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Perception & Priorities ….

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.  A man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time approximately two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later:  
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to  walk.
6 minutes:  
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.  
10 minutes:  
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time.  This action was repeated by several other children..  Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.  
45 minutes:
The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.  
1 hour:  
He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed.  No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.  
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.  
This is a true story.  Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.  The questions raised: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?  Do we stop to appreciate it?  Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?  
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…..

How many other things are we missing?


A Picture is worth a thousand words

The idea to put a couple of interesting videos came from a friend who had posted his favourite interesting videos in facebook. Here is my collection along with my comments on the same.

Funny Commercials

The facebook song

Facebook Status Off

Fascination with the Piranha

I had read about the Piranha in school and have since then been intrigued whether their killer status is a bit exaggerated or not . Find out on your own.

Incredible Jaw Strength

In one of the discovery documentaries, the nile crocodile came out as the animal with the strongest jaw power. It can crush almost any thing.


For the sake of the Beer

The beer ads are one of the most humorous ones that I have come acrosss till now.

You tube favourites

Battle at Kruger

Cricodile Vs Anaconda

Funny advertisement



Snaps shots from the Conscious, Subconscious and the ID.

Over the last one month, we have added a lot of content in the ‘ coffee break ‘ section. This week we recommend you to go through our ” coffee break ‘ section.

What to look for –

A. The Story behind ZooZoos

B. Alcohol- A little knowledge is good thing

C. The Adidas and Puma Rivalry

D. Bong Dictionary

E. Summmary of the movie – The curious case of Benjamin Button

F. How an Asset Bubble gets created (Our personal favourite)

This week we recommend two great movies- The Wrestler and Gran Torino. Both the movies figure in the IMDB Top 100 and deservedly so.

The Wrestler marks a perfect comeback for Mickey Rourke ( check out Sin City for another of Rourke’s unparallel performance). Scenes where he tries to bring his daughter back into his life and then goofs up again, the emptiness he feels post his severe heart attack and how he gets sucked back into the adreline rush are worth pieces of gold.

The Gran Torino is genious  Clint Eastwwood at his acting and directional best. With a perpetual scowl on his face, Clint Eastwood plays the role of a war veteran who cant connect with anyone from his navel pierced grand daughter, to his gregarious neighbours. The movie slowly unravels ( predictably but the acting is so phenomenal you get hooked to the movie ) the softer side of the protagonist and ends in a heart wrenching, alsmost perfect crescendo.


MOVIE REVIEW: The Wrestler (2008)the-wrestler

Directors: Darren Aronofsky

Talents: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

PB Recommendations:

  • A must watch if you want to some serious acting (Mickey Rourke)
  • A must watch if you want to see some realistic storey line (Not necessarily nice)  
    • A not watch if you are looking for entertainment
    • A not watch if you’re in a group or with family, it’ll be boring
    • A not watch if you don’t have the patience to concentrate

BeeGee Rating:

Find out when you will enjoy watching this movie the most…


SYNOPSIS: Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.
Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling. (IMDB)

Caveat: The movie is more of a drama then about wrestling sports, so beware.


MOVIE REVIEW: Gran Torino (2008)


Directors: Clint Eastwood

Talents: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her

PB Recommendations:

· A must watch if you want to some serious movie

· A must watch if you want fresh storey line  

· A must watch if you are looking for a well directed movie and fine acting (Clint Eastwood)

o A not watch if you are looking for a thriller

o A not watch if you’re looking for some commercial movies

o A not watch if you are not in a mood to concentrate

BeeGee Rating:

Find out when you will enjoy watching this movie the most…grand-torino4

SYNOPSIS: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy an old man, who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood (by alfiehitchie)

Only Caveat: Why should Kowalski give his life for his neighbor’s son? Would it solve the gang problem in the hood?_________________________________________________________________________________

MOVIE REVIEW: About a boy (2002)


Directors: Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz

Talents: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz

PB Recommendations:

  • A must watch if you don’t mind mushy movies
  • A must watch if you like conventional Bollywood movies
  • A must watch if you want to take out your date for a movie
  • A must watch if you’re going with you’re family
    • A not watch if you don’t like Hugh Grant
    • A not watch if you those impatience ones
    • A not watch if you’re emotional chips  are down

BeeGee Rating:

Find out when you will enjoy watching this movie the most…pic_about-a-boy2

SYNOPSIS: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, confident in his ability to leave them behind when they start to ask for a commitment. But Will’s hope of a continued bachelorhood is interrupted when he meets 12-year old Marcus, in many ways his complete opposite. (by Mattias Thuresson)


Wonder of the week:

Why do the below personalities in press have to shove up their middle finger while the other fingers are gripped in the palm to declare that they have voted?

– The Bachans, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Gulshar Groover, Anupam & Kiran Kher, Prem Chopra, Javed Akhtar, Adi godrej.

amitabh(Source: TOI)________________________________________________________________________________

Find of the week (in cuisine):

SIMPLE and AMPLE – Gingery Chicken & Sauteed Vegetable Pasta – Details in the section- Serendipity


Book to Read- Non Fiction

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (read complete review of this book in the review section). In a nutshell the book tries to establish through its numerous experiments ( ranging from demand supply fallacy to how we make decisions  when aroused ), that individuals, do not always think in the most rational way which classical economics would want us to believe, but through rather emotional or preconditioned ways. And for those who think it’s a technical book with lots of equation, its not. The book is a pleasant read with examples from our day to day life.

In spite of the Gods by Edward Luce (Review in the main page)

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

So what is this section about?

We were thinking what is that inspires us to read the next book or watch the next movie. If there are more ten million websites catering to our curiosity about the Aardvark (a burrowing African mammal) or the Zyxt (a Kentish word, please do a Google search for more details. The aardvark and zyxt are the first and the last words in the dictionary I have), why do we still ask for feedback about a movie or a holiday destination or a good play. Why is word of mouth still considered the most reliable and trusted way of advertising (also called Buzz marketing).

Our objective in this section is to share experiences-movies, books and any thing else which we have loved and would like to share with others. Lest assured our recommendation is worth its salt.


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