ठहराव

This blog completes another year, life takes another year, and we keep running in our quest to score some bauble or the other. This year, these past months, those who know me know that I’ve been running more than most. Thankfully, tomorrow, that project ends: and you will all see the results on one of…

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Reading Gulzar – Beeti Na Bitaai Raina

This has been a long time coming. I think the blog hasn’t been updated for a while now (a month to be precise), but that hasn’t really been for a lack of trying. A couple of pieces that I have been working on are taking an impossibly high amount of time to get done with….

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All Vacations Must End

At times, your words don’t come from you. They are too powerful to belong to one voice, their meaning too deep for one tale. Recently, I uttered some of this sort. They were said to someone I know in a jovial tone, without much thought gone in their formation. And yet, when I reflected on…

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Reading Gulzar – Aanewaala Pal

Today, August 18, He celebrates His birthday. Some 80 years ago, the Maker gave Hindi literature and cinema a gift like no other – Sampooran Singh Kalra was born in Deena, Punjab, now in Pakistan. He brought the love of words to our cinema, has celebrated the greatness of love in everyday objects and deeds,…

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Reading Gulzar – Mera Kuchh Saamaan

A succession of pain interspersed with a little melancholy and even less joy: this is what most relationships result in, don’t they? How much do we suffer, how much do we pray for the endurance, the lasting of something, which we ourselves aren’t sure of? I, as always, speak on the basis of what I have seen. And…

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Her

Shakespeare once wrote a play that he couldn’t name. Ultimately, he went with ‘As You Like It’, leaving his audience to name and interpret what they saw the way the saw fit. Now, yours truly is humble enough to recognise he’s no Shakespeare, or even comes close. But he was in a quandary quite similar…

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Tonight

In returning to poems after a while, here’s a poem that I made up today while staring at this white screen. I hope you’ll like it…

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Reading Gulzar – Aapki Aankhon Mein

Now that the sad songs are done with, I guess I’ll open my favourite romantic number – one of, to be honest, because an absolute is rather difficult. The imagery that this song paints, in itself, if not through its accompanying visuals, shows how pure and innocent love can get, and how innocent needn’t necessarily…

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Reading Gulzar – Hazaar Rahein

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts. – Percy Bysshe Shelley. If ever proof was needed, this here is it. One of the slowest, most lyrical songs you’ll find, and one in stark contrast to the previous ‘Humne Dekhi Hai’. Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar give voices to one of the shortest…

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