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A Thankgiving Gift For Us

It is November of 2016.

(Bold ‘2016’ for me, please.)

It is November of 2016.

(Underline it.)

It is November of 2016.

(Increase the font size.)

NO!

I think we all are quite aware of November of 2016; no need for me to further highlight ‘2016’.

However: [keywords: election, assignments, registration, exams, workload, election repercussions, leftover turkey for eternity]

*takes a long deep breath*

————

It is the end of semester and I am pretty overwhelmed, I will confess. And I am sure I am not the only one feeling that way.

For you, my overwhelmed người bạn,

(Overwhelmed what?)

Người bạn: Friend (in Vietnamese)

So,

For you, my overwhelmed người bạn,

I have a Thanksgiving gift that I gave myself in advance: Tran Anh Hung’s The Scent of Green Papaya (Vietnamese: Mùi đu đủ xanh, French: L’Odeur de la papaye verte).

It is a movie built on minute details and beautiful colors; it is made to work like meditation, a 1hr 43min meditation. It will stay with you like the scent of green papaya stays with Mui. Mui’s a woman with Buddha-smile and a Buddhaesque way of looking at life, as and how it is. Beautiful. A total win-win situation… considering especially that you get to be in touch with (in Roger Ebert’s words) “beauty in the smallest details: A drop of water trembling on a leaf, a line of busy ants, a self-important frog in a puddle left by the rain, the sunlight through the green leaves outside the window, the scent of green papaya.”

Last weekend, I just had to find some inner peace, and often as it goes, peace will not come hang out with me if and when I am being bothered by overwhelmed-ness. I said, “you know what? I will just watch a movie, a simple movie, and try to find some sort of peace there.” And boy, was I pleased!

I will just say this: this Thanksgiving, offer yourself The Scent of Green Papaya, and be thankful like Mui.

And a happy Thanksgiving (already)!

And if I have not convinced you like Roger Ebert would, about watching this BEAUTIFUL movie, here’s what he said:

“(This) is a film so placid and filled with sweetness that watching it is like listening to soothing music. … This is a film to cherish.”

………….
Thank you.

~ Hardik Yadav

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107617/?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scent_of_Green_Papaya
  3. http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-scent-of-green-papaya-1994
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