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October 12, 2008

Overprotective Parents

There is a world of difference between "knowing it" vs "feeling it." Back in 2001, I came across these ads in an issue of the magazine Communication Arts. I believe they were part of a Singapore based campaign for Toyota Corolla. Naturally, I thought they were very funny back then. Now that I am the father of a 10 month old, I understand the sentiment on a whole different level. If I could enclose him fully in bubble wrap, I actually might seriously consider it :-)

Thanks to Rich Burridge for finding the pics online.
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- October 12, 2008 11:03 AM // Humour , Virj

Our God Is Bigger Than Your God

From a pre-rally prayer at a McCain event in Davenport, Iowa:

Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself.

"I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," Conrad said.

"And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day," he said.

Apparently, a spokesperson for the McCain campaign distanced themselves from these remarks later on. Funny how the McCain-Palin "Straight Talk Express" has been doing so much of that lately, particularly at all the shenanigans going on at their rallies. With their poll numbers tanking, you would almost think desperation had something to do with it.

PS - Hat tip.

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- October 12, 2008 10:46 AM // Politics

October 5, 2008

Meipporul The Movie

Earlier this century, in the beginning of our tenure in the Bay Area, Shari and I found ourselves singing to a hall full of people. In Tamil. This by itself might not remarkable except for one fact: we are utterly clueless when it comes to that language. And the fact that the occasion was the Tamil New Year's celebrations in the Bay Area enlivened the entire experience all the more. Of course, we weren't singing entirely by ourselves - we were part of of an a cappella group that did standards in Hindi and Tamil. That group wouldn't have been possible without the drive and enthusiasm of our friends, Rani and Nari, an indefatigable couple who worked like maniacs during the week, but devoted their weekends to the practice of the higher arts.

All of us have gone our own ways since then. However, it was with great pleasure I heard about their latest venture: a Tamil film set in the Bay Area. Meipporul The Movie:

MEIPPORUL is the pioneering venture of three Bay Area friends who aimed to set a new trend in Tamil cinema. With the goal of creating a movie without the standard formulas, MEIPPORUL aims to be a "Hollywood-style movie in Tamil." Filmed entirely in the San Francisco Bay Area in the USA, MEIPPORUL has an diverse all-new cast and crew spanning different ethnicities and professions.

The movie tells the story of Sam (Krish Bala), a successful neurosurgeon, who leads a contented life with his wife Devi (Anusha), a reporter for a Tamil-language magazine. The entry of old (Narayan Sundararajan, Ritu Bhargava, rani) and new friends (Suren Vijaykumar, Natty Kumar) wreaks havoc with Sam's emotions, causing ripples of doubt and mistrust. In the meantime, Devi finds friendship elsewhere, leaving Sam to wallow in his own despair. Amidst all this turmoil, Sam tries to hold on to his marriage and cling to his rational side.

As the suspense heightens and the movie reaches its climax, Sam is unsure whom to trust, and you will yourself looking for the truth behind every phrase and every corner. Little do Sam - and you - know of the dangers that lie ahead...

In addition to their filimic venture, Nari and Rani have also produced a different kind of release recently: the one with dirty nappies and nocturnal vigils. Our best wishes for both!

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- October 5, 2008 8:48 PM // Diaspora , Film