The symphony of orchestra the vibrations resonating in the room resulting in an epiphany for the mind that peace and tranquility exists. In the most melodious of sounds In the most quite yet musical places there resides peace. The symphony stops leaving the room quiet for some time Allowing you to take in this new revelation of tranquility in silence. But soon, the room gets filled with sound Though not from the symphony this time this time it is just noise loud and deafening and meaningless But this noise doesn’t matter anymore As that moment of calm stays with you
Released in 2010 the movie ‘Shutter Island’ adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane is a psychological thriller that slowly unravels and leaves the viewer guessing after every scene.
Something is wrong in the Ashecliffe Asylum which houses the criminally insane. The US Marshal Ted Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) arrives on the island from a boat to investigate the possibility of an H-bomb which could destroy the entire civilization. As Ted investigates the island he is haunted by two memories one is of his wartime memories where he is walking across a heap of dead bodies and the second is the death of his wife and three children. The island is made more suspicious as a result of the sudden disappearance of his partner (Mark Ruffalo). Now, not only does Daniel have to face his inner demons, but also further investigate what explosive secrets the doctors are hiding in the island. He needs to tred fast as his health is detoriating which he blames on the doctors.
Leonardo DiCaprio, the lead actor in the film, does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the role. He plays the character of a psychologically perturbed person who customs his mind to be someone else altogether to free himself from the burdens of his painful past.
Shutter Island is an utterly fascinating movie with a completely unexpected ending.
This is a rather old book dating back to 1997. It was lying in my grandmother’s room for the longest time so I decided to give it a read. I ascertained it to be a very moving novel about tenacity, survival, love and friction; though it was a bit overstretched towards the end.
The ‘Sole Survivor’ explores the dreadful and permanent damages endured by a war refugee, on the Burma Railway. Living as a retired, yet free man, on the Great Barrier Island, Red O’Hara tries to cope as best as he can after numerous psychiatrists failed to rid him of the horrific wartime memory. All of a sudden, Red O’Hara gets the news of a women named Rosie wanting live at the Great Barrier: a place not meant for “women”. He doesn’t apprehend it well, initially, but later they both fall in love and she helps him get through with his mental trauma.
This book gives an insightful, behind the scenes view on the post independence evolution of India through the workings of various Prime Ministers. Being a part of both the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of finance, Jaimini Bhagwati provides an insiders lens on the role of India’s prime ministers in shaping India. According to Bhagwati, the prime ministers of India “have been responsible for uplifting and even soaring successes as well as depressing failures” after independence (1947).
From Nehru to Modi, ‘The Promise of India’, is a must read as it lifts the curtain, for the average citizens, to know about public policy that goes beyond the limited knowledge of the media.