Monday, May 24, 2010

A Tribute

Our heart goes out to the kith and kin of the victims of grim tragedy that struck in the shape of a major air crash at Mangalore on 22th May, 2010 claiming 159 lives. . No amount of money can compensate for the irreparable loss caused to the bereaved families . Fate did not spare even the newborn babies .
May God give enough strength to the bereaved to overcome this grief !

Saturday, May 22, 2010


My obsession with names, surnames and nicknames is a bit compulsive though it has not reached up to the stage of being a disorder , so as to make me a victim of OCD , a much talked about psychological condition these days.

Names do matter and we love them too . Sometimes they get stuck up with personality traits , and define the person . Bollywood has introduced us to many such prototypes. For example, if we just think of old movies, we find that a rich man or a seth is invariably named Dhani Ram , Dhanraj or Badri.: every spoiled brat had to be named Vicky and the quintessential mother , a Janki, Sheela, or Sushila., as the case may be. And Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay epitomzed the Angry Young Man

Names are sometimes suggestive too. , like in Bimal Roy's film Sujata, the heroine , played by Nutan , even though born a dalit is named Sujata , and the hero Sunil Datt falls head over heels for her instead of the glamorous and beautiful Shashi Kala, whose, name in the film I am not able to recall.

Some characters in the films become memorable because of the peculiar names assigned to them. Malang Chacha of Upkar, Daku Kehar Singh in Shaheed - both played by Pran , Mogambo – played by Amrish Puri and others like Gabbar Singh , Shaakaal etc. etc .

The film heroes and heroines had assumed names- Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Manoj Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar , Madubala, Meena Kumari , Sulochana at once come to mind. Adding of extra letters to existing names or having odd spellings is the modern trend.

Authors and poets suffix the names of their birth place to their names or pen names. Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Shakeel Badaayuni Raahat Indori, Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh Sultanpuri are some of the prominent examples.
In my childhood, every other boy in the neighbour hood or otherwise was nicknamed Teetu , perhaps after Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia , who in a sense was a political follower as well as a great admirer of Nehru and was in the news most of the time.
It was not uncommon to call a rich man Tata or Birla .
In old times it was customary to have a name with Ram or Lal or Chand or Kumar suffixed to it . Interestingly , the popularity of Ram was explained thus- bulatey huey is bahaney Bhagwan ka naam toh liya jayega. So a person , on the deathbed , however crooked and wicked he may have been , by calling out to his son named Ram or Krishan , by this single utterance would for sure land in heaven !

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rabindranath Tagore

Today is the 150th birthday of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore , the Nobel laureate , a poet , novelist , short story writer and a painter of repute. Here is a specimen of his profound poetry and sublime thoughts :

Where The Mind is Without Fear

    WHERE the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

मई दिवस

आज मई दिवस पर एक कविता की पंक्तियाँ याद आ रही हैं -

ओ मजदूर
ओ मजदूर
तू ही सब चीज़ों का कर्ता
तू ही सब चीज़ों से दूर
ओ मजदूर ..........!

और साथ ही निराला की कविता
" वह तोड़ती पत्थर " भी .