Stuck With A Chatterbox

It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

Well it all depends on the kind of person and the topic that they are talking about nonstop. If the person seems like a genuine, sincere person who just wants to talk and make friends and is decent I will join in and have a fruitful conversation with the person. If the tourist is a hot blonde/brunette./redhead woman – then it might be me doing the initiating! Try and stop me!

If the person is annoying, boisterous and obnoxious or wants to complain or talk about politics, their religion, deity or book of choice and why it is the best – I will switch seats and or walk off. I won’t bother to offer any explanation and just be on my way as I do not have time for bullshit like that.

Small talk is fine and I not only tolerate it but also indulge in from time to time but there are limits.

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Cancelling Reliance Broadband Connection

I have finally taken the steps to cancel this stupid connection that I have with Reliance Broadband. I am fed up of this ISP as they obviously do not care to fix the problems and only want to take your money. For the past two months I have been facing numerous outages and problems with these idiots and they haven’t bothered to address the issue properly. Not only that they have denied me the waiver due on my rent for the month of June which I had raised as I had over 4 days of no connectivity. But their complaint handling section had denied it saying “We see activity on your account” – how the fuck can I use the connection if your cable has been disconnected for over 4 days you morons!!

Their customer care sucks, their escalation team sucks and their appellate desk sucks! Their technical department sucks. What does it say about a company if their own contract staff, the guys from the local company who have hired to lay the cables and replace faulty modems, tell you – the customer – that they themselves are fed up of Reliance as the problems were pending for long and to get permission they have created so much red tape and the advices are falling on deaf ears? I saw the change as being inevitable but I really do not want to leave this plan. The current plan I have is a good one – for just Rs.610+ taxes I get an unlimited download at 1mb speed. That is really great for my usage and that’s all I want.

But what is the point of having a great plan with such lousy service? They close the complaints without fixing the problem or checking with me to see if I am getting the service properly. I don’t need that.

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I Have All Of Your Requests For Silence

Alanis Morissette’s hit single Hands Clean performed live. The narrative voice of the song alternates between verses, and is about hebephilia. Morissette reportedly said in an interview to US Weekly that the song is about an affair she had with a man who was 29 years old when she was 14. Their relationship lasted for five years.

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Snowpiercer

I really don’t know how to review this crazy little weird film. Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean science fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho and written by Bong and Kelly Masterson. The film marks Bong’s English-language debut; approximately 80% of the film was shot in English. The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung with supporting roles by Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill and Ed Harris.

A disasterous ice age occurs in 2014 after an experiment to counteract global warming goes awry. Almost all life is destroyed on earth which is now a snow & ice planet and a few survivors remain, inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a massive train, powered by a perpetual-motion engine, that travels on a globe-spanning track created by eccentric multi-millionaire inventor Wilford. A class system exists on the train with the rich passengers who bought tickets inhabiting the front of the train and those who managed to get aboard during boarding inhabiting the tail end compartments. It is now 2031 and in the 18 years things have become bad for the tailenders who live on protein blocks that guards provide at regular intervals. A rebellion is staged led by Curtis and masterminded by oldtimer Gilliam and they beat up the guards (who it turns out had long ago run of bullets for their guns) and force their way through several compartments and reach the prison section. There they release prisoner Namgoong Minsu, the man who built the doors dividing each car, and his daughter Yona. They offer him Kronol, a drug he is addicted to, as payment for unlocking the remaining doors.

They run into a battalion of guards armed with weapons and there is a huge fight in which Curtis has to sacrifice saving Edgar, his second in command, to capture Minister Mason. She bargains her life for leading them through the wealthier sections to the engine but in the school car, the teacher and a henchman draw machine guns, slaughtering many of Curtis’ followers, and executing his mentor Gilliam; Curtis kills Mason for revenge. Franco, a henchman of Mason’s slaughter through most of Curtis’s followers before he appears to have been killed and finally only Curtis, Yona & Namgoong are left and they make their way through the wealthy class partying and drinking it up in luxury until they reach the entrance to the engine. Namgoong wants to blow open the side of the train, and escape into the outside; he claims that he has noticed the snow receding and melting a bit meaning they could survive outside as the temperature must be dropping. Curtis tells him that he must confront Wilford as when the poor inhabitants first boarded the train 18 years ago they didn’t have access to food or water which soon drove them to cannibalism. Before the introduction of the protein blocks, Curtis had kidnapped an infant Edgar to eat him, and killed his mother, before Gilliam cut his own arm off and offered it in Edgar’s place.

Namgoong still means to blow up the side of the train when the door to the engine section opens and is shot and wounded by Wilford’s assistant Claude, who forces Curtis inside. Wilford welcomes Curtis with steak and wine and explains that the revolution was orchestrated between himself and Gilliam as a means of population control, necessary to maintaining balance aboard the train for supplies. However they didn’t expect Curtis to be this successful and Wilford’s own losses too great, so he executed Gilliam as punishment. Wilford’s men are execute roughly 74% of the inhabitants in the tail section and then the aging inventor says that he wants Curtis to take over as the train’s overseer. Nona comes in and knocks out Claude as Curtis punches Wilford and lifts the train’s floor to find that Wilford is using small children from the tail end, snatched away from their families, to replace the failing parts and he sacrifices his arm to help one of the boys, Timmy, climb out. Yona recovers the explosive from Claude and ignites it, before retreating into the engine with Namgoong. The damaged engine door fails to close, and Namgoong, who was fighting off the wealthy & their guards, and Curtis sacrifice themselves to shield Yona and Timmy from the resulting explosive fire.

As it explodes, the denotation causes an avalanche which knocks off the train and destroys most of the compartments killing everyone in them. Yona and Timmy seem to be the only ones who survived and they step out into the snow, huddled in large jackets taken from the wealthy inhabitants and spot a polar bear in the distance, meaning that life is survivable on the surface.

Weird film with Tilda Swinton & Alison Pill’s characters providing the bulk of the weird & humourous scenes as well as a sing along session that Pill’s character only known as Teacher does with her young students. I found myself going “WTF” and “what the hell is going on” in several scenes as well as a handful of “huhs” here and there. It’s eccentric and memorable and certainly very different from what Hollywood shows us. I’ll still only give it a 7.5 outta 10!

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I Can’t Watch This (Break It Down)

When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

On television : – any religious program or channel. Be it Hindu but especially Christian (and double especially Born Again nonsense) and Islamic tv. Common sense is severely lacking in most of those programs and when they start bellowing, hooting, crying, moaning and shouting their drivel I just wanna throw the tv out my 7th floor balcony. Indoctrinating little kids into this BS is also cringe-worthy. Most Hindi & Malayalam soap operas, dance programs, rappers, hip-hop and Lady GaGa-ish nonsense as well as boybands and such drivel. Most reality tv.

In movies : excessive violence or disgusting acts although I haven’t seen one in years. The very though of watching a movie like Salo or Serbian Film or the Human Centipede films revolts me. Realistic rape and mutilation gore makes me want to vomit (although I am a horror fan, I have my limits).

In real life : A lot of things but religious preachings, doomsayers, hypocritical people rambling, indoctrination, temple/church/mosque or any other religious processions, singing, chanting and reading of those fantasy books and loud prayers.Violence, poltical rallys, processions and show offs.

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RIP James Garner

Award-winning American film and television actor James Garner who starred in several television series & movies spanning a career of more than six decades has died at the age of 86. Garner was best known for his primetime television roles as a wisecracking frontier gambler on Maverick and as an ex-con turned private eye on The Rockford Files. Garner starred in more than 50 films including The Great Escape (1963), Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy’s Romance (1985) for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and The Notebook (2004).

A purple heart awardee who was wounded twice in Korea, Garner entered showbusiness in the 1950s after serving in the Korean war and first rose to fame on the TV western Maverick, a sardonic alternative to the more serious frontier shows then popular on American primetime. Garner left the ABC show in 1960 in a contract dispute with producers but brought his Maverick-like alter ego to a series of films, including The Thrill of It All, Move Over Darling, The Great Escape and Support Your Local Sheriff! His next big hit was on the small screen in the 1970s, when he starred as the canny private detective Jim Rockford, a wrongly accused ex-convict starting life over in a beachfront trailer home in The Rockford Files. The show ran on NBC from 1974 until Garner abruptly quit the series in 1980. He reprised Rockford for several TV movies in the late 1990s. The role earned Garner an Emmy award in 1977. He also received an Oscar nomination for his work opposite Sally Field in the 1985 feature comedy Murphy’s Romance. His last few hit movies included Space Cowboys, The Notebook & he was on the final season of 8 Simple Rules.

He was married and had two children. According to police, an ambulance was dispatched to Garner’s Brentwood, Los Angeles home at around 20:00 on July 19, 2014. Garner was confirmed dead when paramedics arrived at his home. The cause of death was not immediately reported but initial law enforcement officers on the scene declared “natural causes” as the cause of death.

James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014

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Too Short A Season

I’ve got a bone to pick with American & I guess Canadian tv channels and tv series producers. Why the fuck is it that almost 98% of tv shows since 2010-2011 onwards all have such short seasons? I can understand if some of them have the shorter seasons of 10, 13 or 16 episodes per season but it seems like all of them are suddenly of that range. This trend means that there are way too many shows being produced – which is a good thing in terms of jobs and variety for the actors & crew alike but it also means that audiences don’t get enough time with their favourite shows and characters. 13 episodes are not enough for us to enjoy and it takes so much longer for the next season to come that you have to rewatch the previous season’s episodes just to reconnect with them again.

The best shows seem to still generate the interest and capture the public imagination. But not every show can be a Game Of Thrones which has only 10 episodes a season (granted that their episodes are slightly longer than usual and pack a punch) or a The Walking Dead (which had 6 & 13 episodes the first two seasons before settling on 16 for the last two). While these two and some other shows like them have done a bang up job of capturing the hearts & minds of their audiences and winning awards and ratings the other shows, good shows with good themes, fail to stick with you because they a) do not have enough time to flesh out the storylines in detail b) character development has to be a minimum or left to just the main 2-4 characters and even c) in science fiction stories, have stuff in them that do not really connect with audiences because there is no background story or enough time to make things stand out or explain as to what is the science, technology, reasoning, history behind a certain weapon, culture, decision making etc etc. Let me take a couple of shows as example since scifi shows are the ones which need the longer time to develop interest, especially shows with aliens & alien cultures, settings on other planets or on ships. Take Falling Skies & Defiance as the prime examples. Both are good shows with interesting storyline arcs and recurring themes but they are, in my opinion anyways, hindered by shorter seasons.

Falling Skies worked really well in the first 2 seasons when they focused on just humans vs the invading powerful Espheni (insectoid creatures) who have destroyed most of earth and are enslaving part of the surviving humans. When they added another alien race, the Volm who can talk and has a background history with the Espheni, and further technology it failed to connect with me as they don’t have enough episodes to flesh the plots out and give the aliens more time to develop. Some of the “deaths” seem hasty and some of the new technology seem rushed. They also had to jump several months in the timeline at the beginning of this season and that’s when I grew frustrated because the cohesion was lost. Adding to the fact that they had a rapidly growing alien/human “starchild’ (a la V) character added and a cult that suddenly grew around her just doesn’t sit well. You need time to develop these stories unless done really well and this show has failed in doing so. They had 3 10 episode seasons (or call it 12 as the season opener & finales are usually longer) and this season has 12. Their 5th season will be their last and will have 10 episodes.

Defiance is another good show but they have so many alien races and yet so few episodes to do justice to them all. They have managed to develop one of the races but the others seem so dull in comparison. Plus with a generation of the alien children having been born and raced on what is left on earth, they just seem human teenagers in makeup. Again less time to develop the races and feel connected to the characters; I just don’t care if any of the main characters die. No alien lands because everything is happening on earth (a much changed earth due to a terraforming situation but still earth) and no reason to try and learn the alien races reasons behind their way of life, choices or decisions and what makes them tick. I can’t remember a show in which there are 5 or more alien races and I only care or know anything about just one of them. It’s the 12 episodes in the first season to blame and this season we get 13. And don’t even get me started on Star-Crossed which was just a whole big mess but it was more a teenager show anyways and I didn’t connect with it anyways and it got cancelled after just a season.

I do hate the fact that all my favourite non-scifi shows are also either 10-13 episodes long but they don’t have this problem of explaining alien technology, races, planets or even advanced earth tech because they are set in the present (or in some cases the past) and they can focus on stories and plots and even have time for the characters in a shorter season. I’ll talk about my non-scifi shows in another post.

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47 Ronin

47 Ronin is a 2013 Japanese-American film and  fictional account of the real life 47 Ronin or masterless Samurai who’s tales of adventure and revenge stem from 18th century Japan. The film was directed by Carl Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada. The story is simple, set against a beautiful backdrop of Japanese landscapes and intricate costumes and exuberant & intricate sword fighting scenes.

The story is about Kai a half-Japanese, half-English boy who is found fainted in the woods by a party led by benevolent Lord Asano Naganori of the province of Ako. The boy had been running from a changeling and lose consciousness even as he tries to fend off grasping hands. Asano takes the boy in and he is raised in the household but his half-breed status makes him the topic of jokes and ridicule among the residents of Ako. Only Mika, Asano’s daughter, sees him for who he is and the two fall in love which is kept in secret. Before a visit from Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Lord Asano is visited by the Shogun’s master of ceremonies, Lord Kira, who becomes attracted to Mika. A celebration is held during which Kira’s champion – a huge Samurai – has to face off against a champion from Ako. Oishi, principal counselor to Lord Asano, picks Yasuno to be Ako’s champion based on the fact that the latter had killed a dragon they were hunting but in truth it was Kai who killed the beast. Just before the ceremonial duel, Yasuno is found incapacitated – the work of a powerful he sorceress Mizuki who is working for Kira – and in order to save Ako’s reputation, Kai dons the amour and fights the large Samurai. In the duel his headgear comes off and he is sentenced for punishment by the Shogun.

Later that night, Mizuki bewitches Asano into believing Kira is raping Mika, causing Asano to attack an unarmed Kira in delirium. The punishment for trying to kill an officiate is death but the Shogun allows Asano to die with honour in a ritual suicide. The domain of Ako is handed over to Lord Kira, and the Shogun brands Oishi and his men Ronin (masterless Samurai). Kira demands Mika’s hand in marriage on the spot, but the Shogun grants her one year to mourn the death of her father, and forbids the Ronin of Ako from seeking vengeance. To ensure there is no interference, Kira imprisons Oishi in an outdoor pit to break his spirit. Almost a year later, Oishi is released to go back to his family and once recovered he gets his son Chikara to get him horses and goes to find Kai, who was sold into slavery in the fighting pits of the Dutch colony of Dejima. They escape from there and go to the forests where Kai was found as a boy and armed with their new weapons, the Ronin plan to attack Kira on his pilgrimage to a shrine as he seeks blessings for his wedding to Mika. Several Ronin are killed in an ambush but Kira’s soldiers false believe that the lot of them have died and return back.

The 47 remaining Ronin take help of a band of traveling performers loyal to the memory of Lord Asano, Kai and Oishi infiltrate Kira and Mika’s wedding ceremony, giving Mika an opportunity to flee as the Ronin scale the walls and attack Kira’s men. Kai and Mika attempt to escape together, but are attacked by Mizuki, who takes the form of a dragon. Kai draws on the mystical powers of the Tengu he possesses, and ends her life. Oishi emerges with Kira’s severed head, and Kira’s men surrender. Heading back to the Shogun’s palace, the Ronin are are sentenced to death as they explicitly violated the Shogun’s command to not seek revenge. However, the Shogun finds that they followed the principles of Bushido in their actions, restoring their honor as samurai. Hence instead of being execute like criminals, the 47 men are allowed to perform the ritual suicide and are to be given the honour of being buried next to their master. Before they can start, the Shogun grants a pardon to Chikara as he didn’t want Oishi’s bloodline to die out. The remaining former Ronin continue with the ritual.

Storywise it is pretty wonderful and adventurous and brings you back to an era of old glory and courage. Ofcourse the mystical & mythical elements are all there and we have a lot to look at with the beautifully shot movie. But it lacks clarity & you are never fully involved in the plot nor are the characters fully fleshed out. That makes the film forgettable and I can see why it failed at the box office. I will give it a 6.5 outta 10 just for the spectacular shots!

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Frustrated With Stupid Impotent Reliance Broadband

I am frustrated. No, strike that! I am beyond frustrated. I am so fucking pissed off because of my worthless ISP. I am at my wits end because these idiots & asshole who are working at Reliance Fucking Bullshit Broadband Asshole ltd are not even able to provide me with connectivity for a single full day. 24 hours of service? Not on our capability – we will provide you with a few hours before our nuclear waste of a server conks out or our as fragile as feathers in a tornado styled cables get disconnected.

Incompetence, impotent, half-assed, incapable, lethargic and pathetic! That is what I would label Reliance Broadband’s customer care and their technical department. They cannot fix the problem, they have numerous outages a day and then no service for several days for over 2 months and yet I have to pay full charge on the monthly rent? Fuck you!

If they cannot fix this problem by mid week I am cancelling the connection and moving to Asianet.

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The Object Of Association

Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her red shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

Depends on who you ask. Some people would say my Asthalin inhaler. Ever present since 1995. Some people might say my rings – I currently wear 3 rings on my fingers. All decorative but they mean a lot to me.

Spectacles are too common but mine have defined me for almost 28 years now.  Also I fiddle with them so much during the course of  day. So I guess it will have to be my inhaler. Killer good looks isn’t really an object is it?

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

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RIP Johnny Winter

American blues guitarist, singer, and producer Johnny Winter has passed away at the age of 70 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. Winter was one of the first blues rock guitar virtuosos, releasing a string of popular and fiery albums in the late Sixties and early Seventies, becoming an arena-level concert draw in the process — but it’s the barest facts that remain the most inspiring. Johnny Winter, from little Beaumont, Texas, afflicted with albinism and 20/400 eyesight in one eye and 20/600 in the other, made an iconic life for himself by playing the blues.

Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and ’70s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. Those albums reconnected Waters with his own greatness — Muddy’s prior Seventies albums had been uninspired — and delivered him a late-in-life critical and commercial triumph. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Winter, along with his musician brother Edgar (born 1946), were nurtured at an early age by their parents in musical pursuits. Johnny and his brother, both of whom were born with albinism, began performing at an early age. When he was ten years old, Winter appeared on a local children’s show, playing ukulele and singing Everly Brothers songs with his brother.

In 1980, Winter was on the cover of the first issue of Guitar World and in 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. There was a character in the video game Heavy Rain named after Winter. When he wasn’t on the road, Winter, spent his time with his wife at home in rural Connecticut, and was able to bask in the respect of fellow musicians. He died in his hotel two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France on July 14. The cause of Winter’s death was not clear.

John Dawson Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014)

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Fictional Intruder

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

Oh dear. Hmmm two of those seem very tempting. Harry Potter isn’t something that I am interested in and so that is not an option that I would consider at all. So forgetting Potter, I’d have a hard time choosing between the two other scenarios.

The Alice scenario is very exciting. It offers a lot of various adventures that will be awesome to experience. I definitely want to catch that stupid Cheshire Cat and wipe that smile of his face. After which ofcourse tea with the White Rabbit and Alice. A leisurely tea with cookies and sandwiches before we head out for more adventures.

Hanging out with Huck on a raft and traveling through the southern US? Isn’t that a great adventure? Or considering the fact that the colour of my skin would attract too much unwanted attention in that region & era of America – it might not be a very good idea! Still it would have been fun.

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Food Review Video #13

For my 13th food review video it’s back to McDonald’s for their Spicy McChicken meal. Went in to McDonald’s as I was in the area while running errands. Tried out the Spicy McChicken which was really good. Spicy kick to the batter (I say sauce in the video – my bad). But the fries ended up being too salty for me.

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Germany Crowned World Cup Champions

A couple of days late due to no internet connectivity but nevertheless here is my final report for the 2014 World Cup. It was a deserved win for the Germans as they defeated Argentina by a solitary goal struck by substitute attacking midfielder Mario Gotze in extra time. It was heartbreaking for the Argentines and their fans as they had the better of the chances till then and also it looked like heading towards penalties at that point until the super substitution by coach Joachim Low provided the needed goal. Germans were ecstatic and jubilant on winning their first world cup as united Germany (West Germany has won 3 cups) and they celebrated like the best. I think it was a well deserved win as they are a very strong team, especially that midfield with substitutes as well. Awesome set of players.

A night before the Netherlands further impounded the dramatic change of fortunes for hosts Brazil as they won 3-0 against the Brazilians to take the 3rd place spot. Goals from Robin Van Persie (penalty) & Daley Blind in the first half followed by an injury time goal by Georginio Wijnaldum sealed what has to be the worst two game showing by the so-called mighty Brazil. They have let in 10 goals in two games and as expected coach Luis Scolari was given the ax after the tournament ended. And now the transfers will take precedence as clubs look to strengthen their squads before the season start in August.

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Reliance’s Service & Customer Care Is Lacking Professionalism

My woes with my ISP service Reliance Broadband service is reaching a peak! They are bending over backwards to piss me (and several other customers in this area) off and make my internet experiences a living hell hole. The past two months I have seen severely pathetic service and customer care from those nincompoops. I am fed up with the patchy service and pathetically impotent customer care that they provide and am looking to change ISPs. Getting 6 days of connectivity then 4 days of outage on & on is not what I am paying them for.

Once again their connection went down on Friday morning (July 11th) and I called their customer care to register a complaint. A technical representative of their came to the area and called me and by later afternoon I got the connection back. But by 8:30 pm the connection went down again and so I had to call up their customer care to complain again and I only got the connection back late this afternoon. Once again over 4 days of no connectivity and I had to call their customer care every day and their appellate office everyday before they fixed the damn thing. Despite asking for call backs and being promised call backs from their so-called supervisors I didn’t get any during the times that they mentioned. Their customer care agents, barring one or two, are incorrigible and lack any inkling of patience and are not capable of handling complaint calls and are not given adequate support by their superiors cause they can’t give me any reason for the long outages. The appellate desk is a joke and they were almost begging me to wait despite the TAT being over and their promises of call backs were also not met.

Finally today I spoke with one guy at the appellate desk, who I spoken with on Saturday as well and I raised my voice telling him that this is totally unacceptable and they should get back to their customer if call backs are promised. Although he told me that the feedback from the technical desk is that they will take a further 3 more days to fix the issue I got the connection back this afternoon at around 3:45 pm. And then – lo and behold – one idiot calls me from their escalation desk! He was rude, interruptive and worse – hadn’t gone through the complaints that were raised against my account. I gave him a bit of an earful and told him to get back to me once he had bothered to go through the issues and not just call me and say “Is your connection working now? Problem is fixed!” and actually use the brain he has!

Shit! I have already started looking at various plans from Asianet, Airtel and now I need to check out the plans from BSNL and even possibly go back to Tata’s broadband service. This is totally unacceptable!

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Noah

Loosely based & inspired by the biblical myth of Noah Ark’s, Noah is a 2014 movie directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and starring Russell Crowe as the portagonist. Also starring are Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins.

So we all know most of the story of the mythological Noah aka Gilgamesh so let’s just have a run down of this movie shall we? So after humanity – Adam & Eve are like being of light here – are banished from Eden, Adam & Eve have 3 sons. After Cain kills Able, his descendants led by Tubal-Cain are rulers of the earth while Noah’s family are descendants of the 3rd son, Seth. As a boy Noah sees his father being killed before he (the father) can give his son the snake skin roll (the same snake skin roll that was discarded by the snake that tempted Eve to want the forbidden apple (fruit). Tubal-Cain takes the snake skin and leaves. Later as a grown man with his own family -wife Namaah, sons Shem, Ham & baby Japeth – Noah has visions of the earth being flooded with water and the destruction of all life on earth. He takes his family to see his grandfather Methuselah.

Noah’s family finds a wounded young girl, Ila, the lone survivor of her tribe who was attacked by Tubal-Cain’s men and take her in as one of their own. They are chased by the men but Noah get help from the Watchers – angels who fell to earth when they tried to interfere / help humanity against the Creator’s wishes – who look like giant rock monsters and evade the men. Methuselah gives Noah a seed from the garden of Eden and when Noah plants it in a desert like barren area, a lush rain forest springs forth from it. Noah and his family, with help from the rock monsters, build an ark using the wood from the trees surrounding them. As the years pass by the ark reached completion and birds and animals flock to the ark and using some incense & herbs that Nammeh setsup, the family puts all the animals to hibernate. As Ila & Shem are in love, Noah goes to a nearby village to find wives for Ham & Japeth but is shocked by the scenes of barbarism and cannibalism that is rampant there and heads back home. This greatly upsets Ham (who it seems is really horny) and despite being ordered to stay back by Noah, he leaves and helps rescue a young girl named Na’el who he wants to take as his wife. The mysterious Methuselah cures Ila of her infertility (by briefly touching her – I dunno) and she goes giddy with happiness and presumably takes Shem in the sexual way!

Tragedy strikes when Na’el is caught in a trap just as Tubal-Cain’s men are on a rampage towards the ark and Noah, who was in search of his son, forces Ham to leave her behind and she is trampled to death by the rushing hoardes of warriors. An upset Ham retreats to the back of the ark while Noah has the openings closed as the warriors attack. As the mob attack begins, the Watchers sacrifice themselves to protect the Ark from the mob, and themselves ascend to Heaven. Tubal-Cain is the only one who survives as he breaks into the ark unseen by everyone except Ham, who doesn’t alert Noah. Noah tells them a story about how the Creator created everything and the Adam & Eve story but now that the creator has deemed humanity to die and all the animals shall live in peace once humanity is dead. He says that Shem & Ila will bury Noah & Nammeh, Ham will bury Shem & Ila and the youngest Japeth will bury Ham and will die the last human on earth. Ham provides food for the injured Tubal-Cain, who uses Ham’s anger towards Noah to get him to kill his father. The days pass and the rains stop and Ila discovers she is pregnant but Noah puts a damper on things and says that if the baby is a girl, he will put her to death as the Creator meant for them to be the last humans on earth.

Months pass by and as her pregnancy progresses Illa & Shem try to escape on a raft but Noah sets it on fire, stopping them from leaving. Ila gives birth to twin girls. Meanwhile, Tubal-Cain convinces Ham to help kill Noah, who is therefore attacked by Tubal-Cain, Ham, and Shem. As they fight, the Ark hits a mountain, and Ham kills Tubal-Cain. Noah seizes Ila’s twins, but spares them upon perceiving innocence and as he later says love. As they leave the ark, Noah leaves and drinks himself to a stupor, being found naked and drunk by his sons. Having reconciled, at the behest of Ila, with all but Ham (who departs alone), Noah blesses the family as the beginning of a new human race, and witness an immense rainbow.

Did I like this movie? Hmmm I liked the production and I liked the part where Noah tells them about the story of creation – which will confuses creationists and other Christians because they show evolution – and all that. It’s more like a fantasy tale (well most religious stories are) and seems a bit odd. I dunno what his intention was to tell this tale cause I can’t see what the point was. Noah seems like a bitter religious fundamentalist who seems to have severe survivor guilt towards the end but rock monsters? C’mon! Ah, I’ll give it a 7 outta 10! I wasn’t bored.

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