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May 14th, 2018
08:49 pm

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Dalit for CM
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says that he is ready to step down as CM if a Dalit is given the post, and everybody clap hands.

What does this statement really mean? Are non-Dalits untouchables? Are they not Indian citizens anymore?

I feel so pathetic these days to read newspapers or listen to media where every politician is appearing to compete with each other for being more "secular", "pro-minority", "pro-Dalit" and so on. If you go to Kerala, or read the articles published by the so-called left wing intellectuals, Secularism just means bashing the higher cast Hindu community and undermining the customs and beliefs of Hinduism. Everyone says Caste is a bad word, but each and everything in this country is decided based on caste, and when it comes to benefits based on caste, everybody is fighting to enter the "backward class" list. New religions are being proposed to enter the minority list. I hope at some point of time I would be able to establish a minority religion of my own, so that I can enroll my family in it and claim some benefits :)

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May 13th, 2018
07:35 pm

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A Few Malayalam Films
Watched a few well-made Malayalam films during the weekend.

Despite having an ambiguous climax sequence, Carbon, directed by Venu, makes a brilliant watch for being atmospheric - the old bungalow in the middle of forest, the search for treasure in the dense forest, all are captured well to keep the audience engaged. The performances are brilliant too.

Captain is based on the life of VP Sathyan, former captain of Indian football team, for whom the game was his life itself. Unlike other "sports films", Captain focuses on the failures and depressions of the central character, and Jayasurya gives an excellent performance as Sathyan. The film has many touching moments, and it is a promising debut by director Prajesh Sen.

Aadhi, a thriller directed by Jithu Joseph is the debut film of Pranav, son of Mohanlal, and he gives a decent performance in its central role. It was amazing to see Pranav's acrobatics in the chasing sequences in the film. However, I wondered why it never occurred to the hero and his friends to do a simple thing as shaving off his beard to avoid easy detection by those who are hunting him.

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May 8th, 2018
08:28 am

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The Weavers
I read the book The Weavers - The Curious World of Insects, written by Geetha Iyer based on her study of various silk-spinning insects, with a focus given on those present in India.

While the book is informative, it is written in a rather dry way like a research thesis, and I had to skip many pages of it.

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May 7th, 2018
08:47 pm

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Overtake
Watched Overtake, a Malayalam movie which is inspired from Steven Spielberg's 1971 film Duel for most of the part. It is a quite engaging film, and I liked the village landscapes captured in it (supposedly on the Bangalore - Coimbatore route).

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May 6th, 2018
05:15 pm

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In the Fade
Watched the German film In the Fade, which is based on some real life events. The film, narrated in three chapters titled as "Family", "Justice" and "Sea", tells the story of Katja, who is married to a man of Turkish origins. Her husband and son are killed in a bomb-explosion, and the film shows the court proceedings against the murderers, who are Neo-Nazi supporters, and subsequent "revenge" by Katja.

In the Fade is touching for the portrayals of Loss, and Diane Kruger gives an excellent performance in the main role. The courtroom scenes are shown in an engaging way, too.

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April 22nd, 2018
10:28 am

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Faces Places
Watched the French documentary film Faces Places. The film follows the travels of film director Agnès Varda and photographer JR through various rural areas of France, meeting and talking to different people, taking their photographs and pasting highly scaled black and white posters of the photographs on walls of houses, farm buildings, containers stacked on the port, abandoned public buildings, and so on.

While it was amusing to see the development of this unique art form of portrait posters, the conversations between Agnès Varda, JR, and the people they meet are interesting too, and the film is worth a watch.

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April 21st, 2018
08:04 pm

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Y
Watched Malayalam film Y directed by Sunil Ibrahim, a well made thriller with mostly newcomers in all key roles (except for Alencier), that is engaging from the very first scene till the climax. The twists and explanations in the climax are very convoluted, though.

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April 20th, 2018
10:10 am

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Mubarakan
Watched the Hindi film Mubarakan, and liked it. The film is made in typical look and feel of Hindi commercial films and the plot is based on the usual "twin brother scenario", but many of the funny situations and one-liners in the movie are hilarious, and it was after a long time that I was watching a clean time-pass comedy film made in Hindi.

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08:50 am

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Switzerland
Had a good 9 days trip to Switzerland and came back yesterday. Visited Bern, Geneva, Zermatt, Interlaken, Luzern, etc. Trips to Matterhorn, Mount Schilthorn, Jungfrau were especially memorable, and so was the trip to the castle at Montreux.

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April 8th, 2018
09:24 am

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Daivame Kaithozham..
Actor Salim Kumar's directorial venture, Daivame Kaithozham K Kumarakanam lacks some of structural aspects of feature films, and looks like a concatenation of short cartoon videos, but nevertheless, I liked the satirical elements and sarcasm in the dialogues and in some of the scenes, and found the movie to be interesting.

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