So, did you see Padmaavat? No? Did you read the open letter written by Swara Bhaskar to the director? No? Do you watch news? No? That explains it. The movie has been in the news since the shooting started, piquing our interest and sustaining it for so many months. That is rather unusual for any of the recent movies. The unprecedented coverage given by the news channels to this movie which was all of course, free of cost, has definitely had the people flocking to the theaters in hordes. Frankly, there is not much in the movie. It is just that the Queen Padmavati commits suicide because her husband has died and she does not want to be captured by the victors. Continue reading
As a working from home mother (a.k.a a working housewife for the womenfolk), sometimes, I tend to get too cut off from the rest of the world. I spend hours working on the laptop just getting up for survival activities like eating, bathing, etc. And the only company I have got are the children who keep coming in and going out of the house as per their school, tuition, play schedules. Isolation hits you like a brick.
So, it was a good change when I had to trek in the 4 hour to and fro commute to my office. And the four hours is on a good day. Let me tell you, when one gets into a Mumbai local, you are entering a different city or country with its own rules and laws. It is the big serpent that dashes through the city throughout the day, north to south, south to north.
I start my journey from the extreme north of the city to the south and then, when the twains meet, I change to a train to take me to the north again. Someone finally thought of changing the north to south pattern and added some horizontal lines with a metro or subway or tube or whatever which finally made the twains meet at a more practical location. Continue reading
It was written over 400 years ago at a time when books did not exist. Yet, the language is still beautiful, the lines are still relevant.
Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who has ever fallen in love?
These lines, though not the most famous one like ‘What’s in a name?’, is equally beautiful. These are said by Romeo in the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare in 1597. Check it out. It is free on Amazon Kindle.
Last year was the first time I had selected a word to define what I planned to do. I had chosen ‘Discover’. It was successful as it changed my perspective and approach to many aspects in life.
This year, I want to go a step ahead. I want to not only discover, but also persist. I am a classic example of the Lazy Libran. I make great plans, multiple plans and nitty-gritty plans. Then I ensure, they remain just that. Plans. I want to get out of this procrastination and mountain of excuses that always tell me there is always a next time. I do not want to wait for that next time.
I also discovered, that I had multiple plans in ‘ON’ mode all the time. I was having a pile of books to review, writing targets, personal life, job. In the end, I did nothing. I want to streamline some of my activities so that I can focus on what I want to achieve. I do not want to do everything and achieve nothing.
I want to focus on my non-existent writing. As a result, I will reduce my book review commitments. I am spending too much time in forced reading and yet not able to keep up the commitments. Of course, I will read, I can’t stay away from books. This year will be for reading my own books whenever possible.
I will persist in focusing on writing down my story ideas. I will persist in writing short stories, novellas and a lot more. And therefore, my word of the year is ‘Persistence’. No more putting off. Persist and complete and succeed. That is the mantra for this year.
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How do you select a quote from a book filled with quotable quotes and life lessons? But then, it is no ordinary book. It is one of the two Itihaasas that a Hindu has to be familiar with to understand life. It is the ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life Series’. I am currently reading Book 4 of the series called ‘Stand Strong’ by Shubha Vilas.
‘Rituals are like ornaments that decorate the body of dharma. Following the rituals sincerely but forgetting dharma is like foolishly attempting to hang ornaments in thin air. ‘
The book is ancient text, but the wisdom is definitely 21st century.