Maggi – The greatest invention of 21st century

To whomsoever it may concern:

I hereby declare that the objective of this post is to prove that Maggi is the greatest invention of 21st century.

Without wasting anytime I directly jump to the 10 Points to Support my theory:

Since we always need a benchmark to compare with and say “best”, I will use Nuclear Weapons now as my benchmark  –

1. Cost Effectiveness –
Maggi: In times of economic recession, Rs. 10 is the cost for a Maggi Meal. 10. That’s 1/5  One USD to fill your empty stomach. Name one thing that comes to close to this?
Nuke: Never bought, don’t think I can ever buy too and even if I am able to one day never will buy too. Can’t do anything with it. (Implicit assumption here is that I marry a multi-billionaire’s daughter)

Score: Maggi +1/Nuke 0

2. Reduce Starvation –
Maggi: In an age of man-eat-man, in a world where millions of people die of starvation, Maggi has single-handedly rescued millions of people, mostly students and young corporates, from the jaws of death. It has rescued the future of India.
Nuke: Silence.

Score: Maggi +2/Nuke 0

3. World Peace –
Maggi: By plainly being itself, Maggi by it’s wonderful taste has brought people from different countries together and appreciate it’s taste. Thus adding to World Peace
Nuke: Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Need I say more? I will. Iran. Pakistan. South Korea. US. World Peace is at stake plainly because of Nuke.

Score: Maggi +3/Nuke 0

4. Pollution –
Maggi: Cooking Maggi leaves no residue. It uses very little plastic and we are told to re-cycle it too. It’s small and lightweight and we don’t have to go by any vehicle when we go to buy it. Clean.
Nuke: Well well well… where should I start? The waste that is generated after Nukes are used? The waste that is generated while Nukes are being made? The fuel & planes used to transport them? You get the point right!

Score: Maggi +4/Nuke 0

5. Education-

Maggi: Maggi is one of those things I never studied in school. Never had to mug up how to make it, though it is pretty simple. “Real World” stuff. No student ever cribbed that how to make Maggi is difficult to learn. Student Friendly I say!
Nuke: God save those flow charts and long answer questions from 7th class to 12th class and god forbid, if you took some chemistry later on, then too. Tsk tsk.

Score: Maggi +5/Nuke 0

6. Self Respect –

Maggi: When someone says can you cook? Maggi, we say, with great pride. It has installed a spirit of independence which we would have otherwise lacked. Sheer Pride.
Nuke: Can’t really think of self respect when it comes to nuke.

Score: Maggi +6/Nuke 0

7. Reduces Tension-
Maggi: Exam Time. No idea what to study and hungry stomachs. What comes to the rescue? Yes, ladies & gentlemen, Maggi it is. Tension free, truly instant. No need to worry about how much masala to add in it, how much water to add etc.
Nuke: World tension is on a high thanks to these missiles.

Score: Maggi +7/Nuke 0

8. Time Saving –

Maggi: How much time does it take to make maggi? 2 Mins. Nothing more. Nothing less. The name says it all – 2 Minute Noodles
Nuke: God knows how much time. Design. Develop. Review. Phew. Clearly a loser here.

Score: Maggi +8/Nuke 0

9. Equality –

Maggi:  All the people on the plant can make it exactly the same. No one can make it any better, none any worse. All are equal in front of a packet of Maggi.
Nuke: US Nukes are better than Russian better than Chinese better than India better than Iranian better than South Korean better than Paki and so on… so much inequality. It hurts.

Score: Maggi +9/Nuke 0

10. Friendship – Save the best for the last

Maggi:  Great friendships happen over Maggi. In one movie, Rocket Singh, a guy falls for a girl due to Maggi. Truly, anything can happen over a cup of Maggi.
Nuke: Duh. Silence please.

Score: Maggi +10/Nuke 0

So, all in all, Maggi wins it hands down.

The result of this is not to insult Nukes in any way but to show that anything in comparission with Maggi is useless. Amen. Hail Maggi.

P.S. If you disagree with any of the above points, I pity the people around you for bearing with a person devoid of any sense of humor. Also, don’t try to pick any mistakes. You will rot in hell if so.

Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye to Kya Hain?

Take a deep breath in and repeat the sentence again.

Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye Toh Kya Hain?
(What is this world to me, even if I can have it).

Contrary to the reader’s belief, I am not feeling like Devdas. Three things happened that made me think of this line:

  1. 12Hrs back, I saw a movie called A Walk in the Clouds. I have no idea what made me watch that movie, don’t remember anyone recommending it either and felt sick after having brutally murdered 120 minutes of my life and this post is partially an attempt to save you from doing so. Do NOT Watch it. One feels lame and silly after committing such blunders.
  2. 1 hr after that making that mistake, I was aimlessly reading the magazine section of an outdated copy of Deccan Chronicle. It’s a newspaper format of India TV owned by a local politico. I am not its brand ambassador but must say that it is the largest selling english daily in Andhra Pradesh (T or No T). So, without checking the date, I came across an interesting heading – Quarter Life Crisis. Article by itself was some time-pass stuff but the heading captured my imagination and “how true it is!” I felt – Am just a few years from facing a crisis! And my brain took off from there and started wondering …
  3. About an hour later, I started watching a movie called Gulaal, a political drama about college politics – a brilliant film, and am so glad to have seen it. Great movie and greater music – more importantly the lyrics. The modernization of “Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna” is too good. One of those flicks where we simply can’t fast forward the movie when a song is being pictured. Chuck that now. Go watch it, you will love it.

Coming back to the Duniya! So, ladies & gentlemen, it so happened that this line is a part of the last song of the movie and has stuck in my head for the last 2-3 hrs and after doing some R & D on it, came to know that it’s a popular old song from Pyaasa. Congrats if you already knew it. So, upholding my tradition of posting lyrics & hopefully their translations too, I present – Duniya! (With all due respect, the following song is the original one, since that is the source of inspiration. The modified, inspired version in Gulaal is also awesome)

Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hain?

Ye mehlo, ye takhto, ye taajo ki duniya,
This world of palaces, thrones, and crowns
Ye insaan ke dushman samaajo ki duniya,
This world of societies that resent humanity
Ye daulat ke bhookhe riwaajo ki duniya,
This world of those hungry for material wealth
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
What is this world to me, even if I can have it

Har ek jism ghayal, har ek rooh pyaasi,
Each body is afflicted, each soul thirsty
Nigaaho mein uljhan, dilo mein udaasi,
With confused eyes and hearts full of sorrow
Ye duniya hai ya aalam-e-badhawasi,
Is this the world or the realm of the senseless
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

Yahaan ek khilauna hai insaa ki hasti,
In this world where a person’s being is only a toy
Ye basti hai murdaa-parasto ki basti,
It is an establishment that worships death
Yahaa to jeevan se hai maut sasti,
Where it costs less to die than to breathe
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

Jawaani bhatakti hai badkaar ban kar,
Here youth wanders in apathy
Jawaa jism sajte hein baazaar ban kar,
Young bodies are decorated and sold in the market
Yahaa pyaar hota hai vyapaar ban kar,
Where love is treated as a product to trade
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

Ye duniya jahaan aadmi kuch nahi hai,
This world where human life is nothing
Wafa kuch nahi, dosti kuch nahi hai,
Where Loyalty is nothing, where friendship is nothing
Yahaan pyaar ki qadr hi kuch nahi hai,
Where love has no meaning at all
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
What is this world to me, even if I can have it?

Jala do ise, phoonk daalo ye duniya,
Burn this world, set it on fire
Mere saamne se hata lo ye duniya,
Remove this world from my sight
Tumhaari hai tum hi sambhaalo ye duniya,
This world is yours, you take care of it.
Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hain?
What is this world to me, even if I can have it?




On a totally unrelated note, I found an article which was written by an ex-Rajya Sabha MP. It was his last day in office and had written a farewell speech or something of that sort. At the end, he had used a song from Kabhi Kabhi which I heard for the first time and want to include that too in this self ranting post :D. (side effects of free web space)

Mujhse pehele kitne shayar aaye aur aa kar chale gaye
Kuchh aahein bhar kar chale gaye,
kuchh naghme gaa kar chale gaye,

Woh bhi ek pal ka kissa thay,
Main bhi ek pal ka kissa hoon,

Kal tumse juda ho jaoonga,
Jo aaj tumhara hissa hoon…

Kal aur aayenge naghmon ki khilti kaliyan chun-ne wale
Mujhse behtar kahne wale,
Tumse behtar sun-ne wale…

Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon,
Pal do pal meri kahani hai.

How true again! – Reminded me of Dead Poet’s Society

And the great play will go on and you may contribute a verse. The great play will go on and YOU may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” – Alexander Supertramp
– Adios folks

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(500) Days of Summer – Movie Review

This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen, grew up believing that he’d never truly be happy until the day he met the one. The girl, Summer Finn, did not share this belief. You should know up front this is not a love story.

Decades of romantic movies have successfully convinced generation after generation that everyone on this planet has one and only one soul-mate and irrespective of looks, wealth, intelligence and character, he or she WILL get that one. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the premise of 500 Days of Summer!

Lets take one guy, any guy. He might have been single at sometime or still is and hopes that somewhere out of the blue gets to be with that over-rated “soul mate” of his and if he’s too much of a dreamer, probably hopes to live happily ever after too with that person. He has seen so many romantic movies like the ones doled out every day, the one’s with happy endings where the guy and the girl are opposites and fight and finally get back together in the last scene, and has convinced himself that such love exists.

Now lets take a girl, not any girl. An arrogant and pretty girl who thinks this soul mate idea is silly and believes that she is clear about what she wants and very clear that she doesn’t want a boyfriend.

If you agree with either of these two people, let me tell you, this movie goes out and out to prove you totally wrong and also make you feel  good about being wrong. It’s a brutally honest story of one guy who falls in and out of love, told in a comic book style with non-linear screenplay and sticks to it, throughout the 95 minutes, with a narrative script which gives an impression that this has been written with a clear intention of being made into a movie.  And boy am I glad it was written. Yes, now is when the reader should know that this IS a wonderful movie.

Tom: Ok but wait–wait. What happens, if you fall in love?

Summer: You don’t believe that, do you?

Tom: It’s love, it’s not Santa Claus.

Plot:

Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as told above, believes in fate and has waited all his life for that one girl who will sweep him off his feet. One day, Tom sees Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) and feels she’s the ONE. Like any other romantic movie, they are totally different and yet they get along perfectly. Summer eventually proposes that they stop seeing each other. Can Tom move on from this “break-up” or will he eventually do all he can to win Summer back?

“To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”

Screenplay:

Crazily Awesome. An omniscient narrator sets the tone by telling you what’s happening and what is not, taking you through the various scenes in an absolute haphazard manner such that you will never feel bored or even overwhelmed with all the complex scenes and numbers that keep popping up on screen. It jumps to and fro from the days when Tom and Summer are together to when they are apart. Then there are scenes where some non-conventional film styles are used, changes in film color, screen splits. There is a high chance that you might not agree that this is not a love story in nature but who cares?

There’s a killer scene on Reality vs Expectations which is a wonderful idea. (Will use it when I make a movie :D)

Soundtrack:

This movie is the directional debut of a guy who makes music videos. Felt there were some good songs while watching the movie but don’t remember any now to put it up here. Might add later if I like any of those, when I watch again and again :D.

Acting:

In a very crisp movie, the protagonists do a wonderful job. Joseph Gordon Levitt got a Golden Globe nomination for this. There is no phenomenal performance from any one specifically but sincerely done by all who stick their roles. Zooey Deschanel has done all crazy roles so far and expecting more and more. It’s pretty similar to her role in Yes Man.

Final Verdict:

Romantic films today, concern themselves with cute ideas, take ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ or ‘Serendipity’ for example. They are good, funny etc but not they forget about real people. The couple in (500) Days of Summer have true chemistry. Some of the moments are captured with simplicity that we feel like smiling even if there is a break up on the scene.

In my humble opinion, this movie was probably made with while the director was watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Great effort, almost felt like it’s younger sibling. 100% Recommendation. Watch it NOW!

P.S. Official Promo:

P.P.S. – It’s presently ranked at 233 on IMDB 250.

P.P.P.S. Best quote:

Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin and they end with no lasting memory made in between. Most days have no impact on the course of a life. May 23rd was a Wednesday.