A PLAY TITLED ‘NEW YEAR’

Cardboard cutouts of crepuscular birds Silently flap their wings In a jagged arrowhead Over chaos, despondence, carnage Riding into the dusk of 2011. End of Act I; thank God it’s over. The audience awaits the next Act That would miraculously usher in: A nation riding on wings of Hope Justice, Equality, Dignity, Amity, Knowledge. Act II; oh, how we awaited it? Suddenly, there are no tears, No poor and naked, […]

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

I wrote in an article (‘Happy New Year’) in this blog on 1st of January this year, that there is actually nothing New about the New Year and that this is, as indeed is Time, an invention of man to end one’s worries, habits, biases, proclivities, unhappinesses, mistakes, and sadnesses and thus begin afresh with a new resolve and of course new worries, habits, biases etc.Hence, it is not difficult to conclude that […]

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THE BEST OF OLD HINDI SONGS – RAFI, SHAKEEL, NAUSHAD AND DILIP KUMAR TOGETHER

How proud I am that I lived in an era when Mohammed Rafi sang the songs whose lyrics were written by Shakeel Badayuni, music composed by Naushad and Dilip Kumar enacted those songs? There are other great lyricists such as Hasrat Jaipuri, Sahir Ludhianvi and Majrooh Sultanpuri. Similarly, there are other great music composers such as Ravi, Hemant Kumar, Salil Choudhury, Shanker-Jai Kishen, and Laxmikant Pyarelal. However, this article is […]

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INDIA AND PAKISTAN – CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT BEING ENEMIES?

India and Pakistan are like two separated brothers, for example, in a Manmohan Desai movie. A time will come when we will pull the sleeves of our shirts back and reveal the common tattoos that our parents had got etched for us before we parted company or were separated by a tumultuous cyclone or earthquake; and Manmohan will exult, “Bhaiyya or Bhaaji” to Zardari and the latter will, in euphoric denouement scream, […]

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SEASON’S GREETINGS – 2011

Dear Friends, Christmas is here again, And so is New Year, I go down memory lane, And share our news here. After retirement we made home, In Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. It’s neither Paris, nor Rome Nor even London or Shanghai. But it is our home and hence, We are always in love with it, It would give us joy immense, When you honour us with a visit.   We have […]

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SULAGTE AANSU

 वो लौटा रहें हैं मेरा सामान, और जला रहे हैं सब कुछ, मेरी आरज़ू है सितमगर मेरे अश्क भी जला दें ताके दिल के समुन्दर में वो तूफ़ान फिर ना उभरे; जो मरहले खड़े थे उन्हें ठोकर से मिटा दें काश हम ना होते वो ना होते, और ये आरज़ू ना होती तेरी आँखों में जो सरूर था वो सरूर भी हटा दें मैं भूल गया हूँ सब कुछ, तेरे […]

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