Archive for July 1, 2009

Got some pics of Michael Jackson on Google. Nice ones. Show his life from his childhood till the end.

The face of a young Michael Jackson as he appeared in the era of the Jackson 5 and their discovery at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem

The face of a young Michael Jackson as he appeared in the era of the Jackson 5 and their discovery at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem

Michael Jackson as he appeared in January 1978 during the filming of "The Wiz", a reinterpretation of "The Wizard of Oz" set in New York

Michael Jackson as he appeared in January 1978 during the filming of "The Wiz", a reinterpretation of "The Wizard of Oz" set in New York

Michael Jackson as he looked in 1979 at 21 years old

Michael Jackson as he looked in 1979 at 21 years old

A 29-year-old Michael Jackson poses on 15th September, 1987

A 29-year-old Michael Jackson poses on 15th September, 1987

Michael Jackson as he appeared in 1997 at the The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Michael Jackson as he appeared in 1997 at the The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California

A masked Michael Jackson arriving at the Oxford Union on the 6th March 2001...

A masked Michael Jackson arriving at the Oxford Union on the 6th March 2001...

...to give a lecture, and launch his global initiative for children "Heal the Kids"

...to give a lecture, and launch his global initiative for children "Heal the Kids"

Michael Jackson testifies in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, on the 13th of November, 2002 in Santa Maria, California as part of a $21 million lawsuit with his longtime promoter, that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts

Michael Jackson testifies in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, on the 13th of November, 2002 in Santa Maria, California as part of a $21 million lawsuit with his longtime promoter, that accuses the singer of backing out of two millennium concerts

Michael Jackson leaving the Santa Barbara County courthouse on the 3rd of June, 2005, in California as jury deliberations on Jackson's child sex trial began

Michael Jackson leaving the Santa Barbara County courthouse on the 3rd of June, 2005, in California as jury deliberations on Jackson's child sex trial began

Michael Jackson poses on the red carpet during the RainbowPUSH Coalition Los Angeles 10th annual awards on the 8th of November, 2007

Michael Jackson poses on the red carpet during the RainbowPUSH Coalition Los Angeles 10th annual awards on the 8th of November, 2007

Michael Jackson with Bubbles the chimp and a pet llama

Michael Jackson with Bubbles the chimp and a pet llama

Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley enjoying their honeymoon at Euro Disneyland on the 6th of September, 1994, where they stayed in the Sleeping Beauty Suite of the Disneyland Hotel

Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley enjoying their honeymoon at Euro Disneyland on the 6th of September, 1994, where they stayed in the Sleeping Beauty Suite of the Disneyland Hotel

Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley enjoying their honeymoon at Euro Disneyland on the 6th of September, 1994, where they stayed in the Sleeping Beauty Suite of the Disneyland Hotel

Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley enjoying their honeymoon at Euro Disneyland on the 6th of September, 1994, where they stayed in the Sleeping Beauty Suite of the Disneyland Hotel

Michael Jackson is pictured in his Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department booking mugshot in California on the 20th of November 2003

Michael Jackson is pictured in his Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department booking mugshot in California on the 20th of November 2003

Michael Jackson, wearing an abaya, a traditional women's veil and gown, holds the hand of a child as he shakes hands with a shopping mall security agent in Manama, Bahrain on the 25th of January, 2006

Michael Jackson, wearing an abaya, a traditional women's veil and gown, holds the hand of a child as he shakes hands with a shopping mall security agent in Manama, Bahrain on the 25th of January, 2006

Michael Jackson in a wheelchair while out shopping with his children in Las Vegas on the 7th of October, 2008

Michael Jackson in a wheelchair while out shopping with his children in Las Vegas on the 7th of October, 2008

Michael Jackson shopping for antiques around Beverly Hills on the 21st of April, 2009

Michael Jackson shopping for antiques around Beverly Hills on the 21st of April, 2009

A veiled Michael Jackson accompanied by his three children on a visit to a doctors office in Beverly Hills on April 27th, 2009

A veiled Michael Jackson accompanied by his three children on a visit to a doctors office in Beverly Hills on April 27th, 2009

Michael Jackson was born on Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. Five Jackson boys – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael – first performed together at a talent show when Michael was 6. They walked off with first prize.

Michael Jackson was born on Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. Five Jackson boys – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael – first performed together at a talent show when Michael was 6. They walked off with first prize.

In 1978 he would meet producer Quincy Jones. A collaboration which produces some of his greatest hits

In 1978 he would meet producer Quincy Jones. A collaboration which produces some of his greatest hits

after releasing Thriller album

after releasing Thriller album

In 1987 he released the album Bad and bought the Neverland ranch in California

In 1987 he released the album Bad and bought the Neverland ranch in California

Michael Jackson arrives with Debbie Rowe for a performance of the play "Sisterella," April 28, 1996, in Pasadena, Calif. It was reported Friday, Oct 8, 1999, that Jackson and his wife, Debbie Rowe Jackson, have filed for a divorce.

Michael Jackson arrives with Debbie Rowe for a performance of the play "Sisterella," April 28, 1996, in Pasadena, Calif. It was reported Friday, Oct 8, 1999, that Jackson and his wife, Debbie Rowe Jackson, have filed for a divorce.

Pop star Michael Jackson (C) holds the hands of two unidentifed children with their faces covered during a visit to Berlin Zoo, November 20, 2002. Jackson is in Berlin to be awarded with the  Bambi 2002 media award.

Pop star Michael Jackson (C) holds the hands of two unidentifed children with their faces covered during a visit to Berlin Zoo, November 20, 2002. Jackson is in Berlin to be awarded with the Bambi 2002 media award.

New York

Posted: July 1, 2009 in movie
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After having a sumptuous dinner, we headed towards Rex on Brigade Road to catch New York.

New York opens around 7 years after the 9/11 attacks with Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) being wrongly held captive by the FBI. Investigating officer Roshan (Irrfan Khan) offers to go easy on Omar if he agrees to spy on old-time friend Sameer (John Abraham) who the FBI suspects to be a terrorist. With a maneuvered reunion, Omar gets entry into the family of Sameer and Maya (Katrina Kaif) who were Omar’s college friends 7-8 years back and tries hard to unveil his activist identity but fails every time.

new yorkRoshan suspects Sameer of running a sleeper terrorism cell and he wants to nab him red handed. Omar is left with no option but to comply with Roshan’s orders but he agrees on one condition that the FBI won’t kill Sameer if he agrees to surrender. Years back when in college Omar, Maya and Sameer were thick buddies and Omar silently loved Maya but when she expressed her love for Sameer, Omar had gone away from them. Sameer and Maya are married with a small kid Danielle.

new york2aNew York exposes the wily ways of the American FBI to which over hundreds of innocent Muslim people had fallen prey to post 9/11. The terrorism theme comes into picture predominantly in the second half. The physical and mental abuse on innocent Muslims, imprisoned merely on suspicion and their consequent repercussions are effectively portrayed. The torture scenes shown immediately post the interval send a shiver down the spine.
All the three lead protagonists of New York are Muslims affected by the 9/11 episode in varied ways and to different degrees. Sameer turns a scapegoat of the situation, Omar’s identity gets him in trouble, while Roshan (a Muslim investigating on terrorism) offers that ray of hope prevailing amidst discriminating humankind.

Getting a weekly off after a tiring and hectic work is like a bliss and catching Tess of D’Urbervilles on some Tuesday had been on my schedule for the past so many days. But this Tuesday afternoon, Rajeshattan called me to tell that Viji was feeling bored and wants to go on a drive. Though not interested, I had to agree when I came to know that it was their second wedding anniversary.

Vij and Rajeshattan had heard about a new place near Hebbal and we headed towards that. After a long, indeed a very long drive, we reached the place, only to know that it was Lumbini Gardens.

lumbiniLumbini Gardens is near Hebbal flyover, on the Nagavara Lake, reportedly developed with a grant of Rs 10 crore.
Since it was Tuesday, the place was not crowded,. The entrance fee was Rs 30. There was a special ticket costing Rs 300 which included all the rides and amusements inside the park.

wave pool

wave pool

From the parking space, I saw a huge statue of Buddha, but couldn’t go near it, as that part was not open for the public (May be due to some renovation).

Vij

Vij

The major attraction of the park is boat ride. There were motor boats apart from pedal boats for couples. Small children were having a nice time with their parents and we could see several young couples with on pedal boats.

lumbini7Though the garden is not huge, it gives people a chance to relax with family and friends over a weekend.

Vij and Rajeshattan

Vij and Rajeshattan

We saw an artificial wave pool and a children’s play area. This section is the most crowded and the most enjoyable one. The length of the pool is about 100 meters and small kids take a dip and enjoy the waves though they aren’t huge.

Rajeshattan and Viji

Rajeshattan and Viji

There were a few food stalls, including a Coffee Day outlet, and after taking a stroll, we ate a veg sandwich, enjoying a quiet time with a lake view around and a cool breeze (of course with mosquito bites!).

lumbini6After the sunset we headed back towards MG Road to catch New York.