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Lonely City, Why Loiter, Can’t get you out of my mind.

Music

I can’t get her out of my mind is a wonderful song. There are some people, you can’t get out of your mind. I wish there was a book which would help one remove people out of your mind. The thing according to Ayn Rand is that we fall in love with people is because of their virtue. This means we fall in love with the person who is perfect, until the bubble bursts. Meditate on this line – Your flaws make you flawless. Coming back to Music here is another track by Massive Attack.. This song by Micheal Kiwanuka is beautiful.

Books 

This could make you lonely. It is our pursuit of perfection which makes us shun others and we end up all by ourselves. Yes, I am very lonely. No other author has articulated loneliness as good as Olivia Liang on Lonely City.  She has explored the lives of some prominent artists like Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol. Another Book I am reading is Why Loiter which written by 3 women authors. They go on exploring city women and their relationship with Public space. 

If I could write a song or a poem for every relationship

Today Leonard Cohen passed away, After reading this rather long piece by David Remnick, you realise most of his songs was autobiographical. Leonard had several romantic relationships, and he has beautifully portrayed them in his songs.

I have had my share of relationships and I realised how each one was beautiful and unique in some ways, but I am just not a poet or a songwriter to describe them like Leonard. I feel being a good writer or being able to express oneself is very important, as that’s the way the next generation, learns from the previous. My blogs are my work in progress to become a good communicator. I don’t think I will be the best, but the stories I tell will be exclusively mine so pure and authentic.

Check out Marianne by Leonard Cohen below.

 

How Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) made me an Atheist.

Nowadays I don’t get influenced by Hindi movies, but when I was a kid, the only way for a new idea to take roots in my brain was via Hindi films, and mostly it was the special occasion of watching an Amitabh movie. I guess no other film has impacted me more than the movie Deewar.

Amitabh’s character Vijay in Deewar is how I modelled myself, along with a strong influence of Bruce Lee my other Hero. Our household wasn’t very religious, but someone in the house would light agarbatti and diya in the morning and evening at our house. I had nothing to do with it after I saw Amitabh blaming GOD for all the hardships his mother and he faced when he was a kid.

I also conveniently blamed the invisible Gods for all my childhood problems, cause my childhood wasn’t normal like other children in the neighbourhood, I couldn’t blend in.

Check out this scene from Deewar, its sounds almost funny now, and I cant bear to watch it.

Alien love

 

We were light years away

Alien for each other, faraway..

Galaxies traversed, stars aligned to see a faint signal of Orion constellation ahead

Yes, we have communicated, but light years apart

We remain strangers, stargazers, hoping to cross the intergalactic highway

Dodging the hurtling meteor showers and asteroids ,

We will see the same sun over our heads someday.

 

 

Faiz Shayari From Merchant Ivory Movie “in Custody”

Lately, I have stumbled upon some Merchant Ivory movies. My favourite so far was this movie called “In custody” where the theme is about the loss or less use of Urdu language. Check out this song, its can be a consoling song when you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Heavy Heart meets dancing feet.

The heart is heavy suddenly, you cannot breathe well. You feel a pain, the pain is external, its the realisation of your loss, it’s the hope lost, it the nail in the coffin, its the square peg in the round hole.

The feet start tapping, out of nowhere the body is swaying and grooving. All the heaviness of the heart is gone now, you are dancing with the ones you love, though they may be far away.

Kurai Onrum Illai (No Regrets Have I) A rendering of the Tamil composition of C. Rajagopalachari

No regrets have I
My lord,
None.
Lord of the Written Word,
My light, my sight,
My very eyes
No regrets,
None.
Though you stand
Where I behold you not
My light, my very eyes,
Protector of all earthlings
I know you sustain me
Lord of the Venkata Hill so pure
You meet my hunger, my thirst
My hope, my prayer
You keep me from harm,
Lord of the Sparkling Gems,
I need naught else
Father of the Seven Hills,
Naught else.

* * *
You stand — do you not? —
Veiled by a screen
Only the learned can part
For they are the learned
Which I am not
But no, no regrets have I.
Crowning this hill
You stand as rock
Giver of Boons
Immutable God
Father to these hills
No regrets have I
Govinda !

* * *
In this benighted Age of ours
Lord —
The worst of all the Four —
You have entered
The sanctum
A shaft of granite
Where though I see you not
No regrets have I.
Boulder of strength
With the Ocean,
Heaving on your breast,
Of the purest compassion —
My Mother,
My very own, who grants
Anything I ask of her
Can I possibly have regrets?
The two of you, I know,
Stand there for me
Eternally
No regrets have I my Govinda
None, none whatsoever
Govinda! Govinda!
Govinda! Govinda!

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

This is a movie which made me cry, it’s a incredibly sad war time movie, the idea was to depict the cruelty and effect of war on children, and it succeeds. Do watch it!

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

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Burn the Witch

There has been a deluge
and not a drop to drink
whom do you blame
Burn the Witch
she is there to be claimed. Famine has ravaged your land
You are hungry for blood
Kill the elderly or force hunger on your kids?
Steak the Witch
cause the Witch is always to be blamed.

The war is over
the conflict is not
you play to win
someone has to lose
Religious fanaticism is the “in” thing
Turn the switch
Burn the witch
she who has to face the blame Lost your loved one
need someone to cling?
Warm your heart
Bask in the glow
Burn the witch
because she is there always to be blamed
as the saying goes!

Thanking all people who helped me on my path to Awareness! and some music for Saturday Night.

What a Year 2009 has been. I have never been so consciously aware of myself. I can say well I lived 2009 in awareness, and have taken some decisions fearlessly. What a beautiful year!!

So let me start by thanking people, in case you are embarrassed by my public display of love, please let me know, I will take your name off.

1)      _______________________

2)      ______________________

3)      ______________________

Okay I was kidding. I would rather thank you all in person.

Yes, here is declaring that Im officially back from my sabbatical  and now on a work mode.(what’s the difference anyway?)

Leaving you with some of my favourite tracks, hope you enjoy your Saturday Night! Most of the good music in nowadays ihas been introduce by my dear friend Jai Talwar or by the RJ Malini who I follow on twitter.

1)      This is a Song by Corrine Bailey Rae Trouble Sleeping, love her voice and of course she is very attractive,

2)      Bob Dylan sings Lay lady Lay , cant get over the lyrics. Amazing ! My friend Jai has a book of poems by Bob Dylan.WOW!

3)      This a great and haunting tune On the Beach by Chris Rea

4)      This song was twitted by miss malini wonderful , warning if you listen to it, it will get stuck in your head, I can see Annu Malik copying this tune in 2010. Check Impossible by Daniel Merriweather

5)      Now this is the Super Duper HIT of 2009, check out this flash dance with Oprah watching awestruck , here you go I Got A Feeling – by Black eyed Peas