No School Please

How many of you are facing the challenge of sending your ward to school? Different kids embrace school differently depending on their family background, school environment, and the teacher’s mannerisms.

At a tender age of two or three, kids are too small. A little scolding, harsh tone adds to their difficulties of going to the school. Sending school to my younger daughter has always been an uphill struggle for me. Whenever there is a long weekend the trouble doubles.

We have tried every possible path in establishing a good rapport between her and the school. Starting from meeting with the teachers to counseling the child. It is a common problem every other parent is facing.

The sudden pressure of leaving their Cosy couch and getting stuck in a time-bound routine builds constraints in their little minds. We have to be loving, patient and serious in dealing with children if they are unwilling to go to school.

Children need our faith in them to allow them to be understood completely. They shouldn’t be left unattended, alone and feeling insecure in their early years of a schooling. No doubt children want our shield every single second but for a toddler and a primary school child, there is always an extra baggage of worries jumping out from their school bags.

Give them extra time and more hours than you have in your watch…

Written by: Meeti Kotia

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Anything for TRPs

Working kids

 

Amidst the growing talent hunt platforms of varied genre its easy to catch the road of choice. In India currently, different shows using the kids and teens to get higher TRPs are enjoyed by a huge mass.

 

The youth and kids are captivated by the limelight and glamour of the media. Television Rating Point (TRP) is all about scoring maximum viewers attendance on a show…But nowadays it is achieved at the cost of sacrificing our humanitarian and moral values. What is picturized is adapted by the viewers. To get an applaud the creators compromise the basic instincts.

 

I sometimes wonder that what these young kids are going through. And worried when I read stories, which tells that they are skipping schools and working 8-10Hrs for daily soaps. In some cases, their parents are responsible to force these kids to satisfy their failed dreams to become a star…

 

Lots of ads and serials are using or encashing cuteness of these little souls to sell their contents or products. One case is with a current running serial, and it’s a story about a small girl who is a talented singer, motherless and an innocent child caught in the circle of cunning, cruel and a hoggish world.

 

The serial has talented actors, but the focus of the story seems more about the pain/torture which an innocent child is inflicted upon by others. Enormous torture, offensive language, humiliating situations giving sobs to the little child daily…The tears and the sadness of kid character in that serial can make the viewers cry. In another serial which has been stopped now, showed a story around a young boy(9 years) married to an older girl of 18 years…But do you think is it OK?

 

There are a number of talent hunt programmes running on different channels calling for the dancing, singing, acting talents in kids…Their aim is to catch, grab and hold the audience. Encashing the innocence of the children to achieve their business goals which may ruin kids future.

 

Neither the parents nor the kids understand the harm of the shows. The glamour seizes the senses and everyone is lost in this business.

 

We all need to understand that where we are going and what we need to provide to our future generations…..it’s up to us…just THINK and Brainstorm…

 

Written with Meeti Kotia

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BAAGHI 2 – Movie Review

Baaghi 2 Review

After a long time, I am writing something… I thought to include all my interested fields and domain under this blog instead of just Technologies…

This post is about movie review of ‘Baaghi 2’.

I have interest in martial arts, and so love martial art action movies. Two action stars in Bollywood, Tiger Shroff, and Vidhyut Jhamwal which attract my attention. Selection of bad movies seems the problem with Vidhuyt. What may be the reason…he is not making his mark even though he has potential.

But Tiger is having internal/Industry links and support, but his movie like Baaghi 2 was not at all impressive, not due to his efforts but because of a very weak storyline. Let’s talk about Baaghi 2, I went with the high hope and lots of hungama about the success of the movie. But even after stellar performances and efforts by Tiger, Manoj Bajpai, Prateik Babbar etc. film is weak it seems…Hats off to Prateik for his stellar performance…

Scriptwriter tries to develop a very intriguing story but it seems all went wrong while screenplay. Introduction scenes of Tiger and Disha Patani were weak, it would have been made innovative and effective. The suspense in movie try to bind you but many unanswered questions are also their…I can’t divulge more as this is a suspense-thriller. Research or time does not spend properly during the creation of characters, example, a character of ACP (Randeep Hooda). I don’t understand the character of Randeep Hooda, why he behaves weird and openly use drugs, abusive languages even in front of his seniors? Another one, a constable whose face was not shown, an assistant of Randeep Hooda, this constable starts crying when Randeep ask any question to him? God knows why? and I feel it’s a kind of insult to Indian Police department upright officers.

It seems, after watching this film that everyone is dealing with only drugs in Goa. While watching you don’t understand where the story is heading. In the climax, we suddenly know that there is a dense forest near the city…the main villain has a resort there with helicopters (not one, more) and lots of foreign martial artists with lots and lots of guns and ammunition…. God knows what our intelligence agencies were doing. Director tries to give Rambo like feeling when hero put heroin ka dupatta on his hand. Lots of shooting/blasting/fighting happened in the climax…. which was not convincing but yes Tiger Shroff put’s his great efforts in fight scenes. Interestingly, police party and army etc. were just waiting outside of this dense forest…. again, God or director knows why? Hero, who is a martial artist, who beats 500-1000 people in the climax was easily beaten up by a very weak villain. In one of the last scene, very interesting shot, the hero was surrounded by 20-25 armed fighters….I was thinking that how the director will move forward from this point….Whoop, suddenly shot cuts and next scene starts…..after a few minutes, the director shows again that older spot where all fighters were scattered and dead….God knows how? Till that time, I had started searching for Exit door from that cinema hall….

As per reports, the movie is inspired by some south Indian movie. But my point is when you have invested so much money in it…. put some extra time also in research, character generation/creations etc. It seems that director wants to put everything in one movie i.e. Rambo, Ong Bak etc…. Just check commercials hits like Chennai Express, 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai MMBS etc…for screenplay….Like in Ong Bak they were aptly used Thailand culture/animals and embed fighting around it…as Indian, we have very rich cultural heritage…so can’t we create something interesting around it?

Suggestion for Tiger, dear you work hard but be alert on the selection of script. Just learn from Jackie Chan in this matter, he is the best inspiration for fighters in movies, not because he is a great martial artist but he knows the nitty-gritty of cinema and knows how to entertain cinema lovers.

 

Note: Views in this article are just a reflection of my thoughts as a viewer after watching this movie. I personally don’t want to hurt anyone/or movie business intentionally or unintentionally…

Image reference from Bollywood Hungama website from the internet…

Don’t worry if your child swallowed a coin

Don’t worry if your child has swallowed a coin….

This just happened to me, my eight year daughter was sitting with me studying for her exams. I saw a five rupee coin on the bed few minutes before but didn’t pick it up as I was asking her the lessons.
Suddenly she patted her back and said in a husky voice that coin went inside……..
Her papa came running, pulled her upside down tried everything he could but the coin slide down the gut. We went running to the hospital did x- ray and showed it to the doctor, who just relaxed us by saying “Don’t worry give rich fibrous food, plenty of water and bananas to the child.”

But friends it took 14 days to pass out of her body….
My experience says that if the coin has easily slides your esophagus or the food pipe then it will come out through excretion.

But if it goes into the wrong pipe then you need medical aid immediately…
My daughter is weak in eating and too much of banana she was unable to eat may be this was also the reason why the coin took so long to come out. Salads helps a lot in sweeping the intestines. So I gave her salads and, in a day or two the coin was out.

Doctor says that our small intestine is very long and the food takes time to travel through it. If it’s a coin, then to come out it may take one or two days, eight days and may be fifteen to twenty days but it will pass out…

Just give plenty of fibrous food, salads, fruits, warm water, bananas etc…..
And biggest don’t panic, body automatically cleans the unwanted stuff………..

Article written by Meeti Kotia

Adobe CS5 seminar in Mumbai

adobe-cs5I had been to seminar organize by Adobe on Adobe CS5 launch in Mumbai on Friday 14 may 2010. A great seminar I can say. Very impressive presentation by those three evangelists from Adobe team i.e. Terry White, Greg Rewis, Jason Levine.

Event was organized in NCPA auditorium in Mumbai, which is near to Mantralaya at Churchgate Mumbai. I reached there before time at 8.45 AM on Friday, even though timings are given for the event is 9:30AM to 5:30PM. When I reached to the auditorium it was good to see all old and previous companies’ friends there. We discussed lots about the Multimedia industry and technologies. Good hot tea and coffee with cookies served by Adobe, and also inform that event will start now at 10:00 AM. I passed the time with friends, and on HP, NVIDIA stalls with hot tea.

Event start at 10:00 AM with Terry White session. He took a great session on Design Premium i.e. InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator etc. Personally I liked the Terry’s session because he is concentrating on his subject and zooming/zoom out during his activity so everyone can see the menu options which he was selecting. He had utilized his time properly to show demonstration, for which we went to that seminar.

Than Lunch break….ohh we were waiting for that. We ran towards food stall…..ahh …good food….than what… we enjoyed it thoroughly….and not missed any stall……..

Again session starts, this time its Greg Rewis turn. Who was an expert in Web Creative Suite. His presentation skill and command over products is great, but he always leave his workstation and come in front of the audience and express his views and again go to his workstation to show something. In this process what I feel that we lost some useful time. If he like Terry sits on his workstation than he can show may be more in less time. That’s no problem, because he also did a wonderful presentation. He showed all great new features in those products. He also commented on Apple’s problem with Flash technologies. He had shown that Flash technologies support touch screen application. He demonstrated that on iPhone and Terry showed on iPad. Greg shown Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks etc.

Greg shown one important thing about Photoshop and Fireworks, which is really amazing, that through Fireworks you can reduce image file size drastically without losing quality as compare to Photoshop. He convert an image from Photoshop to JPEG and size comes to 180KB….but when he convert same image through Fireworks its size comes to 105KB…..AMAZING!!! and that too without any loss in quality as compare to Photoshop image.

We try to avoid afternoon nap because we don’t want to lose any point in between. Many people though enjoyed sleeping. Greg was trying to make his session electrifying and he was successful too,  but you can’t control everyone….and that too after a delicious food in lunch….so many enjoyed their sleep. OK,  I want to make clear that I was not asleep…because I don’t want to lose knowledge sharing from these experts 🙂

Now after Greg session a short break for tea and cookie. Again we enjoyed everything 🙂 …yummy….

Its time for Jason Levine session. Who is evangelist on Creative Suite Production Premium.  His session was also great and he try to cover many topics in video production field. Some problem we faced during his presentation are zoomin/zoomout feature in his laptop. He was not able to zoom-in and zoom-out during exercises because may be his laptop not support that function. So we (viewers) were not clearly able to see what option he is clicking. He sang some Hindi songs also and Hindi dialogue which were liked by the audiences. His language is too fast it seems as compared to previous two presenters, and may be some Indian viewers (who doesn’t interact with American daily) may be find some problem to understand some fast words….may be…..

He has highlighted features such as hi speed of video editing work with CS5, Rotoscoping, Glow lines, Color corrections etc.

After that both these three gentlemen showed us some hidden secretes in last, which is none other than some more new features. Than lucky draw event, in which three lucky winner win the Adobe CS5 set……….uff….I was not selected in that lucky draw…..no problem may be next time 🙂 …….With a good note seminar ends at sharp 6:00PM.

Some new features which are highlighted during seminar are:

1.  Quick selection tool through which we can select hair strands also. Which was difficult in previous version?
2.  New improved 3D text/modeling tool in Photoshop.
3.  Content Aware option in Photoshop…truly magical tool.
4.  Perspective grid tool in Illustrator.
5.  Gap tools, Auto fits, Online feedback feature, interactivity in InDesign.
6.  PHP, HTML 5 support and Browser lab in Dreamweaver.
7.  Supporting of lots of languages in Flash.
8.  New improved code snippets in Flash. Just drag and drop any prepared script from code snippet.
9.  New improved Rotoscoping brush, Glow lines, color correction, color Finess3 plug-in tool in After Effects.
10. And many more 🙂