Sacred Games

Just finished watching Sacred Games. It’s very nicely made the story at times doesnt really hold up but the performances steal the show. The best of the lot is Nawazuddin Siddiqui followed by Jitendra Joshi. Saif makes his mark but is weak at the portrayal. Girish Joshi is spot on and Kubra Sait is just picture perfect. She gives a nice twist at the end of her character. Radhika is bland and honestly her accent is weak. The other best part about the series is the background score.


Formula 1 2018 Calendar

The FIA would also like to welcome back the French and German Grands Prix to the calendar, as both have a long and rich tradition in the sport.” he added. “In that regard the FIA is particularly pleased that Formula One will once again return to France, the historic home of Grand Prix racing, and to the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the event in 1990. Both the Chinese and Singapore rounds are subject to official confirmation of deals with the Commercial Rights Holder.

Date Race Circuit
25-Mar Australia Melbourne
08-Apr China Shanghai
15-Apr Bahrain Sakhir
29-Apr Azerbaijan Baku
13-May Spain Barcelona
27-May Monaco Monaco
10-Jun Canada Montreal
24-Jun France Le Castellet
01-Jul Austria Spielberg
08-Jul Great Britain Silverstone
22-Jul Germany Hockenheim
29-Jul Hungary Budapest
26-Aug Belgium Spa Francorchamps
02-Sep Italy Monza
16-Sep Singapore Singapore
30-Sep Russia Sochi
07-Oct Japan Suzuka
21-Oct USA Austin
28-Oct Mexico Mexico City
11-Nov Brazil Sao Paulo
25-Nov Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

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2017 F1 Calendar

FIA has released the official calendar for the 2017 Formula 1 season, which will start from the last week of March 2017.

The most important change is the German GP, which has been dropped from the 20-race calendar. The race in Baku has been moved to a week later in order to avoid it clashing with the Le Mans 24 Hours. This has also resulted in the Austrian GP and the British GP being pushed back by one week.

The confirmed calendar for the 2017 Formula 1 is:
•    March 26 – Australia (Melbourne)
•    April 9 – China (Shanghai)
•    April 16 – Bahrain (Bahrain)
•    April 30 – Russia (Sochi)
•    May 14 – Spain (Barcelona)
•    May 28 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
•    June 11 – Canada (Montreal)
•    June 25 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
•    July 9 – Austria (Spielberg)
•    July 16 – Great Britain (Silverstone)
•    July 30 – Hungary (Budapest)
•    August 27 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
•    September 3 – Italy (Monza)
•    September 17 – Singapore (Singapore)
•    October 1 – Malaysia (Sepang)
•    October 8 – Japan (Suzuka)
•    October 22 – USA (Austin)
•    October 29 – Mexico (Mexico City)
•    November 12 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
•    November 26 – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)


So I went ahead and installed the #iOS10Beta yesterday, here are some nagging features..

1. I have press the home button to get to the homescreen, just the TouchID does not work #iOS10Beta
2. Quick reply feature in Notifications is missing (or I have not found it) #iOS10Beta
3. Notificaitons cannot be clubbed via applications #iOS10Beta
4. Not a fan of the Boxy notifications #iOS10Beta
5. I feel the active display will eat up a lot of battery #iOS10Beta

100 greatest films of the 21st Century

The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world. via BBC World

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Amazon Customer Success

I ordered for a router via Amazon (TP-Link Archer C20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Router) on the 7th of August, 2016. It was shipped with a delivery date of 17th August, 2016. However, the delivery date was pushed to 20th August, 2016 just before the router was to be delivered. The courier company’s (Delhivery) tracking number was displayed on the Amazon order page, but it did not show any tracking details. I checked the Delhivery’s site with the tracking number, but there were no status updates on the router.

I decided to wait until the 20th, but the router did not come. I contacted Amazon support via their chat service on the 21st and they mentioned that they will inform Delhivery to deliver the router on that day, however, it was not the case to be.

On the 22nd, I called Amazon in the morning to check the status of the router, however the CS agent sounded clueless and gave me the same resolution as before, they will ask Delhivery to deliver the router by 8PM. Out of curiosity, I checked the tracking status on Delhivery’s site, it said that the shipment was not received, I sent out a tweet to the Delhivery twitter ID and they confirmed the same that they have not received the physical shipment from Amazon. This was puzzling me, hence I called up Amazon again and after explaining my ordeal again to the CS (Raghavendra), he consulted with his supervisor and offered me a replacement of the router. Along with the replacement, he offered a gift voucher worth ₹200 for the delays that this particular order had caused.  

Guess what! Amazon has superceeded it’s service by delivering the router today  🙂 I am a very happy customer.






Apple Event

Apple Event 2015!

Since the Apple Event 2014 is still lingering in various media, here is what to expect in 2015.

  1. Two new iPhones – 6S and 6S Plus, no design change, incremental updates (A9, M9) on processors and camera.
  2. Sleeker Apple watch with upgraded processor and perhaps even a GPS chip.