If you have ever chosen, if you have ever forgone, if you have loved and ever been set free, all of it might flash before you in one fraction of a moment while watching La La Land.
La La Land may have been made into a movie, it might have been fashioned as an ode to the musicals and to Jazz. It may be all of that and a reminder that love has its own longevity and its own progression of time, that love is greater than living life together. That all it needs is one glance across a hall and time in the world of love ticks as if it was just the previous moment when you had met the love of your life.
And that love takes dreams under its wings even when that dream seems to stand on its very grave.
La La Land portrays a boy’s love although it is a love story.
Love shows up in its its own intricacy of his behaviors: loud, non-stop honking at the girl’s door, cooking after surprise visit back home, and telling the girl on face the true feelings even when they are ugly — like telling her that she was interested in seeing him low down so that she could feel better about herself.
Those searing words go in the same cocktail as his refusal to accept her resignation from her dream, setting about on a long drive to deliver the message about her audition, and pushing her to go realise her dream. The cocktail is in the movie. Shaken and stirred are your emotions.
Because somewhere it touches the ‘been there’ all around you. For example, you don’t chase your dream because you have no money. You do something else instead, because it gives you fame or success. You can’t chase what you really care for, because you are busy raising resources. But in the end, those non-dream projects fund the dreams. And you learn to wait.
Love doesn’t work that way though, says La La Land. There is never an ‘either-or’. You love someone with your soul, you meet them after years, you say, ‘welcome to Seb’s’ and play your favourite tune. The whole life in-between comes in and the ends join seamlessly.
“Had I done this….” scenarios play and rewind. Permutations unfold.
You choose for yourself: two people, two dreams, loving life spent together, one dream realised and one dream buried for the other; OR, two dreams, separate lives lived, two dreams achieved, and lives lived separately.
But no, the OR is really not the case. Once you love, you share eternity. Not sharing a few years doesn’t matter. You listen to the tune, get up, leave to go back to your life. And before exiting the door, you smile and nod in approval of a job well done. One glance – brings strangers together and parts soulmates for life. Glance to glance is the full circle of love and in-between, there is life.
‘La La Land’ can’t get closer to reality. It is real already. Like the tears it brings.
Today is the day Buddha’s soul left his body for one final Nirvana. It might take a lifetime to live even a few of his teachings, but on a totally lighter note, I wondered what it might be like to window-shop Buddha and Psychologists with some questions today. I conjecture the answers like:
Today, being 154th birth anniversary of ‘Gurudev’ Rabindranath Tagore, brings to the fore some of his songs that I love. Isn’t it amazing that someone wrote these ardent, gentle, romantic, spiritual lyrics and set their tunes as well? Rather than the philosopher in him weigh on the language, we find that he fills his expression with child-like wonder and turns the authoritative assertion into question – ever so gently, without changing the substance.
On the birthday of one of the most versatile artists we ever had, I wish his works the same eternal dance of harmony he described with such simplicity. With his choice of a single word he makes a person a microcosm of this universe.
The song, roughly translates as,
Who’s the one dancing in my mind, the rhythmic dance of eternity? How wonderfully my body and soul respond to the beat of the Mrudanga!
Who’s this one, on whose forehead, smile and sorrow sway gently along the beat just like a TEEKA made of diamonds and Emerald! Look, birth and death dance side by side! Such a joy!!! The day and Night, Freedom and Bondage – all dance in this eternal dance of harmony.
The lyrics are:
Mamo chitte niti nritye ke je nache Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai, Tari sange ki mridange sada baje Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai Hasi kanna hira panna dole bhale Kape chande bhalo mando tale tale Nache janmo nache mrityu pache pache Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai Ki anando, ki anando, ki anando Diba ratri nache mukti nache bandho Se taronge chuti range pache pache Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai