Friday, April 4, 2014

Improve your product says WSJ reader to movie theaters

I was reading this letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal yesterday (Thu 3rd April 2014) discussing the topic of reduced attendance in Movie theaters. This particular letter writer said that he missed the ushers the most. Ushers made sure the experience was great and maintained civility in theaters.

The other letter writer said sound (loud) was the reason he stopped going to movie theaters. I agree with the sound issue
 When we first took my son to a theater , we scared him, even as we went to see a kids movie. It's taken a few years to take him back again.

What do you think? Do you still go to movie theaters? Why not ? How should theaters improve to get more folks in?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Get Your Bollywood Fix : Listen to Radio Zindagi in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

One would think listening to the online marketing gurus that you hear about new products, happenings online. This is not always true. I heard about Radio Zindagi from my wife who heard it from a colleague.  Radio Zindagi is a - a AM radio station playing South Asian Music with predominantly Bollywood Hindi music on your dial at 950 AM in the Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland area. Originally based in San Francisco Radio Zindagi expanded into the DC area in June 2013.

Even if the  signal is sometimes spotty, I love listening on the weekend and getting a feel of nostalgia. You can even listen to them online, streaming at  or Radio Zindagi  Andorid App on Google Play. They are also on Tunein Radio.

I love the causal banter from the DJs and the humor in the programs. If you are a fan of Bollywood music do check this station out, Of course on weekdays I am listening to Nathan Hager on WNEW or NPR's Marketplace. My weekends I try to catch the Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on NPR.

Radio Zindagi is available 24x7 on 100.7FM and 104.7 FM in Central New Jersey with highest India population and also on HD2 97.1 FM in New York and Connecticut, and 950 AM in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Listen to AM 950 AM and let me know what you think?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

British Airways India -- A Ticket to Visit Mum

I saw this video link in the Twitter stream of Rajiini Vaidyanathan,BBC News Washington correspondent.
It's produced by British Airways but I cannot think of it as an ad. I am leaving for India in the next few weeks and this video touched my heart as it will millions of us who have moved from home and setup another home. it is not necessary that you moved from another country, you probably sometimes feel this when you move aaway from your hometown.

Watch this and let me know what you felt after watching this.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Seed That Grew Into a Tree

SXSW - South By South West  SEED

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the "Jack and the Bean Stalk" story and what I learnt about seeds and how they grow into plants was fascinating. I am not a gardner even though I wish I was. Planting sunflower seeds and seeing them grow and then bend over was interesting

I take the occasional flower pictures.
Saturday Flowers 2
My dream is that one day I will toss a seed into the wilderness and it will grow into a beautiful tree. Is this dream unusual? What do you think ?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

BOOK REVIEW : Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Yesterday I got a chance to spend some down time at the library and picked a few iraq war themed books. The book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone [DECKLE EDGE] (Hardcover) published in 2006 had been on my mind for a long time. I admired Washington Post's Rajeev Chandrasekaran and his coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. From the book it would seem that the reconstruction of IRAQ could have been planned safely in the US rather than in Baghdad as it was virtually isolated from the reality of Baghdad. The split in the Bush cabinet and its effect on this war is evident. The Army comes out good here as they were in the forefront and mingled with the citizens of IRAQ. A doctorine that may have salvaged the US efforts in the period after Rajiv's book.
Saturday reading
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone [DECKLE EDGE] (Hardcover)

After reading the book I feel like a lot of is in America have watched the war with the eye of a indifferent bystander. Rajiv points to the mistakes that were made during the "reconstruction", not preparing for what would happen after the war was won. I always assumed that we had a great number of folks war gaming difference scenarios. From the book it seems the US had asked the Iraqis to stay home and after the hostilities ended they were waiting for a call back which never happened and the looters took advantage of this.
See this part of the book - courtesy of Google Books

I can't wait to read Rajiv Chandrasekar's second book Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan
Reading the book also intrigued me and I will try to watch this movie Green Zone.
Here is a great slideshow on Flickr "Minister of Goodwill" with pictures of the Green Zone and other scenes that you can associate with the book

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bollywood Movie Review : Jab Tak Hai Jaan : 5 things that stood out

I watched the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan today (Sunday Nov 25th, 2012) at the AMC Loews Rio Theatres in Gaithersburg, MD. In the Washington DC area AMC Lowes Rio, Gaithersburg has regular shows of Bollywood movies and it is a pleasure to be able to see Bollywood movies on the big screen and I am thrilled that a few days after the film's release in India I could see it on the big screen here. Globalization FTW.

This was the last movie that Director Yash Raj Chopra made before his death almost a month ago and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his career in Bollywood.

5 Thoughts on Jab Tak Hai Jaan:

  1.  Homage to Yash Chopra:  If you are a Yassh Chopra fan wait to see the bloopers from the movie at the end and you will see Yash Chopra in action One of the best things that Yash Chopra has done fo Bollywood movies is to shatter the image that only movies with violence will succeed. No wonder he is called the "King of Romance"
  2. Age of the Product placement: I was thriled to see that Anushka Sharma using an Android phone early in the movie and then at least two times seeing "Ultrabook by Intel". Silver Spring based Discovery Communications features as part of the film as Anushka Sharma is a intern there. National Geographic are you next in Bollywood films ?
  3. Kartina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan : I was surprised that this is the first film starring Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan together. I like the chemistry here and of course Katrina fulfills the role of a beautiful rich girl well( Check Katrina out, she is amazing ) . I love that the Indian Film censor Board  has become very liberal in overlooking kissing scenes which was not the case decades agi when I was living in India. They did a great job in the scene for the Ishq Dance.
  4. Songs and Music : A R Rahman shows his magic and Gulzar his lyrical excellence  in the songs in Jab Tak Hai Jaan that I have been listening to on Saavn and  Dhingana even before I saw this movie. Rabbi Shergill's Challa song  \is likely to stay in your head for a long time.
  5. Scenes and location : If you have not visited London before, then watching the movie may incent you to visit. I am also happy that Kashmir's beauty shows up in many scenes.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is worth watching if you are a fan of Bollywood movies. Movie has  subtitles in US theater even though you may not need it if you understand the language of love.

This is a picture from my visit to London in 2007 and that is why many of the scenes looked familiar.
London Bridge
Did you watch the movie ? What did you think ?