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. 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!

Week 6 – The City You Live In

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Chennai (fondly known as Madras) – is the city I live in. I am extremely glad I spent most of my years here. Having traveled quite a bit, I count on my blessings to be back here in Madras – where I completely belong to.

The city is charming for the kind of lovely experiences it provides me with – day in and day out.

This beautiful Madras exposed me to so many lovely things – from the temples to churches, from the book stores to libraries, from the theatre acts to movies, from the kutcheris to jazz concerts, from the road side shops (pottikadais) to posh malls, from home-cooked food to the endless cuisines available across many eatery options, from monuments to museums and beaches, bus-train-auto rides, a solid education for over 15 years, and most importantly paving way for me into so many amazing people’s lives – family, friends, well wishers.

I know that I may get in and get out of this city in the future too, but Madras is my first love and will always have a special place for the overloaded memories.

Week 5 – Something Someone Gave You

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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Seldom we discuss about the pain brought by others in life – intentionally or unknowingly. This week’s gratitude is to all of them who crossed my life and caused pain in some form or the other.

Grateful to all of you because – I am a stronger person today. If not for you people in my life, I wouldn’t know the value of happiness. I wouldn’t have learnt to forgive and move on. I wouldn’t smile, even if I feel like crying at moments. I wouldn’t know to celebrate real people and accept things as they are.

Thank you. For making me stronger.