Dec 27, 2012

Lifeblog: This big rollercoaster called 'Life' rides on! (December 2012)

The large Christmas tree at Wafi Mall, Dubai

Before going over the general happenings in my life, I would like to wish all readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 will be a brilliant year for all of us... may God bless us all!

And as for me, well I have it will be by far a better year for me, as 2012 was a very extreme one. An extreme one, because I came across many failures and some success in this same year. One of the biggest failures for me was actually failing in University of Geneva.

All that said and done, October onwards I started moving on towards a whole new world. I joined a private university, where the atmosphere was totally different. The small classes, where you know all your peers and colleagues. The teacher-student relationship, which is actually there. And moreover, personally speaking, at last a taste of success, as I am finally faring well in my studies! I have managed to score consistently well so far, probably being among the toppers of the class. And moreover, I am finally happy in what I am studying! So I guess, it's all going great after a strangely saddening year until October.

However I must keep reminding myself that this is merely a start. I should just keep at it, and keep building on this momentum.

Furthermore, I should keep my eyes open, and be ready to accept whatever event comes in my way, good or bad. And this applies to all of us. Because one of the most inconvenient things about Life is that it is unpredictable.. but it is also one of the most fun things about it! It can be in our favor or against us, but whatever happens, we should learn to keep ourselves happy, and think "What's next?", because the future is what's important for us, not our past. Yes, it's our past that makes us. And I guess, the only useful thing of our past, is that it helps us reflect on where we went wrong, but that is ALL to it. However, thinking over it in a excessive manner (like I do, unfortunately) won't help you get anywhere... because you can't change anything in that part of your life!

And that's where I'd like to bring in the explanation of this post's title. I mentioned a similar thing in one of my first posts, back in 2009... that Life is just like a roller coaster, with all its constant ups and downs and all that. And I guess my opinion on that has still not changed, since that's one of the simplest analogies that comes to my mind when I think of the word 'Life'. I admit it sounds like too simple an analogy, but it is a very direct one.

To end this post, here's coming back to my initial point: Unpredictability of life. It can be a very exciting thing, if what comes in your way are 'pleasant surprises'. If 'big shocks' or even 'bad news' come in your way, then it suddenly turns into something very inconvenient. But whatever happens, one should learn to adapt to the circumstances and quickly think what's ahead.

It may not be an easy opinion to apply, and this is indeed one of my biggest weaknesses in fact! But writing such posts helps me reflect on myself, and I am slowly working on this trait of mine, by finding my own 'coping mechanisms' (be it music, movies or literature).

On that note, let's go ahead and welcome 2013 with open arms! May good times come to all of us! :-)

Sep 26, 2012

Predictions for the T20 World Cup 2012 - from the Super 8s onwards...

Hello all! It's World Cup time! And that too T20 World Cup time! :D

I had made predictions for last year's 50-over World Cup, and they mostly came true, with the main one being India winning the cup. So I guess I've started believing that my predictions can be lucky for the Men In Blue! :)

Thus why I decided to do an encore for this year's T20 World Cup. So here goes, the predictions for the winner of the World T20 2012! :)


Chak de India! :D

(Sorry if this was a biased post... just felt like acting like Paul the Octopus for a second time. Let's hope it works again for the Indian team :D )

Jun 30, 2012

Lifeblog : Choone Hai Taare Issey, Chahiyey Saare Issey! (June-July 2012)

Hello readers :)

After what seems to be like a very long time, I'm finally writing a "Lifeblog" post. For those who don't remember what that's all about, it's infact probably the only time, where my main focus aren't movies, cricket, music, or anything of the sort. It's not about the glittery world of entertainment or sports in this part of my blog. It's infact about the updates in my life (obviously without dwelling into the private details).

So here goes, Lifeblog of June-July 2012.

The title of this post is actually a line of one of my most favorite songs... called "Yeh Zindagi Bhi", (from the movie 'Luck By Chance'), and that line means something like "I want to reach out for those stars out there... I want them, all of them!" (Sorry if my translation isn't perfect. My Hindi is not that great, so feel free to correct me!) This line (or atleast my interpretation of it!) somewhat reflects my mindset.. hungry for success, just waiting to get a taste of it. I have completed both semesters of my first year in International Relations, and they didn't go well. Now the fate of my current studies depends on the final batch of exams in August-September. I now have two months ahead of me to prepare well for those exams, and give it my best shot! And *touchwood* if all goes well (they should and they will!), it will finally be an inch of success in my academics.

Though, sometime I wonder... where is my Life taking me? Why can't things be more predictable, and easier to know in advance, so that I can plan my Life in a better way? Why do obstacles come in the way to weigh down my chances of doing well? So many questions alas... yet only one God is there up in the heavens, and am assuming he's doing his best to give everybody what they deserve.

It's true that I believe a lot in Destiny, though I don't like to blame everything on it, or give credit only to that factor. In fact, I had written one of my first blogposts about this very same topic. Luck, Destiny, Faith, and all that. Interestingly, my opinion on that hasn't changed since almost two and half years, which is when I actually wrote my blogpost! (Here's the link for those who want to give it a look: )

So yes, we all sometimes have the tendency to look up in the sky and wonder "What the heck is that Almighty one up there doing to my life" which is normal I would say. But it shouldn't be beyond that. Because God isn't here to sink us.. nor is He here to elevate us.

In fact, few weeks back I found an interesting read in my room.. it was the Bhagavad Gita. And i'm not at all into spirituality, nor am I a very good Hindu to be frank with you people. But I do believe in God, and the power of this divine literature, with all the wisdom and knowledge it brings to you. So I decided to read and understand the Gita whenever I get the time. Anyway coming to the point: in the Gita, even the Almighty Lord Krishna tells to Arjuna, that God is not an enemy nor a friend of ours! There is no partiality that God keeps towards anybody.. but yes, he blesses the ones who worship him, but that's all.

I've copy-pasted the section of the Gita which talks about that, and it's a very interesting part. So here you go:

Bhagavad Gita
Chapter 9 Text 29

samo ’ham sarva-bhutesu
na me dvesyo ’sti na priyah

ye bhajanti tu mam bhaktya
mayi te tesu capy aham

I am equally disposed to all living entities; there is neither friend nor foe to Me; but those who with loving sentiments render devotional service unto me, such persons are in Me and I am in them.

So bringing this back into my context, I can say that it's not been an easy year for me. But I'm not giving up as of now, and I have lots to do for the upcoming batch of exams. Sure it can be disheartening, and yes you do tend to wonder if God is really giving you a fair life. But it isn't His job to give you a fair life, he is only here to give you his blessings.. through his many forms, whether it is through the parents or the siblings, or even the very close friends, who are here to bless you. Keep the goal in mind, take the support of those who believe in you, and go for it. And then, leave the rest to Luck, God or whatever you feel like calling it.

In the words of one of my most favorite characters from an animated movie:

"Funny. I guess destiny isn't the path chosen for us, but the path we chose for ourselves." - Megamind

Thanks for reading this blogpost, friends. Hope you enjoyed reading it. And on a positive note, thank you tons for having brought my blog to an amazing milestone: 7000 pageviews!

On that note, I say Cheers!

Santhosh Muraleedharan

Apr 17, 2012

The Avengers (2012) - I'm part of the hype.. oh yes, I am!

The Avengers... now this is a movie, which a huge majority of fans are looking forward to. It's entirely justified. And I'm putting the emphasis on the word "entirely".

You take five superhero movies. Different stories, coming from different eras, different contexts, or different places of the universe even! But they all come together in ONE MEGA-SEQUEL. And that's Avengers for you.

Most of my friends from my friends-circle over here in Geneva, actually know how excited I am for this flick. And it's funny and ironical, because I never knew that I would turn out to be such a big fan of this Marvel Cinematic Universe. (As it is called by the makers)

It all goes back to Iron Man, back in 2008. Initially when the name itself came out, knowing nothing about it, I used to make fun of it: "A superhero with powers of being made out of Iron? What a joke" Well, I then saw the movie, and was totally impressed. Robert Downey Jr. was a-ma-zing in this role. I took back my words, and how.

And then, chronologically speaking, The Incredible Hulk came out, in 2008 as well. But before that, I saw Iron Man 2 (2010). Interestingly, even then, I was rather sure that it wouldn't be as good as the first flick, like most sequels. But wow, there were scenes that were mind-blowing and yet again, I took back my words.

And when the promos of Thor (2011) and Captain America (2011) were out, I saw that Marvel was planning this big sequel, for all these five movies. Which I found rather interesting, a concept.

So, before watching Thor, I decided to watch The Incredible Hulk. It was really nice, but not as great as the other flicks by Marvel. But for the sake of knowing every character's story, I was glad I saw Hulk. It was nice in its own way.

And then came Thor. I even saw it with my Dad, who is not that a big fan of superhero movies. And he loved it as well! It was beautifully narrated, and the characters and settings were perfectly conceptualized.

Finally, the story of the "First Avenger", Captain America. A very inspiring character, played by a very apt Chris Evans. A superhero movie, with lots of morals behind it.

By the end of these five movies, I was really curious. Can Marvel really pull this off?? Well, that's when Promo number one came out.

Well, that's where the excitement started. And it didn't end there... then, they released Promo number two.

Initially I didn't even like Hulk's new look... but now I'm starting to fall for his part as well!

So yes, overall: The Avengers? I'm going to DEFINITELY catch it on the big screen, and in 3D. Can't wait! Bring it on, Marvel!

Here's a bonus, for the fans who can't get enough of the clips:

Cheers! :) Or "suit up", in the words of Capt Rogers! ;)