Bollywood, the Magical connection b/w Music and Moment

I find myself reminiscing moments in a Bollywood movie by listening to its soundtrack, while in the shower, driving or just chilling. Each song/music has a very close connection to a moment in the movie. I realize how powerful this connection is, depending on how closely you connected to the moments in the movie obviously. This is something beyond just watching a movie, it has power to contribute to an energy within you.

I recently re-watched Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara, meaning “You won’t get your life back”. The basic premise of “live life”, big fan of Farhan Akthar. The poetry by Javed Akthar is master class. The combination of the poetry, the sound/music, the moment in the movie, magical!

Here’s one of the poems, translated in Hindi and English, and a youtube link to the poems with movie scenes..

Dilon me tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho,to zinda ho tum

Nazar me khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho,to zinda ho tum

Hwa ke jhokon ke jaise aazad rehno sekho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise lehron mein behna sekho
Hr ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein
Hr ek pal ek nya sama dekhe nigahein
Jo apni ankhon mein hairanian leke chal rahe ho,to zinda ho tum
Dilon mein tum apni betabian leke chal rahe ho,to zinda ho tum

English Translation

If you have eagerness in your heart, it means you are alive,
If your eyes are filled with dreams, it means you are alive
Learn to be free like the wind, (copyright Indicine.com)
Learn to flow freely like the river,
Embrace every moment with open arms,
See a new horizon every time with your eyes,
If you carry surprise in your eyes, it means you are alive,
If you have eagerness in your heart, it means you are alive…”

links to other poems translated.. http://www.indicine.com/movies/bollywood/zindagi-na-milegi-dobara-poetry-english-translation/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3UvuleS7iw

A picture is worth a thousand words. Ever since i came across “web 2.0” info-graphics, like this one, i could imagine how it could represent a resume well.
Well.. i came across vizualize.me and it does just that. You can log into it using your LinkedIn profile and it will use the information on your profile and draw up a pretty picture (you can change this info once imported)
Here’s mine.. http://vizualize.me/DivyeshPatel

A picture is worth a thousand words. Ever since i came across “web 2.0” info-graphics, like this one, i could imagine how it could represent a resume well.

Well.. i came across vizualize.me and it does just that. You can log into it using your LinkedIn profile and it will use the information on your profile and draw up a pretty picture (you can change this info once imported)

Here’s mine.. http://vizualize.me/DivyeshPatel

Learning How to Code Online

Learning how to code online is a brilliant concept. You can track your progress while earning badges (love gamification!)

I test-drove codeacademy.com's courses and it's a terrific start. 

Here’s another website, http://teamtreehouse.com/

The US Govt. has also teamed up with codeacademy to create more jobs http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/17/codeacademy-chopra/

IDEA What if there’s a app where you can earn a badge for every little skill you pick up in life from coding, accounting, cooking, sports etc. ?

To Flash or Not to Flash?

I’ve experienced another client ask about adding Flash intros and music to their website. As a business owner i can see how you want control over your brand experience but you should know where to draw the line.

Flash can be cool but it has to be used appropriately whether it be web design or business apps. With the advent of html5, css3 and JavaScript frameworks flash has lost its power.

I was encouraged to make my case against flash and I found a few resources below. Here’s my favorite example.

When we have clients who are thinking about Flash splash pages, we tell them to go to their local supermarket and bring a mime with them. Have the mime stand in front of the supermarket, and, as each customer tries to enter, do a little show that lasts two minutes, welcoming them to the supermarket and trying to explain the bread is on aisle six and milk is on sale today. from http://www.seomoz.org/blog/how-to-convince-a-client-they-dont-need-a-splash-page

Here are a few links that make both business and user-experience cases

Entrepreneurial Venture

Muftmasti.com was my first entrepreneurial adventure with a couple of friends. Although it failed, I gained quite a bit of experience and knowledge along the way.

It lasted for about a year, Jan 2011 to Dec 2011. I wore the CTO, Sales, Accounting, Developer, Graphics designer among other hats. I learnt quite a bit about team-dynamics, sales, developing an e-commerce website (.net MVC, SQL Server, Authorize.net, Amazon SES). 

Finally…

Starting a blog! first and foremost, will begin by adding a few things i just started doing this year including building cloud apps using Windows Azure; looks really promising.