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Mission Board Exams!

Now the CBSE Board Exams are just around the corner and I’m much tensed about them. Anyways, I just got this idea. I’ll keep everyone updated on how I’m faring in each exam. The report will have an in depth analysis of how I flunked in each paper, what all I did to pass my time inside the examination hall and the innovative designs I drew on the answer sheets. Haha! Well, on a serious note, I’ll keep you posted on the difficulty level of the paper, my expectations from it and where all I did well. It’ll also carry the general reaction from the students on the exam. You can check my detailed examination schedule here.

So, watch this space for more on the Boards ’09 and till then, let me study!!
Cheers!

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | 1 Comment

School Days Are Over!

With Friends on The Last Day At School!

With Friends on The Last Day At School!

Ahh! So yesterday was the last day at school for our class 12th batch at Summer Fields School. Well one can’t help but but feel a little bad about leaving it so suddenly, but well, at least the last day was great!

Officially, it was The Ashirwad Ceremony, where we were supposed to take our teachers’ blessings and get inspired to do great in life. But sadly, the Ceremony itself was pathetic. Until last year, it was conducted with grandeur and most of the students carried it as a memory while moving out of the school life. But ours’ was a simple speech by a chief guest we had never heard of. Some talks about the crashing economy (don’t know how that’s related to us students!) and hey presto, the ceremony was over in 15 minutes! It would otherwise be a 2 hour-odd event with each student lighting up a diya and placing it near the holy lamp, with shlokas being recited by juniours on the stage followed by an informal speech by the Principal that would, for a change, really inspire most of the students!

After the ceremony, we all moved on to our classrooms and scribbled each others’ shirts with remarks and best wishes! Most of us were clicking pics to remember the day by. Many (like me) got their faces painted with permanent markers and total chaos ruled until a few teachers’ complained of too much noise that was disturbing the juniours who had an exam that day. Then followed the distribution of a few mementos and gifts for the students and we also got our CBSE Boards’ Admit Card. To end the school day, we met up with many teachers and sought their blessings. Check out the whole gallery of pics here.

The students broke up after that and eight of us went for a movie (Dev D) in a nearby mall. After watching the movie and having a few things to eat, we made our way back home and got back to studies!

In all, it was an exciting day, though the fact that school’s over still stings! For now, its study time as the Boards are just around the corner. Cheers!

February 19, 2009 Posted by | General | , , | 2 Comments

Review: Dev D

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Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

Written by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Motwane

Starring: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Release Date: 6 February, 2009

Times have changed and so have the interpretations of the classic Bengali novel Devdas. This movie is the 9th movie based mostly on the novel and though I haven’t seen any other, I can say that this one surely would be one of the best. Devdas, the immortal lover, was so long depicted in the classic form but Anurag Kashyap (Black Friday, Hanuman Returns) took him to be a more modernized person, caught in the twists and tangles of love.

Abhay Deol plays the role of Dev, the son of a rich Punjabi businessman while Mahi Gill plays Paro, Dev’s childhood sweetheart. As a teen, Dev goes to London for his studies and upon returning, re-unites with Paro. Thier love story comes to a halting crash when Dev rudely ditches Paro after he is fed misinformation about her by an ill-wisher. Paro is then married off to another guy and Dev finds himself at emotionally torn apart when he realizes his wrong doings. The movie also tracks the story of Chanda (after the character of Chandramukhi), a girl who takes up prostitution after losing her place in society when she is caught in a nasty MMS Scandal with her boyfriend. It is as a prostitute that she meets Dev and the two fall in love. But the troubled lives of both continue to tear them apart and the resulting drama forms the rest of the story. And believe me, all three characters have put in a stupendous performance, especially Abhay.

Now, Anurag Kashyap does a great amount of justice to the character of Chanda, who is inspired by a Delhi schoolgirl infamously caught in an MMS Scandal a few years ago. He portrays her as the girl shunted by every single person who once cared for her due to just one mistake of hers. Even though she grows wiser and vows not to repeat her mistakes, she fails to find a place in anyone’s heart. She understands that those who watched her clip were as much at fault as she herself, as she says in the movie, half the nation got off on that video, and they turned around and called her the slut.

Whats good about the movie is that it breaks quite a few taboos in the Indian Film Industry. Drug use and sexual content have been portrayed in the movie, though not extensively, but more than any Hindi movie I can remember ever has. And these portrayals are part of the character building of the characters, and aren’t wasted as might have been by most directors.

The music is in the movie is awesome! Boasting of 18 tracks, each one is quite different from the other! So many genres have been mixed together in this movie. And the song ‘Emosanal Attyachar’ sounds even better when watching the movie!

The movie is at times a bit boring. The story either proceeds too slow at those moments or the emotional quotient is too high for the situation. Anyways, all in all its a very good movie. Don’t miss it.

I’d give it 8/10.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , | 5 Comments

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Directed by: David Fincher

Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy

Starring: Brad PittCate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton

Release Dates: 25 December, 2008 (USA); 5 February, 2009 (UK)

Inspired by the 1921 short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Now this was one of my most anticipated movies of 2008, though I could only get a chance to watch it a month into this year. This review comes after another two weeks. After getting more than a dozen nominations for the 2009 Oscars, I really wanted to watch this movie and after doing so, I surely believe it deserves quite a few of those accolades!

What a beautiful movie! The story speaks of the life of Benjamin Button, a normal guy, except for the fact that he ages backward. Born as a child with the biological body of an 86 year old, the movie shows how Benjamin gropes with the realities of life and love with a brain that ages forward but with a body that’s ‘headed in the other direction’. Abandoned by his father on the day he was born, Benjamin is raised by a couple from a nursing home. He meets the love of his life in Daisy (Cate Blanchett) as a kid (but biologically much older), travels across the ends of the world as a sailor, survives an attack in the World War II among the numerous other such exciting happenings in his eventful life!

Now there are almost a dozen supporting actors and actresses with separate lives in the movie with a good amount of screen time and each one of them puts in a tremendous performance. At the end of the movie, you can’t help but recollect each and every one of them and think of the how different people can be! So many lives being portrayed is also the main reason why the movie is so long, with a runtime of about 2 hours and 45 minutes. That’s probably the only drawback, it sometimes feels too long.

The movie is one of the best takes (ever) on the eternal mysteries of life and death. It is a poetic interpretation of those concepts, and a near perfect one at that. The movie flows on like a melody and never revs into top gear, which is what was so nice about it. Interestingly, it portrays America over a period of almost 8 decades, with some awesome costume designs and historically accurate sets. Yes, there are a few similarities to the plot of Forrest Gump, but they are never too pronounced. And yes, what an absolute brilliant performance by Brad Pitt! He sure is one the best actors around! This movie truly tests his capabilites, as he has to play every age group with the same persona and charisma, and he does it too well! I won’t be surprised at all if he scoops the Academy Award for the Best Actor, for which he has been nominated. When you see him at the start of the movie, you are convinced that he’s a 90-odd year old, and when you see him towards the end, you feel he’s the typical teen! Whoa!

Though this movie doesn’t quite make my Best Ever list, I can completely understand why it tops that list for many! Watch it for the sake of good cinema!

My rating would be a 9/10.

February 12, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , | 2 Comments