I’M A YOUTUBER!!!

Okay, well maybe we can tone down that excitement a little, but yeah, I’m now on YouTube.

I’m an actual person who actually sits in front of a camera and says stuff to it and then uploads that stuff on YouTube. Its fun.

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A post or two back I said how I was working on creating content, and working the basics out for setting up the YouTube channel, and I didn’t say much as to what it is about since things were still finding their way then and I wasn’t sure myself if all that was going on then was how it was going to stay.

Well, since the channel is finally up, and we know fairly well what we want and don’t want, I can tell you more about it.

Firstly, the channel is called ‘Look What The Hat Dragged In‘ (you can click on the name to go to the channel), and its created by Aditya Deshingkar (who goes by the name ‘Deshingz’ in our videos and on our social media accounts), Rohan Marathe (who is our cameraman and part-time video editor) and me (going by the name Vyas, in our videos and on our social media accounts). Rohan is a college friend of mine, who I’ve mentioned on the blog earlier, and Aditya is someone I met through Rohan. Interestingly, Aditya was actually in the same school I was, just a few classrooms away, but we never met. I didn’t even know about an Aditya Deshingkar. To be fair, I wasn’t the most sociable guy, but its still interesting. In the image right at the top of this post, the dude on the left is me, and the dude on the right is Aditya.

Now, before I head into what my channel is about, let me tell you that it is nothing like this blog, which is why I’m finding the channel to be a great experience. Its something entirely new, the likes of which I’ve never done before.

The channel basically revolves around comic books, and comic book characters, and their on-screen versions in movies and TV shows. It is intended for people who are interested in these things, may or may not have seen some of it here and there, but for the most part don’t know much about these characters and their roles, etc, in movies and TV shows. It is the Golden Age of comic books with multiple comic book based movies and TV shows being released each year, and it can get hard to keep up with everything, even if you’re like me and don’t have anything like a ‘job’. So, what we aim to achieve with this channel, is to tell people that fit into this category, about some of the basic make-up of the characters involved in movies and TV shows and essentially brief you with all you need to know and expect from them, before you head into the movie theatre.

So, why the name, ‘Look What The Hat Dragged In’? Well, that’s because, first of all, its a pun, and puns are fun. But more importantly, its because we have chosen an inanimate object such as a hat, to be the decider on which character we pick next and discuss on the channel. It lends a certain uncertainty and therefore suspense, which is always welcome. Suspense is what keeps one hooked.

How the hat works, is that we choose a certain movie or TV show that we want to begin discussing. For example, on the channel we are currently doing a mini-series about The Suicide Squad movie that releases in early August this year. So after we chose this movie, we talked about what it is exactly, and gave a sort of introduction to it (which you can check out by clicking here) before we jumped into the characters. After this was out of the way, we pulled out the hat, and throwed 8 pieces of paper into it (each representing one major character of the movie) and randomly picked a piece of paper. You can click here to check out which character the hat chose, which will be the first character we talk about in the mini-series (this video of us discussing the first character should be out sometime tomorrow).

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So, if any of you are even remotely interested in comic books, comic book characters, or their related movies and TV shows that are flooding into theatres and on our televisions recently, you can go check out our channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6BB4tVc82GNzZcqKz5lP9w

We also have set up social media accounts, where we regularly post comic book related stuff, including snapshots of comic book frames, iconic/funny/amazing incidents from comic book movies and TV shows and various quotes and GIFs of the same.

You can check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheHatBros
And our Twitter handle here: https://twitter.com/deshingzandvyas


Aaand that’s it for this time, I hope this new venture appeals to some of you, because I sure am having a lot of fun at it. Do tell your friends about our channel, maybe some of them are interested in comic books too.

Thank you very much!

Until next time.

Coffee Update #6

COFFEE UPDATE5

Hey-ho, welcome to another coffee update! For those of you new to this, it’s the place on my blog where I periodically update you guys with what’s up in my life. I’ve got a lot to tell you this time, so let’s get right into it.

Grab a cuppa and settle in.


If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I got back from my holiday away from the city a few days back. We’d gone to Lonavala, which is about two and a half hours away from Mumbai. We stayed in a really wooded area, with bungalows sprinkled over the place. It was peaceful as hell. The food was really good as well. It was just generally a really, really refreshing experience. I needed that. Pune is another really old and historic Maratha city that’s about another two hours from Lonavala so while we were at Lonavala, we decided to check out Pune as well. So we went and did that for a day. I’ve been to Pune a couple of times but haven’t really seen it, extensively. We checked out temples and museums and a zoo. The zoo was particularly noteworthy because there were times in there, when I was really genuinely scared. I mean, they had truck-sized tigers and even bigger white tigers in these enclosures that had no sort of wires on them. Just good ol’ cement walls surrounding it all. I later noticed they’d dug deep trenches in the inside of the enclosures, between the wall and the animals’ ‘territories’ which were apparently supposed to be enough to deter them from trying to jump over, but I’m still not convinced. Either way it was the first time I saw tigers so close up. Just one word: majestic. Oh, and I got stung by a huge-ass honeybee, so that’s one thing struck off the bucket list I never wanted to have.

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If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I have recently enrolled in a two year-long teachers’ training course at The Yoga Institute at Santacruz, here in Mumbai. It is a comprehensive course that teaches the student all about Yoga and its way of life, including the asanas and Pranayamas which are the physical aspect of Yoga, but also the teachings of Yoga, its philosophy and its views on Psychology, et cetera. Since I want to pursue Psychology as a profession, I feel doing this course would grant me a great deal of knowledge about the Indian view on the human mind, and would be a helpful to my career in general. At the end of the two years, I will be bestowed with a certificate saying I am a certified Yoga teacher, and will be regarded valid all over the world. I will have completed this course a year before I complete my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. On the physical exercise front, I have also renewed my membership at the gym (it expired in January), and I just started going yesterday. Three months out of the gym and I feel the soreness again. Isn’t as bad as when I started going to the gym for the first time in my life, about a year ago but it’s there nonetheless.

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If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I have a confession to make. The confession is, that I haven’t seen The Shawshank Redemption. Yet. It needed to be said. It’s the highest rated movie on IMDB for a reason, I guess. I’ll find out what that is, exactly, soon.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d want to ask you a couple of things.

  1. Firstly, I feel the blog is in need of a change of theme. Would you agree? Its not that I’m getting tired of having the same theme for quite some time now (because that happens), but that I feel there’s certain drawbacks of this theme. For example, there’s the matter of the sidebar. This theme doesn’t have an open sidebar, you have to click in the top-left corner for it to reveal itself. Whenever I try to picture myself as a reader of the blog, I always feel I wouldn’t always want to pull out the sidebar and scroll all the way down to it, because it is quite long. I may be wrong, which is why I need you, the readers, to let me know if the sidebar can sometimes get tedious. Themes with open sidebars are good that way, while you’re scrolling down the blog, the sidebar scrolls down along with you, so its in your vision, and you can always check out something that gets your attention. At the same time, though, one may feel the sidebar gets in the way of the subject matter, the post, that really matters. It takes away the minimal look a blog may have. I like minimal. Its why I went for this theme in the first place. I don’t know, I’m in two minds about this. You guys let me know what you think, though. It will surely clarify things for me.
  2. And, second, I recently tried my hand at a really different kind of post. Its been said many times that I am REALLY into movies and TV shows and stuff. I watch a lot of those. So this new kind of post, which I’m calling Rewind Reel, is based on movies. The premise is that I pick a random movie and I flip it on its head. That is, I reimagine it as it would have been if one is to watch it backwards, from the end to the beginning. Of course, 99.99% movies aren’t supposed to be watched like that so I use some creativity and humour I have been endowed with, to make sense out of reverse movies, and basically, entertain. Now, I haven’t really got a great response on that post. It could be because the movie I chose to inaugurate this new feature was a movie that I don’t think many have seen. I myself didn’t hear of it much after it had been released. Either way, please check it out whenever you guys can and lemme know what you think of it. I’d like to do more of that, and I probably will even if not many like it, but it’d sure feel better if people do like it.

Finally, if we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that that’s all I’ve got for this coffee update and that I hoped you had fun chilling out with a virtual cup of coffee. Before, going, I’d ask you how you are doing. I’d ask you what’s going on in your life and how it’s working out. I’d also invite you for another coffee update, sometime soon.

See you guys on the other side.

Coffee Update #5

 

COFFEE UPDATE5

Welcome back to another one of my Coffee Updates! This is where I brief you with what’s up in my life, what I’m thinking, and what I’ve been up to recently.

So grab a cuppa and settle in.


 

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I am finally done with my 12th Grade Finals, or the Board Exams, as they are called here. They went on for around a month but I wrote my last exam a couple of days back. To be honest, they went very, very well. I feel I did well. I had English, Hindi, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology and Logic as my subjects for the last two years (Philosophy came in, in the second year; I had Math for the first year) out of which I think I found Economics and Hindi to be the toughest overall. Economics because there were a lot of chapters to study and remember stuff from, and Hindi because, well, generally I just found the chapters just really boring. We had short stories and poems and I felt that some of those short stories had a good message to give, but they were so awfully written. I mean, it just dragged on. Plus it was in Hindi, something I don’t read every day so it takes more time than it does with English. So many of those stories were written more than 30-40 years back and maybe this was how people wrote back then. In the end, it all went really well. Now I have a couple of months of just basic chilling out before the results come out sometime in the last week of May, after which its back to college admissions and picking subjects and courses and what not.

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Batmanvssuperman8191234If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice is releasing on the 25th of March, which is also my birthday. I know, right? I have been so hyped to see this ever since it was announced. Batfleck gonna be awesome. Now, yes the initial reactions of most of the people who watched it on its early premiere and stuff around the world, have all been negative. Everybody’s blaming Snyder for screwing up with what was supposed to be a monument of perfection. What people wanted to be a monument of perfection. It is understandable since so many have grown up reading the comics and watching on – screen versions of these characters and it is surely close to them. I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t want to form any opinions right now, but it seems to me as if people need to appreciate it for what it is and not loathe it for what it is not. Its a huge thing that this movie got made in the first place. Seeing Batman and Superman in an epic showdown with such great graphics and stuff, thanks to modern technology. Who would’ve dreamed of seeing this on the big screen 10 years back? With such a great cast, no less. It is very easy to pick out faults in blockbusters like these and tout it around as a huge failure, but very few of us actually know what went on behind the scenes and why this happened. A friend of mine said it could be because of the owners and the people who bankrolled the movie, and could have maybe put some restrictions on the actual guys who made the film. Its not a completely outlandish idea. Despite all this though, I go in with an open mind and I am sure its going to be one of the best movies I ever saw on my birthday.

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If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I am going to go away for a little vacation next week, with my parents and my little sister. The place is a few hours away from the city, and its not all exotic and shit, like most people like to do when they turn 18 or just give their 12th Board Exams, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I’ll be gone for two weeks and its likely that I won’t get a decent internet connection there so its also very likely that I won’t be posting anything for those two weeks or so.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that a few weeks back I found out about this book fair in the city where they sell books by weight. Most of the books are second-hand but in close to perfect condition overall, and they have fixed prices like, Rs. 100/kg for certain kinds of books, 200/kg for others and 300/kg for the rest. That right there, is an absolute steal, because these days even some two hundred page books cost Rs. 399 and Rs. 499. So I got myself a few kilos. We kinda reached late when it was about to close plus we had to get home and study because our exams weren’t yet done with, or I would have probably taken more. In any case, I’m going there again. Anybody in Mumbai want to check this out, its near the Churchgate station, on the east side, in a place called Sundarbai Hall. Its open every day from 10 AM, I think, to 6 PM till the 4th of April.


 

Aaaaand, that’s all I’ve got for this Coffee Update, but there’s sure to be a looot more in the next one, because that will be after I get back from my vacation outta town, so stick around for that.

I hope you’re enjoying these Coffee Updates, because I sure am enjoying writing them! Let me know if you did by liking, following and above all, by letting me know in the comments down below. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Any of you going to watch Batman v Superman? What’d you think of the trailers and the initial reactions? Lemme know! 😀

I’ll see you guys next time.

Awesome Quotes – Nolan’s Batman

AWESOME QUOTES

Welcome back to Awesome Quotes. It is Friday, after all.

So, I recently had the pleasure of watching The Dark Knight for the sixth (?) time, and I realised that some of the quotes in there are just too good to not have an Awesome Quotes of their own. The late Heath Ledger, had quite a few of his own.

For those of you that haven’t seen this masterpiece, you’ll see how absolutely timeless these quotes are, and for those of you that have seen it, you will fall back in love with this movie.

Without further ado, let’s get right into the awesome quotes from The Dark Knight. Enjoy!


See, their “morals”, their “code”… it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these, ah, “civilized people”? They’ll eat each other. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. See, I’m not a monster.I’m just ahead of the curve.

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Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.

– The Joker

 

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

– Harvey Dent

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The Chechen: What do you propose?
The Joker: It’s simple. We, uh, kill the Batman. [the mobsters laugh]
Salvatore Maroni: If it’s so simple, why haven’t you done it already?
The Joker: If you’re good at something, never do it for free.

 

Batman: This city just showed you that it’s full of people ready to believe in good.
The Joker: Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent, and all the heroic things he’s done. You didn’t think I’d risk losing the battle for Gotham’s soul in a fist fight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine’s Harvey.
Batman: [horrified] What did you do?
Joker: I took Gotham’s “White Knight”, and brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. See, madness, as you know, is like gravity: all it takes is a little push!

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Two-Face: It’s not about what I want, it’s about what’s fair! You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time. But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced, fair. His son has the same chance she had. [shows both sides of his coin] Fifty-fifty.
Batman: What happened to Rachel wasn’t chance. We decided to act. We three.
Two-Face: Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

 

Commissioner James Gordon: They’ll hunt you.
Batman: You’ll hunt me. You’ll condemn me, set the dogs on me. [in voiceover, Gordon destroys the Bat-Signal, Alfred burns Rachel’s letter, Fox destroys the sonar device] Because that’s what needs to happen. Because sometimes…the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded. [runs]
Gordon’s Son: Batman? Batman! Why is he running, Dad?
Commissioner James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
Gordon’s Son: He didn’t do anything wrong.
Commissioner James Gordon: Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

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Some men just want to watch the world burn.

– Alfred Pennyworth

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You see, I’m, a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder…and gasoline!

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Do I really look like a guy with a plan?

– The Joker

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Aaaand that’s it for this special Dark Knight themed edition of Awesome Quotes. Of course, there’s a few more amazing quotes in the movie, but some of those require a little context which doesn’t quite come through in a post like this, and let’s face it, this movie isn’t worth spoiling that much.

Before I go, I have to say, those of you that haven’t watched this, do yourselves a favour and go watch it. You shouldn’t even be asking if it’s worth the time. You just shouldn’t.

I hope you guys enjoyed, and stay tuned for more Awesome Quotes! I’ll see you guys next time.

rolls out in his Batpod

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Coffee Update #4

COFFEE UPDATE4

Its Coffee Update time again! Getting tired of coffees? Well, then there’s a table by the corner with seven different kinds of teas and sixteen different types of other drinks, aerated and non-aerated. All non-alcoholic of course.

Pleasantries out of the way, let’s get down to it. Let me update you with stuff over a nice cup of…whatever it is that you have chosen to drink.


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If we were having <insert drink here> right now, I’d tell you that I watched Neerja yesterday. Neerja is an adaptation of true events, about Neerja Bhanot, an Indian air hostess working for Pan Am. She saved over 300 people following a terrorist hijacking in Karachi, Pakistan, at the cost of her own life. It isn’t a documentary per se, and they’ve altered a few of the minor plot points I guess, but regardless of that is a pretty heartwarming and at the same time gut-wrenching movie to watch. Its about Neerja Bhanot’s spirit, courage, and above all, her commitment to her job, her duty, of serving the passengers of the plane. I’d recommend it to anybody who’s reading this.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that 50% of my Boards are done. I wrote my economics paper yesterday and that was the third of the six subjects I have. I’ve got Philosophy up next on the 4th of March, a long break up until Psychology on the 17th and then Logic to wind things up on the 21st. But it feels good there are three textbooks that I won’t be needing now.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell those of you that don’t already know, that I am a big football fan and a really big Manchester United follower. All you need to see is the wall by my desk. I’ve got tons of posters of the Class of ’92, Sir Alex Ferguson, Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea and what not. So, naturally, when there’s a Manchester United event in the city, like the I Love United event today (which includes an interaction session with United legends David May, Denis Irwin and Louis Saha and a live match screening of the Manchester United v Arsenal Premier League match later today, among other things), I’ll try my best to go. Unfortunately, studying for the Boards, I came across this information a little too late yesterday evening as I’m finding it difficult to find tickets to it, so I guess its next year for me. Oh, well.

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If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you I am unbearably pumped for all the TV action that’s coming our way. Suits wraps up its fifth season on the 3rd of March, and if the penultimate episode that aired on the 25th February is anything to go by, its going to be a hell of a season finale. House of Cards returns with a fourth season on the 4th of March and then later that month we also get Daredevil season 2. Amazing. On the DC front, The Flash is going great guns with their second season and the Arrow is not too bad either until now, so that’s something to look forward to as well. All in all, been a great year on the entertainment front so far, and its just getting started (quite literally as well).

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I recently watched a TED talk and it was just plain hilarious. I mean, on another level it was genius, but the guy presenting it was just awesome at the job. It may be a little long, but its time you won’t regret having spent on it. You can check it out below.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I just finished watching the first six Star Wars movies a few days back. I’ve wanted to do it for a while but didn’t get time to do it like many do it: marathons. Instead I had to do it incrementally. One movie a time. That did give me time to think about each one, though, and I guess that’s a good thing. To me, the original trilogy was definitely better than the prequel trilogy, the way it is for many, but I would have still needed to watch the prequel trilogy to understand it all, regardless of whether they could have been made better. Now I can’t wait to watch The Force Awakens.


Whelp, that’s about all I’ve got for this coffee update! I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me and what I’ve been up to recently.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?