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[Celebrity Surfing with Somnath Sen][Celebrity Surfing with Somnath Sen]

   Mohana M.

The name:
Somnath Sen

Claim to fame:
Creative head of Los Angeles based Lemon Tree Films. He is also the writer and director of its first production, Leela, starring Dimple Kapadia, Amol Mhatre and Vinod Khanna.

How Net savvy are you on a scale of one to ten?
I would say 6-7, I think.

What do you enjoy doing online?
Now, I mostly use the Net for very specific purposes (unlike years ago when I had a lot more time). I do a lot of research, read news, keep up with India and my first love - films. I don't think I've chatted online for the last seven or eight years!

Any favourite sites?
Sites dealing with films, Indian culture, Indian news etc.

What's your idea of a perfect Web site?
It should be intuitive and adaptive to my habits.

Is there something you'd like to buy or sell online?
I buy almost all my travel necessities online including books and gifts.

Do you use the Net for work?
All the time. From research to using dictionary.com and thesaurus.com, when I write, the Net is a large part of my working day - everyday.

What about feedback to your recent movie Leela? Have you been following any discussions online?
I try to spend a part of each day trying to track down discussions/ reviews about Leela. To tell you the truth, I've come across very few discussions. If anyone could point me to sites where the film is being talked about, I'd be most grateful.

Have you thought of putting together your own Web site?
Leela, the movie - check it out.

Any strange experience online?
Not in a while. But way back in 1993, when AOL exploded on to the Internet, I had some bizarre experiences. Use by non-academics was in its infancy and anonymity was a new experience for most people.

What do you like most about the Internet?
The attitude.

What do you hate most about it?
The efforts to curb that spirit.

If you could change anything about the Internet, what would it be?
Is there any way to go back to the golden days of user groups? (Am I sounding outdated? :)

Is there any one celebrity you'd love to chat online with?
The ones I'd like to chat with are all dead.

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