Cinema and Books
I knew Russia through my mother who knew it through Dr. Zhivago, her favourite film. Was it shot in Russia? I don’t know. All I know is that it was about Russia, a country that seems to go there and back.
I miss cinema and books. They introduced me to the world beyond my reach. The internet has spoilt all the fun. Now Egypt, Sydney Australia, Vienna or Turin are just a click away.
I always imagined places I read about in books. I went to Paris from London during my student days in Britain. I took the metro to visit the Bastille, because I had read some books which mentioned it. Surprise! When I got there, there was no actual building, just a monument of where the notorious prison used to be.
Cinema is even better, because it gives me a glimpse of what Geneva or Washington D.C. look like. I’m still saving for a trip to India to see those castles in films such as Mehbooba, Jodhaa Akbar, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, to mention but a few.
I also feel like getting into a plane and fly to the U.S. to experience inter-state driving when I watch films such as Why Did I Get Married. Tyler Perry directed Jill Scott’s character to drive across the country because she was too fat for a plane seat. The airline wanted her to pay for two seats.
Well! I won’t stop reading and catching a foreign film from time to time because of online browsing.