The Godfather: An Epitome of Prestige & Elegance

I remember the first time I was really pressured into doing something by my peers was watching good films, exploring cinema rather. They also insisted on reading books back then but watching cinema was a lot easier than reading a nearly 500-pages-long book.

The teenage drew most of us to the mafia culture real quick, which is fairly based on only one principle- show no mercy. The initial films I saw involved a lot of action between the cops and the gangsters, including a cold war between the good cops and the bad cops. This seemed really fun. I watched a 6 to 10 hours long marathon of such films and emerge from my den, unshaken.

However, this one film I watched in my teens has been on the top of my list of favourites. It’s Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972).

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The Interest Of Common Man: T&C*

About a couple of weeks ago, I browsed through my for-watching-flix account (Sssh..no promos in this space) and stumbled upon a documentary about creative people, which included biographical accounts and life inspirations of renowned people from the entertainment industry and beyond.

I may not have gone beyond a couple episodes in the 20-minute episode series. However, I could catch a thread that commonly existed in each of them. Perhaps, it was the theme of that show. Whatever I think it was, intrigued me deeply on exploring the concept of it further. Ever since I stepped out of the four walls of ‘education’, I was constantly hit and stumbled upon this one concept- ‘The language of communication’.  (more…)

The Anthology That Offers Too Much!

Over the years, I must have accumulated tons of information and inspiring tales of renowned personalities from around the world. Some taught me the importance of research, some perseverance, some- the use of tact, whereas some also taught me to explore the real purpose in life and prioritise accordingly.

All these great writers, sports(wo)men, doctors, film-makers, revolutionaries, leaders, Gurus may have applied their respective strengths in action and elevated all the way up in their field of expertise. However, after stumbling upon this gem of a book, I realised that everything I had ever been looking for had come to find me!

 The Bapu That I Have Known (Mi Pahilela Bapu) is an anthology of anecdotes about my mentor, Dr. Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi (MD Medicine), fondly known as Bapu by his close peers. The peculiarity of these anecdotes is that every article in this anthology unfurls at least one unique facet of Bapu. In no way do these articles portray a hyperbolic personality of Him but state the humble reality, which each of these people has witnessed.

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#Bookmark: The Third World War

Book: The Third World War
Author: Dr. Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi
Publishing Year: 2006
About: An extensive and a comparative study of the world’s history in relation to today’s scenario, which may lead to what the title says.

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The Third World War is a concept, which is contemplated around the world on several levels. Most of the political experts, military analysts and conspiracy theorists have expressed their opinions on the international political events and their consequences. However, a layman will never be able to guess the intensity and impact of those consequences in the near future. This book, written by Dr. Aniruddha Joshi (M.D Medicine) in the year 2006, tells us about the possible occurrences of certain events across the globe, which will result in this catastrophe called the Third World War.

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Hindustani Classical: Between Two Renditions

I was raised in a traditional Maharashtrian household, so I grew up listening to Bhav Geet, Bhakti Geet and Abhang before I immersed myself thoroughly in the trending pop-culture. In the last month, I revisited that memory and browsed through those songs on YouTube.

Mainly, Kumar Gandharva and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi amongst many others, because of an article I read that mentioned their musical eminence. The song that got stuck in my head for the longest time was ‘Majhe Maher Pandhari‘, an Abhang, written by Sant Eknath- an Indian saint from Paithan (1533-1599), a popular rendition of which has been performed by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.

Although, very recently, a friend of mine introduced Kishori Amonkar’s music to me. I may not have religiously heard her music, but her songs evoked the nostalgic memories. However, one of her songs in the collection was yet another rendition of Sant Eknath‘s ‘Majhe Maher Pandhari‘.  As the Bhimsen Joshi version had already been stuck in my head, I initially chose not to listen to Kishori Amonkar’s version.

However, her version of that Abhang disclosed another sentimental dimension. I would not have realised it until another friend of mine brought it to my notice.  Both the singers were class-apart in their talent and so were their songs. The elucidation below is not a comparison, but personal opinion on those renditions-

 

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Pt. Bhimsen Joshi | Kishori Amonkar

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Lost Amidst Bustle: The Forgotten Heroes Behind Iconic Masks

I re-explored the pop-cult heroes in my late teens. I may have grown up watching Batman cartoons and became a core fan of Darth Vader later in my life, but every time I watched a Batman film or read a Star Wars theory or Behind the scenes, the insights about the efforts put in characters’ development increased my amount of interest in those tales and characters even more.

However, on exploring the background more and more, I figured a common thread between the two- about what went into developing a character and who grabbed all the attention from it. Perhaps there would be more of such tales about how the deserving person couldn’t have the credit for all the time and efforts they invested in, but I only know of these two so far:

  •  Bill Finger, Batman
  • David Prowse, Darth Vader

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Black (2005) #Review

Being a cinephile myself, I’ve often resonated with the protagonists of films more than the people in real world. If the stories are narrated efficiently, they sure have the ability to evoke the deepest of your emotions. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005), starring Rani Mukherji and Amitabh Bachchan is one of such impactful films in the history of Indian Cinema.

The film is about a girl who lost her eyesight and hearing at around two years of age, trying to cope with her life with the help of her Teacher. Inspired by the life of Hellen Keller, Bhansali pretty much metaphorized the whole film and deciphered layers and layers of human insecurities it.
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