gandhi

a thin frail man with a menacing stick in hand, teaching a life worth emulating, taking quick steps defying giants, rising up to them and yet not raising his stick to retaliate their blows. a life of 50,000 placated by this same frail man. a lesson to be taught, first had to be learnt. and that is how he lived. how sad it is the lessons are forgotten but the smudges memorised with glee.

on the day yesterday years ago, he had lost his life to a bullet. how things would have been different then. wishful thinking me thinks. and yet cant think how a life of great politician, humanist, is remembered for the flaws, the fabrications by a generation that can never meet him in the eye for his courage lie in his weapon of non-violence.

ever wondered how “weapon of non-violence” is not actually an oxymoron?

exotic cooker

Shahi Kebabs were made and had. However we missed mint chutney a lot.

Lessons learnt

  • Having kebabs for dinner is a bad idea
  • Without mint chutney is badder
  • Not drinking enough water is baddest

Im now a exotic dish cooker now; so do suggest some good recipe for my next experiment. Winners would get a taste of it.

Still RDB throbs

How can 20 year olds decide to sacrifice their life for a vision? A vision , they are not a part of?

How can one laugh in the face of death? A laugh not of resignation but of taunt and that of recklessness? How can one not scream and holler at the injustice of dying so young? How can one not be silent and accept the death as is, silent & die as if you never lived?

How can tears not stream down when one realises that such people were for real? They actually lived, for crying out loud!

My review is at : https://mindwarrior.wordpress.com/2006/01/26/rang-de-basanti-par-excellence/

India & Patriotism : A Response…

This post is partly in reply to cb’s post but the rest is my own view of patriotism and country & other ramblings.

The reply may appear too long so I thought its better I deal it in a post.

@cb
Frankly to your post there is no way i can give a single straight answer because the post is too broad and tackles too many strawmen at the same time. Some are non-sequitirs and in that case, even trying to pinpoint and shoot any one of them is impossible.

Is there something called patriotism? Is that as simple a question as it appears Or is it another of those never-ending debates[flame-wara] because each party has chosen to fight in its own territories without a common single battle-ground?

My response however continues…

Is the question about patriotism? I think not.
Is it about India? Yes, so Im led to believe. India, a nation that actually is just a potpourri of different states each bounded by an invisible link{questionable}

For me India is a nation of people bounded by a common of struggle of independence binding all the folk into a nation. Its a nation that boasts of a peninsular state bounded by its abundant resources and a common ancestry of indus valley & harappa. Its a nation that was invaded by foreign invaders & despots. Its the richness in diversity and the amount of diversity it embodies that defines India.

Is it possible to define my country in a single word, I think not. The closest that I can come to is maybe geography, hospitality, tolerance & diversity. India is a union of states, each state a nation in itself. How far I would want to stretch my India is anyones guess but sticking to the geographical limits is a better way to say it so.

How perfectly can you define a common binding link between people? Its finally about the people isnt it, even though we are using the nation as an idiom? How come you call only some people your best friends and not all? How come you can relate only to some people and not all? Is not the common experiences that youve sharead and the common emotions that you’ve gone through form a common binding ground? Is not our country too, bound by that single common experience of a freedom struggle?

How perfectly can you define a state as a single entity? Isnt the southern tip of the states different from the norther tip. Maybe the language is same, but even then the dialects change dont they? How can you call a city a city? Only by geography dont you?

Patriotism is an emotion, an attitude. Either you have it or you dont. And of course, as per me patriotism is just a sense of belonging to the state and more importantly that of that state belonging to you. Its about the rights but mainly in the responsibilities.

Given a choice I would love to have a global village a Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. But for all the purposes of reality : of economy, of togetherness, Ill settle for that of geography, a common struggle and experience, memory as the basis for the definition of a country.

Belong to a nation and then to your state; be patriotic but that does not mean you have to live with its faults, to root for the loss of the enemies{debatable}. Patriotism is only a positive emotion to better the present conditions in your home. Above all it is humanity that binds us all, but tell me how does patriotism stop you from being so?

When you speak about England vs Pakistan winning the match… arent the wounds caused by Pakistan more recent/fresh in memory than that caused by that of England? And so is it wrong when people do root for England and not Pakistan? I dont condone either behaviors but my only point was to point to a flaw in that part of argument.

A nation is as much an entity, a work in progress as any organic entity can be; but the closest that you will come to define it is with its present condition. Even when I define myself, I define as someone I am, not as a definition of future or past but only that of the present, isnt it; even the person of past I was is not what I am; and the one in future is never the one Im now; but does that stop you from defining youself? No, isnt it?

In that case, arent the fruits enjoyed by us a result of the struggle of our ancestors. What did bind them all to work tirelessly on the struggle for freedom? Isnt the India we have now a figment of their vision? In that case, patriotism is just an emotion and motivation to be a part of that vision. Maybe patriotism is a tool, an intangible resource like love to make possible that vision?

Rang De Basanti : Par Excellence

Meaning

Rang De Basanti = “Paint (it) Yellow”

Yellow, the color which signifies joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. This is the attributes that is given to the youth; the youth of a country that are its strength; the drivers, that steer it towards prosperity; the ones that drive the innovation; the ones that bring in the fresh ideas and ideals… its what runs the world; atleast should run the world.
Actors

Sarfaroshii ki tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitana baazu-e-qatil mein hai
Rahrave raahey mohabbat reh na jaana raah mein
Lazzat-e-sahraanawardi doori-e-manzil mein hai
Waqt aaney de bataa deingey tujhe ae aasmaaN
Hum abhi se kya bataayein kya hamaarey dil mein hai
Ae shaheed-e-mulk-o-millat main terey oopar nisaar
Ab terii himmat ka charcha ghair ki mehfil mein hai

[thanks for the update rakesh]
[thanks to rustyguy for pointing the mistake]

Ram Prasad Bismil’s immortal words, how for the first time hearing it being spoken by Lakshman[Atul Kulkarni] brought tears to my eyes. Speaks volumes about the couplet itself, not to speak less of the passion it embodies and the sincerity that Atul brings to his character.

Brooding, silent, intense character of Siddharth on an equal footing with Aamir living in denial of their true selves, leading lives leaving out the tough questions for later. Sukhi[Sharman Joshi], Aslam[Kunal Kapoor] happy go lucky with their own demons. Four lives without a single passion that binds them all; a single passion that makes them friends that they are. A passionate pair played by Madhavan & Soha.

All changes when Alice Patten comes to place. Go watch it. And if this small story isnt enough go on read…

What is the movie about

  • Five movies on Shahid Bhagat Singh & his friends, this is just another one
  • 306 206 migs lost & 78 most able pilots killed during the last 15 years, this one is about them
  • Oodles of optimism and life covered in the grime of cynicism and helplessness, this is about them
  • Stories of passion and the struggle for an intangible word called Aazadi which they will never be able to enjoy; this is the story about them
  • 50 years of freedom and how the General Dyers are still very much a part of the country that we are, this story is about them
  • A view of violence as an answer to all ills, this is a story about it
  • The youth that actually should shoulders the country & sculpts it; have shrugged their shoulders, this is the story about them.
  • A past lost, lives forgotten, visions smudged, this is a story about them.

Why watch it

  • Go watch it for the sincere performances by the actors even if you hate lecturebaazi
  • Go watch it even if you think patriotism is a word that has lost its meaning and we are all a global village; you might just be welcomed to the real world
  • Go watch it even if you are a believer of non-violence and a votary of peace; because “for the deaf, only an explosion can wake them out of the slumber” and how only violence is the only answer against a despot
  • Go watch it even if you believe that violence is the only solution to all problems and how all the current crop of politicians should be lined up and killed; because an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind
  • Go watch for a well thought out answer on violence as a weapon, tool & example
  • Go watch it, because even if you think the country is going to the dogs and is beyond repair; there just might be a small solution to it hidden in the movie
  • Go watch it because you might just learn about a government that covers up the death of a ace fighter pilot due to malfunctioning and under-quality equipment to pilot errors
  • Go watch it because you might just learn something about how screenplay can be the best actor & director of a movie; and how it can lift a script from abyss to that of cinematic helm
  • Go watch it how sometimes silence can speak volumes of cynicism, passion, pentup anger & great determination and how eyes can be your voice and mind
  • Go watch it for reality can hit like a ton of bricks knowing how the martyrs if they ever come back alive would wish they were dead, for the India that is now is not the one they dreamed of and sacrificed for
  • Go watch it because if this movie turns out to be a flop, we might just have lost another brilliant and a sincere director.
  • Go watch it to see how the story of Bhagat Singh & his comrades can be shown twice in the same movie without you ever getting bored
  • Go watch it to see how the story of our independence struggle is not an anachronism but a contemporary tale
  • Go watch it because for the first time a Bhagat Singh actually reflects his age!
  • Go watch it for the skill that is in Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra, a brilliant director & to learn how very far ahead of most of us all he is

My rating : 9.25/10