Gravity: Movie Review

I decided that I would spend the end of this evening watching a nice movie with my hubby. I say this because it has gotten rare for us. After a lot of channel hopping we settled down for Gravity that was being aired at HBO.

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The movie was halfway.

The lead actress is Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) who i an engineer as an astronaut on her first flight. The commandor of the space event is Matt Kowalski (George Clooney).

A team of astronauts boards Explorer the spaceship, goes outer space on a mission. It encounters a sudden catastrophe that renders the team of astronauts dead, and only the two main leads as survivors. Eventually things go worse and Matt lets go in order to let Dr. Ryan to survive.

My take on the movie: it is a gripping movie. Totally motivating.

Things I learnt from it:

1) sheer determination is needed to survive , whether on earth or in space.

2)never give up. Never, ever give up. The world runs on logic but survives on miracles.

3) acquire knowledge. Reap as much as you can. You never know when it will save you.

4) Dr. Ryan had no one for her on the earth. She lost her only daughter. She had no reason to survive. But she did. She did not lose it because of anyone. She won it for herself.

5) She faced so many problems , all alone, beyond human contact. If she could survive them all, why can’t we?

6) Matt Kowalski encouraged her throughout the time he was with her. Give thought, love, empathy and care to those around. You never know when your strong words can help a person to stop quitting.

7) be strong. Set goals. Fulfill them. Dream well. And live those dreams. Let no one or nothing stop you. Life is lived only once. Tick those bucket list items. All of them.

8) lastly, be grateful. You are created by a creator. When Dr. Ryan says she’s running out of oxygen, I thanked God for giving me oxygen without count or tax. When Dr.Ryan thought about her dead daughter, I thanked God fo my two living children and the joy I have with them. When Dr. Ryan survived space debris crashes, I thanked God for keeping me accident safe till now. When Dr. Ryan was giving up because she has no one on earth waiting for her, I thanked God for my loving spouse and family. When Dr. Ryan said she didn’t know how to pray, I broke down. Because I know how to, but don’t like I always should.

If anything, we should stop being ungrateful.

Tonight, I will sleep inspired. I have goals too. I have things to accomplish too. I have lots of things to be thankful for.

Great Movie. Hats off to the brainchild of this movie!!! Amazing acting, dialogue, sequence.







Belated New Year post.

By Time.
Verily man is in Khusr(arabic), Khasara(Urdu), Loss.
Except those who have faith/imaan, good deeds (amal-e-saliha), those who enjoin the truth (haqq), and those who have patience (sabr).
(Surah Al Asr. Quran)

Most of us make grocery lists, shopping lists, office task lists etc. Why? So that we appoint time, and get everything done on the list. We don’t come home without buying everything on our grocery list. The whole point of making a list is to check all of the boxes in it.

So why do most of us make a list of “New Year Resolutions”? Especially to laugh it off at the end of the year saying Ha! time for new year again, time to make a list of resolutions only to break them again. I found so many trolls/memes/jokes everywhere on social media jeering at broken resolutions. What are we doing?

Life isn’t a joke. People say you are going to die anyway, so why so serious? Because, only a fool would die with a reckless life. There is much more to life than crossing dates on a calender. Add life to your years. Live a meaningful life. It quenches your thirst of wandering seamlessly, confused, wrecked. I have seen a few youth, their whole year goes in just listening to music. Dear, that music was a success, hardwork of a musician, who worked days and nights to get their hit. They have contributed to their days. What are you doing? When you go to sleep in the night, think of your daily accomplishments. What have you done besides survival chores?

Look at the verses aforementioned. Four types of people aren’t in loss;
1) Holding on to faith. Completely and sincerely. When you waver in the principles of your faith, you loose the vision between right and wrong.
2) Executing acts of Good/Right Deeds. Some people debate on the rights and wrongs, but nobody can defy your consience. It is that voice, a gift of God. When it begins to scream at your soul for wrong doing. Listen to it. Many a times we ignore its voice. Then slowly you muffle the sound of your consience, till it dies a silent death. Then your soul feeds in the evil like a deep pit of unending darkness. Some people say there is no right or wrong. No. No. No. There is the right the white and the wrong the dark. True that there are shades of grey in the middle, but they are too small in comparison to the opposites.
3) Enjoin the truth. You have to be on the path of truth to be a success in life. No, the people who dwell in falsehood may appear to have the upper hand, but in reality they aren’t. They who lie are losers. Always. To hide a lie, you have to spin a yarn of more lies till you stumble and lie face down in the mud of humiliation.
4) Patience. Patience is not harbouring grudges against your problems and sitting idle about it. Patience is when you have the capacity to retaliate, the ability to sin, but you don’t do it. Simply because it is not RIGHT. Patience, is to find the answers to your questions and issues without making mountains out of molehills. Patience is avoiding the blame game.

This year 2017, we have to cleanse our soul. Let us spring clean our life. Let us make each moment count. Sit down in a cosy corner. Take a book. Write down the 24 hours. Write against each hour what you have done, who you have met. Make realistic goals. Just like grocery items. You only write down what you can buy in your budget. Most importantly, you write down what you need. If you need to go on a diet, how serious are you about it.

Instead of writing your goals starting with ” I want to …” , write ” I have done_____ (this) about this (particular goal). Don’t write I want to diet. Or I want to stop using swear words. It has never helped anyone. Write ” I have seen a dietitian today. I have my diet chart. I have already begun. Or I have used five swear words today and count down each day. And keep a track of how you follow up your goals. It works.

Some people are found smiling when they die. It is because they have lived a full life. No, don’t get me wrong. Happy people aren’t those who live to please everyone. Wake up each day with a purpose. To do something. God never burdens a person beyond his capacity. If you feel struck with grief, know that it is to build you up.

Wake up. And make the most of everything. Please, LIVE everyday.

Mini Project

I call this a project. Because to me, anything that requires panning and then execution is a project.

So, my kids find new stuff to keep themselves busy everyday. One big break for them was the paint coming off from some parts of the wall. Seems like the builders of our apartment complex were way too commercial in making sure they layered the paint well. In my room, beside my mini window my kids found great joy in peeling the paint off, breaking it into bits, and “cooking” stuff for us!! But at bedtime, it was a true torture everyday clearing up so much mess.

So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I decided to cover up those patches.


I got a textured sheet, marker, pencil, tape and ruler. I had to make two patches. This is what I did:


This reads: Taqdeer aur Kismat se Zyada taqat Dua mei hai. (More than Fate, true strength lies in Prayer)


This was for the biiiiggg patch. Task completed.

Proverbs and quotes. Always have fascinated me since childhood. I used to have a number of notepads, diaries and random year calendars. I had a collection of my handwritten quotes at the end of each of them. Strength. Quotes give me strength. They make me focus. They make me keep my eyes open and not forget what its all about.

My tension now? I am just hoping my son or daughter don’t take it down.