What is my name? (Thoughts of the Day - 15)

lawrence-of-arabia-DVDcover.jpgGeneral Murray: I can't make out whether you're a bloody madman or just half-witted.
T.E. Lawrence: I have the same problem, sir.

General Allenby: I'm promoting you Major.
T.E. Lawrence: I don't think that's a very good idea.

Sherif Ali: What is your name?
T.E. Lawrence: My name is for my friends. None of my friends is a murderer!

Colonel Brighton: Damn it, Lawrence! Who do you take your orders from?


Quotes from the movie "Lawrence of Arabia

Possibly an Indian-origin Sikh or Rajput (Thoughts of the Day - 14)

Providence Gangster #1: Come on Babu, I can't do any more. I can't go off, please don't make me go back empty handed. Please don't do this. I wanna help you.
Pakistani Proprietor: Come to my store next Friday. I'll give you the money...
Providence Gangster #1: This is Friday Babu, how many times I gotta tell you?
Pakistani Proprietor: You keep calling me Babu, it's 'Singh' motherfucker!
Providence Gangster #1: I'm trying to help you. Don't you understand?
Pakistani Proprietor: You keep on telling me 'I'm your friend'.
Providence Gangster #1: Yeah.
Pakistani Proprietor: You don't even know my fucking name!

[Watching Costigan beat up the Providence gangsters, destroying his store in the process]
Pakistani Proprietor: What's wrong with this fucking country? Everybody hates everybody!


From the Movie "The Departed" (2006). Probably, the "Singh" guy is not a Pakistani Proprietor, but possibly an Indian-orgin Sikh or Rajput or Jat. Same thing.


Happy New Year

Is Dr. Strangelove a genius? (Thoughts of the Day-10)

12 dr. strangelove.jpg [Strangelove's plan for post-nuclear war survival involves living underground with a 10:1 female-to-male ratio]
General "Buck" Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?
Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
Ambassador de Sadesky: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.

From: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb

Thoughts of the Day-7

Usually, my thoughts of the day are profound thoughts built on movie dialogues and passages from books. Very often tongue-in-cheek humor. But sometimes we need to go to basics. What is the meaning of spar? According to many dictionaries and I am using the FreeDictionary.

spar 2 Pronunciation (sp�¤r)

intr.v. sparred, spar�ring, spars
a. To fight with an opponent in a short bout or practice session, as in boxing or the martial arts.
b. To make boxing or fighting motions without hitting one's opponent.
2. To bandy words about in argument; dispute.
3. To fight by striking with the feet and spurs. Used of gamecocks.
1. A motion of attack or defense in boxing.
2. A sparring match.


How do I know sparring? We do it very often in my Shotokan Karate Dojo - the key is absence of violence. Boxers train by sparring for real fights so that do not get hurt. Oh, English language. Oh, Shakespeare.

Another meaning is also used for gamecocks - that has a hilarious meaning of some significance. Oh, sparring. Oh, gamecock.

Note: Any resemblance to anything real is purely coincidental and unintentional. I just sometimes teach myself English.

Thoughts of the Day-6

breaker_morant.jpg.jpgI must have seen "Breaker Morant" in early 80s the first time and then repeated number of times later. Long before, I visited Southern Africa. Long before, I started thinking about war and peace, soldiers being trampled by politics of the side they are fighting for, colonies used as disposable commodity, terminal nature of life - Long before, I pretended to think about such profound stuff...........Read some quotes from the movie below. The movie is an absolute masterpiece. The first quote below here is very similar to one what I heard from Ellie Weisel in one of his campus talks I attended. His wisdom came from real life experiences.

Major Thomas: The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations.

Harry Morant: Live each day as though it were your last; one day you're sure to be right.
Major Thomas: Tell me, Mr. Robertson what was Lt Hancock's reason for putting Boer prisoners on open cattle cars on the trains.
Capt. Robertson: Well the Boers had been mining the lines and blowing up a lot of trains. He thought it might stop them.
Major Thomas: Well did it?
[Robertson looks at the prosecutor]
Major Thomas: Did it?
Capt. Robertson: Yes, but I don't think...
[he's interrupted]

Harry Morant: We shot them under Rule 303.

Thoughts of the Day-4 & Greetings too !

50m.jpgQuotes from Time Bandits

Kevin: I'll never get the chance to meet Robin Hood again.
Randall: Oh, stop moaning. He's obviously a dangerous man, unbalanced if you ask me. Giving away what isn't even his!
Kevin: That's what Robin Hood always did. Even I know that.
Randall: Of course, you know it all.
Kevin: He was one of my heroes.
Randall: Heroes! Heroes! What do they know about a day's work?

 Ain't we all heroes? Season Greetings and Happy New Year. 

Supreme Being: Dead? No excuse for laying off work.

 And holidays too.

Thoughts of the Day-3

12AM.jpg.jpgJuror #8: It's very hard to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth. Well, I don't think any real damage has been done here. Because I don't really know what the truth is. No one ever will, I suppose. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities. We may be wrong. We may be trying to return a guilty man to the community. No one can really know. But we have a reasonable doubt, and this is a safeguard which has enormous value to our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless it's SURE. We nine can't understand how you three are still so sure. Maybe you can tell us.

The above quote is from a classic movie "12 Angry Men". Quite often, I put "Thoughts of the Day" - they maybe a profound idea, a political comment, or pure humor -on something that connects to me at that moment. Older thoughts of the day are here, and here. These are my thoughts or me presenting someone else's in a creative journey - no preaching.

Thoughts of the Day-2

bfdvds131.jpgAlfredo: Living here day by day, you think it's the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything's changed. The thread's broken. What you came to find isn't there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time... many years... before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It's not possible. Right now you're blinder than I am.
Salvatore: Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
Alfredo: No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it's all me. Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder.

[Above quote is from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso]

Sojourner, why you do go long distances? Why? Have you lost you way. Didn't you know that. Why do I always return but always little too late? Why I long to return? Why are we all Alfredo?