Happy new year my dear friends!!
And what better way to kick off the year than with a bit of smile? Let the bygone be bygone, let us put all those pains and tears and sorrows behind while we begin our journey with a ray of new hope and all new opportunities shining over the horizon. So many new friends to be made, so many new things to try, so many new roads to explore. For, it’s not the destination but the journey that matters. Don’t you agree? So, if you were knocked down, gather the courage to collect yourself and stand right up again. If you were disappointed, betrayed and left devastated, pull up your sleeves and get ready to engage again. If you failed and lost, lift your spirit and try again. Because the real defeat does not come when you try and fail, but when you convince yourself to finally give up and pack you bags. Do not stop pushing until you really have arrived at your goal. You may not know how close to your station you really were at the moment you decided to stop and turn back!
So, cross your heart and promise yourself that you will not stop fighting. Life is beautiful and all the good things in life are really really worth fighting for. And it’s the fight that makes the success taste so much sweeter. It doesn’t matter how many times you stumbled and fell down. What matters is how many times you stood up again. For, if you do not fail ever you are probably not on the right way. Stop for a moment to ponder and change your course. The real champion never quits, never backs down. Just like our quirky little yellow friends, the Minions! No matter how many times they failed to win over a new boss, they did not stop looking for one. And finally they got Gru!! And what a boss he is!
Therefore, no matter how much Despicable the last year was, the show is not over yet. Give yourself the benefit of doubt that last time you were tad unlucky, and this year might just be your luckiest year. Keep the fire burning inside you. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Forever…
Bang on target
Some say that girls and guns do not mix. But judging by the interests guys put up over the Internet search, I beg to differ politely. The cool guns do look deadly in the hands of equally deadly femme fatales who are capable enough to carry them. My latest sketch is inspired by one such work which is widely available over the Net.
Guns always had their own charm to boys. The cold steel, the slick design, the weight and the precision!! Yes, Guns do have the power to change history. And among guns, snipers have always been considered to be a class apart. No tactical operation team is complete without a sniper, who would watch over other members of the team and would also provide an extra bit of confidence to the guys running door to door afoot in close range combat. There are many a stories and legends of extraordinary marksmanship by snipers delivering a kill shot over incredible distances such as over a mile during operation Desert Storm.
The gun featured in the sketch is a Barrett M82A1, which is a standard issue sniper by the US Military as a heavy SARS (Special Application Scoped Rifle). Also called the “Light Fifty” for its .50 BMG chembering, the M82A1 has a muzzle velocity of 853 m/s and an effective firing range of 1800 meters. It has a recoil operated rotating bolt action and a 10 rounds detachable box feed system. Isn’t that Impressive !!
Who wants a taste of by blades?
Hey friends! Remember the legend from Ubisoft? He literally swept me from my feet when it was first released in 2004. And soon after Warrior Within became a sensation…and continued to be a milestone in the Gaming history. X-Box and PlayStation was still a thing of the future at that time (at least in India), so guys were literally fighting over getting a Desktop with some decent configuration which can run Prince Of Persia at least with the lowest resolution.
And what an experience it was!!! Mastering the numerous combos (yeah, the gaming freaks know what I mean), defeating the bosses (especially Kaileena, that too twice !!), risking the prince through dangerous traps and catacombs just to get those 9 increasing life powers, searching for the secret alternative ending and last but not the least…escaping the Dahaka…the keeper of time…and the monstrous beast. Boy, it was such a rush!! To top it off, there was a superb story backing the whole plot that would keep you glued to the screen…and the mesmerizing, unforgettable sound track!!
Still can’t forget those endless sleepless gaming nights. At that time it was something of an out of the world experience for me. And I bet it was the same for many of my friends…and for some, still is 🙂 So, this one is dedicated to the boys out there who want to re-live a bit of those Warrior Within moments. Enjoy…and don’t forget to share 🙂