Posted in Books, Movies - General, Music - General

Keeping politics aside…

The predictability of the general theme of my blog posts shouldn’t be surprising for any regulars here. But since I know that there aren’t many regulars here, I have to sort of put it out there. During the American election season, my primary venting revolves around the left and the right. What is right according to me is the left. And whatever is left for me to complain about is the right. Do you get the drift? Ok. May be not. The point is simple. In the last 5 years or so, once I sort of obtained professional liberation from the clutches of the corporate world, I have become less and less inhibitive of sharing what my real beliefs are – at least politically. Even though I am not a political junkie in the sense that I live and breathe politics, I do enjoy the election season (although not a fan of the long primary season). I kind of wonder what it would be like to be the David Axelrods or the Stephanie Cutters of the political word. It just fascinates me and I can’t help it. Yes, Politics is dirty. There is very little honesty in politics leave alone honest politicians. But then, in a democracy, you are a squanderer if you don’t respect politics for what it is. You love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it. You despise the politicians or loathe them, one of them (the politicians) is going to be responsible for many things that dictate your life. So, why not understand how dirty politics actually is and try to do something about it? To start with, VOTE. Go out there and VOTE. That will be a good start. VOTE for the person who you hate the least. VOTE for the party who you think will do the least damage to the future generations. VOTE for the party who you think will leave something of what you call this EARTH to your children. Your VOTE will make a difference. Believe me.

Well. What did I say? Oh, yes. This post was not going to be about politics. Right? See, I can’t help it.

Movies: Been a lean movie watching period. Caught up with the 4th installment of the Bourne series. My skepticism was unwarranted. Tony Gilroy had managed well to use Jeremy Renner to keep the thrill factor pretty high throughout the movie. If you don’t think of Matt Damon, the movie works. Big time.

Books: Don’t remember the last book I had read before “The Mine”. But this book is by an Indian author – Arnab Ray. The guy has been heavily influenced by several works of contemporary fiction/science fiction. But he has managed to create a uniquely Indian centric plot and props for that. Not an unputdownable kind of a thriller, but was worth a weekend to get through it.

Concert/Music: Attended my first RUSH concert – as part of their Clockwork Angels tour. Have to admit that going to a concert alone is a lame experience. Normally I like to enjoy arts (movies, music, books, etc.) alone. But concerts are a different experience all together. This was a heavy metal meets progressive rock kind of a concert and a floor seat  plus several 1000 watt sound system notwithstanding, I felt alone for the most part. The guys on stage put on a show that was perfect. Clocked almost 3 hours, they managed to put together something spectacular both visually and aurally. I like their music and it helped.

So, there. That’s exactly what I meant when I said that this post would be about everything but politics. Didn’t I keep politics aside for the sake of this post?

Posted in Humor - General, Obama, Politics - General

Seven Key Takeaways from DNC2012

After I did this, it is only natural that I do something similar for DNC2012 as well. So here I go..

1) When you decide your platform, especially in an election that is filled with acrimony and hatred, the last thing you want is to have a mandate to remove something as sensitive as ‘God’. Because this is America and even though a developed society is expected to progress as time goes by, it should be very obvious to everyone (including the Democrats) that the country is moving backwards in many ways socially. If winning the election is of prime importance, then this should not even have been up for discussion. But better sense prevailed before it turned ugly the next day.

2) If you are going to have Bill Clinton as your prime time key speaker of a night, whose idea was it to get him started at 10:30 PM like all the other prime time key speakers do? He is Bill Clinton. He is expected to run overtime. And people don’t mind that. Now that the ratings are out, you will see, his speech beat the NFL opening night ratings, probably at the cost of a few crying sponsors.

3) Pretty smart idea not to give Joe Biden his own night (like RNC did for Paul Ryan and what a disaster that turned out to be)!

4) John Kerry could very well be positioning himself as the next Secretary of State should Obama get reelected. At least, that’s what one would gather given his speech. One would also wonder where this kind of a scathing John Kerry was in 2004.

5) The advantage of having so many hollywood friends is that most of your A/V stuff is above par (the tribute to Ted Kennedy as an example). But may be, just may shouldn’t make it very obvious,to minimize the unnecessary distraction of your opponents painting a liberal grease paint over everything that comes out of Beverly Hills and Hollywood barring Clint Eastwood.

6) As much obvious as it was, if anyone tries to argue that the Republican party is a party of all genders and races alike, the conventions were an obvious give away. Anyone who watched DNC2012 and RNC2012 could come to the conclusion in 2 seconds what everyone has been harping about. Also, it was very clear that the average age of DNC2012  attendees was probably 15 years less than those who attended RNC2012.What a contrast it was!

7) Finally, the biggest advantage of having a good orator like Obama take stage on the last night after Bill Clinton pretty much singlehandedly closing the convention symbolically on a high note the previous night was that, you could be assured that he wouldn’t cause much damage. Critics were more subdued in showing their praises for his speech more because the Clinton speech was such a triumph.