Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Family of Engineers

Vel with mum and dad - Port Melbourne
I have been a slacker and hadn't updated my blog in 11 months, now i am thinking refreshing this no matter anyone reads it or not :)
Here is a start - this is an article i wrote for my work newsletter circulated every month. i thought i will use this as a start.

For those of you who know me as a HR Consultant, here is a little blurb about me.I am an Electronics Engineer with an MBA in Information Systems. I have
been working in Human Resources for the past 10 years.Okay, you are now thinking I am just a confused soul. Here is my story.
I come from a family of Engineers, my dad a Civil Engineer, he was the Chief Engineer when they built the Nehru Stadium where the Commonwealth Games are held and revamped the assembly house in Chennai, one of the 4 metropolitan cities in India.

I have two older brothers, an Electronics Engineer and a Mechanical Engineer. With the three Engineers around me and the significant age difference, all I saw growing up was one brother wrecking everything around the house in the name of research from transistor radios to fridge lights (needless to say he works for the Government Power Research centre)
and the other challenging any idea or concept put forward to him (he works for the Government’s Patent Organisation reviewing ideas submitted by individuals or Organisations).

The common discussion on the dinner table would be how the calculation of the fluid discharge of hydraulic notch was wrong in the Fluid Dynamics book by Dr.Bansal and go on to prove it. I don’t remember them talking about anything but Engineering concepts or technology (only exception was cricket). My dad would usually borrow one of my books, Robotics or Computer
systems if he was flying on a business trip. No he doesn’t sleep or watch movies in the flight, yes he reads textbooks for pleasure!
With brothers and daughter


Although I did not find any of these as exciting as them, I could not think of doing anything but Engineering when I finished my VCE. As I learnt more and more, as much as I enjoyed programming an 8086/8088 microprocessor, I could not help thinking that the job opportunities I had were more to do with machines and not much with people which bothered me. That was when I decided to pursue a degree in something to do with people.

My family was quite pleased when I married an engineer but was appalled when I announced my decision to pursue Business Administration and not Engineering. To their satisfaction I took up dual specialization of Information Systems along with Human Resources. I absolutely enjoyed the Human part of it, so I stayed in this area ever since.

At the age of 75, my dad has finally turned around and said he finds Human Resources interesting. Needless to say, he has been reading my HR books that I left behind at my parents home when I moved to Australia. He is now enrolled into a Bachelor of Psychology course and has completed his first year of studies successfully. It’s quite funny that he submitted his first assignment – a hand written copy with margins drawn with pencil. He is now learning to use
Microsoft Office from my 9 year old nephew (did I mention my nephew wants to be an Engineer when he grows up!). I’m pleased to think I’ve had some influence on my dad as he did on me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My 2 cents worth !

This blog is about my 2 cents worth opinion on life, my lessons learnt from animated movies and things I thought was interesting after my research on internet.



1) Your love and respect for your mom goes to a whole new level when you become a mom yourself – wonder if men have similar feelings about their dads !
2) Having said that for men I believe their love and respect for mom goes to a whole new level when they move out of mom’s house and to another level when their get married.
3) Women would love to share their problems, work issues with partners/friends as a vent. It does not mean they are looking for a solution or an opinion. The recipient is just expected to go with the flow and acknowledge the venting. Trying it solve it will bring up an argument, trying to find fault / taking sides will mark doomsday.
4) When Men have issues, they would rather go out with their friends for beer than talk about it. They may never discuss the problems, either quietly think about it over a drink or get completely distracted from the issue. This works fine for them - This does not mean he values/trusts his friends more than you ( msg for a good friend!)
5) Life is a wave, when you have your share of crap just hang in there with hope, it takes a turn and goes up again. End of the day it all balances out. Infact you tend to appreciate the tiny little good things like no traffic on road, good cup of coffee when you have had your share of crap.
6) Life is a lot better when you start appreciating the little things as above. There are times you won’t even have them
7) Even when you have everything you never feel contended, you still find a way to long for something you don’t have. Always look back at your life, it will give you enough reasons to be happy today
8) Life is wonderful when you accept people, job and other things as they are. The more flaws you find the unhappy you get. But if you cannot find anything positive/ if it isn’t adding any value to your life you should move on.
9) All the wonderful things you get at home are taken as default and you never realize the real worth until you are deprived of it. You even start missing the fighting with big brother for the remote/ last piece of a chocolate..even the idly that drove you nuts by appearing in the breakfast table on a daily basis for 25 years.
10) 50 % of the toys you buy for your kids are things that you wanted to play as a kid or hoping your child will give you a turn to play with it.

Picked up from cartoons

11) Lion King - When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on to the world. Works perfectly for me..if not for anyone else – it is a wonderful feeling
12) Cars - Winning is not everything. When you lose, it prepares you to be strong and more prepared for the next venture.
13) Tangled – Dream, pursue your dream. Nothing else gives you the contentment of living your dream..…and then don’t forget to go find another dream, otherwise life gets boring
14) Happy Feat/Ratatouille/Dumbo – Being unique is not necessarily the bad thing. How you use it makes the whole difference
15) Tom & Jerry – Fighting with someone does not necessarily make them your enemy. If you don’t have them, your life isn’t complete. Strangely lot of marriages work this way :)

From Research – Strange Syndromes

16) Stockholm Syndrome - Paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors. The victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed. I sort of understand Aishwarya Rai/Vikram in Ravanan movie ( never thought Sita had a thing for Ravanan in the epic though)
17) Lima Syndrome – Inverse of Stockholm syndrome in which abductors develop sympathy for their hostages. Roja movie?
18) Folie √† deux Syndrome - (from the French for “a madness shared by two”) is a rare psychiatric syndrome in which a symptom of psychosis is transmitted from one person to another. This disorder usually happens with people living in close proximity to one another – such as husbands and wives
19) Pica- Pica is a compulsion to eat non-edible objects. Sufferers have been known to consume paper, dirt, paint, hair, glue, rocks, lint and laundry detergent. There is no concrete cause, but pica is believed by many to result from a mineral deficiency, and as such, it's found most frequently in pregnant women - Eating sambal is probably not a myth or craziness..merely deficiency
20) Blog de’ net Syndrome – a Syndrome where a person who is constantly demotivated/ bored at work updates Facebook, comments on other’s wall constantly, write blog articles with non-sense and tortures everyone to read it. ME :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tamil Movie Reviews



Ko – second directorial venture for KV Anand. Casting - Jeeva, Ajmal, Karthika ( Radha’s daughter) and Piaa Bajpai ( from Goa/Poi Solla Porom).
The movie is a political thriller about a bunch of smart, sensible youth trying their chances in politics against several odds. Jeeva plays a photo journalist whose path crosses the youth leader Ajmal.
The story is crisp and the screenplay is fantastic, keeps you guessing the next scene with the number of twists. Like a good recipe its got pinch of romance, pinch of comedy, politics, ethics, modern life, songs, stunts well pretty much everything in a typical tamil movie plus a good script. The script is well balanced by good artists. Jeeva’s role has a subtle sarcasm, pun and seriousness and he has portrayed it brilliantly. Ajmal is pretty good and delivers what is expected and Piaa steals the show with her bubbly girl role..which when overdone gets annoying, but she has carried it quite well. Karthika, i was told off by KV and hubi for my critical reviews as its her first movie..but seriously she dint have to do much in the movie and her eyebrows are really distracting, most times we were just wondering if she has raised her eye brow or if it a malfunctioning beautician ( if that makes sense). All in all good entertainer. Oh! I still don’t know why there was a party song with all the star appearing and dancing esp. with Harris Jayaraj in the group trying to fit in :)
P.s - I remember vaguely about KV Anand’s interview months ago where he had mentioned – Ko means ‘King’, like used in ‘Kavi Ko’ to praise a good poet. (if anyone was wondering). The movie is also meant to reposition journalist as many people associate journalists to people with long jippa, glasses, beard and ‘jolna’ bag. Well KVA himself started his career as a photo journalist before a cinematographer and Director.



Vaanam – Telugu remake of the movie ‘Vedam’ by director ‘Krish’ with Simbu, Bharath, Anushka, Prakash Raj, Saranya and Vega ( Saroja from ‘Saroja’ / Sobhi kannu from ‘Pasanga’)
To begin with ‘ do not judge a book by its cover’- With Simbu in lead and not so appealing songs, if you thought this was yet another masala, triangle love story, you couldn’t be more wrong.
The movie has an excellent screenplay, a narrative type showing life style of 5 different people, their ideologies, their ambitions. Each has a justification for why they believe what they believe and you sort of tend to agree with each one. The story moves from one group to another carefully not confusing, not annoying but simply keeping you wondering how, when and where it is going to merge. When they do meet, it gets very interesting. The movie touches on several different social issues like the life of sex workers, selfish high society boy, selfless sardarji, rich, poor, good and bad police officers, religious groups encouraging violence, moral policing etc. How each of the character comes across the social situations and how it changes their beliefs is what the movie is all about.
Quick snapshot Bharath’s role is similar to his Bob Gally, he has carried it quite well. Anushka has done good justice to her role. Needless to say Saranya and Prakash Raj does what is expected of the role.
But of all people Simbu’s role is a meaty one, he comes around as a cool dude flirting around, then cable raja – a cable guy in a slum joking around with Santhanam (who by the way is very good with his sarcastic jokes with good timing. Example – His mockery about VTV Ganesh’s voice is hilarious), a desperate boy friend fighting his conscience for his dream. He has carried every single part exceptionally well. I must confess Simbu’s performance gets more and more matured and less and less annoying. I am beginning to like him against all odds and prejudice, lets be honest it wouldn’t have been easy living under the same roof as TR and we need to cut some slack to the dude :)


Maapillai Cast - Dhanush, Hanshika Motwani, Manisha Koirala. Well i am writing a review merely because i happened to watch this in the same week as the above 2 movies and not because the villi’s name is ‘Rajeswari’ .Remake of the Rajinikanth’s hit movie ‘Mapillai’, the director did not have to worry much about story or screenplay. Had to simply find a new heroine, villi and comedy track and has failed miserably on all 3. Vivek’s comedy was predominantly annoying, why he had to do a silly voice is beyond me. Manisha Koirala..why? how did anyone think she could fill in the role so well portrayed by Srividhya. With no lip sync and looking like older sister to the 2 chubby kids doesn’t help at all. Hansika even worse. Why do we need to import more and more north Indian heroines who cant even do a decent lip sync ? Almost looks like a lead dancer for the songs and nothing more. Only good thing is Dhanush, but he had to be the hero and comedian and make up for all the failures. He has done a good job but not enough for us to sit through the entire movie. Thank God for the remote control, managed to finish the movie in just over an hour :)
Rating – minus 2/5

Monday, December 13, 2010

Butterfly Effect!

Butterfly Effect - The butterfly effect is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory; namely that small differences in the initial condition of a dynamical system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system( Wikipedia)

We have heard of this recently – thanks to Dasavatharam. It depicted a fictional reason for tsunami. It is also effectively shown by Shankar in ‘Anniyan’ in the flashback.This concept has been well described by Robin Cook in ‘Toxin’ – still scares me that our cheeseburgers are always with ‘no meat’ when we buy from the fast food places. If you have read the book you know what I am talking about. If not, check the story line at the bottom of this blog.

The reason for going into the details is, even a tiny little negligence from once person, builds with the course of negligence from multiple people and brings out devastating effects. If you thought this was fictional, here is a real life scenario. I watched this documentary on TV last week, disturbed me a lot. How something as crazy as this can happen to anyone.
Denise Amber Lee is a 22 year old woman, married with 2 young kids. It was a beautiful day and she spoke to her husband in the morning while he was at work.
In the afternoon, when the husband comes back from work, he doesn’t see his wife; he spots her mobile on the couch and their kids in the same crib. He is sure something is wrong and calls 911 (This happened in USA).
A stranger (Michael King) has walked in and abducted this woman, tied her hands and drove with her. He goes to his cousin’s (Harold) place to borrow a shovel. Harold sees this women tied at the back of his car, tries to run. King puts her back in the car. Harold doesn’t do a thing, but mentions this to his daughter. His daughter, Sabrina makes a call to 911 giving description of the car and direction. Cops are waiting in the freeway for more information so they can be dispatched and catch the kidnapper.
Denise manages to make a call from her abductor’s phone, from the back of the car, pretending to be speaking to him ( she has used the word ‘Please’ 17 times – the tape of her call was used as an evidence in the case later). She continues to prompt people on the road while screaming and struggling from the back of the car.
The worst part is - 2 men see the frantic woman in car, one of them thinks it is a family dispute and does not want to get involved. Another keys in 911, then decides not to make the call. We don’t know how many others saw Denise begging for help and not made the call. Jane, who was driving in the freeway calls 911, even chases the car before she loses the track. The operator taking the call keeps repeating the questions does not understand the seriousness of the situation and what is worse does not dispatch the cops who had been waiting on the road. The abductor crosses the police car on the road and disappears.
Search continues and they manage to find King and the car – where there is enough evidence for Denise being there- but no Denise. 2 days later they find Denise’s body, raped and buried in a shallow grave not too far from where the cops were waiting.
The family is devastated and frustrated with the way the calls were taken and handled by the 911. denise’s dad works at the sheriff’s office that failed to dispatch the cops.
After several appeal Denise Lee law was passed making training mandatory for the operators taking 911 calls.
How scary is that? A normal housewife taken from her own home is raped and killed. Despite her attempt to call cops, alerting others on the road – no one helped her. Her family lives with this horrible memory.
I wonder if I would have made the call- but watching the documentary has been an eye opener, not just crime stopper, but even with the tiny things we do or don’t do. We would never know how it affects someone.

My latest favourite Tinker Bell quotes something along the lines of ‘No matter where you are in the food chain, you should be proud of what you do and do it to your best’

Bottom-line is, when you do something be conscious of your actions, how it may affect you and people around you.
Example – Few extra drinks / Careless driving / Accident / Blocked road/ someone missing an appointment/ losing job! okay got a bit overboard..but you get the picture?

Toxin:

The fictional story is about a doctor who is at the verge of divorce. His daughter falls very sick after eating at her favourite fast food joint and eventually dies. The story is about the doctor investigating the cause.
The backdrop, there are private meat buyers, who drive around farms to buy off sick cow and sell them to big meat manufacturers. The buyers are negligent in treating or checking the meat before selling to manufacturers. The manufacturers have a process of separating meat and waste and treat them separately. An accident in the plant end of a day causes an unclean part of meat falling into the processing meat. The shift worker’s negligence to clear this and reprocess results some of the contaminated meat being packed and sent to fast food joints. Fast foods joints are supposed to cook the meat to a certain temperature. The cook in this joint is in training and gets yelled by the manager for burning/over cooking meat. So he undercooks the next batch. The little girls eats this undercooked meat and gets infected with E.coli and dies after struggling for few days.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Endhiran

I am not one of those ardent Rajini fans, but watching rajini movie in theatre is a Tamil culture more than anything else. Its like celebrating pongal, you don’t have to be a farmer thanking the sun god, you do it despite the fact that you have never stepped in a farm your entire life, coz its your culture. It’s the same feeling I had watching Robot/ Endhiran in the theatre. First kollywood movie for us as a family and I put a lot of trust in Shankar, ARR and offcourse Rajini to keep my 4 year old entertained. Introduced the songs to her earlier to familiarise her with the movie..here is my experience ..

What you already know - Most people I know have either watched the movie or have heard of the story, but here is my quick narration.

Dr.Vasee a scientist makes this humanoid robot - chitti to be used in the army. Chitti cooks jelly, cleans, helps Ash (medical student) in the gynaecology exam, catches mosquotioes that bite Ash, kicks some mini villain butts in the out of the world stunts which are convincing enough for rajini whether he is robot or not. Robot role has added some logic to the stunts. He drives a car, read books by scanning them for seconds, flies, rescues people from fire and even delivers a baby in the ancient method- typical medical miracle (adding an Indian touch). When chitti is taught to understand emotions, the complications starts. He falls in love with Ash, Dr.Vasee’s fianc√© and loses his concentration at the army scrutiny. Dr.Vasee destroys him, but Chitti comes back as a new version, version 2.0 with the ‘red chip’ with destruction command thanks to Dr.Bhora (villain ofocurse). New chitti takes the screen completely for the next 45 minutes taking us through the climax of the movie, which is unseen so far in the Indian cinema.
Shankar has made meticulous effort to customise robotics to kollywood, infact I did not feel guilty about not concentrating much on my robotics class in sem 7..hehe

So why Rajini, why 230 odd crores ?
Shankar, we all know as an excellent script writer, but this script definitely needs big shoulders to carry on a science fiction story to the kollywood audience (bollywood). To complete the movie in a convincing way and closer to his dream, Shankar needed world class graphics, without which it could have ended up like a masala movie and not a sci-fi movie. To manage the expenses, he needed a BIG producer. As a risk mitigation exercise the producer needs more than a dream script, things that has lesser chances of failing..like ARR music and Rajini. This makes the project more expensive. None other than Sun Tv productions could have handled something this huge – the most expensive movie in India. I am completely convinced that none other than Rajini could have done this role(s).

What you did/may not know :
1) The project was announced with Kamal and Priety Zinta in 2001, it was dropped without a producer. In 2007, it was started with Sharukh Khan but later dropped quoting SRK’s comments that 'the concept and script were half-baked'. In early 2008 there were talks about either roping in Ajith or Amir Khan for the project, but this never got finalised. In mid 2008 Ayngaran was going to be the producer, but global financial crisis stopped this AGAIN. Shankar in the mean time went on to make Boys, Anniyan and Sivaji. This is when Rajini put in the trust with Shankar’s script and agreed to play the lead.
2) Ash was signed up as the female lead after considering Asin, Deepika Padukone, Trisha, Shriya etc. Ash was paid 6 crores for this movie, making her the highest paid actress in India.
3) Sujatha was signed in as the dialogue writer when the movie was initiated, but after he passed away this went to Madhan Karky(Son of Vairamuthu)

Noteworthy
1) It has brought back to us the wonderful actor Rajini. This is not a Rajini movie, but a Shankar’s movie. Rajini has played dual role and has simply performed as an actor. Infact I haven’t seen Rajini put in as much effort in acting in the recent times, as the movies in the past decade or so were dependant on his style than acting.
2) Rajini has excelled in the role of a villain very well, remind me of the 70s/80s.
Towards the end, I wasn’t sure which Rajini I was supporting. Chitti version 2.0 is a svery stylish robot and one of the best villains in recent times
3) We have seen Shankar’s creativity before in songs ( painting roads and trucks in randakka - Anniyan, glass houses in Sahaana – Sivaji) but he has taken this to an new step in Endhiran esp the climax – the different robotical formations are awesome with supporting background score by ARR
4) Ash did not have as much to do, but looks pretty..infact than some of her pale thin looks in recent movies. Looks chubbier / healthy J
5) Needless to say the music and songs are fantastic, so are the lyrics create, authentic and awesome. Have learnt a lot of tamil words from the songs..ex: kamutra kanini – computer in love, sethenil wasabi – wasabi with honey !
6) The songs are very beautiful and colourful to the eyes..like any shankar’s movie, esp. Kilimanjaro - Machupichu,Oh Baby!
7) Eye for detail - Hubi correctly pointed out..when the girl rescued from the fire dies in the accident, the media rushes to the spot to take pictures and there is one extending the mike to the dead person !!! wonder why?
8) If you have too much time, watch the 'Arima Arima' song and find the difference between the male and female robots. Mr and Mrs KV has identified the fine difference in the costume to differentiate :)
9) Btw- did sakthi like it? indeed, watched 75 % in the theatre and fell asleep. Insisted on getting the dvd afterwards to watch the end. She has watched it thrice in the last 2 days.

The only hinge is Ash - Rajini as a couple, which to me was morally incorrect. When Rajini claims Amitabh as his best friend, why was he insistent on Ash playing the lead lady. When I could accept Rajini with Shriya, who is younger than his own daughter, the romance between Ash and Rajini (thankfully not much) made me very uncomfortable.
Anyway bottomline excellent script ( what was Sharukh thinking when he rejected this!), wonderful actor, awesome music and amazing graphics. The story is a fiction, but when we have no issues in watching Transformers and I robot, we should not have a concern in watching a tamil speaking robot.
P.s - Thanks Buddy for organising the tickets :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Voting


My voting experience started since Indra Gandhi times when I accompanied mummy to the booth, meticulously accompanied through Rajiv Gandhi days and the years of congress and DMK.
I have voted in the paper stamp once and in electronic system in India. I would ensure I was early in the morning so they don’t use my vote with a dupe. I have been a responsible citizen, in fact I checked with my parents to ensure I was removed from the list, so no one casts my vote.

This year, I voted in Melbourne..it is quite a different experience..here is how it is

1) The election day is in the weekend – you don’t get a public paid holiday..duh
2) You can vote on that day or pre vote i.e you can vote before the election day in the pre vote centres. So if you have something on the election day or want to avoid the queue, you can cast it earlier. I think it is open for a week before the election date.
3) There are heaps of centres in every suburb
4) The staff are quite friendly
5) There are no banners, no loud speaker anywhere around the centre. There were 2 old women standing outside the booth to give pamphlets – 1 for liberal and 1 for labour
5) It was a windy day, so when the small stand with the picture of the labour party rep fell down, both women worked together to fix it. ( No they did not throw shoes on the banner of the opposition party leader)
6) No ink in the finger
7) Just show your address proof, they give you ballot forms
8) Cast your vote in the booth, fold and put in the box - using a pencil to number the choice
9) The whole process from parking to voting took less than 10 minutes, considering the centre was on way to work and I cast it prior to election day
10) If you fail to vote, Australian Electoral Commission will write non-voters for explanation and fine $ 20. If no explanation is given / fine not paid there will be a legal proceeding and you need to pay $ 50 fine plus court costs
So there is another thing you did not know about me, myself and my world

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Book Review - The Palace of Illusions

I have always been fascinated by stories even from the times I could not read them. I remember carrying books chasing my brother begging him to narrate them. Anyway thanks to Ramanandha Sagar, Ramayana and Mahabharata were easier to comprehend watching them visually, even with my limited Hindi knowledge. It gave faces to the characters in the epic, like how Sivaji gave a face to Karnan. How is this relevant to what I am going to talk about, it is, you need to remember this when you read the review below as well as when you read the book, which I think you will after reading the below..

Recently read ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Divakaruni ( thanks to Mrs.Shangy for suggesting it and Mr & Mrs KV for meticulously getting the book for me)

This is the story of Mahabharata but from a perspective of Draupati / Panchali. I have always felt prejudiced by epics and mythological stories written by men predominantly portraying men as how they want while woman based on their opinion of what makes up a good women – be it a princess, a queen or a normal wife. I don’t think the writers of those times knew what woman wanted? it was their perspective and became the guideline to live up to.

This narration of Mahabharata from the eyes of Draupati is a welcome change, a perspective of a woman (sometimes even a feminist). Unlike what I imagined, life of a princess is not always as much fun or as comfortable. The book traces the lonely neglected childhood of Draupati, followed by her swayamvar which was merely a competition where she was the prize money. This is followed by her wedding to the one of the greatest hero of that time, Arjun, short-lived before she is told that she becomes wife of the 5 brothers because their mother said so ! duh !
She finally gets to be the queen of her own palace, the most beautiful and magical palace ever built, but loses it all to gambling of Yudhishter, stripped and humiliated in front of all the people she has ever loved and hated. She then spends 12 years in exile in the forest away from her kids, then another year in hiding, as a maid in one of the palaces. The book touches upon her very complicated relationship with Krishna and her unspoken love for the man, who is the deadliest enemy of her husband(s).

It is a fantastic narration of what does a woman goes through because of the different decisions, arrogance and priorities of the men in her life and is blamed for everything that has gone wrong. As much blame was put on Draupati as the reason for the war, what was her mind set during the war.
How did she watch the events of the 18 day war losing most of the people she had loved all her life and a millions of others because they stood by?
The vengeance in the heart of every single person in the war, the curses, the tricks the twists and finally the disasters.

This book also talks about the things that I had never thought about in the epic :

How does a queen or princess get dressed for a royal gathering ?
Why was Kunti so pedantic about the sons following her words and share a wife, why dint she simply laugh it off and move on ?
How was Kunti as a mother in law and how did the Draupati survive the control freak mother in law and her 5 husbands in the forest?
Do you think Kunti or one of the pandavas offered Draupati any domestic help while they were in the forest ?
Who did Draupati actually love ?
Who among the pandavas loved her the most ?
Did she manipulate the love ?
What was her feeling about her husbands marrying other women ?
With 5 husbands, kids and a loving brother why did she have to die alone ?
Did she ever regret what she had done in her life ?
What was her relationship with Krishna ?
What happens to the Yadu clan after the war ? How did the curse of Kandhari destroyed them ?


It is an interesting dimension to a well known story, a dimension I found very interesting – to the extent I want to watch the epic again and even the movie Karna J