Separating the Art from the Artist

A few weeks back the Academy Awards nominations were announced, and Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for Best Picture among several other categories. It took internet by storm because of Bryan Singer’s involvement with it. It’s funny that Hollywood, which pretends to be the biggest flag bearer of #MeToo and Time’s Up and celebrities who love to give big speeches on the red carpet, not once tried to oppose it.

It’s really common that people like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacy, Woody Allen, Bryan Singer and Roman Polanski have existed in Hollywood for years. Even I grew up admiring their films like Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Annie Hall, The Usual Suspects, Midnight in Paris etc. But after the serious accusations of rape, sexual abuse and pedophilia, I will never be able to enjoy their movies the same way as before.

Woody Allen was accused of sexual misconduct at the same time as Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Blue Jasmine. I am disappointed that she never addressed the issue, either there or any time after. It’s even more frustrating to see that big actors with platforms to send strong messages, like Kate Winslet (Wonderwheel), Selena Gomez, Diego Luna, and young emerging talent like Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning (A Rainy Day in New York) continue to keep working with him.

I am aware that many believe just because Allen, Polanski, and Bryan Singer are accused of such actions doesn’t make their art bad. And one should be able to separate this from the latter. My point, however, is when you give their later art a platform or encourage their work after the fact, you are insulting the victims.

When you support an artist who is known and proven to be a rapist, sexual abuser, or serial assaulter you are promoting their crimes by promoting their work. If a person has talent that does not give him a right to be a criminal. If Ted Bundy was a great filmmaker would you pardon his crimes? I dare think not. I think actors should also step up and stop working with them, because if they really care about the societal impact as much as they like to talk about on the red carpets, it’s time they actually start talking steps for it.

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2019’s First #MiniPost

Hey Fellow Bloggers,

I know it has been really long that I haven’t blogged, but due to award seasons I had to watch a lot of pending films and had a busy start in January. But here I am, I hope you all have been doing well and I can’t wait to read all your posts. I will soon be publishing few more posts. This year I have taken a resolution to focus more on women’s problems through my blog whether they are social, mental or health related. In the past few days I have experienced moments myself that I think need to be addressed, and I can’t wait to write and share them with all of you. If you all have any health related queries which you would like me to write about, please feel free to ask and tell me. I will do it!!

Have a great 2019 everyone. Be nice, It’s not considered cool in today’s world but it’s worth it.

See you all soon!

2018 Movie Memories –

Hey Bloggers,

This is going to be a tradition of my blog to post film experiences at the end of every year in december. I hope you all enjoy of what I have seen and share your favorite 2018 film experiences as well. I am firlmly against the idea of making hate list. I like to focus of the positive aspects of this beautiful form of art.  Here we go…..

2018 Top 5 – You were never really here, Cold War, Loveless. First Reformed, Ready Player One.

2018 Fun cinematic experiencesMission Impossible:Fallout, Ready Player One, Aquaman, A Quiet Place (4DX), Venom, Avengers – Infinity War

2018 Best animatedTeen Titans Go! To the movies, The Death of Superman, Batman Ninja,  Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the internet, Batman:Gotham by gaslight.

2018 Best Independent filmsHearts Beat Loud,  Leave No Trace, Blindspotting, Sorry to bother You. The Rider, Eigth Grade, First Reformed, Mandy, Thourougbreds, Revenge, Let the sunshine In. 

2018 Best Documentaries – Shirkers, RBG, Minding the Gap, Won’t You be Neighbor. Three Identical Strangers, McQueen. (These are the only five that I have seen, recommendations are appreicated)

2018 Television FilmsThe Ritual, Cargo, The Tale, Christmas Chronicles, The other side of the wind, Outlaw King, Annihilation, The Battle of Buster Scruggs. 

2018 Honorable mentionsUpgrade, Game Night, Suspiria, Tully, Unsane, Creed II.

Old gems which I watched for the first time in 2018The Wailing, The Orphanage. Tokyo Story, Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives, Harmonium, The Boy, Maleficent, Bigger than Night, They Live by Night, In a lonely Place, Johnny guitar, Rebel without a cause,  Offside, A death in the Gunj, Good Time, Naked, Bad Genius, Han Gong Ju, Branded to kill, Late Spring, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

2019 release In my country –The Favourite, Boy Erased, The House that Jack built, Shoplifters, Burning, Climax will release here in 2019 😦

P.S – I have reviewed them all on Letterboxd. (@aadya_100). As we get near to the award season  I will post more about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love your scars!

Hey Fellow Bloggers!

A young girl (patient of mine) visited me today, she is a frequent visitor. Today she was accompanied by her mother. Her mother politely asked her daughter to leave as she wanted to discuss something further with me. Well, she asked me that if I can recommend any laser therapy to remove her daughter’s scar which she picked up at some sport event in her school a few years back. (Rest I won’t discuss due to confidentiality issues)

But what I am trying to say is that I have 2 scars, one at my right elbow and the other at a my left thigh. My elbow scar is visible all the time but it never led me to think that I should remove it. All I am saying is that you should learn to love them. You scars define you, and they are a part of you like every other part of your body. Evey scar has a story to tell. They make you stronger and pat your back for what you have survived.

At some point in our life we all experience something physical which leaves a scar on us. Our scars only give us they have nothing to take. My scars have made me a better person in terms of loving every bit of life, be it favorable or unfavorable for me. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. Wait for someone who falls for your scar or loves you because you have them.

Your scars make you unique! They deserve nothing but your love.

BREAKDOWN DAY! #Minipost

Hey fellow bloggers!

I am going to be mood killer today!

I had an emotional breakdown. A few things have been building up lately, and turns out it was my turn today to burst them out through anger. Of course there was lots of crying too. Classic Me!!!!

The tension had been building up from the past few days. I am still not ready to share all of the details about it. But what I am trying to say is that after 12 hours, I feel perfectly alright and better.

I want you all to know that what helped me today was movies, so, I thought I should give them some credit.

I always save my feel good movies for times like these. But the ones which helped me today were – What If, Edge of Seventeen, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Some of my all time favorite feel good films are –

Shaun of the Dead, The Nice Guys, Hot Fuzz, Bridget Jones’s Diary, E.T, Trading Places, Cheaper by the Dozen, Up, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Back to the Future, Before Sunset, When Harry met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Crazy Stupid Love, Her, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 500 Days of Summer, and many more…

How to be a good interviewer

We read a lot about how to excel at an interview and do’s and don’ts of it, but today I’m going to tell you how to be a good Interviewer. Interviews have basic stages – an opening, a body, and a closing. In this blog I will be examining these stages as well as tell you how to be ready and be an ace interviewer. Lets begin with the stages first.

The Opening – It is where you make the respondent feel comfortable. Pleasantries can be exchanged and a brief informal conversation can take place. The respondent is also given a brief overview or an introduction of what is to follow.

The Body – The opening is followed by the actual Q and A session which is controlled by the interviewer. Don’t try to explore new topics. Focus on the discussion, it should not drift away from the main aim. Be an active listener and make sure that you pick up verbal and non-verbal cues of the respondent. Make sure to make a special note about every candidate.

Closing – Once the last question has been asked and answered, the interview can be rounded off by restating the conclusions. This signals the finish of the interview process and gives the respondent an opportunity to ask relevant questions. You can feel free to give the hint of the result, or some idea to the respondent of the future action he/she can expect.

Interviewer’s checklist for interviews of the job

A – Preparation

  • Decide on the purpose and goals of the interview.
  • Set a structure and format based on your goals.
  • Determine the needs of your respondent, and gather background information.
  • Formulate questions as clearly and concisely as possible, and plot their order.
  • Project the outcome of the interview, and develop a plan for accomplishing the goal.
  • Select a time and site.
  • Inform the respondent of the nature of the interview and the agenda to be covered.

B – Conduct

  • Be on time for the interview.
  • Remind the respondent of the purpose and format.
  • Clear the taking of notes or the use of a tape recorder with the respondent.
  • Use ears and eyes to pick up verbal and non verbal cues.
  • Follow the stated agenda, but be willing to explore relevant sub- topics.
  • At the end of the interview, review the action items, goals, and tasks that each of you has agreed to.
  • Close the interview on an appreciative note, thanking the respondent for his time, interest and cooperation.

C – Closing 

  • Write a Thank-you memo or letter that provides the respondent with a record of the meeting.
  • Provide the assistance that you agreed to during your meeting.
  • Monitor progress by keeping in touch through discussions with your respondent.

Adapted from C.L Bovee and JV Thill, Business Communication Today (New York: McGraw hill, 2014) 579. 

KNOW YOUR UTI #MiniPost

UTI is an infection of the kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra.

Symptoms –

1.Frequent urgency in urine

2.Burning sensation

3.Pain during urination

4.Urine appears red,cloudy, brown

5.Strong odour

6. Pelvic pain

Basic Preventing Steps-

1.Drink plenty of liquids especially water and cranberry juice can be extra useful.

2.Avoid using irritating feminine products

3.Wipe your vagina from front to back

4.Always urinate and wash after sex

5.Use right birth control

If you have any questions you can post them in the comment section or Dm them to me. I will get back to you.