When I first watched this short-film ‘Alike’, it left me disturbed, and those impressions stayed for a long time. The frames from this film haunted me when I spent long hours in the office during one demanding assignment that I had taken up couple of years ago.

Alike by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

Alike (2015) is a beautiful animated short film (~ 8 mins) about father (Copi), son (Paste), their daily routine, and what brightens their days. It is a silent film with minimal details, colors and sound, but whenever these elements show up, they make the frames come alive. Watch it here –

Cat’s in the cradle…

‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ is an old rock song by Harry Chapin (1974), although I have only seen & listened to its famous cover version by Ugly Kid Joe (1992) as a teenager, and I have loved it ever since.

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, Dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"

~ from Cat's in the Cradle lyrics 

And this famous poem, Leisure

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

~ Leisure by William Henry Davies

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