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Month: October 2011

Movie Review – Real Steel

Starring Hugh Jackman in the lead, Real Steel is a flick based on a 1956 short story “Steel” by Richard Matheson. A boxing robot theme interspersed with human emotions seems to be an interesting concept. Does it bring the two together successfully? Lets see.

At the outset we are told that Hugh Jackman who was a former boxer has huge debts on his head. To pay the loan sharks, he organizes robot boxing matches. But sadly ends up losing all the time, until one day…But then he is so enamored with his robots that he himself becomes one. Not bothered about his family and losing himself in the machines, he finally agrees to take custody of his son when told about his girlfriends death. The rest of the story deals with how the father and son partner together to conquer the robotic world.

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Book Review – Revolution 2020

Revolution 2020 is Chetan Bhagat’s fifth book after four successive best sellers. With over 5 lakh pre – orders you could be forgiven for thinking that his latest offering was keenly awaited by his fans after a 2 year drought with his “2 States: The Story of My Marriage” releasing way back in 2009.¬†With a title like “Revolution 2020” and Love.Corruption.Ambition as its tagline / slogan, you expect something different from Chetan Bhagat this time. So does this book succeed? Let’s see!

Gopal is a relatively poor fellow whose barely making ends meet. He’s no stranger to struggles in life whether it is tackling the entrance exams of IITs and NITs or finding his ambition in life. He feels that only money can get you happiness. Raghav on the other hand is ready to mount a revolution against everything corrupt and wrong happening in the society. He believes that someone has to stand up against the system. Aarti is a happy go lucky girl who every guy would dream of having as his soul mate.

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Hyderabad – A city so used to Telangana strikes that no one bothers!

The auto drivers are off on strike!

The bus drivers are off on strike!

The police haven’t registered a case of murder, robbery, dacoity etc. for months!

The attendance in offices has dropped miserably because of the strikes!

This is the state of Hyderabad for the last couple of years. It seems as though bandhs and strikes have become so common that people don’t seem to care anymore. It has become a daily / weekly / monthly activity. And it is hurting Brand Hyderabad real bad with investments falling dramatically over the last year or so. At one time Andhra Pradesh was regarded as one of the best places for FDI but it has slowly lost spot to Chennai, Bangalore and other cities.

But this time the situation has gone completely out of everyone’s hand. It has now been more than 25 days since the general strike began. In between there has been the auto bandh, the regular power cuts, the rail roko, the rasta roko and what not. You could just wonder if there would be an AIR ROKO!

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