Sunday, April 19, 2015

T.v show- Malgudi Days(1987)

                                Based on the works of R.K Narayan, Malgudi Days was adopted as a television series by Doordarshan 1987. Swami, the protagonist, is a 9-year-old boy living in Malgudi with his parents and grandmother.
                                Epidsode one commences with he lead character, Swami asleep. Further on a teacher in a primary school is fighting over Hindu and Christian religion. Carnatic Musician L. Vidyanathan composed the score for this series and this is one of those musical pieces which stay with you.
                                Cinematography from the point of view of those days is very good, with bright and contrasting frames.The low side no doubt is the editing. In three-four occasions, it is clearly visible that there was a cut in between, whose bits and pieces were not added together perfectly. 
                                 Shifting from the technical specifications,the serial was directed Shankar Nag, and was shot entirely near Agumbe district of Karnataka.It was one of the gems produced by Doordarshan when there was no other channel.The atmosphere and the mood that the episodes create are something very positive, wholesome, and nostalgic.  
                                 The stories are simple yet moving.What really makes these short stories leave an indelible mark on your memory is: Coherent and very identifiable characters who are struggling for better living or for more happiness.
                                  You will be fascinated at the ease with which these men managed to craft the rhythm of the life in the stories of Malgudi.The message that 'Malgudi Days' conveys represents every human emotion there ever was and every personality there ever will be. A new dimension. A new light. Draped in the practicality we are so used to, it hid within the simple nothings of life that are everything.The credit indeed goes to great stories written by R K Narayan. Without these stories it would have been impossible to create such profound impact by these episodes.

UPKAR (1967)

                      In the mid-sixties, India faced double trouble. On one hand, Pakistan attacked our frontiers, on the other, there occurred a scarcity of foodgrains in the country.Upkar, which won the best film Filmfare award for 1967, was a movie directed by Manoj Kumar, revolving around the same theme mentioned above. The lead cast included Manoj Kumar, Prem Chopra, Asha Parekh and Pran.
                      Upkar (obligation) is the story of a peasant-cum-soldier , Bhaarat (Manoj Kumar) who despite being well-educated, prefers to go for peasantry in his parental village, whereas his younger brother, Pooran (Prem Chopra) moves out for higher studies and gets spoilt. Bhaarat's maternal uncle (Madan Puri) is a wicked man who had earlier killed their father and now he along with the money-lender of the village fills poison in the mind of Pooran against his elder brother. Pooran gets separated from the family with his share of the land. Meanwhile Puran, with the help of his greedy uncle and some partners, tries to gain profit by selling drugs and black-marketing in the market. Asha Parekh is a doctor promoting family planning,
                          In the end, Bharat returns as a war hero defeating the demon designs of the enemy and his brother repents as he is caught by the police (by the brother-in-law of Bharat). Hence, he vows to be a good & hardworking brother just like his Indo-Pak war veteran brother Bharat.
                                 Manoj Kumar could see the crops through the anklets of a village beauty. The way he shot “Mere Desh Ki Dharti” could make any city-bred guy fall in love with the lilt of bucolic life.
                           Several symbols of nationhood, benevolent military, self-sacrificing mothers present a complete, unadulterated picture of the struggles of the righteous in a rising nation-state. See Chinese propaganda films of the Great Leap Forward, the farm-worker parallels are astonishing.Family bonds have been dealt with in this movie in a very sentimental and impressive manner. Kalyanji Anandji's music is one of the greatest assets of this movie. It contains the evergreen patriotic song - Mere Desh Ki Dharti Sona Ugle.
                              One bold highlight of the film is Pran, who has performed the role of the handicapped, carefree and outspoken Malang Chacha so well that you can never forget him. Getting out of the earlier grey shade characters in his career, he played a supporting actor with brilliance.
                               The city versus village argument continues till date but the point the director made in the film still holds ground. If every young man will move out of village, who will take care of the country's hunger.The film de-links education with your vocation and place of work, something our system and society are still grappling with.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Powerful Photos From History

Making human lifes easier since 1998

                                                           The debut of 3d in theatre

                                 While nature waits in background, the inhuman cannibal feeds up

Their only wish was to not have been in Bhopal

The fire within no chemical can extinguish into dust

This metallic spiked see-saw, they played it with innocence

Once an enslaved, now become a backbone

When pencil and notebook are replaced by bullets and border

Planning it out for the first ever Disneyland dream

Humans have heart, have hope. Machines have none.

Monday, April 6, 2015


                                       October 30 1938, the United States experienced a kind of mass hysteria that was never  seen before. Thousands of people believed they were under attack by Martians. They flooded newspaper offices and radio with weapons  and police stations with calls, asking how to flee their city or how they should protect themselves from Martian invasion and gas raids.

                                       Orson Welles had rewritten the story of War of the Worlds (by H.G WELLS). The introduction to War of the Worlds broadcast on CBS Radio emphasized that it was based on the H.G. Wells novel and was just a drama play, not reality.
                                       The script transformed the novel into a radio play.Besides shortening the story, they also updated it by changing the location and time from Victorian England to present day New England. The chaos among people was caused as a great amount of audience tuned in to the radio late, after the warning of the broadcast being a drama adaptation was mentioned.
                                      We live in a time in which the ability to create deceptive simulations, for television, newspaper and radio, has become essential to the exercise of power. And the inability to see through these deceptions has become a form of powerlessness. Those who let themselves be taken in by the deceptions of politics, news, advertising and public relations, are doomed, like the more gullible members of the radio audience in 1938.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


"It's not about what it can do for us,but more of what it can undo." Technology is a product of science, which provides a faster,better and wider solution for our problems and need. It has been playing a significant role in our lifes since ages. Has it become a synonym of life for many of us! 
From the morning alarm, till the midnight  chats on whatsapp/facebook, it's trapping us inside it.With our ever increasing demand and greed,technology keeps on modifying and evolving itself.
But has it made the human being's  journey viable  or treacherous?? The further two interviews would like to bring to light the answers for this question.
                                          DECAYING HISTORY                                                  
India has the largest Postal Network in the world with over 1, 53,000 Post Offices (as of 2011),of which 88% are in rural areas.Currently working in manipal post office,it's been 30 years since miss Sushma(name changed) joined the Indian postal system. But she seems to lacks a hearty smile now. Comparing the late 80’s and now,there’s been a humongous change in their system according to her.
                                                             “Online communication, e-mail and smartphones have done their fair share of injury to Indian postal system". With the rise of e-mail and the decline of letters, mail volume is falling at a drastic rate, and the postal service’s survival isn’t encouraging. What can be done in few minutes,that too without wasting paper, is a much better option than wasting days to get your work accomplished. 

                                                           When there were no korear offices, every distanced communication was done by the indian post.But now,the transaction has minimised by 55-60%.A decline in the postal system began in 1990 with the arrival of private firms(ex: ATDC).Only 20-30% of work is being done now in comparison to the 90’s.Korear offices promise faster delivery,have a better trained staff,swift mode of transport, and above all an advanced technology backing them up.Acoording to miss Sushma,their normal and speed post delivery time are the same.Rs. 20,000 is the average salary a postman gets per months for working 8-9 hours a day.D.T in delhi and P.N.G in Bangalore are the source of stipend for Indian postal system.            

                                                            We further continued on with our interview after a 5 minute tea break. "A 30% decline from 1990-95 was the beginning of a catastrophy for them".Korear companies provide their customers  with better packing,free of charge transport,human touch is addressed,and can easily patch up with bulk orders.During the festival of rakshabandhan in manipal last month,the postal services lacked in coping up with the sudden bulk orders they received.Delay in their work is also caused due to lack of supervision and presence of negative mind in their transport facility(air-pickup, rail-pickup, govt. buses).Banking , postal life insurance, transactions and speed post are the department not being handled well due to lack of staff.

                                                          To bring the change we would have to be the change, is her golden thought. Staffs should be  trained well to handle technology,responsibility upon everyone,  bigger offices, distribution of work, and a good atmosphere are the only injections that could rescue them from this decay.
So post this session,i was left in a fog of doubt. Is technology just a parasite for us, snatching happiness from those who can't be a part of it ! Or can it also be a blessing is dusguise !


                                                   EVOLVING LIFE

 New medical developments and techniques have changed the face of healthcare since decades.At present,our nation might be lacking behind many countries,but there has has been a radical change in medical technology.Every field imaginable in medical field is now equipped with the latest gadgets.Interviewing Mr. Vijay Sen from kasturba medical college,a whole lot of unknown information was i injected up with.
                                                                      One of the key pillars of transformation is to provide the best healthcare access for a larger segment of population. Implementation of technology is a cost-effective and compelling method to connect clinics in the cities and rural regions “Without technology,accuracy will be drastically hampered”.Technicians form the backbone in medical technology,while doctors serve as the brain.One of the latest invention in the field is ‘gama knife’.This device,using gama rays, helps in operating the patient,without making any incisions in the body. Robotic surgery,also known as da vinci surgerry, is slowly creeping in our medical system.It upholds huge promise for the next generation surgical operations.Reports of microbiology,biochemistry,radiology,etc. can now be rapidly uploaded online.
                                                                        The scope and advancement for technology in healthcare really is endless.Ultrasound is a major development in the field of gynaecology and obstretics.A continuous momentum should not be checked. A technology shift has cast itself over the field of healthcare, bringing with it a digital transformation in the ways doctors and patients interact. Microscopes can now measures details which could not even be imagined few years back. For innovation to make an impact, collaboration between the stakeholders in the medical technology ecosystem is a key factor. Industry,healthcare,government and insurance providers need to strategise and move in steps for actions to bring about a lasting change
                                                                           Post-computerisation,blood test and collection system has been simplified. Philips , Samsung , ethicon and Johnson & Johnson are the major companies manufacturing machcines to hospitals and clinics . But as every coin has 2 sides, so does this. With everything depending upon technology, patient-doctor relation is fading out. Machines still lack in detecting the minor rhythmic beat(lub-dub) of heart. And even are source of radiation in some cases. But eventually, they are just few mere drops in this vast ocean.
                                                                           Software programs enable population statistics to be tracked and can help with diagnosis. In addition, new billing methods and tracking procedures make it easier to identify a patient's past teatments Overall, this reduces the amount of paperwork, and increases the rate of successful treatments.But despite all of these new developments, it is still depends on the physician to ensure quality healthcare. When it comes to treatment, all of the best tools in the world can only help if the doctor is skilled enough to perform a certain procedure.

                               Hooh... finally this day ended. Spending about 4 hours to get the best 2 interviews in line( an interview taken at a restaurant and a mobile repairing shop were not eligible enough to put to display), a feeling of satisfaction rushed within. Technology surely has affected many lifes in here, which we never really pay attention to. To many it has been a ride to heaven, whereas to others, it's a doorway to hell .