Monday, July 20, 2015

Inside Out - Pixar

quite liked this one.

The emotions in a little girls mind have been anthropomorphised. We have joy running the show, while sadness is always gently nudged away. Anger, fear and disgust try their hand at keeping our little girl happy too. And memories are those little shiny spheres that play such a big role in what keeps us ticking.

I would say the idea is brilliant and execution is pretty neat too. And in this day of chasing the elusive joy and happiness at any cost, it good to see the importance of balance. The fact that the fb pics only show half the story. And the fact that memories can often get colored much later as well. And most importantly, all of those emotions are just trying to keep us going. Sadness, anger, fear aren't villains to be beaten down, just emotions trying to keep us safe and functioning, but they can't always drive that well!

As an aside whats with the first 15 mins of some fellow talking away and then a really boring lava song ? Could have really done without those two.

But a must watch, specially if you are a fan of animation movies like me!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Autobiography of a yogi - Paramhansa Yoganand

interesting read.

Not my usual fare, considering my staunch atheist outlook and general skeptical views about 'god' so to speak. But one of the fallouts of the yoga course, was some eclectic additions to my reading list. So this book has apparently been a bestseller in western markets for years, and after reading it, one can see the appeal. The style of writing isn't much to write home about.  But the book boasts a long list of miracles, and conscious efforts to keep in mind readers of religions other than hinduism, specially christianity.

How much of these miracles do I believe? Not sure really. I have long been interested in stuff beyond the reaches of current science, but whenever someone hard sells a miracle, I balk. I guess one of the things I loved about my yoga course, was the constant urge to be conscious, to experience, rather than a ramming down of ' these are the chakras , and you'd better mug it up right, cause they have been handed down through the millennia, and no questions asked' . Coming back to the book, I'd say I disbelieve it more than I believe it, but interesting reading non-the-less.

But enough about miracles for now, shall stick to more believable fare for a while!