Friday, October 29, 2010

Shaadi Kaa Website

When my dad called up and asked me to create a 'wedding website' i couldn't help laughing. But immediately i did know about its advantages and in every sense beneficial for me as i am far away from home. My wedding is on Jan 9, 2011. But all the hard part of inviting,booking halls for reception, priniting invitation cards, informing our relatives/friends blah blah blah all completely taken up by my parents and my sister. So to invite my friends its impossible for me to walk into each and everyone's doorsteps provided they are scattered across the globe. So i decided to work on my wedding website. Looked up at a few readily available ones, where in we just have to manually enter our details and it would come up with a 'wedding invite suite'. But i felt its too cliched and over written. Every one of them had similar look and feel and their wasn't much i could do other than follow instructions. So i continued digging further.

Reshmi and Vinod, for their son Pranav's first birthday had created a cool website of their own. I had earlier checked out about it and found some cool GUI features in Adobe Flash setup. As i found out, it was quite easy to work on them but a tad time consuming with the look and feel. Also it is better to put some efffort on how the page would look across different web-browsers. Now that i have created the website i feel it was all worth the effort as its fully designed and developed by me. I mean no restrictions if i had to choose another client. So Thank You wix.com for providing this cool and free website creator. It some time hangs when i work on it, but i feel thats more of a Flash or Browser fallacy. Having said all these, i would love to see the website in places where Internet Speed is not so high and has connectivity limitations. Just because of all those animations and VideoFX that has been loaded in certain pages. So check out the website here it is, I am planning to use this to send it to Our (mine and Deepthi's) friends and a few net savvy relatives. And in case you are wondering which is the background score in the website. It is 'London' by James Newton Howard from the movie 'Blood Diamond'. It is my all time favourite music and it kinda rejuvenates me every time i hear it. So thought of sharing the music in the most unique way ( I hope Mr.Howard doesnt mind as i bought the iTunes of it and then converted it to an mp3).


Sabarish-Deepthi Wedding Planner Website

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Endhiran's success and Thalaivars legacy

There was never a movie in near future that was so much publicized and marketed. The last one which had this frenziness was the Aamir Khan dud of a movie 'Mangal Pandey'. So being a Rajinikanth liker (not a fan) i was scared about all the craziness around. For any South Indian, one cannot ignore the 'RajiniKanth Phenomenon'. People look up to him as one in their family even after his superstar status. And personally i believe there is only one SuperStar in Indian Cinema and its him. He might not be the essential character actor or the most talented on around but he is a complete directors actor and gives an honest performance every time.

Having said all these about RajiniKanth, i still am not a big fan of him and not of anyone for that fact. Fanship in our country is a blind mans affair. We are so emotionally attached to our so called superstars that sometimes we overlook their shortcomings and put ourselves in a state of fallacy. And i love tamil folks for this simple reason, they are ultimately generous to their Stars. And RajiniKanth i feel is a harbinger in that regard.

'Endhiran' the robot movie was good but nothing exceptional as everyone claims. A humanoid gone bad and all its good and bad demonstrated in a melodrama with few songs stitched in them. The music aint that raunchy either but the videos were fantabolous. Shankar is at his creative best on picturising music videos and spends lavishly on them too. The final stunt with all those animations was simply superb and technology was completely used to exhaust the audience in appreciation. But the Story line was crappy and a timid screenplay. Apart from Rajinikanth's perfect exhibition of robo aka chitti. There wasn't much to munch upon.

But story doesnt end there, last week at a party i let know my views on this movie to a few of my dear friends. The smarter ones nodded silently and the crazy one almost killed me in their verbal diatribe. And thankful to god am back here in one piece such was the mutiny. From statements to 'you must be a kamal fan', 'mammotty & mohanlal can never be a robot with their lungis', 'who cares about you, movie is a hit', 'checkout the rajini-shankar combo its so effin awesome'. Not a single guy could come up with the strength in the script & screenplay, evidently which was not present. Saran even said 'people in village who cuts sugarcane, who works in those paddy fields even they are able to understand what robot is' and their lies the success of the movie. Not sure about
those but loved his high emotional quotient with regard to a movie. In facebook for one of my comments on irregular ticket pricing for the movie my college buddy Vinod almost sent a tirade against everyone on the chat. His reaction were as if him & rajinikanth on one side and whole world against them. And am not going to other few 'Thalaivar lovers', who would be wholeheartedly ready to tear a limb or two for their idol and living legend. May be i am too practical at life and its so called fan worshipping madness. But i still have no qualms in yelling it out Endhiran was an average movie. Only Rajinikanth and his superstardom can carry this movie to whichever extent it has gone. Movie has already made millions and still continue its good run, but silently
everyone knows there is nothing in the movie apart from Rajini, 3 songs and animation gimmicks in the climax.

And I know I am at serious risk after posting this with all endhiran dummies ready to pounce upon me. My home town Palakkad has its own chapter of Rajini Fans Association and i hope they dont read this and start burning effigies as we always do back at home. :)