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The Excellent, The Good, The OK

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I watched 3 movies last weekend and for the first time in a long time, returned my Netflix DVD’s in time. So, I decided to celebrate my churning out a mini-review for the 3 movies for the blog. Since I cannot write very well, there are no spoilers.

Darjeeling Limited
– Funny in parts but I do not recommend driving to the theater and watching it like I did. Please wait for the DVD and if you were really close to going to the theatre to watch it and this review spared you the trouble, please send me the ticket money. Some reviewer called it off-beat but that is now the word for anything that you cannot understand in first viewing and will not understand after 3000 viewings.

Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – I think this movie is a gem. The movie epitomizes the biggest problem with Bollywood – the Khans, the Roshans, the Sherawats , the legs, the bikinis hog the limelight so much that classy movies like this one are lost. If you have not seen it, please watch it. The movie clearly captures the emotions in the lives of the selfish and the selfish. For those who know about my Hindi skills, yes I watched the movie with sub-titles.

Notes on a Scandal – A good effort. A movie on a school teacher getting into a scandalous relationship with her student. Cate Blanchett as the teacher in the affair reminded me of one of my high school teachers . I thought a different screenplay might have had viewers chewing their finger nails off as the storyline was pretty good. Rent it and watch it.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 29, 2007 at 11:25 pm

Politicians

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Bobby Jindal is the new Arnold Schwarznegger – an immigrant ascending to become the Governor of a state. Jindal’s platforms are conservative and alarming. Repealing hate crime laws, total ban on abortion and teaching intelligent design should not be laws of any land. I hope he is like every other politician- who promise but do not deliver….

Another politician got into hot waters by flip-flopping on a sports team… Rudy Giuliani said he wanted the Red Sox to win the World Series and this in NY is equivalent to wearing a “I Love Bush” T-Shirt in the heart of Teheran. Consequence is that NY media made sure that Rudy’s preference was not appreciated. Maybe Rudy is trying something that Chomsky hates about sports

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 29, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Victoria’s Secret, is it?

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In a kick-ass (no puns intended) action to protest the Burmese Government, Burmese embassies across the globe have been getting female underwears because the supersitious junta members believe that touching a woman’s pants or sarong will make them lose their strength. I thought men gain strength if you touch the aforementioned things but then I really don’t think these junta members are men or even humans for that matter 

Recently, I watched Forrest Whittaker in the Last King of Scotland starring as the mercurial, insecure and dictatorial President of Uganda and I think he sizzled. It is a must-watch if you have not seen it already. He brings dictatorship to life meaning at the end I thought he was not human.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 23, 2007 at 10:56 pm

So near yet so far

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The Gathering has won the Booker Prize for this year beating out Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People. I was rooting for Indra as he is a friend and a co-supporter of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy survivor’s struggle for complete justice. The book has finally found a publisher in the United States and it will soon be available in a bookstore near you. If you are interested in buying the book, please do so from www.indrasinha.com and he would donate a part of the price to the Bhopal Medical Appeal which provides free health care for the people affected by the tragedy and are yet to see any good medical care from the Government.

Animal’s People is a fiction woven around the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. My sincere request to people is not look at it as a grim and depressing read because it certainly is not. It is overflows with humor and is refreshingly honest account of the life of a boy who walks on all fours like an animal due to the exposure to the gas in the aftermath of the disaster. You are not human if you have not fallen in love with Animal by the time you put the book down.

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October 18, 2007 at 3:55 am

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if you have better things to do, please do not read this

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  • There is something about Mary that I want you to know – She is a niners fan. See the last few minutes of the movie and she confesses that she ditches Favre because she is a Niners fan.
  • “Obama is vice-president’s distant cousin” says Cheney’s wife.. With that revelation, one more thing is now a certainty along with death and taxes – Barack Obama’s white house chances are zero.
  • This is not pleasant at all especially when someone accuses you of groping and harassing. I would not have blogged this article if not for the last line which reads – “He pleaded guilty to spousal abuse, was fined $200 and ordered to take anger management training.” For eff’s sake, what is a $200 fine for Jason Kidd – he would not pick up 2 hundred bills from the floor even if he himself had dropped them the guy is stinking rich. If I wrote the laws, the rich and the famous will be fined and made to pay through the nose.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 17, 2007 at 6:58 am

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You, me and the farmer

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Agricultural crisis is not limited just to India. Farmers are getting driven out of their farms everywhere. In 1935 there were 6.8 million working farmers in the US; today the number is under 1.9 million. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among US farmers, occurring at a rate three times higher than in the general population. The crisis can be largely mitigated if we bought our food from the local farmer’s markets/grocers/co-ops instead of our friendly neighborhood supermarket.

The lure of the supermarkets is mainly due to the inexpensive prices. We fail to realize that the high cost of this low price is paid by the farmer who sells the food to the big corporations. Supermarkets offer the throw-away prices to customers by slashing the rates they buy the food from the farmers. Studies have revealed that the farmer just stands to make 3.5% of the price you paid for the food. While the price of producing the food for the farmer has gone up, the price at which the food is brought from the farmer has either been the same or has actually dropped. Coming back to the question of cost to us, if you want to avoid farmer’s suicides, it is the cost you need to pay and everyone needs to think of it as a permanent and continual way of addressing the distress.

You can start looking for the
freshest food closest to your home by visiting http://foodroutes.org/localfood/. The next time you buy your food remember – Support the farmer, buy local produce and do not forget to take your own bags.

References

1. http://www.countercurrents.org/glo-ainger120503.htm

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 16, 2007 at 6:18 pm

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it is hard to stay on top

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I am not sure whether the republican debates are TV events but this news definitely should have been. This is the master of all contests and in a country where obesity is a religion and beef, pork,chicken are worshipped, this should have been televised. Oh my God, a leg here, a hand there and we could have had a different champion. It is ironic that I am trying to come out of my writer’s constipation writing about an eating contest. I would have won the biggest loser out there contest had it not been for RYAN NAKASHIMA.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 11, 2007 at 5:15 am

Posted in Garbage Post