Jan 6, 2008

Welcome To Palanthir

Who better to fill this space than the Queen of Hearts, Devastatingly Beautiful,Pristinely Perfect, Phenomenal looker,Ravishing Rai

Ash is the only Indian lady to have a Wax-Figurine at Madame Tussauds..

Ash was the only Indian lady on the cover page of Time Magazine..

"Aishwarya Rai gets the sort of web adulation that even Britney Spears might
- Time Magazine

has about 18000 websites & millions of fans all around the world..

Julia Roberts praised her as The most beautiful women in the world...

Ash was invited to the Commonwealth Games & was given honor as the special

Ash gets 2 films offered on an average a day

is well-known in many countries where they have not heard of cricketing
God Sachin Tendulkar"
-Le Nouvel Observateur

"Ash is a beauty with lot of brains"...
-Ben Kingsley

"Who is the most beautiful woman in the world? Her name is Aishwarya Rai, and she is an actress living and working in Bombay, India."
-Bob Simon,CBS' 60-Minutes

was miss world 1994, was voted 7th(prev.) & 9th (currently) most beautiful women in the world in a poll...she is brand ambassador of Loreal, Longines, Nakshatra, Lux among others,the highest paid lady in bollywood & highest tax paying Indian lady too.

Calvin's Corner:Alter Ego

Movie Corner

Letters From Iwo Jima

Far from a mirror image of FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, which contained scenes of the battle of Iwo Jima seen exclusively from the U.S. perspective, the "Japanese" half of Clint Eastwood's Iwo diptych is exactly the kind of film FLAGS' detractors were hoping for: a conventional war narrative, expertly told, powerfully acted and filled with moments of brutal truth, savage grace and old-fashioned hokum. Iwo Jima, 1945: General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) arrives on the grim Pacific island knowing it's only a matter of time before U.S. forces storm Iwo Jima in an attempt to destroy the airstrips blocking an all-out aerial assault on the Japanese mainland. General Kuribayashi is joined by the dashing Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), a champion equestrian who competed alongside the Americans in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Gentlemen warriors both, they sip wine and bemoan this age of mechanized warfare and the mindless, dehumanizing nationalism gripping their beloved homeland. Much to the dismay of officers overseeing the fortification of Iwo's black-sand beaches, General Kuribayashi orders an immediate halt to all the trench-digging. The beach will fall to the Americans no matter what, he argues; the battle for the island will have to be fought from under Iwo Jima. By the time the massive U.S. armada is spotted on the horizon, more than 18 miles of tunnels have been dug under Iwo's crust and throughout Mount Suribachi, the volcanic mass anchoring the island (and atop which the American flag would soon be raised). Stationed deep within Suribachi are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a humble baker, and Shimizu (Ryo Kase), a member of the infamous Kempeitai, the Gestapo-style police force whom Saigo suspects has been sent to spy on his fellow soldiers. Once Suribachi falls, however, Saigo is bound to Shimizu as they attempt to escape not just the Americans but also the rogue Japanese officer (Shido Nakamura) demanding that they suicide. While it lacks the theoretical complexity and timely importance of FLAGS, LETTERS is a significant development in the genre: No American war film, let alone one made during a time of war, ever embedded itself so deeply in the enemy camp. Even TORA! TORA! TORA! relied on Japanese filmmakers to tell the "other side" of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Eastwood and screenwriter Iris Yamashita based the film on Japanese source material — a cache of unsent letters found deep within the tunnels — and it's a hugely sympathetic effort that challenges the usual portrayal of Iwo's defenders as bloodthirsty fanatics. Tellingly, Eastwood offers a very different version of a FLAGS scenario in which a young Marine is yanked off the battlefield and sadistically tortured to death. Here, a seriously wounded U.S. soldier is pulled into a cave and tenderly nursed by Lt. Colonel Nishi, and the act of mercy leads to the film's strongest moment. As Nishi translates aloud the dying soldier's final letter from home, the Japanese soldiers draw closer, each hanging on every word as if it had been written by his own mother. In a magical instant, all that separates two nations at war disappears. This is sentimentality of the best kind, a touching display of male bonding amid terror and aching loneliness worthy of Howard Hawks at his finest.

Facts of The Day:


01. An F1 car is made up of 80,000 components,which means if it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would still start the race with 80 things wrong!

02. Formula 1 cars have over a kilometer of cable, linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which monitor and control many parts of the car.

03. An F1 car can go from 0 to 160 kph AND back to 0 in FOUR seconds!!!!!!!

04. F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of racing mostly before blowing up; on the other hand we expect our engines to last for a decent 20 years on an average and they quite faithfully DO....thats the extent to which the poor engines are pushed to perform...

05. When an F1 driver hits the brakes on his car he experiences retardation or deceleration comparable to a regular car driving through a BRICK wall at 300kmph !!!

06. An average F1 driver looses about 4 kg of weight after just an hour((Yeah thats
right!!!) of racing due to the prolonged exposure to high G-Forces and temperatures.

07. At 550kg an F1 car is less than half the weight of a Maruti-800.

08. In an F1 car the engine typically revs up to 18000 rpm,(the
piston travelling up and down 300 times a second!!) where ass cars like
the palio, maruti 800,indica rev only up to 6000 rpm at max,which is still 3 times

09. The brake discs in an F1 car have an operating temperature of
approx 1000 Degree Centigrade and they attain that temp while
braking before almost every turn...that is why they r not made of steel
but from carbon fibre which is much more harder and resistant to wear
and tear and most of all has a higher melting point.

10. If a water hose were to blow off, the complete cooling system
would empty in just over a second.

11. Gear cogs are used only for one race, and are replaced regularly to prevent failure,
as they are subjected to very high degrees of stress.

12. To give you an idea of just how important aerodynamic design and
added down-force can be, small planes can take off at slower speeds
than F1 cars travel on the track.

13. Without aerodynamic down-force, high-performance racing cars have
sufficient power to produce wheel spin and loss of control at 160
kph. They usually race at over 300 kph.

14. The amount of aerodynamic down-force produced by the front and
rear wings and the car under body is amazing. Once the car is
travelling over 160 kph, an F1 car can generate enough down-force to
equal it's own weight. That means it could actually hold itself to the
CEILING of a tunnel and drive UPSIDE down!

15. In a street course race like the Monaco Grand prix, the
down-force provides enough suction to lift manhole covers. Before
the race all of the manhole covers on the streets have to be welded down
to prevent this from happening!

16. The re fuelers used in F1 can supply 12 litres of fuel per
second. This means it would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of
an average 50 litre family car.They use the same refueling rigs
used on US military helicopters today.

17. TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tyres in around 3
seconds. It took me 8 sec to read above point (no.16).

18. Race car tyres don't have air in them like normal car tyres.
Most racing tyres have nitrogen in the tyres because nitrogen has a
more consistent pressure compared to normal air. Air typically
contains varying amounts of water vapour in it, which affects its expansion
and contraction as a function of temperature, making the tyre pressure

19. During the race the tyres lose weight! Each tyre loses about 0.5
kg in weight due to wear.

20. Normal tyres last 60 000 - 100 000 km. Racing tyres are
designed to last 90 - 120 km (That's Khandala and back from Mumbai).

21. A dry-weather F1 tyre reaches peak operating performance (best
grip) when tread temperature is between 900C and 1200C.(Water
boils at 100 C remember?)

Pic of The Day

Humor Me

BOY : May I hold your hand?
GIRL : No thanks, it isn't heavy.

GIRL : Say you love me! Say you love me!
BOY : You love me...

GIRL : If we become engaged will you give me a ring??
BOY : Sure, what's your phone number??

GIRL : I think the poorest people are the happiest.
BOY : Then marry me and we'll be the happiest couple

GIRL : Darling, I want to dance like this forever.
BOY : Don't you ever want to improve??

BOY : I love you and I could die for you!
GIRL : How soon??

BOY : I would go to the end of the world for you!
GIRL : Yes, but would you stay there??

....... And finally,the Quote of The Day: