Saturday, July 28, 2007

An offfer not to be miss ever

What would you say when a book on mafia is referred to Management students in various prestige Management institute across the globe as a lesson in excellent management? Imagine millions of youngster getting inspiration from words spoken by a mafia DON. What rationalization can one have when a movie based on a book about mafia is judge to be the greatest movie ever made in history of cinema? None! right?

But this is exactly the effect of THE GODFATHER written by Mario Puzo has on millions of people. The Godfather is nothing less then words of gospel to all the book lovers. There are parents who teach their children the family values by referring to Godfather.

Godfather is primarily about the fight between the five mafia families in New York. The book mainly focuses on one of the family, the Corleone family. The Corleone family is headed by an aging DON who is referred by many as their Godfather. The entire story revolves around him and his youngest son Michael Corleone; and how the Godfather and his son manage to salvage the lost respectability of Corleone family.

The book tells you about the belief that Godfather has; that every man has but one destiny. The Godfather gives you detail insight of how the mafias use to function in early 40s and 50s. All the characteristic of Michael Corleone’s revenge against his family enemies are marvelously captured by Mario Puzo in Godfather. Each and every page of Godfather teaches you something new.

Mario Puzo has created a work of genius. Godfather is his finest work till date. He could never recreate the magic of Godfather with his other books before or after Godfather, though he tried a lot.

There is also a thrilling movie with same name and story that won many Oscars award with Marlon Brando playing the role of Don Corelone and Al Pacino essaying the role of his youngest son Michael.

If you have not read this book yet then believe me you are missing a classic. I would say that it’s truly a masterpiece and must read for every human being. Let us thank Mario Puzo for giving us a gem like Godfather.

Please leave your comments. I love your comments.

-Stella Roy

Some invaluable moments/quotes from the book;

Don Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

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Michael: Some people will pay a lot of money for that information; but then your daughter would lose a father, instead of gaining a husband.

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Cop with Capt. McCluskey outside hospital: The kid's clean Captain, he's a war hero! He's never been mixed up with the rackets...

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Michael: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured the bandleader, that either his signature or his brains would be on the contract.

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Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
Kay Adams (girlfriend): Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.

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Emilio Barzini: [during a meeting with the Five Families] Times have changed. It's not like the Old Days, when we can do anything we want. A refusal is not the act of a friend. If Don Corleone had all the judges, and the politicians in New York, then he must share them, or let us others use them. He must let us draw the water from the well. Certainly he can present a bill for such services; after all... we are not Communists.

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Don Corleone: I never thought you were bad consiglieri(advisor), Tom. I thought Santino was a bad Don, rest in peace.

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Don Corleone: What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you'd come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.
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Kay Adams ( Michael’s wife): Michael, is it true? Did you have Carlo murdered?
Michael: Don't ask me about my business, Kay.

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Tom Hagen: Mr. Woltz, I'm a lawyer, I have not threatened you.
Jack Woltz: I know almost every big lawyer in New York, who the hell are you?
Tom Hagen: I have a special practice. I handle one client (Godfather). Now you have my number. I'll wait for your call. By the way, I admire your pictures very much.

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Michael: You and I are going to move my father to another room, now can you disconnect those tubes so we can move the bed out of here?
Nurse: That is out of the question.
Michael: You know my father? Men are coming here to kill him, now help me, please.
Michael: Pop...Pop, it's me Michael. Shhhh, don't try to speak. There are men who are coming to try to kill you. But I'm with you...I'm with you now...
Don Corleone: (unable to open his mouth, wanted to say) Michael, why should I be worried now? Strange men have come to kill me since I was 12 years old.

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Don Corleone ( Meeting with other Don): I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall Michael - if he is to be shot in the head by a police officer, or be found hung dead in a jail cell... or if he should be struck by a bolt of lightning - then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room; and then I do not forgive. But with said, I pledge - on the souls of my grandchildren - that I will not be the one to break the peace that we have made today.

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Don Corleone: I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life - I don't apologize - to take care of my family, and I refused to be a fool, dancing on the string held by all those bigshots. I don't apologize - that's my life - but I thought that, that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the string. Senator Corleone; Governor Corleone. Well, it wasn't enough time, Michael. It wasn't enough time.
Michael: We'll get there, pop. We'll get there.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Shah Rukh - The King Khan


Time Magazine has called him as probably one of the most recognizable actor in the world. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London has his wax figure along side Prince Charles, the Beckham couple (David & Posh), Amitabh, Saddam Hussein and many other international stars. He is non other then the current Superstar Shah Rukh Khan!

King Khan as they all call him has taken the Bollywood by storm since his debut film Deewana in the year 1992. The boy from Hansraj College in Delhi has excelled in almost everything that he has done in movie industry till now.

Shah Rukh Khan’s initial days were very tough.He had come to Bombay as any other ordinary man from Delhi, with that passion of becoming a actor one day, he used to stay as paying guest as he had no money to buy room for himself. And today here he is, building a multi storey building for himself and his friends to live together.

He started off his career in a TV soap called "Fauji", after which he signed another hit TV serial called 'Circus" - after this serial he gained popularity in the mass and then went on to movies. Since then he has given many hits and has worked with almost all actresses in bollywood (current and some past genre actresses).

He started off with the first hit movie "Deewana" later he went on with negative role in movies like "Bazzigar" and "Darr", where he was liked by everyone. Other hits include "Dil To Pagal Hai" with Madhuri Dixit and "Kuch Kuch Hota Hain" with Kajol and Rani and "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna". Not to forget the classic "Devdas" and "Paheli".

He has been there and done it all. His one characteristic that brought him to where he is today is his believe in “What you do – do it the best and leave it on GOD”. In all he is an amazing actor, a human being despite of all thick and thins he has gone through to reach the top. He will surely rule Bollywood for another 10 years. He really deserves what he has got.

Do watch his upcoming movie “Chak De India” which is showcasing HOCKEY the national game of India. Chak De is the first such glamorous movie being made on HOCKEY. Hats off to this guy in trying to do something different and yet winning peoples heart on whatever he does!

Your comments are most appreciated.

-Stella Roy

Monday, July 23, 2007

Ekta Kapoor save us please from KK....K

Ekta kapoor…as the name goes….the queen of all serials! Oh God, she is just so amazing at making serials, her serials go on and on and on….they are never ending! I am just wondering how can she manage so many serials with the same story, a little bit of twist here and there, some songs and of course with a different title of each serial- all starting with alphabet K! kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi, kasuti zindagi ki,kahani ghar ghar ki are some of those that taken nation by storm

There was a time, when people used to love watching serials, Television soaps were a source of entertainment, a source of relaxation, and a source of stress reliever, those were the times, when after watching serials like Buniyaad, Humlog etc used to feel fresh, they used to feel relaxed.

These days TV soaps, they portray only hatred, anger, how one woman betrays the other, how only a woman is the cause of all bitterness in the family…how 2 brothers fight over their property, how the fight reaches their businesses and how they split and the family is split, and in the end after 4 years of showing the serials and dragging the story so long, someone dies and then guess what there is a rebirth? Or the dead person suddenly becomes alive…..blah blah blah!
How can one relax his/her mind after watching such serials? Instead people have started growing mad at each other, after watching such serials they have started getting more stressed etc.

I always wonder how Ekta manages such trash coming out of her production house. All these production houses are interested is in increasing their TP rating. It’s high time Ekta Kapoor and others realized the bad effect their serials are causing to the Indian society and take corrective measures to stop making such programs.

Looking forward to your comments and suggestions.

-Stella Roy

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The new HOT cell phone


I owned a NOKIA 6230i for more than 2 years and now thought of changing my cell phone. I was a big fan of NOKIA and all of its products; I have almost used all models of NOKIA phones, and had believed that there cannot be anyone in this market who can give competition to NOKIA when it comes to cell phones. I loved all the features that they gave and thought that a cell phone cannot get better than this with each upgraded NOKIA phone that I bought.

But after 6230i when I went to the NOKIA shop, he started showing me all N-Series and told me after 6230 you can only upgrade yourself by buying N-Series, but then N-Series had drawbacks, software problems, model was bulky and heavy etc .

And there I was in a fix, in a dilemma for almost a month, that’s when I actually drifted my attention towards other cell phone brands that are popular in India. One such brand which caught my immediate attention was Sony Ericsson W810i, it had the most enhanced speakers and provided 1 GB memory, I was dazzled by its look, by the extra features that it gave which I thought only Nokia could give, best feature was the memory and sound quality, I threw away my IPod, because with this cell you need not carry an extra music device with you, this cell has everything you need!

Apart from the above mentioned features it also has 3 games inbuilt in the software. It has a 176x220 pixel wide screen, phone memory of 20 MB, comes in 2 dazzling colors white and satin black.

Other features includes a camera of 2megapixel i.e. 1632x1224 pixels, you can also record video clips up to an hour or more depending on the free memory you have, it has a special video player, a picture editor, image viewer, it has built in hands free, it also comes with 2 external speakers etc

If you compare the high range of features this cell phone offers and its price, definitely you will find this phone much cheaper than any NOKIA phone. I have been using this phone now for about a year and I highly recommend this phone to all.
If you are using Nokia phones, please do not hesitate to look around at the other range of phones that the market is providing, Sony Ericsson W810i is one such best phones in the market.

I can go on and on and on about this cell phone, I am not only in love with it but also in awe with it. This is the best cell phone of the century!

I would like to know which Cell Phone you own. And what do you like about it the most? Please comment.

-Stella Roy



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