Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: shopping site koolkart

Started using koolkart, a new shopping site. The site itself does not sells any product.It helps to compare price of products across various online shopping sites. A very useful concept. It actually helps us to find minimum price which saves us some bucks every time we shop. In case of electronics gadgets  we may go for reputation of sites. But in the case of books its not a big deal. So if you are a book lover this site will help you to find your book at minimum cost. If you believe that your website provides you the best price then use koolkart and you will be amazed.

We all like to go out shopping with our buddies but unfortunately due to work we might not be able to meet our friends regularly. So just like social networking sites  became a new mode of hangout. This social shopping concept can be evolved into new mode of shopping. If well modeled it can revolutionize the way we we shop.

Overall the concept is good but there is something missing in the site like a good tutorial video. Initially I found it slightly difficult to move around the site and identify its functionality without a good tutorial. Now site is just in initial stages so it is going to improve.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review:- Malayalam movie 'ordinary'

Ordinary is a new Malayalam movie with Kunchakko bobban and Biju Menon in lead roles. They are portraying the roles of a KSRTC conductor and  driver in a bus to remote village Gavi . Shritha sivadas and Ann Augustine are the heroines. Baburaj, Asif Ali, Jishnu and Lalu alex are in supporting role.

The major plus point of the movie is location Gavi. Amazing scenery. I haven’t heard much about this place before watching this movie. But now I would definitely give a visit to this place somewhere in future. This movie will be a boost for the tourism in this place. This shows that there are many unexplored locations in kerala for malayalam movie industry which may give possibilities of new kind of stories.

The movie does not have a proper story structure. The buildup toward the story takes more time than the story itself.In fact first half of the movie does not have a story element. It just portrays some incidents happening in Gavi and do not have a shape of a connected story. Only towards the end of first half, story gets a move on.

Even with dragging first half director manages to keep audience interested with some jokes and funny moments. Script writers mainly use the drunkard character played by Baburaj to create humorous situations and they succeed in it. This underutilized actor once again proves his caliber. Without using usual irritating gimmicks of modern day Malayalam comedians he manages to create laughter among audience. Slang used by Biju Menon was also interesting and as usual he has done justice to his role.

About the songs I felt some of them are not fitting to the flow of movie. If songs are not fitting to the script then it is better to avoid it. Otherwise it will spoil the entire movie.  Also visual beauty of locations could have utilized in a better way in songs.

I am not planning to get into the story but the movie relies on usual suspense and ‘minimum probability twist’ trick of Malayalam movies. By minimum probability I meant usual trick of script writers in which the character who do not have a reason to commit a particular act suddenly turns out to have done that in the climax twist, supported by reasons revealed in the end. This is an overused technique and I am not a big fan anymore. But there was applause in theatre and it seems like many still likes this kind story telling. So depending on your liking for this kind of twisted climax you can decide whether to watch it or not.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Reading habit to help you grow

Reading is the best way to keep up with the pace of modern world. In my mother tongue there is a poem which says ‘If you read you will grow, if you don’t read you will bend”. This is a highly relevant lines in modern context. Even if you have a great job and security if you do not read you will lose your way. So try to read at least one book and two magazines every month.
The books below will help you to improve yourself.
Great philosophy and presentation. one of the most amazing novels of 20th century. A must read I would say.
Read this book to find true potential of your brain
it is a kind of speed mathematics techniques. If properly used, it can improve your  calculation considerably. Usually the students preparing for GMAT,CAT,MAT,GRE and other competitive exams study these techniques in depth to save time in exams. Learning vedic maths and practicing it is a good exercise for brain and it will keep you sharp.
Thinking slow and fast by Daniel Kahneman- The name tells everything.

THX certified speakers in india

What is THX sound certification?
                It is a quality certificate indicating that the theatre or sound mixing studios have met some standard quality requirements. It is given by company of George Lucas legendary director of star wars series. Usually the theaters with THX certification will give you great sound experience especially with movies that are mixed in THX studios.
Need for certification:
                Whenever a scientific experiment is carried out in labs there is some standard conditions under which it is done and it is specified along with results. This may include temperature pressure humidity etc. If these conditions are changed the results might be different from what obtained. Usually performances of automobiles are given under the specific conditions but we usually do not get same on road performance because of change of condition.
                The process of creating sound in studio can be considered as equivalent to a scientific experiment. The sound engineers are designing sound in a studio conditions, if the theatre condition is widely different from that of studio then we are not getting same result as in studio and result might be unpredictable.
                How can we overcome this problem? By specifying some standards and ensuring that it is followed at both ends. That is at the production stage and hearing stage. THX certification ensures this. They give their approval theaters and studios which meet this criteria.
                So this certification process is highly beneficial for both sound engineers and movie lovers.
In India best way to experience the quality of THX sound certification is buying speakers which are THX certified and arrange it as per the specifications given in website.Some of the THX certified speakers available in India are