"The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them." - Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine, 07-10-2006

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas '06 @ Bangalore

It was quite a while I went to Bangalore last. That too last time had office work so did not get any time to catch up with friends. This Christmas was a long weekend with Monday being holiday due to Christmas. So I was eagerly planning to escape from Chennai. That's when Bangalore folks called up and said they were planning for a trip for the weekend. But even that did not happen. But then there are so many things to do in and around bangalore.

We decided for a 1-day trip to Sivanasamudram (aka Sivasamudram), a falls about 120km from Bangalore, on Saturday. Sunday we roamed around the city with lunch stop at M. G. Road and wrap with a Bhagam Bhag night show at Innovative. Christmas day start with visit to the Infant Jesus Church and I winded-up my trip with a visit to the Forum.

Here are the photos of my trip ...

link: http://saptarshide.myphotoalbum.com/slideshow.php?set_albumName=album27

Monday, December 11, 2006

Got a nice testimonial

Got this testimonial on Orkut from one my ex-HCL colleague (I am still with HCL) this morning. And it was a very pleasant surprise. I remember having many short discussions with him on various topics during tea-breaks, snacks time and after office hours; each one of which was a lot of fun.

"Saptarshi !!! a man with vision, cool dude....you can talk to him on any sub and he will have his firm point to substantiate his stand. One of the few guys I have seen among the youth lot to be more sesnsible. cool attitude, sharp smile and his sense of humour...make him more lively......(buddy I have done a good selling ain't I?) cheers man !!"

Do not know how of it is actually what I am; but surely a good note to start my week with. Thanks Manick! :))

Dhoom again!

Say it luck or anything, I was waiting to go for Dhoom-2 for a long time and finally this weekend the wait was over ... twice. Something like the double-premiere of Sahara One.

About the movie? Nothing much to say. Girls, bikes, stunts and music that was the USP of the first edition and same is the case here. Though he second half predominantly is a love story which causes it to drag a bit. Stunts are really cooler in this one, especially those by Hrithik. Bollywood has surely matured quite a lot in terms of how the new and copied stunts are executed and used in the movie.

If they are planning a series then I think all Bollywood actors will be wishing to get the thief’s role, because the entire movie is made with the thief in focus and rest others supporting him. Abhishek did a good job with whatever he got, but for some funny reason he forgot to go to gym for the movie or maybe when your wife is pregnant you should also put on weight just to give her company. One thing where this ones lags behind the first one is how suspense elements are handled, there could have been bit more suspense specially involving Aishwarya. Uday Chopra's character was something which I never understood why it there since the first edition and this time the list expanded with Bipasha Basu.

Final word, you can definitely watch it once for all the stunts and get-ups of Hrithik apart from the girls, bike and music; but definitely not a second time unless someone else is paying for the tickets as was the case for me.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Did you vote for Taj?

I am referring to the voting for the new 7 wonders of the world at the N7W website. For those to whom this is breaking news, there is a voting going on to choose the new 7 wonders of the world. The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07. The N7W is on a world tour visiting each of the candidate wonders. They are scheduled to be at Taj Mahal in December, 2006.

You can place your vote online. In India, we have an alternate option of voting through sms.

So go ahead and vote for Taj Mahal!