Sketch – 049

Presents me main man, the Sausage King of Chicago, Mr Abe Froman aka school truant, the one-and-only Ferris Bueller. Respek! as Ali G would say.

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Materials used: Charcoal, 8B/7B graphite, paper stump, cotton ball

Time: 2 hrs

I thought of stopping at this stage (below), but then, I had a pathological urge for closure, and therefore, had to fill in the blanks.

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The 10 Songs Playlist – WORLD

As a matter of principle, I dislike songs that are painfully slow or lyrically meaningful.

A song, in my opinion, should be ambiguous, tuneful, bizarre in an endearing way, and preferably in a foreign language so that the narrowly meaningful lyrics does not hamper the enjoyment of the song.

Here’s a compilation of my current favourites in no particular order:

1. Stromae, Tous Les Mêmes 

The best thing about the song is it rapidity — of visuals, movements, beats.

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Munnariyippu (2014) – “Fair is foul,” or A Warning against Nagging

Munnariyippu“So from that spring whence comfort seem’d to come
Discomfort swells”

(Spoilers ahead)

The film is both spoiled and saved by the near-farcical ending which is near-farcical simply because the surprise end was out of the jack-jumping-box for me–and if it has been able to flabbergast me, me who is considered rather talented when it comes to predicting ‘surprises,’ then there is no saying about the average audience out there.  Somehow, I had taken it for granted that Raghavan the protagonist was not a criminal. After all, Mammooty would’t be acting in such a heinous role as that of a criminal unsmart enough to get caught, imprisoned, and more appallingly still, to live out out his years in obscurity. Had the role been played by someone less known and therefore less typified, you would have given him the benefit of doubt and so, the ending would not have been as grotesque, so to say.

Raaghavan turns out to be neither victim nor armchair philosopher, but a “man of his word,” a man ruthless (or brave, according to how you choose to look at it) enough to practice his idiosyncratic philosophy of freedom. In a fundamental sense, this freedom is the freedom away from nagging people, Continue reading