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    The best one?

    So … I have been watching some of the best academy award winning movies over the past few weeks: 1. Titanic (1997, best picture)2. Babel (2006, best picture)3. A Beautiful Mind (2001, best picture)4. Schindler’s List (1993, best picture)5. Shakespeare in Love (1998, best picture)6. Sound of Music (1965, best picture)7. Master and Commander, The Far Side of The World, (2003, best cinematography)8. Silence of the Lambs (1991, best picture)9. Finding Neverland (2004, Best Original score) … and some other which I have already seen before. So, I wonder, if someone asks me which of these I liked most? It would be so difficult to choose .. like looking at…

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    Private Blogs

    Since blogger does not entertain password protected blogs, I havecreated a completely new blog only accessible by me – my private blogs(http://privateblogs.anirban.org). I am tired of these privacy issuesand stuff. Thus I hope, keeping personal blogs/logs/journal separatedfrom the rest of the world will hopefully make life easier. Thereshould be a concept of encrypted blogs or something. Something thatwould require my authorization to read. Why can't blogger implementsuch a feature?? Oh btw, I will definitely post my views/comments and thoughts about the novel “The Namesake” once I am done reading it.

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    Loss of India in the ICC World Cup 2007

    Yes! India lost miserably to Bangladesh earlier and then lost toSrilanka yesterday. What a shame. I woke up yesterday with a hope thatsome miracle might happen and India might strike back. Hoping againstall hope, I connected to Sopcast and started watching the Srilankanfirst innings. India wasn't doing bad … I was pretty annoyed though tosee Agarkar back in the team even though Irfan Pathan was in the team.When Rahul Dravid gave Agarkar to bowl the last over, I was so so soannoyed! He just gives away too many runs. Why the hell we still playhim? Srilanka made 254 in 50 ovs which was not a daunting score tochase, specially for…

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    My trip to California

    Yeeppph! I had an amazing trip to California in this winter. A much needed break from the mundane life and hectic work. I flew from Vancouver to Seattle on a warm sunny day – actually took the flight one hour earlier than the one I was originally supposed to take. Seattle airport was amazing – bright sunny winter morning with lots of people going around and having fun. After a brief lunch and enjoying the wonderful view from the large transparent glass walls (I could see the entire runways and the touchdowns from behind those glass windows). Seattle airport is shown below.Excited on my trip, I walked towards the departure…

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    Shawshank Redemption and Crash

    I watched two more movies recently. The Shawshank Redemption andCrash. The former is amazing nice novel; one of the best I ever saw. Ihave seen many good movies, but this one indeed stands out among themany others. Hope is the main theme throughout. I was so mesmerized byit that I could not even speak for a while. I really stronglyrecommend everyone to watch this masterpiece.Crash was not anything very special in my view. The main theme isracism and white/black tension. No wonder it got a few Oscars though Ihonestly don't think it deserves so many Academy awards. I guess sinceI am not an American per se, I would probably not…

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    New Year’s Eve

    Man, the thing I like so much about Vancouver is its liveliness. Yesterday, on the new year’s eve, I went out with a friend to downtown & north Vancouver (oh btw, I had my first Translink ferry ride since I came here ;)). Man, it was awesome. In north Vancouver, we went to the Sailor’s point, just 5 mins walk from the ferry and you could see all the city lights across the waters. It was really something unique. You could also actually see the Grouse mountain lights from there. The dark night and melancholy environment added some extra juice to the whole experience. We came back and had beer…

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    Dante’s Peak (*spoilers*)

    Man, I saw my favourite movie Dante’s Peak again. Really, Pierce is awesome! But most importantly, the thing I like about the movie is the story. Pierce plays a vulcanologist who arrives at a country side (fictitious) named Dante’s Peak after his boss instructs him to investigate the possibility of a dormant volcano (the Dante’s Peak) getting active again in that region. As story progresses, we see that Dalton (Brosnan) getting increasingly convinced that the volcano might blow up but his boss is reluctant to declare an emergency in the city yet (because of possibility that if the volcano finally does never erupt, the real estate prices will plummet anyway…

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    Thought ….

    These days I am gradually realizing that no one cares more for us thanour very own family. Everyone else, every other relationship, to someextent, is superficial. Even people whom we once have known to be ourgood friends are also probably driven by their own self interests morethan what they care for their other friends. May be I am wrong, butthis is what I have learnt and seen at every stage of my life here.Its sometimes shocking to see how little people really respect other'spriorities in life and are ready to compromise a little for theirfriends. Everyone has their own little life which they are eager toguard and make convenient. I…

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    A Day of Disaster at UBC

    It all started in the early morning. I woke up earlier than usual, wondering – why is it so damn cold? Did I forget to turn on the heater the other night? I looked at my table clock to see the time. It was dark and the display screen was empty. What the hell – I told myself and got up from the bed. I realized that my night lamp was off too. It did not take me more time to realize that the power was out and it was pitch dark in my room. This is a first – I told myself. I opened the curtains to let the…