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When I chose to read this book labeled as romance thriller, I was unsure…
- I liked only the clean romance –“that old emotional stuff in which the good prevails over evil and everyone lives happily ever after”. I had been a typical teenager growing up reading the Mills&Boon of MY times – where the Dukes, millionaires, and cowboys were the popular theme! Over the years, I slowly stopped reading Mills &Boon, becoz it was more on the physical realm of romance than the clean nice romance – ok, I am getting old!!…
- I like reading hard copy of books…one more proof that I belong to previous gen!
- For the last few years, I have been totally into non fiction or fiction weaved with mythical and historical topics…….it is an open and shut case that I am old!! J
The Rustle of Silence was all the three – current times romance thriller, kindle soft book and a fiction!!
I was impressed by the way the thriller was built. The super suspense plot, the wonderful flow of language, the nice descriptions of the locations and the characters – it literally brought the visuals into the eyes so easily. There was also lot of research details which had gone into the book.
I am happy that I chose to read this book – Fantastic entertainer!!!
I doubt whether it is anything unique – most of us keep experiencing this – a song getting suddenly stuck into ourselves and never leaving us for some time. While i frequently flip around Carnatic music and contemporary regional Tamil movie songs, it is quite some time that i experienced this…. Suddenly, i have three songs stuck in me…
It all started with “Bho Shambo” – Dayanad Saraswathi’s impressive creation rendered by Sudha – the moment i heard it, i knew i need to hear it again and again and again!…..this is to the extent that i woke up to this song and listened to it through the day and slept over this song …this song was nostalgic – reminded me of those spiritual moments one experience growing up in the mystic temple town of Shiva – Chidambaram! And to some extent, the obsession on Shiva and the mystic experiences of the south indian ancient temples stays in me… (is that why i liked Shiva Trilogy of Amish?)
When I thought, i am all done with my song of the month, at an unexpected time of the day, another song jumps into me (i think i asked for it!!!)- a regional contemporary song from the tamil movie Paiyya- it still rings inside me even when i write this post – this is again a very unique experience considering i have heard this song in the past and did not give it much of a thought than the nice visuals. Unlike the song of 80s, the current songs are more dominated by the background music than the lyrics and i sure did not listen into the lyrics before. But then, when a song is destined to be getting into you, it somehow gets you at whatever state you are in – it is like another life incident which you are destined to go through! ” Better late than never!!” – the scripts are from na.muthukumar – the way this song got stuck now with a focus on the script is extremely surprising and surreal…
And when i really was all done for this season, jumps the other powerful script of Vairamuthu – from the Tamil movie Ravanan – so very pragmatic and honest !
While i really have to wait on whether I will get over these songs sooner, I am not complaining at all!! I am also 50% through in learning the songs and scripts!!
OBSESSED AND LIKING IT !! 🙂 🙂
Singer – Janani Ram
Done well for a début!!!…. and she is confident enough to ask me to publicise this too!! 🙂 🙂 so, here we go!!
White lips, pale face Breathing in snowflakes Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light’s gone, day’s end Struggling to pay rent Long nights, strange men
And they say She’s in the Class A Team Stuck in her daydream Been this way since eighteen But lately her face seems Slowly sinking, wasting Crumbling like pastries And they scream The worst things in life come free to us Cause we’re just under the upper hand And go mad for a couple grams And she don’t want to go outside tonight And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland And sells love to another man It’s too cold outside For angels to fly Angels to fly
Ripped gloves, rain coat Tried to swim and stay afloat Dry house, wet clothes
Loose change, bank notes Weary-eyed, dry throat Call girl, no phone
And they say She’s in the class A Team Stuck in her daydream Been this way since eighteen But lately, her face seems Slowly sinking, wasting Crumbling like pastries And they scream The worst things in life come free to us Cause we’re just under the upper hand And go mad for a couple grams And she don’t want to go outside tonight And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland And sells love to another man It’s too cold outside For angels to fly
An angel will die Covered in white Closed eyed And hoping for a better life This time, we’ll fade out tonight Straight down the line
And they say She’s in the Class A Team Stuck in her daydream Been this way since eighteen But lately her face seems Slowly sinking, wasting Crumbling like pastries They scream The worst things in life come to free us And we’re all under the upper hand Go mad for a couple grams And we don’t want to go outside tonight And in a pipe we fly to the Motherland And sell love to another man It’s too cold outside For angels to fly Angels to fly To fly, fly For angels to fly, to fly, to fly Or angels to die
Songwriters SHEERAN, ED
Category – Drama-Romance ; Rating – 3.5 ; Comment – Taking care of those who need that care is an esoteric experience in itself!
A lazy Sunday evening and aimless channel surfing – I ended up watching “Adam” for an hour and half…a heartening realistic romance drama. It was a realistic ending with big emphasis on pragmatism!
The theme is an underlying romance between the budding writer and an Aspergers , For those, who is new to the term Aspergers,can read it out here…The movie tries to define love – love is to whom you may feel connected and about what.
Nevertheless, the challenge is always in the difference it makes when you know you are being loved Vs being in love. No doubt that being in love is a great feeling, but I read somewhere that the most powerful force in a woman’s life is the need to be appreciated, loved and cherished for what she is… – that kind of laid the foundation on why Beth feels that way…
What caught my attention in the movie is the challenges the caretakers of Aspergers go through – while it gives a great satisfaction to manage someone who has aberrations at psychological level (there are so many undefined mental states outside Aspergers, some even undetected!) it is so tough on an individual – there are millions and millions of those individuals around this world who go through those emotions and pursue towards the greater goal of taking care of their loved ones…and many-a-times without any recognition. This movie is a dedication to those lovely souls of mankind who care for others…God bless!
- Author – Paulo Coelho
- Eleven minutes – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Coelho
- Category – Non Fiction
- My rating – 4 on 5
So, why did i pick this book up ? I want to believe that it is another incident where the soul of the universe always shows the path … when you seek answers, you realize that the answer seeks the seeker!
I have been thinking about what is right & wrong relationship and what works & fails in human relationships – result of few counselling assignment at work – I end up listening to the younger generation’s complex personal relationships when it overlaps with professional environments – complex relationships with the first circle of family, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbours – how relationships change over time and why relationship is all about how you feel about the other person – why everything is fair in love and war – and why there are no rights or wrongs – and why the most important thing is related to heart and not to anything physical – and why the society needs a framework in which physical relationships had to be given more importance over everything else!
At the outset, from my perspective, it can be a bit of a sticky book to refer in a conservative society (it can be even offensive to some!) – this book uses”not-so-conservative” but realistic characters/ situations to explain relationships. If you appreciate Paulo Coelho’s spiritual perspective, you will find those all over this book – you will believe that there is this universal soul which each one of us are part of and the answer seeks the seeker. The story revolves around the life of a young women who seeks answers – this book will resonate with those who have the ability to appreciate the human nature and the universal fact that both right and wrong co-exists, both evil and good co-exists and the final realization that there is nothing called right or wrong and nothing belongs to us.
Few of the quotes which i want to remember…
- She also noted that she associated love with the person’s absence than with their presence
- Freedom only exists when love is present
- The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly
- The great aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love. Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need another person
- She knows this love was impossible, and yet expecting nothing, she could nevertheless have everything she hoped for from that particular stage of life
- Does the world want me to take “no” risks, to go back where I came from because I did not have the courage to say YES to life?
- Sometimes you no second chance and that it is best to accept the gifts the world offers you
- Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them – And if nothing belongs to me there is no point wasting my time looking after things that are not mine; it is best to live as if today were the first (or last) day of my life
- Dreaming is very pleasant as long as you are not forced your dreams into practice.That way, we avoid all risks, frustations and difficulties and when we are old we can always blame other people – preferably our parents, spouses, children – for our failure to realize our dreams
- The true experience of freedom – having the most important thing in the world without owning it
- Time exists in two dimensions – it can be so quick or so slow – depending on one’s state of mind
- I will at last have gained one happy day in my life, considering the way world is, one happy day is almost a miracle
- The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with
- Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. No one wants their life to be thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat of passion under control (Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it – which of the two attitudes is least destructive?)
- Desire is not what you see, but what you imagine
- Could I buy back a few hours of my life? We keep putting up with horrible people,waiting for that right moment to arrive, postponing the realization of dreams
- When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being whom I am, I found myself. When I experienced. humiliation and submission, I am free
- What thrilled her about the bird was his freedom, the energy of his wings in motion, not his physical body
About men and women
- All girls are looking for one of the three things – adventure, money or husband
- I was unfaithful and.so were they, just like any other normal couple
- Resonates with any woman – there are three inside any women – innocent girl, femme fatale and understanding mother
- Men always take fright when a woman says “I need you” (i think it works the other way when it comes to patriarchical society – men want women to be dependent??)
The last alphabet Z is for Zoo in Tossing it out – the last one on the A to Z April 2013 challenge!! I want to taken a moment and think through on what happened in the month of April and how i chance hit on the atoz challenge – while i decided to write about Indian regional movies on the same topic selected by Arlee on his blog, I was unaware of how much of fun and challenge it is to get this done!! Thanks to the team who initiated this challenge and specifically to Arlee!
While there are many movies around animals and some scenes on zoo, this movie called Annai or aalayam is evergreen in my memory. This is a 1979 Tamil regional movie which was a family drama with typical mother sentiments around an orphaned elephant. The little elephant and its naughty actions were a great attraction for me at that time – i remember pestering my parents to go and watch this movie the second time in the movie hall – which in those days is a real luxury. The hero (who is a hunter) ensures that the little elephant is united with its mother at the end of the movie and the entire movie revolves around the little elephant. One specific song sequence where the little elephant equally dances with the hero/heroine is something very interesting.
My first thought is Azhiyadha Kolangal – It is a 1979 movie in Tamil regional language and directed by one of those intelligent directors, Balu Mahendra. It had leading actors in the main roles, though the movie focussed on the life of three teenage boys and their adolescent days – their first love, witnessing a death, emotional excitements, small village..etc.
I still remember the day i forced myself with my father and his friends to watch this movie. It was a rainy afternoon, where we had to take up the strong showers, get wet and still made sure that the movie was watched.
While I was looking for sci-fi film, i went ahead and reconfirmed my understanding of the word Xenophobia in Wiki – “Xenophobia is an irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning “stranger,” “foreigner,” and φόβος (phobos), meaning “fear.” With this definition reconfirmed, I can put the entire load of movies with Indian freedom struggle as the theme
Over the course of 17th and 18th century, the East India company from Britain completely colonized India – while it brought in various challenges to the Indian community, this also brought in an irrational fear about the British among the population of India.
Madrasa Pattinam is a tamil 2010 period film, which very nicely portrays the feeling of people towards the British. While the storyline has a romantic theme and the challenges the Indian public faced during the British rule, this movie will stand a long time in depicting the transformation of Madrasapattinam of the 1940s to modern-day Chennai.
As Tossing it out says, there are many movies on writers – so, it is more to think on the one which impacted me. Here is letter W for A to Z April challenge.
Anyone who has read the language of Tamil or been in Tamilnadu will be impressed and influenced by the great works of Subramania Bharathi – he was a writer, poet and a visionary. He could think years ahead and had strong views on social issues – he also played a very influencing role in Indian freedom struggle.
I grew up reading the poems of Bharathi – many of my current thought process probably are shaped up by those strong verses – be it those dialogues by Panchali in “Panchali Sabatham”, which completely reflects and depicts the progressive women OR the cat poem “Vellai nirathil oru poonai” which reinforces the importance of unity in diversity , he was a VISIONARY. All is poems and their themes are still valid even after so many years.
Bharathi is a 2000 Tamil film which won national award – this was based on Bharathiyar’s life story. While he came from a patriarchical society and was initially an hypocrite average male at that period, he was open in his mind and understood the big picture and was ready to make amends when he realized his shortcomings. This makes him a real life hero. Look at this short scene from the movie – he changes from an ordinary egoistic male to a matured individual – after this incident, he learnt to treat individuals gender-neutrally and became an advocate of gender equality.
I can only think of Bharathi as the one writer who influenced many lives in the past and will continue to do so in the coming days also. You can read more about him here – http://www.indianetzone.com/9/subrahmanya_bharathi.htm
Venice in regional films would have been tough in the past, but in the recent times most of the Indian movies at a minimum have one song sequence shot at a foreign exotic location. So, there were many movies which had songs shot at Venice, though this movie in Telugu language was shot majorly in Venice. Nenu Naa Rakshasi is a 2011 Telugu romantic drama. Having the limitations of understanding Telugu, I still felt compelled to watch this movie till the end to figure out the story line – unlike the typical south indian romantic drama, this movie had lots of twists and unexpected turns in the story (ok, call it illogical turns) – i doubt if this movie is something which i will remember but for the location it was shot and the beautiful heroine.
Europe brings in lot of nostalgia in me… It also brings in lot of expectation in me – one of these days, it is in the bucket list to go around in Europe with no specific plans with like minded folks – may be also get paid for that trip and evaluate the places around Europe – it is something which will happen when the soul of the universe aligns again to make it happen …!!!