Sunday, April 30, 2023
I've been waiting to watch Vetrimaran's Viduthalai. As soon as I got to know about it's OTT's release, I began watching it. Vetrimaran's movies are more like a novel.
This story is based on the conflict and violence between people's army and police in 1980s.
Soori, the protagonist, is a newly joined constable who believes in doing the right thing despite the ordeals one can face. He disobey's his higher official's orders to save an old lady. His morals and ethics land him in all kind of troubles. All the attempts to teach him a lesson by his higher official turns futile,as well as moves the movie forward. As this movie has one more part, most of the characters' arc seems to be completed in the second part. Bhavani sree plays a tribal girl who supports people's army and also eventually falls in love with Soori. She acts as a pivot in the episode of Vijaysethupathi, people army's leader.
Interestingly, there's epilogue to the movie. We get to see the glimpses of part-2. Eagerly waiting for the 2nd part. There seems to be dearth of sequel movie releases in upcoming 2 years.
Friday, April 28, 2023
Professionally, this is the second place I'm quitting from. I resigned from Tata Consultancy Services to pursue fellowship at Azim Premji Foundation. Now, I'm leaving Azim Premji Foundation to pursue higher studies and work on my long term goals.
Last days in the organisations always have been hectic and I always worked till the last day with deadlines and major projects. Two tasks, I felt important when we're leaving an organisation.
1) Share Gratitude.
2) Invest time and energy to process the change.
The life lines of any company is the knowledge the organisations holds in many ways. In 1960s NASA has spent billions of dollars wasting on re educating the work force. Knowledge transfer would've saved all this money.
Whenever an employee is leaving, make an effective plan for the knowledge transfer, capture the learning and make the transition as smooth as possible to avoid a lot of dependencies.
Every time, I'm asked "where are you going?" I keep my answers at the minimum. The conversations always turn into interrogative mode.
What are you going to study?
Masters in International Development Studies.
What did you study?
Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.
Why are switching your stream. What will happen to Mechanical Engineering then?
It's not about switching. Every thing would help at the end of the day, I begin to explain.
After listening to me for 5 minutes on how we can't end up learning in Silos, they come up with questions like, Still Mechanical Engineering and Development Studies doesn't match.
I feel like saying, "Sorry, I'm betraying Mechanical Engineering by studying a humanities course.
Eventually, people around me are trying to find logic and sequence in my actions and decisions. Least I'm bothered to follow logic and sequence in life, as I do not feel natural to think through those logics and sequences.
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
This is a classic!
I heard a lot about Top Gun but never tried watching it until now. Glad I watched it at home in big screen. Loved the colors, hues of the sky. The aesthetics and styling of Tom Cruise & Kelly McGills is simply classy. Would love to watch it again!
S and I were involved in conversations about Ruskin Bond and shared how we met him and what's our journey with his writings. I read his books only after I got out of school. S remembers reading Bond mostly during schooling days only.
Both of us met Bond in 2019. S in June and myself in August. Mussoorie was just not a tourist destination. It's more than a place. It's a place where Bond walked, where he churned all his stories, where he captured the life.
Both of us have books of Book of Simple Living. S got the book, "Treasury of Stories for Children," signed by Bond. That's S favorite's book. Even in schooling, the book remained as favourite of S. So the book was devoured all through out. On their return journey to home from Dehradun in train, S read the book reminscing the good old times. S reread it several times. And while they had to get down from train, S leaves the book on the berth and forgets to pick it up. Not for once, S forgets anything in train. Not a bottle, neither a small rubber band but S forgot the book. The autographed book.
I can imagine, how painful it is to lose a few of these gems.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
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Friday, April 7, 2023
I spent 10 hours crunching numbers on excel. I was getting edgy with little lag on the laptop. I didn't wanted to take stress of all the work but, I seemed to be conditioned to finish the tasks on time. I finally took a break from the work and got onto the canvas. As I sat with the canvas and color, I began to play with it and I knew I was being in the present. My body feels different when I paint. I want to listen to my body and keep painting. I painted till I felt like writing this blog. What do I really want to do?
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