Friday, 16 August 2019

Sacred Games Season 2 Honest Reviews with Ending Explained

Friday, August 16, 2019 By , , No comments



I usually don't write reviews of various TV series or movies I have watched over the years. But then, I rarely have binge-watched something so desperately like Sacred Games Season 2. 8 straight hours from 12 in the morning on Independence Day in 'vain'!

The 'vain' part is debatable because people have different perspective and opinion about these things. But if you know me and my taste in TV series and movies, then perhaps you might associate with the feeling of helplessness I am feeling now. It feels like I have been robbed of my time. Perhaps, had I went ahead with 'The Boys' on Amazon Prime would have been a better deal. But all of this might not be true.

                   

**Review starts here, so if you haven't watched it, you may skip reading the article**

Season 1 ended on a high note where we are left hanging with many questions about the upcoming events. Season 2 did answer everything. Connected the remaining dots from the previous season and presented us with a story which was quite predictable if you happen to cross the first half of the season.

Personally, I felt there were a lot of scenes that had fewer to no sense to it. But yet it was put to our misery. With every episode being close to an hour-long, you expect something good or perhaps a revelation that might create a craving to go for the next episode. In my opinion except the last few and the 1st episode, the season took a monotonous approach. Honestly, I was dragging myself of from 1 episode to another, not to forget the yawn sometimes as well, in the middle.

However, this isn't the first show that gets dragged in the middle that I have watched, but others had something up their sleeves in the end that would wash out the slowness. You feel ecstatic in the end. Perhaps a feeling of good investment and that 'chull' of recommending it to other friends of yours to watch the show comes up immediately; not with this season though. Here, as soon as the season ends, I was searching for a teaser at the end just like Marvel Movies for an answer. I felt betrayed that how could you leave a viewer hanging on a cliff like that. I felt cheated.

                                              

We have seen movies like Inception, Seven, etc that had a thought-provoking end. The viewers are left with a lot to discuss. The same happened here as well when you are left ablaze where Sartaj Singh actually is able to disable that Nuclear Bomb or not. However, you may question the intent here. Personally, you would ONLY want him to decipher the code but deep down you know it isn't happening that way. Logically answering, the pattern that he draws and what his brother Shahid dress to activate the Nuclear bomb doesn't match. So, obviously, the bomb would have exploded leaving 8 lakh people dead within the first hour of the explosion, as stated in the series is some episode. But all said and done, you don't want that to accept. Personally, I feel they shouldn't have left it on the viewers to decipher this thing. Because this now creates confusion. A very bad confusion whether the bomb exploded or not. Deep down you might feel it did, but also you wholeheartedly want it the other way round. All this resulting in a sense of despair and confusion. Sigh!

In short, I didn't enjoy season 2 because of how it ends. Therefore, would recommend you to not binge watch it with a lot of expectations. If followed, you might not get disappointed with it, although debatable!

Ciao.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Crazy. Young. Us

Sunday, May 26, 2019 By , , 2 comments




On last Friday, 24th May 2019, I was having a chit-chat with my office colleagues about various things; notably of which was 'how much we have changed in recent years!’


The conversation started when we noticed that the photo on the ID card barely matches the people wearing it. There is a noticeable difference in face and all that jazz around it. They instantly declared my id to be somebody else's. I didn't doubt them. I have changed a lot. 

After this, we began scrolling through each other's Facebook timelines of the early days of Facebook. A steep stretch of embarrassment and a mild smile at the corner of the lips, remembering those old days, could be easily noticed. There were multiple occasions of each person disbelieving it to be themselves who could put a status or share a poem like that EVER in their life. But it was us, we knew. 

While I was scrolling through my Facebook wall, I could see dance videos, relationship advice, and life lessons. Can you imagine, life lessons coming from a 16-year-old me! I was astounded. Or was I? I leave it with you to decide.

Anyways, I scrolled through almost every single post and was enthralled, embarrassed but also proud. Proud because I used to come out of my comfort zone and write all those stuff. I used to put in efforts, form a dance group, set the choreography by hook or crook watching other dance videos. Put in hours to make 1 thing at a time possible. And eventually do it. If I wanted to write a story, I used to put in hours and hours to write 1 perfect (in my mind) story and publish it online on my blog and patiently wait for the likes and comments. Even 1 like and a comment was enough to make my day. Or merely the fact of me publishing it online was orgasmic. 

In short, my younger version was bold enough to do what he wants. And if we all look back, we all might be able to relate to this notion.

After realizing this, I instantly asked this question to myself, why am I not anymore the way I used to be? Why am I not that guy who as per one of my friend, involved-into-something-new-every-day crazy anymore? Why have I lost the touch of experimenting or learning new things? What have I possibly done wrong and thought it to be right which has made me this damn lazy and a serious procrastinator?! And the list of similar questions flooded my mind.

was taken aback. I thought about it for some time, thought about it some more, then some more, but all in vain. It is inconclusive still at my end why most of us feel they are lazy and just passing through their life; not living it to the most!

We all might have our own story around it. But in the end, there is 1 thing in common between all of us. One thing that most of us would agree to become. And that is to be the younger version of ourselves again.

For the same, I have taken a step forward by writing this post and sharing it with you all, just like I used to do once upon a time. Tell me in comments if you agree on what I have stated and what could be possible reasons for us becoming, frankly, boring?

P.S: I couldn’t come up with a suitable title for this post! Sorry! :P



Monday, 17 December 2018

Ek Daud

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

A life-changing theory

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“You are the average of 5 people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn

A lot of people would have come across this quote and would be like- ‘Kya baat kahin he bande ne’ and started counting those 5 people! Mene to kari he bhai, honestly.

So, if you have not done it and are seeing this quote for the first time, please do the above thing. It is fun.

**A long pause**

Now, what is your feeling around it? Are you happy after analyzing your 5 person circle? Or are you dissatisfied thinking ki saala saari problems ka yahin jad he ki circle acha nhi he? Or do you have some mixed reaction?

Whatever your reaction is, do you think you can change the equation of your life by changing those 5 people you hang out the most with? Do you think the average will better with that? Do you think you will be able to achieve more in life?

For many of us, those 5 people cannot be changed. They are an integral part of our lives for various reasons. And even for the people who can change, they cannot entirely replace people and guarantee success, isn’t it?

Matlab, esa nhi heki kal aap utho aur sabko boldo ki aaj se rishta khatam bhai.  Tu apna dekh, me apna dekhtahun! Iske baad se aapki life set! 

Gaaliyon ke saath laat bhi pad sakti he. :P

So, the last question arises, how can we better our lives, if we cannot change the 5 person circle we hang out the most with?

Here comes a simple Statistical concept which might help you.

“Averages tend to change with outliers in the data”

In simple terms, if you have a very big value in your dataset, it will automatically increase the overall average of the group and vice-versa.

In short, if YOU BETTER YOURSELF, EVERYONE WILL BETTER AUTOMATICALLY.

Somebody might think: “Me akele kaiko mehnat karun?”

“Mat kar bhai, joint account khulwa lo sab aur dharamshala me reho”

Ciao.

Friday, 24 August 2018

The Little Things in Life

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We always try to keep the people we love as happy as possible. And often for this we keep thinking of what they need? Perhaps, a nice leather jacket or maybe an expensive handbag. We think of such numerous things that would really jell-up the other person.

Our imagination and the efforts leave no stones unturned in thinking about the ways and stuffs that we can just provide to keep things light and happy. Because we care so much, we attach this care and love with materialistic things.

Quite often it works like a charm. It may work 1 time, 2 time, plenty more times, BUT, there will be a limit to it. And after that limit reaches, and the person we care about seems no more interested and happy with whatever things we buy for them, it leaves us into thinking what exactly went wrong all the way through.

The thought of them being unhappy because of us really keeps us on the edge of everything. The feeling is so terrible that we loose to even ponder about the entire situation.

However, we fail to notice that the little things matter a lot in life. Much more than sheer gifts and goodies.

Do not believe me? Try giving your girlfriend a rose on her birthday. Or write her a love letter. Or maybe, try surprising her with a little meal cooked by you.

Tell me if she would be unhappy even after this. Perhaps, these little things would make a much more impact that those gifts.

Because those gifts can be thrown away. But how can someone throw a memory which has touched the person so deep.

How come I know all this? Experience. I missed giving my gf the thing that she cares the most about on her birthday: a story written by me.

It is not that I didn't try writing one. But we writers know that until something doesn't feel right to us, we do not go with it. We need to be 100% sure of what we put across is coming right through our minds and is not conditional or done under pressure.

I couldn't come up with something ideal, ideal from my perspective. And I skipped writing anything for her altogether. And I thought to compensate all of it through gifts and stuffs. It didn't work out and she is angry.

So, never, ever, ever do anything like that. Pull such stunts only at your own risk.

At the end, I only have this thing to say that I hope she forgives me and that I would always remember to keep the little things on priority as those matters the most.

Happy Birthday to her. :)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

EK AAM KAHANI # 7

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विक्रम एक सॉफ्टवेयर कंपनी में काम करता था। जितनी बड़ी वो कंपनी थी उससे कहीं ऊचे उसके ख्वाब थे। और कहीं न कहीं अपने ख्वाबो को पूरा करने के प्रेशर में वो टेंशन में रहता था। परन्तु उसका स्वभाव दुसरो को अपना दुखड़ा सुनाने वालो जैसा नहीं था। बल्कि वो मुश्किल को सहजता और द्रढ़ता के साथ संभालता था।
परन्तु आज वो बहुत दुखी था। आज एक बिज़नेस डील उसके हाथ आते आते निकल गयी। ये डील उसकी लाइफ पलट देती। वो विदेश की यात्रा भी कर पाता जो की उसका बचपन से सपना था।



'हर कुत्ते का बुरा दिन आता है ' ऐसा आपने नहीं सुना होगा क्यूंकि किसी ने  शायद ही कहीं कहा हो इस आर्टिकल के अलावा। खैर, इस कहानी में अभी विक्रम के बुरे दिन चलते है। आदमी कितना भी सेहेंशिये क्यों न हो , एक न एक समय वो कमज़ोर ज़रूर पड़ता है। ये  वास्तविकता है,  'मर्द को दर्द नहीं होता' सिर्फ अमिताभ जी की फिल्मो में ही हो सकता है। वास्तविक जीवन से इस डायलाग का कोई भी संभन्ध नहीं है। जीवन में मर्द को दर्द भी होता है और आसूं भी निकलते है।

इसीलिए जब भी विक्रम मायूस होता था , वो अपने घर के पास वाली टापरी में जाके शांति के साथ चाय पीता था। वो टपरी चालाने वाले उसके दददू के उम्र के व्यक्ति थे  इसलिए वो उनको दददू तथा उनकी टापरी को 'दददू की टपरी' बुलाता था जबकि उस दूकान का नाम 'श्याम टी स्टॉल ' था। श्याम दददू के बेटे का नाम था जो की कभी कभार टपरी में आया करता था।

उनकी टापरी की चाय विक्रम को सारे दुखो से दूर कर देती थी।  एक अलग सा सुकून था उस जगह में। और क्यूंकि विक्रम वह कई दफा आता रहता था तो उनके बीच में एक घनिष्ट सी बन चुकी थी। दददू विक्रम की कहानी बखूबी जानते थे वो विक्रम दददू  की। विक्रम उनको अपने दादा जी जैसा मानता था। एक बार उनकी अचानक से तबियत ख़राब हो गयी थी , तब इलाज के पैसे विक्रम ने ही दिए थे।

आज भी विक्रम उसी टापरी जाता है। आखरी बार वो २ हफ्ते पहले आया था वहां। मायूस विक्रम टापरी में पोहोचता है।

'दददू एक कप चाय देना ', वो धीमी आवाज़ में कहता है।

उसके सामने चाय आ जाती है। वो उत्साहित होक चाय अपने हाथो में लेता हे वो ऊपर देखता है। ऊपर देखते ही उसकी ख़ुशी थोड़ी कमतर हो जाती है। उसके सामने श्याम खड़ा रहता है। वो उससे पूछता हे की दददू कहा है।

'उनकी पिछले हफ्ते हार्ट अटैक से डेथ हो गयी '

ये जवाब सुनते ही विक्रम के पैरो टेल ज़मीन खिसक जाती है। उसे समझ नहीं आता की ऐसा कैसे हो सकता है। उसकी सारी  सुध जैसे घास चरने चली गयी हो, इस प्रकार वो अचंभित बैठा रहता है। फिर थोड़ी देर बाद वो बिना चाय पिए , चाय के पैसे देके वहा से चला जाता है।

कुछ दिनों बाद वो उस टपरी में शायद फिर से आये। शायद उसे यहाँ आके पहले से भी अच्छी चाय मिले। परन्तु जो सुकून दददू के रहने पे मिलता था वो अब कभी नहीं मिलेगा। आखिर खुशी और सुकून चीज़ ही ऐसी है। जगहों और वस्तुओं से कम और लोगो से ज़्यादा मिलती है।

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Life After You Start Working

“Bhai, kal tu college ja raha he?”
“Nhi!”
“Chal me bhi nhi jayunga fir”

Felt nostalgic, a little? I sure did.



And this brings me to the first thing you cannot do when you start working, which are such implusive emotional decisions. If you disagree, then remember the number of times you have taken an unplanned leave on a Monday?!

Due to such and many more small yet significant things, I miss the college days and I am sure a lot of you feel the same. After all, those were the days when you could take emotional decisions freely, bunk the classes without hesitation and had a group of friends called your gang who always stuck around through all your highs and lows.

However, now, after you have started working in a company, the table has turned. Performance ratings and appraisals have wiped off emotions and caged in ‘aaj kuch tufaani karte hai’ moments which were in plenty during the college days.

Now, the most tufaani moment is to get that trouser fit in, after compressing that next-to-pregnant-belly, a little, and to leave the office at 6 pm on Friday.

Also, you spend every single day thinking about making more money and using the same to find happiness, which was free back in the college days.

A lot of other changes have come as well, like back then, when you couldn’t afford a McD meal on your own, sadly now, when you can, you don’t have friends to share it with!
Also, in college, when a cup of chai with friends was enough to make our day. Now, even a team party at a lavish 5-star hotel doesn’t give that sort of satisfaction.

Honestly, no matter how many friends you make in your professional life, the place in your heart that your college buddies have can never be replaced (unless one of them went on to be your gf and then ex-gf) because, ‘Aur bhosdike, kaisa he?!’ is more pleasant to the ears than ‘Hey, how are you?!’ (unless coming from a total stranger)

At the end, am pretty sure you too had one hell of a ride this year. A lot of changes would have come, new promises made, few broken, people were left behind, certain life changing decisions would have been taken. 

In fact, a couple of your friends would have even gotten married. But all this while, even if you were not the best version of yourself. Maybe, you couldn’t commit to what you promised at the start of this year. Or perhaps, your office life is totally a lost case, believe this and just remember your college day. Maybe, it won’t fix the current situation you are in, but it would definitely break the stress and lighten the tension, which in most cases is enough to get going.

P.S: Call your college friends more often. Those people are definitely a great stress reliever. Believe this. Ciao!