Where are those wonder years?

4:32 PM Priyanka 13 Comments

Now I don't know how many of you remember the 80s American comedy-drama called The Wonder Years, but it sure was a major part of my childhood when they re-aired it in the 90s. A few weeks back however, I stumbled upon something that reminded me of a scene from the popular show and a few clicks later I found myself going down the memory lane with Kevin, Paul and Winnie. Few series have been able to capture the pain and triumph of the adolescence as The Wonder Years, and fewer still, have been able to touch the audience at those sensitive spots in their hearts. 

Watching the show again made me feel like I was missing out on so much. I mean seriously, where's the life? We've all turned into this crazy technology driven race with close to no touch with what matters. We've accepted the virtual as the truth. I've been in Singapore for over 2 years now and I can honestly say that if this race were devoid of all the miracles of modern day science, they'd literally just be clueless on how to get on with life. For instance, I travel on the subway quite frequently and all I see are these zombies trudging to work. There is absolutely no sense of community, everyone is drowning into their own gadgets without giving so much as a passing glance to their fellow commuters.

Where're those close circle of friends, the actual conversations, the running in the streets, the waiting for a  post-card from a long distance friend, the genuine happiness on reconnecting with a loved one, the picnics, the innocence of discovering life at its own pace..

I'd personally be lost without my PC (I'd also be out of work), but that's not even the sad bit. I've witnessed parents exposing their infants to apps on their iphones and ipads, i mean  seriously! What about the good old fashioned legos and train sets? 
I wish life were simpler again..

All right maybe the song was a tad bit too depressing but hello! it's been raining 9 hours straight now and rain makes me gloomy and cranky :\ 

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Wordless Wednesday: Winters in my hometown, Kashmir

4:26 PM Priyanka 26 Comments

kanger, kangri, or kangar, a pot filled with hot embers used by Kashmiris beneath their traditional clothing to keep the chill at bay

The pinkish colored salted tea called "noon chai" or "sheer chai"
 The traditional kashmiri green tea made with saffron, spices, and almonds or walnuts, here served with one of many forms of mouth savoring Kashmiri breads.

The traditional winter wear: Pheren

 The famous Persian poet, Firdaus had said of Kashmir, 
Agar Firdaus bar ru-e-zamin ast, Hami ast o- hami ast o- hami ast.
If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here..

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Lovely, Still

6:25 PM Priyanka 14 Comments

 Lonely in life and love, Robert Malone (Martin Landau) braves precarious wintry snow on the walk from his job at the grocery store to his home only to discover a stranger (Ellen Burstyn) in his house. What begins as an awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a new chance for romance and the elderly couples love affair takes us on a heartfelt and wonderful journey that reveals an unexpected twist.

For some reason, stories revolving around old age always manage to move me to tears. Not that it's something sad, but the idea of being old, a point from which you can look back at your entire life, all the things you lost, things that made you happy, every single person who touched your heart, is too overwhelming for me. Specially when it comes to an old couple playing the lead in a love story, almost makes you wonder, if you'll ever manage to find someone who'd wanna make it that far with you.

Ah well, that's just me, somewhere in the middle of a 3-day long (unplanned) weekend, and with hours at hand, I choose to watch the 2008 hit and cry along with Ellen Burstyn every time Martin Landau forgets something (yes its a spoiler) and wonder how life would seem like being at that landmark. I'm only 20 but when I look at my life, there's already this long list of regrets, special moments and days that I'd never forget, so how would it be when I'm 80! Maybe losing half of my memory by then would help keep the nerves calm.

And I know I know, we should always live in the present, but movies like these really shake your inner conscious and force you to think about life in the broader sense, above the trifles of everyday living, even for a day. I'm pretty sure I would've long forgotten about these emotions, the movie, the story, and everything else by the time I'm back at work on Tuesday, and who knows? maybe I'll read this post again and laugh at myself for being such an emo! But then again, nothing is permanent :)

Hope everyone's having a much cooler weekend!

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