Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Manorama Six Feet Under

Note: This review contains spoilers.

This movie is a work of art. Most of the mystery is cliche(Actually it's a remake of Roman Polanski's Chinatown(1974)} but the way story unfolds--layer by layer of mystery inside mystery inside mystery revealing itself with the passage of time keeps audience hooked to the screen. 

After half an hour into the film, I thought it's not worth being watched--poor sound track, poor performances by Gul Panag(especially) and Abhay Deol and poor cinematography. But I was wrong--even after an hour into the film, I was under the impression that it's yet another regular cliche mystery movie wrapped inside poor performances--but again I was wrong because there was more to the mysteries--they were convoluted.

I must admit that climax of the movie is most disappointing. The last ten minutes or so spoil the premise built by the movie post interval. On the whole Abhay Deol is his usual self and has performed well{This is not to contradict my previous statement where I stated that his performance seemed too bad in the beginning--take for example, the scene where he is on bike--enacting that he is drunk and talking to that lady--Manorama(Sameera)--that is a shoddy piece of acting!). His script selection has been immaculate throughout his career(Except for Honeymoon travels may be!). I don't think that there is any other Bollywood star who has done as many intriguing movies as he has done in his not-too-long career. He is a calm and collected performer and there seems to be nothing artificial in his demeanor. That is what distinguishes him from other actors.

Script of this movie is strong with a poor climax and a possible plot hole might be: The way protagonist-writer-detective is drawn towards the page 32 of his novel Manorama in a moment of epiphany. In a scene we see a scene from the  Chinatown on television screen--the scene where Jack's nose was being slit. This was a reference to Chinatown because this movie seems to be a remake. The two movies pretty much unfold in the same manner but the climaxes set them very apart. The mystery of Chinatown remains unsolved and glitters-leaving the audience wondering forever, whereas Manorama makes everything solved for you type open case climax. I think this is another example of low-budget well done movie with a good narrative.

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Borrowed bottles

उधार की बोतलों ने रातें सँवार दीं,
यूं कतरनों पे हमने जिंदगी गुजार दी,

ये सलीका क्या है जीने का? हमें ना आया;
ठिठुरती रातें सड़कों पे गुजार दीं,

होश क्या है होश में आयें तो हो मालूम,
कितनी रातें कितनी कब्रों नें तन्हा गुजार दीं;

ये हुस्न क्या, ये जवानी क्या;
जाने कितनों की चमक वक़्त ने उतार दी |

Associative Imagery Portals

Note: This is a purely pseudo-scientific piece of balderdash, tread at your own risk!

I have been plagued by the idea of associative learning imagery for long now. I think this is a process of creating portals for future. That is--when your future self looks back into your past self via your memory, your future self finds most important information in these portals which have been created via imagery association. 


If I want to use layman terms--when you look back into past as in retrospect--you find that there are certain important events. These events seem important because you had consciously considered them important and made a note of them but what about their relevance to your learning? Do they really play a great role in your progress towards your goal? May be not. In which case, what was made as a portal-band by your associative learning imagery, which might have become subconscious with the passage of time, plays a key role: Your awareness accesses it when trying to look back through memory in order to solve problems. Access to those bands is available only when your awareness is expanded.

I know that I was not good enough at obfuscating it all--but if by any chance you have done research in this field or you have ideas related to it--feel free to tell me via comments or e-mail.  

Addendum(September 15, 2014): I also observed that these associations are almost always with real images and not with imaginary ones, i. e. images which flash with reading and writing are of places I have been to. It is also worthy of being noticed that most of the images are very old, may be a decade or so. There are certain places where I have been to recently, but the images of those places which play a role in association with reading and writing are not latest per se, that is, they don't reflect the changes which have been done to those places.

Meta scribbling to improve perceptiveness

Freenoting is a technique to improve your perceptiveness in general. You can use it either to absorb high quality information during classes and seminars or you can use it to improve your Ideaphoria in general. In order to improve your capabilities in any field of endeavor, it's important to improve the bandwidth of attention given to that field. In other words, it's important to improve your concentration in that field. You need to capture as many ideas as possible and you need to develop novel associations using those ideas.

For example-if you meditate, you might be keeping a meditation journal  to improve your ability to meditate. If you practice lucid dreaming, you might keep a dream journal. If you are a creative writer, you might keep a creativity journal. In order to Freenote in these journals--you have to do just that--keep on scribbling your thoughts and feelings as frequently as you can without judging them. No matter how poor quality of ideas seem, keep on writing them in your journals and keep on describing them as vividly as possible. 

The first law of behavioral psychology states that you get more of what you reinforce. If you reinforce the behavior of becoming perceptive you become more perceptive and if your reinforce the behavior of overlooking your ideas and insights, you become more and more dull. 

Meta Scribbling comes into picture when you start Freenoting frequently. Most of the scribblers think that the creative ideas should come up the instant they are done with scribbling or during the process of scribbling itself. It might be true up to an extent, but the act of creativity doesn't stop there fully. If you read back what you had scribbled after a certain gap and scribble again based on what you read(from your previous scribblings)--you create a very powerful feedback-loop, giving rise to strong ideaphoria.

It is important to take into the account the Drashta Effect or Witness Sense for understanding it. When you're scribbling, you are, in a way, witnessing your thought stream. This is, as if, you are different from your thoughts. This gives rise to capability to go beyond mind and from a position of no-mind you create more. 

When you create a certain gap between scribbling and reading the content you have scribbled, it gives rise to stronger Drashta Effect. It's so because, at the time when you are scribbling those ideas, you're pretty much in that frame of mind and once you have given enough space after that you come out of that frame and then you can be more detached-from  those thoughts of yours and this makes you very creative.

The simple practice is to scribble as often as you can. Then wait for a week or a fortnight and then read your ideas. Then again scribble as you read and you would find amazing results. Meta scribbling is a knack par excellence.

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