Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire : Contrasting Reviews

BBC- Soutik Biswas
'Why Slumdog fails to move me'

Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
What I feel for this movie isn't just admiration, it's mad love.

Uplifting ,"Poverty Porn", Breathtaking, "Slum Chic" - all terms used by various critics in describing the same movie. Has ruffled the feathers of Bollywood's movie icon, Amitabh Bachchan. Well, if the critics have such dramatically opposite opinions then it means the movie is really worth watching.

To my American Friends who ask me, "Do things like this really happen in India ? Is India really like this?"

My answer, " This is as much India as 'Die Hard' is USA".

Part Real , Part Director's imagination.

I will give it the highest accolade most Indian viewers give to a movie they really like - "Paisa Vasool"- got my money's worth!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

7 + 1 E's for President Obama

(Published in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on Inauguration Day, Jan 20, 2009 as part of "Rochester's letters to President Barack Obama" as "Key in on seven points and you'll find success"

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations!! The US needs change like never before and I am glad that you are going to be that "Change". You have been entrusted with an unenviable responsibility of immense proportions - almost like cleaning the Augean stables and rebuilding the Parthenon at the same time. But the mission can be well accomplished if you stay focused on what I call the 7 E’s:

Economy: Restart the economic recovery focusing on the public rather than just the financial institutions.

Employment: Get people back into jobs to restart the demand engine.

End the War: stem the bleeding of national treasure and precious lives to fight needless wars.

Energy: reinvigorate plans to end dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil; and develop new alternatives.

Education: re-establish American leadership in innovation and technology.

Environment: a cleaner, greener planet for future generations.

Enhance Healthcare: ensure affordable healthcare for all.

These E's are interdependent and build on each other. Please focus on them under the umbrella of another overarching E - Eliminate Corruption, breaking the deadly stranglehold of endemic and pervasive corruption in many of our institutions, and we will be on the path to success.

All the Best!!

Deepak Seth

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