Saturday 23 February 2008

Update on The Da Vinci Code

Hey guys,I've found some really fantastic stuff online.Yes,it's about The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.I'm sure people won't forget the book in a hurry,especially after the furore it created after it was converted into a movie.For those who would like to take a look at my previous article about Dan Brown and his books,this is the link:

http://yehhaitadka.blogspot.com/2007/06/heres-second-of-lot-ok-this-is-not.html

But now,it seems that there had been more people than imagined, who were interested in finding out the story behind the Da Vinci Code.Dan Brown has always put forward his books as something like a matter of fact,but there have been experts who've actually been performing 'post mortem' of the book.

You might be remembering what the book had to say about John actually being Mary and sitting beside Christ for the Last Supper.It claimed that one of the disciples holds the baby in his hand and this can be observed by taking a mirror image of the actual painting,and this was tried since Leonardo da Vinci was a man who loved writing using the concept of mirror imagery.His love for Mathematics and for concealing things in his paintings has also been taken into account.The following article tells you what's wrong with the whole concept of John being Mary and being his wife and formation of a 'V' between the two and so on.Let's take a look:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/framed.htm?parent=davinci-code.htm&url=http://www.jaydax.co.uk/lastsupper/lastsupper.htm

Wow,isn't that extremely fascinating??But the story doesn't end here.Brown has also used some facts about the museum which are also under the scanner because the situation isn't exactly what has been drawn by him.People have been there to inspect that as well.Also there are other mistakes which have been pointed out.So take a look at this one:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/davinci-code1.htm

And then there's also some technological stuff that has been used by Brown but I guess that can pass as a writer's liberty because every writer is bound to come up with some kind of gadget/gizmo/technology which is not really possible in the practical world and since we see it all the time in Hollywood movies(of course,Bollywood copies) and in other detective books and serials so that's perfectly acceptable.But in case, you're interested,this is about the GPS system.Remember that small dot which can monitor Langdon's position?Well, it turns out there's no such technology available,because all we have is the GPS which has some very serious limitations.If you're interested in the technological part of the explaination,I suggest you try this:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/davinci-code.htm

In the end,all I can say is that I have to agree with the author of the article when he says that it was practically impossible for da Vinci to have any kind of knowledge about Jesus Christ and even if he did,why would he hide it in a manner he knew nobody would be able to make out,atleast with what was available during that period of time.And now nobody should say he was a seer too,pleeease!!

So one would have to take the book for what it is:just a book!!

A parting shot:Sit back,relax,read and enjoy!!But don't believe!!!!!

Thursday 14 February 2008

Lingo:Language

We're all pretty aware of the present communication styles of the youth,yet it never fails in sending some of the older generation into a tizzy!!

People today speak not Hindi,not English,but 'Hinglish',a pure mixture of Hindi and English, spiced with a lot of 'Bombaiya' slang and garnished with a matching accent.One thing that I often ponder upon is the origination of this language.They say 'Necessity is the mother of all inventions!'.So how does the necessity arise??

In many cases,it is style,in some, a lack of fluency in either language and another reason so often encountered is public stigma.A person who is willing to talk in perfect English is often ridiculed at and asked to talk 'sense'.

In a recent workshop that I had attended,there had been speakers who were talking in perfect English,there were some who preferred pure Hindi and there had been others who'd been involved in interactive sessions and chose 'Hinglish' as their language of communication. And there was a marked difference in the response from the audience.With the first one, the audience comprising of college youth was merely attentive and kind of dull,with the second, there was a large part which went tangential, but the audience was most responsive to the speakers who were being interactive.Since the workshop was based on entrepreneurship, interaction was of prime importance.

But the point is not that,the point is that the youth felt the most connected to people who used their own mode of communication.So does this mean that Hinglish can be called the new language of the era and that the fluency in English is of no importance?

I think the work industry is giving an emphatic answer in negative to the question.

I had attended another talk by an eminent personality who also preferred this language while communicating with the youth.Though he himself was using the youth language, he also emphasized on perfect knowledge of spoken English.He had been a placement officer and he felt that the youth lacked the required knowledge and confidence to communicate comfortably in English.

Talking about the importance of English,I think we all have to agree that it has taken the form of a global language.With the English and the Americans using it as the prime tool of communication,and India promoting it,the rest of the countries have realised its potential and countries like Japan and China,which have always advocated their own culture have accepted the fact and are acting to make amends.China,always known as a conservative state,has recently sent people to India(India,because of the cost factor) to be trained in this language.Although its need arises from the fact that it is hosting the Olympics,yet it is indicative of the acceptance of the inevitable.

I think English has proved itself to be the language of all people and the world is gravitating around it,but even English has been open to introduction of new words,since it is, in the first place, an assortment of various languages.

As far as the younger generation is concerned,being exposed to two different languages at the same time,(which comprises mostly of Hindi and English),it results in a mixed bag and the end result is a fusion of India with the West.But since the world is out to accept the Indianness of the people,I say,let the show go on!!!!So carry on...Chalne do bhai!!!!.....