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Snowflake in the shadow

A flash of white welcomes me into the day,

The trees sway merry in the morning breeze,

Nature plays its fervent tune

Welcoming me into its arms in eager ease

Arms spread wide I welcome thee;

An untimely snowflake dancing on my tongue.

The shadow of despair momentarily hidden yet,

Threatening to attack and leave me undone.

Spasms rack me and leave me spent,

The end of day looming near,

Black replaces white in dark fury ,

And melts the little snowflake by fear.

The day ends in its morbid dilemma ,

The answer remains a naive mystery

So why do I still long for you,

Why is this feeling so strong for you?

The answer still; a mystery.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Being a Mumbaiite

May be surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home
Oh, I miss you, you know

One can truly understand the value of their home when they have been away from it. By home I do not mean the home that has 4 walls, but rather the city in which I have lived almost half my life.
In my entire life I have lived in 3 cities; Dubai, Mumbai and London, but the attachment that I feel towards Mumbai is unrivaled by the other two. Mumbai has a certain vibe which makes you feel comfortable and welcome. We don’t deny we have our share of problems;Power and water cuts are normal, Terror threats are a way of life and are accepted, Our political representatives surface only before elections, our sanitation and drainage system are a joke; we have a separate bribe fund before we go to Govt. offices to get work done and many more.

For all its problems Mumbai is still the city people prefer. Whenever a Mumbaiite meets a Delhiite or any other imp city dweller in the world for that matter, there is always constant fight over which is the better city. Ever wondered why given a choice people would come to Mumbai. Its because women can go out at night without constant fear of getting raped, 6 pm is not a deadline to come back home safely, we know how to live and not necessarily at the expense of others, we have learned to get up even when kicked and put down, people on the streets WILL help you when in trouble….. [despite popular belief Mumbai people do not revel in others misery]……………Mumbai allows you to dream; and gives you the means to achieve those dreams….Sometimes not as quickly as you would want them but you will get them regardless……………. Women are not looked down for doing things that were once considered quintessentially male; Smoking, riding a bike, fist fighting, abusing etc…………..

We may have our share of problems but we also have a lot of perks of being a Mumbaiite.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

TRYST WITH DESTINY ??

August 15, 2009 – Saturday

Patriotism means a different thing to different people: to me it means action. Watching patriotic movies twice a year does not a patriot make. We need to stand up and deserve the independence our forefathers won for us. People gave up their lives with a smile so that their descendants could enjoy life in a free India. An India where every person is free; each one has a chance to live and succeed equally.

The question remains; are we really free? Does the poor blue collared daily wager have the same rights and liberties as an affluent stock broker? Can we freely express our rights without fear of repercussions? We have enjoyed freedom for 62 years; but are we truly at a position to feel pride in the way we have treated “freedom”? Somewhere down the years Indians have lost the zeal to make this country the number one nation in the world………….Where is the pride that people felt when Pandit Nehru unfurled the Indian flag for the first time in free India…..?……………Where are the promises people made to return India’s lost glory?……….What I believe the Indian youth today lacks is the sheer pride to be an Indian; the same pride our forefathers felt while willingly dying to give us a free land…………….A land to call ours……………We should be proud of our nation……………..A nation that earned it freedom…………..A nation that has one of the largest armies in the world……………….A nation that gives the world one of the largest numbers of doctors, engineers, scientists and architects………………..We need to remind our people that India is not only about poverty and corruption……………It’s not about what you saw in Slumdog Millionaire……………….. India is not just the metros; but also the villages where farmers toil day and night to contribute towards 70% of our economy……………..

When we speak about patriotism people assume only if you enter the armed forces you can be a true patriot. That is not true……………Yes we do need more young people to serve the nation…………..But we also need youngsters to enter politics, healthcare, charitable services……………..Even small gestures like keeping our streets clean can contribute towards a much bigger picture…………

Every 5 years we hear big promises by our leaders and when they fail to deliver we complain for the 5 years to come………….What we must ask ourselves is that why have we chosen them? We have seen the past records; is it not high time to make better choices?……………

It is time for us to stop talking and start sweating; we cannot fail. We must not forget; we need this country just as much as it needs us.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

LOVE na AAJ na KAL

August 11, 2009 – Tuesday

In my entire 23 years of living on this planet I had yet to encounter a movie that would make me want to throw something at the screen and leave; all within first 5 mins of the movie. Today Love Aaj Kal filled that void………………This movie does not even deserve to be graced with a review……………..To review a movie you need to make a critical analysis of the story and various technical elements……………What exactly are you supposed to do for a movie which does NOT have a story……….?…………..I failed to understand the whole point of the “story” …………….Why exactly was Saif behaving half his age??……………..Why were they trying so hard to be cool and detached, when it eveidently made them look foolish? Why exactly was Rishi Kapoor playing a delayed cupid, who had come to the rescue when the situation was so obviously insane and could have been resolved by slapping both Saif and Deepika??

As for the technical elements; I would like to meet the human (or primate) who actually wrote the script for this extremely Juvenile venture…………….Who in their right mind would write a dialogue like “We are Aam Junta – the Mango people”……………I think Saif tried to save money and said whatever came to his mind……………And the thing that bugged me the most was Rishi Kapoor’s role in the movie……………Why was the 60 something man playing cupid to a pair of losers????…………….Half way through the movie I actually thought he was a ghost !! In retrospect that would have actually made more sense in that senseless potboiler…………..Why on earth was he even tellign his dukhi kahani to Saif ??? To be honest I do not know why I am rating this amalgamation of crap masquerading as a movie…………………Addy the Wise rightly said “Deepika was trying too hard to underplay and ended up looking stupid”………………

And as for Deepika’s profession in the movie: they used the term Restoration whatever but simply put she was a glorified safai karmachari for old buildings.

Most sensible people learn from their errors……………Im not one of them………..Then again I never claimed to be sensible: that would be quite the blasphemy………………After a nerve racking experience with Mujhe Kuch Kehna hain I should have learned to stay away from movies with Dodgy reviews……………..But true to my curious nature I just had to go see this…………..Lets Just say that this is a lesson I will not forget immediately…………….Until the next time I come across a worse movie………….Here is good bye to reviewing (I see no point in reviewing good movies…………..So if u want to see 4 star movies rated then just read BT)

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

SWINE FLU FURY; MEDIA GLORY

August 10, 2009 – Monday

The Indian media is currently in carnival mode…They have finally got a topic which can instill deep rooted fear in people and yet be real………….Swine Flu ! Channels like Aaj Tak and India TV are milking it for all its worth……………5 cases of swine flu is now 50 + cases……………The flu has supposedly reached pandemic proportions ; to the point of people being warned from entering maharasthtra [I wonder if the “illegal immigrants” will take this warning seriously………..Then again if they do our politicians will lose 80% of their voters]

Swine flu has actually provided us with a moral lesson: it doesnt take only a virus to create an epidemic………..We also need indian tendency to exxagerate and of course the infamous Indian Media. The only “good” thing that came out of this was for the scores of students who got a legit ticket to sit at home for a week……………What we are facing here is a serious situation of the boy who cried wolf ! …………The people of India are so used to Indian Media unashamedly hyping up everything; no matter how serious; that we do not know at exactly what point to be scared……..When is the right time to wear the “anti-flu” masks and not look like a complete idiot who got hoodwinked by the media?…………

Politicians too are not being very helpful………….Most are too busy trying to prove that the ruling party is incompetant…..The ones who are attempting to help are the ones who just want to be trend setters…….What we need is some one with not only knowledge of how to deal with the health and political aspect of this situation; but some one who also has the balls to do it.

What the media, political parties etc [or anyone in the position to do something] need to realise is that fear is not necessarily the best method to arrest this epidemic. Ok we are scared…..Could we get over it and please get constructive knowledge?

The lack of specialised centers dealing with the illness are also posing a problem…………If I have a scarily contagious illness, is it wise to make me travel a good 1 hr in heavy traffic to get to a place that can actually help me?

Hopefully we will be able to curb the progress of this virus soon; a drought, an epidemic and recession in the same year are not exactly a bearer of good tidings.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

BYE-GONE ERA

August 8, 2009 – Saturday

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. It was the era of Bass , Saxophone and actual lyrics ! The years 1940 – 1980 gave movie fans some brilliant and memorable songs. Songs that till date true connoisseurs swear by. Now skeptics may probably say that Not all that is new is bad; and not all old good; however the old songs had one quality that they newer songs sorely lack…..Character. The lyrics were poignant and put you in a trance. Think about it: which is a better song to propose love : Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar……………..Or Tera Tera Teraaaa Surooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …………? Enough Said.

The songs from that era concentrated on lyrics and rhythm rather than loud overpowering music. The calm and warmth that you felt after listening to those songs has not been even 50% achieved by any of the newer music directors. AR Rahman came close when he made music for ROJA; however Bollywood has not been able to produce directors like SD and RD Burman, Majrooh Sultanpuri etc. As for singers no one can come close to touching the power house of Indian Music: Kishore Kumar. His voice was a once in a millenium gift which god bestows only on one person. Who can forget the evergreen songs of Padosan and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi to name a few? IF you listen closely you will realise that Kishore Kumar gave each actor a different singing voice; which greatly matched the actors speaking voice. No two actors had the same singing voice even though sung by the same great legend himself.

Speaking of legend one cannot leave out Bolywood’s own Evergreen Hero; Dev Anand. Though this man was no singer, he was the one actor in Bolywood who can boast of having the most famous songs picturised on him. Most of the popular songs are a part of Dev Anand’s movies for e.g: Guide, Jewel Thief, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Hum Dono etc to name a few. For all his quirks, he was truly the pall bearer of the Golden torch of Hindi Music.

Although I seem to love a wide variety of old songs my favourite till date remains (and you may consider this a cliche) : KAhiin dur Jab Din Dhal Jaaye and Zindagi Kaisi hain PAheli…………Both from my fvourite movie Anand. Everytime I listen to these songs I get goosebumps and the meaning of each word floods over me. I can challenge that no song of the current era can have such a powerful impact, and a lot of people would agree with me; young and old alike.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

MY DAY OF REGRESSION

August 6, 2009 – Thursday

I finally got my wish of having a day where I can regress back to my child hood and indulge in some mindless fun. On a sudden impulse I went to a gaming arcade. Every one who KNOWS me , knows very well that im a stuffed animal enthusiast (I shall refrain from using the word addict)…………………So to indulge this “enthusiasm” I decided to try my luck at the stuffed animal catching game ……………… After I had inserted my first token, fully confident that I would end up wasting it, I won myself a huge TIGGER, on original Disney product at that !! ………………. Obviously after this momentous victory (yes it is !! dont laugh) I could not really concentrate on any other game………………A wise man once said beginners luck is usually the root cause of gambling addiction…………True to that statement I decided to waste a few more tokens trying to win EEYORE…………..They indeed were wasted as I never managed to snag that donkey !! Luckily my bro came there are got me home before I could spend every penny I had…………..

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Uncategorized