The Danish Girl

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Based on the life of Lili Elbe (Einar Wegener) and Gerda Wegener; Two painters in love, married for years. Things change when Einar dies and then when Lili does.

Einar and Lili are the same person or to correct myself different people but stuck in the same body.

Einar is married to the beautiful Gerda who he fondly calls as “beautiful and shameless Gerda”. They are in love and enjoy each other’s company. They decide to play a game where Einar is dressed as a woman and is introduced as his cousin “Lili”. They attend an art gala for a friend where Lili is pursued by a man.

Einar realizes that the deep seated desire he has is to free Lili from his man body. He admits the same to Gerda. The journey for two lovers transitioning from being a married couple in love to being best friends supports the transition of Einar to Lili.

The movie is beautiful!!! The way the journey of 3 souls is handled, it is a testimony not just to the director but also to the actors.

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You can feel Einar changing into Lili. You desperately want him to transition. You get angry when he is treated like a mental patient. And Gerda, Oh my Gerda, I could relate most to her. Being in love with a man and see him slowly move away, turn into a different person is not easy, but she makes it seamless. Her pain and suffering is silent. You rather hope for her that all this is just a bad dream and Einar will come back.

Gerda loves Einar to a point that she helps him to transition. She stands beside him no matter what. Gerda proves to the world that a woman’s love knows no boundaries. It may seem stupid and unnecessary but that is what love does, it gives you the strength to make it through the worst times.

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Here are a few quotes from the movie:

Einar Wegener: I love you, because you are the only person who made sense of me. And made me, possible.

Einar Wegener: I think Lily’s thoughts, I dream her dreams. She was always there.

Lili Elbe: I know you have taken care of me, why did you do everything if you hoped this would be same again. I need to take care of myself now Gerda, and you should too.

I am keen to read Lili’s thoughts published as “Man into Woman”. Lili, Einar and Gerda did not have a happy ending but they did what was best for their love, their passion!!!!!

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Anda ka Funda!!!!

You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg. — Unknown

Eggs indeed have a heart of gold. They are one of the most popular and preferred option for breakfast around the world. They are used in all forms of cooking and of course baking. Everybody has their favorite form of eggs. Some like omlettes, some boiled or poached and some (just like me) scrambled.

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We here in India call scrambled eggs, Anda Bhurji. The comfort street dish found in every city and any time of the day.

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There is nothing like standing at a thela (kiosk) and seeing your anda bhurji being made. The aroma of fried onions and tomatoes, spices and freshly whisked eggs. The anda bhurji is typically served with pav or bread with a dollop of butter and sprinkling of coriander leaves.

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Anda bhurji fuels the officer goers as a quick breakfast option and comforts the late night college students taking a break from… from well….. being students!!

It is easy to make, takes no time and barely requires any cooking skills. Yet it manages to fill the heart and stomach with comfort and warmth.

Choose any partner for your bhurji; pav, bread, chapati, chai, coffee, and sutta. It is going to bring smile to your face.

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Enjoy your plate of anda bhurji and spread some love… the world needs it!!!

My Ocean!!!

You are my ocean, my world of possibilities, my living, my reasoning;

I will keep coming to you, hide the sun and bring out the moon for you, I will bring to you souvenirs from around the world,roar for you, dance for you…..

if I stop……

Will you never come forward to look for me????

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Autumn Love!!!

Barren trees looks at its crusty fallen leaves,

Mocked by the cold breeze for the love is ceased,

Trees sway along with the breeze, whispers to it:” you breeze, you cold and move from one to another, you not know the love”

Love is strength and warmth, and so I will sway, I will ruffle, for you to stay breeze, so that you can continue to move from one to another.

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