Thursday, January 26, 2006

My hope-list

It's getting smaller. There are things I hope, and things I don't. Inevitability is the law governing nature, that is loved for the sheer thrill of unpredictability and countered only through sheer hope. Days of topsy-turvy, but great tennis indeed! I hope Hingis stays long enough to teach the robots a lesson. If all we need is speed, we'd rather have a chip embedded in our racquets than tax our mortal bodies to the limit. It's craft, wile and spin that count; not speed and power that would rather be best on computer games or played by machines.

It's 2:28 a.m. and I'm not sleepy, and really thrilled about tomorrow's holiday. Its Republic day, and I'm not in the least excited about cheering for the constitution that was finalised on this day. I want to spread out each sheet of the big book, and know how many kilometres it spans, perhaps its only credibility. We never really won our independence, but were granted it, with maximal damage done, and seeds sown for more. Independence in its purest, would not require 'a book of rules' to govern a nation of independent, dynamic, enthusiastic individuals. 'The book of rules' is a desperate attempt to proclaim us a 'secular' nation. Independence is the life-giving air one can breathe to leap through life, not the self-destructing cutural disintegration we faced soon after.

So, its Federer and Marcos at the finals. Nice one. I'm getting to appreciate Marcos, for his skill and composure. No unforced error disappoints him, and all he looks towards is the next shot! Well, should be easy for him now, and the judegement day is not really close, for anyone to keep him high. Aussie and French Open championships have always produced new people, with the hard surface here being closer to clay. And I guess its going to be Justin Henin-Hardenne this time yet again...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Aussie Open - I'm watching it more than I'd thought...

* Venus and her ups and downs are out
* Robbie Ginepri is out
* James Blake is in :)
* Hingis is in :) I love comeback people
* Roddick is cruising in straight sets and I secretely hope it's him this time. I've run out of Federer-love
* Phillipoussis' temper and Roddick's poker practice. The poker only adds to the already big serve! Federer to combat a 'poker-serve'? Indeed, things do look like Roddick could go all the way, and I'm counting on Tommy Haas as well

* No Agassi, no Nadal, no Safin... this stays on top of my frown list

Monday, January 16, 2006

Somerset Maugham and Ayn Rand...

Most protagonists are usually strong silent men as in Agatha Christie's crime solvers, or Jane Austen's men in black, both adored by mortal ordinary people, with stories that last by far an average lifetime. In contrast, the strength and silence that the heroes Ayn Rand and Somerset Maugham epitomize, revolve around the immortal existence through the life the heroes bring through sheer passion...

After reading 'moon and the sixpence' and 'the fountainhead', I decided to someday draw a line or fade the lines between these books.

A text-bookish difference/similarity I see between the protagonists, Charles Strickland and Howard Roark:

  • Roark is fictitious, Charles Strickland is for real (Paul Gauguin, an artist)
  • Both strive to manifest their soul through work
  • Both connect spiritualism with living
  • Both live the human life that 'God intended'

The women:

  • A sorry comment here, but most authors draw the character of their women in accordance with the era they live in. Dominique in today's scenario, would have different ways to deal with the 'Keatings' and 'Tooheys' of life. Nevertheless, a fair enough depiction a heroine would deserve. For those who wish to watch Fountainhead, the movie, beware - Dominique is yet another Rose of Titanic here...
  • Dominique and Ada are fictitious in both the 'Fountain head' and 'Moon and the six-pence'. I really don't think there was an Ada in Paul's life, as Somerset Maugham has done a hell lot of harmless editing to Paul's story

The philosophy:
Ayn Rand brings the ideal to life, and Somerset Maugham personifies perfection

And as Somerset Maugham says, "It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."; So does Ayn Rand, "Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."

And my favorite, Maugham's quote, "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.". And I guess that applies to the heroes they depict as well - a note each budding author ought to know. But above all, a rule every budding movie director ought to implement...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Its new year.... must I expect things anew?

I hate new year's, and it's the Jan biggie now. It gives an inherent feeling of expecting something new and that implies something nice...

To start with, this is going to be the lousiest Aussie Open. No Nadal, no Agassi and no Safin. My natural optimism makes me hope for the French Open. I am seeing Federer making steady progress on clay, though I wish its Nadal again... I'd like Federer to win on clay someday sure, to break the clay/grass war and end the all-grass and all-clay glory (rather no-clay, no-grass) that Sampras and Lendl have sown. Borg, Becker and Agassi indeed prove truer champions.

Something else not-so-nice, is the void after the lapse of a whole year, that manifests so sudden and inertia-filled, that I don't have the mental speed to exploit it. The void that does not wake me up to fix last-year code, nor does it gear me to update my blog with 'new year' material.

Nice and slow Jan... had I to watch the french Open now, I'd sure pity the cows who dare to play. Read Lance's sequel 'Every second counts', and I found it as brilliant as his first. So few make history, so few influence another life and Lance is one of those topping the list of all-time greats... hope we see more of him cycling or not, this year as well!