Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Prestige

Watched the hollywood thriller "The Prestige" yesterday. The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman series, Memento). Its a movie which talks about the rivalry between two magicians(Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale). Here is the wiki link The Prestige .
              The best part about this movie is the unfolding of secrets. The way this has been handled is awesome.  It makes you wonder how the director pulled it off. Of course, the movie is backed by amazing performances by the leading actors. The movie also highlights the various vices in humans such as ego, jealousy, etc. I must say the movie has carved a niche for itself(At least in my heart). I love this film. Go, catch a DVD today.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


This blogging has really started to take a pretty decent amount of my time these days. I am on blog searching spree. Ok let this blog be a tweet !

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sharing a flat with bachelors

Its has been almost 18 months since I started working in this new city. None of my friends from college came to this city. Hence, I had to share a flat with some other people. Living a life like this has taught me quite a few lessons. One of them is the human nature of usurping resources. Who lives in the master bedroom, who fills water, who gets the sundry things like dishwasher, soap, etc for the house are not discussed. Its just that some guys do all these things all the time and some just ignore. Some guys are so immersed in their private lives that they hardly talk to other people in the flat. Its a strange way of living. Deep inside, no one wants to see the face of anybody. But everyone has to bear this as they have to share the rent. Its not possible to live alone as the rent is too high.
         It has also taught me a few things like managing people. Quite a few times you have to push down people's throats their duties. You have to tell them that sharing money is not all. One has to chip in with some time of ones as well. Oh God! Scarcity of resources at micro level. Isn't this the same thing when nations fight about land, water, profits, climate emissions, etc?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blogs I follow

Haven't posted in a long time. Really busy with my exams. Off late, I have been on a blog adding spree. Just search for blogs and start following those I like. I like to read common people's blogs and not of celebrities. Blogs written by people about life, society, etc. Particularly in a dark way. It smells of their frustration. Their inability to work upon things. Sometimes these dark things become inspiration for others. The world really works in a strange way ! One person's loss is another's gain.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Apocalypse as a thought

Off late, we have seen many people predicting apocalypses. End of the world.

It has been described in various forms such as the earth being struck by a meteorite, global warming playing havoc, machines taking over the human race, etc.

What has prompted me to think is that why do humans think of something so destructive like this?

Is there really any need for the human race to be completely wiped off and then start afresh?

I guess humans are really fed up of the way world is shaping up.

They feel this society with all its wrong doings and wars is worth being destroyed. But there is something else to this.

The feeling of the world being destroyed completely panders to the deep longing for death inside every human being .

We may be afraid of death. However, life with all its intricacies makes humans long for death.

To be wiped off. I feel every human being's final wish would be to die.

But then one can't say that I want to die. Because then you would be labelled a coward (Oh! this society).

So, a better option is to take others with you to the death gallows and announce an apocalypse.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dark secrets - II

I talked about secrets in my previous post. These are incidents in people's life which they don't want anyone to know. However, there are some secrets which become so unbearable to keep to oneself that one is forced to reveal them all to someone one knows. An example will illustrate this. Woody Allen's movie Matchpoint has a scene in which the protagonist is not able to keep his extra-marital affair to himself any more and finally confides it to his close friend. Sometimes, we get a very strong urge to tell something to others. Its like clearing out some kind of garbage from the inside of oneself. What fuels such a desire? My take is that people are ready to part with only those secrets which even if they become known to the world would not harm their personality. These people would still be considered "normal". Those type of dark secrets are most tightly held to heart which if exposed might shake their image of being normal. The set of behaviours which makes them a part of this society and not an outsider. Did I make sense? Even I don't know....

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dark secrets

Everyone's life has some dark secrets.

These secrets can be of the most weird types. So weird, people even avoid recollecting them, let alone tell to anyone.

In fact, they send shivers down people's spine. Illicit relationships are the most common secrets. These relationships might not be long term.

They may just one-off incidents. But they have a lasting imprint on people's minds.

One can't just wipe them off. We live with these secrets forever. Forever. It gives me goosebumps.

There are so many elements of life in this world that are hidden so much. So much darkness.

But the paradox is everyone wants to pretend that life is very bright.
I too don't have the courage to bare my secrets. At least not now.

The cocoon is too thick. The cocoon that the world starts building on you the day you are born.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Can life be defined?

Great people have tried to define life.

Tried to paint it according to their understanding. However, it has been a common observation that the common man always had little to do with these philosophies. And this has been true ever since humans formed a society.

There is always that "middle class" which is too occupied with its vagaries of life.

As of now, I feel that life in this world has become so complicated that defining it in some words is simply not plausible. It involves a lot of hues and shades of grey.

And may not be necessarily black and white.

I am reminded of a line in a song from the movie Dus which says that jeena to marne se ab hai kahi mushkil (Its is easier to die than live these days).

Of course, this does not extend to say that life is dull, boring and difficult. Life is a drama( See I am defining it!).

One has to play one's part earnestly and leave( This one comes from the holy book of Hindus - Gita). Enjoy baby !

Eyes speak more than tongue

I know this topic is a staple dialogue in romantic bollywood movies. But the correctness of this statement really astonishes me. Eyes do speak a lot. And they also tell the unspoken. I think human society started with eye language first of all. Eyes have the capability of carrying emotions of all types. And the various words we have for the ways we look....glance, peek, etc. However, eyes can do much more than this. They can tear, rip, pledge, contemplate, beg and what not. Just a simple observation in a party will give one an insight into the world of eyes. Games eyes play ! I guess life could have been much simpler if we had only eyes to talk with.
My eyes are getting tired now. Will post later.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My motorokr E6

It was the fall of 2007 when I had bought my motorokr E6. I wasn't sure about anything about the phone except that it was touch-screen phone. I took some time to understand the functionality of the phone and then realised why the general public avoids motorola phones! After playing with the phones for a few weeks, I started to get restless. For, I wanted to tweak it but couldn't. I could not change its theme. The wallpaper transparency was too irritating, etc. Soon, I was wondering whether I had made the right decision. I started surfing for anything related to motorola phones and soon realised that there is something in the web domain called "modding". It took me some time to get the hang of it. Then, my tryst started with motorolafans.com. What followed in the coming days was pure madness. For the next one month, I was hardly sleeping for more than 4-5 hours. All I could think of was modding my phone. That I had my semesters going on did not help.
Now, a time has come when I can safely say that I will never buy any phone which cannot be modded. Of course, that does not mean it has to be motorola only. Google's android has made me keep my finger's crossed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Old age and hard-ships

Although there are a lot of things in this world which make my heart cringe, one particular thing stands out. Its old people. Everyday I travel by bus. And I see old people travelling in the bus. Standing when they aren't lucky enough to get a seat. Old couples sweating out under the scorching sun. These people worked hard all their lives. They went to jobs everyday, provided for their families and worked hard. Why then are they struggling in this part of their life now? Shouldn't they be enjoying their lives sipping coke and doing all those things they wanted to do? A young person works hard in his life. But when he is not capable of working hard, is he supposed to wither away? It should be the duty of the state to take very good care of its senior citizens. They worked hard all their lives, paid taxes and now are forced to live hard lives. Although the state already provides a lot of benefits to them and I know its not possible for the state to provide a chauffeur driven car for every senior citizen. However, we all understand that things can be improved.
Lets forget the economics. Just think about a person who is young now and imagine 30-40 years down the line. Trudging at every step....I don't have any satisfactory answer as of now. Maybe I will get it someday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The world's end

The movie 2012 has just been released and you can bet on some pretty good graphics and special effects. However, I am compelled to think that if such a thing ever occurs during our lifetime, what will be our reaction? We will certainly try to save ourselves but I doubt we will be able to withstand nature's fury. Nature is much more powerful than anything on planet earth. And man is helpless in front of it. So, what will be life-like after such an event? Will it be as we know or will it take an entirely new dimension? I hope we have something different. I don't want the same hierarchy again. Animals followed by human beings and then wars and more wars and more wars.....Sometimes I feel the word history should be re-named war or death or destruction or blood....Life is sweet for a lucky few of us but for a majority of us, its an apocalypse everyday....