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spashta-wakta Goldie

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 3:23am | IP Logged
I want to comment on so many of the posts in the last few days, but am afraid I am going to miss a few topics. Anyway, here goes:
1. We watched 'Highway' on Sunday. Liked it a lot. Highly recommended. Will review it in a separate post.
2. Can't agree more with Neela's post about 'Coffee ANi barech kAhI' ! Why the obligatory and unflattering shorts on the two actresses who can't carry them at all? Is that the definition of 'mod' or 'urban' these days? Yes, ajUn barech kAhI hoU shakle aste. Also agree with her comments on Swapnil J. BTW, the original AA2 (agabAI arechyA 2) story was written by Dilip Prabhawalkar and it is shown in the first half. The second half is the extension of the story by Kedar Shinde and he has failed miserably in that. 
3. Ditto for Nachiket's comments on CHYD - right on the money. The mAkaDcheShTA of the clowns are not funny at all. I like Shreya Bugde the best among them. All the others are way over the top. I dislike Bharat Ganeshpure because he (the blame should actually rest with Nilesh Sable) ends up insulting most of the guests. Yes, the show could be renamed 'chalA JAdhav yeU dyA'!
4. Will post the quiz answers. Was waiting for Zoey to send his answers but now that his Guru has given the answers (and they are all correct, as you can expect from Dr Neela Clap), I suppose the Shagird won't have any problem with me posting the answers.
5. As mishkil said, the first epi of TASA didn't live up to the names/ reputations of the producer & director. But I will wait for a while.
6. Attended a charity concert (benefitting Sadhana Vidyalay at Nelgunda, by Lok Biradari Prakalpa of Prakash Amte) of Aarya Ambekar & Hrishikesh Ranade. It was much nicer in the first half when they sang all old songs. The new songs just don't have the same magic whether they are sung by Shreya or Aarya or Arijit or Hrishikesh.

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spashta-wakta Goldie

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 4:06am | IP Logged
Originally posted by mishkil88

SW: This is shocking. I knew Abhijit Kosambi won and thereafter some others won in preceding years (anagha dhomse  , vaishali bhaisne-mhade won hindi & marathi both. But they are no where in music arena now. Urmila dhangar got few good songs. Janvi arora or ketaki mategaonkar never made to final 5 but are doing very well than actual champs in their season. Ironically for first 4 seasons Devaki Pandit was also the judge !! so even then channel seems to be dominating and selecting people of their choice is really shocking.

The original idea was to choose the last remaining singer as the overall winner of the schedule. Anagha Dhomse, Mangesh Borgaonkar and Abhijit Kosambi were the last three and Abhijit got eliminated. In that very episode, Pallavi made an unusual request to Mangesh & Anagha if they would be ok with having a 'mega final' featuring all three of them. Put on a spot and not wanting to look bad (and probably arm-twisted by the channel beforehand), they agreed. This decision was taken at the best of a Kolhapur-based political leader who demanded  reinstatement of Abhijit Kosambi (who is from Kolhapur). Little wonder that he was then declared the overall winner too.

The next schedule had a neck-to-neck competition between the more versatile Vaishali Made and the better-trained Sayali Panse. Vaishali was very good and so I won't exactly call it a travesty, but you must have noticed that in order to retain the interest of the people, the channel has always ensured at least one person of each sex in the final three. IMHO Sayali Oak could have replaced Aniruddha Joshi in the final three.

The final round of the Little Champs schedule featured 5 instead of the usual 3. Why? They couldn't have eliminated the most popular Aarya, the lovable Mugdha and the best pure singer among them, Prathamesh. So what do they do? Eliminate Kartiki earlier and reinsert her at the last possible stage so she gets into the final 5 and eliminate Shalmali, Shamika & Avanti (who didn't sign an exclusive agreement with the channel!). AG is essentially the channel's man & he does the channel's bidding. He usually dislikes singers with classical background (like Ashwini Deshpande, Sayali Panse) and likes 'rock stars' like Rohit Raut. So Rohit Raut also made it to the final five. We knew even before the megafinal who was going to be declared the winner.

In the next schedule, Abhilasha Chellam, Rahul Saxena & Apoorva Gajjala were the best three. That schedule featured several good (& good-looking!) singers incl Ashwini Deshpande, Shruti Vishwakarma, Priyanka Barve, Mona Kamat, Arohi Mhatre (who is found on 'Comedy chI bullet train' as the singer in their band) etc. But how can a Marathi channel have 3 non-Marathi finalists? So out went Apoorva Gajjala, replaced by the very limited singer Urmila Dhangar (who specialized in lawNIs in the style of Sulochana Chavan in a semi-masculine voice). Being the only Marathi singer in the top 3, she was declared the winner. 

The winner of the 2nd Little Champs schedule was the son of Kartiki's father's teacher, Shubham Khandalkar. That was a foregone conclusion once we knew who were in the top 3-5. (Kartiki's brother participated in another show and made it to the final. But the channel didn't succumb to pressure to declare him as the champion!)

No schedule has been able to get anywhere close to the level of popularity achieved by Li'l Champs 1st schedule. The warm Pallavi Joshi was also a big reason for the show's popularity despite her very limited Marathi vocabulary.

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mishkil88 IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 4:34am | IP Logged
SW and others - please watch Indian Idol Jr 3 on sony  - i think grand-finale is around the corner now.
mishkil88 IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 4:41am | IP Logged
Neela, SW : i agree with yr observations on Coffe...but both girls were attractively photographed in the movie for sure !! in a glam-roles which doesn't require acting, they would definitely be liked. Typically an urban marathi movie made for multiplexes.  Otherwise movie was a big yawn...Sleepy vaibhav tatwavadi's next movie short-cut blew away from theaters  in 2 days without a trace !

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spashta-wakta Goldie

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 5:07am | IP Logged
Some friends didn't give good reports on either 'Bioscope' or 'Double Seat'. So skipped them.

We saw 'Highway' on Sunday. Both the shows that day were full (the movie opened just 2 days earlier). I saw Nachiket's review and generally agree with him. We really liked the movie and the message it gives: Everybody has problems and they worsen if you only react to them without taking the time to try and solve them. Director Umesh Kulkarni calls this the best work of Girish Kulkarni and I agree. Umesh must get the credit for getting excellent work done by EVERY SINGLE actor/ actress. The single song in the movie could have been avoided entirely. The song during credits 'Highway hai yah Kangaroo' is even worse.
Girish K's story, screenplay & dialogues are very good. The editing is very good and the action never drags and doesn't appear disjointed although they have captured 9 separate stories. They could easily have eliminated at least 3 stories - Tisca Chopra's, Shivneri passenger's and the shared cab with Satish Alekar. I guess the director wanted to represent all type of vehicles and so included these 3. The other 'types of vehicles' are a couple (Sunil Barve and a hilarious nagging wife played by Vrushali Kulkarni - the part with Sunil Barve trying to keep calm while his wife sings 'sajale re kshaN mAjhe sajale re' in between sobs - is the funniest), a glamorous actress being escorted by a political leader's chamcha to an event, a family shifting its household goods in a truck, an interstate truck with highly suspicious cargo, another shared cab (with Mukta Barve) and one more shared cab (with Kishore Kadam). An Innova carrying a just-landed NRI (Girish K) on the way to visit his ailing dad, forced reluctantly to ferry an injured passenger & his wife (Renuka Shahane) completes the quorum.

Mukta Barve plays the 'bArbAlA' with ease and authenticity. Girish K's finicky, disciplinarian NRI is also pitch-perfect and Renuka Shahane's sympathetic, wise, infectiously good-natured housewife is wonderful. Tisca Chopra and Huma Qureshi look glamorous and act naturally. Kishor Kadam doesn't have much to do, though he does it expectedly well. Girish K's driver (the villain Rangnath Jedhe 'mothe sarkar' in 'Gandh phulancha gela sangun') stands out among the drivers.

Almost all characters are going through problems and they keep worsening. But a massive traffic jam in the ghats gives everybody a chance to reflect and solve their problems and most of them do that. The final shot is very nice way to end the film. I wish they had shown the names of the actors next to their faces at the very end before the credits roll.

Highly recommended. Go see it!

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spashta-wakta Goldie

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 5:13am | IP Logged
Originally posted by mishkil88

Neela, SW : i agree with yr observations on Coffe...but both girls were attractively photographed in the movie for sure !! in a glam-roles which doesn't require acting, they would definitely be liked. Typically an urban marathi movie made for multiplexes.  Otherwise movie was a big yawn...Sleepy vaibhav tatwavadi's next movie short-cut blew away from theaters  in 2 days without a trace !

Was it you who said that Vaibhav T better be choosy about his movies, else he would disappear in no time? That prophecy may come true.
spashta-wakta Goldie

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 6:42am | IP Logged
Although mishkil has answered 2 quizzes correctly and Neela has answered all 4, here are the 'official' answers to all 4, with explanations:
1.1: Let us name the 4 persons A, B, C & D who cross in 1, 2, 7 & 10 mins resply.
1. A & B cross in 2 mins, A returns in 1 min. Total time taken 3 mins with B across the river.
2. C & D cross in 10 mins, B returns in 2 mins. Total time taken 12 mins with C & D across the river.
3. A & B cross in 2 mins. All 4 are across the river. Total time: 3 + 12 + 2 = 17 mins.

1.2: Ladders: The alley is 8.6445 ft wide.
Ladders 1 and 2, denoted L1 and L2, respectively, will rest along two 
walls (taken to be perpendicular to the ground), and they will 
intersect at a point O = (a,s), a height s from the ground. Find the 
largest s such that this is possible. Then find the width of the 
alley, w = a+b, in terms of L1, L2, and s. This diagram is not to 
(Best to use a fixed-width font for the figure below.)
 B           D
 |\ L1   L2 /|
 | \       / | BC = L1 = 11 ft 
 |  \     /  | AD = L2 = 13 ft
 |   \ O /   | s = 4 ft
x|    \ /    |y A = (0,0)
 |    /|\    | AE = a 
 | m / | \ n | EC = b
 |  /  |s \  | AO = m
 | /   |   \ | CO = n
(A   a E   b C

Without loss of generality, let L2 >= L1.

Observe that triangles AOB and DOC are similar. Let r be the ratio of 
similitude, so that x=ry. Consider right triangles CAB and ACD. By 
the Pythagorean theorem, L1^2 - x^2 = L2^2 - y^2. Substituting x=ry, 
this becomes y^2(1-r^2) = L2^2 - L1^2. Letting L= L2^2 -L1^2 (L>=0), 
and factoring, this becomes

(*) y^2 (1+r)(1-r) = L

Now, because parallel lines cut L1 (a transversal) in proportion, r = 
x/y = (L1-n)/n, and so L1/n = r+1. Now, x/s = L1/n = r+1, so ry = x = 
s(r+1). Solving for r, one obtains the formula r = s/(y-s). 
Substitute this into (*) to get

(**) y^2 (y) (y-2s) = L (y-s)^2

NOTE: Observe that, since L>=0, it must be true that y-2s>=0.

Now, (**) defines a fourth degree polynomial in y. It can be written 
in the form (by simply expanding (**))

(***) y^4 - 2s_y^3 - L_y^2 + 2sL_y - Ls^2 = 0

L1 and L2 are given, and so L is a constant. How large can s be? 
Given L, the value s=k is possible if and only if there exists a real 
solution, y', to (***), such that 2k <= y' < L2. Now that s has been 
chosen, L and s are constants, and (***) gives the desired value of 
y. (Make sure to choose the value satisfying 2s <= y' < L2. If the 
value of s is "admissible" (i.e., feasible), then there will exist 
exactly one such solution.) Now, w = sqrt(L2^2 - y^2), so this 
concludes the solution.

L1 = 11, L2 = 13, s = 4. L = 13^2-11^2 = 48, so (***) becomes

y^4 - 8_y^3 - 48_y^2 + 384_y - 768 = 0

Numerically find root y ~= 9.70940555, which yields w ~= 8.644504.

1.3: Coins: 4 coins of 2 & 5 cents; 3 coins of 1,3 and 10 cents
Since there are at least 3 coins of each type, they will cost
3* (1 + 2 + 3 + 5 + 10) = 63 cents. Since the total is a multiple
of 10 cents (dimes), it must be 70 cents. The only combination
of two coins costing 70 - 63 = 7 cents is 2 & 5 cents.

1.4: The Dating Game: Sam: 55, Sally: 81, Sue: 64
Let Sam, Sal and Sue's house no.s be A, B and C.
Squares < 100: 1,4,9,16,25,36,49,64,81
Cubes < 100: 1,8,27,64
A + B + C =2*n^2 < 297: 2,8,18,32,50,72,98,128,162,200,242,288
Since Sal thought she could correctly guess A based on Sam's two
answers, his answers to 'A = n^2 ?' and 'A > 50 ?' must be y & y.
(If A <> n^2, we have 90 possibilities, which get down to 33 &
47 if A <= 50 & A > 50 resp.ly.) If A = n^2 & A > 50, A must be
64 or 81. Since Sal went confidently to one of them, she must be
living in the other. Since A < B, B must be 81 and Sal must 
have thought A = 64. We also know that A > 50.
Apply the same logic to Sue. Sam's answers to 'A = n^3 ?' and
'A > 25 ?' must be y & y, for then only do we have 27 & 64 as
two choices. Again, Sue went confidently to one of them, so she
must be living in the other. Again, A < C, so C must be 64 and
Sue thought A = 27.
Now B + C = 81 + 64 = 145. 50 < A < 64, so A + B + C must be 200
which means A = 55.

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spashta-wakta Goldie

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Posted: 01 September 2015 at 6:49am | IP Logged
Here's a different puzzle. It is intended for readers and even among readers, for those who have read a lot of old English Classics.
Famous First Lines:
Have you ever been so moved, amused, or provoked by the first 
line of a novel that it stayed in your memory long after you finished 
the book and put it back on the shelf? Here's your chance to see
just how many first lines you remember (or how many you can guess). Try to 
match each of the following opening lines with the correct novel.

1. "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he 
found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." 
a) Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
b) Angels and Insects, A. S. Byatt 
c) The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
d) Kiss of the Spider Woman, Manuel Puig

2. "All children, except one, grow up."
a) Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne
b) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll
c) Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans
d) Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie

3. "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--
except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust 
of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our 
scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the 
scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." 
a) The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
b) Dead Souls, Nikolay Gogol
c) Paul Clifford, by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.
d) Bleak House, Charles Dickens

4. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 
possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." 
a) Wuthering Heights, Emily Bront
b) Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
c) The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
d) The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

5. "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy 
in its own way." 
a) Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
b) Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
c) Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert 
d) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

6. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was 
the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of 
belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, 
it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the 
winter of despair" 
a) Double Indemnity, James M. Cain
b) The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien 
c) All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
d) A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

7. "Call me Ishmael." 
a) Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
b) Mumbo Jumbo, Ishmael Reed
c) Moby Dick, Herman Melville
d) The Letter of Marque, Patrick O'Brian

8. "Call me Jonah." 
a) Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut 
b) Moby Dick, Herman Melville
c) Catch-22, Joseph Heller
d) The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

9. "I am a sick man ... I am a spiteful man." 
a) Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
b) Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak 
c) The Misanthrope, Molire
d) Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

10. "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel 
Aureliano Buenda was to remember that distant afternoon when his 
father took him to discover ice." 
a) The Garden of Forking Paths, Jorge Luis Borges
b) Hopscotch, Julio Cortzar
c) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garca Mrquez
d) The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes

11. "The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the 
reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended."
a) Dune, Frank Herbert
b) 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
c) Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
d) The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury

12. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll 
probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy 
childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before 
they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't 
feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." 
a) The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
b) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
c) The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
d) The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton

13. "'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the 
heavens, 'first you have to die.'" 
a) The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
b) The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
c) A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
d) The Serpent and the Rope, Raja Rao

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