Just chill !

धीरे धीरे रे मना, धीरे धीरे सब कुछ होए
माली सींचे सौ घढा, ऋतू आये सो फल होए

Just chill chill Just chill !!!

जो बीत गई सो बात गई

Something to remember and remind oneself again and again! :)
जीवन में एक सितारा था,
जीवन में एक सितारा था,
माना वह बेहद प्यारा था
वह डूब गया तो डूब गया
अंबर के आंगन को देखो
कितने इसके तारे टूटे
कितने इसके प्यारे छूटे
जो छूट गए फ़िर कहाँ मिले
पर बोलो टूटे तारों पर
कब अंबर शोक मनाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

जीवन में वह था एक कुसुम
थे उस पर नित्य निछावर तुम
वह सूख गया तो सूख गया
मधुबन की छाती को देखो
सूखी कितनी इसकी कलियाँ
मुरझाईं कितनी वल्लरियाँ
जो मुरझाईं फ़िर कहाँ खिलीं
पर बोलो सूखे फूलों पर
कब मधुबन शोर मचाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

जीवन में मधु का प्याला था
तुमने तन मन दे डाला था
वह टूट गया तो टूट गया
मदिरालय का आंगन देखो
कितने प्याले हिल जाते हैं
गिर मिट्टी में मिल जाते हैं
जो गिरते हैं कब उठते हैं
पर बोलो टूटे प्यालों पर
कब मदिरालय पछताता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

मृदु मिट्टी के बने हुए हैं
मधु घट फूटा ही करते हैं
लघु जीवन ले कर आए हैं
प्याले टूटा ही करते हैं
फ़िर भी मदिरालय के अन्दर
मधु के घट हैं,मधु प्याले हैं
जो मादकता के मारे हैं
वे मधु लूटा ही करते हैं
वह कच्चा पीने वाला है
जिसकी ममता घट प्यालों पर
जो सच्चे मधु से जला हुआ
कब रोता है चिल्लाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई

- हरिवंशराय बच्चन

Great going, atta girl, Priyanka!

Wronged girl has beau arrested
Priyanka’s boyfriend lands in custody

BANGALORE: Priyanka and her supporters breathed a sigh of relief after her ex-boyfriend Anand, who married another woman on Friday, was arrested by the city police on Saturday evening. Priyanka had lodged a complaint with Nandini Layout police on November 29 and the police had allegedly called Anand and counselled both.
Police said that Anand had then told the police that he and Priyanka were just friends and did not have any other relationship.
However, fearing Priyanka’s intervention in his wedding, Anand had a registered marriage on November 2 with another girl. Priyanka along with his sisters had crashed into the wedding hall with a futile attempt of stopping the wedding, where she was assaulted by the groom’s parents. A case was registered with the Rajajinagar police.
Commissioner Shankar Bidari said that the police had no powers to stop a wedding but legally action would be taken.
Alleging that the police did not come for her rescue and it was due to their ignorance that she was facing the brunt, Priyanka and scores of members from various organisations staged a protest before the Nandini Layout police station on Saturday morning. Later, DCP North Revanna convinced the mob and said that legal action would be taken in the case in 24 hours.
As per the promise on Saturday evening, Anand was arrested and was being interrogated. Meanwhile, the Congress Yuva and Mahila wing also requested the Commissioner to take strict action and get Priyanka justice. However, police said that Anand who had initially refused to have had any intimate relationship with Priyanka has later confessed to have had a four-year-long courtship. Police are interrogating Anand and awaiting medical reports on Priyanka’s of being pregnant.

I feel quite happy that the gusty but wronged girl has got some justice at last. Women have always got short end of the stick in south Asian countries especially India. My anger is targeted not only towards the guy who are so coward that they are unable to raise their voice above their family but that doesn't stop them from not going ahead with any relationships which they cannot support! My protest is also against greedy families and especially Mothers who can only think of dowry as the decision factor for choosing a girl for their sons. Its indeed sickening to know that many a times the mother's love is the poison indeed which make the son a complete coward.
Great step taken by Priyanka of Bangalore. I appreciate her courage and strength of character that she was not scared by typical orthodox society but came forward to right the wrong which has been done to her.

Dates in the calendar are closer than you think!

This is what I keep telling myself every now and then. No its not about some project deadline but impending vacation! yippee :)
It is indeed sort of yearly vacation but this year has been unusually boring and counter-productive in a way that I am hoping it ends soon and brings in the new year with newer cheer and anticipation. The tenth year of the new century. Wonder what it has in store for me? I just hope its peace and quiet. I can make do without the heart-breaks and disappointments. Well, I sound down and out; No I am not! Just a bit wary. In search of excitement I have only found irritating frustrations thus I am making a choice to hope for only peace and quiet in my life. Oh God, do give away the happiness, cheer, fun, laughter to whom so ever be in need of that; not me! Oh but sure please please do not send here sadness, bitterness or frustrations; just normal life in peace and quiet :) :D Peace be with you !

Child labor & torture

Nothing irks me more than common cases of child labor especially in the urban society and more is typical apathy towards taking responsibility. It so common that if one just lists a dozen of your friends, relations or neighbors, you'd come across one instance of child labor.
Many people hide behind reasoning that the little work done by the child give the child a chance for better life. I ask, better life at what cost? Cost of child's self respect? It would be better if the child was left to the child's predicament instead of getting it into the labor. First of all its extremely rare that a child gets formal school education when employed as a maid/household help; secondly even if it happens, its rare the kind of importance is given to studies as needed. The stunted emotional growth leads to child developing into another 'ramu' or 'Bahadur'! So much so for 'better life' !!!
There is something though which I am just not able to understand. The level of cruelty people can stoop to just because they have a child under their control! How can one's conscience even let one think of harming a little child's fingers or any other part of body! Surely the existence of conscience is questionable!
I remember coming across an instance of child labor in my friend's home. I tried my best to make them understand but sadly they never let go of that child woman nor ever educated her. Their excuse that she was at the least safe in their home and she herself was not interested in studying! I also realized the only reason the family kept her was their apathy to her future and of course heart being really small to not have ability to accommodate a child's welfare from a holistic manner. They wanted the labor to pay for her safety! My heart bleeds to know the price the child paid for her safety, wasn't just labor she did; she paid with her capability and possibilities and was left with a life of misery with no hope in the future. Well, the family claims to have done her good by marrying her to another of their servants! [ Side track: Well, In India anyways it does seem the logical culmination of girls destiny is supposed to be marriage ! ]
I also didn't have courage to report to any NGO since this was in their village/town and not a metropolitan. I regret it today but I have promised myself that the next instance I come across, I will indeed take all the required steps. I encourage all readers of this blog to do the same.

Thodi si zamin Thoda aasmaan

thodeesee jameen, thodaa aasamaan
tinakon kaa bas yek aashiyaan

maangaa hain jo tum se wo jyaadaa to naheen hai
dene ko to jaan de de, waadaa to naheen hai
koee tere waadon pe jeetaa hain kahaa

mere ghar ke aangan me, chhotaa saa zoolaa ho
saundhee saundhee mittee hogee, lepaa huaa choolhaa ho
thodee thodee aag hogee, thodaa saa dhuwaan

raat kat jaayegee to kaise din bitaayenge
baajare ke kheton mein kauae udayenge
baajare ke sitton jaise, bete ho jawaan

thodeesee jameen, thodaa aasamaan
tinakon kaa bas yek aashiyaan

Gulzar in Movie Sitara

Five point someone

Finally, I read the whole book in one sitting yesterday late into the night, in less than four hours. Not that the book was un-put-downable or anything of that sorts but the story was engaging and with impending start of the week, I did not want to put it off for another day.
I like Chetan Bhagat's style of writing. Storyline was indeed much better than his latter novel 'one night at call center' which I found quite boring.
Hhhmm not sure if I want to write a whole review of the book but I'd say I did like the book immensely. I was able to relate to it since I am from Delhi and the context of Uninspiring teaching and numerous assignments is not just IIT but nearly every other college in the country. I related to the book especially for the fact that I also slipped in my first year of college and was never able to get back into the right mode till near end of the college. Luckily for me the 'professional' education started after my college. With my senses in place and directions, I did make a decent career in my life. Learning I'd like to share with the world, yes, it does not matter whether you are at top of your class or at the bottom; find the things which drive your interest and passion, put in your best and leave the rest to this person above in the clouds somewhere! :) :D
Now that I have read this book, I am looking forward to the movie 'Three Idiots' starring Aamir, Madhavan, Sharman and Kareena.

Wake Up Sid

I watched this refreshing movie yesterday. Well, I was pretty impressed with the music and the rushes of the movie and found its having a preview show Thursday night itself in not-too-far-from-home theater. A friend was a willing accomplice and we got the tickets too.
I went to the movie not expecting too much since I read that Ayaan Mukherjee, all of some 26yrs odd, is first time director, instead went in with a dread of clinche' scenes knowing that Konkana's character is supposed to be older than Ranbir's Sid who is supposedly just out of college.
I guess having good music and songs in the movie surely helps giving positivity to the movie audience. The movie did start with quite obvious scenes and scenario nearly till the interval but strangely I warmed up to the characters including Sid and Ayesha the leads. The treatment to the oft-repeated scenes had immense freshness which transported one to one's own college days. The funny characters were not caricatures instead quite believable. No over the top situations, very believable scenarios. In fact, I very much identified to Ayesha's character of young woman new to the city. I must say the opening scene was just way too awesome, I bet, each and every urban person would be able to relate to that scene. Sid is awake studying for his final accounting exam, drinks four cups of coffee, stay up till 3am but has not gone beyond one page of his book!!
I did read some reviews of the movie today and was in a way appalled how the reviews of quite well-known papers and tabaloids actually missed critical facts and made their own assumptions! On reviewer commented on how Ayesha who is new to the city can afford to rent an apartment when she does not even have a job yet. Actually this whole set of scenes were so awesome, Ayesha is scared out of her wits with a rat crawling on her in her room in the hostel, that is when she decides to rent out this studio apartment in a run down building in run down area. The place might have rented for about Rs.10-15k a month. The do-up wouldn't have been more than another Rs.15k. Well, she has come to another city from her home town, surely she must have had some savings and no where she is shown penniless! She ain't rich as Sid but not one who can't afford roof over her head. Also she isn't stupid to land up in a new city penniless! There are some scenes after her moving to apartment showing her getting things from the kabadi stores etc, one is so cute where she is bargaining for some silly chair and Sid offers the store owner her credit card !!! ha ha ha ha...
well well, not that I want to defend the movie but I realise that these film critics really have no clue what they write. There are some more reviews like that which have missed some specifics of the movie, which irked me! Pretty sickening! I am really beginning to see why the film makers hate the critics. Its indeed sacrilegious to run down someone's hard work of months or years with some loose and careless statements in reviews. Critics need to use their brains some more.
Well anyways, back to the movie. The second half is technically brilliant! The screenplay is too good for words. Surprisingly chemistry between Ranbir and Konkana is awesome. Some places I felt Ranbir was a bit over the board but on second thoughts I think that is what the Sid's character was, lazy, uncaring and arrogant. Thus actually a few scenes with his screen parents Anupam and Supriya Pathak are brilliant, Ranbir is so uncomfortably arrogant. Ayaan's direction stands out brilliantly.
A must watch movie, only for its light and fluffy 'coming of age' screenplay.


Does rain makes everyone happy? I mean just the rain pouring down not the after affects like flooding or road getting water logged etc. Somehow the rain always makes me happy especially one really pouring down hard. I guess water being the life giver has that psychological affect. Maybe Gods up there want to wash out all your pain and thus pouring down their love for you, maybe :)

Well I found this on internet on this blog called 'Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi...' Not that I read this blog but I felt the photo was striking, caught the mood perfectly.

Also [one of ] ma fav movie 'Shor' has a rain song .. Paani re paani... check this out on youtube, quite watchable and as usual unusual cinematography as in 'Shor' songs, whatever the jokes maybe on Manoj Kr but India's real color comes out in his movies.
Incidentally I am right now sitting and watching a movie called '13th Floor', Sandhya Mridul and Purab Kohli, interesting movie.


Yesterday I came in touch with someone from way back in my teens; realized the amount of time which has passed with me on this planet! *sigh* Good bad boring fun ... time is ticking away, do I have anything worthwhile to say??????

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine
Staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today
And then one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun

And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter
Never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught
Or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone
The song is over
Thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells

PS: Added as an after-thought, nopes, nothing to say!

Jinnah Advani Jaswant Thackeray !

For once I agree with old man Thackeray!
"Advani termed Jinnah secular. If Jinnah was secular, then why did Advani leave Sindh province in Pakistan and come to India? How can a person who demanded a separate state for Muslims be termed secular? Calling Jinnah secular is an insult to all those who shed their blood for India's independence. It is due to this ideological confusion that Hindus became frustrated and directionless and the impact was seen in the Lok Sabha elections," he said.
Thackeray said he could not understand why BJP leaders, who call themselves staunch nationalists, slip time and again."It seems there is a competition in BJP of showering flowers on Jinnah," he added.

US needs to offer little more warmth: SRK


I agree with Shahrukh Khan. A lot of people have pointed fingers back at Shahrukh and India's VIP culture etc. My simple question to them is that what is the need to question a person for more than an hour over and above the immigration official? Let alone for a well known and VIP like Shahrukh. VIP culture or not, in India too, if a person is take away from immigration area for some kind of questioning, it is only in case there is some kind of legal issue involved. A normal visitor to the country won't be taken away for more than an hour questioning as a "business as usual".

I also refuse to believe the usual questioning and 'no one is above the law' story being circulated. Not that I know Shahrukh Khan personally but over period of time his conduct in public has demonstrated him to be a person of reason. His calm in difficult situations is quite known in media. I do not think his feathers have got ruffled just by routine questioning. There must be more than what is in public domain, what happened in those 66minutes US officials claim, it took to release Khan! What ever information I have about US officials, I won't be surprised if they had indeed grilled Khan on his name or religion.

US is long known for having dual standards, the Guantanamo bay prison stands mute testimony. Whatever truth has trickled out that forsaken place, its like thousand times worse than any Indian lockup or prison. Shame of them! Really!

Why people lie

It was strange that last Friday I came across two instances of lies from people I would not have expected to lie. It was strange because I felt there was not a compelling reason to lie but they still did. That set me thinking. Maybe I also lie. Is there a way out?

This article summarizes the reasons to be Greed, Fear, Acceptance, Habit.

This is an interesting article which not only desiccates the reason but also gives us alternative to lies. Good one. Check one of them below:
Lying to Be Nice
What it sounds like: “That dress looks fantastic on you.” “This is the best meat loaf I’ve ever tasted.”

Why people do it: In some cases, the little white lie is altruistic, says Smith, but when used excessively, it can make interactions with people less authentic. At its worst, others may feel that a person isn’t being genuine or trustworthy.

How you can avoid it:

* Walk in the other person’s shoes. People often underestimate the information that others can tolerate and even benefit from, particularly when the words are said out of friendship, says Weiner. For example, you would generally want someone to mention it if you had a piece of spinach stuck in your teeth, if your blouse had a stain, or if your pot roast could use a pinch of salt.
* Tone it down. If you feel that a certain amount of truth stretching is a vital social lubricant, the best thing to do is to avoid gushing. “That’s a great color on you” is a lot more plausible than “That’s the most stunning sweater I have ever seen in my entire life.”
* Track it. Keeping a tally of the tales you tell for a day or a week can help you distinguish between the instances where being truthful matters and where it doesn’t. Maybe you didn’t need to tell the supermarket checkout gal that you loved her (hideous) earrings. But it made you feel better to say it, plus you got a pleasant reaction from her. Most experts say there’s no huge harm in that.


Another of my favorite! [ well, it had Mitwa from KANK but I edited to put this now :D ]

Dil aaj shayar hai

:-) This is turning into my new pass time! Watching old Hindi songs on youtube. The poetry and melody is superb; here is one of ma fav songs from one of my fav movie, Gambler! Mulhaiza farmayein!

Beautiful turn

I am at an interesting turn in my life :D thus this poetry borrowed from Sahir

chalo ik baar phir se ajnabii ban jaayeiN ham donoN!

na maiN tum se koii ummeed rakhouN dil-navaazii kii
na tum meri taraf dekho Ghalat-andaaz nazroN se
na mere dil kii dhaRkan laRkhaRaaye merii baatoN meiN
na zaahir ho tumhaari kash-ma-kash kaa raaz nazroN se

tumheiN bhi koii uljhan roktii hai pesh-qadmii se
mujhe bhi log kahte haiN k ye jalve paraaye haiN
mere hamraah bhii rusvaaiyaaN haiN mere maazii kii
tumhaare saath bhii guzrii huii raatoN ke saaye haiN

ta’arruf rog ho jaaye to usko bhoolna behtar
ta’alluq bhoj ban jaaye to usko toRna achchhaa
vo afsaanaa jise aNjaam tak laanaa na ho mumkin
use ik Khoobsoorat moR dekar chhoRnaa achchha

chalo ik baar phir se ajnabii ban jaayeiN ham donoN

- Sahir Ludhayanavi

pesh-qadmi = making a move
maazii = past
ta’arruf = acquaintance (to know someone)
ta’alluq = relation (with someone)
afsaanaa = story
anjaam = end, result

The above is being dedicated to 'someone' :-) who would not even know about this!


I am crossing a milestone in my life today. These are the thoughts which come to me, or rather quoting thoughts which replicate mine -

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy. - Mark Twain

And now the end is near And so I face the final curtain,
My friends, I'll say it clear,

I'll state my case of which I'm certain.

've lived a life that's full, I've traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

Paul Anka

L'Oreal found guilty of racial discrimination

Paris: L’Oréal, the French cosmetics giant, has been found guilty by the highest court in the French judiciary of racial discrimination, for considering women from the minority communities in France unworthy of selling its shampoos.

We need to have similar PIL against the fairness creams. I was so disgusted to find even Nivea coming out with skin cream with fairness cream component. Have you seen that advt about a tennis player who plays good but isn't worthy of going for a tournament because her body is darker than her face !!!

Protest against this social disorder!

Mere Ghar Aana

Zindagi Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana Aana Zindagi
Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana Aana Zindagi

Mere Ghar Ka Seedha Sa Itna Pataa Hai
Mere Ghar Ke Aage Mohabbat Likha Hai
Na Dastak Zaruri, Na Aavaz Dena
Maein Saanson Ki Raftaar Se Jaan Lungi
Havaaon Ki Khushboo Se Pehchaan Lungi
Tera Phool Hoon Dost
Teri Bhool Hoon Dost
Tere Haathon Mein Chehra Chhupa Ke Jeena Hai Jeena
Jeena Zindagi, Zindagi
O Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana
Aana Zindagi Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana


Infatuation is the state of being completely carried away by unreasoned passion or love; addictive love. Usually, one is inspired with an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone. Infatuation is a common emotion characterized by unrealistic expectations of blissful passion without positive relationship growth or development. Infatuation is distinguished by a lack of trust, loyalty, commitment, and reciprocity. In the case of infatuation, there is more often than not an obsessor and an object of desire (generally unattainable). One may come to the conclusion that, unlike love, infatuation is not usually mutual.

I am infatuated! :-)



har shakhs se na rakh umeed-e-wafa
sab phool khushboo diya nahi kartay

Well since I am posting this to the world, I guess an English translation is needed: Don't expect faithfulness from every person; all flowers do not give out fragrance!

Sometimes few words can hit bulls eye! Reminds me of a song too, from a movie called 'Bhanwar'

Rang le aayenge roop le aayenge
kagaz ke phool dhool arey dhool
khusboo kahan se layenge

drops of Zen

I read this is today's newspaper and somehow it struck a cord in my inner self -

"Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and grass grows by itself" - Zen saying

Thought I'd share.

For those who are against reservations

Well, there was a very big agitation against reservations many years back. Even now there is widespread anger about reservations. In a way I am also against mindless reservations to appease a certain section of society but there are aspects which has not been looked into by many. I would like to look at this from perspective of reservation bill for women.
The key is to look at state of women in India from present perspective, today in 2009. Women still get raw deal in a common household in India especially so in rural areas. I was appalled to know that even now nearly half the women in India get married before the legal age limit!
Last census listed women literacy at only 54% and something which is even more appalling is the fact that only about 13% of women have education higher than primary!
With these kind of statistics, do you think women in India have equal chance of being elected to prime democratic body of our country? Do you think there will be adequate representation of 49% of the population of the country? No, the dice is indeed loaded against women of the country.

Do you not think the other 51% population plays a greater role in deciding for entire population of the country? Is women empowerment essential to all round growth of the country? Yes, for adequate representation of about half the country's population and also to give a positive push for growth of women, we need some special action.
The proposed legislation is to reserve 33.3 percent seats in Parliament and state legislatures for women. I am all for it.

I am quite happy to know that Ms. Meira Kumar has been elected speaker of the Loksabha of Indian Parliament.
More power to women!

Happy days are here again?

For the first time after a very long time, we have an alliance which is going to form a government with near simple majority! Just this one fact brings so much peace, joy and stability to the country. Even without a political bias, only this fact is sufficient to bring peace to our minds. Now the government can actually govern!
Well, I, personally, am extremely happy for our Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh for having won himself this mandate. Additionally, I am indeed quite against the non-secular, divisive and anti-development parties and their immense losses makes me more joyous!
Though my heart bleeds for the extreme humanitarian crisis Tamils in Sri Lanka are going through especially the ones around the war zone, yet, there is light at end of the tunnel and rainbow is beginning to shine with end of the meaningless war which I blame on the extremist factors which have now been wiped out. Peace and hope prevails now.
Human life in its bondage to the world is highly motivated by money. The joy in our country is reflecting quite positively in the stock exchange. The trading on the BSE and NSE has been halted for the full day as the markets hit the 20 per cent circuit breaker again after it reopened at 11:55 am.

Well clouds of perceived doom seems to have blown away and I see rising sun of hope and peace.
God bless my country! :-)

Hate lasts longer than love?

What do you say? My experience teaches me that hate lasts longer than love.
** I wonder **

I wonder
Why shade is stronger than light
I wonder
Why hate lasts longer than love
I wonder
Why the angry face has
More reality than a smile

Just look up to the sky
White clouds are piling up
Like heaven
Let's forget all

Just leave clouds going

==A Little Haiku Book,
Haiku and short poems from Japan =
written by Ayumi Kato


Well, out of insanity phase, deep into work, traveling many cities and enjoying sweating it out :)
Sometimes, it takes landing into tons of work to do, to forget the aches and pains you might have. Thus 'work' comes highly recommended from me as a therapy for any kind of mild forms of psychological disorders one might be suffer from.


What do you do when insanity hits you?

Main Entry:
in·san·i·ty           Listen to the pronunciation of insanity
Inflected Form(s):
plural in·san·i·ties
1: a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)
: such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
3 a
: extreme folly or unreasonableness b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable

RajuBen: Gripping Drama

I have been following the very interesting episodic tele-film which I thought I should share with all! Shilpa Shukla, yes the 'Chak De' tough nut, is extremely GOOD! I really wish Shahrukh focussed on her to promote instead of those bimbo girls.. but then, :-) :D I guess Shilpa wouldn't want to be dancing around trees, would she???? [ Shahrukh, if you be reading this, please ponder! ]
Monday, 10.00 pm, Sony TV
Kshama Rao Posted: Mar 20, 2009 at 1242 hrs IST
It’s an experiment, alright. Specials @ 10 on Sony is a 12-episode series presented by directors Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Bhatt, Mahesh Manjrekar and Madhur Bhandarkar. For viewers weaned on endless, mindless episode after-episode of prime time sagas, you need a different palate for Specials. But rest assured, Kashyap’s Rajuben, is just what the doctors recommended.
So we will first look at her. Her journey from Rajashree, (Shilpa Shukla) born to a Gandhian father (K K Raina) to Rajuben, the widow who takes over the reins of her husband Rohit’s (Rajesh Shringarpure) underworld gang. It’s only two episodes-old but Rajuben has already told us the story of 20. Shot like a film, the story moves back and forth, taking viewers through Raju’s pre-marriage, sepia-tinted days to her short-lived married life and her coming to terms with her gangster husband, to her taking over the underworld, her rise in the gang and finally to the present time when she is now an MLA and contesting an election. Witnessing her rise and fall, her trials and tribulations and even accompanying her on her sonography visits when she is pregnant with her twins, is Tabrez, her husband’s close aide and confidante. There is Joshi (Harsh Chaya) too, the seniormost member of the gang, who grudges Rajuben’s rise in the party, plots and ploys against her and her two grown up children. The children, a boy and a girl have got their first taste of their mother’s clout and nature of job as the boy gets kidnapped and the girl sees her mother manipulating the system, the media as she uses the incident to her advantage, especially with the elections around the corner. Rajuben makes for an interesting, gripping watch. One can’t afford to chop vegetables while the series is on because it constantly commands your attention as a viewer. Secondly, since we assume it’s shot in sync sound, one has to strain one’s ears to hear the dialogues. It’s a wee bit difficult to go back and forth to the three different eras in which the story is set but it’s a marvel to be part of this roller coaster ride - the nervous energy, the tension, the drama, the love (Raju and Rohit’s courtship days over a glass of sugarcane juice are tender) and the power games, there is everything. Shilpa Shukla as Raju, Rajesh as Rohit, Raina as her idealist father and Chaya as Joshi pitch in with near-perfect performances and the supporting cast Raj Arun who plays Tabrez and Neeraj Kumarwho plays Melwyn are first rate. One teeny-weeny complaint is only if they could go easy on the make-up especially that overdone but unconvincing effort to make Raju and Joshi look old and haggard with their wrinkles, crow’s feet etc. However, Rajuben makes for a refreshing viewing alternative. Lalit Marathe (he’s the director), take a bow!
Verdict: Isko dekho.

American Socialism?

I have been extremely busy last few weeks and coming weeks also look the same. Blogging will likely be considerably reduced. Anyways, I am waiting for elections to be over and results to be declared, then the fun part of Indian Political Circus will start !!!
In the meanwhile, I saw this amusing news item.
AIG 2008 bonuses spawned 73 millionaires: Cuomo
By Grant McCool
NEW YORK (Reuters) - American International Group Inc, which has received $180 billion in taxpayer money to stay in business, created 73 millionaires with bonuses of $1 million or more in 2008, New York's top legal officer said on Tuesday. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, releasing details of a probe into payments at the insurer, said the top bonus recipient was paid more than $6.4 million, and the top 10 received a total of $42 million. "These payments were all made to individuals in the subsidiary whose performance led to crushing losses and the near failure of AIG," Cuomo wrote in a letter to Barney Frank, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, "Thus, last week, AIG made more than 73 millionaires in the unit which lost so much money that it brought the firm to its knees, forcing a taxpayer bailout," Cuomo wrote. Cuomo offered the details to Frank before a committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday. AIG did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Cuomo said in the letter, which he released to the media, that his office had obtained the contracts under which AIG made the payments. It said most bonuses were locked in at 2007 levels "despite obvious signs that 2008 performance would be disastrous." Cuomo is investigating whether the bonuses were paid fraudulently under New York law and has asked for the names and amounts and details of contracts. AIG has argued that its hands were tied contractually over $165 million in bonuses it paid to AIG employees on Sunday. Eleven employees who received retention bonuses of $1 million or more no longer work for AIG, Cuomo wrote. He said AIG would not disclose the names of people who received retention payments. "My office will continue to seek an explanation for why each one of these individuals was so crucial to keep aboard that they were paid handsomely despite the unit's disastrous performance," the letter said. On Monday, Cuomo said he was going to issue subpoenas to AIG, whose executive pay plans have drawn the wrath of President Barack Obama. A U.S. Treasury official said the government will modify a planned $30 billion capital injection for the company to try to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars in controversial bonuses.
(Additional reporting by Jonathan Stempel; editing by Toni Reinhold and John Wallace)

Jai Ho!

I bet some hundred thousand of blog will have this title today and maybe some more days to come! Yes, indeed it is a proud moment for many Indians who have got the Oscar and yes it does make us Indians also very proud of those Indians achievement. Surely feels very nice! That story of an Indian told from India has got this world recognition
My previous post did cast some apprehension. Yes, I am not happy that many many movies with much more positive subjects and which showed our country and us Indians in a much nicer light did not win awards like this. That does not take away my happiness at this honor the academy has bestowed on our countrymen.

I am so proud of you all, AR Rehman, Gulzar saab and Resul Pookutty!

Black actors still face Oscar challenges and so do Indians!

I must thank Elham Khatami to have written everything I wanted to write from an Indian perspective! I have nothing against 'Oscars' but somehow even if 'Slumdog Millionaire' does get an Oscar, it does not make me esctatic like if 'Lagaan' or 'Paheli' had won. Well, over to Elham. [I have italicsed the lines which I felt strongly true in Indian context too.
Black actors still face Oscar challenges
By Elham Khatami
(CNN) -- On a winter evening in early 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black performer to win an Oscar, a best supporting actress honor for her performance as Mammy, the servant in "Gone With the Wind." She accepted her award at the Academy Awards ceremony at the Coconut Grove, a nightclub in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel, where she was seated in the segregated section at the rear of the room. Though her win was played as a sign of progress for black actors in America -- "Not only was she the first of her race to receive an Award, but she was also the first Negro ever to sit at an Academy banquet," said Daily Variety, according to Mason Wiley and Damien Bona's indispensable "Inside Oscar" -- her role was poorly received by much of the black community. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People claimed that the part was stereotypical and degrading. "I think [the NAACP] were correct," said Jill Watts, author of "Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood." But, Watts added, "McDaniel knew that 'If I reject these maid roles, [black people] won't be on the screen.' And her point was, 'we need a presence within the industry.' "
Nearly 70 years after McDaniel's win, black performers have certainly come far. Actors like Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry have broken boundaries in making their mark on the film industry. But black actors have been few and far between at the Oscars. In its 80-year history, the Academy has awarded 11 black actors with trophies, six of whom won in this decade. This year, two black actors are nominated for Academy Awards: Viola Davis for her role in "Doubt" and Taraji P. Henson for her part in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Video Watch Viola Davis talk about the Oscars. Tom O'Neil, entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times' TheEnvelope.com and founder of GoldDerby.com, a Web site dedicated to predicting and analyzing award show wins, said the Academy finally began making an effort to recognize black actors after Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won Oscars in 2002.
"The Oscars were notoriously stingy to black actors," O'Neil said. "It was that year that it became such a huge issue in the media and Hollywood really woke up to this issue." O'Neil claims that Hollywood has improved in its recognition of black actors, but the Academy's failure to nominate 2006's "Dreamgirls" for best picture, for example, is a sign that Oscar voters simply don't understand such films culturally. "I don't believe that there's an element of racism. It's an inability to relate to the drama being portrayed," O'Neil said. "The largely white Academy just didn't get ['Dreamgirls']. They weren't emotionally engaged in the story."
Although awarding Oscars to 11 black actors is "stingy," O'Neil said, "you have to compare that to the number of quality films that gave good roles to actors." That's the problem, said Russell Robinson, a professor of law at the University of California - Los Angeles, who wrote a 2006 report about unfair race-based casting in Hollywood. "It's an industry norm that the assumption is that roles go to white actors," Robinson said. "They use people of color to flesh out the film and exemplify racial stereotypes." Robinson's report, "Hollywood's Race/Ethnicity And Gender-Based Casting: Prospects For A Title VII Lawsuit," found that the majority of roles that do not specify a race or ethnicity are played by white actors, which tends to limit black actors to stereotypical roles.
"I think what bothers a lot of African-Americans is that we see the same images time and time again. ... We'd like to see the full range of complexities that we see in our communities," Robinson said. In the past, black actors didn't have much of choice when it came to playing stereotypical parts, said John Forbes, executive director of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting films featuring black actors.
"People had to do what they had to do in those days on and off the screen to survive," he said.
In the early 1900s, that often meant playing caricature roles like that of Stepin Fetchit, a foolish and weak character created and played by Lincoln Perry, who eventually became the first black millionaire actor.
With the arrival of Poitier to the film industry in the 1950s, Hollywood seemed to change its perspective of black actors. "Poitier was able to create a character that was always strong. The black male image that he portrayed on the screen was something that everyone was proud of," Forbes said. More recently, actors like Will Smith have been successful in overcoming racial boundaries because they're profitable, Robinson said. But with their success also comes responsibility. As the biggest box office star in the world, Smith, Robinson believes, is obligated to push Hollywood to make changes.
With Smith's 2005 film "Hitch," "the studio would not cast a black woman as Will Smith's love interest in the film because they didn't want the film to be a 'black film,' " Robinson said. "I would hope that Will challenged that decision. ... I would hope that Will would try to get black actors hired." Robinson added, "the question is, 'How can you use that power to help other people?' "

Happy Valentine's Day!


hai sabhee kuchh jahaan me, dostee hain wafaa hain
apanee ye kamanaseebee, hum ko naa kuchh bhee milaa hain

Emosanal Attyachaar - Brass Band Version - Dev D

This is dedicated to some one I used to know ;)

Jia Jia Jia Jia Doleh… 1-2-3-4…6…
Yeh dil pighla ke saaz bana loon, dhadkan ko awaz bana loon, smoking smoking nikle re dhooan.

Seene mein jalti hai armanon ki arthi, Arrey what to tell you darling kya hua.
Arrey sapne dekhe jannat ke, par mitti mein mil jaen, phooken re ghar baar ki duniya..
ko bole good bye.. Chad jae haye Allah, jisko bhi yeh bukhaar,
Tauba Tera Jalwa, Tauba tera pyar, Tera Emosanal Attyachaar!
Tauba Tera Jalwa, Tauba tera pyar, Tera Emosanal Attyachaar!
Jao Jao oh dilbar, oh dilbar ohh!! Tauba Tera Jalwa, Tauba tera pyar, Tera Emosanal Attyachaar!

Ho gai dil ke paar tragedy…tragedy, lut gai re bahaar, gul sukh sukh murjhae,
Ho gai dil ke paar tragedy…tragedy, lut gai re bahaar, gul sukh sukh murjhae,
Bol Bol why did you ditch me, Zindagi bhi lele yaar kill me,
Bol Bol why did you ditch me whore. Bol Bol why did you ditch me,
Zindagi bhi lele yaar kill me, Jao pia jao pia jao pia….
Tauba Tera Jalwa, Tauba tera pyar, Tera Emosanal Attyachaar!
Tauba Tera Jalwa, Tauba tera pyar, Tera Emosanal Attyachaar!
Jao Jao oh dilbar, oh dilbar ohh!! Tauba Tera Jalwa, Tauba tera pyar, Tera Emosanal Attyachaar!


It’s Not the Bonus Money. It’s the Principle.

Well I like US President Obama now. Sure. This one man calls spade a spade. I was also appalled that not just wall street but many corporate execs were still raking in tons of money even out of the economic bailout! Even though I am not a US citizen, It does affect me in this global flat economy! [ More so, being a blogger, I have kinda right to air my opinion on anything and everything; okay okay :-) without defaming anyone ]
A very written article. must read :-) Here is part of it.
And on the ninth day, the president jawboned.
How else to describe what President Obama did on Thursday, his ninth day in office? Angered by news that Wall Street was doling out $18.4 billion in bonuses for 2008 — “the sixth-largest haul on record,” according to a front-page article in The New York Times, despite billions upon billions in losses — the president called reporters in and looked sternly into the cameras. Then he unloaded on Wall Street executives, just as President John F. Kennedy once unloaded on the country’s steel barons.
That is the height of irresponsibility,” Mr. Obama said sharply, referring to the bonuses. “It is shameful.” Wall Street, he said, was coming to the government for badly needed help — which taxpayers were providing because otherwise “the entire system could come down on top of our heads” — and the government had a right to expect in return that Wall Street would “show some restraint and show some discipline and show some sense of responsibility.” After going on in this vein for a while, he slapped around Citigroup for agreeing to take that new $50 million corporate jet after agreeing to a huge bailout in November. The government’s demand that the plane be canceled should have been unnecessary “because they should know better,” he scolded.

PS: BTW, Isn't it interesting, I had decided to drop the blog for some time but New year bombarded in so many interesting and thought provoking news items that I just had to my blog and air my thoughts!! Man proposes, God disposes! :)

Rights and responsibilities

Well I came across Chyetanya Kunte's blog through another blog I follow. He has tendered an unconditional apology to Barkha Dutt of NDTV for making defamatory statements against her. There were plenty of blogs which ridiculed NDTV and Barkha Dutt on the issue under freedom of speech. I am also not really a fan of Barkha, actually to contrary! Initialy even I was quite upset at curtailing freedom of fellow blogger till I read his apology post.
There were two points which caught my attention
"the following allegations / statements made in the post titled "Shoddy Journalism" namely:
* that Ms. Dutt and NDTV's reporting at the scene of the Mumbai attacks during November 2008, resulted in jeopardizing the safety and lives of civilians and / or security personnel caught up in and / or involved in defending against the attacks in Mumbai in November 2008;
* that Ms. Dutt was responsible for the death of Indian Servicemen during the Kargil Conflict."
Here is cache of actual post of Chyetanya --> Cache till it exist
Well, stepping back a bit; I realise it is NOT the anger or opinion of Chyetanya which is incorrect but the sheer insensitivity of passing judgement over a person without verifying the facts. Chyetanya's post implied that Barkha was responsible for jeopardizing safety of lives of people stuck in hotels and also casuality in Kargil conflict! THAT for sure is a VERY BIG accusation he made! Well First, IF such was the case, Ministry of Broadcasting would have banned the broadcast immediately and would NOT have let it continue all days! I am kinda apalled at Kargil statement now, that for sure is incorrect; for if there was any truth in that, Defence Ministry would have take stringent action long ago. I think likely it might have this statement which might have instigated NDTV to take action.
IF Chyetanya would have been more careful with the words he would have chosen, this surely would NOT have offended NDTV and nor it would have been against freedom of speech. Freedom of speech does NOT give any one right to defame. I would also be careful from now on about voicing my opinion AND NOT defaming anyone. There is a thin line which defines difference between two and we blogger need to remember this.

Mangalore incident is Talibanisation of India: Renuka

I am outraged at this incident of women being assaulted by set of hooligans who claim to be the 'moral police' in name of 'Sri Ram Sena'. The gist of my outrage has already been said by Renuka Chouwdhary, Union Minister of India for Child and Women welfare.
Down with these Indian version of 'Talibans'. Go and join your like-mind in FATA and excuse us from your perverted thinking.

The car-washer who wants to play for India

Today I was touched by a series Rediff is doing on Mumbai Slum dwellers. This is the story which touched me the most. A youngster full of hope struggling due to poverty. I kept wondering what I could do for him or people like him; apart from donations probably nothing much! Well, yups, a wish did flutter in my mind, How can the super duper rich people of Mumbai [ for that matter across the world ] live in sheer luxury when such extreme poverty exist in our country. Well, I have nothing against earning and accumulating wealth but surely against balant display of wealth! e.g. the Ambanis, How can Sr. Ambani brother live in sheer wasteful luxury of a billion dollar 24 floor complex or how does his wife travel in millions worth jet with no real purpose of journey when they know for fact that many many children go without food, education and decent living condition just some meters away from their luxurious homes?! I just don't get it! I couldn't have slept with out giving up considerable amount of wealth each and every day!
just to clear my conscience, I am not critiquing without any action on my part; I do contribute amble or rather a component of my income in charities every year ... Also most of my ownings are rather practical and minimum is 'luxury' so to speak.
So just as a wish since I have not much capacity to make difference; People who have that much wealth; please share it with have nots!
And I am happy to share the information that such feats have happened in world before:
Warren Buffett, pledged to donate $37 billion - about 85 per cent of his $44 billion fortune - to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Well Bill Gates donated couple of billion dollars to the charity in beginging and he plans to give to charity 95% of his wealth before his death.
I hope the weathy of our desh make a note of this.

I am copying the post from Rediff in verbatim below.
John Shetty, Deepak Chawl, Malad, Mumbai
John Shetty is a teenager brimming with confidence. He is 17, passionate about cricket and aspires to make it to the Indian cricket team one day.
"Yes, one day I will surely play for India," he says confidently about the unofficial national game of the country.
"I'm an all-rounder (he bats and bowls right-handed), just like Yuvraj Singh [Images]," he smiles. In addition to flamboyant left-hander Yuvraj, John also loves to watch pace sensation Ishant Sharma [Images] in action.
His passion for cricket motivates John to wake up at 5 every morning. By 6 he completes his morning chores -- the common toilet is shared with scores of other families in his neighbourhood, where he has to queue up for at least 15 minutes each morning. He then leaves home to wash cars at the residential buildings nearby, for which he earns Rs 1,000 every month.
"Out of this, I pay Rs 500 every month to play cricket at Azad Maidan [a prominent Mumbai common ground where several clubs play cricket]," he says. "The rest is deposited in my mother's savings bank account so that I will have enough money to pay for my education later."
John, who lives in a 12 by 12 tenement room in a slum located close to the InOrbit Mall in Malad, lost his father when he was only nine. John says his father died after being run over by a train. Ever since, he has been fending for himself.
Though his mother was given a job in place of his father in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, where she works in the conservancy department (staff that sweep roads and clean gutters), John wants to be a self-made man one day.
"I started washing vehicles after my Class X exams, two years back. I have taken a break from studying so that I can earn enough to complete my studies at least till Class XII," says John, who doesn't want to bother his mother with the cost of his education.
His elder brother did not study beyond Class VIII and is currently working with the BMC's conservancy department too. "My sister doesn't go to school. She is not intelligent enough."
Halfway through the conversation, John says he has to rush. "I have a match today at Azad Maidan and I don't want to be late."
Though he hasn't heard of Slumdog Millionaire, the film about a Mumbai slum that has won four Golden Globe [Images] awards, John is an avid movie-goer. "I make it a point to see any film that stars Hrithik Roshan [Images]. I also love to watch Tamil superstar Vijay," he adds quickly.
A native of Viluppuram district in Tamil Nadu, the last two generations of John's family have spent their lives in Mumbai trying to make a living. They have been sending some money back home for family who cannot make it to the city of their dreams.
Despite his present struggle, John believes it is just a matter of time before a great future awaits him in the cricketing stadiums of the world.

Readers who wish to help John can contact:
John Shetty
Room No. 135
Deepak Chawl
Behind Kamladevi Mittal College
Malad West, Mumbai - 400064

The Paradoxical Commandments

I did some housekeeping with my blog and changed the template; something new for the new year :) Well, I was browsing and felt a bit confused that the blogs listed were from 2007 and I thought I was blogging since 2004! Where are those blogs?? Well, I found the answer myself! I used to blog in Rediff and I switched to blogger in Sept 2007. Incidentally knowing myself and my ill-fated memory I had posted the exported all blog digest from 2004 - 2007 Sept as the first blog 'The baggage' smart ain't it :) :D so then I was browsing it and found this sparkler! Wish there could be a 'yellow sticky' for the mind to remember such pearls of wisdom !

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Non-violence cannot tackle terrorism: Dalai Lama

A thought provoking statement by Dalai Lama who has life long been an advocate of non-violence! Alas! What has world come to, today! Indeed his statement is an eye opener! We need fresh solutions for problems of today. Here is the article:

Posted: Jan 17, 2009 at 2025 hrs IST
New Delhi: The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.
"It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence," the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.
He termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated.
"They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated...but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed," the Dalai Lama said.
He said the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention.
The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile left the audience stunned when he said "I love President George W Bush." He went on to add how he and the US President instantly struck a chord in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties.
"I told him 'I love you but some of your policies I oppose'," said the spiritual leader to a loud round of applause from the audience which included Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and several ministers, diplomats and artistes.
The Dalai Lama said in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks he had asked Bush to spend billions of dollars on education and promotion of non-violence instead of warfare.

Miracle on Hudson!

Oh well, I just could not stay away!
Hero crash pilot Chesley Sullenberger' skills or someone really up there; 155 people on-board the US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus A320 were really extremely lucky to have come through that incident with only very few injuries! Image is curtsy Janis Krums who was on the ferry going from Manhattan to New Jersey which was first to come to rescue the passengers of the ill-fated air plane.
Hip hip hurray for the hero pilot Mr Sullenberger, 57, of Danville, California, is a former Air Force fighter pilot who has flown for US Airways for 29 years. He also runs a safety consulting firm. One thing is for sure, next time you see Air India crew with grey in their hair, be happy, they have years of experience under the wings! Any day I will prefer that instead of chirpy youngsters!

Temporarily abandoned

some turmoil might take weeks to resolve; till then ...