Monthly Archives: February 2010

Deploy IT and eliminate middlemen!

In a recent lecture, my teacher rightly said- “The job of Information Technology is to eliminate the middle-man and if implemented in governance, we will have tremendous growth!” Let me elaborate. IT eliminates the middleman by supporting a process and hence automating it. May it be ATMs or eBay, or the Wikipedia- IT serves as a link between the user and the resources. Continue reading

Kavi running the oscar race

As usual this year’s Oscar nominations have come up with the usual expectations with a few pleasant surprises. An interesting entry to the best short film category is Kavi. It’s a short film made on slavery in India by Greg Helvey, a student at the University of Southern California. Continue reading

Shall we find a new national animal?

With Only 1411 tigers remaining in India, its shocking to read that a century ago there were 40,000 tigers and there has been a decline of 60% in the past decade. Rudyard Kipling’s India was a land of fantasy, which is slowly turning into a nightmare. A country where tiger is the spirit of Indian jungle, the symbol of Indian wilderness is disappearing slowly and steadily. Continue reading

Dolly zoom and dutch angles

Dolly zoom, is an art of cinematography where the camera is pulled away from a subject while the lens zooms in, or vice-versa. The effect of it depends on the direction in which the camera is moved. If the camera moves closer, the background seems to grow and become dominant. If the camera moves further away, the foreground subject is emphasized and becomes dominant. This trick was first developed by Irmin Roberts, in the Hitchcock classic Vertigo. Continue reading

Mumbai falling

I love dadu’s tales of the good old Calcutta of the ’50s. Today, Calcutta has hardly anything new to offer. Why did the city die? Even dadu resorts to silence on such questions. Today I see one more city going the Calcutta way- Mumbai. I read Rajiv Gandhi had once made a similar statement for Calcutta, but no one could save it. Maybe it was too late then. But now there is time for our leaders to save Mumbai. Continue reading