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Jagga Jasoos Movie Review

A friend of mine is a big Katrina Kaif fan. He had a spare ticket of Jagga Jasoos for Friday (yesterday) and asked me if I would like to go watch the movie with him. I politely refused the offer. I wanted to spend Saturday evening watching War for the Planet of the Apes but its screening time was not feasible for me. So, guess what? I got a ticket of Jagga Jasoos. I was about to watch the same movie with my own money. I texted him from the hall and he replied: Khub thulo paltethyau ta hijo!

The first few minutes of the movie were a little confusing. May be I took a little more time than usual to settle well in the seat. But once I got comfortable in a minute, the movie took off. The character Jagga, played by Ranbir Kapoor, does not speak much because he fumbles. One day, a guy who he calls Tutti Futti—played by Saswata Chatterjee, tells him that if he speaks in songs, he will not fumble. And he doesn’t. So Jagga does not speak much in the movie; he sings. The whole movie was like watching a musical play. I felt as if I were in a theater and the actors were performing live on stage. And I liked that feel. It took me back in time when I used to watch plays in Aarohan Gurukul sitting in the front row.

When Tutti Futti goes missing one day, Jagga goes on a mission to find him with the help of Shruti (Katrina Kaif). There’s nothing in the movie that we haven’t seen before. But the way things are presented–even the simplest of stuffs, it makes the movie beautiful and fun. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was in the theater. I did not even want there to be an interval. But the way announcement of intermission was brought up, I couldn’t help but accept it with a bigger smile. I did not even get popcorn in the interval—which I always do—because I did not want to get distracted from the movie. But some people sitting in the row behind me probably did not like the movie. One guy in particular was complaining—Bachha le herne film po raichha! Paisa khera gayo. (It’s a film for kids! Money is wasted.)

When I told my friend whose offer to watch the movie I had refused yesterday that I enjoyed the movie, he was surprised. Really? Being a Katrina Kaif fan, I did not enjoy the movie. But you did? That was his reply. I don’t very much like Katrina Kaif as an actor. So his surprise was not a surprise to me. Ranbir Kapoor as Jagga was the one who actually stole the show for me. He was brilliant. And hats off to Anurag Basu, the director, for making such a beautiful film.

I can’t think of anything else right now to write here.

Oh, let me add something. All my friends think that my taste in movies is weird. If I suggest them a movie because I like it, they’ll add it in their do-not-watch list. That being said, if you enjoy watching plays and musicals and light-hearted comedy, you can give Jagga Jasoos a try and decide for yourself.

Rating: 6/10

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Suarez bites again. And it isn’t funny. No, seriously, it’s not. Stop laughing!

Serial biter Luis Suarez of Uruguay took a hunk out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in today’s 1-0 win over the Azzurri.

With FIFA certain to review the incident, it appears that Suarez may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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The Fox

A fox looked at his shadow at sunrise and said, “I will have a camel for lunch today.” And all morning he went looking for camels. But at noon be saw his shadow again – and he said, “A mouse will do.”

– From The Mad Man by Khalil Gibran

Meeting an Astronaut

The lady proudly announced the name Vladimir Dzhanibekov. A tall, bald but well-built man, may be in his late sixties, climbed up the stairs and reached the dais. There was a huge applause from the crowd. I was quite surprised because I had thought the man would be younger, in his fifties may be. He sat on a chair quietly. I was waiting when he would come up to the microphone and start his talk. After a brief formal session, there he was, the man himself, Vladimir Dzhanibekov.

Earlier today in my college, I was told that a Russian cosmonaut would be delivering a talk at the Russian Center of Science and Culture today. I had read about many astronauts but never had a chance to meet one in person. I have always been amazed by space,  space ships and space explorations. This may be the effect of Star Wars, Star Trek many other sc-fi movies (I know I watch a lot of movies!). I immediately cancelled all my plans for the day and headed to the venue where the program would be held. How could I miss this opportunity of meeting an astronaut in person?!

And there was the man of the moment, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1978 & 1981), Vladimir Dzhanibekov. I held my nerves when he came up to the podium and started to speak. Damn, he spoke Russian! Everyone in the audience looked perplexed (including me). A few moments later, a Nepali guy translated his words, in Nepali of course. The crowd was relieved. I took out my diary and a pen and scribbled a few notes as he spoke.

Dzhanibekov in 1974

Dzhanibekov in 1974

Vladimir Dzhanibekov was born on May 13, 1942 in the middle of the Second World War. He had always been interested in flying. In 1965, he  became a flying instructor in the Soviet Air Force. In 1970, he was selected in the team of cosmonauts. He made five flights,  Soyuz 27, Soyuz 39, Soyuz T-6, Soyuz T-12 and Soyuz T-13. All in all, he stayed 145 days, 15 hours and 56 minutes in space over this five years.

Dzhanibekov started by talking about zero gravity in space, its usefulness and its danger for humans. He talked about the sixteen sunrises he observed each day from the space, about the oceans and high Himalayas on the Earth. At one point he joked that he saw so much water in the Earth that sometimes he wondered why the Earth was called Earth instead of Ocean. He said that he could spot Nepal from up in the space because of the snow-clad high Himalayas. A loud applause greeted his comment. This was a proud moment for me as a Nepali. Technically, Nepal is the nearest country from the space because of Mt. Everest. A friend sitting next to me said, “Now I understand why Mt. Everest is called the Roof of the World.”  I just smiled at him.

In the later part of his talk, Dzhanibekov said something that went straight to my heart. He said, “From the space, we did not see the borders of any country, we only saw one Earth, our home. But when we got back, we could see people divided by land, by race, by language, trying to destroy one another. The sight was very disheartening. We have only one home and that is the Earth  We should all work together to protect the planet for the betterment of humanity.”

This day changed my perception about astronauts and space exploration. I came to know that astronauts too are humans. They do not have any super power but they are the real heroes who risk their lives for the success for the mission to explore the unexplored arenas of the cosmos. Meeting Dzhanibekov made me realize that any one can be an astronaut, the only thing you need is the desire to be one.

(This post is from my personal diary dated April 11, 2013, Thursday.)

Waiting for nothing to happen

Today my mom called my newly married sister and asked her if she could come over here tomorrow. When my sister asked if everything was okay, my mom said, “It’s December 21 tomorrow. And if anything happens, I want all of us to be together.” My sister laughed it off. But yeah, tomorrow is December 21, 2012, the much hyped end of the world. And it’s only less than an hour away. Should I be worried?

For a past few months, the web world has been going crazy about December 21, 2012. It has been one of the most talked subjects in all the social networking sites. On August this year, this message first appeared on facebook.

NASA predicts total blackout on 23-25 Dec 2012 during alignment of Universe.

US scientists predict Universe change, total blackout of planet for 3 days from Dec 23 2012.

It is not the end of the world, it is an alignment of the Universe, where the Sun and the earth will align for the first time. The earth will shift from the current third dimension to zero dimension, then shift to the forth dimension. During this transition, the entire Universe will face a big change, and we will see a entire brand new world.

The 3 days blackout is predicted to happen on Dec 23, 24, 25….during this time, staying calm is most important, hug each other, pray pray pray, sleep for 3 nights…and those who survive will face a brand new world….for those not prepared, many will die because of fear. Be happy, enjoy every moment now. Don’t worry, pray to God everyday. There is a lot of talk about what will happen in 2012, but many people don’t believe it, and don’t want to talk about it for fear of creating fear and panic.

We don’t know what will happen, but it is worth listening to USA’s NASA talk about preparation. Whether it’s true or not, better be prepared. No panic, stay calm, just prays. Remember to smile more, love more and forgive more…every day. Better avoid traveling during December.

Since then it has spread like wildfire in the internet. Forget about the internet, wherever I go, from college to coffee shops, from morning walk to micro buses, I hear people talking about the end of the world on December 21. And since the so-called doomsday is nearing, my facebook friends are posting this message in their status like never before. And when I say ‘like never before’, trust me on this. If you think this pisses me off, just wait. Here what I want to talk about is not how all this started but about how people are sharing this piece of information. By the way, I highly doubt it can be called information.

Because I am a student of astrophysics and I do not believe in all this ‘crazy shit’ (sorry for the word), I post a link to the NASA website where it says that December 21, 2012 thing is a hoax and the world will not end on that day in the comment box of everyone who shares this message. Now what really pisses me off is their reply. They say,

Haha … Rohit. I know. But this is just a copy-paste status.

A copy paste status! What is that supposed to mean? When you post these messages without your personal views on them, you too are becoming a part of the hoax. Why don’t people realize this?

With December 21, 2012 approaching, pictures like this are being shared all over the internet

With December 21, 2012 approaching, pictures like this are being shared all over the internet.

The other day, one of my class mates posted the same message in my college facebook group. I did what I always do. I commented saying it was an internet hoax, posted a link to the NASA website and requested him to google things before posting. He replied saying he had found the message in google and it was not his fault. How can people become so irresponsible? Every thing we find in google is not credible. Being the students of science, isn’t is our responsibility to first make sure the news we get is backed by credible scientific institutions (in this context NASA)?

In this digital age, what we share in social networking sites shows what we are and what we believe in. So next time you share posts in internet, spare a second thought.

Meanwhile I am going bed waiting for tomorrow, waiting for the rumormongers to be silenced, waiting for nothing to happen.

Keeping up with yesterday

Yesterday when you were returning home from the meeting of Leo Club of Kathmandu Horizon, Binita Adhikari came to you and said, “Dai, I need your help.” “Sure. But about what?”, you inquired. “It’s about my November blog. I’m writing about procrastination and I need your thoughts on it”, she replied. And guess what? You did not know what procrastination meant! You silently admitted to yourself that your vocabulary is getting worse. Only after she explained you its meaning, you came to know that it meant the act of delaying or postponing actions. You said you’d think about it and left. And after a little research and a lot of brainstorming, here you are penning your thoughts on it.

You may not have been familiar with the word procrastination until yesterday but you are very much used to procrastinating things, sometimes important as well. Take these as examples.

  • When your mom asks you to clean your room, you put it off saying L-A-T-E-R.
  • The girl you’re fond of is sitting right next to you and you still don’t make a move. “No. N-O-T T-O-D-A-Y. Tomorrow.”
  • Your exams are approaching and you know you should be studying right now. But you stare at the closed books and say you’ll start studying right away . . . T-O-M-O-R-R-O-W.

Wow, you feel like a procrastinating ninja!

You know that procrastination is not a bad behaviour. You have always believed that putting things off, in fact, does not even exist. You simply do things, and those things you don’t do, in reality, are just left undone, rather than postponed. It is only the emotional reaction that follows and the discomfort you endure that represent your behaviour. For the people who put things off, and like it, with no accompanying guilt or anxiety, procrastination is probably the best possible way of life. But you know that you are not that kind of a person. Then why procrastinate? Well, the simple answer is to escape from living the present moment to the fullest.

Don Marquis called procrastination “the act of keeping up with yesterday.” To this, Wayne Dyer added, “and avoiding yesterday.” Now you know how procrastination works. There are certain things on your to-do list but they never get done despite your repeated telling that they will. You know you must do a thing, but you’re afraid you might not do it right, or you won’t like it. So you’ll tell yourself that you’ll do it in the future. Then you don’t have to admit to yourself that you’re not going to do it. And it is easier to accept this way. Self-delusion.

There are sometimes when you put things off up to a certain point and complete the task just prior to the deadline (assignments and exams, for example). You then justify your poor results saying you just didn’t have enough time. Self-delusion again. If you allow yourself with an absolute minimum amount of time to get your work done, how can you expect top-notch performance? Things never work themselves out. There remain exactly where they are. At best, they change, but they don’t get better. You are the one who can make them better, not by hoping or wishing, but by rolling up your sleeves and taking on the tasks that are on your to-do list. If you want to change the world, just talking about it or putting things off and later complaining about it won’t help. Do something, NOW. Ralph Emerson wrote,

Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

Next time as you say you’ll get it done, but know that you won’t, remember those words. They serve as antidote to procrastination.

With all this being said, you know very well that it’s easier said than done. It will be interesting to see when you get rid of procrastination and change from a procrastinating ninja to a doer ninja.

(This post is from my personal diary dated November 7, 2012, Wednesday, with some omissions of course. And sorry for the title . . . just couldn’t think of anything better)