Move Over, Sashi (Tharoor)!

You lost it – this guy is ahead by several lengths!

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It’s Always Later Than Sooner…

in relating to them around me.

A month or so ago, I missed the call when it came. Coming from a distant suburb, he wanted to know if I was home and he could drop in. ‘Never mind, I’ll make it next time I’m in those parts,’ he promised.

Well,,,it didn’t happen. Unknown to me, a week back he had suddenly passed away leaving me waiting still for his call and visit.

J was in my school, in my class and a bench-mate for years. Once out of school, we were in touch off and on. Never really got to spend time together. He was busy climbing the corporate ladder scaling one peak after another along the way while I was going gray in my grind. But when we met, we always picked up the threads like it was yesterday.

It was a few years ago when J came down to my place last. And spent time engaging my mother, an old lady not in best of health. Seeing my house in a mess on that occasion, this generous soul spontaneously offered to help me financially and with a paid assignment, entirely unsolicited.

Regrettably this is not the first time fate dealt a vicious kick when least expected. ‘Better sooner than later’ seems to be a lesson never learnt in the school of life.

Well…I’m no Munir Niazi to say it exactly as it feels, as only he can in so few words:

हमेशा देर कर देता हूँ मैं / मुनीर नियाज़ी
1923 – 2006, Lahore, Pakistan

ज़रूरी बात कहनी हो 
कोई वादा निभाना हो 
उसे आवाज़ देनी हो 
उसे वापस बुलाना हो 
हमेशा देर कर देता हूँ मैं

मदद करनी हो उसकी 
यार का धाढ़स बंधाना हो 
बहुत देरीना[1] रास्तों पर 
किसी से मिलने जाना हो 
हमेशा देर कर देता हूँ मैं 

बदलते मौसमों की सैर में 
दिल को लगाना हो 
किसी को याद रखना हो 
किसी को भूल जाना हो 
हमेशा देर कर देता हूँ मैं 

किसी को मौत से पहले 
किसी ग़म से बचाना हो 
हक़ीक़त और थी कुछ 
उस को जा के ये बताना हो 
हमेशा देर कर देता हूँ मैं 

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Source: http://kavitakosh.org/kk/ and clip from Gul Advani

What’s Up??


Source: Elango Velur Thiruturaipoondi Tiruvarur“சிரிக்க, சிந்திக்க”

Two ladies met.

“You look worried. What’s up?”

“It’s my son, Raghu. You know he hasn’t been going to school for three months now.”

“Why? What happened? Is he sick or something?”

“This happened three months ago. One evening, he lost his way coming back from school. We were mighty worried. Then my husband thought of it – he sent out a message on WhatsApp along with his photograph. Worked like magic – he was home next day. Someone had read the message, spotted him and brought him home.”

“Wow! Look at the power of social networking! But then tell me…”

“That’s the problem – since then he’s not able to go to school for the same reason. The moment he steps out, someone grabs him and brings him home kicking and screaming…we’ve been unable to stop it- the WhatsApp message is still going around:-(“

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PS: A version of it may have appeared earlier in this blog.

Source: Elango Velur Thiruturaipoondi Tiruvarur“சிரிக்க, சிந்திக்க”

Carriers (101 Words)

They filed down Main Street, stone-faced, pitiful, dragging their loads resolutely behind them.

“Who are they?” I asked someone.

“Carriers,” he said. “Odd bunch. Anything that hurt them goes in those packs.”

“Anything?”

“Look for yourself.”

Their packs overflowed with knives and glass shards, snakes, and cigarette packs.

Pins.

Needles.

Books stacked several rows deep.

A whole stove top.

Guns beyond counting.

“They carry all that weight their entire lives. Weird, right?”

I thought of the photo inside my wallet: her smile and wisps of loose hair around her temples.

“No,” I replied, slowly. “I don’t think it’s weird at all.”

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Source: Matt Spaetzel in 101words.org

Coffee Is No Help…

At least it didn’t work for me. Try cracking these two:



Simple, eh? That was from Buzzfeed.

Here comes the second one:

Can you make a square by touching only one matchstick?

When you have had enough – I did no better – pls find the solutions in comments.

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Sure To Get You On Your Feet…

Not talking about the national anthem here.

The first is from that genius of a guy – O P Nayyar from 1958 and the second played by the glamour girl Sridevi in a comic piece, an iconic imitation of Chaplin, some thirty years later in 1987.

Movie: Howrah Bridge (1958) 

Song: Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu

Star cast: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, K.N Singh, Helen, Dhumal, Om Parkesh, Kammo, Madan P, Sunder, Mehmood, Minu Mumtaz, Chaman Puri

Singer: Geeta Dutt

Music Director: O P Nayyar

Lyricist:  Qamar Jalalabadi

Directed and Produced by Shakti Samanta.

Tidbit: The ‘bad’ girl Helen’s first break into films!

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Movie: Mr. India (1987) 

Song: Hawa Hawai

Star cast: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Satish Kaushik, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor

Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Producer: Boney Kapoor

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Unforgettable Melodies

Movie: Anokhi Raat (1968) 

Song: Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Jal Mein

Star cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Zahida, Mukri

Singer: Mukesh

Music Director: Roshan

Lyricist: Indivar

Album:  Legends Mukesh- 4. Licensed to YouTube by saregama (on behalf of Saregama)

Tidbit: Roshan passed away before the movie was completed. Zahida, the heroine, is a niece of Nargis. 

Movie: Modern Girl (1961) 

Song: Ye Mausam Rangeen Sama

Star cast: Pradeep Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Smriti Biswas

Singer: Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur

Music Director: Ravi

Lyricist: Gulshan Bavra

Quality: Could be better. In the second half, the song is rendered once again, this time the sound is better. The song is too melodious to miss despite the quality issue. 

About sad end of Sayeeda Khan: The heroine of this movie was Sayeeda Khan (in the clip). There is very little known about her – she was a small time actress active in Bollywood in 1960’s; acted in a few movies: opposite Kishore Kumar in movies like “Crorepati” and “Apna Haath Jagannath”, with Manoj Kumar in “Honeymoon”. She married Brij Sadanah (producer of “Victoria no. 203”). In 1990, her husband killed Sayeeda Khan and their daughter, before killing himself. Luckily their son Kamal, who was not at home, survived. Kamal Sadanah later acted as hero in a movie called “Rang”. (Source: YouTube)

 

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