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THEEVRAM - Malayalam Crime Thriller

Saw the Malayalam crime thriller Theevram once again. Brilliant script. Fabulous performances. So much to learn from these movies. Hear people comparing it to the series Dexter and some such. I do not disagree that we all seek inspiration from what we see around as nothing is original but everything is an amalgamation of borrowed knowledge. So even if has been inspired by this Dexter, which I haven't seen, it is all right so long as the movie that is presented to us retains the naturalness of its premise. 

Dulquer has given such a marvellous performance in this in the scenes of loss. Those are not comparable to any of the actors we find in the Hindi film industry. He is a league apart. Not someone we can compare to anyone, but someone many 'anyones' can learn from and become 'someone'. 


Progression or Regression?

I am for progress. And I also undoubtedly agree that in a country like ours we need to streamline more than just a lot, and an iron-hand leader is required for such a gargantuan task. That we all know we have for the moment - this iron-hand leader, but I ask a simple question based on the very economic development that is being drummed into people and blaring from every corner of the nation. 
My question is: in one breath one goes around clinching investment opportunities for the growth of the country, and in another breath does not attempt to thwart the polarisation spreading most rampantly akin wildfire. You think the countries you have made deals with are unaware to invest on your shores, when they see that you are silent on all the horrific episodes, one after the other, that are putting our country on the map by making a spectacle of its imbalance and intolerance. You think that anyone would like to bet on a country who shows them the carrot, but is, at the same time, destroying the very fertility of soil the carrot would have to flourish in. 

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Fehmida Riaz from Pakistan About What Is Happening In India

A beautiful poem by Fehmida Riaz from Pakistan about what is happening in India right now. The English translation is followed by the original in Devanagri script. 

“You are just like us.”
So it turned out you were just like us!
Where were you hiding all this time, buddy?
That stupidity, that ignorance
we wallowed in it for ages -
look, it arrived at your shores too!
Many congratulations to you!
Raising the flag of religion,
I guess now you’ll be setting up Hindu Raj?
You too will start muddling everything up
You, too, will ravage your beautiful garden.
You, too, will sit and ponder -
I can tell preparations are afoot -
who is [truly] Hindu, who is not.
I guess you’ll be passing fatwas soon!
Here, too, it will become hard to survive.
Here, too, you will sweat and bleed.
You’ll barely make do joylessly.
You will gasp for air like us.
I used to wonder with such deep sorrow.
And now, I laugh at the idea:
it turned out you were just like us!
We weren't two nations after all!
To hell with education and learning.
Let’s sing the praises of ignorance.
Don’t look at the potholes in your path:
bring back instead the times of yore!
Practice harder till you master
the skill of always walking backwards.
Let not a single thought of the present
break your focus upon the past!
Repeat the same thing over and over -
over and over, say only this:
How glorious was India in the past!
How sublime was India in days gone by!
Then, dear friends, you will arrive
and get to heaven after all.
Yep. We’ve been there for a while now.
Once you are there,
once you’re in the same hell-hole,
keep in touch and tell us how it goes!”

तुम बिल्कुल हम जैसे निकले, अब तक कहां छुपे थे भाई?
वह मूरखता, वह घामड़पन, जिसमें हमने सदी गंवाई.
आखिर पहुंची द्वार तुम्हारे, अरे बधाई, बहुत बधाई;
भूत धरम का नाच रहा है, कायम हिन्दू राज करोगे?
सारे उल्टे काज करोगे? अपना चमन नाराज करोगे?
तुम भी बैठे करोगे सोचा, पूरी है वैसी तैयारी,
कौन है हिन्दू कौन नहीं है, तुम भी करोगे फतवे जारी;
वहां भी मुश्किल होगा जीना, दांतो जाएगा पसीना.
जैसे-तैसे कटा करेगी, वहां भी सबकी सांस घुटेगी;
माथे पर सिंदूर की रेखा, कुछ भी नहीं पड़ोस से सीखा!
क्या हमने दुर्दशा बनायी, कुछ भी तुमको नज़र आयी?
भाड़ में जाये शिक्षा-विक्षा, अब जाहिलपन के गुन गाना,
आगे गड्ढा है यह मत देखो, वापस लाओ गया जमाना;
हम जिन पर रोया करते थे, तुम ने भी वह बात अब की है.
बहुत मलाल है हमको, लेकिन हा हा हा हा हो हो ही ही,
कल दुख से सोचा करती थी, सोच के बहुत हँसी आज आयी.
तुम बिल्कुल हम जैसे निकले, हम दो कौम नहीं थे भाई;
मश्क करो तुम, जाएगा, उल्टे पांवों चलते जाना,
दूजा ध्यान मन में आए, बस पीछे ही नज़र जमाना;
एक जाप-सा करते जाओ, बारम्बार यह ही दोहराओ.
कितना वीर महान था भारत! कैसा आलीशान था भारत!
फिर तुम लोग पहुंच जाओगे, बस परलोक पहुंच जाओगे!
हम तो हैं पहले से वहां पर, तुम भी समय निकालते रहना,

अब जिस नरक में जाओ, वहां से चिट्ठी-विट्ठी डालते रहना!