#0022 – Do You Get It??

I stated think when I was listening to this Hindi song today on the radio. The movie it is featured in is a remake, and the songs are all the same as in the older movie, with a few changes here and there.

This particular song contained some words – ‘chalti hai kya nou se barah‘ (now you know which movie and which song I am talking about, if you know something about hindi movies!) The older version of this movie had come out more than 10 years ago. I didn’t understand those words then. And I couldn’t understand them now, even as it was remade, and newly released.

But the meaning suddenly dawned on me the other day. You see, the guy sining does talk about taking his girl to the movies, so he was actually talking about the nau se barah (9-12, literally) show! Wow! Now that I know, no, I don’t think why I couldn’t think of this earlier.

Its quite the opposite of the cases where once you get something, that was a mystery till then, you suddenly wonder why you weren’t able to see it before. Take for example some of the optical illusions…

I’ve seen many, but I have thought that I can see through them if I see them again… except for this particular one. The image consists of the silhouette of a spinning ballerina, the question is to determine which way she is spinning. The image is designed in such a way that the ballerina can be seen to be spinning in either direction – so it all depends on how you see it. Now this isn’t something someone can point out the trick for you.. you have to see her spinning in both the directions yourself, or just limit yourself to the one direction you see her spinning, and that’s it.

I thought she was spinning one way, and then had the hardest time trying to think of her spinning the other way. No matter how much I tried, she stubbornly refused to spin the other way! But one lucky day, I finally was able to use the force of my will to make her spin the other way!!! And when I took my eyes off her, and saw her again… you got it.. right back to the original direction! Ah, what a stubborn woman!! But I haven’t given up on her – if and when I see her again, I shall test the strength of my will against her spin again! πŸ™‚

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#0021 – Music that Sticks

Music – something that anyone can enjoy, anyone can understand. Even when you don’t understand. πŸ˜€

What I mean is – language. Consider songs, not just plain music. Even when the lyrics belong to a foreign language, you still enjoy the music. Maybe substitute your own, imaginary words, wherever you think you get them? And then, sing along of course! πŸ™‚

I remember the first time I heard songs of another language. Not the TV, and not in English! Those were the days when we still used to listen to cassette tapes (why do I suddenly feel like I am from another generation??) And my father’s pen friend, a German (I think) had sent over the songs from a band, one of her favorites. Of course, I didn’t understand German then… neither do I understand it now.. but that didn’t stop any of us from enjoying the music coming from the tape. So much, that I can still recall a couple of tunes (the cassette being long lost as we moved houses).

Coming to a few years later, my sister started enjoying Spanish version of a few songs. Now, when I could hear the same song in English and understand them, I didn’t used to prefer the Spanish version. But somehow, I thought that the Spanish songs had a charm of their own, which I couldn’t find in their English counterparts. Maybe cuz the singer was a Spanish? Not sure.

Now-a-days I listen to a few Japanese songs, courtesy the animes they come in. I have a small set of Japanese songs in my music plater that I absolutely enjoy listening to. And I am totally open to any other songs from any other language. Even other regional languages that I absolutely don’t understand (I live in India, one of a few countries to host more than 10 languages).. After all, they totally brighten my mood, make me feel better! Who cares about understanding, when it touches my heart! πŸ™‚

As Dumbledore once said – β€œAh, music, a magic beyond all we do here!”

#0020 – Quotes from Animes and Mangas

If I am a fan of anything, I am a fan of mangas and animes. I stick to my genre of them, though – sci fi, action/comedy mystery and similar ones. And most of them have this in common. Big dialogues, big quotes. I don’t think there is even a single one where you won’t find some outright philosophical thought or some inspiring quote. Well, most of them are exaggerated for me, once I get out of ‘manga-mode’ or ‘anime-mode’, but some really sink in…

Make sure you keep close the things that widen your perspective
– Garack Gazelt, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

A hero always arrives late.
– Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto

Until I reach my dream, I refuse to die.
– Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto

There are some things that can only be done by cowards.
– Izuki Shun, Kuroko No Basket

You don’t die for your friends. You live for them.
– Natsu Dragneel, Fairy Tail

I have thought about winning, but I never wondered if I can win or not.
– Kuroko Tetsuya, Kuroko No Basket

Why don’t you ask him yourself?….Is that not the reason why words exist?
– Yuki, Gakko no Sensei

I never look back darling, it distracts from the now.
– Edna Mode, The Incredibles

There’s no teammate I shoudn’t rely on!
– Kise Ryota, Kuroko no Basket

I really felt that these quotes carry within them some small things that we forget to live by everyday – simple things that can make life better, happier. Just that. Simple things.

#0019 – The Games We Played

Just the other day, I heard kids outside playing kabaddi. I was actually delighted to play it, even though I didn’t go out (busy working, you see.. :(). Its super rare to see kids now-a-days playing outside, leave along playing something like kabaddi. India is cricket crazy, and the only sport I’ve seen kids play other than cricket is badminton.

This got me reminiscing a bit. Not that I’ve every played kabaddi – far from it! Even cricket, for that matter – I’ve played it maybe three times in my whole life, and never been any better at it! But I was thinking of all the games we used to play – running, shouting, causing lots of nuisance to our parents, uncles and aunts, falling and getting hurt, getting scolded.. fun times. I was wondering how much of that kids now-a-days have experienced that.

At work, I’ve only heard my colleagues talk about how their kids are addicted to TV – take that away, the smart phones – take that too, then computers. Its like they are confined inside the house and locked up in the virtual world! I wonder how many have gotten tanned playing under the sun, heard birds singing and squirrels calling (at least from whatever is left of them in the urban areas!) Seen the skies?? It’s like what was natural and obvious for us has become something unheard of for them.

Of course, there might also be the fact that some of them are so busy with school and tuitions thereafter, they hardly get to play at all… but I am not considering those completely unfortunate situations.

I just wish, the children in the future still get to play outside, and see the beauty of it too!

#0018 – Floating Flowers!

You might have seen them earlier… flower arrangements over water – or maybe just flowers strewn over water in some beautiful, broad, wide-brimmed vessel. I just love seeing them. In fact, I prefer them over a bouquet of flowers any day! I did actually want to try and have them at home, but the cost of bringing in flowers everyday was a bit too much for me; and I didn’t want artificial flowers. So, there went the idea.

But I still do enjoy them over the internet! Here are a few I found..

Floating with Pansy heads:

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Floating Florals in a bucket for a vintage/rustic element:

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Floating Flower Decorations

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Floating Flower Decorations

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floating orchids:

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#0017 – The Force of Habit

When I woke up this morning, the first thing that came to my mind was lack of music.

See, me parents, or should I say my father, has this habit of playing devotional songs right in the morning. This ‘tradition’ has been going on for years now – and we’ve gotten used to waking up listening to devotional songs.

Well, my father is away on a trip now. And this habit is now so strong, that I really missed listening to a couple of those songs (well, one can only remember so many songs when one is half asleep!) and woke up today wishing that I was listening to some of those tunes! Mind you, I won’t be playing them myself though! πŸ˜€

#0016 – Tin Magic!

‘Old is Gold’

…they say. The era where we used tin, ceramics and glass to store .. well I can’t even remember how long ago it was. I used to remember my mother used to store rice and tamarind in big containers of tin. We gave them away when we started using plastic. But now, I can’t help but miss them. It feels like they used to store a part of those happy childhood memories in them and now they are gone…

But I was happy to fine these – now-a-days these tins are still used – and not just as fashion statement – having various use around the home, from decoration to actual use in the kitchen, I must say they can steal your heart! πŸ™‚ Here are some that caught my eye –

(All sources from Pinterest, though I’ve linked to the actual links where I could)

Anthropologie’s New Arrivals: Birthday Gifts - Topista #anthrofave:

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The minimalist nature of common succulents allows an interesting container to shine - these would be great in the kitchen. Loved by Jemini Flowers, Oxford - www.jemini.co.uk:

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Greengate - lovely tins:

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vintage cake tin pan cover repurposed into kitchen light fixture. recycle, upcycle, salvage, diy, repurpose! For ideas and goods shop at Estate ReSale & ReDesign, Bonita Springs, FL:

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Love this shabby chic decor, could use an antique tin. Great idea for a tea party or shower:

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Great collection of vintage tins in a soothing color scheme. I may need to start shopping for my own little collection.:

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And last but definitely not the least!! πŸ˜€

#LGLimitlessDesign #Contest I love these. Made from old coffee and baking tins.:

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So do you have tin magic at your home?