Posted in Miscellaneous

Economics – My Definition

This thought occurred to me last night and I think I have managed to capture the essence of the same. I quite believe that ‘Economics’ is an overrated field of study and as a result, have very little respect towards that field.

The field of Economics is all about creating an illusion of building a promising ‘future’ through forecast theories, based on speculative hypothesis, derived by extrapolating discrete & mutually independent historic events over assumed known variables – all without having to bear the burden of proving any of its theory whatsoever, as it can always take shelter behind many kinds of ‘unknown variables’.

Posted in AR Rahman, Movies - General, Music - General

Million Dollar Arm

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Been listening to this OST and have listened to all the tracks at least half a dozen times.

And then this evening, I took my baseball crazy 10 year old son to watch the movie. Couldn’t have been a more perfect evening to take him out to watch a baseball movie, because tomorrow is his first baseball league game of the season (and this is the first ever season he is playing). So imagine the excitement! He knew the movie had something to do with baseball and India, as he had seen the promos, but he was totally sucked in once he started watching the movie. That’s when I felt, as a father, how important it was for me to take him to the movie – if not for anything else, to make him connect with his roots in a way, only a movie of this kind could do.

When we walked out of the movie, he told me that this movie is similar to 42 (The Jackie Robinson story) – just that there were two Jackie Robinsons. I felt happy to hear how he drew the parallel (in the most appropriate way) without we having to explain anything to each other.

Now to the movie…

The movie is spectacularly everything you would expect in a sports movie. A struggling sports agent looking for that one success and when he takes up a challenge, all odds are stacked up against him. He overcomes them one by one, while romancing an affable, quiesce, nonchalant, next door girl, who makes him get to know his human side, which eventually helps him succeed. That’s it. The only difference and the big difference here is the ‘challenge’ itself. “Finding a pitcher from India…”

Fortunately, the Indian stereotypes were not too many in the movie and if & when they were there, they were subtly played with enough humor to present them to an American audience, who otherwise is expected to have an exotic image of India. But, we are in 2014 and not anywhere in future, so I guess, one shouldn’t be surprised with the filmmakers’ intent to continue to work around the Indian stereotypes that are of exotic nature.

Jon Hamm was a great choice for JB. He played the role to perfection. So did Lake Bell, Alan Arkin and Aasif Mandvi, although I am not sure, why Mandvi’s character had to be an Indian character. The kids – Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal and the Indian coach Pitobash were all perfect in their roles. There were a couple of cheesy sequences (prayer scene, yoga scene, etc.) – but they were not too many to actually stand out, but probably enough to draw  some attention from the critics, who are otherwise waiting to malign a movie which tries to pit multiple cultures against one another.

AR Rahman’s music actually turned out to the biggest surprise for me. His OST was almost like a constant pillar throughout the movie. Every sequence had something for Rahman to make it his and he has done it with some ease. Be it the ‘Bobbleheads’ cue used for the opening Disney logo unveiling or ‘Thirakkadha’ used during end credits, every bit of his music actually made a large impression on me while watching the movie. An impression larger than what it made while listening to them on my Digital player. I was particularly thrilled and literally was standing with some goosebumps, when I noticed that more than 75% of the audience were sitting and listening to the song, as ‘Unborn Children’ (Thirakkadha) started playing towards the end and the credits started rolling. Rarely do I see this happen.

I walked out of the theater with a crack of a smile on my face and with a fatherly sense of pride for two reasons:

1) Son said he wanted to stay through to listen to all the songs

2) He was ready to come home and get his glove & ball ready to start playing in his room (it was 9:30 PM)

Posted in In Search of God

In Search of God – Part II

When I wrote the last piece, I really didn’t think I would continue to write on that topic. Least of all, I really didn’t plan on the immediate next post being the next part of what now looks like a series in making. Oh well. Blogging is full of surprises. Like Life. You never know where you are going to get the idea for the next post from.

But in Part II, I will keep it really short. While searching for god, which apparently I am now, because I am writing about it, a great thought occurred to me. “Greatness” being bestowed upon it by myself.

The luckiest job on this planet is to be someone else’s God.

When shit happens, they take all the blame on themselves.

When shit stops happening to them or even when the smallest of something good happens to them (leave alone anything really really good), you, as their God, get all the credit.  Yes, YOU get ALL the credit!

 

Isn’t that fabulous?

Posted in In Search of God, Videos

In Search of God – Part I

The eagerness with which some of you may have clicked on this link will soon be quashed and for that I apologize in advance..

I am not trying to document my journey of searching for God and this not a multipart series of anything spectacular like that. Heck, for that matter, I am not even interested in searching for God – at least not now & not yet – the yet been thrown in only as a future defense mechanism.

Perhaps, I decided to title this post this way only because of a recent Thamizh TV episode, I happened to watch over the weekend, in which there was a debate.

Any debate under the topic of ‘Rational’ vs ‘Religious’ is not surprisingly new in an otherwise conservative society in Tamil Nadu. For that matter, Tamil Nadu may be the one of the two or three states in India, where openly atheistic leaders have managed to win elections and have successfully governed the state, without this being a central issue during governance. So, I am always proud of the fact that I got to grow up in a society which had its mind and ears open for both sides. As much of a rich Temple history the state has, it now also has a great recent history of Rational movement, led by Periyar in the 1950s/60s. In the broad canvas of human history, it can be argued that atheistic groups have always found it difficult to prevail in the long run, as the sheer power of what religious mass psyche can do is something that can’t be matched by the rationalists, because of the exact reason, that they are simply rationalists and they are not bound together by anything common that connects them emotionally.

This particular episode was very impressive only because of how the moderator handled the topic at a rather intellectual level rather than at an emotional level. Yes, the general debaters from both sides are from normal walks of life, so I am not entirely saying that all of them came prepared at an intellectual level to participate in a debate of that standard. The panelists made up for that.

Without dissecting the points discussed or analyzing the panelists’ views, I hereby share the link. This is in Thamizh, so if you don’t understand the language, I am sorry. May be, if I find the time, I will try to translate & summarize the key points in future.