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From Slumdog and Beyond

Danny Boyle, the British director who rose to fame with the indie classic film, “Trainspotting” decided to teach us some important life lessons on how to process and store data in his movie, “Slumdog Millionaire.” Sure, the movie received many an accolade for the gritty portrayal of the slum urchins of India, but while watching the movie, what intrigued me most was how well the movie was juxtaposed with the game show setting and Jamal Malik’s travails as a ‘slumdog’ or slum dweller.

In the movie, Jamal (played by actor Dev Patel) learns and stores certain information throughout his life that enables him to answer questions and advance into the latter stages of the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” gameshow. Now, I found that fascinating because we claim to be living in a world dominated by Google searches and Wikipedia-link-browsing and we gather so much information. We are thus constantly wondering what to do with these bits of information (well, at least I am) and I decided I would try to make some sense out of these little bits and pieces of interesting, sometimes informative and mostly reflective information so that we too can pull-a-Jamal and use our everyday knowledge to answer questions for money, survival, etc. I say survival of course because who knows when the zombie apocalypse beckons and we have to answer trivia questions on George Clooney’s notable filmography to enter into a zombie-free haven?!

I say, best to be prepared hence, welcome aboard my journey to impart some of the knowledge that I deem worthy of knowing and how to link up these little packets of data into more complex parcels of knowledge.

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2 thoughts on “From Slumdog and Beyond

  1. I look forward to reading more of your blogs, Sadia. I love how you referenced “Slumdog”, which is one of my fave movies. Like you I love collecting bits of info and believe me, it has served me well throughout my own life (or at least at cocktail parties where I seem to be the guy that knows something about everything) and it has helped me to serve others as well. Good luck on your journey and I look forward to hearing (or reading) more about it.

  2. Very insightful post about piecing together memories for valuable information, if only we all had photographic memories like Jamal!

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