Eternal bliss

7 05 2015

If I’m to nominate two people for eternal bliss, it would be Sir P G Wodehouse and A R Rahman. Actually, I truly believe that they deserve that and more.

Wodehouse, because of the pure, unadulterated humor he shares through his amazing books. A lot of times fun is confused with “making fun of people”, humor is mistaken with laughing at people pointing out oddities in their personalities or behaviors, hilarity as synonymous with taking pleasure in other people’s (or creatures’) little accidents. I don’t want to generalize here, but when I happened to watch a few of the videos from the “funniest videos” TV program, I was appalled because audience were laughing at people slipping and falling hard on their backs, pets shocked and alarmed, people hit by a sudden gush of water in their faces etc. In total contrast, whenever I read one of Sir Wodehouse’s comedies, I experience a joy and peace beyond description. My recent read of his is “The Politeness of Princes, and Other School Stories” (Gutenberg link).

AR Rahman, because of the soul stirring music he delivers on a consistent basis. His music transports me to a higher world. Every time I listen to one of his songs, I can’t help stopping and marveling.  🙂

Too bad I’m missing his concert next month. 😂

His recent tracks on my current playlist include:





Rockstar

27 04 2012

Watched this movie last night. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about it right since the beginning and at last got curious enough to want to judge it myself. One of the reasons why I wasn’t so eager to watch it before could be that I don’t hold a particularly good impression of Ranbir. Something about the characters he portrayed in the first two movies of him that I watched (Bachna ae Haseeno, Wake Up Sid) and my conception of his off-screen attitude didn’t sit well with me and I’ve taken a kind of dislike to him. And also may be I didn’t take his break-up with Deepika (whom I admire) too well. 😛 Though it’s a fact that the personal stuff of celebrities gets discussed around a lot, on the face of it, it seems a bit silly to me that I let it affect me the way it does. 😛

Coming to the movie, it appealed to me very much. And what’s more, I finally gave into the charm of Ranbir. He is a good performer and appears dashing on screen. I really liked him in this movie. This film is about an artist and the role of music and love in his life.

Artists think and live at a different level, making them enigmatic to others. An artist’s mind typically holds a lot of romantic attraction for others. All seems attractive on screen and in fiction but at a practical level, many would find it very difficult to truly understand them or be part of their lives. Only very few can make it. Because in reality, no one gives us the privilege of letting us know what’s happening in their mind.  May be only an artist can truly understand another artist. For one to understand them completely, one needs to view things through their lens, think from their level. We can’t comprehend them well from our own frame of reference. While it’s true with anyone, the chasm between the artists and others is usually wider.

A true artist, by the virtue of his romantic nature, is usually a passionate and intense lover. The love between Ranbir and Nargis was beautifully depicted in the movie. There exists a deeper connect between the two, something which overtakes them. They fit like pieces of jig saw puzzle. They feel helpless before the “love, passion, or whatever” between them that at certain point nothing could hold them apart. I found it amazing how she opened up to him the first time (about “Jungli Jawaani” 😉 ) and how effortlessly everything else followed.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.”  – Rumi

Everyone seeks such an intense love and long for such a person in his/her life, but more often than not they are met with disappointment. In fact, many people search for it all through their lives in vain. The problem is that one cannot will it to happen or intervene in any manner in the process; it happens only if and when it happens. Such an intense feeling/emotion/relationship is usually like ‘elixir of life’ to many. The sheer rarity of such an occurrence and the pain and struggle one undergoes in one’s longing for it, gave rise to some practical notions like – no one can make you complete; there’s no “Mr. Right” etc. Nevertheless, the quest continues ceaselessly.

On hindsight, I feel that I didn’t watch the movie with the attention it deserved. I guess some movies are meant to be watched in appropriate and relaxed mood, with nothing to distract you. Will definitely try to watch Rockstar again soon.





Nocturnes

15 10 2009

This is the latest offering by the renowned author Kazuo Ishiguro. ‘Nocturnes’ is a collection of five interrelated short stories with music as the main theme. In fact, this is the author’s first attempt at short stories. His novels are widely acknowledged as among the best contemporary literature. When I first read his Booker winning ‘Remains of the day two years ago, I was spellbound. Reading it was sheer pleasure. No other has book has invoked in me a reaction with greater intensity than this one.  It has ever since been the most favorite book of mine and I fell in love with Kazuo’s writing. Later, I tried his Never Let Me Go and was equally impressed. But I must say that ‘Nocturnes’ couldn’t quite replicate my earlier experiences with Kazuo Ishiguro. 

Every time I read short stories, I wonder at their nature – most seem to reflect a slice of a character’s nature or life or sometimes a tiny little facet of a culture or society or time period. The most striking feature, of course is the way the stories end – most leave questions unanswered, leaving the readers contemplating and guessing. That way, those stories and their characters haunt the reader long after finishing reading them. I always feel that reading short stories is a kind of psychological and emotional exercise. And I love the experience. I especially like the ones by Somerset Maugham, O. Henry, Scott G. Fitzgerald and the likes. But of course, there are all kinds of short stories – simple and straight-forward, subjects ranging from simple observations to the complexities of life or nature – and I enjoy them all. ‘Nocturnes’ clearly belongs to the former category.

In ‘Nocturnes’,  I was especially intrigued by the second story, ‘Come rain or Come Shine’, in which a man thinks that the realization by his wife of the relative unsuccessfulness or blandness of a mutual friend’s life would lower her expectations of him and make her appreciate him for what he is. In another story, an ugly uprising saxophonist doesn’t feel good about the need to get a plastic surgery in order to trudge to the top. In fact, all the stories touch on the disturbing nature of the deep and sometimes unfathomable feelings and attitudes – dissatisfaction, regret, hope, struggle for success, uprightness, selfishness, etc. 

Everything considered, ‘Nocturnes’ is definitely a good read.