Day 29 – And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to take one of your favorite poems and find a very specific, concrete noun in it. For example, if your favorite poem is this verse of Emily Dickinson’s, you might choose the word “stones” or “spectre.” After you’ve chosen your word, put the original poem away and spend five minutes free-writing associations – other nouns, adjectives, etc. Then use your original word and the results of your free-writing as the building blocks for a new poem.
My favorite poem is by Robert Frost called “Dust of Snow”.
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
– Robert Frost
In the movies I see,
And how I wish,
To see, feel, experience reality,
Covered in snow,
Are Trees with no leaves,
Benches are lonely,
Streets lights in night are shiny,
Lakes are frozen and icy,
People singing merrily,
Amazing ice skating,
Kids are playing,
Snowman’s at making,
Santa Claus is said to come from chimney,
The snow covered bridges are calling,
To see the sight of beauty,
The sight of white,
Gives a mystic feeling…
Story – It is a love story between a young guy called Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) and Jessie (Samantha). Karthik is a mechanical engineering graduate but wishes to be a film director. With the help of his friend Krishna, Karthik gets introduced to the director Puri Jagannadh and request him to take him as his assistant. Meanwhile Karthik family who are Hindus, shits to a new house in the ground floor, which is a two-storied building in which the above house Mr. Thekekuttu a Malayalam Catholic family lives. That is where Karthick for the first time sees Jessie who is two years elder to him and is working. Karthik falls in love with Jessie which is love at first sight; he then follows Jessie every day. One day Karthik express his love to Jessie but gets angry who is afraid to speak to men when her father is around as he is very strict. After that Karthik meets Jessie several times, after which she finally admit she likes him too.
But will Jessie accept his love? Will Jessie’s parents accept Karthik? Will Jessie and Karthik break-up due to family pressure? Will Karthik dream of becoming a filmmaker come true? To get all the answer to these questions you will have to watch this lovely romantic movie.
My Say on the Film – A lovely romantic movie and the songs are pretty good. Movie is focused on the two main leads which is Karthik and Jessie; hence their acting is very good and I must say they have done justice to their roles. The screenplay, cinematography, visual effects is good.
Closing Remarks – In India it is very difficult for both sides of the families to accept an elderly lady to be married to man who is younger than her. This movie brings out a very mature and sensitive topic which is filmed very raw & realistic. Over all is a wonderful movie to watch and that stays in your heart and mind for a very long time.
Day 28 – And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse. Don’t worry, there are no skeletons involved. Rather, Skeltonic verse gets its name from John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet who pioneered the use of short stanzas with irregular meter, but two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme, but there’s not a rhyme scheme per se. The poet simply rhymes against one word until he or she gets bored and moves on to another. Here is a good explainer of the form, from which I have borrowed this excellent example:
will be Terse.
Stress used just twice
to keep it nice,
short or long
a lilting song
or sounding gong
that won’t go wrong
if you adhere
to the rule here,
Now is that clear
What is love?
Come with book of directive?
Does true love,
Exist or is it imaginative?
Everything and everyone?
And even sacrifice?
Mean different according to their age?
Blind or calculative?
Temporary or evermore?
To express love,
Should one be creative?
When in Love,
Would one always be caressive,
Or would be disruptive & impulsive?
When in love,
Would one be intuitive?
Does true love,
Means one should only give,
In return you expect nothing?
Cast – Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, Tyler Mane, Anna Paquin
Story – A 17 year old young girl called Marie D’ Ancanto (Anna Paquin) on kissing her boyfriend she accidentally puts him into coma. On knowing her mutant power which is to absorb energy of another life, she gets scared and runs away from her home and names herself as Rogue. In a place called Alberta Rogue meets a mutant called Logan (Hugh Jackman) also known as Wolverine who has healing powers and from his knuckles metal claws protrude. While they are travelling together on the road both are attacked by another mutant called as Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) who is a bad mutant, meanwhile other two mutants called Cyclops (James Marsden) and Storm (Halle Berry) comes there to save Rogue and Wolverine. Rogue & Wolverine are saved and bought to Xavier’s Mansion which is a school for the young mutants located in Westchester Country, New York.
Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) meets Rogue and Wolverine, after which he tells Logan that just like the mutants in his school there is another group of mutants too and the other group is under Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen) also known as Magneto. And he also tells them Magneto seems to be interested in Wolverine and the reason is unknown. Xavier asks Logan to stay in Xavier’s mansion and meanwhile Rogue is enrolled in the school.
There are two mutant group, Xavier’s group trying to protect and follow the laws whereas the other mutant group which is controlled by Magneto, practice illegal activities and Magneto has an evil plan in mind. Magneto is expecting for a war to take place and for which he needs Rogue to help him with his evil plan. Will Magneto be able to find Rogue? Will Magneto be able to convince Rogue to help him with his plan? What is Magneto’s evil plan? Will Magneto be able to succeed in his evil plan? What will happen to Rogue and Wolverine? Will Xavier be able to protect them? To know what is Magneto’s intentions and to know what really happens, you will have to watch the movie.
My Say on the Film – Brilliant movie, story and the way the movie is taken is really awesome. Acting by each and every artist is marvelous.
Day 27 – And last but not least, here’s our (optional) prompt! Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things, and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell, but today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that explores your sense of taste! This could be a poem about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.
Taste of Dahi Puri!
Oh, my mouth is salivating,
On hearing the name of the dish,
To try the famous Indian snack, you wish…
A few raw & boiled veggies & few chutneys,
All combined & stuffed in the crispy puffed puris,
Topped with loaded curd, sprinkled with salt & spices,
Garnish with a bit of coriander and sev,
Yuummmm, I can’t wait to taste…
Your mouth is exploded with flavours,
Sweet-tangy, a bit sour along with few spices,
Perfectly balanced flavours that tingles your tongue,
Can also be customised according to one’s taste.
Now, that for you my dear is the Dahi Puri’s Taste.
Music Director – Songs: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Amit Trivedi (1 song only) Background Score: Amit Trivedi
Cast – Konkana Sen Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, Rahul Khanna, Kashmira Shah
Story – Story is about a guy called Siddharth Mehra akka “Sid” (Ranbir Kapoor) who is studying in collage, a lively person, and sluggard. Sid is the only son of a wealthy businessman called Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher) and Sarita (Supriya Pathak). Sid being a brat is very carefree and has no aims in life and has no plans for his future after his collage due to which he hardly studied. After his exams the same night he and his friends go for a party where he meets Aisha (Konkana Sen Sharma) who’s come to Mumbai for a job and is looking for an apartment coz basically she is from Calcutta. Sid and Aisha become friends instantly on their first meet and Sid agrees to help her finding an apartment for rent.
With the help of Sid and his friends Rishi (Namit Das) & Laxmi (Shikha Talsania), Aisha finds a small apartment. Aisha also gets a job at the Mumbai Beat Magazine which is owned by editor-in-chief Mr. Kabir (Rahul Khanna) on whom Aisha has a huge crush. Meanwhile Sid’s exams resulting are out and Sid has failed, but his friends have passed, on knowing that Sid gets angry with his best friend Rishi and also has an argument with his parents leading to him walking out of his house.
After knowing Sid’s situation, Aisha allows him to stay in her apartment temporary until he figures out what he wants to do. But Aisha finds him to be a careless, disorganized in her house that one day she loses her temper and gets angry with Sid for being so lazy and not capable to organize his things or his own mess. After which Sid realizes of his responsibilities and confess Aisha he no longer wishes to be depended on his father’s wealth and wishes to get a job so that he can take care of himself. Will Aisha be able to help Sid to get a job? Will Sid become a responsible person? Will Sid patch up with his best friend Rishi? Sid and Aisha would be friends forever or more than friends? Will Sid go back to his parents place and many more questions that you have can be answered only when you watch the movie. 😉
My Say on the Film – About the movie, I would like to say it is a good refreshing movie. The music, lyrics of the song, acting, and cinematography is awesome.
Closing Remarks – You will definitely enjoy watching this movie.
Day 26 – And now for our (optional) prompt! Have you ever heard someone wonder what future archaeologists, whether human or from alien civilization, will make of us? Today, I’d like to challenge you to answer that question in poetic form, exploring a particular object or place from the point of view of some far-off, future scientist? The object or site of study could be anything from a “World’s Best Grandpa” coffee mug to a Pizza Hut, from a Pokemon poster to a cellphone.
Discovery of Jukebox!
The archaeologists of 5011 AD,
Found a box of mystery,
A smile and jig of victory,
The “Jukebox” is their discovery.
It is a device that plays music,
When a coin is inserted,
It is a brilliant invention they stated,
As they sent it to the electronics museum.
With their life’s few guarded,
As the antiques found were precious,
In the 1890’s it was invented,
Was told to people who visited the museum,
Looking at jukebox people were spell bounded.