Random…

I don’t make it a point to comment about movies extensively. Neither am I going to do this for this post. But I just want to say something here. Please go watch Neninthe telugu movie on youtube, which comes with subtitles in english.
It is a movie about cinema. It actually made me re-think my pre-conceived notions I had on cinema. A good movie overall.
On the side note, I can’t wait to go to my new house!! 🙂 Sigh…

एहसास

इतने पास फिर भी इतनी दूर 
इतना स्पष्ट फिर भी इतना कलंक 
कैसे बताऊँ मैं
इस एहसास का मतलब?
ऐसा चमत्कार मेरे ज़िन्दगी में आया 
मेरे मन का अँधेरा को साफ़ किया
अरे मोरा कान्हा!
सिर्फ आप है इसके कारण!

हे गोविंदा!
हे कृष्णा!
हे केशवा!
आपकी आशीर्वाद सदैव हम सब पर रहे!


Heer Ranjha

The song Ranjha Ranjha has really fascinated me. I was wondering what the name ‘Ranjha’ meant and did a small google search. I also found its roots in a Punjabi classical song. Just listen to this:
The first two lines are the same from the song in Raavan. Fascinating isn’t it? Also the story of Heer and Ranjha is a famous one in Punjab! Once again, it is a famous love story just like all the Romeo-Juliet, Laila-Majnu kinda stories we have heard so far:

Heer was an extremely beautiful woman born in a wealthy family “Sayyal”. Ranjha (Teedo) was the youngest of four brothers, after a confrontation with his brothers, Ranjha left home and travels around and comes to Heer’s village, where he found his love, Heer, who offered him a job to take care of there cattle. Having met Ranjha, Heer became mesmerised by the way Ranjha played the flute (Wanjli) and eventually fell in love with him. They would meet each other secrectly for many years until they were caught by her jealous uncle “Kaido” and parents (Chuchak & Malki). Heer was forced to married to another man “Saida Khera”, with the full permission of “Mullah” (priest), who was well-payed by Kaido.

Ranjha was left broken hearted and left to walk the quiet villages on his own until eventually met a Jogi (devoted beleiver in God). Having entering Gorak’s Tilla (Shrine) Ranjha could only see his departed lover and being emotionally scared he voluntarally became a Jogi. Reciting the name of the Lord “Allakh Naranjjan” on his travels around the Punjab he found the village, where he was reunited with Heer. They escaped (also with Saida Khera’s sister “Sehti”, who was in love with “Murad Baluch” – an another famous love story of Punjabi Culture) but was caught by Maharajah’s police. Maharajah punished him to jail but same night whole city was in flames. Maharajah freed Ranjha and permitted him to marry with Heer.

They came back to Heer’s Village, where Heer’s parents agreed to their marriage. On the wedding day, Heer’s jealous uncle, “Kaido” poisoned her so the wedding wouldn’t take place. Having heard the news Ranjha rushed to aid Heer but was too late as she died. Ranjha becoming broken hearted once again and died on her grave.” 

The song is amazing and it does not bore you no matter how many times you listen to it! 


Talking to myself

I’ve tried imagining a world without all those man-made things. I realized simply how many things man has made up! That is a lot of things you know! Just imagine… Whatever is left behind that is not man-made would be the Earth with its trees, plants, and all other living organisms, and finally the humans who are just part of the ‘other living organisms’. What is it that separates the humans from the rest of the things that are not man-made are those that are man-made; meaning the things that came out of man; out of his mind. And if you further reduce the entire universe into its basic constituents, you end up with the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space; from the gross to the subtle.
Yet we take so much effort to beautify our lives, which if you think in comparison to the grander scheme of events, is utterly insignificant. We make so much fuss about all the problems in life, which will seem silly if you just make a small comparison with that problem and the wider scheme of things. This kinda reminder would always serve its purpose in case our ego gets inflated and blinds our discriminative capacity. Instead of getting too entangled into the problems in life, just think of where you stand with reference to the universe, then your problems become insignificant. The ‘heck care’ attitude is the best!
But that doesn’t mean that you disregard your ‘to-be-done’ duties. Life should be lived according to your wishes but if certain things are to be done then then they have to be done! Just go on with your life, enjoy it, and then later forget it. Probably that is why we end up with Alzheimer’s in old age…
(This blog post is for myself. Me talking to me. I didn’t mean it for anyone else.)

The making of a graduate

Life seems to be free and open from where I stand now. I have completed my university education and I’m not thinking of what to do in life next. Of course, I have to go and find a job and start working. I will do just that. But I’ve come to realize that research is not something that I would want to do for the rest of my life. I have other interests to pursue. With God’s blessings, I hope I will be able to achieve what I set out for. 

I wouldn’t say that the struggle for life begins now that I have graduated. Instead, I see my whole life ahead of me, inviting me with open hands, for me to go and achieve whatever I want to! I feel that I have been empowered to seek whatever I want in life and achieve it. Was it the university education, or my friends, or the books I read, I don’t know. But I feel like I’ve grown so much and yet still not grown fully. There is lots more in life to learn, I realize!

Neither am I scared of my future prospects. Whatever it is, I will have to face it. All I have to do is never to loose sight of my individuality. Easier said than done… Sigh. 

Wish me luck!

That I am

I am not a daughter.
I have never been one.

I am not a woman.
I have never been one.

I am not a human.
I have never been one.

I am not my thoughts
I am not my feelings
I am not my memories
Neither am I my mind

I am not my values
I am not my opinions
I am not morality personified
Neither of these I am.

Who, then, am I?

I am birthless.
I am immortal.
I am infinity.
That I am.

I am existence.
I am consciousness.
I am bliss.
That I am.