Archive for April, 2011

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WE ALL KNOW WHAT LIES BENEATH THE CAP !
After being in the news for months together, Prince William finally got hitched to his love, Kate Middleton, in what could be termed as the most high profile weddings ever witnessed on planet earth.
The most talked about thing in this wedding was the live coverage that made this wedding a world event. All the channels were flashing only one thing, ‘Royal Wedding – William marries Kate at 3.30pm today in Westminster’. The enormous hype and publicity was enough to get me glued to the television screen. And then what I saw were, amazing visuals from London, n number of old men and women, great cars and superb online editing done by the men in charge of making the coverage reach millions of people.
The sad part though is that, it never felt interesting. Being an Indian, I love drama, I love when the unexpected happens, I love when people fall, I love when people forget what they have to say and I love when one person hits another and fights happen. Yes, we love entertainment. And all while when I was watching this sad, dull, boring wedding, how badly was I waiting for one such thing to happen. This boredom from my side, I guess was pretty normal. Sometimes we can’t relate to certain things and this wedding was one such thing.
By the end of it, I didn’t care who on earth was invited to it, I didn’t care whether the Beckham’s were also present at the function and nor did I care about what was on the menu. All my heart wanted was something that would make me watch the event which never really happened. Wish the wedding would have being more fun for me. Now that’s just my personal opinion. And not all might agree. But then since it was on my TV, which I have, to purely entertain me, I would have wanted more fun to it.
So to make it interesting for me, I started imagining  whacky things happening at the wedding. Kate Middleton falling in the aisle was one such thing. The news channels also had one weird and catchy headline flashing, ‘Prince Harry is the best man’. This was probably the best lines to play with. I imagined the headline to be changed to, ‘Prince Harry the best man – Kate Middleton’.  And then I was waiting for the couple to kiss, the royal kiss. Wanted the kiss to go horribly wrong so that I could laugh my ass off. All this is not because I am still against the Britishers for ruling over us, but it was because of the sheer boredom the entire setting brought to me.
The wedding, in short, was not for me or may be, not even for the crores of Indians. And this is what probably makes it one of the most stupid and a ‘waste of time’ event to have ever being aired on Indian news channels.
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It is surprising to know how differently people perceive life. It is even more surprising to know what dreams people have in life. Just the other day I was discussing the same with one of my friends and I happened to ask him, ‘what is the ultimate that you want to achieve in life?’. He gave a simple safe reply saying ,’I want a small apartment, a simple hatchback and a salary that is sufficient to last a month’.
My friend is not the only one who has such dreams, there are thousand others like him. But my question is only one, why not dream big? Do you have to pay to dream big? Why not be more bold and hungry for success? Why not dream of big plush apartment rather than a small one, why not dream of owning a sedan rather than a simple hatchback and why not earn a salary that lasts not just for a month but makes you tired the moment you start counting it?
Some may say I am just penning down fairy tale stories and building castles in the air. But that is not the case. My opinion about life has always been one, it’s just one life, let’s make it ridiculously big here. Because it’s now or never. Ever thought what a Bill Gates must be feeling when he is termed the richest man? Ever wondered what Mark Zuckerberg must be feeling when he is termed as the founder of facebook, a networking site that has revolutionalized the internet. Now think how did these people make it to where they are right now. It’s all in the magic of dreaming to succeed and making it big.
There is no point ending life with by saying it was a satisfactory life. Life is never satisfactory for those who want to be the best and be there at the top. They have always have a desire to grow and a desire to earn more. I always dream of living a life king size. For me, career has just started and at this time everyone has a spark in them to succeed. But my point is don’t ever let this spark disappear  from within.
We have only one life. Lets  end it with people remembering us for what we are. Lets  have the best of bank balance that we have the guts to buy a Porsche or a BMW at will, let’s  have money to go on a world tour. Lets make it so big that when your biggest rivals remember you, they should say,’I was better than him in college, don’t know how come this asshole went such a long distance?’.
Life’s just one, make the most of it.

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The television today has evolved a great deal. There are an enormous number of channels and an amazing range of options for me to choose which channel i want to opt for. Sadly though, my eyes don’t stick on one. The television has become a painful and irritating experience.
Gone are the years when television comedy was indeed funny and tickled our funny bone. Television comedy in India has now become a platform to portray humour that is cheap, vulgar and disgusting. 
The 90’s saw a great revolution in Indian television industry with the beginning of Movers and Shakers hosted by Shekhar Suman. Not only did the show do well, but it also genuinely made people laugh about the kind of items Shekhar presented on the show. That was stand up worth watching. Then came a time when the stand up comedy art was revived on Indian television with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge. The show gave us amazing artists like Raju Srivastav, Sunil Pal, Ehsaan Qureshi etc. The show succeeded not only due to the contestants who were extremely talented but also due to the genuine marking of the judges who could understand what is funny and what is crap. The very fact that both Shekhar and Sidhu gave honest opinions about every performance made the show all the more interesting and the competition more intriguing.
The present state of Indian comedy shows is sadly not as nice as the past. Today we have the two leading shows called Comedy Circus and Comedy ka Maha Muqabla that are running on air. The quality of humour that the shows have is sadly next to bullshit. One show gives us humour where the contestants fail to give any new comedy except for passing comments on Archana Puran Singh and Surinder. And then we have a second show where the judges are Shreyas Talpade and Raveena Tandon, who, in their film career have failed to understand what real comedy is. The ongoing cheap and disgusting style that the comedians are presenting is a big big shame and insult to the very art of stand up comedy. 
I hope this insane humour has a full stop in the future to come or television comedy will soon become a thing to forget.