Partly Read Books.

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Yesterday’s Business Standard had a very interesting article by a favourite writer of mine. T C A Srinivasa Raghavan writes incisively on many topics and this was one that got me thinking about my own collection of partly read books.

After reading the article in full and before I read all the morning’s papers, I went to take stock of the number of books that I have in hand that have only been partly read and I was shocked! There are six of them and more importantly there are twelve totally unread ones waiting for me to find some time.

I still manage to get in about two to three hours of reading everyday but facebook, blogging, visiting blogs, email and solving crossword puzzles take up quite a bit of my time besides my new hobby of seeing movies in theaters and also on DVDs at home.

Like TCA SR suggests, I should really get rid of many of the books that I have already read, and perhaps some that I have read partly but have no intentions of reading ever. But I am simply unable to get myself to get rid of them, despite knowing that I must if I have to find space for new purchases that will most certainly take place sooner than later.

I kept telling myself that the kindle will solve the problems of space for books but the reading experience of a hard copy book is divine whereas reading in the kindle is sort of soulless!

I have therefore decided, and I hope to implement the decision fully, not to buy any more books, hard copy or kindle, till I get rid of some and also finish reading the backlog.

Do you have such a problem too?

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Sex Tapes.

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I read a synopsis of the story and since Cameron Diaz was featuring in it Ramesh and I decided to see it yesterday afternoon.

It is what my friend Chuck calls a popcorn movie. Not quite porn, not quite funny and not quite anything at all but entertaining in an inane way. Attempts at using comedy as a cover to overcome a weak story line fails and comes out as vulgar.

The excessive use of the four letter word is jarring and perhaps it is because I am from a generation from the distant past. Its use among adults is bad enough but the hero using it with a child to drive home a point is obnoxious. Again, I am just too old fashioned I guess.

The auditorium was unusually quarter full. I suspect that the largely male audience, though a few ladies were also present would appear to have come thinking that it was a pornographic movie and the disappointment was palpable.

I would rate it with a and therefore  avoidable if you have something else to see.

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Ippadikku.

I take my readers back to my post on The Post where I had shared my receiving a post card and then watching the short film on the Indian Postal service.

I had followed up that post with another one Two New Friends about the two friends who had produced the short film.

Today I have just received information via Facebook that elates me no end.

Congratulations Shiva and Jagan. I am very happy to have made your acquaintances. My blessings and best wishes that you achieve more milestones in your creative pursuits.

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Peek A Boo.

This topic was suggested by Ashok for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently six of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaMaxi, and Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, like I do this time, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

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Action.

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Blogger Mother had a post on Blog Action Day in her blog and we exchanged comment and response as follows there.

I: I wish that I had known!

Mother: I wish you had known, too. Do it now!

And that gives me the inspiration to write this post. As my regular readers know, I am finding it difficult to write every day on my blog and this gives me an opportunity to write.

Action inevitably leads to reaction which in turn becomes an action that creates a reaction. In the spiritual path that I am on, the whole purpose of the disciplines that one is expected to follow is to become action oriented and to give up being reaction oriented.

The way one goes about it is to stop performing any action with the outcome in mind. Outcomes of any action can be, 1. Exactly as expected; 2. Less than what was expected; 3. More than what was expected, or 4. Completely different to what was expected. The Yogi knows this fully and accepts whatever comes as a result of his action as the result of the laws of karma and prevents generating further action / reaction cycles.

This is best described in the Bhagwad Gita as:

KARAMANYAVADHIKARASTHE MAA PHALESHU KADACHANA
MAA KARMA PHALA HETUR BHURMA TE SANAGOSTVAKARMANI

You have the right to work only
but never to its fruits.
Let not the fruits of action be your motive.
Nor let your attachment be to inaction.

Ch II V 47

The most powerful part of that advice from Krishna to Arjun is in the last sentence where he is clearly told not to take recourse to inaction to escape the cycle of action and reaction.

Those who are interested can of course go deeper into this by just googling for Bhagwad Gita Ch.II Verse 47.

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The Judge.

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If I had anything to do with it, this movie will get the Oscar for best film of 2014. Yes, it is that good.

Two actors who I think are absolutely brilliant, Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. bring their roles alive with some superb acting. The story, the dialogues, the direction, photography everything falls into one whole remarkable package worth spending a cool 142 minutes of screening time. I normally dislike movies that run for longer than 120, but this one kept me glued to the seat and asking for more.

The story resonated with me for its portrayal of the difficult relationship between the father and the son with which I could identify. The other characters who come in to play minor roles do their part and I only wish that they could have been shown as more powerful characters, but I suppose that the running time had to be kept in time and this is where some very tight editing has come in making it worth watching for a rather unusual time.

No question about it, it fully deserves a  rating.  Don’t miss it.

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What Is His Story?

“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye…until we meet again”
~ Jimi Hendrix

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I Voted!

I personated myself and voted earlier today.

Personation

I can prove it too with the election ink mark.
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Fertility.

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“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
~ Albert Einstein.

I have been wanting to write on this since Nick wrote his post – Childless.

In the exchange of comments that followed there, we had this to say to each other. Apart from this exchange, the other comments and responses from Nick are worth a read too.

Me: Nick, to be an infertile woman in India is worse than being a zombie. I know of women who were blamed for not producing children and subjected to tests of all kinds till it occurs to some moron in-law to get his son tested. No one talks about male infertility and I think that is something that needs to be addressed too in childless but wanting children couples.

Nick: Ramana: Yes, I’ve often read that being a childless woman in India is a serious stigma. And you’re right that the possibility of the man’s infertility is often overlooked. Though I think that’s less the case in the UK, where nowadays the man is routinely checked along with the woman.

What prompted this post however is the latest story from a friend of mine in Coimbatore who had rung me up to give some good news. His grand daughter Meena got married in 2001 to a scion of one of the South’s wealthy and well known trading families. I have known Meena since she was a little baby in arms but could not attend her wedding as I was preoccupied with other matters in Pune. The couple went off to live with the family’s estate in the Nilgiris immediately after marriage. After five years when no child was forthcoming, Meena was subjected to all kinds of taunts and ill treatments and was asked to undergo various tests and treatments. It was presumed by the family that she was responsible and not her husband. Eventually, Meena could not take it any more and came away to her parents and started a career as a teacher, got formally divorced and started a new life. She got married again in 2010 to a classmate from school days and moved to the USA where her new husband has a flourishing medical practice. My friend just now told me that he has become a grand father to twins. I could not help asking him about whatever happened to the husband from the first marriage and he chuckled and said that he got married again and continues to be childless!

Obviously, this is a clear case of the man being infertile but the woman facing the brunt of criticism and condemnation. There are other similar stories too that I know of where the husband is infertile but the wife goes through a tough time. Such is our paternalistic society.

On the other hand, I also recently came to know about another couple who got divorced after many attempts to get the wife to become pregnant through IVF protocols failed. The husband got married again and has just become a father of a baby girl.!

Strange are the ways of nature!

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Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami.

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Anupam Kher is a versatile actor whose performances inevitably enthral me. He has played the roles of villains, comic characters, serious characters and other challenging roles like brother, father etc with elan and great professionalism. So, when I read in the papers that there is a new movie with him in it it was enough for me to agree to Ramesh’s invitation to go to it with him earlier this afternoon.

Paneer Roll

That the outing would include a visit to a favourite snack joint was icing on the cake and the Paneer Kati Roll was worth its weight in gold.

Ekkeess Toppon Ki Salaami defies description. It is at times comic, sometimes tragic, and at others emotionally charged up. I am not familiar with any of the other characters involved in the making of this film but I must confess that I was impressed with the overall effect of the picture in terms of acting, direction and photography.

Anupam Kher lived up to my expectations with a sterling performance. His best was in acting as a corpse. Not a very easy thing to do and he did it with ridiculous ease.

I recommend this to all my friends who would like to see an unusual but very entertaining film. I have no hesitation in giving the film a  rating.

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