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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Becoming Jane



Jane Austen is an important name in English literature. She was born on 16 December, 1775 in England and breathed her last on 18 July, 1817. This is a review of her Biopic- ‘Becoming Jane’ that was released in 2007.



“Affection is desirable, money is absolutely indispensable”, tells an exasperated Mrs Austen to Jane, her talented daughter who is single minded focused upon making a living out of writing or “living by my pen” as she declares with evident confidence. The 2007 movie ‘Becoming Jane’ depicts the journey of the second daughter of one respected but middle class Austen family that lived in Hampshire, England in the Victorian era during the reign of King George III. The movie begins with her trying her hands at the piano at their huge house deep in the country side and confessing her love of writing to her good-natured but hapless elder sister Cassandra. Her clergyman father, Reverend Austen, feels proud of Jane’s aspirations but her mother scorns her writing and wants her to focus solely upon getting married before her age slips by. Then, in her otherwise single and insipid life, like a breath of fresh air, arrives Tom Lefroy (Thomas Langlois Lefroy) a young but penniless law student living off his snooty uncle’s pittance. After some initial misunderstandings and arguments, they fall deeply in love. However, they are star crossed and as the Cupid seems to be sullen with the match, they separate but after sometime despite being engaged to a rich girl, Lefroy again asks for his former lover’s hand, for he realizes the depth of his feelings for that beautiful and sensible budding writer. Here, the story takes another spin and we see Jane taking a decision she does not regret. Years later, she is shown to have become a famous writer and often addressed as ‘The Jane Austen’ with awe and admiration by everyone.


The movie has many other interesting characters and if you have read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ that was initially titled ‘First Impressions’ you will be easily able to identify many of the characters of the novel like Lady Catherine, Willam Darcy, Mr. Collins, Jane and of course, Elizabeth Bennet who was inspired by author’s very own self. Her personal life only was the inspiration for this work, except that the ending was as she had always desired her love life to be- happy and prosperous.

Returning to the movie, actress Anne Hathaway who has portrayed Jane Austen, has delivered a praiseworthy performance. However, she differs much from the author in person as unlike hers, Austen’s face was round and features were smaller. The Victorian styled flowing dresses, old-school chivalry, feather hats, ballroom parties, churches, houses, horse-carriages and the beautiful English countryside are enough to create a likable background, imparting a real appeal to the movie. The dialogues are well penned and the pace is neither fast nor slow. However, initially it becomes a bit confusing to remember the characters as so many of them are introduced all of a sudden within minutes. Apart from that, this movie is pretty enjoyable and throws much light not only upon Jane Austen’s headstrong persona, maturity and love for literature & writing but also upon the condition of women who were coerced by the society to direct all their wit and charms in securing good husbands for themselves as well as upon the pitiable state of women writers in that era. This movie does not cover her final days; she died young at the age of 41 of a prolonged illness.



Rating- 4/5  


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Haiku Horizons- Drop


This is for Haiku Horizons and this week's prompt is 'drop'


The sky drops a faded star
Creates space for a bright new
Till shine allures


The sky drops a faded star
I make a wish on its death
With agony it burns





Monday, April 17, 2017

Nonstop Us!


Microsoft’s Bill Gates was probably quite correct when he had once exclaimed that the Indians were the smartest people he had ever come across. In many ways, if I observe from the point of view of a distant and unattached watcher, I can see his statement hold much truth. From spirituality to medicine, from astrology to music, not a field remains where Indians have not shown some mind blowing awesomeness. However, I do not intend to document such accolades in various fields, but to talk about the thing I sincerely believe has not only contributed much to the success of Indians but has also made them stand tall in the domain of recycling and managing finesse with few materials. I am talking what we all commonly call ‘Jugaad’ or improvisation, for there are not many terms that can resonate closely with the exact meaning and spirit of this term that in itself has come to be associated with Indians and India. We make do with whatever is available for doing what we need to, instead of waiting for full and proper formal resources. For example, people have coupled old discarded jeep chassis with small diesel engines (used for water pumps) to convert them into improvised vehicles for movement and transportation locally in their fields and villages. One innovative man managed to make espresso coffee using a simple pressure cooker. We find countless such improvisations in our daily lives. The Indians are masters of managing everything with anything!

For this let us go back in time. Right from olden times, Indians have been fond of recycling. Sarees (a garment worn by ladies) were converted into cushion covers and table mats and old papers into useful items of papier-mâché. Later on, when India was low on prosperity and was looked down upon by Europe and America, many inventions came of out the innovative brains of Indians. There were done not just by scientists and engineers but by students and housewives. That is my very point! Reusing something with extreme effectiveness makes India unique. It is the real Indian way of thinking and indeed a unique contributor to our success. From discarded machine parts and metal flaps to a complete house made of discarded plastic bottles and from clay fridge running sans electricity to creative crafts, Indians have a peculiar way of thinking and putting any discarded item to some really good use. Nowadays, entrepreneurship is on a rise in our country and much of the credit for this innovative thinking goes to the ability of Indian to manage with fewer resources and optimally utilize every resource. We can see profitable ventures being run from one room offices with less space and few people managing new ventures. I am an entrepreneur myself and when I started this venture, I managed with local resources, day to day things instead of first setting up a huge structure and investing huge amounts of time and money.

I am fond of some creativity too as well as contributing towards recycling and reducing waste. I did some crafts from old CDs and of papers and they were well received on social media. However, that is a very trivial thing; the point is, this way of thinking has contributed to my success and like most Indians I am confident of surviving anywhere in the world with low resources or in adverse conditions. That allows me to dream big without musing over perfect conditions or expecting the same as well. The Indian values that I have imbibed give me the confidence of not losing my morals even in a substandard company and while tackling a shrewd world.


Every year, many foreign companies enter India with high hopes as this country provides an eye-popping huge market but only a few survive. One major reason is adaptation to the Indian ways that guarantees win. Unfortunately, only a handful adapt that effectively. One company that has done that surprisingly and dexterously well and has taken to Indian ways as a fish takes to water is Lufthansa Airlines of Germany. India and Germany have old ties and have been friends for long. I am also reminded of a lovely German friend who loves Indian food and clothing. Also, one of my cousins has married a German woman who is in love with interpersonal relationships and familial bonds so prominent in our culture. Lufthansa, which is the largest airline of Germany, has created a very catchy commercial. I have flown in a few other airlines but none of them was engaging or very pleasing in terms of service and comfort. Instead of employing separate English and Hindi speaking crew members, Lufthansa has bilingual crew. This step saves on company’s cost and hence some benefits are passed on to the customer. Also, this step does not make the flight look crowded. Another good example on maximum utilization!


Lufthansa's new advert shows how people are enjoying Indian influence of our traditional politeness, culinary delights and respect for elders, deeply ingrained in every Indian. In this new commercial, a man muses over the strategies to defeat Indians but when he and his team fly Lufthansa India, this thought escapes his mind and they enjoy the courtesy and grace of Lufthansa India crew! That touches the heart! Lufthansa is definitely #MoreIndianThanYouThink


Check out this amazing airline @ www.moreindianthanyouthink.com



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lady in a Bar



Reproduced from Brunch magazine. 
Pictures in newspapers and magazines are very helpful in practicing human figure drawing.

Medium- Pencil





Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Words Linger All Around...


Love, my words linger all around
From dim crevices of my mind,
To green wounds of my heart
As I struggle to arrange them
Into some sort of a poem
Clear and meaningful enough
To make you understand
How vague and meaningless
 Life has become…




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Everything Else Is Worthless...

Crescent moon
Starry night
Silence
Our heart beats

And trust me Love, everything else
In this universe is worthless




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Haiku Horizons- Sink

This is for Haiku Horizons and this week's prompt is 'Sink'

Barren sun-burnt hills
Rivers rotting of flotsam
Even God’s heart sinks




5-7-5 




Sunday, April 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Haiku Horizons- Door


This is for Haiku Horizons and this week's prompt is 'Door'


Little buds peep out
Leaves shed their yellow cloaks
Queen Spring opens door








Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Arundhati Roy





Suzanna Arundhati Roy (24 November, 1961) is a famous Indian author. Her debut novel The God of Small Things’ won her the much coveted ‘Man Booker Prize’ for Fiction in 1997. This novel then went on to become the biggest-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya to a Bengali Hindu father and a Keralite Syrian Christian mother. She is the cousin of media personality Prannoy Roy of NDTV.



Medium- Pencil Colours


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Castles

There was something
Far more to her eyes
They as if were castles
Charming yet deserted
Alluring yet haunting...




Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Favorite James Bond 007


Tried sketching my fav James Bond! I feel, of all the actors who have portrayed this iconic character, 
Daniel Craig has been the best! 




Medium- Pencil Colors




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thanks, But No Thanks


 Love, thanks for being a knight in shining armour
For all uptown chivalry and being a charmer
But, some damsel in distress I am surely not
And I don’t need a knight, but my own sword


Love, thanks for being a gentleman on his knees
With a posy of roses, nice words to please
But, I am not a lost fairy crazy for some prince
And I don’t need a castle, but my own wings

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sure!



“Are you sure you love me?” He asked

“Yes, because to you, I can read aloud those pages of my life that I myself dread to flip” She replied 













Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Haiku Horizons - Cold

                  
                       This is for Haiku Horizons and this week's prompt is 'Cold'




5-7-5 pattern




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Urdu Quatrain



Tried my hands at Urdu poetry after a long time :)


ज़िन्दगी की शाख से कुछ लम्हे टूटे थे कभी
उन्ही की तलाश में उम्र गुज़र जाएगी लगता है
वक़्त की तो फितरत ही कब थी लौट के आने की
अब तो आप पे यकीं भी कुछ कम सा लगता है

I lost some beautiful moments of life, long back
And I am still searching for them
It is well known that time never comes back
But my trust upon you too, has weakened now

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Haiku Horizons- Waste


This is for Haiku Horizons and this week's prompt is 'Waste'



Sea wastes waves
Yet the shore remains insensate
Reminds me of you, Love 


Never waste those tears
Instead, turn them into words
Of infinite depth


5-7-5 pattern





Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jai Bholenath!



This quick abstract art is done in Wax Pastels. I got this thought today morning while waking up. Here I have tried to state that Lord Shiva rules the whole cosmos and five elements that make up life namely Sky, Earth, Fire, Air and Water (respectively) are within Shiva. That is, Lord Shiva is time itself, the embodiment of all seen and unseen, concrete and abstract, light and dark, entire universe and all life. He is everywhere, in everything and in all elements. 

He is a symbol of peace and selflessness, a hermit who lives a Spartan existence, far away from all desires but gives everything to those who revere Him and stay on the morally right path. 

Jai Bholenath!



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Richard Gere


Richard Gere as the charming Edward Lewis of the 1990 hit 'Pretty Woman' 



Medium- Pencil Colour

Richard Tiffany Gere (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor and humanitarian activist. Gere was born in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. His mother, Doris Ann was a housewife. His father, Homer George Gere was an insurance agent.

Read more@ wikipedia