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Epson M205 All-in-One Mono Ink Tank Printer – User Review

It was with much expectations that I bought Eposon M205 Print/Scan/Copier Ink Tank Inkjet printer, three months back, from Flipkart.com. But within these three months, I had to call the customer service center thrice to repair the printer. The basic problem with this printer is with its paper feeder. The paper feeder of the printer (not ADF), is noisy and seriously faulty. The printer does not intake the papers properly. And even if it does, many times, the printer would simply eject the paper without printing anything, as if the paper was not inserted properly. It is a frustrating exercise to print 10pages in this printer.

Another problem with this printer is with its paper-jam-sensors. Even if no paper is jammed inside the printer, it would show that some paper is jammed inside. Switching the printer off-n-on for two to three times, would magically remove the jammed paper, and resolve the problem.

The Customer Service Center of Epson in Kochi, Kerala is another frustrating point. They would never answer the phone in their published phone number. One has to go to that place and invite the person to repair the printer. Once they could not even repair the printer at one go, but made me wait for a week for obtaining some part of this faulty printer.

On a whole, I would not recommend this printer to anyone. If Epson is kind enough to take mine back and refund my money, I would be much obliged !

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In Love with Nano..!

The transition from bike happened after a sting of stiff neck experience and discovery of a vestigial bone call cervical rib, that was squeezing my nerves.  The Doctor said “no more biking”. I have always maintained that a two weeler is the best mode of transport, in kochi, unless you have the luxury of time and a chauffeur. I didnt have both.

During the initial days after the forced transition, I used Ford Figo. The driving experience in city was so horrible, I hated my life, being wasted on traffic jams. There were days I was forced to drive around Kerala High Court, three four times, just to find a parking space. In two weeks, I decided to buy a compact car like Tata Nano or Mahindra Riva, for the sake of convenience. After some consultation with my auto-enthusiastic friends, I squared on Tata Nano Twist XT.

The on-road price of Nano Twist XT is 2.60Lakhs, in Kochi. The car was delivered on the third day of booking, and I have been using it for a month.

Exhilarating, Liberating and Economical !!! are the terms I would use to deacribe the driving experience of Nano Twist. The car is so easy to handle, park and drive in city-traffic, it is the ideal second car, one can opt for. The seating is perfectly suited for a six feet like me, unlike the deep seating of most of the popular cars. Nano can zip through the unofficial two-wheel lane, like an auto-rickshaw. The acceleration is mind-blowing and without comparison. It doesnt have the infamous kudu-kudu-auto-rickshaw sound generally attributed, at-least inside the cabin. The car is spacious, despite the compact size. Honestly speaking,  I’m in love with Tata Nano. I dont know why people is so prejudicial about it, and thinks so low about it. Nano is the best car and the most used one, among the five cars I have at home. Drive it once before making a judgment, you will understand it yourself.

Drishyam – Review – Legal flaw in the climax

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I had lost my love for Mohanlal a few years back when he started acting in movies like vamanapuram busroute to ladies and gentleman. The obnoxious Mohanlal Fans Association that exists only to howl at other actors, and his obsession to do romatic roles at oldage, have fueled my criticism for the so called ‘complete actor.’ So I had promised myself not to watch any more Mohanlal movie in the theatre.

An exemption had to be made last day, when my entire family decided to go for Drishyam(ദൃശ്യം) at Q Cinemas. I reluctantly accompanied them pacifying myself that it is given 4.5stars by Kochi Times.

After watching the movie, I had only one feeling. The ratings were purchased and the fans association played along well. The true review of Dhrishyan is it a strictly an average affair, with a boring first half and a redeeming second half.

The first half can best be described as a lengthy moral science class. Mohanlal professes virtues of organic farming and fights corruption of a local police constable. The story picks up later with a sleazy video clip of his daughter and gripping events that happen afterwards. Second half is a true thriller and I would credit Jithu Joseph with good marks for its tight execution. The twists and turns of the second half compensates the lousy first half, to a great extent.

In the perception of a common man, the climax is well executed. But legally speaking, it is totally stupid. In the movie, Mohanlal survives the long torture of the police, and does not reveal the details of the missing son of the DIG. But in the climax, Mohanlal confesses to the resigned DIG, that her son was murdered and seeks her forgiveness. The actual law is that all confessions are admissible in evidence except those made to police officers while in custody. So Mohanlal choose to confess when the disability of Asha Sharath, to hear and prove a confession,  got removed. He has thereby endangered his family, which he sought to protect allthoughout the movie. Once there is an admissible confession, recovery of dead body of the missing, is of not much relevance in a criminal prosecution. So Mohanlal simply wasted all his efforts by confessing at the end, when he could have simply confessed to police, which is actually inadmissible in court.

All these may sound totally insane while reviewing a movie. You may also criticise me as  a law-geek, reviewing everything through grey legal glasses.  But the fact is, there is a legal flaw in the climax of drishyam, and it dampend my movie experience. It does not hurt a realistic movie writer to learn law, and frame the script in the right direction.

I would rate drishyam at 3*/5 – An Average Thriller.
Other laymen who watched it along with me, rated it as above average, but not excellent as rated by newspapers.

PS: Oru Indian Pranayakatha is the best film to watch this season

Hotel California is a celebration of new-comers!

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I make it a point to watch new generation movies, just to encourage youngsters of the Malayalam Film Industry. Watching Hotel California, was one such errands, that I enjoyed all though out. It is more like a sequence to Trivandrum Lodge, falling under the gene of indecorous glamour, but absolutely engaging.

The movie is a collage of different lives, greed and infidelity being their theme of  intersection. Jayasurya is a pimp and Anoop Menon is an actor. Apart from the successful duo, there are hell lot of other relevant characters, played by Nandu, Saiju Kurup, Shankar etc, which make the movie a celebration of new-comers and sidelined-talented actors. The success, in fact belongs to them – the underdogs of Malayalam Film Industry.  It completely lives up to the expectations of an Anoop-Menon-Movie.

(3.5*/5) – Good Movie

Ek Thi Daayan – A hopeless movie

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I went for this movie to give company to a friend who read many positive reviews about it. The movie however was a huge disappointment, particularly its second half. The flaw lies in the story itself as the writer is confused where to place it, ie whether it should be a horror-fiction or a physco-reality thriller. Though the first half was  gripping, the second half fell apart largely due to many loose ends and contradicting narration. It is not Ek Thi Daayan, but Dho Thi Daayan and Emraan Hashmi himself is an unbelievable phenomenon. It is reprehensible to watch him unnecessarily smooch and bear himself, even in a supposed horror firm. Can’t he act without such degree of intimacy? There are few incidents (3 in fact) of shock and awe, but they are not worth to watch the movie in a multiplex. (2*/5) – Avoid.

Amen – Another Amazing Movie

Lot of positive reviews are written about this movie, I hardly need to say anything. The movie is a blockbuster, without any doubt.

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One thing I felt relevant, is the satire depiction of Church’s corrupt politics. In the movie, a good Church is sought to be demolished and reconstructed in order to support the falling career of its Vicar. It gave me certain resonance with my own experience with Church and it current dark politics. Lijo Jose Pellissery has done a fantastic work by narrating those untold practices of the Church, in the movie.

The cinematographer – Abinandhan Ramanujam, also deserves to be appreciated. He has captured the natural beauty of Kuttanad, without missing any colour. The movie is a must watch for all. (4*/5)

Jawan of Vellimala, a casualty of collective bad publicity?

Last day I saw Jawan of Vellimala in VCD. In theatres, the movie was commercially a flop. It was driven out of cinema halls within two weeks of its release. There was widespread negative publicity against the movie both in print media and social networks, when it was released.

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But after watching the movie in VCD, I liked it. It’s of the same standard and gene as the movie ‘Run Baby Run’. An average movie, with some good moments, that ought to have worked in box office. But it failed miserably. What could have gone wrong? I would blame it on the negative publicity, which I believe, was done in a very systematic and planned manner.

Who could it be? My suspicion is on Mohanlal Fans Association. It is the biggest collective badies out there in Malayalam Film Industry. I could be wrong. But there was some foul play, during the release of the movie, which I am sure about.