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Or Death And All His Friends

I have always been a rock fan and Coldplay has been one of those bands that i used to listen to in those deeply introspective moods much like U2, but Coldplay has always been more more non threating  and conventional.

I took a break from following rock music, what with all the hip hop playing in all the places that i visit. Recently i decided to check the scene and the latest i got my hands on was Coldplay’s new album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

And i should say that it is pretty darn good. I feel older and wiser after these years and so does Coldplay. With hits like Viva la Vida and Violet hill, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is an exhilarating album, and a No. 1 in 30 countries. and a huge hit in the US for the British band.

I love the album, Coldplay rocks!!! Go buy this one.

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With the launch of the Yamaha R15 in india, Yamaha can go back to being the king of the hill of performace biking in India — think RD350 and RX100 not Alba and Crux.

According to Yamaha motors, the bike is supposed to have the same DNA as the much reviered R1 & R6

“The designs were developed in the same modeling room where YZF-R1 designers worked. Information was shared, ensuring that the R lineage would be transmitted. In addition, the model also incorporates a multitude of adjustments for the Indian market including seat shape that allows for tandem riding (integrated with the main seat), tandem grips that are easy to grip and also contribute to the supersport design, and a riding position that takes into account comfort, etc. In other words, the YZF-R15 is characterized by a hybrid design that combines the world-class design of the “R” series with localized functions. The YZF-R15 was created to lead the supersport category in India. ”

All i can say is, about time!! welcome back Yamaha!!

Engine

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve
Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder
Displacement 149 .8cc
Bore x Stroke 57×58.7mm
Compression ratio 10.4:1
Maximum power 17PS / 8,500rpm
Maximum torque 15 N.m / 7,500rpm
Starting system Electric Start
Lubrication wet sump
Engine oil capacity 1.0 liters
Fuel tank capacity 12 liters
Fuel supply system Electronic fuel injection
Ignition system T.C.I
Primary / Secondary reduction ratio 3.042 / 3.000
Clutch type Constant-mesh wet multi-plate
Transmission type Return type 6-speed
Gear ratios 1st=2.833, 2nd=1.875, 3rd:=1.364,
4th=1.143, 5th=0.957, 6th=0.84

Chassis

Frame type Deltabox Frame
Caster / Trail 26° / 100mm
Tire size (Front / Rear) 80/90-17 / 100/80-17
Brake type (Front / Rear) Hydraulic, single disc (Front / Rear)
Suspension type (Front / Rear) Telescopic / Linked type Monocross
Headlight 12V35W / 35W+35W

dimensions

Overall length x width x height 1,995mm x 670mm x 1,070mm
Seat height 790mm
Wheelbase 1,290mm
Minimum ground clearance 160mm
Dry weight / Curb weight 120kg / 131kg

Was watching Dasavatharam and man, what a letdown!!!

Couldn’t help, but think about what this movie could have been though.

A movie supposedly about the Butterfly effect and chaos theory which says that even the fluttering of the wings of a butterfly over a flower in China can cause ever so slight changes to impact the course of a hurricane in the Caribbean.

Or is it about the scientific belief, a la Chaos theory (of Govind) VS religious belief of the supernatural power of GOD and destiny(of Andal, his lady love, and Kamal the 12th century priest)???

I really don’t know or care and I am not very keen to sit again through another 3 and a half of the movie to figure out.
The movie starts out on a promising note with Kamal as a vaishnavite priest and goes on to show the conflict between vaishnavites and Shaivites.

it’s all downhill from this point on. The entire sequence shot in the US is clichéd beyond compare. And the less said about the other characters, the better.

Balram Naidu

Loved  the part of Kamal as the RAW officer Balram Naidu though. The guy is from Andra Pradesh, loves Telugu and has a soft corner for anyone from his home state :). That was my favourite character.

And maybe Kamal as the guy fighting the sand quarrying mafia is ok

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Some of the characters like the old lady, the assassin, and the jap samurai are probably being missed on the sets of The Evil Dead and should go back there.

If I missed mentioning any other characters, it’s because they just flew over my head.

To be fair, its an entertaining movie in parts. Thats about it.

Oscar?...yea rt! maybe the monkey will win it

Oscar?...yea rt! maybe the monkey will win it

Maybe someone should remind Kamal that the ultimate aim of an actor is to make the character and the plot believable and all technicalities like makeup, gait, emoting etc are a means to that end.

Kamal Hasan in 10 roles??  Hope the producer’s didn’t have to pay Kamal 10x for his 10 characters 🙂