Godse@gandhi.com Play review

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Poster of the play at the entrance of Shri Ram Center

Enjoyed the play Godse@gandhi.com by Asmita theater group in Shri Ram Center for Art & Culture, Mandi house, New Delhi on 8th October 2017 night. The play was directed by Arvind Gaur and written by Asghar Wajahat.  Here is my review of the play in detail. Before the actual play started, street play was going on by Asmita Theater group artists near the entrance on varies subjects like child labor, effects of tobacco, female harassment and many such social issues.

I went for the play with varied expectations and excitements, since the brief story line was already known, that Gandhi survived the bullets and after recovery, wants to meet Nathuram Godse. What you can expect is a variety of things and instances. The play is mainly based on dialogue between the two and their own interpretation of Hindutva, Freedom, Nationalism and Gita. Perceptions may vary but if Gandhi is to live after that attack and meet Godse, the first thing he does, is to forgive Godse, as Gandhi in the play does. From my limited understanding of Gandhi, this seems obvious.

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Dialogue between Gandhi and Godse

In a note dated January 27, 1948, three days before he was assassinated by Godse, Gandhi wrote that the Congress has “outlived its use” in its present form, should be disbanded, in an article of Harijan dated Feb 2, 1948, a phrase added by his associates.

But in the Harijan published on 1 Feb 1948, an article written by Gandhi dated January 27, 1948 says different story, and gives a detailed meaning to his aspirations from the congress. He writes,

‘Indian National Congress which is the oldest national political organization and which has after many battles fought her non-violent way to freedom cannot be allowed to die. It can only die with the nation. A living organism ever grows or it dies, The Congress has won political freedom, but it has yet to win economic freedom, social and moral freedom. These freedoms are harder than the political, if only because they are constructive, less exciting and non spectacular. All embracing constructive work evokes the energy of all the units of the millions.

Yesterday the congress was unwittingly the servant of the nation, it was khudai khidmatgar – God’s servant, let it now proclaim to itself and the world that it is only God’s servant – nothing more, nothing less. If it engages in the ungainly skirmish for power, it will find one fine morning that it is no more. I have only opened to view the distant scene, if I have the time and health, I hope to discuss in these columns what the servants of the nation can do to raise themselves in the estimation of their masters, the whole of the adult population, male and female.’ (1)

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A scene of dialogue between Gandhi and Godse

The play is an effort to depict these thoughts and present them by the way of the dialogue between Gandhi and Godse. The dialogues and whole discussion is good but they are presented in such bits and pieces that the effect gets dissolved. The effort of presenting such thought provoking instance is appreciable and bold, but somehow I felt that the maturity level in script for such serious dialogue was low. Inserting a love story of secondary characters for comic relief to viewers actually distracts and disconnects. Further bringing Kasturba to talk to Gandhi and open list of his mistakes – majority of which is how Gandhi was responsible for many failed relationships, was a lame effort altogether. I think that portion was not needed at all. The play also tries to establish a equally thoughtful and balanced talk between Gandhi and Godse; which can not be so. The extremist mindset of Godse cannot be put in parallel to Gandhi’s mindset. Gandhi’s efforts to get Brahmacharya rigidly followed by members of the Ashram also made the play less serious and broke the continuity of the viewer and that adds to low points of play.

Acting is a huge attraction for this play. Acting of Amit Rawal as Gandhi and Rahul Khanna as Godse is amazing, showing background clips and using the screen as background for jail scenes also adds to the flavor of the play. This is really a successful idea. Use of fewer props brings simplicity to the play which is welcome. Acting of other characters are also appreciable.

Overall this play started a new thread of thoughts in my mind and gave a whole new perspective to think what if Gandhi would have survived the attack. In many of his writings in Harijan, Gandhi wrote about his thinking and future course of events based on that. Does congress had guts to follow his suggestions about not ruling but serving the country? Could Nehru have accepted Gandhi’s role as a critic to Congress? Could Nehru sideline Gandhi if he is not in agreement with him for Government policies and his beliefs? What could have Gandhi’s future course of actions after not aligning with Congress? What could Godse have done further? what his disagreement with Gandhi may result in? Questions are plenty. Answers, well we have to guess ourselves. But this play is an honest effort in its own limitations to at least raise these questions in our mind.

As a play my take for point is 2.5 / 5

– Jignesh Adhyaru

(1) Ref. Harijan magazine issue at https://www.gandhiheritageportal.org/

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Street play by Asmita theater group at Shri Ram Center, Mandi House, New Delhi

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My Favourite Females from Game of Thrones..

Winter Has Come…

Character development is a very challenging part of any story and script. Being a Game of Thrones fan, I am really impressed by some of the female characters of series throughout the six parts. There are plenty of impressive characters, but this is only about Female characters I am most impressed with.

Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Sansa & Arya Stark, Melisandre, Missandei, Margaery Tyrell & Yara Greyjoy.

I love Daenerys Targaryen not only because of the way she carries herself and her rightful claim to the seven kingdoms but also because of constant increase in her aura, her determination to rule and to fight each and every difficulty with utter determination. Daenerys is fearless from the very first season, when she says ‘I am a Khaleesi of the Dothraki! I am the wife of the great Khal and I carry his son inside me! The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.’

daenerys targaryenShe is really a brave heart, she is the mother of dragons but more than once she has shown her own capacity to fight and win without her dragons to fulfil her desires. Her determination is unmatched, willpower is on full throttle and path of her journey is enlightened by her personified. Her character is in full form in sixth season when she acquires Mareen and the Khal. and remember what she says to Khals? ‘ And here, now, what what great matters do the Great Khals discuss? Which little villages you’ll raid, how many girls you’ll get to fuck, how many horses you’ll demand in tribute. You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am. So I will.’ and she does.

Her target in second season ‘When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!’ is what all she keeps on fighting till sixth season. Decision to end slavery and order to her force, ‘Unsullied! Slay the masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no child. Strike the chains off every slave you see!’ shows her true capacity as a queen. Appointing Tyrion lannister as her hand shows her wisdom, and her saying to him shows how she is human from inside, ‘Do you know what frightens me? I said farewell to a man who loves me. A man I thought I cared for. And I felt nothing. Just impatient to get on with it.’

& when she says Dracarys! to her dragons to burn out Kraznys and masters’ ships, I really felt adrenaline pumping high in my veins. Its a cinamatic experience you can’t miss.. strengthening of an amazing strong queen claiming his right.

Cersei Lannister is the sign of never giving up, people kept hating her, wanting to kill her all throughout her time, she was humiliated in sixth season.. challenged by Margaery Tyrell whom her sons loved without logic. She never trusted anyone neither gave away life to anyone who have wronged her or harmed her. From walking naked in the streets of king’s landing and getting humiliated to putting on fire each and every of her opposes, she has come a long way without change in her frame of mind. She is firm and fit on each and every of her decision, may it be right or wrong, and there is no look back ever for her. This is what makes me like her will to fight and survive. She went from queen, to queen regent, to queen mother, to disgraced and atoned prisoner to queen of Westeros. She lives for herself, but who in the world doesn’t live for one’s own self?

Sansa and Arya Stark are the two characters I always felt in line with, I always wanted them to be having upper hand over their enemies. The constant fight and learning of Arya stark from the day of her father’s beheading till her killing of walder frey, she has really come a long way. With her ‘needle’ and fearless heart, to her attempt to please the faceless god and becoming ‘a girl’, Arya has always shown her class and presence of mind. In sixth season when she kills waif in the dark, you are sure Arya is now on her own. Sansa whom you portray as stupid and succumbed to the situation in season one when Ned Stark is beheaded, grows convincingly when she unites Jon Snow to get winterfell and fight against Ramsay Bolton. Her revenge with Ramsay when she feds him to his own dogs shows her want of revenge, bringing Petyr Baelish to fight along Jon Snow for winterfell shows her political skills taking shape. I expect Petyr Baelish somehow punished by her in future. Now Arya and Sansa becoming more mature and powerful, game is becoming interesting and getting further narrowed down towards the iron throne. I jumped with joy when Arya uttered, ‘A girl is home.’

Melisandre of Asshai is one character which leaves an impression, both good and ugly on your mind. Her certain decisions like burning of the blood associates of Stannis Baratheon, even his daughter Shireen, were strongly to be condemned for, but her devotion is undoubtful. She was devoted to the god of light, but finding out who is the one, is her eternal search, which leads her finally to realive Jon Snow. I really felt for her when Jon exiles her from the North for her crime of infanticide, after which she is seen riding south from Winterfell. She is realy a character to look forward to in Seventh season.

Missandei is not only the character one really feel she is, she is much more than only an interpreter and a slave. Her rise from there to become queen’s adviser and handmaiden shows her value and the importance of her character. Her affection for the grey worm comes very natural and pleasing to the viewer. It is the association which is definitely be useful and trustworthy for Daenerys during her fight for iron throne.

Margaery Tyrell is a character with no special magical powers, no political skills and no affections for king, but her cute smile and lovely behaviour is something both the kings fell for, opposing cersei in her own kingdom with intelligence and opportunistic behaviour shows her way of achieving status of the queen. But in the end, it was very heartening to see her die while Cersei puts the chapel on fire and blast in the deadliest possible way of taking revenge against many in one go.. The cute smile will not be seen again, thats a real pity.

I started getting impressed by Yara Greyjoy lately, she is a real born fighter, a real challenger to all her enemies. She always stood for Theon and her growing love towards her bother, their bond and their association is a real joy to look forward to just similar to the bond between Sansa and Jon. It is a sweet surprise. The true warrior, Yara never gives up, and now with the Daenerys her character is to unfold in a much more powerful and important way. Probably the show’s first lesbian character, Yara is always tough without any feminine characteristics either bodily or otherwise. She never gives up and that’s what makes me like the character.

There were many best scenes, memories for me from sixth season, including Jon getting sworn as King in the North, Daenerys with her troops and dragons going forward and closer to iron throne and Cersei sworn in as the Queen. Sixth season ended with much more action and twists than any other season previously. Game of thrones ended at a point where I can not afford to loose watching the forthcoming parts and I am really eager to see the season unfold. and yes… Don’t post any spoilers…

Long may she reign! and this of course, is for Daenerys Stormborn, the first of her name, the unburnt, the Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, breaker of the chains and mother of dragons…

Marshmallow update to my Note 4 N910G (India)

My Samsung Note 4 yesterday (16 April, 2014) got notification for Android 6.0 Marshmallow update from Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. My Samsung Note 4 is of model SM N910G. Update was of the whooping size 1.43 GB, process was smooth, without any hindrances. My BSNL broadband WiFi worked well during the download, which generally keeps on stopping every now and than.

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The changes are more towards changes and upgrades in core functionality than very sensational changes in user interface. I tried to go through the updated UI and tried to list out whatever I felt, was different or improved than the 5.0.1 Lollipop.

First thing first, there is a notable changes in display of my naive language Gujarati and Hindi. It looks far better as compared to 5.1 with improved font rendering and display. See the two screenshots comparing 5.0.1 and 6.0 versions comparing Gujarati font rendering. Screenshots may better explain what I mean by font rendering. Continue reading

Unblocking ISP for accessing torrent sites

So, I got this new BSNL broadband connection, the first thing I noticed while surfing that none of the torrent sites on my bookmark list was opening. All had this ‘ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED’ error.

So I tried flushing my DNS by going to start menu > cmd > right click and open as administrator > command: ipconfig /flushdns

Unfortunately it didn’t help out.

Now I tried the other way by changing DNS trick, the process I followed was –

Windows key + C > click Search on the right-hand side > type Control Panel in the search bar > select Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings > Right-click Ethernet > Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties > Click button next to ‘Use the following DNS Server address’ > enter 8.8.8.8 as the Preferred DNS Server and 8.8.4.4 as the Alternate DNS Server to use google DNS > Click OK > Click Close

and It worked for me, all the torrents websites are back.

the download speed I got is 545 kbps and upload speed of 387 kbps.

There are many softwares and torrent registration sites which are frudent. Don’t fall in for it.. Beware..

Quantico – Fight terrorism, prejudice, weakness & secrets

First thing First : I was really eager to see how Priyanka looks and acts and about her role in such a TV Series. Out of all Bollywood stars, I think she is probably the most experimenting star, she can take risks, break the usual streamline.

I have hardly seen any such shows from outside India, so I was very eager, and not to disappoint me and millions of other viewers, the show kick starts with Priyanka (Alex Parrish) at the site of Grand Central station having a huge explosion; in central New York. To her surprise, she was first told that someone from his FBI training camp at Quantico mates was the culprit but soon Alex became the main suspect in a terror attack. The series is her journey to get herself proved innocent, find real culprit roaming free, unknown and stop any such attack.  Continue reading

Professional Life : Introspecting my own behavior (1)

Behavior in simple terminology, is our conduct or way of presenting our self. It is generally intended towards others but here I am trying to analyze my own behavior towards myself and then to others.

Introspecting one’s own behavior starts with only one word and its ‘I’

I stands for my own self, it includes all my dreams, thoughts, perceptions, likes, dislikes, wishes, regrets, relative merits and demerits of others etc. so I is the door to self, and past that is an area very less explored. Let us start analyzing self behavior with Dreams. Continue reading

In search of self… Introspection (1)

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture, Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Very rarely it happens that a feeling of nothingness surrounds me, and I feel like doing nothing, thinking nothing, just look through the space and be motionless. I keep on staring nowhere without any purpose. I thought of going through a rigorous introspection for sake of my own satisfaction. looking inside for what is good and what is not, for what is acceptable and what is not, for what needs to be changed and what needs to be nurtured.

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
― C.G. Jung

Awakening is the process that shall start in a person since very moment one is born. Knowingly or unknowingly, some have it, some develops the same and some pretends to have developed it.

Wikipedia explains it as, “Introspection is examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings. In psychology the process of introspection relies exclusively on observation of one’s mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one’s soul. Introspection is closely related to human self-reflection and is contrasted with external observation.” All I understand from this is, introspection means what you think of your self when you see yourself in mirror of your soul.

I could have done this process internally also, in my thinking process, but as the new tagline of this blog says, its reincarnation of my thinking process, I don’t want to be a frog in the well. Let others see what I feel for myself is the first step of opening my own pros and cons to the world, and I guess, it is sensible to do so. Those who care for me, will keep these in mind and those who don’t care – will obviously don’t.

Checking one’s own self is a very tough task. If we can not be unbiased even while judging others, how we can be while judging ourselves? So I thought it to be done on a public medium like blog.

Furthermore what is to be introspected? There is no defined guidelines for the same, but I am trying to divide it in following parts. There may be plenty of others too, but for me those are

Behavior
Nature
Positiveness
Relation
Honesty and many more.

So What I will do is to look within and observe my thoughts, emotions and activities throughout the day – days, examining objectively the flaws and positive points.

Introspection is not one day or one month activity. It has to be objectively continued, and it will. This is just the first step in it and I am sure I can at least be brave and honest to judge myself if not others.

Transition time in life

So currently I am in an amazing turmoil of ups and downs of life, incidents, feelings and relationships.

Sometimes I wonder how I let someone control my emotions and feelings – and thus my own self. I acted opposite to my will and wish, nature and habit.

Generally I dont let others control me fully, though I get effected by others’ viws easily but never submit fully. This time it has gone fully out of control of my self and result is depression, nagativity and feeling of guilt.

So lesson learnt is not to get drifted away towards attractive but nagative things. Doing what self finds right is very Important.

The Sick Politics

Politics is the dirtiest yet pure game of luck, if this not being true, how silent horses who were very well known and in race at the time of Babri masjid disaster, suddenly started jumping and on TV? They got a new life, a new point of coming in people’s view point.

Politics is not about being true or false, its about being in picture. No one cares about the suger cane issue burning hot, the problems of those poor persons who are at to be deserted from their places if they do not get paid for their work and efforts put in. There is a burning issue of China having a bad eye on eastern parts of India, how dare they can raise issue on our PM visiting Arunachal Pradesh? I guess, its not only about being negligient, but about being unattentive to the issues burning around us. We only attend to those when they start hurting us. This is a bad habit.

Today is the day we remember with a heavy heart and wet eyes, Sons of Mother India, who laid down their lives for the cause of country.