Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Early Days In School

The first day to School is an important landmark not only for the kids but also their parents and also grandparents, in case they are living together .
With some FB friends posting the photographs of kids in full school uniform on their first day to School , I am taken fifty seven years in timeline i.e.1959 , when I was admitted to the Nursery class of a School in Shimla. The School was called Lady Irwin High School – a Girls’ school with boys admitted only up to Class 4th. The school being nearest to the place where we lived those days was an easy choice as my two older sisters and two –three boys in the neighbourhood were already studying there and an age mate was also admitted about the same time. It was a trying time for my parents as it was impossible to make me sit in the class . I still remember weeping and shedding tears as my mother would leave me in the class.A maami , who lived still nearer took it upon herself to accompany me and remain in the class to put me at ease. I fondly remember maami , as her affection for me remained till her death in 1990, the same year when I lost my father. My class teacher, a bobbed young lady with her endearing manners became my favourite , and within a few days when she got shifted to some other class, I started crying again. She was kind enough to take me to her new class where a chair was kept for me.She used to teach me there. There were no LKG and UKG those days and we were sent to Class 1st after three months. By and by I got used to things . I passed my Class 1st with a ‘marvellous’ score of 83/200 and I still remember flaunting my Report Book on way from school to home as the euphoria of having passed Class 1st refused to subside. I scored 147/210 in Class 2nd ,144/225 in Class 3rd , 205/275 in Class 4th and never looked back as far as school was concerned .

Friday, June 10, 2016


Today is the death anniversary of Jeevan,the Bollywood actor. Born Omkar Nath Dhar, he was a Kashmiri who remained active for five decades I.e. 40s through 80s.He had acted as Narad Muni in almost 60 films and in a programme stated that God dare not send him to hell as he had chanted Nayaran Narayan thousands of times.He was also the most hated villain of Hindi Cinema which is a tribute to his acting talent.He acted in almost all hit films of the time.

Our humble tributes to this marvellous Actor !

Prakash Padukone

Today is the birthday of Prakash Padukone , the Badminton Champion. He was the first Indian to win the All England Championship in 1980. He is also an Indian Junior Champion of 1972. A 1983 World Champion ,he had also won World Cup in 1981. He also won Asian Games Championship twice and Commonwealth games Championship once.
He won Arjuna Award in 1972.
He is a recipient of Padma Shri in 1982.
We wish him a very Happy Birthday !

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Vasant Desai

Today is the birth anniversary of Vasant Desai , the renowned music director who composed music for Classics like Do Aankhe Barah Haath, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje, Goonj Uthi Shehnai,Sampoorn Ramayan,Pyar ki Pyaas,Doctor Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani,Toofan aur Diya, Asheerwad ,Yaaden, Achanak& Guddi besides others.
Our humble tributes to the great composer !

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Raj Kapoor

Today is the death anniversary of Raj Kapoor, the greatest showman of Hindi Cinema. Forming a triumvirate along with other two icons Dilip Kumar and the late Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor enjoys a pride of place as an actor, producer and director. As the eldest son of Prithvi Raj Kapoor, a great name in Hindi Cinema, Raj Kapoor adopted a different style of acting playing the role of either a simpleton or a romantic hero. He paired well with all the noted actresses of the time –Madhubala,Nargis,Vaijyantimala, Nutan,Nimmi, Waheeda Rehman, Meena Kumari .

   His films, Barsaat, Chori Chori, Aawara, Aag, Anari, Andaaz, Shri420, Jis Desh Mein Ganga      Behti Hai , Sharda, Sangam,Teesri Kasam , Mera Naam Joker deserve special mention. His role in Aawara catapulted him to international fame and his performance was adjudged among the top ten of the times, the world over.The movie Sangam broke all records at the box office. The song from Shri420- mera joota hai japani and Aawara hoon… from the movie Aawara were no less popular in Russia than in India. Mukesh was his choice to sing his songs . The music of most of his films was scored by Shankar-Jaikishan duo till Jaikishan’s death in 1971.He was a three time winner of National Film Awards and won Filmfare award eleven times.
He was also a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Our humble tributes to the one of the greats of Hindi Cinema !