Splitsvilla and the art of making a crappy show

Posted on May 3, 2009. Filed under: Bollywood, Entertainment, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , |

So you take a bunch of guys and girls, put them in a place, ask them to date each other and then ditch ’em. That should make a cracker of a show right! Welcome to MTV India’s Splitsvilla, a show so disgusting and degrading, I’d prefer the contestants have a horrifying death.

I fail to understand the point of such shows. Lets compare a few other “reality” shows

1. MTV Roadies – Its bigger than Splitsvilla, and puts the contestants through various tasks. Of course there is the cliched reality elements in it in the form of voting out contestants, faking injuries, plotting against each other, horrible background music. But in all, definitely miles ahead.

2. Countless talent shows – They ask you to dance, sing, look good, crack jokes all with the masala factor. But then again, talent does count here.

3. V Launchpad – Supposedly the first reality show for aspiring rock bands, but with the X-factor to attract Indian TV watchers. Its good in bits, and some bands are talented. Probably my number 1 reality show, even though I don’t watch it regularly.

Now ladies and gentlemen, please enlighten me about Splitsvilla. What exactly are they trying to accomplish? Is it to:

  • Judge which pair looks best
  • See how many guys/girls one can dump
  • Get cheap publicity ala Bollywood so that they can date more people and then dump them later
  • Develop strategic thinking amongst the couples
  • Show off their skimpy clothes competing with our Bollywood “Bombshells”
  • Get the perfect jodi together, so that they have a “….and they lived happily ever after” ending

Here is the comparison chart:

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So if your done pondering, shout your comments, and make them heard at MTV India’s twitter page here

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I’m officially educated

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , |

I have, unofficially, gotten over with my M.C.A degree. If you wonder why “gotten over with” and not “completed”, take a wild guess. I’ve never been studious in the classical sense, especially what Indian parents consider as studious, and have NEVER liked any college in India. The whole system of:

  1. Have 80% attendance
  2. Write all tests whether you want to or not
  3. Mug your brains out 2 days before the exam
  4. Empty the useless knowledge in 3 hours
  5. Pray like crazy that the paper evaluator is in a good mood

just pisses me off like none other. But here I am, having successfully completed 10+2+3+3=18 years of education(phew!). So congrats to me.

Just for the heck of it, here is a list of things I have/haven’t done in these 18 years:

  • Bunked school (not college) so badly, my attendance was less than 60% and had to take my parents to get my board hall ticket. I scored 88.5% (lame)
  • Bunked college for “very” weird reasons
  • Won about every extra-curricular and co-curricular competition in school, except for academic awards
  • Joined an engineering course and discontinued after 6 months
  • Won district level Carnatic music competitions for 3 years
  • Learnt to play the Veena – for a grand total 5 days
  • Fought with a kid when I was around 12, and pushed him into a burning fire (both got burnt lightly)
  • Been kicked out of the class, by my mom, for not completing my assignments
  • Played Cricket and other random games for 12-14 hours a day, in summer, for about 70 days
  • Did a very lame and embarrassing mono act scene, and won the second prize out of a total of 3 participants

Ahh, those days.

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Don’t vote this election!

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: India, Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , |

You’ve seen it on T.V, heard it on radio, read all about it on the web. Everyone is busy giving a million reasons why you should vote this election. I’ll give you 5 reasons NOT to:

1. Its not going to make an iota of difference.Not one bit. If you think your vote counts, give yourself a tight slap or drown yourself, and think again.

2. Indian elections are a tug of war between political parties to get one-up over the other. We citizens are merely caught in the cross fire. All we can do is watch.

3. All that is said about 2009 general elections being the “most” important in Indian history is a load of bull. This is just another election, and its going to make the same difference as the others – None.

4. Name one political party that has actually done something they promised in their manifesto.

5.Confused whether you’ve to vote for the devil or the demon? I say stay at home, switch on your A.C and take a good break from your hectic schedule.

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Airtel and its ridiculous limits

Posted on February 12, 2009. Filed under: India, Internet, Technology | Tags: , , |

Just heard that Airtel India will be putting a cap to all unlimited internet connections! What they term as fair usage policy, is totally outrageous! Although there has been no official circular, many people have called up customer care for clarification, and it is indeed  true.This is what they have come up with

Speeds would be cut to half after crossing these limits:
256 – 10 GB
384 – 15 GB
512 – 25 GB
1 Mbps – 150 GB

And yea, these limits are for the total data transfer, so both uploads and downloads are counted. 10 GB a month for a 256k plan? What are they thinking? Airtel already has very costly plans, although customers are happy to pay a premium for consistent speeds, and very fast response from customer care. But THIS is pushing it! And they have a standard response that it is Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) ruling that has forced them to do so, and that all ISPs will follow suite. If that is the case, then TRAI needs to get its policies right, and fix up this mess! We Indians are already at the mercy of ISPs by paying hell a lot for something that is so cheap in other countries. And here we call 256k as broadband, something which cannot stream youtube videos smoothly. And ISPs in India have no policy on quality of service. They give what they please, and get away with it, quoting some lame unreadable clause in the user agreement.

I really hope they clear up all this mess and fast. I haven’t started facing the speed reduction as of now, so I’m waiting. Once it does happen, rest assured, I’m not going down.

P.S: Read this interesting post by another user who is facing the same problem. And spread the word. Call up airtel and make your point.

UPDATE 1: Seems that all plans about 1000 Rs a month will NOT be affected. Its only for those below 1000 bucks. So if you are on 512kbps or higher, you won’t be affected. Seems like cheap strategy to make more money

UPDATE 2: more details here

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Rolling Stone Magazine – 10 Best Indian Albums

Posted on February 6, 2009. Filed under: India, Music | Tags: , |

Seems like Rolling Stone Magazine had a one pager on the best Indian Albums of 2008. And to my delight, Motherjane‘s “Maktub” was numero uno! I’ve loved both their albums, and really think they are a class act. Congratulations to Motherjane, and hope they keep making great music.

Get the PDF here for the rest.

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