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(Simple) Ode to Dad

28 April, 2016 “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing. Memory and desire, stirring. ” (TS Eliot)… You left us too soon with me hoping That it was just a nightmare – me dreaming Which actually woke me up on exam day morning. You couldn’t see me graduating And that is just one regret feeling. Thanks to you for inculcating in me my childhood taste in the Beatles and a bit of reading. However I wish we could have done together fair bit of travelling! I could visualize you up there reading And writing and writing. Living up to your passion of teaching! Till now it has been a fair bit of success and times of struggling. And I am grateful for who I am or what I am now with your blessing. Though I have miles to go in this life as I keep on inching. (My father’s favourite Beatles song was : “When I’m sixty-four” and coincidentally he passed away at that age this day many years …

Around the World in 100 Movies (Countries) : Part 1

Watching at least one movie from at least 100 countries ? Yes, I thought of this idea in around 2013 after having watched some movies from quite a number of countries before. Finally could manage to complete this mini-goal towards the end of 2014. The first foreign movie (read : Non-English and Non-Indian) which I watched was probably a French movie way back in the later part of the 1990s in Doordarshan (the national TV channel(s) network of India) when a special screening of foreign movies was happening. A girl and a guy initially was about to break-up their relationship but patched up later when they met in the airport. The guy didn’t take his flight as he wanted to stay with the girl. I don’t remember the name of the movie but the ethereal romantic nature of French movies remain etched in my mind forever. Maybe that’s when I fell in love with world cinema and try to explore the culture of countries through the medium of cinema! This blog (ie Part 1) lists a movie per …