Update on TWPM.

Hola readers,

I apologize profusely for my absence from the blogosphere, but I have been Incredibly busy, so busy that even 48 hours in a day won’t help me. I just couldn’t find time to post the next chapter of the novel, or the Music Today or anything. My term exams are just round the corner and there is a lot (read: A LOOOOOTTTTTT) to do. I’m due on 3 practical files, 3 projects, 1 activity file and 1 visual project on top of studying for the terminals and applying to universities abroad. I have so much at hand and my hands are so small.

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/things-only-people-with-small-hands-will-understand#.lb6g8y1vO

And I expect the situation to remain as pathetic as it is for the next month. I have my practicals next week and the terminals on the next to next. So goodbye peeps, be good, feel good, act good and get me some good, internet-crashing notifications once I return the next month.

With lots of love,

Akanksha

Freedom.

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Wants to run free,
She hopes to feel,
The cool wind on her body,
And wetness to the core.
But bound by ropes,
And hands she is,
She can only free herself
If she has stayed long enough
To irritate them beyond
Endurance.
Then, she will be ejected,
Fiercely, and with anger.
She is thrown out,
And with every breath,
Outer and outer.
Till she finds herself,
Doing what she envisioned,
The air on her body, as she flies
And then wet to her soul
As she slips down the drain.
My running nose.

This to bring to your notice that the poetess is suffering from severe cold and it has gotten from bad to worse. She- the poetess- keeps on sneezing and sniffing the entire day. It has given her an extreme headache and she often keeps on “cracking her nose”: not in a druggy sort of a way. And the worst part is that she can’t even take a break from her normal schedule because it’s just cold and not a viral fever or flu in any way!

Independence Day Special.

Keeping up with the spirit of Independence Day, these are some of the movies based primarily on patriotism that are  must watch. A hat off to the cat a crew for directing such movies. Here, I present the I-Day must watch contemporary movies:

SWADES (2004)

A story of a NASA scientist Mohan, who after spending his childhood and a substantial part of his adulthood, return to India to find his nanny. He finds that she lives in a very underdeveloped village that faces multiple problems such as power cuts, poor water supply system and many social problems such as caste system, child marriage, female stereotyping etc. It shows how disturbed Mohan is after seeing the conditions in his nation compared to the lavish lifestyle that he has in the US. Brilliantly directed, strong storyline and flawless performances, it will reduce you to tears somethimes.

LAKSHYA (2004)

This is a story of Karan, a young man with no goal or ambition in life. He joins the Indian Army following a friend and miraculously gets selected. His girlfriend Romi is happy to see that he finally has purpose in life. Unused to the discipline of the military life, he runs away much to the disappointment of his parent and following this, Romi break up with him. Stunned, he joins the Army, takes his punishment and changes his ways, becoming Lieutenant Karan. The story follows his metamorphosis, as from a vagabond, he becomes the leader of his unit in the Kargil war of 1999. The story ends with him, alone and gravely injured, hoisting the Indian Flag on the Tiger Hill. The acting in the movie is superb. Hrithik is the perfect Karan and Preity’s role speaks for herself. A beautiful, touching movie, that should not be missed.

CHAK DE INDIA (2007)

Chak De India revolves around Kabir Khan, a former hockey player and team captain who was subjected to ethnic and regional prejudice after he loses the Hockey World Championship and is seen shaking hands with a member of the opposite team, who was congratulating him for his performance in good spirit. It is about Kabir regaining is respect and proving his love for his nation, mulk, after becoming the coach of the Indian National Women’s Hockey Team and leading them to win the World Championship. A stunning movie that deal with topics such a religious bigotry, sexism in various professions and prejudice on religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

RANG DE BASANTI (2006)

Rang De Basanti is about a group of 6-7 friends who are aimless. Their friend, whose grandfather was employed by the East India Company who maintained a diary in which he noted the movements of some nationalists, arrives in India with aim of making a movie on their lives. In way of getting the characters, a single incident occurs that changes their life forever. It traces their life from aimless people to people who  change the nation themselves. A movie that will infuriate you just as it makes you cry. Not to be missed.

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If your blood doesn’t boil from anger , it’s not blood, it’s water because if you don’t serve the nation, your youth is wasted.

Independence Day: 2015

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The earth shakes and crumbles,
Like falling pieces of a house of cards,
Smoke and dust, like clouds hang low,
And the ground colors itself in fresh red.
The hot shells fall continuously in a thump,
Under the shadow of that which wounds,
And from behind the barracks
Packed tight with cement and sand,
Sweat stained brows and thumping hearts
Fire at those who threaten to harm,
Their mother. Smiling at the memory
Of when she fed them, they charge with
Passion in their limbs and courage 
in their eyes and hope in their hearts
That one day, they will see themselves
Free again, and breathe the air
That is fresh and pure and free.
All they think as their chests burst open
Painting that soil even darker
Is that they have done enough to 
Make their Mother happy. 
That they have repaid her. 
And they fall with pride in their
Eyes as they see the single dandelion
Just at the edge of the cliff, in full bloom.

This is a tribute to all those people who sacrificed their lives in order to free Mother India. This is to all the unknown, unseen faces, who fight even today, at the harshest of places to protect the nation and it’s citizens. This is to all the countless people who keep us safe.

Bookworm’s Delight: And The Mountains Echoed

And The Mountains Echoed has a very promising start. A sturdy story line, strong, and lively characters, in terms of their coming to life. Pari and Abdullah are two sibling who love each to death. They live in a village called Shahbagh and barely manage to make ends meet. Trouble arises when their step uncle takes a six year old Pari away in the city. Abdullah is devastated. The foundation of the story is the estrangement of these two siblings; how a single decision can affect lives, spanning around the globe from the smallest village of Afghanistan to California and Greece.

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*spoilers ahead*

That is where the trouble comes. Hosseini introduces a horde of characters, each more forgettable than the last, their lives those small classified ads in newspapers you never bother to read. Their lives are uninteresting, boring and kept me on the verge of dropping the book.

Since there is no definite story line and each chapter tells their life, it is hard to determine what happens to those. Multiples of twists and turns that are not needed, stupidly entangles lives, uninteresting back stories. This one was a let down.

A Thousand Splendid Suns had kept my hopes up, only to see that crash like this. It was a disappointing book.

Unravelling Broken Threads: Chapter 8

Chapter 8

April 8, 11 pm

Dear Diary,

Its official, I am contending for the upcoming elections. So is Jules.

I don’t believe I landed myself in such a big mess. I should have never taken that ass seriously. I mean, even though Nick has been good to me and kind and friendly, I know that I can’t do this. Even though things have not been good between Jules and me lately (as usual), she is still my sister. And come to think of her, I’m not she is the one to be blamed.

I have done a lot of things that I’ll regret in the future. Jules, for instance. She hasn’t been the best of sister but she was always willing to work that thing out. The way she hops in my car, when I don’t want her to, the way she tells me stories about herself, sharing the deepest secrets that I pretended not to hear and the way she takes my clothes without asking knowing that I hate it, maybe, feeling that what was mine was hers, and vice-verse. She indulged, but it was me who was a complete ass to her.

The way I’ve treated my mother for example. I never did sympathise with what she felt, how she managed it all. I was too screwed up in my world to have thought of her. She has gone a through a lot worse than I’ve ever had to, and she ensured that. She had her heart broken in the best time of her life and had me. She never socialized, just took my care, changed my diaper, fed me whatever I wanted without a question, took her days off when I was sick and adopted a daughter just to not make me feel insecure. And look what I’ve done. I gave up on her when she needed me the most; I bitched about her at all times, and created strife between the two of us.

I’ve been a complete wreck all this time. I loved my father and all, but it wasn’t their fault that he didn’t come back. It was his. I think it’s time I got over with it. Maybe, then it would be easier for me to remain in the present and work things out than live in the past, and survive amidst broken hearts.

As for the elections, I am still not sure. If I do contest, this won’t do. All this no friends’ attitude won’t work, and I’ll need to rush back to being who I was before dad left. A cheerful girl with loads of friends, and a mom and a sister she loved, and who loved her back. If I don’t contest, I’ll still have to do the same.

Just a little thought, would it hurt Jules if I contested the way I am planning to? Yes, it would. But, it wouldn’t be counted since Jules doesn’t know if I know what she has done. I think it’s about time I thought of something.

Maybe it’s better to be in dreamland, along with our wildest fantasies, where there’s a chance for our wishes to fulfil, than to be here, in reality, where they definitely won’t. Maybe if meet Jules there, she would realize what dilemma I am in at the moment. But I don’t think I would, because she probably would be with her friends and she won’t like them to know that I’m her sister.

Jennifer.

Music Today: 13/08/2015

Aaoge Jab Tum: Jab We Met

Releasing Year: 2008

I can’t tell you in words how much I love this movie and this word. Recently, my mind had been entirely wiped out about the existence of this song, but the day before, I heard it on YouTube on a playlist. And since then, it has been on loop inside my head. This is such a sad song, and if you watch the movie, you might just burst in tears. The music, especially the flute in the beginning, the video, the simplicity of the song is such that you are likely to tear up even if you don’t watch the movie. Speaking of the movie, the entire direction process, from the characterization, the story, the shooting, is flawless. Kareena plays Geet perfectly, looks beautiful, and Geet is probably one of her best performances. Aditya- Shahid is such an intense and a powerful character. He is gentle and sweet and caring and sincere and just plainly romantic. It’s a pity that they broke up in real life soon after this. Literally broke my heart. This movie, and this song, makes me wanna doodle Aditya ❤ Geet everywhere!

I mean, just look at the sincerity in his eyes!