Guest post by Kavya
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Guest post by Kavya
Sun TV screened ‘A Time for Heroes’ on Sunday. It was a show organized by the Heroes Project to promote AIDS awareness and was held in Hyderabad in October. The primary attraction ofcourse was that it was attended by many top stars from all 4 South Indian film industries. But though it mostly followed the format of awards shows, the reason behind the show made it seem more worthwhile than those shows.
Which of the following organs in the human body does not sweat?
With the shopping season officially upon us since yesterday, the phrase "mail-in rebate" is gonna be everywhere. This week's BusinessWeek has an article on the popularity of such rebates with companies and their corresponding unpopularity with consumers. The psychology behind rebates is that "they get consumers to focus on the discounted price of a product and then buy it at full price". I guess they might well be called "rebaits"!
PSBB's principal is Mrs. Y.G.Parthasarathy. Since I went to the K.K.Nagar branch of the school, glimpses of Mrs. Y.G.P were pretty rare. But she was always an invisible presence hovering over the school. I used to give her a wide berth on the occasions we met her and a stern glance from her was enough to send even the naughtiest kid scurrying away to safety. But it was always clear that giving the kids a good education was her topmost priority and I was always amazed at the number of kids whose names she remembered.
Mrs. Y.G.P's 80th birthday is coming up and is going to be deservedly celebrated in a rather big way(thats especially impressive if you consider that she is neither an actress nor a politician!). The school's alumni are conducting some community welfare programs to commemorate her birthday. The birthday itself is being celebrated at AVM Rajeswari Kalyana Mandapam with a music program, a short film about her directed by S.P.Muthuraman, the release of her biography and speeches by the likes of scientist M.S.Swaminathan, Cho and N. Ram. The music program will feature Anuradha Sriram, who is an alumni too (she was in the batch before me and I still remember her singing Aayarpaadi Maaligaiyil... at the school assembly.)
Happy birthday Mrs.Y.G.P... And thank you.
A cold-afflicted, fussy 5 1/2 month old
Unscramble the four words to fill in the boxes. Then unscramble only the circled letters to answer the riddle at the bottom:
Got this as a forward from my brother. Asin fans, ensoy :-)
For the Tamil cinema lover in me, April 14 was a red letter day since movies with Rajni, Kamal and Vijay all got released the same day. For the reader in me, yesterday was April 14 all over again with three books landing up on my to-read list the same day!
The other surprising fact is that there is not much suspense. The regular detours to Mila's first-person accounts tell us quite early what the racket is and how Maura and Jane are going to be linked to it. But Mila's narrative, which is quite graphic, does make us develop an abject dislike of the bad guys.
Its a given that Gerritsen's novels are going to be over-the-top but Vanish becomes a little too fantastic towards the end. When we get scenes like the new mom Jane stepping out of her window and balancing herself on a ledge with her newborn in hand, the book loses the already thin thread that was connecting it to reality so far. The book also ends without a real sense of closure. While get to know who the bad guys are, the book ends before they get their comeuppance, which is somewhat of a disappointment considering how much we get to hate them after Mila's description of events.
If pace and action, rather than realism, are what you're looking for, then Vanish should satisfy you.
So there's some hope for Tamil cinema after all :-) Sivakasi, after getting a huge opening and being accompanied by proclamations of being a megahit, has started slipping. According to Sify, "Nobody is able to explain this drastic 50 percent drop." Hmmm... I think I will be able to explain it!
Kung fu Hustle, definitely one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen recently, has won the Best Film title at the Golden Horse awards, the Chinese language version of the Oscars. The film was nominated in 10 categories and won five, including best director for Stephen Chow and best supporting actress for Yuen Qiu, who played the landlady.
Reviews for Majaa, Sivakasi, Mazhai and Kicha Vayasu 16 are now online at bbreviews.
Unscramble the 4 words to fill in the boxes. Then unscramble only the circled letters to answer the riddle at the bottom.
My daughter is currently learning to read two-letter combinations in her pre-school. The last couple of days, whenever I asked her to tell me what sound 'th' or 'sh' made, she always followed up her answer with "Its a digraph, appa". I initially assumed that she was talking about some unrelated word that she had happened to pick up from school. I'll even admit to thinking, a tad condescendingly, that her overactive imagination had combined the words 'tiger' and 'giraffe' to come up with a name for an exotic new animal in the forest!
Vijay TV had a half-hour program featuring famous personalities' thoughts on Kamal to mark his birthday yesterday. Prabhu has a brief summary of the program for those who missed it (I was among the unlucky ones).
Learned first from Aparna’s blog that today, November 7, is Kamal’s birthday. Heartfelt birthday wishes to the one true all-rounder in Tamil cinema; the man without whom we wouldn’t have had Naayagan, Hey Ram, Indian, Thevar Magan, Aboorva Sagodharargal, Moondraam Pirai, Salangai Oli or any of those other movies that took Tamil cinema a small step up and made its fans, a bit more proud.
Tamil cinema is lucky to have you Kamal… Wish you a Very Happy Birthday!
My laptop crashed last Wednesday and I heard from IT yesterday that there wasn't much hope of retrieving the data on its hard disk. Didn't affect my work too much since I had little work-related stuff on there. But I did lose my collection of reviews(over the last 2 years) and templates used on bbreviews. Sure they are online but as of now I don't think geocities provides any easy way of downloading multiple files from its site. If any other geocities users know of a way, tips for the same would be greatly appreciated :-)
Unscramble the four words to fill in the boxes. Then unscramble the circled letters to answer the riddle at the bottom.