01 May

Capturing with Manual Mode – Sony DSC HX1 Photography

“Auto mode is for kids and manual is for photographers”

Well, One must take out time to learn & for those owning camera, this is definitly a must do thing. I’ve started capturing through Manual modes and I’m pretty much amongst those beginners & learners.

Charity and photography begins at home (it’s kitchen in my case)!! :)
Enough words, let the pictures talk for themselves.

Sony DSC Hx1 Captures

Focal Length: 26mm
F-Number: F/8
Exposure Time: 1/5 sec
ISO: iso-125

Focal Length: 16mm
F-Number: F/8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: iso-125

Focal Length: 12mm
F-Number: F/4
Exposure Time: 1/25 sec
ISO: iso-125

Focal Length: 16mm
F-Number: F/8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: iso-125

and more to come… :)

26 Apr

Extreme Movie Review – Dum Maro Dum (2011)

And finally, Rohan Sippy’s “Dum Maaro Dum” ended the series of poor movies in 2011.

The best parts of the movie are Direction & Music, alongwith the good mixture of new characters and cool set of dialogues / one-liners. The way of story-telling and great back-ground music (by Midival Punditz) have added to it a lot.

Main Characters of Dum Maro Dum:
Prateik Babbar as Lorry
Abhishek Bachchan as ACP Vishnu Kamath
Rana Daggubati as DJ Joki
Bipasha Basu as Zoe
Aditya Pancholi as Lorsa Biscuta aka the Biscuit
Govind Namdeo as Rane
& ofcourse ‘Micheal Barbosa’

Lorry is a young scholar & footballer who couldn’t go with his girl-friend for studies in USA due to insufficient funds. Lorry’s friend Ricky tricks him to get involved in to drug smuggling in lieu of money.
ACP Vishnu Kamath is a regretting police officer who lost his family in an accident due to his corrupted ignorance towards drugs & thus now totally against drugs and all.
DJ Joki is a musician but someone who has got his aspiring girl-friend, Zoe, “spoiled” to a drug mafia, Biscuit.
Biscuit / Lorsa Biscuta is a point person between all the various Mafias all over in Goa.

ACP Kamath along with “selected cops” catches Lorry on airport with the drugs while DJ Joki tries to help Lorry and work with Kamath to find out ‘Micheal Barbosa’. The story revolves around these characters how they find out who ‘Micheal Barbosa’ is and saves Lorry.
The film has got good suspense and definitely nothing annoying! :)

Also a lot has been talked about Dipika Padukone and her skirt and her performance in ‘Dum Maro Dum’ title number!! There is NOTHING special or impressive about it; don’t believe the hype. But definitely the song Dum Maro Dum is great with lively beats and vocals.

The movie could have been much more successful and hit if Rohan Sippy’d have done “something” to DJ Joki and improved ending a bit!!
Zoe’s “character” & character in the movie was weak or can say not well written – in a poor dialogue when Zoe blames DJ Joki for her present.
DJ Joki’s character should have been little powerful!!
Abhishek has done a good acting as well as nice RAP Number in song ‘thayn thayn’. Govind Namdeo and Aditya Pancholi were good in their roles.

Rana Daggubati has got his bollywood-debut and his appearance is good in the movie – seems a promising star.
Angaraag Mahnata AKA Papon’s song ‘Jiyein Kyun’ is greatly sung and it keeps playing through-out the movie is splendid. Pritam Chakraborty’s music is great.
Almost all songs are nice but my favourite is ‘Jiyein Kyun’.

Movie has got some good dialogues, I’d like to list a couple of them:
“Jab zameer bikta hai tab jindagi bhi soot samet wasul karti hai”

“Mein sirf duty pe peeta hoon. Apne municipality bhaiyon se seekho, hamesha do-teen laga ke hi gutter mein ghuste hain”

“kehte hai jab koi marta hai toh jannat jata hai… par jab koi GOA mein marta hai toh kahin nahi jata…”

Also to note that this is the first bollywood film to be recorded in Dolby Surround 7.1, and hence the better music effect!

Well, it’s a good movie and for sure you can watch it!
BUT WAIT!! It’s given A certificate by sensor board; so better avoid it with family. :)

11 Apr

Weekend at Nature Discovery Centre – Sundarvan, Ahmedabad


– A Nature Discovery Centre is like a small zoo located in the heart of the city Ahmedabad. I heard about and decided to appear personally.

How to reach Sundarvan:
Located at very odd place, I mean on a regular Satellite road you will never even notice anything like “Sundarvan” exists.

Things to do:
Sundarvan will hardly take 2 hours of yours to get you closer to nature.

Various species of birds including Peacock, ducks, love birds…; reptiles like snakes and crocodile and small mammals like rabbit, guinea pig etc you can see.
You can also check the traditional puppet show. Main attraction here is the 15 minute snake show.

Puppet Show at Sundarvan

Puppet Show at Sundarvan

At the entrance, you get to see the Ducks, a lot of them. Though the warning is given people still feed them and some of the arrogant visitors even exchange hot words with the zoo keeper when opposed.
Duck At Sundarvan

Duck At Sundarvan

I never knew something called “Love Birds” actually exists and one should actually go and visit Sundarvan to know why they’re called “Love Birds” :) Anyways they’re really colorful & beautiful & full of love :).

Love Birds At Sundarvan

Love Birds At Sundarvan

Next to it was the Rabbit’s cage which was very stingy and dirty. It was not at all in proper condition and I felt pity for them :(

A better looking Rabbit At Sundarvan

A better looking Rabbit At Sundarvan

I saw almost 5-6 peacocks, our National Bird. But guess what, I saw a lot of street dogs running behind them. I find Sundarvan is not at all safe for those Peacocks :(.

Indian National Bird at Sundarvan

Indian National Bird at Sundarvan

Best part of Sundarvan is the snake show hosted at the end of the visiting hour every weekend.

Sundarvan also has a small collection of fishes  & tortoises but with unclear glasses it’s all stopping the view. Same goes for the snake’s cages.
Well I had a lot of hopes from my visit. I even liked the efforts being done to maintain this but I’m very much disappointed by the condition of the Sundarvan. A lot needs to be done.

Web: sundarvan.org

Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite Road
Ahmedabad – 380 015
Phone : 079 – 26923148

Tuesday to Friday: 04.00 PM to 06.00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 09.30 AM to 12.00 Noon and 04.00 PM to 06.00 PM
Monday Closed.

Wish to visit it again.

18 Feb

Extreme Movie Review-Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)

Yeh Saali Zindagi…

Hmm… So how do you feel if I start my review from the time when the director decided to make ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’!! That’s what happened with me; it takes too long to start the “actual”: Yeh Saali Zindagi & till that time I had lost my interest.

The movie is a story of Arun (Irfan Khan) and his one sided love for Priti (Chitrangda Singh). Arun is a partner in financial firm who first saw Priti, a club singer, during his “work” and instantly fell for her.
He helped her in escaping some financial problems initially…and as usual tried to “get closer”. In the mean time he found her “busy” with the future son-in-law of some minister; but still you know: Love Is Blind, Deaf and Dumb… and more…

The story further includes a linked-story of Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh), a local gangster and his annoyed wife Shanti (Aditi Rao Hydari). Shanti wanted Kuldeep to stay away from his such gangsta-work or from her. With help of a police-man, Kuldeep decided to “do-it” one last time and leave the violence forever.

Kuldeep & gang had plans to kidnap minister’s daughter & son-in-law but endedup kidnapping Shanti & minister’s son-in-law.
The screen displays “The Night… It all went wrong”; when they kidnap them the movie actually starts (walking). Then the story goes on and on all about how Arun kept on helping Priti until the end and how Kuldeep gets through the business.
As per the natural “predictability” of Hindi movies, you can guess, it almost all went correct.
Except Arun takes a gun-shot by “diverted” bullet but survives in the end…

I’m not sure why people liked it but I cannot tolerate complete one hour of timepass before the actual movie starts. There is nothing in the movie which is worth. The movie is full of abusive language as the script demands and unpredictably favourable ends of problems.

A few quotes (unimpressive) from ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi':
“Zindagi pe mera koi zor nahi ye to mereko samaz me aa gaya tha par kuldeep ko nahi”
“Ishq ka ek problem hai, agar ek ki lagi to dusre ki to lagni hi hai”

You’re good if you haven’t seen this; and you will get nothing by watching ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’

01 Feb

Mad WWE Fan Destroying Kid With Chokeslam | Don’t try this

There are a lot of speculations around WWE and its effect on kids.  I personally love watching the Stars and their action and dedication towards the World Wrestling Entertainment! Though many people out there do oppose the game. They say, it increases the violence in people and fan following.

The show do warn every-time: ‘Don’t try this’ at home or at school!! But you cannot control unguided rockets :)

It goes like people start following the WWE stars; Kane, Undertaker, John Cena and the list goes on…
soon end-up in copying them without knowing the realities and hard-work behind! and ultimately ruining the WWE’s name.
In such cases if the problem is not addressed well & the child is not taken care of, it’s really a problem.
When the child grows up with such mentality, it will be something extremely tragic as happened below…

Check out how a mad WWE Fan, who is so much inspired by Kane and his Chokeslam, that he literally destroys the baby.

So mind it always…


-- Kedar Vaijanapurkar --