Saturday, November 12, 2016

What I Want to Do in Life

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This is something I wrote when I was nearly 30. I just got up one night in July/August 2014, and typed this out on my then-new MacBook Air. Many of these I'd already either started or been involved in some way or the other. Some of these I'm sure, I can't ever do.

But here's the thing - I finally know what I want to do/be in life. Apart from the job that I do. Or maybe, even at the job that I do. My life's mission statement for the next thirty years or so. Here goes...

(The purpose of me putting this out there is two things: Firstly, if this can help inspire and 'sort' the thoughts of others, it should. Secondly, if anyone wants to discuss any of these aspects of 'doing' stuff with me, please feel free to get in touch)

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I want to write. That includes fiction - romantic short stories, thriller novels, metaphorical essays, tributes to relationships in my life - and non fiction - challenging the political, social and cultural norms of today.

I want to blog. About technology, by way of reviews, opeds, and news. About bikes, in a similar manner. About restaurants, to keep track of the awesome dishes I order when I'm eating out. About films and TV shows, to point out things in them that most people miss.

I want to write and compose music. And then get various great singers to sing all of it. Maybe even sing a few of them myself. Then give it all away for free downloading. Just to help inspire people.

I want to shoot short videos. On two separate branches... First, to inspire people and give them hope. Second, to inspire people to live better lives, question the norms of the day, and seek deeper answers to the questions of life.

I want to take photographs. And tell stories. That inspire. That give hope. And that constantly keep pushing people to be better than who they already are.

I want to develop education. Conduct workshops for teachers. Help them to harness technology. Help them to widen their vistas. Assist them to open the minds of their children.

I want to sharpen ministry. Assist ministry workers to harness technology. Enable them to utilise all available tools. And rock the harvest for God.

I want to lead the church. To always be challenged. To always love, regardless of the costs. To always hold up Jesus as the supreme example for our living. To always take theology only from the word.

I would also like to do something substantial in society. Lobby for the cause of women. Challenge the notion that fair is beautiful. Change the way women are perceived in our society, in ANY society for that matter. Highlight environmental issues. Reduce our carbon footprint. And uplift the poor and work towards rural development also, as much as possible.

I want to disciple and develop people. Help them to grow out of their own regressive shells. To help them see themselves as God sees them. And help them gain confidence to face the challenges of this dark world.

I want to be there for my family. A loving husband, a caring father and a wonderful leader. To sacrifice self for them, at every possible turn, to every possible achievable goal.

Most of all, I want to live. For my Creator. Exalting Him. Worshiping Him. Adoring Him.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Falling

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Written on 9th Nov, 2016 - 10 pm. For my lover - my wife.

When all the trials of yesterday
Keep me far away from you
When all the joys of our tomorrow
Are further than you are

What have I got to do
In time
What have we got to lose
Right now

Is the world far away
From us
Are we drifting out from shore
Go on...

Hold me
Like the world is falling
Every moment that we're
Keeping apart

Love me
Like we're always running
To the place we're wanting
To be our home

That's all we got to do

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Every Day

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When the freshness of the chase is still alive
When the dew of the morning is not yet dry
When the heat of the sun has not yet risen
Stay in that moment
Stay for a lifetime

Where the memories you've made refuse to leave you
Where the mistakes of yesterday no longer define you
Where the worries of the world melt in your hopes
Stay in that place
Stay for a lifetime

When the love you hold becomes warmer to decide
When the colours of nature fill you with joy
When the tranquility you seek, is found in life
Make that your state
Every day, for a lifetime

When the light of your life fades from within
When the child that you reared, cleaves from your self
When the joys that you seek, are found less and less
Flee from that burden
Don't stay for even a day

Till the shore that you yearn, is reached in full
Till the curves in your path, are just happy challenges
Till the ones you hold dear, hold enough of you dearly
Find such a place
Stay for a lifetime

Thursday, December 24, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 7

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 7 now - which means The Force Awakens tomorrow! Yeah, baby!!!

1. We're almost there! Just 24 hours for the Force to Awaken in India! Yipppeeeeeeeee!!!! See and LOL at this meme from a week ago...


2. Read this spoiler-free review of The Force Awakens from The Verge. Trust me, there are ZERO plot-spoilers: http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/16/10243884/star-wars-the-force-awakens-review This should help prep your anticipation for the film's release tomorrow.

3. Watch the full set of trailers and spots for The Force Awakens below (have you seen all of them?!) I'm sure you can skip the 1.5 hour long Red Carpet premier video though (2nd video in the below playlist).



And tomorrow, go watch The Force Awakens. In theatres. IMAX, if you're in a city with an IMAX theatre. Enjoy it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 6 now.

1. Watch this fun-tastic video of the cast of The Force Awakens, along with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, singing the Star Wars theme, A Capella style!


2. Read this thorough, well-written article from The Verge on what happens across the Star Wars universe (outside of the 6 films as well) in the events leading up to The Force Awakenshttp://www.theverge.com/2015/12/16/10215194/star-wars-the-force-awakens-guide-canon

3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (it's only Part 1; you can click through to Part 2 when this ends). WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 5

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 5 now.

1. First things first - today's probably the day you can book advance tickets to The Force Awakens premiere in India. So, mark the date - be prepared with all your login/payment details, and watch out for tickets to run out really quickly after booking opens.

For people in Madras, www.spicinemas.in and www.jazzcinemas.com should be the best options to watch the film (the latter providing IMAX shows; unsure if SPI has opened the IMAX theatre at the new Palazzo outlet)

For people outside Madras, I guess in.bookmyshow.com, www.inoxmovies.com/Index.aspx and www.pvrcinemas.com should be good bets.


2. If you, like me, love Luke Skywalker for the hero that he is (in the original trilogy), then I'm sure you've been wondering where he's disappeared off to, in all the promotional material for The Force Awakens, including being totally absent from all the trailers and the iconic Star Wars posters. Here's People magazine's snippet of info on the subject: http://www.people.com/article/star-wars-force-awakens-luke-skywalker-missing-cover-clues


3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode II - Attack of the Clones (it's only Part 1; you can click through to Part 2 when this ends). WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.

Monday, December 21, 2015

7 Days without The Force Awakens: Day 4

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) poster from StarWars.com
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII in the Star Wars filmogy) is releasing only on the 25th December (instead of the 18th December, like the rest of the world), I'm trying to keep everyone's Star Wars 'fixes' up, in the countdown to the India launch with the 7 Days without The Force Awakens series. We're on Day 4 now.

1. Watch this amazing little remote-controlled, robot-esque toy of the BB8 droid from The Force Awakens, in action. It is just fantastic. Also, if you wouldn't mind spending $150 on it (about Rs. 10,000), then you should just go ahead and buy it. Really.


2. Read and interact with this seriously insane, well-detailed analysis of every scene in all the trailers released for The Force Awakens. For a stats-junkie like myself, this is sheer gold: http://qz.com/551572/every-shot-from-every-star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer-logged-and-charted/

3. Watch the Cinema Sins video for Episode I - The Phantom Menace (it's only Part 1; you can click through to Part 2 when this ends). WARNING: Mild NSFW for language of the narrator,


Visit again, tomorrow morning (roughly 9 am IST) for what to do tomorrow.