calmed down and so did I.

Tarzan saves the day!

Tarzan saves the day!

But it isn’t just dogs who can be a man’s best friend. Any pet can have that stress-relieving effect on you. I’ve kept fish and turtles and for a short while I even had a cat. I could spend hours just staring at the fish swim lazily through the aquarium. It was such a soothing feeling. The cat was more of a challenge because unlike dogs who think the human is GOD, cats think that they are GOD and we are there to serve them. So having the cat jump up on my lap and curl up to get her belly scratched was a feeling similar to having climbed Mt. Everest – I had won the love of a feline!!

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.  ~Author Unknown

You don’t have to take my word for it – just look at the vast body of research that supports the positive effects of owning a pet or even spending time with an animal on the mind and body. A study by researchers at UCLA School of Public Health has demonstrated conclusively that men living with AIDS who owned a pet suffered significantly lower degrees of depression than those who did not own a pet. Not only the companionship offered by the animal but the exercise involved in walking a dog or cleaning up after birds and cats helped keep the men with AIDS active and happier than those who did not need to look after a pet.

Similarly, there are numerous studies that vouch for the fact that having a pet at home actually helps lower blood pressure, alleviate feelings of loneliness and increase social support by helping us meet other animal lovers when we walk the dog. A study of 92 patients who had recently suffered from angina or a heart attack reveals that while 28% of the patients who did not own pets died within the next one year, only 6% of the patients with pets suffered a similar fate.

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.  ~George Eliot

There is nothing more comforting than pups snuggling against you

Almost like something out of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a study also found that patients who watched fish swimming in an aquarium during oral surgery experienced greater degree of relaxation (as measured through blood pressure and muscle tension readings). Pet therapy has been used for several years now, with trained animals visiting various nursing homes, hospitals and hospices in the US on a regular basis. The patients exposed to pet therapy not only reported a positive impact on their sense of well being but doctors also found marked alleviation of symptoms and faster recovery in these patients. Trained dogs have been helping children with learning disabilities learn to read. Children with autism have also found to benefit through interactions with animals.

If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man. – Mark Twain

This irrefutable body of evidence brings me to the next question – How do I know what pet is best for me? You can choose from dogs, cats, birds, fish and even mice and hamsters. The kind of pet you opt for should suit your lifestyle, preferences and temperament. After all, we don’t want to add to the existing stress levels by choosing a pet that needs more attention that you are able to take time out for. You also need to ensure that the pet you choose is suitable for your living space. For instance, a large dog would be a menace in a small flat.

You would also need to get information about food and medical care the pet would need, the cost involved and whether you are comfortable taking on the additional responsibility and cost. The best place to get information is by visiting a neighbourhood vet. There is also extensive information available on the net. Also remember to consult your doctor regarding any allergies that you or your family members might experience. Many people are allergic to dog and cat hair.

There also are a lot of misconceptions about various animals, which need to be rectified at home before you bring in a pet. No dog will bite unless provoked and a dog’s lick does not infect you with germs.

Hugging someone can only spread love not germs

And talking about misconceptions, let me tell you about the time when my daughter bit the dog. Remember, the fierce guard dog, Tarzan? My daughter was about 3 years old at this time and she loved playing dogs, except she had her rules! For instance, the Labrador wasn’t allowed to lick her face although her face was at the same height as the dog’s face and therefore the most accessible part of her body. I once caught this strange interaction between Maya (my daughter) and Zoe (the Labrador). Zoe would lick her face, Maya would slap her in response, so Zoe would lick her again to apologize, so Maya would slap her again and this went on for about 10 minutes till I stopped them. But I am digressing. I wanted to tell you about how Maya bit the guard dog! At this time of her life, Tarzan was taller than Maya but loved her nonetheless. He loved being with her and have her treat him like a horse, ball catcher and general guinea pig. On this particular occasion that I want to recount, Tarzan kept nudging Maya with his head to play with him but she was busy colouring and so kept pushing him away. But he was persistent and kept nudging her till she got really fed up and turned around and bit his neck, tearing away a chunk of hair in her teeth. Poor Tarzan was in shock and tried to lick Maya to pacify her. I, of course, ran to wash her mouth and give her a piece of my mind – humans don’t bite dogs and that’s a cardinal rule.

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.  ~Robert Benchley

Coming back to my personal experience, I find that the cost really isn’t that much, and certainly massively outweighed by the benefits. I have also seen the benefits owning a pet has had on my daughter. It has helped her focus on something beyond her own needs, made her take responsibility on her young shoulders and feel a sense of achievement through her efforts at looking after the pets. I believe these are irreplaceable learning experiences and I know that they will stand her in good stead as she grows up and interacts with the world at large. The greatest achievement I think has been that my daughter has developed a sense of compassion and love that I rarely see in children her age. When we go out shopping, Maya always makes sure we visit a pet store and bring home some chewy things for the dogs. She always insists on going with us whenever we need to visit the vet, just to ensure that the dogs were getting the proper treatment! And she is unable to see a hurt animal on the road. I am a better person because of Maya’s concern for the well being of animals at this tender age of five.

So let me leave you to think about how you can lead a longer, happier and healthier life by owning a pet with this quote:

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  ~Author Unknown

As a parting shot, enjoy the “Animal Song” by Savage Garden to some of the cutest animal pictures in the video clip below:


Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | Author:

A blunder happened in recognizing and appreciating stalwarts and it happened by whom? No one knows.  Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award presented by the Government of India to recognize citizens in the field of Arts, education, Industry, Literature, science, sports and social life.

Frankly I have never kept a close watch on this year’s Padma Shri awards. what surprised me was the the list of people but from the news stories doing the rounds on the web, just came to know that a certain Hashmat Ullah Khan was never nominated for this prestigious award. He is a no one from the Arts except that he is a business person.

I have two questions here. Once, How did this goof up happened? Second, it should be the responsibility of the media to check back and ask questions on the veracity of such a thing. I leave the state and central government officers who recommended an award like this without even verifying credentials of people being honored for a while.

Not undermining Akshay Kumar, Helen and Aishwarya Rai contribution to Indian cinema but do they really deserve recognition of such stature? We just forgot that we performed well in the Olympics held last year and brought laurels in boxing and wrestling category. Don’t they deserve their pending dues?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 | Author:

“All a gun does is focus an explosion in one direction. You have a class of young strong men and women and they want to give their lives to something. Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don’t need. Generations have been working in Jobs they hate, just so they can buy what they really don’t need.

“We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.’

Above is an excerpt from a novel I recently finished reading, ‘Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk. I knew about the movie that was based on the book, starring Brad Pit and Edward Nortan, however I had not thought about reading it until a friend highly recommended it. It was in my ‘To read’ list for a long time, I guess almost two years, but It was not available in stores, finally found it in Reliance books and music store in Ambiance mall, Gurgaon.

On a side note – I always wonder how they estimate selling price of books? ‘Fight club’ a small novel around 270 pages is priced at Rs. 450. On the other hand J.K. Rowlings latest book ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ is merely a 100 page book is also priced at Rs. 495. Some big novels like Shantaram, Atlas shrugged and all are almost 1000 pagers and are available for Rs 300-400. Movie tickets are always priced same, regardless of who is starring in it, what the budget of the movie is etc, why are books priced differently? It is definitely not based on effort like we do in software, otherwise bigger books would  be priced more than smaller ones. It will be intresting to know, how they decide that this particular Novel will be sold at a certain price, Rs 495 to be precise, not 500, not 480 but Rs 495?

Coming back to Fight club – The protagonist in this books is anonymous. He hates his job, his life and has a severe case of insomnia. His doctor suggests that his insomnia problem is not a big deal and there could be worse things in life than insomnia, to prove this point his doctor advises the protagonist to attend a support group of people suffering with testicular cancer. He soon becomes addicted to attending such support groups of people who have terminal illness. In one such support group he meets another faker (not dying of any ailment and attends these groups for amusement) like himself, a woman by the name of Marla Singer.

Other than the protagonist and Marla the third and most important character in the novel is Tyler Durden. Shortly after meeting Marla, while vacationing on the Beach he meets Tyler Durden. He soon gets influenced by Tyler and his philosophy which is anti consumerism, anti establishment can be explained in his own words..

“Tyler says – Getting God’s attention for being bad was better than getting no attention at all.
Maybe because God’s hate is better than His indifference.
If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?”

At one other instance he says

“We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that some day we will be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t. And we are just learning that fact. So don’t fuck with us.”

A wired sequence of events starts after he meets Tyler. Someone blows up his apartment with almost clinical precision, He has no place to stay so he requests Tyler if he could move into Tyler’s apartment. Tyler’s condition for allowing him to move into his apartment is that the protagonist needs to hit Tyler on his face, bare knuckled. Tyler hits him back. This is how the first Fight club starts. Fight club gets established with following rules.
1. You do not talk about fight club.
2. You DO NOT talk about fight club.
3. When someone says stop, goes limp, or taps out, the fight is over.
4. Only two guys to a fight.
5. One fight at a time.
6. No shirts or shoes.
7. Fights will go on as long as they have to.
8. If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

Memberships of fight clubs starts growing exponentially and soon there are fight clubs all over America all operating under the same rules set by Tyler. Tyler later on take devoted volunteers from Fight club and start ‘Project Mayhem’. Members of Project Mayhem are involved in more destructive activities. Project Mayhem becomes a cult that is against modern civilization, they would rather have jungle everywhere, no roads, no electricity, no government, no laws. Laws of Project Mayhem are simple..
1. You do not ask questions.
2. You do not ask questions.
3. No excuses.
4. No lies.
5. You have to trust Tyler.

DON’T Read this para if you plan to read the book – Narrator becomes disillusioned with Fight club and Project Mayhem because of the destruction and the growing attacks on corporate establishments. Narrator wants to stop it but soon realizes that it cannot be stopped without killing Tyler. Tyler cannot be killed because Tyler is not a different person but his own different personality i.e. Him and Tyler share the same Body. While the Narrator is sleeping Tyler is awake and using hid body to grow Fight club and Project Mayhem.

Beyond the basic plot, which is quite thrilling, Fight Club is full of Anti Consumerism sentiment. For example at one point narrator says. “You Buy furniture. You tell yourself this is the last Sofa I will ever need in my life. Buye the sofa, then for couple of years you are satisfiedthat no matter what goes wrong, at least you got the sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. The perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you are trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.

One take away from this book is – At fight club they don’t fight for money, they don’t fight each other, they fight everything they hate in life.

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Monday, January 12th, 2009 | Author:

There is more than one reason perhaps, why we should feel proud about Danny Boyle’s gritty and on-your-face portrayal of Bombay through his recently released film called ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. It has won four awards at the ‘Golden Globe’ ceremony held at LA. The film got recognized in all the four nominated divisions. Screenplay, original music score, direction and the best motion feature- Drama. Such is a hype that many believe that this film is going to give a tough competition at the Oscars.

The film is tribute to Mumbai, as the director says. It is a story of an Indian city which recently came under attack by gunmen last year. Location and setting, performers, the music composer, the story (based on Vikas Swarup’s Q & A) all have a common thread –India. Mumbai being home to the production of hindi films, it has always attracted attention by western filmmakers.

The film also perhaps has taken a clue of rise of the entertainment industry and the number of reality shows that is increasing by the day in India. Loosely based on dramatic events or non events for that matter in the main protagonist’s life post KBC is what it is. Kaun Banega Crorepati which is an original replica of popular British TV show Who wants to be a Millionaire?  The film also touches real estate mongers, red light business, gangster rivalry, songs and dance (archetype bollywood), action a masala film to cut it short. “Hard to believe an outsider can create such a clean film on us (Indians)” a colleague says.  The pirated versions of the film is out in the market and some of us have caught hold of it for sure, but I wish to watch it out in the big screen and enjoy desi Rahman. Keep up the good work and I would also like to give credits to Sukhwinder Singh and Irfan.

Friday, December 19th, 2008 | Author:

The above is the title of a calendar that i just recieved for the year 2009. The first quote on it rang a bell as thoughts around the concept get into every conversation about the downturn these days. Handling the times ahead will be tricky and we will get through it by giving our best at every moment in time. Getting back to the quote that started this post it goes as:

People often say that motivation does not last.

Well, neither does bathing –

that’s why we recommend it daily.

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