Saturday, December 15, 2012

Columbine, Connecticut...



nypost.


There is a problem.

     1)Guns 
      Of course we know that guns are only half the problem, the other half being unable to recognize angry  depressive teenagers in time, nevertheless it is the main issue concerning the debate. A similar incident occurred  in china but, the weapon used was knife. About 20 students were injured but none killed. Guns are sinister, let's all agree.

Solution
1.1) Stop sales
Tougher gun control laws have done little overtime. Make guns not just difficult to purchase or increase their abatement time, but make them disappear from those isles. To the point where no one can possess a gun unless they were defending the country. An exception of hunting rifles can be made though.

1.2) Initiate a drive to surrender the guns throughout America.
 The question springs to mind that if the mother of the perpetrator (refering to school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut) was aware of his mental illness could she have put the guns out of his reach? But was there a way of putting the guns out of reach?

1.3) A nationwide study
-proving the usefulness of such weapons at home (without the ecological fallacies). If the reasons to possess gunfire arms are not justified on a large scale study then a  program to surrender the weapons should be initiated (favorably by the state). Furthermore, it will be wise to ban all the gun associations and lay penalties on their patrons. There is no reason to take pride in possessing a gun.


     2) Mental illness
    An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression [Source http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdepression/]

Solution
2.1) Early diagnosis, esp. depressive angry children
One of the most common symptoms noted when a person suffers from clinical depression is anger. Whether it's uncontrollable anger toward oneself or outward aggression toward others, it's clinically proven that depression and anger run hand in hand. [source: MacManamy].

 2.2) Cultivating a less judgmental environment, esp. in schools. 
In developing world it is much easier and mainly because there are so many of them (huge population and thus increased class size), if one does indulge in judging others then that is all they will do for the rest of their lives. Also the differences of high and low contextual societies, as the theories of anthropology suggest. [suggested reading- http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2010/03/our_turn_are_americans_less_op.html]

Most importantly we must realize that emotions of sympathy are evoked for the suicides but not for homicides (out of mental illness), simply because of the failure to see this as a psychiatric disease. The incident shows a combined problem of the system and of medicine. It has very little to do with personal attributes. The situation demands us to be kind to not only the victims and their families but also to the families of the perpetrators. It can happen to anybody anywhere.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Life of Pi.

"Richard Parker! What are you thinking?"


A couple of years ago when I read it I said to myself, no Hollywood can attempt a plot like this one. And thank God for that.

But, this weekend I saw Richard Parker in 3D and couldn't help exclaiming in awe. They've done it !

Yann Martel told an un-tellable Story and Ang Lee went a step further bringing his genius to an un-filmable film done in a way that viewers were left in rapt admiration for the ineffable project Martel took in the first place. One of the rare gems where film is as good as or even better than the book.

Also, a rare 3D film where 3D has been used for viewing the world as it is, in full splendor and not merely for the creating shock value or throwing imaginary giant birds in your eye. It captured the sea in it's unmitigated and infinite rawness. I have never admired the sea more, not even in real life. The film makes one feel a miniscule grain of sand in the grand continuum, the earth and the universe, replete with life. Hollywood has directors like Ang Lee. Thank God for that !


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Remind me again...



There is no escape. You can’t be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. Don’t try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen. You are not a Greek. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you! How much have you lied! A thousand times, even in your poems and books, you have played the harmonious man, the wise man, the happy, the enlightened man. In the same way, men attacking in war have played heroes, while their bowels twitched. My God, what a poor ape, what a fencer in the mirror man is- particularly the artist- particularly myself!

-Hermann Hesse.





Sunday, May 20, 2012

October

...in India.


Long before the sleepy-eyed
taps begin to cry fresh water,
and the giant tree's slumber
breaks into birds chirpy,
the orange of the sky
lets a bit of sun.

Pretending a night still,
I dig deep in my blanky.
It wards me off and jumps
on the ground, mimicking a fall.
I am sure it’s a conspiracy

morning noises
evaporate dew
 clock ticks 8
I am again late.

On my way
I see clouds of dust being pulled(swept)
 from the ground and work being done
A line of trees becomes my sight
with morning flowers red and white.

Washed with a  bucket full of sun
promise of  good day has begun

punctuated with work
 dazzled festive air                                                                                                                                       the time of year winter
dresses for october fair.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kahaani.

Jaisa aap bole Mada'am.



Q; If I were a man who would I propose to?
A; Vidya Balan.





Malayali from birth, through-bred Mumbaikar, takes to Bengali like a duck to water (I can only empathize with her, a wannabe bong for some years now). First day last show Kahaani blew me away. Simply fantastic.Vidhya's choice of roles and her tenacity to deliver better everytime; makes others look like they're in the wrong profession; so much out of her league that it might take them a lifetime to get out of their designer clothes and air brushed wigs and stop looking like clones of each other before they can even think to match her. She has made Box office blockbusters, in recent film history look respectful, not that it wasn't attempted before but one with a female lead doesn't spring to my mind.

 Kahaani is all about a very pregnant Bidya Bagchi and the well meaning Calcutta which is probably portrayed keeping the chaos theory in mind. Or it may be that the chaos theory was formulated  keeping Calcutta in mind. Very dilapidated and rusty yet highly functional.  Sujoy ghosh, who ever this guy is, needs to be watched out for and so is Parambrata Chatterjee. Vidya has re-instilled in me , my long lost belief that Hindi film "heroines" have what it takes. Sure enough she has the entire industry say to her "jaisa aap bole Mada'am."
With the climax spun around Pujo and multiple screen shots of Devi hinting at the power of woman, she's more of a woman than it appears. Certainly has left me wanting more. And I am not even Gay.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pose with Poise and walk to fly.


“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ”

-Friedrich Nietzsche.
(Petrol in my car. I ought to be careful for it catches fire very quickly)