Monday, July 16, 2018

Ghanashyam Bali

Jagdish Bali's post informs of the  shocking,sad demise of  Ghanshayam Bali, a personal and Facebook dear friend.
I am taken back in timeline to the year 1986 when I was undergoing training cum probation at Ghumarwin .
One fine day a gentleman turned up in my office and introduced himself as Ghanshyam Bali, NYK coordinator.Nothing official about the meeting but he had come to know that some fellow Shimlaite was there and had decided to meet me.
As the conversation progressed,I came to know that we had more things in common than being from the same district.Like me he was also a post graduate in English.He had  taught in College as casual Lecturer.
Subsequently, I left the station on being posted to Pooh .Later, when we met, he had been selected as a Treasury Officer and was working as such.
When after spending 18 years in different parts if the state , I got posted in 2002 for a brief period in the Secretariat, I found him working as Deputy Director Small Savings on deputation.He came across as a sober honest gentleman who always talked in a low voice.We kept meeting after long intervals. It was always a pleasure to meet him.
The last we met was some 2-3 years back at Kali Bari temple and had a long rewarding conversation.
His passing away comes as a shock as I always found him active, hale and hearty.
RIP dear friend ,I have met very few like you !!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Baljee's Restaurant

The news that Baljee's restaurant at the Mall, Shimla is closing down has come as a shock.Situated in the middle of the city, that too at a vantage point on the Mall, the restaurant has attracted the locals and the tourists alike due to availability of ample sitting space and the food and beverage items on offer.
I am taken back to my college days in the early '70s when we came here , not frequently though as it seemed a bit upmarket in view of the limited amount of pocket money we received. The choice then fell alternatively to The Indian Coffee House and the Himani restaurant, which we could afford.
In the early days of my employment at Shimla, I used to alternate between Baljee's and the Indian Coffee House.
For more than a decade now , my visits to the Mall have become few and far between, but Baljee's is the only place I visit to have tea and the South Indian stuff like, Dosa, Vada or Idli.
I feel concerned for the eighty odd number of staff employed there, who will face crunch.
As per the news, the winding up may take about a year but then time passes too quickly.

Chetan Anand

Today is the 21st death anniversary of Chetan Anand, the well known Film Director, Producer, Actor and Screenplay writer.In his early years he was for some time a member of the Indian National Congress, had a stint with the BBC and also taught at the Doon School.The lure of films took him to Bombay and he remained associated with the Indian People's Theatre Association . He came to  limelight when his maiden directorial venture Neecha Nagar won the Palme d'Or Award for the Best Feature film at the Cannes  Film Festival in 1946 and became the first Indian Film to win international acclaim.This was also the debut film of Kamini Kaushal as an actress and of Pt. Ravi Shankar as a music composer.Later he established a production House called Navketan Films along with his younger brother Dev Anand and produced Afsar ,Taxi Driver and Andhiyan.As an actor he appeared in the film Humsafar and later in films Arpan and Anjali which were his directorial ventures too .The other films in which he   acted   were Kala Pani,Kinare Kinare, Aman, Kanch aur Heera and Hindustan Ki Kasam which he directed also.
Later Chetan Anand started his own  production house called Himalaya Films.Teaming up with the lyricist Kaifi Azmi, the photographer Jaal Mistri and the actress Priya Rajwansh, he produced Haqeeqat, Heer Ranjha and Hindustan Ki Kasam , incidentally all starting with the letter 'H' .
Chetan Anand is said to have discovered Rajesh Khanna and given him break with the film Aakhri Khat though this was not the first released film of the  super star.Later Rajesh Khanna also appeared in his film Kudrat.
In all Chetan Anand produced/directed 17 feature films and also a TV serial Param Vir Chakra, which was telecast by Doordarshan.

Our humble tributes to the great film personality  !

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Raja Deen Dayal

Today is the death anniversary of Lala Deen Dayal aka Raja Deen Dayal , the first Indian commissioned photographer.
He was born in 1844. He was a student of Thompson College of Civil Engineering, Roorkee and trained as a draughtsman.He took up job as such in Indore, where he came in contact with Tukoji Rao, the princely ruler of Indore, who encouraged him to take up photography. Turning passion into a profession, Deen Dayal established studios at Secunderabad, Bombay and Indore. In turns he was appointed as the Court Photographer to the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the official Photographer to the Viceroy of India and Queen Victoria. Before that he had covered the Royal visit of the Prince of Wales in 1875- 76.
He is regarded as the Chronicler of British India and also photographed ancient monuments of historical and archaeological importance.The photographs taken by him adorn the museums in England and the US.
He was given the title of Raja by the Nizam.
He died this day in 1910 aged 66.
Our humble tributes to the luminary !

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy

Today is the birth ( and also death) anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, FRCS, MRCP . He was born this day in 1882.An alumnus of Calcutta Medical College, he is credited with qualifying both FRCS & MRCP simultaneously in a short period of two years and three months, a rare feat not equalled by anyone after him.He was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal and is remembered as the builder of West Bengal, having established many cities.

His birth day is observed as the National Doctors Day in India .
He was a recipient of Bharat Ratan, the highest civil honour in India.
He died this day in 1962 aged 80.
Our humble tributes to the luminary !

Friday, June 29, 2018

Do Badan

I do have some liking for films, but film stars and their acting have always fascinated me.Whatever little  information I have about the film world has been gleaned in the past by browsing through film magazines like, Filmfare, Star & Style, Stardust and the Screen .Due to self imposed restrictions I never saw a movie in a Cinema Hall throughout my student life. I watched some very good movies like Dosti, Jagriti, Ashirwaad, Mamta, Kabuliwala, Saat Hindustani and Suhaag aur Sindoor etc.  shown by the Publicity and Public Relations Department in Mohallas and localities on 16mm projector , and the ones shown tax free for which we as kids were taken to cinema hall or the DAV Lakkar Bazar which had a projector.I remember having watched Boot Polish , Gurubhakti Eklavya, & Sampooran Ramayan thus.I saw movies in higher classes when my own School got a projector of their own.
In 1972, Do Badan, a 1965 Blockbuster was having a rerun at one of the Cinema Halls in Shimla, and some  friends decided to watch it on a Sunday,with strict instructions to me to make it to the Cinema Hall positively and on time. I knew that the movie had a star cast of my favourites like Manoj Kumar, Asha Parekh, Pran and Manmohan Krishan but  somehow my resolve of not seeing a movie from home got the better of me and I decided not to go.
The next day when we met in the College, one by one all those friends gave me a bit of their mind telling inter alia that  they had a hard time selling the ticket purchased for me.
I did see a few movies in Cinema Hall after student life but none after 1986.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

संत कबीर

प्रसंगवश :
हिन्दी भक्ति साहित्य व भक्ति काल की महान विभूति संत कबीर का आज 500वां प्रयाण दिवस है । 1398 को जन्मे कबीर का पालन पोषण नीरू नाम के मुस्लिम जुलाहे और उसकी पत्नी नीमा ने किया ।
अनायास ही राम के अनन्य भक्त रामानंद से राम नाम की दीक्षा मिली व राम भक्ति में लीन हो कर पूरा जीवन बिता दिया । गृहस्थ जीवन में रहते हुए विवाह भी हुआ और संतान प्राप्ति भी । सांसारिकता का निर्वाह करते हुए भी मोह माया से दूर रहे और वैराग्य का अनूठा उदाहरण प्रस्तुत किया । अनेकानेक दोहों की रचना की । ' मसि कागद छुह्यो नहीं, कलम गह्यो नहीं हाथ' की स्वीकारोक्ति के बावजूद उनके दोहों में भक्ति, दर्शन, वैराग्य, निस्पृहता, व्यवहारिकता - सभी का समावेश मिलता है । साधारण भाषा शैली में रचित दोहे शीघ्र कंठस्थ हो जाते हैं और अनेक सन्दर्भों में उद्धृत होते हैं । रूढ़ियों व अन्धविश्वास के घोर विरोधी होने के नाते कबीर एक समाज सुधारक के रूप में भी जाने जाते हैं ।
हिंदी साहित्य में उन्हें विशिष्ट स्थान प्राप्त है और उनकी रचनाओं पर बहुत अधिक शोध किया गया है । ज्ञातव्य है कि हिंदी साहित्य की प्रथम डी. लिट, डा. पीताम्बर दत्त बड़थवाल को उनके कबीर पर लिखे शोध प्रबंध पर दी गयी थी । इसके अतिरिक्त डा. नगेन्द्र का कबीर पर लिखा पी. एचडी शोध प्रबंध सीधे तौर पर डी. लिट् के लिए स्वीकृत हुआ था ।

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SHFJ Manekshaw

Today is the 10th death anniversary of Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, a former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army. A highly decorated officer and an outstanding soldier, he saw action in the Second World War and was awarded Military Cross by the British Government. Post independence, he actively participated in 1962, 1965, and 1971 wars and is befittingly called the Hero of 1971 War. A recipient also of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, besides many military honours, he was first officer of the Indian Army to be conferred the rank of Field Marshal .
No other Commander of the Indian Army enjoyed such a rapport with the troops as he did. He was endearingly called Sam Bahadur. I have heard one of his speeches concluded with the words- Shaabash Jawan, Ram Ram. A unique personality indeed. 

Our humble tributes to this great and outstanding soldier !

राहुल देव बर्मन

अपनी आकर्षक एवं कर्णप्रिय धुनों से फिल्मी गीतों को सुसज्जित करने वाले विख्यात संगीतकार राहुल देव बर्मन उर्फ पंचम दा की आज 79वीं जयंती है ।पंचम दा ने अपने पिता महान संगीतकार सचिन देव बर्मन के पदचिन्हों पर चलते हुए फिल्म संगीत के क्षेत्र में अपना लोहा मनवाया ।जहाँ एक ओर लता मंगेशकर, मुहम्मद रफ़ी और किशोर कुमार जैसे दिग्गजों ने उनके द्वारा तैयार धुनों पर गीत गाये, वहीँ दूसरी ओर नवोदित गायकों से भी गीत गवा कर, उन ने उनका उत्साह बढ़ाया व इस क्षेत्र में उन्हें अपना स्थान बनाने में भरपूर योगदान दिया । 

एक प्रयोगधर्मी संगीतकार के नाते अपने संगीत में न केवल Disco और Rock संगीत का समावेश किया अपितु कुछ गीतों में पाश्चात्य धुनों को भी सफलता पूर्वक अपनाया । यही नहीं, उनने विशेष ध्वनि उत्पन्न करने के लिए कप प्लेट आदि के साथ भी प्रयोग किये ।कुछ नामचीन शास्त्रीय संगीतज्ञों ने भी उनके लिए वाद्य यंत्र बजाए ।
तीन बार उन्हें फ़िल्मफ़ेअर पुरस्कार से नवाज़ा गया व कई बार नामित भी हुए ।
इस लोकप्रिय एवं प्रतिभावान संगीतकार को हमारी विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि !

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daan Singh

Yesterday was the death anniversary of Daan Singh, the talented music composer who composed timeless melodies like 'Zikr hota hai jab qayamat ka......' & ' Wo tere pyar ka gham, ik bahana tha sanam......' both sung by Mukesh for 'My Love', a 1970 film.A victim of dirty politics prevailing in the film music industry, he never got enough work to do and died a frustrated man on 18th June, 2011.

Our humble tributes !

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day

The year was 1966, the month December. I was to appear in  Board’s examination of Class VIII.The exam was conducted   under the aegis and control of  the District Education Officer and was external in nature,  hence the importance attached to it . There was a competition among Schools to show  good results as  a comparison was  always made after the results were out. To ensure that the students were  well prepared and did well,  an hour’s extra class each  in the morning  and the evening was  the norm  for about two months, meaning  we had a grueling  routine  from 8:45 AM to  5: 30 PM . As ill luck would have it , I fell  sick with high fever  in the first week of December,  the ailment diagnosed as Typhoid.In normal ordinary times, this would have been taken in the stride , but the matter was serious and of immense concern as the Exams were to start on 21st  December. Not being able to appear in the exam would straightway mean loss of one year . A serious student that I was, I wanted to appear in the exam , come what may. Resultantly a crash course of  treatment and medication was followed . The extraordinary  care that   my parents took got me out of the fever but I was too weak  to move on my own. I prepared for the exam in my own way, sitting in the bed covered with quilts and a folded quilt behind my back to recline against. Frequent , periodic hot water bottle was in place to keep me warm . I was on liquid diet, supplemented with some fruit . 
The  day of the start of examination arrived. We lived in Lower Kaithu area, and the center of Examination was Govermnent Higher Secondary School, Lal Pani , down below the Bus stand.
All covered up with normal warm clothings and a blanket, accompanied and supported my father, I had to walk slowly  the entire distance on foot in that condition .
Leaving me at the Examination  Hall, my father would go and wait , sitting at a Halwai shop at a distance above . After the  paper, I would find him waiting for me outside the Hall , in the playground . He would hold me by the arm, take me to the Halwai shop , and I would have a glass of milk before starting on back journey on foot again.On reaching home , a hot water bottle was  already there in the bed . After some light food and some rest I would  brush up for the next day .  We had seven papers in all, and this was the routine .
Why I am writing this today ? 
Well, isn’t this time for me  to remember my father for this and many other things he did for me   !

Happy Father’s Day !

Thursday, June 14, 2018


 Prem Dhawan was a highly talented and versatile but less discussed  lyricist of Hindi Cinema.To a lesser degree, he was also a composer and a choreographer.  Born on 13 June, 1923 at Ambala in present day  state of Haryana, he received his college education in Lahore and at that time was actively associated with the activities of the Communist  Party Of India.
He started his film career in 1946 as an assistant to the composer  Khursheed  Anwar, in  K.A. Abbas’s film aaj Aur kal . He later moved to Bombay and joined  the  Indian Peoples Theatre Association .This association helped him to learn Classical music under the Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar . His debut as a lyricist came with the film Dharti  Ke  Lal , the journey continuing for more than four decades  till 1989 .
He wrote lyrics for a number of films like Aaram, taran, Aasman, Shola Aur Shabnam ,Kabuli wala, Ek Phool  Do Mali , Purab Aur Paschim, Zabak, Guest House, Saawan, Pardesui, Nayee Raahen, Pavitra Paapi, Vachan, Taangewali, Raat Ke Andhere Mein , Ek Saal Pyar Ka Saagar, Jaagte Raho, Dus Lakh, Nanak Dukhia Sab Sansar  and many many others. However, real  acclaim came to him from Manoj Kumar starrer movie Shaheed .
He wrote all kinds of songs-romantic, patriotic, pathetic, sad , humorous- and excelled in all .He also acted in two films, namely Lajawaab and Goonj  Uthi  Shehnai.
Some of the beautiful  lyrics that he wrote can be listed thus:
Aye mere pyaare watan, aye mere bichhde chaman….
Chhodo kal ki baaten, kal ki baat purani ……
Ye parada hata do , zara mukhda dikha do ……
Teri Duniya se door, chale hoke majboor……
Halke halke chalo saanware
Mera  Rang de basanti chola….
Jogi   hum to lut gaye tere pyar mein….
Aye watan aye watan humko teri kasam…….
Pagdi sambaal jatta…..
Tujhe Sooraj kahun ya chanda….
Agar Bewafa tujhko pehchan jaate….
Sab kuchh luta ke hosh mein aaye to kya kiya….
Nain mile nain hue baaware…..
Mujhe pyar k i zindagi dene wale…..
Awen dunia dewe duhaai , jhootha  paaondi  shor……
O nanhe se farishte’……….
Chandamama door ke….
Garibon ki suno who tumhari sunega…..
Kaun Rang Mungwa, kaun rang motiya….
Sadaa khush rahe tu jafa karne wale……
Wafa jinse ki, bewafa ho gaye…….
Dil ko lakh sambhala ji , phir bhi dil matwala ji…..
Tum se kuchh kehna hai, agar tum kuchh kehne do….
Rasiya  re man basiya re….
Zindagi bhar gham judai ka mujhe tadpayega…..
Bheega  bheega  pyar  ka  samaa……
Nain dwar se man mein  wo aa ke……
Allah hi allah kar pyare bhai …….
 He was awarded  Padma Shri  in 1970 and was also a recipient of National Film Award for the best Lyricist .
He died on May 7, 2001, aged 77.
Our humble tributes  !

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


June 6 is the birth anniversary of Shyama, the popular, versatile actress of Hindi Cinema. Born Khurshid Akhtar this day in 1935 at Lahore in undivided Punjab, she came to Mumbai in the '40s . She made her acting debut in the 1945 film Zeenat .In an acting career spanning three decades and a half, she acted in about 140 films in lead and character roles.A talented and versatile Actor, she appeared in a number of well known films in the '50s and '60s.Her filmography includes films like Aar Paar, Tarana, Bhai Bhai, Barsaat ki Raat, Shayar, Shabnam, Patanga,Mirza Sahi baan, Sazaa,Bhabhi, Chhoo Mantar, Milan,Ajnabee, Sharda,Thokar,
Dil-e-Nadaan, Suhag Sindoor,Shart, Taqdeer, Chhoti Behan, Sabak, Jaanwar, Naya Din Nayi Raat and many many others.
The songs picturized on her very popular as her rhythmic movements synchronized well with the lyrics and the music.
The song ' Mujhe mil gaya bahana teri deed ka','Ae lo main hari piya hui teri jeet re', ' Na yeh chaand hoga na  taare rahenge', & 'Aye dil mujhe bataa de tu kis pe aa gaya hai'  bear testimony to this.She was a natural actor and a confident one.
She was married to Fali Mistry, a Gujrati Parsi cinematographer, from whom she had two sons and a daughter.
She died on November 14, 2017 aged 82.
Our humble tributes to the versatile actress !

Birthday !

12 June1954, तदानुसार 30 ज्येष्ठ 2012 विक्रमी.
I was born this day in a rented accommodation at Annadale ,Shimla.It was a Saturday and and I was born at about 10PM.
An interesting anecdote which was recounted and retold later many times in different contexts.
My grandfather, into his seventies at that time who had come visiting us in Summer as usual had gone to bed. My father, playing a joke told him that a daughter was birn. Grandfather did not utter a word and covered his face with quilt.
Mercifully no gender bias but a genuine concern of a parent finding the balance tilting on one side as two daughters were already there.
In the morning,when my birth was  disclosed, he immediately got up, had a bath and after light refreshment, waled up to Lower Bazar. It was something pleasant for all to see him back with a metal bath tub or a 'tasla' as it is called in common colloquial language .It was some metal, yellow in color, though not brass.The bath tub remained with us for many years as a memento of sorts.
In these six decades plus,I have seen a lot , happening and changing. As a toddler I have been ' witness' to a plane , trial landing at Annandale, but taking off with much difficulty !

Enough for today !

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Clocks & Watches

Time has gone ticking by since the beginning of the Universe, whether or not one had the ways ,means and devices to measure it . In ancient times  perhaps man started marking time with the movement of the Sun.
Living in these times, we have had clocks and watches of varios types from the simple hand wound alarm clocks, wrist watches to automatic,
Cell operated, stop watches and analog watches, the ones measuring even the fraction of a second, proverbially the split second meaning and mattering a lot in today's fast moving world.

My childhood memories are of a Germany made Kienzle time piece, kept in a wooden case, the English numerals on the dial filled with radium, which would shine in the night darkness. Occasionally, a morning alarm would be set which even at low pitch was no music to the ears.I was equally fascinating by a ' Jeb Ghadi' or a pocket watch of my grandfather,that had Roman numerals on its dial and appeared a perfect replica of the big clock that even today adorns the CTO building at,the  Mall Shimla.I buses to tinker with it whenever we went to the village or our grandfather came visiting at Shimla.
My father had a GAMA wrist watch with English numerals and a dial with red border, that he would graciously give to me during exams to keep track of time while writing .
I had my prize wrist watch in 1972, an HMT Janata hand wound one which though a sturdy one would go 2 minutes faster every day.
This got replaced in 1984 by a Citizen automatic that I got at the time of marriage.
This further got replaced in 2001 by aTitan watch gifed by a dear friend , which I sport even now , notwithstanding the fact that  some considerable amount goes into purchasing a branded strap and the cell, every alternate year.
I do have another Titan watch, which my superstitious wife does not allow me to put on my wrist.
My kids have never felt the need for a wrist watch as the mobile takes care of everything.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Suneel Dutt

Today is the birth anniversary of Suneel Dutt, the highly popular Actor of Hindi Cinema. He was also a Producer and Director.
Born Balraj Dutt this day in 1929, he started with  the Radio Broadcasts and became  very popular while working for the Hindi Service of Radio Ceylon, now known as Radio Srilanka.
He made his acting debut in 1955 film Railway  Platform. With large impressive eyes , 6 ft 2 inch height with a physique to match, he was a natural choice for dacoit centric and Thakur type roles . He became equally popular in lead romantic roles.Fame came to him early with a role in the iconic film Mother India, he playing the son of Nargis, his future wife.
It is said that  love happened between the two actors in the same film when Suneel Dutt saved Nargis's life in a fire accident during the shooting.
Another film for which Suneel Dutt is also remembered is his own  production- directorial venture  Yaadein, the 1964 movie in which he was the only Actor, with Nargis appearing only in a silhouette in the  starting scene.The film won the best Hindi  Feature film Award .
Suneel Dutt appeared opposite all leading heroines of the time viz. Asha Parekh, Sadhana, Waheeda Rehman, Nutan etc. etc.
The films in which he acted include Kundan, Ek Hi Raasta,Kismat Ka Khel,Mother India, Sadhana, Sujata,Insaan Jaag Utha,Ek Phool Char Kaante,Hum Hindustani, Chhaya,Gumrah, Mujhe Jeeney Do,Nartaki, Yeh Raastey Hain Pyar Ke,Beti Bete,Ghazal, Khandaan, Waqt, Mera Saya, Humraaz, Milan, Padosan,Chirag, Reshma Aur Shera,Geeta Mera Naam, Jaani Dushman, Dard Ka Rishta, Raj tilak, Munnabhai MBBS, Rocky... and many many others.
As an Actor turned Politician, he was five time elected MP from Bombay North West constituency and also had a stint as the Union Minister for Youth affairs and Sports.
A recipient of Padmashri, he also received many other honours and Awards.
He died on May 25, 2005, aged 76.
Our humble tributes to the gentleman Actor  !

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Environment Day

My late father always used to carry a thick cloth 'thaila' to bring vegetables from the bazar where he happened to go after office hours . Needless to say that the bag used to be quite heavy being laden with vegetables for a brood of four besides my mother and himself. In a way, the bag or the thaila had become his trademark . Even after retirement he bought vegetables himself and carry them home.
For the persons who hesitated to carry thaila, the polythene bags , when they appeared on the scene , were considered a boon. No need to carry a thaila or a jhola, as the shopkeeper would himself provide a polythene bag of the required size.This went on for decades together before the environmentalists realised that polythene and plastic were not a boon but a bane- toxic and therefore dangerous for the living beings. Many a cattle got choked to death on swallowing polythene bags.
The oft quoted shlok from the Holy Bhagwad Gita
नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः ।
 न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः ॥.
is as much applicable to plastic and polythene as to the 'atman'.
It is heartening to see that this year the theme of World Environment Day is ' Beat Plastic Use'.
Happy Environment Day !

Monday, June 4, 2018


खूबसूरती, सादगी, और अभूतपूर्व अभिनय प्रतिभा की प्रतिमूर्ति , अपने समय की लोकप्रिय फिल्म अदाकारा नूतन की आज जयंती है। मराठी सिनेमा की अभिनेत्री शोभना समर्थ की बड़ी संतान नूतन को अभिनय विरासत में मिला था।मिस इंडिया के रूप में सम्मान प्राप्त नूतन ने अभिनय के क्षेत्र में भी कामयाबी और शोहरत की बुलंदियों को छुआ और अपनी अभिनय यात्रा में हिंदी सिनेमा की यादगार फिल्मों में उपस्थिति दर्ज की। चाहे सुजाता फिल्म में दलित लड़की का किरदार हो, चाहे मैं तुलसी तेरे आँगन की में ठकुराइन का, नूतन ने अपनी प्रतिभा का लोहा मनवाया
। दिल  ही तो है,लैला मजनूँ, सरस्वतीचंद्र, अनाड़ी, बंदिनी,आखिरी दाव, तेरे घर के सामने,दिल ने फिर याद किया, कर्मा, सौदागर, मिलन,छैला, सीमा, कन्हैया,यादगार आदि फिल्में उनकी नायाब अदाकारी की मिसाल हैं।
एक बेहतरीन इन्सान के रूप में भी नूतन को याद किया जाता है ।
पद्मश्री समेत अन्य कई पुरस्कारों से सम्मानित
महान अभिनेत्री को हमारी विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि !

Monday, May 28, 2018

Shevan Rizvi

Sixty years down memory lane, the iconic Qawwali, ' Hamen toh loot liya milke husn walon ne' from the 1958 film Al Hilal sung beautifully by Ismail Azad Qawwal and the group rings a bell in the ears.The Qawwali was written by the lyricist Shevan Rizvi.Unfortunately not much seems to have been written and discussed about him, though he being a very talented lyricist wrote memorable lyrics for Hindi Cinema .The films he wrote lyrics for include Al Hilal, Humsaya, Dil Aur Mohabbat, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina, Gawayya,and Qawwali ki Raat.
The songs that can be listed among his best , besides the qawwali mentioned above are
Dil ki awaaz bhi sun mere fasane pe na ja,
Hath aya hai jab se tere hath mein,
Woh haseen dard de do, jise main gale laga loon,
Husn wale husn ka anjaam dekh, doobte sooraj ko waqt-e-sham dekh,
Aisey toote tar ki mera geet adhoora reh gaya,
Mujhe mera pyar de do,
Humko tumhaare ishq ne kya kya bana diya,jab kuchh na ban sake to tamasha bana diya....
Our humble tributes to the great lyricist !

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Great Gama

Today is the birth anniversary of the Great Gama, also known as Gama Pehalwan, the legendary Wrestler of the Indian sub- continent . Born this day at Amritsar in 1878 and named Ghulam Muhammad, he stepped into the shoes of his wrestler father and defeated all great wrestlers of the time. Becoming World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion (Indian Style ) in 1910 he never looked back.Winning all major wrestling bouts, he made a benchmark for others to follow. His exercise and diet regimen leaves everyone wondering, something to marvel at. 'Gama Pehalwan' has become an epithet also jokingly and mockingly hurled at a skinny person.
Post independence he migrated to Pakistan where he died on May 23, 1960, a day after turning 82.
Our humble tributes to the legendary wrestler !

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hans Raj Behl

Today is the death anniversary of Hans Raj Behl, a very talented but less celebrated composer and music director of Hindi and Punjabi films.He made his debut in the 1946 film Pujari. The celebrated  singer, Asha Bhosle, made her singing debut in Hindi films with a song in the film Chunariya in 1948, in which music was composed by Hans Raj Behl. The 500 and odd songs set to tune by him include 'Jahan dal dal par soney ki chiriya  karti hai basera..." , ' Nain dwar se man mein woh aa ke, tan mein aag lagaye', ' Bhiga bhiga pyar ka samaa batade tujhe jana hai kahan' & ' Sab kuchh lutaya hamne, aa kar teri gali mein'
He also composed music for Punjabi films like Lachhi , Satluj de' Kande  and Pind di Kudi.
Our humble tributes to the great composer !

Friday, May 18, 2018


Politics is not party politics only, rather anything nefarious,opportunistic and reeking of favouritism involves some kind of politics.I have had the bitter taste of this early in my life as a nine year old.I was in fifth class and won monitorship through open voting by a good margin.

The boy who lost to me and still wanted to become the monitor approached the class teacher.The boy's family enjoyed some clout in the school management, so obviously the teacher was also under some pressure. A docile student that I was, I gave in, rather gave up and let that boy be the monitor.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Purse or Batua

माँ पे पूत,बाप पे घोड़ा
बहुत नहीं तो थोड़ा थोड़ा
Living up to the adage, like my  late father, I have never carried a purse.It well nigh means that both of us have had hand to mouth existence,with nothing left for the purse. Even my friends who carry purse or batua in the pocket, do  so more out of compulsion to carry Credit/ debit/ ATM card or some stray identify proof as there's hardly much need to carry cash.
Mercifully , a gents purse comes for anything between Rs. 200/- and Rs.2000/- including the fancy stuff, a far cry from the ladies' designer and high-end purses and handbags amazingly costing millions of rupees, meant to make a fashion statement or as a status symbol.

Monday, May 14, 2018

‘परमवीर गाथा’

परमवीर गाथा
सेकंड लेफ़्टिनेंट अरुण खेतरपाल – परमवीर चक्र विजेता
हिन्दी काव्य रचना
भगत  राम मंडोत्रा
प्रकाशक: भगत  राम मंडोत्रा( 98163 68385 ) 
कमला प्रकाशन, कमला कुटीर, गांव चम्बी
डाकघर  संघोल, ज़िला कांगड़ा ( हि.प्र. )
पिन: 176091
ISBN: 978-93-5300-307-4  
मूल्य:  रू. 250/-
प्रस्तुत  काव्य रचना परमवीर गाथा  कवि मित्र श्री  भगत राम मंडोत्रा की तीसरी प्रकाशित  काव्य पुस्तक है । जैसा कि नाम से स्पष्ट है  यह 1971 के भारत- पाक युद्ध में मात्र 21 वर्ष की आयु में  वीर गति को प्राप्त सेकंड लेफ़्टिनेंट अरुण खेतरपाल, परमवीर चक्र विजेता को दी गयी काव्यात्मक श्रद्धांजलि है । श्री भगत राम मंडोत्रा सेवा निवृत भूतपूर्व सैन्य अधिकारी हैं । यह रचना 1971 युद्ध के महानायक रहे सेकंड लेफ़्टिनेंट अरुण खेतरपाल को अभूतपूर्व श्रंद्धांजलि तो है ही , पर इसके अलावा  एक काल खंड को भी चित्रित करने में समर्थ रही है ।धर्म के आधार पर भारत का विभाजन, दोनों पड़ोसी देशों के बीच निरंतर बढ़ती नफरत का वातावरण और बिगड़ते सम्बन्ध , 1965 की लड़ाई, तत्पश्चात, पाकिस्तान सरकार की अपने ही लोगों के प्रति गलत, पक्षपातपूर्ण और दमनकारी नीतियों के कारण पूर्वी पाकिस्तान में विद्रोह की स्थिति, सीमा पर से भारत में शरणार्थियों का प्रवेश, और इन सब  परिस्थितियों में  मुक्ति वाहिनी की रचना और उद्भव व बांग्ला देश का जन्म – इन सब का उल्लेख इस रचना में मिलता है ।
मेरी पीढ़ी, मेजर सोमनाथ शर्मा, मेजर शैतान सिंह, मेजर धन सिंह थापा , कैप्टन जी.एस.सलारिया, मेजर होशियार सिंह , ले.कर्नल ए.बी. तारापोर जैसे  परमवीरों का नाम सुन कर ही बड़ी हुई है , इस रचना को पढ़ कर उनका भी स्मरण हो आता है । कुछ का वर्णन तो इस रचना में भी मिलता है ।
इस रचना में 1971 के निर्णायक युद्ध में सेकंड लेफ़्टिनेंट अरुण खेतरपाल की शौर्यपूर्ण भूमिका का विस्तृत वर्णन मिलता है । बसंतर नदी पर पुल का निर्माण और उस पर से भारतीय टैंकों का गुजरना, उस वीर सैन्य अधिकारी द्वारा प्रशिक्षण पर जाने की बजाय , युद्ध में भाग लेने का निर्णय , मोर्चा पर कमान संभालते हुए शत्रु के अनेक  पैटन   टैंक ध्ववस्त करके  पलायन के लिए मजबूर करना और फिर बहादुरी से आगे बढ़ते हुए, शत्रु की गोली खा कर वीरगति को प्राप्त होना, यह सब आश्चर्य चकित करने वाला है । 
101 खूबसूरत छंदों में वर्णित यह गाथा , सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान रचित झाँसी की रानी की याद दिलाती है । फुटनोट के माध्यम से कवि ने संबन्धित यूनिट- रेजीमेन्ट, ड्राईवर, गनर आदि का उल्लेख करके आम पाठक की जानकारी में भी वृद्धि की है ।  यह केवल कवि के मनोद्गारों की अभिव्यक्ति नहीं, अपितु उसके अध्ययन , मनन, शोध का भी परिणाम है। न जाने कहाँ कहाँ से सूचना एकत्र करके कवि ने यह रचना की है ।
एक विडम्बना यह भी है  कि इस परमवीर की शहादत के एक दिन बाद ही युद्धविराम की घोषणा हो गयी थी ।
वीर गति को प्राप्त हुए इस युवा सैन्याधिकारी के मातापिता की मानसिक स्थिति का भी वर्णन मिलता है। इसके पिता एम.एल. खेतरपाल भी उस समय सेवारत कर्नल थे ।
कई वर्षों बाद  ब्रिगेडियर पद से सेवा निवृत हुए पिता का अपने पैतृक स्थान सरगोधा जाना होता है तो उनकी मुलाक़ात अपने मेजबान पाकिस्तानी सेना के ब्रिगेडियर ख्वाजा मोहम्मद नासिर से होती है ।काफी संकोच के बाद मेजबान  ब्रिगडियर यह बताता है कि उसी की गोली से सेकंड लेफ्टिनेंट अरुण खेतरपाल शहादत को प्राप्त हुआ था ।इस प्रकार मेजबान ब्रिगडियर अपने मन का बोझ तो हल्का कर लेता है पर ब्रिगडियर खेतरपाल की जो मन:sथिति होती है, वह कल्पना से भी परे है । यह घटना इस गाथा का सबसे मार्मिक मोड़ है जिसे पढ़ कर द्रवित होना स्वाभाविक है। यह घटना  बरबस ही Thomas Hardy की कविता ‘The Man He Killed’ की याद आती है कि किस प्रकार व्यक्तिगत शत्रुता न होते हुए भी दोनों तरफ के सैनिक देश-भक्ति और कर्तव्यबोध के कारण एक दूसरे की मृत्यु का कारण बनते हैं।

देश की आन की खातिर, मर मिटने वाले,
सदा ही चिर-यौवन चिर जीवी हुआ करते हैं ।
भुला देती हैं जब उन्हें अगली पीढ़ियां,
वास्तविक मृत्यु तो वह तभी मरते हैं ।
आओ प्राण करें सदैव जीवित उन्हें रखेंगे,
जिन्होंने देश जिये इसलिए जान लुटाई थी ।
                           इस संकल्प से आरंभ हो कर यह रचना आद्योपांत पाठक को बांधे रखती है ।
इससे अधिक पंक्तियाँ मैं उद्धरित नहीं कर रहा, क्योंकि पाठक स्वयं इस रचना को पढ़ कर कवि के प्रति प्रशंसा और कृतज्ञता के भाव से भर उठेंगे, ऐसा मेरा विश्वास है
कवि ने एक परमवीर के माध्यम से अनेक परमवीरों को श्रद्धांजलि दी है, जिन पर हमें सदा से गर्व है  


Saturday, May 12, 2018

बस यूँ ही

पत्नी जब भी खाना परोसती है तो सालन के बारे में ज़रूर पूछती है ' कैसा बना या बनी ' । वह खुद भोजन  पूजा आदि के बाद करती है। यूँ अच्छा पका लेती है पर कभी अच्छा न भी बना हो तो क्या सच बोल कर  अपनी शामत बुलानी है ! इसलिए मेरा  stock  reply 'अच्छा' ही होता है । पर अच्छा लगता है,  संवाद  जारी रहता है । भरी जवानी में प्रेमालाप नहीं किया तो इस उम्र  में...... खैर छोड़ो, यही क्या कम है  !!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Only a dream, mercifully

Surrounded by a gathering of people,an elected representative , a politician of sorts giving me a dressing down ,for no tenable reason whatever, perhaps only to put an impression as to how powerful he is, as I am utterly a new incumbent to a field post.And I seething with anger inside, have no option but to listen to his inanities in silence.
Suddenly, my eyes open.
Oh, it is a dream, I say to myself , relieved !
Fortunately this has never happened  in my career, that is now left behind long back .
What does this indicate !
Is it my general dislike for the species ?

Sunday, May 6, 2018

रिहड़ु खोलू

‘रिहड़ु  खोलू'
(काँगड़ी हिमाचली कविता संग्रह)
भगत  राम मंडोत्रा
प्रकाशक: भगत  राम मंडोत्रा
कमला प्रकाशन, कमला कुटीर, गांव चम्बी
डाकघर  संघोल, ज़िला कांगड़ा ( हि.प्र. )
पिन: 176091
ISBN: 978-93-5265-589-2   Paperback
      978-93-5290-590-8   E-Book
मूल्य:  रू. 200/-

‘रिहड़ु खोलू’  कवि मित्र श्री भगत राम मंडोत्रा का दूसरा कविता संग्रह है ।इससे पूर्व उनका पहाड़ी में ही एक कविता संग्रह ‘जुड़दे पुल’ प्रकाशित हो चुका है ।इस कविता संग्रह के बारे में यों तो विद्वदजनों ने प्राक्कथन में अपनी टिप्पणियों में  सब कुछ कह दिया है, फिर भी दो शब्द मेरी ओर से !
 32 वर्ष भारतीय सेना में सेवायें देकर सूबेदार मेजर (ऑनरेरी  लेफ्टिनेंट)के पद से सेवानिवृत  व तदोपरांत 5 वर्ष इंटेलिजेंस ब्यूरो में बतौर ACIO रह चुके मंडोत्रा जी ने कविता लेखन में अपनी रुचि को आगे बढ़ाने का जो खूबसूरत  निर्णय लिया , उसकी परिणति उनके इन कविता संग्रहों के रूप में हमारे सामने है ।फ़ेसबुक तो इनकी छोटी बड़ी  सुंदर रचनाएँ प्रतिदिन ही पढ़ने को मिलती हैं। ‘रिहड़ु खोलु’ का आवरण ही अपने आप में नैसर्गिक सौंदर्य का परिचायक है  तथा बरबस अपनी ओर आकृष्ट करता है। 79 बेहतरीन  कविताओं से सुसज्जित  इस संग्रह में पढ़ने, गुनने और आनंदित होने के लिए बहुत कुछ है ।कवि कहाँ एक ओर अपने प्रदेश के प्राकृतिक  सौन्दर्य से अभिभूत हैं, वहीं दूसरी ओर उनके  सैन्य जीवन के प्रत्यक्ष अनुभव भी कुछ कविताओं में सहज ही दृष्टिगोचर है । सेना , सैनिकों व सैनिकों द्वारा देश की रक्षा हेतु दिये गए बलिदान के प्रति प्रकट किए उद्गार एक आम नागरिक को भी गर्व का अनुभव कराते हैं । कविताओं में व्यंग्य की धार कुछ और तेज हुई है व बेबाकी भी बढ़ी है ।
प्रथम कविता  ‘हिमाचले  च छैल नज़ारे मिलदे’ में प्रदेश के प्राकृतिक एवं मानवीय सौंदर्य और मनोरम दृश्यावली के साथ साथ सादगीपूर्ण सामाजिक जीवन, पहनावे व खान पान की झलक दिखती है । पुस्तक का नाम ‘रिहड़ु खोलु’  भी इसी कविता से लिया गया है ।
हिमाचले  च छैल नज़ारे मिलदे ।
सिद्धे सादे लोक प्यारे मिलदे ।।
रिहड़ु खोलु धरान पधरे हार ।
पौड़ी ख्तेयान दे नजारे मिलदे ।।
छोले डोरू कुर्ता सुथणु घघरी।
रीहड़ेयां सलमे सितारे मिलदे ।।
से पढ़ने का समा बंधता है ।
‘बोलियाँ चाहे बखरियां, बखबख हर रुआज है’ कविता   ‘अनेकता में एकता’ का संदेश देती है –
‘वक़्त औणे पर सबों इक जुट खड़ोंदे दुस्सदे ।
बोलियाँ चाहे बखरियां, बखबख हर रुआज है ll
कुछ अन्य कविताओं की बानगी इस प्रकार है :

मेरा देश हसदा रैह  l
मेरा बाग बसदा रैह  ll
जांदा रस्ता कुस पासें l
‘भगत’ कोई दसदा रैह ll
सरहदां पर जाई, लड़दा कोई कोई l
वीर बहोते हन, पर मरदा कोई कोई ll
हमदरद बैठी महलां तां सारे बणदे l
दीन दुखियां जाई, रलदा  कोई कोई ll

लोकराज इक मखौल बणाया नेतेयां l
वोट पाई चेता करदा कोई कोई ll
याद ओंदे सैह  नियारे दिन   l
फौजी बणी कदी गुज़ारे दिन  ll
घरां ते दूर बसड़ा इक टब्बर  l
वजोगण रातां, बणजारे दिन  lI

ओबरिया रखे बर्दी मैडल गुज़ारे l
हाखीं बीच तरदे प्यारे दिन ll
देश -अणख सिरें रखी  गुज़ारे l
‘भगत’ ठंडे कदी करारे दिन  ll

सिपाही  कसमां खांदे कने खूब  निभान्दे l
ज़मीर नी होंदा होरना साहीं बिकेया ll
रोज सुखना करदा ‘भगत’  परमेसरे अगें l
थकण नी कन्धे भारत  जिन्हां पर टिकेया ll

असां बस रौला पांदे किछ करदे नी l
असां बस गीतां गांदे, किछ करदे नी ll
कोई डुबदा मरे चाहे लुट्टे पिट्टे l
असां बीडिओ बणान्दे , किछ करदे नी ll
जिसदी गुड्डी चढ़दी उस पिछें चली पोंदे l
होआ दिखी पूणा लांदे, किछ करदे  नी ll

  •   उपरोक्त पंक्तियाँ  इस संग्रह की  कुछ शुरुआती  कविताओं से ली गयी हैं,  जिनसे  कवि की व्यापक दृष्टि और दृष्टिकोण का पता चलता है । जहां एक ओर कवि अपने  सैन्य जीवन को याद करके गौरवान्वित है, वहीं वर्तमान  परिस्थितियों , चाहे सामाजिक हों, चाहे राजनीतिक, के प्रति आक्रोश भी व्यक्त करता है । नेताओं, मीडिया , और आमजन  की उदासीनता और अकर्मण्यता   की कवि ने अच्छी ख़ासी खबर ली है ।इस सबके  अलावा भी संग्रह में बहुत कुछ है जो पाठक को आनंदित करने के साथ साथ  बहुत कुछ सोचने व करने की भी प्रेरणा देता है ।

Friday, May 4, 2018


Today is the birth anniversary of Maharaja Chhatrasal, the Bundela warrior. He was born this day in 1649. Inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji, he raised a revolt against the mighty Mughals and took on  Aurangzeb's forces with a handful of soldiers.He was only 22 then. He founded the Panna kingdom and ruled the same till his death in 1731.He was a great patron of  art and literature.The poet Bhushan was his Court poet who through his adulatory writings, immortalised Chhatrasal.
Chhatrasal was in alliance with the Marathas and had given his daughter Mastani in marriage to Peshwa Bajirao.
The 2015 Bollywood flick Bajirao Mastani  is about the couple.
Our humble tributes to the great warrior and the Ruler !

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Achala Sachdev

Today is the birth anniversary of Achala Sachdev, a popular Bollywood actress of her time. Born this day in 1920 at Peshawar in undivided India, before partition she worked in All India Radio Lahore and also in All India Radio, Delhi. She made her debut in acting with the 1938 film ‘Fashionable Wife’ and went on to act in about 130 films in a career spanning over six decades.

She is particularly known for her stellar role in the blockbuster Waqt as the wife of Balraj Sahni. Her expressions in the popular song ‘ Aye Meri Zohra Zabeen.......’ are a treat to watch. She also had a memorable role as grandmother of Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Her filmography include films like Anhonee, Footpath, Chandni Chowk, Munna, Naukri, Sabse Bada Rupaiyya , Bandhan, Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke, , Pardesi, Miss Mary , Adalat, Manzil, Angulimaal, Kalpana, Sampooran Ramayan, Meri Soorat Teri Ankhen, Dil Ek Mandir, Shagun, Sangam, Haqiqat, Arzoo, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Aag Shagord Humraaz, Sapnon ka Saudagar, Mere Humdum Mere Dost, Kanyadan, Prem Pujari, Pavitra Papi , Heer Ranjha, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Anamika Parinay, Paraya Dhan, Kora Kagaz, Julie, Laila Majnu , Chandni, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and many many others . she also acted in English films like Nine Hours to Rama & The Householder. 

Blessed with a long life, she died on April 30, 2012 aged 91 at Pune. .

Our humble tributes to the talented and popular actress !

Sunday, April 29, 2018

जुड़दे पुल

जुड़दे पुल
पहाड़ी कविता संग्रह
भगत  राम मंडोत्रा
प्रकाशक: भगत  राम मंडोत्रा
कमला प्रकाशन, कमला कुटीर, गांव चम्बी
डाकघर  संघोल, ज़िला कांगड़ा ( हि.प्र. )
पिन: 176091
ISBN: 978-93-5258-202-0
मूल्य: रु. 145/-
जुड़दे पुल  कवि लेखक मित्र श्री भगत राम मंडोत्रा द्वारा रचित 85 पहाड़ी कविताओं का संग्रह है । कवि ने भारतीय सेना में  सूबेदार मेजर ( आनरेरी लेफ्टिनेंट ) के रूप में सेवाएँ दी हैं तथा तदोपरांत  इंटेलिजेंस ब्यूरो में ACIO भी रह चुके हैं । कविता संग्रह काँगड़ी- पहाड़ी बोली में है व अपनी सादा शैली, शब्द चयन  व बिम्ब रचना से आकर्षित करने में पूर्णतया  सक्षम है । अनेक कविताएं ग्राम्य पृष्ठभूमि की हैं ।इस कविता संग्रह का फ़लक विस्तृत है तथा जीवन के सभी रंगों का इसमे समावेश मिलता है। इसमे विशुद्ध हास्य , हल्का सा व्यंग्य, प्रेम , रोमांस सभी कुछ का पुट मिलता है । कवि की पैनी दृष्टि से कुछ नहीं बचता । कविताओं के शीर्षक मसलन भा मत खाई करा’, ये जमीना दे टुकडु’, घघरी’, उम्मीद’, बकरियाँ , गांयीं’, यादां’, बौड़ियाँ’, बोंकरी’, बापू इस देशे नी औणा , मीडिया’, मेले’, महंगाई’, होई सके तां फिरी औणा कलाम’, नुहुआं’, कार्गिल विजय दिवस’, शहीदा जो सलाम’, सही चुणनी असां सरकार आदि आदि अपने आप में बहुत कुछ बता देते हैं। गरज ये कि घरेलू जीवन,प्रदूषण, पर्यावरण संरक्षण, संस्कृति, ग्रामीण परिवेश, देश भक्ति,वर्तमान हालात,  मीडिया की मनमानी व कार-करदगी, एक जागरूक नागरिक के नाते कर्तव्य एवं जिम्मेदारियाँ- लगभग सभी कुछ  को अपनी कविताओं में कवि ने समेटा है।
एक बानगी :
बणी ठणी सामने मत आई करा
असां बी घट नी भा मत खाई करा
दिखावे दी तां अजकलहद नी रही
भलेयों ढकी ढकोई आई करा
निआंयेँ दिया देविया हाखीं धूडां जमियां
मकदमे दियां उमरां माहणुआं ते लमियां
होये भला नी बुरा करणा
पापा दी नी पंड बधाणी
टब्बरे जो रोटियां थे खुआंदे, ये जमीनां दे टुकडु
बेहलेयां जो रिज़क थे दुआंदे, ये जमीनां दे टुकडु
हवाई मैहलां बिच रहणा छड़ीता
चोर चलाकां कने बैहणा छड़ीता
टेकदा था मत्था 'भगत' जिथु  हर बार
पैडियां मंदिरे दी ढही गईयां
होई भ्याग निंदरा छडणा   पौणा
सफर तां मुसाफरा चली के कटोणा

खूब पता होंदा झूठे लारेयां दा
कैंहनी मुकदा अप्पु जो ठगाणे दा चा
हवन पूजा पाठ वेले मरद  पाण धोतियाँ
जणासां दा पवितर पहनाव हर बार घघरी
करदी रही साफ सफाई बोंकरी
सड़कां लगाई लसकाई  बोंकरी
बड़ेयां बड़ेयां माणुआं ठुक्का ने
हथ लाई फ़ोटो खिंचाई बोंकरी
आजाद भारते दी सोह
बापू इस देशे नी औणा
पहलें पिस्तोल थी  चलियो
हुण तां तोपां चली पोणा

' हवाई मैहलां बिच रहणा छड़ीता' कविता में  छड़ीता, दसीता, करीता, पढ़ीता, मढ़ीता आदि शब्द ज़ाहिरी तौर पर दो शब्दों के मेल से बने हैं और बोलचाल की भाषा में इसी रूप में  प्रयुक्त होते हैं । इन शब्दों के कारण भी पाठक कविता से अपना जुड़ाव अनुभव करता है ।
सभी कविताएं रोचक भी हैं और संदेशपरक भी । मेरा संबंध यद्यपि शिमला से है , फिर भी  केवल एकाध शब्द से ही मैं अपरिचित था । पाठक अवश्य इन कविताओं का आनंद ले सकते हैं ।
कवि की दो और पुस्तकें भी हैं, जिनकी चर्चा बाद में ।