31 Days 31 Movies – August 2020


I don’t remember the count of wow’s I had gathered after saying – ‘I have a 2TB disk dedicated to movies.’ That was years ago. With streaming services and enough bandwidth, I doubt if a disk of that size is ever required today, even if it is for anything else.  For me, I find adoration in that disk. Though my son has scribbled random designs on it, it’s the inside that cheers me up. The disk has watched, to-be-watched, watched-several-times, not-today, i-don’t-know-why-its-here, and numerous such categories. I don’t have the count of languages and genres either. No. If that gives you a picture of systematically organized space, its rather otherwise and pretty messed up. 

Cousins, friends, hostel, hostel internet, friend of friend, I am thankful to all and many for the contribution. The movies that have been there from years and not yet watched is the proof that I needed a push, a recommendation, to play it finally. ‘Too many to pick from’ is another reason why a recommendation from a known helps. That’s what I did in the last week of July – ask people for recommendations. Also, I wanted to know what everyone is up to. I went ahead and asked for 1 top recommendation. In two days, I had collected more than a hundred. My August was to set, and in fact, I knew I would have a hard time picking 31 from the hundred plus.  

I want to thank everyone who recommended. Some movies were recommended by many, and I made sure to watch them. However, if you had recommended and if it’s not in the list, I apologize for that. I am going to watch all the remaining sometimes soon. Here is how I made selections:

  • With daily routines and professional works (too many), movie length played a major role. I had to skip lengthy ones.
  • I wanted to cover as many languages and as many genres. I had to skip some because of the common genre.
  • I wanted a good mixture of the timeline – old to new.
  • The movie selection was NOT based on ratings from any platform – we all have our own preferences, and I prefer to watch any and all.
  • I had to skip some because they were remakes and preferred to watch original.
  • Most important of all, I wanted them to lighten up my day!

So, here is quick and not so helpful reviews. Suppose you ask me the ratings, it’s 5/5 for all. I would recommend being open to all the genres and watch all of them. A must watch.

Set 01:  01 to 08 August

August 01: Kimi No Na Wa is a Japanese animated movie. The first fifteen around minutes messes you up, but then later, it all sets in. You might even go back and watch a few sections again, and the movie ends leaving one with a smile. 

August 02: Predestination is an Australian thriller. The casting and storytelling are brilliant—one of those time travel movies that leave you awed.

August 03: The Book Thief is a British Drama. I cried until I blacked out after the movie end. I am not sure why I did that.

August 04: Bucket list is a Marathi Family movie. I understand enough Marathi (stayed in Pune for 6 months) and for me, this was an emotional connection.

August 05: I was thrilled after watching Spanish mystery – Contratiempo. The acting is classic. The movie is remade into other languages, but hands down, nothing can beat the Spanish version. I feel happy to have watched the original version.

August 06: 303 is a German romance drama. The dialogues are witty and well researched. The movie is an intellectual love. The movie is a good read!

August 07: The Secret Life of Walter Witty is an American Adventure. The cinematography is breathtaking, and the story-line is pleasing.

August 08: Bangalore Days is my first Malayalam movie. Though many of my friends had recommended this earlier, I had not then. The movie is a happy watch.

Set 02: 09 to 16 August

August 09: Looper is an American time travel movie. The movie keeps one hooked from the very first scene. The movie has several wow moments.

August 10: Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene is a Telugu thriller. The movie is well thought, and the story-line is unique. It’s not yet another college romance story.

August 11: Fack Ju Gohte 3 is a German comedy. Though this is the third one in the series, it can be watched without the previous two, and I haven’t as well—a typical comedy movie.

August 12: Grans is a Swedish Fantasy movie. It was an altogether different experience. I am sure a lot and different mysterious things are around us. The movie is a masterpiece.

August 13: Charlie, a Malayalam musical, made me hum its tunes for weeks (I still often do). The story, acting, actors, music, everything is heart soothing. The movie is creative chaos, and it’s beautiful.

August 14: School of life is an American inspirational drama. I connected it better being in academics. It inspired me in several ways to put up with my life better.

August 15: Kendasampige is a Kannada Thriller. I keep a close track of kannada movies and do watch them regularly. This movie has parts filmed in my city. The story-line is good, and the acting is real.

August 16: Before midnight is an American drama. The married couples (especially those who are 5+ years) will definitely connect to this. It’s a movie where dialogues are the plot. The acting is classic.

Set 03: 17 to 23 August

August 17: Parallel World Love Story is a Japanese thriller. The movie is slow-placed and is justified. It seems like a time travel movie, but it’s not.

August 18: I was un poco loco after watching American animated Coco. The movie connects one with family sentiments, and music is catchy. ‘Un poco loco’ is one of my favorites now. ‘Brilliant’ is the word.

August 19: Goodachari is a Telugu patriotic thriller. The casting is good. A well-made movie. With quite good twists, the movie keeps the charm.

August 20: Amelie is a French Drama. I am not sure if this has to be called drama. It’s also, maybe, fantasy. The unique story-line unquestionably gathers love.

August 21: Super Deluxe is a Tamil action. The interconnected plot and Rasukutty will win the hearts. The movie is real.

August 22: Gone Girl is an American Thriller. It messes you up. I ended up pitying for the lead male actor. I have the novel as well and prefer to start soon.  

August 23: Ratsasan is a Tamil psychological crime movie. Have seen such movies with the similar theme plot lines earlier, and this movie does justify in every possible aspect. Definitely leaves one thrilled.

Set 04: 24 to 31 August

August 24: Parasite is a Korean comedy. The ending has a lesson and is unexpected. It connects well to modern society.

August 25: Easy A is an American teen comedy. Typical story-line, but enjoyable. There are no bits that drag and well-paced for quick enjoyment.

August 26: Mumbai Police is a Malayalam crime action. The ending is unexpected, and never can one guess that story would end that way. It took me a few minutes to settle back. Real and appealing.

August 27: C/O Surya is a Telugu drama. The not so common story-line is blend-in to a screenplay with a good cast and upbeat bits and pieces. The movie restores friendship and life goals.

August 28: Table 19 is an American comedy. The movie turned out to be a lot better than I had expected. The entire movie is over a wedding table and around, and directed with perfection. I enjoyed this one.

August 29: Maudie is a joint production from Ireland and Canada. It’s based on a true story. Slow paced and creative. The acting is classy and connects. Rejoices life.

August 30: Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal is a Tamil drama. Enough twists and sensible. A happy watch. The two couples and the police keep it entertaining. 

August 31: Snowpiercer is a Korean Sci-Fi. I guess this is what pretty much we have done to the world. The movie has a message to humanity. An apt movie to end my movie festival with.

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Well, I am happy about how my August 2020 went. It was musical. It was a thriller, comedy and packed with enough romance and action. I guess I know what I am going to do with every August henceforth!

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A to Z 2020 Reflections


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This was my fourth year of A to Z challenge and that very much is the reason why April excites me. April has been the only month since my blogging journey where I post at-least 26 posts. I am happy for what April does to me. It kind of seamlessly fits into my schedule like a must-do routine. I feel the month has that vibe and zeal to keep it going, no matter what.

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I have always had 8 lines poems for the challenge with different themes over the years. I continued to do so this year too. Like every year, I must say, I loved doing this year’s challenge. My 2020 theme was Metaphors and a 8 line poem for each. Looking for metaphors was definitely a challenge. I did not restrict my domain to a specific kind of metaphors. I have used them from literature, history, songs, movies, paintings etc. On few days, I had to struggle on which one to pick and other days had to pick the only available. Some days was ease and some days I kept staring at my screen.

I did fill up the end survey and collected my winner batch. Here it goes:

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I have compiled all of my challenges into a short ebook and is available for free download. Save a copy for yourself too! Yay!

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A to Z: A Metaphor for an Alphabet Ebook Download Link 

I would like to thank all of you for being supportive through April. Every blogger needs a supportive community to sustain, survive and thrive. Thank you all for all the love.  Thanks to A to Z team for making it happen every year with growing enthusiasm.

Note:
This year I also did A to Z 6 word lockdown stories on Instagram. My Instagram id: prakash.hegade.

A to Z Challenge 2020 – Theme Reveal


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I am already late for the theme reveal party but better late than never! This is my 4th year of A to Z challenge and looks like 8 line poem is definitely my thing! Here is my year wise theme from 2017:

2017
An idiom for an alphabet and 8 line poem to it.
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2018
Emotions and expressions for life and 8 line poem to it.
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2019
Words and phrases from foreign languages and 8 line poem to it.
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Here is 2020 Theme:

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Metaphors from movies, idioms, celebrities, paintings, songs, etc. It’s going to be diverse as well challenging. But who is not up for it!? I am already excited for April 1. I am rushing out to work on metaphor for A and a 8 line poem for it. What are your plans? Let me know. Hope to reach many from April 1.


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i 4 you – The Journey


It was around 27th of October 2016 and I had seen one of my fellow bloggers writing about taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. I got curious and explored more to know that the challenge was about writing 50,000 words in 30 days of November. That looked challenging, especially with all the professional and personal works. I decided to take up the challenge and hoping time will lead through the path.

At first, the novel was about putting together the disconnected threads. There was no plot. Though I used to blog, I had never imagined writing a story as big as 50,000 words. I was scribbling short stories of the characters that come into my mind, some from experience and some from imagination. Soon, I could see the connection between threads and everything coming together.

For the entire second week of November, I had travels to be made relating to my research work. I lost near to 7 days. When I came back home, I promised myself that I would complete this no matter what. For the entire month, I had a pen and paper with me scribbling short notes and plots. There was nothing else that was in my mind for the entire month. WRIMO India group was supportive and I made the best use of sprints hosted for the entire month. By November 28th, I had reached the target of 50K words. The novel was completed with 53K odd words by the end of the month. That is when the first version of ‘i 4 you’ was ready.

The exhaustion, saturation, personal and professional works kept me away from the first draft at least till March of 2017. Then I got to know about Camp NaNoWriMo which happens every April and July. I started setting targets of 40 hours of editing in each of the camps. As well, started editing whenever time permitted.

I had few friends review it after a few rounds of editing. I must mention and Thank Vishwanath Telsang for reading all the crappy versions and suggesting to me the edit changes. The version which I thought was good to go after around 200 hours of editing apparently was smelly and crappy. I would see even some grammar and spelling issues dancing over the pages. It was frustrating. I could see some unnecessary chapters. After another 100 hours of more editing, the novel had finally come down to 38K words from 53K words.

I then started sending it out to traditional publishing houses. Then came the rejections one after another, some months later, some weeks later and some no replies (a no response for 6 months is a rejection). I stayed professional throughout the journey. I waited until the rejection mail before sending it to another house. I had nothing to do. Just sit and wait. The journey wasn’t easy. I don’t remember anything I did not try.

AROUND FOUR DAMN YEARS.

This story is close to me. I badly wanted this to be released as a hard copy. I knew I had to wait. I knew the writing had to be improved. I knew I had to improve. In the meantime, I had completed 3 more NaNoWriMo’s with passing 3 more Novembers. Gosh, that was a lot of piling! Will I ever get over my pile of unpublished works? Will I be able to edit them and send them out?

I had to settle. Somewhere. Maybe it’s just me who feels this one is special. Maybe it’s not. Nothing can make a writer happy than the work being read by many. No matter whether they feel good or bad, whether they rate 1 or 5, it’s the number of people it touches and how they feel about it. I gave a final round of edit and reduced the word count to 33K. This had to stop. Somewhere. I had already spent 300+ hours.

I wanted this to be read by as many. I want to be remembered for writing ‘i 4 you’. I want the parts of this novel to stay with as many people as possible. With all the love, I am releasing my novel as a free ebook.  You can download and read it.  I would love to hear from you on how you felt about the book.

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The Ebook can downloaded here: i 4 you

P.S. I am going to have a bigger and better book, printed and published. I need your wishes for the edits of ‘The Art of Ageing Gracefully.’

I Fell in Love with an Asshole


The beauty of being in academics is that you get to live the changing generations. You get to see the generation dynamics. You get to see and experience how things gradually go obsolete. Though the underlying principles of life and phase are the same, the way they get realized differ.

It was minor exam time for students and we usually get relatively free on those three days. I had decided to work on my on-going final edits of novels ‘i 4 you’ and ‘the art of ageing gracefully’. But then, I had this ‘Eureka’ moment to pen down something. There was this endless restlessness until I complete. It then took two days to complete the work along with all the routine commitments. [I had to cut my sleep and the experience was satisfying.]

Here is a novelette – ‘I Fell in Love with an Asshole’. The ebook can be free downloaded HERE. The book got 360+ downloads in 3 days. If you complete the book, kindly leave a review at: Goodreads.

What in the Name of ML and AI!


I have started a series post about Data Science (Much talked Buzz word) under the title – “Honest Data Science Talks“. My plan is to keep it least technical. Two posts are up already and first one can be reached here!

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This article is Talk 01 of Honest Data Science Talks series. Each talk of around 500 words length, is personal thoughts and deliberations on the domain.

I met these people from a company that claimed to have been teaching AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) to school kids and teachers. No, not even to high school but to lower and primary. Being curious to know what the program was all about, surprisingly, most of it was using a website with simple animation buttons to move objects up and down. I have seen such sites (exact same ones) and tools earlier and they are not new inventions. What worried me most was that AI being labeled as basic programming. Okay, the much more significant concern was fooling out a community of people who really aren’t aware of AI and falsifying the conceptual background.

I pity the universities for once…

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A Day in Cafe


I had been to a conference in Thiruvananthapuram, and it was my first visit to the city, though I had been to other parts of Kerala several times. After the conference, I had a day off for myself, for I had my plans not knowing yet on where to make it happen.  As strange as it sounds, but truer. I had carried my printed novels for editing with a highlighter, colored pens, pencil, scale, small cards and everything else that is required. I checked out of my room (I had to by 11.00 am) not knowing where to head next. I had a bus to catch at 9.00 pm and I had all day waiting for me to throw in some excitement.

I had expected it to be a sunny day like the previous but the rain had surprised me. I had to surprise back to maintain the natural order. I checked out with small luggage that I had carried and run towards the nearest shelter.  I could see that it was a coffee house ( Turf Café and Bistro ) but looked like nothing that from outside. I, however, took steps inside with no further thoughts standing there in awe for what I saw.

The Cafe, at the welcome.

I really did not want a coffee. However, hoping that the rain would stop, I started looking for something very minimal from the menu, something for 30-45 mins. I ordered a vanilla cream coffee (not sure if that exactly was the name) and sat there with balminess, looking at every corner, which gave welcoming hospitality to the much-needed stranger like me.  Then, after around 10 minutes while when the order is almost about to arrive, I have this lighting moment.

“Sir, can I sit here all day long, maybe till 7.00 pm and do my works?”
“Yes, sir. You can take *that* seat!”
“Thank you.”
“I hope you will order something!”
“Definitely. I am going to have my lunch, snacks, and everything else here!”
“Sure, sir.”
“Thanks a lot!”

That is what led to one of my best days ever! I spent my whole day, working with my novel edits. There was also Mr. Bean series being played on a large screen which for me, was incredible writing support. The food was delicious and so were the staff around. I liked the menu and the smiles they offered. That day, for me, was a bliss. I am sure that every writer or a reader like me would agree that there is nothing more beautiful than this.

Cheers to the perfect day!

Growing Through 2020


What makes December 31 special, most probably, is that it is a representative day for what we were last year and the changes we want to see in the upcoming year. While for some, it is a reason to party, for some an opportunity to resolute and start afresh with new beginnings, and some-some so on for the remaining rest. It’s a birthday of ‘hope’ and gives all the reasons to celebrate. The celebration takes its form and favor.

Some dance, fireworks,
Some read, social networks,
Some family, blog, sleep,
Some something else, beep,
A cake, a celebration, a peace.

I am a person who always needs a metric and check. It has worked with me well, for earlier, I used to organize with a periodic task list and now I align them all with my year resolutions. The resolution plan also has contributed to the effectiveness and satisfaction factor. Oh, I so much have fallen in love with January 01 for it brings the passion, love towards commitments, and new beginnings. I started having resolutions since 2017 and it has worked for me most amazingly. Here is what happened in 2018 and then here is how I wrapped up 2019. Below are the works I would want to work on for 2020 with my utmost commitment (And of course, I really want to improve with my blogging commitments, like I used to do two years ago).

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Task Set 01: Writing

1.1. Write at least 100 blog posts on itsphblog
1.2. Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes
1.3. Take up A to Z Challenge in April
1.4. Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July
1.5. Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2020
1.6. Post 30 short poems on Instagram

Task Set 02: Publishing

2.1. Give final edits and get NaNoWriMo 2016 novel titled – i 4 you published
2.2. Revise, edit, revise, edit and NaNoWriMo 2019 novel titled – The Art of Ageing Gracefully published
2.3. Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords

Task Set 03: Reading

3.1. Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels
3.2. Read and explore two new domains in depth (Life Sciences and Digital Society)

Task Set 04: Research

4.1. Read 50 or more research papers
4.2. Publish 5 research papers (academic, research, management)
4.3. Build four new models related to research area
4.4. Implement 5 workable components for Knit Algorithm

Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)

5.1. Design and deliver two new courses (Semantic Web and Functional Programming)
5.2. Improve Coding profile (complete Basic CodeChef DSA certification)
5.3. Take up and complete 5 courses online (MOOC)
5.4. Design and deliver courses in unique environment (DSA, MT, APS)

Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)

6.1. Provide 30 meaningful internships from Knit Arena
6.2. Host Knit School 2020
6.3. Host 2 events from the company
6.4. Grow as Technical Lead at Transil (Internships, design, research, consultant, technology etc. )

Task Set 07: New

7.1. Conduct 3 workshops on various topics
7.2. Travel to two new places
7.3. Cook 5 new dishes
7.4. Work on building meaningful components for kids growth and development (dedicating to my kids)
7.5. Start and complete at least 3 new series/soaps

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What are your resolutions for new year? (if you already have made one, if not I would recommend to do one, or more).

Season Greetings! Happy 2020!

Wrapping Up 2019


Have been doing this past three years now – to set the goals at year start and review them at year end. The goal post of aims set for 2019 is here at: Working Out 2019

Here is how 2019 was:

  • Make atleast 150 general blog posts on itsphblogCould do 35.
  • Post 120 technical blog posts in itsphbytesDid 5. That’s shamelessly a small number. I know.
  • Read a minimum of 100 research papers and document them – Did 20.
  • Read 20 novels taking up Goodreads Challenge – Completed 5.
  • Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo (Work as ML in November, Camps in April and July) – Hurray. Done.
  • Take A-Z blogging challenge in April – Participated and Completed.
  • Get 20 top posts on IndiBloggerGot 2.
  • Write 10 ebooks (smashwords) – Published 2.
  • Conduct atleast 5 workshops on various domains (writing to research) – Conducted 2.
  • Finish 5 new courses – Completed 1.
  • Get 5 papers published (with collaborated research) – Done. 6 In-fact.
  • Get hard copy published for ‘i 4 you’ and release ‘things in nothing’ as ebook – Still in Progress. Could not work on ‘things in nothing’ at all.
  • Build atleast 10 workable components for Knit Algorithm – Built 4.
  • Build a better profile for our company – Knit ArenaDone. Better than last year.
  • Work in an entrepreneurship environment to get better insights in Hubballi – Started working as a Tech lead for a company.
  • Get a better Coder Portfolio – Better than last year.
  • Teach a new course – Taught.
  • Always try something new, often and more – Did. Always.

No complaints and no regrets. Definitely happy and I look forward for a competitive 2020.