To put it simply, these are films whose ending is not clear, confusing, or not an ending at all - Anniyan (2005) was one of those movies which fall into this category - there was no ending at all or to be more precise, the ending was more like the beginning of the story line again. This movie used the medical condition of Multiple Personality Disorder and weaved a thrilling story line around it - the lead actor Vikram had put in great efforts to bring in the difference between the differences between his two split personalities. This movie did make a tremendous impact on the south Indian scene and was equally a box-office hit.
In an analogy, our lives is open-ended - when at times we feel that we have figured out it all, it opens up a big set of surprises! Probably that is what makes all of us interested in life - the surprise factor, the factor that there are millions of things which we will keep coming up new every day for us to understand and appreciate, the ever-lasting secrets of nature - what makes a flower bloom? what will the worms think? why is the planetary system following the standard routine?etc etc…..
Life, ofcourse is beautiful………being open ended adds to that beauty!!
It was a pleasant surprise when I read the news about Bangalore being ranked as the best city to live in India……it actually surpassed all the four Indian metros - Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai and Chennai!!!…….The news article can be read here
While I know the traffic and infrastructure needs more improvement, the upcoming metro train transport in Bangalore should address it is my sincere hope. Ofcourse, it goes without saying that the state governance should be focussed and committed on this – the live streaming of CM’s office which started with a big bang is facing technical snag and I hope the metro train plans are reviewed for any such snag….
Here is my list of top seven reasons on why I like Bangalore…………..
- Weather………lovely all through the year
- Greenery………you will be surprised by the small green patches in between densely crowded residential and commercial areas – don’t forget Cubbon park and Lal bagh
- People……….Bangaloreans are the best when it comes to making everyone feel at home - they are so polite and love peace
- Cosmopoliton……..the city itself is so mixed that it has its own cosmopolitan culture..From Malleshwaram to Koramangala it has the Mysore Iyengars to the MTV personalities
- IT companies……….gives loads of opportunities
- Darshinis………..the ‘stand-and-eat’ restaurants at every other street with their hot ‘idly-vada’, ‘masala dosa’, ‘chow-chow bath’, ‘rave idly’,etc with the fresh coconut ‘chutney’ and hot ‘sambar’
No wonder, the silicon valley of India is the winner of the year!! Bangalore, the best!!!
Anitha’s short story got the first prize in Unisun Reliance Timeout writing competition 2011 - I was very happy happy !!……Can’t stop posting this……….check her interesting blogposts here. One more women who multitasks, manages work and family and still keeps her passion for life, and continues to strive for the best keeping her feet firm on the ground!!
Congratulations, Anitha!!! God bless!!
I was concerned that I am suddenly aggressive and becoming a feminist (do you need to be a woman to call yourself a feminist?)…….reason???Because all these days, I had been proud that I am very objective and look at both sides of the coin for any issue….but two weeks back, this is what happened……
Our house help came that morning as usual - but her face was swollen and she told that her husband hit her because she opened a bank account and moved the money from a private chit fund to savings bank account - given that she is totally independent financially and runs her household with two kids by her own earning, i found no reason for her to let her husband manhandle her……..when I asked her why he hit her, I gathered that it is a common phenomenon………….and I got aggressive and told her - “nodu, Lakshmi…..if he hits you again, just hit him back”….She looked at me and true to her innocence self said “ he is stronger than me, it is difficult to hit him back”………
I never thought before I retorted strongly “take chilli powder and put on his face if he comes to hit you anymore”………..I was fuming…….Later when I relaxed and thought about my advice to her, I was concerned ……….
What happened to me? Did I always have these wild streaks within me?? I was sharing it with my friend saying that I probably have become wild…and not docile as i think of myself. Was a bit conscious that I was reacting to an input without much thought………..
And a week later, I was flabbergasted when i read the front page article in newspaper Deccan Herald Pati, Patni and ten thousand…………..this is about an innovative (!!??) proposal from a state minister in Andra Pradesh, India……….the proposal is for to establish a reward system for women if they beat up their abusive husbands……
While it will take lot of effort to implement such an innovative idea and it is for the government officials to handle this, this news item made me upgrade my concern to worry - an AP ruling minister is thinking like me or vice versa!!…………danger danger………God, save me and my thoughts!!!!!
ps - if you are yet to watch how the south Indian regional movies portray an AP ruling minister, you will need help from someone who does it to understand why I am worried and reaching out to almighty to save me and my thoughts!!
Here is another leader - one who created value and made many of us feel “AHA”…………I truly believe that it is a great story to tell your grandkids that “I lived during the times of Steve!!…who made those ipads….”
While many would have read his speech 2005 Stanford commencement speech, this article below in Forbes magazine reiterates his uniqueness……….
My order of top ten lessons from Steve’s life goes here………
- Never fear failure
- Listen to the voice in the back of your head that tells you if you are on the right track or not
- Find the most talented people to surround yourself with
- Expect a lot from yourself and others
- Stay hungry, Stay foolish
- The most enduring innovations marry art and science
- To create future, you can’t do it through focus groups (believe in yourselves!)
- Anything is possible through hardwork, determination and a sense of vision
- You can’t connect the dots forward, only backwards
- Don’t care about being right. Care about succeeding
Here is the article………The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Can Teach Us – If We’ll Listen
ENJOY reading and INTROSPECT how much applies to us!
I could not resist sharing this article with many - It is a truly inspiring story and I am amazed on how much the human will can take control of one’s life……….This is an article in CNN’s money about Sean Maloney – head of Intel China.
This is an article in CNN’s money about Sean Maloney – head of Intel China.
When he lost his words due to stroke, he had only his will power to get back - “I’ve trained the right side of my brain to take over speech, normally a function of the left side. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done.”……….so, you can train your brain to do what you like….:)
His advice to all…..”Never give up,” he says. “No matter what anyone says, you can attain your goals if you never give up.”
Inspirational! Makes us take responsibility of our life!
There are lots and lots of news on Japan!! But for some five minutes on the first day, I hardly watched any TV on the happenings ain Japan. One of the reasons was that my little one was visibly upset the first day about this news - he had doubts about if Tsunami can come to the first floor (we live in first floor!)…… I later learnt that even AM’s Lil D was extremely upset on this…! So, i consciously avoided watching Japan on TV!
Nevertheless, I read a bit of news on the net….and these two newsitems were indeed very absorbing…….
When i saw this 10 minute video at disastar prediction net - http://disasterpredictions.com/japanese-earthquake-predicted-comet-elenin/, it was very spooky!! So, someone could predict this earthquake so accurately - if you see in youtubue, you can see that this video is uploaded on 9th March itself!!! So, made me get that spooky feeling!!
And later, I was searching for the meaning of the word Stoicism in the net and i hit on this article -
When i finished reading it, many things about Japanese made sense to me - I have always wondered why they are not smiling, why they are not so very democratic, why they are not taking things easy, but then…”That is not the way Japanese people are”!!!
My heart goes to them!! I am confident they will come out of this crisis much more stronger!! God bless!!
Category - History ; Rating - 3.5 ; Comment - Choice of Freedom is with the individual!!
Ok, it was the Daniel Craig factor to start with - ofcourse, who will not recognize the Bond….James Bond!! When the movie progressed, all I saw was the strength of the Jewish leader who had so much positive outlook and humanity even during the toughest times of second world war!!
Adapted from Nechama Tec’s book “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans”, this movie gives the account of the life of Bielki Partisans. They were led by four Jewish brothers who saved the Jews during the tough world war 2 days in Poland.
While the entire movies plot is available readily in Wikipedia if you care to read, the following are something you will notice when you watch the movie
Leadership skills - When you put others in front of you, you become a leader in no time Theories of Viktor Frankl - Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedom to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way
Concept of Right and Wrong - While Tuvia wants to be a fair leader, his younger brother Zus gets carried away and joins the Soviet - while it looks bad, Zus strongly exhibits the school of thought that what matters is the END and not how we reach there;
Love for life - When they initially decide to ban newborns into the camp and when it actually happens, the way they react - again establishes the fact that women are much stronger than men!!
A movie to watch!!!
Short notes & good quotes
“The Park is open until 8 pm” – I am trying hard to practice this – in my communications (official as well as personal). It indeed was tough to start with, but by and large it has become a habit and a challenge when I sit down to write a note.
“Pouring soda in the backseat “- I want my children to understand me like this(who is more focussed on the children’s happiness) and also want them to be like that with their children. I believe in it.
“Look for the best in everybody” – is it not the same what the short story in Mahabaratha talks about – you can choose to see the rose or the thorn in a rose plant. I agree and again it needs lot of practice to make it as a habit.
“All you have to do is ASK” – well said and is always true and it took me some time to personally practice it
“Dream big, achieving your childhood dreams, time is all you have, and you may find one day that you have less than you think, start by sitting together, earnest is better than hip, no job is beneath you, we cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand, you have a choice to have fun”– good quotes to remember and practice
To be honest, I found it very difficult to go over the book as it brought back memories. Given a choice, I would not have picked up this book by myself. But, after completing it, I felt indeed it is a good book, which I could have missed but for receiving it as a New Year gift!