Monthly Archives: August 2011

Audrey Hepburn’s Magic!!

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In the year 1992, while I was still in my 2nd grade the Cable TV mania started. My dad a movie fanatic applied for it as soon as he saw the ads in the dailies. All thanks to my dad that I have little sense in watching movies and understand the thickest of English and American accent. Well the point is we used to watch mostly the black and white movies of the golden era. Now you know where that Knight-in-Shining-Armour wish of mine comes from 😉
I was a total Audrey Hepburn and Nancy Davis fan while on the other hand dad liked Paul Newman,Marlon Brando and others I don’t remember. Audrey Hepburn I remember holds some kind of record for acting in the most number of movies set in Paris.

A few favorites amongst some of her less-discussed movies:

1. Two for the Road

I’ll never forget the very first time I saw this movie thanks to that one scene in which Audrey and Albert Finney discuss the silence of married people at restaurants. It’s the kind of writing that comes back to you at unexpected moments the simple honesty of little things that you never quite analyze until someone points it out to you and then it remains bound to your memory of that person forever.
This is not the movie for you if you’re looking for the “classic” Audrey Hepburn experience with the wide eyes, the chic clothes and the ladylike language – you’d have to choose director Stanley Donen’s two other, more famous, collaborations with Audrey for that fix (Funny Face, Charade).
An examination of a couple’s marriage over a decade as they go on various road trips, I often wonder how it would have played if Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred in it… and I mean that as a compliment 😉

2. Love in the Afternoon

This movie was an eye-roller even when it came out, but if you have a thing for Autumn-Spring romances then this is absolutely charming. It’s not as sweet as Sabrina but Gary Cooper works much better than Humphrey Bogart.
And as hilarious as that whole “connoisseur of women” stuff sounds in the trailer, it’s even more funny in the movie as you watch Cooper drip charm in a tuxedo tailored for Cary Grant. But it kind of works too you buy him as the great big, rough American millionaire who likes his dames with exotic accents. There’s a certain hard-living hint of sleaze about him that’s very unusual for roles of this kind. And Audrey is, of course, utterly delicious and extremely young.

3. How to steal a million

This was the movie that made me fall in love with Peter O’Toole despite my father’s best efforts to traumatize me as a child with repeated viewings of Lawrence of Arabia 😐
It’s really an amusing trifle but as a caper it hits just the right spot. O’Toole is adorable as the bemused would-be art thief shanghaied into helping a family of accomplished forgers thanks to the go-getter daughter of the house. It has the kind of 60s silliness that makes that whole era such fun be it the hi-tech gadgets or the yummy fashion and amazing cars. And smoking hot chemistry that doesn’t require anyone to get naked.
Well, maybe a little naked but it takes place discreetly offscreen 😉

It’s like chicken soup for my heart 🙂

ZODIAC GRILL ROCKS!! 24th August, 2010

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This was the most exquisite meal I’ve ever had. Rather I should say the Best Rakshabandhan surprise by a foodie brother to a foodie sister. Ketan n I have been one-of-a-kind cousins. We never fought in our lives ever and whenever we meet we start exactly from where we left our conversation last time; the last time could vary from months to years to ages to eons 🙂 This was the Rakshabandhan after 3 years as he would be travelling in the parts of the country and I would send him a Rakhi which he would get it tied from someone else. But this year he specifically asked me to buy a new dress and sent his credit card over for my shopping. 🙂 Little did I know that we were heading towards Zodiac Grill 🙂

Right from the cutlery and the crockery, rugs, glassware, tableware, linen, etc etc etc to the staff (who will make you feel like royalty even if they can tell by a single look that you saved half a month’s salary to eat there – My cousin did) 🙂
Crowd was completely La-Di-Dah. The restaurant does not even keep its doors open to enhance the element of exclusivity.

All the seven courses were delicious- creamy Corn chowder, lightly seared salmon, juicy shrimp, chicken cooked to perfection, soft panna cotta and the perfect balance achieved in caramel ice-cream with hot chocolate cake. My personal favorite was the cheese soufflé. I’ve never had something that melts in your mouth the way this soufflé does. This experience shall surely linger in my memory for a long time.
Meals for 2 with a glass of wine typically costs 14k-15k. Throw in a 10% tip and you know exactly what you are staring at (or digesting, if that makes you feel better).

You dont dine at the Zodiac Grill – you experience it. Save it for one of the most special ocassions of your life when nothing lesser than a Zodiac Grill will do. You wont regret it…..

Thanx Bhai for the experience 🙂

P.S–> sorry for not putting up a pic here. my brother was all geared up but it didn’t look royal to ask them to click a pic as it wud have been way too L.S!!!

THE START-UP OF YOU

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The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is truth in both, but I do not believe they are the whole story. I think something else, something new — something that will require our kids not so much to find their next job as to invent their next job — is also influencing today’s job market more than people realize.

Look at the news these days from the most dynamic sector of the U.S. economy — Silicon Valley. Facebook is now valued near $100 billion, Twitter at $8 billion, Groupon at $30 billion, Zynga at $20 billion and LinkedIn at $8 billion. These are the fastest-growing Internet/social networking companies in the world, and here’s what’s scary: You could easily fit all their employees together into the 20,000 seats in Madison Square Garden, and still have room for grandma. They just don’t employ a lot of people, relative to their valuations, and while they’re all hiring today, they are largely looking for talented engineers.

Indeed, what is most striking when you talk to employers today is how many of them have used the pressure of the recession to become even more productive by deploying more automation technologies, software, outsourcing, robotics — anything they can use to make better products with reduced head count and health care and pension liabilities. That is not going to change. And while many of them are hiring, they are increasingly picky. They are all looking for the same kind of people — people who not only have the critical thinking skills to do the value-adding jobs that technology can’t, but also people who can invent, adapt and reinvent their jobs every day, in a market that changes faster than ever.

Today’s college grads need to be aware that the rising trend in Silicon Valley is to evaluate employees every quarter, not annually. Because the merger of globalization and the I.T. revolution means new products are being phased in and out so fast that companies cannot afford to wait until the end of the year to figure out whether a team leader is doing a good job.

Whatever you may be thinking when you apply for a job today, you can be sure the employer is asking this: Can this person add value every hour, every day — more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow? And can he or she adapt with all the change, so my company can adapt and export more into the fastest-growing global markets? In today’s hyperconnected world, more and more companies cannot and will not hire people who don’t fulfill those criteria.

But you would never know that from listening to the debate in Washington, where some Democrats still tend to talk about job creation as if it’s the 1960s and some Republicans as if it’s the 1980s. But this is not your parents’ job market.

This is precisely why LinkedIn’s founder, Reid Garrett Hoffman, one of the premier starter-uppers in Silicon Valley — besides co-founding LinkedIn, he is on the board of Zynga, was an early investor in Facebook and sits on the board of Mozilla — has a book coming out after New Year called “The Start-Up of You,” co-authored with Ben Casnocha. Its subtitle could easily be: “Hey, recent graduates! Hey, 35-year-old midcareer professional! Here’s how you build your career today.”

Hoffman argues that professionals need an entirely new mind-set and skill set to compete. “The old paradigm of climb up a stable career ladder is dead and gone,” he said to me. “No career is a sure thing anymore. The uncertain, rapidly changing conditions in which entrepreneurs start companies is what it’s now like for all of us fashioning a career. Therefore you should approach career strategy the same way an entrepreneur approaches starting a business.”

To begin with, Hoffman says, that means ditching a grand life plan. Entrepreneurs don’t write a 100-page business plan and execute it one time; they’re always experimenting and adapting based on what they learn.

It also means using your network to pull in information and intelligence about where the growth opportunities are — and then investing in yourself to build skills that will allow you to take advantage of those opportunities. Hoffman adds: “You can’t just say, ‘I have a college degree, I have a right to a job, now someone else should figure out how to hire and train me.’ ” You have to know which industries are working and what is happening inside them and then “find a way to add value in a way no one else can. For entrepreneurs it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.”

Finally, you have to strengthen the muscles of resilience. “You may have seen the news that [the] online radio service Pandora went public the other week,” Hoffman said. “What’s lesser known is that in the early days [the founder] pitched his idea more than 300 times to V.C.’s with no luck.”

The Start-Up of You By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: July 12, 2011