Tuesday, 1 March 2016

“Everest” and Perfectly “Burnt”!

I watched two movies on the plane last week - Everest and Burnt. Both are good movies.


Everest is a true life story that portrays the strength of humans in the toughest conditions. The 1996 Everest tragedy lost 12 lives. What is worth mentioning is one of the climbers Dr Beck Weathers who miraculously survived being mentally spurred on by vision of his family members on his mind.

Weathers said this in an interview here:

Then came my epiphany.

My family appeared in my mind’s eye. I knew with absolute clarity that if I did not stand up, I would die there. I struggled to my feet, almost completely blind. I told myself, ‘You cannot sweat the small stuff,’ and began to move across uneven ground.

Each time I fell – blam! – I got up and started again.

I knew when the sun was gone, I was gone, too. I felt overwhelming melancholy that I would never again say I love you to my wife, or hold my children.

If you knew and believed that in one hour you would be dead, what would you think about? What would those last moments hold for you?

It was no surprise that at that point that I could see before me my wife and my two children. In my mind’s eye, they were clear as if they were standing next to me.”


Burnt caught my attention as much, even though it is no extravagant setup.

It's about the life of a chef, Adam Jones. Jones is a top Michelin chef but struggled with his life being brought up in tough conditions, and later got into a series of drugs and alcohol problems and stopped being a chef. He reflected his life and made a comeback three years later. 

During the journey of his comeback to become a 3-star Michelin Chef, there were many setbacks as a result of his uncanny character. When Adam failed to achieve his own standards of flawlessness, he threw tantrums at everyone and even more to himself, trying to commit suicide.Adam asked for perfection in life and was aloof and arrogant, but he was one of the best cooks around.

What he does not understand is there isn't perfection in life!

The people around Adam showered unconditional concern to him. At the lowest point of his comeback journey, even his enemy showed concern! Eventually the care, concern and love of people around him make him realized that :

"PERFECTION is when we accept flaws and do it together!"

Nearing to the end of the show, when the Michelin inspectors randomly visited the restaurant for the "third star" test, Adam did not behave any different from his normal day at work. He said :

“We do what we do and we do it together!”

The show ended when Adam joined the rest of the chefs in a routine family meal with laughters filling the air, something Adam had never done before with his chef mates together. 

This is happiness! 


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