An Oscar Performance

The red carpet is laid out. The celebrity guests and couples are beginning to arrive in their droves, dressed immaculately in all their latest custom designed suits and dresses. The scene is an atmosphere of flashing lights, lights emanating from the crazy global paparazzi looking for their piece of editorial glory! This is March, the month when the golden man, the Oscar, will be awarded to the over exuberant acting performances for Tinsel Town in the previous year.

Academy Award

Academy Award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But back home in South Africa there is another performance and drama happening in the picturesque Jacaranda city of Pretoria. This time the golden Oscar must be wondering who this other Oscar fellow is that is stealing his limelight.¬† I am not going to comment much about the case surrounding Oscar Pistorius and the tragic killing of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. There’s another dimension I want to comment on, something which has caught my attention in recent months.

English: Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World cha...

English: Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wrote about the recent controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong and his misgivings in December. I highlighted the many downfalls that come with high octane sport, especially with major commercial and endorsement deals being penned. But I am beginning to wonder whether being a sport celebrity is beginning to have many cons to it, that it as a life seems to have no major meaning anymore, even with such glorified moments such as a double amputee person being the first to run in a major non-paralytic  event. This kind of sporting celebrity life is short in itself, and there is enough drama a sportsperson will go through, least of all a murder case.

Growing up, I wondered and dreamed about what being a famous sportsperson would be like; I was naive, thinking all is great and good in this life, that many things come easily to you as famous sportsperson as compared to the man on the street. I might be a bit cynical here, but of late much of the major unbelievable achievements by such sportspeople are momentarily lived, before they are overshadowed by a major disaster or controversy surrounding them. I wonder if the aspiring kids in sports today are also wondering whether going through very brief highs like Oscar Pistorius did are worth it. Maybe the normal life is the life all kids will begin to dream of!

The Oscar Pistorius case has also demonstrated once again that society is becoming fickle; they are quick to ridicule someone who was once considered a major hero or heroine and role model. It was astonishing to see how many people reached many conclusions on social media platforms immediately that Oscar Pistorius was guilty when the news first broke out, even though many of the details of the case were yet to emerge! Society is perhaps becoming frustrated by the fact that their once cherished and honored heroes no longer portray these very characteristics, and society is constantly disappointed by the mysterious wrongdoings of such heroes. This is perhaps created by the expectations of such societies that border on perfectionism, and the reality is that these sports people cannot always have a perfect image, or that perfect performance like an Oscar performance!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a safe and happy weekend! Till next Friday.

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The Realization

You would have recounted many times when you watched a movie scene with flashbacks. Very often these scenes have a hidden metaphor in which the main actor sees how a familiar place changes over time. The good thing about a movie is that the scene following on can be created to give a happy feeling.

But what happens when you have a realization over a shorter time that all is not what it used to be in your life, and it may not be the happy ending you envisioned? It’s an odd place to be in, with the mind playing all kinds of tricks. Familiarity is a state all humans embrace more easily because it provides a sense of comfort. The problem is when someone realizes that not everything is indeed what it used to be: people’s attitudes change, familiar faces become unrecognizable, distance increases, and so on and so on.

Perhaps what hurts people most is realizing people you felt had a meaning in your life don’t really feel the same way about you. I am not talking about the meaning that is seen in love relationships (although this is all too often). I am talking about people you valued, either an acquaintance or a close friend. They are there at the time, yet you can sense all is not what it used to be in the recent past. It’s uncanny how being away for a slightly longer period can change people’s mindsets towards you. You are not sure yourself what to make of it? What also happens when you feel ‘left out’; I am talking about the ‘left out’ from a mental point of view. It’s not an easy pill to swallow (excuse the pun).

It’s no surprise then that often in life you hear stories where people are missed most when they are no longer around in a person’s life. It’s an uncanny human behavior when people are valued most when they are no longer a constant in a person’s or peoples’ lives, or when they played a major influence on a personal or business level. It’s the truth, it hurts, but what can a person do?

My advice is to take it a day at a time. You need to be like a calm ship navigating its way through rough waters. Some moments will be a smooth ride. I truly believe people you valued most will ‘return’ when you least expect it. Patience is the true test during this period. And sometimes the realization will set in that you just have to let go. They may have fulfilled whatever purpose they had for your life.

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a safe and happy weekend! Till next Friday.

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Real Vs Reel

I recently saw an interview on TV where there was debate about whether cinema reflects real life, or events in real life become a reflection for cinema itself. This debate came in the wake of a recent rape tragedy that occurred in India, where the victim eventually succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

It’s an interesting point of reflection. Very often we think cinema and the reel portray events from life. I think the reel world takes it a step further and over dramatizes events to score on the sensationalism and publicity points. BUT perhaps it’s the other way round; this over dramatization and sensational story telling in movies is creating motives for mad acts to be made in the real life. I am amazed to see how a few scenes can be a source of inspiration for a few minutes of madness. This madness has created much of a stir in developing societies, and I suspect this has also occurred in my native land of India.

The question I would like to ask is what should YOU really believe in: the real or the reel? Here’s food for thought over the weekend!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a safe and happy weekend! Till next Friday.

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Taking the ‘flyby’way!

Yes, that’s right, January is gone! February will excuse itself soon too. And before you know it, March will come singing along, telling you to get your stuff in order if you haven’t already!

What is it about the months and years speeding up as you increase that so called number called age? I certainly have observed a strong correlation between time and age. As the years go, time just turns the speed notch up one more level.

It’s ironic to think that as a kid you felt you had all the time in the world, even though you were having so much fun that time could have become a diminishing asset. So why is that as we become adults, when we have so much more responsibility and pain, do we experience time flying by? It’s not like being an adult all day long is fun 100% of the time, so there should be no reason why time should fly by.

Perhaps we are feeling trapped, like a bottleneck on a highway. We feel that wheel on the rat race increasing the turbine speed, with more deadlines more targets being set, and shorter time frames to achieve them! Welcome to the ‘Flyby’way, the next generation of speedy years. Make sure you are buckled up in your seats, it could be a speedy ride you may not be able to handle!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a safe and happy weekend! Till next Friday.

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