Thursday, September 30, 2010

S. S. Rajamouli

S.S. Rajamouli is a film director in Tollywood. He was introduced as a director by K. Raghavendra Rao. Starting from his first venture as a director, Student No. 1, all his movies have had great success at the box office. His movies, Yamadonga and Magadheera have a mythological background, and show the director's versatility apart from his handling of predominantly contemporary subjects, such as Sye. Rajamouli's movies often boast a good story, superior technical values and are overall, proven powerful packages.

Previously, Rajamouli directed teleserials under the guidance of his guru K. Raghavendra Rao. His first gig was Student No. 1, which he directed under K. Raghavendra Rao's supervision. He often collaborates with Vijayendra Prasad (Writer),who is also Rajamouli's father, M. M. Keeravani (Music director and his Cousin), R Ravinder (Art Director) and Kalyani Malik (Music director).


"Early life"

Rajamouli(Real Name : S.S.Nandi) in Raichur of Karnataka. However, his native place is Kovvur and was born in a Telugu family. He studied up to Class IV at Kovvur and continued his education till Intermediate at Eluru. Moreover his father and brother are in the film industry. So, he joined as an assistant with Editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao for some time.

Later, he worked for some days in AVM recording theatre. After that, he joined his father as an assistant with his father S Vijayendra Prasad for about six years. During that time, Rajamouli used to narrate his stories to several directors.

After his home production Ardhangi turned out be a disaster, his family returned from Chennai to Hyderabad.


"Career"

Rajamouli joined as an assistant with director K. Raghavendra Rao and worked for Santi Nivasam, a teleserial. However, his seniors Vara Mullapudi and Yeleti Chandrasekhar used to get more importance than he did. Consequently, worked harder, which earned him the 'working devil' (Pani Rakshasudu) title from K. Raghavendra Rao.

Rajamouli finally got an opportunity to direct a film under the supervision of K. Raghavendra Rao as Student No. 1 with Jr. NTR, which turned out to be a a super hit.

Later on, he got another chance to direct Jr. NTR again for Vijaya Maruthi Combines. That is Simhadri which was a Hit . His third film Sye with Nitin was a musical hit. After the completion of a hat-trick of hits, Rajamouili directed Prabhas for Chatrapathi, which was a blockbuster hit.

Then he chose Raviteja as hero for 'Vikramarkudu' which was also a blockbuster film. During the shooting of the film Rajamouli was injured. After completing five successive hits, Rajamouli brought out a socio-fantasy film with Jr. NTR again- Yamadonga which relaunched NTR's Career. Rajamouli brought out the film on his own banner 'Viswamitra Creations'. With this, he had completed a double hat-trick personally. His next venture was Magadheera which upon its release turned out to be an Industry Hit broke all telugu box office records at the time. His latest film titled Maryada Ramanna (2010) is with comedian Sunil as a hero . Maryada Ramanna was a successful film and with this movie he has 8 straight successful movies in a row. He is planning to do a film with Prabhas for the second time, for which further details are awaited. Recently Mahesh Babu has written in his twitter that he is about to work with Rajamouli. Rajamouli is also planning a small budget quickie named Eega [house fly], which is about the life of a fly.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Good Man Is Hard to Find

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (published in England as The Artificial Nigger and Other Tales) is a collection of short stories by American author Flannery O'Connor. The collection was first published in 1955. The subjects of the short stories range from baptism ("The River") to serial killers ("A Good Man Is Hard to Find") to human greed and exploitation ("The Life You Save May Be Your Own").


"Songs alluding to the same title"

Morphine has a song called "A Good Woman Is Hard to Find" on their swansong album The Night.

"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is the title of the last track on Tom Waits's 2002 album Blood Money.

Bruce Springsteen released a song titled "A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Pittsburgh)" on his 1998 retrospective collection Tracks. Springsteen has stated that his important reading began with authors such as O'Connor, whose works he felt captured aspects of America that he wanted to explore in his own work.

Musician Sufjan Stevens has a song titled "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" on his album Seven Swans; it is told from the viewpoint of the Misfit even though he is not the focus of the story.


"Cultural adaptations"

A television adaptation of the short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," starring Gene Kelly, was broadcast on the CBS network's Schlitz Playhouse on February 1, 1957. O'Connor was not pleased with the results, as evidenced in a letter to a friend: "The best I can say for it is that it conceivably could have been worse. Just conceivably."

A film adaptation of the short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find", titled "Black Hearts Bleed Red", was made in 1992 by New York filmmaker Jeri Cain Rossi. The film stars noted New York artist Joe Coleman.

An original 45-minute modern chamber opera based on "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" was completed in 2003 by David Volk, a University of Georgia music doctoral student, as part of his dissertation requirements in composition. The chamber opera was performed at the Seney-Stovall Chapel in Athens with grant funding from the University's Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE). Later that same year, the work was performed at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA, and in Milledgeville, GA, at "Flannery O'Connor: The Visionary and the Vernacular," an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by Georgia College and State University (and home of the Flannery O'Connor Library). In 2007, the work was performed at the University of Virginia's College at Wise where Dr. Volk teaches as Assistant Professor of Music.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

It's a Good Life

Anthony Fremont is a three-year-old being with near-godlike powers: he can transform other people or objects into anything he wishes, think new things into being, teleport himself and others where he wishes, read the minds of people and animals and even revive the dead. He may not be wholly human; hints in the story mention his "odd shadow" and "bright, wet, purple gaze," and the obstetrician at his birth was said to have "screamed and dropped him and tried to kill him." The town's children are told that Anthony is a "nice goblin" but they must never go near him.

Anthony's powers were present at birth, as he was able to kill the obstetrician and then, instinctively, separate his birthplace, the town of Peaksville, Ohio, from the rest of Earth moments after he was born. Nobody knows whether Anthony transported Peaksville somewhere or whether the rest of the world (or for that matter, the universe) was destroyed and only the town remains.

There is no electricity, and the residents have to make their own things and grow their own food; the latter is somewhat difficult as Anthony changes the weather at will. The adults must satisfy Anthony's every whim, or risk displeasing him. Nobody is safe from Anthony, not even his own family, although they can sometimes influence him slightly; after a "smiling" suggestion from his father, Anthony sends the remains of his victims into the cornfield behind the Fremont home after he has finished with them.

As Anthony can read minds, the town's population must not only act content with the situation when near him, but also think they are happy at all times. However, the story does not present Anthony as malevolent or evil; he is simply a three-year-old boy with any young child's limited grasp of the world, yet with god-like powers. Even his sincere attempts to help those in need often go horribly awry, which is why everyone acts as if everything is "good" no matter what — any change Anthony makes could be much worse. Since Anthony can act immediately on any whim, those he dislikes can come to a quick and nasty end, even if he regrets it later, and no one dares suggest he undo what he has done.

The story mostly takes place during a surprise birthday party for the Fremonts' neighbor, Dan Hollis. The residents take turns passing around certain objects, like books, music or furniture, since they cannot acquire anything new from the outside world. Dan receives a newly-discovered Perry Como record for his birthday and wants to play it right away, but as Anthony does not like singing, the others advise him to wait until he gets home. Dan gets drunk and begins demanding that they sing, first "Happy Birthday" and then "You Are My Sunshine". Angrily he turns on Anthony's parents, crying, "You had to go and have him," then he defiantly continues to sing as Anthony appears in the room. Anthony decides Dan is a "bad man" and turns him into some sort of horrific entity (not described in the story, but resembling a Jack-in-the-box in the television adaptation) before "thinking" him into a deep grave in the cornfield.

Because Anthony's Aunt Amy carelessly complained about the heat earlier, the next day Anthony makes it snow, which "killed off half the crops — but it was a good day."
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Mehdi Azar Yazdi

Mehdi Azar Yazdi (1921–2009) was born in Yazd .He started writing books for children in 1956. He wrote Seven books, each of which is adapted from a classical book in Persian literature and re-written for children in an easy- to-understand style.
His most famous work is "Good Stories for Good Children" which won the UNESCO Prize in 1966 and was regarded as the best book of the year in 1967. Also another of his books "Adam" was chosen as the best book of the year in 1968.

Noted author of children’s books Mehdi Azar Yazdi was born in 1921 in Yazd . His ancestors were among Zoroastrians who converted to Islam. He learned to read and write from his father and later continued his studies on his own. In 1944, he left his hometown and came to live in Tehran. Azar Yazdi worked as a construction worker and a simple laborer in sock-weaving workshops, publishing houses and bookshops. He worked for noted publishing houses like Amir Kabir, Ashrafi and Etella’at.

"Good Stories for Good Children” was written in eight volumes based on the great works of Persian literature like the Gulistan (The Rose Garden), Masnavi-e Manavi, Marzban-Nameh, Sinbadnameh, and some stories from the Holy Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and his Household (AS). Azar Yazdi planned to write other volumes for the series.

He was also author of “The Naughty Cat,” “The Playful Cat,” “Simple Stories,” “Poetry of Sugar and Honey” and “Masnavi of Good Children.”


"Mehdi Azar Yazdi and his adopted son"


He is survived by his adopted son Mohammad Saburi, who met Azar Yazdi in 1949.

Mohammad had been referred for employment to a photography house in Yazd where Azar Yazdi used to work.

Azar Yazdi was leaving the store when he came upon the eight-year-old Mohammad weeping after having been rejected by the owner of the business. He adopted him on the advice of one of his friends.


"Mehdi Azar Yazdi sayings"

    “Encouragement is the main factor that makes a person begin a task and continue it. I had no one encouraging me (when I was young), and my parents taunted me about writing childlike stories,”

Azar Yazdi once said during a ceremony was held by the Iranian Luminaries Association to honor him in February 2007.

    “When I was 35 years old I left Yazd (his homeland) and afterward began reading ‘Kalilah and Dimnah,’ which is very difficult. However, I found it very beautiful and subsequently decided to write for children. I sought neither fame nor money, I only wanted to do a good job. So I wrote ‘Good Stories for Good Children’,”

he said during the ceremony. Azar Yazdi never married. Once, he was asked the reason for this and he joked,

    “I could not live with a crazy woman, and if she was a wise woman, she could never live with me!”

He believed that life owes him something, saying,

    “I have frequently been only at someone else’s service. I have always economized and have had a hard time of it."

    “I never eat well, except at parties or here (at his adopted son’s home in Karaj). I am never well dressed. Some people consider me to be stingy because of my economical ways. When I have no income I have to economize. Thank God, that I have never done evil and never have had a bad reputation.”
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is atmospheric and Southern Gothic in tone, depicting a wide range of eccentric Savannah personalities.

The action that serves as a catalyst in the book is the killing of Danny Hansford, a local male prostitute (characterized as "a good time not yet had by all" by respected antique dealer Jim Williams). Four murder trials resulted, with the final one ending in acquittal after the judge finally agreed to move the case away from the Savannah jury pool. The book characterizes the killing as the result of a lover's quarrel, not a pre-meditated murder. The death took place in Williams' home, originally built by an ancestor of songwriter and Savannah native Johnny Mercer.

The book also highlights many other residents of Savannah, most notably The Lady Chablis, a local drag queen and entertainer. Chablis provides both a Greek chorus of sorts as well as a light-hearted contrast to the more serious action.

The book's plot is based on real-life events that occurred in the 1980s and is classified as non-fiction. Because it reads like a novel, it is sometimes referred to as a "non-fiction novel," a sub-genre popularized by Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. (Booksellers generally feature the title in the "true crime" subsection.) It is among the most popular non-fiction releases of all time.

The title alludes to the hoodoo notion of "midnight"; the period between the time for good magic and the time for evil magic; in "the garden of good and evil," which refers principally to Bonaventure Cemetery.

The famous Bird Girl statue, originally designed both as art and as a birdseed holder, was originally located at Bonaventure. A Savannah photographer, Jack Leigh, was commissioned to take a photograph for the cover of the book and created his now famous photograph of the statue. The Bird Girl was relocated in 1997 for display in the Telfair Museum in Savannah.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The God Why Don't You Love Me Blues

Bree is still having an affair with Karl and it has started to interfere with work and makes excuses to Katherine, so she can see Karl. Later, Katherine tells Bree she is in love with Mike and is positive the marriage will fall to pieces again. Bree tells Katherine she needs to get help because Mike will never go back to her. Bree is catering a wedding and is helping the couple pick a wedding cake but the bride chooses the one Katherine designed. That night, Bree looks out her bedroom window only to see Katherine looking through Mike and Susan's windows. The next day, Bree tells Katherine that she is losing it because Mike will never go back to her and she needs to get some help. While catering the wedding, Katherine shows up and sees the cake which she says was supposed to be at her wedding with Mike. Bree tries to keep Katherine from ruining the cake and runs off with it on a trolley with Katherine chasing after her, the wedding is ruined as everyone can see them through the window between the reception and ceremony, the cake is ruined when it crashes. The next day, Bree fires Katherine and tells her that her only job is to get better. Katherine tells Bree they are no longer friends and keys the side of Bree's car as she hands Bree the keys to the test kitchen. Bree is now seriously concerned for Katherine as she is having a nervous breakdown.

Danny tells his parents he is thinking about dropping out of school because nobody will talk to him as he is still believed to be the one who attacked Julie. Angie reminds Nick that when Danny is unhappy he says things he should not say. Angie asks Porter to help her throw a party for Danny but tells her they are not close so she gives Porter money to pay for the party and beer. Danny asks Angie if she is going to fix the scar but she is not going to because it costs money which they need to be careful with. Angie reminds Danny that after the explosion Nick took great care of her and is a good man. At the party, Danny sees Nick talking to a bunch of girls and calls him out on it saying he knows Nick's secret.

Lynette is despising the second trimester because her breasts get bigger and is having a hard time trying to hide them so nobody finds out she is pregnant. Meanwhile, people are starting to take notice of Lynette's change in appearance including Carlos who tells her he knows she got implants so Lynette plays along to keep her pregnancy a secret. Carlos wants Lynette to close a deal by showing off her new implants. Tom lets Lynette know that her one flaw is the reason he does not ask himself what a woman like her is doing with someone like him.

After complaining to Carlos on the phone about her day, Gaby sees John dropping Ana off from work. Gaby is furious that John is trying to flirt with Ana and tells him she will be the one picking Ana up from work. The next morning, Gaby finds Juanita and Celia playing with a pack of condoms thinking they were mints. Juanita tells Gaby they found them under Ana's bed so Gaby confronts Ana and learns she is in love with John. Gaby refuses to let that happen so she forbids her from seeing John. Gaby visits John at his restaurant to tell him to leave Ana alone but John believes she still cares about him and kisses her just as Ana walks in. Gaby tells Ana about her affair with John and promises she has no feelings for him and Ana decides to keep the kiss a secret and decides to quit her job. Gaby sends the photos back to John ripped in half, symbolizing that they will never be together, and then tells Carlos how happy she is with her life.

Andrew visits Susan at the hospital to see how Julie is doing and she tells Andrew the swelling in her brain is gone and could wake up at any moment. Susan tells Andrew she loves that he and Julie have stayed close friends throughout the years and Andrew, thinking Susan knows, tells her they talk all the time since Julie quit medical school six months ago and has been waiting tables while figuring out what to do with her life. Since he and Julie talk all the time, Susan wants Andrew to tell her who Julie was seeing. Susan does not believe Julie would tell him she was seeing someone and not give a name but Andrew says it is because he is married. Later, Susan goes through Julie's diary and all she finds is that his name starts with the letter "D", and is curious as to why the name is kept secret in her journal. When the doctor calls to tell her Julie is awake, Susan tries to get Julie to reveal who she is having an affair with but Julie refuses. The next day, Julie tells Susan that she has grown up and is not the perfect girl she once knew. Susan is upset that Julie had an affair, and reminds her of the damage affairs do to people, especially as she has seen it first-hand. After she leaves the room, a man enters and it is revealed that she has been having an affair with Nick, who uses the name Dominick.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Good Taste

Plot

Chawker Minor returns from his 'Grand Tour', including a visit to Earth, to his home on Gammer, one of several artificial satellites  orbiting the Moon. The introverted society of Gammer specialises in artificial computer-designed food flavourings much in demand in Earth, to the point of shunning "natural" food grown in "dirt", and Chawker is inspired to enter the annual competition for flavouring, using something new and radical.

Despite the disapproval of his parents and elder brother, Chawker Minor does design a new flavouring which wins the competition. Asked by the Grand Master, who can taste and analyse flavourings to the smallest detail, to explain his successful and intriguing entry, he reveals that he has not used artificial computer-designed molecules, but an actual raw ingredient, garlic, maintaining that no assemblage of molecules may duplicate the complexity of a living organism.

The Grand Master, and all Gammer society, are revolted by this breach of good taste. Chawker Minor is disavowed by all and exiled from his home.


Relationship to Other Works

This story has links to three significant works, and ties together with the history of the Spacers. The Orbital Habitat, Gammer (a corruption of the Greek letter/number, Gamma), is one of "51 Colonies" making up an O'Neill Halo in Earth Space. More of the society of the colonies is explored in "The Nations in Space"

The 51 Colonies are imagined to be independent but united, a space borne analogy of the United States of America. Not only this, but the emergent Spacers on the colonies are engaging in technology and lifestyle changes that mark them afterwards - dependency on Robots, use of Micro-foods, and an enhanced immune system.

Colonies later engage in interstellar exploration, and a retain a pathology for Earth and its ways, explored in Nemesis and the Caves of Steel series.

The mastery of Micro Foods, explored in this story, become the mainstay of the survivors of the Spacers, when they settle in Mycogen on Trantor (Prelude to Foundation).
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Red Dog Rudyard Kipling

Red Dog" is a Mowgli story by Rudyard Kipling.

Written at Kipling's home in Brattleboro, Vermont between February and March 1895, it was first published as "Good Hunting: A Story of the Jungle" in The Pall Mall Gazette for July 29 and 30 1895 and McClure's Magazine for August 1895 before appearing under its definitive title as the 7th and penultimate story in The Second Jungle Book later the same year. It was also the penultimate Mowgli story to be written.


Mowgli the feral child is about 16 years old and living contentedly with his brother wolves in the Seeonee jungle when the peace is disturbed by the arrival of Won-tolla, a battle-scarred wolf whose mate and cubs have been killed by dhole, the red dogs of the title. Won-tolla warns the Seeonee wolves that the dhole-pack will soon overrun their territory and urges the wolves to flee for their lives, but Mowgli persuades them to stay and defend their territory, vowing to fight beside them despite having previously been cast out of the pack.

Later that night Mowgli meets Kaa, the huge old python, and tells him the news. Kaa does not believe that Mowgli and the pack will survive a direct assault by the dhole, and enters a trance to search his century-long memory for an effective strategy. When he awakens Kaa takes Mowgli up the Waingunga river to the Bee Rocks, a gorge where huge hives produced by millions of wild bees overhang the river. Mowgli and Kaa devise a plan to lure the dhole to the gorge so that the bees will attack them.

Mowgli lays in wait for the dhole in a tree-branch and smears himself with garlic to repel the bees. When the dhole arrive he taunts their leader into a furious rage and then cuts off the leader's tail before fleeing toward the top of the gorge. Just before leaping into the water Mowgli kicks piles of stones down into the beehives, having strategically placed them there earlier. The garlic prevents the bees from attacking Mowgli, and he dives safely into the river where Kaa swiftly coils around his body to prevent the current from sweeping him away.

The dhole chasing Mowgli are less fortunate. Some of them are stung to death by the enraged bees, while others drown in the raging torrent. The rest flee downstream, pursued by Mowgli and his knife. Eventually Mowgli and the surviving dhole reach shallower water, where the wolf pack is waiting for them. Kaa refuses to fight alongside the wolves and departs. On the riverbank Mowgli and the wolves fight a ferocious and bloody battle with the remaining dhole, but the dhole's numbers have been thinned enough to turn the tide of the battle. Won-tolla kills the dhole's leader before dying of his own wounds.

As the battle comes to its end Mowgli finds Akela mortally wounded. The dying Lone Wolf tells Mowgli that he has paid his debt to the wolf pack and must soon return to the man-pack. When Mowgli asks who will drive him, Akela replies, "Mowgli will drive Mowgli. Go back to thy people. Go to Man."

The story of how this occurs is told in "The Spring Running".
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