I am the frustrated poet.
The exam stress is cracking the living daylights out of me….
So Khuda Mera Bhi Hai came to it’s expected end yesterday.This drama was such a game changer with it’s daring approach to intersex genders, identity and acceptance.Proves that Pakistani audience is mature enough to digest and applaud sensitive content.All you needed was some good story telling and a stellar cast.Honestly it was long play by our usual standards with a whopping 24 episodes but larger than Life characters like these demand a complete closure.
What fascinated me the most about Khuda Mera Bhi Hai was the amount of significance some character’s names carried here and the things they foretold.
Let’s take a look at these names:
NOOR : The protagonist of this play a is transgender person who’s birth causes serious rift between his parents and the samaj calls him a source of distress and burden. I kinda of loved how Mahi named her kid Noor which means light.Through out her life Mahi proves that her child was not a dark night balkey he was a beacon of light for her and all those who were like him.
MIKAEEL : There comes a time when Noor is disowned by his own biological father and no school is brave enough to enroll him.Enter Mikaeel; a man who comes out of nowhere and fills the void in his life.He’s a surrogate father and mentor shielding him from the world’s ridicule.I mean the guy is like an angel to Noor and Mahi and is literally named after an angel too.
MAH GUL: Mahgul literally means moon flower or a better meaning would be radiant.Just like a moon waxes and wanes and goes through eclipses, Mahi’s shines through the hardships in her life.
SANAM : This drama’s fan favorite character is befittingly named Sanam or ‘beloved’.Loved how she broke stereotypes and stood up for herself and Mahi.
KMBH was a courageous scrutiny of the stigma surrounding trans population and the hypocrisy and bigotry of our social fabric.Generally I dont watch primetime dramas but am really glad that I followed this one.😍😍
The God of small things by Arundhati Roy
So you brought your copy of TGST with great enthusiasm and now its gathering dust under your bed? Its definitely not your usual pattern of reading but lets face it that a few pages into the book and you’re already dozing off? Why is that so? Is the novel depressing? Yes. Is it pretentious? Ji Bilkul.Does everybody perish in the end? Ye bhi koi puchney wali baat hai??So why exactly are we reading this again?Let’s explore!
“Today I was asked if I was Arundhati Roy’s mother.Never have I been more insulted in my life!!”
“Is it that bad Mother?To be my mother”
The most interesting bit about the book is the writer herself.A divorced architect in her thirties who has had an extremely strained relation with her mother.Roy mirrors Rahel in pretty much all aspects which leaves the reader wondering where the line between fiction blurs with reality.Set in God’s own country( Kerala) fraternal twins Rahel and Estha take you on a journey of overcoming grief and untangling their murky past.The story also dabbles with rise of communism and Naxalites.The writer concludes all this as a backlash to caste system.Its quite interesting as another Indian writer,Aatish Taseer wrote a whole article in the Guardian to prove that Roy is quite biased and hateful towards the common man.
This book is definitely not your usual novel that has a beginning,middle and end but sometimes it’s truly worthwhile to step out of your comfort zone.You definitely won’t like it but you won’t forget it either.
People Quoting Robert Frost :
So I have been thinking about these two instances for a while where two very famous people(Everyone has their opinion about them but that’s not the point of this post) quoted Frost to talk about the most important decisions of their lives.
1.Came across an obituary written by a senior politician on the 27th Dec where he recalls asking Benazir Bhutto about her decision of relocating to Pakistan and pleaded her to rethink in light of all the death threats.She listened to his advice and quoted Frost saying ‘I have promises to keep’
2.In an interview given in 2013 Junaid Jamshed talks about how the song ‘hum kyn chalein uss raah par’ was a nod to Frost’s ‘The road not taken’ as it was a foretelling of him choosing an unconventional path in his life.(There is an article on that song published today in tribune so you can check that out)
Honestly have never been a fan of Frost before and saw him just as someone students are forced to study in school but now I feel like it’s time to revisit his works.
Somehow Moth Smoke kept popping up in the back of my head while reading The Spinner’s Tale.
Come to think of it you can actually draw so many parallels between Sufi and Darashikoh.Two middle class kids exposed to the lifestyle of the rich.Both of them extremely dissatisfied with the course their lives take once school gets over.Unable to comprehend (and deep down accept) that their friends have access to better opportunities.And to make make matters worse both of these gents yearned for the women they could not have.
Not saying that they’re the same but found them similar to each other.I guess the thing that separates them were the choices they made; Darashikoh seemed to tread on a path of self destruction whereas Sufi destroyed everything he touched.
What do you guys think?
‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ is a book most of us associate our childhood with. However revisiting the book as an adult makes one feel that there are some deeper themes at play here.
Recently had a brainwave watching Burton’s adaptation for the umpteenth time that the naughty children’s fate has something to do with the seven deadly sins.Did some research and came across some articles suggesting that C&CF might have been based upon Dante’s long poem ”Inferno’ where the poet visits the seven levels of Hell and sees people getting punished for their sins.