Friday, December 28, 2007

Rat Race : point less pursuit for what called a quality life

“If you look at the life of the average-educated, hard-working person, there is a similar path. The child is born and goes to school. The proud parents are excited because the child excels, gets fair to good grades, and is accepted into a college. The child graduates, maybe goes on to graduate school and then does exactly as programmed: looks for a safe, secure job or career. The child finds that job, maybe as a doctor or a lawyer, or joins the Army or works for the government.Generall y, the child begins to make money, credit cards start to arrive in mass, and the shopping begins, if it already hasn’t. “Having money to burn, the child goes to places where other young people just like them hang out, and they meet people, they date, and sometimes they get married. Life is wonderful now, because today, both men and women work. Two incomes are bliss.
They feel successful, their future is bright, and they decide to buy a house, a car, a television, take vacations and have children. The happy bundle arrives. The demand for cash is enormous. The happy couple decides that their careers are vitally important and begin to work harder, seeking promotions and raises. The raises come, and so does another child and the need for a bigger house. They work harder, become better employees, even more dedicated.They go back to school to get more specialized skills so they can earn more money. Maybe they take a second job.
Their incomes go up, but so does the tax bracket they’re in and the real estate taxes on their new large home, and their Social Security taxes, and all the other taxes. They get their large paycheck and wonder where all the money went. They buy some mutual funds and buy groceries with their credit card.The children reach 5 or 6 years of age, and the need to save for college increases as well as the need to save for their retirement. . “That happy couple, born 35 years ago, is now trapped in the Rat Race for the rest of their working days. They work for the owners of their company, for the government paying taxes, and for the bank paying off a mortgage and credit cards.
“Then, they advise their own children to `study hard, get good grades, and find a safe job or career.’ They learn nothing about money, except from those who profit from their innocence, and work hard all their lives. The process repeats into another hard-working generation.This is the `Rat Race’

Friday, October 26, 2007

trip to papikondalu

I have been in some of the most interesting places in the india those places that are interesting by virtue of inherent popularity and growing tourism.... Coming from a rich historical country like India, there is also no shortage of interesting tourist sites. One great change happened to me while reading several reports , is the urge to explore the under explored...and papikondalu was the best choice to do it ..... When we chose Papikondalu for and adventure trip, little did we know about the splendour of the place. The only reason why we heard of it is due to a controversy. There is this 100+ feet height dam proposed to be built in the papikondalu range that will engulf most of the villages due to raising levels of water. An estimated 30 odd villages will be endangered due to this however it is being constructed to bring millions of acres of land into cultivation...

we set out for an exciting trip that was to take us through the splendours of River Godavari (one of the largest rivers in India, and dominant in South of India) that negotiates the lush green hills 'Papi kondalu' along its journey towards the sea 'Bay of Bengal'. We kick started our exploration in the thick forest inside the hills. we started our fascinating journey in a small motor boat in the river. The journey(to and fro ) is expected to take about 8 hours along the downward stream. One of the challenges in the journey is the face off with the drifting sand, that makes the path of the boat extremely dynamic. It is the skill and experience of the local sailors that makes the journey look easy while in reality it is very tough. Clean riven water with the reflection of lush green hills, gentle breeze flowing across the river, can be your picture perfect setting for sure. Papikondalu range is especially popular due to their co-existence with the river. Except during summer, the river is full of life with people. However, several tribal communities fill the hills with life from ages in search for their livelihood by agriculture, fishing and handicrafts. there were several sights that stand unique in their attraction. Apart from papikondalu hill range,. A walk through the village takes you up the hill to the beginning of a very exciting waterfalls. Something that we can not forget in the trip is the hospitality by the boat crew. Very modest and humble people from the village, they take excellent care of the passengers on their boat. you will get sumptuous food in middle of nowhere,
the best addition to the trip is a stay in the shores for a short period ,in the calm and serene atmosphere in the arms of Papikondalu.

OK then its time to windup.I'm running short of words and idea but trust me the trip was is so calm and refreshing that you have to try hard to get out of the boat. Time and again, it reminds us the motivation to explore the under explored..

cheers !!!

happy days

Rajesh is one guy whose words are like ignition to me. His interest to write about the movie for eternity prompted me to take a walk down to my, oops... sorry our engineering days. I subbu and kartheek still hark back toward those gaudy years, Feeling gloomy that those moments on no account will whirl back… But tribute to the movie “happy days” that we had a chance to embrace them all over again. It was like homecoming, a gratifying trip down the memory lane.
I must say the director had set soaring standards in his movie. He managed to lens down the whole lot with aptness, making it a must watch. Shekhar infused some freshness in this film. His narration was simple, contemporary and strong in content. He manages to bring this offbeat which romanticizes college making sure every student relates himself to the main thread .the basic premise for the film was the misinterpretation of the student community in the telugu film .I must say this one was a delight to watch as there was a emergent greed for a good sagacious films .

I thought what made the movie better was its spanking new star cast .Even the script demanded it .known faces would have diluted the essences and the innocence of the characters. This film certainly endow with characters, not the actors .everyone performed in an extremely natural way and different sensibility enabled to make the thread simple heartwarming and exceedingly nostalgic.

The story is about college life, confusion, career, love friendship, teachers, ragging and so on .its all about student life portrayed in a liable way. It certainly teaches a lesson to the young engineering prospects and parents that it’s not good colleges which make good students, its good students who make good colleges. Colleges should teach in order to make the student assume his career focal point and elucidate education is something which is beyond books and are bountiful experiences which nurtures a student to survive most critical circumstances.

Coming back to the characters of the film which were aesthetically crafted and its apparent that chandu took the top ranking. He was too good for this role .He brought attitude of a typical hyderabady student. Little confused yet was very flirtatious and extremely lovable and his striking looks were an added advantage, negating with the fact he was canned next the most beautiful girl in the set. Rajesh was very impressive with his telangana dialect. His manifestation of a brat-attitude guy in line with his looks and slang were commendable and made him exceptionally humorous. Rahul character was pretty adequate and his mannerisms were justifiable and suited to the tee. I thought shakhar’s part was quintessential in the movie which caution students that at times they might face off self-centric individuals. His nerdy looks are just what the doctor ordered illustration of good casting. Madhu is the main heroine of the film. She is very good and she oozed natural talent and expression in all her scenes. Pappu was perfect set for Rahul was very likable. However it was Sravanthi alias Sravs who steals the show with her extremely subtle performance .Sangeetha did not get enough scope to perform but she played her part well as a deceit.
Technical departments were clinical too, be it its music, background score camera work .screenplay and dialogues were vintage kamula and perfectly knitted which kept me gelled to my seat. Editing deserves a special mention. But the lens work was noticeable and logically portrait CBIT .There was no bumpy angles and unwarranted visual Fx. I never felt that I’m watching a movie rather I felt a part of the campus and all the characters are gyrating around me.
However, few scenes absolutely mesmerized and were enthralling and comprise repeat values. The events in the movie were like a whiff of fresh air and worth enchanting.