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Anaphoric Movies: Repetition Is the Key

The term anaphora, in literaturecomes from the Greek for a carrying up or back, and refers to a type of parallelism created when successive phrases or lines begin with the same words, often resembling a litany. The repetition can be as simple as a single word or as long as an entire phrase.
What do these films have in common—Vantage Point (2008), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Groundhog Day (1993) and Source Code (2011)? The elements anaphora and anaphoric are a poetic technique / rhetorical device that uses repetition for effects and emphasis. In films, the concept could be slightly different but it is applied here for convenience and the ignorance of suitable terminology. There is no prize for the correct guessing but these four films employ the technique of poetic anaphora, using the most of visual replication and doing it quite well. In the same breath, it is much more complex than using flashbacks to tell or rather re-tell a story.

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Of Kondoom Chicken Centre and My Hometown

Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last 50 years.
—RD LAING, The Politics of Experience

OPENING HOUR       Earlier this month, three people were killed and 23 injured in a bomb blast in the landmark Khwairamband Keithel in the heart of Imphal town. The images in this post are from the particular market corner where the blast took place on 11 March 2015. Two armed organisations clarified that they had no hand in the tragedy.

There are a hundred more organisations up in arms, literally, against the state for full sovereignty of the erstwhile Manipur kingdom. By logic, any one of them can be responsible but the tale tells a different story. In a land where state terrorism is rife, many people are suspicious that the legal government has a hand in it—and the blast was evidently not a one-off case.

In another corner of the Ea…

In Brief: Best One Liners

POLONIUS This business is well ended.
My liege, and madam, to expostulate
What majesty should be, what duty is,
Why day is day, night night, and time is time,
Were nothing but to waste night, day and time.
Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief: your noble son is mad:
Mad call I it; for, to define true madness,
What isn’t but to be nothing else but mad?
But let that go.

—HAMLET Act 2, Scene 2

It is ironical to quote a longish statement to cite a proverb on brevity!

Since those Shakespearean days, English masters say the context has undergone a sea change. In the play, Hamlet, Polonius is a sort of sidekick of King Claudius, the uncle of the enigmatic and tragic hero. The king’s compadre is, in modern-day language, a sleuth who spies on the prince. At the cost of being self-contradictory, once he informs the king and the queen rhetorically in a long-winded way that brevity is the soul of wit, when he…


i was born in a gutter and i see no reason
even after years of good smells i’d forget
the evolution of things in an olfactory order
and act like, like india, all along all along as if it belongs
among the strong, flashing guns, flashing cocks in the back
and in the front, standing atop some statue some shitstone
preaching what it takes to be a great land of all
—no, never, i know where i come from

i belong to the gutter
and i cannot hope to enjoy the palatial comforts
maybe it will be an exception
if the king dies of gonorrhea
and if his bastards kill each other off
but i do know the odour will stay on
i carry my root
not even the army boot dare ruin it

i’ll go back to the gutter
and play me no bloody farewell songs
only the gutter knows what it feels like to be a gutter
what it feels like to be in a gutter
what’s really in a gutter
and it’s already a tragedy in itself
there’s already enough of gutters
—supernumerary, just as the word is

ps: if we go by the western traditional meaning of a gutter, it mi…

On Perspectives

―George Carlin

We’re so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody’s going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We’re gonna save the fuckin’ planet? ...And, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin’ great. It’s been here over four billion years ...The planet isn’t goin’ anywhere, folks. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your shit, we’re goin’ away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.

An Ode to the Family

Father, why don’t you go fuck yourself?
Mother, why don’t you kill yourself?
Brother, kill some people
Sister, I surrender
I might as well hang myself to death.


is the sky concentrated in the horizon in its edges
in the zenith it is more dizzying, gazing up
when things press me hard towards the nadir
it is diseased:
a diseased mind, a diseased body, a diseased life
everything is diseased
it is obvious, pure, as pure as a believer’s deity
it does reek of irony when such purity is the reason
the sort of cause ― of a clearly diseased existence

Addiction 101 (Part 2)

“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise.” ― CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Choke

Sample this. You are a just a normal person: you have families to talk to, jobs to go to, kids to look after; and at times, you have to take major decisions to grow or proceed in life. However, none of these matters until you get a day’s shot. Even death becomes secondary when the most important thing, and which you have to get it any cost, is just the one and only shot of your chemical of choice. How would you approach when the nightmare extends to the morning day in and day out? Occasionally you have the money and the burden is comparatively lighter, but that is not enough unless you get the substance from one of the notorious areas …

Jantar Mantar Blues

“Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!” —ALLEN GINSBERG
Set in the heart of the national capital. Jantar Mantar is an observatory built during the medieval Mughal Empire. In school, we read about its history, main purposes and areas like its architectural significance and as a landmark for astronomical studies—and this 18th-century building has been a part of our lives, thanks to the well-informed educationists of the mainland, who care about cramming into us the general knowledge of all the places and landmarks in the country, except those that are our own. In addition to the scientific purposes, I found that the place, not necessarily the observatory but its neighbourhood, is a haven for protesters. Precisely it’s the protest site with one or the other affected individuals and groups arriving here every day with their demands and grievances. This makes perfect sense so far.

News of the Days

A few news reports reflect the contemporary trend:

At Jantar Mantar pr…

Slaughterhouse Blues

Kill me before my kind of plant-eaters come preaching
I did want to slug in the field, on my own feeding
Until the animal-eaters came out in prehistory
Then everybody was condemned to eternal misery
It matters not if you take my life or not
At least in dying I will be sought
The bastards in the dining area be served
In shanks and flanks—tho’ the herbivores will be as always unnerved
Kill me you’re just the right man
Kill me that’s how for life you make the plan
Eat and sleep and work and fuck and die
Kill me before the day-and-night-precised clock comes nigh
Kill me before the believers come with their harangue
Adieu—so long! You two do make an eternal fucked-up gang.

Build Up: Less Is More

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid. - THOMAS KEMPIS

Elephant Test

Weekend Forecast Mild alcoholism with a 70% chance of poor decisions and poor judgment. An increasing chance of regret and a hangover for Sunday. ― ANONYMOUS
In Meitei Paorou Amasoong Chatnabi Londa (Meitei Proverbs and Common Sayings) by Chongtham Kuber I was looking for some design ideas. I got Manipuri Proverbs (Paorou) in English Pictures! I also found that one animal has been mentioned more frequently than the others: the elephant; in seven sayings to be precise. The result is this graphic shown below! Incidentally, there are seven English expressions as well, which mention our favourite animal of the day. This includes: ① elephant in the room (an obvious issue that is often ignored or taken for granted), ② white elephant (expensive, wasteful project), ③ pink elephant (referring to hallucination), ④ elephant test (the idea of an elephant which is difficult to describe), ⑤ elephant in Cairo (rf. to computer programmers that describes how to hunt elephants in Africa), plus the two …

Manipuri Proverbs (Paorou) in English Pictures!

Manipuri Paorou

Original Meiteilon text referenced from
Meitei Paorou Amasoong Chatnabi Londa, 1st Ed 1998
by Chongtham Kuber (Retd Headmaster, Mekola Gulap Higher Secondary School)

- Proverbs: ‘Praman Panthei’ Expanded in Minimal Pictures
- 80 Manipuri Proverbs (Paorou) Based on Animals, Birds and Insects

The Politics of Food—From the Perspectives of Fundamental Flavours

An impression about the food we eat and the probability to show that a state can start looking from the edges rather than focussing on the centre for its own good—and it is quite apparent from no other issues but the people’s tastes and preferences that border on the line of clashes between societies in a multicultural setting as embraced by the Union of India 

Elsewhere across the world, food politics mainly deals broadly with the issues of food production, nutritional qualities, technological progress, genetically modified foods and so on. Back in India, it is totally different as evident from the pervasive attitudes about how people from a particular region detest, for the lack of a better word, about another’s food habit. To make it worse, certain socio-political organisations are running amok with their oversized fascist-inspired zealots’ hats—encouraged by the existence of a political party at the centre that shares their ideologies. To take a recent case, the provincial governm…


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