Saturday, 28 August 2021

"2 + 2 = 5" a must watch film

Dear  Readers,

I hope you are all well and healthy.

This past fortnight, I've been a busy bee: participating in a poetry workshop, (more details in a later post) where one is expected to write a poem a day. Writing a poem is not an issue. It's the fact that as a poetry lover, I get stuck on the examples that are shared. I read and reread and then read the poem aloud and sometimes (as was the case on the day of e.e. Cummings, I got so sucked into the vortex of his words, that it took me two days to surface back up and realise I was lagging behind spectacularly! It didn't matter. The organisers are poets themselves. They understand our need to burrow deep every now and then.

As a means to dust off my stupor, I decided to watch a series on Netflix that came highly recommended by a friend. It's called: "How to become a Tyrant".

It is very well made. It's uncanny to watch history on screen while witnessing history repeat itself in real life. It's surreal.

Do watch it if you have the time or the inclination.

But, if you can't or won't. Then, I urge you to spend 6 minutes of your time to watch this gem from Iran. It says, with minimum production costs and time, everything that needs to be said. In my opinion, "2 =2 = 5" says it better than the Netflix series.

Personally and as a poet, this film also answers the question that often nags me (especially about political satires): "why write?" in the last 30 seconds. 

In less than 10 seconds, the last shot says it-- LOUD and CLEAR:

The pen/pencil is mighty. 

So, I reckon I will write for as long as I can.

Wishing you all a safe, peaceful and healthy weekend.

Till we meet again,

take good care of yourselves and if possible, practise freedom.



  1. Hari OM
    An excellent short film. History should teach lessons, but of course, there are many who think they can rewrite it...

    Your continued blossoming in writing is fantabulous!!! YAM xx

    1. So true. With everything that's going on in the world today, sometimes I feel how can humans be so short-sighted? All these documented truths about how humanity suffers when one or two fulfil their own monstrous greed---and yet, there are more tyrants (supposedly elected leaders) today than ever.

      Thank heavens for poetry!

      Thank you Yamini--for always, always supporting my writing with your love. It means a lot.

      Hugs. xx

  2. cummings is one of my absolute FAVOURITE writers - no wonder you got lost!

    (i do not know what it is about you that closes
    and opens;only something in me understands
    the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

    1. Thank you for visiting and for sharing these lines by cummings (I assume). OMG! I've read them thrice already and yet the nectar continues to drip and entice.

      Sending you a big hug for sharing this deliciousness with me.

  3. The tyrant insisting falsehood is the absolute truth has become politics as usual for too many. Becoming lost in poetry is surely a welcoming relief. May we never need worry that what we pen will ever result in that poor boy's fate.


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