Saturday 1 December 2012

When you lose someone in life…

Disclaimer: a) Half-baked thoughts.
                   b) Spoiler- alert: If you’re planning to watch Talaash... don’t read until                      after watching

I can’t even hope to be able to understand what losing someone untimely means, because, touchwood, I haven’t lost anyone in that manner, who I am really close to.

But watching Talaash today… I felt something really touching.

The way Aamir Khan thinks about his son who drowned and died in an accident. The way he thinks what could have been and the way what might have been, if only one reaction of his had been different. If only he had gotten up when his son came to ask him and his wife, whether he could go around the place and play… If only he had stopped him. If only he had gone with him. If only…

Losing someone and not being able to let go. Losing someone and feeling like you are somehow responsible for it. Losing someone and thinking if only… The way you keep yourself busy the whole day, and prevent yourself from thinking about it. But then the way it comes back to haunt you, some or the other time. One article, one person, one photo, one souvenir, one place, one moment… one memory.

The movie, I felt, was more about finding yourself, after having lost your self... and I found myself liking the movie, up to the point where it got weird and went supernatural. It got weird wrt story, and although I tried to keep liking it for the sake of the very strong first half, and for the strong performances, by the end I was much less impressed by it.

May be you can watch it once for the brilliant first half…

Saturday 20 October 2012

This has Me written all over it...!

I think the people happiest with this title would be friends who have been at me, to start using my blog as my own space. :P

So much has happened since the last time I came here. First job, away from home, 2 cities... new friends, more acquaintances, a broken down keypad of a laptop (to which I am still  hanging with a USB powered silly flexible keyboard) a new club and ah, badminton..! I regret not a single moment..

Tech Tip: flexible keyboards suck. Period.

Infosys Mysore as one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere in the world, made everything seem just like an extended college life. Even with the lack of a laptop and my 1TB HDD [ I can never stop boasting about it, can I? ;) ] I survived excellently!

Pune hasn't seemed like 'Pune' to me for a single day so far. That probably takes better and more compatible friends. But the feeling of being here in Pune as a so-called IT professional trumps almost everything. Even more wonderful are some of the people I have met, esp as a part of Toastmasters.. naam to suna hi hoga...

In my experience, I have always needed something on the sidelines to keep me going.. In college it was organizing and participating in workshops and here I believe, Infosys Toastmasters Club is that!

I also got to meet two of the blogger friends.. Ankita Agrawal and Anurag Chatterjee, both fellow Infoscions. (On  this sorry piece of rubber of a keypad it is too much trouble to link you two :P so just come over and announce yourselves, both of you... )

Even with a schedule that leaves little time for anything extra, the people who have kept me going the most are my friends who are not in the vicinity.. Thank smartphones! If I hadn't started blogging, I would've never met all these people who make life simpler each day, or had people to discuss everything ranging from 'How I hate Edward Cullen' to the latest books to how news-deprived I am getting each day..

And you'd think after 2 and a half months of surviving alone with flatmates, I'd have learned to take care and switch off the gas at the right time. Unfortunately, I have burnt, yes burnt milk as I write this!

What comes next.. is cleaning. *groan* and an abrupt Au Revoir.

Saturday 17 September 2011

Shiva Trilogy.

I am itching to write again, which I have to admit hasn't happened for some time now.

So I have decided to review Immortals of Meluha and Secret of the Nagas. Infact, it is more than just a review, in the sense that I want to also discuss the philosophies Amish Tripathi has mentioned in the two of the three now-released books, which are a part of the trilogy.

I read Immortals of Meluha pretty late, as in long after it had been released and had already gone on to become a best-seller, but when I read it, I felt it was a brilliant justification for the mythology which I have otherwise come to disbelieve.

The books are based on the life of Shiva, not the Lord Shiva but a common man who takes the form of a lord only because of a belief among the people that the Neelkanth or the person who has a blue throat would turn up to be their savior. And so the Suryavanshis are perpetually in search of such a man and come across a person named Shiva who heads a tribe near the Mount Kailasa.

The Suryavanshis already possess excellent medicinal skills and also the Sanjeevni which is known to cure most illnesses. One effect of taking this medicine is that the blue throat of Shiva becomes highly visible. The people believe that he is their Lord who has been sent to 'save' them and help them fight the 'evil' that the Nagas and the Chandravanshis are spreading. Also, he meets his Sati.

At this point, I'd like to quote from the Immortals of Meluha:

Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history, not by fortune tellers.

I found a few pretty profound statements in the book. And this is definitely one of them!

In the Immortals, Shiva goes on to believe everything the Suryavanshis tell him at face value about 'good' and 'evil' and helps them defeat the 'evil' Chandravanshis in a full blown war. He also comes to believe that the Nagas are the most evil.

What Amish says in the Secret of the Nagas can be summed up in a couple of lines.

There are two ways of life: Masculine and Feminine.

Masculine way of life is "life by laws". People live by Truth, Duty and Honour, rigidly following all rules and laws with no exceptions and hence it is a predictable way of life. Change is difficult for the masculine, therefore when a masculine civilisation declines it causes a lot of turmoil, violence and chaos. Suryavanshis strictly follow this way of life.

Feminine way of life is "life by probabilities". There are no absolutes, and the same laws can be interpreted differently at different times. Change is the only constant, and people live by Passion, Beauty and Freedom. But with too much freedom it can decline into decadence, corruption and debauchery. Chandravanshis prefer this way of life.

At an individual level also, both masculine and feminine traits exist within every man and woman. But most people have a dominant trait of the two.

Err.. okay not a couple of lines! But I guess you get the point. So the part about 'good' and 'evil' is where it gets a lot more philosophical.

First, it is all about perception, about which side of the fence you're facing. Second, one can simply not exist without another!

Evil cannot and should not be destroyed completely. That is, it only needs to be taken out of the equation at the right time, the time when it rises to cause total annihilation. Because the same evil may serve the purpose of Good in another time.

For most of the time, I found myself nodding to the philosophy stated in the books. Right from depicting 'GOD' as not somebody on a pedestal but as a human being who has his fallacies to marrying fiction with mythology! Shiva has been depicted as a 'cool dude' as one of my friends puts it, with a chillum in his hand, smoking marijuana, behaving like a college-guy in love, making mistakes and being unsure, and actually wondering why being not-materialistic is so overrated; and not as what we have been made to believe what God is.

This entire blend has made these books what they are. There is one more quote which is so applicable especially in our society.

If the entire society was conscious of its duties, nobody would need to fight for their individual rights. Since everybody's rights would be automatically taken care of through someone else's duties.

These books are more than just mythology or just fiction, because they're not Amar Chitra Katha, they're not bed-time stories, but they're definitely a refreshing point of view, a very different perspective and a fresher way of expression. It is not even as if we're unaware of all these things, or haven't thought about them, but seeing everything bound together with sheer brilliance is amazing!

I'll leave you with another something from the book.

Believe the theory that gives you peace and reject the one that causes you pain.

So, to each his own I guess.

P.S. Just out of curiosity, I am wondering if someone will land here through a search on marijuana ;)