Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Shiv and Shankar - The Supreme Power and The Destroyer

People always think that Shiv and Shankar is same, which is not true. Shiv is actually creator of Shankar. Even devotees who spend their whole life worshiping Shankar or Shiv, thinks that they are one and same. This is as common a mistake as calling our religion Hindu, whereas there is no such word in any of our religious texts. Just like we are Sanatan Dharmi, and not Hindu like popular believe, Shiv and Shankar is different and not one entity. 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

O Saathi Re - A journey of love...from two solo songs to a lovely duet

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.

Today, is the day we celebrate love! Love is a wonderful thing; it joins two souls into one! When you are in love with someone, you don’t remain two different individuals, but becomes one. There are lots written about love, so I am not going to fill pages about it again. I know, love is a feeling, you just can’t express it in words, you have to feel it.

So, I decided to show the feeling which is love, by actually letting you feel the power of love. I picked up my all-time favorite song, “O Saathi Re” from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, which has two original versions. Both were solo versions, one by Asha Bhosle, for the female child artist who represent heroin’s child age in the movie, and another by Kishore Kumar, for the hero. Its worth mentioning here that the movie is inspired by Devdas story, and I think this is one of the much better interpretation of Devdas in modern age. Both songs are great individually, with some similar and some different lyrics. So, I decided to join them together, into a duet. This is not remix or re-recording of the song, its same original song, with original music, but threaded together into one duet. This represents love, where two beings become one, and love has the power of converting their solo souls into one perfect duet.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Perumal Murugan - The Author is Dead, Long Live the Author

Do you know about the sudden death of Perumal Murugan, the author? Don’t worry, the Perumal Murugan, teacher is still alive, and will continue to live. But people have killed Perumal Murugan, the Author. This is clearly a major attack on Freedom of Speech, where people have forced the author to commit suicide. It sounds confusing, so let me put some light on him. 

Perumal Murugan is / was a Tamil Nadu-based writer, who has ended his writing career by announcing the death of Perumal Murugan, the author. His post, as reported by media (because I was not able to view his profile on Facebook), read, "Author Perumal Murugan is dead. Only the teacher Perumal would be alive. People could have issues with my other books, that's why I've decided to withdraw them all...I shall pay due compensation to publishers..Don't indulge in protests and let me go."

Saturday, 17 January 2015

व्यंग चित्र (A short story in hindi)

"पापा, आज भी आप ऑफिस चल दिए? आपको याद हैं ना अपना वादा?"

"हाँ बेटी, अच्छे से याद है, शाम को घर आकार आपके स्कूल के प्रोजेक्ट के लिए हम एक अच्छा सा चित्र बना देंगे।"

"और पापा, मुझे वो आपके अख़बार वाले कार्टून जैसे चित्र नहीं चाहिए। मुझे वो अच्छे नहीं लगते हैं। पता नहीं क्यों आप ऐसे कार्टून क्यो बनाते है!"

"बेटी, तुम अभी छोटी हो, जब थोड़ी बड़ी हो जाओगी तब समझ जाओगी। वो कार्टून बच्चों के लिए नहीं बड़ों के लिए होते है।"

"पर बड़े लोग तो कार्टून पसंद नहीं करते! तभी तो अक्सर आपके बारे में भी बुरा भला कहते रहते है। फिर क्यों आप उनके लिए कार्टून बनाते हो?"

Thursday, 15 January 2015

रेस्त्राँ (A Short Story)

बाहर बारिश हो रही थी। उस बारिश में दो बच्चे भीगते हुए नाच रहे थे। उनकी मस्ती बारिश की बूँदों के साथ इधर उधर छिटक रही थी। भीगने से बचने के लिए मैंने रेस्त्राँ के अंदर शरण ली। अंदर बैठते हुए एक चाय की मांग की। आज की घटनाओं से मेरा मन खिन्न हो चला था। उन दिनों कुछ भी अच्छा नहीं हो रहा था। फिर आज का दिन तो शायद मेरे लिए बहुत ही खराब था। चाय के इंतज़ार में बैठे मेरा दिमाग अपने जीवन की परेशानियों उलझ गया।  वैसे तो अकेले बैठ कर बहुत सी अलग अलग कहानियाँ अपने आस पास देखने को मिलती है। परंतु रेस्त्राँ की उस भिड़ में भी मेरा मन कहीं और भटका हुआ था। 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

TnT – Taranath Tantrik – City of Sorrows

I read both part of Taranath Tantrik - City of Sorrow, and to summarize it, I can only say that I just can’t wait for the third installment. Brilliant story, keeps you gripped till the last page in both part. I will not discuss spoilers here. The story is about a Psychic Taranath Tantrik working with his friends Shankar, a CID office, Sneha, a TV journalist and  Vibhuti, a horror novelist, in an investigation, where someone is trying to change the City of Joy Kolkata into City of Sorrows. 

First part shows glimpse into Taranath’s past, and cut to present day for main story to develop. The second part again shows villain’s past, and then move to current day. So, the first one introduced TnT to us, and started chain of events which makes the story. Then second part introduced the villain to us, and the story progressed.  I liked this type of storytelling, which gives you a glimpse of main character’s past, and then jumps directly to the story. Shamik Dasgupta has once again written a brilliant story. For those who are not aware, Taranath is a character created by Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay (Pather Panchali fame). The origin of Taranath is not touched, but Shamik has taken the character into current day and weaved the story around him. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo - Freedom to Live, and not Freedom of Speech!!!!

I don't support derogatory cartoons, and last year I was opposing the series made by Aseem Trivedi, which shows our national symbols in a very derogatory way. But I can never support terrorism and killing people! I have problem with lots of people who post loads of rubbish on their wall, say insulting things in newspapers or TV etc. But I don't go out and kill them! I don't support Charlie Hebdo, but I strongly oppose the attack and murders!