smokerings of my mind..

Sarkar Raj – awesome movie / words of wisdom

Saw Sarkar Raj last night. Pretty powerful story, awesome acting by Amitabh Bachchan (he was too good), and Abhishek seemed damn comfortable as Shankar Nagre.. Aish too did well. I do not want to get into the subject of the story, rather let me share some really wise thoughts from the movie –

1. Living life on your own terms is not something that’s easily available or an easy-to-do thing, so who ever gets to do that or chooses to do that has to pay a price for this luxury.

How very freakishly true!!!

2. Everything is personal.

I used to believe that the key decision-driver for business partnerships is professional, merit-based kind of stuff. Over the years, I have come to realize that most of the times, it is all personal – given that your offering is nothing insanely revolutionary or changing-the-paradigm types, the clincher for partnership is the personal connect, the rapport you share / build with the potential partner. From the partner’s perspective also, even if you know the other vendor/partner has a slight edge, you would still prefer to go with the partner with whom you share a connect and you are more comfortable with. You would be more willing to work with the latter to ensure success. We like to work with people we connect with.

3. Do what you feel is right, people will anyways perceive the way they want to.

I am a strong believer of doing what your heart/mind/conscience feels right… doesn’t really matter what others say… and besides, at the time of making the decision, you have no way of knowing whether it is right or wrong, it’s only in hindsight that you can make that call. Further, people will perceive the way they want to based on their thoughts, experiences, beliefs, predispositions, personal agenda. You have to live with the decision, so it might as well be yours.

4. Decisions/Solutions come out of situations.

On a perfectly nice relaxed sunny day, our clarity of thinking, ability of analyzing and coming up with a balanced decision or a solution is at it’s prime. However, we do not have similar luxury of a perfect background scene when we have to make most of our decisions… most of the times when we have to make crucial decisions, we are not at the peak of our mental engergies, rather we might be under pressure, stressed, feeling not so great… Moreover, all decisions that are to be made have to made keeping the context, the prevailing situation in mind… it’s not one solution fits all similar problems. So, before we pass a judgement on how good or bad a decision is, it is important to consider that decisions are made under differing states of mind, and the situations are different, the context is different and the people making those decisions are different..

5. When you do something, people do not react to you, they do not hate/love you, it’s your thinking that they react to.

And yeah the tag line of the movie is quite something too – Power can not be given, it has to be taken.


June 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Japanese animation movies

I recently got introduced to Japanese animation movies, by beatzo. Fun, light humor is where beatzo’s and my tastes intersect, and most of his recommendations are awesome, so I decided to try out Japanese animation. So far, I’ve seen – My Neighbor Totoro, Whisper of the Heart, Kiki’s delivery service, Castle in the sky… all of them are so very beautiful movies.. the characters are so sweet.. the settings remind you of words like simplicity / country-side / pure / pristine.. the stories are easy-paced (I won’t say slow) and they’re really really wonderful stories.

I watched the dubbed english version of these movies. Though my friend recommends that I watch the Japanese version with subtitles, as the emotions come out much better in the latter.

I’m not much of a cartoon, animation buff… but these movies have the power to make your feel that ‘life is wonderful’ and they get that kid-like smile on your face. 🙂

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Office Space

This is such a fundu comedy. It hits on the real life office-life. Every person who has an office job will relate to this movie in some way, and also to the characters and how each one represents some one you’ve worked with or is still working with. 🙂

May 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Our views, our wants, our life

Sirf: It’s a movie about four couples from different strata of society and how each couple feels that the other couple’s life is better than theirs. Some interesting observations come to mind as I watch this

– we believe what we want to believe

– we entertain the misunderstandings (good/bad) we want to

– we live in the version and with the view of life we feel most comfortable with

– grass is (and will continue to be) greener on the other side

– anything can be mended if we want to

– any problem can be solved if we want to

– in the final analysis, it is our willingness (the “want“)

– all’s fair and fine as it is eventually our life and it is shaped by our views and our wants..

May 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment