Could this feeling be re'kindle'd? I wonder...
But then they also said, mobiles will never catch up, cloning was not possible, and computers would have to be too bulky and too expensive.
The first was the movie, “The Island”. The film is well made no doubt, but only technically. At the end of 90 minutes, I knew all about Japanese farming but nothing about what the film was trying to convey. So, these people lead a hard life. But why do they? Why don’t they seek a job in the mainland? And poor people in India lead harder lives, even today, long after the black and white era. We see that on news all the time, so much so, we have become immune to it. A poor man’s life is surreal, on the periphery of our everyday existence.
It’s like RZ said after hearing of the bomb blasts in UP, “Wow! A blast after a long time!”. Not the same thing, but you get the point. Too much of a bad thing, can actually make it tolerable after a while.
Before the play started
The next was Antigone. Now I loved the whole three part play of Sophocles when I’d read it. But I did not think Antigone merited a play unto itself. Other than the acting prowess of the stalwart cast, for whom theatre now is almost second nature, the play was staid, almost boring. I enjoyed the informal interaction before the play began more – the games they played in circles (some kind of team building act I think), the recital of the Ancient Mariner, and chit chat with the lights-men.
But can I, mere mortal, judge greats?
Note to myself – There is no need to run through life trying to achieve something. Achievement is a parameter set by the external world. I have to be at peace with myself.
My Lotus pond