July 06, 2005

Page 3

I saw Page 3 yesterday. It’s an Indian movie about the urban social culture of India, and how it is hyped and splashed on page 3 of the newspapers. It depicts the use of stimulants, the casting couch, and the fake relationships with people, putting on a fake smile for those one night stands. It revolves around the story of a journalist, Madhavi, working on page 3 reports and how she encounters the sickness of the society. She then starts working in the crime beat, under a male colleague for the same newspaper, Vinayak, who is using his power to uncover the illegal trade of drugs and children. In one of her biggest stories, she uncovers the sleazy child molester who is one of the biggest revenue sources for the newspaper. The editor obtains all the proof of the story and is forced to shelf it for fear of losing the funding. Madhavi is angry, sad, frustrated and confused at the same time. Vinayak talks to her, saying that the truth needs to be revealed, but it has to be done with smartness – “You have to be inside the system to change the system”. This line struck me as contradictory to what my uncle says, i.e. “You have to get out of the system to change it”. However, on careful analysis, it turns out that Vinayak was right; you have to be in the system to change it, in order to reveal it. However, my uncle was right too in one way; you have to be free from the clutches of the system in order to change it. It’s like the words of Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix. They were free from the system, but in order to change the system, they had to get back into the Matrix. But, Morpheus – “As long as they [who are still stuck in the system] are a part of that system, they are our enemies”. For this potentially makes them Agents, who would morph into any body they wished too in order to kill those outside the system.

Posted by puzli at July 6, 2005 06:35 AM


Dear Puzli,

You too seem to be a big movie fan :-). Well yes 'System' is one thing which can never be perfect. But the thing to consider is that the 'System' caters to the need of millions each of whom is unique in it' sense. So can a single 'System' cater to such varied needs. But, yes that does not mean we shuould adopt a passive attitude and accept everything that we get, what I mean is that we need to realise that sometimes we are going to be at the receiving end and it' all a part of the game. By the way try to watch 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' if you haven't seen it. It' a wonderful movie.

Take Care


Posted by: vish at July 6, 2005 01:52 PM

hey vish, i've seen that movie :) its amazingly funny. haha.

hmmm...wonder where u are paula. and i dont understand why my mails dont reach u. maybe u should ask pam my email address and mail me yourself.

Posted by: puzli at July 9, 2005 04:15 PM

Dear Pulzi,
I wrote to you explaining about "executive funtioning" and included a bit more about stream of consciousness writing because you said you were interested in hearing more about it. I certainly haven't forgotten you! I had expected you to comment on my comment! I didn't know that you and Pam wrote to each other. I will get your email address from her and I'll try writing to you to see if you receive my letter. Is it a deal?
Love, Paula

Posted by: Paula Kirkpatrick at July 9, 2005 08:33 PM

Hey Paula :)
It's a deal. Love, puzli

Posted by: puzli at July 10, 2005 03:52 AM

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