De dana dan- Movie review

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 29, 2009

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If you have got brains leave them at home if you intend to watch this movie. I have seen movies like "Welcome" which are referred by many as Ridiculous but they doesnt come close to this! Having said that it does not mean that the movie is not funny.

De dana dan is a movie about 2 friends- Nitin (Akshay Kumar) and Ram (Sunil shetty) and their need for money in order to get married to the love of their lives Anjali (Katrina kaif) and Manpreet (Sameera reddy). They plan to do a small kidnapping inorder to get rich which goes awkwardly wrong and the story takes it from there.

The first half of movie begins with introduction of characters which takes some time and therefore the movie is slow and boring specially in the 1st half. But the 2nd half is a complete laugh riot with all the confusion creeping in. There are many scenes where you cant stop laughing. Being a Priyadarshan movie all know that in climax all characters will show up and there will be total confusion and thus I was expecting more laughter in the final 15 min. The climax was ok but was nowhere near climax of Films like Hera pheri, Hungama or Malamal weekly.

The acting in the movie is OK.Though Akshay Kumar is the "Lead hero" he doesnt have much screen presence in the movie. Sunil shetty and Katrina kaif are fine. Sameera reddy cant act though her role in the movie is also minimal. Archana's acting looks forced. Chunky pandey, Tinnu anand and Shakti kapoor should have been avoided. Its high time Priyadarshan realizes that India is fed up of Shakti kapoor's style of comedy.The side characters does the job for this movie. Paresh rawal, Rajpal yadav, Asrani all have done a very good job. But Johny lever, Manoj joshi and Vikram gokhale steal the show!

ALL SONGS IN THE MOVIE ARE FORCED but apart from 1-2 others are quite good. The best of them are Rishte naate by Rahat fateh ali khan and Paisa by RDB.

FInally its definitely worth a watch if you are looking for some light hearted comedy.



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Aditya found by CBI!!

By Sanchit on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Last month I had made a post Rescue Aditya . It was good to see in Today's newspaper that CBI has traced Aditya and his mother. A news that would possibly end on a good note!

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Hillarious technology predictions!!

By Sanchit on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Here’s an extract from a list of the Worst Tech Predictions as compiled by T3 Magazine:


Sir William Preece 1878


Lord Kevlin 1883


At the launch of Boeing 247 in 1933


Darryl Zanuck 1946


Alex Lewyt 1950


Arthur Summerfield 1959


Ken Olsen, founder DEC 1977


Bill Gates 1981


Bill Gates 2004


Sir Alan Sugar 2005

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Meet the youngest headmaster in the world!

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Around the world millions of children are not getting a proper education because their families are too poor to afford to send them to school. In India, one schoolboy is trying to change that. In the first report in the BBC's Hunger to Learn series, Damian Grammaticas meets Babar Ali, whose remarkable education project is transforming the lives of hundreds of poor children.

At 16 years old, Babar Ali must be the youngest headmaster in the world. He's a teenager who is in charge of teaching hundreds of students in his family's backyard, where he runs classes for poor children from his village.

The story of this young man from Murshidabad in West Bengal is a remarkable tale of the desire to learn amid the direst poverty.

Babar Ali's day starts early. He wakes, pitches in with the household chores, then jumps on an auto-rickshaw which takes him part of the 10km (six mile) ride to the Raj Govinda school. The last couple of kilometres he has to walk.

The school is the best in this part of West Bengal. There are hundreds of students, boys and girls. The classrooms are neat, if bare. But there are desks, chairs, a blackboard, and the teachers are all dedicated and well-qualified.

As the class 12 roll-call is taken, Babar Ali is seated in the middle in the front row. He's a tall, slim, gangly teenager, studious and smart in his blue and white uniform. He takes his notes carefully. He is the model student.

Babar Ali is the first member of his family ever to get a proper education. "It's not easy for me to come to school because I live so far away," he says, "but the teachers are good and I love learning. And my parents believe I must get the best education possible that's why I am here."

Raj Govinda school is government-run so it is free, all Babar Ali has to pay for is his uniform, his books and the rickshaw ride to get there. But still that means his family has to find around 1,800 rupees a year ($40, £25) to send him to school. In this part of West Bengal that is a lot of money. Many poor families simply can't afford to send their children to school, even when it is free.

Chumki Hajra is one who has never been to school. She is 14 years old and lives in a tiny shack with her grandmother. Their home is simple A-frame supporting a thatched roof next to the rice paddies and coconut palms at the edge of the village. Inside the hut there is just room for a bed and a few possessions.

Every morning, instead of going to school, she scrubs the dishes and cleans the homes of her neighbours. She's done this ever since she was five. For her work she earns just 200 rupees a month ($5, £3). It's not much, but it's money her family desperately needs. And it means that she has to work as a servant everyday in the village.

"My father is handicapped and can't work," Chumki tells me as she scrubs a pot. "We need the money. If I don't work, we can't survive as a family. So I have no choice but to do this job."

But Chumki is now getting an education, thanks to Babar Ali. The 16-year-old has made it his mission to help Chumki and hundreds of other poor children in his village. The minute his lessons are over at Raj Govinda school, Babar Ali doesn't stop to play, he heads off to share what he's learnt with other children from his village.

At four o'clock every afternoon after Babar Ali gets back to his family home a bell summons children to his house. They flood through the gate into the yard behind his house, where Babar Ali now acts as headmaster of his own, unofficial school.

Lined up in his back yard the children sing the national anthem. Standing on a podium, Babar Ali lectures them about discipline, then study begins.

Babar Ali gives lessons just the way he has heard them from his teachers. Some children are seated in the mud, others on rickety benches under a rough, homemade shelter. The family chickens scratch around nearby. In every corner of the yard are groups of children studying hard.

Babar Ali was just nine when he began teaching a few friends as a game. They were all eager to know what he learnt in school every morning and he liked playing at being their teacher.

Now his afternoon school has 800 students, all from poor families, all taught for free. Most of the girls come here after working, like Chumki, as domestic helps in the village, and the boys after they have finished their day's work labouring in the fields.

"In the beginning I was just play-acting, teaching my friends," Babar Ali says, "but then I realised these children will never learn to read and write if they don't have proper lessons. It's my duty to educate them, to help our country build a better future."

Including Babar Ali there are now 10 teachers at the school, all, like him are students at school or college, who give their time voluntarily. Babar Ali doesn't charge for anything, even books and food are given free, funded by donations. It means even the poorest can come here.

"Our area is economically deprived," he says. "Without this school many kids wouldn't get an education, they'd never even be literate."

Seated on a rough bench squeezed in with about a dozen other girls, Chumki Hajra is busy scribbling notes.

Her dedication to learning is incredible to see. Every day she works in homes in the village from six in the morning until half past two in the afternoon, then she heads to Babar Ali's school. At seven every evening she heads back to do more cleaning work.

Chumki's dream is to one day become a nurse, and Babar Ali's classes might just make it possible.
The school has been recognised by the local authorities, it has helped increase literacy rates in the area, and Babar Ali has won awards for his work.

The youngest children are just four or five, and they are all squeezed in to a tiny veranda. There are just a couple of bare electric bulbs to give light as lessons stretch into the evening, and only if there is electricity.

And then the monsoon rain begins. Huge drops fall as the children scurry for cover, slipping in the mud. They crowd under a piece of plastic sheeting. Babar Ali shouts an order. Lessons are cancelled for the afternoon otherwise everyone will be soaked. Having no classrooms means lessons are at the mercy of the elements.

The children climb onto the porch of a nearby shop as the rain pours down. Then they hurry home through the downpour. Tomorrow they'll be back though. Eight hundred poor children, unable to afford an education, but hungry for anything they can learn at Babar Ali's school.

A great article from BBC. Do check out the original thread to see the video of Babar's school, Interview of 1 of the student and Babar answering questions of students from various parts of world!! Truly remarkable!!


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Interesting story of the rise of Kalpana chawla's father

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Below is the link to a Rediff article which tells the interesting and inspirational story of Kalpana chawla's father. His struggle during partition, How he created a business empire out of nothing, how Kalpana chawla went to USA after so much difficulty and many other points.



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Why Sandeep Bacche is the King of Bandra?

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Inspirational An autorickshaw driver who gives free rides to the blind, donates money to an old age home and is trying to raise funds for the treatment of a sandwich vendor.

Sandeep Bachhe is an autorickshaw driver in Mumbai. More of him later, but first let me take you through his wonder autorickshaw. It has a television set tuned to good old Doordarshan -- which incidentally is celebrating 50 years of transmission in India. Then there is also a board with the day's price of gold, silver, dollar, pound and the yen.

Behind the driver's seat hangs another chart with phone numbers of hospitals, theatres, hotels and airlines. You can also pick up the day's papers and a couple of magazines in the rack behind him. 'Do not spit,' another notice admonishes you. There are pictures of Gods from all major religions. "All are welcome," he says with a smile.

Of course, you can't have it all, even Bacche's wonder auto has some limitations -- 'No toilet available,' says another sign and Sandeep, 35, explains, "Some college girls got in and told me, 'You have everything where is the toilet?' and so I put this sign up.

"The signboards continue, and there is one that says, 'Donate for old people' with his mobile number below. Sandeep gives whatever he can spare to an old age home. He also collects money from like minded auto drivers to distribute notebooks among slum children.

He points out four other auto drivers to me who had each given Rs 500 the week before to distribute books to needy children.Sandeep also gives free rides of up to Rs 50 to people who are blind and gives a 25 per cent discount to the physically challenged. He gets a physically disabled customer about once a month.

Full Article-

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Write anything in BLOOD!

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 15, 2009

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A cool website to write anything you want in Blood!

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Autographs of famous Indians

By Sanchit on Thursday, November 05, 2009

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Trace any mobile number!

By Sanchit on Thursday, November 05, 2009

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Randomly surfing on Internet I found 1 website which lets you trace any mobile no. by entering just the 1st 4 digits. The information provided includes- State, reference city, name of service provider and also the type of connection i.e. GSM/CDMA.

Well to be frank this is pretty much useless information but may still be helpful to some.

how to trace mobile number


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What is Love Jihad?

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 01, 2009

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You all may have or have not heard the term "Love Jihad" before. Its rarely on news though its quite common on public forums these days. Now a CBI enquiry has also been ordered into it.

So What is Love Jihad?

Well to put it simply in Islam a Muslim man can marry a woman of another religion but its not possible vice-versa. This policy itself was made to increase "followers" of Islam. So now under Love Jihad muslims are encouraged by Radicals to TRAP girls of other religion in love and convert them into Islam! Its more popular in southern state of Kerala and has spread its wings to other states also. The new bollywood movie Qurbaan is also based on this!

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Jargon buster- A new label

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 01, 2009

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Many times it happens that we keep on hearing to some "terms" or "incidences" on news and in general life or keep on reading it in newspapers or on internet but never know the meaning of it.

Searching on Internet reveals many vague results which are too long to read whereas you want only a quick detail on what exactly the "term" means or what exactly is the "incident" all about.

So from today I am starting a new label "Jargon Buster" where I will post about stuff or incident which I feel is too much in the news/talk these days but is still complicated or many dont know what "exactly" is the meaning of it.

So lets burst those Jargons!!

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Why should our President receive the queen’s baton?

By Sanchit on Sunday, November 01, 2009

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President Pratibha Patil is in London to receive a baton from Queen Elizabeth II on October 29. She has already received a tasteless joke from the duke of Windsor about Patels . And then the President is all ready to get the dubious distinction of the first-ever head of state of a Commonwealth country to receive the baton from the Queen Elizabeth. It’s a ‘baton’ that’s customarily given to the host country of the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth has 53 member states including Nauru, .. etc and none of them ever thought it prudent to be so obsessed with the colonial hangover that their head of the state would go and be a durbari in the former coloniser’s palace.

And our sportsmen like Kapil Dev gave a statement expressing a feel of pride for having found their names in the invite list to be in the queue and get introduced to a lady who hardly knows about their land except that her predecessors once ruled them with a barbarity that is reminiscent of the dark ages (her knowledge about us won’t be better than that of the duke of fatigue and follies who slipped over the Patels) and she never expressed any regret or remorse over what the British did to us.

Any surprises on the Indian spinelessness?

We are a nation that produced a large number of rai bahadurs and sirs and rao sahebs while ‘crazy deewane’ were becoming Bhagat Singhs and Rajgurus and Sukhdevs. There were a large section of our Indians who thought it prudent to keep a silence on Jalianwala Bagh, honour the butcher Dyer even after the gruesome incident. It’s another matter that we had those Casablancas too who preferred gallows to knighthood.

Pratibha Patil and Kapil Devs have joined the ranks of those who have no sense of history, leave aside a sense of pride in the sacrifices of revolutionaries who fought the British.

We are the world’s greatest living democracy, much larger and with a better civilisational background and track record of humanity than the British. Why should a head of a democracy present herself before a queen, a symbol of a decaying, old tradition, which has lost all relevance to the contemporary values of civil society? Shouldn’t they be raising questions that why the lady occupying Buckingham Palace must remain the head of the Commonwealth?

The most logical and contextually correct thing would be to have a head of a democratic sovereign as its chief and not a titular icon of a royalty that stinks with the blood of our revolutionaries and whose wealth is built on the loot of India?


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