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Gold is an outrageous colour , except when associated with Fedex …

Just see that –  his gold embroidered jacket , golden cup , his hair  and finally the golden sun rays caressing him ..oh lovely  , i hope to see many more such pictures of him on this court .

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Welcome back

to myself !! 🙂

been busy these two months , adjusting to my life as an internee .

words r hard to come by once u sit down to write , they run in a jumble in ur mind , lots to write but don’t know where to start !

first – introducing the book that brought me back to my blog – Richard Bach’s  “The gift of wings” .

thumb_gift_of_(2)whenever i think of airplanes or flying i always associated it with “freedom” , i still don’t know what exactly that “freedom”  means , ‘am not able to define it ! to define it means ,to limit it , i think so.i love speed , fast cars and bikes , may be it too has got sth to do with a sense of freedom and adventure …sometimes pictures tell us more than words do – a pic of sky or sunset over the sea , or just the sea itself is so calming , a sense of being free , happy and well i can’t find words!

The way Richard Bach writes about airplanes and flying and sky ha , see this ..

“that the sky is always moving but is never gone ,

that no matter what the sky is always with us

and that the sky cannot be bothered.my problems to the sky did not exist , never had existed, never would exist.

the sky doesn’t misunderstand

the sky does not judge,

the sky very simply ,is .”

Reading this books ,makes u want to fly, into the sunset , just for the fun of it , Knowing that there is always a place for u where u r  alone, at home , content .

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How long and hard can u think ?

Ah don’t read much in to it … i write to myself much as to express to others , i always think everyone will have their own version or understanding of things – written or seen and that depends as much on the author as on the reader .

 

I have been reading Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories and essays since a month , just came across this passage – i can’t get it out of my mind , neither can i understand it fully ….

 

“Whatever confines our urges inside us , and checks their free access to the outside, poisons our life .Selfishness for instance , refuses to give free play to our desires and so prevents them from working themselves through; that is why its close associate is always festering untruth. When our desires have a chance to be released in the form of worthwhile work the aberration  is dispelled and a more natural condition asserts itself . that is the true state of human nature and the joy of being human .” – this passage is from “the broken heart ” – ‘My reminiscences’ by Tagore .

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Henry David Thoreau

It’s often amusing reading  the number of adjectives  that are used to  describe the famous people.For all the simplicity Henry David Thoreau stood for – he is described as everything starting from historian , tax resister  to Transcendentalist .

so I won’t use more of those fancy titles . I want to share some of  his quotes that I like – most of them taken from his work -” Walden“.

–       A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.

–      A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

–    Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.

–     Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

–    Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

An efficient and valuable man does what he can,
whether the community pay him for it or not.
The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder,
and are forever expecting to be put in office.

Say what you have to say, not what you ought.
Any truth is better than make-believe.

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The Oscars

I ‘am feeling quite an itch to comment upon this year’s  Oscars b’cos of lots of noise being made by the Indian presence and by “Slumdog Millionaire” .

I confess i don’t find Slumdog appealing ,i think it got 3-4 too many oscars , ‘cos there r much better movies made in India by Indians on this subject of poverty and success . What i don’t understand is why  this is film such a big hit , is it the circumstances (the success story viewed in the backdrop of current recession ) or sth else .Regarding the best picture and best director I think the other movies “Milk”  , “The curious case of Benjamin Button” deserved better .

Coming to the music ,  i love WALL-E , but keeping it aside , as someone who has listened to Rehman all these years , i know he made much better soul stirring music than this , ok agreed its in regional languages , but still the hype being made up is just too much .

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and finally congratulations to my fav actor Late Heath Ledger winning an Oscar , and to the short film documentary  “smile Pinki” , a real good one .

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INTO THE WILD

Into the wild , movie released in 2007 , just watched it , i feel the film is growing on me . there are some amazing dialogues in the movie , but here r the few songs that i like .. The music is by Eddie Vedder

SOCIETY

hmmm ooh hooo hooo

It’s a mystery to me
we have a greed
with which we have agreed

You think you have to want
more than you need
until you have it all you won’t be free

society, you’re a crazy breed
I hope you’re not lonely without me

When you want more than you have
you think you need
and when you think more than you want
your thoughts begin to bleed

I think I need to find a bigger place
‘cos when you have more than you think
you need more space

society, you’re a crazy breed
I hope you’re not lonely without me
society, crazy and deep
I hope you’re not lonely without me

there’s those thinking more or less less is more
but if less is more how you’re keeping score?
Means for every point you make
your level drops
kinda like its starting from the top
you can’t do that…

society, you’re a crazy breed
I hope you’re not lonely without me
society, crazy and deep
I hope you’re not lonely without me

society, have mercy on me
I hope you’re not angry if I disagree
society, crazy and deep
I hope you’re not lonely without me

RISE

Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning black holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
Suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole

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How is my new header ?

i love woods , rain forests , green landscapes …

this is kerala , Munnar

the best pic i have snapped

the best pic i have snapped

ah looks like wordpress has decreased the free space they r offering for a blog , oh bad bad …

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something to ponder about

“Everything that irritates us
about others can lead us to
an understanding of
ourselves.”

– Carl Jung

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Arundhati

wow ,ah  no I  just can’t say how wonderful the movie was and Anushka is extraordinary – i think i won’t be able see her in any other role after this .
The movie is worth watching again and again just to see her in some stills (the pictures can never capture it) , though in some she lost it , and the other characters – least said the better, the song at the start of the movie is awful .

But on the whole congratulations to the team that put up a splendid effort to make this .

The movie  talks of magic , evil spirits , reincarnation .    Apart from the subject the movie is totally engrossing with astounding graphics , superb action by the villain (Sonu sood) .

I won’t say anything more , just watch it

anushka

anushka

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The ATHEIST add campaign

U all must have heard of it by now – the advertising campaign backed by British Humanist Association and Prof Richard Dawkins , which is putting up slogans on buses , tubes in London
and they raised more than they ever expected -£140,000. Dunno when something like this can happen in India !

here r a few picsatheist bus

and i like this quote
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and the add campaign also puts up some interesting quotes from prominent scientists(atheists ).
I am happy to see this .I am an atheist , i don’t believe in god and in religion(by their usual meaning) .
The thing i detest most about religion is the superstitious beliefs it propagates.
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when i read quotes from Bhagavad Gita , Upanishads , by Vivekananda – u needn’t believe god ,there’s another way u can understand them .
“God ” …well it all depends on how we interpret .
“I thought nature itself was so interesting that I didn’t want it distorted (by miracle stories). And so I gradually came to disbelieve the whole religion.”- by Richard Feynman , my fav .
– ah the existence of miracles cannot be used to support the existence of ‘god’ .

The more bigger is the argument when it comes to the question of ‘creator’ and our boundless universe with still no clue of how it was born . Stephen Hawkins discusses this point in his book ‘A brief history of time’ .

related books
“The God Delusion “ by Richard Dawkins
books by Ayn Rand
“Atheist Universe ” by David Mills

and  do check out their site – the atheist bus

the British Humanist Association

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William Wordsworth – DAFFODILS

I read this when i was in 9th standard , it was this beautiful poem that made me love and enjoy the “solitude” he speaks of  , in the setting of nature

“Daffodils” (1804)
I wandere’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Here are some of the poems on solitude –

by John Keats – “To solitude”

by Lord Byron – “Solitude”

by Alexander Pope – “Ode on solitude”

Rabindranath Tagore’s  “Gitanjali” , has many poems reffering to it – i will write a post on it later on …

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An Interesting take on “being alone/ lonely”

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if u like funny side of things do visit the site  – gapingvoid – click on the image above to land there !

get the difference between being lonely and alone ..among these 2 i always considered “alone” in a positive sense , as a choice ..

check out these  – solitude , recluse and solitude vs loneliness

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