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Critical commentaries on Marketing, Cinema, Cricket and Politics

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Name: Meenakshisankar
Prefer to be called: Meenaks
Age: 27
Marital Status:Happily Engaged
Location: Singaara Chennai

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Thavam - general Musings

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Yesterday I got to watch the movie Hitch at the PVR multiplex. It was a very delightful movie that had all the ingredients to take the audience on a fun ride. Will Smith was brilliant as the "Date Doctor" Alex Hitchens, helping out guys in dating women. Kevin James in the role of the chubby accountant Albert Brennanman, wanting to impress his client and fall in love with her, had the entire audience in splits whenever he appeared on screen. Especially, his antics in the name of dance steps were so outrageously funny. The climax seemed a bit hurried, but it made the point.

Besides, the movie was a very "educating experience" for guys like me who are quite unsure in the presence of girls. We could do with some professional advice like this. Anybody opening shop in Bangalore, India? Your first client is waiting. :-))

Posted by Meenaks on 25.4.05
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John (W)right and Ganguly Wrong(ed)

John Wright, the outgoing Indian cricket coach, deserves all our appreciation for the professional job well done. In fact I would go far as to say that he deserves more credit for the turn around in Indian team fortunes than appropriated for himself by the captain Ganguly. Whatever, don't let me into that argument now, I am not likely to stop anytime in the near future. So what say let us all applaud John Wright for his brilliant presence amidst the Indian cricket team and wish him luck in all his future endeavours.

About the other part of the title, I am whole-heartedly behind the captain Ganguly in this recent 6 match ban. I have never been a fan of this stupid over rate rule, and I sincerely feel that the punishment was unreasonable beyond imagination. I condemn the match referee and ICC.

Posted by Meenaks on 18.4.05
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New Year, Diwali, Pongal - all in one

For millions of Tamil fans like me, tomorrow will be New Year, Diwali and Pongal - all rolled into one.

After three years, once again I can watch thalaivar movie on opening day. I am still unsure whether I will get the tickets, but I have decided not to go home tomorrow until I watch this movie.

One Sun, One Star. Super Star.

Posted by Meenaks on 13.4.05
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One man. 10,000 reasons to like him.


This man scaled Mount Makalu yesterday, as noted by my friend in his entry here.

Posted by Meenaks on 17.3.05
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Selfish, Anti-social Bloggers :-))

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Posted by Meenaks on 7.2.05
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The Ayn Rand century

Yesterday was the 100th birthday of my favourite English writer, Ayn Rand. Her Atlas Shrugged is among the most intellectually stimulating books I have ever had the chance to read.

I read that in a recent survey of Book of the Month club readers of the Library of Congress, Atlas Shrugged came in second to The Bible as "the most influential book for Americans today". Not only for Americans, but even for others, I would say the book presents cogent arguments in celebration of libertarian principles and capitalism. Even if you don't or can't agree with the substance of the book, you cannot ignore the philosophy propounded in that and other books of Rand, namely Objectivism.

Some excerpts about Ayn Rand from a recent profiling at Cato institute site by David Boaz.

Like Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek, Rand demonstrates the importance of immigration not just to America but to American libertarianism. Mises had fled his native Austria right before the Nazis confiscated his library, while Rand fled the Communists who came to power in her native Russia. When a heckler asked her at a public speech, "Why should we care what a foreigner thinks?", she replied with her usual fire, "I chose to be an American. What did you ever do, except for having been born?"


Rand's books first appeared when no one seemed to support freedom and capitalism, and when even capitalism's greatest defenders emphasized its utility, not its morality. It was often said at the time that socialism is a good idea in theory, but human beings just aren't good enough for socialism. Ayn Rand insisted that socialism is not good enough for human beings.

Her books attracted millions of readers because they presented a passionate philosophical case for individual rights and capitalism, and did so through the medium of the vivid, can't-put-it-down novel. The people who read Rand and got the point didn't just become aware of costs and benefits, incentives and trade-offs. They became passionate advocates of liberty.

Posted by Meenaks on 3.2.05
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