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.
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.
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-
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:
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. Continue reading “Black (2005) #Review”→
I have always been fascinated towards art. Mainly music, films and storytelling. Lately, for some odd reason, also biographies of those who’re actually striving to make a difference in the world and being able to accomplish little of what they’ve set out to do. But one common thing I’ve noticed amongst each of them is, they love breaking away from the reality. Continue reading “Correlation: Fiction And Reality”→
Films are known to portray a part of us, perhaps an alter-ego that we relate to the most. But at times, there are films that reflect the whole of us or a part of society through an individual’s tale, leaving a lot for us to learn in return. One of such impactful film for me is Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. Continue reading “English Vinglish (2012) #Review”→
Films teach you a lot about yourself. They mirror you and parts of your life through someone else’s prospect. But, there are very few films that leave an enduring impact. Gulzar’s 1987 film, Ijaazat, a Hindi filmstarring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, and Anuradha Patel is by far the most sensitive film I’ve ever watched. The film is based on a Bengali story, Jatugriha by Subodh Ghosh. It belongs to the art-house genre, also considered an Alternate Cinema Space in India. Continue reading “Ijaazat (1987) #Review”→