On Your Birthday

Sneha,

I tried making a video diary for you. I can’t get it right. Figures that its the only tech-savvy thing I can’t do. Shocking! Anyway, so I’ll use “Words ” to make you know (if you didn’t already) just how awesome I think you are and how I would love to say something to you on your 21st birthday as I can’t be there to smash cake on your face.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAREST SNEHA. 

Time comes, Time goes. But forget time. Life is here. Life is now. Its been 5 years since we’ve known each other and it’s been a roller coaster of a time. Right from when we “hated ” each  other at the same time back in JC to the time now where I can’t get through a week without going through everything I’ve been through and constantly knowing what you’re doing as well. I’ve put a crude sort of photo slideshow to show you our journey in pictures.

Thanks for being there .Always. And these small things are just a way to show how much you mean to me. I just want to meet you in person and say everything I want to say.

Here’s just a few lines.. by Christine McClimans

Your friendship is special
Like the flowers that bloom,
Or when a butterfly emerges
From within its cocoon…

You remind me of that butterfly,
Loving and free,
Bright and colorful,
For the world to see…

We will share sunshine and rainbows;
Sometimes, the rain and the snow;
We’ll stand together through it,
While the cold winds blow…

When the time is right,
We won’t stop to ask “Why?”
Our friendship will take flight
On the wings of a butterfly …

 Love you Always,

Crystal

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Love Letters

Dear You ,
This may come as a surprise to you. After vehemently telling you how I could never do it. How I would never do the long-distance realtionship thing , I’ve gone and done it. I’ve become someone I thought I would never be. A woman utterly in love. And I can’t bear not to tell you so.
I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! There I’ve said it and I want to keep saying it. I don’t know how. I don’t know when. I just know that I think the world of you suddenly and can spend hours just talking to you about anything. Like we do now. I don’t know when I realized that what I feel for you is love. Maybe it was there all along. Maybe it just blossomed. Maybe I’ve realized that “this relationship” is not as futile as I once thought.
You cheer me up when I’m low. You give me hope when I need it the most. You comfort me when I’m breaking apart. I’ve shared everything with you and nothing. And it’s not enough suddenly. This distance is just so unbearable. Am I the only one who feels this way? Am I the only one who can suddenly feel the heat of your gaze, the warmth of your smile ,the clasp of your hand on mine. I sometimes get startling visions of the both of us and the security of a deepened love between us.
But I haven’t told you of this yet. I don’t want to ask you how you feel. I’m afraid . I want to be cocooned in this safe haven of my love for you right now. Maybe I’m misreading everything you’ve done. And even if you don’t work out for me, I’ll never regret loving you. You’ll always be the one who has never Let Me Down.
The signals at times are confusing. Words take on new meanings. I’m afraid to just ask you straight out and masochistically enjoy this game we play. When the time is right, you will know. 
Love Always, 
Me. 

For S.

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The Group

 

So the day has finally drawn near. The day my best friend leaves to begin her new life at Uni in another city. The day when we have to say Goodbye. And it’s just so painful to do so. While on one hand I’m sorry to see her go; On the other hand, I’m so mind fuckingly happy for her for getting into an awesome Uni and doing something I know she will love. And you know what, I can feel that without a doubt ,she will be brilliant at it. Like she is at almost anything.

For the past five years , we have shared the joys and burdens of growing up. From being just train buddies to the most intimate of confidants ,she is just someone I have to tell everything to. Be it a current crush, gossip about classmates, a movie I have seen, dreams, hopes, sadness, pain, love. Every single thing. And she has always been there for me – even when I’ve been practically a shrew of the first order. Well, she finds that funny. so its quite impossible to stay angry at her. 😛 I can’t remember a time where she wasn’t there and I often wondered how she put up with all my eccentricities. And she’s just been a pillar in my life. Not just for me, but for so many of us. And she’s such a strong person. Stronger in spirit than any of us.An independent person with a free will. 😀  Always asking us to live our dreams and trying to take care of us all the time. She’s the best person I know.

And so here’s just me saying all to best to you, S. Explore your creativity. Paint your dreams. Forge your future and live life to the fullest. I know that we will still be the best of friends in spite of the distance. And thank God for Skype. While its not the same, it better than what it would have been 10 years ago. 😛 Its going to be weird not meeting atleast once a week or bumping into each other every day at college. But I guess that’s part of growing up. When things start changing and we have to learn to adapt to them.

As someone rightly said, Experience : that most brutal of teacher. But you learn, by God, you learn. So experience !

Fare thee well, S.

A Most Enlightening Talk

It’s strange how  writing the UPSC ( Civil Service Exams in India)  makes one feel  suddenly interested in all the affairs and goings on in the country. Or at least I was  for that period of time.  I didn’t write the paper for myself, rather I was the scribe for an intelligent , visually challenged M Phil (VCP) student who shocked me out of hitherto complaint and lazy attitude and opinions about Mumbai and Politics.

MUMBAI

DELHI

Now, I would call myself a hard-core Mumbaite. Who wouldn’t be passionate about their city of birth really. And though at times I may complain about the heat and traffic , I am quite in love with the charm of it. So, when a Delhite dares threaten and mock Mumbai, sparks were sure to fly. I admit I have a deep prejudice and indifference to the capital city of Delhi. (Most Mumbaites do as well, surprisingly 😛) A trip to that city 5 years ago sealed the disdain I have for it. And so, I tried explaining why I didn’t like it. How I disliked the food I had eaten, the place I had stayed and quite well childish experienced  reasons. So, I was taken aback at how vehemently VCP answered back. (Well, I was dissing his city.)

He insisted Delhi was better. (Ha, really?) And then talked about the progress Delhi was making. How I would not recognise Delhi if I see it now. And if I go there 2 years hence, it would be even more different.

“Mumbai is good. But nothing can change here. The Maharashtrian leaders and politicians are far too apathetic. It’s indeed a sad case that a state as fine as Maharashtra and a city as great as Mumbai is just not bothered about things as states like Punjab and Haryana move forward. The FDI is making the company open up. And most companies are overlooking Maharashtra for the states of Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana. Did you know Haryana  is the leader producer of automobiles in India or that Gujarat contributes to 22% alone to the industry growth in the country. With places like Noida, Gurgaon , Panipat developing and the infrastructure booming there, who will look at Maharashtra”

(Excuse Me.. All I said , was that I don’t like Delhi and my personal experiences were bad, I don’t really care how nicely that place is developing..) .

“Well, you should. You can’t talk bad about a place just because of your limited experience.. And, when you are discussing, you have to look at all points. Mumbai is the Service Capital in India. And everyone wants their hand in the pie here, but there is no real manufacturing scope. There are a number of new Mumbais coming up. See Indore or Bhopal. Very soon, Mumbai will go in a rut and sort of get stuck.”

(Now, while Mumbai may not have the space as Delhi or “manufacturing ” scope as you call it, it will never be unimportant. There may be developments in new cities, and they may be as developed as Mumbai; but honestly, they won’t be Mumbai. The zeal of the Mumbaikar’; the presence on the sea coast. The fact that it is the SERVICE CAPITAL – all make it the very reasons why it will survive all. I mean, look at Sydney or Manchester or New York – they may not be capital cities – but the very fact that they are port cities or that they are places where services flourish, makes them so important.)

“Hmmm.. Moving on what about Corruption!”

(What about it? It happens everywhere doesn’t it? What does Maharashtra have to do with this now!”)

“Well, if you compare Corruption now to 20 years ago. The corruption then was from the common man to a bureaucrat to get his work done. Now, its collusive. Everyone is involved. So you don’t know who’s accountable at all. If a road has to be built, right from the contractor to the engineer , they will be corruption taking place. And when in 10 years time, due to substandard materials used, everyone will just pass the blame. It’s so important for people to be accountable . And there should be a penalty for every project which lasts for 10 years or so, so that no one can get away with anything. Secondly, e-governance is the key. When the Indian railways went completely computerised, bribes stopped at once. There was no longer scope to pay the ticket collector to get the train berths. In Karnataka, all the records of the land owned by people are on the computer. The growing regionalism in Maharashtra is a huge cause of concern. Nationalism is great. But when you throw chavunism and pig headedness in the mix (like the Shiv Sena) that’s when it goes all wrong. And honestly, the average Maharashtrian is apathetic. They just go with the flow. And that’s sad.”

With that, VCP smiles and we settle for an amicable silence.

You know, I can’t help but agree with his parting sentence. Corruption is rampant and the Lok Pal may help solving some problems. but what we need is a more long-time, practive effort. And as much as I love Mumbai, I agree that we are a lazy lot ; but things shall change. And they will for the better .

I don’t know why I had to write down my long rant here or rather VCP’s. But , it did strike a chord within me. A plea to not be so apathetic and careless about things around me. A plea to take my future seriously and figure out life. I can no longer just float on the waves anymore. I need to find my way back to shore. 

The Victorian Challenge..

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Mid 19th Century lit. to dig into!

In case no one has ever ventured to Creative Musings and has read about the highly ambitious Victorian Challenge, here’s a brief about it right here.

It’s part of the challenge as posted by  Laura’s Reviews. So, here is the challenge in piece,

The Victorian era encompasses everything from 1837 to 1901. And as part of this challenge, I’ll try not to just restrict myself to books, but will try reviewing (as best as I can) movies, period adaptations and the like 😛 And well, my authors so chosen are:

January – The Brontë Sisters
February – Thomas Hardy
March – Lewis Carroll
April – Oscar Wilde
May – Wilkie Collins
June – Anthony Trollope
July – Marie Corelli
August – Elizabeth Gaskell
September – George Eliot
October – Charles Dickens
November – Christina & Dante Rossetti
December – Robert & Elizabeth Browning
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Well, this is the general author list I do want to get through. And I hope to read through some other books as well. Which are not specifically mentioned on the list.

Needless to say, I have done nothing. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And I feel awful about it. Like gut wrenching awful. Because I was looking forward to reading some of my favourite authors. Oh well, nothing wrong. Just going to be a backlog of reading to catch up on and a lot of posting to do.

Well, I better get cracking , shouldn’t I?

The Avengers

So, it’s a Demi-God ;  a super-soldier, a living legend who actually lives up to the legend; a man with breathtaking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins; v/s another Demi-God with the most deadly army the world has ever seen. Who wins? I’m betting its the former. And how can it be otherwise.

The movie starts with all the earth being threatened by Loki who wants to rule it so that he can prove himself once again to his dear Papa. So, he steals this blue cube (Tesseract ) and in return opens a portal for an indestructible army to come through. But just as Loki wins, up come the Avengers, who want to spoil his one-man party. Loki tries everything. He gets them to bicker, threatens a huge ego backlash; but as Agent Phil Coulson and a Old German dude said , ” Its just in Loki’s nature to lose” Poor him.

The first half of the movie is just a warm-up and a shade too long. The second half gets better. With a lot of action scenes and good ol’ fighting and awe-inspiring scenes. Loved the way the action unfolded and how every single Avenger came together to save the Earth. And so, the battle ended. The portal was closed. The Gods skipped back to Asgard (Loki the unwilling, helpless criminal. He’ll be back in Thor 2)

My favourite character!!

However, all I could think about was “Who will pay for the damage caused to Manhattan? How come every peril on earth and super hero is from the US? Doesn’t anything happen elsewhere.. Does that girl have a crush on Captain America now that she has seen his face… Pointless, I know..

Alright I have a confession to make. I dig Loki. Yes, I know he wanted to rule the earth and make us kneel to him and is a ruthless, selfish boor. Just like me to like the unsuitable people. Or maybe I just like Tom Hiddleston. That’s the reason!! My mum even went on to say ” Is that your choice in men? Should I be worried?!!”

The Avengers is a big, hero-studded venture by Joss Whedon who doesn’t disappoint but , on the other hand, doesn’t make me weep in joy at the awesomeness of it all. And I wonder why?! Everyone I know loves the Avengers.  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was hilarious. The Hulk ( Mark Ruffalo) played it cool (literally).  The Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) performed awe-inspiring stunts. Captain America ( Chris Evans) was charmingly  old-school. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was as magnanimous as ever. So, why am I not screaming at the greatness of it all.

Maybe if I was more of a comic book fan, I would have enjoyed it more. Or if I had watched the recent adaptations of the movies (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and the like..)

But, all in all, I would give it 3 Avengers out of 5., (Pick your choice :P)

A Cheery Welcome

Its funny I’m trying to start another blog when I was so inconsistent with the other. But I have a clear goal for this blog. This blog is all about the things I read, watch, listen and love writing about. Creative Musings (now extinct) was my diary of sorts and is something which I hope will be much more private than this is going to be.

That being said, A little on how The Pedestrian” Critic has come into existence . I’ve recently undertaken a most interesting challenge and it just didn’t seem to go with the previous blog. So, as an outlet, this blog has been created. I am not assuring you that its going to be overtly su
perb , with film jargon used (because I don’t know much anyway); rather I would love to touch upon the emotions conveyed in the film/book and how it strikes a chord within me. 

So, I hope you’re ready to enter the wonderful world of the Victorian Era with occasional journeys back and forth to this post-modern era. 

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