Sunday, March 23

Keeping it real, yet again

Dear Readers,

Last Friday, i got a wonderful opportunity to attend the exclusive screening of Mr. Anurag Basu's film "Sunsilk Real FM", despite the fact and knowing he himself won't be coming for the screening, i was still thrilled to attend as it was an 'exclusive' event for bloggers. Although i am not qualified enough to judge or review a movie, but as promised to my fellow bloggers, i will give it a try.

Disclaimer:
I am really fond of Mr. Basu, because i love the kind of  realistic movies he makes, which people can easily connect to and Sunsilk 97.5 Real FM is no exception. The name may also been chosen keeping that in mind i guess.



Here it goes:-

The film is about 3 friends who join hands to help one of the friend in need. Rhea, the protagonist, is the typical rich  girl who is well provided off, her father is the owner of a radio station and her brother is studying in London. Her world was shattered, when she realizes that her father had a heart attack and the radio station is on brink of closing down. After crying for few seconds, she stood up and decided to save the radio station. With that attitude, i think she has already won half the battle.

Her 2 friends, despite having no idea what to do agreed to help her facing challenges like their family approvals and the station technicalities. After initial set backs, came the epiphany "Why not play 28 songs of each state as a tribute on Independence day".  Universal fact - Music brings people together, and its the best way to reach out.

The film touches your heart with the concept of Unity in diversity. We may be 28, but we are still one -  "The united states of India". So the people of Manipur are as important to us as the people of  Maharashtra or any other state for that matter. The one line i loved the most was "Mumbai: yaha pura India basta hain".

The movie talks about women safety and middle class issues too where a simple middle class girl is forced to suppress her dreams because her father doesn't approve them.

The film also teaches us to be creative, rather imitating or impersonating others, to be yourself.

In the end you can achieve anything, if you have the confidence, right attitude and friends by your side. Moral : Bring it on 'life'. If life throws lemons at you, make lemonade from it and ask for watermelons next, obviously for a watermelon juice.

Few things missing in the ending:
Whom did Rhea chooses, her ex or the CA?
They never actually got any real investors?
How can you measure the success of the station based on 1 day of airtime?
Is smoking that one cigarette in office was the cause of the heart attack?

I think, what the director wants to say in the end is "Success doesn't matter, standing up to the challenge is".

Thank you Mr. Basu and Mr Khurana for keeping it real time and again. Keep making these kind of awesome movies.

Thumps up for Sunsilk Real FM.



Thursday, December 26

Heart's Melodious Emotions Vs Brain's Practical Logic's



9:00AM :  Tum se hi din hota hai.     (Abey Filmy)

10:00 : Dil ki breaking news baj rahi hain,.....koi.....sune toh zaraaaa.     (Pardon........Not audible)

11:00 : Mein pareshan...pareshan....pareshan.....pareshan.                (Take a off...u fool.....oh...lot of work...no off)

12:00 : Dil kyun ye mera shor karein.....          (that not 'shor' - its called heartbeat...i need oxygen u know)

13:00 : Pyar hamein kis mod me le aayaaaa........ke dil kare haii...(haii).....koi ye batein kya hoga...       (time for lunch)    .......Go to hell i am not feeling hungry !!

14:00 : Zara se dil mein de jagah......zarah sa apna le bana........     (r u insane, heart is not an empty basket where we u can put 'anything')

15:00 : Dooba dooba rehta hoon aankhon me teri......deewana ban gaya hoon main chaahat me teri    (u have lost it my friend...learn swimming)

16:00 : Tere mast mast 2 nain .....mere dil ka le gaye chaain   (OMG, u r so cheap)

17:00 : Dil to bachcha hain ji......thoda kachcha hain ji       (Now don't give a excuse)

18:00 : Jo bhi main kehna chahu.......barbad karein alfaaz mere       (i agree, u don't make any sense)

19:00: Sabse peeche hum khade.........(Taller people have to stand at the back)


P.S. : Not Suffering from Multiple personality disorder.

Saturday, October 12

Unsaid Emotions


बहुत सुनना था, कुछ सुनाना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं।
बहुत प्यार करना था, थोडा लड़ना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं।
तुमको मिल गयी कोई और वजह, हमारे पास कोई वजह नहीं हैं।
तुम खुश रहो सदा, हम तो खुश हैं तुम्हारी ख़ुशी में क्यूंकि हमारे पास कोई वजह नहीं हैं।

Pride is Temporary; Regret is Forever.

Wednesday, August 7

Libras are amazing lovers.

  • Because we never forget your birthdays.
  • Because we listen.
  • Because we become your dad when you travel alone.
  • Because we become your mom when you are sick.
  • Because we skip a beat when you get hurt. Sometimes beats.
  • Because we never skip a chance to flirt with you.
  • Because we can’t see you dancing with someone else.
  • Because we want to be your knight in shining armor.
  • Because we and no one else can handle you when you are mad.
  • Because we understand even if it’s not our fault.
  • Because we forgive even when it’s tough to forget.
  • Because we love holding hands.
  • Because we look in your eyes when you talk, and sometimes, at your lips.
  • Because we listen to the heart, even when the head makes more sense.
  • Because we surrender and sacrifice.
  • Because we keep you on top.
  • Because we put this unnecessary pressure on ourselves to please you.
  • Because we crack jokes, incessantly,  some really lame ones too.
  • Because we get tickled inside when we make you giggle.
  • Because we find you in our songs.
  • Because we don’t mind getting distracted when you call at work.
  • Because we find our happiness in you.
  • Because we love you, more than we love ourselves, and we are born self obsessed. 

How do i know so much, simple i am a Libran myself :)

This post is dedicated to you.



Monday, August 5

My chilhood experience with a dreadful smell


I don’t think any house in India was completely isolated from the mouse menace in the 90’s. The time where mice were part our households, a member of the family kinds. With the problem came the solution i.e. Mouse traps and there was a rush to purchase the same. These traps were pretty effective in catching their prey but the big question was what to do after catching them. People use to travel miles and miles to throw them at the far off garbage disposal grounds, but unfortunately that didn’t help mainly because it was a viscous cycle where you will dispose them somewhere and other person too does the same, therefore the mice never lost their numbers they were just getting new homes.

After the debacle, Mortein came up with a fresh idea of poison cakes which can be kept at places where there is a possibility of the mouse. The mouse will eat them, that will choke their lungs and they will run outside for air and eventually die. Great idea, we just have to put the green cake and it will do the rest, but unfortunately it is not full proof, most of the times the rat dies at the hardest to reach corners of the house making life miserable.

This is my story of such incident where a rat died after the poison cake at the most unwanted location – The 'store', where we usually dump everything which is unwanted for now.

And then came the bomb; from where this horrible smell is coming? Mom said and eyes start rolling. Horrible smells are associated with a fart, smelly socks, to the extreme of who didn’t took bath today. After the blame game, teasing, literally checking and after counting out all these possibilities we start checking the room. Searching for these bad odors can be a frustrating task, but with mom’s perseverance everything is achievable.  It was making us crazy, thinking what the heck is stinking so bad and finally we found the dead body (mystery solved) and I was chosen for the rituals of cremating it off to the farthest location possible. 

My association with exotic smell is when mother bakes and cooks. The smell just drives you nuts, the temptation is irresistible and you just try your best to grab and stuffed it into your mouth.


How can I forget my other nostalgic associations with smell like the smell of wet mud after the enchanting rains when I would sit for hrs (inhaling as much as possible), gazing outside and penning down random stuff, the smell of a fresh new book, where I keep reading and flipping pages to get the fresh smell experience time and again and last but not the least the smell of a fresh paint which reminds me of my awesome childhood involvements. :)


This post is written for IndiBlogger, Ambipure www.facebook.com/AmbiPurIndia Smiley Air to Smelly Air contest. 

Happy Breathing!!

Saturday, April 13

The growing pursuit of wealth

There was a young guy, who like any other inspiring blood had an intention to change the world, to help as many people as he could and to make people happy around him but unfortunately that has changed radically and now he is filled with a never ending desire of accumulating as much wealth as possible to fulfill his and his family growing needs. This in fact is an interesting anecdote valid for most of us and we can easily relate to it because we are now part of this culture of aggregating where everyone wants to rough shod over everybody to have more and more (refer story of 99 gold coins). This culture of “Ye dil maange more” is the reason behind this transition from “the pursuit of happiness” to “the pursuit of wealth”. Some may argue that wealth = happiness and they have their preset notion pretty much set so I won’t argue with that and them. 





Earlier, when a man used to come home, he would humbly tell everybody what act of random kindness (ARK) he has done today and inspire other too but now he just brags about his new luxury possession, how much more money he will make in next few months, his new role in office, his foreign trip in pipeline etc. Yes, we aspire to have more but at what cost, we see an accident in front of us and we don’t even bother to stop because we are worried about getting late to office which might result in our pay cut. Preposterous!! 

 It is quite clear that ‘Money is king’ today, no doubt money is important but the important question is how much? Yes, we are entitled to ensure well-being of our family but I don’t think it is just confined to earning money. That being said i am no guru in telling you what is right or wrong and you are better equipped to decide on that, I am just asking or would rather request to take a sabbatical, spend some time alone and search your own meaning of well-being, for you and for your family. 

Mantra: Just ask yourself everyday “what act of kindness you have done today? ” and you will enjoy a restful sleep and that means a lot! 

“There is no wealth but life”. ~ John Ruskin

Saturday, December 29

Enough of Platitudes India

If you are looking for any inspiration from this post, i must tell you there isn't any here. So if you seriously looking for one, then just go and see your mom, sister, wife or daughter right now.

What i really wanted to do with this space was to share ideas on how to tackle the menace of sexual crimes against women. Like most of us i can also go on and on when it comes to criticizing and complaining the Government actions (sec 144, shutting down metro, faking sympathy) and in-actions (police reforms, law & order, governance paralysis). But that would be the easiest thing to do, having said that do you really think government is only to blame here, actually we all are partners in crime and it's high time we introspect. 

These following 5 points are essential is what i feel to completely eradicate this menace.
  1. Don't just start weeping, don't behave like a stubborn child, zip it and ACT consistently and not just when you get a wake up slap. Enough of Platitudes people, seriously enough.
  2. Name and shame the sex offenders, including the MP and MLA's by publishing their names on the national website and ridiculing them. FYI, around 650 MPs and MLAs have been charged for sexual crimes against women which is still pending with courts. This will also force the political parties to remove them.
  3. Stay United, so if you see a guy fighting with a eve -teaser alone consider him as your best friend/brother and join hands against crime and injustice.
  4. Police System really needs an overhaul and it is not limited to just by transferring/suspending, it also includes our Judiciary system, so if a girl gets justice in 15 yrs it isn't a justice actually, henceforth we need a sex offense bill, police reforms and fast track courts across India for such kind of cases.
  5. Social equality; if a girl is raped, she should not be treated as some second class citizen. Rather than blaming and disgracing her, the guy should be humiliated for his action. It would be a slow process in this male dominated society and we need to start from scratch, creating awareness. We really need to ask some hard questions this time.
Last and the least,  "Don't Betray her, Don't Forget". I sincerely hope her death will not go in vain and i am worried it will.

~ The Angry Indian.

Monday, October 29

What's in the Name? A lot Actually.

Tropical cyclone 'Sandy' threatening US, Sandy! yes you heard it right, ironically sounds more like an angry girlfriend than a natural disaster to me. But as Shakespeare had said "Whats' in a name".

But i disagree, what if we name a natural disaster like tsunami after our PM, Manmohan Singh  probably it won't do anything, Not that natural forces know the difference and will be effected, it's the perception that will change among the masses.

So, the Hurricance will make their share of necessary damage but naming it Sandy will help us in preparing it mentally and to eventually sustain it.

Open Letter:

Dear Sis,

Hope you are safe in US. If required i will send my personal hand made 'Ark' to you. BTW, what is the price of Kindle Fire HD in US (Height of Shamelessness).

Your loving, caring and 'selfless' brother. :)


For real time updates on hurricanes across the Globe check out this website- http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/ (There is a storm Cyclone Nilam presently hovering around Indian east coast too.)


Stay Safe !!

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