Concentration Camps

I once met a vibrant young chap at an Open source conference who did not have very nice things to say about his college. So well..um..therefore, it was about time this was done, was it not?

ps 0: In case you don’t see the subtitles, check to see if the “Closed Captioning” option is on.

ps 1: The subtitles are easier to read in full-screen mode

Update 0: As mistaken_identity points out, it turns out this video is particularly relevant right now given that the “Single Window System into the Windowless Universe” Anna University Counselling sessions are on. Is there a user generated college ratings site? Shouldn’t there be one? Apart from factors that parents care about, I’m sure we could add “Rules-are-Rules-stubborn-idiocy-levels” as a critical factor as well.

Update 1: In the spirit of open source, I am making available the srt file (subtitles) I created while putting together this video. Those of you who are familiar with basic video editing can edit the srt file (it’s a simple text file), add your own subtitles and create your own Hitler video. In the interest of aggregation, do use the following tags: downfall, parody, hitler, desi

Subtitles file

Note: In the interest of security, WordPress.com does not allow me to upload an srt file, but in the interest of sheer irony, they do allow MS Word documents, so I’ve renamed it with a .doc extension. So please rename it to .srt after you download it.

The original video, without subtitles, can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYF168YHWKw

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  1. Neatly done.

    Though I have to air my pet peeve. It’s MADRAS for cryin’ out loud, not Chennai! I don’t like Chennai, I like Madras 😦

  2. Absolutely hilarious! This definitely had to be done.

    Closing with the Jeppiar quote was a masterstroke!

    Man, colleges are seriously terrible these days.

  3. That was very good job.. and Kavithaku payment seat is just amazing.. Congochacko (Congratulations) Kavitha 🙂 MK STALIN part was very very hilarious lol! Superb Video Krish 🙂 and if you manage to get Jeppiar’s english speaking skills, I request you to put that also 🙂

  4. Brilliant!!

    By the way I happen to be a victim of the worst of those concentration camps and believe me, its not for the sake of just words. Those places can actually frustrate and drive a rational person to heights of depression…

    I have penned down a few experiences from my own life:
    http://gajabkhopdi.blogspot.com/2009/03/chronicles-of-sathyabama-part-i-rule-is.html
    http://gajabkhopdi.blogspot.com/2009/04/chronicles-of-sathyabama-part-iii-atm.html
    http://gajabkhopdi.blogspot.com/2009/04/crinicles-of-sathyabama-part-iv.html

  5. That guy isnt the only uneducated lout running a college .. plenty of others that fit his stereotype to a T. This guy though is unique enough that he has a bunch of Ajeet / Lallu Yadav etc jokes recycled into his name ..

    Might as well work towards telling your family members to pick a college for better reasons than “good discipline”. I did that, and haven’t regretted it so far, neither has my cousin.

  6. I bet the funniest thing is the counseling happening at Anna university. Single Window System for window less concentration camps.. 😀

  7. ROFL brilliant. Girlfriendless zombies was awesome.

    Is this part of the movie that cult? Lol, I am sure you’ve seen the video of Hitler angry with Watchmen, the movie, ending without a squid.

    Here it is.

  8. having seen the original Der Untergang when it realeased in Madras (yes it did! Satyam occasionally does such social service!), i laughed out aloud for the first time in the past one week!

  9. superb sir! asusual, you are a great satire. If you start one weekly magazine krislak, I will be an eager buyer of yours 🙂

  10. This is incredibly brilliant! So good! “MK Stalin” bit was ultimate! And yeah, tha “Kavitha payment seat” too! You are rocking!

    1. Not sure what you mean. Yes, there is a “Hitler finds out that Michael Jackson is dead” version of this same scene as well, and it was pretty popular. Mine is the Chennai engineering colleges version

  11. You truly are one of the most lateral thinkers i have come across. this was hilarious and like some of the other comments above, i loved the kavitha payment seat and the last line. absolutely amazing blog!

  12. This isn’t fair. You just made a joke of all the torture I faced in one of these camps. You know what, you should be made to attend one of these camps. Boy, I will be so happy to see you cringe over the impossibility of talking to the girls.

    Just another IT zombie

  13. Hello Krish,

    I’ve been a regular here, for months…I’ve spent hours reading all your previous posts. You’re funny, sensible, smart,entertaining… and so are so many other readers of this blog.

    I felt my vocabulary was too small to leave a comment here, but couldn’t help myself this time.

  14. Yours is a good one!

    “open the window, let the atmosphere come in” – JPR rules!

    And guys checkout “Benny Lava” in youtube. Our very own Prabhu Deva’s songs recreated by Croatians….Awesome! Have fun!

  15. Greetings from another South Indian, trying to run away from the mediocre system of almost everything prevailing in Kerala. This is my first comment on your blog and I am sure there will be more. My comment isn’t relating to the post but rather to what you write for Zeitgeist. I absolutely adore it. What you said about schools not teaching rhetoric, argument and scepticism was very similar to what I had been pondering about for a while now (although I wouldn’t have laid it on paper even half as well as you did). I’m 15 and I find it rather awkward in school because I have no one to talk to about my interests. No one here has heard of Freud, Godard, Dostoyvesky or Nietzsche even. My interests lie in literature, music, cinema, art and fashion but I don’t really have much of an opinion on all this since I have only recently developed a liking to these subjects. Before this I was blindly copying and following what the popular kids in school did. Now I laugh at myself and them, knowing that I know much more on various topics than them and that I will continue to learn more than them.

    I wanted to know what movies interest you and what kind of art interests you. Also do let me know how you started to be interested in literature and philosophy. It will mean so much to me as I already have started siting you as an influence and inspiration for me.

    Robbie

  16. While talking about my blog redesign in my post, I have referenced your blog. Just to highlight the fact how much difference can be seen between one Vigilance theme blog and the next. Hope you don’t mind 🙂

  17. That made a lot of sense! Being one of those zombies that have passed out of an Engineering college in Chennai, and gobbled up by an IT “giant” for a couple of years of mindless work, I can relate to it so well. Unfortunately, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, unless the whole education system/social outlook changes right from secondary school (I’d say our primary schooling is kinda okay)

    [SHAMELESS ADVERTISMENT] A post that I wrote in this context, about Indian and cheap IT – http://iambot.net/2009/07/india-and-cheap-it/
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  18. it is funny….for me it was doubly funny..happen the watch the movie just a week back with english subtitles (i think it was called downfall)….amazing creativity….kudoos to you man

  19. Hi,

    how about the .srt file of the original English subtitles for this clip (not the whole movie). Do you have them? can you upload them, please? I can’t find them anywhere.

    Thank you in advance.

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