Kafka On The Shore By Murakami !

 

 

 

“Kafka on The Shore by Haruki Murakami”

“Kafka on The shore by Haruki Murakami”

Is the seventh or eighth book in the Murakami collection that I have read so far and Kafka on the shore has been one of the most enjoyable mysteries to unfold. 

Murakami has stuck to his elements in his writing.

Cats, Painting and characters we want to know more about.

Though I read “Killing Commemorate” Last year, Before reading Kafka on the shore and though both were on the same lines. Kafka on the shore has been a breeze to read.

Like all the other Murakami books, Japan has always been a backdrop with every story and a new town or new side of the city is portrayed.

Kafka on the Shore is a story of Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old boy who runs away from home to escape an awful oedipal prophecy, and Nakata, ageing and illiterate simpleton who has never completely recovered from a wartime affliction. Kafka’s journey brings him to a small private library in the provincial town of Takamatsu and to a mountain hideaway where the ordinary laws of time no longer apply. But, like Oedipus, the more Kafka tries to avoid his fate, the closer he comes to fulfilling it. Nakata also sets forth on a quest for an enigmatic entrance stone, the significance of which he does not understand. Intellectually ambitious, emotionally intense, and beautifully written.

Japan Made Easy by Sandeep Goyal

Japan Made Easy is one of the best books to know more about the Japanese lifestyle, Business Ethics, Culture, Spiritual and Food Habits and all these are shared by the Japanese words used to describe each situation or word. This makes the book an interesting read for anyone who wants to know more about Japan or the basics before they would be travelling or after they have travelled.

This book is split into eight sections with an average of ten chapters in each section.

The book also shares insights of  Japan through the years.

Lockdown & Unlock!

Lockdown has made me realise, how much I am used to being by myself. 

And how much, I enjoy it too. 

Spending time exercising, reading books and watching movies,Without having to unnecessary stare at my phone, when you around people as the interaction is hardly there. 

I also observed, that how we humans have lost interacting with one another. Your presence is  only felt when you upload a post on social media – you normally would respond or get a response to. 

But, when you haven’t uploaded anything or don’t have anything to post – there are hardly any conversations taking place.  

Would we be able to rediscover the art of having great conversations post this lockdown? Or will we fall, into our shells now that we have become comfortable with our own company? Or will we be longing to just get out and go back to what was normal before, how we were before lockdown and don’t want to change?  

Will the simple thing that we always took for granted become more meaningful than ever or will they mean something to us?  Making your breakfast, Enjoying the Sunrise & Sunsets. Enjoying a home-cooked meal. 

Would the present be our future- Working from our homes, Fewer colleagues in offices? Would retail stores turn into warehouses and just a couple of them would be open as retail stores? And shopping will only be done mostly online ?

Would Salons, only be available through Appointments rather than unnecessary waiting for your turn? Would Schools & Colleges be only online..? Or Will doctors take appointments & meet patients online and only if critically serious will see the patients? (Emergency or have surgery the patient will be required to go to the hospital) Will we see print medium becoming obsolete and only digital magazines, E-Books and E-Newspaper available to read. (This would involve fewer people to print, Fewer people to distribute and reduction in maintenance. Books fewer copies could be printed, Newspaper just a few of them too and magazines can totally go digital.  

Though all these will affect real estate commercial spaces – But, We would require fewer people in offices and hence so many offices wouldn’t be required. That would automatically reduce your overhead expenses and the same could be used in satisfying your employees & profits too. 

But, Most importantly we would require our I.T infrastructure to improve with better internet connectivity around and stronger Mobile communication towers. 

These changes will also affect the automobiles sector – But will keep Air pollution & congestion to a bare minimum, Which has now been seen  with cleaner air & Clearer skies. 

Restaurants & Cafes will be both delivery services & Walk in and going out will be an occasion and be more social than ever before. 

Cinema chains could create an app – where they have movies screening with the timing and if there are fewer seats sold for a particular time, that can be replaced by another movie and about *100 tickets per screening should be allowed. So if you have four screens – 250 capacity. 100 people per screening for each film. 

Or they could start with a subscription-based model like the other streaming sites only for films & Movie Festivals. 

Though this will impact the revenues of the films in some ways, anyways filmmaker sells the movie rights to streaming sites & broadcasting channels to premier it. And this way they anyway make money. 

In the future anyways Small budget movies will be released on the OTT Platform and films with cinematic appeal with them will be released at cinema theatres. 

Though with these changes there will be a rise in a lot of unemployment. But we all do have skills that would give us the digital platform to grow and make money – We all would be our own channel of content and earn money too through Monetising your channel. 

These changes will create a new market for other Jobs that you never thought could exist. And at the same time will you be freer to do other things. 

The Lockdown in some ways has questioned us – Are we humans really moving ahead or are we falling back behind and becoming like the Homo sapiens, we have originated from – Humans who would go hunting, Make food and sleep and repeat and did not have any leisure, luxuries that we humans consider to be “Normal” Like the Internet, Phone and the basics to live our life. Yes, we have come this far! But, how far have we come as individuals, and as people who did not always belong on earth? But, having been ruling ever since we realised we were the who can capitalise here on the earth, Where species moved freely. Who if you have noticed have taken over the streets and the nature once again presently?

Pages From My lockdown diaries!!

Note from foodmart supermarket!!

We are open

We are trying our best to serve you, The Daily needs you require to get through your days When you are at home and no hope of going into your favourite restaurants or not sure about the hygiene the restaurants would be maintaining to deliver your food.

So please keep in mind – We are convincing our staff every day to come to work to fulfil your needs, Yes they fear about their lives too.

The things they do:

1. The first thing in the morning they do is clean the counter, Where your goods will be placed for billing,

2. after each and every Bill, Sanitize their hands even after they have taken the cash bills.

3. They too wear a mask to protect themselves from the customers coming day in & day out.

Yes, They realise the effort you guys take to come shopping, But merely coming to take an item to two baffles them on a daily basis because this is a serious pandemic.

And it would be better to take your daily needs for a week, ten days or even for a month and stay home.

We understand You like to come out and take a stroll at the store as that’s the only place to go. But, if that’s only your reason for coming out. You are scaring them to come and serve your needs every day.

As they are exposed to more people in a day than you would otherwise would me meeting.

They too aren’t appreciated they way they should be. And so in case you are being told to keep distance or have been refused to enter because you aren’t wearing a mask. Please don’t take that to heart.

Be thankful and grateful for the safety measures we are have reinforced.

What the customers need to keep in mind.

There are certain goods that won’t be available until the restrictions are relaxed or things settle down so please don’t keep asking about them again & again. Please read the items below carefully.

Also, Goods that are available are the only ones we have on our shelf and please go ahead with the alternative brand options if your preferred ones aren’t available – As long as your needs are getting met the brand shouldn’t matter.

1. Real Good Chicken.

2. Nestle Items (Maggi, Milk, Milkmaid, Nescafe, Maggi ketchup, Iced Tea)

3. Lays, Maruti wafers, Too Yum, Doritos

4. Britannia biscuits – There are just a few available.

5. Atta/Wheat – This is completely out of stock. So if you can’t see then it’s over.

6. Soft Beverages

Appreciate and stay safe

Foodmart

Jodhpur

My first visit to Jodhpur was in 2018 and on my first visit I hardly had any time to absorb the place .it was a short Work trip and 2019 was back on the second visit- It was more or less the same but had visited more streets rather than the usual route hotel to venue and now on the third visit in 2020 I finally visited a tourist site and our venue for one of the wedding function (Mehrangarh Fort) The Venue the fort was fifteen to twenty minutes from any of the hotels out there and the walk up to the fort is “uphill task” Concreate steps with the structure around like the typically Rajasthan architecture, the small windows and curve and tomb designs framework when you walk up to the rampart. A Panoramic photography viewpoint – You can See the City from this point and see those Blue Houses Jodhpur is known as the Blue City of India.

You can also see Umaid Bhavan Palace from here and that’s not all if you climb and go to the concert area – This is where the sangeet function was held you will find another viewpoint – Where you can capture and experience the Sunset. There are only two things to see in Jodhpur, the Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace and the local market for Traditional Rajasthan souvenirs and local Rajasthan Cuisine.

It wasn’t just the Mehrangarh fort that one of the only touristy outing, But witnessed a Polo match that was organised between Two teams (Bride & Groom ) 7 minutes each and there are four Chakkars – A Game last for Twenty Minutes with each team trying to score a goal by knocking the ball in the goal post that is placed on either side of the ground.

Must try the Janta Kachori – A Traditional snack fried stuffed with onion paste at one of the oldest places and Visit the Mehran Café at the Fort.