The Cult AGP

Loyola : 10 years on

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It was hard to believe initially. A decade has gone by. Around Mar-Apr in 2003, I was completing my ISC board exams (damn didn’t knew they were fixed) and saying goodbye to my alma mater.

I was chatting with my brother (who is also a Loyolite) and he updated me on the latest LaFest news. The new dance group called LOSB (Loyola One Step Bunch) is pretty kickass and I recommend you check out their Youtube videos.

Things went on as normal until now. I was taking my mandatory Sunday siesta and started dreaming. Like a cycle without brakes my mind started wandering. It finally settled upon this serene moment which defined my childhood.

Cardboard cricket

I have no clue why that happened considering nowadays I am not a cricket fan and rarely watch matches. If I were to ask Loyolites what would be one of their happiest moments in school life I think the top picks would be the following :

  • LaFest
  • 11th Standard School Day play
  • Excursions (Goa/Bangalore)

Agreed, they are all in my top 10 list.

But after waking up from my sleep I felt that the Cardboard cricket days were the happiest days in my school life. It summed up all the camaraderie, innocence and love of a life-time.

What on the earth is Cardboard Cricket ? 

This story goes back to my 3rd standard I think. We used to have two final exams in a day. The second one used to get over by around 2 pm and we had a complete one hour of free-time until the school bus starts for home. This is the time for Cardboard Cricket. So without further ado let me explain the specifications.

Bat : Writing board used for exams

Ball : An intricate composition of a pebble at the core with meticulously wrapped paper rolls held together by multiple rubber bands.

Pitch : The gap between two trees on the elevated area behind the goal post.

A motley gang of around 10 used to rush to the spot after exams and the two captains would decide the team and off we were to that magic land.

Nothing else really mattered for us during that one hour.

For me that is the picture perfect moment I want to treasure throughout my life.

Even though majority of guys used to play football during that time, around 10 of us preferred this game.

From what I think we used to play until 5th or 6th standard when we upgraded to actual cricket bats and tennis ball.

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I was always curious about where folks went to cram in between the two exams. Some preferred the football steps and used to have an occasional match in between. Some preferred the assembly steps. (Damn those were hot). Some empty classrooms or even the library. I think I was always a nomad. I never chose the same place every year, but sort of finally settled on the steps on the farther side of the main building towards the end.

What is your favourite memory or incident from school days?.

New Theme !!

Finally the blog gets a make over.
I had to get bruised and cut in a match for this 🙂 . But as they say everything happens for the good.
Enjoy the new look and feel and do post your comments (bad/good)

Hope you guys are all having a blast and cheering for your favourite team.

This post is just for all the Mallus all over the world who love football.

The first video is the Malayalam version of Wavin’ Flag performed originally by K’naan.

The second one is Lakka Lakka, the mallu version of Waka Waka performed originally by Shakira with Freshlyground

No comments on that one.

May the best team win. 🙂

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Goa in CinemaScope

Went to Goa, on the last long weekend. Even though rain played spoilsport initially, the trip was a memorable one. Here is the shot of me at the Vagator fort (where DCH was shot)

Applied a truck load of PS, inspired from here .

Comments are welcome 🙂

The Gangsta Look

Tried my hand at PS after a long time.
Here is the outcome :

The Gangsta Look

Inspired from http://photoshop-tutorials.deviantart.com/art/Sin-City-Look-R-33274560

I like to move it!

Well its summer again..

Like a rain that brings, the much needed…WAIT A MINUTE..Who put him on the comp?

Guys, here is the video : Now its time to shake that.. (well you know it).

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This is my first post related to Bangalore, the city where I currently reside and I am planning to run a series of stuff I like, dislike ,upcoming events and whatever random stuff that comes to my mind about this city.

To start with I would like to introduce a theatre group by the name of Miracle Entertainment.

The Bangalore based Miracle Entertainment theatre group is staging a play called “The Doctor Despite Himself” on the 3rd and 4th April at Alliance Francaise at Bangalore. The group was formed in November 2007 and has performers from all walks of life, to give it a special aroma.

About the Play from their official site :

The Doctor Despite Himself

Summary: Not every Frenchman could poke fun at his king and get away with it. But then, not all Frenchmen were Moliere. One of the greatest comedy playwrights ever, Moliere didn’t manage to get away with poking fun at almost everything that deserved to made fun of, but he actually got away with standing ovations. His most famous work, The Doctor Despite Himself is a striking parody of the world of doctors and physicians. The protagonist, a simple woodcutter, finds himself in the position of having to pretend to be a doctor and manages to pull it off quite beautifully, even with all the quirky incidents that befall him. An absolute must-watch!

The group’s previous plays include Death by Woody Allen, Comically Incorrect by Anton Chekhov, God by Woody Allen, and Seduction by Niel Simon.

If I get some time on my plate, I am gonna definitely check it out.

Book Tickets for the show : http://www.indianstage.in/BuyTicket.do?eventId=160

Official Site : http://miracleentertainment.in

Bespin

Say hello to Bespin from the house of Mozilla.
It is an online code editor and much more.
I can easily say that this is one of the best innovative ideas I have seen in some time.

Check out the screen cast from the developers

Twitter4j

Getting hit by the Twitter bug, decided to play around with the APIs.
The Java API called Twitter4j , which is a wrapper around the Twitter API is pretty good. Its as simple as calling an update method for updating your twitter status..

Check out
Twitter4j
and follow me on Twitter : Ajay George on Twitter

Burn After Reading

Sat Night: Absolutely no job..

Some one suggests, how about a movie ?.

Yeah! we are on..

Basically 4 choices..

1. Righteous Kill (dropped for the not-so great reviews, though I personally wanted to see the legends share the screen).

2. Burn After Reading (Coen brothers!)

3. Lake View Terrace (somebody doesn’t like Samuel L Jackson).

4. Tropic Thunder (a bit old now)

So after the usual deliberations and rounds of discussions, a semi consensus was formed.

Since it is a Burn after Reading article, no prizes for guessing.

As the tag-line goes “Intelligence is relative”, the movie revolves around .. No spoilers sorry..

Watch the movie if you are a Coen Brothers fan.

Else there is every chance you are gonna end up crying “What an arbit movie?”.

Though Fargo did not impress me, No Country was a revelation..

So I could identify with their style of film making. Go for it if you have a taste for dark humour and wanna catch Brad Pitt pulling off some awesome expressions, as well as Clooney and Malkovich coming up with some good performances..But my vote goes to Frances McDormand for her potrayal of the gym instructor who badly needs money for her cosmetic operations, since she is ‘ a people person’ .

At one level, it makes us think of our basic human folly : We need something badly and the kind of things we are ready to do to achieve it. Its not that we willfully pursue those actions, but at one point we feel it is the right decision even if it compromises the rules of honesty and integrity.

This was the second movie I watched on the big screen in US after the epic Dark Knight on Imax.

Going by the box office results, this movie is on the top of the list, therefore must have easily covered the production cost.

I am forced to add this : The views represented here are those of the author and is not anyway related to a public review. If it changes your view on this movie, the author shall not be held responsible.