Neighbourhoods – Blink 182’s new album

The American rock band ‘Blink 182’ has come up with their new album ‘Neighbourhoods’ after quite a long time. The band has experimented a lot with sounds in this album. It’s not all about fast punk rock for there are ample pieces of melodic rock too in this album. Here’s the review of this album. Angels & Airwaves fans will love this new Blink 182 record, while old school fans will most probably purchase it to complete their collection, if nothing else. With that said, it isn’t all bad. It still has some classic Blink 182 elements, just with more synthesizers and abstract noises. Besides the weird noises, the thing that makes this record seem more Tom Delonge orientated is the fact that he sings on 75% of the songs. Usually co-vocalist Mark Hoppus takes an even share. A large number of factors would have added to the different sounds on this album. It’s been more than seven years since they recorded their self-titled album and so much has happened to each member over that period of time. Travis Barker released a hip-hop album and was in a plane crash, Hoppus had a short run with +44 and then became the host of his very own TV show and Delonge released three albums and a full length movie with Angels & Airwaves. This is also their first self-produced album, since the death of their long-time producer Jerry Finn in 2008. Catchy riffs and melodies make ‘Ghost on the Dance Floor’ a fairly strong opener. This track, like many others on the album, sounds like a combination of Boxcar Racer and Angels & Airwaves songs. You can get a pretty good idea as to where the album is headed from this track. Followed by one of Neighborhood’s more up tempo tunes ‘Natives’ is probably the closest thing to old Blink 182 you’ll find on this album. A healthy vocal mix of Hoppus and Delonge combined with upbeat drums makes it stand out. ‘Up All Night’ is track number three on the record and not too far apart from ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Heart’s All Gone’. These three songs came out before the album and gave fans some hope of hearing something slightly similar to the self-titled album. But songs like ‘Fighting the Gravity’ and ‘Heart’s All Gone Interlude’ violently smash those hopes and show the band wasn’t out to do something that they’ve done before. Other highlights included ‘MH 4.18.2011′ and ‘Even if She Falls’. These two songs feel almost like a reward for listening through the experimental material on the second half of the album. ‘Neighborhoods’ is an album that a lot people probably won’t love or understand on their first listen, due to the new direction the band has taken. But after a few or more listens fans, young and old, will surely be able to find something that gets stuck in their head. While the album has it’s good points, it doesn’t have any songs that compare to their older classics. It may be another seven years before we’ll see an album that compares to ‘Enema of the State’ or ‘Dude Ranch’ but for now let’s hope that Blink 182 doesn’t end their career with a mostly filler album like ‘Neighborhoods.’

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Simple Plan – Get Your Heart On: Album Review

Simple Plan, the French-Canadian pop punk band has come up with its new album “Get Your Heart On” (2011). This band is now very much used to giving hits and the songs in their new album are indeed a class apart. The music is easy on the ears and that’s what the new generation of Simple Plan fans expect from their favourite band. While the pop songs in the album mesmerise, the punk rock makes you jump in the air. Altogether, the band has done a great job by giving its fans some fabulous music. Here’s the review of this classy album.

In the lifespan of a pop band, they usually churn out an album or two, do pretty well on one of them and then bomb the other. They’re subsequently dropped from their label, eventually break up, and then fall into a bottomless black pit of musical nothingness. Simple Plan, although highly successful, also looked like they could possibly be seeing a similar type of fate.

After exploding into the music scene with the now double platinum debut, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, they followed it up with a so-so Still Not Getting Any. Then what seemed like a point of no return, they released the abysmal self-titled album four years later. What else could a new album possibly sound like after their take on a weird pop-punk-rock-hip-hop hybrid? Could they find any way to one-up their previous post-apocalyptic-burning-city album cover? Well, the result is a return to form album, of course. I mean, it’s what everyone else is doing these days. It’s almost a natural progression now at this point. But that’s not to sound like I’m discrediting it. If it sounds good, I couldn’t care less. And the truth of the matter is, Simple Plan’s new album, Get Your Heart On!, is the best album of their career, and one of the best in the genre thus far in 2011.

With the record’s cheeky title (it’s a boner joke, in case you needed that cleared up for you), it’s obvious that they’re not going to be taking too many risks with this one (yet there are a few surprises). “You Suck at Love” kicks off Get Your Heart On!, further proving the album’s purpose. The chorus is monstrous and is definitely the biggest hook the band has ever written; vocalist Pierre Bouvier sounds better than ever. “Loser of the Year” is as vintage-Simple Plan as you’ll get. The song maintains its pop-punk aspect without going overboard on any cheesiness, while “Jet Lag” is Simple Plan’s first big single in a long time, almost in vein of No Pads‘ “I’d Do Anything.” Not as rocking, but packs the same similar punch. Featuring Natasha Bedingfield (the “Unwritten” gal for you U.S. folk), if any single were to throw Simple Plan back into the limelight, it’d be “Jet Lag.”

Get Your Heart On! features a variety of guest vocalists. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo adds his quirkiness to the anthemic “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You,” while All Time Low crooner Alex Gaskarth lends a verse to the dancy “Freaking Me Out,” which ends up being a bit of an underwhelming song after expecting so much from it. Rapper K’naan adds his swag to the reggae inspired “Summer Paradise.” Even though the “rapper on a pop song” gimmick has grown stale rather quickly, it surprisingly works and sounds like a song that Plain White T’s wish they could write.

Along with breezy summer tunes and numerous guest appearances, Get Your Heart On! also has its fair share of mellower tracks like the arena rock “Astronaut,” and the somber “Gone Too Soon.” Although I was hoping for an album full of in-your-face hooks and melodies, I still welcome the softer ones here. Unlike most pop bands and their ballads, the ones here don’t sound like they were just thrown on for the sake of it. They’re just as catchy and strong as the more uptempo ones. Get Your Heart On! finishes with the ambitious closer, “This Song Saved My Life,” marking a suitable end to an album that may have saved their credibility.

Its been an interesting career for Simple Plan, and now with Get Your Heart On!, it doesn’t seem like it will be over any time soon. Get Your Heart On! is a Simple Plan album — it’s an obvious statement, but one that some people will have trouble realizing anyway. Because of this, it’s still one of the poppiest records you’ll hear all year. The production is big, and the lyrics are ridiculous. But Simple Plan has done their dirty work, and to quote Planes, Trains & Automobiles, “What you see is what you get.” It would be foolish to expect anything more.

Additional InformationTrack Listing
01) You Suck at Love
02) Can’t Keep My Hands Off You (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
03) Jet Lag (feat. Natasha Bedingfield)
04) Astronaut
05) Loser of the Year
06) Anywhere Else But Here
07) Freaking Me Out (feat. Alex Gaskarth)
08) Summer Paradise (feat. K’naan)
09) Gone Too Soon
10) Last One Standing
11) This Song Saved My Life
Produced by: Brian Howes

Simple Plan is:
Pierre Bouvier – vocals
Sebastien Lefebvre – guitars
Jeff Stinco – guitars
David Desrosiers – bass
Chuck Comeau – drums

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Megadeth’s Th1rt3en : Album review

With the release of Metallica’s ‘Lulu’ and Megadeth’s ‘Th1rt3en’, the thrash metal fans should be having a great time hearing their head banging metal music.  Dave Mustaine is not the one who gives up easily and in his new album, he and his band members have done an awesome job. It’s the speed and accuracy that makes this band all famous among its fan base and once again he has given his best music to satisfy his fans. Here’s the review of the album ‘Th1rt3en’.

Th1rt3en, which from here on out will be referred to as 13 or Thirteen, is the latest in Megadeth’s attempts at recapturing the glory days of Rust In Peace whilst delivering a modern edge to the Megadeth sound. Dave Mustaine’s life decisions have become either increasingly poor or increasingly good as of late, whether it be forging a newfound friendship with Metallica, or writing increasingly poor ballads. I am happy to say Thirteen was a (mostly) good decision. Musically, it is an extension of the direction Endgame took but with some new elements thrown in. For instance, Mustaine attempts to increase his singing range on certain songs. Notice I said attempts; his singing gets painfully weak and croony sometimes. It’s almost as if he’s forgotten how strong his snarl is and he just decided to let loose with whatever bull*** he could throw in there. Thankfully, Mustaine throws in a few snarls and growls to keep the listener entertained.
If this is an attempt at RIP-style thrash then it is poorly done in that retrospect. It panders to every Megadeth sound in existence. You’ve got radio ready thrash á la Countdown to Extinction, sappy hook based songwriting similar in vein to Risk, and you’ve got a heaping dose of early Megadeth. This jumble in songwriting is effective if you want to showcase the many sounds of your band, but here it seems like a piss poor attempt at a second round of commercial viability. I mean, it seems like Megadeth wants to get played on the radio so badly so they wrote a few awful attempts at commercial metal tracks right? Megadeth doesn’t save themselves either when a lot of this CD is older demos and rerecorded tracks. That just seems downright lazy considering the album has a bit of a special meaning behind it with the title and all. Thirteen truly is Megadeth trying to recapture some of their older glory when instead they got lazy and just mixed all of their disparate styles together.

As I just said, the CD does have a few saving graces that keep it from being mediocre and/or average. First, there are some genuinely good, old-fashioned tunes on here that a listener should be able to jam out to whenever and wherever. These would be the three biggest tracks; Sudden Death, Never Dead, and Public Enemy No. 1. These tracks thrash harder then all of the other ones, with blazing riffs, catchy hooks and a speedy delivery. Public Enemy No. 1 has the catchiest hook of the three, recalling hits like Peace Sells and Holy Wars. Mustaine and Broderick trade solos like nobody’s business, with lots of sweep picking and trilling going on in the background. The other songs include more of the same, albeit having a faster tempo than aforementioned one.

What helps this album out truly though is the thick production on the record. As I said before, Johnny K’s work only helps the band. He works out the kinks in Mustaine’s vocals, he makes the guitars thicker, and he subdues the bass so that the drums can shine. In a way, it’s similar to Andy Sneap’s production on Endgame. Then again, it is as much a curse as it is a blessing. K’s production leaves all the feeling of raw thrash out of the band’s music, leaving the record with an overproduced feel. However, the songs more than make up for this.

Overall Megadeth have done something good here. It’s not bad like 90’s Megadeth, but it’s not great early Megadeth material. Instead, it’s on a level with the most recent Megadeth material. The songwriting and musicianship are competent enough, but it leaves a feeling of emptiness inside the listener. It’s soulless music; songs written only to appeal to the mass consumer and not genuine fans of the product. Megadeth have a craft down, but it’s a craft that feels cheap and overused. Thirteen may not sit on the pantheon along with other Megadeth records, but it works for what it does. 3.5/5

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Nickelback’s new album ‘Here and Now’review

‘Nickelback’ the Canadian rock band is bang on target yet again with their new alum ‘Here and Now’ (2011). As usual, the album is never short of hits and is indeed a splendid mix of fast and slow riffs. Here’s the review for this album.

It’s probably not true that a hook comes out every time Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger passes gas, but it’s the kind of myth you can certainly believe.

Since “The State” came out in 2000 — and especially since “How You Remind Me” put the Canadian quartet on the top of the charts a year later — Nickelback has been one of the century’s most consistent hitmakers, racking up format-crossing hits in pop, rock and AC and sales statistics more akin to the good ol’ days than the digital age. The band specializes in meat-and-potatoes songs catchy enough to leave even the haters humming them well after the final fade. Whether they’re anthems or ballads, Nickelback serves them up with memorable melodies and precision sonics, old school aesthetics for a new world.

1. This Means War: Gritty, metallic guitars. Plenty of anger and dynamic intensity. Nickelback’s version of a five-finger death punch.

2. Bottoms Up: Drummer Daniel Adair’s big beat leads into a slink guitar groove, and by the middle of the first verse we’re all drinking shots and making toasts.

3. When We Stand Together: A bouncy bass line from Mike Kroeger introduces this acoustic guitar-laced call to action anthem. And the drumbeat does carry on…

4. Midnight Queen: A fast-paced, tough-guy rocker with buzzsaw guitar and a confession that someone’s “addicted to the red-light show.” We’re SO surprised.

5. Gotta Get Some: Chad Kroeger’s dream girl “smokes a little homegrown, drinks a little Cuervo” and drives a fast sports car. Again, we’re SO surprised.

6. Lullaby: When did these guys become Coldplay? Well…not quite, but the spectral, ambient intro provides a fresh vibe for this sweet-tempered ballad.

7. Kiss It Goodbye: Some echoey vocals and industrial underpinnings creep into this chunky, hard-hitting, angsty groove-rocker.

8. Trying Not To Love You: This richly arranged and carefully ornamented paean to romantic ambivalence has pop crossover — and country cover — potential written all over it.

9. Holding On To Heaven: There’s no second thoughts here; just a moon-eyed love song whose lyrics will likely find its way into a few high school yearbooks.

10. Everything I Wanna Do: Add a “dirty mouth” to Kroeger’s list of desired attributes for a woman on this ebb-and-flow melodic rocker.

11. Don’t Ever Let It End: The gentle, harmonic Nickelback closes the album with a tale about a couple exploring the delicate balance romantic lust and friendship.

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3 Doors Down: Time Of My Life Review

3 Doors Down, the stylish alternate rock band has come up with its new album ‘Time Of My Life’ for the year 2011. As usual, the band has given equal importance to both rock and blues in this album. The riffs are short and sweet; so is their ability to mix the tunes. Here’s the review of this awesome album………

Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, P.O.D.), 3 Doors Down do not change their sound on their fifth studio album so much as they amplify it. Benson cranks the guitars up a notch or two to give, front man, Brad Arnold’s husky vocals a little more rock backing. The slight change works like a charm to make the Mississippi rockers sound better than ever.

Guitars flickering and shooting out of the speakers are the first thing you hear, pushing to a slippery chug of riffs behind the Benson’s grounded vocals on “Time Of My Life“. Benson’s raw, raspy vocals and warm melodies of the songs remain, but bits like the slowed down metal kissed intro morphing into jittery punk verses on “Believer” offer plenty of surprises. The melodic heart-on-the-sleeve hook of “Every Time You Go” feels ripe for a much poppier treatment than it gets, with the gritty guitars roaring through.

Burly power ballad “Heaven” resists becoming sappy thanks to the up-front drive of the guitars and some decent song writing, apologizing for ignoring his woman and family while out partying on the road. The strings of rock ballad “Back To Me” are held off in the distance, wisely buried in favour of snarling guitars. Even the few bits of generic rock filler, like steadily bopping “Race For The Sun” and itchy rocker “My Way”, offer ear candy thanks to a generous helping of guitar.

3 Doors Down remain radio-friendly here, but that is far from a negative with the restless twisting guitar and heavier beat on “Round And Round”, as the raggedly harmonized hook sticks with you. Benson’s grubby vocals sound right at home in the rich guitar mix of “When You’re Gone”, while the slight southern drawl he gives “What’s Left” making it sound as if a country song armed with a punch to the gut thanks to the swelled-up guitar in the hook. Consider the upgraded rock sound of 3 Doors Down’s latest worth seeking out.

 

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Metallica’s ‘Lulu’

Metallica has released its new album ‘Lulu’ in collaboration with Lou Reed. Here’s a short review on this unique music album.

When Metallica announced last June that they had recorded a new album with Lou Reed, fans of both artists responded with confusion, if not outright despair. But while this partnership may seem random, the two actually have a lot in common. Both abuse electric guitars; both like to wear black and be photographed by Anton Corbijn; both have indulged in lifestyles that threatened to become death-styles; both have a habit of alienating their fans by taking ill-advised stylistic detours and, by extension, both are considered by many to be class-A assholes. But while these surface similarities may provide the two parties with small-talk/commiseration fodder when, say, hanging backstage before murdering “Sweet Jane” at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they’re pretty miserable grounds for a full-on collaboration, especially one that spans two discs and close to 90 minutes. And yet, showing their usual proud disregard for their fans and music in general, Lou Reed and Metallica have gone and made Lulu anyway.

‘All is well that ends well’. Remarkably, there is actually a light at the end of this dark, despairing tunnel– and, not coincidentally, it’s the song least connected to the Lulu concept. Clocking in at an absurd 19 minutes, “Junior Dad” is– like almost everything else here– too long by half, with its last eight minutes taken up by an extended string drone. But, despite its laughable title, “Junior Dad” possesses everything the rest of Lulu doesn’t: a graceful, affecting melody, a logical arrangement, a pretty guitar line, a sympathetic narrator and, most importantly, a true synthesis of each principal’s strengths, outfitting a Reed streetwise hymn with Metallica’s stadium-sized crunch; it’s like “Street Hassle” refashioned as a Black Album power ballad. “Junior Dad” is a song that seemingly does the impossible: it momentarily redeems the idea of a Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration as a plausible, potentially fruitful concept. But its late appearance also serves as a potent reminder of just how terribly that concept is executed on everything that precedes it.

So folks, enjoy ‘Lulu’ and stay connected with Metallica!!!!

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Eyes straight while riding

Accidents scare you away especially in city roads where one can expect maximum congestion in minimum space. It is sometimes the rules that do the talking in roads; it is sometimes the bribes that do the talking in roads. So, what’s left for seeing in the road while riding a two wheeler?

Apparently, it is the distraction that causes most of the accidents. The best example should be an incident involving a teenager who falls off his bike, just because of looking up to a passing girl while riding. Such incidents do happen and so does this.

Most of the times, one happens to gaze at the smothered sidewalls of the road while riding in order to get a glimpse of the cinema posters. The movie posters portraying obscenity do hypnotize the eyes of the riders only to send them to hell. Such raunchy cinema posters, which are meant to be glued only on the theatre walls are seen everywhere(especially in busy roads) now-a-days. These obscene movie posters certainly jeopardize the precious lives of the two-wheeler riders. Obviously, busy roads which say ‘hi’ to accidents and ‘bye’ to human lives can’t be the ideal place for cinema posters. It is high time that the government takes action to tackle the menace of visually arresting movie posters. However, it is expected that the city administrators will take stringent actions against the offending theatre owners.

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It is high time that the teens should ballot

 

There is no need for more evidence when it comes to studying the extent of negligence that has haunted today’s teenagers. The usual non-performance displayed by the teen community during election times, will once again be apparent in the soon to be held state assembly elections, where one is seldom expected to see the teenagers push the ballot buttons, even after crossing the mandatory 18 year age mark.

In a country like India, the so called society always neglect the role played by teenagers in the electoral process and in fact never approach this matter in a holistic way. Such an attitude has to be done away with and replaced by a little bit sense of awareness.   The present day teens are obviously not a very big fan of politics. Most teens, long after crossing the 18 year mark, don’t have voter identification cards. If at all the teens have their voter ID cards, they very rarely cast their votes. The rambunctious teens even find it really boring to stand in long queues seen in the polling booths on the day of election. Further, the teens who pursue their education in cities, don’t want to travel all the way to their home towns, just for the sake of enjoying their right to vote. Ashok.G, a Chennai based IT professional hints, ‘I am a 23 year old IT freak who prefer an ATM card to a Voter ID card; I believe, voting is not my cup of coffee’. While it is true that education means a lot for present day teenagers who pursue their higher education in cities far away from their hometowns, that can’t be used as an excuse to exclude themselves from the right to vote, since elections are often held during vacation times. Sheetal.K.Suresh, a Mass.Comm student comments, “‘Politics hardly interests girls’ is a lame excuse; So better get your index fingers smeared at least in this election”.

But, what is most disconcerting these days is that the parents have begun echoing the slaphappy outlook of the present day teenagers. The fact that he/she has completed 18 years of age doesn’t own him/her the voter ID card because the present day parents are more concerned about education, insurance, marriage and the like of their wards, which have almost precluded their paltry efforts to get their sons and daughters, the notionally ineffectual voter ID cards. S.Chandrasekaran, a bank officer feels, ‘I shall primarily be concerned with the existing mind-set; what I argue is not the attitude of the teens but the attitude of the parents in a modern democratic setup: that it is exceedingly lethargic and irresponsible’.

One must be surprised that there is hardly any voice heard from the parents side, against the negligence of the teens concerning the constitutional right to vote. The fundamental responsibility that should have hit the minds of these parents to make a vital attitudinal change among the teenagers are glossed over for reasons of expediency.

Under such circumstances, Silence is no longer an option for the parents community. If the participation of teens in the electoral process should have to be effective at all, the parents must take appropriate steps to ensure that their wards get the voter ID cards immediately after availing themselves eligible to vote. Further, the vox populi cannot afford to underrate the role played by the teenagers during election times  So, let’s hope that things get better with the timely intervention of the parents community.

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Stay away from the invisibles

 

It was around half past twelve and I was calm as a child in a dreamful slumber. At that midnight hour, I was dreaming so intensively that the involuntary lackadaisical act almost messed up my sleep. I was a class x boy in the dream and that never bothered me for it was only a dream. As an imaginary boy I had long hairs just as I usually have in reality, and believe it or not, the whole school admired my silky long hairs which made be proud even in my unsubstantial dream. My didactic teacher, a stern disciplinarian always scolded me for not having a haircut and all her tongue lashing had little effect over me for I considered my hair as an asset. One evening I was asked to meet my teacher and such after class meetings were never new at least to me. The teacher asked me to lock the only door of the room from inside and once I am done, what I got was a severe blow in my head. For the next one hour, I was lying unconscious on the floor and when I got up, I could still feel the inextricable pain in my head which was in no way endurable, I suppose. During my inauspicious moments in absentia, the wicked teacher was too fed up with me that she had pulled out all the hairs from my head which made my scalp bleed terribly. As I was screaming in pain, I heard nothing but a peppy country song-‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ from the hit movie ‘Dabangg’ which made me yell “Who on Earth is celebrating my anguish? Help me you mean bastards.” That was the end of my violent dream and I got up in no time, panting. My immediate reaction after breaking myself loose from the freaky dream could only be this; I touched my hair to find out if it’s still sticking to my head and only then I realised that it was ‘My scary hairy Dream’; but the song which stuck to my ears long after my escape from the scary dream perplexed me for a while and that didn’t last long before I found out that it was my mobile ringing and obviously, ‘Munni’ had nothing to do with my chimeric dream for the song was my real mobile ring tone that somehow connected with my unreal dream only to add a little reality to my messed up dream. I was like half asleep, half awake and I hastily picked up my irritating mobile at that odd hour. The speaker at the other end was my girl friend and that was not the first time for her to trouble me at late hours. I bet if she heard this from me, she would kill me forever. It seemed that she too had a nightmare that night and I spent the rest of the night soothing her and talking her out of her baseless fears.  After all the talking, I finally got some sleep at around six in the morning but that was just a short nap for I was back in my office at around nine a.m. The lack of sleep gave me headache and somehow I managed to do my piece of work only after sharing my previous night experiences with my office peers. When I was lamenting about my terrible headache, one of my friends asked me to use earphones while talking over mobile phones so that I could keep myself away from the hazardous radiations that possess every tendency to impair the brain activity. At first, I never took my friend’s advice seriously but back at home, I accidentally fell upon some information related to radiations while browsing the net and that made me realize the real worth of my friend’s timely advice.

Mobile phones have become an integral part of man’s life and even the poor in India can afford a cell phone because of the recent telecom revolution. The telecom giants in India have made services cheaper than ever before for the people, which mean that the technology in hand has clearly overshot its aims and one can bear witness to this furtherance with the remarkable surge in the number of mobile users in the country. These days, SIM cards are just miniature visiting cards that fit into the flashy mobiles only to make life easier for the hooked up users. Any telecom service provider that serves the people with affordable rates and uninterrupted coverage will be the people’s choice and besides people can make their own choices regarding mobile services based on their needs and mode of usage for there is always something to offer for every mobile user, at least in a booming country like India. There is heavy competition among the cellular service providers nowadays in order to win the trust of the hoi polloi. ‘Tower problem should not be the user’s problem’ is the simple formula for success in the telecom world and in order to get things right for the customers, the service providers have increased the number of mobile towers and Base Transceiver Stations on the ground that comes much to the detriment of all. Though the additive move has done the trick for the envious telecom companies, the step forward has got its own backlash.  The radiations from these towers and radiations indeed run the risk of causing health hazards among the living population. Bear in mind that the cellular radiations have the potential to increase the risk of tumours in human beings. Further, the invisible radiations are also expected to cause fatigue, sleep disturbances, burning sensations in skin, loss of mental attention, headaches, malaise, heart palpitation and so on. There is a many-fold increase in the number of uncertified mobile towers and base stations in India, mainly because of the unprecedented growth of the mobile telephony. The introduction of 2G and 3G technologies in the telecom sector has resulted in vested interest among the tech savvy population. India imports technology from the foreign world and so does it imports mobile handsets. These foreign companies are implementing high levels of radiation standards for their sleek mobiles which are flooding the Indian markets and thereby hitherto harm the ignorant population of our country. However, the very same group of foreign companies that hit the Indian markets, manufacture mobile headsets with extremely low levels of radiation standards for their own people and such a bastardly act which shows no hint of fair play in international business is indeed akin to doing dirty trade with the mediocre Indian contingent. The foreign mobiles always capture the Indian markets and the huge profit figures clearly laid bare the mad craze for foreign goods prevailing among the Indian population.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is indeed the sole responsible organisation in India and must have to take repressive actions in order to control the radiation hazards from the mobile towers and base stations. Earlier, people became aware of the killer disease AIDS only through government sponsored health programmes like the HIV Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and government backed awareness ad campaigns involving celebrity endorsements. The exact same strategy must have to be attempted by the Indian government in order to educate the common man regarding the health effects from cell phone tower radiations. The Indian government must not hesitate to ban the entry of foreign mobiles in India in the event of non-compliance with the WHO-approved International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection Guidelines (ICNIRP). The Telecom Department must also have to find ways to deal with the mobile towers and base stations that have failed to obtain self certification on radiation levels. Only by taking these mandatory corrective measures, the government can help the people to make the best use of the available mobile technologies in a real healthy risk free way. When it comes to personal care, precautions such as usage of hands free and ear phone technologies such as blue tooth headsets can protect the human brain from radiations and it is indeed the sincere responsibility of the Department of Telecommunication to recommend such precautions to the mobile users so that they can look forward to lead a healthy life style in convergence with contemporary modern technology. Though Mobile Technology is a boon to mankind, it has got its own limits and the Indian government is expected to have a plan on the anvil to put to rest speculations about the harmful radiations from mobile towers and related appliances. It is true that the habit of speculation is the basis for all real knowledge and man can’t deny this even at the most sophisticated times of the present day. So let’s tame technology rather than getting tamed by it

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My Five:(Movie Reviews)

 

 

  1. 1.       Where Eagles Dare

Brian G.Hutton

This classic World War II movie features some of the most amazing stunts in 60s cinema. The movie revolves around a daring rescue mission carried out by a group of British commandos who are left behind enemy lines in the heart of Nazi Germany. Richard Burton as British Major John Smith is the man with a mission and he makes good use of Lieutenant Schaffer, the only American in the all British rescue operation. Clint Eastwood strikes a more supportive tone in his role as Lieutenant Schaffer. Mary Ure as the seducing secret agent makes a perfect pair with Burton.

  1. 2.       Rocky

John G.Avildsen

This movie which is indeed one of the sleeper hits of the seventies tells the American Dream story of Philadelphia semi-pro boxer Rocky Balboa. He gets a shot at the World heavy weight Championship out of pure luck and later swallows the pride of the champion boxer Apollo Creed by putting up a brave fight against him. The famous scene of Rocky running up the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art and his carcass-punching scenes still remind us of the trademark image created by Sylvester Stallone to himself. Truly, “Rocky-The Italian Stallion” wins your heart the hard way.

  1. 3.  The Departed

 

Martin Scorsese

 

This Hollywood remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film ‘Infernal Affairs’ deals with gangsters and cops. Irish mob boss Francis Costello is the prime target of the Massachusetts State Police. Leonardo DiCaprio as the undercover cop brings down the Irish mob boss and later gets himself killed by Costello’s informants within the state police department. This movie, which is an American epic tragedy, has everything in right proportions to flirt with Oscar.

 

  1. 4.       Platoon

Oliver Stone

This film with the tagline “The first casualty of war is innocence” talks about the harsh realities of Vietnam War. Chris Taylor is a young college dropout who serves the Vietnam War as a typical US infantryman. Even as his enthusiasm for the war wanes because of war fatigue and poor living conditions, he also sheds tears for the sheer destruction of war by the end of the movie. The movie captures the sights and sounds of the fighting in Vietnam in a most moving way.

  1. 5.   The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 

 

Peter Jackson

 

This movie, which is the second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy vividly portrays the “Battle of Helm’s Deep”. The mortal men who defy Saruman’s evil army of Uruk-hai in the valley of Helm’s Deep are helped by a battalion of Elves. The hardy men prevail over Saruman’s dark forces with the help of Gandalf, the White Wizard. The film is worth seeing for its stunning battle scenes alone. Gollum, the computer generated character adds to the pleasure of seeing a great fantasy drama.

 

Those that almost made it:

  1. 1.       The Godfather             :   Francis Ford Coppola
  2. 2.       A Beautiful Mind         :   Ron Howard
  3. 3.       Cleopatra                     :   Joseph L.Mankiewicz
  4. 4.       Schindler’s List             :   Steven Spielberg
  5. 5.       A Bridge Too Far          :   Richard Attenborough
  6. 6.       The Pianist                    :   Roman Polanski
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