Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lascivious Clouds !

Lascivious Clouds

On a dark night, the moon strayed into a starry space, as she made her way through the lascivious clouds. Those clouds kept throwing themselves on her, but she kept going. She knew her only way out would be daylight. She wished for the sun to rise early today so that she could rest a while before her next night’s venture. She knew she had lost a part of her existence today and tomorrow she would get smaller. But, it would all get over in a few nights and she would just disappear into the starry night. A new moon would appear after her and she would meet the same fate as hers.

“Am I like that moon, dear?” she asked him as she kept staring at the bright moon on that starry night. She wondered what the moon would be going through with so many clouds, all of them pounding on it. She had a strange sense of identifying herself with that helpless moon.

“Of course darling, you are more gorgeous than that moon” he whispered in her ears as he caressed his hands on her hair to brush it aside. He could now see her wide eyes and an image of himself in them. The corners of her eyes also had an image of the moon and those ruthless clouds hovering on the brilliantly luminous moon.

“You’re just saying that to finish and get out of here early. And moreover, I don’t want to be as gorgeous as the moon. Something that beautiful can be of any use only at nights, like me” she blurted out, but mildly as she turned away from him on the bed.

“What are you saying..?”

“I think I am like that moon”

“Yes you are, my dear” he said without knowing what she was going at.

“You don’t understand. I am trapped. I am used only at nights. Is it because I am that beautiful? I want to have a life with you in broad daylight, just the way your wife does”

“You’re going mad” he yelled and got out of the bed to get dressed, ready to leave.

As he walked out of the door, she continued staring at the gangs of lascivious clouds which ravaged on the moon, but that helpless moon kept moving.

Days passed and she kept asking every person she met if they can treat her like the “sun” in their lives and not as a “moon”. Not surprisingly, she got nothing more than violent slaps, doors being shut on her face, strangled hands and slimy spits on her helpless eyes. Until, him.

He heard every word what she had to say. He made promises. He made her smile. He made her start liking her life again. He made her like the moon again. He made her like the clouds again. He convinced her that those clouds were not hurting the moon, but romancing the moon in those starry nights.

It was a night of new moon. Clouds kept wandering, searching for their luminous dear moon. Not many stars were gleaming that night. He entered the room to find it deserted. Drapes from the windows flew vehemently. He longed for that luminous smile behind those flowing darkness.

On that fateful new moon night, the moon  from this room also had somehow disappeared, forever.

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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of The Unicorn – Review: Whoaaaaaaaa!!!

The Adventures of Tintin - Secret of the Unicorn

It all starts with the very first frame and keeps you at the edge of the seat till the very end. The only time you get to take a gasp of breath and relax is when the movie credits roll.  This is probably the best animation that you have seen off late! The sheer imagination that Stephen Spielberg has managed to wrap within an already established theme is definitely worth a standing ovation.

For those who expect a lot of subtle moments and soulful conversations, well, this movie might not be for you. But I would really suggest them to leave their adulthood behind and venture into this adventure ride. I bet you wont be disappointed.

You probably know that it’s an animation movie and might be hesitant about the realms of the journey, but when you enter this creation by Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson, you will experience an entirely different style of animation, which is more real than the real..!

The most pivotal aspect of a movie’s grip is its screenplay. Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have managed to come up with a screenplay that can get your heart pumped up like on a roller coaster ride. John Williams’ score is anyway top-notch just like any Spielberg / Peter Jackson movie.

If there’s someone who deserves a major portion of the applaud apart from Spielberg and Jackson, then its the deliciously crispy editing by Michael Kahn. The same guy who excelled in Spielberg movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.

The most lovable character in the movie for me was Haddick played by Andi Serkis. Remember Gollum in Lord of the Rings? If yes then you should probably thank Serkis for that as well.

Tintin and Snowy are anyway a treat. Sakharin played by Daniel Craig is mysteriously evil as intended in the script. Thompson and Thompson are the two cherries on top!

All in all, a movie worth more than just one viewing. And yes, did I mention about the awesome 3D? One of the rare movies where 3D is just a factor and an avoidable character like loads of other scum coming our way. This has some awesome frames designed to enthrall you just in 3D, but if you’re watching it in 2D even then you are surely gonna enjoy anyway.

I am a nobody to rate a movie made with such passion and fun. 107 minutes is much too less for a movie as enjoyable as this! Go for it.

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Dr. Bhupen Hazarika – A Legend!

A Legend

There are very few voices which emerge from the beats of the heart!!! The thump that it leaves when it stops beating forever is what I just experienced when I heard today that Dr. Bhupen Hazarika has, in fact become a legend and completed his journey as a mortal!

When the songs of Rudaali played in Rangoli on Doordarshan, I loved it for its sheer tune! My father was the one to let me know about Bhupen Hazarika, the Singer. I was left with no option but to watch him sing at the musical concerts that played in Doordarshan at the National Musical Congregation which was telecast live. My father, being his ardent fan, never let me change the channel(although there was just one more channel to see back then…! DD and DD Metro). Those were the times when I was forced to listen to his music, but then, when I look back, I was glad I lived at the times when I could watch him perform live.

Being an Assamese folk singer, he never restricted himself to any particular genre of music. His genre varied from films to pop, from folk to classical and even English songs. The sheer brilliance of his baritone voice made the words that were expressed in his music, gems.

I do confess that I was not an ardent fan as my dad, but having heard his “Dil hoom hoom karein…” or “Ganga behti ho kyun…“, I was aware of the kind of Legend he is, rather he was.

Very few voices can cross the barriers of generations with their music. Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s was definitely one of them.

An irreplaceable loss to the world of Music and Art.

“… ek boond kabhi paani ki… morey akhiyon se barsaayein…

dil hoom hoom karein… ghabrayein…”

Photograph credit: The Hindu.

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