This is my fifth entry for Melanie’s Share Your World Challenge. Here’s a link to Melanie’s blog
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What’s something you really resent paying for?
I really resent paying for the birthday gift that I brought my mom back in 2018. Unfortunately I didn’t even get to celebrate her birthday with her for the first time in my life because I was just arriving in London and waiting for my next flight to Hyderabad. The biggest reason that I resent this gift is because I had bought my mom a personalized candle saying Happy Birthday Amma/Athamma from Sirisha, Sudhisha and Saikiran. I really hated looking at the candle this past winter because I was in shock that it seems that my husband had actually just married me so he could get a green card. I really wish I could go back in time and when I was buying the candle and personalizing it I could have decided to just have written Happy Birthday Amma from Sirisha and Sudhisha.
What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?
I have two unsettling movies to write about. The first most unsettling film that I had ever seen was the Bollywood movie Mom. It was unsettling because Sridevi was actually the step mother of the main character. Mom is a 2017 Indian crime thriller film directed by Ravi Udyawar, based on a screenplay written by Girish Kohli. Produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja, Naresh Agarwal and Gautam Jain, the film stars Sridevi, as a vigilante, who sets out to avenge her step-daughter, played by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui in supporting roles. Music for the film has been composed and produced by A. R. Rahman. This movie marked Sridevi’s 300th, and final major film appearance before her death on 24 February 2018.
The second most unsettling film that I had ever seen was Mahanati. It was unsettling to watch because as much as I had been a fan of Savitri I was shocked to find out that she actually fell in love with a man who was already married and was already a father of two daughters. The two actors together rise as superstars and Savitri falls in love with the married Ganesan. They secretly marry, which leads to a clash with Savitri’s family. Reluctant to act in films after marriage, Savitri gives in to the persuasion of filmmakers and Ganesan, and the films turn out to be successful. Savitri gives birth two children– a girl and a boy. Initially supportive of her career, Ganesan starts to feel jealous, with Savitri’s fame overshadowing his, and starts consuming alcohol. Savitri tries to stop him, but Ganesan instead starts sharing alcohol with her. Also this true story proves true that once a player means always a player because we see Gemini cheating on Savitri just like he cheated on his first wife when he fell in love and married Savitri. Another interesting thing that this movie taught me is that the Bollywood actress Rekha is Gemini Ganesan’s daughter by his first wife. Mahanati (transl. The great actress) is a 2018 Indian bilingual biographical drama film written and directed by Nag Ashwin and produced by Priyanka Dutt under the banners Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema. Filmed simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil, with the latter titled Nadigaiyar Thilagam (The pride of actresses), the film is based on the life of Indian actress Savitri, which was played by Keerthy Suresh, while Dulquer Salmaan, in his Telugu debut, plays the role of Gemini Ganesan.
Do you judge people?
I try not to judge people because I try to always follow the English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase that means one shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone. For example, “That man may look very small and insignificant, but don’t judge a book by its cover – he’s a very powerful man or woman in his circle.” “All that glitters is not gold” is an aphorism stating that not everything that looks precious or true turns out to be so. This can be applied to just about any experience in life. Just look at what happened to me: everyone said that he was a good guy and he was from a good family.
Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we…”?
Back in my day, we sent all babies who were born during the Christmas holidays wrapped in a Christmas stocking. Almost 33 years later, I still have my Christmas stocking that I came home in.
Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude. We can all use some good vibes!
Many of the first seven pictures are of me as a baby wearing the Christmas stocking that I received from Greenville Memorial Hospital after I was born on Christmas Eve of 1987. The picture of me wearing the green Indian dress is from my cradle ceremony. The thank you card was a Amazon 50 dollar gift card and I received it from Bailey Family Foundation for reviewing scholarship applications for their organization. The last two pictures are from a wonderful card that I received from Catherine Litton the Director of Scholarships at The APIA Scholars formerly known as APIASF or The Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Foundation.