Through the Sands of Time

Every now and then, what has come between my heart and my mind has been a few great judgments. Some people, both men and women have the notion that men can do whatever they want and they are not judged. But it is a third-rate judgment in itself. We are all chosen to do what the society tells us to. There is nothing that I hate more than the generalization, and it is a disgusting attack on a person’s individuality – this statement itself is a judgment.

I have been a Literature student, and have read something from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains“. It is not in my power to say who is in chains of stainless steel and who is in the chain of rusting iron, because the situation is not the same everywhere. But one thing I am sure about is that I have been judged throughout my life, and I have seen the same as a perfect example of why the bloody judgment about being judged is not limited to a gender.

Every thought about Aluva takes you back the River Periyar for no reason :D

In a grand universe in which the man is so minute, society makes a mockery of him.

This calls for a flashback, and the sands of time has been reset to that period when I was going to do my thesis for MA English. I have already written about the seasons of judgment when I decided to halt my BCA and also when I started pursuing English Literature. Here is another one, as the season of judgment has been something like an eternal, hot summer. The strength of the same has never ceased to amaze me.

I have a pretty good list of judges, and there was one who came home and asked me about the thesis I was doing. It was his right to ask about the same because he hadn’t read English or any literature for such a long time. I told him that I was doing something on vampire and related culture based on a number of Gothic horror works which featured vampires, and was using some traditional beliefs to support the same.

And everything finishes with the silver lining of the great vampire thesis.

Despite not scoring the top marks, this thesis is a bonus to my individuality.

Actually, there was absolutely no need to explain it in detail, and things got kind of worse. The doubt was like why would somebody do a thesis on vampires which are like the demons which are evil? I was surprised that there were too many people asking the same question after that. I had the extreme privilege of being not the good person that I was supposed to be, and that came out of nowhere.

With all my lecturers at college providing full support, didn’t I have the right to do thesis on whatever topic I wanted? How is it that a part of my studies determine if I was good or evil? I have had the free advice to change the topic and do something on Bard of Avon or my namesake who had enough works for a big project, and that was normal. May be if the focus was at least not on the blood-sucking, it was still better.

But I had enough of this nonsense, and I had changed too many things in my life for others. So, I decided to stay judged for this one; I had to be judged for working with blood-suckers rather than a huge tree which stood alone in the middle of a beautiful meadow or a lovely maiden who waited for her lover, and there was always the dumb fiction. The mind still said that this one won’t fetch me a high score as it was about “the vampire”, but heart told me to go on.

I didn’t score that high in the end, and the right decision was indeed to change this topic which the normal people never liked. But I didn’t want the right decision, because I wanted to be judged for making the choice. This judgment was to be my personal bliss. I finally got that, and was never happier, because I was extremely good at what I did, and despite some people not liking it, I enjoyed every bit of reading about the vampires. This is where I followed my heart, and I had chosen not to score high marks, because I study to know; I do this with all my heart to read more and more – this was a true dil ki deal! I felt good, and I felt like a vampire who inherited a lovely castle from Count Dracula.

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***The two photos used in this blog post were taken on my Sony Cybershot DSC-W310 camera.

TeNy

Of Fans and Cinema

We have always known that celebrities have blind fans, and some of them are a long way ahead in the level of stupidity. We have had our own ridiculous cricket fans, and there are those fans of the movie stars who take things to the next level. These days, we can see the bad and the more terrible fans as they are everywhere. It is hard to even recognize a good fan – it is a rare thing.

I have been watching less Malayalam movies these days. It has never been the plan, and there was never such an idea to avoid them. But the tendency to watch these movies are becoming so less. Some people say that the piracy is the reason for people not coming to the theatres to watch Malayalam movies, but the truth is that, it is the fans – they are the ones who are responsible for the decrease in the number of viewers in the theatres.

The multiplexes in the malls are better choices, but for how long?

The multiplexes in the malls are better choices, but can you guess for how long?

These fans make life miserable for others who try to watch the movie in peace. The only thing which they can do is to keep yelling, clapping and howling depending on whose movie it is, and to which celebrity do they have that feeling of worship. It is a terrible feeling to be there at the local theatres, and even in multiplexes, they often try to create a pathetic situation. Yes, they do that when they are not abusing people who don’t like the movies of their favourite stars.

Well, sitting in the darkness of the theatre and between a number of friends, some people think that they can say anything even in the presence of families with kids. They have the privilege to make that kind of noise which makes it difficult for the others to watch the movie. They also got the right to shower abuses in the darkness of the movie hall because they think that the world is only theirs – they are like “Bane” with the exact meaning and also as that villain of Gotham.

A list without the presence of Malayalam movies is also possible.

A list without the presence of Malayalam movies is also possible in the future.

You get to watch Malayalam movies at any theatre near you and it is an advantage for the industry, but why are people, especially families and those who actually have a working intellect stay away from the movies for most of the time? It is because of these so called movie fans who provide a very unpleasant movie watching experience. When some people even choose to smoke inside the theatre, why are the authorities not ready to throw them out?

Is being decent too much to ask for? Is the use of respectable language that difficult? We keep watching that no smoking advertisement, and I have seen people smoking through it. We need an advertisement against indecent talks and behaviour, but that too will go over the head just like those smoking advertisements. Do these people even respect the views of others? The answer would be another question – why do they?

It is not easy for the fans to respect the opinions of others, but the more surprising thing is that they can’t even respect their fellow human beings. It is time that the theatre owners take a tough stand, and the movie stars should also try to make the situation better. The family viewers have already begun to prefer the multiplexes only, and with the same, they are moving to Hollywood and Bollywood. It is time for the Malayalam movie industry to have a cultured young audience, and in the absence of the same, there will be almost no family audience. The families have been the strength, and if the Malayalam movie industry no longer seems to feel the need for that section, it is a definite reason for a future downfall.

TeNy

Land of Perpetual Summer

It was called “The Land of Perpetual Summer”. It is not that the Vampire Bat didn’t like that title for the city which did a lot for him during his middle ages. It was going to be a major vampire metro centre soon, and it was the place which had given him friends and also a certain amount of happiness. It was where he lived for most of his life, and this was also the place where Uncle Dracula conducted the interview to take him into the Team Vampire.

It was the land of summer which never ended, and even though there were some summer showers, and the monsoon which came directly through the season of summer could only make the season more beautiful without making it any lesser kind of summer. It was always summer in the land of Aluvaites, as the sun was strong and still the rivers were full. The nature was beautiful throughout the year.

The beauty of fire on the sky can't be ignored by any camera.

He remembered the time when he had known the summer better. The season was never the favourite for the vampire kind, as it burned them like nothing else; but the Vampire Bat survived in those lands, thanks to the summer rain and the monsoon showers. The Vampire Bat was one of those rare vampires who wished for the summer season to continue to be eternal.

What the summer brought back to him was the memories of the time he spent enjoying with his friends, and they used to go on a random trip everyday, as he prepared his Honda Unicorn and just started off to an unknown world, finding a new route each and everyday. This was like the usual programme, and they had spent the summer finding new places, and exploring new areas.

The rays of the sun welcomed me almost everyday.

There was the risk of getting burnt, but no vampire cared for the same less like the Vampire Bat. He was a wanderer of the summer season. During his childhood, he used to find happiness in those mangoes on the trees which had always waited for him. He used to go to the church and prayed for a better world. He wandered around the streets and found new meanings under the sun.

Summer was a special boost for his soul, and unlike the others of his kind, the cold ones, he couldn’t stand too much of the cold. He was physically made to be a cold one, but at the soul, he was a child of the extreme heat. He was born in March, one of the three months of fire according to the Vampire Mythology Version written by Uncle Dracula. He was among the very few of the kind.

The Vampire Bat loved this summer which never really ended, no matter how much closer it came the end. He knew that it was not his season, but the soul told otherwise. Summer was the season of happiness even when it was burning, and up-to an extend, it had the effect of purification. He believed in summer’s ability to make him feel better, and as the child of the season of fire, he had every reason to think so.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post were taken on my Sony Cybershot camera and my Samsung Star Duos phone.

TeNy

Time for Some Coupons

The power of online shopping has been at the highest level these days, as it has evolved from being a stranger to someone that we closely know, even those most of my known world is not that much part of doing this online; they are rather traditional, but I am not – a lot of things at home including my mobile phone and the tab has origins in an online shopping website and are working so well without showing even the smallest signs of problems.

I have bought many things from a number of online shopping websites, and what has helped us more than any other site is the website bookmyshow.com without which watching a number of movies would have been near impossible task on the first or the second day of its release. Yes, this is the kind of online shopping which came to me much earlier than the usual stuff, and we have chosen to book tickets and make sure that big movies like the sequels of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, X-Men and all were never missed.

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There are some nice offers at 27coupons.com which can be used for the same and you have to love how some of the offers seem to be, like buy one ticket and get one free – it is a fair deal because we mostly go for a movie with one friend; I have rarely had more than one with me, to be exact. It is all good, isn’t it? No longer standing behind those long queues which seems to go on and on till eternity, and you have this nice offer.

Then there is that 50% off on booking movie tickets – it inspires you to watch more and more movies, and it something that I really want to do right now. I have been watching less movies these days, and this is the kind of thing that can improve the numbers with ease. After all, that big crowd is the most significant reason why one won’t want to watch the flicks; and you often end up paying too much – the absence of a movie partner also counts, but the rush is always a big problem, and this coupon adds the big discount for even better motivation.

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20% cash back offer is also fair, because it is always good to get some return of funds; it just feels good. These are just a few of the offers, and there are more like 25% off, gaining 5% cash back, 10 reward points for every Rs 125, Rs 500 off and many other things depending on various factors. What 27coupons.com makes sure about is that you go to bookmyshow.com to book a ticket, and this website is there to provide some special offers and make you more and more interested. Here is a full list: http://www.27coupons.com/stores/bookmyshow.com/

We do spend so much time on the internet these days, an it is time we make better use of it, and for the same, 27coupons.com is the website that can make a big difference. I would also prefer to use the same website for discounts at Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon and e-bay because the need for online shopping will only increase, along with the desire for more and more discounts to keep everyone happy.

There is the bright future for us – the people belonging online as much as offline; it is 27coupons.com which is going to save a lot of money for us while watching movies, and also related to shopping. I have been reluctant to begin online shopping, but with 27coupons.com, one has to wonder why the delay; because the offers are good and it can only get better for you. I leave you with link to one of my favourite offers there: http://www.27coupons.com/coupons/bookmyshow.com/upto-50-off-on-booking-movie-tickets-88933/

PS: The images used on this blog post are screenshots from http://www.27coupons.com

TeNy

The Abuse Theory

There was a free abuse program at Mitchell Johnson’s Facebook Page which was about him, his family and the Australian Cricket Team in a movement lead by a set of online Keralites who were all set to save India. They always had this belief that Kerala had the right to save India from all kinds of problems, like from Maria Sharapova, Pakistan Hockey Team and others. Yes, they feel that India is at its best because Keralites abuse random people in Malayalam.

So, what happens? Australia wins by a huge margin and Mitchell Johnson plays a big part in the victory. Ever heard of Karma? It is like a vampire who has known you and comes back to bite you and suck the blood out of you. Did they think that this could negatively affect Australian team? I would say that it did only the positive, and it gave out the idea that there was no professionalism or sportsman-spirit coming from here. Did they think that it could affect Maria Sharapova in a negative way? Her game hasn’t come down. Serena Williams was always supposed to win the US Open. Asian hockey is no longer the powerhouse, and they can’t even say that the Pakistan Hockey Team is playing worse.

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Some credit for the same should go to a few Malayalam newspapers who translated a few things said in English like they were the masters of two languages, but it turned out that they were good at none or only one. Do they even know what sledging means? Otherwise, they could use the same word. But what they have been doing is to create new things out of nowhere; they are the magicians of the new world. If you don’t have command over the language, what is the point of having studied journalism?

These newspapers have been trying to re-invent tennis these days, and the sport actually came to them very late. They are surely figuring out a few things about the game now. It is mostly the media which creates abuse – they are calling for the same in an indirect way and when they find that the crowd has taken it over, they report the same. It is like a win-win situation anyway. May be if there is no abuse, the newspapers and channels can speak about the forgiving nature of Keralites.

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What does the abuse talk about? It doesn’t mean anything other than degrading India in front of the whole world. The biggest shame about it is that a state which boasts of hundred percent literacy is leading the charge or is the only big player in doing the same. There is the pathetic display of a culture or rather the absence of it, which was never really part of our life. Once again, I also blame the movie 1983 and its one pathetic dialogue about abuse to make this evil spread – it was actually like making abuse cool and legal.

I would guess that the free abuse program on Ranjini Haridas has finished, or was getting to repetitive. Prithviraj Sukumaran turned into the crowd favourite and Sreesanth is no longer the enemy. So, here are our people finding new replacements for abuse. As they keep abusing one or the other person all the time, there is a certain amount of freshness in the procedure. After all, doing something constructive has actually ceased to exist. Being the cool bad person is the trend.

With Indian Cricket Team losing the match with a certain amount of disgrace, I only hope that Anushka Sharma will be spared. In a normal environment with intelligent people, we shouldn’t be afraid for a Bollywood star who has nothing to do with cricket except for being the girlfriend of one of the major cricketers. But this is a strange world that we live in, and people mostly have no idea what they talk about or what they do. Don’t we need a law against online abuse instead of this chaos?

***The photos used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

TeNy

On that Digital India

Earlier this year, I stumbled across some news. It was about Kerala becoming the first one hundred percent digital state, and the first of that kind in India by April 2015. All government offices were to be connected by the internet, and the programme has been going forward at a very good pace. Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy had already talked about the same in 2012.

It is not just about Kerala, as Digital India is a fine initiative from Government of India which makes sure that things get a lot easier with the various departments. There will be easier access for the common man and the paper usage will be reduced a lot. It has never been known to be easy with government offices, but this is surely going to change that. With complete digitalization, the procedures will get a lot less difficult.

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Do you remember those days when you had to stand in a long queue at the government offices or had to come back now and then to get things done? That might not be the case some time later. The corruption itself can be reduced up-to an extent along with safety being increased – but that is rather a subjective thing based on a few other factors; as they say, evil always finds a way.

We have already seen the good signs with the options to pay fees for many exams including UGC NET; there have also been the chance to pay the BSNL bills and even payment for electricity and water have been going online. We no longer have to wander around the towns and cities looking for the place to make the payment; we can do it from home itself with so much ease – and they are just a few of the smaller things.

The world has changed indeed. It is up-to us to make our own changes, and this is just one of them. From here, may be more can be achieved. This is the age of the internet – anybody who has been part of a social networking website will find it very difficult to disagree. The best and worst things go through the internet, and we can’t really avoid it because the web has become part of our lives with or without us knowing.

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When we hear about Intel being part of that initiative, it is clear that things are supposed to get a lot better. Well, Intel was almost used instead of computer at a time. The Intel Pentium Processor was the one memory that we can’t live without. Each and everyone used to ask if the processor is Pentium or Pentium II, and then there was the talk about Pentium III arriving in the market. Intel was to computers like Maruti was to the cars, and it is a compliment.

Intel is sure to bring something positive for all these, and with their experience and efficiency in the same, they can bring wonders to this Digital India initiative. There was a time when we had trusted Intel more than anything else, and that change continues as the processor of my laptop is from the same company, and so is the case of the former laptop. It feels good when Intel is involved with the same, and I thank them for the same and hope for the best from #DigitalIndia.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Intel website as well as from the contest page. Cheers to #DigitalIndia. Do check the Intel website for more details: http://www.intel.in/

TeNy