Sunday, 14 August 2016

The journey towards Independence

We are celebrating our 70th Independence Day this year, which means we are Independent since last 70 years, free to follow our dreams, free from all kind of evil atrocities our country witness over centuries in past. But it actually gets me thinking. Are we really independent? Do we understand independence? 

What is Independence? Do we know the real meaning of Independence? According to Cambridge Dictionary, there are two meanings:

  • Freedom from being governed or ruled by another country. 
  • The ability to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people. 

Our country is free and not ruled or governed by any other country, so in that sense, India is independent. But, as per the second meaning, are we, the people of India, really independent? Another question raised here is about our country. India is not governed or ruled by any other country, but if we use the second meaning in context of our country, is our country really independent? Let’s discuss both the meanings for a country and an individual in detail. I am using India just as an example, because the same logic applies to almost all nations of this world. Similarly, the logic of individuals applies to almost all resident of this world.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice – What was wrong and how they should have done it

I have already posted my spoiler free review for this movie, and here I am, back again, writing another post about the movie. This movie is so bad, that I could not control myself from punching the keyboard again to write this post. This time, I will put details of what did not work in the movie, spoilers included. I am also going to put my thought of how the same story could have been told differently, in much more entertaining way, still maintaining continuity with MoS and Justice League. So, if you have not seen the movie, and planning to watch it, please stop reading now. I will give you few more lines to skip this article before I go for analysis of this movie, on how bad it is. I am not going to repeat what I have already written in my earlier review, but going to give you the points why this movie is so bad that this series should be stopped right now. We need another reboot, or if not possible, stop it all together. I refuse to let fans like me taken for granted by DC/WB and serve us such bad movies. I would be happy to continue with their comics and TV/Animated series. 


Friday, 25 March 2016

Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice – Review [No Spoilers]

This is one time watch movie for all fans of DC universe, as we have no other choice but to watch it for continuity of upcoming Justice League movie. But this movie does not offer anything new to us. It actually disappoints the fans at many fronts. Plus, the non-comics-reading-movie-goers will not like it either as it does not offer the superhero movie kind of entertainment to them. Let me give few details, but without any spoilers. 

First of all, zero promotion of the movie here in India. I am not sure about the international promotion, but locally, people are not aware that the movie opens up today. I am not talking about fans who are waiting for last 3 years, but general public. In fact, I went to watch Neerja on Monday in PVR, and there was only one small poster of this movie, with no date, just “Next Change” written at the bottom. How can you invite people to watch this movie when it is not even promoted to the movie goers? And there was no trailer shown as well. BookmyShow is primarily used to book tickets in advance, and believe me; I had to search for this movie on the site. No banner, not even a small link on the main page for this movie. Then, they had this paid preview lined up yesterday, and I was looking forward for this movie since last one week, searching daily for the tickets, I came to know that the paid preview is happening. Otherwise, it would have been impossible to know from promotions, as there was no promotion at all. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

शायद मैं एक देशद्रोही हूँ

शायद मेरी देशभक्ति कुछ गलत है, क्योंकि मैं आजकल सोशल मीडिया पर जेएनयू तथा उसके कुछ छात्रों को फाँसी देने या गोली मार देने या पाकिस्तान भेजने जैसी पोस्ट करने वालों में देशभक्त को नहीं बल्कि देशद्रोही को देख रहा हूँ। उन सभी लोगो से क्षमा चाहते हुए यह लिख रहा हूँ कि मुझे ऐसी धमकी देती हुई पोस्ट ख़ुद हमारे देश के संविधान और कानून का उल्लंघन करती हुई ऐसी लग रही है, जैसे कोई आतंकवादी संगठन अपना वीडियो जारी करता है। 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Who is Anti-national?

My social media timeline as well as newspapers and news channels are filled with JNU issue these days. I have kept my silence on this issue so far, and just following the people shouting their lungs out on TV channels and posting hate messages on Social Media against so called Anti-national students and “Anti-national” institute JNU. I was really amused how a small number of student’s rally can tag entire institute Anti-national. There are so many hate posts by some of my friends on social media. There are so many hate speeches by famous news anchors on their prime time. I kept myself out of this issue, not because I cannot form an opinion about it, but because I refuse to blindly follow mob mentality on any issue. In my opinion, real Anti-national is the person who put hate speech or comment against someone without knowing the fact. When we call someone Anti-Indian for not believing in our country and its constitution, it is actually we who are not believing in our constitution and not following our country’s legal system. Actually, we don’t have time for this, as we live in small moments. We see some video or photo on social media or TV and don’t like it, we just express hate comment and pass it on for others to see and express their hate comment. We don’t have time to validate the authenticity of the original post or news. In fact, we don’t even care if that is fake, because deep down in our black heart, we have the same expression which we expressed, irrespective of the news or photo or video.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Artshake - a staple dose of Art

Artshake is a marvelous art book by Yogesh R Pugaonkar, the renowned artist in Comics Industry of our country. I have been a fan of his art since I met him in first Comic Con in Delhi, and I still cherish the sketch card he gifted me in our first meeting. Then I loved his work in Ravanayan series. He has been drawing and posting some of his work on Facebook, and we were enjoying his style. I love the way he draw eyes as they speak stories. I have always been fascinated by his art, and could not hold myself from buying this in recent Comic Con. The art book is fantastic as it features a journey of Yogesh’s artwork from his school days to sketches to realistic to caricature to digital art and making process. It even has a special feature “Flicker Fun”, which animate the characters once you flicker through pages. Each page holds you with its beauty and you will enjoy the visual art for some time before flipping the page. It is like walking into an art gallery and enjoying the arts on display. 

In most of the pages, the process was shown on how an individual piece of art was created. I think that is going to help new and upcoming artists to learn something. But for me, as a fan, it is a visual treat, and I think it is one of its kinds in India. My favorite is “Protect the innocence”, followed by “Artworks in Greytones”. I would have wanted these as posters, but it’s still nice to have these on good quality thick paper to enjoy from time to time. 

This is one shake I love to have, and show to my friends. This is my staple dose of Art Shake. This art book is available online with various retailers as well as in Comic Con events. 

Monday, 11 January 2016

तरक्की - Short story in hindi

“क्या? तुम अपने कंप्यूटर पर कमांड लिख कर उसका प्रयोग करते हो? कौन से युग से हो भाई?” उपहास करते हुए समय यात्री ने कंप्यूटर पर बैठे वैज्ञानिक से कहा।

“अपनी बात करो, तुम भी आदि काल के लगते हो जो ये माउस चला कर काम कर रहे हो” दूसरे समय यात्री ने पहले का मज़ाक उड़ाया।

“पहले अपने आप को तो देख लो, उँगलियों से अपने इस छोटे से कंप्यूटर का उपयोग करने वाले, तुम भी बहुत उन्नत नहीं हो। मुझे देखो, मैं अपने कंप्यूटर को आदेश देता हूँ और वह मेरी बात सुनकर काम करता है।“ तीसरे समय यात्री ने दूसरे का मज़ाक उड़ाया।

“जरा यहाँ भी देख लो तुम लोग, मैं सिर्फ़ सोच कर अपने कंप्यूटर को आदेश दे सकता हूँ। इसलिए मेरे समक्ष तुम सभी आदिमानव हो।“ चौथे समय यात्री ने भी अपनी तरक्की की डींग हाँकी।

सभी पाँचवें समय यात्री की और देखने लगे, की वह क्या कहता है। पाँचवें समय यात्री ने सबको अपनी ओर प्रश्नवाचक निगाहों से देखते हुए पाया तो शांति से उत्तर दिया, “मैं स्वयं कंप्यूटर हूँ, मानव जाति ने तरक्की तो बहुत की, परंतु अपने घमंड की वजह से अपनी प्रजाति को बचा नहीं पाए।“

विनय पाण्डेय
11 जनवरी 2016