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Colors – Nursery Poem

Nursery Poem

Black and White, Black and White
Tell me quickly who’s bright

Yellow over Green
Sun over Moon
Stars over Glitter

Black and White, Black and White
Tell me quickly who’s light

Clouds over Sky
Water over Stone
Feather over Air

Black and White, Black and White
Tell me quickly who’s weight

Elephant over Rabbit
Tree over Mountain
Mommy over Daddy

Black and White, Black and White
Kiss me tight and say Good Night!
Good night Mommy!
Good night Daddy!

~ Savvy

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in Nursery Poems

 

#iVolunteer #Gratitude #PayBack #PayItForward

#iVolunteer #Gratitude #PayBack #PayItForward

Giving back to the Community is not an option, it’s a privilege! ~ Savvy

This last few weeks was a roller-coaster ride of volunteering effort for me from Spirituality to Maya. Meeting saints like Mukundananda from JK Yog to Sri Devanatha Jeeyar Swamy helped to calm down my [over] energetic pulses. Baba says, Saints have positive energy and the aura and visiting them results in absorbing some of their energy into you. All you have to do is just go and sit there, that’s it. No less, No more.

Coming to Maya, lol, can’t believe I am using this word. 😉 Meeting humble souls like Vinod Kumar, Karimnagar MP or Deshapathi Srinivas was the highlight of the year. Humility drives Humanity. Everyone hates politics but back of their minds one wants to become a Politician. But these two have helped me to understand how down to earth attitude wins the hearts. If you want to be a leader, be a team member first. And, they have totally impressed me with their personalities.

Surprisingly, today, Sir Viv Richards had mentioned the same. Staying grounded would reap benefits is the gist of his humble speech. In his words, “When you are grounded, even if you fall, there’s less chance to get hurt. Be humble and keep your feet firm on the ground always”. Successful leaders from different countries sharing the same thoughts, excites me.

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Autograph of Sir Viv Richards

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In addition, meeting Kenton Lee (long pending post, will share it soon) and Stew Leonard Jr. is the achievement from the professional front.

I did meet – and continue to meet – the great souls in this journey of volunteering. Everyone I met had an influence on me – some were Protons and the rest are Electrons / Neutrons. I disowned the latter while making “very few” good friends who I can count on.

All this would have not possible without the volunteering mindset. Best part is, YOU have familiar faces every nook and corner greeting with a warm smile.

Sometimes, it’s tough to know thyself. With limited knowledge, I could figure out that, people energize me. They bring the best in me. And volunteering is one of the platforms to channel the energy in a right way.

My way of paying gratitude to life is by giving back to the Community through the Service (time or charity). Some people THINK of giving and others INK it. I’m glad I am in the latter group!

#Humbled #BlessedLife

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in Vounteering

 

Udta Punjab

The Movie: Udta Punjab

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Caption:  Extended documentary on Drug Mafia

Savvy’s Rating: 3.5 / 5

Zephyr: Songs and main casting

Brush off:

1) Dialogues are – mostly – in Punjabi language
2) Offensive language all through; no filters
3) Unnecessary killing of Kareena’s character
4) Inconsistent performance from Shahid (like during climax he limps but bikes in the next second, bikes for 108 kms when unable to walk etc.)
5) Abrupt climax

Savvy’s Rede:

If you are a fan of NCIS, CSI Miami, Crime Patrol and CID series then this is no less than that. The only difference is this movie has starry cast.

Drug mafia is one of the evils in the society with strong roots. This movie tries to shed some light on youth getting addicted to drugs, corrupt system, and how lives take ugly turn with “drugs”.

What I did not like is, all characters are “losers” in one way or the other in the movie. Also, looks like the Director missed showing a meaningful end to the movie. There’s a chance audience might get baffled on the intent of this movie while coming out of the theatre.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Five characters: Tommy Singh (Shahid), Bihari girl / Mary Jane (Alia), Sartaj (Diljit), Dr. Preet (Kareena) and Sartaj’s bro (Balli). One issue: Drugs. One place: Punjab.

Tommy is a successful pop singer who got into drugs. Under the influence of drugs he gets berserk. Many of his fans gets into drugs taking him as a role model.

Bihari girl finds a huge load of drugs unexpectedly in the fields where she works. She wants to sell it off to earn some money and go back to her village. The plan backfires and the drug mafia team catches her and that puts a bolt to her bright future and life.

Sartaj, a corrupt cop, supports all kinds of illegal transport at the border including drugs. One day, he finds his brother almost losing his life for drugs. He changes his mind and wants to end drug mafia and starts working with Dr. Preet. She is the one who treats his brother Balli.

Dr. Preet works at the drug rehabilitation center and a strong support of “say no to drugs” campaign.

Balli, a lost youth who’s into drugs seriously.

The story revolves around these 5 main characters with supporting actors coming in between to show how drugs mess up lives and how difficult it is (or next to impossible) to make drug-free society.

When whole system is corrupted then one or two honest individuals cannot whitewash the society. The movie showed some “raw” situations and how individuals go thru hell while living. It’s very disturbing at times to watch that much crude reality.

Overall, first half paces little slow. Second half, has gripping scenes to engage audience. However, within no time, the movie ends with abrupt climax. Audience exit the theater with discomfit. 

What worked well:

  1. Censor cuts and related hype
  2. Alia and Shahid did their jobs very well ; Shahid’s intro is impressive. He could convince audience as a drug addict. Alia does amazing job as a Bihari girl in a de-glamorous role
  3. Diljit is cute and could garner some love from audience with his looks
  4. Songs and background score is the HERO of the movie. Apt, catchy and lovely beats

 

Savvy’s Punch:

Please wait till this movie airs in TVs! 

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheart – Appreciate the team for choosing this sensitive topic

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2016 in Hindi, Movie Reviews

 

Random सोच!

कुछ यादें
बिखरते नहीं !

कुछ लम्हे
पिगलते नहीं !

कुछ दिन
ढलते नहीं !

औज़ार है सांझ की
दिल मे ख्यालों की तार टूटते नहीं !

ज़िन्दगी तो है एक कमबख्त
गिरकर भी फिर बार बार चलना भूलती नहीं !

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2016 in RandomActOfWriting - Hindi

 

A Aa

The Movie: A Aa

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Caption:  Impress yourself not others!

Savvy’s Rating: 3.75 / 5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, Direction, Songs and Visuals / Cinematography

Brush off:

1) Few unconvincing graphics
2) Second heroine, Anupama Parameshwaran (one of the heroines from Premam movie), is misused

Savvy’s Rede:

Life –  a four lettered word that gives four births of experience. Society, Friends, Family and Relatives are four walls of life. If you succumb to the pressure of any one of these, you are sacrificing yourself. Guess what, if you are not happy, you can’t make anyone happy.

3vik has given a staunch message through this film about how one has to be cognizant about what they need and what they want. A NEED is being happy and a WANT is keeping others happy. Unless the need is fulfilled you will not elevate to want level. I loved the way he presented the logic in simple terms.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Heroine: A mom-stricken daughter who has no say in her likes and dislikes. Heroine’s mom is a control freak rich woman; she’s full of prejudice and ignorant of her mistakes. Heroine’s dad is almost a hen-pecked husband ; lovable natured but always bends down and sacrifices his words and needs in front of his wife

Hero: Relative of heroine ; has enough of self-respect. Lives with mom and 2 sisters. Shortage of money is the big challenge for him

Movie is pretty much predictable. Hero and Heroine are relatives through Heroine mom’s maternal relations. Heroine goes to Hero’s village to live for 10 days. In those 10 days, she learns more about family and bonds and starts comparing how her life is with the parents. When she comes back, she realizes that she’s in love with the Hero.

Twist is both families are not in talking terms because of Heroine mom’s betrayal. Whether the Hero understands Heroine’s love? Do their families re-unite? Does Heroine’s mom apologizes to the other family? How serene is village life? Get your answers on big screen.

What worked well:

  1. Don’t think I have to talk about 3vik’s work explicitly, he did his best as usual
  2. Praveen, supporting actor (Hero’s friend), got a full length role and he did it with ease. I am happy for him ; other character artistes viz.,  Sri Avasarala, Rao Ramesh, Nadiya, and Naresh were apt in their roles
  3. Good background score and songs and visuals were also good
  4. Samantha scored brownie points this time (not a routine character) ; Nitin looked good 


Savvy’s Punch:

I don’t know if it’s based on Meena movie or Yaddanapudi’s novel, but as long as you are in the theatre, you are just watching another masterpiece from 3vik. Respect to the author and the earlier makers!

You can watch the movie, once, without any hesitations!

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheart– Entire team of the movie

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Movie Reviews, Telugu