As he switched on the car radio. On 98.3 FM, he heard a familiar line from a favorite song.

“And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing’s as it seems…”

He smiled and kept driving his car. This song had a special place in his life. The lyrics of the song were almost what he felt deeply in his heart:  something that he wanted to write about someone.The song brought him memories of happiness and tranquility.


He accelerated his car and it sped on.

“Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower, this rare perfume
Is the sweet intoxication of the fall..”

He drove on.


An Ode to Solitude

meandering memories

drifting life

wait in the horizon

eloquence of silence

moments of loneliness

touch of  sublime

fleeting happiness

walk in solitude

moments in madness

all alone


An Idol-A Man called Charles Bukowski

An Idol-A Man called Charles Bukowski

One feels pensive and sad, sometimes. Like tonight, I have no reasons for feeling sad. But I am feeling a bit sad tonight.

While thinking about myriad things, I remember a man called Charles Bukowski.

Positive Energy

Positive Energy

I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
― Harvey Fierstein


The Movie ” Paa “

This movie is like a breath of fresh air.When I saw this movie I couldn’t even miss one frame of it.R.Balkrishna needs to be congratulated wholeheartedly.He has so much of creativity.Every frame is like a beautiful painting.One remains glued to this movie and can’t think of going anywhere else while watching this movie.It’s like a magical poetry in motion.The way the camera captures the expressions of the actors is impeccable.I might even say it is magically flawless.The lead role of ‘Auro’ played by the Big B is awesome.He knows his craft so well.One feels captivated watching him perform as Auro, the twelve-year old boy suffering from Progeria.He is an intelligent and witty boy with an extremely rare genetic defect that causes accelerated aging. He suffers from a progeria-like syndrome. Mentally he is 12, very normal, but physically he looks five times older. In spite of his condition, Auro is a very happy boy. He lives with his mother Vidya (Vidya Balan).He is immaculate in his conception of this role and plays it to the ‘t’.He draws you into his own world where you get to meet his thoughts and views of life.He makes you forget your worries and start dancing with him whenever he starts dancing in his very own inimitable style.Vidya Balan is superb in her role of Auro’s mother.As the highly independent modern woman she plays her role with a lot of conviction.As the movie progresses,one gets to understand her views and thoughts about life .She appears very cool and composed in all her frames.She has the excellent knack of getting into the ‘skin of the character’..Her portrayal of the character of Vidya is simply amazing.In this movie Vidya accidentally bumps into Amol Arte,a young and progressive politician.Abhishek Bachchan plays this role of the progressive politician.He does justice to his character of Amol Arte.One can see the idealistic side of him in his portrayal of this character and one can identify with his views about changing the system and uprooting corruption from society.Vidya and Amol meet and fall in love. Balki depicts this beautifully in the song ‘Uddi Uddi….Iteffaq se..”, sung melodiously by Shilpa Rao.One hears a slight variation of this song as “Gali Muddi..Ittefaq se” sung amazingly with a lot of panache by Shaan in a later part of the movie..The plot of the movie revovle around Auro.The truth is Auro is Amol’s son however Vidya conceals this from him. When Auro does learn the truth however, he wishes to go to Delhi with his father. Auro tries to get his mother and father back together but Vidya resists, still hurt by the fact that Amol wanted her to have an abortion when they first found out she was pregnant. Amol realizes his mistake though, and proposes to Vidya, as he is still in love with her. He stays by Auro’s side when he finds out that Auro is his son. Auro’s health begins to deteriorate as he reaches his 13th birthday, his physical defects catching up. However, he is finally able to reunite his mother and father once again as Vidya gives in to her feelings for Amol and her motherly love for Auro. Auro, succumbing to his disease, dies happy, his last words being “Maa” and “Paa.”

The Eyes

The Eyes

I look into your eyes
and see an ocean,
so deep and mysterious…
I look into your eyes,
and see the turbulent waves
dashing against the sea-rocks…
I look into your eyes,and see a distant ship,
making way towards the shore…
I look into your eyes,
and see a serene calmness
engulfing a raging storm….

Slumdog Millionaire

By this time almost half  of the world must have  seen   the movie ‘   ‘. I too saw it many days ago.Well I liked it you know.I liked it barring certain scenes where I thought the director could have done in a different way.Now dont start thinking that I do not like Danny Boyle.I do like Danny Boyle and I think he is really good.He knows his craft allright.But If Akira Kurosawa was to direct “Slumdog …’ he would have done it in his own way and if one of my favourite directors,the great Francis Ford Coppola had directed it he would have done it entirely differently.Well we are all welcome to our ideas.One thing which I just now remember is that in his childhood,Danny Boyle wanted to be a priest.Well I think we all can now see the connection of his wanting to be a priest in his childhood and now making a movie about the economically weaker sections of society.We all do have this zeal at times to make our society better and get rid of the slums.That he did with real kids living in the slums of Mumbai needs to be appreciated.To make films to which one can connect one needs to have a certain amount of authenticity added to it.This was done by the kids of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
The rest of the cast of ‘Slumdog….’ , well honestly speaking i did not find any great acting done by any of them.
But let us congratulate Danny Boyle on winning the Oscar.


I was waiting
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the raindrops were falling….
the leaves were sparkling…
playing hide and seek…
I was waiting,
I was waiting for you,that night…
ecstasy,agony arm in arm.

The Gunslinger

No Indian is good enough to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal. Not anymore. Noone dare say this sardonic sentence again. Whew! What a relief for us all!!! We the people of this Great Country called India can now stand up straight and feel proud of ourselves. We should feel more so when we hear the National Anthem being playedthis Independence day. One man just ensured that the whole World stand up to it on Monday, the 11nth of August 2008.The Man is Abhinav Bindra.He did what Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore couldn’t do for India in the Athens 2004 Olmpics.Although Rathore did win the Silver medal but as someone said “you never win a Silver medal, you just lose the Gold”. What a guy this Abhinav Bindra is. Indeed he is Our collective Man of the Moment. This Man indeed has Nerves of Steel. And we can even call him The Man with the Golden Gun. The gun Abhinav uses is a Walther PPK rifle, James Bond too uses a Walther, other than a Beretta. That’s not all-Abhinav’s gold for India the seventh individual Olmpics medal.007,huh?He started with a bang, the first shot-10.7..He followed it up with a 10.3.After the third shot, a 10.4,he had moved from no.3 to no.2.Then,Bindra slowly ate into the lead of Finland’s Henri Hakkinen and went ahead after the 7th shot with 10.6.Hakkinen caught up with him after the ninth shot, and with one shot to go, the Indian and the Finn were tied at 689.7 points. a hushed silence fell upon the hall. The suspense was unbearable. Then Bindra hit the bullseye,a 10.8,defending champion Zhu Qinan shot a 10.5 and the crowds favorite, Hakkinen simply withered under pressur,managing only 9.7.After the medal’s ceremony,Bindra was mobbed by journalists, several of them from Finland and China.“How does it feel Mr Bindra?” “Hard to describe it….it’s the thrill of my life,” he said, still looking calm as a monk.’ The final shot was perfect. I just went for it. was aggressive. It went my way. I’m lucky,”he added in a matter-of-fact-tone.Will this change his life? ”My life will go on. I hope it changes the face of Olmpic sports in the country,” he said.

Jagjeet Singh

Jagjeet Singhji’s Ghazals

Sometimes I wonder what is it with Jagjeet Singhji”s Ghazals ? Why do some of us keep listening to his Ghazals even till this day.I remember listening to one of his Ghazals for the first time the other day. Imust have been in the 5th standard in school.I found the Ghazal an entirely new thing altogether.I couldn’t understand some of the words in the song yet I felt like finding out the meanings of those words.I had suddenly got hooked to his style of singing.I waited to listen to his songs whenever Vivid Bharati radio would broadcast his songs.When I heard his voice on radio or television I would leave everything and just listen to him.I have the same craze about him even till this day !!!I tried finding out more about him.I read about his personal tragedy.How he and his equally famous wife Chitra Singhji lost their only son in a car accident. I felt very sad reading about his personal grief.Maybe God wanted his son to be his bundle of joy only for a few moments.I wonder is this personal grief the reason for his sad and melancolly voice ?Even today whenever I see him as a judge in some Musical Competion program in some Channel I see him so calm and composed in life.No one would be able to get an inkling of his personal tragedy in the way he conducts himself.And my respect for this man increases greatly when I hear him speak to the new singers always encouraging them with kind words and a lot of affection.Unlike some judges who speak things without thinking what effect it would have on some of the young contestants who come from afar and wouldn’t like to humiliated with some nasty comments.I am just about finished now with the day’s work.I have already planned since morning about how I am going to spend today’s evening.I am going to go home and take a bath and refresh myself.Pour myself a tall glass of my favourite chilled drink and then put on my favourite Jagjeet Singhji’s Ghazal CD…….
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