Diwali is regarded as a pan Indian festival which is celebrated from Kashmir to Kanyakumari (Commies might have some problems with the statement). It is Bade Diwali for some , Deepawali for some , Laxmi or Lokkhi Puja and lastly Kali Puja in some parts of Jambu Dwip . But there is a common factor over here , Ram returned to Ayodhya by defeating his father-in-law Ravaan (I’m not joking , you read it right) i.e the triumph of good over bad ( again who is good? who is an evil ? ..forget) and we are ought to celebrate it with light . Since light illuminates by defeating the darkness inside you. So the Bade Diwali is over and here are few options to opt out or try out next day and across the weekend……………………….
1.Checking your Account Balance
You have bought expensive gifts (some people recycle it ) for your friends , family and other hoomans. Diwali bonus are almost myth now-a-days and above all you have indulged yourself in capitalistic showcase of burning crackers..(jitna paisa ..utna pataka). Oh Diwali baksheessh…you gave na ?
So you can write an elegy or sad song about all those hard-earned money.
2.Checking your Facebook and Instagram
You have posed and poised to pose across last few days in your best available attires. It is high time to upload them or using image filters to get the best of you ( strictly for the ugly fucks like us).Oh shit , some people have already uploaded them and you have been tagged in the most hilarious and sickening poses. Ask them to untag or remove them(mostly with girls, yes stereotyping) and for the guys : “Woh daaru wala image hata saaley”. Some lass is going to stalk people on social network
3. The Environmentalist
The dormant environmentalist inside you will rise up from a slumber state of hangover. You will regret the hazardous air-quality of your area ,especially if you are from NCR. Maa kasam , I was in Delhi last year, ” Watt lag gaya tha”. Well please think before hand , no need to use your thinking cap after you have done all the kaand. It is the festival of light not sound….
4. Consume all the ladduus
If you have a sweet-tooth and you have siblings having same kind of madness ,please open up your fridge door and finish it off . This is a rat race and be a Milkha Singh …You need to consume all the ladduus or else your mom is going to use it for all the lame relatives and good for nothing neighbours.For the Bewdas and Bewdis , Nimbudaa Nimbudaa is your song of the day.
This is your only chance of redemption.
5. Save your phone
Guys please go to the Whatsapp images and get rid of thousands forwarded GIFs , pics of Diwali as soon as possible. Your phone is literally crying out in pain , ” Arrey rukh ja re bandey , aarey tham ja re bandey..ki kudrat hass padegi ho” (Indian Ocean , Black friday) Free your internal storage..please.
6. Hit the Gym
You have consumed like a Bhukkad and a Bear ..itna paap kaun dhoega. Go to the gym and burn your calories or else be like me…write lame blog posts…
Lastly , watch Bazaar or Badhai Ho..no Holly Flicks…Only Indian Films. Oh new episodes of The Flash , Legends Of Tomorrow are out . Jai Baba Torrent.For the bibliophiles… you have the new Booker Prize winner(2017),you know what to do. 😀
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Mumbai and it’s cousin areas like Thane, Navi Mumbai are experiencing heavy shower , disobedient wind and crazy Facebook posts . The State Govt could have declared a holiday and if you get one..You can do these things
So here are the five things you can do today.
You have been closely watching the cookery shows featuring famous personalities like Sanjeev Kapoor , “I don’t know any other person” , “Who cares “. You are hitting the love button on Instagram pictures showcasing stylishly taken photographs of rather simple preparations . Don’t even think about it . Just pour some rice , dal ,chopped onions , potatoes , chilli powder , ginger paste , salt , turmeric powder , slit chillis and water on pressure cooker . Wait for few whistle..You have Khichdi or Khichudi. Have some achhar please. Please forget fishes and eggs(save money). Even the ATM machines are not working.
First and foremost pour some coffee on your mug and grab a book.Take a top shot of the book with the coffee mug and post it on your instagram account or facebook account . You can take up a non fiction today , since it is a good day to contemplate and analyse. For the coochie cooh readers , you always have Mills and Boons with you. Don’t go for hard fictions. Ghost Stories will be spookier today. Eh Eh. Dive deep into the rich Maratha History , try out Bhaskaran’s Challenging Destiny.
The other day, I spotted a girl reading a book by Ishiguro in a Thane bound train. Well, you can pick any one …
Believe me this is the best day to rearrange your play list with utterly romantic numbers, heart wrenching ghazals, soft rocks and most importantly country folk numbers. Patriotic songs , hard metals , hip hop and Honey Singh are strictly no no for today. I will listen to Rafi , Lata, Kishore , Ghulam Ali and BoB Dylan today.
Bongs – Listen to Ei Meghla Diney Ekla by Hemanta Mukherjee
Do not miss Rim Jhim Ghire Sawaan. It is the ultimate song of this season, ah roaming around the colonial Bombay, with her/him by side…
The torrent is your saviour , so are F Movies and other sites ..check out the horror, romance genres and classics. My recommended list includes The Shawshank Redemption , The Green Mile , The Exorcist , IT , Before Sunrise , Before Sunset and Before Midnight etc.
If you have Netflix subscription: Sacred Games and Lust Stories are waiting for you
Hey Lazy Asses just go off to sleep and don’t do anything . You can just read the blog posts and forget about it. Enjoy fellas….oh yes you can click pictures of water-logged Mumbai and blame the municipality.Get depressed , write a poem or touch yourself. 😛
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Some extra intellectual movie buffs (including Desi, N.R.I and the Others) point out that there is dearth of good work in Bollywood and it is all about gimmicks, useless songs and dance sequences. Also they are unable to adapt any kind of literary texts successfully into the silver screen etc . So for them and the rest (the lovers) please take a look.
Deepa Mehta’s movie based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice Candy Man, the movie deserves applause for its screenplay, the acting department,and the songs. Aamir Khan plays the antagonist andyou cannot restrain yourself from applauding this genius when he expresses his sexual jealousy. The display of intrigue and the pain of partition creates a tragic tale in celluloid…
The finest Bollywood movie ever, be it an adapted screenplay or an orginal screenplay, everything…
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Abhas Kumar Ganguly (apna Kishore re) is still regarded as one of the most talented singers of our nation. Mohd Rafi is a singing genius, Manna Dey is the badshah of classical and semi-classical gharana. But, Kishore Kumar belongs to the aam admi and it is important to respect the taste of the mass. Kishore Kumar is known for churning outs romantic tracks , peppy numbers, heart-wrenching songs among others. But this blog post focuses upon those songs which are aimed at life in general . So no Jhumroo, Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Ayee Hum to Mohabbat karega over here. Some songs are contextual while some are for life. After all nothing is more important than life itself. Check this out.
1. Gaadi Bula Rahi Hain, Dost (1974)
This is my favourite and motivates you to move forward just like the mighty trains which overcome all the blockades in it’s track and keep moving on with fire in it’s heart. Dharmendra ‘s silence is so beautiful. This is a must song for your travel playlist.
Favourite Line : Aggey toofan , peeche barsaat ..upar gagan pe bijli
2. Zindagi Ek Safar hain Suhana, Andaz (1971)
This song doesn’t need any introduction , just enjoy the long road known as Life. This was a simplified versionof the concept known as Carpediem. Live life, make merry & don’t give a damm about others. Also it reminds you that life is vulnerable and might get lost at any time.
Rajesh Khanna’s lovable friendly appearence and Hema Malini’s smile make this one a treat to watch. Mohd Rafi did a sad version of the same song but it was Kishore da winning the brownie point the end. Check out Bombay in the 70’s..
Favourite line : Hasste gaatey Jahan se guzar
3. Jeevan Ke Safar Mein Raahi Milte Hain Bichar Jane ko, Munimji (1955)
The song highlights the fact that life is lonely and we are basically alone.You will have some people at some point of your life and you will part away with all of them, except with life. Dev Anand with his infectious smile ….hard to resist.
Favourite Line : Tanhayee mein tarpa ne ko
4. Zindagi Ki Yahi Reet, Mr.India (1987)
What is Life ?- It is an endless cycle of triumph and defeat. It is being happy and being sad.Brilliant use of metaphors. Anil Kapoor proves his mettle as an actor.If you ever feel depressed, listen to this one. Javed Akhtar’s lines are irrestible.
Favourite Line : Har naya paal naya geet hain
5.Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai, Khatta-Meetha (1978)
No philosophical mumbo-jumbo over here.It is about the aspirations of the Indian middle class. Some of us need money, some of us need love, some of us need fame.Blatantly originial and hardhitting.
Favourite Line : The whole song..
6. Aane Wala pal, Golmaal (1979 )
The beauty of time and the crudeness of the same. Life is all about the little precious moments, try to live it. This song is simple and classy-that is Kishore all about.
Favourite Line : Ho saakey toh isme Zindagi Beeta Do
7. Musafir Hoon Yaaron, Parichay (1972)
Gulzar’s lyrics about the evergreen traveller,who wanders across the land with only one aim, no aim. It is about the restlessness, it is about freedom and most importantly it is about the wanderlust of life. Bohemian spirit de-coded.
Favourite Line : Mujhe Chalte Jana hain..
Bass, babu samjho ishare.
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Welcome back everyone to another musical treat of Dr Ashutosh Javadekar…this time it is bigger and better. First born child is always special, so the previous one is really close to heart but the second instalment makes you believe in the exquisiteness of life.
However this time he has been joined by two gifted personalities Mr Sarang Kulkarni and Savaniee Ravindra . I have been fortunate enough to witness the Sarod skill of Sarang Kulkarni beforehand..wayback at the West Zone Inter University Competition at Surat ,Gujrat.Kulkarni’s tunes provides a blissfull aura to the song.The beard suits you…but I missed your locks. Savaniee Ravindra’s vocal quality is so powerful yet subtle in this melody and she is a treat to watch while swaying across the waves of Arabian Sea.
Dr Javadekar did an awesome fusion job with bilingual lyrics. His Non- Mahrashtrian fans were always demanding for a translated version of his creative pieces..but he comes with a boom…he creates an original poesy in both Queen’s language and Majhi Bhasha resulting in the development of AAS.Sir, don’t give up your leather jacket in near future.
Ashu Da ..you have been getting better with age. You are the vintage wine of the music industry who takes his own time to brew and replenishes the thrust of the music aficionados with unforgettable melodies. It takes a lots of courage to experiment with such innovative musical forms and kudos for such daring attempt …no doubt the great Shankar Mahadevan was showering compliments on 9x Jhakkas Live.
With my limited musical capabilities I would like to say…this music video seemed effortless in its conceptualization and execution.The vocal qualities of both the male and female counterparts have complemented each other in this musical delight. The musical arrangement is as soothing as the gentle waves of Konkan beaches and lastly the temperament of the song – it makes you grin…and when an art brings out a glee on your face…it becomes successful.
Keep rocking Ashuda with your Vocals , lyrics and looks..going to be Legendary
Enjoy the music video
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Seeing is believing and actions are always louder than words..Just Check out the awesomely clicked shots by Nikhil Parmar.
Check out one of them ..others are available on the link
I am sharing the link of his album.
Check this out.
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- In original Mahabharat Ganesh was the writer, who is the writer over here in this retelling of Epic ?are you the great Ganesh ?
The writer here the protagonist NR as the entire story is being recalled by him while in coma. I am not sure about Ganesh , but NR is trying to be a Vyasa here.
- Don’t you think there have been innumerable retelling of the epic ?How your book is different from them ?
Where i feel my book is different is that I have stuck to the original as much as possible and the book is not just one character’s perspective. I have made an humble attempt to give scientific rational explanations to events described in these epics using concepts of physics, modern day technology as well as some of the practices followed in the software industry I am part of. I have also tried to explore further and explain some of the uncomfortable sections described in these epics like why did Rama ask Sita to undergo agnipariksha? Why did Dronacharya ask Ekalavya his thumb as guru dakshina? I have also used some of the ideas from books like chariots of god and tv series like Ancient aliens.
- Don’t you think Mahabharat is just a way of promoting the greatness of Vishnu ?
I would beg to differ , perhaps Ramayana was promoting the greatness of Vishnu. The epic itself was named after Ram, it also talked about an utopian society called Ram Rajya etc. Whereas in Mahabharata, Vishnu as Krishna takes a backseat for the most part and allows other characters to express themselves. He is happy playing kingmaker and guiding the pandavas. He even takes a vow that he will not use any weapon in the great Mahabharata war and is content being the charioteer to Arjuna.
- Have you gone through Anand Neelkanthan’s Ajeya and Devdutt Pattanaik’s Jaya? What are your views about these books ?
I have read Jaya and Anand Neelkanthan’s Asura but not Ajeya and loved both these books. I consciously decided not to read any myth-fiction books related to Mahabharata while I was writing my book so I don’t get influenced by them in any way.
5.In tv series like Ancient Aliens, Krishna have been projected as an Alien from an advanced planet ? Plz comment
As I have mentioned in the acknowledgement section in the book Ancient aliens was one of my inspirations while writing this book apart from the book chariots of god. If Krishna happens to be the paramatma herself (J) whether him being alien or not is immaterial!
THE MAHABHARATA CODE
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“The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here.
As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”
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