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The Earth will fill you with perspective and remind you of what is right. I am in harmony with her, every single time, I am fortunate enough to be in her presence.
Some days nothing seems to work, all efforts go wasted. You can’t think, your mind stops working. You need a break. What is the first thing you do?
I just go for a walk. I have always enjoyed walking. I am not talking about the brisk walk which every person who wants to be fit does. I am talking about the stroll, the easy walk, while you collect your thoughts. When you observe your surroundings.
I was always fond of walking. When I was young, we did not have any park near our house, but I used to walk to the library or go out to the grocery shop to buy something for my Mom. I always found an excuse to go out and I always preferred walking as long as the distance was in five km range.
Luckily, I found a friend (my bestie, till today) who had a similar liking to walking. We used to walk then, just to be together for some more time.
But, as I grew older, I have understood that walking actually gives me a different perspective on things. I now walk on the jogging track in the park of the society I live in.
I look around, I listen to the birds singing and I try to locate the bird amongst the branches of the tree. Sometimes, when I am sure that there is no one around, I mimic the bird. The bird is happy to have someone there, but when it realizes that it is not someone of its kind, it flies away, just like us.
I look at the plants and trees which look so similar, but which are so different in colours, shape, size but they all look so beautiful together, just like us. The trees bearing fruits are all bent and the flower-bearing plants are straight as if they are proud of their beauty, just like us.
I think there won’t be anyone (hopefully) who doesn’t like the smell of the mud after the rain. For me, no exquisite perfume smells as good as the mud when it is soaked. It is as if it is telling us that water is the elixir of life and the earth is welcoming and embracing it with open arms and everything looks so beautiful and full of life.
Have you ever lied down under the night sky and looked at the stars? When I was younger, I used to try and locate the constellations and listen to the stories. I then started making my own stories. Trust me, when you look at the stars, you will free as if they want to say something.
Most of us would have sat on a beach looking at the sea. There is so much to learn from the waves. You can learn that your emotions are like the waves, they go up and down, but when you lose control over your thoughts, there can be a tsunami! The sea can take in everything but throws out what is not a part of it, or what it cannot imbibe, isn’t it telling us something about our own self?
The horizon looks so beautiful, telling us that we may hide our fears, inadequacies, pride and vanity with a confident exterior, but it will eventually be seen just like how we see that the sea and the sky don’t meet.
THE EARTH DOES HAVE MUSIC for those who listen and see and appreciate her abundance. Happy International Earth Day! Love your mother!
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
When Jaya Bachchan speaks her mind in public she is often accused of being brusque and even abrasive. Can we think of her prodigious talent and all the bitter pills she has had to swallow over the years?
A couple of days ago, a short clip of a 1998 interview of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan resurfaced on social media. In this episode of the Simi Grewal chat show, at about the 23-minute mark, Jaya lists her husband’s priorities: one, parents, two kids, then wife. Then she corrects herself: his profession – and perhaps someone else – ranks above her as a wife.
Amitabh looks visibly uncomfortable at this unstated but unambiguous reference to his rather well-publicised affair with co-star Rekha back in the day.
Watching the classic film Abhimaan some years ago, one scene really stayed with me. It was something Brajeshwarlal (David’s character) says in troubled tones during the song tere mere milan ki yeh raina. He says something to the effect that Uma (Jaya Bhaduri’s character) is more talented than Subir (Amitabh Bachchan’s character) and that this was a problem since society teaches us that men are superior to women.
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