Saturday, July 29, 2006

They Were The Best Of Times. They Were The Worst Of Times.

I wonder why I feel like I am the man destined to have everything and yet have nothing...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Song: If You Could Only See Artiste: Tonic

This is why I love the show ROCKSTAR on Star World... Amazing talent, amazing style, amazing interaction between the participants and judges... Amazing atmosphere... And also, I get to listen to songs that I usually might not even have heard of and man!!! They are simply rocking... This song was performed by Chris tonight... It was an acoustic version and I immediately fell in love with the song... Specially the first stanza... Simply took me to another world... I am sorry that Chris got eliminated after performing such a brilliant song in a brilliant way... But if it's any consolation, he impacted my life in a way I cannot ever express before he left... Thank you Chris and Rock On buddy...

I can safely say, I will know I am in love when I can sing these lyrics and mean them whole heartedly... :-)

And in keeping with the theme, that too will be an amazing experience... :-)

Song for Tonight

If You Could Only See - Tonic

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do
If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Well you got your reasons
And you got your lies
And you got your manipulations
They cut me down to size

Sayin you love but you dont
You give your love but you wont

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do
If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Seems the road less traveled
Shows happiness unraveled
And you got to take a little dirt
To keep what you love
Thats what you gotta do

Sayin you love but you dont
You give your love but you wont
Youre stretching out your arms to something thats just not there
Sayin you love where you stand
Give your heart when you can

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do
If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Sayin you love but you dont
You give your love but you wont
Sayin you love where you stand
Give your heart when you can

If you could only see the way she loves me
Then maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love
And what I must do
If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me

Why Zidane Head-Butted Materazzi

Just could not resist slipping this in :D

It's finally out...

Materazzi to Zidane: "Bhaiyya, Hum Chlormint Kyun Khate Hain?"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Heroes Series - Part I

The Heroes: We The People

It was absolutely not my intention to start this series on such a note... But such is fate...

And I shall start off with this series with a prayer and a salute to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Mumbai...

As we all know by now, J&K and Mumbai were rocked by a total of 12 blasts in one day. These blasts were targetted at innocent tourists and civilians travelling by the only means of transport available to them: the Mumbai Rail. It was an act perpetrated by a set of people who probably do not understand the meaning of the word humanity.

But, we must not give them (the terrorists) too much importance, which is what they seek and instead focus on the heroic efforts of the common man on the streets.

I am sorry since I haven't been able to follow the J&K tragedy in depth, though I came to know that certain Bengali families were torn apart by the acts... Our prayers go out to the kin and may God be with them...

I have been following the Mumbai tragedy though and I would like to commend the people of Mumbai and the city itself for rising to the occasion as always and showing that beneath its curt and rate demeanour, lies a heart of gold. Amidst heart rending tales of loss and woe, were also tales of the common man rising above himself/herself and demonstrating a stomach for a grizzly sight and the heart of a champion...

I think one of the good things that the Shiv Sena did was give us the term "Mumbaikar". A lot of people have called the comeback of Mumbaikars as a forced one since thats their only option, but only one who has lived and breathed here will understand the sentiments of a Mumbaikar... And I am proud to say: Mee Mumbaikar...

We have time and again been forced to live under the cover of fear without any thought of the consequences... There have been bombings starting with the 1993 serial blasts, the Gateway and Zaveri Bazar blasts, the Mulund blasts, the Ghatkopar blasts uptill yesterday... Lives have been lost, families have been torn apart (remember how the Gateway blasts left a family of 5 children orphan), but somehow, we Mumbaikars take it stoically and move on tomorrow as if nothing happened today...

I salute this Spirit of Mumbai...

But in this mood of self-congratulations, let us not forget that we live in a society where security is at a premium and hence, we cannot afford to be apathetic... Showing a kind face, feeding strangers, helping strangers with lifts, money etc is indeed a noble deed... But one must not forget the circumstances that gave rise to this...

Tomorrow, we must not forget that innocent lives were lost... Yesterday, our esteemed PM and Home Minister and others gave very diplomatic statements... But diplomacy only takes us this far... I believe that it is now time to hold these elected representatives responsible and ask them why they havent torn down the network that is behind such repeated attacks...

We The People must rise as one to show that we exist in this society... I don't say that we must adopt violent means... Instead we must adopt non-violent means to show that we are a part of the fabric of this nation only, but we refuse to be treated as nobody and without a voice...

I plan to goto a temple on the 11th of each month as long as I can and offer prayers and a small flower in memory of the thousands of my countrymen who have lost their lives... I don't know how you may choose to do it... But it is my request that please do something... Let us show the world that we are a mature nation... We have the famous SPIRIT to bounce back, but we are not apathetic...

I remember a Marathi phrase that I learnt in school and I believe that it is apt for any aspect of our lives... It says: "Mee Moden Pann Vaaknaar Nahi..." (I may bend, but I will never break...)

There is a hero inside each one of us... Let her/him never break...

Jai Hind...

P.S: Let us salute the Mumbaikars who have worked incesantly to provide as much information as possible, called up people on behalf of people... at this link: http://mumbaihelp.blogspot.com/ . This site is for helping in case of emergencies and not a speak-out site. So please act accordingly.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Walk On Zizou - You Are Too Great To Go Down

The World Cup final match was going to be Zinedine Zidane's last match of his career. And one would have expected that the great man would go out with a bang on an all-time high. But unfortunately, he went out with a red card. I found it really cruel that Zizou could not even come to the podium to collect his medal and wave to the crowds one last time.

To all, I would just say, please don't remember Zizou for that one moment. Remember him for all those other moments in his long career where he has dazzled, entertained, scored and just achieved greatness through his deeds...

I am no France supporter. Infact, I am an Italian supporter through and through. But some part of me identifies with his actions. This is because, a couple of years back, I too have gone through something similar. Not on the same level or stage as Zidane, but a similar incident, nonetheless.

It was the day at Sanskriti 2004 that I won the college debate with my team, won Persona and got ejected after the semi-final win in the Rink Football tournament, coz I lost my head. My team went on to win the finals, but that one moment of madness turned a beautiful day into something not so beautiful. All in one day...

They say that life and sport are great levellers and I have truly believed in that. I was only 19 then and I have since learnt self-control and I don't get angry too easily, but that moment will always stay with me. But I am a nobody. So, it doesn't matter what went by.

My point is: In this day of intense media hype and scrutiny, people will read too much into Zidane's act and come up with sinister motives. I have already heard quotes like: "disgraced the occasion with his madness", "short-fuse", "unpardonable" et al. The newspapers will need to sell and the tv channels will need to keep broadcasting and hence, they will repeat and keep on repeating this act again and again. When the next World Cups come up, there will always be mention of this act of Zindane's, even if no other ones are mentioned.

These are uncharitable to any human being. Leave alone, someone who has achieved greatness through his deeds. Anger is also a human emotion and it is a given that Zidane was provoked into doing what he did. Whatever be the provocation, one might or might not know. But let us know that human beings play the sport, not robots. And let's treat them as such. It is my guess that the provocation might have something to do with Zidane's family. That was my gut feel. Even someone who gets angry easily will never react if you try to attack what doesn't mean something to her/him.

I realize as I am writing all this, that in some way, probably, I am trying to exorcise my ghosts subconsciously by using Zidane's name. Probably yes. Probably no. But when I write: "Zizou, I Understand", I know I mean it absolutely, fully and unequivocally.

But for all those who see a flaw in others, please remember: "We are sometimes human. But we are always human beings."

Walk on Zizou... Whether you are allowed to be great always or not, you are allowed to be human always. God made us that way...

Italy - FIFA 2006 World Cup Champions

WE WON!!!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Heroes Series

This is surely the day when I start being proactive :-)

The Heroes Series will be a series of articles on people who are to me: Heroes. Those people who have guided me and made me who I am. Those people who have overcome odds to come up in life. Those people whom I admire and seek to emulate.

They shall be people from different walks of life, different strata of society, different people in personality and deeds. But they all have common binding qualities: Honesty, Hard work, Guts, Determination, Never-Say-Die spirit...

Simply put, those who have achieved Greatness in my eyes...

The My India Series

Part I: Prelude

What comes to your mind when I say the word: India?

Greatness? Poverty? Science? Unemployment? Economic progress? Malnutritioned kids? IITs and IIMs? Reservation? AIIMS? Child Infanticide? Movies and Glamour? Child Labour? Armed Forces? Stock Market scams?

I think this doesnt even begin to cover all that is my country, my India.

I have much to say on this topic. But I shall let you readers decide how I should go about it. There are 2 options:

  1. I shall post my thoughts on this topic as a series of articles covering specific issues.
  2. I shall collate and post my thoughts as a single article.

It's your call. Do respond with feedback. I shall do as directed :-)

Monday, July 03, 2006

I

It was raining as I walked home today. I was walking into the strong wind.

It is THE most precious and cherished action of my life, when I walk in the rain. Together, the rain and the wind make me complete. I love it because, for a fleeting moment, within that moment, I can be all alone. It is a moment, just for myself. I don't need to share it with anyone. I don't have to be anyone's version of me. I can be me for that one moment. I am the way I was made. And only I know it.

There is nothing to think about. There is nothing to do. No one else to care for. No one else not to care for. Just me... Just me...

It is the moment, when being alive seems great (though I know, in sometime, it MUST be followed by its antithesis...)

Kurt Cobain said: "It's better to burn out than to fade away." I realized very late in life what that meant.

But let's leave that for another day.

It was raining as I walked home today...


Song For Tonight
Akele Hain Toh Kya Ghum Hai - QSQT
Akele hain toh kya ghum hai...
Chaahen toh hamaare bas mein kyaa nahin...
Bas ik zaraa... saath ho teraa...
Tere to hain hum... kab se sanam...

Ab ye nahin sapnaa... ye sab hai apnaa...
Ye jahaan... ho... pyaar kaa...
Chhotaa saa yeh aashiyaan bahaar kaa...
Bas ik zaraa... saath ho teraa...

Tere to hain hum... kab se sanam...

Phir nahin tootegaa... hum pe koi toofaan
Saajanaa... ho... dekhnaa...
Har toofaan ka main karungaa saamanaa...
Bas ik zaraa... saath ho teraa...

Tere to hain hum... kab se sanam...

Ab toh mere saajan biitegaa har din
Pyaar ki... ho... baahon mein
Rang jaayegi rut terii adaaon se...
Bas ik zaraa... saath ho teraa...

Tere to hain hum... kab se sanam...