Last Word

by sunil on May 10, 2017

Back in UK and listened to Last Word ( Radio 4); this week’s list has been Robert Pirsig, Shobha Nehru, Michael Ballhaus, Leo Baxendale, Bruce Langhorne; some of the most interesting talents ever. Add to that Jonathan Demme last week and the great Ueli Steck this week ( oh! BTW Ueli’s death is the true meaning of the word tragic, not how the adjective gets sprinkled over every other death) yet what a beautiful death – to die doing what you love, that even death has to bow before your passion. 


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Things to live for : 

by sunil on January 14, 2017

Last week during a conversation I was asked to randomly write about 10 things that is worth living for in this world right now. 
Here’s my take, random, first written on a tissue paper in a cafe : 
Choice : just the concept of choice is so fascinating; the ability to make a conscious choice – in anything from food to eat to who to live with, everything. We have been given this chance to make a conscious choice – I find it immensely beautiful. Without grasping its full meaning and purpose I think life can’t be lived to the fullest extent.
Women: Their mystery, beauty and their ability to give you such unconditional love is a reason to live. To me, without any doubt, women, are the most interesting people in the world.
Coffee: A well pressed double espresso in the morning. Even it’s aroma. You can’t top that.
Silence : its expanse, its mystery and its possibility when the mind is fully conscious. Followed it from choice.
Flanerie : In my view the greatest activity in civilization is to idly walk around absorbing the entirety of a new city – it’s a conversation, a rhythmic dance, an imprint of civilisation on consciousness and vice versa.
Love : the ability to feel it – in its entirety the grand overwhelming passion – its madness and vulnerability, its strength and weakness. Even if only once, even if it is transient. 
Language : Our only tool to link our silences within to the world outside, that we are compelled to use it athough we know it’s corrupt most of the times. You can’t trust language but you can’t distrust her either, this precariousness is incredibly seductive.
Nature: her monumental presence – a promise and reassurance by a routine commonality like a wave crashing on a shore or the sun coming up the horizon. Or the uniqueness in all the gorgeous beauty : a galaxy in its own little dance. I admire her indifference and nativeness.
Mediterranean cuisine: So dishes around the world can be selectively delectable, for all , for few, but this is THE food of the civilisation and there can be no arguments about this.
Death : I think both as a concept and an act is worth living for, because it is so arcane and intriguing. It is the fairest and totally incorruptible aspect of life. It treats everyone alike.

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A.A. Gill is Away

December 11, 2016

All he does is lung cancer. This is his river, tumours his trout. ~A.A. Gill writing about his Consultant Oncologist, December 2016 The Idea that a death is tragic has been desensitised by the post-modern media to an extent that if you ask any 30 year old what is the meaning of tragic she simply […]

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Left Feminism vs Kellyanne Conway

November 17, 2016

I’m sorry this will be the last one on the US politics ( mostly because I had missed out on them whilst travelling) Many of the so called left liberals seem to believe that Feminism is just expecting Hillary to be President because she is a woman! Kellyanne Conway who managed Trump’s campaign is such a smart, […]

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Teasing out your own influences…

November 7, 2016

With the growing Pixelbank I haven’t had much time to go through them to study, well, or even gaze intently after they had been snapped and stored in the hard drive. Yesterday for some other reason was passing through the highway of the hard drive and stumbled onto these two snaps that I had clicked last […]

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Design….

November 5, 2016

It is just a bottle. A simple concept. But the true idea is to have enough pride in your work that you want it to achieve perfection. And perfection is how you achieve immortality.

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THE Indonesia

September 5, 2016

I’m reading two books on Indonesia. One, a rereading -VS Naipaul’s Beyond Belief. Well, I didn’t actually mean to start reading it again, but the recent trip to Indonesia made me look for one or the other reference that I had be recalling, so I found myself picking up the book so often, and,  for so […]

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New baby!

September 5, 2016

The LUMIX GF7 mirrorless. Very compact and portable. But don’t like it as much as the previous one, which, at the moment, lies in the relative comfort of the repair shop than being foisted around from place to place.

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The Thin Red Line 

July 24, 2016

Yes, yet another fanboy post! I know, Incredible at my age! But then but then…. The Thin Red Line : Watched it again, yes AGAIN ( the only movie I carry on iPad all the time) on the flight from Bali to Sydney. It’s like a whiskey – ripe and complete, I don’t know whether […]

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Sonnet Wars…

March 5, 2016

Old Draft that has been lying about a while:   This post should have gone into the ‘Dewey ‘ section of the blog but I found the content remarkably amusing and witty to have not shared it with my regular readers here. I am reading Paul R Walker’s The Feud that sparked… ..   The […]

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MMXVI

January 2, 2016

Happiness, by its nature and definition is transient. Let’s try being reasonable, let’s try diligence, let’s try being honest towards oneself, let’s try stillness and gratitude. If we have to desire anything, desire nothing at all.    

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Setsuko Hara

November 26, 2015

  1920-2015 An actress with a mild but incredible screen presence.  Easily a combination of one of the most disarming smiles and radiant eyes I have seen. Shame we get to hear the news of her passing away nearly 100 days after. 

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Notes on Left Radicalism 

November 26, 2015

I don’t know how many have heard of or remember Michael Oakeshott ( IMO is one of the most under-rated philosophers). Michael Oakeshott:   He once wrote ”….In political activity men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination…” This quote captures […]

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