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Welcoming 2018!

Happy New Year!

January 1st, New Year or also known as the day to make resolutions for the coming year.

Resolutions help us become a better person or correct a habit that you might not like about yourself or even make the world a better place by contributing. Sometimes, we fail at executing it and sometimes, we don’t. But even a simple change in yourself can be the ripple to a life-changing wave.

Here are 6 simple life-changing resolutions that you can make for 2018:

  1. Show more kindness

    It is important to show kindness to everyone who deserves it. You must try to be more empathetic towards the conditions of others.

  2. Learn to say, “No”!

    While helping everyone and trying to fit in is important, it is also important to help oneself. You must learn to say, “NO” to things that go against your principles. Resist peer pressure and make no false promises.

  3. Spend more time with family

    If you were ever a family person, maybe this is the year you should change that. Spend more time with your family, make memories and get to know more about each other.

  4. Step out of your comfort zone

    It is important to explore every once in a while and step out of your comfort zone. It might seem scary in the beginning but it can lead up to a whole bunch of new experiences and self-discovery.

  5. Fly high but remember to land and stay grounded

    Always remember that compliments shouldn’t get to your head and criticism shouldn’t get to your heart.

  6. Believe in planning but also appreciate spontaneity

    Learn to plan more often and do it in a better way but also be prepared just in case it doesn’t work out. Also, indulge yourself in spontaneity more often.

Let’s welcome 2018 with warm hands, clear minds, jolly smiles and happy hearts!

Writer's Clan

Newton, India’s well deserved official entry for Oscars 2018

Seldom does a movie gets rated 8 on IMDB, sent as an Indian entry to Oscars without a star cast boasting of either experience, stardom or fame. Newton is one of those surprises that all movie lovers have been waiting to happen on the Indian Cinema’s front, for a long time now, and hear me well for Newton is here to give you just that! Newton is a political satire on the world’s largest democracy and how the Maoists affect the citizens there, and the lives of the people in the ‘red areas’. Don’t let the language or reviews fool you. The best part about the movie is that it gives the audience something to take home, be it an intellectual,  or a school-going kid who has been introduced to Civics.

The film begins with a Sudhir Chaudhary giving instructions about elections where the lead character ‘Nutan Kumar’ who changed his own name to ‘Newton’ is introduced. The conversations between Newton and his senior about how not being corrupt is not a favor rather a duty to the nation, and how gravity (science) is one of the hallmarks of equal status of humans are the mark of brilliance of the script and dialogues! The movie takes us on a day-long election to be conducted in one of the naxalite-affected villages of Chattisgarh which has recently been captured by the police, with 76 voters. We are taken through the larger issues of usual apathy of the administration (police and election authorities) in conducting a fair election and the discontent-apathy of the locals who remain unaffected irrespective of the public offices filled in and out by the various elected representatives, the neglect and bias towards natives and the fear of naxalism.
However, the movie wins where instead of making it all grim, it shows the reality for what it is through sarcasm and humour. Be it the scene where the Chief of Security Aatma Singh (Pankaj Tripathi) is describing the candidate’s elections’ symbols as mere fruits and vegetables, and the ballot box as a toy, or the scene where one of the guards is proposing an investing scheme to the Chief Election Officer, the innumerable hilarious takes on the system initially makes you laugh and then think.

The performances are brilliant and appreciating Rajkumar Rao one might easily fall short of words. Right from his continuous blinking onscreen to his child-like curiousity and his silence when he thinks, he makes us watch him and undergo the same dilemma. He is making the problem one of our own. Pankaj Tripathi, as Aatma Singh,  does justice to his corrupt security head’s role and Raghubir Yadav is another standing out as a senior Election officer, after Peepli Live.

The brilliance of Masurkar lies in the fact that he found the correct balance between making a humorous yet realistic movie, which hits you even without realising. The point where Rajkumar Rao is seen helpless about the apathy of the voters and their lack of knowledge might make you numb for a while and his consequent rebellious attack might give you an insight on the whole attitude and dynamic of naxalism existing in our country, a message you can receive only if you look closely.

Newton is not just a movie, it’s a message. And the response of the movie amongst the society assures us of one thing, the youth of the country cannot be considered ignorant anymore.