Monday, March 22, 2010

Of all the verses that I know...

Good day to you. This post had been one of my dreams for the past several months. And I feel it is high time to let it out. The specialty of the post, as I feel, is that it does not have any stupid, bombastically incoherent introduction, nor does it have any 'mind-voice' kind of narration in square brackets. The beauty of this post is that it is always complete. This post is about the words and dialogues that impressed me in the movies I saw. I hope I'm doing justice to English for once.

This is one movie I loved watching. It brought tears to my eyes when the food critic Ego was made to taste Ratatouille. The entire narration and the voice of Remy (Patton Oswalt) were excellent. The INCREDIBLES director has, once again proved that he is indeed incredible. The story is astounding. The animation, including those of the end-titles were simply amazing. A must-watch animation extravaganza.

The best punchline of the story- ANYONE CAN COOK

Most of all, the dialogues I liked were those of Anton Ego.

1 Amusing title, Anyone Can Cook! What's even more amusing is that Gusteau actually seems to believe it. I, on the other hand, take cooking seriously. And, no, I don't think anyone can do it.

2 I know this sounds insane, but... Well, the truth sounds insane sometimes. But that doesn't mean it's not the truth.

3 Great cooking is not for the faint of heart. You must be imaginative, strong hearted. You must try things that may not work. And you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true. Anyone can cook. But only the fearless can be great.

4 A cook makes. A thief takes.

5 Food always comes to those who love to cook.

6 In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto, "Anyone can cook". But I realize only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's,
who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more.

Batman Begins
A breath-taking action movie. I was able to watch the movie only after watching its sequel. But the movie was great. The movie was a working example of the work of Diamond Comics. Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan have done a wonderful job. The thing I hate about the movie is, almost all the dialogues are great... Some are:

1 Can they kill me before breakfast?

2 You're not the devil. You're practice.

3 A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man...if you devote yourself to an ideal...and if they can't stop you...then you become something else entirely- Legend, Mr. Wayne.

4 I seek...the means to fight injustice. To turn fear...against those who prey on the fearful.

5 To manipulate the fears in must first master your own. Death does not wait for you to be ready! Death is not considerate or fair! And make no mistake, here you face death.

6 Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.

7 All creatures feel fear.
Even the scary ones?
Especially the scary ones.

8 Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding.

9 But I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief... until the memory of your loved one is just...poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed... so you'd be spared your pain.

10 Your anger gives you great power. But if you let it, it will destroy you...

11 Should I just bury the past out there with my parents, Alfred?
I wouldn't presume to tell you what to do with your past, sir. Just know that there are those of us who care about what you do with your future.
Haven't given up on me yet?

12 Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about you making yourself feel better.

13 And what you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger... the drive to do great or terrible things... To conquer fear, you must become fear. You must bask in the fear of other men. And men fear most what they cannot see. You have to become a terrible thought. A wraith. You have to become an idea! Feel terror cloud your senses. Feel its power to distort. To control. And know that this power can be yours. Embrace your worst fear. Become one with the darkness... Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.

14 As a man...I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, destroyed. But as a symbol...As a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting. Something elemental...something terrifying.

15 Bruce? You're supposed to be dead.
I'm sorry to disappoint.

16 Mr. Wayne, if you don't want to tell me exactly what you're doing...when I'm asked, I don't have to lie. But don't think of me as an idiot.

17 Bats frighten me. It's time my enemies shared my dread.

18 Now, I don't care if it's rival gangs, Guardian Angels...or the goddamn Salvation Army...get them off the street
and off the front page.

19 But it's not who you are's what you do that defines you.

20 Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal.

21 What is the point of all those pushups if you can't even lift a bloody log?

22 I won't kill you...but I don't have to save you.

23 What about escalation?
We start carrying semiautomatics, they buy automatics. We start wearing Kevlar, they buy armor-piercing rounds. And you're wearing a mask...and jumping off rooftops.

24 I never said thank you.
And you'll never have to.

To B.E or not to B.E..? That is the question. [20 marks]

Ok. I admit it. I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet… Oh, sorry. I was too carried away with the truth part that I forgot that I didn't carry any hatchet nor did I cut anything. The bad thing about truth is, even if it shows up anywhere by mere chance, its presence is ignored, or its identity doubted. And the good thing about a lie is that it's always expected, welcomed and digested. Even if a lie does not pop up anywhere [the chances being humongous imaginary numbers], something else takes up its place and all the credit. So it's up to magnificent minds like ours to crack the code, break the barriers, throw up the truth and let up the lies.

If you think the paragraph sleeping above makes any sense, you can very well apply for a psychiatrist's appointment or for the post of a lecturer in an engineering college, because the preceding paragraph is an excellent example to the undoubted skill of engineering students to fill up pages and pages of senseless, incoherent and incomprehensible text as answers [to questions similar to those framed by Mayans on the certainty of doomsday] in their exams. Mayans, as history says, were great men in terms of astrology, but stupid men in terms of their terms with astrology. A worn-out calendar-maker of a Mayan village had, out of sheer boredom or because he had got a better job-offer from TCS, obviously terminated his work abruptly on a random date [which now is deciphered as 21-12-2012, and has got blockbuster status thanks to the movie- 2012]. If engineering students had been living next door, they would've persuaded the calendar-maker to have party with them every night, have some drinks, share their assignments or watch movies together, not leaving the mayan guy give a shit to the calendars.

But engineering is much more. Engineering is probably the art of using science in practical applications to achieve commercially viable outcome for the betterment of humanity. Having said that, one can very well notice that the definition of engineering, in itself, encompasses art, science, commerce and humanity. So it's up to engineers to take up their careers in all the other fields as they are confident that they are laymen in terms of knowledge in their own field. Simply put in words, B.E is a 4-year course that comprises of the study of various practices, which, once mastered [or rather bachelored], will render the pursuer clueless of what or why he's pursuing.

Getting serious, engineering is about discovery-understanding-creation-innovation. Engineering requires knowledge of the basic sciences for which the 1st year of the course is dedicated. The next year brings to the students the building blocks of that engineering discipline the student has taken up. The 3rd year has possibly got to do with greater advancements or deeper concepts with which the field is thriving. And the final year exposes the students to the most mature topics of the discipline and the real-time implications of their subjects. The syllabus must be so framed as to attract the attention of the students and the system must be so designed as to bring out the best of each student.

What's the point in having physics in the syllabus for two semesters when, actually, the knowledge, along with the textbooks goes to the old book shop? Same is the case with inter-departmental subjects, say basics of civil and mechanical engineering [for electrical engineers]. The next one is the omission of subjects which are essential [say Computer Architecture]. It is with due respect to such critical parameters that the NBA (National Board of Accreditation and not National Basketball Association), NAAC (National Accreditation and Assessment Committee), AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) must assess the colleges/courses.

Having complained enough about authorities, it is mandatory to complain about students. Engineering, of course, has lost most of its reputation in the years. Once upon a time, engineering was elusive and exclusive. Only a very few blessed men could taste the course. There were even B.Sc. courses on engineering subjects. But now engineering has come to the reach of almost everyone and its expansion is still in progress. This, bringing positive results on one hand, has also brought deadly impacts. Persons, who would have otherwise taken up courses in arts or science, have taken up engineering, mainly due to the abundance of engineering seats, the opportunities for the arrangement of educational loans, and the primary consequence of a BE degree, namely a job. Many such people and others do not take up engineering very seriously. It is no good to study the subjects, remember lines of text by heart and lastly puke them all in the answer papers along with flowery contraptions.

The next thing is higher education. What is the purpose of getting a B.E degree when all you want is an MBA? First things first. It would be wise to offer now some valuable tips to become an engineer and stay the same.

  • Engineering is not just another field of study. It is an experience and a method of life. This is why all B.E grads are engineers, but not all B.Sc. grads are scientists, nor are all B.A grads artists.

  • Marks will definitely have an effect on the life an engineer but they are no good if the student has insufficient knowledge.

  • Understand the subject. It doesn't matter how vast your subject area is. All that matters is how deep you know your subject.

  • Engineering is basically about thinking. Those who fail to think, make terrible engineers. So think differently; but first, think.

  • Engineers are born to make mistakes. It doesn't matter how large or how bad the mistakes are. How better you become after the mistake is important.

  • The most important of all, engineering is about being brave. Sounds stupid? There is no point in running away from a problem when, eventually, it's gaining on you. Engineering gives the mind everything it takes to solve any problem. It's up to the heart to stay steady and courageous to face the circumstances.

  • Engineering is all about learning. When everyone looks at something, the artist enjoys the beauty of it, the scientist studies it, the engineer understands it [and the economist plans on how to buy/sell it]. Engineers stop at nothing when it comes to learning.

  • Engineering is fun. Unless one appreciates the enjoyment in something, never can he be said to have understood it. In fact, there is more to having fun being an engineer, than being an engineer itself.

  • Engineering is responsibility. Responsibility is one word an engineer must embrace, for it can be a fearsome tiger if feared or it can be a friendly kitty if tamed.

Lastly engineering is all about imagination. Those who imagine little, make enemies out of themselves. It would not be unfair to say that engineering has no limits. But, most importantly, Engineering = 100% common sense.