Tanmaya Vichara Marga; Path to Self-Inquiry

All things art, activism, pop culture, films, music, design and digital media. My flirtations with New York City included.

Of Nationalism, migrant journeys, glorious history, a hopeful future

A week back, I CHOSE to write for a sizzle reel that was played at the Madison Square Garden, to commemorate the public reception of the newly elected Prime Minister of India. Parts of it were used but here’s the piece in its entirety.

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Soared, Succumbed, Soared again

To the chants of vandemataram

A mother to die for.

A mother to celebrate.

Across the oceans,

away from the mountains

A brother here,

a sister there

Yet we bond and unite now to

VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAM

Parented, protected.

One family!

Dispersed we may,

but alloyed we are

by the Endless possibilities

of VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAM

Mighty mythologies,

epic characters

Led our spirits.

To crush evil with charmful offense

A language so sweet and contagious

recklessly  mutating

To far east and further west

 

We meditated on math and milky ways

To reason and rationalize

our souls within,

and objects of distant orbits

We computed with a binary focus,

Like a sieve,

we separated truth from fallacy

 

We etched and smeared

majestic views and vivid treasures

of memories, of glory, flourish and splendor

 

In roots, leaves and barks

we found delicate concoctions

to kill our diseases,

quench our thirst,

and treat our palettes

Chemists. Connoisseurs. Chefs.

Yes! Mighty and Epic we are!

Broken hugs, unbearable send offs.

We left.

Idyllic lands for greener pastures

Eyeful tears, pocket ful of hope

 

Perspirations, aspirations

Transient migrations,

lasting metamorphosis,

Journeys will shrink time,

expand horizons.

We shall revel and rejoice

in playgrounds of meaningful minds,

purposeful actions



From wary wives

to triumphant women

From skeptic boys

to worthy fathers

we braved it all

What’s a Knee length snowstorm

when you floated in waist length monsoons?

 

From overprotected kids

to prideful prodigies

From conflicted teenagers

to hyphenated heroes

We treaded with brazen sureness

Whats a recession

when you have seen abject poverty?




From curry conditioned tongues

to try-all gourmands

From simple slacks

to haute couture

We assimilate and re-articulate

What form, what function

when you are the god of jugaad?

 

From a flurry of festivals

to a season called holidays

From a potpourri of languages and faiths

to equal opportunity and universality

We adapt and challenge

Whats a potluck dinner,

when we have enjoyed Iftaars, langars, prashaads and communions?

 

From unpaved directionless roads

to absolute destinations

From famines and incursions

to neighborhood watches

We have mellowed and admired

Whats code orange,

when we are clever chameleons on an empty canvas?

 

Bang and drum, whisper and hum

Create and cure, arouse and allure

Forge and fuse, march and muse

You are the new poet

of that heaven of freedom

Go flourish in the awoken countries

Make the poet proud!

Make them all proud

The philosopher and physicist

The mathematician and magician

The surgeon and soundmaker

Peacemakers

Music makers

Logic writers

code breakers

Fighters

Dancers

Lovers

Writers

Be inspired, Be you!

Unfinished progress,

limitless opportunities

know no borders

Caught in a maelstrom of flawless flow

Of knowledge, thrust and tenacity

Of nourishment and neutrality  

Of harmony and happiness

For

you, You & YOU

Ignite, light, torch

Forge, finesse, persevere

A new order

crafted from chaos

Pave and preach

policy and peace

A new order

invoking the spirits

of earth, wind and fire

Spreading the message

Yet again

of vasudhaiva kutumbam

Soon, we shall converge

from far and wide

dramatic flights of ambition

clear consciousness

of hope and wisdom

merit and meaning

 

Resources bountiful

Pristine land

Clean air

Quenchable water

 

Life Uninterrupted

Rich rewards

For talent and toil

For that pursuit

Lets salute!

Lets move!

 

 

@filmlinc An auteur’s audacious attempt to dupe the audience in the name of metaphor and philosophical abstraction. The most money I have spent to acquire a 3d induced headache. How gullible can a Godard fan be!?! @nyff  (at Walter Reade Theater)

@filmlinc An auteur’s audacious attempt to dupe the audience in the name of metaphor and philosophical abstraction. The most money I have spent to acquire a 3d induced headache. How gullible can a Godard fan be!?! @nyff (at Walter Reade Theater)

Awesome to see the world geeking out on these tweets.  (at Mars Central)

Awesome to see the world geeking out on these tweets. (at Mars Central)

Watch this! That feeling when you are rationalizing if you are living or simply existing comes under bizarre scrutiny.    (at IFC Center)

Watch this! That feeling when you are rationalizing if you are living or simply existing comes under bizarre scrutiny. (at IFC Center)

The joy of cinema continues next week @TheNYFF @filmlinc #godard #olivierassayes #cannespalmdorwinner

The joy of cinema continues next week @TheNYFF @filmlinc #godard #olivierassayes #cannespalmdorwinner

Penultimate day @tiff_net Stellar line up this year. What a great year for movies! Strong line up from China, France, Canada, Scandinavia , US. Can’t wait to catch the rest at @nyff #tiff14  (at TIFF Bell Lightbox)

Penultimate day @tiff_net Stellar line up this year. What a great year for movies! Strong line up from China, France, Canada, Scandinavia , US. Can’t wait to catch the rest at @nyff #tiff14 (at TIFF Bell Lightbox)

That day when the spirit of humanity was temporarily disengaged was also the day when we vowed to create a better future for generations to come. http://teaching911.tributewtc.org/lesson-plans/students-create-media-app-teaches-911/

That day when the spirit of humanity was temporarily disengaged was also the day when we vowed to create a better future for generations to come. http://teaching911.tributewtc.org/lesson-plans/students-create-media-app-teaches-911/

This Instagram sized cinematic feat from a 25 year prodigiously mature Xavier Dolan will rip your heart out and send shivers down your spine. Examining the strength and frailties of a motherly bond cannot be captured more eloquently than this! Bravo. (at TIFF Bell Light Box)

This Instagram sized cinematic feat from a 25 year prodigiously mature Xavier Dolan will rip your heart out and send shivers down your spine. Examining the strength and frailties of a motherly bond cannot be captured more eloquently than this! Bravo. (at TIFF Bell Light Box)

It’s that kind of year for Adam driver (sackler)! Keep up #LenaDunham

It’s that kind of year for Adam driver (sackler)! Keep up #LenaDunham

@socialeffort beta launch. Our super talented team! Re-defining the GIVING ECONOMY.  (at NYU-Poly Varick Street Incubator)

@socialeffort beta launch. Our super talented team! Re-defining the GIVING ECONOMY. (at NYU-Poly Varick Street Incubator)

This sequel to ‘the trip’ serves up mimicry, food porn, mild adultery in equal doses, enough to forget that it’s a spectacular road trip through the Italian riviera. (at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas)

This sequel to ‘the trip’ serves up mimicry, food porn, mild adultery in equal doses, enough to forget that it’s a spectacular road trip through the Italian riviera. (at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas)

If you thought leos carax holy motors was insanely brilliant, watch this earlier work. A boy’s heartbreak and his subsequent pursuit of a girl fighting a toothing problem of vanity and existentialism. (at Film Forum)

If you thought leos carax holy motors was insanely brilliant, watch this earlier work. A boy’s heartbreak and his subsequent pursuit of a girl fighting a toothing problem of vanity and existentialism. (at Film Forum)


    I’m watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes



“Finally caught up! A glorious reminder of how vice and vulnerability is waiting to penetrate pristine morality and virtues. At what point exactly do our thoughts and motives become devious?”



    
    
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I’m watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“Finally caught up! A glorious reminder of how vice and vulnerability is waiting to penetrate pristine morality and virtues. At what point exactly do our thoughts and motives become devious?”

Check-in to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on tvtag

Ready to cook up a storm. My first @plated order.

Ready to cook up a storm. My first @plated order.

In my greatest moments of trauma, bereavement, restlessness and guilt, if there is one thing that never failed to transport, tranquilize and absolve me, it’s cinema. Watching Ebert fall in love with cinema with a sweet brute force, an unapologetic arrogance in the best and worst of his times was emphatic testament to why I need to be transported, tranquilized and absolved, why cinema is an essential instrument to face the future of uncertainty, of glorious misgivings and delayed reminders of how we should make the best of what life has to offer us. Thank you Mr Ebert( @ebertchicago )for leaving behind memories of 
cinema that only cinema can convey. (at Film Society Lincoln Center)

In my greatest moments of trauma, bereavement, restlessness and guilt, if there is one thing that never failed to transport, tranquilize and absolve me, it’s cinema. Watching Ebert fall in love with cinema with a sweet brute force, an unapologetic arrogance in the best and worst of his times was emphatic testament to why I need to be transported, tranquilized and absolved, why cinema is an essential instrument to face the future of uncertainty, of glorious misgivings and delayed reminders of how we should make the best of what life has to offer us. Thank you Mr Ebert( @ebertchicago )for leaving behind memories of
cinema that only cinema can convey. (at Film Society Lincoln Center)