Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Movies...

... I saw this week include two Oscar winners, The March of the Penguins and Crash. Penguins is some easy viewing excellently-shot fare. I'm not sure if I like Crash as much as the hoop-la does, but it's entertaining. But sufficient subtext against gun laws, wot?

In keeping with the 'minorities' theme, today's collection of cartoons is reaction to the new proposed US anti-immigration law. The cartoonists out there are having a field day on this.







Monday, March 27, 2006

Death...

... has a finality about it which is disarming. You can't react to it. You can't fight, strategise, plan, think, or figure your way out. Everything that's done after, is a social grace, nothing more.

I walk into office (stuffed to here with some greasy sausages) today, and I hear of the demise of Vishnu, a colleague. Of a cardiac arrest. At the same age as I. He got married a month or so back. I knew him to be a genuine cheerful friendly sort.

It's so shocking, that I don't know what to say or think. I work at a small place and it's stunned the entire workplace.

Here's to the memory of Vishnu.

But, there's something seriously amiss. Everyone I speak to not feeling good, people are home-sick, unwell, fed-up, disgusted, head-ached, unhappy... there's definitely something wrong in the air.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Depressing...

... tidings follow. So if you're feeling cheery, come back later after you read the rest of the newspaper.

Lately, I've stopped defending Bangalore and it's delights to people who walk around cribbing about it. I've stopped myself from reminding them that no one forces them to come here from cities with better nightlife and infrastructure and shopping and whatchahaveit such as Bombay and Delhi. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, and this is a free land. This is my home, and I love it here, however deep a mess it is in today.

Among the many quaint charms of Bangalore, the Premier Book Shop stands tall. Tucked away behind the shadow of a large tree near one end of Museum Road, it's been around almost forever. As has Mr. Shanbag, and his cornucopia of books precariously stacked with practiced shelflessness. Through my childhood and the ensuing ages, I've enjoyed it with almost shameless abandon, scrounging together the money and rarely won KQA gift coupons to buy a book. I've laughed at the absurd titles and blurbs, cried at the higher price tags, and marveled at such feats of balancing books as would shame even the lovechild of Enron and Worldcom.

To cut it short, it's one of THE THINGS in my version of Bangalore.

I'm sorry to bring news of it's impending closure. The story I gathered over the last few days is sad, though common, in this philistine age. Owner of the premises passes on. His daughter has ideas for the prime spot. Mr Shanbag has to leave.

The optimist in me is desperately hoping he finds another location for it. The fatalist in me is digging up all the old coupons to accompany me on my final pilgrimages over the next few weeks.


The END, indeed, is nigh.

Zimmy...

... gets a name-check in today's cartoon, which is why I post it.

In other recent news, John Wesley Harding (Columbia, 1967) has shot to the top of my all-time favourite Dylan albums. Just to let you know.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Bonding...

... with Daniel Craig is not going to be easy. Come to think of it, EVEN I feel he's going to be the worst Bond ever.

Yes, Yes. That's an overtly judgemental statement, considering that not a single film is out. But what the hell.

Check this, if you agree.

A Compilation...

... of some of the ones 'commemorating' the untimely (?) demise of one Slobodan. Eat your heart out.








For some reason, some of the other ones weren't uploading well.

Bleeearrr...

...rrrgh.

It's been a rough few days with some debilitating stomach infection that laid me low for the last few days. Am still trying to deal with the antibiotics in my system. Yech.

Be that as may.

In the news, do check out these new posts on the blo(g)ck. My man in sing-sing A Shock has 'come out' here. The Corp 'ore has been cajoled into a post. And funniest is Bee's description of one of the most common species of humans this side of the country. Cow has posted some answers.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Today's Cartoon...

... is a dedication to Poo and Cow and the endless hours spent on campus trying to make 'models' and 2x2s.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Our Open...

... Quiz at the KQA went off rather well. We'd put in a lot of effort, and it paid off, mostly. There were many lovely questions we could not use for lack of time, but a good question never dies, so that isn't a big bother. Go read the questions and stuff at Cow's blog.

Cartoon of...

... the Day is a new series of posts I'll be featuring on this blog.

This development is for the following reasons...

1. I've recently subscribed to an online comics thingie which fills my inbox with over 50 cartoons and comics everyday
2. I'm dying at work, and haven't the energy to blog. But the five or six of you still visit my blog, so I should keep y'all entertained
3. I've forgotten about any possibe copyright law
4. What's wrong in spreading some humour?

So, we'll kickstart with a dedication to The Long One.



PS: I'm not promising to be regular with this.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Our Open...

... Quiz is scheduled to be on this Sunday.

Us being, Cow and I. Open Quiz being what's best about the KQA. Sunday being the 12th of March.

Do come, if you're the quizzing sorts.

The official mail hasn't yet gone out, though......

.... hmmm.

UPDATE: The official invite is OUT. 1300, Sunday the 12th March, Daly Memorial Hall, Nrupathunga Road.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Something...

... I heard during the first session's play today.

"...The Indian team was sponsored by Teflon yesterday, nothing stuck..."