Online libraries

Revisiting this post…

The British Council library is going online. From the 3rd week(?) of January 2010, the British Council, besides moving from Nariman Point to Lower Parel, is making access to it’s  library available via the internet. No more browsing physically or sitting at one of the tables and reading the many magazines; you just log on to

and make your selection of books, CDs and DVDs. They will be delivered to your doorstep; no renewals required and pick-up will be done at your doorstep as well.

This is quite similar to the service offered by The British Council have a wider variety though.

Though the change increases convenience and ease of use, and definitely reduces travel, I will definitely miss making the trip to town at least once a month, which allowed me to cram in a movie or two as well.

Things may not be so bad though; There’s still the American Library at New Marine Lines. The library details can be found at

And the membership fees are a nominal Rs. 400 per year per individual.Rs. 700 for 2 years. Just 4 books per individual subscriber. Corporate a/cs have more privileges.

See you there! Maybe! I didn’t say hear you there, did I?

PS: I am now a member of the American Center Library as well!

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How To Apologize Like A Tiger!

w:Tiger Woods doing a photo shoot.

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Humor: How to Apologize Like a Tiger

I am sorry for that thing I did. I know I shouldn’t have done that thing.

I don’t know why I did that thing. It wasn’t the sort of thing I would normally do.

In the spirit of Tiger Woods and other fallen stars, WSJ’s Peter Jeffrey offers his version of the professional apology.

As a humor columnist, I have always strived to maintain the highest standards, being mean but not too mean and staying above easy laughs like "Weehawken." As a journalist, I have sought to live a responsible life. So it pains me that I let you down by doing that thing I shouldn’t have.

There is no need to name it, that thing I did. No need for graphic details. They would only titillate me. I think we all know what it was, though it wasn’t what the tabloids are saying it was. No need for numbers, or dates, or, indeed, nouns.

Look, there was an unnamed person, and, coincidentally, there was me, and suddenly we found ourselves occupying the same locus in space-time, the same GPS coordinates and the same underwear. Mistakes were made. There were certain transgressions by persons who are not not I. I ask you to accept my deepest and most sincere apologies and to refrain from asking me for what.

For the rest , read

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Bollywood – Actors – I

English: Indian actor Saif Ali Khan along with...

English: Indian actor Saif Ali Khan along with actress Kareena Kapoor and designer Manish Malhotra at the 2009 India Couture Week (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Bollywood actress Dimple Kapadia duri...

English: Bollywood actress Dimple Kapadia during an event (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Bollywood (Photo credit: Ivo Sandoval)


English: Aamir Khan at the 2010 Toronto Intern...

English: Aamir Khan at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Indian actor Saif Ali Khan

English: Indian actor Saif Ali Khan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Indian actor Salman Khan

English: Indian actor Salman Khan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cover of "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak"

Cover of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak


This is a post  about Bollywood and a few of its male stars.


Though I am more of an English movie fan, I cannot escape Bollywood and its multiple movie offerings every year. After all, Hindi is the national official language of the country though not the language of business!


My take on some of our current male stars:


Shah Rukh Khan:


He is considered the ‘badshah’ of Bollywood. Everything he touches turns to gold, from acting, to making movies, endorsements and Kolkata Knight Riders . He was one of the first, if not the first, to make the transition from the small screen to the silver screen. He is idolised by his fans and he has a certain style and more importantly , a huge amount of energy which he brings to his acting. Though he started his career taking a lot of risks by acting the anti-hero, of late, he is more conservative and sticks to the lover boy image.  A dazzling wife and 2 sweet kids round up this good guy of Bollywood cinema. Though of late with his new six-pack look, the similarities between him and Mick Jagger are striking!


Sunny Deol:


The eldest son of filmstar Dharmendra made his debut with Betaab and has never looked back since. Though like his dad, he has 2 left feet, he has firmly ensconced himself as an action hero and his appeal in the rustic  North Indian belt has not dimmed. He is the modern Manoj Kumar, since quite a few of his films have patriotic overtones. He is also remembered for his long-time liaison with Dimple Kapadia on her return to the Hindi film industry.


Ajay Devgan:


Son of an stunt director, he is also known as superstar Kajol’s husband.  But make no mistake Devgan or Devgn is a star in his own right. Though he started out as an action hero, he has made the transition to both comedy and softer roles. His performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was top-class. The intensity in his eyes makes him a stand out performer in any film. He keeps a very low profile and steers clear of controversies.


Salman Khan:


Now , Salman Khan is one of my favourite actors. Not because he’s a brilliant actor, but because he’s not. He seems to have this perennial expression that says ‘What the heck am I doing in this film? I know I can’t act for nuts but my fans just like me to dance and strip my upper torso! I can’t do melodrama but I can act in comedy because I find it comic that half a billion idiots will pay good money to see me not act! But then if they don’t care, neither do I!” But seriously, the only time Salman Khan was able to carry off melodrama was in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. For all these reasons, he is among my favourites!


The 2007 IIFA Awards Ceremony - Arrivals


Akshay Kumar:


Akshay Kumar is the martial arts hero. Another outsider to the industry , like Shah Rukh, he started out as an action hero leveraging his martial arts skills. With time, he has graduated to comedy and drama. Though his voice is still a liability, he more than makes up for it with his screen presence. He is considered Bollywood’s answer to Tom Cruise!


Saif Ali Khan:


Born of excellent pedigree, the scion of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan was a slow starter in the Bollywood film industry. He initially made a hit pair with Akshay Kumar, and then was mostly part of multi-starrers. Of late, his performance in films like Omkara have brought him critical acclaim. He is also in the spotlight because of his on-going dalliance with Kareena Kapoor (she’s made the term size zero her own!).


Aamir Khan:


Aamir Khan is the director’s actor. He’s a thinking actor and he cultivates that image. He is very choosy about the films he makes and rations his time out to film-makers like the Almighty doles out rains in the desert! He is immensely successful and for his fans, he is the numero uno of the Bollywood industry. From QSQT to his latest flick Ghajini, his acting has won him acclaim and accolades. His Lagaan was nominated to the Oscars in the best foreign film category. This pint-sized actor is a giant when he strides the silver screen. The only complaint I have about Lagaan is about his treatment of the untouchable character in his film. Though it makes a statement about inclusivity by including Kachra (the character’s name) in the village cricket team , how could a seasoned actor like Aamir be insensitive about the derogatory connotations of the name itself, which means dirt! It struck a very jarring note! What kind of a statement did it make? “Hey, we need you in the team but we’ll keep referring to you by that ridiculous name. You should just be grateful that we include you! Was that it?”


Hrithik Roshan:


Son to Rakesh Roshan, the evergreen side-hero of the 70s and early 80’s , Hrithik made an exciting debut with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. He has quite a few good movies to his credit like Lashkar, Mission Kashmir etc. His androgynous appeal and his fundoo dance moves make him a favorite with the younger audience. In my opinion, he is still to prove his acting talent!


Uday Chopra:


Just goes to prove that you don’t have to be a chocolate hero any more! Brawn will do too!


Shahid Kapur:


My first impression – A muscle-bound SRK! Much improved since!


Emraan Hashmi:


A classy ‘sleaze act’


Dino Morea:


A case for why models should never become actors together with Milind Soman! Is it a coincidence that Rahul Dev is a top villain? Top model to top villain!


Fardeen Khan:


Son of the late Feroz Khan, he has screen presence and style and is not muscle-bound. A throwback to the heroes of the eighties. But sometimes we just wonder, what is he doing in the movie business?


Abhishek Bacchan:


Abhishek made a great debut in Refugee. He is regarded as perhaps the only actor who can be a serious threat to Hrithik Roshan. But besides being saddled with the tag of being the great Amitabh Bacchan’s son, he has compounded it by marrying Aishwarya Rai and can also be tagged as ‘Aishwarya Rai’s husband’!


62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival


John Abraham:


Keeps improving. Best model turned star, I guess!


PS: As you will have gleaned from this post, I am not a connoisseur of Hindi films and do not have any pretensions to being one!


Just Kidding! But seriously…..

Some jokes, for a change, from the website.


The Dog Ate My Alarm Clock


According to, a full 15 percent of workers admit to getting to the office late at least once a week. And here are some of their excuses:
I have transient amnesia and couldn’t remember my job.
I was indicted for securities fraud this morning.
Someone stole all my daffodils.
I had to go audition for American Idol.
I was trying to get my gun back from the police.


Amos Who?

Contributed by Laurie Callier on

Knock! Knock!
Who’s there?
Amos who?
A mosquito bit me!


Monkey Business

— Dennis Rickman

Staring at an empty cage, a zoo visitor asks, "Where are all the monkeys?"
"It’s mating season," the keeper replies. "They’re inside."
"Do you think they’d come out for peanuts?"
"Would you?"


Classic Feelings

— Robert A. Kozma

As a Catholic, I’m partial to Notre Dame football. As a former Michigan resident, though, I also keep tabs on Michigan college teams. One Saturday afternoon, a neighbor dropped in while I was watching Notre Dame vs. Michigan State.
"Which team do you want to win?" he asked.
"Gee, I don’t know," I replied. "I’m kind of torn between Church and State."


Good day to YOU!

Dream Run!

I will be running the Dream Run on the 17th of Jan, 2010 in Mumbai.

The Dream Run is 6kms and covers the distance from CST (VT) to Nariman Point and back to Metro.

I have been training for the past 3 months, running 2 – 3 times a week. Slowly but surely increasing the distance covered. Have brought the distance run w/o a halt to 9.6 kms.

I started out running to increase my stamina and strengthen my legs. Those goals have been met to a large extent! Losing fat will take some time! Can’t have it all, I guess!

Intend to give the half-marathon , (21 kms), a shot next year. My friend, Newton is participating in the half-marathon this year.

Wish us luck!


For more details about the race, check out

Mumbai Marathon WebSite

Cartoons & Captions

Heaven Funny Caption Picture


How many of us love to read cartoons, either in cartoon strips or the political ones like R K Laxman and Art Buchwald?


Cartoons draw out a home-spun wisdom that can make us smile at our everyday idiosyncrasies and especially at our politicians who make a whole lot of promises but can never fulfil them.


But besides the art that goes into the cartoons, its the captions that tell the story and make the point.


How difficult or easy do you think it is to write those wry captions, those pointed remarks?


Not easy at all!


But sometimes we all get a chance to try our hand at being witty.


The DNA newspaper , here in India, has a cartoon caption contest every Sunday and the best 3 caption writers are awarded prizes.


Similarly , the NYTimes runs a caption contest, called Laugh Lines that allows readers of the paper to try their hands & minds at being funny and win the reader’s hearts!


The link to the latest caption contest online is


See if you can find mine and tell me if it tickled your funny bone!