Archive for July, 2009

That Next Place

That’s life. What can I tell you?

The musical score takes a sharp pitch. Though I predicted long before, I might be reaching my breaking point. The more the score runs deeper, the more my eyes get blurry, which means I’m shedding tears watching a movie. I shut my eyes, and start to blink rapidly so to make the tears go away.

I have always thought that I have an added advantage wearing glasses, but my son who is just three figures a teardrop curls down my cheek.

Three hours! I know people have problems when movies run that long. Hardly a single line or shot out of place. The script is amazing, as I had been through this couple of times, how fast can you go when it is all about life, which is slow paced too.


The story line has every part like death, love and happiness – the wisdom behind it is pretty deep. The mediocre box office critics could never understand its intricacies, because life is complex, it is! I think this movie is overly underrated but also so captivating and quite well-made.

The best part?

I don’t know which one to mention, because every single line has depth which was complemented by incredible score as it pushes its emotional effectiveness up a notch where you will break.

The “cold lamb sandwich” part had a sensitive journey while the clock stopped for a while. You can try remembering people you lost but not the way he does for his long gone wife.

— I couldn’t get enough of her — and gradually — or maybe it wasn’t gradually — I realized I couldn’t live without her.

As the story unfolded and forgot to keep the track of the time, I found myself very much emotionally attached as the movie went on. Young man in the coffee shop, the “Walkaway” score and subtle dialogues drive it to the upper limit. Why has he had to die in the first meet-up?

I wouldn’t forget the last part when death was waiting from the distant looking over the human things. It seems that he had no hurry.

I feel blessed every time I watch this. It does not only make me feel better about life and death, but it makes me to contemplate a lot of the important, simple issues of our existence.

I can only say people will talk about this movie – after thirty to forty years from now as we talk about some brilliant classics.

I look at this from a different perspective when I have a daughter, now.

I feel loved.

I know it’s a cornball thing, but love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? I say fall head over heels. Find someone you love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart… Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because the truth is, there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love –well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived… Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike.

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I’m not into Renée Zellweger’s movies.

I did like the Bridget Jones’s Diary sequel but the crush is long gone. Being a Kenny Chesney fan, I might have not liked the way she annulled their marriage, but that’s none of my business. And, I don’t have anything against her, because she is one of those hard working and sincere actresses who knows her job very well.

I needed to pass time and then I figured “New in Town” which seems being a flop in the box office, I kind of liked it. Surely Zellweger has the strangest facial expression in Hollywood, sometimes its okay for the mood of the movie.

I have never been to Minnesota, wanted to be there to visit the largest “Mall of America” and meet some nice people from there. Secondly, being first timer in one of those US military bases, Deana, who also happened to be from the same state I’m referring to, provided an extended guidance to that new country. The word “Minnesota” could have left an impression being kind and gentle. Trisha Yearwood’s “On a bus to St. Cloud” had a huge impact me wanting to go there. Though, one of my cadet college pals, Masud invited to join him there, the last minute airfare was beyond what I was making there.

tift_merrittThe movie is based on one of the suburb of Minnesota where a big city (Miami) girl comes to a small town for managing a part of big business and ends up finding life is more important than work. People might have differences of opinion.

And, being promoted when she is getting back to her old workplace to Miami, this amazing song started. I must have rewind that part couple of times, the flashbacks and lyric were directly pouring over my head.  Actually, I have never tried Tift Merritt’s song, but then next minute I figured the whole CD “Another Country” was downloaded from iTunes. The “Buckingham Solo has also done magic. The music was well chosen for that scene. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll recommend even the story is a bit sloppy. “Welcome to the civilization” a remark from fellow passenger gave it a deeper insight.

I just discovered “another country” has a play count of 211 on my iTunes.

I would say, this is one of the reasons why I like movies having soundtracks.

Lost hours and secrets too,
No one will find but you,
Falling is like brand new rain,
Places I have never been,
I thought these things would come to me.
Love is another country, and I want to go –  

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prometheusI’m not writing for weeks.

Well, there were times when I haven’t written for months. Writing is like lover’s whisper to the world. And when it is done, the world listens. Bruce H. Rogers actually cited the right metaphor writing as passion and writers are selfish and generous at the same time, the way a lover often is. And people who usually writes, their hearts are paralyzed with procrastination, very often they feel blocked. And most of the time it feels like they are tired with loss of ideas.

Whatever it is, it isn’t the writer’s block and I’m not running out of inspiration. Perhaps, writing is difficult when you love your work so much even knowing that you won’t be here for long. It feels like I’m serving the nation everyday and don’t want to waste a bit. My days are getting numbered in my current placement – waiting for the final call. Serving the nation can be so much fun when your inputs are reflected. I might have done hundreds of things here in this job; ten might have seen my tears of joy.

Slashing down the Internet pricing has always been my favourite part. Though my office hasn’t done this before but I have pulled that to myself dissecting every components which drives up the cost. Isn’t it great working with something which is actually meant to be free? I have stacks of notes, studies and a complete outline – a detailed map of this strategic territory I intend to cross. I did it twice, came out successful – we are working on the third one. Sometimes even if you want to do something right for the country, a well crafted game plan is required.


Regional Internet bandwidth pricing: Bangladesh being $391/MB/Month, and if you are subscribing more than 100 MB, it will be $324!

I dream of days ahead when we can provide basic Internet for free like Singapore’s regulatory body and other forward looking countries. Actually, it is not always about the money, but the right perspective. Knowledge is power, acquiring is the hardest part. Communication has always been a human need. And ITU also believes it to be a human right. I might be blessed with multiple connectivity options, but I am dying to get a basic one for those who deserves the most. Developing local content makes it to the third in my wishlists. Human beings lacked a crucial gift: fire (knowledge), sacred to the gods. Prometheus had to steel it which was long denied to mankind. 

I’d like to do more for a connected society, because I can’t think of anything that could be more intimate expression of who I am. When things don’t work out as planned, I might have bled inside – always opted for the plan B. We have millions of reports done by foreign consultants ended up being in selves. I being local knows how to get it right. What is it they say? Think global, act local. And as always, localization plays a great part.

You are right. I’m back to writing. Many thanks to Miriam for posting “Procrastination” Tales Of Mere Existence video exposing an age old problem – the difficulty of beginning.

What is it that makes first sentences so hard?

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