HELL IN THE JVDE (KHARGHAR) – A ‘WAR’ MOVIE IN THE MAKING!

First of all, what is JVDE (Kharghar), you are bound to ask me? Well, it stands for Jal Vayu Defence Enclave (Kharghar), an AFNHB (Air-Force Navy Housing Board) colony in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai (Please read: ‘Jal Vayu Defence Enclave Kharghar – How Can It Become The Best Colony?’). Secondly, why do I have to write posts about this colony? It is simply because after retirement from the Indian Navy in […]

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SHAKEEL BADAYUNI – COUNTDOWN TO HIS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 03 AUG 2016 – PART II

These blogs, one part in a week, have been reconstructed from my Facebook Page: Lyrical whereat I am attempting a four week tribute to Shakeel Badayuni leading up to his Birth Centenary on 03 Aug 2016. We have completed Part I of this Countdown from 03 Jul to 09 Jul 16. Those of you who read Part I would know that I have been giving three songs a day and […]

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PHIR BARSAAT CHALI AAYI

आज फिर भीगने का दिल करता है बरसात में, कुछ शोख़ हवा चली है सुहानी रात में I यादों की बूंदे दिल के आँगन में गिर रही हैं, और दस्तक दे रही हैं देहलीज़-ऐ-जज़्बात पे I मेरे रूखे जहान पे सावन को भी तरस आ गया, लगता है रो रहा है वह भी मेरे हालात पे I घने धुएं में रौशनी की किरण जगमगाई है, कुछ और लौ बची है […]

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ZAMAANE KA EK AJAB ROOP AUR RANG

ज़माने का अजब रूप और रंग देखा है, धूप और छाँव को मैंने संग देखा हैI रिवाजों की जो हरदम हामी भरते थे, हैरत से उनको बदलते ढंग देखा है। ज़मीन पे जिनके पैर उठते ही ना थे, आज उनको उड़ती पतंग देखा है। वह जो बेकसी के आलम में पढ़े रहते थे, उनके चेहरे पे ख़ुशी की उमंग को देखा है I आज नज़दीकी दोस्त बने फिरते हैं जो, […]

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SHAKEEL BADAYUNI – COUNTDOWN TO HIS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 03 AUG 2016 – PART I

These blogs, one part in a week, have been reconstructed from my Facebook Page: Lyrical whereat I am attempting a four week tribute to Shakeel Badayuni leading up to his Birth Centenary on 03 Aug 2016. I love the date of 03 Aug 1916 when my favourite poet and lyricist Shakeel Badayuni was born in the small town of Badayun in Uttar Pradesh state. That part of the country was […]

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KAISE CHAMAN VEERAAN HO GAYA

नफरत है उन्हें अब हमसे जो करते थे हमें प्यार, दुश्मन बने हैं आज वह जिन्हे दोस्ती का था इकरार I क्या क्या न हम उनके लिए बने फिर भी रंजिश ही रही, दरिया तो रहा बीच में, मैं इस तरफ वह उस पार I जशन-ऐ-ख़ुशी के बुदबुदे मौजों में नज़र आते रहे, वह साहिल पे खड़े देखते रहे, मैं रहा सागर के मंझधार I माना के अहद – ऐ […]

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MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE

No, this article is not about the 1970s British sitcom by the same name. Nowadays, in Mumbai, for example, it is common to see a man sharing a house with two single women (all students or all in their early careers); the women preferring the man’s presence for safety and security. However, in the 70s sitcom, starring Richard O’Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett, it was considered a very daring […]

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WHAT IF ARMED FORCES WERE TO BECOME NON-UNIFORM(ED) SERVICES?

Armed forces are called uniformed services. Many uninformed (not the opposite of uniformed) people feel that they are called so only because of the uniform that they wear: olive-green for the army, white for the navy and the sky blue for the air-force. Of course, that’s right but it is only a small part of the uniformity obtained in the services. The major part is to do with the uniformity […]

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