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In some few hours we enter a new year : 2020

2020 is the year where the Mayan’s Calendar was ending; supposedly bringing an end to the world.

2020 is the world where the climate change was supposed to kill us all – information courtesy Hollywood.

2020 is the year of The Metal Rat according to the Chinese. It’s going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year. Everyone will show determination regarding their goals, aspirations, and even their hobbies.

2020 is a 4 Universal Year in Numerology, because 2+0+2+0 = 4. 4 represents order, responsibility, stability, family, home, manifestation, conservation, peace, physical reality, and practical solutions.

In short we have nothing to worry this year and continue to do whatever we have been doing this year. For someone it means spreading happiness, for some it means continuing being their meanest best and for some it means living a life of an Ostrich i.e. to just bury their heads in the sand to act oblivious to their surroundings.

While there are some who all are all set to spend doles of cash to user in the New Year and there are some who wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of life like reading or watching a movie or catching up on series and thus for the latter here is my list of favourite of the above three categories that they may care to consider:

Book: God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. This is a Booker Prize winning book and perhaps the only book that I have read more than once. I have all the possible versions of this book: Hardback, Paperback and an e-book.

Movie : Schindler’s List. This is a little macabre to user in the New Year but it shows what lengths some of us i.e. humans are willing to go to bring out the evil side and some bring out the goodness even in the face of such evil.

TV Series : Succession. The series centers on a dysfunctional family who are fighting for control amidst uncertainty about the health of the family’s patriarch. This one is available of Hotstar.

Take a call, usher in the year and play your part in 2020 !!

GOD BLESS

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

MISSION MANGAL

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Mission Mangal is part fact-part fiction film about India’s mission to Mars. This success achieved in miniscule budget and by the team of underdogs!!

Following are the reasons why you should watch the film:

  • First and foremost is to celebrate the success and achievements of ISRO. When some people were stuck in cattle there was a leader like Nehru and Scientist like Vikram Sarabhai who dared to dream. It was for their vision and nurturing talent and scientific temper that this mission was managed in a budget of around Rs. 450 crores, less than the budget of the Hollywood Film AVATAAR
  • For Akshay Kumar : For he is the new age Manoj Kumar. SRK and Bhai can have their Eid and Diwali but Mr. Khiladi rules the box-office thru 15th August and patriotism.
  • For the team of underdogs who come together to achieve greatness and proving everyone wrong.
  • To have great back stories about the lead actors tackling themes such as Infertility, Casteism, Astrology, children abandonments of aged parents and most importantly maintaining the home-office equation by working women.
  • For making sure that these back stories never deviate from the main plot.
  • Luckily there are no melodramatic patriotic movements, no forced love angle and no jabardasti ke songs (well they could have had one less)
  • For the great ensemble cast who seemed secure in their roles and didn’t seem to undercut anyone.
  • For Vidya Balan who is in top form, btw when is she not? She is plays it perfectly as a women follows her passion without any guilt of compromising on her domestic front. For me she is the Lady Aamir Khan who can play any role with élan but again that may be unfair she is her own without any comparison.
  • We Udaipurites have to watch this one as our very own INDIRA IVF as they are the brand partner for this film. Watching our home grown enterprise making a mark on the Silver Screen and internationally too is a proud-proud moment.
  • For not making space jargon and science too complicated, by catering to the lowest common denominator.
  • Every story has a hero and a villain and this one too has one. He is the devil’ advocate, American returned , NASA trained Scientist Dalip Tahil. लेकिन थोडा ज्यादा ही negative हो गए.

So you see I have gushed and gushed about this film and you too must  do that by watching MISSION MANGAL !!