Captain Marvel: A Prequel tale of Marvel Avengers

I have been an avid fan of Marvel Cinematic Universe and after watching the spectacle of the mega-blockbuster Avengers-Infinity War, and still gushing over it, could only wait for the ‘Avengers-Endgame’ to match the effect. Much speculated movie of this series, Captain Marvel is here and I thought what more could it offer or add to the extravaganza of the previous movies! And this is where I was wrong…. Each Marvel movie is unique in its own way, it creates an enigma and curiosity towards the next in series, whereas, effectively maintains the link between the previous ones.

Captain Marvel is an extraordinary accession to the Marvel movies and has great performances and actions as in any other movie of the series. The story is one of the best among MCU movies so far.

Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) is created by the Tesseract’s energy and is manipulated by the Krees to serve their purpose. She turns out a warrior amidst the intergalactic battle between people from Earth, the Krees and the Skrulls. Nick Fury helps her not only uncover the truths from her past but also win the war. Captain Marvel emerges the real first avenger, and the movie also sheds light on the creation of Avengers program.

The first few minutes of the movie seem a bit uninteresting when our minds drift between taking delight in the special effects and visual impressions, and simultaneously trying to wrap our thoughts around the story to figure out the sequence of events. The connect begins with the familiarity of our home planet (Earth) and that is when we begin to establish the interest and attention. And the rest just follows with mounting curiosity and ensued enthusiasm. Marvel movies are embedded with tasteful humor and the same is seen in this movie too. There are certain ‘wow’ moments that leave the audience astound.

It’s a first female-led superhero movie, but when MCU projects a superhero, we only see a superhero and forget whether it’s a male or female….and that’s the best quality of these movies!

For all of the above reasons and more, it’s a must watch for any Marvel fan. And a good watch for non-marvel fans because ‘’Imagination is boundless and true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination’’

Sports and me

I was never a sportsperson in my glorious school days…a sincere and studious kind with the readiness to skip games class given a chance. Years passed and I never really developed a keen interest in sports, it was just an existing occurrence where I occasionally indulged.
Then, recently, I received the privilege of attending the inaugural function of Khelo India Youth Games held at Pune…and that transformed my attitude towards sports and games completely. The mere grandeur of the event, witnessing the dedication of numerous participants, organizers, audience and the government authorities, breath-taking performances and the high acknowledgement of the talent and interest of participants simply left me awestruck! How could I have been so detached from this integral part of our life? Dedication of both parents and participants who had worked for a long time to reach here today and showcase their sincere efforts simply moved me and I was instantly motivated to encourage my child from this day onwards in sports activity.
I realised how sports keeps us fit not only physically but also mentally and spiritually and which was clearly depicted in the brilliant acts presented by the participants. Though I regret having ignored this important aspect for a significant amount of years but I pledge now to bring due importance of sports and fitness into my life. With this insight, I request every person to be aware of the significance of games, sports and fitness and encourage it within and around them. Students, inculcate the habit of playing sports of any/all kind right from school, participate as much and stay fit and healthy!

‘Jalebi’….the everlasting taste of love

After watching the movie “Jalebi”…… I was too stunned with emotions and was left spellbound! Only when I processed the intense story…..characters….their emotions and journey that I realised the brilliance of it. The movie is a class ! How a girl resolves her years of resentment and angst through a simple train journey where she discovers herself again…I loved how the story moves by connecting dots from past through present….very beautifully and cleverly depicted….like pearls in a necklace! There are no loose ends in the story. Some may find the pace a little slow but emotional resolves need patience. The strong messages like “ It’s not always a woman who needs to sacrifice for making a relation beautiful” and “ If you love a flower do not pluck….water it” ….in this case….it was letting go! The twists in the storyline….. like the truth about child…..end of the movie….. are just like twists in a jalebi. Other relatable characters in the form of co passengers and how they contribute to the main story is again a genius. In all….I loved this jalebi and its everlasting after taste in heart! The music is amazing and soulful and most important…the songs are situational and relate to the story! A must watch for anyone and everyone who is not afraid of emotions! Bravo team Jalebi and well done Pushpdeep Bhardwaj!

Second Inning

‘’ I want to be like Mom when I grow up’’, said my 11-year-old and I had only begun to soak in the moment of glory and pride when he further added ‘’She gets to stay at home and relax all day’’! And my meagre ego deflated immediately. Well, I had no enthusiasm left to cater to his childish ignorance about the hectic, round the clock chores of stay at home parent. To my rescue, my loving husband hurriedly stepped in to explain to him about my conscious choice of giving up my career and becoming a full-time mom gladly and how staying at home in current role was even more difficult. My son immediately looked convinced and offered me a gratifying hug before he ran away to play with his friends. While my husband gloated in the victory and we exchanged a knowing smile….my mind wandered…. was I convinced?
Well I did enjoy my motherhood and travelling around the world accompanying my family, but all the while I did have a nagging feeling at the back of my mind that constantly wondered about the road not taken. Not that I undermine the mantle of stay at home mom, I willingly and lovingly was one, but nevertheless, I wanted my son to have the real me as role model.
And thus, began the quest for kickstarting my career- my second inning! The online searches, rebuilding my resume, researching alternative career options while assessing the experience and professional capacity I already had acquired in past (almost a decade ago). Oh my! Do the stars start aligning once we set our positivity towards achieving something in life! I was good at expressing through language but never heeded to the advice given by many to start writing. Until now, when I happened to watch a movie and was so gripped by the intensity and emotions of it that I decided to pen down my review and which was praised and acknowledged. All those hours of my voracious reading in the libraries of UK paving my way through words and expressions! I embarked upon my journey into content writing in small increments aiming to build a successful career yet again.
There I was sitting in a corner reading out one of my articles to my son; he was listening intently and seemed quite impressed. The mother in me felt satiated at the approving glow on his face. He quickly gave me a peck, arms round my neck and said ‘’I am so proud of you mom and extremely happy but I did like you more when you had all the time in the world just for me’’ … I laughed aloud and my heart knew that there was no nagging feeling at the back of my mind this time. It’s never too late! “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment’’