• Upstream Colour
    Culture and Society

    Shane Carruth, I Love You, Man.

    What confused most people about Upstream Color was the fact that Primer was at its core a cipher. A narrative that wraps itself snugly in its mysteries. On the contrary, Upstream Color was simple on the narrative front. It is, a sci-film, sort of. A nature film, sort of. A love story, too. It had worms—parasites, identity & will theft, pigs, ambient music, orchids and creation in various forms. It is poetic. If that sounds pretentious, it isn’t pretentious. It is haunting, troubling and beautiful.The film is about how the characters and we who identify with the characters are driven often by something beyond us. Inexplicable even. As a poster…

  • Culture and Society

    Read deeper

    This is going to sound like a rant because it is one. Reading is not a competition. Wait. Nothing in life is a competition. Except actual competitions. But there are no reading competitions. Except exams. This is going nowhere. What I am saying is this. You don’t have to read a thousand and 1 books before you die. You don’t have to read the classics. You don’t have to read entire bibliographies. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to read to impress that girl. Wait, you might want to do that. Make your choices. It is okay if you haven’t read any book that your friends have…

  • Love

    Trick Me Into Believing

    First of all, Let us get this clear, I don’t believe in love,I also don’t believe in magic.Tricks are a whole different ball game though. Think about it.It is a dark road and you are walking down it alone.And you can just make love appear.You could just pull it out a sleeve.Ain’t nobody gonna mess with you. Man.Crazy, right? You could hide it like a warm furry white animal. In a classy top hat.[The animal won’t be wearing the hat. I mean, you hide it in the hat.]It would stay there, silent and quivering. And maybe shitting.It needs feeding.And you might need to let it breathe. Occasionally.Face it, no one…

  • Culture and Society

    2001 : A Lesson In Design Fiction

    I watched it on the big screen with a friend recently. He hadn’t seen it before and it wasn’t the film he was expecting it to be. When I saw it the first time around, I thought so too. It was quiet. The Dawn of Man was silent. Lingering wide shots of featureless expanses. Crude man-apes fighting for water. My friend became bored. Where were all the spaceships? He asked. I didn't care. I was fascinated. I was becoming as entranced as I had been the first time I watched it. The first time I watched it, changed my imagination and my world forever.

  • Culture and Society

    On Happyness

    Disclaimer: this is not self-help   Whenever did organized thought arise? Some day some guy who had no fear of death, enough food in his belly and was in other words, ‘satisfied’, decided to sit down and have a nice long think. This stalwart needed some big answers for some really big questions. Thinking, we can safely assume, was not really an in thing in those times. The people did have the luxury of time to ‘ponder’. The nature of the human condition  and relationships with nature and spirit and all that bullshit. It was a good initiative though. They probably set out thinking they would solve every mystery ever…