Friday, November 17, 2006

ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದ ಹೊಸ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಿಘಂಟು

ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಿದ್ದ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಿಘಂಟುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಕೊರತೆಗಳಿದ್ದವು. ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಬಹುಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಪರಿಹರಿಸಿ ನವೀನ ಮಾದರಿಯ ಒಂದು ನಿಘಂಟನ್ನು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಬರಹ.ಕಾಂಗೆ ವಂದನೆಗಳು.

ಈ ನಿಘಂಟಿನ ವಿಷೇಶವೇನೆಂದರೆ ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಪದಗಳನ್ನು ಆಂಗ್ಲ ಅಥವಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಎದಡರಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಹುಡುಕಬಹುದು. ಎರಡೂ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಸಮಾನಾರ್ಥ ಪದಗಳನ್ನು ಉತ್ತರವಾಗಿ ಕೊಡುತ್ತದೆ!

ನೀವೂ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿ ನೋಡಿ!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Recent Acquisitions

Some of my recent acquisitions were made at the Auburn Public Library. The library had a used book sale with the proceeds going to charity and the prices of the books were just $0.5 to $1. I could hardly resist keeping myself away from it!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Yes, Prime Minister!

It all began with the reading of Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's superb books Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. I hadn't laughed so hard in years. And reading pure unadulterated(pun intended) humour devoid of all the vulgarities was such a pleasure. These days, most jokes that you find are not classified as jokes if there isn't a some profanity/vulgarity involved.

And when I discovered the complete DVD collection of all the episodes in the Public Library, I couldn't resist myself from getting those. In the past few days, I have had such a wonderful time watching the satirical series.

I distinctly remember Yes, Prime Minister being aired during the late 80s on Doordarshan. (In fact,it also appeared in Hindi as Ji, Mantriji. This must have spoilt the beauty of the English dialogues. As they say, I guess a lot was lost in translation.) And I also remember that I could hardly understand it. But after watching it now, I know what made people call BBC as the guardian of English!

The terrific portrayal of the Prime Minister Jim Hacker by Paul Eddington, the Cabinet Secy Sir.Humphrey Appleby by Nigel Hawthorne and the inimitable Principal Secy to the Prime Minister Bernard Woolley by Derek Fowlds does justice to the script.

It given hours of pure joy to see how the Civil Servants manipulate and twist the arms of the cabinet ministers including the Prime Minister. It can be said that no other script or sitcom can better Yes, Minister in political satire. If you don't believe that, watch it and see for yourself.