Anna Library and its sillyness

Anna centenary library is like a second home to many aspirants, most trying to crack the competitive exams.

This post discusses (or records) my anal retentiveness towards it.

Follow the rules that suit you

That’s what the educated crowd thinks. In fact, I faced this in many government organizations. Beyond ignoring the simple rules, the general public succumb and conform to the complicated and ineffective ‘rules’; these are considered to be a survival mechanism. I call it – being a lamb.

Rules again

The self-books section is always filled. But, surprisingly people drag in more gadgets these days. I for one come to this place to get myself away from them evil things.

Solution to the help out learners

I noticed that the security personnel checks the books you carry out in full detail. So, why can’t the readers take their materials to the other sections, sit read, compare and learn.

The visitors are forced to lock away or leave the their bags outside. They are made to carry their materials and belongings in their arms.

If only they could lend a bio-degradable cover as we enter and get them back while we exit – yes!!! just like in the malls. Just saying, it could make life inside the huge library much easier.


What the place lacks is a writing and discussion section, where the members are encouraged to write and discuss what they have read/written.


The Shape of Water : Love

Quite simply – it’s a brilliant movie. Yet another visual spectacle by Guillermo del Toro, but strangely a positive one.

The Set-up

I hate to do this, but the structure of the movie is quite spectacular and natural that I can’t help but, see it analyzed.

We see the routine of the protagonist (my favorite kind of exposition), we learn what she likes and what her present condition is. Just like Morgan Freeman’s ritual in Seven, Elisa has a taste for music, shoes and tap dancing. Such an elegant creature wastes away her youth and sexuality, staying a beard to the homosexual roommate (Richard Jenkins).

The theatre downstairs is just a tease to pull her into the romance of fiction, a reality to weave and escape from the harsh ones.

The Dance

The second act of the movie is just a breeze. It flows right into the intensities, and there aren’t any unnecessary side tracks to bore you. There are some fine details like sharply witted dialogues, that wouldn’t quite translate here. You must see how well paced this movie is, you’d wonder why there isn’t any Intermission (if you’re watching the movie in the Indian pop-corn selling theatres).

Literally, the dance between reality and fantasy, elements of science and mythology – a reference to the God of ocean worshiped by the Amazon (bow & arrow people) were well fed to the audience in a timely manner.

But, there were clear clues to the ongoing of the movie. One could predict what could possibly happen, given the few choices and pacing of the story. I felt this to be Guillermo’s most light-hearted movie with a lot of humour.

Memorable moments (SPOILERS)

Michael Shannon pulled off an yet another bad guy, who can be loved for his tenacity. He has his fingers bitten off by the water creature (who remains nameless in the movie), and they are carried in a paper bag with mayo in it. After a while, the doctors sew it back; but does it take? No, it turns black and smells awful – he stills holds on to it, like a bad grudge; only to pull them off for dramatic effect!

In another scene, where Rob/Dimitri – the good scientist gets shooten off by his own people; Shannon shows up. Was he trying to help out the guy? No way hose, he picks him like a Marlin – using his fingers as a hook through the bullet hole in the doc’s face. I couldn’t watch that scene, it reminded me that I’m watching a Del Toro movie.

Where’s the fun? (SPOILERS)

Well, there are a lot of fun things in the movie. Shannon’s character – Colonel gets a fancy new Caddy which is Teal not Green; only to be dented by Giles – the toupe wearing homosexual. Another moment with Giles in the Pie stall, reeks of fun and desperation. Even though they are terrible, he gets the Key Lime Pie every day to just speak with the young store-manager. But, turns out his gaydar was wrong, the store manager isn’t just racist, but also homophobic.

I noticed the fact that they speak about ‘the pussy finger’ in an open manner, but the word bastard got to be censored; even in an R movie?




It’s  crystal clear that the lightheartedness would definitely end in a high tone. But, the way it did – froze me in a moment of trance. It was surreal, to see love visualized in a most poetic manner. As they get to be together forever, she loses one of her shoe – the red shoe that she wore to show off her happiness in her cruel routine of not being noticed by anyone. I see it as a sign of her freedom from her boredom. She outgrows the little world and enters a one she dreamed of!


I realize now why there was such an emphasis on dialogue. All those witty comments on sex, relationship and marriage was devised to maintain a ease – yet prove to be a relief. Also, they were used to emphasize the silence of Elisa, a mute girl who needs assistance to convey her thoughts.

Zelda: Never trust a man, even if he looks flat down there.

She gets her special YELLOW(I hated that) colored subtitles, except for one intense scene where Giles and Elisa discuss breaking out the creature from the lab.

Giles: But, he’s not even human!

Elisa: If we don’t help, so are we!!

Sight & Sound

That’s the theme of The Shape of Water. Now, I was mesmerised by it. And, it set the overall tempo of the movie. How things progress, the mood and the rise and fall where all timed to and in-sync with Alexendare Desplat’s beautiful music.

But, all the while I had a similar piece of music in my head. A similar romantic theme, going on in loops and taking me away a little and deep into the story in the same while.

That’s right, that’st the Oscar-winning score for Up by Michael Giacchino. I don’t know where they strike together – but they do somehow. And, it’s just splendid to see such a well made movie, in the present when I’m dallying with a similar situation. Unrequited or not,

Love is,
Most natural painkiller there is.

LOVE. Most natural painkiller there is.

William S. Burroughs, with his crazy book ‘The Naked Lunch’ almost challenged the prowess of Kafka and his ‘Metamorphosis’.

His last words

As Maria recounts the dark and disturbed style of Burroughs has a change of heart as he’s nearing his end.

Only thing can resolve conflict is love… Pure love.
Love? What is It?
Most natural painkiller there is.

The poetic words ask of the reader to come to an agreement with a soul that’s at peace. These are not ramblings of a dying man, there’s no agony or regert in these powerful words. More like, he’s lived a filling life – and is urging the readers to guide their pursuit in the right direction. I was guided to an another, rather closer & deeper look at love, thanks to Maria & her blog.

The battle of the sexes

Iris Murdoch & Brigid Brophy belonging to the same field, and sex had an interesting and romantic life fighting their attraction for one another.

One day you’ll realise that I’m not wise or detached enough to “do anything about you” which would be up to much, given that I can’t produce the essential goods: and then perhaps you will accept me as just a poor bastard who struggles along through life in a muddled way, and your old friend. Do not be obsessed or in pain, darling. How unnecessary it seems. Yet how much time one spends thus. I wasn’t drunk, incidentally, and love (properly understood) does make the world go round.


With much of that world-propelling stuff, Brigid, ever your unsatisfactory old


How unnecessary & yet

As older ‘I’ points out, all the pain and efforts in pursuit to win over a soul is in fact unnecessary. In an attempt to find our sense of belonging and purpose, we settle to find someone who will embrace all that we are.

Here, Iris is struggling through life, as she’s unclear as to what needs to be done. She’s clear of her love for Brigid, but her confusion is towards sex. She clearly suggest that she couldnt produce the essential goods, yet she wants to be accepted as a struggling artist going through emotions. It’s more of a plea to accept her confused soul as is, rather than asking her to change phgsically or mentally. It’s not clear if Brigid asked for the changes, or the inevitable anxties of love that’s at play at Iris’s heart.

How much I wish you would keep a true woman’s eye and love me still and know not why…

With love


More and more, the correspondence thickens with love and desperation for each other.

I certainly don’t feel any inhibition about asking for your heart. I ask for it shamelessly and need it…

Reading thoughts of Iris, we are clearly how obsessed and infused she is with thoughts of love, that its turning out to be an attachment that she’s open to admit it without any regards of ego or denial. It’s not clear what she wants from the relationship, but it’s crystal that she has subtitles her heart to Brigid.

These letters remind me of the painful communique between a odd couple in Dostoevsky’s novella Poor People. But, here we only find the insight of of the person in torment, as we try to analyse, understand and educate yourself through the emotions of a writer in an attempt to better our personal pursuit of romance, I hope the readers align with me in wishing that the writers had a filling romance as the one we search for.

It’s good to be in business #advertising

All morning I spent enough time on the internet to go through countless Adverts. Most of them were Video Ads, married well with brilliant songs. The Believer, from Imagine Dragons, is quite enticing – and the people of Sneaky Pete took to it in their Season 2 trailer for Prime. Having new earworms is just a sign of good advertising efforts, and I used this opportune time to revisit my old collection of AVs.

This is what I like

A friend of mine gave me that answer while I was in college. Back then, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Today, I feel amazed that I’m working as a copywriter and a creative.


I was the most skeptical kid you would have encountered, going through college life with not much of motivation and clarity. But, I kept at it. Attending the classes that I wanted to, and pissing off the students and staff alike to get my way. Come to think of it, those days were pretty interesting and quite funny in retrospect.

What kept me inline?

The continual dip in literature has paid off well. And, I stayed inspired to write and persisted in spite of my procrastination. Thanks to William Blake, The Bard, Paul Schrader, Jim Jarmusch and Krzysztof Kieślowski for keeping me inspired. Now, I’m journeying through ideas from around the world to educate myself on the industry happenings.

Maturing like Wine

Seems as though I’m having a ball of a time that it doesn’t at all feel like work. I’ve come to re-understand the importance of ‘State of Mind’ – which directly affect the vocab, flow and tonality of any written piece.

I’m writing far too less. Weighing my words, one by one. Editing, scrapping and re-adjusting the sentences to make them sound better. But, I have lots to learn. Instead of sticking on or blinding myself with the single – ‘stream of conscious’ writing that I enjoyed ( still do) with all the years in my precious diaries, now I’m open to other styles as well. And, I have been learning to keep the words flowing, like a smooth transitioning Brook.

The adage that ‘you don’t have to work a day if you love your job’ is true.

Take this piece from Blind

“We’re looking for graphic designers, animators, editors, writers and many more to join our team as interns this Fall. No formal education required—just good work and a good attitude. International applicants welcome.

You will work in our studio, with our team in Santa Monica, on real projects and earn some real dough while you’re at it.”

It’s a piece that  I’m envious of, I love the way how it flows; how easy it is to read, precise, concise, cogent and well worded with enough information. A pinch (or punch if you’re an Al Pacino fan) of humour, that conveys the kind of people they are. ‘No formal education required’ & ‘International applicants welcome’ – that’s pretty damn open and warmly welcoming.

It could be written by Janice, please check her site. And, find below a peek at the wit of clever Janice.


FADS in the communication industry

By FADS I mean Fake Ads, or advertising that boost up the superficial aura of a product or brand under the pretense of excellence. Hello Apple!!

The need to fake it

When any upstart tries to make it in their business they have to muster all they could to make it. But, as they grow as an organisation, investors pile in their money to make more. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the board members who come along with the financiers are not so keen on innovating or change per se.

And, the need to fake it bestows amongst themselves and they don’t bat an eye. To boost up their stock price, the once good innovators (iPod) come up with tech (touch bar) that’s almost obsolete.

Keeping the fight up

Apple will never admit that they have failed to make something new. The story of how they make their own old tech slow is evident enough that they have lost all their credibility.

Thinking back, I’d appreciate the efforts of Samsung in apologizing for their Note 7 fiasco. Cheil India did a great job with ‘Service’ ad and ‘Tech School’ ad in helping Samsung regain the deserved credibility.

Some plus points

OnePlus is a company that has been surprising their customers with cost effective tech to the power users. But, they don’t come off well with their superficial offers.

A Star Wars limited edition that’s exactly the same as other ‘5Ts’, but with a back design that could be obtained via custom skin?

If, only if the pricing were the same one could sit back and appreciate their efforts in doing the bit more to satisfy their customers. But, they opted to release a ‘Lava Red’ version as well.

End note: Fads don’t last

Fake advertising that’s brilliantly planned and executed will for sure backfire (not a pun Samsung). If the product is surely innovative, it’s not hard to sell it. And, good salesmen find the true USP of the product to sell it, to the right people in the right market.

It is hard to make a product so freaking perfect that it sells itself (iPhone), but no matter how much shillings are shelled over a bad product (Fire Phone) it wouldn’t make a difference in the long run.

Chennai and I

I’ve made a post already on how I learned to love Chennai. This is a continuation and further explanation. I rarely feel all warm and cuddly, maybe it’s the oxytocin; maybe I’m in love with someone or something.

The people

People of Chennai hail from a variety of places and make the city their own home. Which is true for most metropolitan cities, but unlike bengaluru this one’s filled to the brim with Tamil people.

I must say that I feel completely in awe and that’s because the people of Chennai have accepted me as their own.

What has changed?

When I was in college I had to commute to and fro atleast a 10 kms in the rush hour with the pollution and heat.

The heat, yes. Chennai is known for its heat. And my change of perception could be attributed to the tolerable climate that we have now. Also, unlike other Decembers this one’s a bit sane without any natural or artificial calamities.

Times a factor

Since I’ve roamed cluelessly among the streets of Chennai, right from Adyar, Velachery and Saidapet. The magnitude of the landscape and it’s luxuries were overwhelming and a bit frightening at first. But, I have finally accepted the city’s pace and most probably it has accepted me.

The police

I had to deal withVthe cops of the city on the most rarest of occasions. Once to get back my iPhone, and the other was to make a complaint on a fraudulent corporate. At those instances it was hard to talk to them, as they had the upper hand. I had to bribe and get of their premises.

The other instances were smooth. I was shocked to see an honest cop in the city who sent me off with a warning. I had my papers, but refused to take the long and damaged road to get around the overpass.

The conclusion

Chennai is a place where you can be left alone if you want. If you need help people will be more than happy to help you. But, if you’re at the wrong place at the wrong time – you could be taken for a fool.

Chennai has its fair share of pubs and beaches. Movie watching experience isn’t that great I agree, IMAX is the only exception.

Commuting is a breeze if you know the routes and timings to whizzpast the poor crowd.

A short cut

I take this opportunity to share a short cut, which was imparted to me by a clever girl in a scooter.

If you find yourself stuck in the sterling road signal from Loyola, trying to reach Kilpauk – this will be useful.

Right around the third gate at your left there will be a ‘in gate’ sign. Take that left and strroom in and out to escape a bit of traffic.

There’s a similar route to evade the Velachery signal, if you’re coming from the railway station.

Take a left before the signal, make a right and strroom out of the traffic and ahead the signal.

There you go, make Chennai your home by learning little shortcuts and timings to ease up your commute and more.

Aruvi: an analysis, after a conversation with Arun the auteur

Disclaimer: Please watch the movie before reading this post. There are limited spoilers

Reality is stranger than fiction

Can a filmmaker be this humble? This reminds me of an inspiring quote:

A director needs humility, do you have humility?

(This post is more from an emotional side of me. So, please forgive me if it shows my ADHD.)

It is easy to understand and appreciate the movie (more) if you know the nature and way Arun has molded his aesthetics towards film language. Balu Mahendra’s tutelage is apparent, which the audience get to know through the little anecdotes and approach Arun reveals in the discussion.

The discussion took place in a crowded place, where the usual crowd of film enthusiasts and wannabe directors were amassed by the regular audience. There were people of varying ages, especially an annoying old man who kept interrupting and disturbing the crowd.

The discussion

The introductory speech was rather short and Arun dived right into the discussion. There were conversations going on, a sort of man to man instead of a defending artist or filmmaker trying to make his case. He even accepted that some of the scenes could be taken wrongly by certain people.

I had my share of conversation and even met him through an old connection. But, the interesting side of things was to see the minute observation of the film by the crowd members, I must admit that I was a little hurt that I couldn’t notice the visual metaphors the filmmaker has employed.

Q1: Why not a deeper conversation?

Popping out with terms like Nihilism and Narcissism, I wanted to know why he didn’t delve any deeper. The answer was more than convincing, and a bit more revealing on the subject matter of the film.

The film doesn’t speak about feminism or decline of a protagonist’s physical or mental health. Rather it is a conversation starter on the decline of humanity, especially in the media circle.

The auteur uses his opportunity to create lovable characters and puts them through a brief & rough ordeal. He proclaims it was rather free flowing when it comes to the narrative. But, backs it up with a contradictory comment, everything was scripted – right from the catchphrase ‘Rolling sir!!’ to the high ending climax.

Q2: People need hope

He believes it is not an intelligent movie, he’s being humble again. And, says that though Tragedy has a great effect – people need hope in their life. Given the circumstances of politics and cinema in Tamil Nadu, he feels indebted to make a movie with hope and love. Such a humanist, you can be affected by his positive and calm demeanor.

Q3: Plot or fiction

On being asked, what was conceived first – the female protagonist or the TV show bottleneck, he took some time to answer. Debating with himself and finally revealing that it was the TV show plot, he explained that he wanted to show the inhumane state channels are treating their employees & participants.

The female protagonist also was a conscious choice, as is most of the script. As the Aruvi team had to wait for 7-8 months the right one until Aditi Balan showed up. I’m sure the team would have batted the script from all fat and came out with a neat and detailed script that we see translated to film.

Q4: Inception

Just like Roja and Poo, Aruvi is also developed from a newspaper article, which we disregard as a tale. But, the filmmaker took to it as a promising plot and added fine elements from soothing music, brilliant performances and a tightly packed story that rarely goes dull.

Q5: Awry narrative

I just like the way ‘Awry’ sounds, which could be traced back to Arri Gold. Well getting back to the point, the narrative structure of the film is new. A stark turn in the second act, when you are keen on learning or predicting the way it’s going to turn – he ones up on you with an unexpected twist.


I wait until the end of the blog, as I make it up as I go – to let it reveal its structure to me. This has invariably turned out to be a vague analysis of the movie and a somewhat detailed reportage of the discussion. I’m happy with what I’ve jotted out, please comment if you have any suggestions.


I have mentioned this before, and I reiterate – good movies are hard to be critiqued or analyzed from a single watch. Go watch the movie and experience it yourself.