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May 2017

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Stay alone, stay afloat (Day 1104)

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Truth can look different from different angles at different times under different light. But ultimately truth is Truth.

There are two timetables working at variance. The Cosmic calendar which decides when what should happen to us… Then there’s the personal agenda set by us that demands a hand in fixing the exact time and place of all that is going to happen to us. Bow to the Cosmic calendar and let the shape of things to come unfold for you petal by petal like the divine lotus.

A miracle is that which gladdens the heart fills it with hope and reaffirms our faith in the Amighty.

When you have lovingly nurtured a kernel to a tree does it not carry your imprint forever?

Stay alone, stay afloat. Let your heart and mind harmonise their different strengths to make you a healing machine.

Anything that gives you joy even for a few heartbeats has proved its worth whatever the market price.

(Courtesy: Hay House Publishers India whisperingsfrombeyond@gmail.com)

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Pause at Amber (Day 1103)

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From the flow of words, it is evident that the writer has been through a special experience that has transformed her and led to the outpourings. The opening line of the title reads: When thoughts come unbidden…when emotions are replaced by insight…when you have the power over an all-knowing muse…then it could only be Whisperings From Beyond.

Over the next few days I will be reproducing random excerpts from the book to hook you on the thought and draw your own conclusions:

Life’s speed breakers are not necessarily hurdles, just the Light cautioning us to pause at amber before zooming off on green.

Once we admit to ourselves that we were in the wrong, we will find the courage to tell the same to the other person.

Insight lets us get a peep into Infinity. Develop insight. Cultivate insight. And find out what makes the world go round.

Intolerance is fear that they will make us Them and not let us be Us.

(Courtesy: Hay House Publishers India whisperingsfrombeyond@gmail.com)

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Whisperings from Beyond (Day 1102)

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My friend and author Laksmi Narayan began her career as a journalist with Times of India and went on to become editor of Flair and Eves Weekly. She worked in Dubai and Singapore as a journalist before returning to India again. Her book Bonsai Kitten won her critical acclaim.

Narayan’s new book Whisperings from Beyond is not like any book you have read so far. She offers a succinct thought for each day of the year, calls it a detox exercise, says it as important to clear the cobwebs from our spirit and writes because the mental pilgrimage will help us get closer to the Source.

Narayan confesses that this collection of thoughts has been coming to her on a regular basis from November 2008 says all of us have from time to time been plagued with questions – Who am I? What am I doing here? Where do I go from here?  But do we find the answers, perhaps not until we are destined to.

(To be continued)

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Day 5/ Charging Batteries (Day 1101)

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Knowledge is learning something new every day because in the end what matters is: How well did you love…? How freely did you live…? How deeply did you let go…?

Just in the way we charge batteries of our gadgets, we require charging our personal battery with Love and the next step after that is to activate Love with TEAM:

T as in our Thoughts…E as in our Emotions…A as in our Attitude…M as in our Memories…

There are five important lessons to be learnt and remembered:

Lesson 1: Love yourself because you are unique and so are people who come into your life. Always remember that life is a stage and everybody is here to play a role, so watch the actors without judging them.

Lesson 2: Life is a blessing so live it up to the fullest. Tap your potential to the optimum level and exploit all the hidden, unexpressed talents for better self-expression.

Lesson 3:  Whatever cannot be altered/ expressed/ restored should be deleted from the consciousness, just let go and you will feel calmer.

Lesson 4: There are three magical words to stay happy – Let go…Forgive…Detach… It is only when we are detached from our five senses that we take a right decision.

Lesson 5: Smile to solve the problem and resort to silence to avoid the problem – the choice is always between in either compromising or in understanding. The more you understand, the more people change… and the more you compromise, the more they rebel…

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Day 4/ Two emotions control life (Day 1100)

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Under any circumstances and any situation, we have to make an effort to stay in peace and when we attempt that, the situation will automatically alter by itself.

The biggest sin of human experience is to hurt someone, to cause someone anguish. One should not just be careful of never hurting another person but always make an effort to bring them joy and happiness.

There are just two emotions that control life and they are Love and Fear. We hurt because we fear, so we must rise above our fear and concentrate on Love.

Every morning, we must wake up and love self because only when you love thyself can you give love to others. Those who lack love cannot bring joy to people.

Most of the time, the conflict in our life is just 10 percent but in our anxiety, we add all the negative emotions to it and amplify it to 100 percent.

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Day 3/ 7 Qualities of Soul (Day 1099)

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What is Mind? The mind is thought, expression and imagination. What is Intellect? Intellect is the thought that evaluates deliberation, decision.

What is Wisdom? Wisdom is the connection, the unbiased attitude often described as the inner voice of a person.

What is Sanskara? Sanskara are imprints of human action that influence and affect our lives.

There are seven innate qualities of a soul – knowledge, awareness, peace, purity, love, happiness, will power and bliss.

There are situations and there is a time to address these situations. There are times there is a break in value system, under such circumstances we have to take an initiative and address the cause of failure.

If there is conflict in ideas and attitudes, we have to rise above the crisis with the power of silence. If there is an issue of envy and competition, we have to recognise greed and conquer it with new awareness.

If we are coping with the tension-filled environment, we have to keep up with the good will. If there is insecurity emerging from success, we have to hold on to courage to alter it.

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Day 2/ Who’s a Yogi? (Day 1098)

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How does one become the owner of a healthy mind? How does one change one’s present mindset? Can only the yogis accomplish this? Who is a Yogi?

A Yogi is not one who sits in meditation for sure. Yoga originates from the Sanskrit word Yog and Yog means remembrance, communication, relationship, meeting.

Yog is the opposite of Viyog that is separation while Sahyog is what we do together, in companionship and Sanjog is coincidences.

There are three kinds of Yog: The first is Mental – where we remember people. The second is Physical which is related to Objects and Places and which connects like the wires of the universe. The third is Spiritual Yog where you think of yourself as a soul and connect to the Supreme Being.

Raj Yog is the king of all yogas that enables one to become a ruler of one’s senses that is the mind and the heart. Yog is a relationship and Raj Yog is an ultimate relationship. There are different kinds of Yoga: Sahaj Yoga, Buddhi Yoga, Karam Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Sanyas Yoga.

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Awakening with Bhrama Kumaris (Day 1097)

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I had the privilege of attending a couple of Murlis at the Bhrama Kumari centre, Mumbai in the last few days and reproduce what I captured from the discourse in my own words. If there is any confusions it is in my interpretation.

 Yog explains the skill or the art of listening. Unfortunately, in present times the word Yoga is a highly misused and misinterpreted word associated with physical exercise and meditation.

There are innumerable definitions of life. For some it is struggle, for some, it is a game and for some, going through misery it is a curse. The fact is life is not a baggage – it is not negative emotions or expressions that can be resolved instantly.

Human life is the most precious avatar. It is more precious than a diamond and everyone born in this avatar is privileged. The human body and the mind are connected. There are endless debates whether the body brings unrest to the mind or the mind causes anguish to the body. The truth is: a healthy mind resides inside a healthy body.

(To be continued)

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Movie Review: Hindi Medium

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Film Review: Hindi Medium

Date: 19 May 2017

Director: Saket Chaudhary

Writers: Zeenat Lakhani, Saket Chaudhary 

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal

 Rating: 3.5 stars

 

First thing first, after a long time comes a film where the title, the poster, and the content are in sync. It reminds you of Basu Chatterjee cinema where the message was paramount and the filmmaker unfolded a simple story that touched your heart.

Writer-director Saket Chaudhary has done this successfully in Pyaar Ke Side Effects/ 2006 and later in Shaadi Ke Side Effects/ 2014 but this time he surpasses all expectations as he chronicles the  pathos of Hindi speaking parents Raj/ Irrfan Khan and Mithu/ Saba Qamar struggling to find admission for daughter Piya/ Dishita Sehgal into an English medium school.

The admission is the single focus of their lives and to obtain it the couple is willing to go to any limits which include / long queues/ bribe/donation/ coaching class/ extracurricular activity and even a makeover of the image.

In the first half on the wife’s insistence, the couple shifts out of their ancestral home in Chandni Chowk to the elite Vasnat Vihar and live a branded life where they eat/speak/ dance in English and Mithu becomes Honey but the plan fails miserably.

Post interval, the desperate parents seek to final resort ‘Reservation Quota’ and move into a lowly neighborhood Bharat Nagar striving for daily wages/water and ration. It is in the slums in the company of Deepak Dobrial and family that Raj and Mithu learn lessons of life!

What works is the refreshing screenplay and novel characters. The hero is a flourishing businessman who sells original copies of acclaimed designers; his wife is a wannabe. Director Chaudhary with writer Zeenat Lakhani serves you an engaging narrative, packed with emotions and laced with delicious details right up to the ring tone of your hero.

Adding spice is Amitosh Nagpal’s dialogues and super timing of the actors and Sachin-Jigar’s music.

Irrfan Khan is adorable when entertaining his client at the shop, entertaining when addressing a call from wife as Mata ka bulawa and admirable as his indulgence alters to exasperation. As his dramatic/ambitious wife Saba Qamar is extraordinary but the one who breaks your heart and moves you to tears is the ever dependable Deepak Dobrrial!

So is there nothing wrong with the film, of course there is, the first half is stretched and the second half is predictable, particularly the long speech in the climax but the merits and the message outnumber the flaws. After a long time comes a film that is wholesome entertainment and addresses a conscience in crisis…!

A must watch for all parents/ teachers/ students so that we stop discriminating people by language.

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Movie Review: Half Girl friend or Half audience?

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Film Review: Half Girlfriend

Date: 19 May 2017

Director: Mohit Suri

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor

Rating: 1.5 stars

 Madhav Jha/Arjun Kapoor has a problem communicating in English and convinces the faculty interviewing him for a college admission in Delhi to allow him to express in Hindi, they do and Arjun explains that that he wants to study sociology because he wants to change his village and India.

In the next scene, he is on the basketball ground trying to make friends with Riya Somani/Shraddha Kapoor.

The love story moves from the playground to canteen/ night outs and film shows and while he often tells Riya about his discomfort in English, we never see him encounter any problems during classroom/exams perhaps because it is not important to the plot.

Over to the hero and heroine, Riya thinks of Madhav as a buddy but Madhav thinks of Riya as a beloved and to avoid further misunderstandings, Riya has a solution: She tells Madhav that he can think of her as his Half Girlfriend whatever that means!

The biggest problem with the film is that it cannot determine whose story it is.

Is this the story of Madhav and Riya, then why complicate it with subplots of their parents? Is it is the story of Hindi v/s English or the small town/v/s big city divide, then why distract it with other issues like domestic violence/divorce/ girl child and yes even shauchalay??

The story travels from Delhi to Patna and Varanasi to New York and in every city there are two new songs, never mind that we don’t remember the city or the lyrics. Despite good compositions, good locations, successful stars and best efforts from all, the film make no impact!

Half Girlfriend is half baked, illogical and unconvincing…

Some years ago writer Chetan Bhagat wrote a book called Five Point, It is now time to address the same points to him:

Point 1: What is a Half Girlfriend and is it logical to define any relationship within boundaries? Point 2: Is a subject like this relevant in present times when youngsters are more buddies than lovers?

Point3: So what if a girl visits a boy’s Hostel and takes a nap in his room? Is it as dramatic as made out to be in your film? Does anybody in reality really care what happens with whom?

Point 4: Why is Riya judged as an escapist when she is the only character in the story who consciously concludes every relationship before terminating it?

Point 5: Is this really a love story because it seems more like Hide n Seek plot combined with Tracking Signs!

I rate Half Girl Friend with 1.5 stars and leave it to you if you wish to be the Half Audience of this film!

 

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