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Mar 122015

Life abounds in ironies.

Some weirder than others.

As anyone who can move a mouse quickly realizes, Indians arrived late to the computer and software party.

We owe modern computer hardware, software and the Internet to the pioneering work at American research institutions like Xerox PARC and Bell Labs, the U.S. Defense Department and scores of tech companies including IBM, HP, Microsoft, Apple and Google not to forget the hordes of defunct corporations (Sun, DEC and Tandem, to name a few).

Desis Steal Thunder

But thanks largely to cheaper labor costs, over the last two decades Indians have stolen the programming thunder from the Americans.

IBM, HP, Google and dozens of U.S. companies have outsourced software development to India and/or bring Brown cowboys to the U.S. on H1B visas that turn into Green Cards and ultimately into citizenship (or as local Gujjus like to say, shittyjaincheap).

Rampant outsourcing and liberal grant of H1B visas flung thousands of American programmers under the bus. Fired American programmers had to train their Indian replacements to obtain severance.

Seeing the plight of their parents, uncles, aunts and cousins, many American students opted not to take computer science courses in colleges and universities. The galloping cost of tuition and the economic downturn further reduced the output of computer science and other engineering graduates.

Outsourcing and H1B Visas exploded meantime.

Today, the majority of large U.S. corporations (Wall St, big pharma, manufacturing and service providers) and countless medium-sized business rely on Indian programmers to keep their cash registers ringing.

As the newly arrived Indians prospered, the plight of local Whites and Blacks worsened.

Indians are now driving late model BMWs and Lexus SUVs while Americans make do with rusty jalopies.

Indians eat at California Pizza Kitchen and Dum Biryani joints while Americans scrounge for crappy pizza at Domino’s, hormone burgers at McDonald’s and the Gen Tso’s Chicken monstrosity at the local Ping-Pong Chinese restaurant.

Indians vacation in Costa Rica and Turks and Caicos while Americans dream of a weekend trip to the Poconos.

Indians win the Spelling Bee year after year while American English sounds increasingly like the Lallu Prasad Yadav version of English.

Americans are dropping out of the Middle Class faster than Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar can put out flops.

At this rate, Indian Americans will soon prove to be the primary backers of the amusing trinity of Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul as most Americans run out of greenbacks.

Obama’s Solution – Grab $100m from Indians

I love the ingenuity of American politicians.

When it comes to craftiness, White (Bill Clinton), Black (Barack Obama) and Brown (Bobby Jindal) American politicians are the same vily bastards.

Out of the outsourcing and H1B ‘lemon’ that U.S. corporations handed them, Obama and his boodler predecessors made a lemonade – They held a gun to Indian H1B visa applicants’ heads and extorted hundreds of millions from Tenali Ramudus and Komanam Muthupandis.

The extortion was legal and done under the aegis of American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 to train U.S. workers. Depending on the size of their company, U.S. employers must pay an additional $750 or $1,500 when they sponsor a foreign worker for a H1B visa.

Since the bulk of H1B visas in the IT sector goes to Indian companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS, iGate, HCL and Satyam, Indians are essentially forking out hundreds of millions of dollars to better educate Walmart Americans.

Fair deal, if you ask me.

Now Obamas is taking $100 million from the Indian H1B ‘contribution’ to U.S. education and using it to teach coding to lower class Americans, minorities and veterans.

Unveiling the $100 million program Monday, Obama bestowed upon it a fancy name – TechHire.

If anyone had told me two decades back that Indians would be ‘donating’ $100 million to the U.S. government to teach coding skills to Americans, I’d have anon called the nearby mental hospital.

But life abounds in ironies (no, I don’t expect the $100 million program is adequate to equip a critical mass of Americans with programming skills).

Although I won’t be around to witness the bizarre sight, don’t be surprised when you encounter the stampede of American workers applying for ‘H1B Visas’ at the Chinese and Indian embassies in less than two decades.

As I hinted at the outset, what seems outright crazy today is the numbing reality two decades hence.

Mar 052015

We can ban India’s Daughter in India. This is an international conspiracy to defame India. We will see how the film can be stopped abroad too. – Indian Parliamentary Affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu

Appropriate legal action will follow. The government will take all necessary measures to ensure that this film doesn’t get telecast further, – BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao

We have the best culture. In our culture, there’s no place for woman. – Defense lawyer for Jyoti Singh’s rapists M.L.Sharma at 16.30 minutes in the below video

Delhi is a very safe city. Absolutely safe city. Very safe city. As safe as any other capital of developing umm developed country. And safe in general sense and even safer for women. – Senior Delhi Police Officer at 33.40 minutes in the below video

We never realized how much we were attached to our daughter. But since she left us, we’ve no idea how to start life again, where to start from. – Rape victim Jyoti Singh’s mother Asha Singh at 40 minutes in the below video

Jyoti Singh (1989-2012)Just One Among Countless Indian Lives Needlessly Cut Short Every Year

Feb 142015

Are we going to stand here all day? Or are we going to fight?
– Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in a pub at the beginning
Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in a pub at the end

Kingsman Review - Unsatisfying
A valiant, heroic effort from Colin Firth can’t stop Kingsman – The Secret Service from turning into the proverbial Apples of Sodom.

At least to these ol’ brown eyes!

Firth never fails to send my pulse zipping and the British acting legend of King’s Speech and Railway Man fame does so here too in an uncharacteristic role, for him.

The other screen-fillers (mainly Samuel Jackson, Taron Egerton, Sofia Boutella, Michael Caine and Mark Strong) in this visually engaging film never left me feeling shortchanged either.

Just that Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn (also the director) royally buggered up the screenplay and, ergo, my mood last night.

Matthew Vaughn, in case you’ve forgotten, in years past brought crowd-pleasing adventures like Kickass and X-Men: First Class.

But the stiff is way out of his depth here when he’s handed the pen.

Some Charms, Sure

A spy-comedy if you’re talking genre, Kingsman falls short in both comic and spook departments.

The laughs are few and far between and the action scenes, although not bereft of fleeting charm, are certainly not Bournesque.

Founded in 19th century England and operating under the camouflage of a Saville Row establishment, the bespoke suited Kingsmen are members of an elite gentlemen spy outfit whose mission is to preserve international peace, protect lives and work for the greater good of humanity.

Modern day knights in impeccable, bullet-proof suits. Continue reading »

Jan 202015

Never let it be said that reckless Tamil entrepreneurs miss an opportunity to squander money on cockamamie business ventures. Whether it’s I, SpiceJet, Lingaa, Kochadaiyaan or some other Mannangatti scheme, you can be sure many a zany Tamil entrepreneur with more moolah than gray matter is flushing millions down the toilet in pursuit of bizarre […]