Sunday, February 05, 2017

Death



Young or Old,
Healthy or unhealthy,
Rich or poor,
Men or Women,
Liked or unliked,
Whatever or wherever you are,
One thing is for sure,
We gonna die.

Life is but a fleeting show,
All tall, as a ball,
Why this ego, why the fight,
We are one, belonging
To the human race.

The Girl on The Train



Here comes another in line or next to "The girl with a dragon Tatoo" and " Gone Girl" - Indeed " Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read"

"Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel."

The story is a first-person narrative told from the point of view of three women: Rachel, Anna, and Megan. The three women from life of Tom, whose whole life was constructed on lies - falsehoods and half-truths told to make him look better, stronger, more interesting than he was.

Hollowness: There isn't anything you can do to fix it. The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Past is a bucket of ashes


There is a famous quote which say: "I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future."

We carry some ashes with us, while disburse some ashes and carry the memories, while some others are completely wiped out.

We live life only once, and to make it memorable and enjoy it, better we don't carry with us any grudges, and harsh memories. Live life as it comes. Embrace change and reality, and move on.

All for himself, and God for All.
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One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.

Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.

But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister..

Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.
Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.

That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.

Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.

Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.

Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.

Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.”

Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.

Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.

This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.

Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.

Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

- Paulo Coelho

Monday, January 09, 2017

Bollywood Movies from 2016



Courtesy : Yahoo News - but this was exactly what I was thinking so few tweeks from me.

The Khans continued to rule the roost as Fan (Shah Rukh Khan), Sultan (Salman Khan) and Dangal (Aamir Khan) are still the biggest films of the year, while Akshay Kumar moved from strength to strength with two incredible portrayals in Airlift and Rustom.

Airlift


The massive evacuation of Indian refugees from Kuwait during the Gulf War was a story waiting to be told. This one had all the elements of a war thriller, with equal measures of despair, drama, fortitude and hope. And our director does a brilliant job of bringing out the



Neerja


Ram Madhvani's 'Neerja' was nuanced, compelling and sincere. The director exhibited rare restrain in his handling of this remarkable biographical story of Neerja Bhanot, the flight attendant aboard the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73, who was shot dead by terrorists.


Udta Punjab


Abhishek Chaubey deserves applause for an intense, dark and disturbing depiction of the state of Punjab. Alia Bhatt belted out a career-best performance as the migrant labourer, a victim of the drug abuse menace in the state.


PINK



In this masterpiece, Amitabh Bachchan's eccentric lawyer brings to fore the issue of a woman's consent in Indian society. A compelling courtroom drama, PINK drove across its points without the painful, verbose sermonizing that Hindi films routinely subject us to. There were indeed some weekloops in the second half court scene's though.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil


Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' was a take on the complicated journeys that love embarks on in real life. While I enjoyed every bit of the rollercoaster ride and the anguish of unrequited love. Still, ADHM was film that looked good and felt good.


Dear Zindagi



Gauri Shinde’s film was a must-watch for the beauty of subtlety, for its insight into contemporary relationships and to understand that talking to a therapist can be as simple as trying to get some sleep. There's no shame in seeking help for emotional issues, just like we do for physical ailments.


Dangal



This film will rank not only as one of the best of the year, but among the best Hindi films on sports, ever. 'Dangal' is as much a story about the sport – wrestling, as it is about revisiting gender stereotypes and a complex father-daughter relationship. Aamir Khan and his two young actresses - Fatima and Sanya - made an impression on one and all.


My favourate undoubtedly was Dear Zindagi.Not sure on how Kapoor and Sons, Sultan and Fan were, missed it. Dhoni: An untold story was also worth the watch, though missed Azar's biopic.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Can we be Happy Always?



Just loved these lines...

When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone...

When I was sure of losing, I won...

When I needed people the most, they left me...

When I learnt to dry my tears, I found a shoulder to cry on...

When I mastered the skill of hating, someone started loving me from the core of the heart...

And while waiting for light for hours when I fell asleep, the sun came out...

That's life!!

No matter what you plan, you never know what life has planned for you...

Success introduces you to the world..

But failure introduces the world to you...

Always be Happy!!!

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end..

God smiles from above and says,

"Relax Sweetheart, It's just a Bend, not the End!

In the journey of life, we pass pleasure and pain. There will be sunshine and rain; There will be loss and gain. But we must learn to smile and smile again.

Together is the most wonderful place to be



In the journey of life, we pass pleasure and pain. There will be sunshine and rain; There will be loss and gain. But we must learn to smile and smile again. Together is a wonderful place to be in.

Four years since my Achan is no more; but he is the one person I think of daily..even more now. Together we are still. Together we may not be in person which is such a pain and shame.

People do ask, which is the favourate place I would like to be in; it is being Together with my loved ones. There is no better place than that.

This new year, may we be together with our loved ones. Time is limited in supply, but it is upto us on how we use it and where we spend it, and belive me; there is no place worth better spending it; than with our loved ones.

As kids grow up, and with the passing time, people prefer nuclear family; they like to see far away land; move around the world, Nature and the world around is beautiful, and we need to see it, but we would never again be able to spend time with the ones we love...and it is every parents dream to see their children together. Very few children realise it when they still have their parents around.

Not only individual families; this is applicable to countries as well. Moreover, even the TEAM suggest - Together everyone Achieve more.

Indeed Together is the most wonderful place to be in.....

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dhangal


Have read the below by Chandramohan in 'The Cinema Company' - I did not feel like anything more:

Well, the apparent disappointment of not able to watch a Mollywood film this Christmas and new year season for obvious reasons has been put to shelves, thanks to Aamir Khan and Co through a terrific and brilliant movie in the form of Dangal. This is one movie which has earned its place to be called a masterpiece on all counts. Carrying a heavy burden of expectations on its shoulders, Dangal serves to appeal to every class of audience irrespective of the age factor and genre preference.


I was thinking before the release about how Dangal is going to make it count and sustain at the box office when a similar movie dealing with the sport of Wrestling in the form of Sultan hit cinemas and went on to taste success. But the similarities just end up there. The stories are totally different and poles apart even though both deal with wrestling. Sultan was more of a fictional story having prominence for romance and thrills, Dangal is more of a biopic on real life characters.

Dangal is the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat hailing from Haryana who was a national wrestling champion turned coach. He wanted to represent the country and win a gold medal. Fate had other plans as Mahavir could not realize his dream but he retain the ambition of achieving his dream through his son. There also fate played its part as to his disappointment the man is blessed with four girl childs. Whether Mahavir can achieve his long cherished goal is the big question and Dangal the movie show what happens next.

Bollywood has a special preference for sports biopics. Movies like Chak De India, Budhia Singh, Mary Kom, Baagh Milka Baagh and Iqbal are all ample testimony to the fondness the industry has towards this genre. Each of these movies were able to make a deep bonding and instant connection with the audience. Dangal also is also on a similar terrain, if not much more than them.

Its an all out Aamir Khan show with excellent support from his co-actors but a movie cannot taste success unless it is backed by beautiful presentation and exciting screenplay. It is here that Dangal score the perfect rank or the full marks to take it to another level. Singh is King says our professional boxing hero Vijender Singh but in a movie, to be effective and successful, i would say writing is the King.

Director Nitesh Tiwari who is in terrific touch here along with his writers have been able to come up with a special film, by far the best to come out of Bollywood for a long time. In fact the director has set a new bench mark as far direction goes surpassing some best movies. Chillar Party, Bhootnath Returns are some of the movies to Nitesh's credit and he has made Dangal an exceptional and outstanding film.

Geeta Kumari and Babita Kumari's exploits at the Commonwealth Games representing the country is a known and familiar thing to the people loving and following this sport. Now it is a matter of how their story is going to be executed. The big question that will be raised is, has the movie done justice to their story with less predictability and ample excitement as a movie? Well, the answer is pretty simple and straightforward, Dangal has more than lived up to the hype with a near perfect film and is a pure must watch and a clear winner.

He is called Mr.Perfectionist by his ardent fans and followers and the media too has only golden words to describe his credentials as an actor and the the film that Aamir chooses. The role of a perfectionist is to ensure that the standards set by him is maintained every time he is out there, no matter what the role he is enacting. Aamir Khan has just done that.

A brilliant display of acting where each and every scene has this perfection in such a way that we cannot pick a scene which is the best since each and every scene that the actor is part of is done in remarkable fashion. The transformation he has done to his body to show different phase of his life is truly laudable.

Even though we can see Aamir Khan claiming bulk of the screen presence, few actors in spite of his towering presence still made it count and made performances which are truly memorable. The first and foremost among them are the two people who played Geeta Kumari, the eldest of the four daughters of Mahavir. The little girl who portrayed Geetha's younger days was upto the task. It is Fathima Sana Shaikh who is the chosen one to play Geeta when she is in her youth and believe me she was simply awesome with her acting as well as fighting skills. I think she is a real wrestler and if not have taken time and efforts to learn the sport.

Same goes for Sanya Malhotra playing Babita Kumari bringing in lot of freshness to the role. The girl who portrayed the little Babita too was noteworthy. The guy who played cousin brother to the girls as well as the actress (Sakshi Tanwar) who did the role of Mahavir's wife too deserves a word of mention here though their roles were quite small.

Cinematography is excellent while the cuts were perfect. One can say that one hundred and sixty one minutes is on the higher side but never does the film makes you bored or for that matter overstay. Pritam has given soulful music with a local flavor. Background score also had the apt feel in it. Another notable area is the way in which all the fighting scenes (Wrestling) has been choreographed. Whoever has done it deserves a round of applause.

Dangal is one film that will make you weep and at the same time provide excitement, joy and inspiration by the time the final scene wrap up on screen. I would say it is a remarkable movie that is a must watch. Goosebumps started appearing when the climax of the movie was on display. Such was the feel and power that the movie had in its possession to win over the audience. Go and grab your tickets is the final word from me.


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What actually touched me is the father-daughter relationship and Aamirs words that while coching, he cannot mix his fatherly affection to bring out the best result.

Religion


Take any religion;
• There will be a group of people who claims to follow that religion, though not
• Those who will be identified as true followers by their conduct

For example for Jehovah’s witnesses:
Those who do the will of Jehovah and conduct their lives accordingly are the ones who will be marked as true Christians among the following 4 characteristics.

1. Their lives are governed by the principles of God’s word – John 17:17; when faced with temptations, Jesus quoted from God’s word, he taught God’s word, he had remarkable knowledge of God’s word.
2. They involve in the sanctification of God’s name – because that was what Jesus had done John 17:6
3. They involve in preaching the good news of the kingdom – Daniel 2:44- again that is what Jesus had done, who else the preaching work across the globe other than Jehovah’s witness
4. Love one another – John 13:34,35; We adorn ourselves with the cloth of Love which makes it easier to identify us – we belong to one family –Therefore it is necessary that we live as Christ’s followers – because everyone else, including who claims to be Jesus followers will be destroyed.

Not long before had written on the topic:

http://arunoday.blogspot.in/2016/07/religious-conversion-unrest.html


Even today there is lot of debate, and unrest on this topic. We all know we are one, same children of one God. Yet people need something to fight over. Prove their faith, their thoughts are right. Why? Why can we all not move forwards with unity, with oneness in our mind? Do all religion not teach us that?

One more year.....Reminiscence - A December to Remember



Wishing one and all Happiness Always!! Yet another change to a calender year, with somethings remaining the same, and somethings changing.....All memories do not last for ever, fresh memories erase off the old ones.If we try to grow where something, even a part of us has died, we will experience sickness. It is better to move, uproot overselves and start afresh; then we will flourish. Easier said, difficult to implement. Miracles only grow where you plant them. May you have a healthy, wealthy, peaceful and fulfilling year ahead!!! Thank God for the opportunity, Thank you dear ones for being there for me, hugs to my dear ones for your losses, we need to move on...Praying for eternal bliss .....Happy New Year 2017, may it unfold fresh memories....


Two most important thing to have in life –

• Health and
• Wealth

You never realise until you lose them. If wealth is lost, you can regain; but health lost is difficult.

The advise I had when leaving OPI/EXL was that the health is the first of life. But I had always taken it for granted and have seen them failing in the last couple of years. First father and the saga continue.

Blood Pressure

Two numbers are used to describe blood pressure:
• Systolic. The systolic pressure (the higher and first number) measures the force that blood exerts on the artery walls as the heart contracts to pump out the blood.
• Diastolic. The diastolic pressure (the lower and second number) is the measurement of force as the heart relaxes to allow the blood to flow into the heart.
Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). A blood pressure reading is written like this: 120/80 mm Hg, where 120 is the systolic, and 80 is the diastolic blood pressure.
Blood pressures are now categorized as normal, prehypertension, hypertension stage 1, or hypertension stage 2. The categories are defined in this table:

Category Systolic BP (mm Hg) Diastolic BP (mm Hg)
Normal below 120 and below 80
Prehypertension 120 - 139 or 80 - 89
Hypertension Stage 1 140 -159 or 90 - 99
Hypertension Stage 2 160 and above or 100 and above

Blood lipids, including cholesterol

Lipoproteins are protein spheres that transport cholesterol, triglyceride, or other lipid molecules through the bloodstream. Most of the information about the effects of cholesterol and triglyceride actually concerns lipoproteins.

The cholesterol-carrying lipoproteins are commonly referred to as cholesterol. They comprise the low density lipoproteins (LDL), often called the "bad" cholesterol, and the high-density lipoproteins (HDL), referred to as the "good" cholesterol. The triglyceride-carrying lipoproteins are intermediate in density, and together with very-low density proteins, carry triglycerides.

Desirable total cholesterol: below 200 mg/dL (5.17 mmol/L)
Optimal LDL ('bad') cholesterol: below 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)
Optimal HDL ('good') cholesterol: over 60 mg/dL (1.56 mmol/L)
Normal triglyceride: below 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

Dividing the total cholesterol by the HDL cholesterol levels gives a Total/HDL ratio:

The ideal ratio is 3.5 or below.
A ratio of 4.5 carries an average risk for cardiovascular disease.

Blood Sugar Levels

Normal blood glucose levels typically register between 70 and 150 mg. The level in someone's body will change during the day and is affected by many factors including what time of day it is as well as what your most recent meal was (or was not). There is danger associated with levels either below or above the range. If your level is below 70, you most likely have a condition called hypoglycemia or more commonly called low blood sugar. Other symptoms of hypoglycemia include lack of energy, focus and irritability. You can even lose consciousness if your glucose is too low.

If the level of sugar in your blood is over 150 mg, then you are considered to be hyperglycemic, also more commonly known as having high blood sugar. If you have persistent high sugar, then you are at risk for diabetes which can result in serious organ damage to your eyes, kidneys and other organs. If you do not have normal blood glucose levels, you should take all necessary steps to reverse the condition by calling you physician.

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Nothing last for ever - one more year gone by, like so many loved ones. Life goes one, hoping for the better.

Reminiscence - A December to Remember

Nostalgic end to a year. Meeting friends and relatives. A great reminiscence.

It was great being with my foster family on the Christmas Eve. Meeting childhood friends after years. Meeting old colleagues, and catching up with relatives. Reading the books one loved like Famous Five, and Arthur Conan Doyle's series of Sherlock Holmes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Celebrating Public Spaces of India.


An amazing book by Archana Gupta and Anshuman Gupta. If you love travelling, photography or architecture, this book is for you. You feel like visiting each of these places, as they are well arranged and explained – dividing the urban public places into Monument plazas, cultural spaces, parks, markets, waterfront spaces, and religious spaces from across India. Beginning with the why and how of the places - how western and Indian perspective have influenced the formation. A worthy investment, not to be missed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dear Zindagi


Dear Zindagi deals with a 20s something aspiring cinematographer Kaira played by Alia Bhatt and her journey as she tries to deal with her professional and personal commitments. Her mistakes and her regrets eventually leads to a breakdown of sorts that results in her contacting a therapist, the Demak kha doctor - DD played by Shah Rukh Khan. Her encounter with Jug, an unconventional thinker, helps her gain a new perspective on life. She discovers that happiness is all about finding comfort in life's imperfections.

She is good at her work, but not getting that big break. Even her relationships in life – be it her parents or the men in her life are screwed up thanks to her own apprehensions.However when things get too much for her delicate mind to handle, she decides to consult a therapist.

Is finding the right partner in life similar to finding the right chair? That was interesting. If we go by Jug’s earlier theory, the chair only creaks when you are confused about love, then that means he is confused about his feelings for his last patient. So has Jug started falling for his much younger patient?

This is an Alia Bhatt movie, through and through.If you were awed by her performance in Udta Punjab, be prepared to be blown away by her sheer anguish here.