Little Ralph and the street dog

Once Ralph went on a walk close to bed time. He was actually staying at his uncle’s house located at the ancient town of Bigfort. As he went through streets that were new to him, a big, mighty dog came out of nowhere. Both dog and Ralph regarded each other for a moment. Then slowly he bent forward and patted its head. The dog started wagging its tail. It then stood on its hind legs and placed its forelegs on his chest. Little Ralph didn’t expect that sudden move and backed off immediately. That dog was aggressively friendly. But only later something told him that it was wrong to move away. That dog was seeking love. It needed love so badly and it thought that he could give it. But it’s sudden movement scared him and turned him away. It’s been six or seven years since that incident, and Ralph still regrets not reciprocating that dog’s love. All it needed was love and he wasn’t able to give it. Ralph loves dogs and he often looks at the faces of the various street dogs that he comes across; some need love, some are content, some don’t care anymore, some want to please the humans around it, some are scared, and some are aggressive leaders of their streets. It’s amazing how dogs in general are beings of pure love and can exhibit human-like emotions. They are capable of showing so much love and they love being loved.

 Sometimes, Ralph feels like that dog that he left behind in that dark street — a dog who seeks love, but doesn’t know how to show it, nor does it know how to handle the love that it receives. 

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The Vow of Superconscious Living

by Swami Kriyananda 

             
I vow from this day forth,

To be true to my higher,

Superconscious Self.

To be a channel of light,

Of blessing and love to all

        

      
To live in joy, not sorrow;

In truth, not error;

In victory, not failure

         

   
To blame no one in adversity

but myself,

And then, instead of blame,

To accept responsibility,

With God’s help,

For changing myself.

        
Aum Guru!

2015 in review (a summary of my blogging activity)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Thani Oruvan — Movie Review

I just came back home from the theatre a few minutes ago after watching this movie for the second time, and I have to say that I am really surprised that director Mohan Raja has done such a fantastic job. The movie doesn’t have one single scene that could be called unnecessary save for a single song sequence. The movie has just a single song in it and I don’t remember the last time when I saw such a Tamil movie. I am really surprised by the fact that Mohan Raja has gone strictly by following the rules of screenplay writing. He has shown us only what we needed to see and it is such a tightly knit screenplay. The highlight of the movie is the character of Siddharth Abhimanyu, played so well by Arvind Swamy. Siddharth is a monster who would stop at nothing to achieve his goals and he is understandably the crowd favourite. I would have loved to see some special build-up scenes for him, you know, like him walking in slow-motion with a cool background score? There were so many opportunities for the director to do that, but Mohan Raja chose not to. As I said, this is a zero-fat movie — there are strictly no unnecessary scenes. I loved the background score throughout the movie — “HipHop” Thamizha has done a great job.  The movie packs some powerful dialogues and the main character of the movie, Mithran, has been played to perfection by Jeyam Ravi. Nayanthara’s character was cute and it fits perfectly into the story line. There are no unnecessary anything in this movie.

Things that I loved about the movie:

  • Tightly woven screenplay
  • Siddharth Abhimanyu
  • I loved how both the protagonist and the antagonist fall into an obsession over each other and towards the end they even like each other! That was a nice touch.
  • Background score

Kudos to the team for making such an enjoyable movie! I hope to see more such films and more of Arvind Swamy in Siddharth Abhimanyu like characters.

thani oruvan