Genius of MSV Part 2: Alex in Wonderland’s Keep It Simple

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Continuing from Part 1 on the late Mellisai Mannar MS Viswanathan (MSV), this comedy segment by Indian stand-up comedian Alexander Babu’s Alex in Wonderland is simple amazing!

Alex truly breaks down the creativity and simplicity of MSV using the 4-beat on the bongo drums which is applicable to a number of MSV hit songs.

Note: Image source: Evam Standup Tamasha Youtube Channel

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Revisited: David Wood Failing Down Zakir Naik’s Points

Continuing from this post, this video came out 3 years ago back in 2016 by David Wood (interestingly is the point 3 in his video):-

From Wikipedia:-

David Wood is American evangelical missionary. Wood has participated in numerous public debates with Muslims and atheists,usually in a public hall or in front of a university audience including debates with Sunni Muslim apologist Shabir Ally.

Wood was invited on several ABN shows in inter-religious discussions against atheism and Islam where among other things he regularly appears on the Aramaic Broadcasting Network.

He has produced YouTube videos presenting his views on religion.

Interestingly David Wood’s 3rd point is this:-

“Muslims who don’t speak English are brought to Naik’s English lectures to cheer for what he says, even though they can’t understand him”

Doesn’t this sound very familiar?

Just wondering how many of the 70,000 claimed audience in Zakir Naik’s last presentation in Kelantan really understood Zakir Naik’s heavily slang Indian English and it’s meaning in right context? The same question was raised and police report were made.

And this video is even older – 8 years ago in 2011:-

And here is another from 2016 which Zakir twist the understanding of Hinduism:-

The point is whoever listening to Zakir Naik’s debates must firstly know how to speak and understand English. Understand in sense of not just understanding the meaning of the word in English but also the impact of the said word in the sentences used during the speech.

And next is to verify the facts again – all debaters and speakers are humans and they can make mistakes as well.

Hindi Music Video: Saree Ke Fall Se

This Hindi song that has been humming in my head for past 1 week.

First watch the making of the song video (from the movie R..Rajkumar, music by Pritam) and then the song video itself (it has almost 58 million views todate and counting!!). A classic Prabhu Deva dance moves (if you remember the weird but funny moves from his earlier Tamil movies) and great acting from the loveable and a spot-on chemistry by Shahid Kapoor & Sonakshi Sinha.

P.s. This song made the desert to be so colourful and beautiful and I like the instances of bass guitar streaming on the second part of the chorus. Simply superb!

The making of:-

The final copy (ignore Salman Khan’s ad at the start):-

With that, wishing all a great weekend ahead and Gong Xi Fatt Choy & happy holidays for all those are celebrating Chinese New Year. Please always use your indicators when you want to change lanes and look out for traffic before switching lanes – especially with rainy days these days.

India Got Talent: Almost Getting Killed Is Not a Talent!

(I have done up Part 3 of the trip to Oriental Paris but that post has to wait for this classic – it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in Youtube)

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(Watch the video below to see why this judge of a talent show in India goes in shock)

I am sure everyone would have seen some kind of “talent” show in TV – at least at the level of American Idol. In India (through the TV shows over at Astro), we have watched all kind of “talent” shows – singing show, dancing show and once in a while, live stand-up comedy show. But I am very sure that no one would have seen this kind of “talent” show ever!

The link was IM-ed to me by a Singh friend and the start seemed rather harmless but somehow seeing all those guys in military camouflaged pants should have raised some kind alarm. The expression on the judges’ faces was priceless and despite the horror, no one bothered to stop the “talented” guys from continuing. It was a bloody end but at the same time, it was so unbelievably funny.

Just watch till the end and keep a close eye on the judges’ reactions!

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Nice But Short-Sighted?

It’s good to be back…but I catch cold once arrived, sigh

(My usual lunch when I was away – the portion was big and it was good but seriously the noodles back in Malaysia is still the best – plenty of “ajinamoto” and much cheaper too. Photos & videos captured on Nokia N8)

And immediately after my return to home, I have been busy with…eating. I lost about 4kg and somehow it seems like events that have been lined up after my return home may make it impossible to keep up with that 4kg lost.

My brother-in-law and his wife celebrated their newborn and the celebration food was heavy – with huge prawns and spicy mutton. Then the next day after a heavy lunch at Pizza Hut, I had to attend my nephew’s birthday in the evening– another round of chicken and mutton on the house. The next day after attending a close relative’s open house lunch which had huge spread, we went to a wedding in the evening. An Indian wedding that is and chicken and mutton would be one of the must have dishes.

Talking about the wedding, from the very start, we were a bit lazy to attend the wedding – and it had nothing to do with the bride or the brides groom. We were not that close but we knew the parents and grandparents rather closely. We were a bit lazy because of the weather – it was raining cats and dogs (you know how bad the rain has been in the last few days) and it was so niceeeee to sleep. But we knew we could not give the wedding a miss – we already done that for the engagement. So, we dragged ourselves to the wedding – it was still raining when we left the house but stopped by the time we reached the wedding hall.

Perhaps due to the rain (or the RM1 parking fees, I don’t know) the cars at the parking lot seemed sparse and I managed to get a good parking spot. I dropped my family off at the entrance before I went off to park the car. The air was cold and surprisingly fresh. I walked into the hall but what caught my eyes was not the crowd but the arch at the entrance litted full of burning lamps.

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On the onset, it looks nice – it was not overwhelming as well but who ever had thought of having an arch full of litted lamps at the entrance probably did not think of this dreadful scenario – a large crowd barging in and someone’s clothes (sarees especially) falling on the litted lamp without them realizing it and catching fire. It is almost like walking through an arch of fire. And if you see in the video above, one lady almost get her saree on the fire and thankfully pulled in time.

At the very least, they should have stationed someone to keep an eye on the litted lamps as people walking in and out of the arch. Artistic values is one thing but whenever there is a big crowd, safety should always comes first. But thankfully nothing serious happened and the wedding continued without any other incidents.

Overall, it was a good day – with additional load of the delicious food from the dinner, of course.

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Case for Namewee

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Is he loud? YES

Does he use foul, strong language? YES

Does he get all too excited on something that looks trivial? YES

Does it look like he is arrogant and rude? YES (as one would say “kurang ajar”)

Does he using the wrong side of the National language? YES (he pronounces “orang” as “olang”)

BUT at the end of the day, does he have a valid point too? YES

Put yourself in his shoes. You assemble a wide range of skillful actors from different background, culture and religion and spent the time and money to produce a movie which gets good reviews. Then comes along a columnist (from a mainstream newspaper) who then tells the readers not to watch the movie – it is not because the movie was bad but rather because of the director’s past characters. Don’t you feel pissed off too?

As Namewee had said in his video, it is only fair if the newspaper had commented on his movie after they have watched it. But that did not happen – the comments were made without watching the movie and not on the movie. That is not right and is very unprofessional.

Take a look at Roman Polanski – the famed film director & producer. He is wanted in the US on the charge of unlawful sex with a minor and before he could be sentenced, he escaped to France and remains the same till this day. And yet, his World War 2 movie “The Pianist” went on to win 3 Academy Awards (including Best Director) in US. If one had been harping on Roman Polanski’s characters and had been telling others, not to watch the movie due to what he has done in the past, they would have been asked to go back and screw themselves.

It is the same case for Namewee. The man may have its faults but it is not right to judge his movie, his talented actors and his hard working film crew based on solely what he has done in the past. And whilst we are reading the various responses to his video, we get this desperate argument (I guess since the elections is around the corner and they are running out of ideas) from pro-UMNO blogger in defence of the newspaper:-

His constant haranguing over what he does not like in the Malays (in this case disguised as criticism of Utusan Malaysia), using the foulest of Chinese expletives, will not get any reaction at all except anger and retaliation.

Yes I agree that Namewee focussed his video on Utusan Malaysia but Utusan is not just any newspaper. For many Malays, especially the three million UMNO members, the Utusan is an icon which represents more than just a newspaper. The Utusan is also identified with the modern Malay struggle.

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What this pro-UMNO blogger is implying? An attack on a newspaper owned by a Malay based political party is an attack on the Malays itself? In the past, too many idiots have wrongly identified real, critical issues with the infringement of Malay rights, attack on Islam or the institution of the King and in the end; those pertinent issues get swept under the carpet without any proper resolution.

Remember the incident of escalating construction cost of the new palace? Remember the protest when the State Government decided to appoint a non-bumiputera to helm PKNS despite the merits? Remember when the issue of families caught in religion conversion was brought up? It is the same thing now.

And mind you, Utusan is not an angel too. They have been in trouble before with their racial laced and politically charged statements. But we are not harping on their “past” acts here. What is important is how one would response to Utusan and Namewee in particular?

Yes, Namewee attacks Utusan but it is not because he is being anti-Malay as being implied by some people. He attacks because as an artist, he deemed what Utusan has done as something unfair. It is only fair to judge his work and if there are shortcomings, raise it up in the right way (whack him hard on it if you need to).

But if you decided not to see his work because you have issues with him on a personal note, then you should just keep quiet and abstain from watching his work. The last thing you want to do is to go around the world, telling people not to watch the movie due to the director’s personal characters and things that he has done in the past.

That is the underlying message in Namewee’s video. And that is why; I think despite the “kurang ajar” manner Namewee lashes out on Utusan, he has a valid point.

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Be Afraid of….“Undilah”

Certainly it is not the first time they have done something that defies logic.

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Interestingly in a country that is bent to promote greater democracy, the above non-partisan, urging fellow Malaysians to register themselves and vote video seems to have been blocked. More story here.

Bernama says that the withdrawal is due to the video yet to get approval from the Film Censorship Board but in Malaysiakini, it is reported “Media reports on Sept 23, quoting unnamed sources, said the MCMC letter to broadcast giants Media Prima and Astro cited two reasons behind the ‘ban’: BN MP Tengku Razaleigh’s admission that Malaysia was facing problems and the appearance of opposition politicians

Whatever the reason may be, it once again paints a bad picture on the Government. What is it that makes them to be very afraid of this video? The same happened way before the start of Bersih 2.0.

This is why Najib’s recent announcement to repeal draconian laws like ISA when elections are around the corner is met with high skepticism. This is why many are thinking that the Government is delaying the reforms to the election process as called by Bersih 2.0. That is why we need to vote for a better Government.

Tengku Razaleigh admitted that Malaysia was facing many problems and said we know what were the problems – I guess, at the top of the list, having too many immature and paranoid politicians and public servants must be one of them.

No matter what, Malaysia is our beloved country – do the best for her.

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