Quality Cinema: Rush & Warrior


The reason I chose to blog about these two movies together is because I think they overlap in so many different ways and because I think they are probably among the best movies I have ever watched.

I don’t usually blog about movies or review them, but these two have inspired me, moved me and left me thinking. They are both about competition, legacy and what makes their impact so strong is the fact that they are based on true stories. I have always found that movies with real stories to help me connect with it, so I can take away something by the end of the two hours.

There’s three intriguing notions the movies left me with. First, is the willingness to compete and be the best. The funny thing is that success stops being about money and enjoyment after a while, it becomes something you associate, identify and define yourself with. Second, is about how you succeed, and that is to know your thing, simply! The more you know about something, the better you will be. And the greatest thing about that is that you do not need to have always been flawless or look great to do that, that’s one thing we don’t see very often in fictional scripts. And last is that having said and seen so much about success and competition, at the end of the day it’s the families, friendships and their memories that we are left with.

So, I am highly recommending both these amazing movies!

 

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What university life taught me?


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Living miles away from home to study abroad was no easy decision for me or people associated with me to make but I have to admit it has been an experience worth all the effort and time. It has also been very different from what I might’ve initially expected. It has left me with countless lessons, many of which are way beyond academic. I am composing a few of these in this blog:

–          Time flies, literally!

–          Every journey comes to an end; the destination just has to be worth it.

–          There’s some real wisdom in the saying: ‘there’s two rules to being successful: 1. Never reveal everything you know. 2. ‘

–          People matter, but not all of them.

–          Academics are no more than just the basics to build on. It is the start of an era, not the end.

–          Purpose defines goals. Money or pleasures don’t. There’s a reason we have vacations.

–          Solitude is protection from bad company.

–          Hear out everyone; not with the intention of following them but to reach a fair opinion of your own.

–          Be dependable not dependent.

–          Don’t be afraid to take charge and lead, but never forget that too is a learning experience, like everything else in life.

–          Failing to plan is planning to fail.

–          Study smart and hard. One without the other just doesn’t work.

–          Pursue a job that you love, but don’t hesitate to try new things- How would you even know you love doing something without trying it?

–          You can never please everyone but you can keep yourself happy.

–          People give you respect when you learn to give it, not only to others but yourself.

–          Being critical is being sane; being optimistic is being happy- Learn to do both at the same time.

–          Take everything as if you don’t deserve it, and give as if you are obliged to. It always leaves you happier in the end.

–          Dreading maths will get you nowhere, because without numbers you can’t go anywhere.

–          Never hesitate to reach out for opportunities- Most of them really don’t knock the door twice.

–          Priorities are important, probably more important than anything else that comes along. Especially as you come to realize how much ‘noise’ there is in the world. You should be able to choose what’s right for you!

–          Don’t miss out on enjoying what you have while you are busy fantasizing about something you could have had.

–          If you’ve earned it, you deserve it. Let no one else tell you otherwise.

–          Distance can be sad sometimes, but it is overrated.

–          Learning never stops!

–          Pause your life every now and then, just to count your blessings.

–          Always have a plan b.

–          Brain food is underrated.

–          Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.

–          Bad days only make good ones better.

–          The more you achieve, the harder you should work to live up to it.

–          There’s only one person you are competing with constantly, yourself! No one else is worth a comparison as no two people are the same.

–          Apologizing or mediating is a sign of being considerate not weak.

–          Take lots of pictures, you’ll really miss this time. (Same goes for writing your thoughts!)

–          Learn to say ‘no’.

–          If you have to tell people you possess a certain trait or quality, you probably don’t possess it. Let your actions speak for you.

–          Commit to only what you can deliver, and deliver all that you have committed to. Living up to your word is a self-achievement!

–          Cover is as important as the book itself. We live marketing every day, in our conversations, on our CVs, on our facebook profiles, among our peers- Everywhere.

–          Perfection is an unreachable state of mind, excellence is not!

–          Even great teams have free riders.

–          Employers are looking for people to employ, not robots to work.

–          The job loyalty has more to do with your boss, environment and sense of fulfillment, than the money. It does matter to a certain extent though.

–          When you know more, you fear less: Procedural Justice.

–          Businesses exist for people and the society, NOT the other way around.

–          Economics doesn’t work in real life- but it is a good stand point to begin to understand things.

–          There are second chances in life, but these too are limited.

–          Time is one of the finest forms of education. There’s a reason people value experience.

–          Technology is not a replacement for Human Capital, but they work well together. Being a Luddite doesn’t help either.

–          Theory is not ultimate- People make them, so can you! It is only an observation, an illustration. Not all of them are worth believing though.

–          Reward alone doesn’t make the efforts worthwhile, one needs recognition and appreciation.

–          Having a brother who is your classmate with all mutual friends is pretty damn awesome.

–          Patience pays.

I am sure there’s many other lessons I have learnt, that make me the person I am today, and the journey still continues… 🙂

Basant: Celebration of Spring


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It came to me no less than a surprise that among the last days of my first year at university in London the campus seemed all the more festive, colourful and fun. The dhols were playing, colourful kites had arrived, girls were putting henna and the music had been playing too!

They say that the distance makes you grow fonder and I find that this stands true not just for people but for cultures, celebrations and possessions. I would have never imagined in my wildest of dreams, I was in for such a treat at university. That was one good day!

When I was offered to become a part of the Cultural Society at university, I knew I wanted to do something special for Basant and thankfully all the right opportunities came along. It wasn’t the aim of being in the committee but it sure was something I wanted to do. After a series of successful events, we finally decided to end the year with a Basant Extravaganza. This event was to be bigger and better than the one I had attended in 2010 in all respects.

We gathered universities across London to join hands to put forward an event that could do justice to ending the wonderful year that we had had as a society. The fact that we got the student union award for the ‘most improved society’ right before the event only added to how special this end was. Despite the awful and unpredictable British weather, we put up quite a show with more than 200 people attending and everything one could ask for in a Basant event; desi cuisines, biryani, gol gappay, lassi, colourful kites, pan, henna, bouncy castles, sumo wrestling, Pakistani Truck in ambience and dhol players.

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The event sure did gratify my personal fondness with the cultural events of that sort, as did all others in the whole year. But I noticed that there was something different about this event that hadn’t been there in the earlier events. I started off as a part of the committee, knowing that I only wanted to give my best and do justice to my role in the team and I had done that at each point of the year anyway but we had never gained so much media attention in the past from any event, despite having bigger events earlier like the Boat Party. This is not a perspective that dawned on while I was working in the team, but once it was over and I had the chance to analyse things that had happened in a different way. Intentionally or unintentionally I realised that we all wanted to leave a legacy, a stand point and a bench mark for those to follow. This was not a part of the agenda, and I have to say the odds were in our favour but regardless, after having put all the persistent efforts through thick and thin, we wanted to know it had been worthwhile. And I guess that’s what puts life into your achievement and what you do.

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Being an intelligent being by nature, it is not enough for human beings to do something and simply get a reward in return. Infact it is important for you to know that what you do has a meaning and purpose. And one is lucky if they can leave an impact that will affect others in a positive way- I guess that’s what we were all looking for somewhere throughout our journey.

It has been a quite an year which helped me learn, experience, enjoy and sometimes prove my own thoughts about myself and the world wrong- I overcame my fear of leading when I was promoted from Events Organiser to Vice President within three months of holding my position in the society, I learnt how many different kinds of generous and difficult people are out there, I learnt how to deal with them, I learnt to make and keep friends, and to get things done, manage priorities and so many other things. But most importantly I learnt to manage and recognize people and their achievements, including my own, which means it is not enough to just do something, but also to attribute and recognize it.

Event’s Media Coverage

The News International: Instep

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