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  • Goyal 13:45 on Thursday, July 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    I have moved 

    I had been thinking of moving the blog to a privately hosted website, and I have finally done it. The blog has now moved to http://www.akgoyal.com and so all readers (if any) should now head over there. Hope to catch you all there.

    Meanwhile, thanks to the fine folks at WordPress.com, and even the new blog is hosted using WordPress.

    ~Goyal

     
    • Vobagodazof 1:46 on Thursday, June 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      а мне лично вкатило :)

  • Goyal 16:37 on Monday, July 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Tour De France 

    I have tried hating this event because of all the scams and controversies. But I just can’t. I love it.

    These men are amongst my favorites (in order):

    1. Andreas Kloden
    2. Alexander Vinokourov
    3. Robbie McEwen
    4. Michael Rasmussen
     
  • Goyal 13:30 on Sunday, July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Harry Potter   

    Harry Potter – The Order of the Phoenix 

    The good things first – Helena Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange – devious, evil and totally believable. Imelda Staunton as that old hag, Dolores Umbridge. The dark side of the novel has been brought out brilliantly. The fight in the Ministry of Secrets.

    The bad – is not as good as the book, which itself was not great. The book was long, and even though the movie tries to capture as much as it can, it misses out a lot and there is a lot of discontinuity.

    Radcliffe plays his part as a frustrated Harry really well and Rupert Grint is loveable as ever. Emma Watson is cute as (swoons) Hermoine, but she does not play that significant a role in the movie. For that matter, no one does. And that is the entire problem. Other than Harry, no on else has a beefy role and it shows on the movie. I used to love Richard Harris as Dumbledore and the Michael Gambon, though he tries hard, does not match up. I think Gandalf from Lord of the Rings would have been a better replacement.

    The kiss between Cho Chang and Potter isn’t worth all the hype and Ginny Weasly’s character has been built up slowly but solidly. The look in her eyes before Cho and Harry get “snoggy” is priceless. You can just feel her love for Harry.

    If you are a Potter fan you will like the movie, even though you feel that many important parts have been paid less attention to. Go watch it. I would rate it 7 on 10.

    PS: I am again in love with Nauheed Cyrusi. Watched Anwar partly last night.

     
  • Goyal 7:07 on Saturday, July 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Lucky Number Seven 

    It is once in a lifetime event.

    07:07:07 on 07/07/07

    Lets hope that the Taj makes it to the new seven wonders list.

     
  • Goyal 14:35 on Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aap ka Surroor   

    Aap ka Surroor 

    Fans of American History X would know this line – “… someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong.”

    I took the advice and here is the review. All hail GB!! All hail HR!! Jai Prabhuji!!

     
    • akhay 16:21 on Saturday, September 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hi

    • hi 14:49 on Sunday, September 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi

    • amit 14:50 on Sunday, September 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @akhay – hi. don’t think I know you – but anyways, i have shifted to my new blog

  • Goyal 11:17 on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    My Bad! 

    Well, call me a Google fanboy all you will, but this has to be one of its kind examples of admitting the “we messed up.” Keep rockin’ guys!!

    The only other example I can recall is of Johnathan Schwartz when he apologized publicly on his blog to Matt Mullenweg (the brilliant WordPress guys).

     
  • Goyal 21:02 on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Debugging! 

    baygon_beatles.jpg

    I am sure Steve Jobs would be offended, but even he would agree that this is one brilliant piece of advertisement.

    Courtesy: mental_floss (brilliant observation about the Volkswagen)

     
  • Goyal 18:25 on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DSLR, Snaps   

    First set of snaps 

    As you might have known, I am now a proud owner of a Canon Digital Rebel XT, courtesy my brother.

    I have uploaded the first batch of snaps from it here in the Thunderstorm folder. All comments welcome :)

     
  • Goyal 15:47 on Monday, June 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Reader down!! 

    I think that the Google Reader service is down. I haven’t received any updates since morning, which is weird and near impossible. Any one else facing the same trouble??

    Update 1: Mike Arrington blogs about the same problem here. Also, official post on the last outage is here. I am just praying it comes back online fast!!

    Update 2: May not be true at all, but I think the entire Google RSS system is broken because the Techdirt feed on my iGoogle page has also not been updated, while the blog has two updates.

    Update 3: Some updates have started appearing on Reader, though not fully. Techcrunch is still missing and so in India Uncut. Holy Cow!!

    Update 4: Most of the feeds have been updated including India Uncut and Techcrunch. Also the iGoogle feeds like Cricinfo and Techdirt have also been updated. I think it is functioning normally now. How about a post on Google Reader blog to explain this?

     
  • Goyal 14:00 on Saturday, June 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Review 

    The first question that comes to your mind after watching the movie is – why the hell is Chitrangada Singh not acting in any more movies? Damn – she is right up on my list after Scarlett Johansson.

    Anyways, the movie is based on the Indian society and the revolution and Emergency in the 1970s. The film is centered around the lives of three DU students Vikram (Shiney Ahuja), Shiddharth (Kay Kay Menon) and Geeta (Chitrangada). I already have a very high opinion of Shiney and Kay Kay and to me they represent the best of Indian actors, ahead of the Khans and the Bacchans, well at least one Bacchan.

    The movie weaves through their lives, while in college and then outside it, and is interlaced with the political upheaval in India in the 70s with Emergency, and Communism just about finding it roots. Siddharth, son of a judge, is attracted to the extreme Communist ideology and swears by the Naxalite movement. Geeta is initially reluctant about the movement but joins in later and starts working in a village. Vikram uses his networking skills to move up the social ladder. He is the man who can get things done. Though Vikram is manipulative and a political figure, he remains good at the bottom of his heart, and his love for Geeta is unending. Siddharth, though committed to the revolution, loses focus as the movie progresses. Geeta, initially not so optimistic about the revolution, works whole heartedly once she starts working, and in the course of her faces every possible misfortune and even gets raped by the autocratic police. Siddharht too suffers a lot at the end of the movie and is mentally disabled in a police beating. However, it ends on an optimistic note with him and Geeta coming together at the end.

    The movie is very well directed and very well paced, and the actors give brilliant performances. In all, a must watch movie. I dont know how I missed the movie when it was released. The movie draws its name from a Mirza Ghalib ghazal quoted below:

    हज़ारों ख़्वाहिशें ऐसी की हर ख़्वाहिश पे दम निकले
    बहुत निकले मेरे अरमान लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले
    मुहब्बत में नही है फ़र्क जीने और मरने का
    उसी को देख कर जीते हैं जिस काफ़िर पर दम निकले

    Another couple of lines from Rahim, which I really like and believe in are used once in the movie.

    रहिमन धागा प्रीत का मत तोड़ो चटकाए
    टूटे सो फिर ना जुड़े, जुड़े गाँठ पड़ जाये

     
    • Ojas 11:31 on Sunday, June 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Conflict conflict!! Chitrangada Singh.. get her off your list!

      Brilliant movie, this one. and a nice review.

    • Goyal 16:14 on Sunday, June 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      As we have agreed, we will be rivals when it comes to her, but you still are gonna help me with SJ!!

    • nandanjha 17:39 on Sunday, June 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I have seen the movie in bits-n-pieces, my wife didn’t agree on watching it (too dark) and guess it does remind you of quality cinema, of govind nihalani kinds.

      nice and short reivew.

      dummy question – How do you write in Hindi ?

      • Nandan (www.ghumakkar.com)
    • Goyal 9:59 on Monday, June 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Nandan,

      Thanks for the kind words. Dark movies are the ones that are really a reflection of the real world. For example, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara, Black Friday, Chandini Bar or for that matter, Parzania. I don’t really remember about the directors but one must watch this kind of cinema or else we will be left in the Johar/Chopra school of film making with exotic locations, multitude of songs, huge star casts and no story lines whatsoever.

      For writing in hindi, I use http://quillpad.in

      -Goyal

    • Nandan Jha 11:57 on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah.

      By the way, if I get a Hindi output from quillpad and then post in my wordpress post then it looks fine but the moment I publish and then see it as part of main site, it appears like ??? ???? ???

      Sorry, if I have been bothering you on this.

      thanks

    • Goyal 12:03 on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think it is a problem with the font/browser you are using. You need to use a Unicode supporting font and browser. I generally just copy the text output of Quillpad and paste it directly in my WordPress post compose window. Works fine for me.

    • Akanksha 19:20 on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      हज़ारों ख़्वाहिशें ऐसी की हर ख़्वाहिश पे दम निकले
      बहुत निकले मेरे अरमान लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले
      मुहब्बत में नही है फ़र्क जीने और मरने का
      उसी को देख कर जीते हैं जिस काफ़िर पर दम निकले
      :)

      you’re welcome!

    • Akanksha 22:21 on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      ok..to be viewed in IE only!

    • utpal 12:58 on Friday, November 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well……. why did you forget about Geeta’s husband and his innocent love towards her………….

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