Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Paper n Pen

Those were the days when I could put my thoughts into words only with the help of pen and paper. those were the days when I could take down lecture notes (sans shorthand) as fast as the teacher was talking.

But now, five minutes of writing with a pen and the hands begin to ache - just a lil. continue the effort and the protest becomes prominent. Pause to think of that apt word and the whole thought process goes for a toss. And what's more, the new wave of SMS words read funny on paper.

Any additional thought that pops up calls for arrows going all the way up and down the page or asterixes dotting the work here and there, and numerous prayers that it all makes sense when you read it at a later date.

Today, it's all about computers. Microsoft Word.doc helps put up an excellent, well-laid out, well-planned idea / thought.

Neat, justified, underlined, italicised, and bold. All additional thoughts can be inserted at just the right places; no arrows to follow and loose your way, no asterixes to confound you.

Tch. But why then, do I still miss the pen n paper? And the oh so cute 'PS'?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

One Big Idiot

Looks like Chetan Bhagat wrote 5 Point Someone and then forgot the story.
(That we did too is another matter entirely)

For if the author is to be believed, then from now on those who have studied in engineering colleges, have fallen in love with professors' daughters, had to deal with nasty profs, tried flicking question papers, etc had better not write about it or make films on it.

Those were the only similarities I could find between the book and the movie 3 Idiots. Oh, and that the professor's son killed himself cos he didn't clear his exams and the prof thought it was an accident. (So next time any of you wanna kill yourselves, here's the deterrent: you'll have to pay royalty to Chetan Bhagat.) I still haven't figured out why the filmmakers have bothered to mention the author's name at all.
And Mr Bhagat wants more credit? Ha!

PS. A supposed Chetan Bhagat die-hard fan insisted: "oh the movie is much better than the book. I watched it thrice."

PPS. The movie rocks.