The devotees’ love for the temple and volunteers’ enthusiasm is amazing. Everything is so peaceful. The praises of God are sung by great Raagis and broadcast over a sophisticated speaker system. People sit around the pool that surrounds the temple and enjoy the devotional chanting. The music brings peace to even the most distraught human beings.
Don’t Mind Me, I’m Dead
Once you have kids and fall into the trap of working from home life becomes a whirlpool. Wait a minute, I just looked it up and the better word for life at home with the kids, food and work is maelstrom. Furniture, blender, kitchen, wailing children, cranky spouse, laptop all swirl like planets in a constellation doing their best to undo an orderly life.
I miss my association with a big organisation. The automatic recognition of you being somebody once you are an important cog in the corporate machine. No Matter, forward soldiers regardless.
I asked my mind what to do about it. It said, ‘ignore.’ Pretend you are dead. It works. I have killed myself existentially. I am but a body lying there the rest of me is floating above deaf to mayhem and disobedience from my kids. My third eye will only intervene when they are about to burn down the house or blow up the television. My spirit descends and blends, rolls, cooks,washes, bakes and serves and then ascends to this platform of Nirvana. I do not expect any good behaviour nor obedience. I take life as it is.
KUDOS TO AAMIR KHAN= TOM HANKS OF BOLLYWOOD
I enter cinema halls to watch Hindi movies with a lot of trepidation. Am I in for 150 minutes or more of boredom? Will I be inundated with screeching and wailing songs and corny dialogue?
PK the movie swallowed me and took me on an enjoyable amusement park ride. It is an alien’s search for God on Earth. The alien does not meet God anywhere; neither in temples, churches or Gurudwaras.
Aamir Khan whom I consider the Tom Hanks of Bollywood or Indian Cinema takes the role by the scruff of the neck and carries it with élan to the end of the movie. Both these stars excel in their excellent protean abilities of merging into their character seamlessly.
Four stars to the movie; one star less because of some over-colorful and irrelevant digressions from the main theme.
Hindi movies ride to glory on the back of popular songs. This movie has at least 2 such super-hit songs. Oh, to be a lyricist of Hindi movie songs. They are sung on the streets of urban and rural India.
Story—Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.
Music for songs—Shantanu Moitra; Ajay-Atul; Ankit Tiwari
Background music – Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga.
Lyrics—Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Varma and Manoh Muntashir
The heroine is played amiably, amicably and admirably by Anushka Sharma. The story is also narrated by her.
Sanjay Dutt as usual is superb in his cameo role.
The theme of the movie reminds me of the Bible quote:-
“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool; what house will ye build me?—Acts 7:49 KJV
You, sir, what trade are you?
Second Commoner Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but,
as you would say, a cobbler.
MARULLUS But what trade art thou? answer me directly.
Second Commoner A trade, sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe
conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles.
MARULLUS What trade, thou knave? thou naughty knave, what trade?
Second Commoner Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me: yet,
if you be out, sir, I can mend you.
MARULLUS What meanest thou by that? mend me, thou saucy fellow!
Second Commoner Why, sir, cobble you. 20
FLAVIUS Thou art a cobbler, art thou?
Second Commoner Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl: I
meddle with no tradesman’s matters, nor women’s
matters, but with awl. I am, indeed, sir, a surgeon
to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I
recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon
neat’s-leather have gone upon my handiwork.
FLAVIUS But wherefore art not in thy shop today?
Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?
Second Commoner Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself
into more work. But, indeed, sir, we make holiday,
to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph.
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar–Act I, Scene I
Affordable Housing is a promise of the new Modi government in India. Skeptical citizens have defiantly voted a common man’s party (AAP) to govern the capital of India, which is Delhi. Cynical citizens have turned their allegiance quickly not having seen the fulfillment of any campaign promises including the reduction of prices. People are not very impressed by Prime Minister Modi’s encounters of an another kind with President Obama who was the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day celebrations.
In the meantime some citizens live in make shift tents while new cars and mobile phones burgeon all over the country. Ironically as in this picture there are new parking spaces for cars but not enough roofs for poor citizens. Also you can see the office of a big Housing company in the distance; but these high priced apartments are a distant dream for the common man in India. Perhaps one reason is that there are too many citizens in the first place.