तुम्हा सर्वांना गुढीपाडव्याच्या शुभेच्छा!!
A decade ago, I had this stamp on me which said “Geek”. Personal computers were still new in those years. My keen interest in those machines helped me acquire a great deal of knowledge without any formal training in computing. In those days, I used to fantasize about computers talking back to me. Responding to me and my emotions. Huh..That was a geek’s fantasy.
Cut to 2014. They actually made a movie about my fantasy. It turns out, I wasn’t alone with the crazy idea of an OS with emotions. The movie I am talking about is Her.
The story is set in not so distant future. A simple guy in his mid-life crisis, Writing letters on behalf of someone, is completely alone and void of any social life. He suddenly encounters an OS which claims to have consciousness. His rather boring and very single life now gets an upgrade of romance in form of OS1.
The most interesting part in this movie is the use of voice. From the minute one, Everything revolves around voice commands. Operating systems used in the movie interact using voice, Bothways. Thirteen minutes into the movie, You hear the silky voice of Scarlett Johansson. It casts a spell on you, the effect of which remain till the end of the movie and for some, even after that. There no representation of her character whatsoever. There is no symbol or icon or picture representing her character, Samantha. It’s all Scarlett.
She wakes him up in the morning as if she is his real wife. She arranges date for him after going through his mails. She also sorts out his mails and actually tells him which ones to keep and which ones to delete. They go on a walk together. They have simulated sex. In one scene, A young girl plays the role of front end for Samantha. Like a bridge between OS and Human. That is the high point of this movie for me. You want more and more of Her.
The only thing I didn’t like was the end. I wasn’t disappointed. But they should have made it clear whatever happens to Her. This is my second favorite English romantic movie after Definitely Maybe. I’ll rate it 9/10.
P.S.: Please watch this movie wearing your headphones. Do not use the speakers.
The first day of new year is always exciting and full of positive energy. we are greeted with happy faces almost all around. We make new year resolutions. It’s a different story we forget to work on them. We look for the new year diary, So that we can fill it up with everyday ramblings only to find it empty at the end of the year. It is also the time when we look back and go through the previous year.
That’s me actually….
Last year started on a positive note as usual but nothing happened for the first two months. I realized it was me and I had to put more effort to achieve. So I started my consultancy in the first week of March. I knew it would be difficult. I knew I won’t get much work for the year or so. But what I didn’t expect were the hurdles at the personal level. I wasn’t prepared for them. The result was a low point within the first two month of startup.
Lost and frustrated, there was only one thing that was holding me together. Hope. Tried and tested over that last decade, It always worked for me. Fighting with the difficulty to focus, I took baby steps. A couple of months of walking, I found myself on the right path. I am still struggling but now I know which way to go.
For the last six years or so, The last three months of every year, spoilt the whole year for me. I was very cautious this time. I didn’t want to make foolish mistakes, Which I had already committed during the first half of the year. I was happy with the proceedings.
In the month of November, I traveled the Northern India. I felt the change after the journey. I gained a little bit of focus to continue. Alone or with companions, Doesn’t matter. That was the moment I decided to travel every year.
There were a few things I ticked off at the end of the year. Things I always wanted to do. Silly, laughable and maybe very easy to do for some. Here’s the list
– Setup an office
– Experience a snowfall
– Visit Indo-Pak Border
– Pee from a bridge
– Dance like no one’s watching
– Take a long, quiet drive at 2am
I wish to complete some more this year. Fingers crossed.
Oh!! And Happy new year 2014 to all my readers.
Make the most out of everyday and