Friday, April 9, 2010

“Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai”

Reading the news papers off late has invoked in me this response, best described by Sahir Ludhianvi's poem(song)...

The massacre of 76 jawans; An old man hit by BMW and police leave him to die; Teenage couple murdered in the name of honor killing; AMU professor found dead... he was a homo sexual; A tennis star player plans to get married and the world is intruding in her privacy... and many endless such stories...

Lives of everyone around is complicated... someone is seeking love, someone is running from love, someone is seek job, someone is running from it... some crave for children some others hate children... some could give anything for a meal and some others just get up from the table full of food and walk off...

Rich or poor, young or old, man or woman.... all just about all... make me feel...

“Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai”

Yeh Mehlon,Yeh Takhton,Yeh Taajon Ki Duniya,
Yeh Insaan Key Dushman Samaajon Ki Duniya,
Yeh Doulat Key Bhookhey Riwajon Ki Duniya,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Har Ek Jism Ghayal, Har Ek Rooh Pyaasi,
Nigahon Mein Uljhan, Dilon Mein Udaasi,
Yeh Duniya Hai Ya Aalam-e-Badhawasi,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Yahaan Eik Khilona Hai Insaan Ki Hasti,
Yeh Basti Hai Murda Paraston Ki Basti,
Yahaan To Jeevan Sey Hai Maut Sasti,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Jawaani Bhatakti Hai Badkaar Ban Kar,
Jawaan Jism Sajtey Hein Bazaar Ban Kar,
Yahaan Pyaar Hota Hai Byopaar Ban Kar,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Yeh Duniya Jahaan Aadmi Kuch Nahi Hai,
Wafa Kuch Nahi, Dosti Kuch Nahi Hai,
Yahaan Pyaar Ki Qadr Hi Kuch Nahi Hai,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai.

Jala Do Isey, Phoonk Dalo Yeh Duniya.
Mere Saamne Se Hata Lo Yeh Duniya,
Tumhari Hai Tum Hi Sambhalo Yeh Duniya,
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai?

[Movie-Pyaasa(1957), Music-Sachin Dev Burman, Lyrics-Saahir Ludhiyanavi, Singer-Mohhamad Rafi... In the movie the song was visualised as the ultimate achivement of the all time loser, the ragged Poet,the drunkard shunned by society,left by girlfriend,despised by his clan suddenly gets everything he ever strived for. This was the moment when he looks down at all the people he had ever known and sees only one face which didn’t have Greed and really loved him, ‘the Prostitute’ and then he curses the Society in his own poetic manner as S.D Burman’s tunes pierce your heart and you experience the same pain as ‘Vijay’ and you spill you heart out in the immortal voice Of Mohammad Rafi and leave all the artificial things which consumed you.]

9th April, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

20 years ago

Yesterday was valentines day. These days there is so much hype about the day that it gets on to your nerves. You switch on the radio, its valentines day, switch on the TV its valentines day and more over even news is made of valentines day... This wasn't the case then when we were growing up. I would like to share a story of 20 years back...

I studied in a convent and I had sisters for siblings so had no interaction with growing boys of my age. When I left the convent and went to a public school with co-education system, it was a different world for me. 6 months into new school and I met this cute and good looking dude from another class. Shy as we were, we both got interacting with each other through our common friends. It was fun, I had never before experienced what it is like having young boys as your friends. Time went by and though we did not say anything but we were hooked on to each other.

Come February and the friends went buzzing in the class who will get valentine days cards and who will not. I had no clue what this talk was all about. Never before had I heard about this word. I did not know its meaning and I was totally clueless. This boyfriend of mine had already planned for the day for me and must have shared the same with his friends. My friends knew I was not planning on similar lines and they were worried that if I do not give my bf a card he would feel heart broken. They decided amongst themselves to sort this out. So one of them approached me and said "have u bought a valentine day card for Abhishek?" (name changed to protect the identity of the bf). "Whats a Valentines day?" I asked. "A card you give on 14th Feb to the one you love. You will get it in your regular card shop".

I did not know what to do. I did not know if this was to be done or this was a prank played on me. I had to ask someone and didn't know who to ask. So here is what I did, I went and asked a teacher friend about what is a valentines day and whether i should give this guy a card or not. How stupid of me. How the teacher must have gossiped about me and how they all must have laughed. My next issue was to get a card which was not overtly expressive and also how to get it. So I asked another common friend to do the needful for me. I got the card in the school, went to the girls toilet, wrote the card, it said, "Happy valentines day my dear friend". A safe card I thought. Met Abhishek in recess and gave him the note book with the card and got another note book from him. There in a pink envelop was my first valentines day card, it said" Happy Valentines day to the one I love" That was the first time in my life someone had said "I love you" to me. I was on the 7th heaven and had never felt anything like that before.

20 years have gone by and with each year the hype of this day has been increasing. Off late even the political parties have jumped in making this the agenda for protecting culture of the country. The simplicity of those days has gone. Never again will it be the same. I have never had a real occasion or a worthy person to celebrate the day with after that 1st experience. However even if I had a person, to celebrate it with, I would have refrained from doing anything or expressing anything. I never want to be part of the herd.

You really do not need a day to celebrate love... and even if you do the day to my mind has lost its novelty. It will never be the same again. So much for commercialization.

(C) shubhra 15th February 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

My take on 3-Idiots

Off late watching movies in theater has been a one off thing for me. For lack of company and obviously money :) However since there was so much hype about the movie 3-Idiots and also coming from my favourite film director, I had planned that I have to watch it even if I watch it alone. Thanks to my dear photographer friend, I managed company. Despite being chuked out of one show.

3-Idiots was a good movie. An obvious hit with all student and young population and also a lesson or an eye-opener for all parents and teachers. I always analyse movies from the practical angle even if I am not suppose to. Some glaring mistakes that stood out in the movie just couldn't escape me...
1. A family whose monthly income is rs 2500 cannot afford the services of the hospitals like Fortis even in an emergency case like father almost dying and then son trying to commit suicide.

2.While through the protagonist, the director says give importance to what the heart wants... he forgets that a student like Roncho cannot stand first in the class based on current education system. The assessment and examination system does not allow students like Roncho to flourish.

3. A movie must have a happy ending so there was a change of heart for Virus... In real life that does not really happen...

I liked the movie because of its mass appeal, because of its message for those who want to dictate their children's life but what saddened me was that a movie may not be the answer... education system is such that it really won't matter how many moveis you make... In a way I came out feeling sad after the movie....

(c) shubhra 5th Jan 2010.