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Quid Pro Quo With The Gods

Discussion in 'Cheeniya's Senile Ramblings' started by Cheeniya, May 20, 2017.

  1. Novalis

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    Recently a friend teased me: you watch Cuban films, Swedish films, Portuguese films (in closed captions) and witter away woh scene, kya crossroads. Dude, this movie is worthy talking about. I didn't reveal to him yet that I also watched Elmer Gantry and Marty (English films the same week).

    I realized that I am freaky fortunate to have uninterrupted quietude on my side. Each time I squeal about this John Barth and that Willem Elsschot, I realize that I have accrued plenty of time to indulge in my pursuits. I love world cinema and offbeat novels.

    The premature salvation of our earthly life is our planned ability to invest time on activities that mean much to us while on Earth. I have been immensely fortunate that I could do what I want. Hmm, only because I am never encumbered by compulsive responsibilities.

    If someone asks me: what is the the best part of your life, eh: time for my interests. Is that a valid selection, like, is "time' in your multiple options?

    But when friends insist that Novalis you have no idea how *&^% lucky you are that you can mince up two books a day, watch classic movies to your content, eat like a whale, with no anguish in your untroubled mind, girl, you are very lucky. I wonder, am I that lucky but never mindful about it by underplaying much of my sustained excitement along with that commensurate time.

    OK, I stop before I hit 100 lines. But it's a nice feeling to be myself with no regrets (arey: if that) and no inhibitions (ayyo: if only) with the tide of time.
     
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  2. Cheeniya

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    @Novalis
    I started learning English at the age of eleven. I was surprised to learn that English had just 26 letters. My mother tongue has countless letters. With just 26 letters, what a tangled web we are able to weave! When I was around 15, my dad presented me the Wren and Martin which only succeeded in increasing the distance between me and English. Even five years after it was presented to me, the book was spotlessly clean which made my dad heave a sigh of grief. That five-year old child is truly representative of the present generation.
    A friend of mine boasted of his great grandchild that she was incapable of making an error in written or spoken English. And I continue to google for the right word! Whenever I get bored, I google for figures of speech that never fail to fascinate me. More than the figures of speech, their names fascinate me even more! Hyperbole and Onomatopoeia stun me every time I read about them. Some figures of speech are beyond me even to spell them correctly!
     
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    :hello:That remind me the conversation between an actress and
    George Bernard Shaw. The former asked him how nice it would be if her beauty and his intelligence in wedlock. Shaw known for his witty repartee, responded
    “What will happen if my beauty and your intelligence mingle in marriage”.
    Thanks and Regards.
    God gives beauty to all but intelligence in measured quantities.
     
  4. Thyagarajan

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    :hello:But that is the crux with everybody. It is onus onus responsibility everywhere.
    I enjoyed reading your response.
    I have dedicated hours rather structured timings to fill varieties of activities. If one turns monotonous I shift to next activity in line may be sudoku or watch bbc news or try your hand in kitchen or stay close as catalyst while she cooks....
    Thanks and Regards.
     
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  5. Cheeniya

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    When I started reading this post, I mistook Persephone as the name of the latest cellphone thanks to my impaired vision. Yes. I have read this story. Persephone's father Zeus is a person I admire a lot. His counter part in Hindu mythology is Indra who is more preoccupied with his brush-off with Asuras. The Trinity spend most of the time in saving him from all kinds of predicaments. But Zeus would never bother others whenever he gets into any difficulty.
    Does this apply to Indusladies too?
     
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  6. Cheeniya

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    My tryst with the French language began with my meeting with Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers). Later I chanced on a book, Art of Living written by Andre Maurois. I fell in love with that book at first sight and I used it copiously in my essays later on. Listen to this quote of his:
    'Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.'
    I never looked at old age in this perspective. For most of us, old age means physical degeneration. But who prevents the old to seek the guidance of the soul to sail through old age peacefully?
     
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    I salute this man for this wonderful clip. And I thank you for forwarding it to me. The famous ornithologist of India, Salim Ali was 91 when he died. David is 92. Goes to show that the more birds you watch, the longer you will live!
    There is something very soothing to the soul in watching fish and birds. The added attraction about the birds is the wonderful music they produce. As you know, I am a lizard watcher. I wonder if there is anyone else in this noble pursuit! By the way, I must tell you that lizards are percussionists.
     
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    Your mention of Runa Laila instantly took me to the Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan. The lovely singer died at the age of 35 and made all music lovers shed tears.
     
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    :hello:After Dhama dham mast khalander from Bangla desi young poet, colleges annual fete was playing almost this song on stage or on long playing records. It was crazy. Runa began her film song in west Pakistan.
    Thanks and Regards.
    God is music in certain throats and cut throats cannot mimic it.
     
  10. Novalis

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    Anyone else? Not just anyone but the short film-maker and humorist John Smith in that noble pursuit.

    You might only stare, I might only glance at lizards, but our man John Smith serenades the near-lizard creatures with pillow talk. Watch this clip ..our man fluctuates from "gargantuan" to "average" to "typical" to "modest" to "petite" to "tiny" to "miniscule" to "minute" with the sleight of the camera. The clip was originally aired on BBC2’s The Late Show in 1992.



    Minute Amphibian ..
    Minute ...
    Minute .
    (My newt)

    All roving emotions captured in a sketch of one minute.

    Isn't that creative of john smith: minute (tiny) my newt in minute (time).

    Cheeniya, you are in outstanding company like that of John Smith with your near-lizard immersions.
     
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