Archive for April, 2005

April 29, 2005


So we watched BLACK yesterday. I thought it was pretty good minus a couple of things. The story was pretty similar to that of Helen Keller. I guess they could have been more original…I mean they had ALOT of the same scenes and ideas from the book. The whole dinner table fiasco, her making the word-meaning connection with water, hitting her teacher back, etc. etc. I wish Bollywood movies would use other movies as inspiration instead of a direct example. There are so many Bollywood movies that are direct copies of other movies…but I guess the market they are catering to wants more mainstream and tried-and true storylines. Anyways, so back to BLACK. I thought the acting was excellent. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to be blind, deaf, and dumb; let alone act like it. The one thing that bothered me about the storyline was her relationship with her sister. They never really developed it throughout the movie but then they had that seemingly important scene at her engagement dinner. They only showed glimpses of her jealousy and her attitude towards Rani Mukherjee but I don’t feel like they developed it enough to have such an emotional scene devoted to it. It just seemed kind of out of sequence and unnecessary. Also, I guess they had to add some element of surprise into the movie, but the whole romance thing between Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachan made me angry for some reason. It violates the whole idea behind the student/teacher relationship, but I guess it’s understandable in the context of the movie. She goes through her whole life without any romantic relationships and it’s just human nature to want some, especially at her age and considering her sister just got engaged. It makes sense that she would fall in love with the man she was closest to and I think it was more out of admiration and desire for him rather than true love. Overall, it was a great movie. ok…I’ll admit it, I cried a little bit at the end when he started dancing!!

The movie really made me think about the plight of people who go through life blind, deaf, or dumb. Can you imagine what it’s like to live in darkness, silence, frustration? Meera brought up an interesting question yesterday; do blind people dream? If you have been blind from birth, what would you see in your dreams? Would you only hear sounds? I’m sure they do dream but I wonder what their dreams consist of?
Here’s something I found : “In general, it appears that those who have been blind from birth or very early childhood have just as vivid dreams as the rest of us. However their dreams centre upon the non-visual senses: particularly smell and sound, but also to a surprisingly large degree the sense of touch. Whilst most of us usually view things before we feel them, the blind often “see” with their fingertips and hence tactile dreaming is not uncommon.”

I have always had this urge to learn ASL (American Sign Language) and interpret for people. My mom used to tell me how they used to go read to the blind on weekends back in India. I really think it’s admirable work. One important concept that I think this movie highlighted was that you are only as disabled as you let yourself be. I doubt that anybody with a “disability” wants to be pitied or patronized

OK, i think that’s a good start to my journal…we’ll see how long I can keep this up!

(oh yeah…please please please COMMENT on my entries if you ever have anything to say! even if you don’t have anything to say leave a comment!)

April 28, 2005

and so it begins….

So i figured I might as well get used to writing in this livejournal if I plan to continue writing on the ship. It’s going to be hard for me to recount my daily activities because 1) I’m not used to it, 2) I don’t think anybody cares, and 3) my life isn’t very exciting. However, I do know that the best way to practice writing is to do it as often as you can regardless of the content. I actually miss writing. I haven’t done it in a really long time. Ok, to be contined. off to watch BLACK upstairs