Friday, November 28, 2003

Wanted to check out on what's going on in the FMs. So blasted FM this morning to listen to the husky Divya in Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, who complained that she had a bad throat and even though she wasn't sure if it will improve tomorrow, she wished her listeners a bright day ahead. However her choice of morning songs didn't blend with the friday morning mood. Radio Mirchi is clearly following the typical American FM standards and it is the best for the travelers with weather and road conditions and their evening choice of songs which are good.

Then came Kanmani, the best compere till date on the FMs. Her programme Kaalai Thendral in Suryan FM 103.5 tops the best programmes in Chennai FM. With her jyothika like voice(though jyothika borows her voice from Savitha) and her intonations to match the morning mood, she really makes us jive. Especially today with the Chennai weather coming down to teens, she twined with the mood and played some realy cool numbers. All of them about rain. Some of them included Vaan Megam from Mouna Raagam, Gala Galavena from Rythym and Then Merkku from Karuthamma.

Though directly inspired from Dr.Alban's song, Then Merkku is one of Rahman's all time hits. With the tune in the right tempo and the sound of rain drops heard so clearly, it beats the original Dr.Alban Song Om we rembwe ike.

There is an International Film Festival happening next week in Chennai. The last time it ever happened was 11 years back in 1991 and I was there in Abirami theatre to see some foreign film which I hardly understood and remember. Now it happens again in Film Chamber of Commerce and in Pilot Theatre starting from Dec 1st. 55 Films from more than 19 countries are screened. Take a spin. Worth it.

Chennai has already started getting the marghazhi coolness. And Sabha's are preparing for the Carnatic Music Festival 2003 happening the whole of next month and goes on till pongal. Be there for some exciting carnatic music by the big names and the NRI's who fly down just to perform in the Music Academy. Is it Nithyashree or Sanjay Subramanian, this time ?.

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Thanksgiving to Illayaraja:

The guy who rocked last week with his comments on the Bala issue, strikes back again. This time in his email to me he had an humble request . The request is about publishing the small note on Thanks Giving TO Raja Day.

A couple of months back when I first read about Illayaraja's project of Thiruvasakam in Symphony, I was very impressed and was expecting it to be on the racks very soon. Here was my small blogpost on it.

But it looks like the project is getting delayed a bit due to various issues and Illayaraja's fans are pumping in the money needed to complete this noble venture. More on this is in the note thats being published all over on the drive to collect money which will be donated to this project.

I would appreciate if some co-bloggers can also publish the note below if they feel this to be a fair drive towards making a great dream come true.

Thanks Senty. Here's the note :

Thiruvaasakam in symphony(TiS) - a historic moment about to happen in the next few months, composed and conducted by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja (with 200 symphony artists in Hungary). You can support TiS by donating minimum of US$5 on Thanks Giving TO Raja Day (TG2RD).

A special 'Thanks Giving' day on 27th Nov., to express our Thanks to Maestro by “ALukku aindhu dollar” scheme ($5/person) for his excellent contribution to us, Music lovers. So please donate $5 or more ,if possible on thanks giving day or later to make this project a big success.

How you can donate :

1. Contact any of the volunteers near your area.

2. You can take check favoring "Thiruvasakam in Symphony" and send it to any one of them

a) Sankar Kumar NC 919 460 9430/
102 Copper Green St., Cary, NC 27513

b) Sridhar Seetharaman
NJ 732 321 9763/
701 Limelight Court,Edison,NJ 08820

c) Sridhar Balasubramanian
CA 408 937 6008/
1265 N Capitol Av., #69, San Jose, CA 95132

Also check out:

Official Site of Thiruvasakam in symphony
Photo Show of Thiruvasakam In Symphony
First Indian Symphony
Maestro Fan's Site

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Chennai - This is Chennai :

BACK IN CHENNAI !!! And to ride my bike in the dust and wind with my eyes wide open was thwe coolest that happened to me in the last three months. I really really missed it for a long time.

So what next ? Start counting the number of movies I haven't watched since Boys. From Thiruda Thirudi to Kurumbu, there is a whole laundry list of movies. Prominent one being Pithamahan. Will watch it this weekend, I hope.

Saw Manmatha Rasa yesterday in KTV and its very feverish. You could hardly see any close-ups in it. All I could see was Dhanush and Chaaya kicking mud off their feet with their hips gyrating methodically. It was however fun to watch and I can now understand how the theatres would have rocked for this song. Uppu Karuvadu song in Mudhalvan was one of the first songs noticed to have the camera shaking to the beat of the song. Manmatha Rasa also added such shots to increase the tempo. This technique gives a feeling that even we dance with the actors.

Also saw the banner of Pulli Raja advertisement that was famous over the last couple of months in chennai. A imaginative character formed for AIDS prevention ads was Pulli Raja. As the name seemed so odd enough, it was an instant hit.

Tons of different experiences in my flight from Chicago to Chennai and each one is worth sharing. Very Soon.

Friday, November 21, 2003

It's the most lovely day here in chicago in the last few months. The right temperature that gets you going and finish all the pending shopping ( I hate it). But as it becomes december, the cold clouds start to close around and it is killing cold.

Since the winter is just about to peak in, trees have worn a dirty brown color with no leaves but still alive and chasing the dawn to get some sun by march.

Just watched Orson Welles - The one man band, a documentary on this greatest forgotten film maker. As history proved more than once that he thought well ahead of time that most of his movies were box office miracles on their second releases. So here I learnt from this documentary, that this man is still undiscovered for even now many of his films haven't been attempted to understand.

The first time I ever knew about him was when Kamalhassan once quoted in an interview about Citizen Kane's masterpiece and the Orson Welles Phenomenon. Since then I was looking for it in chennai and lost hope. Last time when I was here, I somehow managed to get my hand on Citizen Kane DVD. And it was an amazing experience to watch Citizen Kane and the background of the movie. I am getting just a little more curious about him, now. This time I am gonna try for his 1973 flick F for Fake. Just saw the trailor of this movie and I am spell-bound by the flawless technical advancements which he made during that time of 70's.

Neverthless, this documentary is a must-see if you are an Orson Welles fan. His discussions with film university guys were crisp, radical and bullseye.
Ragu Sir (Remember Mangalam Sir in BOYS !!) - my ex boss, a terrific character thats gone through this whole cycle of intellectual vibes. His knowledge in Indian literature and Indian cinema knew no bounds. Although he loves to call himself a fool and doesn't matter if others call him one, he is the one who can give you a path-breaking vision, a deep insight into yourself and can re-engineer you within a few hours to shape your perspectives of the world. Screws you inside out, professionally. Brashed me with hard-truths several times, again professionally. Miss those lovely conversations that I shared with him in that small tea kadai and the dark corridors of MEPZ.

He had written a good poetic verse called Life and Times of a Blogger, about my blog sometime back. He is back after long time following The Battle of the FILMI Geeks. It is a comment that he had left in the previous post. He calls me Subbu instead of Guru and sometime even the SUBBUDU.

Forget that however. Here he goes :

By standers' blabber- Mr.citizen of Laxman.. Hello everyone(lazygeek my friend courtesy your blog site) I have closely followed your flame, fireworks,heat and dust. I understand the following:

You are one helluva guys, who are good at brainstorming, polemics, and incisive analysis on the art of films and filmmaking. I have no pretensions, would prefer to be called a fool.. I think all of you are quite, intellectual lot, with good ideas, and a sportive attitude to debate on filmi interests. There have been anti-democratic tendencies such as 'if i dont like what this guy is saying, then i dont like him" I would like to quote thomas jefferson"I would defend my opponents' right to speak his viewpoint till my death, even though I dont agree with him at all" (Something to this effect). I THINK you guys also restricted your potential by narrow casting your spoke to "Mani V/s Bala" it would have been better if it was "Tamil (Indian also meant here) People V/s Tamil Cinema"

I THINK we all need to have this terrific spirit.

BTW, with you resourceful, guys, why not something of constructive activity crop up such as:
each one analyse and share his / her favourite,most happening / happened director like Rudraiya,Balu mahendra, bala chander, seran,mani,bala,susi, of course the other ones like ritwik gatak,satyajit ray, mrinal sen, goutam ghose,etc..(indian ones, no hollywood yardsticks!!) a panorama of the director and works, and let everyone, analyze,critique..
this way the forum could become a film app(dep)reciation club kinda thing..i as a blog-illiterate,e-illiterate, dont know whether such things can happen..projects in a blogcontext. Take it up if you like, you guys have the potential and the energy and sincerity. Subbu i will appreciate if you share this with your group if it makes sense..

Yours sincerely,
film/cyber/blog ILLITERATI
left thumb impression

When he says 'if i dont like what this guy is saying, then i dont like him', he means me, lazygeek and not you. As I said I hate bala for all his heroes are cracks. Me and my narrowed words. You are right in quoting Thomas Jefferson. Will try to change myself for that.

A Film Appreciation Club. Well, Thats what many literary guys ask for. From Jayakanthan to Sujatha, from La. Sa. Ra to Sundara Ramaswamy, from Sivashankari to Anuradha Ramanan everyone(except the film personalities) at some instance have hinted for a good film appreciation club. I know there are few of them for tamil / english movies in madras. But I am not sure if there is a virtual one on the net. Good Idea. Any takers ?

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

How the dicussion turned into Mani Ratnam Vs Bala :

After a long day and a bagful of comments, we eventually thought of stopping the heated discussions going all over due to the fire ignited by the last 2 posts and added fuel by anti's post.

Anyway, it is all settling down to a normal life but since I didn't want to ditch the gems of thoughts that were sprinkled all over my comments box other than some mere personal attacks, I have documented the comments in form of a discussion that is very dramatic and attacking. Read it for yourself as In Defense of Mani Ratnam. If anyone wants a change of title, suggestions accepted, 'cause it is all your comments.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

In Defense of Mani Saar :

It's burning again. After The Sethu Controversy, here is a flame again. Can you see it at the sides of the browser ?

Senty's comment on Mani Ratnam's movies are blatant copies of western films have set a flame. From Senthil it started and Anti took it off to the next level of expressing the angst in two detailed posts in his blog fearing that my comments box will break if he tries to dump such huge essays as comments.

Anyway, I am open for a fair discussion. Anti and Senthil have already won half the case for me.

Ayudha Ezhuthu Update:
Ayudha Ezhuthu or Aayutha Ezhuthu is not opening up for the pongal season, as expected. It will be here for tamil new year's day on April 14th 2004 . But my first wait is for the A R Rahman's music of Aayutha Ezhuthu which I hope will get released during march as a marketing strategy.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Why do all your films revolve around a mentally- affected man?

Bala : Honestly speaking, every man is affected mentally by something. My films are reflections of those people, who had experienced it. My characters Chiyan, Nandha or Chithan are people affected by something.

I told you, All his heroes are mad. Finally he ends up calling everyone mad. Good Joke. I stopped reading the interview the minute I read the above answer. You continue reading it here.

Enjoy !!

Friday, November 14, 2003

Goggles, Joystick and Kasparov :

As Kasparov takes on the next generation Chess gaming system called X3D Fritz, ESPN is recording the entire match to be broadcasted.

X3D Technologies is a private company that develops three-dimensional display systems. X3D is sponsoring the current match, and the publicity angle is that Mr. Kasparov is wearing electronic 3-D goggles for the entire match while watching a computer screen. Mr. Kasparov plays the machine by speaking his moves, which are then represented in the computer image he sees, rather than by actually manipulating a physical board. A joystick controls the viewing angle.

On Tuesday, playing the white pieces in the opening game in front of a few hundred spectators , Mr. Kasparov fought X3D Fritz to a draw. The second of four scheduled games at the New York Athletic Club is to be played today; Mr. Kasparov will receive $200,000 for winning the match, $175,000 for a draw and $150,000 for a loss.

Watch the whole game LIVE on wired here or read more on New York Times about the Kasparov phenomenon. NY Times needs login/password.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Srinath calls it a day. He retires. Again and Finally.

Hey that wasn't a joke. Javagal Srinath proved to be the most important replacement for the Indian Pace bowling after Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar. When Manoj was caught amidst the wave of scams, Javagal filled in the void and had shouldered the Indian team's stigma of missing Kapil and Manoj.

Having bowled tons of overs in the tests under the captaincy of Azharuddin, got his muscles over-worked and finally got hurt. Azhar used him to the core in the tests and finally he was a sqeezed pepsi can. Sorry to be harsh but I have to be. 'Cause Javagal bowled more overs in tests than an average pace bowler of his stamina. Misused-yet-useful was Srinath who toiled enough for India. Let him have a cup of coffee in his bangalore house while Indians toil against the al-mighty aussies. I hope they come back victorious.

Best of Srinath : The 1999 World Cup match in Bangalore against Pakistan when the Banglore trio Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad and Kumble whacked them out.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Chennayil Oru Mazhai Kaalam

Kakkha Kakkha Gautam is directing his next flim, Chennayil Oru Mazhai Kaalam (A Rainy Season in Chennai). Are u teasing us, Gautam. There is absolutely no water or rain except for the last few days it seemed to have dripped here and there. Swear I don't know how much it rained. (H)ear say.

But seriously if this is the final title, it is very intriguing. Even Balu Mahendra's Dhanush starrer is named as Athu Othu Kannak Kaalam. Its rumoured that the story lines goes like Dhanush getting seduced by Ramya Krishna(n)vamsi. So who's going to seduce who in Gautam's Chennayil Oru Mazhai Kaalam. Atleast the rain seduce the Chennaites.

Hope Gautam gets a chance to seduce Sujatha for writing dialogues. Given Gautam's slick style of film making like what we say in Kakkha Kakkha and Sujatha's consumate experience in writing slick dialogues like what he did for Kannathil Muthamittal and Shankar's Boys, their combination could be nothing but sheer fun.

Remember the true-to-life dialogues of Sujatha in Kandukondain Kandukondain directed by Gautam's guru Rajiv Menon. I hope this combonation gets hooked and works well.
Black Friday

Last friday was described as a Black Friday due to the happenings in tamilnadu's political and print media. Oh !! I am not going over the news statistics again which u have read a zillion times on the net. This is just a voice of a The Hindu supporter, who is asking for a fair share of the justice. Such an act of locking a newspaper daily with cuffs is leading the country to dumps and history will laugh at us if we allow such acts in the democracy.

This volcano has been trying to erupt for couple of years. More than 35 cases were filed against Hindu for mis-reporting of news and other such useless stuff by the tamilnadu govt. We all know The Hindu integrity and it is one of still-a-virgin-pure newspaper in the history of free India. Exposing Bofors was the biggest break for Hindu and it continued it way to glory since then.

Just completing 125 years of existence, Hindu has played a major role in many people's lives. It has shaped perspectives and provided answers to unanswered questions of other newspapers. Unlike Time of India, The Hindu definetly doesn't have a well designed website. Especially in news, people don't go by the usability funda. Its the integrity and honest reporting that matters. Hindu is the best among them unlike Times of India which has been recently whacked by the online crowd.

Continue reading Hindu for I am sure you will always have good filter coffees and good mornings with The Hindu.
Weekend; Randomized

Friends have flown back to India and it's damn boring as we were having some real fun time for the last couple of months. Going to an airport to see-away someone is the one that I hate to do, it's embarassingly emotional. I did it yesterday. Twice.

Missed Pitha Mahan screening in chicago today. I have to hopefully wait to see it in India when I get back. Saw the clipping of Ilankathu Veesuthey song on Sun TV in Pepsi Ungal Choice programme. Illayaraja's clever usage of the flute in such songs clearly distinguishes him from the rest. It was a good song picturised using Balu Mahendra's trademark technique. This technique is a descriptive one and is easy to forego a dream sequence with this. As the hero and heroine talks, walks, jogs or cooks the song is on a voice-over mode and makes the movie look very practical.

Click, Click, Click. Got a Canon Digital camera. It A60 Powershot and it has major features of a SLR camera. It's a kind of half digital SLR. You can cut the aperture, control shutter speed, set focus, 3x of optical and 5x of digital zoom plus some more exciting modes of shooting including B/W and Sephia color saturations. The major thing is that you can attach additional lenses. Now that I have a SLR camera with digital capabilities, it's time for me to go on roads and start clicking.

Reading: Matrix 1 Screenplay on the net. It's amazing to read the concept unvieled to Neo and he takes a dip with those plugs around his body.

Listening: Created a playlist from my music dumps which are non-rahman. Just wanted to listen for day to others as I have been listening to Rahman all the time. Yuvan Shankar Raja seems extremely promising. Especially his Kadhal Website from Dheena is great number. With Vaali writing those taminglish lyrics, it was/is a super duper hit.

Vaali's taminglish is way too much in this song especially :

I Love you Dangerous Baby
Naan Endrum Unnidam Kaithi
News Channel Sollum Ichcheithi

Accupuncture Needleah
Turkey Chicken Noodleah
Anbe Aadai Konjum Undan Idailah

Donald Duckin Jathiyaa
Disney Cartoon Jodhiyaa
Anbe Aadi Chellum Undan Nadaiyilla

Friday, November 07, 2003

The Rising of Marudhanayagam :

Yesterday was Aamir's day. Ketan Mehta's much expected The Rising had the rising. The muhurat of The Rising was staged yesterday with the chief guest as Prince Charles to clap the first shot.

The Rising is all about the First War of Indian Independence in 1857. Also called as the Sepoy Mutiny, the first war of indian independence started because of a rumor that new rifle cartridges that british introduced had lubricant oil made from the fat of animals. The fat of sacred cows was against religious beliefs of Hindus and for muslims it was the pig fat. The sepoys started rising against the british colonization, which became the root of Indian Independence. The rebellion also saw the end of the East India Company's rule in India. Power was transferred to the British Crown in 1858 by an Act of British Parliament. The states of India, which was divided until then, recognized the importance of unity and started fighting against the british. Magal Pandey a young warrior shot his british commander in Meerut when the commander forced the troops to use the rifles lubricated with fats of animanls. Heroes were born and died during this insurrection. I still remember all this history from my high school history textbooks. Especially Indian Independence struggle was my second favorite history topic after the renaissance.

So Aamir Khan, the man who was instrumental to take Indian cinema very close to Oscars, stars as Mangal Pandey, the protagonist in The Rising. With A R Rahman hooking on to the keyboard for this movie, I am sure it is a sure shot success.

Here is the other angle, the tragedy, the untold story, and the forgotten man - Kamalhassan, who was well ahead in this arena of historical films. Marudhanayagam was the most well planned, scrutinized and thoughtfully executed movie, which is in the storeroom of Kamal's mandaveli house. If The Rising had Prince Charles, Marudhanayagam had the Queen herself clap for the first shot. If Aamir has grown hairs all over his head, this man Kamal, had even grown a much-appreciated beard for this Marudhanayagam. Well that was just a glimpse of silly similarities.

As a fact, which many of us don't know, Kamal was in France for 30 days with a playwright for a discussion over the screenplay of Marudhanayagam. After that Kamalhassan remarked in an interview, some of his best discussion about films where with this playwright in France. Sarika, Kamal's former wife, made a costly trip to world museums to get details about the sample costumes of the British during the 18th century. And above all there was huge fort constructed in Sri Perumbuthur where the main part of the shooting went on for more than 90 days. What remains after 4 years and 6 months of the initial muhurat is just half an hour of the movie. After editing the whole shoot Kamalhassan remarked in an interview that he has just shot 30 min of the movie.

Marudhanayagam itself is Kamal's magnum opus and it is for huge sum of money required for his dream project Marudhanayagam, he started acting in a string of comedies like Thennali and PKS. But as he concludes he needs close to 100 crores for the entire movie to be shot. So until someone is able to give him a fair share of investment, that half-an-hour of Marudhanayagam would remain in the dumps of his house.

The Rising is also a similar movie. However, It is not the same. Rising is about the fight for Indian Independence during 19th century. But Marudhanayagam is a story about a small time king from Madurai who was the root of Indian uprising against the British. He existed in 17th-18th century and is even placed much before Veerapandya Kattabomman in pages of history. It is said that analyzing Marudhanayagam's life will lead to a path of the war which India chose to fight the British.

Since The Rising is on the sets already and poised to release next year it would definitely make Marudhanayagam look similar in approach. I am not being biased about Kamal's Marudhanayagam. It's just that someone's dreams are shattered for he wanted to have first leap into such a modern movie making style of an historical movie. I am sure Rising will be India's first leap into the rows of grand international movies like Titanic, Schindler's List and Braveheart.

All these Sony and Columbia movies that are sponsoring for some mushy mushy Hindi flicks, can come forward for this venture of Marudhanayagam. If only someone could make Kamal's dream come true, he can prove to be the best among the rest.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Matrix Revolutions : Balancing the Equation

No spoilers ahead. It isn't a review so you can read it without losing your matrix virginity.

Just minutes after the movie finished, I am here to pen down my first thoughts on the movie. As a huge Matrix Fan, this movie appears to be a let down. But for a normal unassuming cine-goer this movie is all about the pinnacle of an action movie. I could bet you wouldn't have seen anything so flambyouant as this. Matrix is much bigger than your imagination. It has the kind of graphics which you haven't even dreamt in the wildest of dreams. However. it does give a video-game like look to the movie.

But Neo is all set to be the messiah of Zion, the last city of the world. And to do that he has balance the equation. Agent Smith is becoming brahma. He keeps multipying himself to an unimaginable extent that he poses a threat even to the machines world. To stop him, Neo takes a pilgrimage to the machine city and makes a deal. As oracle remarks in the movie, Agent Smith is his negative counterpart who is created to balance the positive Neo. Will it turn out to be a revolution is the what it is all about. It is certainly a very sober movie unlike Matrix 1 when you would come out of a theatre wearing your coolers just like Keanu Reeves and that sober tone is well set from the beginning of the movie when the people of zion expect an armageddon to strike.

Being in an IMAX theatre is nothing but being in Zion battlefield itself. But the sound and thousands of marching sqiddies(sentinnal programs) are not the elements that make up the matrix. It's the philosophical questions that Matrix puts forward that attracts it's fans. Some questions which were left unanswered in Reloaded are answered while some are taken care by the Superman type Neo who fights Agent Neo in the final battle that shakes the skies.

As the final battle hits the skies, the harmony in the background creates goosebumpers. It's the biggest highlight of this Matrix. Don't miss the full length harmony at the end of the movie. Worth a hearing. I hope to see this harmony music copied into a tamil or hindi movie very soon.

Some more on Revolutions to follow. Until then, Free your Mind.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

The Sethu Controversy:

As Bala is celebrating his victory of Pitha Mahan, a few conversations (read hot fights) happened in my blog post's comment box, a week back, on the Bala's first movie Sethu. Instead of these discussions getting digged in the archive hole, I thought of documenting this in my main blog.

Sethu has been a hot topic since it's release back in 2000. It's a film that made today's Vikram. It is the film that brought an assistant of Balu Mahendra, Bala, to the lime light. Myself and my friends have had enough conversations and fights over the intentions and intrepretations of the Sethu film. Like us many of the film lovers have praised and kicked Bala's approach in Sethu.

Though I have some strong views over the movie and it's style, I have documented everyone's views, un-edited. If someone wants to add to the existing document , leave a comment and I will add it to the main discussion.

Read The Sethu Controversy here.

Monday, November 03, 2003

So we all know that Bharathiraja is in Aayutha Ezhuthu as the villain, doing what Amrish Puri is doing in Yuva. What is he doing in A Mani Ratnam Film ?

Heck, I'm not even curious to know what role is he for. But very curious to know how Mani could see the actor in him and for what reason he hooked him to Aayutha Ezhuthu. Except for Enn Iniya Thamizh Makkaley types he is a rocker.

As we all agree Bharathiraja's voice is an amazingly rocky and country like, he can do justice with just his voice. I believe in Mani's choice more than all this.
Ninaivu Engo Neendhi Chella
Kanavu Vandhu Kannai Killa
Nizhal Ethu Nijam Ethu
Khuzhambinen Vaa Penney

Kaatril Endhan Kaigal Rendum
Unnai Andri Yaarai Thedum
Vilagi Pogaathey
Thollaindhu Poveney Naan...

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Mircosoft takes over Google could be my title for a future blog post. That future is getting nearer day by day. I hope not that it happens.

While Google is till exploring its IPO options in Wall Street, the company is also impressed by the Dutch auction, an offering to bypass wall street and directly selling the shares to the investors. With Google dicatating the search engine market, Microsoft is full-of-love for Google.

It is in news that in the last two months, Microsoft has made a couple of attempts for a possible takeover of google. If this wouldn't work out the way Microsoft thinks, they could head towards giving away web search options a part of their Longhorn operating system. This would shake Google's search engine leadership by roots just like what happened to Netscape when Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer with Windows.

I am sure that Google wouldn't be bought because Google by itself is reaching a state of pinnacle with their acquisition of Blogger this year. It is also expected to grow the blogging market by multi-fold.

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