E – Entertainment. #AtoZ

E – Entertainment. #AtoZ

A to Z

“Where words fail, music speaks!”

It’s a universal fact, that music and  movies add zest to our  life. Without these  our lives would feel rather dull.  It’s like how we need art and books to transport us to another world and soothe our frayed nerves!

I turn to music when I feel low, lonely, or even overjoyed. At times, the radio blares when I am in the kitchen baking, or cooking. And, on weekends, when the hubby is out with his buddies, I put on YouTube and play peppy numbers that drive away the loneliness that creeps in slyly, sometimes.

Music also helps motivate, for there are times when all  enthusiasm flies out of the window and  self-doubt creeps in unannounced and refuses to leave us in peace.

It is at such times,that  I play   motivational songs that cheer me up with their lyrics and help me pick myself up and begin again.

I plan on doing a post on romantic numbers soon, because, well I am a die-hard romantic! It will be quite confusing, though, to choose my favourite songs!

 

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world!”

I have always enjoyed movies that have a story that’s different from all the other releases. Not the run-of-the-mill Bollywood masala films for me. And, it’s for this reason that I have not seen half the movies others may have.

And, whenever I did come across such a movie that took my breath away, I had this strong desire to share it with the world. So, when I created Metanoia, I decided to reserve a category for movies, where I would write about a movie that struck a chord, or left me spellbound with its intensity.

MOM, was the first movie I reviewed on my blog. It was fun, but it also made me nervous. It was an alien territory  and I did not want to go wrong.  But, it’s really an interesting way to exercise a writer’s mind!

Reviewing movies for the sake of enjoying the exercise is different than writing a serious review that makes it to a publication.  Sharing with you today a few things I learnt (and am  still learning) about movie reviews. And, I would suggest you try it, too. It’s not just fun, it also gives you a chance to widen your horizons.

Tips for movie reviewing:

*Express your opinion of the film frankly. It’s your point of view.

*Do support your criticism, too, with valid reasons.

*Avoid spoilers.

*Write about the plot/characters/actors and share what you agreed with and what you did not.

*If you understand the technical side of movie-making, then give your opinions on the same, e.g. camera techniques, editing, cinematography, sound, etc.

*Rate the performance of the actors and if it relates to the character they play.

*Finally, remember you are doing the review because you enjoy doing it. There will be readers who will disagree with your views. You just need to take it sportingly! 

Happy reviewing!

 

Love,

SHILPA…

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

 

 

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began. 

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

Top 10 motivational songs from Bollywood!

Top 10 motivational songs from Bollywood!

We all need encouragement and  motivation when our morale is at its lowest. Words that  keep our spirits alive during challenging times, and cheer us as we strive to reach our goals. Often, we stumble and fall, for the path to success is paved with uncertainties; difficulties that test our patience, our resilience. It is at times like these when we need a beacon to guide us.

The beacon could be  quotes, or poetry that motivates the tired soldier, lifts his morale and prompts him to keep fighting.

Sharing today 10 of my favourite motivational songs from Bollywood.  Songs with lyrics and music that attempt to boost our sagging spirits and encourage us to keep fighting!

1.    Ruk jana nahi tu kahin haarke….Don’t stop just because you lose a race, it’s through these defeats that you will succeed!

2.  Aashayein….

3.  Chak de….chak de India!

4..  Yun hi chala chal rahi… Keep going, my friend!

5..  Allah ke bandey...Laugh away your fears, my friend, for there’s always a ‘tomorrow’!

6.    Haan yahi rasta hai

7.    Yeh honsla kaise rukey…

8.   Chaley chalo

9.   Dangal dangal

10. And, lastly, my favourite of them all! This one’s a poetry from Zindagi na milegi dobara. 

So, let’s keep running, people…keep going, keep fighting and give it our all. For that is  what will help us survive!

Do you have any songs in your playlist that you listen to when in need of some motivation? 

Love,

SHILPA…

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Top 10 motivational songs from Bollywood!

 

10 peppy numbers to drive away your blues!

10 peppy numbers to drive away your blues!

While surfing through the Facebook Page of  ‘The idealist’, I came across a quote that would have many a music lover nod their head in agreement.

“I can’t explain what I feel, but I will find a song that can!”

 

Being in love with music of almost every genre,  I often turn to songs for help – to motivate me, to cheer me up, to keep me company when I feel lovey-dovey, or when I am overcome with melancholy, and also when I need to know what exactly it is that I feel! Not once do my songs go wrong.

I have my own lists of songs to play according to my varied moods, as well as occasions when a particular kind of songs are what I need to add some zest to my day.

In the first part of my MUSIC SERIES, I am sharing my 10 favourite peppy songs that never fail to cheer me up. I play them at a high volume to shut out all the needless noise that threatens to ruin my peace of mind. It’s a medley of English and Hindi songs. I hope these help drive away your blues!

The first on the list has to be, ‘Feeling Good’, by Michael Buble.  You may have heard it being played in the Jockey advert. That’s where I heard it first, and decided I just had to listen to the entire number! Enjoy!

 The next on the list is again by Michael Buble – SWAY – which also features in my favourite Richard Gere movie, ‘Shall we dance?” I couldn’t find the official video of this song, so enjoy the lyrics as well as the music! 

 

This one is by Sia, which I am sure you have heard and danced along with it, too! “Cheap thrills”…this one keeps me company on most of my Friday and Saturday evenings. Love the video!

The next is from the movie, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. Girls sure like to swing, if the music is as kinda swing-y! Isn’t it?

This next song is from the same movie. I simply love the energy here. Ranveer SIngh, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar , and the rest of the cast must have gone crazy filming this high-octane number! 

You don’t need to look far for cheery beats when you have a musician like A. R. Rehman to entertain you! This song from the Mani Ratnam  movie, Bombay,  starring one of my favourite Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala has been an old favourite. I remember how I would drool watching this guy from South (What IS it about guys from the South?) What a cool combo –  Super-hot Swamy and super cool music by A. R. Rehman! 

A. R. Rehman again for the next song on my list. The song – “Dil se”, the music – awesome, the screen – set on fire by the  passionate SRK and MK! 

Continuing with A. R. Rehman…I simply love this one, though I don’t follow  some of the lyrics, but the music – now that doesn’t need a language. It can take your breath away whatever language you speak! 

One word to describe this song – HOT! 

Dil Chahta Hai. Remember the ‘cult film’ status  it had received? Each song from the movie feels evergreen. But, for now, the high-energy, ‘Koi Kahey’…next on my  list.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.  A film I watch when I miss being with my friends; the music I play when I want to hear some meaningful lyrics by Javed Akhtar and music  by the genius trio – Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy…the same guys who made the above song! Paint the world red!

 

So, that’s it guys! These are some of the songs that lift my spirits, pep up my mood and leave me feeling effervescent all day long. Did you  enjoy listening to these? Which are your ‘go-to’ songs to charge your batteries? Do share with me…I would love to add those to my list!

Until later…

 

LOVE,

SHILPA.