Sunday, August 09, 2015

Day 98: For the love of teddy !

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As I was shopping for my groceries today, I saw a little girl, probably between 4 and 6 years of age walking with her teddy bear. She looked adorable and so did the teddy bear. It was off-white and was very cute and it looked cuter in her hands. In fact, I tried looking around for that kind of teddy bear in the store :). It also led to me think about how we (adults and kids) we love stuffed animals. Yeah, some are really attached to theirs that they want to collect it and a few others just like it and probably don't collect it. I confess that I do have a few in my collection. So, why do people love it even after they grow up. If we pause and reflect, we can see how human beings attach meanings to products (and goods). Each product means different things to different people. They are symbolic and have special meanings to people. People buy them not just for their functionality of the product but also the symbolic meanings they associate to it. Stuffed animals are also like that. The sense of feeling a 'cuteness' to that wild animal toy is very symbolic to sometimes, security, nostalgia, a sense of belongingness and what not! The fact that we love to cuddle a grizzly bear or the ferocious tiger and lion, or the giant gorillas when in reality, we will probably never dare to ever get near these wild beings indicate how we associate a different meaning to such objects. Every culture has its specific stuffed animal, sometimes very soft and cuddly, sometimes made of wicker, or sometimes the rag dolls. It does not matter what kind of stuffed animals people own, it is all about the unique stories they can tell you and the different ways they can make you smile.  Share your love (or not so much) for stuffed animals! 

Friday, August 07, 2015

Day 96: Amy Schumer quotes

"The moments that make life worth living are when things are at their worst and you find a way to laugh."

- Amy Schumer

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Day 95: Pursuit of Happiness

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Each one of us are on our pursuit of happiness. Happiness is very subjective. What makes us happy evolves with time and place and where or whom we are with. We can say, "No, my pursuit is to know who I am or the true meaning of life." Well, we 'follow' that because that is what will make us happy and complete. For others it could be even the simplest things like being with their loved one and eating a plate of their favorite food. As simple as that. The studies or research on happiness and materialistic possessions have always shown how that varies with people. It all goes back to where or what level we have evolved both mentally and spiritually. This probably has nothing to do with the physical age. Our experiences shape our personalities and this will lead our way to  that 'definition of happiness'. So, what is your pursuit of happiness? 

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Day 93: Lost


Courtesy: © Meena Arvind

You see me and think, 
I'm all pretty and blessed
in hues of blue and green. 

But do you know, 
I'm lost and I sit around
wondering if there is any place
I can be without these meshed wires around. 
                                                                      ~Meena Arvind~

Monday, August 03, 2015

Day 92: The Shawshank Redemption

 "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
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One movie that has always retained its first place position among Top #250 movies list provided by IMDb is 'The Shawshank Redemption'. This is also my favorite movie ! Of course, there are many many more movies that are wonderful and inspiring (it is hard to name them here). But this one was very good as this was the story of a bad system, how these kept the prisoners within the vicious cycle, institutionalization, story of hope and injustice.It is a movie that paints hope. I must have watched this movie so many times that I can hear the narration of Morgan Freeman in my head as my mind's eye moves the various scenes from the movie. If you are a film lover and one who appreciates beautiful cinema, this is one that you must not miss. After over 20 years since its release, this movie continues to entice us with a brilliant story and screenplay. What makes it special? As a person who has watched this many many times, I feel this movie managed to win the hearts of people because of its story telling style. This is a story of great friendship, contrasting personalities, justice, hope, and even the larger aspect of life. It is not the usual prison story of escape. It is a story of liberation and escape from the 'ties' of human bondage. Here bondage does not mean the prison or actual slavery. Here, it is the bondage from within. The context was very deep (I'm not sure if that is what the director intended to convey but I got that from the movie). The climax that showed 'Red', Morgan Freeman's character take that bus to meet 'Andy', Tim Robbin's character was the most liberating scene and whenever I drive through the long roads, I think of that very scene (not always, at times). The joy when the inmates drank beer after their hard labor, the Italian opera singers and the librarian and the library, Andy teaching the new prisoner and helping him get through his exams, the little joys of saving tiny things, all this still remain so fresh in one's mind.

This movie is based on Stephen King's short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" from the novel "Different Seasons." This was directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Walking Dead and many others). This movie did not fare well at the box office in terms of money but it did win critics praises and awards and even nominated for Academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The casting, the setting, the music (Thomas Newman) and everything about this movie is special. However, all this makes me wonder why was there a tepid response from the audience ? Probably, Forrest Gump took the attention away from this ! We never know. Of course, I also agree that word-of-mouth is a powerful tool. So, even if this movie deserves a top position, the reason for its #1 position is because of a strong word-of-mouth ! Well, whatever has happened, this movie has never stopped to inspire me and weave the magic of hope, everytime I need one.

To quote Red,

"I find I'm so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. "