New Age Ramayan!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
For it may be the most popular mythological story, but I have to say Ramayan is the most abused of the lot. The other day there was this Diwali mela in the Cowboys stadium and the organizers had played Ramleela with actors playing the Ramayan characters. While Ram, Laxman and Seetha were in a corner offering autographs to the kids that occasionally passed by, the ten-headed Ravana on the other hand is swamped by at least 50 kids and elders begging for autographs and pictures. Needless to say we had a pretty good snap with the monster. The Ramayan effect lingered on with my nephews (A and N), as they had their own version to tell, perhaps the most disturbing one at that. Read this, SIL is Kausalya , A and N are Raam and Laxman and my bro is Seetha. Yesh! you read it right. The only seetha with a moustache! eeew! Double eeew!
A: SeethaDevi , SeethaDevi I will save you!
N: SeethaDevi , SeethaDevi I will save you! (being the younger he repeats what ever A has to say)
They get SeethaDevi (urf Bro) to the kitchen.
A: SeethaDevi you stay here . I will go and fight more demons!
SeethaDevi/Bro: Okie! Till you come back I will finish the dishes Raama! (smart move I have to say)
A: Okie! (Picks his bow which is a fly squatter and N picks a broom and move on to fight the demons in the living room)
After a while they rush back to the kitchen.
A: SeethaDevi, you come with us, we will fight Ravana together. Where is your bow?
Bro: SeethaDevi doesn't fight. She does not use bow and arrows. She is a girl.
A: SeethaDevi , you drink lot of choclate milk and get stronger and then you can fight with Bow and arrows. I will help you.
Meanwhile Kousalya warms the couch switching between Food and Home network channels. Oh well! you know Kousalya!, her job is done before the story even gets going. The best role she ever enjoyed so far.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention, at the end of the Diwali fest, we caught Seetha, Ravana and Hanuman walking next to each other laughing away to glory, while Ram and Laxman were seen sitting quiet in a corner with their bows and arrows thrown away on the floor. Yesh! Kaliyug this is and quite a ghor one too!
Gum Hai Kisike Pyar Mein!
Monday, October 09, 2006
The me is back. No more whining, griping and all that nice stuff. I thought for a change I would write about this song which has been on my player in repeat mode for last couple of days. This song
is one of the most melodious and beautiful song composed by none other than the ridiculously gifted and my all time favorite composer Panchem
. Written by the legend Majrooh Sultanpuri
, this song brings back the memories of DD's Sunday movie nights where the Kapoor family's "who's who" used to be the common feature along with the other crap they usually dish out (aka Rajendra Kumar). I am not sure if Rajendra Kumar has ever acted in songs composed by RD, I guess he didn't otherwise I would have had a very horrific images of the past.
Another insanely talented singer Kishore
teamed up with Lata
(I would have really wished for Asha
for this one) to render this master piece from a forgetful movie Raampur ka Lakshman
. Now that I have successfully insulted your knowledge about this song and the supporting cast by providing the customary details I will stop. As you can see I did my desi grocery shopping and loaded with enough Bru. gum hai kisii ke pyaar men,
dil subah shaam
par tumhen likh nahiin paaun,
main usakaa naam
sochaa hai ek din main usase milake
kaha Daaluun apane sab haal dil ke
aur kar duun jeevan usake havaale
phir chhod de chaahe apanaa banaa le
main to usaka hain hua deewana
ab to jaise bhii meraa ho anjaam
chaahaa hai tumane jis baavari ko
vo bhi sajanavaa chaahe tumhiin ko
nainaa uthaae to pyaar samjho
palaken jhukaa de to iqaraar samjho
rakhati hai kab se chhupaa chhupaa ke
apane honThon men piyaa teraa naam
Subtle feelings beautifully expressed.