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So what is it with Dabangg

I cannot for the world imagine, what makes a movie like Dabangg a superhit.

Is it that we like corrupt cops?
Or cops who cannot dance? 
Or break into a dance when bashing up villains, when their cellphone rings with some peppy ringtone?

What are great actors like Om Puri and Aupam Kher doing in this movie - playing blink and miss roles?

So what is the story about?  Two (real life) brothers, born to different fathers.  Father hates step son and vice versa. Step son becomes cop and is corrupt (why?).   Some female is brainless enough to romance the idle son.  I don't know about you, but I thought Arbaaz Khan looked older than Salman Khan, though in the movie (as in real life), it is the reverse.

Then there is a villain from nowhere, introduced to prolong the agony.  There is a tasteless item number with lurid lyrics - Zandu Balm and so on.  In fact, rather than suing Dabangg, Zandu Balm should exploit the success of the movie - free advertisement if you ask me.

The debutant heroine…

Watching movies in office laptop

We usually like to watch movies in our LCD TV by connecting the laptop to the PC-in socket.  So what is newsworthy?  Thanks to office IT policies, the screensaver kicks in every 5 minutes.  You need to provide the password and unlock it.  It is annoying to make some mouse movements, every other minute to prevent this, especially when you sit away from the laptop.  Since this is a domain configuration, you cannot disable it as well.

It was only the other day that I hit upon a simple solution to the problem - the "Switch User" feature in Windows (XP onwards).  Thanks to Administrator rights on the laptop, you can reset the password of an existing local user (I couldn't add a new Local user - haven't figured out if it was due to access issues).  Now, "Switch" to this user.  Since it is not a "domain user", the security policies (like the screensaver) does not apply.

Why "Switch User" instead of "log out"?  Faster, of course, since…

Internet Explorer 9 Beta

I too joined the bandwagon to enjoy The Beauty of the Web, viz. check out the Internet Explorer 9 beta.  Having checked some initial feedbacks, I thought let me install the 32-bit version of IE9 on my Windows 7 64-bit OS.   The download site indicated I should download the 64-bit, but I went ahead and downloaded the 32-bit version anyway (about 19MB).

I double-clicked on the installer only to receive the message "Wrong version of Internet Explorer installer".  This version of setup doesn't support your Windows system type (32-bit/64-bit).

This meant I had no choice, but to download the 64-bit IE9 beta.  This one was just 2.5MB in size, but as commented elsewhere, it, in turn, made further downloads.

Other than the mandatory restart, the install went off fine.  The good part is, nothing seems to break on IE9.  The new UI takes some time to get used to - without the Status Bar, you wouldn't know if the page is loading or not.  (Status Bar is disabled by default and ne…

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect (Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers, Date of Publication: August 31, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1-4041-8780-1, Pages: 112) is a new book by Andy Andrews.

Andy Andrews is a well known speak and author.  In The Bufferfly Effect, he has a simple message to convey. Every single thing that you do in your life matters - not just for yourself, but for the whole world.   Each of us is born for a purpose and each of us has the power within us to change the world.

The author narrates the Gettysburg incident, which was arguably one of the turning point in the war between the Union and the Confederates to illustrate the fact how one person's decision influences the destiny of an entire nation.

The author uses a second example of the creator of the hybridized high yield disease resistant corn and wheat to show how even an innocuous action (like going on walks with a person) influences what happens in the life of another, which in turn affects an entire population.

The book is a…

Lessons Learnt from Badmaash Company

Got to watch the Hindi movie Badmaash Company.  Here are a few lessons learnt.  You may want to skip this, in case you plan to watch it, since it has spoilers.

1. Reebok shoes are manufactured in Thailand.  And I thought they were "Made in China".
2. Customs offices in any city in India  (specifically Madras and Cochin) speak Hindi.
3. Customs auction in any city appears in Mumbai papers
4. Going to US to work is as simple as boarding a US-bound flight.
5. Siting in US, you can run a leather importing business with no prior experience.
6. Buyers of leather gloves get buyers of "scrap" defective gloves with no advertisement
7. Banks in US offer loans which keep doubling as the same house changes hands from one owner to anotther

And the best lesson

8. When a shirt loses color, it actually means, it changes to a different color after each wash - seven color for seven wash.  And at the eight wash?  Better ask the script writer of the movie.