Waited to write this piece, as this
has major spoilers, so that people would watch the film and can really
appreciate the connect.
To start off with, is the beautiful song
where Ram is just being him. Wandering, taking pictures, doing some
exotic things in picturesque locals and also mundane things, like eating
alone, sleeping, enjoying his time with himself. With all the
revelations that are yet to be unfolded in the movie, this song shows us
that he’s happy with his own self and his life.
This is followed
by another beautiful stretch of nostalgia that ends up with Ram
connecting with his old friends and which results in a re-union. The
scenes take they’re own time to unfold making us linger onto those
moments and gives space to think about our own nostalgia.
excitement of Ram when he sees his old friend, the Watchman of his
school. He speaks so fast with the excitement that the other person
couldn’t understand. Then he pacifies himself to repeat the statement.
The usage of Illayaraja songs in love scenes has become a cliche
nowadays. Here it feels organic and shows how the music has intertwined
with our life without us realising it.
The couple don’t even propose, they just know!
The buildup to Jaanu’s entry through series of flashbacks and we wait
for Trisha to walk in as Jaanu. And when she does, Govind Vasantha
elevates it into a different level and the end result can be seen in the
rejoice of the audience watching.
The moment when Chinmayi
paints the silence with the Thendral Vanthu theendum pothu prelude. The
song, the voice, the lyrics and the situation. The audience feel what it
is to be there which is amped up by the reaction of the people in
screen. Absolute bliss!
The casual banter between friends about their family and children ending up in a major reveal.
The cold behaviour of Ram engulfs Jaanu and she walks away with that
coldness and then finally realising herself, loosening up and calls back
Ram. Then comes the line of the movie!
‘Romba thooram poitia Ram?’ (Have you gone too far, Ram?) ‘Unna enga viteno angayae than nikkiraen ‘ (I’m stranded at the same place where I left you!)
This at present is his physical state and for years his mental state. He’s still freezed to those moments from the past.
The occupation of Ram is not just a gimmick to show exotic locations.
He lives with the memories which are still there within and this comes
out beautifully in a line in which he say, Even after years, when I see
this picture, I’ll be that age and at that moment. Exquisite detailing
into the psyche.
Ram hesitates to talk to Jaanu. He’s made a
mirage of memories and doesn’t want to ruin it with reality of
discovering that she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. This fear stops
him to open up. But knowing that Jaanu also had this Longing and her
feelings are afresh, even making him to look like a 10 standard boy, Ram
finally feels comfortable around Jaanu and then he starts to open up.
He starts talking.
What follows is a stretch of conversations
with major revelations from each other. Vijay Sethupathy and Trisha
perform ridiculously well in these scenes, that makes these plain
conversations into intense story plots.
The stretch when Jaanu reimagines what could have been happened between these two, if things went well.
When Ram is unable to leave by seeing the way Jaanu looks, decides to
accompany her as long as possible. And in a reciprocation of events,
Jaanu couldn’t leave when Ram has the same look. She can’t stay also,
she just shuts of his eyes and leaves.
The film ends in a poetic
manner, when Ram reminiscing the night and adding another memory of her
into his heart and the briefcase and shuts it within him.
Finally my most favourite moment of the movie, coming back to the reunion sequence. Ram and Jaanu share a plate of food.
It’s a plain ordinary activity. But for Ram it’s what the most intimate
thing he’s been with Jaanu. We are given the repeated moments of Jaanu
sharing her food to Ram in the school days. Now it’s happening again.
The scene which has played in Ram’s mind over the years is happening for
real. The emotions get high and gives a gut in the throat. Ram starts
to eat the food and swallows the emotions to himself. This is only
where, we get the display of tears in Ram’s eyes. It doesn’t flow down,
it just stays in his eyes and rarely gets a peek out. The man has
controlled this emotion all along and in a moment it just comes out.
Vijay Sethupathy is marvellous in this scene where you can feel all
these emotions. He has done the most difficult thing of conveying a
complex emotion without uttering a word. But to top it all, Govind
Vasantha unfurls a musical piece which finally walks away as the
highlight of the scene above all. Just pure emotion!
I don’t know
if it’s pure cinema, whether it has great technicalities, its flaws.
But it makes us connected and expresses a deeper emotion.
The feelings towards a person could be greater than the person itself!
A wanderlust into the abundance resulted in an evolution of mind and heart, a sense of liberation from all the mental obstacles & emotional dependencies. A greater responsibility of taking care of myself and being in love with the way my heart traverses through with Love, passion and compassion. This backpack trip was an amazingly profound experience and here I’m sharing that happiness.
A normal day at office, a realization that we may have a long weekend and immediately grabbed at the opportunity to wander around. Started as an unplanned trip, like the idea of this trip came just a week before the day I actually started. But ended up being well planned, thanks to the people around, was able to come up with an itinerary. All was in booked in advance like Travel, stay & rental bike.
The Day arrived, well packed, caught the train on time, in a sultry & sunny evening from Chennai to Mangalore. When I started planning the trip, the destination was Gokarna and then evolved into an itinerary covering Mangalore for a couple of days and Gokarna for a couple of days. Soon after crossing the outskirts of Chennai, the clouds around converged to shower rains. The sweaty heat in Chennai, Window seat travel in Train, and now the rainfall. So far So good.
The next day, the day 1 of my wandering, I woke up when the train reached Kannur, Kerala. The journey for the next three hours was pleasant, with greenness, water bodies all across the horizon. And I got a sneak peak of the Sea from the train as the railway lines were passing to the sea. Reaching Mangalore, I checked into the homestay which I had booked. It was a secluded place situated right next to the Ullal Beach, Mangalore. The homestay person was warm, though I never met him and had our conversations only through Phone. He made sure all the amenities were in place and it was ready to be occupied when I arrived.
Getting ready, took a walk through the neighborhood, as it was Ramzan, the place was deserted. Reached the highway, caught a bus and went to the city and took the rental bike which I had already booked. Then had my breakfast in a Cafe suggested by a friend, Taj Cafe. Then headed to St. Aloysius Church, which had some ancient Italian paintings throughout the interior walls of Church. I was told by the pastor there, this is only the Second such Church present after the Vatican Church. The paintings each depicting a story from Bible was a treat to watch. The way they’ve maintained the paint not to recede from the growing pollution was scientific and educative. There was a museum near by, which had some precious ancient materials that were used in the British rule.
Then headed to one of many beautiful beaches in this beautiful city of Mangalore. Tannirbhavi Beach is a different kind of beach than the ones I’m used to in the east coast. The shore had pine trees providing a thick shade, and the sunlight peeking through those trees and creating a pattern of shades were a treat to watch. Though the climate was sunny, it felt pleasant to be sitting beneath those trees and having a glimpse of the Arabian Sea. After spending an hour or so, taking pictures, left from there to have my lunch at Gajilee, again suggested by a friend. The food was great there and after having a sumptuous lunch, drove out to Bekal Fort in Kasaragod which is a 50 kms drive from Mangalore.
The drive was brilliant all through the abundance and the nature is still so intact in that part of the world. The only niggle being the bike I drove, not an Yamaha which I always have a leaning preference. Reached to the Bekal Fort, and as it was a holiday there, it was quite crowded. One thing which was there in my mind was this is the place where the ever famous ARR song with exotic picturisation, ‘Uyire’ has been shot. It was splendid surprise for me to witness that huge fort in all its essence in the evening just before the Sunset. There were some sights to behold, one can truly experience those seen through the naked eye. I got down to the Sunset view point and with all the other people was waiting to witness the spectacle. Spent the evening capturing photos of the waves splattering into the rocks, there were requests from folks to click their pictures, which I happily obliged. After a long wait, the Sun was yet to set, but the time crossed 6:45 and we were asked to disburse from the fort as it’s getting late.
The drive back was one of the most stunning drives I’ve had along the coastal region. The change in color patterns every ten minutes, to every turn and witnessing them along riding a bike was an amazing experience which I would cherish for a long time. Once I reached my homestay, the time was already past 8. Caught up with the India vs South Africa world cup match for an hour, and in process dozed off to sleep.
Woke up to overnight rains, the place where I’m staying had dense plantation and the aroma of petrichor made the day for me. Then set out for a morning walk along the beach with my Camera. Was capturing some interesting moments and frames which gave the whole essence of the abundance that I am in. After a couple of hours walk, got ready and started to yet another long drive, this time to the northern part of Mangalore, Kaup Beach. The drive again was a pleasant one with slight drizzling, the nature making sure that I’m not wet and also it’s not sunny either.
Kaup beach is another serene, peaceful place to be in. The light house was the highlight, accompanied with a backwater stream, the vast expanse of the sea shore across both sides of the light house. You just got to be there and sit in silence and witness the abundance that’s there to display. You would forget the idea of time and how it’s passing. Sitting there alone on a rock, on the edge of the sea, above the sea level, with the view shores on both sides behind, a stream sneaking though right next to you. It reminded me of a Rumi’s poetry,
Now let me sit here, on the threshold of two worlds, lost in the eloquence of Silence.
With Life as short as a Half taken Breath, Don’t plant anything but Love!
After a trance experience, left the beach, drove back to the City and had lunch and then to the Mangalore’s favorite and much hyped Ice cream parlour, Pabba’s Ice cream. To my delight and living up the hype, the Ice cream varieties were too good and tasty. With half heart and full stomach, left the place to return back the rental bike. Then caught a bus back to Someshwara Beach. I was told that this is a best beach in Mangalore to witness the Sunset, with less populated, an under explored beach to hangout. And my sources were spot on. Reached the beach around 4, and I was just on my own, lying around a rock, resting, waiting for the Sun to set. The sound of the waves plunging into the rock, the wind blowing across the shore, the trees right next to the shore, me with my camera. I couldn’t ask more.
And what a Beautiful Sunset I was witnessing. It’s a human tendency, that they don’t realize the happiness when they’re actually in it, we would realize it only when it’s over or lost. But at that moment, I was truly happy and I was in the realization of that in the moment itself. To be Present, To be here, To be Now, with the Abundance. It’s happiness.
The Next day, I need to catch a train at 5:30 AM to Gokarna, and with the help of some broken Kannada and a friend’s Whatsapp recording, I caught hold of an Auto driver and asked him to come and pick me up at that time of the hour. Gratefully he was on time and dropped me at the station 10, 15 minutes earlier. The train reached Gokarna around 11 and I reached my cottage. A small hut like place and a warm host, who was welcoming, had great communication, knew around the locales well. He was inquiring about my visit and plans and suggested to just relax and get in the mood of this place, rather than the compulsiveness of checking out all the places to visit. He was right and it was in sync with what I had also in mind. He was also pleasantly surprised that I’m traveling alone without any inhibitions. The next two days in Gokarna, was me chilling at the beach, drenched in the abundance, the views, great food, lot of walking around, hiking, and all that.
The first day completely I was in Kudle Beach. It was a great place to hangout, restaurants right at the beach, with a view to the sea. And do I need to add anything about the Sunset view across the horizon more. It was just splendid. This time around there were people in the beach, across all types. Couples, Families, group of boys, group of girls, a group playing football, and a few playing Frisbee. These gave a new dimension to my photographs. They each represented a story that I could weave in my photographs. I was just walking to and for across the breadths of the shore and capturing those moments. I had a fellow companion as always, a dog who would walk with me and when I sit, he also relaxes with me. Then once the Sun is well down, reached my hut, a 10 mins walk from the Kudle Beach, refreshed and then again came back down to the beach. Was there in the beach till midnight and then left back to cottage.
The next day, the plan was to visit Om beach, and then a hike to Half Moon beach. As per plan went to Om beach, had my breakfast, again with the Sea view. Then spending some time there, started my hike to half moon beach. With no one around, in to the dense forest and rocks, was wandering into it and not sure what’s up there. Following the foot prints, an half and hour hike, I reached the half moon beach, another Serene, Scenic beach with just me, a dog and the Sound of waves, right in between the abundance. The whole afternoon, I was just relaxing there, watching the waves hit the rocks, the trees, Wondering this abundance and falling in Love with it moment by moment, again and again.
This is the last evening in this trip and I am here lying in the shore watching the blue skies and just being in that moment. These are some of the surreal moments of peace which I experienced in this wanderlust trip.
I got back, and then with a heavy heart started back to the Gokarna Bus stand to catch my bus back to Bangalore. After reaching Bangalore in the morning, got the train back to Chennai and reached Chennai around 3 PM back to my home. Bliss!
Reminiscing back, this trip was another great experience of Abundance and how this abundance has helped me to find my own self. All these 5 days along, I was just being me, no care about what others think, what about how I’m perceived, no nothing at all. I felt truly liberated from that clutches, all the mental obstacles and emotional dependencies. This trip uniquely identified that personality within me and brought it back to forefront. All through these 5 days, Only I was in control of Myself. Whatever would have happened was solely my responsibility. There were many mistakes, hardships, wonders, ecstasy, peaceful times, etc,. Whatever the emotions or repercussions resulted from this wanderlust, I am the reason. This is Liberation and at the same time a great responsibility. Self Love and following your heart does give you that Liberation and a sense of responsibility.
Responsibility of owning up myself completely, responsibility of taking care myself all alone and the liberation of being happy with my own self and the Abundance! A way to an Inimitable Life!
Wander.. Seek.. Wonder.. Hope.. Love!
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