Saturday, March 29, 2014

About A Movie Shot and Set in India

Have you seen the movie The Darjeeling Limited? Well, I just finished seeing it a second time. The first time was many years ago and so the second time felt almost like first time. I read somewhere that Wes Anderson the director/producer made the movie as a tribute to the great Satyajit Ray, who has been a great source of inspiration to him. I could detect elements of Ray's style and sensibilities in the movie, but more than that I liked the movie because it was entertaining, funny and  visually very, very interesting as expected of Wes Anderson movies. Check out these cool .gifs from the movie or better still, go watch the movie.

Have you seen the new Wes Anderson movie- The Grand Budapest Hotel?

Friday, March 28, 2014


Yes, its been a while. I was bored and I did not have anything particular to say or show even if I had paid a visit and so I stayed away.

Time is flying and yet life seems a bit stagnant. It is strange juxtaposition of time to be at. I tell myself that I deserve a time off after what feels like years of constant work with a minor accomplishment in the end to boast of. Yet, the mind has a way of its own, in constant debate on the value of time and how best to use it. So as these debates carry on fully-fledged, I have taken refuge in books; books that are not directly related to school or my professional interests which is actually refreshing and wonderful! One is a fiction and the other is a non-fiction which I am reading simultaneously (yes! of course it is possible!) and takes me on these journeys, not just in terms of space from Europe to Asia, but in time as well and they are, simply stated, outstanding!
Here is a little bit about them..

Technically a novel, but once you get into it you wonder if you are reading a novel or a book of philosophy. An incredibly beautiful novel, where the characters are fascinating and the language is almost poetic!

A quote from the book -

"we can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come"..  And so..." there is no means of testing which decision is better,  because there is no basis for comparison. "

Technically not a novel, but the facts are so incredible you almost wish it were a novel so that your conscience can escape from feeling responsible. But no, I don't want to escape from anything. I am glad I am reading the book and feeling the gut wrenching  sadness and anger and simultaneously feeling  inspired and  motivated to react.

A quote from the book out of the many that stays with you and gnaws at your conscience, if you allow it to...

"Who constitutes the nation? Only the elite?Or do the hundreds of millions of poor in India also make up the nation? Are their interests never identified with national interest? Or is there more than one nation? That is the question you often run up against in some of India's poorest areas. Areas where extremely poor people go into destitution making way for firing ranges, jet fighter plants, coal mines, power projects, dams, sanctuaries, prawn and shrimp farms, even poultry farms. If the costs they bear are the 'price' of development, then the rest of the 'nation' is having one endless free lunch".

Well, now its your turn to read and let me know if you like.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

An Evening

When you have nothing particular to do, you stop at the beach to watch the whales frolicking in the distance, spurting water, capture the surrounding landscape on camera while a crab lies dead getting  fossilized on a rock!