Expensive Simplicity

Simple is not cheap. A oxymoron, yes. Yes, it sounds contradictory but it is very difficult to be simple. Simple in the mind, the thoughts, the deeds and the action. For example, a lot of us, try to maintain a healthy life style. We know it is not good to eat processed foods. How many times do we give in to the urge? Or being an early riser daily is the most simplistic but one of the most difficult habits to master for most of us.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, Davinci, most famous for the Mona Lisa, found elegance and sophistication in simple things. Simple life, being content with what we have, all easy to say but very difficult to do.

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Manifest Destiny and then Tryst with Destiny

Manifest Destiny the doctrine, in my opinion, is responsible for the position and power that United States of America enjoys in this world. If I have to explain the word or phrase that comes to my mind, the moment one says America, it is this. It was responsible for the American’s pursuing with a single minded zeal the expansion of its territory from coast to coast. I have written more about it here.

I am also fascinated how this phrase means more than that. It is a philosophy to indicate that we manifest our own destiny. It is not in the hands of anyone, not a God, not our parents, not our environment. It is in our hands and our hands alone. We will it, we do it and then we are destined for the results. We manifest our own destiny.

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Tryst with Destiny and India

maxresdefaultIf I have to say one phrase that represents India in my mind, it is this – “Tryst with Destiny”. The fight for independence and the subsequent events hold a prominent part in the history of India. History buffs or those older, who know the significance of this phrase will know it as the speech that was delivered by Nehru on the eve of India’s independence.

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

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Jallanta Tullinta – Best Rain Song from Tollywood

A generation was fascinated by the Telugu movie ‘Gitanjali’. It has taken its place in one of the classical love stories in the  Indian movies. If you were growing up in the 80’s then this movie does not need any introduction, if not you might want to watch it. Rule breaker and a trend setter at the same time. The hero and heroine have terminal diseases and the ending is left to the viewer to let them live or not.

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The ‘Flying’ Scooter Moms of India

We all know the ‘soccer moms’ of Americas. It is time we are introduced to the ‘Scooter Moms’ of Bangalore or any city/town of India. They can also be called as Flying mom’s because they are dashing on the roads carting around kids to the school bus, school grounds in the mornings and the numerous activities in the evenings. These mom’s are daring and will do anything to drop the kid at the appointed time so that they can sigh a breath of relief.

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Bollywood Boat Songs – Haunting Melodies

There is something very peaceful, very romantic, very pleasant about a small boat swaying in a river or a rivulet. The passengers moving in tune to the waves, the waters, the boatman some how seems to be a metaphor for life. These are all very old songs that the current generation might not have been exposed to, some or all of them predate me. The lyrics, understated music go very well along with the boat ride and make for a beautiful experience. Let me get on with the list without any more of the chatter.

I was on the search for 10 but could only get 7. There are other boat songs but I wanted to list only melodies. My hunt will be on and the list will get updated when I hear more. In the meanwhile, if you have any personal favorites, please do let me know.

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