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Monday, May 14, 2018

Relishing the royal treatment at Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Austria

Thanks to the Sacher management for a warm welcome. It is one of the finest hotels in the world. Established in 1875, Hotel Sacher has hosted some of the biggest politicians, movie and music stars. John F Kennedy, Indira Gandhi, Queen of England, Elizabeth Taylor to just name a few. Bulleya from Ae DilHai Mushkil was partly shot in and around this hotel. People still talk about Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Insha is enjoying the royal hospitality. 


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Helpless Smoke (Asifa)

Helpless Smoke 
A Poem by Faridoon Shahryar

On the cobbled road
She walked alone 
Blood dripped 
The breathing 
Heaved and echoed 
Flowers fell voluntarily 
Even the thought of comfort 
Isn't comforting any more
One last time she 
Looked up 
The vulgar roar of hyenas 
Blew the candle of life off
Helpless smoke wafts away...


Monday, April 2, 2018

Lamp Posts of Tears

Lamp Posts of Tears
A poem by Faridoon Shahryar

As I hear the 
Echo of expectations, 
I stand still 
For a while 
And admonish myself 
On the worldly vice.

'It's a sin to expect,'
I'd written long back;
Maybe it's time to write,
'Invest in emotions 
Only in those 
Who deserve
 Your attention and time.'

Wisdom is an 
Ongoing process,
The lamp posts of tears 
Shall guide you.

Sanjay Dutt's Biography is Unputdownable!

#SanjayDuttTheCrazyUntoldStoryOfBollywoodsBadBoy by Yasser Usman is a thrilling account of 1 of the most controversial movie stars in the world. Yasser dispels sentiments and states things as they are. When he praises it seems genuine,but clearly Sanjay is more a Khalnayak than a Nayak. 

Yasser traces Sanjay's life from childhood. He was a wayward boy who started smoking at10, boarding school, many trysts with dangerous activities that led to serious drug addiction, the many affairs, the many lies and embarrassments. Tragic demise of Nargis ji,how Sanjay got rid of drugs (overuse impacted brain cells forever), bomb blast case and the unconvincing reason why he needed another weapon when he already had 3 licensed guns, Yasser dissects it all. 

Yasser quotes from many of Sanjay's interviews. Mahesh Bhatt sahab said, "Sanjay is a disaster when he opens his mouth." In spite of the bomb blast case he was caught on tape talking on phone to gangster Chota Shakeel. The author analsyses how Munna Bhai films were the best works of Sanjay and changed his image forever. Jail brought the best out of him and the time spent there was the most spiritual learning experience for Sanjay Dutt. 

In spite of all the propoganda and genuine do-gooder image, Sanjay Dutt clearly has himself to blame for many of his misdemeanors and Controversies. Fate played traunt with illness of his mom and wife Richa as well. 

.#SanjayDuttTheCrazyUntoldStoryOfBollywoodsBadBoy by Yasser Usman is an unputdownable account of a unique tragic hero who's relentlessly pursued by controversies or maybe he courts controversies due to his personality. Do get a copy today!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Twigs of Togetherness

Twigs of Togetherness 
A Poem by Faridoon Shahryar

Twigs of love were deserted 
A pair of pigeons 
Flew in distinct directions 
Moist eyes and tremulous hearts
Bid adieu. 

A sea of loneliness
Still, as the silent evening 
Sad ripples and mournful waves.

Niche of Togetherness 
Fell apart 
Fairies search 
For the trail of a despondent flute.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A letter to my daughter Insha on her 14th birthday

Dear Insha 

As you celebrate your 14th birthday tomorrow March 20, I am brimming with happiness to see you grow into a fine young woman with a mind of her own. You are emerging as a fine writer and I genuinely believe that you can turn into a professional writer. Very soon. Your write ups are getting published in notable publications and they are being acknowledged by illustrious luminaries. 

What I find most heartening about your writing is that apart from a phenomenal vocabulary and an ability to weave beautiful pictures through words, you manage to have a unique perspective. You don't hestitate to criticise what needs to be criticised. And when you appreciate something/ someone then it's very apparent that the praise is truly deserving. It displays your self confidence, a belief in yourself and the fact that you're a fine people-reader and thankfully you don't go out of the way to be a people-pleaser. 

You take digs at me in your writing and I am absolutely fine with it. The world must know that I live for North Indian delicacies. And you're contributing in your own way in ensuring that people who invite me to their homes during my various trips, shouldn't waste on 'experimental' stuff. Just serve Nahari, kabab, Korma and I shall smile like a chechire cat. Jokes apart, I am willing to be more careful to live up to your standards and change myself so that you can write good stuff about me and it can come from an objective space. 

On this birthday, the gift that I wish to give you is the freedom to be what you are, write what you wish to write and be the person that you want to be. We are there for you at all points of time willing to lend a helping hand if at all you badly need it. But knowing you, I am sure you're on the path of self discovery where you shall be the one who shall show us the way. And there can't be a greater joy than that as a parent.

And yes, considering you do give credence to material gifts, so rest assured they are coming your way as well :) 

Have a great life ahead. 

Lots of Love 


Sunday, March 11, 2018

In memory of Maqbool Hasan Khan sahab

I've learned so much about my maternal uncle Maqbool Hasan Khan sahab in the last three days that I didn't know in last so many years. Since the time the news of his untimely demise spread out, the messages and conversations of condolences have been non stop. There's a unanimous opinion that he was a great educationist but more importantly he was a great human being with a kind heart who helped everyone. It has truly been a learning experience. May he rest in peace and may the people whom he has left behind may find enough courage to carry on with their lives and continue walking on the footsteps of the ideals that he believed in.