Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Why do we say - Nevertheless and never Alwaysthemore ?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Article on time management

Ask yourself this question: "Would I have ever gotten started with this project, relationship, career, etc. if I had to do it all over again, knowing what I now know?" If your answer is no, then get out as soon as possible. This is called zero-based thinking. I know a lot of people that have a limiting belief that says, "Always finish what you start." They spend years climbing ladders only to realize when they reach the top that the ladder was leaning against the wrong building. Remember that failure is your friend. So if a certain decision you've made in the past is no longer producing results that serve you, then be ruthless and dump it, so you can move onto something better. There is no honor in dedicating your life to the pursuit of a goal which no longer inspires you. This is another situation where you must practice integrity in the moment of choice. You must constantly re-assess your present situation to accurately decide what to do next. Whatever you've decided in the past is largely irrelevant if you would not renew that decision today.



Everytime an aeroplane flies over my colony, Dudu, the bldg. mutt, howls like a wolf.

Don't you hate those Reader'sDigestOprahClub book that would overanalyze the smallest of events.
Like the aeroplane was the lost opportunity flying past us for which the soul cries out.
The aeroplane carries within it hundreds of possibilities in terms of the different people. The doul cries out to those who can touch us if we met them but unfortunately will never.... and so on...

But why does Dudu howl like that?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Of late

Perhaps the besting thing that has happened to me in the past couple of years is going back to reading. Got up at the unusal hour of 630 today for a play practice session at 7. As usual, the rest of the cast started trickling in after 730. But hell. What does it cost when I have the pathetic yet evoking Nabokov to give me company.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Today, once, while meditating, and the other, when conversing with Prachi, 3 epiphanies dawned.

1. The opposite of determinism is freedom and possibility.
2. Probability is the law, possibility - the transcedence.
3. Society will always show you the path of least resistance and even moralize it. The reason being that people are fearful of any change.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


This, along with(The Bicycle Thief) is the most impactful movie that I have seen this year. Like"Requiem for a dream" and 'Matrix", the style redefines the movies of today. A lot of reviews have dismissed this movie as too much Tarentino ( http://marksteudel.wordpress.com/2006/09/05/oldboy-2003/) and KillBillish, relying on style over content and too much gore.
Firstly, I believe this is far superior to Kill Bill. Tarentino is good, but a bit overhyped. And I don't think his #1 forte is style but dialogues.
Second point - Bullshit. The movie made me think. Not many can claim to do that these days. A lot of us suffer from the misconception that if something is delivered in a cinematically cool package, it can't have any substance.
Third - I think the gore was necesary. Even the violent copulation scene between Oh-Dae-Su and Miko.

I don't like to dissect movies that have made an impact in me. The essence of the impact is in the whole and not parts. To understand the lack of impact, maybe, you need to dissect it.

But some scense that clearly I enjoyed the most stylistically ( and don't feel guilty about it)-

1.tha passage of time by world events unfolding on the TV.
2. Dae-Su coolly walknig to a gang, plucking the cigarette from one's lips and having his first puff after 15 years. And the small fight after that where he questions whether 15 years of self training can really prepare you for the real world and the two line answer - It can.
3. Of course, the fight scene in the passage which I feel has been inspired by video games layouts like Ninja.

I have watch the movie 5 times now and still watching...
Some more blogs on Oldboy http://unrealcity.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!32C26870C88B5120!434.entry

Monday, October 02, 2006

High Noon

Am watching one classic after another these days.

High Noon is amazing. Set against the background of McCarthy witch hunt, the allegory is a leap of genius. The shot of the rising tensions in all the lead actors and the rail road at the last minute countdown to the coming of Frank Miller is c.l.a.s.s.


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ever tried pinning all the literary bursts into a book?
it saps you dudes.
and when the end is in sight suddenly everything seems so wrong. the humor too obvious, the drama too melodramatic, the language too pedestrian. No wonder a lot of the authors ending up dedicating the final print to the person who gave the last push and just convinced the author to get the goddam script published.
In my case, after two years, I find what I have written too stale and obvious now. Even the genre and style seem too pretentious now. I am trying to bring out the mediocricy of growing up experiences in small-town India but I fail to identify the beast that I have created. It's not a story, it's not a commentary, so what the heck is it?

Why could I have not stuck my guns to a romance?