Diary-Writing=Blogging????

Yesternight, my younger sister – Janet – came home after her first year exams! 🙂 So, after many months, all of us are together again! 🙂 It feels great, obviously. But today has been kind of a bad day. Don’t know why but I’ve been feeling a little low. Actually, I hate Fridays; I’ve always hated them for some reason or the other. And I’ve rarely had happy Fridays (except maybe when I was back in college).

Even right now, sitting here, thinking of what to write for today, I’m blank. There’s a certain kind of monotony settling in right now, a sort of pattern in the way I spend my days. And I HATE that! I absolutely hate monotony in life and can get easily demotivated by it. Which is probably why I’m feeling low right now. Because I seriously can’t put my finger on any other possible reason!

You know what? Janet never really reads my blog. But recently, when I asked her, she told me that she read the last few posts, through the updates in Facebook. I was extremely happy when I heard that. So, when she came, I asked her what she thought about it. She was like “It’s more like diary writing, I thought blogging was supposed to be like talking about a specific topic.” She joked that it would have been better if I just started diary writing over on my blog. OK, I admit I was a little disappointed by the nonchalance and lack of appreciation in her comment. But apart from that, I was struck by what she said.

So many people think blogging is about voicing your opinions on serious issues (like politics, current affairs, blah blah). Yes, it is about all that. And so much more. Much much more. Blogging is a platform for you to write about absolutely anything you want. It could be about your thoughts, your take on some issue, improving your writing, talking about experiences, reaching out to similar writers, displaying your talent (photography, writing, art), sharing new information (recipes!!!), just random banter…anything under the Sun.

A blog isn’t exactly a place where people discuss and/or argue about the latest political developments or social issues, although it is certainly a part of blogging. You could just be blogging about your day, what you did or what you went through, or even something as simple as what you ate for lunch. And it would still be called blogging!

(I hope) This is how my readers look like while reading my nonsense 😛

I know my blog is of a personal nature and might seem more like journal entries. But this isn’t how I write in my diary. I CANNOT blog about everything that happens in my life, I can write that in my diary. I do not write elaborately about my crazy thoughts in my diary, I save those for my blog. I do not find like-minded people through my diary, I do it over here. I do not let anyone read my diary (Hell NO!); on the other hand,I want people to read my blog (which clearly points out this is NOT diary-writing for me!). Reading my diary would be utterly boring for others,  while my blog is far more interesting (atleast, that’s what  I hope!). I do not want ‘likes’ and comments on my diary, but I want them here. And, I have to admit, I write a lot more of bullshit in my diary! 😀

I could come up with so many more differences between the two. But, I guess this will do, for now (can’t wait to get my sis to read this!). Let me also add this one bit – I LOVE diary writing! Just as much as I love blogging (though I’m a lot more regular with the latter!). Damn, where did I begin and where have I ended up? Like every other time!! Nothing new, I suppose. Anyway, I hope I’ve made the idea of blogging a tiny bit clearer to all those who thought it was diary-writing! 🙂

Happy weekend to y’all! 🙂

 

A Labour Of Love (& Friendship & Lots More)

I hope I don’t turn into this full-time movie reviewer (or whatever those people are called!). Anyway, there’s a movie that I want to mention (in detail, that is). It’s not exactly a movie movie. It’s a short film named ‘Vazhikatti’ (a Malayalam word meaning someone/something that shows/guides you to a path), created by the final year boys of two classes at my college (most of them being my classmates). Why I’m doing this is because I know the efforts they put into this venture, and I want to do what I can to contribute to it, no matter how small or insignificant it maybe. And writing a post about it seemed like a great idea to me. 🙂

Let me first introduce you to the person who directed this short film – Shalu V.S.

Mekhavarnan (protagonist), Shalu (director) & Abraham (supporting actor)

He is an extremely talented young man, around 21 years of age, and aspires to be a movie director someday. He is so dedicated to fulfilling his dreams and has such awesome ideas. Since we’ve been in the same class for 3 whole years, I know how much this means to him and to the whole crew, which is exactly why I feel so strongly about supporting their efforts. Knowing each one of them makes a huge difference in the way I see the film, because they are guys I talk to and spend time with, on a daily basis. Used to, that is (since college is over).

Let’s get to the movie, shall we? So, Vazhikatti is basically a Malayalam short film (duration: approx. 30 minutes) that conveys a meaningful message. It might not be anything extraordinarily new, it’s nothing that you haven’t seen before. Sometimes, when we are busy travelling a certain path, we forget to look around…and most often, need to be guided onto the right path by someone. It could be a random person, a passer-by, a friend, a relative, anyone. This is the concept behind the movie. It revolves around the life and dreams of Mekhavarnan ,  the protagonist, and portrays how he  becomes successful, helped by a simple advice.

While it may not be anything incredibly notable, if you watch it, keeping in mind that it was done by a bunch of 20 or 21-year-old students (who have a lot of other things to be busy with), I think you will realize the level of their talent. Anyway, I loved the acting, even though their inexperience/unease before the camera is kinda evident in some scenes. The dialogue delivery could have been improved; it seems sort of forced and less natural. Mekhavarnan (the main character) has done a great job; in fact, I guess everyone gave it their best! Even those who did the supporting roles have done it with a dedication that surprised me. 🙂 I was impressed by the cinematography, done by Dhanish. He is one of my very good friends… and man! I was amazed by his work! He is the fun, easy-going kind but when it comes to something to do with a camera, photos, editing and the like, he surprises you completely! Loved his work in the movie! Anooj, another genius in these aspects (& an ardent movie-lover), has done the VFX and hats off to him! I don’t know how he works magic with visuals, but he does it, and he does it great!

Shalu, Martin & Dhanish

The music by Basil & team is beautiful! No other word to describe it better! I loved the background score in so many scenes, and the song (at the end) is strikingly impressive, coming from such young (& amateur) guys! When it comes to direction, Shalu has been completely dedicated and totally into it since the beginning. He has done a great job. For someone so young and lacking in experience, I was awed by his knowledge and ideas. He has a very clear idea about what he wants, what he has to do…and puts in his mind, body and soul into what he does. I sincerely hope his dreams come true. All of us (girls at hostel) keep talking about how, someday soon, we might be watching his movie and commenting about how we were classmates once. 😀

I know I haven’t named everyone who worked behind the movie, nor commented on every aspect of it. Anyway, thumbs up to the whole crew behind Vazhikatti. There are flaws, imperfections. But they have done their best and the outcome is awesome! 🙂 The movie is in Malayalam, and although subtitles are provided, I suppose not all of you might enjoy watching it. Anyhow, do try to watch it, if you can. But above all, please support and encourage them in their future ventures!

For those of you who would like to watch it, here’s the link: