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This weekend, my sister and I had a movie weekend. On Sunday, we went to the morning show of Hamari Adhuri Kahani at Atrium Cinemas. Must say that I enjoyed the movie. Limited number of strong characters, good performances, interesting dialogues (in proper Urdu, most of the times), and beautiful cinematography. Vidya Balan is a good actor, that we already know. However, Emraan Hashmi has groomed – a lot – as an actor! Vidya and Emraan’s chemistry works. Even Vidya’s mother-in-law’s character is also powerful despite having only two scenes. Agreed, there were some directorial glitches E.g. taking pics using a smartphone – 21 years ago; and Vidya leaving hotel not in a taxi but walking on a desert road with her luggage (as can be seen in the movie poster above). If you ignore this, the movie is a good watch and holds your interest without any item songs. All the songs are heart-touching, melodious, and situational, with meaningful lyrics, adding to the overall narrative. Don’t know if any of the songs are copied or ‘inspired’. Assuming that the scores are original, I say kudos to the lyrics writers, music composers, and singers. Atrium Cinemas are still my favorite cinemas. Cinema D is especially my favorite. Atrium has best quality screens and seats with lots and lots of leg space. Plus, it’s located in an area which is easily accessible by public transport unlike Cineplex and Nueplex. Atrium cinemas add to the overall experience of movie watching. The audience is also usually very interactive, in a good way 🙂 My rating of the movie: 3.5 out of 5.0

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This evening, I found a very, very inspirational short film titled Notes of Blindness. In 1983, after years of deteriorating vision, the writer and theologian John M. Hull lost the last traces of light sensation. For the next three years, he kept a diary on audio-cassette of his interior world of blindness. This film by Peter Middleton and James Spinney is a dramatization that uses his original recordings.

A must watch for all of us. We tend to take our sense of sight for granted. It is only when it is affected that we realize what a blessing it is. The audio diary and the dramatization are fascinating and an important reminder for all of us to be thankful and cherish every single moment that we have been blessed with!

John M. Hull has also authored a book titled Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness.

Touching the Rock

It would be insightful to read about his experience and what he has learned as a result.

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My favorite rendition of the Dwarven Song from J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book is from the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The actors have done an excellent job turning Tolkien’s poetry into a hauntingly beautiful song. I didn’t know Richard Armitage could sing this well!

The song has been on my playlist since this morning. And, the abridged text is set as my desktop background for the day:

The Misty Mountains ColdThe complete text is available at: http://tolkien.cro.net/talesong/mountains.html

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May It Be..

For all those who are walking a lonely road.. May you find peace (amen)

May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home

Mornie utulie (Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie (Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be the shadow’s call
Will fly away
May it be your journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornie utulie (Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie (Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

A promise lives within you now

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I thought about what to put in the 100th post of my blog. Some poem? Some personal experience? Or shall I leave it as an ordinary post? Then I remembered something that touched my heart the very first time I heard it. It still does every time I listen to it. Goosebumps..

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A star shines upon the hour of our meeting (Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo)

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http://blogs.cfainstitute.org/investor/2013/09/20/20-finance-films-for-entertainment-and-education/

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