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Jaane tu ya jaane na – Review

After quite a long time, I have seen a cool and entertaining film. Aamir khan, as producer of the film, tasted the success once again. “Jane Tu Ya Jaane Na” is an enjoyable film. This film is directed by director Abbas Tyrewala and we can give him full marks for this film.

“Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” is a simple, sweet, teen-comedy film. It is a film of a group of college kids. In the group, Jai Singh Rathore (Imran Khan) and Aditi (Genelia D’souza) are the central characters of that college gang in focus. In a nutshell, story of the film revolves around two very close friends (Jai and Aditi) who can do anything for each other but fail to find lover in each other. But finally the film traces the journey of Jai and Aditi discovering that their friendship has turned into love and they’re actually in love.

The film has focused the life style of young generation of today. People will also love funny names of the characters like Rats (Jai) and Meow (Aditi, loves cats that’s why Meow). Genelia D’souza (Aditi alias Meow), the next-door cute girl, steals the whole show in the film. The actress is a real live-wire of the film and with her beautiful eyes, very clearly conveys those annoying feelings of jealousy, confusion, irritability and fake happiness without any problem.

The end is no surprise, but the way it arrived, that makes “JaaneTu ya jaane na” such a refreshing, enjoyable movie. The characters are real, believable and endearing. Supporting actor Naseeruddin Shah, as Jai’s dead Rajput father who speaks from his portrait on the wall, has done his job magnificently.

It’s a film of young generation of today but free from sex and violence. Its a clean, cool and entertaining film based on relationship of two  college friends which can be enjoyed with family members of all ages.

Picture courtesy : msn.co.in

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Essence of Love

“Love is something eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence. Perhaps it will seem to you that the sunshine is brighter and that everything has a new charm. At least, I believe this is always the result of a deep love, and it is a beautiful thing. And I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal – the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and it was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and in that way, one is more fit for one’s work.”

~Vincent van Gogh

The Radha-Krishna amour is a love legend of all times. It’s indeed hard to miss the many legends and paintings illustrating Krishna’s love affairs, of which the Radha-Krishna affair is the most memorable. Krishna’s relationship with Radha, his favorite among the ‘gopis’ (cow-herding maidens), has served as a model for male and female love in a variety of art forms. Krishna’s youthful dalliances with the ‘gopis’ are interpreted as symbolic of the loving interplay between God and the human soul. Radha’s utterly rapturous love for Krishna and their relationship is often interpreted as the quest for union with the divine.                  (Courtesy : Hinduism.about.com)

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Posted by on 29/06/2008 in Eternal, Life, Love, Love & passion

 

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Thinking of you

Thinking of you

Its raining early morning in a summer day,

Sitting idle at home in the mood of a holiday.

In this cloudy rainy day, I am alone at home,

My mind thinking of you, it is in the roam.

Mind floating with the clouds, memories in queue,

Sitting alone, drowned in the memories of you.

My mind not with me, in these moments of dull,

My heart desires to meet, waiting for your call.

No sight of stopping, continues rain with wind,

Enjoying the fragrance of yours in my mind.

Thinking of you every moment having no limit,

When will you arrive, when shall we meet ?

~~~~~  By : Anil  ||  05 Jun 2008  ~~~~~

 

 
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Posted by on 05/06/2008 in Love

 

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My beautiful Kausani : a poem

Kausani

I met her at Kausani in an evening dusky and rainy,

She attracted me, as if known for years many.

Welcome me raising her large eyes to my face,

Our four eyes met and made everything in mess.

She expressed her happiness on her bright face.

In the breezy evening my heart was in a brisk pace.

Her room was in a corner on the same floor of mine,

We shared the balcony to view the peaks and pine.

Our eyes were meeting while watching the peaks few,

I was gazing her beauty with the nature that she knew.

In windy weather, hairs were out of control of hers,

She put her shawl down, raised her arms to knot the hairs.

I found her slim body turned to a great posture,

Raising her “peaks”, beautiful and inviting,

she appeared to be, to me a beautiful painting,

She looked at me, I mutely thanked for her gesture.

After rain and wind, calmness prevailed in the mountains,

We were alone but unable to come closure, suffered the pains.

At last she looked at me and stepped to the terrace,

Wanted me to follow her to be with me face to face.

She smiled at me and hinted me to follow,

She took me to the clouds in the valley below.

While walking with her on the clouds under the sky,

I told her I had seen you somewhere, don’t be shy.

Tell me your name my dear lady, if I am right,

With smile, large and black eyes she was bright.

She said I am Kausani, don’t you know my dear?

She smiled and wanted my name to hear.

Suddenly my dream ended due to bang of sound,

I discovered myself in my bed but she was never found.

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About Kausani & the poem : During my visit to Kausani I was astonished by the beauty of the hill station. Not only the beauty, a heavenly calm prevails there which inspire to think about the vastness and beautiful creation of the God. The climate of the place changes frequently and clouds comes down to the valley at a lower level. The beautiful natural beauty, calmness, clouds and Himalyan peaks standing tall at the horizon inspired me to bring out the poet in me to compose the above poem.

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Like a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a princess. She was in love with a poor boy who was living on the other bank of the river. The royal family did not approve such unequal love affairs but they could not be separated. Ultimately she was under house arrest. But all the security men were very kind to her. One night, with all risks, they opened the door and made her free. She was having a obedient horse. She called her and sat on her back and ordered to run. The horse vanished from the palace within seconds. The horse was driven through the dense forests, rocks and finally a river. The obedient horse did not mind to jump into the river to cross it to take her mistress’s destination- the other bank of the river where princess’s dream man stay. Now look at the picture, the princess is in her halfway to cross the river.

The rest of the story will be written once the princess crosses the river and meet her dream “prince”.

Till then we have to wait and pray for a fairy tale ending ——– “married and lived happily ever after”.

Note : The story presented above is based on my imagination, inspired by the above photograph.

( In reality : A bride crosses a lake as she rides a horse during a set of photo shoot in Shidu, near Beijing, China. A company is running group tours to the area for the soon-to-be-married couples in a spectacular settings. Acknowledments : Times of India).

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Train to Bangladesh

“That is my country …. How near is it. Still, I can never reach there.” This was a dialogue in Ritwik Ghatak’s film “Komal Gandhar”, which captured the pain and grief of partition and his dream of reaching there remained just a dream . But on the day of poila Baisakh, Bengali New Year 1415, the Bengalis of both side of the International border got a gift to cherish and to make their dreams of “reaching there” fulfilled.

“Maitree Express” (Friendship Express) a train to Bangladesh from India, (Kolkata to Dhaka) started its journey on the auspicious day of Poila Baisakh that is 14th april 2008, after 43 years of snapping rail link between India and Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). The rail link between India and the then East Pakistan was snapped during Indo-Pak war in 1965.

The two countries, India (particularly West Bengal) and Bangladesh supposed to be very close at hearts to each other because of their common bond of language, culture and food habits. But we are not so due to politics and misunderstandings. An International Boarder separated us from each other. India always respect sovereign state of the neighboring countries and never believe in aggressiveness or Dadagiri to any neighboring country. India always stood by the side of Bangladesh, at the time of distress like a good friend.

“Maitree Express” alone can not bridge the gap or erase the border between two nations built or created through many years unless there is heart to heart communications by way of cultural exchange and tourism. Let there be more “Bharat Bangaldesh friendship society”, and let us extend our hands for friendship with each other. The same was reflected on the first day run of “Maitree Express” when the passengers reaching Kolkata expressed their happiness shouting “we are very happy to be here. We Bangladeshis share a common bond with you people. We especially thank you for standing by us during our war of liberation”.

If East and West Berlin can unite by breaking their “Wall of Berlin”, why can’t we work for union of two Bengals ?

Note : During united India (before Independence) the present Bangladesh was known as “East Bengal”. Then came the partition of INDIA in 1947 on the basis of religion and then “East Bengal” became “East Pakistan” ruled by Pakistan. In 1971, “East Pakistan” was freed from the clutches of Pakistan by India and a new nation was born , thats “Bangladesh”.

Train reached Kolkata from Dhaka. ( Pic : Times of India)

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For everything there is a time

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, And a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.


— Ecclesiastes, 3:1-3:8.

 
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Posted by on 15/01/2008 in birth, death, Hate, heaven, Laugh, Life, Love, mourn, peace, Season, time, War, weep

 

Awful tragedy

priyanka.jpgI thought of not to post this love story of awful tragedy but my conscious did not allow me to be silent, at least in this case. Because this case has many angles like inter-religion marriage, corruption, money power, police in-actions, true love, economic and social status. Because of all these, city has seen the unprecedented public and media resentments in this case. So I decided to post it for my readers. Better late than never.

In films we always find that a boy from a poor family fall in love with a wealthy father’s only daughter and they overcome the hurdles on their way and finally love wins and get married with the approval of parents and they live happily ever after. The story ends like this in most of the cases.

But real life stories seldom end like reel life stories. Rizwanur Rahman and Priyanka Tody love story has become a legendary love story of the city. The story shows us that real love does exist even today. Love is blind, it does not look for status, religion and nothing else. Rizwanur belong to a middle class or may be below middle class Muslim family, educated in St. Xavier’s college, gentle, sober. He was working as faculty in Arena Multimedia, a computer institute. Priynaka hails from a orthodox Hindu wealthy business family of Marwari community. Priyanka lives in a palatial house in Salt Lake city of Kolkata and Rizwanur in a small house in a narrow lane in Tiljala area.

They met in the same computer institute. Priyanka joined there for a course there. This difference of status and religion did not come on their way to fall in love and to further it to marriage. They knew the hurdles to be faced from her family hence they got married in accordance with the special marriage act. She moved to her poor husband’s home leaving the palatial residence literary with one cloth even leaving her costly N-series Nokia mobile phone, thinking that her father may give a police complaint of theft of that and ornaments. Her imagination was wrong.

Priyanka’s father lodged a complaint with local police station that Rizwanur abducted their daughter. But this did not hold good when they showed all proof of marriage and age proof certificates. Priyanka said I am with my husband, I have come here willingly and nobody abducted or forcibly brought me here. We are married and I want to live with my husband. The local police did not interfere further, they went back. But his father did not stop there. It is reported in the media that he was having unholy link with the police. When he did not get any help from local police he went to Police head quarters. Then the Police started unlawful actions for separating them by sending Priyanka back to her home. They were called to Police HQ three times and marriage witness Was also threatened. Priyanka all along was unwilling to go to her parental home back. She told to Rizwanur family members “Once I go there, I would not be allowed to come back again.” Rizwanur was pressurized to send her back to her home by the police. His friend later revealed that the police threatened for dire consequences if she is not sent home. Later, on Sep 08, 2007, on a written undertaking of her uncle assuring that she will be to Back to Rizwanur after 7 days, Priyanka went to her home. Mediator of this was none other than police. What made the police to act so much for breaking a legal marriage. Rizwanur was also assured of having communication with her but soon that was disrupted and both were separated. As apprehended, Priyanka never allowed to return to her husband and her 8 days married life ended abruptly. All communications were cut off and Rizwanur could not establish any communication with her till his death. Once he pleaded to his father-in law and mother-in law by SMS to listen Priyanka’s voice for once but his request was not met. Later, on the same day his body was found beside Railway tracks.

Role of police is now under a question mark. They are supposed to be the protector of the citizen but in this case they turned to be tormentor to the young couple. Since they all along trying to separate them as per the wish of Ashok Todi. It is unbelievable to think about the involvement of police for unlawful activities. It is understood that there is a clear ruling of Supreme Court on inter religion marriage for their protection. In spite of that the police has gone just in opposite direction.

There was tremendous resentments of the citizen against the police. Had it been in other part of India, there would have been a communal riot but here people from all walk of life, irrespective of religion including the print and electronic media stood with the family and shown their solidarity. All demanded for CBI investigation and justice. Calcutta High court gave a ruling for CBI investigation too and the same is in progress. There is nothing to say about the case now till its final judgment comes.

He realised that he is not going to get any protection from police. He did not approached to media or took any legal action bcoz Priyanka did not approve it. But now investigations revealed that finally he wanted to take help of some political leader and a meeting was fixed on 21 Sep 07 the day he died. It is now evident that his mobile was tapped and ‘they’ came to know from his conversations that he is going to meet political leader /minister and they wanted not to happen so. Next morning i.e. 21 Sep 07, he got a call and went out alone and never returned. His body was found on the raiway track.

It is awful. A poor innocent guy was fighting alone with money and muscle power. He can not win. Had he gone to media at the beginning, he would have saved his life. The rich can buy anything and the poor, the middle class people have to run from pillar to post to get the legitimate rights or justice. Surprisingly, the high ranking IPS officers who should be honest, dedicated and ideal and example of their integrity to the young generation, are involved in this case for the wrong reasons. The poor Rizwanur and Priyanka, newly married couple, having full of dreams in their eyes, having no money, had to surrender to the money power and a terrible tragedy came to their lives.
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Riz’s college mourning his death.
Disclaimer : The story, facts are presented here based on print and electronic media reports, which may not be true.

 

The status of women and plight of girl child in India

Once the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru said, “you can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women”. It is a fact that the social condition of women of any nation is a pointer to the level of development of that nation.
draupadi-small-1.jpgThe story of Indian women is as old as the history of Indian civilization. In ancient times Aryans were the main inhabitant of India. These people were mainly Brahmins and they used to give the status of goddess to the women. Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati were the Goddess which the women were honoured to. In a Sanskrit sloka it says about women that ‘Yatra Naryastu Pujyante, Ramante Tatra Devta‘ – where woman are worshiped, God resides. So that was the social status of women in the Vedic era in India.

damayanti1.jpgIn the post Vedic era, the status of women began to decline with time. Gender inequality started creeping into the society. But the status of women started declining due change in the society and mixing up of other foreign cultures with the Indian cultures,as a result of many foreign invaders. These invaders came to India with their own culture with them. Invaders were the rulers for many years, which made the Aryan cultures totally lost or changed. As foreigner, having no respect to the women, their main aim was looting the wealth and enjoying beautiful women. As polygamy was a norm for these invaders they kept them in their “harems” for fulfilling their lust. This type of disrespectful treatment towards women were spread in the society and slowly crept into the minds of Indian people and they also began to treat their own women in the similar manners. This changes in the society declined the status of women in the society.

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Shakuntala a character of epic Mahabharat

The foreign invaders are no more ruling the country, but the degrading of status of women is still continuing in some form or the other. It has come to the girl child and the plight of a girl child starts before she sees the light of this beautiful world. They are not allowed to reach to womanhood. In some parts of India, in the society where illiteracy and superstitions prevails, the girl childs are killed before they are born. The technological development has become the curse in this case or you can say the misuse of technology. It is an universal test during pregnancy but nowhere like India the girl fetuses are killed. Otherwise also in some parts of India, birth of a girl child still considered to be a curse and burden (due to dowry). So there are plenty of instances of killing girl childs as soon as they were born. National census statistics (2001) shows that a child sex ratio of 927 girls per 1,000 boys. (news in Times of India dated 08 Oct 2007)

11045.jpgWe should break age-old myth that a daughter is no longera curse and a burden to the parents. If a daughter is given a proper education, she will never be less than a son. They who prefer son should know that –

“A son is a son till he gets a wife,

but a daughter is a daughter for life”.

Daughters are future mothers who helps God’s system of continuing species on this planet. Without a womb, birth of human being cannot be possible in the natural way. It is God’s wish, and God created women. Who are we to go against God, against nature ?

In a family, girl childs are like flowers in the garden, they just radiates fragrance, the beauty. They are the companions, they are the passionate lovers, they are the loving wives, they are the lovely home makers, they are the affectionate mothers, they are the Goddess, Goddess Lakshmi (Means Goddess of wealth).

(Photo : Images of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma)

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Mistake turned to be a blessing

It is not my story, somebody else’s story I am presenting here. One day a high ranked army Officer was talking to us. He was talking about the God. He believes God or a supreme power ( whatever name you give), is existing. Sometimes some people may experience His existence through some incidents, in own life or in the family through which you may realize about His existence. In this connection he explained his experience, on his own life, which was like this :

“Old habits die-hard.” Once you are habituated to smoking and drinking it is difficult to come out from those habits. That was the case for him. He used to smoke about seven packets of cigarettes in a day and half bottle of wine in the evening daily. One fine morning his doctor detected some type of heart disease and Doctor advised him to stop drinking and smoking. The situation forced him to stop smoking and drinking. Due to medically unfit promotion also stopped.

Treatment was going on. Smoking and drinking totally stopped. Now he was spending the evening with his family. After treatment for an about one year or so, he was again advised to go through all the tests again, which was done a year back while diagnosis of the disease. He went through all tests at various speciality centers. Then the reports were analyzed carefully at various levels as per the Army procedure since it was a case of unfit. It took about a year to declare the report and surprisingly he was declared “fit”. For the Officer it was like a miracle, he never thought of it.

How could it happen? He wanted to know the things, but he was not obliged initially. Nothing was told him though he was a high-ranked Officer but later on his insistence, he was told on one condition. Condition was – he would not go to court for claiming compensation. Most probably he was agreed to. Then he was told that the initial diagnosis itself was wrong.

It was a clear case of compensation because this mistake made him to lose his promotion, seniority; mental peace and then wrong treatment and its side effects. He kept his promise.

During these many months one positive thing happened in his life, which he considered more than any compensation or any monetary gain. He could come out from the bad habits of smoking and drinking. Was he not declared as a heart patient, it was impossible for him to come out from those bad habits, which were killing him silently? One mistake turned the ‘impossible’ to ‘possible’ and saved his life.

He looked at the incident in a different angle. In fact the incident turned him towards spirituality and made him to believe that the mistake was a blessing for him and it was the plan of God, without His wish such things cannot happen.

Without the sacrifice of small interests or gains, you cannot achieve a greater goal in life. Health and happiness in life are the wealthiest and precious than any other materialistic gains.

Napoleon Hill, American speaker and motivational writer said : “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”

 
 
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