Highway -A Must Watch

There’s been a lot of hoopla about the Oscars today and today is the day I watched a movie which probably won’t be much talked about in our award functions like IIFA ( An Indian Version of Oscars, per se) But this is a movie that will forever be etched in my heart. The movie, ladies and gentlemen, is titled ‘Highway’.

If you know Indian music, you would be familiar with A R Rehman, and he is the reason that I went to watch the movie today. I really liked his composition of the songs if this movie and wanted to listen to them in those huge audio systems of the theater. Hence we landed up at the movies, fresh from office. And I’m glad that I did it.

The movie is about a girl who is kidnapped and she discovers herself during this journey. Sounds improbable, impossible, unrealistic and supremely filmy. And it is filmy, but the heart of this movie is right where it should be. There were scenes I went ‘Pfft… Like this would happen in the world out there’ and there were those moments where I went ‘I know this situation, I see it around me all the time!!’

The cinematography is out of the world, the moments that make you realize that there is huge world out there and it is just a wish away. And coming to the emotional part of the movie, I’m a directors dream. If the director wanted his\her audience to cry their hearts out, I would make their wish come true. But what was different with this movie was that I was still crying 30 minutes after the credits. It left that big an impact on me. The movie explores the freedom that comes with being yourself, the self-knowledge that only traveling can give you and the realization of courage which is discovered in unexpected circumstances. All in all, a movie that I would watch again and again and again and again.

If you are in the mood for a supremely sensible, wildly beautiful movie with a soul. Get out there and watch it before it leaves the theaters forever!

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The Grand Tour

One trip,  England, to France, to Austria, and down through Italy, one helluva coming-of-age experience

Recently, I came across a very interesting book. It dealt with a topic very close to my heart, travel. More specifically, THE GRAND TOUR.

The Grand Tour was popular for several centuries but gradually faded in the 1900s. This twentieth-century rendition is entirely an exercise of my imagination, but it follows the general path the old bears led their clients on— from England, to France, to Austria, and down through Italy. At times, they elected to visit Germany, Spain, Greece, and Turkey as well.

Imagine that!! Young ladies and gentlemen(How romantic does that sound!) embarking on a journey of their lives to enrich their social, economical and artistic understanding and not to forget a chance to woo their future life-partners 😉

To have an opportunity to tour the world without having a care as to where to buy your tickets, where to lodge your baggage. For your bear will take care of  it! Yes, you heard it right! A guide is appointed to show you around and to tell you about the significance of what you are seeing, he is referred to as the ‘Bear’! For an era gone by which is usually associated with the lack of independence, which people now enjoy, this seemed like a shining light of beacon.

I’m in my 20’s now and people my age or females anywhere will associate travel with the innumerable number of pleadings, tears, long discussions and prayers of getting permission for traveling. So when I read about a father who insists that his young daughter go on a trip to another continent in a time where mobiles, email are non-existent, it sounds too good to be true!

Pure Heaven! To walk along the quaint streets in Paris while you munch on chocolate macaroons, to savor a gondola ride in Venice, attend a concert by Vivaldi. The amount of shopping that can be done in the fashion capitals of the world! Oh my god! When imagining it itself is so pleasurable, I cannot fathom how much more gratifying the real thing would have been! I am just drooling when I think about the experiences that these people must have had in this trip of theirs!

Looks like they did get some thing right, and our generation should come out of their comfort and learn a thing or two from them!

P.S. This happens to be my 20th Post! 🙂

The Secret Keeper By Julie Thomas

It’s said that good things come in small packages. How true has that proven to be  in this case.

In one of my previous posts, I had mentioned that I’m a student of violin. Violin is where I escape to, a place far away from my worries. So this book was a treat for me.

For this books protagonist is not a person, but a thing. If you can call a violin a thing, that is. The book revolves around a German family’s attachment to their heritage. They are especially attached to their violin which has been in their family for a hundred and fifty years. They lose it during the holocaust and due to an unexpected twist of fate and some expert writing, a reunion of the grandest kind happens.

The book truly manages to convey the importance of music in our lives, about memories that carry us through the tough times.

This book has so many goodies in it that I can’t even begin to tell you. Botticelli paintings, authentic Faberge eggs and how can I forget the music! The greats of orchestral music are brought alive through their works and the luthiers(Violin Makers) come alive through their instruments. I have learned so much about the history of violins by reading this book!

The description of concentration camps is heart wrenching!

Even if you’re not a fan of classical music, this is a must try. Would recommend it to everyone who has the fortune of reading the global language known as English!