Hawking #atozchallenge

stephen hawking

Watching ‘The Theory of Everything’- the story of Jane and Stephen Hawking, their marriage and life together, was an emotional, sentimental, and inspirational experience. The depiction of Stephen Hawking’s love for physics and the stars, workings of his genius mind, his thesis and publication of ‘The Brief History of Time’ despite problems in his personal life and his still unyielding ambition of finding that one universal equation that proves the theory of everything, is overwhelmingly motivational. Their lives from Jane’s perspective shows her to be a really emotionally strong, brave, and capable person who had compromised a lot to be with the person she was head over heels in love.

stephen hawking

I don’t know much about the facts, but as the movie implied, they were both amazing persons- flawed of course, but still amazing. I could empathize with them both, for their choices and opinion of each other. I wonder how Stephen managed to come out of his depression and carry out his research when he was diagnosed with the motor neuron disease and was given just two years to live. Perhaps love of Jane and passion for his work helped him. Even though his muscles had stopped working, his mind worked miracles that brought him fame all over the world.

I loved Jane’s character the most. She loved Spanish medieval poetry, church choirs, and ardently believed in God. She was courageous enough to marry a dying man, a physicist and an atheist at that, for love, and still take care of all unprecedented consequences. She put so much effort to make their marriage work, and help him in communicating with people. She managed their three children and Stephen himself, with the help of Jonathan, holding back her own needs and aspirations of having a normal life, but still had to face the spite of relatives. All I have is respect for her, and the likes of her. I was really happy for her when at the end of the movie I came to know she remarried, and lived happily with Jonathan.

The movie is based on Jane’s memoir ‘Traveling to Infinity’.

Stellar performance by the actors, the movie is a must watch.


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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