Transition of Thoughts

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Month: April 2013

Review: Nokia Lumia 620


It’s been sometime since Nokia joined hands with Windows to come out with phones having the Windows OS. The first series of phones with Windows 7 and 7.5 didn’t do too well. There were issues of every kind and Nokia was slowly but surely moving towards disaster. Then came the Windows 8 series enabled phones beginning with Lumia 920 and 820. Lumia 920 has garnered great attention throughout the world with its specs and particularly the amazing camera it has. But the critics were still out saying that Nokia needed to come out with affordable Lumia’s for markets like India and China which are the fastest growing on the planet.

Lumia 620 is the first in the range of the affordable Lumia handsets. So what all does it have? If you are not looking at the black colour, at first glance you would surely notice the colourful back cover. This is the first Lumia handset which comes with changeable back covers (Cyan, Lime Green, Black, White, Magenta, Yellow). The screen size is quite handy at 3.81 inches. It packs a 5MP primary camera and a 1.2 MP secondary camera. This camera is quite good for this price range (Rs 14,200) that is if you are not looking at Indian models like Micromax, Karbonn etc like me. It provides you all the features like Panorama, Face Detection, Multiple Shots, Auto Focus with touch etc.

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In conversation with Rishi Vohra – Author of Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai


Rishi Vohra recently relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he has had a successful career in the Indian entertainment industry. Having been a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. ‘Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai’ is his first novel.


He is here with us for a short tete-a-tete.

Aseem: Take us through your journey from the entertainment industry to releasing a novel.
Rishi: Well Aseem, it was a long journey. After my B.S. in Corporate Finance / Film making from the U.S., I moved back to Mumbai. I started of in ad films and then moved on to feature films as an assistant director. Side by side, I was also independently directing music videos, TV shows, stage shows, live events, and promos. During this time, I realized that writing is where my passion lay. So I kept writing as I proceeded to San Francisco to study an MBA in Sustainability. During that time, I wrote a novel and pushed it for publication while working / studying. Though it was rejected in the U.S. and other foreign markets, several Indian publishers showed an interest in it.

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Guest Post: Hollywood’s 5 Worst Movie Sequels


Bruce Willis makes a comeback with another ‘Die Hard’ sequel. Though the iconic action sequences of the earlier films are present in this latest sequel, you cannot wonder whether it was necessary to make yet another movie with a tired old formula. Mind you, the box office collection record shows that the producers of the movie are laughing all the way to the bank. There are other examples like the ‘Harry potter’ franchise and the ever green ‘James Bond’ movies which in between them have grossed several billion dollars.

But not all the sequels of an original hit have been as successful. Of course, nobody intentionally wants to make a bad movie but some sequels seem utterly unnecessary and very inept. Here is the list of 5 such movies which suffered from a steep lack of quality from the original movie.

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Waisi Wali Khushi – In search of happiness..


Who doesn’t want to be happy? Don’t we search for happiness everywhere? Sometimes we search for happiness in our work while at other times we search for happiness in relationships. Sometimes we search for happiness in what others do while at other times we search for happiness in small pleasures of life. We humans have so many wants which keep increasing day by day and that’s why our search for happiness always keeps continuing.

‘Waisi Wali Khushi’ is a short film which talks about that happiness which Punit Malhotra (Director of ‘I Hate Luv Storys & the upcoming ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’) is searching for. He tells ‘Masha Pour’ his story. He is tired of his hectic 9-6 job day in and day out. And one day he decides to leave for Bangkok to have some fun of his own. Till the day he takes off, he always believes that money is all that which can bring happiness to his life. He is part of the rat race which we all are part of. But then he decides to let go and unwind. He decides that enough is enough and starts living life on his own terms. The rest of the movie deals with how he actually finds his happiness.

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That eerie night..


Since he was in a support project, his work timings differed every two weeks. So for two weeks a month it was a 9am – 6pm shift while for the other two weeks it was a 9pm – 6am shift. He was a very hardworking, honest and dedicated resource. Whether it was being asked to work on weekends or on public holidays or even spend late hours, he never refused. That night there wasn’t much work at office. All his teammates had left by 1am. But he thought to spend some more time in learning a few more concepts which sounded confusing to him. By 3am he packed his stuff and set out to leave.

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Book Review – Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai


“Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai” is Rishi Vohra’s first novel. From the entertainment industry to pursuing a green MBA and finally to publishing a book, Rishi has done it all. He has also been a guest columnist for various newspapers and a regular writer of wine. So does his novel work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

“Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic…”

‘They’ use these words to describe Babloo – the doctors, his family, his teachers..everyone..except Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him.

Mumbai..the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and ‘normalcy’ he so craves?

Vandana..yearns for a soulmate to rescue her from the confines of the Railway Colony they all live in. Is she looking in the right place?

Rail Man..a fearless, real – life hero who succeeds in doing all that Babloo secretly wishes to Babloo his inspiration it the other way around?

A random twist of fate on Mumbai’s endless, serpent – like, jangling local train tracks ties all these characters together in a complex weave of love, heartbreak and courage.

Babloo draws the reader into his fascinating, heart – rending journey through the twisted, choked lanes of Mumbai, into an open space where he can finally be born again.

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My first experience of a cricket match in a stadium


Indian Premier League Season 6, Match No 7 – Sun Risers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Stadium – Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal (Hyderabad)

Date – 7th April 2013

Team supported – Though I am a big fan of Gayle, it was surely Hyderabad that night.

This is the 6th season of the IPL. But this was the first ever cricket match (any format) I watched live in a stadium. As is the case with Hyderabad, there was total chaos on the roads, hours before the match began. People had parked their vehicles where they found some space. The roads were choc-a-bloc with trucks, buses, cars, scooters, three wheelers and what not. It seemed as though everyone was heading for the stadium. Though we were about 10 minutes late, there was still quite a lot of chaos at the entry gates.

My first feeling as I walked into the stands – It was reminiscent of the scene from Kai Po Che when Ali comes out to bat. With over 40000 people yelling at the top of their voices, it felt like one was entering a cauldron. For a moment, I just looked around at the stands, at the people and at the field. It all looked so surreal, so beautiful, so awesome. I could just wonder on what it must feel for a cricketer to make his debut in front of such a vociferous crowd.

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Guest Post: Movie Review – Tropic Thunder


Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is a parody of what could happen during the making of a ‘Vietnam War’ story. Mr. Stiller plays the action star hero – ‘Tugg Speedman’, who is trying to keep his acting career alive as his previous movies have begun to lose their appeal with the audience. The storyline of this flick is based on a fictional book of the same name, Tropic Thunder. Steve Coogan who plays the role of the director, decides to submerge the spoiled actors into the thickness of the jungle to shoot the film as acting setbacks and budget losses force him to take control of the situation. This parody of film creation easily becomes a memorable one.

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Deserted at the altar..


Since the time a girl is small, she dreams about her wedding day. I always expected my man to come on a horse as my knight in shining armour and take me away into his world bringing me all the happiness and peace. Though that was a bit too much to expect, I still wanted to be loved, to be happy and to have someone in my life who could pamper my wants and desires.

We had met in the most bizarre of circumstances on a flight to Lucknow. He was traveling for a business meeting while I was on my regular job as a Lead Flight Attendant. Somehow we began talking, exchanged numbers and the rest is history. Though our jobs didn’t allow us to meet that often, we always made it a point to stay in touch in any way possible; sometimes through ‘Whatsapp’ and other times through ‘Skype. In just over a year, we had grown so fond of each other that all our talks revolved around love, life, ‘how I would settle with his family’ and the likes. Though it seemed a tad too fast, I was loving every bit of it. He truly loved and pampered me unlike the earlier guys in my life who were either too scared to commit or just didn’t want things to go to the next step.

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