Moonrise Kingdom – Let’s Run

Monday is an odd day. People have work to do. I got none. So I watched a movie.

It’s Moonrise Kingdom. A movie by Wes Anderson.

It has a runtime of some 1 hour and 35 minutes. It runs fast when it has to, settling down once in a while to offer some humorous bits.

So, Sam and Suzy are two kids. Sam is an orphan and Suzy lives with a quirky family. They aren’t liked by anyone. Misunderstood kids. They meet at Church and become pen pal. They find comfort in letters and one day, they decide to run away. Then, the whole island searches for them with a storm looming over them.

It is told like a fairy tale. It settles itself to you, making sure you are at ease with its oddities and then, it presents subtle twists and turns. The dissatisfaction of adults with their lives while having the urge to run away, presents itself with the kids. The difference, the kids run away. Maybe it is deeply rooted in young ones that life is their play and they shouldn’t be afraid to grab it and shake it until it’s right, or atleast feels right.

Ek baat suno meri

ना कभी किसी से उम्मीद रक्खी
ना कभी किसी को लेके चीखा चिल्लाया
बस एक चीज की ख्वाहिश है आज
मेरी आवाज़, मेरी बात सुनो।

सुना भी और देखा भी कि दुनिया बड़ी है
काफी प्रकार के लोग है इसमें
पर फिर भी इस भीड़ में
एक जिंदगी क्यों मायूस है, तन्हा है।

लोग गोरे काले ऊपर से
पर दिल के काले होने का क्या जोर है
इंसानो पे चलता खूब जोर है
क्या कभी विचारो पे किया गौर है।

सजना-संवरना भाता है
शीशे में अपने आपको बख़ूब देखा
पर ये भीतरी सुंदरता कौनसी है
कोई शीशा है इसका तो मुझे भी दिखाना।

जीभ मुलायम है
फिर इतने कटु प्रहार कैसे करती है
क्यों चुभते है बोल इसके इतने किसी को
क्या ये सब कुदरती है।

बच्चों में भगवान् बसता है
धरती पर ये भगवान् का रूप है
पर जब तुम्हारा भगवान् सिग्नल पर तुम्हे बुलाता-पुकारता है
तो उन्हें धमकाना फिर मंदिर में जा मनाना क्या है।

कहने को सब अथवा एक इंसान है
फिर कहलाने को सब क्यों अलग है
ये क्या झोल है भाई, क्या माया है
जो इस दुनिया को यही बनाना तुम्हे भाया है।

सवाल खूब उठाये मैंने
जवाब ढूँढने मेरे बस में नहीं है
बस एक बहाना है की सिर्फ इंसान ही हूँ यारो
बात सुनी आपने, सो आभार व्यक्त करता हूँ।

Raju’s Day

It is a new day in Moneypur. The sun has come up and the rooster has done his work. Raju, half sleepy, opens his eyes to take a peek around. There is so much to do this morning. But the bed is delicious in the chilly weather. He despise getting up. But he climbs out of bed nonetheless. The warmth of bed in the chilly weather is comforting, but he remembers the warmth he felt on his cheek after Bunty had slapped him last time.

He fetches water from well and starts moping the floor. The water is ice-cold. He tries moping the floor swiftly. With each movement, he tries to cover more and more floor area. But by the time he is done moping the floor, his hands feel numb.

The clock in the shop displays 6’o clock. Raju has started dusting the place. Apart from dusting, he picks up a thing, wipes it and carefully places it. At times, his mind is enchanted by the colorful round sweets and sweet biscuits. But he remembers Bunty’s rebukes and shifts his mind to some other thoughts.

Aaj mera janamdin hai. Maalik se ek biscuit mangunga. Shayad de de. Today’s my birthday. I will ask owner for a biscuit. Perhaps he will give me one.” He thinks and continues dusting.


The clock shows 7’o clock. It is time for Bunty to wakeup and open the shop. Bunty wakes up and takes a bath. After performing his daily rituals and Goddess Laxmi’s worship, he takes his seat in the shop. He takes a look around. Glancing at his uvular reflection in the glass container strikes him as a wonder. He appreciates how clean it is. But as soon as he is done, he finds Raju standing afore him.

Raju says, “maalik, aaj mera janam din hai. Ek biscuit do na. Owner, it is my birthday today. Please give me a biscuit.”

Bunty stares blankly at Raju’s face, maybe probing to find answer to the question he asked him. His first instinct, at hearing his demand of a biscuit, was to rebuke and slap him. But after he takes a look at shop again and notices its cleanliness, he stops himself. He gets up and goes inside.

Bunty stands beside bed and attempts to wake Rajni. He is beware of Rajni’s temper, but it is an important matter and his decision is of utmost importance. He pokes and shakes her. Rajni, with eyes half opened and a frivolity in voice, roars, “Ab kya chahiye tujhe! What do you want this time?”

Bunty says, “ladka biscuit mang raha hai. Kehta hai janamdin hai. The boy asks for a biscuit. Says it is his birthday.”

Rajni, visibly bothered, says, “are usko vo de de jispe chuhe ne muh maar diya that. Give him the one which was tasted by mouse.”