Monday, October 21, 2013

Open Invitation for Bloggers

Open invitation for interested writers. If you would like to be part of my blogging team, please send me an email at allanyasser.abdula@gmail.com. 

This blog is a free avenue for people who are interested to write about general topics.



PHOTOGRAPHY | Featured Photo in Expat Blog


My photo got featured in this online site for expats, http://www.expat-blog.com/
And will be on display for a week this October.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

ARTICLE | Problem Solving




What does it take for a country to develop? 


This was the main question I've discussed with a good friend of mine from the UK. From a Western perspective, Asians are way behind other developed nations not because we lack resources. Asians are way behind because there are blocking issues towards progress that we refuse to acknowledge. Take Indian farmers for example. Indian farmers are so used to growing crops with 60% of produce wasted due to lack of proper refrigeration. Indian government knows this very well, but does not do anything to augment the situation. In effect, the farmers only get 40% of their harvest. Foreign investors realize that if they provide proper storage for farmers' produce then this might increase the harvest. And so refrigerated warehouses were built and true enough, the produce was stored for longer period of time, farmers are now able to sell more and get more out of their harvest. This is now bought by foreign investors at cheaper rates. So it becomes a win-win situation for the farmers and investors. But the middle men started protesting saying that this is non-traditional and should be stopped. But of course, they were only protesting because they now get little or nothing from the trading.


Monday, October 14, 2013

SPORTS | Yuna Kim 2010 & 2013


And recently I have been into watching figure ice skating, I'd like to share the brilliance that is Yuna Kim aka Queen Yuna on the ice rink. Words just fail me. Yuna transcends skating and emotions all too well which makes her so adorable to watch. There's no fear of her getting hurt on her stunts so we as an audience could just sit back and get awed at her performance. Below are some of the best skating stints of Yuna from 2010 and the recent 2013 World Figure skating which she won first with a staggering lead over Kostner from Italy (2nd) and Asada of Japan (3rd). I am looking forward to watching her at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) : Quotes from Evelyn

I just realized that I have not been writing seriously for this blog. All I've ever done is to write what other people could already have in their mind, and that's what I cared for. I never gave myself a chance to be heard. This is my blog after all, and the sole reason this was created was for me to voice out my sentiments. Thanks to Evelyn in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that I now figured why I'm not doing this blog any justice. I'd like to remember the beautiful quotes that Evelyn pointed out in the movie.

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There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. Only a present that builds and creates itself as the past withdraws (Evelyn).

Can there be anywhere else in the world that is such an assault on the senses? Those who know the country of old just go about their business. But nothing can prepare the uninitiated for this riot of noise and color. For the heat, the motion; the perpetual teeming crowds (Evelyn).

The person who risks nothing, does nothing. Has nothing (Evelyn)

Initially you're overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it's like a wave. Resist, and you'll be knocked over. Dive into it, and you'll swim out the other side (Evelyn)


Movie Review | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel




What I liked about the movie is that it depicted life in a positive way and embraced death as part of people's existence. There was no melodrama about dying and the characters were just cool about it. I mean yes, they were shocked about one fellow's death but that's it. No close-ups on faces crying, no shouting to emphasize grief. It was just there. And to depict death just the way it is makes life more bearable. I think one of the most important theme of the movie is how to live life before you die.

The casting was remarkable- Judi Dench (Evelyn), Maggie Smith (Muriel), Tom Wilkinson (Graham), Bill Nighy (Douglas), Penelope Wilton (Jean), Celia Imrie (Madge), etc. They were all truly splendid in this movie and you'll really feel the connection between the characters. Usually, when I watch movies with multiple protagonists I usually feel the forced effort to string the characters in unison but the movie flowed smoothly and you are easily convinced that all of them have a purpose in the movie and each affects the other (as opposed to movies that do not make any sense why the need to put up so many characters i.e. horror movies whose stars die one by one). I particularly admire Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. They were so effective. Judi portrayed the character of a grieving wife who was not able to connect to her husband deeply. While Maggie was the racist British who disliked anybody not British.

What I just don't like about the movie is how the characters in a matter of two months were suddenly changed by their circumstances. Maggie Smith for instance suddenly became kind towards others and became comfortable with Indian culture? That certainly baffles me since from the very beginning, she made it clear that she would not be touched with a ten foot pole if it was anything but white British. And the mother of the Indian hotel manager suddenly changed heart just like that when the old Indian man talked to her in Hindi. Come on, I would expect something better than that.

I actually felt that the denouement was somehow premature in the confrontation between the Indian mother and the Indian son. Then Maggie comes up with the so-called figures that would eventually resolve the hotel problem. Then Mr. and Mrs. Ainslie broke up just like that. It was definitely hasty if you asked me.

But overall, despite the weak resolution of the film, i still give it a nod. It was worth watching.




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