Sunday, October 22, 2017

अशफाक़ उल्लाह खान

महान क्रांतिकारी व स्वतन्त्रता सेनानी अशफाक़ उल्लाह खान की आज जयंती है। उल्लेखनीय है कि शहीद अशफाक़ उल्लाह खान को शहीद राम प्रसाद बिस्मिल व शहीद ठाकुर रोशन सिंह के साथ एक ही दिन यानि 19 दिसम्बर 1927 को फांसी दी गई थी।
हँसते हँसते मातृभूमि के लिए मृत्यु का वरण करने वाले इस देश भक्त की स्मृति को
कोटिश: नमन !

Swami Ram Tirth

Today is the birth anniversary of Swami Ram Tirth also known as Swami Rama, a teacher of Hindu religion and philosophy. Born this day in 1873 in Gujranwala of undivided Punjab, he lost his mother while some days' old. He was brought up by his elder brother.A brilliant student, he passed his M.A. in Mathematics and landed a job as Professor in Government College Lahore. A chance meeting with Swami Vivekananda at Lahore in 1897, resulted in his inclination towards Vedanta .
e quit his job, left his family and became a Sannyasi in 1899.On a travel sponsored by the Maharaja of Tehri,he went to Japan to teach Hindu philosophy particularly practical Vedanta and then to the United States to pursue his teachings like Swami Vivekananda before him. An advocate of youth education, he helped institute many scholarships for education of Indian youth abroad.He also advocated women education .He returned to India in 1904 and sometime later withdrew from public life and went to Himalayas. He started writing a book also but the project remained incomplete as his soul left the mortal body on 17th October, 1906 while he was just five days short of completing 33 years.
Our humble tributes to the Noble soul !

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Nain Singh Rawat

Google doodle informs that today is the birth anniversary of Nain Singh Rawat, the 19th century explorer, who explored the Himalayas for the Britishers. He mapped the trade route through Nepal to Tibet and was also the first to map the location and altitude of Lhasa. 
Today is his 187th birth anniversary .
Our humble tributes !


Today is the death anniversary of YASH CHOPRA, the noted film producer and director of Hindi Cinema. A younger brother of the iconic Producer / Director B.R.Chopra, he started as an assistant to I.S. Jauhar. His maiden directorial venture was B.R.Chopra's Dhool ka Phool which became a box office hit. Another movie Dharamputra also was popular at the box office. To him goes the credit of directing Waqt , the first multistar movie of Hindi Cinema.In 1969 he directed two more movies for B.R.Chopra namely Aadmi aur Insaan & Ittefaq, the latter without any song.
Starting his own Yash Raj Films in 1971, he gave many hits like Deewar, Kabhi Kabhi, Silsila etc. Passing through a lean phase in most part of the '80s, success came to him again with Chandni, a heroine oriented film with Sridevi in the lead.His 1991 movie Lamhe despite having all the merits of a good movie, did not do well at the box office.He was also associated with the movies Noorie, Dil Toh Paagal Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge , Trishul, Kala Patthar,Vijay, Faasle, Darr, Parampara, Veer Zara and many others.
Many awards and honours came his way. 
He died this day in 2011 aged 80.
Our humble tributes !

Friday, October 20, 2017

That Was Also A Diwali

It was the Diwali of 1998. I was posted at Rekong Peo the District HQ of Kinnaur.My wife along with the kids had gone visiting her parents at Shimla to attend some family function , so I was alone. In the morning a colleague who also happened to be my class pal in the University campus, turned up and suggested that we call on the Deputy Commissioner to offer Diwali greetings.The Deputy Commissioner, more friendly than bossy, welcomed us . Pleasantries over , he disclosed to us the sad news of an Army helicopter crash in which two young Army Officers had lost their lives, and that he was going to the spot along with the Superintendent of Police. He left for the spot asking us to have tea which he had got prepared for us. My horse sense suggested that I sit in the office to receive directions or messages , if anything was required to be done. The entire day was spent in the office , attending to some matters. At 7:30 or so I left the office and came back to my residence . The boy who cooked for me in absence of my wife told me that a person had come in a vehicle and left a box of apples and a bottle of ACP – Aristocrat Premium as a Diwali gift. It was not unusual to be offered sweets or apples as a Diwali gift by a few known persons , but a teetotaler like me being presented with a bottle of whisky by a person unknown was something very strange. Needless to say that the bottle remained with me for quite a few days as a memento only to be offered to a close friend later.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Om Puri

Today is the birth anniversary of OM Puri, the highly talented actor of Hindi Cinema who also worked in British and Hollywood films.Born Om Prakash Puri this day in 1950 at Ambala in today's Haryana, he was forced to work at a very young age and did odd jobs due to family circumstances. His passion for theatre and acting led him to National School of Drama and later to Film and Television Institute,Pune.
Om Puri made his debut in Marathi film Ghasiram Kotwal based on 1972 play of Vijay Tendulkar and was recognized as an actor.He made his mark in mainstream as well as Art Cinema and worked with the likes of Amrish Puri, Nasiruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and, Smita Patil in films Aakrosh, Arohan, Sadgati, and Tamas Ardh Satya , Mirch Masala and Dharavi in which his performance was widely acclaimed.
A versatile actor, he also worked in comedy films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro , Chachi 420 ,Hera Pheri, Malamaal and many others. His talent was spotted by the Western film world. He had a role in Richard Attenborough's international film Gandhi He also worked in British films like City of Joy, Wolf , The Ghost and the Darkness,My Son, the Fanatic,
Such A Long Journey, East and East , West is West and some others.
His role of Zia ul Haq in Star Wars also brought him acclaim.
His TV serial Kakka ji Kahin became very popular. 
His second wife Nandita Puri, a journalist came up with his biography titled The Unlikely Hero.... which being a no holds barred candid account , caused him anguish and due to some other reasons also, the couple parted ways. 
Many awards and honours came his way like the National Award for the Best Actor which he won twice, The Film Fare Award for Best Actor, The Lifetime Achievement Award and Padma Shri. 
He died on January 6 this year of heart attack aged 66.
Our humble tributes to the highly talented and a versatile actor !

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Today is the birth anniversary of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE British born humorist short story writer and a novelist. Born in 1881, he spent some part of his childhood in Hong Kong where his father happened to be employed. He and his brothers were sent back to England for College education. Later he shifted to France and was taken prisoner by the invading German forces during the early years of Second World War. On release after a year he made some broadcasts from German Radio which offended the British establishment so much that he could not go back to his country again.
He obtained American citizenship also and settled there.A prolific writer he wrote many short stories and novels mainly of humorist nature.

Wodehouse is mostly remembered for the creation of Reginald Jeeves, an imaginary character that figures in many of his novels as well as short stories written between 1915 and 1974.
Immortalised and made popular by repeated use in Wodehouse's works, Jeeves has become an accepted term for a loyal , faithful and resourceful servant or a valet, who has readymade solutions for any of the problems that the employer faces. The term finds entry in the Oxford English Dictionary just like Robinson Crusoe's aide Man Friday.
Blessed with a long life , Wodehouse died on 14th of February, 1975 aged 93.
Our humble tributes !