Tuesday, January 29, 2008

tum itna jo muskura rahe ho...

-There aren't very many things, that one is sure of.
More so, with that hard certainty that is almost cold.
here's an exception though...
that to look at earth from outside.. from space.. is one of the, if not THE most overwhelming experience one can have.

-"heart in the right place"
frankly I am done with the clich├ęd lines and their indiscriminate copies that do the rounds....

-People are predictable, sometimes accurately so.
So much so that, one is apprehensive of treading personal waters.

-Urdu and poetry, I think... were made for each other.

-I am totally a lines and moments person.
Someone who thinks... moments make movies
and that average written pieces flirt with redemption, riding on few lines.. and sometimes with success.

-One ought to see warning signs everywhere, that too in red, when one starts to weigh experiences as blog-worthy or not.

-By the way, am I the only one.. who thinks Paulo Coelho is overrated?
I have all my sympathies with him, though.
I can imagine the poor guy, squirming uncomfortably every time he hears his lines blatantly ripped-off.
Take the 'the whole universe conspires....' line. Its been done to death.. from Iqbal to Om Shanti Om.
I understand that plagiarism is increasingly becoming difficult to define and the numerous schools of thought which are as diverse as they can be, aren't really helping the cause, either. True, its difficult to draw the line, where imitation stops and copying starts. Also contestable is the fact that ideas/thoughts can't be copyrighted. Then there are others, who question the validity of the very phrase.."original thought".
But what these movies have done is a blatant rip-off. They quote the line, word by word. And if credit was given where it was due, I certainly seemed to have not noticed.
How can the writer, who ever he/she is, really sleep at night, pray tell me, somebody? More so, when these are the punch lines of the movie, and they are done and redone.
I personally think, its a charming line.
And every time I see somebody mouthing it, as if they couldn't believe they came up with a line like that, I cringe inwardly.

-"Tum itna jo muskuraa rahe hon,
kya gum hai jise chupa rahe ho"
Lyrics:Kaifi Azmi
Singer:Jagjit Singh

Saturday, January 26, 2008

am totally, a lines person

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."
Critique of Practical Reason - Immanuel Kant

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

oh no no...

Something that must have found its root in sheer necessity, has evolved into an art form unto itself.
Gestures, expressions, figures, sounds...
Words, meanings,language...
Structured speech sure must have sailed a long way before it became matter of fact.....
All along picking up some character, color and varied flavors.

While we humans have evolved ourselves by respecting opinions, acknowledging perceptions and enjoying arguments.
We have somewhere down the line, lost some words to interpretations.
So much so that, today simply stating a word and meaning it to convey the whole of what you mean is not really feasible.
Quite simply because.. through all these years.. words have been both used and abused.
They have taken on the color of popular interpretations which sometimes can be simplistic and sometimes not.
And one is forced to explain it with a disclaimer, stating which interpretation you really endorse or what assumptions you have made.
Have we, in effect, lost the whole point of having a 'word which explains something', in the first place?

Man has enriched the art of communication with highly evolved forms of 'getting a point across'.
Since it has been a process that we have adapted ourselves to and not a code-book to be followed, it works magnificently for us. For, we know its tremendous potential for expression and at the same time, its failures.

But what about them?

What about those friends of ours who shall plunge headlong, into a civilization that has taken millenia to reach where it has? One, which is still in the process of discovering itself and still looks back with certain wonder and awe.

What sense will they make of us?

All the interpretations we have seen of ET life..in movies/books, at the end of the day..are holding a mirror to ourselves.
Even the most open minded of us and those who managed to stretch the limits of their imagination...I doubt, could ever break out of the glass box that we are caged in.
We expect them to be like us. We assume that we shall definitely have some common ground to build on.
Scientists all over believe that certain basic principles of maths and physics will have to remain common.
(that's for another day and another post....)
Forget the sciences... what if it is beyond their capacity to understand the complex structure of our communication?
Notwithstanding advanced science and technology... its quite possible that they might not even understand a simple thing like a 'lie'.
What if they just cannot fathom one's capacity to lie?
What if they cannot appreciate an advanced form of communication like..satire or humor?
What if they don't understand frivolity?

What if they just don't get it?
What if they just don't get US?
What if the sensory abilities they have developed are so different from us.. that we could not even know, if they got it or not?

oh no no....

P.S: I do not claim any originality of thought/ideas. This has been heavily influenced by stuff I read, sites I follow and discussions I have. The post only aims to be a good read.

This one means business...

Under 10.. taken seriously...

All set...

Saturday, January 19, 2008

i told you.i told you.i told you...

16 then,
16 now...

Kolkata then,
Perth now...

Adelaide then,
Perth now...

Perth, for heaven's-sake.

There is a script-writer sitting up there...
I told you.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Jack looked on...

"Hey, wanna play dart?"
"What's the prize", asked Jill.
"A fruit if you hit bulls-eye".
"If it's skill, an Apple. If a fluke, an Orange", continued Jack.
Jill agreed and played.
"Whohoo!! you hit it Jill. So what was it?", asked Jack.
"I want an Apple but am not sure if I deserve it and an Orange, I don't want"
"I can't take either", Jill finished.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

and then...

"I will not talk to you from tomorrow"
"They say its not right"
A sad Jack looked on, as Jill walked away.

Have I mentioned it earlier?
Mountain is beautiful cinema.


"It seems like a real car. The windows acutally wind down."

Saturday, January 05, 2008


Not for the first time...
But what the hell... let's indulge.

"Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting"


Yeh Mahalon, Yeh Takhton, Yeh Taajon Ki Duniya
Yeh Insaan Ke Dushman, Samajon Ki Duniya
Yeh Daulat Ke Bhooke, Rawajon Ki Duniya
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye, To Kya Hai ?

Film - Pyaasa
Lyrics - Sahir Ludhianvi
Music - S. D. Burman
Singer - Mohd. Rafi


Spotting Jack's wide open eyes...
"I thought you knew it", started Jill.
She paused, thought hard and blurted a "oops"
"I never posted that letter, did I?", laughed Jill.
Jack's eyes refused to blink...