Monday, January 14, 2008

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

This weekend was full of events, as you can judge from my last post…it was a weekend of birthdays!! Besides my mom there was another angel who turned one year and so one of our friends who’s age… I don’t think we need to know .. lol!!!

Yes and I want to wish my friend Manish ‘Happy Birthday’ and to all others ‘Happy Sankrant’, I know this day is known in different parts of state differently in India.

Please accept my best wishes to all!!!

“May you have love that never ends, lots of money and lots of friends. Health be yours, whatever you do and may God send many blessings to you.”

In all these celebrations I also happened to watch Aamir Khan’s movie ‘Taare Zameen Pe’!!! (Stars on the earth)

Yes as you all know it was a very controversial year that passed for Aamir and then this movie as well but overall I loved the movie…I liked every aspect that Aamir is trying to bring in to the competition world and I would say specially the Indian community who just load their kids with pressure just to maintain their prestige.

When I saw this movie – I found that it touched every age of the audience, every child and every parent was emotional! There was lot of learning and education that was left in the minds of people and I think one should take it with a pinch of salt – a positive outlook!

As philosophical we say theory is possible but not in practical but then if we keep thinking like this and not take that first stab then I don’t think anyone can change this world of cruelty! Yes I will agree with Aamir where he says this is worst than Child Labor!!!!

“Aim for the stars and maybe you'll reach the sky”

I came to work and with my couple of friends we were discussing and according to them they don’t agree what Aamir is trying to portray as they say no one wants their kid to be dumb and want to be the best and should be scoring highest as that’s the trend and that’s what is expected in the society or else you are not well respected! If one gets 94% and another gets 98% then 98 scored person and his/her parents display that with pride.

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

I am not sure I was ever exposed to such society or may be my parents never put that pressure and they never took us to such a social aspect where really they were breeding horses that can run fast and win every race :)!
But they say that is the world and I can see in US itself some of the Indian community has created this pressure and you will see the schools called Challengers and what not…!!

Come on! What are we giving to our kids….a place where they have to loose their childhood before even they get into it and as they are born parents decide what their kids are going to be and how much they have to score and which school they need to attend??? Boy I would abandon such parents as all I can get from them is pressure and pressure and only scolding or ‘chakde’ to score more :O

“Don't try to fix the students; fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good, and the good student superior. When our students fail, we as teachers, too, have failed.” ~ Marva Collins

Some how I still agree with what Aamir has tried send the message across…not stretch the finger so much that it breaks….let your child’s talent come out in such a way that it can become his career and bread earning factor!!!!

“Education is a companion which no future can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate it and no nepotism can enslave.” ~ Ropo Oguntimehin

I agree every child is special but also every child has a right to grow happily and peacefully with a bit of patience and lots of love

Taare Zameen Pe – indeed we are stars of our parents and we are on earth let’s give them an opportunity to shine here rather than in the sky!!!

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” ~Stacia Tauscher


Cyberkitty said...

Have'nt watched it yet. planning to. cute quotes :)

How do we know said...

nice review. personally, i was too touched to say anything after that.

krystyna said...

Hi Dawn!
First, Thanks for your beautiful, kind wishes!
Happy Birthday to One Year Angel and to your friend Manish!

krystyna said...

Very smart sugestion about kids and parents
and great quotes. My fav. is last quote.
I enjoyed my time reading your post!

All the best to you!

Deepak Gopi said...

Happy Bday manish,and pls convey my bday greetings to mum also.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Nice blog content.Loved to stay and browse !

Art said...

Happy birthday to your friend and yes good thoughts on children.

Standbymind said...

Happy sankrat to ya too..

n i loved the movie..n agree with u on this..
and that last thought...damn it says it All!!!!!!


priya said...

I have watched the movie and its a good one for all. Leraning is a process and we do not learn everything at a time. Some thur' experience and others when we face our path.

Pooja said...

I agree with you !
today its a hard time for little kids in this world of competions.
I really wish that people cna change their minds from merely rank of thsier childto trule evaluate them.
btw, this is my first visit to yur blog , will keep coming for more.

Nissidhi said...

Your review on Tare Zameen Par makes my desire to see this movie even stronger. And I do have couple of points on Pressure/schools and the comments you made - to give the alternate opinion on this topic.

Parents try to give the best school environment for their children based on their criterion - be it innovation/academics/creativity. I feel academics are fine as long as the kid enjoys and feels no pressure. And I hope we as parents do not pressurize or judge the kids on any of their academic or other achievements. We love them because they are our Stars forever!!

Dawn....सेहर said...

cyberkitty: Thank you for your comments dear! Try to watch it has a good message!

how do we know: I agree with you...! It took me couple of days to putforth :)
Thanks for your comments

krystyna: Thank you so much are always blessing that is what is so special about you :) and I am blessed when I read your comments make it worth putting a post on my blog :)
Thanks a billion and God Bless You

deepak gopi: Thanks dear and I will convey to my mom too :)

anamika:the sugarcrafter: Welcome to my blog and let me thank you for giving such a big compliment dear
please do come again!

art: Thank you dear for your kind wishes and comments too

standbymind: Thanks dear! I am happy you understood where and for what I was commenting.
I am glad!

priya: Totally true!!! Its learning for everyone. Thanks for your comments dear

pooja: Welcome Pooja to my blog and am glad to hear your comments matching with mine.
Please do come again!

nissidhi: Good to receive your comments here :)! I am happy to receive your opinion that too an alternate one!
Well, my suggestion would be to watch the movie as that will give more logic to my post and secondly, its the discussion that I had with my friends
which I have not leaked out in all but the mere core of it was - "I dont have bloody time to teach you but I am ready to spend money as which tuition
you want to join go and join but get the highest marks and shine thats all I care" these are the exact words that I am quoting! So, we all care for
our kids and I think that is what makes everyone a parent! But are we analyzing what we think as good is not creating problems to our kids?
Are we taking that much time check with our kids as what is their problems in not getting things done as we expect or we are just busy in our routine
and let some institution to take care of it by giving some extra money to them? These are some questions that we should ask ourselves as everyone
wants the best for their kids better than everyone!!! :)
There is a saying in hindi - no matter how bad a child is but ask his mother what he is to her? :D
I hope you enjoy the movie ;) make sure you take some tissue papers with you ;)

Keshi said...

I love love love the last quote!!


Gumnaaaam said...

Excellent thoughts behind this post!

Kalyan said...

lovely reading this post...TZP is indeed an incredible movie & makes everyone of us think...I have seen the film has moved a lot of people including people who are not much into viewing movies...they have also been touched by this wonderful movie...children are indeed precious jewels in this earth!

Manish said...

Sorry for coming in late...I was away from Home. thx for ur kind wishes. This movie is on my wish list and I am already hooked by its superb music.

Ravi said...

Hi there!

Nice article, mam :o)

I stumbled upon your blog through one of the comments you left on Keshi's blog (article: It's a Girl Thaaang!)

I've a small blog on Bollywood and since you've written this article, I thought of leaving a link to my article on various reviews this movie has got.

Please have a look whenever u r free:

Take care!

Dawn....सेहर said...

keshi: Thank you so much Sis

gumnaaaam: Good to see you here my darling.. :)
Thanks so much
With luv

kalyan: Wow! Good to read your thoughts and thanks for making them here
Cheers dear

manish: Good to see you here after such a long time :), hope you will be here often ;) I hope by now you have seen it…
Thanks n cheers

ravi: Welcome to my blog and it was indeed a pleasure going through yours!
Thanks for coming and pls do visit again

Stand Up for what is right, Even if you stand Alone...!

There's a big controversy going on based on what actress Parvathy has said about Kasaba malayalam movie in which Mammootty is the mai...