Monday, May 28, 2007

Akshta in her 2nd month

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Purani Jeans











This song by Ali Haidar makes me feel being forever in my college and hostel days. This was recorded on May 26th, when akshta was 2 months 10 day old.


Purani jeans aur guitar
Mohalle ki vo chhat
Aur mere yaar
Vo raaton ko jaagna
Subah ghar jaan
Kood ke deewar
Vo cigaretee peena
Gali mein jaake
Wo karna daanton ko
Ghadi ghadi saaf
Pahunchna college hamesha late
Vo kehna sir ka
"Get out from the class!"
Vo bahar jaake hamsha kehna
Yahan ka system
Hi hai kharaab
Vo jaake canteen mein
Table bajaake
Vo gaane gaana
Yaaron ke saath
Bas yaadein
Yaadein
Yaadein reh jaati hain
Kuchh chhoti
Chhoti
Baatein reh jaati hain
Bas yaadein..
Vo papa ka daantna
Vo kehna mummy ka
Chhodein ji aap
Tumhein to bas nazar aata hain
Jahan mein beta
Mera hi kharaab
Vo dil mein sochna
Kar ke kuchh dikha dein
Vo karna planning
Roz nayi yaar
Ladakpan ka vo pehla pyaar
Vo likhna haathon pe
A + R
Vo khidki se jhaankna
Vo likhna letter
Unhein baar baar
Vo dena tofe mein
Sone ki baaliyan
Vo lena doston se
Paise udhaar
Bas yaadein
Yaadein
Yaadein reh jaati hain
Kuchh chhoti
Chhoti
Baatein reh jaati hain
Bas yaadein..
Aisa yaadon ka mausam chala
Bhoolta hi nahin
Dil mera
Kahan meri jeans aur guitar
Mohalle ki vo chhat
Aur mere yaar
Vo raaton ko jaagna
Subah ghar jaan
Kood ke deewar
Purani jeans
Aur guitar..


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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Roz Roz Ankhon Tale

Being group member of ‘Gulzar Fan Yahoo Group’, helps me understand the essence of poetry of Gulzar that is understood by all his admirers worldwide.

I sometimes wonder if RD kept his best musical genius for Gulzar or Gulzar kept his best poetry for RD Burman . But this duo with the help of Asha have created some of the memorable poetic musical embellishments. One such song is Roz Roz Ankhon Tale…. Hardly anyone would remember this movie Jeeva – picturised on Sanjay Dutt and Mandakini. But this is one of my favourite songs on all three counts – lyrics, music and rendition. RD has adroitly covered Amit Kumar’s limitation of clasical base while extracting the very best from Asha.

Silbil has translated this song in Engligh. I admire his attempt. I too tried with my novice skills . Its not easy to translate a poetry in a foreign language. Appropriate words often fail to reflect and retain the theme and essence of poetry in original language. Moreoever each language has its own nuances that cant be transcended in another language. I was at loss to find english words for Tanhai and Dil, Ulzan. Aparna Banerjee has also written a nice article of her association with this song.
You can listen to this song on dishant

Roz roz aankhon tale, ek hi sapna chale
raat bhar kaajal jale, aankh mein jis tarah khwaab ka diya jale
day by day, beneath the shadow of my eyes, a dream strolls over
As night’s wing spread , kohl gets consumed the same way flame of my dream diminishes in my eyes

jab se tumhaare naam ki misri honth lagayi hai
meetha sa gham hai aur meethi si tanhaii hai

Since the day my lips have felt your succulance
Pain too has a sweet tinge , being lonely with your passion is also mellifluous

Chhoti si dil ki uljhan hai, yeh suljha do
jeena to seekha hai mar ke, marna sikha do tum

Can you entangle tiny emotional enigma that has set in my heart
I have adapted to live by being dormant, but now I need your help to set free from this world.

aankhon per kuch aise tum ne zulf gira di hai
bechaare se kucch khawaabo ki neend udaa di hai
seeing your hair fall over your eyes
hapless dreams too have abandoned the precious sleep

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Akshta in Abu Dhabi


Akshta's 2nd month b'day in Abu Dhabi.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Dad after 40

Having a baby in Mid 40’s is not for faint hearted guys. Perhaps, that’s what my friend Subba Iyer may have meant when he said ‘it’s bold and courageous decision ’.

As I look back at my decision that took few years to crystallize and fructify, it now dawns upon me that I am not alone in this ‘so called’ bold move. There seem to be distinct trend toward older dads. For men 40 to 44 years old, the number of live baby births per 1,000 men increased from 17.1 to 23.4. For men 45 to 49, the number of births increased from 6.1 to 7.6. For men 50 to 54 years, the number increased from 2.2 to 2.5. The only category where there wasn't an increase was men 55 and older that have the same: 0.3 births per 1,000 men.

Have the figures become skewed after celebrities set up this trend of becoming dad at older age? Tony Blair (at 45), Ken Livingstone (57), Mick Jagger (57), Phil Collins (51), Rupert Murdoch (72), Michael Douglas (58), Gordon Brown (54), Rod Stewart (60), Paul McCartney (61), Eric Clapton (at 59), Charlie Chaplin (73), Anthony Quinn (81) Pablo Picasso (68) and Luciano Pavarotti (twins at 67) and we have our very own illustrations : When Mahatma Gandhi was born, his father was 48 years old and his mother was in her early twenties .Gosh!!! I am in league of rich and famous.

I must admit that I wasn’t fully aware of the flip side of this bold decision. Though I knew about the risk associated with pregnancy associated with advancing age of mothers, I never realized that genetic traits of the father could also play an important role in creating a child with susceptibility to autism, schizophrenia. The figures show that children of fathers in their 40s have more than five times the risk of developing autism, and children of fathers in their 50s have more than nine times the risk. Ignorance was indeed blissful else I would have had very stressful period while our baby was preparing to descend.

But everything is not gloomy for fathers after 40. The study titled Advancing Age, Advantaged Youth: proclaim that parents 35 and older were more likely to pass on cultural, economic and social resources to their children. One older dad summed up in most succinct manner “I'm more financially secure than I've ever been so I can provide the basics for my children. And when college expenses start to hit, at least I'll be eligible for senior citizen discounts at restaurants.” Other one says, “It’s so pleasant, Now that I’m retired, we have a lot more time together.” My friend who has become father at 45 said “I no longer need to scramble up the professional ladder. I have plenty of time to see my child grow up.” Three quarters of British people believe children can benefit from older dads' greater maturity (76%), wisdom (76%) and experience (75%). And over half (54%) also think advancing years bring greater patience in fatherhood. While two thirds (67%) said that older fathers have more time to devote to their offspring.

But all in all, I feel, it’s a wonderful idea of becoming a father when you have crossed 40 but one must be aware of the fact that with the first sign of trouble with the father’s health, things may go rapidly downhill.

I agree, it’s not for faint hearted guys!!!

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Funny but Apt answers by Kids

One of the old issue of Popular Science magazine. have listed some of the interesting test answers from students collected by science and health teachers at various grade levels.

• When you breath, you inspire. When you don't breath, you expire.
• The pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects.
• A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
• When you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.
• For head colds, use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops into your throat.
• The moon is a planet just like Earth, only deader.
• Artificial insemination is what the farmer does to the cow instead of the bull.
• Dew is formed on leaves when sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.
• To collect fumes of sulfur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.
• Equator: A managerie lion running around Earth through Africa.
• To remove dust from your eye, pull the eye down over the nose.
• Momentum. What you give a person when they are going away.
• Nitrogen is not found in Ireland, because it is not found in a free state.
• Three kids of blood vessels are arteries, vanes, and caterpillars.
• Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin & Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydogin is gin and water.
• A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.
• Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.
• The body consists of three parts--the branium, the borax, and the abominable cavity. The branium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the borax
• contains the bowls, of which there are five--a, e, i, o, and u.
• The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.
• The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have been taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to.
• The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends toward the moon, because nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
• A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors.
• For fainting: Rub the person's chest or, if a lady, rub her arm above the hand instead. Or put the head between the knees of the nearest medical doctor.
• Germinate: To become a naturalized German.
• Before giving a transfusion, find out if the blood is negative or affirmative.
• Liter: A nest of young puppies. Centimeter: A long insect with 100 legs.
• Magnet: Something you can find crawling over a dead cat.
• H20 is hot water. CO2 is cold water.
• Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
• Respiration is composed of inspiration and then expectoration.
• For a nosebleed: Put the nose lower than the body until the heart stops.
• To prevent contraception use a condominium.
• Blood flows down one leg and up the other.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Akshta is 50 day old !!


To the world you may be one person

But to your mom you are the world

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Career Killers

Excerpt from article of Career Killers to Avoid By Robin Ryan, Career Coach.This book mentions some notable mistakes company people make in order to sabotage their own careers.

Lack of results.

Leading the list, and cited by every single executive in the survey, was the fact that not producing measurable results on the job is the sure-fire way of ending your career rise.

Not working at a job you're passionate about.
"People float through life as if it were boring, drudgery or a nuisance - often complaining, yet never determining what would fulfill them," noted a nonprofit director. Several CEOs commented that you'll never be happy if you aren't excited, interested, and enjoying what you do. The true key to success is discovering your inner passion and then finding a way to work in that arena.

Not having big enough goals.

"A key career stopper is setting your goals too low or not being willing to put in the time it takes to reach goals," noted CEO Randy Sheparo. "Believing 'I could never do that.' or, 'They'll never give me a raise.' means it probably won't happen." Don't pay any attention to those well-meaning naysayers who warn you that you can't do it. Assume anything is possible, and then do it. Take risks, try new things, initiate and learn and grow from your mistakes. "Act and you shall
achieve," notes a healthcare CEO. "Then, reevaluate and draw up even loftier goals - that's how you'll do more than you ever thought possible."

Thinking that money is everything.

A great salary doesn't equate to happiness. The CEO of a prominent service company says, "A reality I've observed for most people - executive or staff - is that they realize money means very little if you are truly unhappy." Job satisfaction is the number one reason people elect to find a new job.

Having a bad attitude.
"It kills even the most talented," said one top executive, who has observed many talented people rise and fall. The CEOs surveyed noted that "Nothing moves you ahead faster than the enthusiasm of a great can-do attitude."

Gossiping and playing office politics.
"I hate it when someone sabotages a superior to get ahead - that approach never works for long and really ends careers more than it makes them," one CEO said. "Gossiping is an immediate termination in my company," wrote another CEO, who's headed several large corporations. So many top executives noted that these two activities will undermine, cripple and even destroy your career. Another executive wisely noted, "When you get enmeshed in gossiping or office politics, you forget about the goals, mission and getting the job done. It'll lead to a lack of outcomes - a career killer every time."

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

"Googling" to reach my blog

I am surprised, intrigued by knowing the ways people across the world reached my blog albeit unintentionally and accidently by seeking information on google. Blog Map Statistics lets me the know the terms that people have put in goggle search engine. A glance of these shows that most popular words were : Mangesh Padgaonkar followed by Veer Savarkar and Laghu Rudra.

Now ‘goggling’ is official word English word in dictionary!!. The key words that were input :

mangesh padgaonkar
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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

castle kyalami


My eardrums have a dull ache with humming noise, my clean shaven head’s pores are topped with early morning dew droplets. In a crisp and cool breezy morning, I have just had a walk outside sprawling garden of Hotel Castle Kyalami. By 8am, I was ready and was heading for breakfast. When asked for the direction, guy at the reception seemed a bit shell shocked but did point me towards an empty hall with a polite request ‘we serve breakfast only from 630am’. I immediately realized my folly of not having set the clock behind 2 hours. My instant reaction was not to portray any surprise. ‘No problem, I shall have a walk’ I said. I walked out without any sweater or warm clothes, sky was still grey but horizon was enfolding a tinge of pink and birds were ready to leave their nest. White, Yellow roses were fully bloomed with other flowers in scarlet and orange laid a colourful spread over green top . From the top of Castle Kyalami, I could see suburbs of Midrand, Sandton twinkled lights.

Castle Kyalami appears a miniature version of Windsor Manor in UK. Tall square, hexagonal turrets lay with mud brown tiles, a big iron gate welcomes visitor to the property and straight road heads up to the hotel porch flanked by countries flags mounted on poles. Behind them are sprawling manicured gardens, patch of golf range. Perched on the top of hill, manor is visible from the vicinity. In the porch is a stone sculpted figurate acting as a faucet of fountain. Once inside the hotel, another fountain makes two pathways leading to small table called reception. Either side of reception table are two curved staircase that join the attic that houses cushioned sofas, chairs with long square table with a bowl containing decorated ostrich eggs. Now the attic leads in four directions with small stairs to hotel rooms that are housed under these turrets. Walls are painted cream, carpets in red, and flooring is cream white Italian tiles. Walls house photographs of erstwhile dignitaries and friends of owner who stayed at this place. Behind the reception is a restaurant that has candle stand with part of restaurant joining in an open balcony facing the garden, other part joins a bar and another door leads to a room that has books and cigars. This room has Victorian furniture and small door leads to swimming pool and tennis court. A stroll amidst these surroundings transported me to the settings of novels authored by Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes .I could imagine the guests climbing down the stairs to join a supper. Flamboyant oldies at the bar discussing about hunting episode of the evenings, a young couple slipping out in the balcony to share intimate moments, a loner is in the library reading about esoteric objects. And a shriek is heard from upstairs………and murder mystery thickens. Nothing of this kind did happen in my stay at hotel castle.

Built by Greek to house his family and rumoured to be owned by Michael Jackson , the property has turned into a hotel not as luxurious as palace hotels in India but a welcome change from City Lodge in Sandton that I normally stay. Rooms are in fact are mismatch of modernity with antiquity. What amused me was having two showers on opposite side with controls on one side. Is it designed so that we don’t need to turn our body to wash our back? Or is it for couple to take showers together but at a distance. But the idea is not bad for Dubai bachelors who share room together and have hard time to take shower in early rush hour.

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