Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Soumya Viswanathan

Another incident of a young woman getting shot and again in Delhi. There seems to be a pattern emerging. Women professionals alone and in the night seem to be extremely vulnerable in the Delhi region. Sometime back it was an Air hostess shot by some bike bourne men late in the night around 10:00pm. This time its a TV News producer being shot at what looks like from very close range while driving.The time 3:00pm.Both women are from Kerala if my memory serves me right.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


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Dus Ka Dum

Dus ka dum first part has come to a close. Easily an astounding success. Are their any learnings that we can take from this show which has generated viewer interest on levels equal to KBC.

This show came after a string of failures in the Game show front - Right from the Anupam Kher/Monisha combine - i cant recall the name to Govinda's act  another no namer , to our more recent SRK's Kya Aap Panchveen Paas Hain - with its bunch of - precocious 8-10 year olds. 
Then came Salman Khan an eccentric character not having a great track record of good behavior with the public/in public places.And, he manages to just sweep everyone off the floor. The competition - there is no game show anywhere near this kind of popularity- other TV channels might working their brains of trying to gain lost ground. And, well the female population - they can;t seem to get enough of Sallu Bhai. 

The high Prize Money 10 crores seems to be incidental - this coup of sorts. The draw is due to Salman and his spontaneouneity with the audience. Guess he is able to connect a lot more a lot better with a very wide section of society and even the fringe of the society. The Tranvestite Rashmi in the Last show was kind off creepy but our man handled it in style.

This whole post has turned out to be an adoration of Salman rather than any article on Learnings.

Well: 1) Just because all earlier acts have pulled a boner need not mean you should'nt go ahead with yours. Learn from mistakes and move on. 

2) If anything involves direct interaction with unknown faces-prepare, but, leave room for spontaneity.Whether it be presentations , interviews anything.People to people interactions click if the players come up with unprepared spur of the moment remarks.

Typically where this spontaneity takes a hit is when in our persuit of perfection and avaoiding mistakes we try to micro manage- the other game show may have floundered there.

Some Salman Speak on the show :
 ..describing the shooting of a film, where he had to run real hard....

" he kept running and running and suddenly he pulled his hamstring, but he still kept running." The contetant asks , "Who were you running after? Vivek Oberoi?"  Then Salman quips "Oh, let it go.  Let him live his life."


Saturday, September 13, 2008

More Wordling

Saturday at office wondering what to post. Was going through Blogs of note and this idea happened. Get a peep into the blogs without reading through what each one said.
Wordle!! Voila!!

Check this wordle map about biking in Copenhagen.Cool.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Spicing up the Blog

There are intereting ways to spice up ones Blog - Today I found wordling to be one of them.
Check this out. The result of blogging for a month.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tomato Festival in Spain

An interesting festival of revelry. One might call it a wastage but also a great way to use up the surplus.
When one travels on the Bangalore Chittoor route one comes across piles of tomatoes along the roadside - left to rot. Place called Mulbagal.
A festival like the - Tomatina of Spain - in Bangalore could make an intersting activity for a great weekend .. plus a great way to use waste. And imagine all the indirect benefits like the good effects of tomatoes on the skin and hair.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Chennai Marathon - Student dies

Ironic that an Anna Univ student died finishing the Marathon.You could blame it on the organizers, the student the weather. Apparently this guy - Santosh Kumar was one of the first to finish. Pushed himself too hard. Since he was close to the finishing line he must have not paid heed to chest pain and continued to run. Sad , an athletic fellow having such an excellent constitution, studying in a great University - had to loose his life.