first_imgThe Glenview Retail Park in Letterkenny.A retail park in Letterkenny has sold for just €360,000 at an Allsop auction.The Glenview Retail Park at Mountaintop includes a number of well-known businesses including Pello Haircare and Optimal Fitness.The premises, which has a reserve price of €250,000, offers 6 retails units, office space and a large gymnasium. 12 Manorview Park which was sold for €50,000.It was one of three Donegal properties to go under the hammer.The other two properties were two residential properties which also sold above their reserve asking prices.They were 13 Westside Apartments, Letterkenny, which had a reserve price of €15,000 but which sold for €30,000.A four bedroom house at 12 Manorview Park, Letterkenny sold for €50,000, again above its reserve price.  DONEGAL RETAIL PARK SELLS FOR JUST €360K was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Allsop AuctionsauctiondonegalGlenview retail Parklast_img read more

first_img11 January 2006The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, has awarded a US$3-million (about R18-million) grant to South African company IST Holdings and US partner Plug Power to install 400 fuel cells in remote locations and cities of South Africa over the next three years.The fuel cells will provide a reliable source of electricity and will replace polluting technologies such as diesel generators. Fuel cells use an electrochemical reaction, rather than combustion, to produce electricity.Announcing the project on 15 December, New York-based Plug Power said in a statement that the company would produce the five-kilowatt fuel cell systems which IST, based in Pretoria, would import, distribute, install and maintain.According to Plug Power the project, worth a total of $14-million (about R85-million), will represent the largest number of commercial fuel cells to be installed in a developing country to date.“When completed, the fuel cell installations will have the capacity to generate about two megawatts – equivalent to the electricity needed to power 1 300 households,” the company said. The electricity is targeted initially for use in backup and prime power applications in telecommunications and other industries across South Africa.The cells installed using this grant “will provide a reliable source of electricity for industrial and information technology applications and for telecommunications systems, including wireless infrastructure,” Plug Power said.“They will help displace highly polluting and noisy diesel generators, providing electricity more efficiently, emitting very little greenhouse gas emission, and operating virtually noise-free.”The International Finance Corporation (IFC) grant is the first under a $54-million programme, funded by the Global Environmental Facility, that aims to bring clean, reliable electrical power to places in developing countries where grid power is unavailable or unreliable. Its long-term objective is to catalyze the creation of sustainable markets for fuel cells in developing countries.Rachel Kyte, the IFC’s director for environment and social development, said the project would not only provide a clean energy source in South Africa, but would also provide reliable electricity to remote areas of the country.Plug Power chief marketing officer Mark Sperry said the initiative would have a positive impact on businesses and customers in South Africa’s telecoms and utility markets who are often affected by power reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgWhen you have a lot of keyframes generated by using any of the trackers, there are a few settings that can help you finesse your tracking keyframes.The Average menu option will allow you to smooth out a curve by performing Average on  the keyframes based on the slider value. The Jitter menu option works much like the Average option, but is used when you want to smooth out jitter but keep the overall tracking motion when stabilizing a clip.  While in the Stabilizer, and after tracking, you can select the SHIFT data and smooth out the tracking data by remvoing the jitter.Removing jitter in Smoke is a process of trial and error. Try different values until you find one that gives you  good results. As a general rule, start with a large value over n frames to remove slow jitter, and start with a small value to remove fast jitter.Simplify is great for when you have been creating a complex animation with lots of keyframes. By selecting the channel, you can select Simplify, and by increasing the numeric slider, you can decrease the number of keyframes needed to generate the animation curves. This helps to clean up the curves and make it easier to adjust individual keyframes.The Tangents, Interpolation, and Extrapolation options tell you what the current settings are, and gives you options to select different interpolation styles for individual keyframes if selected or for entire channels.With extrapolation set to Cycle or Rev+Cycle(Reverse Cycle), with only a few keyframes you can create a nice looping animation or ping-pong effect.On the far right of the UI you will find more keyframe tools (see image below). These are the basic, cut, copy, paste of selected keyframes or channels. You can copy whole channels like Postion X,Y, Z and paste them into another channel as long as it too has the same number of channels.For example you could paste it into Rotation X,Y,Z or Scale X,Y,Z.  You can also Copy and Link, creating a simple link expression of one channel to another. The Keep button will clear all keyframes for the selected channels and keep the current value for the channel regardless if there is a keyframe there. Its a quick way to clear out rogue keyframes on a channel.  There is also a Reset Channel or Reset All Channels button.The Auto Select button will automatically select the animation channel in the channel editor whenever you adjust a numeric value while working with the tool. This is best seen when the Animation Channels are open in 2 up view.In a future post I’ll show you some tips in displaying only animated channels and creating selection sets for channels that you are working on, as well as slipping keyframes by using the tracks view.Until then… feel free to share any Smoke keyframing tips you may have! Animations are only as good as your keyframes. Find out how to get the most out of the Channel Editor in Autodesk Smoke.Autodesk Smoke gives you great power in adding effects to your edits. But great effects are only as good as the keyframes that control them.Smoke’s Animation Channel Editor is often overlooked, but I find it to be one of the video editing application’s strongest features.  Working with Smoke’s animation curves allows you to easily tweak an animation so that it flows naturally and has just the right feel. Smoke’s Animation Channel Editor is similar to the Graph Editor in Adobe After Effects or the F-Curve editor in many 3D software.There is a lot to the Smoke Channel Editor, so in this post we will take an in-depth look at the Channel Editor and the Keyframe Tab. The User, Filter, and Audio Tabs will be covered in a future post. Whether you work with AutoKey On or manually setting keyframes, eventually you need to adjust your animation. Within the nodes in ConnectFX, almost every parameter is keyframeable. This means that the Channel Editor often has lots of information to look at… sometimes too much. When you have lots of nodes in a ConnectFX setup, each node and every property of that node is accessible in the channel editor. Figuring out what’s what can be a challenge (click image for larger view).You can access the Channel Editor with the aptly named ANIMATION button found in the main CFX Menu (and is also accessible within every node). This will bring up the Channel Editor in the lower part of the UI.  This allows you to easily see your curves, along with your schematic and result views (2-up view).If you hold SHIFT and double-click in a numeric field that has a keyframe set, then the Channel Editor will open up full screen at the top of the UI and switch to 1 up view.  The numeric field you clicked on will be highlighted and framed.If you hold SHIFT and single-click in a numeric field, and then open up the Channel Editor, that numeric field with it’s keyframe curve will be selected and framed for you.You can expand and collapse the keyframe channels by clicking on the triangles. The nodes are broken down by name and contain channels organized by feature properties.You can also choose to place the Channel Editor (F5 Hotkey) in one of the multi-view views which gives you access to the Curve editor, your Result View, and the numeric controls.By activating the REGEN button in the Animation menu, any adjustments made to the curves will be instantly seen in the Result View.  So tweaking a curve will show you instant feedback on screen.You can manually select and move an individual keyframe by selecting it [Shift+S], and then moving it [Shift+M].  You can also CTL+Drag and box select multiple keyframes to move them together.Holding [ALT] will move the keyframes in whole numbers.You can also adjust the in and out tangents on the keyframe to really finesse the movement of your animation.By default the tangents auto adjust, but you can break them [Shift+B] and then move them individually to get just the right look to your animation.You can Add [Shift+A] and Delete [Shift+D] keyframes directly in the channel editor. Adding keyframes on the curve is really nice as it gives you some very detailed control in the middle of your animation.But sometimes you need to do more with your keyframes and the curves, and that’s where the Keyframe Tab and it’s menu controls become important.center_img By selecting a single channel or group of channels, you can perform multiple functions depending on the menu selection.You can change the color of the selected keyframes for easy identification, and adjust them using the numeric field to give you more precise control.You can select a channel, highlighting the curve, then switch to Translate X, and then type a number or drag in the the numeric slider a give number of keyframes, positive or negative, and the keyframes or curve will slide along the X axis than many frames.  This will affect when the keyframes happen in time.The same thing can be done in the Y axis, by choosing Translate Y. This will move the curve up and down, affecting the magnitude of the animation.Tangent R and Tangent L will allow you to adjust the tangents of multiple selected keyframes the same amount. When the tangents are broken, then the specific L or R (Left or Right Tangent) choice becomes relevant.With a Keyframe or Channel selected, when the menu button is then set to Negate, the curve will invert the values for the keyframes, and thereby inverting the movement in the animation.The Reverse function works when 2 or more keyframes are selected. If you have a simple animation where an image moves left to right, by selecting the Position X Channel, and selecting Reverse, it will now move right to left.The Insert Key and numeric field next to it will allow you manually set a keyframe and then advance the time-bar the number of frames selected in the the field.With this, you can easily set a keyframe every 10 frames for 90 frames. With the keyframes set you can then adjust the values for the keyframes as desired.So for example, if you did this with Scale, you can easily create a bounce animation.last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Harden had 50 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists, scoring 10 straight Houston points down the stretch to help the Rockets beat the Kings 119-108.“They made a run, which we knew they were going to have in them,” Harden said. “But I just tried to be aggressive, whether it was making an assist or getting to the basket or shooting my shot. That was it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHarden had his 42nd career triple-double and third 50-point game in the last six. He made seven 3-pointers to become the ninth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career 3s. It was his NBA-record fifth 50-point triple-double, which is two more than second-place Russell Westbrook, and the second this season.Coach Mike D’Antoni, who is in his third season with the Rockets, continues to be impressed by Harden’s performances. Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MORE HARDENSaturday was Harden’s ninth 50-point game this season. That’s the most since Kobe Bryant had 10 in 2006-07. Harden needed just 37 minutes to score 50 points on Saturday for his fourth 50-point game where he’s played fewer than 40 minutes and the seventh of his career, which is the most in NBA history.UP NEXTKings: At San Antonio on Sunday night.Rockets: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sacramento led by two to start the fourth before the Rockets used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3 from Paul, to take a 98-95 lead with about nine minutes left. The Kings made three free throws to tie it, but P.J. Tucker made a 3-pointer to put Houston up 101-98 with about seven minutes remaining.The Rockets had a 3-point lead at halftime and opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run, with 3s from Eric Gordon and Paul, to make it 71-62.An 11-2 spurt by the Kings tied it at 83-83 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes had 3-pointers in that stretch and Buddy Hield added a 3-point play.Houston missed 3-point attempts in a row to allow the Kings to close the gap.Harden, who made 17 of 18 free throws, finally ended the drought when he hit one from the corner right after that to put the Rockets back on top and he made a layup a few seconds later to make it 88-83.But the Kings scored the next 10 points, with eight from Bagley, to take a 93-88 lead.Paul made a 3-pointer for Houston’s first points in 2 1/2 to cap the third quarter and cut the lead to 93-91 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSKings: Harry Giles missed his fifth game with a bruised thigh. … Fox and Joerger both received technical fouls in the second quarter. … Hield had 21 points, and Bagley added 20.Rockets: Capela has at least 10 rebounds in a career-high 12 straight games. … Kenneth Faried sat out for the third straight game with a sore left knee. … Gerald Green missed his fourth game with a strained groin. 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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots a three-point basket as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets knew they’d have to be aggressive Saturday night to counteract the young and fast-paced Sacramento Kings.It was that mindset that led to another huge game for the Beard and a victory for the Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “It’s remarkable what he does, and he does it every night,” D’Antoni said. “I keep thinking: ‘gosh, can he do this every game.’ And then he does it for three years.”Houston had a three-point lead when Harden re-entered with less than seven minutes left. Willie Cauley-Stein made an alley-oop dunk to cut it to one before Harden scored all of Houston’s points in a 10-2 run that made it 111-102 with three minutes to go. Harden grabbed the rebound after a miss by Marvin Bagley and found Clint Capela for a dunk that pushed the lead to 113-104.Capela added 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Chis Paul had 22 points. Houston has won four of five.Bogdan Bogdanovic had 24 points for the Kings. They have lost two straight and fell to 0-3 against Houston this season.“I liked the way our guys fought,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “Came down to the fourth quarter and we didn’t get enough shots to go down … they made a lot of big shots and that’s what they do.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous IAR updates development tools for Renesas RX MCUsNext Overcoming a major challenge with standard modular solutions Today, many box PCs are marketed in the guise of an IoT gateway. However, they often lack the gateways required software support and multi-functionality.  A new modular, UIC-compliant IoT gateway platform with optional real-time capable virtual machines enables OEMs to reach their goals faster. Figure 1. The fanless conga-IoT2 gateway platform with up to 8 antennas has an aluminum die-cast housing, which offers ultimate stability and cooling for use in harsh environments and is appropriately shielded for use with multiple radio protocols. By Zeljko Loncaric and Johannes Greulich, congatec            Download PDF version of this article Anyone tasked with setting up IoT applications for private or public companies and institutions in order to optimize processes and enable predictive maintenance, even for purely mechanical systems, through adaptive sensor technology, needs uniform IoT gateways capable of connecting entire factories, residential areas, roadways or microgrids to the Internet of Things (IoT). The most important task of such gateways is to access and process the data in the field in order to make decisions locally and to inform central management clouds as well as neighboring systems about important system states or processes. The same applies to digital signage installations, e‑mobility charging stations, ticket and vending machines, as well as public video surveillance systems and many other complex IoT installations.The challenge lies in the required flexibility of the logic to be installed. This stems from the diversified installed base with multiple heterogeneous communication channels from the devices to the IoT gateway, and numerous communication options from the gateway towards the clouds or other gateways. Even if considering only the options provided by low power wide area networks (LPWANs), basically all relevant protocols need to be supported: NB-IoT, Sigfox and LoRa, as well as GSM/LTE and, in future, the upcoming 5G. For instance, if a company sets up a local LoRa network to manage parking areas, it is quite possible that the operator wants a GSM/LTE interface to connect to the central cloud, backed up by a Sigfox interface for the event of a power failure or overload. Another alternative is a combination of LoRa and NB-IoT where GSM/LTE is used only for data-intensive system maintenance tasks and upgrades.When adding radio technologies that span much smaller areas than LPWAN and GSM/LTE to the picture, additional standards come into pla. For instance, if Ethernet cabling for e-charging stations is too costly because of the necessary roadworks and earthworks, ZigBee interfaces must be used to provide fast peer-to-peer network communication between thousands of interconnected devices. WLAN would be far too complex and, depending on the number of WLAN nodes to be passed, also too slow. The list goes on with countless other radio solutions, including Wireless M-Bus for remote meter reading, wireless LonWorks and RF for KNX networks for facility management, or even Z-Wave and Bluetooth/BLE for home automation.Next, there are the requirements for connecting wired logic. Starting with digital and analog I/Os via serial interfaces and fieldbuses, they go on to include Industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCAT, Profibus, Modbus TCP, POWERLINK, Sercos III and CC-Link IE, or even solutions such as CANopen over EtherCAT. Not to forget real-time Ethernet in compliance with the Time Sensitive Network (TSN) protocol according to IEEE 802.1, as well as numerous proprietary service interfaces to existing equipment. All this and much more can be found in the real, not yet IoT-connected world. And to develop new services and increase efficiency, all this must be connected now. Sometimes, there is also a need for fast camera interfaces, such as MIPI CSI-2 for smart camera applications, to integrate situational awareness solutions.As of yet, there is no ready-to-use system that provides all these functions off-the-shelf. However, recognizing this need, manufacturers like congatec have developed a universally deployable IoT gateway platform that is extremely modular and can be tailored to the specific functional requirements of an OEM. With an aluminum die-cast housing that provides the best in stability and cooling for harsh environments, the platform comes with many features that OEMs can use immediately. Notably, the system offers up to 8 antenna plugs (4x SMA and 4x RP-SMA) and 6x miniPCIe, 1x M.2 and 2x USB 2.0 slots for flexible wireless and wired interface support. OEMs benefit from an IoT gateway platform that can easily connect a wide mix of devices, is pre-certified for a variety of applications, and suitable for the extended temperature range.Figure 2. The conga-IoT2 platform for OEM gateways supports a wide range of miniPCIe, M.2 and USB 2.0 based interfaces off-the-shelf. OEM-specific customizations of the completely fanless gateway can be carried out in various forms. The spectrum ranges from individual branding of the housing, swapping USB for PCIe slots, or omitting certain functions, to fully customized system designs. From the moment of first evaluation, OEMs get a platform that is pre-configured and pre-certified for a variety of tasks, which saves design-in costs and speeds time-to-market. For example, different modules were pre-tested in different configurations for WiFi, 3G/LTE, LoRA, Zigbee, Sigfox, NB-IoT and BLE in the conga-IoT2 gateway. In addition, the system design was appropriately shielded for use with different radio protocols and subjected to extensive testing to effectively eliminate interference. This means the key conditions for using heterogeneous radio technologies in a single system have already been taken into account in this platform design.In addition, the conga-IoT2 gateway also supports the Universal IoT Connector (UIC) software standard that the SGeT introduced at embedded world 2018 and for which proprietary congatec Cloud API for IoT gateways provided an essential template. The UIC is an important milestone in embedded computing as it enables any embedded hardware that has been developed in accordance with eAPI to exchange data between embedded devices and a cloud-hosted infrastructure using MQTT or XRCE. This is a truly universal approach with the advantage that the many proprietary IoT offerings can now be standardized. The UIC is based on two main pillars: the Embedded Driver Modules (EDMs) for hardware identification, security and device mapping; and a communication agent to handle and decouple communication. This will make it possible to connect the conga-IoT2 gateway and its associated peripheral networks with the more than 500 cloud services that are available worldwide.Figure 3. The IoT platform supports SGeT Universal IoT Connector (UIC). It extends the eAPI with Embedded Driver Modules (EDMs) to introduce a generic driver model. The communication agent is used to connect to different cloud services. The UIC architecture defines key components to overcome the barrier presented by proprietary implementations of sensor data collection, and to publish and visualize the data securely in a cloud server infrastructure. The UIC standard realizes this in two steps, the first of which is to cover hardware support. For this purpose, the eAPI is expanded with EDMs to provide an IoT-enabled hardware API. The EDMs introduce a generic driver model to neatly integrate aspects not covered in the eAPI. The second step is the creation of a communication agent to connect to different cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, SAP Hana and many more, as well as the authentication of devices in a cloud application.Future steps are aimed at complementing the existing software to increase the number of available functions. Improvements in data security and authentication are further steps that are made possible by the UIC standard. Adhering to the principles of interoperability and interchangeability, as well as scalability, makes the UIC architecture a very lean, versatile and open approach that helps to enable new technologies while minimizing the risk of investing in the wrong technology.In cooperation with Real-Time Systems GmbH, the offering for the new conga-IoT2 platform will be expanded to further simplify the use of embedded computing technology even under the very demanding conditions of a universally deployable IoT gateway. The UIC that connects the eAPI to the hardware as well as each connected wireless network and other peripherals can be made available in virtual machines. This makes such installations relatively simple to encapsulate and port to other hardware platforms.Currently, the conga-IoT2 platform can be equipped with the high-performance conga-QA5 Qseven modules based on the low-power Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors (codename Apollo Lake/5W to 12W), which makes the platform very powerful and highly scalable. Up to four cores can host up to four virtual machines. Even more powerful designs based on COM Express modules with up to 16 cores can also be supported. The modules for the extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C support the IEEE 1588-compliant Precision Time Protocol, which can deliver highly accurate synchronizations. All modules support Microsoft Windows 10, including the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT versions, as well as current Linux operating systems and work directly with the RTS hypervisor from Real-Time Systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Tamang faction) has announced help to the Gorkha families who have been left out of the NRC, to take their cases to the Foreign Tribunal or the Supreme Court.”The persons who have been left out of the NRC will get a 120 day period to plead their cases in the Foreign Tribunal or the Supreme Court. As it involves a lot of money, it will be very difficult for the economically weaker sections who have already sold off all their belongings to appear for the multiple hearings in distant places. We will provide them with all support to take their cases to the Foreign Tribunals or the Apex Court. For this we will not collect any money from Assam. We have already told them to approach our representatives within a month with proper documents so that their cases can be put up,” stated GJM president Binay Tamang. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTamang was addressing media persons in Darjeeling following a 4-day tour of Assam to study the ground reality and meet with the Gorkha families whose names have been struck off. There are more than 1 lakh Gorkhas whose names have been struck off the list. “Along with this legal aspect, we will counter this problem on an administrative and political level. On the administrative front, we will write to the Prime Minister and Union Home minister. We will also seek their appointment so that this grave issue can be discussed. We demand that the Gorkhas be enlisted in the Protected List, thereby declaring them as original inhabitants,” Tamang said.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Reflecting on the box office debacle of “Thugs of Hindostan”, director Vijay Krishna Acharya says people did not like that Aamir Khan’s character was inherently flawed. Acharya said he wanted to challenge himself with the story starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh. He hopes the film will get its due later. “What excited me to do ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ was to make a film in the large format about a character, who is not inherently noble. That is what the mainstream Indian audience has not liked, especially when it is played by Aamir Khan. The same story, if it is more heroic, is easier to pull off. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “But that did not interest me. I don’t want to make films that are constantly pleasing the audience, it is not my tradition. We have to challenge ourselves. I will do films I want to make. I will never make a film for commerce. I don’t want to run after a star, I don’t think they are important. Films make stars and stars never make films,” Acharya told PTI in an interview. According to the director, there has been a shift in the audience’s perception. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “There is an audience that is exposed to international content. They are interested in the content. Having said that, the big films will stay. People go to theatres to see newer things. Content should be the king.” Acharya’s last released “Thugs of Hindostan”, was panned by critics and audience. “In all the years that I have seen other people’s work and my work, I have realised that you should never try and analyse success and failure, my reasons for it not working could be completely different from you. I don’t want to make a perfect film because perfect films are boring and cold.” ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ will get its due at a slightly later stage, he said. “Purely as a filmmaking experience, there were several departments that worked much better than anything else I have seen in Indian films. I can say this with no personal humility or false modesty. A lot of effort was put in. Maybe the things that we thought were the strength of a film ended up becoming its weakness. It is over, it is done.” Acharya says one can learn from both the success and failure of a film. “…Those lessons are private and that come into your private space and sometimes one wants to articulate it or not articulate it. There are many things that I want to change. There are many learnings. But that should be spoken at a different time.” Acharya was talking on the sidelines of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival’s fourth edition of the ‘Word to Screen Market’ initiative, where the literary world engages directly with content creators for film, TV and digital. The director said he has a soft spot for Hindi publications. “I believe there are very few people who write in Hindi. Those reading it in Hindi are also very few. There is an India that these stories talk about, which living in Mumbai, I feel I am losing touch with. I am from a small town, I feel like listening to stories that are a little more rooted.” He believes book adaptations are extremely tough. “When you read the book, you paint the picture but when you adapt a book then the audience will, by and large, say the book was better and every filmmaker knows this. ‘Godfather’ is based on a book and it is one of the best films. It is all about the material, the filmmaker and what the team does with it.”last_img read more