Monthly Archives: March 2010

Movie review: Road to Sangam

I havent reviewed a movie for a long time, probably because I haven’t watched that many lately. But I happened to chance on Road to Sangam. It is based on an incredibly simple premise, duty before everything, and yet pushes the boundaries of a done-to-death national unity theme. It offers us the perspective of Hasmatullah, portrayed wonderfully well by Paresh Rawal, a mechanic who is pushed against the wall and forced to choose between his duty, and what people say is his duty to his religion. If I say more, I’ll probably spoil the plot (even more than I have done now.) Suffice to say that the dialogues, the way Paresh Rawal goes about building his character and some very good story flow, make this an interesting watch.
And what the movie has done is make me fall in love with the idea of India. All over again.


The Debate

It’s that time of the year again in KGP. A time when “poltu” is the buzzword on campus, when formals are the in thing, and SN hall day is an excuse t get into the girls hostel. Amidst all this, there is always an undercurrent of factionalism, the “pacts”. It was when I posted the link to a Scholars’ Avenue poll : “Is it possible to have fair and “pactless” elections in Kgp?” that the shit hit the fan. For all those who are added on my facebook friend list here is the link to the full debate. For the others, I am posting a few of the quotes below.

“Why do u need logic behind pacts … its elections … get real … and no this is not an election for selection the head boy / head girl of “hip hip hurray” … real elections have coalitions, so does this..”

“”People with common aims band together”. Is that what a pact is? Is hall sentiment really representative of the sentiments of its every resident? If so, then yes, that’s what a pact is. A pact is an entire hall voting for a single set of candidates. Law of nature? Really? I’m not commenting on whether a pactless election is feasible – I’m merely refuting the fact that pacts are a manifestation of the “birds of a feather…” syndrome.” Continue reading