Share Button

conceded, not everyone is a writer.

but one is always a reader, listener,viewer,often a participant or a narrator or a translator.

the writer uses certain LOCATIONS and SETTINGS to great advantage, to create the right effect.

shall we, in this introductory piece , talk about NIGHT AND RAINFALL as a very powerful setting.

no need to read on if you can simply close your eyes and revisit several scenes from an old Hindi film :
DHUND ( Danny, Manoj Kumar,Zeenat Aman )

see, the POWER of the setting is such that even today, after a lapse of some three decades, I am able to recall one out of many films I watched and also remember the cast.

Manoj Kumar coming in , to the huge residence of Danny, claiming a car breakdown for unannounced entry, his successful performance of a MURDER, his getaway…..all these have been bathed in all darkness and rainfall, with lightning creating special audio visual effects.

you may choose any more recent film, several horror stories, Agatha Cristie’s novels, murder mysteries, yet the IMAGERY of Dhund stays on with me and I might use it as an illustration.

Night produces the MYSTIQUE , so very needed in the plot. It makes recognition difficult, adding to the element of suspense and surprise.

all the attention of the film goer is riveted to the faint outlines,
there is no conversation, pin drop silence in the hall is almost
palpable….

and, then, suddenly there would be a creepy and shadowed movement of figures,

the assault weapon is almost invisible, save for the occasional glint of the knife blade or the revolver barrel,

creaking open of doors adds to the EERINESS.

the attacker and the victim are deliberately BUFFED OUT .
It is only when the final strike comes that faces and figures are seen clearly.

the director has ensured all your attention, the silence makes screen sounds more pronounced and ominous, the sudden sound of a pistol shot is heavily underlined, the NATURAL DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT helps the director in ensuring all concentration, he may deliberately add more shadowy areas for further effect….

all in all, you are simply led down the garden path and you are happily eating off his palm !

The night sounds, cicadas and crickets playing their sonorous background music :

the ominous screech of an owl,wind blowing in the trees and the rustle of leaves and dry grass ;

distant sounds of wolves and jackals, if the location is near a FOREST or in the COUNTRYSIDE ;

all these add to the eeriness of the situation and the director’s PLOT of keeping you on tenterhooks is ensured and executed perfectly !

some NIGHT SOUNDS too come in to magnify the suspense.

screeching of an owl , eerie in itself, adds to the net outcome

distant howls of night animals like wolves,jackals,hyenas are also captured if the location is near a forest or in the countryside. These make the overall effect yet more acute.

LIGHTNING is a favourite of the scheming and plotting director.

he brings them in at exactly the moment when they would add to the DRAMA.

lightning or the passing by of a train are used to MASK or
HIGHLIGHT the sound of the weapon : a pistol shot,
or accidental tripping of the assailant or the victim over furniture.

masking is only natural when the crucial event is just about to happen

enhancement or highlighting occurs when the crucial sound is set away from the BACKDROP of regular sounds.

so, the next time you go to the movies, choose a NIGHT SHOW for a murder mystery….. suspense is in the air and the stage is all set to get you your buck’s worth !

buy popcorns or chips but most likely you will be biting your nails more than nibbling these short eats !

take a seat in a box so that your partner and you are all alone to wallow in SUSPENSE.

if you don’t sleep well on getting back home, the director has done his job perfectly !

all this subtle and manifest imagery is put to best use by accomplished script writers,for, most suspense films are based on a novel !

—————————————-
(c) dr a jindal md 11/11/2014
a j – ‘ the weaver ‘
=====================

Share Button

A SELF MADE MAN

Jan 31, 2015
Share Button

lotsa guys call me a ” a rich pops’
spoilt brat ”

Believe me, I am a totally self – made man.

I counted all the money my father left me :
Myself

I travelled to London to select the Post Box Red Porsche -
16 cylinder :
Myself

I picked up the best landscapist and made months’ discussions with him to chalk out my 120 acre farmhouse estate near Gurgaon :
Myself

I travel the World over to the classiest stores for my shopping :
Myself

I decided to quit studies after the 12th and not study anymore :
Myself

I planned to not join any job and party out every evening :
Myself

…….now whaddya think :

Spoilt Richie Rich
or
A Self Made Man ?
————————————
(c) dr a jindal 26/01/2015
a j – ‘ the weaver’
Chat Conversation End

 

Share Button
Share Button

conceded, not everyone is a writer.

but one is always a reader, listener,viewer,often a participant or a narrator or a translator.

the writer uses certain LOCATIONS and SETTINGS to great advantage, to create the right effect.

shall we, in this introductory piece , talk about NIGHT AND RAINFALL as a very powerful setting.

no need to read on if you can simply close your eyes and revisit several scenes from an old Hindi film :
DHUND ( Danny, Manoj Kumar,Zeenat Aman )

see, the POWER of the setting is such that even today, after a lapse of some three decades, I am able to recall one out of many films I watched and also remember the cast.

Manoj Kumar coming in , to the huge residence of Danny, claiming a car breakdown for unannounced entry, his successful performance of a MURDER, his getaway…..all these have been bathed in all darkness and rainfall, with lightning creating special audio visual effects.

you may choose any more recent film, several horror stories, Agatha Cristie’s novels, murder mysteries, yet the IMAGERY of Dhund stays on with me and I might use it as an illustration.

Night produces the MYSTIQUE , so very needed in the plot. It makes recognition difficult, adding to the element of suspense and surprise.

all the attention of the film goer is riveted to the faint outlines,
there is no conversation, pin drop silence in the hall is almost
palpable….

and, then, suddenly there would be a creepy and shadowed movement of figures,

the assault weapon is almost invisible, save for the occasional glint of the knife blade or the revolver barrel,

creaking open of doors adds to the EERINESS.

the attacker and the victim are deliberately BUFFED OUT .
It is only when the final strike comes that faces and figures are seen clearly.

the director has ensured all your attention, the silence makes screen sounds more pronounced and ominous, the sudden sound of a pistol shot is heavily underlined, the NATURAL DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT helps the director in ensuring all concentration, he may deliberately add more shadowy areas for further effect….

all in all, you are simply led down the garden path and you are happily eating off his palm !

The night sounds, cicadas and crickets playing their sonorous background music :

the ominous screech of an owl,wind blowing in the trees and the rustle of leaves and dry grass ;

distant sounds of wolves and jackals, if the location is near a FOREST or in the COUNTRYSIDE ;

all these add to the eeriness of the situation and the director’s PLOT of keeping you on tenterhooks is ensured and executed perfectly !

some NIGHT SOUNDS too come in to magnify the suspense.

screeching of an owl , eerie in itself, adds to the net outcome

distant howls of night animals like wolves,jackals,hyenas are also captured if the location is near a forest or in the countryside. These make the overall effect yet more acute.

LIGHTNING is a favourite of the scheming and plotting director.

he brings them in at exactly the moment when they would add to the DRAMA.

lightning or the passing by of a train are used to MASK or
HIGHLIGHT the sound of the weapon : a pistol shot,
or accidental tripping of the assailant or the victim over furniture.

masking is only natural when the crucial event is just about to happen

enhancement or highlighting occurs when the crucial sound is set away from the BACKDROP of regular sounds.

so, the next time you go to the movies, choose a NIGHT SHOW for a murder mystery….. suspense is in the air and the stage is all set to get you your buck’s worth !

buy popcorns or chips but most likely you will be biting your nails more than nibbling these short eats !

take a seat in a box so that your partner and you are all alone to wallow in SUSPENSE.

if you don’t sleep well on getting back home, the director has done his job perfectly !

all this subtle and manifest imagery is put to best use by accomplished script writers,for, most suspense films are based on a novel !

—————————————-
(c) dr a jindal md 11/11/2014
a j – ‘ the weaver ‘
===============================================

 

Share Button

WHERE HAVE THEY GONE

Jan 31, 2015
Share Button

Look back some years , close your eyes and enjoy the tiny jungle sounds of these rivulets of nostalgia :

————————————-

THE DAILY ONE ACT PLAY

** little sparrows coming in hordes to your verandah with a faded blue clothed ‘ chik’,

the near soundless flutter of tiny wings and the tiny beaks hollering nearly silently for the
“daanas” you happily sprinkled,

watching their appetite and their fiery squabbles in starry eyed amazement

- all for a grain.

**hateful house lizards crouching on the ceiling,lying in wait for the evening’s next kill:

an unsuspecting small insect, a turquoise blue butterfly and the poor dirty brown moth

you overseeing the food tree and jungle rule

enacted all for You.

Your small world is a stage, many one act plays played for the distinguished:

THE CHILD IN YOU !

** the ever hungry and noisy slate grey – blue pigeons thumping noisily on the sloping red- brown tiled roof

their ever plaintive noise for kabootar daana you made Prem Bahadur run for to the dhaan mandi, since it was a few paise cheaper there.

” Look Mom, look….aaj to kamse kam hazaar aaye hain. ”

YOU AND YOUR EXCITED KILKARI !

while they made their next kill over yet another tiny seed.

** The picture postcard, almost painted, bright green parrots with the hooked red beak,

coming in dozens and settling in a straight line on the half broken, swinging telephone wire leading lazily from the nearest off- blue pole to somewhere within your estate

a tiny 700 square yards of 1/4 built up ill maintained patch of land -

THE WORLD FOR YOU -
THE OYSTER !

** Fireflies ( jugnoo was easier to pronounce ) flitting across the tiny
green patch

trying to make the dark night an early morning.

No worry they could’nt but surely added to your nightlife when you were just an ungainly lad of 14

YOUR FIRST NIGHT OUT !

** the lunch break in school.the mad scampering out to munch aloo -parantha soaked by a tiny oily raw mango piece.

The house Chef’s Daily Special-
aloo parantha with aam ka achaar !

YOU, THE GAUCHE. ADOLESCENT !

Breaking off a piece of the delicacy, tying a long thread saved from the last Sakranti, tossing the trap head high, the next dirty brown, sharp eyed eagle homing in and

YOU, THE GREATEST LEADER – taking her for a ride.

** then , of course, the smelly small insects coming in during rains,

crushing them to death and turning up your nose at the slightly sickening smell of death

YOU ,
THE CONQUERER OF THE WORLD

Alexander, the Greatest !

** the ever silent, ever croaking toads and frogs under the half broken piece of stone under the garden tap

** tiny, slow , slothful burgeoning snakes rumbling around in the water clogged lawns during rains – the Earthworms

** waiting eagerly to feed the next kaali gai ( black cow )

you holding onto the precious last day’s leftover roti and sickly sweet piece of gud ( jaggery )

In the entire day,s drama unfolding ritually daily and

YOU -
THE MASTER OF ALL YOU SURVEY !
Just look back and look again for them.

Part, the child in you has grown beyond childhood

And, part, they have been ravaged by climatic change, pollution, overcrowding in Cities that are too full to house you

forget the irrelevant animals and birds and insects

the ever increasing market pressure of insecticides and pesticides, the new breed of Pest Control services……

All in all , their visibility HAS dimished

Maybe our eyes have lost their childhood vision

Maybe they are not really needed.

I DON’t KNOW !

Maybe you do.

——————————————
(c) dr a jindal md 26/01/2015
a j – ‘ the weaver ‘

 

Share Button

SILVER LINING

Jan 31, 2015
Share Button

15 th of February was our silver wedding anniversary

Come to think of it, we have come a long way in this two decades and a half

When the winds were fair and lusty, the sails swelled and the crisp ocean breeze made our faces ruddy and we covered nautical miles with gusto and we spotted lush green islands.

We camped in these havens , ate fresh fruits and discovered trinkets that seemed priceless to us.

After some five years of oceanic wanderlust we tasted the forbidden apple .

The clear skies were swarming with seagulls, cormorants,eagles, storks…

One clear sunny day, as we woke up,we were astonished to spot a beautiful stork flapping his wings and flying away in gay abandon, dropping a beautiful parcel right outside our makeshift tree-house.

We excitedly, but gingerly , prized open the mysterious parcel – lo and behold – a fluffy teddy bear is what we discovered.

We named him Raghav.

Now our voyages in the un- charted high seas were of a threesome.

Even before we could realize, our young fledgling companion had grown into a fine young man

We now got better known as his parents than as us.

In our further voyages, he held the rudders – our role now turned passive

A fresh serenity had set in our lives

Our wanton voyages now became more meaningful.

We now knew better what was more right and what more wrong

Earlier , we looked to the skies and the polar star for direction

Not so any longer

He had now become our MORAL COMPASS and now we look to him for direction

We now bask in his glory

What more can one ask from life ?

We have a simple word for it.

We call it ABSOLUTE BLISS

May God make all so blissful.

——————————————

(c) dr a jindal india
a j – ‘ the weaver’

 

 

POST SCRIPT :

This has been dug out from a dusty, old wooden chest we rummaged through .

An old journal was discovered, the paper was somewhat brittle, the rustle and delightful aroma of old papyrus unmistakable, dead silver fish here and there and deep within was hidden- a bottle of dark Rum.

There was a faded scrawl on the cover page :
‘ The Jindals’ Travelogue ‘ -
The 15 th Day of February in the Year of One Thousand and Eighty Nine.
——————————————
(c) dr a jindal md 22/01/2015
a j – ‘ the weaver ‘

 

Share Button