...ramblings of a crazy mind
Saturday, August 26, 2006
World Trade Center
Its 1.31 at night. Just got back from seeing the movie World Trade Center

My take : Nothing is "special" about it. No political message. No heroics. Nothing.
Just the story of men who actually went in before utter and complete chaos struck. And survived because of plain and simple, ridiculously good luck. That and the sheer desire and will to survive.
And if the movie is to be believed - the kind of love that keeps a person alive. :)

SYNOPSIS : For the most part the movie focus on the true story of Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, two Port Authority police officers who rushed into the burning World Trade Center on 9/11 to help rescue people but became trapped in the rubble themselves when the tower collapsed.

John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) is the veteran cop who has became an authority on the WTC after the '93 attack and helped create evacuation strategies. (This situation, however,is something that catches him completely off guard.) William Jimeno (Michael Pena) is the rookie cop who volunteers to jump into the fray when many of his fellow cops hesitate.

This movie is Tiatanic in a different setting. And what makes it special, to me at any rate, is this : Its the real thing. Life. Up close and its very personal.

I saw titanic something like 4 times in a movie hall. What can i say? I was young and dumb. And had an excessive number of female friends who wanted to see the movie. Oh, also I thought the song by Celion Dion was amazing.

The people I saw the movie today with were a little...well, upset that it had no "political message". Oliver Stone has made a largely apolitical film - And I for one aplaud him for it.

People from 87 countries died that day.

For me the fact that this movie has no message, no politics involved in it - just the human spirit, is what makes it special. I suggest you go see it.

Don't be expected to be blown away by heroics. Don't expect to see stunning footage you haven't previously seen. Heck, don't even expect to hear very moving dialogs or speeches.

Go because its life. Cause it could have been you attending office / meeting / seminar there that day.

Or worse, your loved one.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Alimarp : Pramila - who am I ?
Earlier this evening (is it really morning now?!) ah well, last night I guess :o) I did one such "about me" ...and my 'Will' on reading it suggested I put it up here - so here I am.

Usually quite a laugh I'm told... unless you catch me on one of my off days... then god help ye!

Often spontaneous - brought in my sixteenth birthday riding a bike - on a national highway - in my 'short' shorts (hey, i was born in SUMMER) meant to be worn ONLY at home - on the bike accquired only 8 hours before - no practice whatsoever! (almost met my maker that night)

Indugle in speed - the distance over time variety - NOT the drug! Don't smoke - and recommend you don't either.

Love getting to know people - everyone is a puzzle, though very few make it to "friends" zone.

Enjoy a good debate, which doesn't include reasoning like "..because!" Exchanging long emails also make it to the list of things I enjoy.

Take my commitments seriously, when I make them.

Dad, who is one of the most intelligent men I've ever known, uses "Unhurried precision" to describe me. For those of you reading this unable to comphrehend the sutble jab, let me simplify - punctuality / legerity / promptitude / celerity / what have you - is not my strong suit, yet. Yet.

My political leanings are very liberal. Am not the most avid follower of the News.

Enjoy the outdoors, love being able to spend time enveloped in the lap of nature. Though would hate to be hog-tied to just the country life - grew up in a big city - and I like the city!

Am, or so all my teachers lead me to believe, some what gifted in intellect - have never shown any real evidence of it to my knowledge - acdemically atleast.

Travel and learning about other cultures is something... The song Around The World< - By Dune says it best.

My heart belongs to India. Always will.

I don't discount the unknown.

Get drunk ...on LIFE - nope, not the name of a new drink.

Not in the best shape of my life currently - mentally : some reasons previously stated here. physically : I tend eat when unhappy - and judging from the way I look currently, I must be grief striken!

If you don't respect elders (any elders - not just your own) and/or think kicking defenceless puppies is fun, even once in a while - Its almost a given I'm not going to like you very much.

I'm very analytical. I cry at movies. I usually say less than I mean.

And on occasion get really verbose! ;o) So in summation..

Totally confused, completely self-assured, unbelievably naive, extremely astute, a cynic, a 'forever optimist'. A pile of contradictions!