Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: The Quest Is Yet To End...

Much water has flown under the bridge and many a remarks, comments, compliments and opinions thrown about in the aftermath of Danny Boyle's take on life in a Mumbai slum, Slumdog Millionaire.
The movie is winning awards left right and centre and is headed to Oscars, with a hefty recommendation in the form of the Golden Globes.
However, the land, where the Slumdog Millionaire was born, is witnessing a debate of a different kind.
In this debate, one side is accusing Boyle of shamelessly cashing in on the poverty-stricken underbelly of India and not showing a more balanced and positive view of the country, which, by all means, is one of the leading economies of the world.
The other side is defending Slumdog by saying that the movie deals with truth and optimism and it is showing what already exists in the country.
The verdict is not yet out as the discussion goes on: over blogs, in the newspapers, on television channels, inside living rooms, on office balconies, inside buses and cars.
Everyone has something or the other to say, So, I thought, why not get together my blogger friends and have our own SAY in this matter.
So, the field is open, anyone wanting to have a say on this matter, is welcome to put his or her remarks, comments, opinion on whether "Slumdog Millionaire is biased because it has chosen to be selective in its portrayal of reality or does it actually show the audience, worldwide and in India, a true picture of slum life in the country?"
The discussion is open to all and anyone who wants to have their say can do so by putting in their remarks in the comments section and taking part in the poll survey that I have put up on the left hand side of the blog, just below the Blog Archive section.
I would be keeping a tab of the discussion and would put up the comments and counter-comments on the blog for everyone's perusal from time to time.
Thank You!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

My First Award in Bloggers' World!!!!

I received my first blogger award from Priyanka Khot (from Delhi Photo Diary) recently. She (along with Charu) was the inspiration behind my blog and ever since I entered bloggers' space, she has been a constant source of encouragement to me to carry on. Therefore, my first thank you goes out to Priyanka for making a blogger out of me.
Then, there are regular readers of my blog, including Charu (from Chai Pe) and Patty (from Old Lady Lincoln), who keep posting their comments to egg me on to blog. Thank you both.
Last, but definitely not the least, are those who keep visiting my blog, either regularly to in between, and keep posting encouraging remarks on my write-ups. I thank all of them for making it possible for me to turn a blogger and stay at it (What an acceptance speech, Filmfare-grade, if not Oscar, you'd agree!!!)
The rules for the Friendship Award are simple:-
*Copy the badge and put it on your blog.
*Link back to the one who passed this tag to you.
*Spread this tag to at least 4 bloggers or more who you think you are friends with.
On my part, I would like to pass on this special award to my friends who blog:
1) Charu for Chai Pe: I love his individual style of blogging and he brings a unique flavour to whatever he posts on his blog.
2) Patty for Old Lady Lincoln: I really admire her zest for life and her philosophical anecdotes, hillarious jokes and crisp quotes that she puts on her blog.
3) Kris for This Will Hurt Me: I am a fan of his photo blog, his characteristically witty write-ups, AND his two sons (Henry and Ezra), who are the reigning superstars on his blog.