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The lost 9000

9000 is a big amount. Yes, it is a big amount when you seem to waste it on trivial things like joining a gymnasium. And that too for a period of 6 months. The first month you start out afresh, unafraid, ready to unleash your manliness  onto the world. But after only one day of lonely and uneventful exercising, you give up. You don’t go there the second time and then you begin to wonder “Why the hell did I join it?”.

In that prior stage consisting of small moments of wanderlust and extravagant dreaminess, you thought you could take over the world; you will relinquish all controls and let the body achieve Greek-god stature; And the end results would soon start flowing – an endless queue of girls just standing outside your door just to get a glimpse of you (topless, of course) – the haughty smile upon your face as you give a coup d’oeil at yourself in the full-body mirror – The innate sense of satisfaction and unshakable superiority which so many covet for and only a chosen few accomplish – all of this will be yours and yours forever – till death does you apart.

And then you transit into reality – of how it hurts and pains for the first time – you cannot even utter a word that would expose your anguish – but then how can you be so temperamental, so asinine and so over-the-edge? How many times you have tried continuing this, but it just didn’t happen! Don’t you understand?  – The reality lingers as the imagination fades away slowly and steadily. And you just stop there and do not budge like a stone in a crater on the Moon.

What would you could have done with that lost 9000 or less? Think, think. You could have:

  • Joined another gym
  • Gone shopping to replace those stinking and stale T-shirts you have
  • Bought membership for a sports club
  • Spent it on travel to some exotic place nearby like Munnar (kerala)
  • Bought your girlfriend a pretty gift
  • Sent the money home, telling parents that you could spent as much as you wish
  • Done some online gambling
  • Placed your bet on IPL matches
  • Made more than usual up-and-down trips from your friend’s house to yours and vice-versa
  • Made a short-film

And now you cry in your own misery completely aware of your tomfoolery, recklessness and despicability.


The Blanched Media!!

The classic case of Media rampage is on the roll-out these days if you are clearly watching the News TV channels and reading the newspapers. With IPL gate and Naxal menace doing the rounds, every other media company is trying to grab a share of the limelight.

The best thing about a News TV channel or a newspaper is that they don’t create content at all. In fact, they derive it and present to us in a sensational and thought-altering manner. In that respect, Movies and News are not too different although they are two different things. News channels have a knack of presenting facts in a fictional manner which would make them appear larger-than-life. Viewers and readers take these facts/news on Face-value rather than analyzing them deeply. A case in point are the bomb blasts/terrorist attacks which happen both in India and Pakistan. The Indian Media always projects Pakistan as a terrorist state regardless of the fact that the current Pakistani landscape has become a battleground between the terrorists and the military forces; it has become a victim rather than a perpetrator of violence and terrorism. On the other hand, although the Pakistani media recognizes the role of Pakistan in the yesteryears of unleashing these “Freedom Fighters” upon the Indian soil, it also blames RAW and IB of India of their role in perpetrating mutual discord between various Pakistani factions, the most prominent of which happened in Baluchistan, which caught the media eye for a brief while. I sometimes think media is a part of the external affairs ministry of any country, be it India or Pakistan.

Hence, what media projects itself as to the public eye and what it really is are completely different things. The media needs to be objective in its reasoning and analysis as well as presentation of facts. It may come up with scenarios, speculations and larger-than-life images; but the fact remains that it shapes and nurtures the thoughts of a billion Indians; and only from these thoughts, ideas  grow; actions are taken and life is governed.

The Butt Whipper!!

After witnessing the Oscar ceremony this year (I mean on TV!), I could not help but wonder at the new levels, the Oscar Jury has stooped to. If last year, it was “Slumdog Millionaire”, this year it was “The Hurt Locker”. I only got to see the movie after the Oscars, and I must communicate what’s in my mind at this important juncture. “The Hurt Locker” just like “Slumdog Millionnaire” didn’t deserve so many Oscar awards. While Slumdog should have got 2 awards only (For direction and musical score), the hurt locker also deserved only two (Screenplay and Direction).

The Oscar ceremony this year was supposed to pay tribute to Independent cinema (As if it is a dead thing!). But I could smell a whiff of excessive lobbying and payment of pending mortgage to all the women in the world (Since it was the International Women’s day as well). In fact, the TOI (Chennai Times) issued a article themed “How Women in Kollywood are feeling upbeat about Bigelow’s oscar win”. She has got the oscar, she has got the credits, what damn difference does it make for the women in Kollywood??? And who the hell gives a crap to all this media hype created around James Cameron’s past wife??

James Cameron did deserve the Oscar for “Avatar” but fate had other plans. But at least I was elated when Christoph Waltz collected the Oscar for “Best Supporting actor” (for “Inglorious Basterds”) as well as felt joyous for Sandra Bullock (Best Actress in a leading role) on getting the Oscar for her versatile performance in “The Blind Side”.

Well, as the years are passing by, it seems that Oscars are losing their charm; as the Oscar jury is also getting obese (due to excess moolah being stuffed into their belly), I don’t see how this image makeover/revamp will happen over the next few years. Meanwhile, Media in India (like TOI) are trying hard to make FilmFare awards share the same stage as Oscars. But frankly in my opinion, that would remain a dream in the next 100 years to come!

Killer Quotes

  • “The world needs fools as much as it needs sages”
  • “We are all celebrities; in our own way, in our own right and in our own world”
  • “I need to traverse space and time; go beyond the final frontier”
  • “We all are just busy fighting our demons……..and making peace with what’s left of us!”
  • “The more familiar you are, the shorter the path to traverse!”
  • “If this world is an imaginary number represented by (0+∞*i), then I am on the complex plane with the reality being nihilistic.”
  • “I’ll shine, if only for a moment and then I will fade away”
  • “This world represents an absurdity; absoluteness fused with relativity; but the perceptions are far from the eternal verities!!”
  • “Sometimes life seems to be cobweb of coincidences, and at other times, I am able to will things either into oblivion or actualization….But again and again, beliefs shatter, faith crumbles and I retreat into my own den!”
  • “Sometimes we need regular doses of unreasonable beauty, sublime anomalies, beguiling ephemera, and inexplicable joys!!”
  • “As one grows up, one realizes that there are no easy answers to life’s complex questions, contrary to one’s childhood beliefs.”
  • “Indolence is a delightful but a distressing state!”
  • “Telling lies or not disclosing the truth, which is better from an ethical point of view?”
  • “The best way to beat boredom is to fight with friends.”
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  • “It is better to climb up a steep hill than to fall off a cliff”
  • “The World is too important to be left to a wild man’s imaginings.”

Today, I experienced something. A thought which was lingering in my mind for a while took shape right in front of my eyes. I went for my usual lunch at a nearby restaurant which provides veg. buffet at Rs. 50 (yes, that’s darn cheap!). The fellow serving there was a dumb ( I mean mute). The way he served me with utmost devotion despite the fact it was a self-service kind of set-up, made me feel more humble and respectful towards him and I started contemplating. There was no hint of egoistic or vain behavior from his side, only meek submission to the customer he was serving. I don’t know how many of us behave like that in our everyday lives. Some of you might display cynic behavior while others might be too proud to serve somebody. I have seen people talking to their parents over the phone in the most callous and insensitive way, as if they are there for granted listening to your problems and endless, myriad talks.  I have seen people behaving in a superior manner without a hint of humbleness or modesty in speech or conduct to their subordinates and to the people who they think are below them. I have witnessed arrogance, vanity, anger, covetousness, superiority-complex etc. , all vices growing more and more like a parasite feeding on the host. People today, have lost something. Somewhere and sometime back, something went terribly wrong and that’s why we are the way we are. I am dismayed at the abysmal state of affairs on the city roads, whether it is Chennai or Delhi, it doesn’t make a damn difference. People have lost patience and perseverance and with  a tit-for-tat policy always on the back of their mind,  they are always on the lookout for exploiting people and situations. And who suffers, in the end? We all suffer, inevitably without even realizing it sometimes and even if we realize it, we hold the other party responsible for all our grievances and troubles.  This shocking state of affairs has reached such a crescendo that no one even bothers to act on the subject. We know it all, but choose to ignore and dabble shamelessly in discussing the sorry situation. When will we do something for the country and the society, at large? When is the right time? Why should ‘I’ be the only one who takes corrective steps while the society remains incorrigible with no remorse? It’s all gonna be a “negative sum game” and we all will remain in lurch and in unison we will cry “Ignorance’s Bliss”.