Between the lines by Nandita Das

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Between the lines‘, casts Nandita Das (as Maya) and Subodh Maskara (as Shekhar) – a real life couple, whose characters bring out the subtleties of their relationship as a lawyer couple.

Shekhar Anand is a successful, sought-after criminal lawyer, while, Maya is today’s urban woman, who juggles between home and working at a law firm.

The couple met at a law school, 14 years ago and fell in love while teaming up for ‘arranged marriage’ against ‘love marriage’ in a debate competition.

10 years of marriage, a 8 year old Arjun, life of this couple has come a long way with clear demarcation of job descriptions for each to perform and execute.

Everything seemed perfect like the brownies Maya made at home. Until one day, where they realize that they are on the opposite sides in an attempted murder case, Shekhar as prosecutor and Maya, as defense lawyer.

As they fight the case in the court room, there is only a thin line difference between their professional and personal life. We see that, their own inequalities begin to surface through the lives of their respective clients.

At the end, as audience, we only become witnesses to those subtle emotions that emerge out beautifully through their characters and more so enthralled, when it hits hard on our own emotions.

Directed by Nandita Das, written by Nandita Das and Divya Jagdale, this theatre act deserves all the standing ovation it received last night.

Special mention goes to The Hindu, Evam for organizing this extremely well!

Random laws of life – a rambling by self

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One weekend, I began to pen down hazy thoughts about life. Sharing with you, what I have perceived through my life experience:

  • Love: It is important to love, because, it helps us appreciate life fully. Loving someone is deliberate, conscious and it means, you choose to appreciate all of them, for who they are.
  • Integrity: Actions speak louder than what you say. Practice what you preach. And, be who you are and share what you believe in.
  • Justice: Equality is what we all thrive for. Respect people genuinely. For, you don’t know what their story is all about.
  • Acceptance: Stems from being just and fair. But, accepting goes an extra mile. You now have an ability to understand this other person’s story, their perspectives, their ideas, their opinions, basically, all the things that make them and accept them for who they are.
  • Patience: They say, good things come to those who wait. But, I believe that your attitude and how you act matters the most, while waiting. The current situation might be extremely fragile. But, let it pass, stay calm.
  • Habits: One of the most important habits that’s helped me is to count my blessings. Every single day, I am grateful for the kind of family, friends, love of all the good people, the life I have been blessed with. I’d also say, waking up early, investing in yourself (exercise), the kind of food you eat are baby steps towards building some decent habits.
  • Courage: Follow your heart, its easier said than done. But, nothing can gratify self more than pursuing what we want. It feels like a huge step ahead, but it’s worth giving it a try!
  • Failures: Embrace them! Because, failures teach you lessons worth a lifetime.
  • Lead: Dislike something? Be the change maker. Influence. Take the lead.
  • Follow: Love someone else’s initiative? Relate to it? Shun your ego. Collaborate with them, join the team and make a difference.
  • Values: At the end, your values make the person you are. Your ideals, your believe system is important. Never ever undermine them. For, that defines you as an individual.
  • Truth: Being true is one thing, but being true to oneself is another thing. The latter helps you to evolve.
  • Learn: There is so much to learn everyday, from everyone around you. You absorb, what you seek.
  • Teach: Because, teaching is one metric that will make you realize how much you really know.
  • Forgive: Life’s too short to deal with conflicts. Weeks, months or years later, you are only going to laugh at things you were angry for. Like Thumper says: “If you can’t say something nice.. don’t say nothing at all.
  • Nothingness: At times, it’s an asset to do nothing at all. Take moments to pause and reflect. It helps you gain some clarity and reinvent yourself.
  • Selfless: It’s the most powerful thing to do. To be at the giving end always.

What I learnt from running DRHM 2015?

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Someone asked about my experience – from today’s early morning run.

In simple words, I experienced so much goodness around me. And this is available in abundance for all of us.

I lived these moments through the spirit of a 7 months pregnant lady who ran today,

the challenging guy who wore an instrument to replace one of his legs and walked the entire stretch,

the chirpy kids who were living the moment, ran with their dads and moms and seemed more excited as their parents pushed forward,

through those endless cheers and motivation from people whom I would have never had the courage to greet on another occasion,

nature for unraveling its beauty as the day grew longer.

.. Chennai Runners, you were inspiring in more than many ways.

Thank you for taking me back to our roots of being good, expressing well being and respect for each other.

Well done Dream Runners for organizing a great show. There were flaws, but you need something to improve in your next event, right? :)

Next set of Marathon events:

  1. Terry fox Run
  2. Coimbatore Marathon
  3. Chennai Wipro Marathon
  4. All events for the rest of the year

Another chapter comes to an end.

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25 years of bond. And, one of my favorite chapters just ended.

But, the memories will live on.

I will cook triangle, rhombus dosas,
solve sudoku puzzles,
listen to instrumental music,
stay independent,
fix plumbing, electrical related work at home,
handwrite letters and
maybe have the will power just like you.

Mani Thatha (09.08.1942 – 03.07.2015)

Tranquil love.

The kind of love that you don’t realise exists until you experience it.
The kind of love which is honest. real. genuine. hard to find.
The kind of love that just happens without any expectation.
The kind of love where everything is unconditional.

The kind of love that makes you comfortable.
The kind of love which brings a smile.
The kind of love where you are yourself. and completely transparent.
The kind of love you can get used to every single day.

The kind of love you dream of seeing only in books, music, art, movies.
The kind of love that existed in yesteryears you think.
The kind of love which isn’t easy. But not difficult either.
The kind of love where two people never want to give up on each other.

The kind of love you wanted, deserved.
The kind of love is you.

Inspiration : 100 days of love movie

Humbling experiences in dark

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We, normal human beings, have taken life so much for granted. Why do I say so? Because, little do we realise the power of our senses. Having said that, please think about this – when was the last time, we were aware of all our senses?

Here’s my attempt to express what I experienced yesterday.

We entered a pitch dark room. [What followed thereafter was simply beautiful. And, I haven’t felt this good in a very long time.] A voice resonated and gave us a set of instructions from time to time. It wasn’t easy in the beginning until we began to trust this voice and perform all the tasks that were given to us.

This experience lasted about 40 minutes. And, towards the end of this, we realised that the voices were of Suman and Vinod who are visually challenged, but in no way less than us normal mortals.

Personally, I realised how much I had taken my sensory organs for granted. And, the tiny conversation I had with them made me feel that ‘there is always a way if we are willing to make things work’. They don’t need our sympathies. They just need to be treated equal.

This experience / simulation is a concept by Dialogue In the Dark. I request everyone to look up for this place and visit it whenever possible.

For fellow Indians, more details of the concept and locations are available with this link – http://www.dialogueinthedarkindia.com/exhibiti…/concept.html

Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Movie Review

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Movie: Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Produced by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Music: Antonio Sanchez (drum score)
Language: English
Overall Stars: 5 out of 5

Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), former Hollywood superhero Birdman, has a shaky career. With a persistent hope to comeback as an artist, Riggan writes, directs and acts in a Broadway. The play is an adaptation of Raymond Carver‘s short story – ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love‘.

On the day of first preview show, one of his casts is hurt (intentionally plotted by Riggan because he finds him a terrible actor) and is replaced by Mike (Edward Norton). Riggan is impressed with Mike’s performance and refinances his house to get him on contract.

Riggan’s best friend Jake (Zach Galifianakis) produces the show and Riggan’s daughter Sam (Emma Stone) is a recovering addict and assists him.

Alejandro González Iñárritu takes us through his artistry and unravels a variety of perspectives throughout the movie.

For instance, one perspective is to depict what real love means to three generation of characters – Riggan, Mike and Sam.

Another perspective is to bring out the identity crisis Riggan goes through his stint with Broadway. His subconscious thoughts are represented as superhero character Birdman, which controls his thought processes and at certain instances, even his actions and decisions. This entire concept beautifully reflects how a human being (even a famous actor like Riggan) goes through insecurities and self doubts. We either succumb to our subconscious thoughts or soar like an eagle and raise above the sky.

Next perspective, an artist constantly questions the state of reality and fantasy. Iñárritu uses blue color to signal that something isn’t real, that he’s blending dream with reality. He almost spells it out by lighting the dream sequence in Riggan’s play in blue. At various sequences, blue is also the color used for Birdman’s costume (not the real one).

Innaritu also employs Sigmund Freud‘s psychoanalytic personality theory (Freud states that – The id, ego, and superego are the three parts of the human personality which combine to create the complex behavior of human beings) to attach deeper meaning to Riggan’s character. Various sequences bring aspects of this theory in the movie. For instance, Riggan’s ego is trashed when the critic states she will kill his play with a negative review.

There was another aspect that left me awe-inspired. An artist becomes one, when they have the talent, know the technique of that art and pursues the same for the sake of art. But beyond that, an Artist becomes legendary when they persevere and put their soul into the art. Riggan improves gradually as an artist from first preview show to the last opening show. And Riggan constantly embellishes his character in the play with his personal learning and experiences.

Last and probably the mind blowing aspect of this movie is its end. It left me speechless and this clearly explains why Alejandro is easily, one of the most creative directors of our generation.

Due credit goes to cinematographer, editor and the jazz musicians, drummers from the sound department.

Bottomline: Birdman is one of the best movies I had watched in a very long time!