The writing of The Unknown Errors of Our Lives

The way she conveys about the human relationships and their emotional turmoil, the physical universe is vivid.

Even a pimple is a prison riot in the jail cells of idealized femininity!

They were coming to terms with erosion, how it changes the balance of a landscape. Perhaps it was something all parents and children undergo as they grow older. In this world, they could not inhabit a house together, in the old way. They could not be mother and daughter in that way again.

“How can you keep track of those old, old things?” ( asks Sagar ). Because it is the lot of mothers to remember what no one else cares to, Mrs. Dutta thinks. We are the keepers of the heart’s dusty corners.

Home. I turn the sound over on my tongue, trying to figure out the various tenses in which such a word might exist.

Invisible flowers spread greater fragrance. Home is where you move fluently through the dark

Ocean is nothing but water drop upon water drop.

When the taxi took off with a belch of black fumes, my mother moaned softly. It was an eerie, nonhuman sound. I felt it taking shape in my own throat, the way one wolf might as it watches another wolf howl.

When I choose anger, do I have to pay a price? I’ll reply with another question: Don’t we all have to pay; no matter what we choose?

Dubai Visit

The weather made the visit more delightful, and sitting in the balcony of the 23rd floor apartment was amazing. Some of the places visited –

  • Dolphin Show- seems most children and adults love it; me was indifferent
  • Top of Burj Khalifa
  • Fountain Show at Burj Khalifa – 3 minutes of musical rhythmic water show
  • Drive to the Jais mountain top and barbeque – experience to remember!
  • Golfing at Dubai Creek Golf Club – was able to hit some good shots guided by bro-in-law
  • Wild Wadi Water park – for water lovers never ending wet day
  • Dubai Theme Park – MotionGate, Bollywood rides
  • Jebel Ali Park
  • 3 Beaches
  • Dubai Aquarium
  • Glow Garden
  • Bounce – must for children; one hour of bouncing will tire them out for sure! Parents can relax. I enjoyed bouncing and failing to put the basketball into the basket.
  • BurJuman Fun City
  • Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Gurdwara – peaceful place; simple delicious langar

Things which can be explored – dubai astronomy, fossil museum. Next Time!

Setup React with Phoenix 1.4

Phoenix 1.4 uses webpack by default for asset management. This is how you can get up and running with React -

  • Go to assets directory
  • Run “npm install -S react react-dom”
  • Then, run “npm install -D @babel/preset-react”
  • Edit the .babelrc file. It should have
    {
    "presets": ["@babel/preset-env", "@babel/preset-react"]
    }

That’s it. Now, edit app.js file under assets/js -

import React from "react";
import ReactDOM from "react-dom";
class Hello extends React.Component {
render ()
{
return "Hello React" ;
}
}

var mountNode = document.getElementById("app");
ReactDOM.render(, mountNode);
.

And, finally edit app.html.eex and add a div tag with id=”app”.

Run mix.phx server and checkout http://localhost:4000. You should see “Hello React”!

MAMI Film Festival, 7 days, 25 films

First the unexpected experience. On October 25th at 8 a.m. I logged into Bookmyshow and registered for Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. And then it happened. Bookmyshow crashed. Twitter was abuzz, some angry, some losing patience. I decided to go to the theater and book for the rest of shows for day 1. It worked!

Now the films which did not impress me much – The Day I Lost My Shadow and Island of the Hungry Ghosts. The former is a film based during 2012 war in Syria. The film grabs your attention initially; showing a son and mother trying to make best of the situation. But as the protagonists go out in search of a gas cylinder the film becomes cryptic; dialogues felt vague and I lost interest. The latter is a film about how asylum seekers are placed on an isolated island by the Australian government. The protagonist, a trauma counselor, listens to various stories. We see her family life and the great migration of red crabs. But the way the film unfolds is unconvincing. But this documentary has got great reviews and awards!

Recently, I read, Naseeruddin Shah say

People should know what the India of 2018 was like. The only serious function films can serve is to act as a record of their times.

So, some of the films which performed this duty so well were -

  • Soni
  • – The film opens with a woman walking alone in a dimly lit lane and is harassed by a guy on bicycle. Soon, we come to know she is Soni, a police office. Her boss is also a woman officer. The film depicts their struggle.

  • The Hieresses
  • – A film from Paraguay where hardly 2-3 films are made every year. Its about 2 woman who have fallen on hard times.

  • Leave without Trace
  • – Why does a father decide to live in a forest with her daughter? What happens when they are forced to live among people? Should a parent decide whats best for their children?

  • Woman at War
  • – In the name of development, governments in this world justify environmental degradation. What can an ordinary citizen do ?

  • And breathe normally
  • – We think of Iceland as this beautiful country. But, there are people struggling to make a living.

The screening of One cut of the dead brought the house down.

सपनें

बचपन में जो देखे थे सपनें
वह समय के साथ बह गए
अब कल जो देखे हैं सपनें
वह भी ख्वाब रह जायेंगे
क्या नहीं देखे सपनें ?
क्या जीवन सपनों के बिना अधूरा है ?

कुछ

इतना ज़हर मत दो की मैं तड़पता ज़िंदा रहूँ
इतनी दवा मत दो की मैं तड़पता मर जाऊ ॥

ज़हर

तुम्हारे दिल का जो ज़हर है,
इसका बहुत बड़ा कहर है
छोटी छोटी चिंगारियां उठती है,
जो मिलकर एक दिन सब भस्म कर देती है ॥

तरकी

इस शहर की तरकी को देखो,
बच्चों के सपनों को तरकी की ज़हरीली हवा में डूबता हुआ मत देखो
देश में अच्छे दिन है कुछ लोगों की मौत को मत देखो,
हमको क्या फर्क पड़े किसी और की दुनिया उजड़ने से हमारी इंसानियत का नकाब देखो ।।

अंत

हर सांस अंत की शुरुवात है
आखरी सांस ही अंत है
कोई सांस का हिसाभ है?
सिर्फ कर्मो की निशांनी रह जाती है
वह भी कुछ सालों में कहीं गुम हो जाती है
शायद कुछ निशान रह जाते है
पर उनका भी मतलब बदल जाता है
फिर कर्म क्यों?
फिर जीतने की तमना क्यों?

Tips from Mark Dvoretsky

From this wonderful interview –

But we mustn’t forget chess is also a sport and to be successful at a sport it is not enough to just have knowledge, you should have skills too. And for the development of skills you need to train

But it is not sufficient to only find what the student’s shortcomings are. It is also important to find out the reason why specific mistakes are being made