Doublethink

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The ability to hold two contradictory thoughts at the same time is called doublethink. I first came across this word when I was reading the book, “1984” by George Orwell. The concept is tricky to understand and it means that a person can hold a thought where two plus two equal four and two plus two equal five. And the person will not have any difficulty believing it.

You might say that if one knows that two plus two is equal to four how can one say that it can be anything but four and that was the trick I was mentioning earlier.

Pretty intense stuff.

You must be thinking that concept like doublethink may only appear in the dystopian universe but they actually exist in real life too.

“You must stand out BUT you must fit in”

“You must follow your dreams AND find a secure job”

“Don’t lie BUT don’t say anything that’s rude”

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1984: Book Review

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Yes, finally I completed the book, “1984” by George Orwell. I have written many posts related to the book and movie and discovered many facts while reading. You can find the related topics by clicking here.

Thanks to today’s turn of events that I finally completed the book, this is the reason why I love traveling by Metro it gives me ample time to read. It also makes me feel effective. Well, I have said a lot about this book , about how it has the tendency to depress the reader but nothing as compared with what I have read in the last two chapters of the book.

This would give you a clue about what I am saying that after completing the book I immediately had to start reading another book just to keep my mind off from 1984. Yes, it was that depressing. Thank God, 1984 was not like what George Orwell had in mind. This book is all about what would happen if the free will of human ceases to exist. This book made me realize that the diversity that we share and sometimes criticize is actually a good thing.

Freedom is freedom to say that two plus two makes four. That’s exactly what the protagonist had said in the beginning of the book when he started writing in his notebook, and in the end, he accepted that two plus two may equal five or anything which the party demands. Again, it was too depressing and I am grateful that we are not living in that kind of world.

PS:
I would try to share a video review of this book on YouTube.

Dystopian Universe

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If you are following the last couple of posts you must be knowing that I am too much into the book 1984 and everything else related to it. As I searched along I got to know more about it and I found out that there is a particular genre dedicated to these types of literary work called “Dystopia”. Dystopia is a community that is undesirable or frightening, it’s from Greek meaning “not-good place”, also antonym of utopia(the blueprint of ideal society).

Unknowingly I have watched many movies of this particular genre and most of them are my favorite.To list the movies which I have seen and fall into this category are:
1. The Matrix series
2. Minority Report
3. 12 Monkeys
4. Equilibrium
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. V for Vendetta
7. District 9
8. Wall-E
9. I Am Legend
10. I-Robot
11. In Time
12. Terminator Series
13. Planet of the Apes
14. Total Recall

The interesting thing about these movies is that they are brilliantly directed and I loved them all(except a few like A Clockwork Orange and 12 Monkeys, especially because of their endings and depressing plot line). If you have seen any of the above movies odds are that you would like the rest of them too, except of course number 3 and 5(watch them at your own risk).

Enough about movies already..!!

I have started reading the book “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle” by Timothy A. Pychyl. It has a promising start and I would share my learning with you in subsequent posts.

1984 & Equilibrium

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A couple of days ago I got to know about the movie which is based on the Novel “1984” by George Orwell. While the book shares the point of view of the protagonist, the movie tried well to do so. With that said, for the movie to share it all with such restriction on time it’s almost impossible to share it in entirety. In the book, the author has the freedom to express himself and share what he feels without any limitations. The most significant events in the book appear to have less importance in the movie and at times I was like why didn’t they include it.

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I have not read the Harry Potter book Series but have watched all the movies(many times over) and I liked them all. I have heard my friends say that the books are much better than the movie but I could never understand it and I was always like, “How could the books be better than the movies”, and my friends were like, “You have to read the books in order to truly understand what it’s like to be in Harry Potter universe”.

The movie “1984” starts exactly like the movie “Equilibrium” (minus all cool action scenes, CGI, picture quality and of course Christian Bale) but the ending is very depressing, well actually they are the pretty opposite. I am glad that George Orwell wasn’t right about 1984(not even close) but it seems we are getting there in some bizarre sense. If you are too lazy to read the book, watch the movie instead but let me warn that it’s pretty dark, you are not going to like it and you will have to go out and have some fresh air after watching the movie(yes it’s that depressing).

Big Brother is watching you

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I am halfway completing the book “1984” by George Orwell. It is the first book that I am reading which is pure fiction and it’s pretty enjoyable. One of the things which I like most about this book is that in that universe even common objects like a paperweight is of so much interest. In the story, things like coffee, tea, and even sugar are rare products and their possession could lead to death.

The plot represents an era where everything is controlled by a government which keeps surveilling its citizens 24 X 7. Every trace of history is deleted if it conflicts with the party’s agenda. People call them the “Big Brother”, and they are constantly reminded by the slogan “Big Brother is watching you”.

The protagonist has just fallen in love with a girl named Julie and is thinking of overthrowing the government. He has no idea how is he going to do so. Just to mention that falling is love is a crime in Oceania(a superstate where the protagonist lives) and is also punishable by death.

Next Books to Read

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Choosing which book to read next fills my world with excitement. It’s like deciding which world to open first, it’s like selecting which movie to watch next, the only difference is that after watching the movie we simply get entertainment and after completing a book we get knowledge which stays with us forever.

I have started reading “1984” by George Orwell, this book was written in 1948 and was set in the future to 1984, and I am reading it in 2016(sounds confusing right?). So basically I am going through Orwell’s point of view of what he thought 1984 would look like in 1948. I have seen this book’s reference in many movies and real stories. The famous Apple commercial called “1984” which was directed by Ridley Scott (who also directed movies like Gladiator, Prometheus & The Martian) was inspired by this book and this advertisement was a very big deal during that time, here is the YouTube link for the video.

Since I would be reading more than one book at a time, the next books in line are, “How to Master Your Time” by Brain Tracy and “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle” by Timothy A. Pychyl.

I would be sharing my learning in subsequent posts.