A news item quoting the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar as saying that the Late Mohammad Rafi , another legendary singer had tendered her an written apology on differences over the issue of royalty, when she had refused to sing with him - is disgusting. Such a statement coming in the wake of Lata Mangeshkar’s 83rd birthday, when millions of music lovers across the world would be greeting her and praying for & wishing for her long life , is certainly uncalled for , ill timed and out of place , as Rafi Sahib bade adieu to this world more than three decades back. I wonder, what points Lata Mangeshkar was seeking to score, when the issue presents Rafi in a better light- as he emerges as a fine human being the least materialistically inclined . All he had said that there was no question of royalty being claimed by the singer or the artiste when he had already been paid .Rafi Saheb was a loving and lovable person with no rancour or ill will towards any one.How hurt he must have felt when forced to seek an apology.The reaction of Rafi Sahib’s son is only natural , as Rafi was no less a celebrity or a legend than Lata Mangeshkar though comparisons seem odious at times . Together they sang many unforgettable duets.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A few days back , I read about ‘ mirror fast ‘ being recommended for celebrities, especially those , whose looks matter a lot as far as their profession is concerned. The celebrities would naturally include film actors, stage artistes , media presenters etc. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have been signing papers and pushing files throughout my working career which has had nothing to do my looks. Still age catching up with you is the concern of all ; crow’s feet , furrowed face, laughing lines appearing all of a sudden are no laughing matter even for a less- than- ordinary –looks person like me. I have been virtually on a mirror fast for quite some years, though, I have discovered the term only lately or may be this is a new invention altogether. What with the ever growing and burgeoning cosmetics and wellness industry , age does take its toll on all of us , so why not accept the reality and face old age and fading & sagging looks gracefully ! Why run away from the mirror and observe ‘mirror fast ‘ which is just like burying one’s head in the sand like an ostrich !