Monthly Archives: February 2017

Children Of Men (2006): A grim Future

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Alfonso Cuaron, much before he created a gripping adventure in outer space Gravity, had directed a much underrated science fiction titled Children of Men. I had watched this movie when I was in college and I guess I might not have appreciated the beauty of that work as I was sleepwalking through semester exams. Until recently, when I happened to see it again as a result of an ineluctable revival of the film online as lot many spoke about how relevant that movie is in today’s time. The impact of the movie this time on me has been much harder. Children of Men, is by far one of most frightful view of future I have seen on screen. It is frightful, because it is so close to real.

It is 2027, and it has been eighteen years since the last human child was born. Women are unable to conceive and the society, as we know it, is crumbling as humanity faces extinction. The world has collapsed and Britain, as we see on TV in the movie, is the only stable government that ‘marches on’. Being the last functional government in the world, the country is plagued by a refugee crisis. The government, as a result, is a police state and has shut down its borders, simultaneously coming down heavily on illegal immigrants, throwing them into refugee camps much similar to concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The movie begins with our protagonist Theo, getting a coffee while the news of the murder of the youngest person in the world, an 18 year old boy, is being reported in the TV news. As soon as Theo exits the shop, a bomb goes off in the very same coffee shop and we know we are in a grim, chaotic world with no escape.

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Anathem by Neal Stephenson

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With the aathemaar-u* being away for couple of weeks, I suddenly found myself with lot of free time to spare after work everyday, which was inadvertently spent watching reaction videos on YouTube and staring at ceiling contemplating about Life and universe.

After slacking away couple of days in such a manner, marinating in my own mediocrity, it became apparent to me, while watching a Hindi dubbed Telugu film ‘Daring Gundaraj’, that how pathetic last few days have been. I needed to refresh myself. Lord Tyrion’s words reverberated in my head “a mind need books like a sword needs a whetstone if it’s too keep it’s edge”. I decided to give my brain some much needed exercise by indulging in some heavy work of fiction.
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson was zeroed in for this absurd task, solely because it was huge and it’s blob contained words like Extramuros. Few chapters into the book, it dawned on me that I have bitten more than I could chew. The alacrity quickly turned into regret as I tried to make sense of an Alien world with its own vernacular that author plunged into starting from the midday Provenor. I was like a Sline who’d been to no Suvins, getting lecture on Hylaen Theoric World, which even after being translated from ancient Orth to fluccish, was incomprehensible much like how the praxis of kineograms would have been to a Millenarial. I reckoned I’d rather have watched some spec-fic Speelies accessed from reticulum on my jeejah. Continue reading