TIME AND RAINBOW

It suddenly appeared across the hill, across the river and the rocks. Before it appeared in its seven visible vibgyor colours, there was a wedding of giddad-giddadi (he and she jackal); as was the folklore to describe rain and sun appearing together. It appeared so near and yet so far. As a young boy I ran after it, to catch it in my little soiled hands, to bathe in its […]

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RHYTHM HOUSE, KALA GHODA, MUMBAI TO SHUT DOWN!

I can’t believe it. It has been such a landmark for us in South Bombay, within walking distance of the Naval Dockyard. I have spent hours going through and buying music at Rhythm House. We are a family of music lovers. We have neither been rich nor poor. In our middle-class hand to mouth existence, music has been food for us – food for soul that is. I can relate […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA DARBARI KANADA – PART II

As you are already aware, these blogs are being recreated from the posts on my Facebook page Lyrical wherein I started with this theme of giving you the best raaga based songs in Hindi movies on the 8th of Aug 2015. Presently, I am on my 11th Raaga: Raag Gara. I have already given you blogs on Raaga Bhairavi, Yaman or Kalyan, and Jhinjhoti. This means that I am well […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA DARBARI – PART I

As you are already aware, these blogs are being recreated from the posts on my Facebook page Lyrical wherein I started with this theme of giving you the best raaga based songs in Hindi movies on the 8th of Aug 2015. Presently, I am on my 11th Raaga: Raag Gara. I have already given you blogs on Raaga Bhairavi, Yaman or Kalyan, and Jhinjhoti. This means that I am well […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA JHINJHOTI – PART II

I run a Facebook page called Lyrical wherein I often give theme based songs. The current theme, since 12th Aug 15, is The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies. On Lyrical, I am on the tenth Raaga: Raaga Jhinjhoti, that is. I am conscious that I have so far converted only two Raaga based song-posts on Lyrical into blogs; that is, Raaga Bhairavi (in three parts) and Raaga Yaman […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA JHINJHOTI – PART I

I run a Facebook page called Lyrical wherein I often give theme based songs. The current theme, since 12th Aug 15, is The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies. On Lyrical, I am on the tenth Raaga: Raaga Jhinjhoti, that is. I am conscious that I have so far converted only two Raaga based song-posts on Lyrical into blogs; that is, Raaga Bhairavi (in three parts) and Raaga Yaman […]

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“WE ARE ABOUT TO GET FULL OROP”

This is in good humour and should be read in that spirit only: The year is 2023. In a solemn ceremony, veterans (those who are stll alive, that is) have gathered fondly at the venue of their fiercest and bitterest campaign field; not Kargil, not Poonchh or Khemkaran, not even at Siachen, but, at Jantar Mantar. They are celebrating the golden jubilee of their campaign to restore OROP that was […]

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OROP AGITATION AND THE AVERAGE INDIANS

Three days back, the veteran Indian born British actor Saeed Jeffrey passed away. I was reminded of this scene in Satyajit Ray’s 1976 movie Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) based on a story by Munshi Premchand. The scene is the last scene of the movie in which two rich noblemen of Awadh kingdom, Mirza Sajjad Ali (Sanjeev Kumar) and Mir Roshan Ali (Saeed Jeffrey) continue playing chess, a game […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA YAMAN – PART III

I run a Facebook page called Lyrical wherein I often give theme based songs. The current theme, since 12th Aug 15, is The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies. I have just finished for you The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies – Raaga Bhairavi – Part I, Part II and Part III. Recently, I put up ‘The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies – Raaga Yaman […]

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THE BEST RAAGA BASED SONGS IN HINDI MOVIES – RAAGA YAMAN – PART II

I run a Facebook page called Lyrical wherein I often give theme based songs. The current theme, since 12th Aug 15, is The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies. I have just finished for you The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies – Raaga Bhairavi – Part I, Part II and Part III. Recently, I put up ‘The Best Raaga Based Songs In Hindi Movies – Raaga Yaman […]

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NOISE IS THE NEWEST FORM OF DEVOTION

Life in the armed forces, as anyone would tell you, is tough. Armed forces are not a vocation but a way of life; and hence, one is on duty 24/7 throughout the year. You hardly have any family life. With the perpetual shortage of officers in the armed forces, you actually end up doing the work of your absent friends, in addition to your own. Hence, when you retire after […]

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KAALI DIWALI KA GEET

Most defence colonies in India, this Diwali, present a desolate look as a mark of protest against the machinations of netas and babus who denied the veterans full OROP despite its approval by two parliaments. The idea of the babus, as we understand, is to discredit and dishonour the faujis in the eyes of the general public. What do they think of themselves? In a country, wherein we are often […]

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OROP AND BIHAR ELECTIONS

Armed forces personnel, even after retirement, by and large, continue being apolitical. That’s how it should be in a democracy. However, armed forces personnel should be politically savvy. They do vote, don’t they? What politicians do affects them, in many cases, even more than the civilians. For example, they say, war is politics by other means; soldiers, sailors and airmen die in war and all because of international and national […]

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WHY BLACK DIWALI THIS YEAR?

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM, who spearheads the UFESM (United Front of Ex Service Men) campaign for OROP (One Rank One Pension), whilst speaking at the OROP Rally at Azad Maidan, Mumbai, on Saturday, 31 Oct 11, exhorted the faujis to observe Black Diwali this year by not lighting any lamps or indulging in any celebration. He said that the unfulfilled promise on OROP by the government has ruled out […]

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