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Robert Frost

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A few nights ago, I spent time at the airport having missed a connecting flight. Robert Frost came to mind

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
I took the one with free wifi
The woods are long dark and deep
I have Gigabytes to go before I sleep
Gigabytes to go before I sleep”

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

September 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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When breath becomes air

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Paul Kalanithi was a young, accomplished neuro surgeon in training with multiple degrees including one in Literature. Suddenly, lung cancer decides to ride shotgun with him. The promising and earnest doctor paints his life as it withers away. You cannot but put the book down a few times and empty your tear glands. Your heart goes out to him and his young family and also to his parents. (Dad, wife and brothers are all doctors. I just bawled at the mention of his mom moving closer to him after the illness and making Dosa with coconut chutney for him. )

If you have had family members go through terminal illnesses or are facing terminal illness or are facing end of life issues, it helps you to connect with their pain and suffering. As Paul goes into lengths about some of everyday decisions he has to make in his life as a neurosurgeon, you are left wondering whether some of the medical decisions that were made in your family emergenices were made with such clarity and conviction.Paul’s grace and integrity in the face of death spreads a pall of gloom but it is essential for all of us to digest it and add a dimension to our life.

As you read it, it is hard for you not to come in touch with your own mortality. I almost felt an immediate urge to chronicle my life – start writing a journal just to maybe share a piece of something with my daughter.The book puts you in the space of naked insecurity and the need to cherish your blessings.

Lucy, Paul’s wife has penned a very poignant epilogue. More power to her and their daughter Cady!

Not only a definite read but also a must own.

 

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm

A Jump for Jhumpa

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 The Namesake casts a spell over you and it feels as if you are a character in the book watching silently as the story moves. Jhumpa Lahiri paints a true to life picture of the life of a kid born to immigrant parents. I had read Jhumpa’s Intrepreter of Maladies before and was very very impressed with her narration and this book is no different. Read it if you have not already done so. I have added the screen adaptation of this book to my Netflix queue.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 3, 2008 at 7:32 am

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A Star is Born

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Not since Shamili made her debut in Anjali (1990) have I been so thoroughly impressed with a child actor. Darsheel Safary playing a dyslexic Ishaan Nandakishore Awashti in Taare Zameen Par (2007) makes a remarkable debut and delivers an unforgettable performance. There are certain scenes in this movies where I would have cried out loud sometimes in joy and sometimes in anger and frustration. I can safely say that Darsheel has upstaged Aamir Khan as the better actor in this movie. But Aamir Khan deserves all the credit for putting his money, heart and brains behind this project. The guy is a revelation as a director and does what is expected from him as an actor. In a cameo performance, the kid who plays Ishaan’s friend in boarding school also delivers a performance which gets a few whistles from me.  Watch the movie even if you are a sworn hater of Bollywood concoctions.

The review is over and here is the rant

The movie is a stinging attack on all parents who want their kids to
join the cliched “rat race” and become doctors and engineers. The Indian Educational System, which is a system cleverly put together by the British to chrun out an assembly line of clerks and hand crossing head nodding salaried employees, is in need for a massive overhaul. We need to encourage non-mainstream talents and make them mainstream. I am angry with the status quo because even people who recognize that there is a problem turn a blind eye to it, when they have to put their kids, brothers and sisters to school. Something needs to be done and done quickly.

One more note on Aamir, movies like Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par,
Mangal Pandey, Lagaan  and your support for the NBA and Bhopal gas
survivors show a clear intention to be a useful part of the society. It
would be an icing on the cake if only you could kick that Coke contract
out of your resume because these multinational cola companies are
setting shop in rich farm lands and sucking up the water table leaving
the small farmers high and dry.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm