About V.H. Belvadi

I have too many fingers in too many pies I'm an aspiring physicist whose alter égo is a blogger, a photographer, a violinist, an essayist, satirist, cyclist, book reader, book reader, magazine reader, book reader and a generally creative, opinionated superhero who wears either a trouser-belt or suspenders at all times. Reach me on my website, or take a look at my photography portfolio, or perhaps circle me on Google+ or even follow me on flickr. If you're on Twitter, you can also tweet with me.

On scuffling and seeking solace

Anger management

Why do we fight?

Why do we fight?

People have different takes on this subject. By fight I don’t mean wars, rather those little verbal exchanges that entertain some and hurt some. I remember the story of a monk I once read. He was faced with the same question as to why we fight. I found it interesting how he went about it.

“Tell me,” he asks an acquaintance, “why do people fight?”

The other fellow proceeds to explain to him with an example. They go to a restaurant and the man asks the monk to sit down. “Now let’s fight over this table” he says and proceeds to create a scene. “I say this table is mine!” he shouts. But the monk is still calm.

“If it is yours,” he says, “then take it.” Continue reading

To Mr Rajinikanth, from nowhere

Mr Rajinikanth is lying in an Intensive Care Unit bed as I type this. He is, it is needless for me to say, one of the most iconic actors in the Indian Film Industry. His impossible stunts, his funny dialogues bordering on the silly, and his unbelievable visual effects all through a film are, in the pith, not what made him the man he is today.

Anybody, you and I included, can cut a speeding bullet in half or score twelve runs in one ball in a game of cricket–on the silver screen. But what made Rajini (as he is popularly known) the star he is today, and what kept him there more importantly, was his character. Continue reading

Once Upon A Different Time

I had wound up my day tonight when I received an email from ABC via a blogging ring I am a partner with. The American Broadcasting Corporation is coming up with two new dramas, they said; a curious one they have named ‘Once Upon A Time‘ and a new take on the 1970s celebrated series, ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ I was sent an exclusive first look to review and knowing how these dramas can turn out to be, I confess I was quite skeptical about taking up the job. But what Once Upon A Time had in store for me was something I had never come near picturing right (no pun intended!) Continue reading

Somebody just preponed death!

Apparently, the end is nigh for most of us humans. The eBible Fellowship is just one among many claimants (Family Radio being the other major claimant) of the fact that judgement day is May the 21st; and five months later, on October 21st, we shall witness the end of the world.

Now I do not know if this is a race to declare an ‘end of the world’ date, but these fellows seem to believe that the Mayan prediction of December the 21st 2012 is not the end of the world, rather it is October this year! Continue reading

IQ comes with strings attached

Eddie Rodriguez, for Cracked.com, wrote an amusing, yet interesting, article titled 5 Unexpected Downsides of Intelligence. It was interesting, but you know how cracked.com articles can be: playfully funny at first look, with some reading between the lines heavily demanded. So I decided to examine the five traits in a more–perhaps the best way to put it would be conservative–manner (not using expletives, that is, for I absolutely detest them!) Continue reading

Quote: Sarkozy

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If a wife is kept hostage at home without learning French, the whole family will be asked to leave (the country).

Green Lantern theatrical poster is out!

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I would not call myself the biggest fan of Green Lantern, but the new film (out on June the 17th) is exciting nonetheless. Personally, I still cannot picture Ryan Reynolds as a superhero after The Proposal (in spite of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and all.) The new poster however shows that the film has something promising to deliver; yet, only time will tell!

The other side of football

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A funny collection of those singular moments that make football fun for everyone!

Happy Mother’s Day!

~ To my mother–the best in the world! ~

Sometimes it’s March, sometimes it’s April and sometimes it’s May. Which ever it is, each year, one of these months have the honour of hosting Mother’s Day all over the world. This year, today, May the 8th is the day dedicated entirely to mothers, who were, are and always will be there for us. Wishing them and treating them royally at least on this one day is the least we can do for them. And, to be brutally frank, we can never do enough: one can never get even, ever. Continue reading

I said I experienced satiric haunting!

I’ve heard of haunting yourself to death, but laughing yourself to death is unheard of insofar as you are sitting in a theatre amidst hundreds of shivering anthropological beings, all firm believers in the supernatural. And yet, you will find that you don’t really feel odd: you make the others feel odd.

Last night found me at a theatre nearby, watching what was supposed to be a horror film in some small way. It was called Haunted in what was perhaps the most misleading name this past century (the only other one rivalling it being the Hindi Film Industry.)

The whole two hours and a half were the most stereotypical hours I have ever spent. Continue reading