Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog sweeps the Oscars

Rags to Raja - the story of a poor orphan boy who won the hit gameshow Who Wants to be A Millionaire, Slumdog Millionaire, sweeps 8 of 10 nominations in the 81st Academy Awards.

In the story, we meet Jamal Malik, whose priceless experiences paved the way to his fairytale ending with childhood sweetheart Latika after he successfully answered all the questions in the hit television show.

Our protagonist takes on racial and caste prejudice, the loss of family, and the despair of a love lost in the journey, and unwittingly stumbles upon the answers to the questions posed to him as he takes the hot seat.

"Never give up" seems the motto, and it may still be true to the lot of us who sees high-rised buildings and have no trouble putting food into our mouths but are conterminous when it comes to agonizing about the economy.

For this writer, he sees a lesson in the reproduction of the best-selling book by author Vikas Swarup. He has gained a confirmation that good things do come to those who wait, but only if they make an effort. Through the different paths chosen by the two brothers he sees the truth behind all choices - that every action has its consequences; and if you carry your balls through it you'll be given your due reward.

In the gripping story of Slumdog Millionaire, this writer learns to persevere and take his decision to the end. Put your heart into it, and never think about taking yourself out. For as the story goes, it is written.

And I'll the good I've ever done in my life was write.

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