Mar 31, 2014

REVIEW & RELOOK at the movie "Aankhon Dekhi"


Not essentially, that I am  a critic or a movie rater, but then...once in a while there are few stories, novels or cinema, that do call for attention. The year 2014 has delivered well so far, on these grounds. The recent watch that makes me write about itself is the Sanjay Mishra and Rajat Kapoor's movie 'Aankhon Dekhi'. Set in a simple and no razzmatazz backdrop of a patriarch family set up, from Old Delhi....this movie is about the beliefs of a old man who transcends from an ordinary and daily chore working service class, routine bread winner to a revolutionary thinker, who defies to see the world as it is told to him. He goes by his own advocacy of "Only Seeing is Believing". Seemingly, an idealist, foolish and may be conceited approach as many would look at it, the movie evolves as a thought and proceeds through the often overlooked facts and dogmas, stated by our closed social norms and ideologies. 

For instance, the question on gravity with his neighbours, or be it the confrontation about why do we teach what's not a reality? I specifically, loved the questions he throws out at the maths teacher, when his grandson fails to clear his mathematics paper at school. Why do we profess that 'Two parallel lines intersect each other at infinity' whereas, we know it all for a fact that, this is definitely a stated arithmetic, but does it really happen? There is no definition for Infinity. So true, to the point........Infinity is definitely something, we would classify as intangible or unrealistic but then, how do we state this theory for a fact. This somehow, very well simplifies the thought that Life that we live, often lies between the desires and the realities and the fact, that they never ever meet in resonance. The most beautiful fact about the plot and narration, is its simplicity. The protagonist aka the main lead is both the Wise and Fool at the same time, on the lines he thinks and questions and the way society responds to it. 

Likewise, this year the other two releases, I really found beautiful, simple and realistic cinema were Highway, followed by Queen. Simple plots, real thoughts, explorations, beliefs, and the quest for self, the truth. However, I am sure unlike Highway and Queen, may be 'Aankhon Dekhi' might not attract public love and attention as much as for the real theatre crowd and followers, may be because of its facile logic, offbeat humor, bare truth and simple characters. I wonder, if really many would have really appreciated the music in the movie..... But it was soulful, meaningful and made all the sense, I could relate to a thought provoking cinema. 

I would sign off here, with no more grilling attempts at the cinema and the audience. It was just one thing that asked me for penning down, a memory, an experience and so I did. No offenses meant to anyone, though...... 

Mar 29, 2014

THE CONTRARIES

When you seek to trust, you got to be deceived
And when you chase a path, you have to be retrieved
When you unleash the chains, you know you got to be tamed
And when, you defy the rules, sorry but you are defamed

So, when you skip the boundaries, tighten your calves
When you take that big leap, make sure, you work up your abs
And when you make that stride, be prepared, you may fall
So, when you set out to rock, you need to be on the roll

To every ray, there is always some light
Don't over look though the might of a plight
Embrace the extremes, and go conquer your dreams
MIND IT!!!
The contraries prepare you for winning realms

Pitter Patter Rain Drops

It's drizzling today...after a while..But I still feel sooo scanty on rains. Its like, there has been no water for ages and I was forced to be surviving in a desert. Hell, let de rains pour in...let de water flow, let de rain drops fall on, let de river beds roll on... and let de sun vanish. It's high time.... Some 'showers' are much needed, or else I just can't survive the heat of this scorching summer sun.......

I badly need these tiny, transparent, crystal like wet coolers, the tiny water droplets pouring down on the earth, gently touching & moistening the skin, soaking the souls & making life appear, greener than ever. Oh, that lovely smell of the wet earth around me.... I can just feel it. It's just so soothing, so pure, so captivating and evoking but yet so untouched & raw.

I need the rain drops to soak my soul and drench my thirst & make me feel content, for once. I wonder why but I have always been restless and discontent with myself. May be because, there are many a dreams and far more expectations from life, that never seem to get fulfilled. The zest for unravelling the mysteries, unlearning and learning, the adventures of unknown, the untravelled pathways, the not so heard tones, the fragrances, the beauty, the themes, the vivacious colors, the splendid stories, they all ....pull me, a step closer and then, they keep me longing for more and more. They don't scare me but they always drag me to those extremes where I still realize I am sooo vacant, terribly incomplete and yet, at the distance that would forever stay this way. The few things, those small dreams and that never ending wait for that someone special has been on for ages and I look back to see, how far I have travelled but I still see my destiny, way ahead of me. The dreams that seem so pure and livable are always more like a myriad that stay by my side against all odds and evens, against those stupidities and glories, against all that I can't take and get through.

I wonder, if this is existence of me? Do I really exist? Are my dreams sane? What am i really feeling like? Whats on? Where am I headed? What is it that, I am desperately seeking? And then, i hear the downpour stop......ohhhhh!!! And with that, my heart skips a beat. Well, I am back to where I belong. The rains have stopped and its time, I get back to some serious work. 

GOLD - All that Glitters

Something about "Gold" that adorns your neck
Something about the gold that rests on your ankle
Something magical in its aura that resembles your ensemble
Something about the gold, that glitters and shine
Something about the gold, thats extracted through mines
The glistening metal from the long lost kingdoms
The precious, the sultry, with those gemstones

YES, The Gold that was behind that 'Midas touch'

This is just something that caught my attention, looked stunning and pretty and I thought of, sharing it with my readers. Hope you enjoy sipping on, the sparkling champagne as you go through it

Reflections of passion

THE Flashbacks

New dawn, New light and yet another New year
Some riddles, some facts, some dreams and fears

Myriads of people, and umpteen encounters
The last few months and those over the counters
I was flipping through them every day by day
As I was lying in my bed, waiting for the new day

Though I know, its past and it would never come back
And still I had these memories, rolled up my slacks
The flashbacks of my past!
Just a way of understanding
The codes of present and the process of learning
There was this realization at some point, I felt
It's being here, and that's to be importantly dealt

The bruises would heal and the scars would go
From the flashbacks, thats the only truth- I know
The clock is ticking and the hours are going by
The possibilities are receding as the seconds fly

No, I dont want to be a prisoner
I don't wish to in chains again
And, I am trying to fight my fears
It's time to firmly hold those reigns
And Escapes are no more the ways
I won't let these flashbacks play a menace

Yes, the past is prologue and I tell it to myself
In the realms of the gone, I'm exploring the self
If only..... No, i don't wish to feel like shit
It's now and it's here. I ain't calling it quits

And, I am giving up on dwelling
And, I have started to dream
Yes, I have blind folded the flashbacks
And I am ready to LIVE....