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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BABY (2015) - Movie Review - lead star cast: Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongpa, Tapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Anupam Kher

Finally, I have managed to publish my eBook. It was such a stress. Writing a book is a different thing and arranging for its sell & distribution is a different thing. I was trying to select appropriate software vendor… may be I would speak about this eBook experience some other time in future. For more details about my first eBook may be you would like to visit my blog:

Today’s post is about the movie ‘BABY’ which I happened to see yesterday with one of my neighbouring friend in a theatre. I was telling my friend probably it’s not a right day while we have chosen to watch this movie, because of probable bomb threats on the occasion of 26th Jan ;). Nooooo… just joking!!!. The crowd was good and in India I don’t think people are so worried about any kind of bomb threats to change their plans, be it work or leisure activities. J J J

I never go for a movie based on previews and when I say that I must also say that probably I would have not gone for this movie as well sheer by its name ‘BABY’.
But then, when my friend asked me, I thought I should not say ‘no’ for it was supposed to be first time going out with him. And then when he briefed me about it, I thought, I personally want to watch this movie. I love thriller and action movies.

About the movie itself, I found it quite good, trying to project different image of India, evolved out of the necessity to protect its people and properties against continuous threats and frequent damages it invites while trying to protect its image of peaceful and peace loving country yet very strong, independent when it comes to defence. I could not help remembering my experience while watching ‘Bourne series’ (one of the best out of many good creations of Hollywood).

I would like to rate this movie 10 out of 10. J J J Although, I would not rate action as good as Jason Bourne’s movies, the concept is dynamic, action scenes are good (in compared to Bollywood standards) , overall story & thrill is quite excellent, and casted very well with multiple stars in it. The movie is about spies being planted in different parts of the world, to eliminate plans of attacking India with any sort of terror, before it could actually become a serious threat here in India. Prevention is always better than cure!!! And so is true about this disease called ‘terrorism’ experienced by the global society these days.

A must watch movie for patriots, and people who like thrill and action in Bollywood style (I personally have love, passion and quite a tolerance towards Bollywood creations).

Anytime it is much more entertaining experience than the 'PK', which had created quite a buzz of late.

Of course, we bachelors had gone for the morning show to save on our ticket costs as usual. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Is Private tuition, Online tuition, eTuition, Coaching classes really required for students of all age and all academic years?

Dear readers,

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in publishing post this week. I’m sure you must NOT have noticed that delay though. J

These days, I’ve been busy writing a book, yes a book! So was kind of pulled away from the blog for a while. I don’t want to talk more about this impossible venture as of now. J

Before we go the today's post, let me share the funny incidence I experienced today morning in the park when I was sitting on a bench and a lady passed by speaking over the phone “ (Hindi)…sirji, aapne jabhi phone kiyaa thha naa, tab mai nahaa rahi thhi, Bathroom main!..”
“(English)… sir, when you had called me, I was taking shower, in the Bathroom!...”

Though in my devil mind: 

(Hindi) Lo! karlo baat! Normally loag bathroom mai hee nahaate hain, aur kahaan nahaate hai? I mean ye mahila kabhi kitchen, hall, bedroom mai nahaati hai toh pataa nahi. I laughed out, even though I was alone. JJJ

(English audience) I was not knowing before I heard this lady, that people bath/ take shower in other rooms of house also. Of course, I’m not aware if this lady takes shower in the hall, kitchen or bedroom though. J J

Just for humor!!!


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Parents in India (while I’m not sure about other countries) pretty often come across advertisements such as 'Online tuition, ‘Private tuition’, ‘Personal tuition’, this tuition, that tuition, then 'private coaching classes' for the better future of their children.

Advertisements usually go in some form like this,

‘Your son is not studying? He needs a private tuition! We provide tuition from the people who are IITians.’

‘Your son needs a personal attention. We provide online tuitions.’

Then coaching classes: ‘last year one of our students scored 98%!!!’

…it may go on and on.

I must mention here that I respect all IIT students, qualified IITians and IIT institutes for providing premium quality education in the country. My focus of the discussion today is on students and too much of expectations out of them, not giving them their own space to think what they need. For that matter I respect Education, but then I think it would be inappropriate to value Formal Education only in our life and society.

My question here to parents is do students require so much of guided attention in studies?
Do they all really want to go to private tuitions, coaching classes?

Yes, I don’t deny that certain important years of academics, children need to be disciplined, and focusing on studies so that they don’t miss the bus of career options for their better future. But do they need tuitions, classes for every academic year? For e.g. 1st standard, 2nd standard, 3rd standard…

Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Students usually spend 5-6 hours in a school or college. Daily commuting time on an average 1 hour.  Then 8-10 hours for sleep.  Now, whatever time is left i.e. of 7-9 hours, I think it would good to let them live their own life, enjoy their life, apart from doing studies on their own. Because those precious moments of young age do not come again in life with that freedom, that age, that thinking, and endless zeal to dream. Things they want to try, things they want to do apart from studies, like sports, spending time with friends, reading, internet surfing, cooking, etc.

I think it would be good enough for parents to just ensure that, their children know what is wrong and what is right, what is ethical and what is not. Make sure they don’t waste or abuse the freedom you are giving them and know their boundaries. Of course they would make mistakes, but then ensure they learn from their mistakes. Monitor them don't try to control them.

Everyone is not alike, and not meant to be alike. So don’t try to control your children’s life by forcing them to be part of the competition which probably their soul and mind does not want…

Friday, January 2, 2015

My analysis of the news “Uber horror: Delhi police nab rapist cab driver in Mathura”

Dear readers,

Wish you all happy, prosperous and healthy 2015!!!

…continued from previous post

Yesterday I happened to come across an updated post on  about the topic under discussion at the moment on this blog. I’m not a regular reader of or for that matter anything J. However, since I came across this post would like to share this with you.

The post has been titled >>> Uber cab rape victim breaks her silence:  See something, say something

Sincerely appreciate the struggle that victim girl is going through and support the decisions, actions and stand she and her family took after the incidence took place.

While continuing from the previous post, my next point of analysis is about the company ‘Uber’

Point# 3

One point worth notable from the original post I had come across on MSN is ‘all it required for that driver to compromise safety is mere deletion of a smartphone app’???
What fucking non-sense!!! On what basis this international company called ‘Uber’
has been claiming to be safer alternative for women in Indian cities like New Delhi. (Thank God ‘Uber’ is at least not claiming to be SAFEST alternative for women safety! So appreciate its honesty. ;))

I thought of checking about this company on internet. First thought came to my mind was of course to check for details on

The third paragraph from the article on says:
‘Uber is the subject of ongoing protests from taxi drivers, taxi companies and governments who believe that it is an illegal taxicab operation that engages in unfair business practices and compromises passenger safety. As of December 2014, protests have been staged in Germany, India, Spain, France, and England, among other nations, while incidents involving passengers have been documented. In December 2014, Uber was banned in Spain, and two cities in India, and continues to be involved in dispute with several governmental bodies, including those of the U.S. and Australia.’

I wonder why should Indian people trust so much on this company? Simplest thing that driver could do was delete the smartphone app? Could not company like ‘Uber’ build safety feature with every cab driver that application could not be deleted by anyone but by authorised company personnel after cab driver reports at nearest company office (to ensure there is no passenger in the cab and all his next scheduled pick-ups have been cancelled by informing respective passengers and rescheduling the same with other available cab drivers) before he (any driver) could walk out of the network? However, with such feature the next question comes to my mind is may be ‘Uber’ is struggling to find cabs for its network? May be… may be not. And this easy join, easy exit option may be one attractive feature to pull in more cab drivers as possible, while both company and cab drivers are struggling to reach comfort zone before they could trust each other for long term business relationship. May be… may be not.

The old post says after the incident being reported ‘Uber’ company released the following statement:
“We became aware of the incident this morning. Safety is Uber's highest priority and we take situations like this very seriously. We are working with the police as they investigate, and will assist them in any way we can to determine what happened. It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver's account following allegations of a serious incident, which we have done. In India, we work with licensed driver-partners to provide a safe transportation option, with layers of safeguards such as driver and vehicle information, and ETA-sharing to ensure there is accountability and traceability of all trips that occur on the Uber platform.”

I read this statement and could not help myself but smiled ironically.

Uber says. “Safety is Uber's highest priority and we take situations like this very seriously.”  The question pops up in my mind is, ‘is India the first country where this company has launched its operations?’ Uber has been founded in March 2009 in The United States. Uber has been operating in many countries, banned in Spain and has been in dispute in many countries for unfair business practices and compromising passenger safety.  (source Wikipedia article).
How seriously Uber has taken such incidences so far to make its application more intelligent and smart? One need not be so intelligent to make a smart guess on this one.

Next ‘Uber’ statement says: “We are working with the police as they investigate, and will assist them in any way we can to determine what happened”
Most important thing ‘Uber’ has to understand here that, The Driver deleted smartphone application!!!

Further ‘Uber’ statement says, “In India, we work with licensed driver-partners to provide a safe transportation option, with layers of safeguards such as driver and vehicle information, and ETA-sharing to ensure there is accountability and traceability of all trips that occur on the Uber platform.”
Which layers of safeguards????? Today’s post on where Victim has spoken out further on this: “And Uber, the taxi-hailing service that I had trusted, had employed a driver with a criminal background, without a (Public Service Vehicle) badge. I later learnt that they had also neglected a complaint by another female passenger, Nidhi Shah, about driver Shiv Kumar Yadav’s conduct, and failed to take action.”
I wonder if Uber meant ‘layers of safeguards’ or ‘veils ignoring safeguards'?

I think there should be general public protest against this company by not opting for its cab network.
Not just in Delhi but anywhere in India wherever this company has been operating at the moment. But then the next question is how many other and better and more reliable options are available to the general public?

Certainly, efforts of the Delhi Police are worth appreciable while arresting criminal in time.

The next question is how strong case they would be able to build and what course of action the existing Legal system takes/ decides to punish the criminal to discourage such incidences in future.