Dec 28, 2008

Adieu 2008!!!

The year 2008 marks an epoch of highs and lows. We suffered endless blows but thankfully, we recuperated every time. It was a year that tested the nation’s and nationals’ endurance, faith, patience, opportunism, awakening and a lot more. What a year that was? We started on an optimistic note with the Sensex soaring to 20,000, medals at Olympics, educational reforms and what further followed was a global recession, dwindling economy, gruesome episodes of rampage and terrorism, weak leadership, economy mismanagement and poverty alleviation.

Let’s us bask in the glory of the triumphs and look back, analyze, think through and readdress the failures……………After all, as its always said - "Freedom in the real sense should let us err"

Adios 2008... ..........



Here is a b'ful response to some random thoughts I shared, a while back. For those who read and understand Urdu poetry, it's a must read -----

Suna hai log usay aankh bhar kay dekhtey hain
So, uskay shahar mein kuch din thehar ke dekhtey hain,

Suna hai rabt hai usko kharab haloon se,
So apnay aap ko barbad kar kay dekhtey hain

Suna hai dard ki gahak hai chashm-e-naz us ki,
So hum bhi uski gali say guzar ke daikhtay hain

Suna hai usko bhi hai sher-o-shairee say shagaf,
So hum bhi mojzay apnay hunar ke dekhtey hain

Suna hai bolay to batoun say phool jhartay hain,
Ye baat hai to chalo baat kar ke dekhtey hain

Suna hai raat usay chand takta rehta hai,
Sitarey bahme falak se, utar ke dekhtey hain

Suna hai din ko usay titliyan satatee hain
Suna hai raat ko jugnu thehar kay dekhtey hain

Suna hai us kay badan ki tarash aisee hai,
Kay phool apni qabahain utaar key dekhtey hain

Suna hai uskay shbistan say mutassil hai bahisht,
Makeen udhar kay bhee, jalway idhar dekhtey hain

Suna hai woh rukay to gardishan us ka tawaf karti hain,
Chaley to usko zamaney thehar kay dekhtey hain,

Kissay naseeb kay bepairhan ussey dekhtey hain,
kabhi kabhi daro deewar ghar ke dekhtey hain,

Kahanian he sahee, sub mubaalgay he sahee,
Agar woh khwab hai, to tabeer kar ke dekhtey hain

Ab us kay shaher main theharein kay kooch kar jaayein?
Faraz aoo sitaarey safar key dekhtey hain..............

My 'Dogmas' & 'Tenets'

For those who care to dare
There is nothing Wrong
Just in case, you only fear
Nothing was ever Right!

You choose to Loose, or try to win
You control your destiny, you are the king

Be in Charge or cease to exist
Love the game or tease the twist

No mercy, no Sin
No pain, no grin

I'm Painted Black

I look up at the seamless sky
And each time, I wonder why
I have no place to go……..........

I gaze through the green grass
And after a bit, I realize ‘Alas’
What is that I have done, all through?

No silence, no words
No vice and no virtue
No faith and no treason
No climate, no season
No change, no fruition
No envy, no love
No dusk and no dawn
No passion, no pride
No joy and no ride
No comments, no quotes
No prelude and no notes

There seems to be a vacuity,
I don’t envy this space…
But that’s not where I belong,
And that’s not my song…

I’ve been longing to live
I’ve been dying to love,
I’ve been crying in pain
Oh, I’ve been so insane……..

Do you see through my eyes?
Can you feel my touch?
Don’t you think I need solace?
Do you see me ‘Alive’?
Do you think….I’m stuck?

What is it that I really want?
Where had I been? The memories run scant,
Why did I think so? Why had I done that?
Looking back, I don’t know from where did it start?

Someone, just said – That I’m painted Black!
Yeah, I’m Painted Black…
I don’t seem to remember when,
But I’m Painted Black
That’s why I have been so sad,
May be 'You Painted Me Black'

Dec 27, 2008

Messed with Shopping???

Way back, I had written an article on 'Shopping Management'. Thought, I should share it here but to be honest, there is little that I have myself learned from it....Not because the message is not substantial but just because 'It has always been difficult to switch habits'. For all shopping maniacs like me, I hope it would be of some help.

I wonder why shopping seems to be such an onerous task, at hand. You start at the North pole and even before you are half done, you realize you have already hit the South pole. Isn't that amazing??? Huh? 'Extremes' - Isn't that weird? Instead of the customer dictating the choices, the choices themselves take control of the consumer spends. Why is it that most of the times, we fail to exercise control on 'What is that we really need?' Is that true that we really don't know or we don't care to? At times, I feel may be the customers are so frequently bombarded with sooo many choices that they stop thinking through and even realizing 'What is it that they really need?, 'What's it that they want? et cetra...

Moreover, the advent of e-commerce and shopping websites, price comparison engines and product and service specific portals have been providing way too much information, than is really required for a purchase to happen. So, the same has to be applied somewhere, if not really as a part of making shopping decisions since most of the buyers belong to the category of "Impulsive Shoppers'. However, without delving further into the shoppers behavior, purchasing habits and attributes, I would rather leave this open for the consumers to build, test and develop.

My job is DONE!!! If you can really apply the learnings from the article, I am sure you would at least manage to minimize and sort out some of the mess. I have done my bit by helping you out, clear the clutter and lower your bills. You need to take the lead from hereon...

Dec 22, 2008


They say, I can see and feel
I have the powers to touch and heal
For a minute, it sounds so real
But then, when I look around me
I realize, that's not the deal

If I could hold and sense the energy
Shouldn't I be empathetic to all that exists?
I could have been a spiritual adviser
And would have made sure truth and love persist

There are times when I feel sick to see misery and pain
And there are flashes that resemble butterflies in light & rains
I sense movement and stillness
And at times, I can relay events
From the past, in the present and the future tense

They say its because, I am child and yet naive
But I feel, i can see and feel cause I'm brave
I am honest but psychic, I am open but tuned
I relish the freedom yet I am not ruined
I am yet not the thick skinned,
I am deeply connected....
I am not sheltered yet I am protected

I communicate my gut instincts and I care to listen
To my feelings & impressions and at times, I'm smitten
I project beyond my physical existence
I can see my fellas when they are not around
I can hear my mother laughing or crying
I can feel my brother's pain and delight
I can live my friends sorrows and plights
I can manifest and I do have escapades
I live many lives and die many deaths

I feel it's real but how I wish, I could heal
I wish my clairsentience had a stronger appeal!!!

Nov 29, 2008

The India of My Dreams???

The Bloodshed, the Gunfires
The Grenades and the Massacres
The Sinking in of the Terror
And yet no spotting of the Error?

The Error with the Security, the Error with the Elections
The Error with the System and the Error with Politicians

Is that the India of My Dreams?
Is that the India, in your dreams?
Marooned with painful shrieks and screams
The ravaged spirits and ridiculed realms

'No More’, we scream and we need to be loud
So loud that they know, there are no doubts
No more peace talks that end in vain,
No more chivalry if they are all insane

We need to reaffirm, and we need to stand up
Our own roots have shun, no more panic and spun
We need re-assurance and we need real action
Without which there shouldn't be any room for elections

We won’t let us be persecuted and victimized
No more fake promises, nothing else politicized
No lackadaisical security, no differences while frisking
When we all know, what is that we have been risking?

Let’s pledge for an India, where there is no apathy
And no fooling around in the name of tolerance......
No slack in the legal system, for the sake of politicians
No negotiation with terrorists, no absence of policing....
No ignorance of the havoc, evoked by free movement across borders
No interference of politics, in the functioning of defense forces
And sound investments in intelligence, security and training
No agnostic psyche that refuses to stand up, together and united
No living in denial, just because we were not personally attacked
No space for a citizenry that doesn’t realize the pain of a 'NATION'
No tickets and no polls, for those who deny proactive actions.

Let’s work together for the "INDIA" of our dreams,
The India of my dreams & India of your dreams!!!
Let’s bring back to it, its strength in varsity
Its love and solidarity, without compromising on security
Let’s be one, be responsible and be an Indian, in essence
Let the world know, we can hurt as much as we know to love

Nov 18, 2008

'DOSTANA': Do you approve of the doormat treatment Priyanka Chopra is being met out with?

Last weekend, I managed to catch the 9:15 show of 'DOSTANA', another Karan Johar movie. Though, am not essentially a Karan Johar fan or the typical audience type who relish watching the oversold and repetitive releases under the genre 'drama'.

But, I must admit --- I am one of the many admirers of John Abraham. (The hot model with perfectly chiseled abs and subtly intense eyes). Simply 'too hot to melt your heart, with that cynical cynosure with his eyes'. Shot in the luscious locations of Miami, the movie is as good as it can be, until its the climax. It's only then you feel, what a waste of a great storyline, direction and performances? Is Indian cinema somewhat incapable of trying more rational endings?

For those who have had the chance to watch the movie, they would know who really deserved being with the girl, at the end of all this. Any guesses, here???

Well, the only and the unparalleled contender who really should have walked away with the girl shouldn't have been someone other than Karan. (The character played by John) Again, not just because I admire him for his carved six packs and the well toned body, rather for reasons that bring logic to the forplay of script.

While all these three dudes are trying hard for this fergilicious girl, 'Neha' played by Priyanka Chopra, the only effort that says it loud and clear is 'when John breaks through all barriers of inhibition and locks lip with Abhishek Bachan, just to make sure that the lady love forgives and forgets, all that they shouldn't have done and continues to be a part of their life. I have hardly known any men, who would dare the act of kissing a male friend for whatsoever reasons......I hope all men out there, do agree unless they are gay and they like the act, otherwise. No offenses meant!!!

Was it at all justified on 'Bobby Deol's part in the movie, to committ to a girl and then turn down the proposal only because his 4 year old kid, is not approving of this matrimony. What a mpckery of a woman's feelings? And to add to everything, he clearly accepts the fact that he would have never ever done what Karan did, to be accepted by Priyanka, as the buddies they used to be in their good old days. Moreover, at one of the dinner dates, the script shows Booby Deol quoting: 'I would never ask you to change beacuse I love you but I will make sure that I change myself, to deserve your love and you in my life'. If that was true, how could ge say no to the girl after proposing her in the public and trying every possible thing, to make the girl confide in him till one day he chooses to call it off, for reasons as absurd as they could be.

And moreover, to add to everything 'Neha' acts like the typical dumb and weak girl who lets a man call in and call off from a relationship as and when he feels like, depending on his circumstances. The man who goes by others' judgments and predicaments to get his lady love. And all the more, a man who is not even able to hold onto the promises made to the girl, he claims to be loving. The script, more towards post interval and the climax are clearly demeaning the equations of Love and Committments, all the more by making Bobby walk away with the girl..I am sure, it could have been better.

Nov 12, 2008

Remnants of our Love

Walking by the mountain
Running through the beach,
Chasing down the memory lane
I still see you the same

Speeding your car,
And hitting the bar,
And calling to tell me,
Baby, I missed you this hour!

Dancing all night, never out of my sight
Dressing to kill, flying for thrills
Playing the tricks and being that gimmick

Do I have to tell you –
How much I miss your love and your care?
How much I crave for you to be here?

I have been dying to get, just a glimpse of you,
And, I am living on the hope that Love is TRUE

Are you there...... would you just say?
Would you be waiting, on till today?

After all that I did, to smash your faith
After all the debase and all the disgrace,

Are you still there, for me?
And are you waiting to be?

I just wonder how these months flew away,
And all this while, you managed to keep at bay

Did you never miss me, when I was out of sight?
Are your dreams, not there? Has your love deprived?
Are you over it, today?
Have my memories run away?

Just in case, you ask me - I'm still there
Waiting for you and hoping you'll come near

I wanna walk with you, on the sand
I wanna talk all day, hand in hand
I wanna listen to you again,
You sharing your daily, inane complaints
And me, playing your critic and defendant
I wanna see you crazy again,
Love me like there's no tomorrow
And love me on, like we were born insane
And dream of our life, every inch, every grain

I wanna feel your arms and rest there for a while,
I wanna see thru your eyes and make you smile
I wanna feel you the same & breathe in life
I just wish to be your bride and be with you, tonight

I need to tell you, what a moron I have been
I wanna apologize, for the days I was unkeen
The days, I was running away, all the way
For I really didn’t know, if you would loose my way

And I remember still, you holding on to me
When I would doubt your patience and love for me,
I would always wonder, if it was for real
Would it last that long and hold the appeal?

But now when I look back,
I know what you meant
I didn’t give it the chance,
But now, I just repent………..............

Oct 24, 2008

The Halloween Kickass Outfits

Halloween is just around the corner .........Well, your chance to scare one and scare awl, with ur charm and grace and that witch like ace!!!'s already steaming ;)

To get going:

  • Pick up the best Halloween parties happening in de town
  • Pick an interesting one: with costumes and creativity a MUST
  • Confirm your presence
  • Pick your stick: Devil? Demon? Witch? Monster? Nymph? Fairy? Temptress?
Just let your eyeballs roll over, let your imagination fly high n dress 2 KILL!!! :>

Let me help you with a phew: See for yourself if you wish to be a bitchy siren or a sultry egyptian or just a fairytale queen .....Hv fun and awl de best!