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Thursday, August 30, 2007

To Each his Cinema



No body makes a compromise while making a film. All of them make film according to their predilection and their own value to the system. As a filmmaker, you live in the same world as your audience. Time and place are two great parameters to determine a piece of art. Your work will be reflected on scale of faith and reason of yours in object and environment surrounding it.Cinema reflects dreams, aspiration and hidden desires of society.

'Parallel' was initiated because true artists could not find there voice in mainstream. New wave had started because previous was becoming typical and stagnated. It was like revolt (mutation) not reform(evolution) against the old system of values. Most of the parallel cinema in India told of inequalities in society and the endeavor to change the system.

Changing times bring change in society and content of cinema. Now aspirational side is more credited in cinematic piece of work than emotional reverberation. Strong moral basis of heroism mentioned in mythologies has became a thing of dead past. Reaping commercial benefit is primary concern of films. There is moral blurring in the society. On the name of entertainment, humor is replaced by nonsense.

There are universal human emotions and core value are attached to social relations. Compassion and care of fellow human being is everywhere in world. Place and orientation of watching a cinema may change but not its message and beauty.

One makes a film because he derives joys from the performances. But one should always remember that social engagement is an important part of work as individual identity.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai

Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai
This is a famous song from Film 'Pyaasa' directed by Guru datt.
Lyricist: Sahir Ludhiyanvi.
Anurag Kashyap is making a film, Gulaal dedicated to this song.

"यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है"

यह महलों,यह तख्तों,यह ताजों कि दुनिया,
यह इन्सान के दुश्मन समाजों कि दुनिया,
यह दौलत के भूखे रिवाजों कि दुनिया,
यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है।

हर एक जिस्म घायल, हर एक रूह प्यासी,
निगाहों में उलझन, दिलों में उदासी,
यह दुनिया है या आलम-ए-बदहवासी,
यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है.

यहाँ एइक खिलौना है इन्सान कि हस्ती,
यह बस्ती है मुर्दा परस्तों कि बस्ती,
यहाँ तो जीवन से है मौत सस्ती,
यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है.

जवानी भटकती है बदकार बन कर,
जवान जिस्म सजते हैं बाज़ार बन कर,
यहाँ प्यार होता है ब्योपार बन कर,
यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है.

यह दुनिया जहाँ आदमी कुछ नही है,
वफ़ा कुछ नही, दोस्ती कुछ नही है,
यहाँ प्यार कि कद्र ही कुछ नही है,
यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है.

जला दो इसे, फूँक डालो यह दुनिया.
मेरे सामने से हटा लो यह दुनिया,
तुम्हारी है तुम ही संभालो यह दुनिया,
यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Young Minds & Teachers

Americans have traditionally maintained a romantic, love-hate relationship with the notion of nonconformity. Deep down, they each cherish an iconoclastic image of themselves. American movies and literature are full of rebel heroes and heroines who reinforce that image, At the same time (as these characters attest), we sure do resent it when other people don't behave the way we think they ought to -- that is, "like everybody else". I was amazed to watch "Dead Poet's Society" movie from this perspective.I want to express my feeling about upcoming Teacher's day on 5th September before writing anything more. It will pass from the calender like any other day. I just want to give some words not in praise but only in search of true teacher.

From the moment we enter in the premises of the school, we are taught to sit in a row, be quiet, do not ask questions, do not interrupt the class and on and on. This proves wonderful training for when the young minds leave formal education behind and enter the work world, where we are encouraged to sit quietly, not ask questions and do not interrupt. To have the opportunity to learn from someone who believes that education is more than rot memory and regurgitating facts is indeed spectacular, potentially life-altering and unfortunately rare. Those who cannot learn, teaches to the next generation.

A teacher inspires the value of individual thought, life, and beauty, and his students in return show their understanding, love and respect in the desk scene in the end. How many of us mentally revolted at the dissection of poetry when we were in school?

Young minds all over the world are just waiting to be filled; take care what you fill the with. Back when you are young, you never really stop to think what in the world you are doing with your life. You simply live for the day, hope your grades will be enough to pass, and that's it. Long term thinking involves maybe flirting with a girl. Nothing more. What this film showed me was that we have the responsibility and the joy of being alive in this planet. That we are dust, and we will go back to it, so we have precious little time to make a difference. That we have a moral obligation to "seize the day, and make our lives extraordinary" (my favorite quote in all movie history).

That the world, basically is ours. That the only limitations are within ourselves, and that we owe it to us to fight, to rebel against conformity, to change what we hate and keep what we love. That living in this world is a beautiful responsibility, and that only cowards dare not to change it for the better.The fact that the cast was basically my age, and was passing through the same dilemmas and situations .

I view it as a tribute to the profession at its best...teaching not merely the subject but also the person, and having a lifelong impact on students' lives.A teacher should not only teach but also learn from his students.As the time passes by experience will count with their learning ability.

# The above image is of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on whose birthday, Teachers day is celebrated in India.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

O Captain! My Captain!


O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up - for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths - for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Hear Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shore, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

-WALT WHITMAN-1819-1892

O me! O life!

O me! O life! of the questions of these recurring.
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill'd with the foolish.
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew'd.
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring -- What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer That you are here--that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

-WALT WHITMAN-1819-1892

To the Virgins,Make Much of time

To the Virgins,Make Much of time

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today,
To-morrow will be dying।

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting।

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse and vorst
Times still succeed the former।

Then be not coy, but use your time,
and while ye may, go marry;
For having lost just once your prime,
You may for ever tarry।

-ROBERT HERRICK1591-1674

Yajñopavītam - the "Sacred Thread"

Yajñopavītam - the "Sacred Thread"

The hallmark of having gone through the Upanayanam ceremony is the wearing of the Yajñopavītam (Sacred Thread) on the body। The thread is circular, being tied end-to-end (only one knot is permissible); it is normally supported on the left shoulder(savya) and wrapped around the body, falling underneath the right arm। The length of the thread is generally 96 times the breadth of four fingers of a man, which is believed to be equal to his height. Each of the four fingers represents one of the four states that the soul of a man experiences: waking, dreaming, dreamless sleep and knowledge of the absolute.

Ancient texts refer to the wearing of the Yajñopavītam in three forms:

One is Upavītam, where the Yajñopavītam is worn over the left shoulder and under the right arm। This is for Gods. Upavītam is also called savya (Katyayana Shrauta Sutra &c.).

The Second is Nivītam, where the Yajñopavītam is worn around the neck and over the chest। Nivīta form is to be used during Rishi Tharpana, sexual intercourse, answering the calls of nature etc. (-Shadvimsha Brahmana, Latyayana, etc.).

The third, Prachīnavītam is where the Yajñopavītam is worn above the right shoulder and under the left arm. This is for Spirits. Prachīnavītam is also called apsavya (Katyayana Shrauta Sutra, Manusmriti, &c.).

Friday, August 24, 2007

A memorable day..


I have finally rejected to attend interview of BPCL.Hence the success rate of my appearance in interview in any company continues anyway.I have attended presentation and seen a guy justifying government sector with full statistics and data.I have also learned from last night experience about core mechanical subjects for preparation of interview.

Puneet(chammo) was really unlucky for his myopic reason and i hope best for his(her) future.
Srikant Bhaiya,another gem of supplement mines has got his job in TCE and its a happy moment to rejoice in a long day.Yesterday was the birthday of Neha...so only remembering her memories is now my reason for existence....

Thursday, August 23, 2007

22 years of my life

Looking yesterday, it feels a long time has passed. I have completed 22 years of my life just normally by inhaling oxygen from atmosphere. It is a poor joke putting headache on few of mine blog readers. I do not feel really great on my birthday except a beautiful birthday card from my sister.

Nothing new happens here in the changing world but it is a jolly place to live.

Celebrated birthday by sleeping next morning and missing all the classes.....

Rajjo Rocks !!!!

When placement gets tough,then six pointers of mechanical are rocking the institute.Rajneesh Tiwari (RAJJO) has cracked down a lucrative job offer from the KPO industry.It was a tough competition( only 7 selected in B.R. field) and his grades really rocked ITBHU like mine.Both of us have grades below 6. 5 in Mechanical Department and rank in the prestigious last 20 of our college grade wise.Hence, both of us not eligible in many core companies.He danced at the perfect tune of chance in this company facing 4 round for qualification.I really congrats him not only in real world but also in virtual web world for his success.

His success is really slap on the face of teachers and kick ass on GMAT's who claim that grades justify the potential within the person. Long live the six pointers and mechanical saga of supplementary examiners...

Friday, August 17, 2007

CSC



My 2nd job was in CSC.

I have got job in a company which is not mass recruiter but class recruiter. I had not attended the pre-placement presentation of the company. Only Tintin was one of the few guys from mechanical department who had attended the presentation.
In the evening, there was huge rumor or information that it is a good company offering little money but a great career ahead. I was not informed about this news till evening. Then, Hathi forced me to go for CSC. I first rejected his views on this topic. I was having knowledge of loops only in C programming and was waiting for Evalueserve. When Tintitn told CSC had acquisition of Covansys, then I was ready to try my luck. In the night, chandan and hathi convinced me fully to sit and grasp this opportunity as most of the companies are closed to me due to grades limit.

Next day was a big day; it was my father's birthday. I just went in the exam hall and gave test for non-circuit branch. Before declaration of result, I was sure enough of my qualification to next level. I have achieved it without help of any dummy. Then me and Srikant bhaiya were in same G.D. group. Our G.D. took first due to clever strategy of murali. I just wobbled in starting but finished nicely. Srikant bhaiya was best in the whole group and concluded nicely. In the evening result was out and most of guys from mechanical were selected. Mine interview was rocking one and will be part of unforgettable experiences. I was asked reason for my low grades and any breakthrough achievement. I explained to him briefly some fattas but he was not fully satisfied. Then he asked about arrears and i replied politely about 2 supplementary exams. He asked which subject and reply was MODS. He asked Dr. V P Singh taught you this subject. Then I asked him how do you know him? Surprise! He was alumni of 98 mechanical batch with CGPA of 8.47; After few more question about my abilities and change of field, the interview was over. I was more aggressive in interview trying to defend mine grades with full potential. He was bit impressed but interview was over in 10 minutes. I was thinking that interview was over for me and hence doors of company were closed.

After interview, I was discussing the encounter with Murali. He became confident and told me that I was selected. Me was not quite sure at that moment also. After 15 minutes, I was called to sign at a document for joining. I took out pen before the lady asked for it. She laughed beautifully and I just had smile of success. In short, I was selected in CSC. And a gift to my father on his birthday;

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

60 years of Independent India



On the eve of this event,no words can justify emotion within us.We are not only independent country now but a nation having democratic past of 60 years.To recall the struggle for independence is quite memorable but mammoth task at this small blog..'Unity in Diversity' is now our symbolic representation and future also.A good example to remember this red letter day is to present lines of a great spokesman of independent India.

Tryst with Destiny


This speech was delivered to the Constituent Assembly of India in New Delhi on August 14 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

First Job Interview

CTS was the first company visiting the campus this year. Last year it has recruited 201 people from the campus including M.Tech. and M.C.A. The day began with end of a bad sleep. I slept 6 hours but could not get thinking about placement from my head. Presentation was at 9 am. I was well prepared for it and reached in time. I was accompanied by Hathi, bond, chandu, chammo and shukla. I have reached G-14 and occupied a seat. All of us started doing BC for time pass and presentation started near 10:15 AM. Presentation was good with emphasis on good working atmosphere and no bond on joining.

A question of dollar depreciation was raised but not paid attention as they convinced no. of intake would not be affected by it. It was followed by aptitude test and all of us just sit together. Whole of ITBHU was on the verge of hope for placement.Future was uncertain but looked charming till declaration of result. Out of 370 including MCA and MTech, 250 were selected for interview. Toppers of each branch were called directly for interview. I was now shortlisted for the interview session.

My interview was at 3:30 in Room 8 of the Alumni guesthouse. I was accompanied by Chandu to the guest house. It was a nervous situation for me. The interviewer was not impressed by my computer proficiency and communication skills (satire here). I was able to solve 2 out of 3 questions asked by him.It was relief until he asked my hobby. I bluntly replied writing poems.He asked me to recite one of my creation.From nothing, I produced a messy and prose style English poem. Then the interview was over. I was not sure of the result.

Whole 4th year was sitting for this interview of 1st company. Hence expectation were high. The result was delayed till night. I was walking with hathi,chandu and bond on the lanes of college. All the supple guys were more happy for their clear result than this interview. Only 150 of B.Techs were selected. Me, agp, chandu, bond, shukla, rajjo and puneet got job in this company. Srikant Bhaiya, gupta, tripathi and hathi were not selected. I was stunned from the result. Cake was brought by CTS for mass celebration. Cake tasted never sweet like that. It was the story of my first job.....

Pre-Placement Preparation.

I was running to controller office to get my result out just a day before.I have got my result with 6.22 CGPA in hand on prior evening of placement. Now on the verge of placement, I was standing in front of mighty mechanical department waiting for our HOD to sign our Training and Placement Office (T.P.O.)form. Result of waiting was slightly vain but time had slipped off. Everybody was giving the sharp edges to their aptitudes, communication skills and me just talking to Kunal after being tired from a long day. After getting supplementary result, I have to rush to department for registration and then to T.P.O.;

Then comes the mammoth task of taking job in a IT business solution providing company.
Knowledge of my programming language is beyond the imagination of anyone. Just have handy information on loop in 'C'. Only knowledge of movies as a strong point of my resume. Watching thought provoking cinema was the best line of of my resume. Visit to Germany, also a good point in my resume. But since Cognizant was mass recruiter company, I was hoping for my selection. I was little nervous and my concentration was distracted and depressed those days. I am a happy man always but was not happy at that time.Talk to Srikant Bhaiya helped me lot in boosting my confidence previous to CTS.

A mock interview with murali was just better than average, but not good enough for selection.Hence,to improve English was a major task previous placement. Life was not easy to me as running for candidate of CTS. I was working on these lines written by me to inspire myself ---

"A wild hope is better than tamed desire."---Himanshu Rai

Thursday, August 2, 2007

I got my first job....


I have got job in my pocket.A great satisfaction of mind in professional world comes from the bucks in your purse.I cannot talk about credit cards from this moment only...

I cannot recall moment by moment events that had happened in last 24 hours,but it was molding of me in new avatar.I have got potential in me to get a job in a mass recruitment company after unsuccessful stint in academic life w.r.t. grades.It does not matter to me what the package,this IT company offers. I have got the required boost in first attempt and it will inspire me for future.

I will now also say some words of thanks to my parents,sonal,bhaiya,friends and especially to ITBHU.I know the success makes you humble but its just a starting...

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