Friday, July 23, 2010

Janis and John (2003) 7/10






It is a story about a very ordinary insurer agent called Pablo (played by Sergi Lopez) who is living a very ordinary life with his very ordinary wife Brigitte (played by Marie Trintignant). One day, Pablo meets a client Mr Cannon and decides to defraud him. Mr Cannon has this brand new Aston Martin which he wants to insure. The twist is Mr Cannon is extremely apprehensive about using his car to an extreme that he does not even take out  his car from the garage. Pablo decides to cheat Mr cannon and tells him the car is insured while he has not done it and starts keeping the premium monies with himself. But one day, the car gets damaged and now Pablo has to give the insurance money to Mr Cannon. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

8 reasons why EPIC may actually have an epic success...


India has just 70 Mn population on internet - and also has one of the worst penetration of internet - refer to the chart below , even Pakistan is better!



One very big reason is definitely lack of proper infrastructure but at the same time - its also the content and apps which are right now English centric to be more Indian centric - coz majority of India has no proper education - forget familiarity with English language alone!

We certainly need to not only publish content in Indian languages but we also need apps which are more Indian-centric. EPIC may kick-start that race. It certainly has that potential. Here is why I think so -

  1. Being Indian - At the first, I thought, here comes one more app to cash in on "Being Indian", but its only after 2 hours of exploration, I found out that this is just not Indian in marketing sense but has core Indian -ness hidden excruciatingly well. Indian content like News, Writing, Music, Videos, its all there.
  2. It also supports writing in Indian languages covering twelve languages as of now including Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada among others

  1. Bookmark feature - With the bookmark feature quite clearly present on the sidebar in a very neat manner - it might help driving people on internet who have not used anything but IE. And believe me there are millions of such users.  Yes, it was there in Opera but lets accept it Opera is far too advanced for Indian usage.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cure of impotence and human fancy!

"Importance" and "Impotence" seem to be such a big issue in men! I read an article on what homo homo sapient have been doing since time immemorial to remain fertile till death - some even dying as a process!.


Meet Dr. Leo Stanley, chief surgeon at San Quentin prison in California who in early 1900s was busy experimenting on prisoners and trying to make them fertile.



 Three or four hangings in prisons in a year offered the perfect chance to relieve relatively young men of their testicles without an argument. ... Testicles of these deceased felons were inserted into other prisoners, usually geezers with no chance of parole. According to Dr. Stanley's reports, most showed improvement. Seventy-two-year-old Mark Williams, half-senile at the implant, perked up within five days. ... Scientific journals, including JAMA, gave this work wide and respectful coverage. Dr. Stanley himself ... injected or implanted testicular material, both animal and human, into 643 inmates and 13 physicians. ... (Details)
So weird!

And then I happen to see Viagra advertorial  in Business Week which also detailed on the side effects that Viagra, modern tool of becoming Superman (in bed)...that it can turn a man blind, deaf, etc!

So much for having a good time? Seems kind of weird...what do you think?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

VIVA CUBA (Spanish - 2005) - (8/10)





The movie is actually quite simple and that is the beauty of it. Its a story of a boy and a girl, Jorgito and Malu,  - who are very good friends and dont want to be separated - even if it means going against your parents, getting scolded but still continue to meet each other. So when the mother of girl wants to leave Cuba and immigrate , they decide to run away to meet girl's divorced father and plead to him to not allow her to leave. 


It was my first Cuban movie but I could still capture the hardships of localities which have been captured very well in the movie. Its kind of "Life is beautiful" in its own way. The movie explores hardships of immigration which is necessary given the condition of Cuba's economical and political situation but this definitely has its ill effects on children and families. 


I am giving 6/10 for simply the cinematography of the movie - capturing small details, beautiful scenery - and then added with the wonderful acting of Malu and Jorgito. My favorite scene from the movie is when both of them sitting atop and contemplating how to prevent Malu from going out of Cuba. Before the start of the scene, viewer is a little sad that the movie will become a sad with of them separating but when the scene is finished, viewer is not only relieved but kind of charged with the enthusiasm. 


The acting by the children, the chemistry showcased by them will keep you laughing and enjoying the movie...And 2 more points for simply their acting! 


Its a must watch! Watch the trailer here for a glimpse...




No doubt that the movie became the first ever Cuban film to be awarded the ‘Grand Prix Écrans Juniors’ for children’s cinema at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I am White/Blue

Got to know about this by a friend 


I am Blue/White
I am Blue/White
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I'm both orderly and rational. I value control, information, and order. I love structure and hierarchy, and will actively use whatever power or knowledge I have to maintain it. At best, I am lawful and insightful; at worst, I am bureaucratic and tyrannical.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

You are what your email id is!

Source - The Oatmeal

The image above may be taken in humor but this is very true. I still get shocked when I meet with media and marketing people who get surprised with the fact that my mail id is "Anshul@AnshulSushil.com". 

Getting your own domain is a clear message that you are not only tech savvy but also that you are cognizant of "personal branding". 

Here is how to get your custom domain in Following steps steps - 

1. Go to www.GoDaddy.com and book a domain of your choice - lets say you buy www.InterpretingImages.com

2. The best service to have your custom domain is no doubt from Google - Here - Log on to the Google Apps and register your domain