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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Top 10 Dialogs Durable Link to this BLOG
Top 10 Dialogues from Indian Movies
(Transalated to English)

As expected, many people wrote to me about my blog on Why I do not watch Bollywood. I still stand my ground, and to further redicule Bollywood, I am listing below the English translations of some of the most common dialogues from Hindi movies.

  1. "I am going to be the mother of your child"
    ("main tumhaare bachche ki maan banne waali hoon.")
  2. "Lord, I have never asked anything from you till now.."
    ("Bhagwan mainey tumse aaj tak kuch nahin maanga.....")
  3. "Everybody stop taking law into your own hands!"
    ("Rukjao! kanoon ko apne haath mein mat lo")
  4. The villain, about to rape the heroine, "Nobody is going to come here to save your honor"
    ("Yahan teri izzat bachane koi nahi ayega")
  5. "Address me as mother once before I die"
    (" Ek baar mujhe maa kehkar pukaro beta")
  6. "Bodyguard, beat up this guy and throw him out!"
    ("Gurkha, isse dhakke maarke bahar nikaal do")
  7. "Save me from the rapist!"
    ("" Bacchhhhaaaooooooooooo.......")
  8. "Stop the wedding! This cannot happen!"
    (" Thairo! Yeh shaadi nahin ho sakti !")

Ok, I said top 10, but there are only 8. See, I told you Bollywood was shallow. Rearrange the dialogues in different order and you get the storylines of over 250 Hindi movies

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Saturday, October 13, 2001
Last Modified: 10/14/2001

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What is Content Rotation ?

Content Rotation is the technique by which content publishers (TV studios, magazine publishers, websites etc.,) recycle previously published contents, to reach audiences missed during an earlier broadcast. It is an effective way for content producers to get ROI (Return of Investment) on popular content that they own. In the television world it is called the re-runs, in Cosmopolitan it is called How to have Great Sex, and on MSN, Seven Stocks to Watch.

The idea is same -- great content is extremely hard to produce, so sell popular old content over and over again.

Website Content Rotation

The Internet advertising industry is the champion of content rotation, although it is the advertising banners that they rotate. The decision to show which and how many banners is decided based on sophisticated user and surfing profiles. The Web publishers can learn a lot from their experiences.

A simplistic content rotation just involves picking a random story or picture and displaying it. Picture intensive sites like Corbis do this; every time you refresh the page, you see a new picture. An arbitrarily generated number determines which picture to display. Our Kaleidoscope is implemented this way. It is an inexpensive way to amuse visitors for a long time.

But you do know that not all content is equal. Some photographs are prettier than others, and some episodes more popular. A good CMS (Content Management System) must adaptively rotate superior content more frequent than inferior or unpopular content. A sophisticated, personalized content server would actually learn (like Tivo does) a users habits to suggest most relevant content.

Content Rotation Tips

  • A publication based on news has a much smaller place for content rotation (imagine seeing last week's news on news.yahoo.com or last year's weather on weather.com !), than a website like ours where the content has much longer life-span.
  • There is danger in rotating just popular content; the users might feel stale. The trick is to blend popular content (most read pages) with quality content (editors' favorites) that for some reason did not receive the exposure it deserved.
  • The designer should find an order in the chaotic world of random numbers (randomization is the essence of content rotation). For example, on Kamat's Potpourri I have segregated the rotations by the type of media (pictures, blogs, articles), by dates and periods (latest, other), or subject categories (theme or genre).

  • (Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Saturday, October 13, 2001
    Last Modified: 5/24/2002

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Coming Attractions at Kamat's Potpourri

The following is a list of stories and sections we are working on.
We regret that we are unable to provide any specific dates/information on these than provided below.

Kamat Goes to a Cockfight!

Recently Kamat had the rare opportunity to witness an ancient custom in India; and much to the discomfort of the participants (Cockfights are illegal in India), he photographed them.

Appeasing God -- Photographic exhibition

Ever since Kamat saw Stephen Huyler's Meeting God exhibit, he wanted to his own series on the topic.

The Indian Tri-color
Patriotic India

During August of 2001, the Kamat couple had an opportunity to witness the Independence Day celebrations in a rural village in India. Heart-warming pictures on the spirits of the Real India.

Artist Naranappa
Unknown Artists of India

Kamat goes to great lengths to identify some of the great artists of India, who have largely remained anonymous.

See Also:

  • Kamat BLOG -- daily updated news, views, and amusements at Kamat's Potpourri

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Saturday, October 13, 2001
Last Modified: 10/21/2001
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