Thursday, April 28, 2011

You are unaware that God is nearby.

You are unaware that God is nearby. "Tu na jaane aas paas hai Khuda"

Whenever I am caught in a pensive moment, or a moment of confusion, this is the song I listen to now. And it never fails to give me strength to move ahead. Long ago, when we were 16, Sarangan once told me, as we were walking down the road leading to his house, that he had figured out how to keep a steady mind in any kind of situation. He said, he would just repeat to himself "even this will pass, keep walking". My father once told me, right before my college applications started, "Nothing is the end of the world". This song reminds me of the same messages, every time. And it tells me that God is everywhere.

Is there a God? Yes. Is God omnipresent? Yes. Can you see God? YES.
Wherever you see kindness, sacrifice, justice, love - you see God. God is just another name for these.

The mother who brought you to life, bearing unimaginable suffering - is God
The father who bared all to provide everything he can for you - God
The teacher who taught you to stand on your own - God
The doctors and Nurses who cater to your illness and treat you till you become strong - God
The mentors who help you grow in life - God
The idols and images you worship, the temples, Churches and Holy Shrines you visit that give you a sense of peace and protection - God
The dear departed who continue to live through our memories, whenever we think of them - God
The kind person who buys some food for a starving urchin - God
The passer-by who stops to pick up a dropped wallet or a bag to return to the owner - God
The people who hurt you, and thus make you stronger - God
The love in your life that teaches you tolerance - God
The life you have, because of which you experience love - God

I simply cannot get over these lines especially -

"So what if dusk prevails, so what if night unveils
When darkness around you, will bind
At that time, My path, you will find
In that path, again, morning will be born."

"Ho shaam bhi toh kya
Jab hoga andhera

Tab payega dar mera

Uss dar pe phir hogi teri subah"

"When you feel you have none to care
Be aware, with you, I shall always be there
For a second, not even , from you I shall be away"

"Ho humsafar na tera jab koi
Tu ho jahan, rahoonga main wahi

tujhse kabhi na ek pal bhi main juda"

You are unaware that God is nearby.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

And then some.

There is no such thing called a stupid question.
Only stupid people who ask questions to prove that they are idiots.

I was at a wedding recently. One person came to me and greeted me. Then he asked, ‘Have you come for the wedding?’
‘No, I came to buy stamps.’ I wanted to say. But instead, as the unwritten rules and norms of how to behave in a wedding or a huge gathering of a similar event propagate, I smiled and nodded. And this continues throughout the ceremony. You might be sitting next to someone and having breakfast. Both of you would have proceeded towards the wash area to wash your hands. And when you are returning, he would turn to you and ask quite innocently – ‘So, had breakfast?’
‘Well no, I was here to do some toddy cultivation’ would be a good answer to give. But again, as dictated by the unwritten rules yada yada, I do the head nodding thingy.
I figure, you throw in some good old drum beats, and the dying dance form of head banging might have been invented at wedding ceremonies.

Another thing about weddings I quite don’t understand is the constant need to reassure people that there is enough food for all. ‘Please have dinner. Don’t leave without having dinner.’ The groom or the bride will have to repeat every time they are greeted or wished by someone.
In my wedding, I had told ‘thank you for coming’ and ‘please have dinner’ so many times, I ended up telling the guy who came to adjust the flower decorations in the background, ‘thank you for coming.’

He gave me a startled look, and hurried off. I guess he does not get a lot of courtesy, or get thanked a lot for doing his job. A little appreciation goes a long way, I will tell you that! He rewarded me by putting a couple of extra garlands, each weighing about half a kilogram, around my shoulders. Talk about bearing the family burden from day 0!

..and thus the tale continues....

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The heart is after all, a child.

Never ever listen to the song "Dil to bachcha hai jee" in a pensive moment. You might never get out of depression.

Haunting lyrics, soul stirring music, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice - if you have a heavy heart, it will make you cry. If you do not, it will make your heart heavy.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Friday, November 14, 2008

Today's Fortune - 2

If this was true, I would be out of a job..!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


She could not have been more than eight. Yet the girl displayed the athletism of someone who has undergone training for a long period of time.
The entire crowd in the train watched, mesmerised, as the little girl did backflips, somersaults and put her small body through an even more smaller loop and all the while, showed no signs of any physical discomfort or pain.
All the eyes in the train were on the little girl. Except one pair.
The mother, playing a steady rythm on a worn out drum, was resolutely looking outside at the fast moving shrubs. Her eyes were filled with tears.

One did not have to look anywhere else for signs of the little girl's pain. It was right there, in the mother's eyes.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The stillness amidst the chaos, the slight oblivion, it’s all because of you...

“Shoar main khamoshi hain, thodi si behoshi hain, tum se hi, tum se hi.”

Mohit Chauhan croones in his soft yet crisp voice. At first I thought it was KK. Anyways, irrespective of who the singer is, this song rates as one of the most romantic songs I have heard. To the heart that has felt love; the melancholy that is rendered in the song is evident.
Close your eyes and take a walk down memory lane. Think of someone who is dear. Who made a difference, maybe someone who is a part of you…

“Main tera Sarmaya hoon, jo bhi main ban paaya hoon, tum se hi, tum se hi.”
(I am, but your asset, whatever I have become, I have… because of you)

A song that makes me feel heavy and light, at the same time. That stirs something lost deep in me every time I listen to it.

Fall in Love. Video from YouTube (** Thank you Aparna, for pointing out the incorrect link**)