Thursday, September 30, 2010

A judgement for peace's sake

Today 30 Sept 2010, Thursday | Allahabad, India.
Verdict on Babri Masjid land possession was passed, the land will be divided amongst all 3 parties who were claiming ownership of this disputed property. Anything for the sake of peace- everyone is hailing the high court's decision. None of the expected rioting has been reported in the news. Government has given guidelines to the channel to help maintain an atmosphere of calm and peace. Looks like they are successful so far. Partition is not a great concept, has our nation not learned it. Momentary peace is priority, future wars can be dealt with later.

The parties who were responsible for the demolition of the controversial mosque and changed the face of secular India, starting the biggest riots based religious differences post independence, readout briefings to the press at press-conference, hailing the judgement. Looks like they has been vindicated. Peace is an illusion at least for now.

We need to maintain peace at all cause. In the path of progress who wants obstacles, if that means closing eyes on 2000 plus dead. Why not? When numbers are on your-side and you have power to create a riot- the nation forgets and forgives. Democracy. I should know that. Good wins over evil, Bad will never triumph... etc are naive concepts. Mobilise mass opinion, when the number is on your-side, you are always rights.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Short films | Made using DSLRs

Now with the Canon EOS 5D MKII, the boys can become men sooner. The rituals of climbing the filmmaking hierarchy will be a lot easier, assuming there is a compelling story to be told.

Canon EOS 5D Image via Wikipedia

Canon came out with Canon EOS 5D MKII which comes with video capabilities, HD quality video on what is essentially a Digital SLR camera. This is significant development for the pro-sumer and independent filmmaking community. At this point they are very excited and are going bonkers. It is being discussed on twitter, check the tweets of Stu Maschwitz and run a search on vimeo with Canon EOS 5D MKII, you will get to see the excitement in form of test shoots and demo-videos. Let me explain the excitement.

When it came to films what separated the men from the boys was the filming technology- video vs film. Boys shot on video and always aspired for the film-look. They used plug-ins in the edit to mimic the lensing effects and contrast levels that define the film-look. On the Canon 5D you can use canon range of dslr lenses, control the look and feel of the scene manually, unlike in video cameras where controls were limited.

Over the past few months the progress has been clear. Demo videos are giving way to works of serious art. Now the independents can worry less about the form and focus more on the content.

Short film made with 4500+ still photographs. Shot with a Canon EOS 30D camera.


A girl misses her train to Milan and is set to wait overnight in Rome until dawn. However, a chance encounter with a guy changes her plans and the night lights of the capital turn into the background to a tender love story. An extraordinary chemistry made of knowing glances and small gestures fills the few instants that separate them both from the sunrise.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Blog | New beginning

Technorati says in one of its studies that 95% of blogs are abandoned says an article in New York Times

"According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled"
I started blogging on 11 feb 2005, it was a musing about socio-cultural scenario of Kerala. I was an erratic blogger and would post whenever I felt like. I had moved to Mumbai in Jan 2008 and thus lost the vantage point to the happenings in Kerala. I discontinued keralatimes. My last entry was on 28 august 2008.

I learned and gained much from the process of blogging.

1. Before the blog my jottings were not more than a to do list or occasional poetry. I learned to think paragraphs. Though my grammar and spelling still remain terrible. I found a new expression in writing.

2. I developed opinions on cultural and social issues, started listening to what was happening around me.

3. I began to understand technological developments of the internet, looking back i feel that I am part of a social media revolution that everyone is talking about now.

4. I trained myself to sift and navigate the information highway. Introduction to RSS and Feed reader happened.

5. I found new friends to share ideas with

6. and more

"There will come a time, when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning" - Lois L'Amour
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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Rubber & Prejudice or No Bride for Rubber Tappers

June 01,08 | M.R. Subramaniam |Businessline
No Keralite is coming forward to tap rubber these days. Workers from Tamil Nadu are getting jobs in infrastructure projects. Therefore, planters have now turned to getting workers from the North,” says Mr N. Radhakrishnan, President of the Cochin Rubber Merchants Association.
One reason Keralites not wanting to become tappers is due to a social stigma attached to it and them not able to get brides!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Kerala's future

"Kerala is in a state of flux. Caught between a communist past and capitalist future, between pessimistic melodrama loving older generation and a practical cosmopolitan young generation. A land blessed by nature being destroyed by false pride of its people. The time of this land is yet to come"
- Quote from Parashunaama

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Parashu- 'higher than thou'

Parashu stood wondering what consequence he wanted to embrace as he stood thinking where to sit. He could sit down on the dusty ground, or he could climb higher up and let everyone look up if he were to speak, along the depth and  distance axis he could take up any place. The choice he takes would have consequences. The obvious question was if he was willing to take a position, he understood that even standing there was a position on the axis. And he made a choice, slowly he move on to the higher ground and occupied a golden seat.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008