Ishqiya – Movie about North east Uttar Pradesh

Watched Ishqia today. Really nice movie. Naseerudin Shan, Arshad Varsi & Vidya balan have acted really good.

It is seldom that we get to see movies about these issues (if you leave bar-girls stuff in mumbai or mumbai underworld). I can only remember Omkara in recent past touching some of these problems in eastern UP / Bihar i.e ferocious Race wars, racial armies, naxalites, complete non-existence of govt machinery including police, justice etc. Even though in this movie the two folks are able to get to a success with their technique in getting the police to the crime-scene.

If you’re not too familiar with North-east UP or UP for that matter, you may not co-relate a lot, but it is much native to that part of India. such as “Kids are taught to use firearms before they are taught to be potty trained”.

it is certainly not a typical bollywood entertainment movie. If you go with that in your mind, you might regret the decision.

Creating a bootable USB for SLAX, Ubuntu or any other Linux distro

One of my laptop’s hard disk crashed this weekend. The CD drive has been broken always so I spent a day on creating a USB drive on Ubuntu that I can boot my laptop with.

It seems there isn’t much documentation available for easily creating the USB stick bootable

Here is something that’s really easy & works without much command line interface.

UNETBootin.

It allows you to very easily create a Live linux distro on a USB. You can select almost any distro such as Ubuntu, SLAX, Fedora and dozen others.

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

I created SLAX and it worked fine. SLAX is one of the smallest Linux distro with all the features that a regular user would need. A very clean UI. (It takes about 2 hours to download & burn the USB on a 256 kbps line that I have at home).

Ubuntu, the most popular Linux Distro is bulky and it takes 5-6 times longer to download & burn on the USB.

cheers