Monday, July 9, 2007
Saikro jhopria girti hain tab ek raj mahal banta hai,
apne jeene pe chhappar bhi nahin, unke marne pe Taj Mahal banta hai !!
Din mei deep jalane se kya hota hai, raat mei dil jalane se kya hota hai,
Ae Shahjahan, Milegi na tujhe teri mumtaz wapas, Kabr per mahal banane se kya hota hai !!
Thats a shayar's perspective but the truth is The most beautiful mausoleum on Earth "The Taj Mahal" ordered to build by "Emperor Shahjahan", in memory of his wife "Queen Mumtaz Mahal", stands proud as one of the seven wonders of the world today !!
2. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall was originally built in the Spring, Autumn, and Warring States Periods as a defensive fortification by the three states: Yan, Zhao and Qin. The Great Wall went through constant extensions and repairs in later dynasties. It began as independent walls for diff. states when it was first built, and later joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north after the unification of China. Since then, the Great Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history.
3. The Roman Colloseum, Italy
Wow, thats a real beautiful place to see. I have real good memories attached to this place in Rome, Italy. I went there with him as my first international trip and it rained. It was all so romantic. And if I trust what I have seen in movie Gladiator then I must say this place has witnessed very dreadful acts of humanity, the human fights till dead/win.
4. Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer
Statue of Christ is a large religious monument in Brazil opened in July 1931. The fact that makes me happy is that its building stone was taken from Malmo in Sweden. And I feel good to hear the name Malmo because I have been there a no. of times and feel attached to the place :)
5. Peru's Machu Picchu
The Royal Tomb, a cave-like area contains ceremonial niches and an Inca cross carved from one wall and is adjacent to the Temple of the Sun. The cross resembles a series of steps, and represents the three levels of existence in the world of the Inca.
The first step, symbolized by the snake, represents the underworld or death. The second step represents the present, human life, and is symbolized by the jaguar. The highest step represents the celestial/spiritual plane of the gods, and is symbolized by the condor.
6. Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid
The "Chich'en Itza" is a spanish name that means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza ". The site contains many fine stone buildings in various states of preservation; the buildings were formerly used as temples, palaces, stages, markets, baths, and ballcourts.
7. Jordan's Petra
Friday, June 29, 2007
Grand-ma says "chhetti khaa lai kuriye, koa aayega te teri roti lai jayega" (--eat fast or the crow ll come and take your food).
Little girl, sees in her eyes, tries to hold her face with her small hands and tells her "Dadi Maa, isko Koa ni kehte, isko Crow kehte hain" (--grand ma, this is not Koa but a Crow).
Grand-ma tells her, "Bete, Isko, english mei crow kehte hain aur hindi mei Koa. (--In English it is called as Crow and In Hindi we call it Koa)
She says "English..Hindi.. Mmm..Thennnnnn..Dadi Ma, To Isko Maths mei kya kehte hain? (--what do we call it in Maths?")
Grand-ma thinks for a moment and then reply "agar ek koa to, One crow, agar do koe to Two crows, aur agar teen koe to Three crows.."
(--In Maths, we call it One crow, and if there are two, we call them Two crows and if there are three, we call them Three crows..) And together they repeat the counts:
And, she finishes her food and I see all this smilingly:)
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I step down the bed and try to peep out of the window at the sky. It is lightening gloriously. I can hear the thundering of clouds. I carefully put the curtain off without making a sound, take my hands out and embrace the rain. And it makes me forget everything and be relaxed. I think that's what true love is all about, I love Rain and miss it a lot.
The room is filled with dim light coming from street lamp. Taking these pure rain drops in my hand, I turn to my bed. And I see him lying aside, in sound sleep. Still putting one arm at the left side (and that's for me). Looking so calm and happy. I start moving my fingers in his hair. My heart fills with love, happiness and completeness. Today, I remember all days of my life spent with him, for the ever increasing love...
And yes just then I remember the new member of my family, lying in Patio in this rain..aahhh...Its my recently owned, supposedly hot n spicy, chilly plant. I run to my Patio and get it inside. With water droplets on its leaves and small white flowers its looking awesome.
I don't know if it was actually enjoying the rain and is sad to be in. I see there is one small chilly trying to come out uncovering a flower. Its almost 3 days that I forgot to pay any attention to it coz of dead tiring working hours. I bring it to the wash basin, sprinkle some water and clean each leaf and kiss it. I carefully put it back on a mat at the dining table.
I make two cups of ginger tea...
And I wish him "Good Morning" this time..:)
Friday, June 1, 2007
Okay, the movies were : Shootout @ LA, Metro and Cheeni Kam
And I didn't quite like any of these. But, the 3 were good enough to spice the routine of work, cook, eat n sleep.
Reviews:a. Shootout @ LA
Vivek Oberoi (sorry, I don't recall his new spelling) quite good. First time I liked him was in COMPANY and now in this movie. Difficult to write this "like" word for him as I am die heart Salman fan.
Sanjay Dutt oo LA LA..I wish he soon gets as old as he seems in the movie..then he will look even better.
Amitabh, Arabaz, Sunil Shetty and the change: Ok !
And that Girl Oh God, I wish Director 'd have let Rakhi Sawant to perform a number than her.
Mika sang very good. He being from my native may bias my opinion.
OR : Ok
b. Cheeni Kam
Little Girl **** (Swini) and the old woman (Zohra Sehgal) - Excellent.
Big B - Good
Tabbu - The BEST and I really liked the dresses she wore. South Silk fabric with Delhi kinda Laces..
OR : Ok+
Totallly Bundle Movie, liked one single dialog "This big metro city gives us a lot but in returns it charges us even more".
And that's it for now. Have fun.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I came from a very small town to a big city and big engineering college. Got to meet so many new people out there. New relations started prospering. Roommates, Floormates, Class friends, Hostel friends, Best friends, TT/Badminton friends, Mass bunk friends, Seniors ..
Me and my best friend, we were having best of times together.
Few of our seniors, we always look up to them as our inspiration as we used to see them doing masti all the time :) They were all so very talented. Full of enthusiasm. Full of life. They were our role models. I will say, they were the achievers. We started following their footmarks. We were all good at studies, we particiapted in each possible game/atheltics/music evenings etc., got the earliest jobs through campus interviews.
All got well settled in life. Stayed in touch for initial few years. Then somehow in between lost the touch..
After years, few days back i got the call from my college time best friend. it was good talking to her..we memorized all the good time. then she told me that she met one of our fav. seniors few days back..n I was so happy to hear that..I asked her how is he doing..N she replied
"Life Defeats Everyone"..
And she hung up. N her line kept making circles in my mind..Is it true..?
I started asking this to myself. I didn't get a prompt reply.
..finally.. "No Not yet.."
And I am happy about it..!!
I wish, "the hope"... may she lives long for everyone !!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Chalo ek baar phir se aznabee ban jaye hum dono..
Zindagii bhar nahin bhoolegi woh barsaat ki raat..ek anzaan hasina se mulakat ki raat..
Abhi na Jao chhorr kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin..
Allah tero naam ishwar tero naam sabko sanmati de bhagwan
Choo Lene do nazuk hothon ko..kuchh aur nahin hai zaam hai yekudrat ne jo humko bhaksha hai..woh sabse hasin inaam hai ye..
Man re tu kaahe na dheer dhare?
Main Pal do pal ka shayar hoonpal do pal meri kahani hai
pal do pal meri hasti hai pal do pal meri zawani hai..
Paanv chho lene do phoolon ko inayat hogi..warna humko hi nahin..inko bhi shikayat hogi..
Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai
Bichade sabhi baari baari...
Bichade sabhi.... baari
"Aao ki koi Khwaab bune kal ke vaaste
Warna ye raat aaj ke sangiin daur ki
Das legi jaan-e-dil ko kuchh aise ki jaan-e-dil
taa umr phir na koi haseen Khwaab bun sake "