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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cover Of Galliyan (Ek Villain) By Faridoon Shahryar Featuring Navneet Kedar

Galliyan is one of the finest well produced songs that I've heard in quite a while in Bollywood. Ankit Tiwari has composed and sung it brilliantly while Manoj Muntashir has written it beautifully. I am sure the director of Ek Villain, Mohit Suri has had a significant role in the final product too. I practised the song for over a month since it's not an easy song. My friend Navneet Kedar has arranged and mixed my cover of Galliyan wonderfully. Thanks for pouring your heart in brother. The song was recorded at Avicom Media by Ajinkya. Thanks Amit for your patience and support. The music of the original song was out on T Series. Ek Villain has been produced by Balaji Telefilms. Hope you enjoy my cover of Galliyan and please spread the word if you like it. Thanks! :-)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Prasoon Joshi's Heartfelt Poem Zikr Uska, Written For Dilip Kumar Sahab

Aamir Khan recited Prasoon Joshi's outstandingly evocative poem Zikr Uska at the launch of Dilip Kumar sahab's autobiography The Shadow And The Substance on June 9 at a memorable event in Mumbai. Prasoon pays ode to the finest Indian actor (and arguably one of the best in the world) in a unique manner. The meaning lies in the sensitive layers that unfold itself lucidly.            

Zikr Uska

Guzaarish hai havaaon ki hamein suraj se milvao
Hamein bhi roshni ke kaafilon ke saath le jao
Hamein maloom hain apni hadein Hum kaise kuch bolen 
Khili ho dhoop to nacheez deepak kaise muh khole
Magar mausam ki zid hai, phool bhi israar karte hain 
Unhe milna hai sooraj se vo usko pyaar karte hain 
Chalo karte hain koshish aaj uska zikr karte hain
Ujaalon ke samandar mein zara sa hum utarte hain
Ajab sa ye  samandar hai jo tum se milne aata hai
Khuda rahna nahin chaahta tumhaare saath gaata hai
Samandar ko nahin maloom uska dil kahan tak hai
Use to khatra khatra bus chalak jaane ki aadat hai

Use tha aasma choona magar apni hi sharton par
Use tha jeetna vo bhi magar apni hi sharton par
Vo aisi roshni chahta tha jisme ho na angaare
Vo aisi jeet chahta tha jahan koi bhi na haare

Darakhton ke usoolon ko samajhne ki karo koshish 
Alag mitti se bante hain alag hai unki har khwaahish 
Vo gamle ka nahin podha jahan chaahe uga do tum 
jahan chaahe laga do tum jahan chaahe saja do tum
Vo ugte hain zamen pe dil ki dil mein hi dhadakte hain 
Vo logon se jude hain aur unme hi zinda rahte hain

Chamakti cheez ko choone ko duniya paas aati hai
Vo shohrat paas jiske sur mein uske sur milaati hai 
Magar sooraj utarta hai to bheedein chathti jaati hain
Kahin sajde. kahin izzat, ibaadat, muskuraati hai
Ise shohrat nahin kahte bus uska noor kahte hain
Bulandi bhi nahin kahte karam bharpoor kahte hain 

Vo kahta hai mere hisse ki khushiyan baant do jaakar
Hai jitna dard sab bhar do mere seene mein tum laakar
Meri jholi mein jo aayega main vo sab lutaaonga 
jahan se jo mila hai sab jahan ko dekar jaoonga 

Mili sab ko zubaan par aankh uski baat karti hai
Mile sohbat agar uski to khamoshi bhi kahti hai
Bus uska zikr karne se savarte jaayenge hum bhi
Dhulenge uski baarish mein nikharte jaayenge hum bhi
Savarte jayenge hum bhi 
Nikharte jaayenge hum bhi...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tsomgo Lake: Sikkim's Paradise

Day 7: May 8, 2014 

A guide at Tashi View Point told us yesterday that two cars had met with a serious accident while going to Tsomgo Lake some time back. He also said that the road is extremely dangerous. We had read a lot about Tsomgo Lake online. While almost everyone unanimously spoke about this Holy Lake in glowing terms, almost everyone commented on the dangerous terrain too. For three days in this month, the road to Tsomgo had been closed because of the adverse weather conditions. It rained last night and I wasn't sure if we would be able to make it today. To be honest we were very nervous before starting off on the 35 km journey.

Our driver stopped over for getting our Permit (you need a Permit from Indian Army for visiting this lake since it falls in the Army area and is very close to China border). I was still sceptical as we set out after getting the Permit. One urge told me that maybe we should cancel our trip. But then, the best way to overcome fear is to do things that you're afraid of. The journey is tough, the roads are totally torn at places but somehow I don't think it was as treacherous as it was made out to be. Actually I never looked in the valleys whenever we were faced with a sharp turn or a landslide prone area posed a bumpy path. I just looked at the road ahead and somehow it made me feel stronger.

Tsomgo Lake is at an altitude of 12400 feet. As our car snaked its way to higher regions, the temperature dropped, an influx of picturesque sceneries appeared at regular intervals and too many energetic waterfalls dotted our journey. All the wonderful locations that we've visited in the last six days was completely overshadowed by today's journey followed by the showstopper Tsomgo. The fresh snowfall on a mountain slightly ahead of Tsomgo was a brilliant sight. I' had never experienced snow. My daughter Insha came up close and personal with snow for the very first time too. We had fun playing in the snow, clicking pictures and absorbing the white magic all round us.

As we reached the spectacular Tsomgo Lake, it was engulfed in fog and we were really disappointed. As Insha went on a Yak ride, the fog started dissipating and within no time the magnificent lake unfolded its divine beauty in front of us. Serene, calm, straight out of a picture post card with big snow-sprinkled-mountains behind it. We went on a trek and explored the lake from a few of its notable points. The view changed dramatically as we moved forward after every small distance.

The journey back to Gangtok was a swift one. It took lesser time too. Somehow the images that stamped their indelible impression on our minds today will remain with us forever. Tsomgo Lake is difficult to reach but if you have an adventurous streak, you shouldn't miss it.

Gateway-To-Paradise:Incredible View From Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rare Flowers, Buddha's Insight, Magnificent Landscape In A No Smoking Gangtok

Diary of Day 6: Gangtok, May 7, 2014

I'm not good with identifying the various varieties of flowers but when you come across wonderful beauties, the image settles down in the mind forever. The rare Orchids, Lilies and several other varieties at the Flower Show in Gangtok brought a wide smile to our faces and it was a great way to start the day.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology has sponsored and promoted research on the religion, history, language, art and culture of the people of the Tibetan cultural area which includes Sikkim. The NIT library holds one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world outside Tibet and a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art. I came to know some very interesting details about the path chosen by Gautam Buddha and how he showed the path to a wide spectrum of people all across the world. He urged everyone to strike a balance between Self Indulgence and Self Mortification.

The curio shop outside Institute Of Tobetology had some fascinating mementoes. What caught my attention was badges and stickers with 'Free Tibet' and 'Save Tibet' written on them. In fact 'Free Tibet' is written at many places in Gangtok, the most conspicuous being a mannequin at a clothes store. The picture of Dalai Lama is omnipresent all across.

Tashi Viewpoint and Hanuman Tok held a window to outstanding scenery though the clouds played a spoilsport and the reclusive Kanchenjunga continued to elude us.

Smoking has been banned at all the public places in Gangtok. I didn't see anyone smoking anywhere during the course of the entire day today. A fine of Rs 5000/ is imposed on anyone found littering. In spite of the fine the littering was evident (though it wasn't that rampant) and sadly it seemed that the tourists are the cause of the same.

Evening was spent idling away time at the MG Road. It's a really fascinating market. The lamp posts, the benches, it's an image right out of a Charles Dickens novel in a modern context.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Exploring Gangtok After Being Treated To Picture Perfect Landscapes

It rained heavily in Pelling last night. The sound of heavy rainfall sounds rather ominous in an area that is surrounded by thick forests and the rain falling on the hilly roofs makes a louder sound than usual. In the morning I coaxed Aarefa into coming along with me for a walk in the woods. The tall and sturdy pine trees, the thick foliage around us and loads of silence made it an experience that we shall treasure in solitude once we get embroiled in the busy life of Mumbai soon.

The journey from Pelling to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim was a fascinating one. The landscape dotting the path was simply breathtaking and the nature had many surprises for us. Somehow when you enter a hilly region, the novelty value wears off after the initial charm since all the views start looking the same. But this journey was different. The influx of several breathtaking valleys and hills kept us surprised for most parts. Our cab driver played some Nepali songs. The music was very engaging and occupied my mind space long after I came out of the taxi. Thankfully the roads are in a reasonably good condition. It took around 5 hours to reach Gangtok.

Gangtok (5400 Feet) is the capital of Sikkim and the main tourist and business hub. The MG Road area is India's first litter free and spit free area. It is a wonderful arena to chill and have a good time. It is a road with shops on both the sides and benches for people to sit and relax. Vehicles are not allowed and smoking is prohibited too. Right below MG Road athere's another shopping market called Lal Bazaar. In a total contrast to MG Road, this market is dirty and unkempt. We had our dinner at Khan Chacha's Biryani House. It was a sumptuous feast of tandoori chicken, chicken korma and chicken biryani. Very tasty and quick service.

Picture Perfect Landscape: On The Way To Gangtok (Sikkim)