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Karutha Pakshikal – A malayalam classic

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If you are a malayalam movie fan, and have some time to spare for a quality movie, i would request you to watch this one. Even though malayalam film industry has no shortage for some touching stories, which we can recollect from the legendary list like Kireedam, Vadakkan Veera Gaadha, Chithram, Vaalsalyam, here comes another genius from the great actor in Mammootty !

Known for the class and magical touch in all the family roles he has taken up, this one should take up the center-stage in our adorable ‘Mammookka”s film list. Director Kamal has done his best in drawing the character of a poor man and his commitments and boundaries in a society where money and status stands in between all human emotions and relations. The emotional sequences here are simply the best ones i have ever watched. This movie clearly illlustrates the position such people are given in our society and how their daily life goes unnoticed.

Mammootty’s performance as Murugan in the film will be another milestone in his career, at par with his performances as Achootty in Amaram, Maada in Ponthanmaada and Vaarunni in Mrigaya


Cast: Mammootty, Padmapriya, Jagathy Sreekumar, Baby Malavika, Baby Suhaila, Master Thejus

Director: Kamal



Written by Ranjith

October 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Posted in Movies

Equal height columns using CSS

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Dealing with table-less layouts can prove to be tedious, when it comes to equal height multi-column layouts. There are a lot of ways in which you can create equal height columns and they all work pretty well. But when it comes to semantic coding and standard approach, a solution that is purely CSS based is most preferred.

Here is a CSS based solution for creating equal height columns.

The idea here is extending the smaller column with an arbitrary value (higher than the longest column), and applying overflow:hidden to the parent container, so as to hide the overflown content of the column that we had extended. Moving more closer to the concept, let me explain the approach. Refer to the screenshot given below while reading the rest of this post.

Here i have used a two column layout as example. In this layout, the body part of the page, is having lot of content than the navigation column to the left. Assuming that relevant clearing methods are used to develop this layout, normally, the navigation column to the left will be having much shorter length than the content container (unless you give a specified height for each page to match the heights, which is not preferrable). What we would do is, to give the navigation container an arbitrary padding-bottom value and confusing the browser by giving a negative margin-bottom, of the same value, so that the browser assumes that the height of the container is only same as the content in the container, but still the height increases taking into account the padding and margin specified. Now having given the desired height to the navigation container, we now need to hide the xtra height of the container. For this, we give overflow:hidden, to the parent container that holds both of the containers (content container and the navigation container)

Sample Code:

CSS for the parent container: outerWrapper{overflow:hidden; border:solid 1px 000;}
CSS for navigation container: navWrapper{background-color:#BDF0FF;margin:0 0 -500px 0;padding:10 10 500px 10;}
CSS for contentcontainer:contentWrapper{background-color:#FFFFEC;padding:10px;}

Hope this is useful

Written by Ranjith

October 20, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Posted in UI

Develop(gulp)ing yummy cutlets

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Well, readers dont be taken aback by this post which seems to be out of place 🙂

Wont it be nice if we could get some creativity flowing in our real life too ? well, i’ve found cooking to be a best field to apply your creativity, and right away i’ve decided that i’ll create a new category for COOKING ! 

This inspiration comes right from the tasty and yet so hot set of cutlets that is sitting pretty in front of me now and inviting me to take them through my taste buds…She (my wife) has just finished cooking some of them and i was tempted to take a bite even while taking the snap 🙂 Ok, now lets move into the process of developing this set of plugins 😉


  1. Spinach*
  2. Onion 
  3. Potato
  4. Chilly Powder
  5. Rusk(Crispy Powder)
  6. Egg(Beaten up)
  7. Cooking Oil
  8. Salt

The Process

  1. Cook your set of potatoes well first
  2. Chop your onions and cook it dry with oil
  3. Add spinach and required salt + Chilly powder to the mixture, while they are still getting cooked and add adequate H2O to it 😉
  4. Once the above mixture is cooked well, mix the contents in step 1 to it
  5. After mixing, make the mixture into sets of small oval shaped (these shapes are you creativity :)) pieces
  6. Dip each of these pieces into egg (you should already have mixed the egg up in another vessel ) completely and place them into another plate
  7. Cover each pieces with rusk powder by mxing them in the powder heap 
  8. Now you have set of cutlets short of one step which would be giving your taste buds a new inspiration
  9. Fry each of these pieces in boiled oil till they are golden brown in color
* This is an interchangeable option, which you can use anything of your taste in replacement (Eg. Chicken, Meat, Vegetables, blah blah blah) 

Written by Ranjith

October 12, 2008 at 3:32 am

‘A’ wonderful ‘Wednesday’ !

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Hats off first of all. But im confused to whom i should take the hats off 🙂

Movies like this would really bring about a revolution in indian cinema, i swear. Never before have i seen such a blend of sheer talent combined together in a movie. The actors were the best fit, the director was a born-director i hope, and the sequence was awesome. The highlight is that you wouldnt take your eyes off the screen till the end, believe me you wont ! 

With the duo Naseruddin Shah and Anupam Gher showing us what actually pure acting is, there was a air of genuinity throughout the one and a half hour of the flick. The story was a never thought of before one and it was one of the best climax one would ever see in world cinema. Based on the frustration of a common man on the growing terror network, this movie is also an eye opener for the public to really go out and fight the terror in their own way. 


Cast: Naseruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Jimmy Shergill

Director: Neeraj Pandey 


Written by Ranjith

October 4, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Movies

‘Rock on’ – Keep Rocking

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Movies can serve some other purposes apart from just entertainers. They can inspire people, rekindle the hope in them and serve the society, if it has a worthy message and has the talent being a part of it. This movie just falls in that category, a sheer entertainer and a messenger !

I was just blown away after seeing this movie, and was surprised on the existence of such a movie in bollywood where they rate movies on the number of item numbers and the exposure of  the heroines. This would stand on the top list of the hindi movies i have ever seen. Living your dreams and going by the heart is what this one tries to impart on to you, and they have done it wonderfully well.

The music was really soothing to the ears and of course doesnt have any ITEM number 😉 and would resemble watching a oscar winning hollywood movie in all sense. The screenplay, the camera and the locations are simply irresistable.


Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Prachi Desai, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny and Shahana Goswami;

Director: Abhishek Kapoor; 


This movie is a must watch for the young generation of india and they should follow their heart 🙂

Written by Ranjith

October 4, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Posted in Movies