Archive for November, 2006

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron… contd…

Posted in Rants on November 1, 2006 by Atul

So Im still obsessed with Jaane Bhi Do Yaron. And tonight I solved another mystery (atleast it was a mystery to me). In the movie, as editor Shobha, Sudhir and Vinod return from Tarneja’s aborted attempt to kill them with a time bomb, Ahuja calls Shobha and tells her to turn on the television. As the TV starts, the opening sequence goes like the newsreader saying:

Aaj nyayadheesh Lentle ke aitehaasik faisle ki desh bhar me sarahna kee gayi. Iske pashcyhaat mukhya mantri Antulay ne mukhya mantri pad se istifa de diya

The question that bothered me for long was, what is she talking about? Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is a movie where not a single word is superfluous (as they say, in interpretation of statues). And, being a law student, the name Antulay automatically got me interested! Like I thought, there is indeed a link, one that I discovered tonight.

Apparently the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, A. R. Anutlay was allegedly ‘convincing’ builders to make contributions to some Indira Gandhi Pratishthan Trust (whatever that was!!!) in return for cement quotas (whatever they are, or were, supposed to be!!!).

See the link … a hypothetical collapsed bridge scenario (built by a corrupt builder with little respect for life) merged with real life cement distribution scam…touch.

(Now if only someone could help me in locating this Justice Lentle and this landmark judgment).

’98 – ’06: BBS to Night Unlimited

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2006 by Atul

Drifting aimlessly in cyberspace (as usual) I came across an interesting timeline of internet services in India. I still remember the summer of ’97 that I spent on a bulletin board with my 33.6kbps Lanbit serial modem; chatting with AI bots, downloading game demos. Until somebody at the other end decided to start answering the calls instead and I knew it was all over for one of the last BBS in Delhi (all except the MTNL users Directory BBS; that was one handy resource back in those days with no automated directory searches).

My first brush with internet came in 1998, Continue reading