Here Is Santa…

xmas

It’s Christmas and the world is awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Rather the world is awaiting gifts from Santa Claus. Some are lucky to have received the gifts (from the #SecretSantas) while some are questioning “Where is Santa Claus? I haven’t seen him in ages“. While there are some who wish people Merry Christmas, there are others who use lewd comments like “horny Santa Claus” and “slutty Santa Claus” and feel ‘kewl‘ about it.

Well, I will tell you where Santa Claus is.

He is out there, catering to the needs of REALLY needy kids and people, where he won’t be welcomed just for gifts.

He is cajoling the sad people and trying to pep their moods up.

He is roaming around the battered lives, trying to bring smile back on the faces who had almost given up.

He is in every person who cares for you and brings a positive change in your life.

 

This reminds me of some lines of a song from the movie “Swades“. Where Shah Rukh Khan says,

Ram hi toh ekta mein,

pragati mein Ram hai,

Ram hi toh karuna mein,

shanti mein Ram hai.

(Ram is there in the unity,

Ram is there in progress,

Ram is there in compassion,

Ram is there in peace.)

Ram bass bhakto nahi,

shatru ke bhi chintan mein hai,

dekh tyaj ke paap Raavan,

Ram tere mann mein hai

(Ram is not just in the followers,

but is there in thoughts of enemies too,

Oh Raavan, try discarding the sin,

And you will find Ram in yourself.)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to YOU ALL.

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December – Just A Pat And That’s All…

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कैसी है ये गुत्थी,
सुलझती ही नही,
जितनी बार सुलझाया,
उलझती ही रही.

दिये जलाए पथ पर,
बुझाने ये अंधेरा,
आशाए जाग उठी,
पर डरे ये मन मेरा.

एक हाथ पीठ पर,
मुस्कान दिलासा भरी,
जगमगाए दिये दिल में,
इतनी सी अपेक्षा मेरी.

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This is the time when whole year has gone by. Various events happened in life – some good, some bad, some life changing or some sad. December is kind of “sleeping time” when we lie down on our bed and deliberately or unknowingly think about the day gone by. This is the month we do the “retrospection” and do the balance checks to see if your debits and credits match or not.

An year is always a mixed baggage. We can’t have a completely bad or completely good year. It has to be a mixed bag. Sometimes we might feel we are being weighed down by the wrong turns life has taken and that’s when we need a “pat on the back” encouraging us and instilling some hope in us about brighter future.

December has given me such a person who, no matter what happens with me, will always “pat on my back“. No donuts for guessing who the person is. It of course is my MOTHER. Thank you so much mom. If it had not been for you, I don’t know what would have been my existence.

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Written for Month of the Year Writing Challenge – Season 3

Hobson’s Choice – Daily Prompt

Hobson's Choice

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You know what’s the “real” Hobson’s Choice?

Having to choose between mother and wife is the real Hobson’s Choice.

Well I don’t know why they call it a “choice”. Because in its actuality, it really isn’t a choice. A choice is something where I can choose either of the two things without having to loose the other one. Theoretically speaking, this is not true. When you make a choice you either have to go with A or with B.

You can see many of married men (why many? Almost all of the married men who have mother) entangled in the mesh of Hobson’s Choice. A constant dilemma looms over their minds. Such a strong dilemma that their mind suddenly becomes unable to choose between two sides. If he chooses his mother’s side, nights would be very hard to pass by. On the other hand if he chooses his wife’s side, a guilt feeling makes home in the heart. He has to spend rest of his life with wife, hence taking her side makes sense. But at the same time, mother has done so many sacrifices for him that he feels mother’s words should be respected.

A wise man can manage to have a fine balance with him by strategically agreeing to both the sides, either at the same time or changing his party from time to time. But still there are certain moments when he too can’t defy the inevitable, and that’s when he is left with “Hobson’s Choice” only.

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Written for Daily Prompt

Talaash – Music Review…

Talaash Music

Rating – 3/5 Stars

Recommendation – Should Listen

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I think it’s my first time of writing a music review of any movie. I have done it numerous times before, but not on social platform. Among friends and some relatives having knowledge of music, I have analyzed songs and music in the past.

Somehow I didn’t write a review before, even on my blog. I have written reviews for movies, books but not for music. Everything happens for the first time 😛

So here’s my review for the music of Talaash. The music director – Ram Sampath – is a new face in the horizon of Music direction. Well, not very new because he started his career of Music direction/background score way back in 2003 (Let’s Talk). But his first mainstream film was Khakee (2004). Then he did Family (2006) and some other offbeat movies. But the major recognition he got was from Delhi Belly (2011). Though the movie was mainstream his music was offbeat and hence widely recognized. All the songs from Delhi Belly were hit at that time and played everywhere, especially in the marriages 🙂

In 2012, he also gave music for a TV show by Aamir Khan, Satyameva Jayate. (Remember the title song?) And the next stop was Talaash, a movie again by Aamir Khan Production (along with Excel Entertainment of Farhan Akhtar).

Considering his work in Delhi Belly, I would say this music is very different and unique to the theme of the movie. Basically Ram Sampath has potential of becoming a good Music Director, unlike some other Music Directors who fail to bring uniqueness to the music and deliver EXACTLY SAME music for their almost every film. I will be looking forward to upcoming movies by Ram Sampath.

Talking about music of Talaash, it’s unique and holds true to the theme of the movie. Every track has different story behind it and music of the every song aptly collides with the mood of the song. All the lyrics are awesome and so meaningful, kudos to the lyricist(s). Below are the songs from the movie, in order of my liking.

1. Hona hai kya – Ram Sampath

The music of this song reminded me of the ‘chasing’ track of Don 2. It has so many similarities. Ram Sampath has done good job. He has maintained the ‘don’t know what’s going to happen next’ tone while singing.

What I liked – lyrics, Ram Sampath’s voice.

 

2. Muskaanein jhoothi hai – Suman Sridhar

This song fits the situation in the movie perfectly. I mean to the overall mood of the movie. The song has that mysterious feel. Suman Sridhar has done a fab job. Ram Sampath has given very good music for this song. The shrill voice at the end of the song adds to the beauty of the song and builds an environment.

What I liked – Lyrics, music and Suman’s voice.

 

3. Jiya Laage Na – Sona Mohapatra, Ravindra Upadhyay

Sona Mohapatra has a typical voice. Her variations sound very similar. This song seems jazzed and pepped *Abhi nahi aana sajna*. No doubt the song is beautiful. Just to highlight the fact, When Sona sings *tum bin mora*, the words seem distant. But when Ravindra Upadhyay sings the same words, they don’t sound so distant. May be the music at both the times are different, hence the feeling of difference, but nonetheless it is visible.

Ravindra while singing low notes sounds like Ram Sampath, while at the time of singing high notes he sounds like Sukhwinder.

What I liked – Lyrics, Ravindra’s voice.

 

4. Jee Le Zaraa – Vishal Dadlani

I feel Vishal here tried to sound like James. He tried to bring the husky tone while singing, which no doubt has added a bit of weightage to the song. The starting piece of the song is catching. The beat it adds to the tempo of not just song but the movie too is interesting.

What I liked – Music, Lyrics.

 

5. Laakh Duniya Kahe – Ram Sampath

I feel that the bass guitar and treble in the song are a bit loud for such a song. Sometimes Ram’s voice feels subdued under the bass guitar. But having said that, the loudness in the music helps the mood of the song at some points. It feels like the character is trying to bring back the energy into himself, revitalizing himself.

What I liked – Lyrics.

July – Birthdays and Memories…

July

Aah. The special month of the year has to be “July”.

Yes, you guessed it right. I am a July Baby 🙂 But that’s not all. Some of the good news in my life have come in this month. The very first being my birth, of course 😉

 

05 July

The day I decided to descend on this Earth (Damn, the USA beat me by one day 😦 but no worries Algeria and Venezuela are my siblings :-P). The day when God decided to make my parents happy, again. They day when my sister was gifted with a sibling. The day when my journey towards the ultimate goal of my life started. The day when my prior good and bad things took shape and a judgement was passed deciding my fate.

(Note: This is also the birthday of my college crush 😉 Sadly she couldn’t become part of my life. Sigh)

July is the month of birthdays for me. Cousin brother (11 July), cousin sister (12 July), my ‘lucky’ nephew (26 July) and of some other friends too.

 

07 July

Tanabata” – Japan celebrates ‘make-a-wish’ tradition on this day. The dates across the nation may vary, but the celebrations are started from 7th day of 7th month.

Two deities and lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi, are separated by Milky Way and are allowed to meet only once a year – according to a legend. The custom of celebration is interesting. People write their wishes, poetry on tanzaku and hang them on bamboo. These bamboos are either set afloat in the river or are burnt at around midnight or next day.

(Reference: Wikipedia)

 

25 July 2005

31 candidates were shortlisted from a huge pool of 600 odd aspirants, after an aptitude test, by a very good MNC. This chap (points at self) managed to secure a berth among those 31 candidates, went through with the interview and almost got selected (as unofficially confirmed by the interviewer). But….

 

26 July 2005

All Mumbai roads were jam packed. The drainage overflowing some feet over the roads. Cyclists and bikers finding it impossible to wade through the water logged roads. Car engines giving up the fight. Buses somehow managing to move inch by inch. Locals, Mumbai’s veins, came to a standstill. People trying to help those who were stuck. First floor of many apartments completely under water.

Mumbai was ‘flooded’. People not in Mumbai didn’t take the risk to come inside the city. In fact they couldn’t  Among these people were my recruiters. Away from office for the whole week. In the meantime, another company took over 51% shares of this company (in which I was almost selected) and decided not to increase the task force.

Thus answering my “But…..”

 

26 July 2006

Morning 10:00 AM.

My cousin is just blessed with baby boy moments before.

My mobile rings. A friend from college is at the other end.

Friend: “Prasad, our results (B.E Final Year) are out”, with ecstatic voice.

Me: “How much you got? And what’s my status?” with mix of anxiety and ecstasy I asked him.

Friend: “Dude, you hit the jackpot. You have passed with distinction” and I didn’t listen to any further conversation. How could I? 😛

Thus my nephew is “lucky” for me 🙂

 

08 July 2010

First day of my first job 🙂

And you know what the best part about it is? – I got this news on my birthday 🙂 i.e 05 July 2010. A long journey, till the retiring age or maybe stretching even further, has started. The joy was even more because I got the joining after an year from the date I was supposed to join. Phew.


July is thus a joyful month of birthdays and memories. Looking forward to many more such cherishable moments in coming Julys. Why just July? In every months 😛

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Written for  Month Of The Year Writing Challenge – Season 03

February – Sour n Sweet Memories

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10 February 1995

The fateful day when I lost the sky from over my head. And I was too young to understand the consequences of this loss. Over the years, time has made me realize the intensity of this loss. But time has also cooked me, in his absence, to be like him. I am still in the process and myriad things yet need to be imbibed for me to be like him.

It’s been over 17 years now that my father is not with us. But I still remember playing cricket with him in the front yard as a kid. He bought me the whole cricket set and he used to play with me. He taught me Sanskrit, Bhagvad geeta, singing (though it’s hereditary) and showered huge love on me. I have some traits and mentality, which mom says I have picked from him.

A silver lining (optimistically and positively) amongst all this gloomy past is my mother has been the best father a woman could be. In fact a tad bit better. So I would say I had 2 layers of sky above me. Even though I lost one layer, the other layer has been tough like 2 layered sky since then.

1 February 2010

The day I started the journey towards having a sweet and awesome friend. It was January 2010 when I asked her what’s her birth date. At first she refused to tell me anything about it. After conversing for some time, she reluctantly agreed to let me know her birth month – February. I still tried to prod the path and know the birth date, and she was like “You will come to know”.

I even tried to threaten her by saying “If you don’t tell me the birth date, I will wish you for the whole month (on Twitter)”. She didn’t fall for this either and instead was very happy at the prospect of getting wished for the whole month. 😛

On the 7th day of February, she told me it’s her birthday and I can stop wishing her (as I now know the date) if I want. I kept my word and wished her for the whole month anyway 🙂

She then went on to became my very good friend and the saga of friendship grew stronger.

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P.S.

14 February

Another thing about February is “Valentines Day” – the month when cupid injects the love potion into the some and increases their bodily temperature. Sadly whatever bodily temperature increase has happened with me was self injected. Cupid couldn’t find me up until now to inject his magic potion. Sad but true. Hope in the coming Februaries cupid find me 😛

21 February

Marathi is my mother tongue and I am very much proud of it. Now you will ask me what’s special in 21st February? And why I should be proud of my mother tongue. Well, UNESCO on 17th December 1999 declared that 21 February be “International Mother Language Day“.

February is thus a sour and sweet month for me…

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Written for Month Of The Year Writing Challenge – Season 03