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Bandra-Worli Sealink Bridge

The Bandra-Worli Sealink was finally inaugrated today by Sonia Gandhi

The Bandra-Worli sealink

The bridge will be toll-free until 5th July. Sonia Gandhi traversed the length and  breadth of the bridge which is named after Rajiv Gandhi.

The Bandra-Worli sealink

Length of bridge (4.7km): 63 times the Qutub Minar

Weight of bridge (6.7L tonnes): 50,000 African elephants

424 cables for main roadway: can support 900 tons each

Length of steel wire used (37,680km): Nearly the earth’s circumference

Concrete used: 2.3 lakh cubic metres

Height of main towers (126m): 43-storey buidling

Pile caps: Bridge rests on 135 pile caps, the largest being 55 m in length and 55 m in breadth (half a football field)

Peak-hour sweat: 4,000 workers and 150 engineers

The Bandra-Worli sealink

The roundabout distance that used to take 35-40 minutes to cover, will now be covered in 6 minutes.

The Bandra-Worli sealink

Its taken 10 years to complete this marvel, and a sum of whopping 1600 crores. Here’s a small video which explains the architecture better:

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Posted by on June 30, 2009 in general

 

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Music Review : Love Aaj Kal

After the huge success of Jab We Met, Pritam and Imtiaz Ali are back again to entertain us. And not to forget the lyricist Irshad Kamil, who wrote some really good lyrics for JWM, is also a part of this bandwagon. The expectations from this movie and the album are big. Its one of the biggest releases and most awaited movies of this year. The movie is yet to come but the album is here and it delivers. Its a great mix of folk, punjabi songs, remix, soft romantic song and foot-tapping numbers; all in one album. There are 10 tracks overall, but 3 of them are remixes; so we have 7 chartbusting numbers.

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TwistNeeraj Sridhar
: The album opens with this fine fusion of the 1954 classic Man Dole Mera tan Dole and Neeraj Sridhar doing what he does best, rap inane lyrics. But it makes for a nice hearing, especially because Pritam knows exactly what can set the foot tapping.

Let’s have some ranouk shaunak
Let’s have some party now
Let’s have some rolla rappa

Round de chak hey
Round de chak

Let’s have some dhol dhamaka
Let’s call the dholi now
Let’s have some matti tappa

Chalo chalo ji lak lak ga lo
Chalo chalo ji mauj mana lo
Chalo chalo ji nach lo gaa lo
Pakad kisi ki wrist

And we twist
We twist

This number is already quite popular and it sure will go on to be a big hit with the FM stations and discs. Both, the original and remix versions, are good.

Aaj Din ChadeyyaRahat Fateh Ali Khan : A soulfully romantic song by Rahat after such a long time. The last I liked him was in Teri Ore from SiK. The lyrics are very sweet:

Phool sa hai khila aaj din
Rabba mere din yeh na dhale
Woh jo mujhe khwab mein mile
Use tu lagade abb gale
Tenu dil da vasta

The strumming of guitar is a nice introduction, making it sound like a fusion between sufi and country music. And as usual, Rahat hits those high notes with such ease.

Baksh gunahon ko
Sunke duwaon ko
Rabba pyaar hai
Tune sab ko hi de diya

Meri bhi aahon ko
Sunle duwaon ko
Mujhko woh dila maine jisko hai dil diya

Its a melodious track and will be remembered for a long time.

Aahun AahunNeeraj Sridhar : Another song by the rapper, this time borrowing the tune of a popular Jazzy B song. Its remixed well by Pritam, the way he keeps shifting between the genres of punjabi folk voice of Jazzy B and Neeraj Sridhar’s fast paced words is fabulous. This song is bound to be another superhit, it has a nice rhythm and will find much favor with DJ’s. This song is also accompanied by its remix.

Chor BazariNeeraj Sridhar & Sunidhi Chauhan : This is a weak song and seems to be a worn out effect of Pritam. Its quite a laborious work, trying to come good but that never happens. The singers have given their best but the lyrics and the pedestrian music lets them down. Its just about passable. The song also has its remix version which I was not very convinced about.

Ye DooriyanMohit Chauhan : A lazy effort by Pritam, the song lacks soul. Mohit’s voice suits the song, but its undone by lacklustre tune which suffers from a hangover of Tumse Hi from JWM.

kyun koi paas hai
door hai kyun koi
jaane na koi yahan pe

aa raha paas ya
door main ja raha
jaanu na main hoon
kahan pe

ye dooriyan..

in raahon ki dooriyan
nigahon ki dooriyan
hum raahon ki dooriyan
fanaa ho sabhi dooriyan

Its a song about the pangs of separation and a hope of re-uniting again; about distance and spaces between people. The tune could have been much better with a little bit of rework, nevertheless its very hummable number. Mohit is carving a niche for himself with such romantic tracks which gives him the freedom to croon.

Mai Kya HoonKK
: An electronic-keyboard driven number offered by Pritam, to which KK does complete justice. It has a nice tune which KK takes to a crescendo and ends in a yoddle. The fast and pacy beats is the highlight of the song. Lyrics is the weak link of quite a few songs, this one included; but not many care for it. So, enjoy this typical KK number; he does not disappoint.

Thoda Thoda PyarSunidhi Chauhan
: Another heavily loaded punjabi song, it has a folksy tune starting with sangeet situation and Sunidhi gives it the much needed rustic touch. This song will be quite popular in the northern belt for sure. It has some naughty lyrics as well, which are synonymous with lots of folk songs, and Sunidhi renders it with gusto.

Saif Ali Khan, being the producer of the movie, must have really worked hard alongwith Imtiaz Ali and Pritam to bring out the best. After some lacklustre music in Billu, Pritam has come into his own and brought in a freshness. Whatever people may say about him, copy or no copy, he has a good sense of music. This album is a winner, go get it.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2009 in bollywood, movies, music review

 

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a day in the life of chennai

This short film won the Gold Lions in Cannes, this year. The first ever such award for India. It was a campaign made by The Times Of India. In all, it won 3 awards. Watch the video:

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2009 in general

 

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A Tribute To Michael Jackson

Dangerous – Live Performance

In The Closet

Smooth Criminal

Billie Jean – Live Performance

Do You Remember The Time

Black Or White

Jam

They Don’t Care About Us

Bad

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2009 in hollywood

 

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michael jackson dead … end of an era

its been a sad day in the lives of millions of music lovers and dancers, and not just michael jackson’s fans. the news was as shocking as the death itself. a man in his 50’s with access to best of facilities dies due to cardiac arrest. the paramedics were called, but all they could do was see him enter coma and never to comeback from that state; he was finally declared dead.

for any youngster who grew up in the 1980’s, he must surely tapped his foot to MJ’s tunes and glared wonderously at his moonwalk, mesmerised people with some fantastic music and lyrics. i was a little late on catching up with his music. i did hear ‘beat it’ and ‘smooth criminal’, but i was totally into him when ‘dangerous’ was out. the music was awesome, lyrics were great and each song was picturised beautifully. i saw the ‘jam’ music video for the first time in ‘the world this week’, a news capsule program by ndtv. i loved all the songs of that fantastic album and ran from pillar to post to lay my hands on that album.

his moonwalk is out of the world, nobody comes close to his level of perfection. he was an institution on his own, spoiling an entire generation with ‘break dance’ and the rhythmic tunes. he was a complete entertainer and his songs were well thought out, especially ‘heal the world’ and ‘black or white’…fantastic stuff.

i must confess one thing though. i think his death was a good thing for him as he is finally resting in peace. the last 10 years of his life were filled with controversies. he was just running away from one controversy and landing into another. he was deep in debt, with no money and nothing working for him, he finally decided to do a world tour and raise money. but that didn’t happen. he is now no more, but his songs will remain with us forever.

he was a legend in the true sense, brightening lives and giving hope to millions. its end of an era, may his soul rest in peace.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2009 in hollywood

 

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John Milton : On His Blindness

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.
 
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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in literature, poem

 

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Gospel Of Matthew : Parable Of ‘Talents’

This is a popular anecdote taken from Gospel of Matthew which tells a tale of wasted talent. Its one of the simpler stories from the gospel and talent here means a type of currency doled out in coins; but in context of the story it not just stands for money but also for skill and abilities.

The story is of a master who has 3 servants at his service. He wishes to go out of town on some personal agenda and he distributes a few talents to each of his servants and asks them to make best use of it as he will take account of it on his return.

The master gets back and questions his servants on usage of the talents given to them. The first servant was given 5 talents and he manages to double the amount. He hands over 10 talents to his master thereby pleasing him. The master is all praises for him. The second servant too doubles his talents and wins his master’s trust and faith in him by returning him 4 talents.

Now, the last servant digs into the earth and brings out the 1 talent that he was given. The master is unhappy with him because he has wasted his talent. The servant had no clue on how to use the talent to his advantage, he had hidden it.The last servant incurred the wrath of the master; he was stripped of his job and all responsibilities.

The story has the moral teaching for us that we ought to make use of whatever talent that has been bestowed upon us and not just let opportunities go abegging.

The same anecdote also appears in Gospel of Luke and its title Parable of Minas. Another interpretation of this parable is that the third servant did not take part in the vice of his master; he did not multiply the money thereby not giving himself into the hands of a capitalist. But the most accepted interpretation is of ‘wasted talent’ which also has a mention in John Milton’s sonnet On His Blindness.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2009 in literature

 

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