POCKET-MAAR AND I

If the title sounds like another version of ‘King and I’ so be it; I had goosebumps on being face to face with Mr. Smooth Fingers. It wasn’t anything like I had ever imagined: my first experience at being pick-pocketed or nearly pick-pocketed. I didn’t even feel a thing. A hand brushed the right side of my bottom and stayed there just a wee bit longer than the casual brush; and […]

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DORI

All characters in this story are imaginary and bear no resemblance to anyone dead or alive. All incidents except historic incidents are fictitious. Names of places are actual but are only incidental to the story and not purported to convey specificity of places, police station etc……… Chewing the end of the pencil, he used to sit on a rock under the pine trees, and try to write poems and his […]

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ARMY CHIEF’S AGE – THE OTHER ISSUES

Herman Wouk remarked in Caine Mutiny, “Wasted years are as painful in the beginning, as in the old age; only, in the end it becomes more obvious.” Likewise, when General VK Singh joined the Indian Army some four decades back, he would have never thought that the question of his becoming younger or older by a year would become the subject of an urgent debate in a nation forever starved of […]

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PUNJABIS – THE WAY WE ARE

 Punjabis hain bahut great, Ek beer ka de do inko crate, Phir dekho kaise hota hai, Inka ego inflate. Pic courtesy: jokesprank.com Punjabis are really great, They have free love and hate, Jab vada vo karte hain, To nibhaate hain at any rate. Punjabis are really great, BA, MA aur matriculate, No beating around the bush please, Come to the point straight. Punjabis are really great, Matters nahin karte complicate, […]

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NO IFS AND BUTTS – BOTTOMS ARE IMPORTANT

The first blog post of the year 2012 for me should be making me look ahead. However, in this post, I am looking behind or rather looking at behinds; or, as the Indians call it – at the back sides. And all this is because of an end-of-the-year snippet in the newspaper that a certain Natalie Thomas has insured her bottom for a huge amount. The reason? She is paid […]

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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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NH7 BACARDI WEEKENDER – ROAD TO HEAVEN

This is not an expert’s coverage of the NH7 Bacardi Weekender at Pune (from 18 to 20 Nov 11). That I am sure Arjun S Ravi would have done in NH7 and Indiecision and some of his coverage was live too. Nor are the photographs in the article even one tenth of the professional excellence, clarity and story-telling quality of Kunal Kakodkar’s. This is an ordinary music lover’s response at being amongst the music loving crowd […]

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MOBILE ESHTYLE

Cellphones have become part of our life; so much so that an ad campaign shows the mobile phone craving for a man’s attention – through urgent ringtone – even when he, with his would be wife, are taking rounds of the nuptial fire (agni), or attending a funeral, or a class in a college or even in the library. Together with the cellphone have come various styles of attending to the calls […]

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CRAZY SPECK SONNET

Ah, is it just a speck? An insignificant fleck? But, could it be so grotesque? So as to be in a story Kafkaesque? Or may be in theatre burlesque? Lets just do a check: Is it a mere stain on deck? Or perhaps a smart Aleck? A veritable pain-in-the-neck, Who is not worth a peck? What the heck, it could be a wreck, Found whilst out on a trek. So, […]

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MAN IN THE MIRROR

The court was assembled Splendid and majestic People looked down Awaiting the arrival of the King A bugle…hushed silence…pronouncement And then he walked in With the edge of his robe Held by minions behind He took his seat At the throne. This is what he said: “Last week when I went hunting I came across a pond In a recess in the forest With clear and placid waters I looked […]

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