Saturday, October 29, 2011

Angels and Gypsies

Long silence and finally I have dragged myself back to really few readers. I swear, when I see the page hits increasing....I feel assured of the fact that I am not being narcissistic by assuming that I have a way with words. By the way... Happy Diwali everyone. I had a fantastic Diwali back at my grandparents' in Jaipur. Got home last night.

Listening to my favorite song once again... IRIS by goo goo dolls. Reminds me of the movie it was in."City of angels" a 1998 American movie starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas cage. It is a remake of 1987 German movie Der Himmel über Berlin or Wings of desire. The original is a spectacular masterpiece,The film is about invisible, immortal angels who populate in Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human inhabitants and comfort those who are in distress. Even though the city is densely populated, many of the people are isolated and estranged from their loved ones. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely trapeze artist. The angel chooses to become human so that he can experience the human sensory pleasures, ranging from enjoying food to touching a loved one, and so that have a chance at human love with the trapeze artist. The film is shot in both a rich, sepia-toned black-and-white and color, with the former being used to represent the world as experienced by the angels. The movie captures the beauty of Berlin impeccably and the play between black and white and colored sequences is well thought. The cinematography is seductive, mesmerizing....the movie seems like a vision that appears in your sleep. Too beautiful for words.

I wish what they showed in this movie were true, I mean the existence of angels. The reassuring touch and the comfort they give to people, I actually want it to be true. It is very rare when I see a movie and cry, in this one I did. To be able to feel in itself is a gift. Be it hunger, Pain or Love.... Feeling.... I suppose there is no bigger entity than that. More than just sensing stimuli, it is about having another set of structured senses which makes us who we are.

From laughing on a pointless joke to being head over heels....its feelings to the core. These feelings are a result of complex biochemical processes which I have no idea about! But I do believe there is something more to it, there is a bigger reason why it is there. When I am thinking deeply about it, it is actually making a lot more sense! How does a mother care for her baby? How did the first mother figure out how to feed her baby? How did the first baby know that she was his mother? Why is the word maa and mumma prevalent in most cultures and languages? It is all feelings, resultant of our complex neurological system and our hormones. These scientific reasons are mere ways of implementing these little miracles of life and the one who has conspired this certainly a great power.

The great power has set the weather dial to a little cold here in Delhi. The autumn is fading and winter is slowly tip toeing towards us. My hands feel colder each day, my mind feels lazier getting up each morning, the autumn break will finish soon and college will come calling. I really don't know how will I pull myself out of the bed on Monday. O Monday!Dreadful Monday! Suddenly I am sounding like Garfield!

ITP (Integrated Term Project) is on its way, I have been working on it (on and off) and my theme is the Romani Gypsies. My catchphrase for it will be "A heart without a home". Actually these innocent folk originated from Rajasthan, India. They left their homeland and made there way to the west about a 1000 yrs ago....while the west has never welcomed them. They have still, adapted to the ways of the west, merged their own music dance and culture with the one in west. In spite of suffering and living through all the pain and discrimination over the years, they are known for their festivity and colors. I hope it turns out the way it is in my head right now....though it is very early to say.

I saw this really awesome video by Lev Yilmaz.... I really love his work. So, Ill leave you with that video in the end! Toodles!

P.S. Yet again, the pictures in this post are some of my attempts at taming myself to use the camera. :)


  1. nice..u write well,,but i cldnt find connection btwn angels and gypsies..thy shld b a part of dfrnt posts mayb..newys i lvd ur description on "feelings"...beautiful dscrptn.. :)