Power Of The Cult Cinema

Most of us are busy in trying to make a difference in the world, some are trying to make their mark while others are merely hoping to go by through the day without killing anyone. What keeps us going on? Well, I’d say the happy memories of the days gone by. Now, we can’t ever go back to the good old days when life was carefree, but we can definitely revisit the memories by reconnecting with those happier times. And what better way to forgo of today’s worries than by indulging in your favorite movies I say. For anyone claiming to be in love with the cinema, it is essential to acquaint themselves with the cult classics that can still make anyone’s heart explode with delight.

Here is my list of few of the 90s’ cult movies, worth re-watching today, tomorrow and even day after tomorrow.

 

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

This is the movie that made sure, the world knows what a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is called in Paris!

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Groovy music with gruesome visuals. But what a treat this movie was!

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Fight Club (1999)

Director: David Fincher

You know the rules!

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Shouldn’t have messed with the Dude’s rug!

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Director: Tim Burton

A movie with a very touching message. Pun intended.

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Fargo (1996)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

A simple plan gone horribly wrong and the momma-to-be is out to get the guilty.

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Dazed and Confused (1993)

Director: Richard Linklater

This movie is definitely guilty of raising hopes of an entire generation into believing what high school is going to be like.

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Rushmore (1998)

Director: Wes Anderson

Max Fischer lead an extraordinary life surely

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Trainspotting (1996)

Director: Danny Boyle

Timeless movie with a deeply sober core.

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This list, by no means, does completely encompass the epic history of 90s cinema. This happens to be just a pea in the pod. These movies, along with other hits, have helped people grow, mature and even understand the depths of human psychology. Film is, no doubt, a very strong media and its power is doubled when it is used for the betterment of society. Here is to hoping the power of this media continues to spread awareness.

Travelling with a baby

Your whole life changes the moment you hold your baby in your arms for the first time. In an unexpected way. It is a completely new way of thinking. We travelled last year to Turkey with a hyper active, picky-eater, one-year old. Months before travel, I was searching frantically online and offline about what could possibly go wrong and how to handle it. Being a parent, you have to be two-steps ahead of everything. From what to take  (and not to take) for the flight, to the myth of babies crying during take off and landing due to air pressure (yes, I found it to be a myth, thankfully), I was looking for help desperately. Therefore, after a year of slacking, here I am with the good, the bad and the ugly of travelling with a baby.

First things first, if your child takes bottle, you can take water for that to the plane. I was very skeptical so I took boiled water (around 30ml) in four bottles because that is what the allowed limit for liquids is, if I remember correctly. Later I realised, I could have taken full bottle, when you travel with a baby, the airline staff takes special care of you. We were travelling through Turkish Airlines and it was a great experience. The staff was super sweet towards the baby and helped us whenever needed. That said, the air pressure myth had me worried as well, but thankfully, no such thing happened and my kid kept on sleeping through take off and landing peacefully. It was as smooth a flight, as you can expect with a one-year old. It would have been more convenient had we taken a car seat for the baby but it seemed like a big hassle to carry it around all over the city and hence we decided not to. The first flight had no bassinet and I ended up holding the baby in my arms for six hours, occasionally handing him over to the hubby. Needless to say, we arrived in Istanbul tired but excited. We had a connecting flight to Antalya, that is where we were headed first. After immigration, we located the gate and waited there. I was amazed at how much the Turkish people loved children. Everyone passing by, would stop and smile at the baby or play with him a while before heading out. The Turkish are a very polite and helpful nation. Almost everyone would actually stop and go out of their way to guide you. An attitude which was very foreign to us. The details of our trip to Istanbul and Antalya will be covered in another post. This one is all about babies! Now, I don’t yet know about other countries, but I can confidently say that if you are travelling to Turkey with a baby, you can rest assured that your child will be treated like a prince/princess. If you have a child, they make you skip the long queues without even asking for it. Every bus/tram we got on, our child was given a gift by a stranger.

During the trip, I ran out of formula and had to purchase new one from a pharmacy. I was very scared because his usual formula was not available in Turkey and so I had to get a new one. But thankfully, the transition was smoother than ever. Every major tourist area with hotels has a big store and/or pharmacy containing diapers, formulas, bottles and basically everything you might need when travelling with a baby. You can take sterilisation tablets with you if you want, but they are easily available in Istanbul as well. Please do take your stroller when you go. It turned out to be a lifesaver. The paved brick-roads are not an issue at all. It was raining half the time we were in Istanbul and it was cold. The stroller with a wind shield meant our baby was sitting inside nicely all warm and dry and comfy. It helps in putting your extra stuff in it too. So yeah, a stroller is a must. We took it all the way to the plane gate, where we handed it over to the staff and got it back after getting off from plane. Just make sure to get a hand-luggage tag for it earlier.

I even took pre-cooked meal for my baby for the first flight but never ended up using it because he slept through most of the flight. Just gave him milk when he woke up. I had taken all his emergency meds in my hand-luggage because it was going to take us almost 12 hours to get to our hotel in Antalya and I wanted to be fully prepared. I was told syrups will not be allowed on plane but I had all the syrups tightly sealed in a transparent ziplock bag. The security staff saw it but said nothing and let me take it ahead. Thankfully, did not need any of those meds through out the trip but I would still take all his meds which I might need, wherever I go.

During that trip, we hit two milestones. One: not sterilising bottles after feed, just wash properly with hot water. Two: Making feed in bottled water and not with pre-boiled water. He was already a year old and was ok with the transitions. My baby had a very specific routine prior to that tour. But what travelling does to boring routine, I experienced first-hand. Him and I, we both got out of the routine life. He would sleep wherever he felt tired. I would give him whatever I felt he could chew easily. The husband and I, we both became less panicked about the baby. Over all, it was a great trip. The baby made it even more special. Travelling with a one-year old is easily manageable if you are just prepared. The most important thing is to relax and try not to take control of any situation. Let things happen, this is how both, you and the baby, will learn and grow.

 

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Less Is More!

The most common phrase after “Think out of the box”, is perhaps Less Is More. It is generally used in almost every sphere of life, not specific to merely design and there is a pretty good reason why.

Rome was not built in one day and neither was minimalism brought into practice in a quick time. Not that there was any problem with the earlier design movements. But the fact that the ornate designs had gotten so overwhelming that the focus was lost from the main object. Which is contradictory to the design principle. Bauhaus, De Stijl, Modernism and Minimalism, all collaborated and gave us the beautiful, simple, elegant designs that we have all around us today. From print designs to packaging, from architecture to furniture designs, from industrial design to entertainment design, everything around is inspired by the minimalism movement.

Design is a visual story. It is the means to communicate intricate and complex information  to the world in an interesting and simple style. The beauty of design is that it is literally all around us. From our bread packaging to our toothbrush’s ergonomic design. Every waking hour, we experience design all around us. It is a lifestyle.The idea of minimalism goes way beyond just design.  Today’s generation is getting more and more aware of the importance of less clutter.It is an era of high pressure jobs, short deadlines and even shorter tempers, neglected relationships and guilty consciouses. When we have so much going on around us, it helps immensely to declutter our lives, prioritise and focus on what is important, in order to succeed. When the extras go out the window, that is when we are able to pay attention to what matters most.

I personally feel that in order to abide by the less is more principle, one needs to bring creativity into play even more. Every limitation increases the challenge. In order to come up with a technique to declutter, one needs to analyse the elements present. Take a step back and decide if that is needed. This goes for both design as well as life. It helps to see things in retrospect.

 

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