Thursday, December 23, 2010

Your attention please!....

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

New Delhi : 22nd December, 2010 , 17.20 hours

"Your kind attention please!, this is the final boarding call for the passengers travelling in Indian Airlines flight IC-810 to Mumbai, I repeat.. IC-810 to Mumbai. Passengers are requested to proceed for boarding through Gate No 22A"....
Priya just was through her security check and was waiting for her bag to pass through the x-ray clearance. She picked it to look for her mobile. It read a text from Karthik.. "Yes.. i'd be in the meeting at Taj till 9.30.. will talk to you after that!... miss you :)".
Believe me... Priya was literally flying even before she boarded her flight!.. she could never imagine that she would give Karthik such a surprise and she just remembered that morning conversation with Karthik.. "I know it's is our anniversary Karthik, but this business deal is never going to come again, Sunita will never give us time again and you understand that!... moreover we'll be soon together in the next couple of days and we've got an entire evening for us together next week!"....
She could really appreciate the forced smiling "good evening madam!" uttered by the pretty old lady air hostess for the first time :D... to add more height to her flight came the text from Sunita which read her company would be happy to meet Priya the next week as they were looking forward to work with them!....
When the lights were dimmed for take off Priya just closed her eyes to remember the afternoon...

New Delhi : 22nd December, 2010, 15.15 hours

Arvind was little bit nervous as the time kept running as he had to leave by 3.30 p.m. He picked his phone and rang Priya. When connected Priya said I'll be there in 2 minutes and she did.
A smile, hand shake and a hello were exchanged... "You were late by 17 minutes Priya!"..
"I'm sorry Arvind.. we can extend this meeting till 4.00 and I'm sure that you'll get this deal!".. said Priya....
"Thank you so much but I have to leave by 3.30, I'll let the offer go"... replied Arvind with a smile
"You look like my father's age!...Would you mind if I ask you what important work you have letting off a million dollor business Mr. Arvind".
"I need to have tea in my home at 4.00 miss Priya!...".. smiled Arvind

Mumbai : 22nd December, 2010, 21.30 hours

"Excuse me sir... your champagne!" relinquished the waiter to Karthik.
"I'm sorry, but I didn't order it"... said Karthik polietly holding the champagne which had a tagline which read please reach La Patisserie.
It was pretty unusal sight for Karthik when he was nearing it as all the lights were off. The moment he stepped in all the lights glittered with Priya on front with a bunch of flowers surrounded by their friends!...
"Happy Anniversary Karthik!"... smiled Priya... two drops of tears and a moment of silence followed by a warm hug summarized it all....
"how come Priya?..." exclaimed Karthik...

New Delhi, 22nd December 2010, 15.33 hours

Priya was puzzeled like what this man is talking... sitting in one of the cities best coffee outlet he is talking about having tea at home... weired she thought... Arvind could read it on her face... without letting her complicate more on her thoughts Arvind interupted "beta!, I need to have the tea with my wife....she is a patient who don't remember anyone around her.. not even me as her husband... and if I don't be there at 4 she'll be missing her tea.."
"Since?".. questioned Priya... "just last 3 years"... replied Arvind...
"Sorry again if you don't mind she is not going to recognize you as her husband, then why you should be there?..." puzzled Priya
"right... she doesn't recognize me as her husband but I still do... and attention is all what love needs isn't it?'....
Priya went blank. It's so very true that love can dig out anything from you!... Priya realized :).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It happened!....

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

September 6, 2009... 08.00 hours

It was on a chilly morning on that drizzling day!... I could realize a vibration in my entire body not because of the chillness that creeped. I held up the marriage invitation card on the table and held it firmly.... I never beleived this day would come... tears rolled out even withut my permission when a drop fell on "Priya weds.....

May 9, 2005

That was my first day but the classes had began a week before. After a couple of formalities, a bloke guided me through to my classes... it could hardly be an hour since I stepped into the campus but i had heared guys talking about Priya every here and there. I must admit that I was vehement to see her... I had a habit of visualizing someone whenever I hear a name... I wished Priya to be the one I imagined off.... as I walk the corridor, to my surprise, the sketch in my mind crossed me!.. a moment when my senses stopped... I couldn't stop gazeing her... she noticed me as I could sense her weirdness as her eyes went shrinking down looking at me.
"Priya?"... I asked!... her eye lids closed in an ultra slow motion synchrosided with a nod of her head held me to cloud nine!....

September 6, 2009... 08.15 hours

I could feel the scenes happening just now in my world... how can one forget!.. the hinderence to my memory accumalation came in when someone knocked the door and said..."Get ready soon Karthick!"...."Ya!, 10 more mins"... replied me.... I could hear the harmony happening downstairs where the marriage is...

Decemeber 2, 2005

We were closer. She was almost the only friend I had. We shared a special cohession and I was on top of her priority friend.
“Karthik…call me daily, we'll be in touch” wispered her. “
"It's just a month break Priya!... it'll zip through!"....
Thanks to the sms packages.... there were hundreds exchanged on a day!.... anxiousness creeped when there was a delayed reply!... overall I could conclude that she is the one for me!....

Jan 2, 2006

"It's good to see you Karthik".....

September 6.2009... 08.25 hours

I was dressed well when I walked downstairs, a couple of friends who were our batchmates surrounded me when I went forward as majority of the crowd diverted their attention towards us..... with so much of nerveousness creeping up I reached Priya....
"It's goo to see you Karthik"... she hasn't chaged at all

May 4, 2006

"Priya!.. it's time for me to admit this... I think you know this... I am in love with you!".... She realized I stammered when telling this... that exposed the little bit of hesitation I had...
“I never expected this from you Karthik… and that was why you were special for me”... I could sense more from her eyes... I realized that it wasn't the right time to engage the conversation further. Breaking the silence, she spelled "We had something special between us, but I couldn't give it a name, I'd like to be as it is.. It was beautiful...hope you understand me better"....
That was the first night when she didn't receive a reply for her Good Night message!...

September 6, 2009... 08.35 hours

I was the one in this world who could read Priya's eyes... those two drops lingering to drench her cheeks were triggering a couple of drops in mine.... All I could do is to proudly smile on her and turn towards the photographer.

April 30, 2007

"I'll miss you a lot Karthick.... I cant forget the moments we lived together...You've been there as what you were and I feel there will be no one else who could have done this... I had observed you swolling your emotions at times when you want to express....I think I am in love with you too... not now... since the day you realized it!... I donno whether that feeling is called love...I don't know what I want and what I need to do... all I knew is my parents will never allow this!....she shattered. It was a new feeling…
There was a moment of silence…When in love I've always felt silence is a wonderful language to speak… but for the first time it was hurting equivalently and it was hurting both!.....

September 6, 2000... 09.10 hours...

It was the time when the drops from both of our eyes rolled off, when finally Priya held hand of mine!.. all the two year long struggled to convience our parents have paid off!... today we were able to begin a new life which we dreamt for... It happened!....

please provide your feedback on the story!.. thanks...

Monday, November 22, 2010


Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

The same standard message tone of Nokia, Karthik wished that people had some other better job than sending good morning messages this early. Yet that tone didn’t stop him getting deeper into his dreams. “Why does the two hour sleep between 6.00 and 8.00 in the morning always finish in seconds!....” woke up Karthik with a question. The very first thing he did was like all of us do.. look for the phone… 4 messages received it read… without having patience to open up and read so many(?) messages he threw it back on the bed rushed to bathroom. As usual he was the first to occupy that and he had a reason for it. Everyone in his flat knew it.

They were 4 together since their collage days. Normally people are not that fortunate to be together even after their study days… they were a few odd lucky ones. Post breakfast Karthik got back to his phone to read out the message.. The inbox took quite some time than usual to open… too many messages in smaller space [need to change the phone asap.. his mind read a couple of times before his inbox opened]. He didn’t know that it was a little pause before a surprise which was waiting for him. When the inbox opened he couldn’t believe his eyes when he read Priya’s name and the message said “Good Morning!.. Lets meet up today around 10.00 over a cup of coffee at my office”. He just smiled within himself thinking GM messages too can be interesting!

The rest of his flat mates predicted its going to rain today and they were all smiles for him…. The room was 4 times multiplied by joy, it has been 3 years of wait for this for Karthik.. as mentioned earlier, his routine is to leave home by 9.00to reach Priya’s office and wait there to see her. He had tried several times to approach her but never let the guard. With his contacts he could gather her email address, phone number, fb, orkut, twitter id’s and you name it he’s got it… it has been always one way communication from his end and here he has got a reply…. A meet which he has been looking for such a long time… finally perseverance paid!... There was a celebration on due that night…

The clock was ticking 11.00 and Karthik came out with a smile… he knew its going to happen, his confidence in him!.. He picked his phone and texted J to his friends… that summarizes the story for them…. Before he could again hear the standard message tone, it was his favorite song on his phone. Priya calling read the display….

“hello Karthik!, just to say that I was really bowled out by what you said and seriously still awe stuck!... I don’t have words to describe but you were just too awesome… I think you did not deserve the 3 year long wait… however that time might have made you even better!...

I am so happy to have you as my assistant director…. We’ll be shooting from next month on my next project and once it’s through, you are requested to do the story you narrated to me under my production!”…

With pleasure Priya!…. said Karthik!....

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Today, 06.30 hours….

“I thought you’ve got me something yesterday… for the first time I think I guessed wrong”…. said Malini sipping her coffee…. With an expression of is it?... Arvind walks in to fetch his bag….. seeing Arvind wearing a sarcastic smile and bag in his hand Malini realizes her guess wasn’t wrong!....

“This is cheating!... I guessed right… show me what’s it!”….

Yesterday, 10.30 hours

Arvind was so happy that day, he was all geared up when he left house. Malini could sense his happiness when she signed him off at the door….. She just signaled him with her eyes questioning what the history behind the happiness is?…. He responded with a nod of nothing with his head…. They are happily married middle class couple, who’ve been living in this same rented cluster since their marriage. Its 20 years since they held hand together… their bond is stronger than what fevicol claims to be!...

Malini text’s him…. “My intuition says I am going to get something today :P…”

“You’ve gone mad :D [as usual]”… read the reply.

With lots of smile on face that day went off at the rate of escape velocity, it was that evening which he was anticipating the long day. In fact when the dusk feathered out, he could sense his nerves stringing like guitar and the turbulence of the blood… generally people feel butterflies flying in the stomach but he could feel all the varieties of birds flying there.

Yesterday, 12.30 hours

Karthik was waiting at the canteen entrance for Priya… She arrives in the next couple of minutes when both walk in… Priya’s face read that she wasn’t in good mood at all. Karthik though reacted as if he didn’t sense it.

“Where is Shalini… your pet?”… asked Karthik

“Don’t talk about her now… btw we’ll be completing one year of our relationship tomorrow… what do you plan to give me?”… puzzled Priya.

“Surprise!... “said Karthik….

“I’ll be happy if I get an ear ring!.. I am looking one for long”… smiled Priya!...

“Can I refuse something you ask for… will get it by the evening for you!”…

A couple of hours ago….

“Priya!, I don’t feel that Karthik is a person to hang out with… there are so many news about him in the college including theft of our madam’s ear ring”…

“Do you believe in that Shalini?.... if yes then I won’t believe you!... responded Priya….

Yesterday, 18. 30 hours….

Karthik and a couple of his friends were following Arvind for the past one hour… they board the same bus and Karthik sits adjacent seat to Arvind. His friends in the crowd eventually diverts Arvind’s attention and meanwhile Karthik executes his plan!... he elegantly removes the box from Arvind’s bag!. Arvind was already so very happy and was literally on cloud nine so he didn’t realize anything going around him!. All he thought was not to surprise Malini in the evening as she had a guess on this and he was planning to reveal this tomorrow morning!...

Yesterday, 19.30 hours….

Arvind reaches home and keeps the bag in the almirah… generally he keeps that on the table… Malini raising her eyebrow and questioning why so late?... Arvind smiles and responds… “You know about the traffic these days… I was caught up in the bus”. Malini was expecting something to come out of his bag but ended in getting nothing. Arvind was filled with ecstasy to see Malini disappointed.. but he didn’t react!....

Priya jumps with joy to see a brand new golden ear ring… she was more happy that it was not the one of madam’s which was lost…. She was fuming on Shalini even more now!... She thought of firing her tomorrow at the college in front of Karthik…. She reaches home.. keeps the box in the bag… and went to her room to start her usual conversation with Karthik on phone!....

Today, 06.40 hours…

Arvind pulls out the box and shows her the ear ring he got it for her which she wished to get a year back!......

With so much of joy and cheer!.. She just hugged Arvind and loudly cheered… “Priya!, come here… finally your dad fulfills my wish by getting this ear ring!”…..

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pseudo Existence

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

August 2008, some where in Delhi…

Aravind picked up his phone. It was Sheela his new colleague.

“Hey babe!... I just got a bit late….I’m just on my way… will be there in 15 mins… see ya! at Barista”.

August 2006, some where in Delhi….

Barista in Aravind’s life!!! He never imagined that he’ll be there a day to have a cup of coffee. A couple of years back he didn’t even know such a shop existed. He belong to a village whose name is not even familiar with people of adjacent district. It had a total population of less than a dozen thousand people and only two schools and a college. After his degree he got posted in Delhi. Life changed drastically for him.According to him initially Barista was a place where people just gathered to kill both time and money. Eventually it became a routine. That’s the place where he finds comfortable to converse with his only friend Priya. She happened to be from a village but her appearance and language was complete cosmopolitan. She’s got acquainted to the culture and the set up so fast as she always aspired to be one among them. Somehow Priya found Aravind a very nice guy and they both share the same cubical. That’s how they got to know each other.

Aravind never had conversed in English since his new position at this company. As they are an US based multinational it was essential that he learn to converse. Obviously Priya had a vital role to teach him a lot. Probably that brought both of them quite often.Aravind neither read English literature nor had the habit of watching English movies. All he knew was Jurassic Park and Titanic were the greatest of English films ever made. As per his understanding most of the English channels were meant only for adults.

Suddenly a voice interrupted his thought

“Sir, what would you like to have?”….the waiter asked.

Cuppuchino [that’s how he pronounced cappuccino]– One cup please… replied he.

“Your order will take 5 minutes sir”… said the waiter and left.

Priya reached a couple of minutes before the coffee. He was waiting her for the past 15 mins.. kept wondering why people in these cities don’t keep up their time. Aravind understood that she was a bit irritated from her reaction. People in cities often get irritated and don’t know to express it as well was his perception. Priya’s action did confirm that on quite a few occasions. He didn’t feel like asking her why she was late. Before asking her why she was irritated, he smiled on her. He could understand she had to put in a lot of effort to reply back to him with a smile.

She said a 'hi' to him, but it seemed to him that it could have been better if she didn’t say it…. He observes this with most of the people, a meaning less hi and a valueless smile in reply….
Aravind just initiated it “What happened Priya.. you seem to be so tensed”

“haan Aravind, yahan pe saala bahut saare ise ass holes aaur shameless bas****s hai jinko public place mein kaise behave karna hai yeh maloom nahi. [Yes Aravind, there are a lot of such ass holes, shameless bas****s who doesn’t know how to behave in public.]You know they were speaking some rude words so loudly”

Aravind just looked around and noticed that people around them were staring him and Priya. He just wondered if assholes and bas****s were so pleasing to hear…..

Just to divert her from thinking on this Aravind just asked Priya to look at the adjacent table where a couple of English girls were sipping their coffee.

“Look at them Priya, they look very cute in authentic Indian Salwar”

“Shut up Aravind!, I wear dress as per my choice and please don’t tell me that I am westernized and wear such clothes and all”… shouted at her.

Aravind had to shut up but he wondered that he should have just said that they were looking cute and shouldn't have mentioned the authentic wardrobe.

She suddenly sneezed and said ‘Sorry, Excuse me’…

He thought what big mistake she committed to say that….When there was no ethics in her earlier reactions… He quite couldn’t adjust to these things. Something kept pestering him inside.

The waiter turned out with the bill. He paid Rs. 170 for their coffee and took an auto to drop her back home. He thought that the money he spent this evening was his total family expenditure for a week. He never thought that he could lead such a life. He was a bit uncomfortable with all these things.

August 2008, some where in Delhi…

After reaching home that night, Sheela took her dairy and started to write her day. When she closed it she could feel a layer of tears on her eyes. She took a facial tissue to wipe her face and went to bed.

Something’s are not that simple as they are actually stated.....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

An Abducted Mind

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

15th June, 1998 Monday, 06.00 hours
Shekar was still lying in his bed but others weren’t aware that he was no more. It was another hot Monday morning. Shekar was a brat in the house, he was very less educated, in his early 20s and did nothing to earn his bread and butter thus he wasn’t useful in any way to the house.

15th June, 1998 Monday, 07.00 hours
Priya, Shekar's sister kicks him in his ass to get him off the bed and notices some unusual changes in him. She gets really scared when she realizes that Shekar is no more. Crowd gathers [people within the house] to witness Shekar's body without a heart beat! Hardly any tears burst but, the death was still a mystery for a few. Talks between people were that Shekar had committed suicide. Shekar's mother was willing to believe that it could be suicide, but couldn’t believe that her son would have the guts to do it. Priya could remember her mother screaming at Shekar a couple of month's back that she would kill him one day if he remains the way he is. Priya could smell doubt; however she was also convinced that it could be a suicide as Shekar's loan had sky rocketed in the past couple of weeks among his brat gang. Vivek [Priya’s husband] too was shocked and he was worried that Karthick [their 11 year old son] must not get to know this. He prepared his school bag and sent him early that day. Priya’s only source of worry was, the golden ornaments which she had lent him a couple of days back.

15th June, 1998 Monday, 11.00 hours
There was police in the house. Since the town was a small and everyone knew each other, the policemen were very polite in their inquiry. They took the body away for postmortem.

19th June, 1998 Friday, 12.00 hours
The report was clear that, local pesticide consumed last night mixed with carbonated beverage led to the death. The doctors also gave a separate paper to the police, whispering something. The doctors whispered that they could trace out sperm content in the inner wear of victim. As the victim of suicide didn't leave any note / letter it was still a mystery for police as to why the suicide was committed. They could only believe that this could be a murder. Police were able to trace out the pesticide bottle from the rack where the farm land materials were kept. They were also able to trace out the empty soda bottle kept in the kitchen. The police suspected it to be a murder. Suspicion was on Shekar's mother and a couple of his friends. Priya was a bit happy that she could get her ornaments back or at least some hint on where they are from the police inquiry.

25th June, 1998 Thursday 15.00 hours
Policemen met Vivek, to give back a few of Priya’s ornaments which were deposited with a pal of Shekar. Vivek verified the same and handed it over to Priya. She asked the police men with an exclamation, “How did you get these? Was my brother’s death a murder?” The policemen replied “Can’t tell anything as of now, the inquiry is on”. They speak to Vivek for a couple of minutes and get to know that Priya, Vivek and Karthik had been living since their marriage in the same house with Shekar. Shekar’s mother and her sister were the other occupants.

25th June, 1998 Thursday 15.45 hours
Policemen meet Karthik outside his school while he is walking back home. Karthik starts to weep as one of the policeman picks him up to talk. The policeman smile at Karthik and offers a chocolate to him saying that there is nothing to fear or worry. They ask Karthik about what happened that day. Karthik with fear and tears in his eyes confesses the following....

14th June, 1998 Sunday 20.30 hours
Shekar calls Karthik to buy him a soda. Karthik buys soda from the petty shop opposite their house and then before offering it to Shekar he goes to the room where the farm materials are kept and adds a couple of drops of the pesticide kept there. Shekar drinks the soda and goes to sleep.

25th June, 1998 16.30 hours
The policemen drops Karthik at his home and also inform the people in house that after inquiry it was found that Shekar’s death was a suicide and the case has been closed. They again smile at Karthik and leave the spot.

During the inquiry with the petty shop guy [after seeing the empty soda bottle] the police could identify that Karthik bought it on 14th evening and became the suspect. After the conversation with Karthik they confirm it but when they interrogated the child to know why he did this they were shocked to know that Karthik was a victim of child abuse by Shekar every now and then. Karthik was very ashamed of it and embarrassed to discuss this with his parents. Police were able to believe Karthik based on the information they had gathered about Shekar from his friends and also the postmortem report from the doctor.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


She is sweet in the world of taste,
She is serene in the world so haste!

She is crescent in the entire space,
She is the aura of the flowery haze!

She is breeze in the world of wind,
She mean love in the solicitous mind!

She is the peace in the world of violence,
She hauls up a bunch of silence!

She is the silence in the world of words,
She takes us through the gleaming fords!

She is my Mom! :) and I love her a lot!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Shiksha Adhoori V [Education Incomplete V]

Compared with the rest of my posts on Shiksha Adhoori series this is on a different note. This has a few interpretations extrapolated from my point of view which might be wrong. However I'd strongly like to make a point on profit driven corporate way of working.
A couple of days back I got an opportunity to attend Independent People's Tribunal at constitution club here at Delhi. The issues addressed were land acquisition, resource grab and operation green hunts. It was a 3 day program where there were people from Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Orissa and other affected area to share their experiences. I however got a chance to attend the session on the issues faced by people at Jharkhand. The session started with a movie called The Iron is Hot. The movie actually talks about the problems faced by the village [or in fact most of the villages around Jharkhand] because of the coal / steel plants over there. On a critical note on the movie it tries to summarize that all the industry / plant around the area are the problem creators, including land acquisition, health problem and pollution of the environment which is very true!. It was actually disturbing to see the movie and listen to the people.
One could see powders and particles from the plant everywhere. As a Chemical Engineer, I feel very much disturbed that the contribution from us has been very less [mostly negligible] to overcome such problems. In a portion of the movie a person talks about the dust [not the normal ones which is present in the air around us] particles getting released to the atmosphere because of the failure of dust collection instruments like cyclone, bag filter and ESP's. I work with a world renowned Professor who has a 30+ years of expertise in powder science and particle technology. He has done a lot of industrial projects across the country and has also implemented cyclone separators which have an efficiency of 99.7 %. In the world today we talk about cyclone which can collect nano dust. Here in the movie we are told that these dust particles are not collected because the technology is not available.
Now let’s see actually if the technology is available why it's not implemented. It's because of the way Economy has been taught to the people. We are always taught to have profit driven models. However we were not taught ethics. I had a course on Economy during my Diploma days. I seldom learned anything out of that course and recently a couple of our friends were having a conversation on Capitalism. I could recall the things I learned in the course and could somehow relate those. It actually teaches "where should one start an industry?". A place where the raw materials are abundantly available, other resources are cheaper [including human resources], a river / water source near by, easily accessible by road / rail / air and sea [preferably] and also a place where the product could be sold easily. It also teaches to make things which would create need. Ultimately the crux of the story is to make the processing cost as cheap as possible so that one could earn the maximum margin of profit out of it.
Now with this kind of economics let’s come back to the current industry which we are talking about. They have to collect dust coming out of the plant and for the same they would need a cyclone. The 99% efficiency cyclone is generally available at a very high price and an alternative locally fabricated one is available 100 times cheaper [in fact even more cheaper] than the efficient one. Industry would obviously try and reduce the capital cost so that they have more profit and install the local make. That cyclone can only operate to its capacity and trust me any instrument which is not properly studied, will not fulfill its need. This is one common case with a lot of industries [small and big scale] in India. There is a huge gap of Industry - Academics interaction as well. Unless we bridge the gap this is tend to fail. Majorly most of the plants pay more attention to economy and less attention to technology. Once the attention shifts to technology, automatically economy would boom up!...
Closing the plant is not the solution to the problem.. it's making it function on a proper way using technology... that would be the solution... don't know if our economists would pay attention to this as well!...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blended in Love

All the Characters, Incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters in living or dead is pure coincidence. Readers please try to imagine the situation with your own pleasing colors and visuals.. it would sound interesting.

Venice, 10th September, 2009
Arvind and Malini just landed at Venice. They were so much excited and enthralled to meet their daughter in law about whom they've only read in the mails and seen in photos. It has been three years since Vinay got married to her. They never thought that they'd be this eager to meet her and travel down to Europe to meet her. They never thought that they'd be able to accept her in to their family. Malini could just visualize those moments which she used to read in Vinay's mail.

New Delhi, 8th July, 2006
That house always smells happy, the reason being the people's charmness. Arvind, Malini and their daughter were having a fantastic phase of life. 19.30 hours always made the phone ring when they chit chat with Vinay. This was one another such day. Malini was speechless after the conversation. Arvind couldn't accept the fact that his son married that very day. Everything was fine till now but suddenly a love marriage and that too with a girl of different caste and region. Unacceptable!. Malini and Arvind could say nothing but to tell their son not to turn back to them.

Venice, 6th June, 2006
Floating in a boat in the floating city is bliss. Vinay who've just arrived there couldn't resist riding in the boat in the entire evening. He would have thought to extend the ride to late evening to have a view of the full moon that night. Being a music student one can't ask for a better situation to think of than this. When the moon starting to shine its silver rays on the sea, the golden sun shivered its glaze on the water. Up in the air comes a soothing violin sound which enriched the situation further. He turned towards the place where the sound came from and all her could observe is another boat which had a beautiful girl dressed in a lavender color suit tuning the violin as the moon grows up!. Being a music student himself he overwrought "Yaman Kalyani" with a very loud voice towards her. She just stared at him strangely towards him and moved on!. The great girl mentality- he thinks when she stares like that. That night when he reaches back and analyzes the raaga he realizes it was Bhairavi and not Yaman. As it was the evening time he was quickly drawn towards Yaman he shouted.
The next day when he goes to meet his Professor under whom he is supposed to learn music he gets to see her. She gets introduced to him by the Professor as his disciple. He apologizes to her for misunderstanding Bhairavi to Yaman. She laughs and shares that she had this in mind the last night about him - The great guy mentality. It's all in a matter of a few minutes they get to know each other. Music being their common interest there are a lot to share among them. She lives alone as her parents pass away and she possesses her passion! - music. She is simple and that is so special in her. She finds a wonderful person within Vinay vice versa. The endless boat ride on the canals of Venice would now celebrate this wonderful pair's chemistry!.
The next full moon night had brought them so close where they had nothing hidden from each other. She plays "Mohanam" a raaga used to express love!. He could read it in her eyes and so did she!. No words spoken. With silence creeping up and the breeze blowing they both could hear only "Mohanam" even when the violin was on the side.
"It's a girl thing and you understand it Vinay"...
"Sure let’s get married tomorrow"... replied he.
The next day Venice saw one of the beautiful marriages ever happened in the earth. There was only bride and the groom in the ceremony and it happend!.

New Delhi, 8th July, 2006
Vinay tries to convince his parents but they just were not ready to hear anything. All he wanted was their blessings but they cursed her!. It was his father who was so upset and blamed her for changing Vinay's mind!. That was the end.

Venice, 10th September, 2009
Arvind and Malini were received by Siddharth, Vinay's friend at the airport. He was surprised to see them to see Vinay's wife. Malini starts to tell him the mails Vinay used to send to them day to day about their life since they stopped talking to him. He sends them a picture a day with a detailed write up of their day to day activity. Arvind says after reading those he feels like he is in his late 20's. There is so much of love on their day to day life and Malini exclaims that she now wonders the entire Venice now floats on love and not on water. Siddharth is just awestruck!.... he has no words and remains speechless. After a moment of silence Arvind confesses that he shouldn't have cursed her. Also just to apologize to this they were not making a surprise visit. [The day to day mails are a part of the original screenplay and not available in this synopsis :P].

It was a 2 bedroom Villa which was named after her situated in a peaceful lane of Venice. Arvind and Malini enter home. Speechless Vinay on seeing them here gave a warm hug to receive them in. Filled with eagerness in their eyes, then get in to the drawing room to find a huge wall with a painting of their beautiful daughter in law. The rest of the three walls were painted with light lavender color and had one photo frame each of both being together. They could hear the sound of violin which was melting through the air.

Siddharth and Vinay were standing outside and after a couple of minutes Arvind and Malini after searching and not finding her came out which a question on their expressions to Vinay. Siddharth with tears in his eyes could say them that "She is no more!". It all happened in an accident she met the same day of her marriage.

Vinay just stops him and intervenes to his parents saying.... no more?... no I wouldn't agree... "She is no more for all of you!.. She is Much more for me!".. didn't you read my life with her all these days through my mails?.. I am still living with her and would live long with her!. She is blended in me and my music!.... I am blended in her love!.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Show love when needed

Disclaimer: This article is not to hurt anyone who is in to teaching children. It’s purely the author’s view to express his thoughts on the same.

With that disclaimer, I think this article could trigger a controversy and hence lead to a discussion there after. I would appreciate if that happens because I always feel discussions are healthier means of taking / moving things forward. As we all know major of the AID NCR volunteers are in to teaching children in some or the other projects. Excellent thing to do as a volunteer and I admire those who are able to do so because I myself understood that teaching the children at projects are one of the most difficult jobs to do in the earth.

These volunteers deserve a millions of pat on their back for taking up that task. However I’m quite taken aback with my recent observations at a few of the classes which I have attended in the projects [specifically at Prayas, where I visit often]. Most of the volunteers who teach there / interact with the children use a higher tone to control the children in the class. They warn them, scold them and for a matter of punishing them event send them back from the class. I agree that children are prone to commit mistakes and are even mischievous but the kind of treatment which should have been from the volunteers must in turn be more of love and affection.
People can suddenly throw a question on me saying that you never thought in a class and how come you can question us / suggest us to do this and that. I have never thought and also whenever I used to teach I have always made it a point that I take care that the child is not felt humiliated [may be a wrong word] in front of others. I can imagine what they would feel if they are suddenly scolded / sent away from the class in front of others. We all have experienced such situations in our schools and that’s why we all hate [if not all most of us] our schooling system. These were some of our discussion topics earlier as well but somehow we all are busy in our lives and don’t have time to discuss these days.
One can argue then what should I do if a child disturbs my class, should I appreciate that by showing more affection to him / her. Obviously “Yes”. A classic example I could quote is Anuj wrote a long time back about a child who used to disturb the class at Aashayein and how he made him co-operate with the class. How many of us who are teaching children try to learn about child psychology. Not essentially all and we don’t feel like we should know all that. It’s just that we want to teach them to grow and they get good marks in their school.
Please consider this a sincere request from me to re-consider the way the children are treated in the class. I admire every one of you for the way you guys spend time for the enlistment of the project and people associated with that. Only request is that we can do it in a better way. I know people of Prayas well so I wasn’t hesitant to quote them in the example :P… however my disclaimer is applicable for volunteers of all the projects :D.
One more simple suggestion I could make at this point is that people working with children should put in an effort to learn about child psychology. There are many books written by John Holt and others who have put in a lot of efforts to understand children. The pick of them are Children Fail and How Children Learn. I have a copy of these books and I shall be happy to share if any one wants to read them. Escape from Childhood is another must read for not only volunteers or people who are into teaching but for anyone who would be a parent. These are some nice concepts which would help to bring up our children in a really better manner. The other one shown here is also an interesting read :).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Come and get soaked in Romance

As soon as the title card starts to float in the water, you get carried away to set yourself float in the air. There are so many girls in the world…Why in the Earth did I fall in love with Jessie?... confesses the protagonist Karthik in the very first frame at Jessie’s marriage. From there are you are showered with romance for the next 150 minutes. It’s pure and pure romance at its best.
I sincerely admire the director who crafts almost all his films by narration. You are hearing to someone’s story with visuals in it. The colors are pleasing and appealing so that you get lost in the frame and watch it as if it’s happening around you. It’s almost more than seven decades that Indian screen is seeing Love and Romance. More than a million films would have spoken it through different virtues. Still a story of two hearts and minds hold its very own value because of the rhythm notched to it. It’s just about hitting the right string in the right spot at right time to bring out the touching magical music. Karthik falls for Jessie at the first sight [Why would not he]. His perception of love doesn’t come after fixing something in mind... It would one day come and hit you and turn your world upside down and that happens when he see Jessie.
A couple of more glimpses and consequences make him come closer to her being a tenant in her house. One fine day he finds her in his home and there begins the first conversation. She is a year older to him and has an ultimately different way of up bringing from what he has been. He aspires to become a film maker and she has so far seen 5 movies in her entire span of life that too without her fathers knowledge. Another day he suddenly confess in front of her that he’s in love with her in all of a sudden. She leaves him blank!. The conversations are apt at places with not more than a line each. The other thing which takes you in is the presence of the lead pair on screen. You find them everywhere. She leaves to Allepey and he follows her. He searches for her all around and find her in a church on a Sunday noon. He apologies for his confession of love and she agrees [with a disappointment if you notice carefully]. They decide to be friends and continue with that. The consequences that follow are simply poetic. She replies [Unnoda paarvayala avanga ennai parkalayo ennavo] “May be they haven’t looked me through your eye” when he asks her that there might have been a lot of guys who would have proposed her. Ah!.. This is class with a smooth background score.
The dilemma of Jessie to chose if she want or don’t is so very clear to both. Generally in love stories you find the hero trying to impress the heroin and vice versa. Here right from the place where he confesses his love to her, they both know what they want and you find no scene where both try to impress each other. They both are what they are and simply do what they do. She informally intimate that she likes it but she doesn’t need it. She feels that there is Love but it is not. At a point you feel like Slapping Jessie on face and ask what the hell you need. She agrees later in a part where she doesn’t know what she wants and that’s the problem at all.
There are so much of expressions in body language, silence and conversations through eyes between the pair which in a conversation you are told about the Chemistry between them. Both the character stands as a painting in front of you. Even after her family comes to know about the issue they handle it practically and sensibly. There is humor sprinkled all across the film which keeps you light in the air. Generally in movies we are shown that the girl is either locked in a room or her father beats her etc., etc., Tamil cinema has grown up and thanks to people like Gautam. Finally she stand up to her love and break out during the day of her marriage [that is the time when our Karthik gets to know she’s in love madly as he is]. The scene post interval where both meet up the night is just a virtual poetry. You just can’t stop admiring the conversation when she breaks for him. You simply nod to these lines when she says “Karthik, you are one awesome guy” and he replies “You are one awesome woman Jessie”. They are made for each other. The romance is simple and that’s why it’s so sweet. To express romance you might not need pages of dialogues... It’s just the body language which is more than enough and when you have A. R. Rahman to score the back ground what else one need. However here comes a song and I don’t find words to praise Thamarai. The language Tamil must owe a lot to her. From where the earth does she digs such words from the language which everyone uses in day to day life but realizing its impact.
The most interesting part is the place where the movie ends where Kathik and Jessie come together and you feel happy!.. Karthik the director of the film ends it there. It’s simply narrated that this happens in a movie and not in the real life when Jessie walks away asking Karthik [naan enna avlo nallavala Karthik?] “Am I such a good girl, Karthik?”. You too feel that the end of Karthik’s movie should have been the end to this story as well.
I couldn’t remember any other Tamil movie [for the fact even Hindi movie] in recent times which has so much of romance in it and made an impact on me. All I could remember is Kadhalukku Mariyaadai [Respect for Love] which came a decade ago. Gautam has crafted a masterpiece. It’s another virtual poem of him!. Hats off!....
I am sure that I would watch this many more times.... come and get soaked in romance!....

Sunday, February 21, 2010

This ain't pleasing...

India!... known for its culture, nature, heritage and above all for its hospitality has drawn in tourists throughout the world. India is a place which has it all in it. The people here are warm and welcoming. They are known to their treatment of guests and their gesture towards them. With all these known facts the tourism ministry has been able to play a decent part in generating revenue which is a considerable part in the upcoming Indian Economy. This has been our history and the most worrisome part is that what has been history would possibly remain history!. This is because of my observation / encounters I have faced at different places where I travel.
Being quite addicted to explore the country I chose to travel at least once in a month. I have traveled almost the length and breadth of the country (excluding north east so far :( ). India has been amazing for the kind of diversity it offers from place to place and to some extent within the same place itself. I have been always interested to listen to history of the local place wherever I visit and I interact a lot with the local people as well. Almost my experience with the local people has been very pleasing and cherish-able. What disturb me a lot are the local business people who try to almost rob (in the name of service) the visitors. They leave you almost with no other option available rather than spending a lot more of what you should have. There is always a bitter experience which accompanies me in my every travel.
It would be the local taxi driver or an auto driver, a person at tourist information center, travel guide and for the sake the hotel manager. In some places the local market people who sell crafts of the land. Most of them are desperate to earn and not only to earn but to earn as much as possible. They have lies flowing as of poetry out of their mouth. They are always focused on the money the tourists bring in and not the emotions which come with them. This has been a consistent bitter experience with me in my first couple of travel visits to different places. I then decided not to take such local people's help and avoided them. Thanks to the books, bloggers and also some great initiatives of tourism department of some of the state government. I prefer to walk / take local public transport at places and also avoid buying local crafts in the market. Somehow if I deeply think this ain't pleasing at all. I mostly travel alone and its possible for me to do the entire walk / travel alone in a public transport system, but for a person who has a family to take care off would obviously suffer and end up in spending more than what he / she should have. I myself have decided that I'll not visit a certain places here after such experiences :(.
The reason for me writing this now is also as a concerned citizen of our country and a resident of Delhi, I am worried about the upcoming common wealth games. 8 months from now Delhi will be celebrating its biggest events ever!. Are we prepared for it?. I am not worried about the undergoing constructions of the stadiums and the hotels but I am worried about the attitude of the people. Delhi'ets would agree that the amount of arrogance among the people has increased much. With upcoming BRT, low floor buses and metro trains the government is doing its part to improve the standard of Delhi [though I am upset that Delhi government is more considered to build its infrastructure to please the people who would come in and the reason for developing these were not to improve the standards of living of the residents of the city. However the ultimate beneficiaries being the residents, this a welcome move by the government]. Still the difference between the comfort level of people commuting in their private vehicles and the ones in public transport is far.
However my point of argument here in this post is not that and it's about the attitude and behavior of local business people like the autowala's, taxiwala's and also our beloved bus conductors. One in twenty autowalas agree to come by meter [how many TSR complaints can I file?]. You hardly find a metered taxi available near you. [Sorry boss!.. you are in the national capital so you should call up Meeru / Easy cabs to travel to maintain the dignity :(]. In fact we would have commuting options for an aam janta from airport to Noida [oh you don't know this.. why don't you take a private taxi.. who'll not issue you a bill.... it's much cheaper]. Above all the most irritating is the bus conductors who always asks for change and never tender them back. I have always prepared myself to keep change with me and unfortunately one day I couldn't carry change with me and that day I had to get down of the bus and take another... Where will all the change these guys get from my fellow passengers go?. Some conductors don't issue tickets [this has been the case with many conductors whose language and words from their mouth would make your day]. I have filed 7 TSR complaints in the last one month’s against such conductors but what's the use?. I can be more comfortable traveling in my bike but that ain't the option for the tourists who might come down!. There would be many first timers who would come to Delhi. I am worried that we would rather make that as their last visit as well. I am still wondering what we as Delhi'ets are going to do to help them out!..... I'd be happy to render my hand....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

an accidental corelation!

A long telephonic conversation with friends is always a moment to rejoice. When conversation becomes a debate its even more interesting and here is one such rejoiceable and interesting conversation with a friend of mine. After a couple of minutes of formally non formal chit chat the conversation diverted to the recently released movie Avatar. With all praises to the cast and crew of the film we got into a discussion on James Cameron’s imagination of how humans would end up the greenery of the existing world and look for Pandora in the year 2154. As humans we have been constantly exploiting the resources around us in an exponentially rocketing rate.
The movie is interestingly made on the thirst of corporatism where people just think, talk and live of money and not bothered about other emotions etc., The relationship quotient between the avatars and the nature has been highlighted so beautifully where everyone of us could related to the feelings communicated by a tree / a creature which seems destructive but extends such a lovely hand in need for the people of Pandora. Over all finally to have a happy happy ending Cameron might have ended saying that Avatars win over humans and send them back to the sky world from where they come. People applaud and say that’s right… The land and the place belong to them and humans should not have invaded. My friend called it a brilliant finish.
Our talk gradually moved towards the campaign AID has doing at Chhatisgarh along with a brief talk on fasting of Himanshu ji of VCA for the human rights. First of all when I began to describe it my friend had no clue of what exactly is happening at Chhatisgarh at all. Thanks to our national media who need to be given credit for the same. I began to elaborate him about the issues currently at Chhatisgarh. I briefed him that the tribal of Chhatisgarh are being hunted by the police men saying that they were naxals / people who encourage naxals. I also elaborated him entirely on the recent arrest of Kopa, charges the policemen are trying to file with people of VCA., destruction of VCA a couple of months ago etc., I also shared him about what exactly is going on with lives of people there. He still couldn’t connect to the issue completely and was reasonably confused with why the government would want to kill people.
Well thanks to Avatar which made me understand him the issue simple. Chhatisgarh is a land of enormous resource. I myself have been to Corba mines a couple of time to collect coal for my analysis. It’s a beautiful place with a mixture of green and black. Green above the land and black below. It also has abundant of other resources on which the industrial world and the corporate people want to capitalize on. Rehabilitation and resettlement was one possible option they had and tried it with a lot of villagers around. The corporate people at Chhatisgarh are like the money rich human’s from Avatar. They reach Pandora and these people reached Chhatisgarh.
They choose a couple of local people and appointed them as SPO’s [Special Police Officer’s] who were authorized to shoot naxals in the area. These SPO’s were working for the police officials and the corporate people. The movie shows a couple of people taking the souls of the avatars and mingling with people to understand their lives / cultures etc., The role of both are quite similar. The SPO’s gradually will evacuate people by threatening people failing which would lead to rape of women in the family and murder them. Adivasis keep on running in to the jungle. The analogy of how the entire military force make the residence tree of the avatars fall would fit in to how these SPO’s and police forces make the Adivasis run into the jungle. The greed of this corporate driven culture will never end and the story keeps on going. Government is doing an entire operation called Salwa Judum to kill people and grab land. Adivasi’s are tagged as naxals and are eradicated from their own land. People are made refugees in their own soil but the nature is listening to their prayers and seeing all these happen in front.
Hopefully now he was able to relate to the issue and understand it in a broader spectrum. He also said that he’ll spread the message across and contribute in some way to the campaign what we were doing. A whole hearted Thanks to James Cameron who made it simple to explain things in detail :).