Why is life worth living?

This is one of my favorite Woody Allen scenes. It comes toward the end of Manhattan, Woody’s tour de force about relationships and life in Manhattan circa the late 1970s. It’s a stunningly shot movie, especially the black and white cityscapes set to the tunes of  George Gershwin. It’s gorgeous and I always feel good when I’m done watching it. I love this scene for it’s concept -naming what you love about life- and for the way it is shot. I also especially love the tape recorder.


‘Alright, Why is life worth living? That’s a very good question…Uh…Well, there are certain things I guess, that make it worthwhile. Like what? Okay, for me…’

For me…

Black & white movies especially when it’s raining outside (Bicycle Thief, Manhattan, Young Frankenstein)

Gene Wilder (In anything)

Morning newspaper (even more so on Sunday)

Wes Anderson’s first three films

Gardens and Parks (even more in a light drizzle)

The Beatles (pre- 1966)




Girls in Salwar Kameez

Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part 2

Open windows

Women’s necks

Martin Scorsese’s work in Goodfellas


Running jokes



Laughing until I cry


Sev dahi puri


Soft idlis with coconut chutney

Hot dosa on a cool evening

Rains (obviously)

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