The Ordinary Signs

Double duty? Stepping in for someone else? Standing by? Just doing your job ,quietly? No fist thumping, high-fives across the corridors, no loud guffaws, no sharp look designer shoes and boutique suits?

Welcome to the world of the ordinary.

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52 Seconds of Patriotism : Freedom Sales.

It takes 52 seconds approximately to recite our National Anthem and that is how long the sense of patriotism lasts for the day, and the rest is for Freedom Sales, freedom from routine, freedom from work, freedom to relax and freedom of spirit flowing through our veins.

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The 20% Rule

Its like the chains around an Elephant’s leg. The park officials tie the chain when the Elephant is first brought to the zoo. At first the elephant tries to break-free, but over time it gives up.

In time, the park officials merely wrap the shackles round a thick wooden peg instead of tying it tightly, because by now they have tamed the mighty Elephant’s mind, will and sense of freedom and seasoned it into believing that, he will never break free. Cruel, isn’t it?

Similarly, job seekers get trapped thinking the best they can do is get a 20% hike.

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Dunkirk : A View

Yes, its true, Dunkirk is a World War II epic. Gut -wrenching, suffocating, real-life depiction of the pain, fear, anguish and frustration of the horrors of war. But you died a hundred times with Schindlers List as well, and cringed with the Inglorious Basterds, cried listening to the Pianist, rooted for the Great Escape, yet admired Catch 22 ‘s irony  and whistled  with the soldiers crossing over  Bridge on the river Kwai, but your heart sank to see Life is Beautiful.

So what’s new with Dunkirk?

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The Great Indian Flimsy Awards

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Great Indian Flimsy awards. A show which will leave you gasping for sanity, breathless for brazen humor, gripping nepotism , song and dance sequences which outnumber the total awards ! Outstanding performances, looped reactions for special television audience. Watch it till you can…

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Jagga Jasoos : A View

Think of a fairly tale come alive. Exotic locales, picture perfect long shots and a light weight feel good musical. It has adventure, think Shikari Shambhu, it has emotion , think Tinkle, it has humor, think Suppandi. I ‘ve chosen only Indian comic book references, but I guess you get the drift. Tintin, Sherlock Holmes would be similar references from the western world.

But to understand the lyrical narrative style, you need to watch Chicago, or closer home a movie called Thoda Sa Roomani Ho Jayen. No connection in plot or class, but just the musical style of story-telling is what is common.

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F&F : Firing & Fairness

Capitalism and fairness are strange bedfellows. You can never balance the two, mostly it is a one sided contest. Being in the center is often not possible so either you are the victor or the victim.  The recent Tech Mahindra episode  had the entire corporate community divided in what needs to be done vs how it has to be done.

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