Category Archives: India

Bahubali

Baahubali and the sequel are probably the first medieval fantasy in India that can be considered world class. This is strange considering the rich mythology and history of India. That though is for another day. Please be aware that there are spoiler alerts.

For my novel, I wanted things to be as realistic as possible. I researched armour and weapons. I found this experience very insightful. The problem though is that I have started seeing medievial fantasy movies with a critical eye. This post is by no means a critique on the movie. There are plenty of those around including silly ones that show the absence of an item in one shot to the other. I am looking at this purely from the practicality of the weapons used. I do not want to talk about the maces used as I have found them very impractical. Cinematically they look great but they are far from any sembelance of reality.

The weapons used seem to be in line with the talwar. I am not an expert but the swords used in the movie are less curved than what the talwar is supposed to be. The other big mistake is that one of the swords called Sikhander which is shown briefly in the movie is brought from the Middle East seems to be a Middle Age European sword rather than a scimitar which would be expected from that area.

Personally I think that the main sword used though reasonably accurate. The complete hilt is good. The crossguard could have been wider. The pommel seems to be useful as a blunt weapon too. The weapon is designed as slicing weapon and is mostly used like that. The part of the movie that I also like is the way the armour is used. I am comfortable with the “artistic” freedom used to wear sleeveless armour. I love the use of gambesons in the movie along with the use of plate and chain mail.

I hope this will usher in a new breed of movies in India.

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Filed under Blog, Bollywood, Fantasy, India, Medievial, Movies, NaNoWriMo, Novel, Writing

Scramlette

I love experimenting with food. I very rarely follow recipes to the T. I have had a few accidents and a few interesting experiences. I have had made some really good dishes along the way. Today I was bested my the humble egg. My wife loves the Indian/Masala omelette. It basically is onions and green chilly (Birds eye) whisked with egg and then cooked. I don’t mind it but I prefer the western omelette. I tried to blend both the styles today. It did not work as well as it appeared in my head. It tasted good. It had the texture of the omelette but it did not hold its shape.

There is something special about simple food. Plain rice or bread with egg. Plain rice with rasam (which is a kind of light soup). Rice with dhal (lentils). Tasty simple wholesome food.

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Emerging markets may be better.

There seems to be an overdose of cricket in my blogs but I cannot help that.All the strong favourites are no more bankable. Australia have crashed out. England lost a match to Netherlands who is “just” an associate member. Once Ireland beat Bangladesh who is a full member of the International Cricket Council. New Zealand barely escaped losing to Scotland. Currently Pakistan are fighting for their lives against the Dutch. My point over here is that the big bankable strategies may no longer hold good. There should be no room for fear. Just go on the field and believe in what you are doing. Further the developed markets or cash may no longer be the best bet. Investing in India rather than the US would have given you an additional 51%. The question is are you willing to take that risk. Sometimes you know something will not work but you can get too emotionally involved to let go. It is prudent to hedge your bets initially. Hopefully at least one of your investments will be a success and will make up for the losses of the other. Never ever hold on to something that you hope to do well in the future. You will be terribly disappointed. These times are interesting. Test the investments. Go with the one that you think will give you the best return. Is going with a steady past track record with an uncertain future better than going in with a start up investment that has the potential to produce the returns that you are looking for? I do not know right now but may find out sooner than what I expect. Everything can go wrong. There is the possibility of losing everything. Add that to the time you spent researching and doing the due diligence then your losses mount. However there is no return without risk and money cannot be made without having money in the first place.

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