Aaj Hindi mein baat kartein hai

Hey folks, Sharmistha has tagged me to write something in Hindi every Thursday on Hindi Baatein and linking it.

Mere mitr Sharmistha Basu ne mujhe tag kiya aur haar Ravivar, kuch aise shabd likhoon Hindi mein taake hum hamari Bhasha na mitne dena. Pehli baar iss blog pe kuch likhraha hoon Hindi mein aur asha karta hoon ke aap log usske padhe aur acha lage. Hindi Bhasha ka upyog karna hum uchit samjhe kyon ussko jivit rakhna bahat zaroori hai.

Dil ko Chune wali baat

Shabd dhoon raha hoon hai,

kuch aise baatein karna hai joh dil ko kareeb hai,

Mann ki awaaz ko sune aur shuddh Hindi bhasha ka upyog karna,

yeh dil ko chunne wali baat hai.

bhasha bahut hai duniya mein,

par ek bhasha jo dilon ko jod dete hai,

usse Hindi kehte hai.

Dil, dosti aur Mohabbat wale baat,

ke hum log Hindi me baat karte hai.

Yeh dilon ka rishta aur hamara ahit hai.

Iss ko kabhie na marne denge yeh waada karni chahiye

ke iss mein koi sharam nahin hai ke dil ki awaaz mein hum baat karte hain.






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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in uncategorized


Review: Dil Dhadakne Do is sublime, stunning performances

Film Review: Dil Dhadakne Do

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Producers: Ritesh Sidhwani/ Farhan Akhtar

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranvir Singh, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar (special appearance, Rahul Bose, Parmeet Sethi, Zarina Wahab, Ridhima Sud

Music: Shankar-Ehsan-Loy

Rating: Three and a half stars

Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do boasts of super star cast and introduces us to the dysfunctional Mehra family, Kamal the self made man,wife Neelam sarcastic but unhappy,daughter Ayesha super successful career woman but caught in a gloomy marriage and Kabir, the happy-go-lucky son, fascinated by his plane. Director Zoya Akhtar’s movies are like a true-to-life diary, echoing human realities and exploring relationships in a deft manner. This time, Zoya throws a honest glance on the life of an elite family, who are dysfunctional but put a pretense mask of being happy and perfect. My verdict: The film throws a lid on the hypocritical society, true to life and believable characters, shot on a cruise, and the director shows her finesse in pulling out a sublime movie.

It’s about love, relationships, compromises and the whole business called marriage and family. Though DDD is by far what one would call a master stroke owing to the fact that it lacks the Zoya touch that characterized her earlier Zindagi Na Milega Dobara, she pulls what one would call a delectable film through the performances, script, screenplay, dialogues that leaves a powerful impact on the audience.

The real surprise in DDD is Ranveer Singh, who shines in his carefree and laid back character and explodes in the scenes, whether the conflicts with parents and sibling bonding with Priyanka Chopra. The actor is at his natural best and performs in an effortless, competent and endearing manner that will earn him more fans. It’s the new Ranveer Singh and his best act so far. Anil Kapoor is effortless as the successful business honcho, philandering husband who shows streak of arrogance. The role fits his persona as the arrogant Kamal Mehra and he is simply sublime when he shouts at his daughter Ayesha (Priyanka) when she tells that all that she wants is a divorce.

Priyanka downplays herself as Ayesha, giving a new shade to her otherwise fiesty character, showcasing a repressed and unhappy woman. Full credit to her for experimenting in this new shade. Shefali Shah as Neelam is effortless and her eyes expression is enough is silence the ghosts. An actor of her calibre shows her mettle and is not lost in this multi-star cast, matching at every steps her contemporaries to show that she is arguably one of the best artists in the industry. Sadly, Shefali does very few films and she is someone whose talent I respect a lot, her body language, eyes expression and demaneour, she is simply magnificent.

Farhan Akhtar as Sunny comes in the second half and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he delivers a simple act that steals the scenes right under the nose of the main characters. Anushka as Farha is endearing, stylish and super charming while Parmeet Sethi, Zarina Wahab and Rahul Bose are competent.

What works in favor of DDD are the scenes and dialogues that leaves an impact on the audience and stunningly etched that one can just bow down to Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar for pulling such a stunning screenplay. Farhan Akhtar debating with Rahul Bose on the role of women in society where the former tells the latter, ‘In your dictionary a woman needs your permission’ or Ranveer shouting at his parents and tells them the facts on their face and before leaving tells that he loves Farha, a dancer and Muslim woman. Shefali crying in the party and munching on chocolate cake is a scene to die for and she leaves you stunned. Such a gem as an actor. The movie’s forte is not just dialogues but the bonding and palpable chemistry between the actors whether the sibling love, romance between Ranveer and Anushka or Shefali telling Anil, ‘You don’t need to put an act.’ Moreover, I love the climax where the whole family bonds on the life boat which makes a perfect kodak moment. It’s all about happiness, the underlying message of DDD.

However, DDD do has its low moments. The film gets tedious at times and caught in repetition where some scenes doesn’t make sense at all, Rahul Bose crying to his Mom or everyone trying to pull the life boat. Such scenes could have been avoided. One can sense the movie chugging at a slow pace at times. The length shows and plays against the flow of the movie at some point.

Stunning cinematography, awe-inspiring visual, clear cut editing and amazing performances cum magnificent direction by Zoya Akhtar makes the film a winner. The movie is weaved in a super intelligent manner and it’s something that reverberates in one’s aesthetic sense that can only be felt. DDD is targeted at a niche audience that would relate to the complexity of human relationships, emotions and family. DDD is a clear winner and a fresh cum mature take on relationships. I love Amir Khan voice over throughout the movie for the dog. The song Gallan Godiyan is catchy and picturized in a vibrant and energetic fashion, another high point.


Posted by on June 30, 2015 in uncategorized


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#100WordsonSaturday: The Journey Begins

The post is written as part of the prompt, #100WordsonSaturday 27 June 2015: The Journey Begins, hosted by Corinne Rodrigues on Write Tribe.

The Journey Begins

the journey begins

Picture credit: via

 I faltered and stumbled not once but zillion times. There were days when I was completely knocked and lost belief. But, it’s never late to start everything fresh. I am still beaten by vagaries and unpleasantness of life. Who says life is a smooth road, offering candies like Father X-mas! It’s always been a struggle where unpleasantness thrown at every juncture. The journey begins, pushing one to the edge of the cliff, exploring battles, like the soldier caught in the middle of war zone and hit by snippets. Taste of victory is what one’s long for after completing every obstacle.

With Love



Posted by on June 28, 2015 in uncategorized


Day 3: Three Day Quotes Challenge

Day 3: Three Day Quotes Challenge

Today is Day 3-Three Day Quotes Challenge where I was tagged by Madhavi. Happiness is when a colleague and friend gives you birthday gifts, plus amazing book marks, which I am sharing with you.

The cool bookmark gifted  on the birthday.

The cool bookmark gifted on the birthday.

For Day 3, I have a few quotes to share with you, mates. The first one is straight from a Hindi movie, Happy New Year where Shah Rukh Khan mouth the dialogue in a tapoori style which I love.

“Saali kismet badi kuti cheez, kabhie bhi palat sakte hain”

(It’s a dog’s destiny when things can change over night)

I have been an avid collector of quotes and have quite a few collection where I used to preserve newspaper cuttings, that appeared on Hindustan Times single column under the heading ‘WordSmith’ during the days when I was still in India.

Leaving some for your sheer delight:

-The best love affairs are the ones we never had (Norman Lindsay).

-Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

-The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal (Henry Longfellow, poet)

-Laughter is the shortest distance between between two people (Victor Borge).

-There is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. (Alain Cohen).

Cut out of quotes on HT I preserved over the years

Cut out of quotes on HT I preserved over the years

I Nominate:

1. Integrated Seconds of Life




Post one of your favorite quotes(different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.

Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.

Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

With Love



Posted by on June 27, 2015 in uncategorized


Day 2: 3 Day Quotes Challenge

Today is Day 2-3 Day Quotes Challenge where I’ve been tagged by Madhavi Adavi. I love quotes and it really re-affirmed the believe in us and make us chase our dreams.

Here putting a quote from another of my favorite author, Paulo Coelho, from his book, The Alchemist. The quote has played an important role in my life and it’s all about belief.

Today, I nominate:

1. Bindiya Farswani

2. Maniparna Sengupta Majumdar

3. Rajlakshmi H Boruah



Post one of your favorite quotes(different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.

Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.

Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

With Love


Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist


Posted by on June 25, 2015 in uncategorized


Day 1: 3-Day Quotes Challenge

I love the motivating and inspiring quotes about life, success and the downside in life. It holds really true for me. I thank my friend and blogger, Madhavi Adavi who nominated me for the three day quote challenge.

Here’s putting one of my favorite quote by scholar and poet, Dr Hari Vansrai Bachchan:

Man ka ho toh achcha …. na ho toh zyaada achcha !! kyun ki phir wo iswar ke man ka hota hai, aur iswar aap ka hamesha achcha chahega !!!

(If things go by our wishes, then its great, else its wonderful, because then its happening according to  will of almighty and he will always want the best for you)

Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan/Image credit: Google India@

-Credit: Amitabh Bachchan


Post one of your favorite quotes(different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.

Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.

Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

My Nominations:

1. Sharmistha Basu

2. Inderpreet Kaur

3. Deboshree


Posted by on June 24, 2015 in uncategorized


#MondayMusings: Up close and personal

This post is written as part of #MondayMusings co-hosted by Corinne Rodrigues and Ina Tales on

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I woke up abruptly and visibly shaken on the bed and felt the cold seeping through the thick blanket. I tossed around to see the laptop still switched on. It’s 3.30 a.m. Gosh! It means that I hardly slept for two hours when the nightmarish shook me. It felt like a tremor and weird dream. I got up and went to the washroom.


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Outside, it was raining heavily and sent cool waves inside the room where one could enjoy the luxury of baby sleep. Like a movie script, there was twist in the climax and here I am lying on bed. Finally, I dozed off to be waken up a lil late by Mom. Time to take a quick shower, coffee and dash to catch the bus for office. The rain continued unabated. Yesterday, International Yoga Day was celebrated and I stand as guilty as charged for not doing yoga for more than a year. High time to get back to the grind.

Last time, I was chatting with a friend from Mumbai and we shared our mid-life crisis how things are jinxed for many of us. There are the common friends who are undergoing relationships fuck-up, someone’s marriage falling apart while another friend is caught in a catch 22 situation, getting trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere with a much married man. For us, it’s not love but career. I remember telling her how I have no strength and courage to get into a serious relationship, getting into all the complexity or headache. It’s a mid-life crisis, career wise where we need to figure out things. How I hate this ongoing struggling phase! Somehow, there is no quick-fix solution to get out of things. You know it hurts the most when the Monsoon is sending shock waves across, reminding me of the near perfect days in Mumbai and I wanna shift back to get my life back in the city that defines me. But, I can’t for some reasons where certain things need to be taken care. It can get frustrating, at times.

There are certain things which is really not working professionally and I need to buck up! Like we agreed, we are not trying hard enough to get things moving. Perhaps, I need to learn the virtue of patience. The irony is that not all things are bad or lost. I am surrounded by some wonderful people and do have like minded people where I work with, our blog dosts or Facebook friends. Somehow, I feel that I’ve lost the mojo, the drive or the Never Say Die Attitude I had three years back or during the college days. The word impossible never existed in my dictionary but I am feeling more vulnerable, lacking the strength to fight back. But, I know it’s just a passing phase.

The birthday is coming in less than few days. Bah! Another year that makes one grow older as one reflects that moments that vanished out of thin air, the moments, laugh, disappointments and what not! Things need to be figured out and decision taken about the future-one area which is my weak point and where I take a long time- and work on a strategy for re-location to Mumbai. Before Mumbai, Dubai would be another option and which is not bad at all. A good place to make money and grow the network, I feel, in terms of professional opportunities.

I am dying to do shopping and it’s been a while I haven’t done so. Quite a list I have, good books, movies and it’s endless. Shopping cum retail therapy works big time for me. I forgot to tell that after ages, I am back to writing in the diary and there is no better job than pouring ink on paper, a rarity and luxury far from what I am doing right now, typing. Perhaps, it’s one joy that will elude us so far. I am doing a book anthology with a couple of friends based in Mumbai and Pune, it’s something which I am delaying  forever. I need to buck up and work on it. The trick lies in how to re-create and structure the narratives for the stories set in Mumbai. Also, the novel is half way through the first draft and god knows when I am gonna wrap it up.

Can this post get more personal and up close than this! Write Tribe pointers on making the subject as personal as possible, though there is no specific subject, I guess that’s what I managed to do.

“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.” – Erica Jong

Quote credits: Write Tribe/Corinne Rodrigues

With Love


PS: Since it’s a personal post, it goes on as un-edited and typos and grammar snags are regretted.


Posted by on June 22, 2015 in uncategorized


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