Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blended in Love

All the Characters, Incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters in living or dead is pure coincidence. Readers please try to imagine the situation with your own pleasing colors and visuals.. it would sound interesting.

Venice, 10th September, 2009
Arvind and Malini just landed at Venice. They were so much excited and enthralled to meet their daughter in law about whom they've only read in the mails and seen in photos. It has been three years since Vinay got married to her. They never thought that they'd be this eager to meet her and travel down to Europe to meet her. They never thought that they'd be able to accept her in to their family. Malini could just visualize those moments which she used to read in Vinay's mail.

New Delhi, 8th July, 2006
That house always smells happy, the reason being the people's charmness. Arvind, Malini and their daughter were having a fantastic phase of life. 19.30 hours always made the phone ring when they chit chat with Vinay. This was one another such day. Malini was speechless after the conversation. Arvind couldn't accept the fact that his son married that very day. Everything was fine till now but suddenly a love marriage and that too with a girl of different caste and region. Unacceptable!. Malini and Arvind could say nothing but to tell their son not to turn back to them.

Venice, 6th June, 2006
Floating in a boat in the floating city is bliss. Vinay who've just arrived there couldn't resist riding in the boat in the entire evening. He would have thought to extend the ride to late evening to have a view of the full moon that night. Being a music student one can't ask for a better situation to think of than this. When the moon starting to shine its silver rays on the sea, the golden sun shivered its glaze on the water. Up in the air comes a soothing violin sound which enriched the situation further. He turned towards the place where the sound came from and all her could observe is another boat which had a beautiful girl dressed in a lavender color suit tuning the violin as the moon grows up!. Being a music student himself he overwrought "Yaman Kalyani" with a very loud voice towards her. She just stared at him strangely towards him and moved on!. The great girl mentality- he thinks when she stares like that. That night when he reaches back and analyzes the raaga he realizes it was Bhairavi and not Yaman. As it was the evening time he was quickly drawn towards Yaman he shouted.
The next day when he goes to meet his Professor under whom he is supposed to learn music he gets to see her. She gets introduced to him by the Professor as his disciple. He apologizes to her for misunderstanding Bhairavi to Yaman. She laughs and shares that she had this in mind the last night about him - The great guy mentality. It's all in a matter of a few minutes they get to know each other. Music being their common interest there are a lot to share among them. She lives alone as her parents pass away and she possesses her passion! - music. She is simple and that is so special in her. She finds a wonderful person within Vinay vice versa. The endless boat ride on the canals of Venice would now celebrate this wonderful pair's chemistry!.
The next full moon night had brought them so close where they had nothing hidden from each other. She plays "Mohanam" a raaga used to express love!. He could read it in her eyes and so did she!. No words spoken. With silence creeping up and the breeze blowing they both could hear only "Mohanam" even when the violin was on the side.
"It's a girl thing and you understand it Vinay"...
"Sure let’s get married tomorrow"... replied he.
The next day Venice saw one of the beautiful marriages ever happened in the earth. There was only bride and the groom in the ceremony and it happend!.

New Delhi, 8th July, 2006
Vinay tries to convince his parents but they just were not ready to hear anything. All he wanted was their blessings but they cursed her!. It was his father who was so upset and blamed her for changing Vinay's mind!. That was the end.

Venice, 10th September, 2009
Arvind and Malini were received by Siddharth, Vinay's friend at the airport. He was surprised to see them to see Vinay's wife. Malini starts to tell him the mails Vinay used to send to them day to day about their life since they stopped talking to him. He sends them a picture a day with a detailed write up of their day to day activity. Arvind says after reading those he feels like he is in his late 20's. There is so much of love on their day to day life and Malini exclaims that she now wonders the entire Venice now floats on love and not on water. Siddharth is just awestruck!.... he has no words and remains speechless. After a moment of silence Arvind confesses that he shouldn't have cursed her. Also just to apologize to this they were not making a surprise visit. [The day to day mails are a part of the original screenplay and not available in this synopsis :P].

It was a 2 bedroom Villa which was named after her situated in a peaceful lane of Venice. Arvind and Malini enter home. Speechless Vinay on seeing them here gave a warm hug to receive them in. Filled with eagerness in their eyes, then get in to the drawing room to find a huge wall with a painting of their beautiful daughter in law. The rest of the three walls were painted with light lavender color and had one photo frame each of both being together. They could hear the sound of violin which was melting through the air.

Siddharth and Vinay were standing outside and after a couple of minutes Arvind and Malini after searching and not finding her came out which a question on their expressions to Vinay. Siddharth with tears in his eyes could say them that "She is no more!". It all happened in an accident she met the same day of her marriage.

Vinay just stops him and intervenes to his parents saying.... no more?... no I wouldn't agree... "She is no more for all of you!.. She is Much more for me!".. didn't you read my life with her all these days through my mails?.. I am still living with her and would live long with her!. She is blended in me and my music!.... I am blended in her love!.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Show love when needed

Disclaimer: This article is not to hurt anyone who is in to teaching children. It’s purely the author’s view to express his thoughts on the same.

With that disclaimer, I think this article could trigger a controversy and hence lead to a discussion there after. I would appreciate if that happens because I always feel discussions are healthier means of taking / moving things forward. As we all know major of the AID NCR volunteers are in to teaching children in some or the other projects. Excellent thing to do as a volunteer and I admire those who are able to do so because I myself understood that teaching the children at projects are one of the most difficult jobs to do in the earth.

These volunteers deserve a millions of pat on their back for taking up that task. However I’m quite taken aback with my recent observations at a few of the classes which I have attended in the projects [specifically at Prayas, where I visit often]. Most of the volunteers who teach there / interact with the children use a higher tone to control the children in the class. They warn them, scold them and for a matter of punishing them event send them back from the class. I agree that children are prone to commit mistakes and are even mischievous but the kind of treatment which should have been from the volunteers must in turn be more of love and affection.
People can suddenly throw a question on me saying that you never thought in a class and how come you can question us / suggest us to do this and that. I have never thought and also whenever I used to teach I have always made it a point that I take care that the child is not felt humiliated [may be a wrong word] in front of others. I can imagine what they would feel if they are suddenly scolded / sent away from the class in front of others. We all have experienced such situations in our schools and that’s why we all hate [if not all most of us] our schooling system. These were some of our discussion topics earlier as well but somehow we all are busy in our lives and don’t have time to discuss these days.
One can argue then what should I do if a child disturbs my class, should I appreciate that by showing more affection to him / her. Obviously “Yes”. A classic example I could quote is Anuj wrote a long time back about a child who used to disturb the class at Aashayein and how he made him co-operate with the class. How many of us who are teaching children try to learn about child psychology. Not essentially all and we don’t feel like we should know all that. It’s just that we want to teach them to grow and they get good marks in their school.
Please consider this a sincere request from me to re-consider the way the children are treated in the class. I admire every one of you for the way you guys spend time for the enlistment of the project and people associated with that. Only request is that we can do it in a better way. I know people of Prayas well so I wasn’t hesitant to quote them in the example :P… however my disclaimer is applicable for volunteers of all the projects :D.
One more simple suggestion I could make at this point is that people working with children should put in an effort to learn about child psychology. There are many books written by John Holt and others who have put in a lot of efforts to understand children. The pick of them are Children Fail and How Children Learn. I have a copy of these books and I shall be happy to share if any one wants to read them. Escape from Childhood is another must read for not only volunteers or people who are into teaching but for anyone who would be a parent. These are some nice concepts which would help to bring up our children in a really better manner. The other one shown here is also an interesting read :).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Come and get soaked in Romance

As soon as the title card starts to float in the water, you get carried away to set yourself float in the air. There are so many girls in the world…Why in the Earth did I fall in love with Jessie?... confesses the protagonist Karthik in the very first frame at Jessie’s marriage. From there are you are showered with romance for the next 150 minutes. It’s pure and pure romance at its best.
I sincerely admire the director who crafts almost all his films by narration. You are hearing to someone’s story with visuals in it. The colors are pleasing and appealing so that you get lost in the frame and watch it as if it’s happening around you. It’s almost more than seven decades that Indian screen is seeing Love and Romance. More than a million films would have spoken it through different virtues. Still a story of two hearts and minds hold its very own value because of the rhythm notched to it. It’s just about hitting the right string in the right spot at right time to bring out the touching magical music. Karthik falls for Jessie at the first sight [Why would not he]. His perception of love doesn’t come after fixing something in mind... It would one day come and hit you and turn your world upside down and that happens when he see Jessie.
A couple of more glimpses and consequences make him come closer to her being a tenant in her house. One fine day he finds her in his home and there begins the first conversation. She is a year older to him and has an ultimately different way of up bringing from what he has been. He aspires to become a film maker and she has so far seen 5 movies in her entire span of life that too without her fathers knowledge. Another day he suddenly confess in front of her that he’s in love with her in all of a sudden. She leaves him blank!. The conversations are apt at places with not more than a line each. The other thing which takes you in is the presence of the lead pair on screen. You find them everywhere. She leaves to Allepey and he follows her. He searches for her all around and find her in a church on a Sunday noon. He apologies for his confession of love and she agrees [with a disappointment if you notice carefully]. They decide to be friends and continue with that. The consequences that follow are simply poetic. She replies [Unnoda paarvayala avanga ennai parkalayo ennavo] “May be they haven’t looked me through your eye” when he asks her that there might have been a lot of guys who would have proposed her. Ah!.. This is class with a smooth background score.
The dilemma of Jessie to chose if she want or don’t is so very clear to both. Generally in love stories you find the hero trying to impress the heroin and vice versa. Here right from the place where he confesses his love to her, they both know what they want and you find no scene where both try to impress each other. They both are what they are and simply do what they do. She informally intimate that she likes it but she doesn’t need it. She feels that there is Love but it is not. At a point you feel like Slapping Jessie on face and ask what the hell you need. She agrees later in a part where she doesn’t know what she wants and that’s the problem at all.
There are so much of expressions in body language, silence and conversations through eyes between the pair which in a conversation you are told about the Chemistry between them. Both the character stands as a painting in front of you. Even after her family comes to know about the issue they handle it practically and sensibly. There is humor sprinkled all across the film which keeps you light in the air. Generally in movies we are shown that the girl is either locked in a room or her father beats her etc., etc., Tamil cinema has grown up and thanks to people like Gautam. Finally she stand up to her love and break out during the day of her marriage [that is the time when our Karthik gets to know she’s in love madly as he is]. The scene post interval where both meet up the night is just a virtual poetry. You just can’t stop admiring the conversation when she breaks for him. You simply nod to these lines when she says “Karthik, you are one awesome guy” and he replies “You are one awesome woman Jessie”. They are made for each other. The romance is simple and that’s why it’s so sweet. To express romance you might not need pages of dialogues... It’s just the body language which is more than enough and when you have A. R. Rahman to score the back ground what else one need. However here comes a song and I don’t find words to praise Thamarai. The language Tamil must owe a lot to her. From where the earth does she digs such words from the language which everyone uses in day to day life but realizing its impact.
The most interesting part is the place where the movie ends where Kathik and Jessie come together and you feel happy!.. Karthik the director of the film ends it there. It’s simply narrated that this happens in a movie and not in the real life when Jessie walks away asking Karthik [naan enna avlo nallavala Karthik?] “Am I such a good girl, Karthik?”. You too feel that the end of Karthik’s movie should have been the end to this story as well.
I couldn’t remember any other Tamil movie [for the fact even Hindi movie] in recent times which has so much of romance in it and made an impact on me. All I could remember is Kadhalukku Mariyaadai [Respect for Love] which came a decade ago. Gautam has crafted a masterpiece. It’s another virtual poem of him!. Hats off!....
I am sure that I would watch this many more times.... come and get soaked in romance!....