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Off Topic: Jaane Tu... Jaane Na -Youth Ahoy!!

Another day, another movie........and this weekend Jaane Tu...... Ya Jaane Na was the unanimous movie of choice. Being a college going guy, I was able to relate to the movie perfectly. Any product that Aamir lends his name to, is keenly anticipated and be rest assured, high on quality. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is no exception!After the serious Sarkar Raj (read my review here), I heaved a slight sigh of relief knowing that I could chill out for a while (I'll also add that I had some great friends coming along and I knew that if the movie was bad, atleast I could guppa maro-fy with them. So here goes......

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na marks the acting debut of Aamir Khan’s nephew Imraan Khan. Abbas Tyrewala the writer of Main Hoon Na fame has scripted and directed this fun flick mainly targetted at the youth. So I would seriously suggest all 35+ people to stay away from this movie.

Jaane Tu...... Ya Jaane Na is about Jai Singh Rathore a.k.a Rats (Imraan Khan), a non-violent Rajput and Aditi Mahant a.k.a Meow (Genelia D’Souza), a violent yet cute girl. Aditi feels Jai is a big coward and Jai says her parents should have rinsed her mouth with soap!! They fight like crazy but just cant live without each other. They are almost a made for each other couple, their parents know this, friends know it, but they believe they are just great friends, no more, no less. Does friendship turn into love?? The answer is pretty obvious I guess.....

Scenes that stand out in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

  • Aditi’s parents and Jai’s discussion on the job/engagement.
  • Scene between Amit and Aditi, his confession. Heart warming and brilliant!
  • When Amit takes Aditi into his room. A perfect Bro-sis moment!
  • Scenes between Jai’s mother and his dead father (he talks from a portrait). Absolutely Hilarious!
  • The Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sociology whatever else between the gang of 6 friends.
  • The scene in which Arbaaz and Sohail meet Imraan in Jail
  • The Climax...... a little too filmy, but it manages to make an impact nonetheless.
Imraan overall makes a solid debut, not once does he go over the top. This actor will surely go a long way. Genelia D’Souza’s expressions alone are worth the price of the ticket. She oozes cuteness and performs well. Manjari Phadnis looks good, acts well. It never seems like there are any characters......just plain people. Guys and gals just out of college......Right from the "I don't need a cellphone coz it invades my privacy" to the "Mera paisa, mera style, mere dost" type. Also look out for Jignesh a.k.a Jiggy who bears an uncanny resemblance to one of my best friends!!

But here's what I felt....... All these new comers were dwarfed onscreen due to the presence of heavyweights like Ratna Pathak, Naseeruddin Shah, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and Paresh Rawal. The husband-wife relation between Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak is executed with near perfection. And the antics of the Khan brothers is amazingly funny.

And ofcourse, there's the music: One name- A.R. Rehman.......
get it??

A brilliant set of tracks that get you engrossed right from the second the movie starts and the title appears (along with a fairly nice use of surround sound)

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi is one of the best tracks I've heard all year!!
Pappu Can't Dance and its remix have already become college-blockbusters!! (Read Lyrics Here)
Nazrein Milaao has a nice feel to it.

All in all, the movie never goes aspartame sweet nor does it go karela bitter!!

So, yeah, I had a smile on throughout the movie reminiscing all the movie-relatable stuff that's happened to me in real life. Even if you go alone to this movie, you'll be more than satisfied with it.....but I'd advise you go in a group, so that you can point out when someone onscreen does something that one of your groupies did in real life!! Be sure to watch this movie atleast twice....but avoid if you're above 35.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Sharp's Mega Environemental Plan!!

There has been great development in solar power and other alternative sources, but this one definitely, and by far, takes the cake ( and by cake, I mean a 12 tier chocolate cake with ice-cream on top!!).

Sharp Electronics, in association with the Kansai Electric Power Company, have come together with the citizens of Sakai in Japan to create the mother of all solar power installations. The mega project, which has pretty unimaginatively been named the Sakai City Waterfront Mega Solar Power Generation Plan consists of two amazingly large solar power generation plants.

The combined output of the plants, estimated to be a whopping 38,000 kW!!

The energy generated at the plant will power the Sharp factory and other companies in Sakai.

This project will go a long way in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, which are approximately 10,000 tonnes......... annually.

Wow!! The Japanese, who've been famed for making things tiny, have made a major statement!! Lets pray that the Sakai project actually gets operationalised in the near future....before its too late!!

Way to go (Japanese) guys!!

Google Does A "Second Life" With "Lively"!!

Google has announced plans to launch an online 3D social arena, which many claim is Google's version of the hugely popular Second Life.

Titled Lively, Google's attempt to foray into the avatar world looks set to nose-dive into the league of Linden Labs' Second Life, which took the world by storm, even though many initially criticised it. Google hopes that people will openly embrace Lively with the same interest.

Like Second Life, Lively also requires a download and installation but then people can use Internet ExploDer Explorer or Firefox to enter the virtual world. Bad News for Mac and Linux fans though...... The program is currently an only Windows program.

With Lively, you can set up personalized online rooms, grassy meadows, desert islands. You can change the clothing or looks of your avatar. Below is a look at the program:

And of course you can chat (using a chat program which is somewhat Google Talk-like) , and give high-fives.

This software focusses a lot on integration of Google's multiple offerings. For one thing, you can stream content hosted elsewhere on the Internet, including photos or videos. Obviously, Google has meant this as a goddie for Youtube users. But here's my favourite goodie.... You can actually embed your Lively area into your blog or, using widgets Google has written, on Facebook Web pages now and MySpace pages later.

However, there's no money involved in Lively. It's designed to be easier to use, with a drag-and-drop interface. And it's not programmable, at least yet, so you can only select furniture, clothes, hairstyles, and such from the prefabricated catalog Google warehouse.

Money and programmability are both items the company is seriously considering, though, Wang said. But I'm sure Google will be working overtime to find some thing (perhaps virtual billboards/ pamphlets) to include Adsense into Lively.

The idea is to bring a better social dimension to online interaction, something more sophisticated for expressing oneself than an emoticon on an instant-messenger status line.

"We think there is a desire to socialize in this way," says Niniane Wang, Google's engineering manager for Lively, "We hope this product will help them do that."

I tried out the demo version and noticed a few quirks. For one, the controls are somewhat jittery and take some time to get used to. And the graphics seem kind of slow to load (atleast compared to Second Life).

As of now atleast, until the full version is released, Second Life is definitely the way to go simply because its more immersive and has already built up a reputation among netizens.

Anyways, go ahead give "Lively" a try........ and get yourself a Second Life!!

It's integrated with the Internet. It's not an alternate destination. Our intention is to add to your existing life -- Niniane Wang, Google's engineering manager for Lively


Finally after all these years, here's to the beginning of what was there, what is there and hopefully what will remain!! So here are my thoughts & words -Online!!

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