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The Hundred-Foot Journey



This movie The Hundred-Foot Journey taught me so much so quickly that I am still a bit too overwhelmed to express it all. Some of you who might watch it might think what was so special about it but you have to be an Indian to know what it is to be an Indian and you have to be a man of traditions and emotions and live in a world so devoid of it to watch such endeavours to know how important it is that cinema showcases such nuances for us to come close to who we are. The character played by Manish Dayal as Hassan Kadam is all of us in some ways or the other. And while the rest of the cast was stellar, Manish moved me to feel joy and tears in equal measure by his simplicity and gentleness. He was by far the most undramatised icon of class I have seen on the screen lately.

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Stop Wasting Time On Social Media


In this age of content overload, in other terms an obvious way of blowing your own trumpet, does it really help to blow your own trumpet? I was reading that you need to have these many LinkedIn endorsements, so many Facebook likes, Tweets of such and such nature. I think all of it as bunkum. All you need is to keep direction, focus on your work and automatically the right people and work will come.

Work will get you work. All else is as ambitious as wanting to find Pegasus, or as ambiguous as someone claiming to have seen a mermaid.

So stop wasting valuable time on managing manifold social media accounts and start concentrating on the core – building your enterprise right with the right ingredients. 




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Why HATE?


Is it all right to insult people under the pretext of free speech?

True in a way, and not true too. Think about why people are behaving in that manner. Science and logic claims that every action has an equal and sometimes opposite reaction. Some people have, all over the world, been sidelined, victimised, ridiculed, misbehaved with, and the list could go on, as you very well know.

When you call yourselves a ‘superior race’ do you go about stepping on peoples toes and demean any creed or caste? Who gives anybody such a right? Don’t such people comprehend that the same creator that has created them has created each one of us too regardless of the names each of us choose to address that creator with.

Like they realised in Australia that hatred would not produce love and have decided to be a bit more careful with their dealings with minorities, I was hearing on CNN just yesterday how the Parisians are planning to re-draw their slate about including a particular community into their system than shunning them, which they admit to have been doing for the longest period now.

Killing is certainly not the answer to demonstrate one’s frustration, and neither terrorising in the name of religious beliefs, be it in France, Australia, and India or wherever in the world. But yes, I feel that each one of us must mind our own business and not touch upon matters that are touchy and can cause mass destruction. If you treat people like animals, the animal instinct in them will get them to protect themselves by attacking. And I am once again appalled that the so-called 'intelligent race' that many crown themselves with fail to get that point. Or in most cases, even if they do, then they prefer to look the other side. What we are seeing is the price they are paying for their insensitivity.


The only way out of this inherent mess is to respect people. Their beliefs. Not scream from microphones that WE are GREAT and YOU are NOT.





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