Gran Torino.

gran torino

I was unable to see this movie when it was released as I was quite preoccupied with more important matters than watching movies. It was something that stayed with me for quite some time as something to do in the future.

When I was able to get a DVD I was thrilled and I saw it earlier this evening with excellent company, and Nandu, home popped pop corn and soft drinks.

Clint Eastwood did not let me down. The storyline was very believable and the direction taught.  The characters came alive and it was riveting from the start to the finish.  The dialogue, simple and powerful.  The climax scene was worth a great deal for originality as I was expecting heroics. The overall experience was one of total satisfaction and I give it [rating=5].

Fate.

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by The Old Fossil. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!
endless knot
fate
feɪt/
noun
noun: fate; plural noun: Fates; plural noun: the Fates

1.
the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power.
“fate decided his course for him”
verb
past participle: fated; verb: fate; 3rd person present: fates; gerund or present participle: fating

1.
be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way.
“the regime was fated to end badly”
A beautiful word that can be used as a noun as well as a verb. For me, an Indian, a necessary word in day to day conversations. Karma. Karma in turn means so many things depending on context that a separate post will be needed. For the purpose of this post, suffice it to say that I intend focusing on the endless action / reaction chain that is depicted in the endless knot shown at the start of this post.

“Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.”

~ Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

The core aspect in this theory is that all beings come into existence and move on till they reach the stage in evolution when they stop getting born again. Popularly known as Nirvana, Mukti and Liberation.

There are three types of karmas.
1. Sanchita Karmas are accumulated works,
2. Prarabdha Karmas are ripe or fructuous actions, and
3. Kriyamana or Agami Karmas are current works

We use a modern phenomenon to explain this. Sanchita karma is the accumulated balance in one’s bank account. Please note that there is nothing good or bad about this accumulation. It is there collected over many lives. Prarabhda karmas are the ones where one removes some amounts for current expenditure and Agami karmas are what you put back into the balance to add to the Sanchita Karma.

Once one gains knowledge of Brahma, or attains Buddhahood or whatever, his Sanchita karma is completely wiped out but the mind body intellect complex that has already manifested itself as a result of pervious Sanchitas has to undergo the effect part of its own karmic cycles. The consciousness which is Brahma simply witnesses the process. The I stops being the I.

Hari Om Tatsat.

3 Days To Kill.

3 days to kill

Kevin Costner is an actor I never tire of seeing. So, when I saw the ads in the papers that he was the star in this movie, I decided to go and go I did this morning for the most convenient show for me, among all the timings, 9.30 am. My ever ready to go to movies friend joined me and we were just in time to catch it right from the beginning.

This is primarily an action movie. Not the kind of action movie that you would associate with Kevin Costner, but more like say Matt Damon. But Kevin brings all his histrionic skills to the role which show cases his ability to handle mindless action, romance, humour and an amazing performance as a father trying to establish a connection with his teen aged daughter.

All the other roles pale before his but that is to be expected in a film like this but the performance of Hailee Steinfield as the daughter is remarkable as well.

If you like action movies and Kevin Costner, this is a movie worth going to. [rating=4]

John, I have not forgotten, I did combine it with some food! We had a sizzler lunch afterwards.

Books.

ReadingI rarely read fiction and prefer the so called heavier stuff. I however do make exceptions when someone highly recommends a book in the genre and that is what happened recently.

My cousin Damodaran is fortunate in having a commercial lending library close to his home in Vashi and borrows from there regularly. During a recent visit there the librarian recommended John Grisham’s Sychamore Row to him which he like so much that he recommended it to me knowing full well that I do not normally read fiction. I accepted his recommendation and got a kindle copy which I finished reading just yesterday evening. I enjoyed the experience and carried out some research on the author. I discovered an author who I had never read before and a genre that seems quite interesting, using legal matters as background. My research on JG’s other books led me to download the prequel to this book featuring the same lawyer Jake Brigance, which apparently was the first book ever written by JG which was only published after he became a popular writer. I now look forward to reading A Time To Kill.

Another exception that I have made in reading fiction is Jeffrey Archer. I started reading him after I read about his colourful background just to see what he could write about and got hooked. Since his fourth book in the series of Clifton Chronicles, Careful What You Wish For has just been released, I have downloaded that also on to my Kindle and will shortly start reading it.

Early yesterday morning my sister Padmini another avid reader, suggested that I read a new author that she has discovered Anne Mustoe. Padmini further added that since I prefer to read it on Kindle she will reimburse the cost as she believes that the cost will punch a big hole in her nephew’s legacy. I have duly downloaded Lone Traveller: One Woman, Two Wheels and the World on to my kindle. It is priced rather higher than usual but the saving grace is that it is a travelogue and not fiction. I am quite intrigued at the personality of the late author and am looking forward to reading her as well.

So, I shall be rather busier than usual with such a back log of reading besides the earlier backlog of one more book to read loaned to me by Miriam for the next week or so during which, I will also be going off to Thane on a day’s trip to attend a 13th day ceremony in honour of my late cousin who died last week.

I may therefore be a little tardy in blogging if at all, but will most certainly post the LBC post come Friday next.