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Commented on own review

Aug 15, 2006 11:32 AM

Thks for the comment. I don't write off Sania Mirza as a player. She'll be around in the circuit for a few years and do decently and be remembered for putting India on the women's tennis map. But it's high time we write her off as the championship material she was supposed to be. She still has that ...potential, but I feel she's too lazy to bite the bullet and go thru the grind to go all the way even in a Tier-2 event (as I write, she's crashed out of the Montreal event to yet another unknown name). Her recent statements don't reflect a positive, gung-ho approach at all. On the contrary, she's making allowances for her failures and blaming the media for putting pressure on her. Honey, when did the press ever hound u the way they hound greater Gods like Dravid/Sachin. Do u know what it wud be like to be booed in ur homeground despite being one of the all-time best batsmen? If her victories made front-page news, it shud have been taken as encouragement rather than high expectations. There's a phot feature in the sports section of my newspaper. It shows Kim Clistjers, Hingis and Mirza posing for a fashion show to launch the Montreal event. All three have the tendency to put on weight and are heavy. But Mirza, the youngster, the new kid on the block, looks much flabbier, even more tired than the circuit veterans. I think the lack of any attempt to question her slide all of this year and probably a slide which will not be reversed anytime soon, is lulling her into complacency. Sumtimes, she also tends to give up when her serve drops and the opponent gets a huge advantage in the match. That won't do, she has everything to play for. This is the moment to be seized. Else in two years time, she'll be past her best physical capabilities. As we pat ourselves on our backs for her few successes, Chinese rookie Zheng Jie has made the Q/fs of Wimbledon, beaten Myskina yesterday and moved far ahead of Mirza in the rankings. Wake up, Mirza. MadanRead More

Reviewed Twenty Best English Music Albums

Aug 13, 2006 07:11 PM 6631 Views

(Updated May 15, 2011 01:02 PM)

I don't claim to be an authority on rock, nor English music as a whole. But as a fan of rock and rock-related music, I don't think the albums I'll list don't deserve a place in the top 20, though other deserving contenders might be left out. I'm pretty old-school in my tastes and I think Britpop...Read more

Commented on own review

Aug 04, 2006 06:45 AM

Thks for the RRC. A whole lot of names there for me to check out. Ya, I too hate pop bcoz there's nothing innovative about it, it's become too formulaic, which to sum extent was not the case with this album. Bye Madan

Commented on own review

Aug 03, 2006 06:54 PM

In case u r getting ideas, lemme tell u nobody who's gotten so deeply entrenched in rock music can ever come back to pop, ABANDONING ROCK, unless he/she falls in love. I'm not that fortunate/unfortuante, depending on which way u look at it! This took a lot to write, coz I had to be absolutely unb...iased and control the 'Kill 'em all' urge. I used to listen to ABBA all the time before I got hooked onto rock. The songs are still as good or bad to my ears as they were before. But, to quote Scorpions, 'you don't get the same thrill like Rock N Roll'. So I had to jog my memory and try to think like my colleagues who r wont to cringe at the mere mention of rock! Revolutionary? Well, in the pop mileu, yes, they certainly went much further than their contemporaries and did take great pains to be atleast reasonably versatile. Also, being a yesteryear band, I feel they cared more for the music and were not so obsessed with the bottomline. Sumtimes, looking at pop videos on VH1, I feel today's guys n gals are just mechanically going thru the motions, calculating each step to ensure that the masses like it. Can't find visible evidence of passion for the art and that's sad. Right now, there is another artist who's truly revolutionary in terms of his musical output and he's up next in my to-review list. Ha ha, was fun to read about TM's flashback. Thks for the compliments. I'll say to u what I said to Daya sir, do try Slipping thru my fingers and also Soldiers. Gr8 songs both. Ciao Madan Read More

Commented on own review

Aug 03, 2006 04:28 PM

I'll try out his music. Dayanidhi's recommendation ought to be good after all!

Commented on sarav's review

Aug 03, 2006 10:56 AM

When I clicked on the review, I wuz thinking if the title says Greatest game on earth, why have u given four stars? Ofcoz I found out why soon enuf. I swear, I didn't know such a movie was ever made and on top of it, it sounds very interesting too. No matter if u cudn't give deatils of the cast, the... fact that u reviewed the movie is enuf. Yes, the way things are going (it's a week now I know, but can't say much has changed) is not at all pleasing. I'm hoping things will get sorted out, but it remains to be seen when! If I'm still writing, it's only bcoz it's my hobby to write. I wud well write elsewhere if this forum ran out of members. Can't say I feel that enthusiastic about MS anymore. Bye MadanRead More

Commented on own review

Aug 03, 2006 10:30 AM

Thks for the comment. I haven't heard much of Cliff Richard and I've grown out of Boney M, although Ma Baker and Rusputin are still interesting songs for me. As for the ABBA songs u mentioned, I've heard only Dancing Queen and didn't like it that much. My all-time favourite ABBA song is 'Slipping t...hrough my fingers', the last song in their last album. A beautiful, beautiful song. If only they had done more work on those lines earlier in their career! Bye MadanRead More

Reviewed ABBA - ABBA

Aug 02, 2006 10:20 PM 3997 Views

(Updated May 15, 2011 01:03 PM)

That's what those metalheads who read my Sabbath review must be saying! What's a guy who digs bad ol' Ozzy doing writing a review on - cringe - ABBA?!! Granted, pop is certainly not my cup of tea, but good music is always welcomed with open ears. And let's give this Swedish two-couple band some ...Read more

Commented on thakurman's review

Aug 02, 2006 09:22 PM

I took it u work for ICICI when u said u had been with them for 7 years. If that's not the case, no problem. Good for u if u had a good experience with them. I don't hold any grudge against ICICI. Its just that, like a lot of people, I'm puzzled that THIS bank is no.1 among private banks. Sumthing's... wrong! As for home loans, all I can say is that ICICI's opinion of transparency and due diligence is in one word - UNREALISTIC and designed to torture the seller and buyer both. They don't care, they're busy cutting bigger, infact multi-million dollar deals with corporates. So they make us feel stupid for asking a mere few lakhs of loan! Enuf said, chalo, let's close this discussion. ICICI is good in sum respects and bad in others. Just got to be well-informed before making ur decision. Bye MadanRead More

Commented on thakurman's review

Aug 01, 2006 08:05 PM

It was a good review and a very informative one ..... about the good things about ICICI Bank. Coz I have heard and experienced only bad things about this bank, sorry, pal! They dumped a credit card on my dad and it took umpteen letters and ultimately physical destruction of the card to say we don't... need it. Why? Coz even though we didn't use it, we had to pay 'annual charges'! But the home loan part was the worst, though we never took a loan from them! The gent who bought our flat took a loan from ICICI Bank against our advice to hi not to do so. And it was hell from thereon. Basically, they demanded so many documents lodged at diff govt offices for which we had to shell more than a few quids to the lawyer to retrieve them. And the gent made us feel like we were tying a white elephant around his neck, when we were transacting with absolute honesty with him. Now, I don't know how the credit card division compares with other banks, but I can say that the home loan divisions of other banks are much, much better - both quicker and more customer friendly. ICICI Bank lures borrowers with its lower interest rates and then... the poor bakras learn a new meaning of interest. If u are under the impression that home loan divisions everywhere are troublesome, ur bank needs to know it has a long way to go in that respect to catch up with other banks. The general perception is unfortunately that ur banks' campaigns based on trust are just meant to cover up the truth. U may have good intentions, but obviously what ur top mgmt wants is not going down well with customers. I know u wud rightly feel proud to be working in a leading, dynamic private bank. I can only wish I had had a good experience with the bank. Bye MadanRead More

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Jul 30, 2006 05:18 PM


Commented on shyamnambiar's review

Jul 30, 2006 05:17 PM

Fantabulous, Shyam! Though I've never been to Delhi, I cud relate to this argument and the points-of-reference for Mumbaikars and Dilliwalas easily. BTW, I am more familiar only with another kind of argument whenever my cousins come over or I meet them in Chennai - Mumbai v/s Chennai. But, bole to,... for a Mumbaikar, that argument doesn't even exist! On a more serious note, WE highway is bad in the evenings - way too many cars! But with the new flyovers and road doubling work - it's already over in parts of Kandivli and Borivali - things shud improve in Mumbai. And can't argue with Delhi metro, but we can still proudly say that during peak hours Western Rly has better frequency than DM - woich to chahiye, phataphat train mein chado aur bindaas raho! Here's a joke from my dad's company, headquartered in Mumbai with branch offices in Delhi, BLore, Cal, Chennai, etc - 'Mumbai earns, Delhi spends!' All apologies to Delhiities. Take it in the right isspirit! Bye MadanRead More

Commented on own review

Jul 29, 2006 01:42 PM

Like I said, ur take on the movie's ending depends on what u expect from a movie. Sum people will slam it as depressing, others will appreciate its realism. Infact the point about Bips is also answered that way. Bips is unethical to begin with, so the unethicality of the CEO eventually makes her a s...capegoat. The only reason why sympathy is projected for her is bocz she advises the CEO against launching the pesticided drink, but is silenced and ends up paying a heavy price for his decision. But then, the mint drink project wudn't have happened but for her unethical spywork to begin with... so life comes full circle. What u make of corporate depends on how u look at it. Thks for the comment MadanRead More

Commented on own review

Jul 28, 2006 08:02 PM

I like country music but haven't heard much! Ask any rock fan and he'll tell u it's so all-consuming in its allure that u can't make time to listen to any other genre. Was my review that authorative? I'm not really a metal authority, as u can see, I was more interested in the very real lyrics. Of MS...'s few metalheads, one has commented here. The other metalhead hasn't written or RRCed in a long time. Anyway, thks for the appreciation. Bye Madan Read More

Commented on own review

Jul 27, 2006 09:21 PM

Thks for the RRC and the info. I will ckeck it out, I haven't heard it before tho I have read about it. Bye Madan

Commented on own review

Jul 27, 2006 09:19 PM

U don't have to say sorry for anything, but I can understand why u said so. Now I 'm wondering whether u took anything I said in a wrong sense... I hope not. Madan

Commented on own review

Jul 27, 2006 09:18 PM

Well, atleast u did add that u got carried away. Be careful with those jokes yaar, the object of ur jokes may take it too seriously, which seems to be the case here. Long breaks are due to two reasons: my work gives me very little time to write and read reviews. And then, when u r too busy, u d...on't get inspiration to write :). Thks for the compliments and take care... Bye Madan Read More

Commented on own review

Jul 27, 2006 08:58 PM

Thks for the RRC. Metal takes a lot to get used to. In defence of Sabbath, their brand of metal is slower, lower on the decibel level and easier to listen to when compared to 80's thrashy metal. This is bcoz in the 70s, it was just rock and pop. The numerous sub-genres of rock that we recognize toda...y never existed. So there was a certain aesthetic to which all rock conformed, though sum bands made heavier music and sum bands drifted to pop. All that changed in the 80s and then again in the 90s. Things have come to a sorry pass now, but that's a different story. All genres of music... sure, I will! Bye MadanRead More

Commented on own review

Jul 27, 2006 08:54 PM

No probs, thks for trying to read anyway! Hope my next review works for u or the next one after that.... Ciao Madan

Commented on own review

Jul 27, 2006 07:14 AM

Thks for the RRC. Lazy comment alright :). Still, u were awake enuf to say it was excellent. Hope ur view doesn't change when u r fresh and alert! Bye Madan