“I am despondent because of all the difficulties I am facing in my life. I am not getting promoted, my salary doesn’t justify the hard work I put in my work, I need to buy a home which I can’t now, and sometimes I feel like my life has no motive,” he told to his friend. Continue reading “Friend as Zafu”
Imagine a scene where on one side the Indian tourists are going gaga over clicking a picture with an American couple and on the other side two monkeys are equally fascinated by them, especially with the lady who is feeding them. Hilarious, isn’t it? Well, maybe in reading you won’t find it that funny, but I witnessed it inadvertently and laughed to the extent that I didn’t get time to click a picture of that. And do you know where to find it? There is no other place than Hampi, which entails an ensemble of boulders, rivers, temples, monkeys, foreigners, hippies, music, cafes, sunset, hymns, and spirituality.
Moreover, Hampi lets you enjoy an affordable vacation of three to four days within a budget of INR 5-6k, and lavishly you can cover it in INR 12k. However, if you choose to stay in an expensive sojourn, then definitely the cost will go high.
There are so many places to visit in Hampi. However, I am here going to emphasise on a few prominent points that I consider crucial for a new tourist to know.
How to reach Hampi
Book a train or bus till Hospet. We went through the train and came back via bus, but I found a train ride more convenient. Even the price of an AC deluxe bus and a second AC coach is same. From Hospet, you can take an auto to Hampi. The auto wallas will tell you INR300-400, but you can negotiate and bring it down to INR 150-200 depending on the circumstances. Before you embark on your journey, withdraw cash from ATM based on your calculated expenses. Inside the Hampi town, finding an ATM is challenging. Nowadays some merchants accept money via Google Pay as well, but remember only cash can come to your rescue during network issues.
Amid the lockdown, many of us tend to become owls.
Well, not lucky enough to breathe fresh air in the twilight,
but insomnia and limitations for our benefit led us to become one.
However, on the positive side, this renders an opportunity to introspect how
everything can change swiftly as if a magic spell sprinkled on the earth.
There is no vacuum for pride and ego, no matter what you have possessed, you may become jobless in the next minute.
No matter how rich you are, you may have to handle all the chores on your own.
Hence, show gratitude and respect people because life is a whirlwind, and we humans have no control over it.
Payal Tyagi – The Rambling Writer
I sometimes wonder that the word ‘homo‘ always existed amidst, still, why I was oblivious to it until in my teenage, I watched a movie whose plot was based on homosexuality?
I guess these were the reasons:
- British rule introduced us to section 377 in 1861, according to which any activities against the order of nature (heterosexuality) were illegal until 2018, and we Indians accepted and followed under our sanskari system.
- I never read in my science books that there can be other natural orientations apart from heterosexuality. There were no plays or acts in literary texts mentioning a tale of gay lovers.
- Our popular DD Doordarshan never displayed such topical movies or soap operas.
- Parents and teachers never discussed it because for them ‘homophobia’ existed.
Anyways, after watching that Bollywood movie, I metaphorically contemplated ‘lesbian or gay word’ as a new form of substance abuse that one should stay away from. Reason – the lesbian character was depicted as a vamp who tried to rape the straight. Thus, a negative portrayal.
Hence, I could never imagined two boys or girls cuddling each other on a bike or doing any PDA beyond the limit of ‘normal’ as shown in the movie ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan(SMZS)’ until I went Australia in 2016 and attended ‘Mardi Gras’ festival that is celebrated every year to rule out all the discrimination happening with LGBTQ community.
Well, thanks to the advent of digitization due to which millennials and next generations are becoming aware of the existence, history, and normalcy of ‘homosexuality’ even before it was legalized, thanks to Supreme Court of India for decriminalizing the section 377, and then to the filmmakers and writers who are trying to spread the message of removing ‘homophobia’ among the society through their satirical and entertaining art. However, same-sex marriage is still an alienated concept not only in India but in other parts of the world as well.
Now, let’s talk about the story of SMZS –
It is about two boys (Kartik & Aman) who are gay and passionate lovers. Ayushmann as Kartik wants Aman ( Jitendra Kumar)to discuss their relationship with his parents while they attend Aman’s cousin sister’s wedding (Maanvi Gagroo). However, things go unplanned as Aman’s father caught them kissing. Will the lovers ever get a happy DDLJ ending?
Delhi and UP premise had indeed been typical for most of the Ayushmann’s films. But I have been successful in resonating with the allegory, hilarious dialogues customized as per local dialect and presence of perfectly ensembled cast in his movies, being a native of that region.
Coming back to SMZS, here are a few things that I really liked and disliked:
- The story of the film is an amalgamation of family entertainment, humor and a moral lesson that is very much required to please the masses.
- Dialogues are well-written for each character
- The entire cast has performed beautifully. Also, the character of Jitendra has been given more screen time than Ayushmann’s (a popular actor in Bollywood) as per the story’s requirement, which is an irony itself.
- Music is enthralling.
- The montage of this movie isn’t perfect, unlike the previous part of the same franchise. At some points in the second half of the film, the plot stretches like gum. However, the humorous situations keep binding you with the plot.
Overall, it is an entertaining movie, encompassed with family resentments set in the flakes of humor. I wanted to see more of ‘how they met’ scenes, though.
Guys! Keep munching popcorns and enjoy the show……ha ha
Take care 🙂
When the reminiscences evoke,
the pursuit of events that you don’t want to happen,
The stress lines on your head and worry inside the heart are real.
And the imaginary ghost in your subconscious mind also exists in the real world.
You don’t want to ponder, but don’t know how to stop these anxiety rendering thoughts.
You don’t want to face them, but don’t know whom to approach.
Thoughts are making a stack in your brain and can burst it anytime.
Whom to approach? Whom to approach?
Nobody listens to your side of the story.
A wise person honestly said, “never judge a person by age.” You would be wondering why I am saying this. Well, dear readers, hold your curiosity. Here begins my story – a few days back, when I entered my office, I saw an old lady wearing saree sat with a laptop at one of the desks. As I couldn’t imagine that an old lady of around 60-65 years age can work in an office, so I misjudged her thinking that she would be relative of any employee and had come for some work. After five minutes, when I went to the pantry to make green tea, I saw her again standing near the coffee machine. I assumed that she wouldn’t know the usage of a coffee machine, and I went to help her, which she kindly refused saying that she can do it herself. I am not a judgemental person, but it might have happened because I saw something unusual that I had not seen before in my vicinity.
You might be thinking here that what was there to be astounded when there are innumerable examples of women working in various fields irrespective of age like Sudha Murthy and many others about whom we may not know. Agreed! But I am talking here about the startup culture where you see the presence of youths everywhere.
Coming back to the story – from our conversation, I came to know that she owns a startup in cybersecurity sector that was founded after her retirement, and she came to my office for a client meeting. My eyes bulged out. I have always seen people of that generation being risk-averse and not able to do what they want, especially woman, thinking that their age has gone beyond that level. That’s why this lady or Kalpagani Aunty (as I call her now) inspired me a lot. Introduction to this kind of change isn’t ordinary but undoubtedly positive.
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Just a thought about an acid attack incident is horrendous. However, hats off to Lakshmi Agarwal or the protagonist of the Chhapaak movie ‘Malti’ that she didn’t let the perpetrator to cutting her wings. She fought hard, won and set an example. She became the voice of many acid attack victims. She couldn’t do it alone, so kudos to her determined lawyer who fought for her without charging any fee and father’s employer who supported her monetarily for surgeries. Due to these two people, Continue reading “Chhapaak – Not a Movie Review”