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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gandhi on Zee Classic on 13th and 15th August 2016

If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

With its proposition of 'WohZamaanaKareDeewana', Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres

One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, RohiniHattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story is thatof an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest. The portrayal of how simplicity and the power collectivism can throw over a whole British empire bringing them to their knees.

As Zee Classic gears up to premiere ‘Gandhi', this Saturday, on 13th August at 8 PM in ‘India’s Finest Films’ and on Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM, we wonder who would be a part of this classic if it was to be re-made in 2016!


1982 : Sir Richard Attenborough had the ability and talent to accommodate a person’s entire lifespan in a couple of hours. He did a phenomenal job right from the research to bringing alive the legacy of the father of our nation on big screen.

2016: AshutoshGowarikar known for his love for historical films and bringing lost eras to life with Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Swadesh, is undoubtedly our choice to direct this film today.

Mahatma Gandhi

1982: Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie.

2016: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is the man for the job. Known for his chameleon skills to adapt to various roles and characters combined with his attention to detail, Aamir Khan should play the role of our beloved Baapu.

Kasturba Gandhi

1982: RohiniHoattangadi, beautifully portrayed Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 

2016:Kajol, one of India’s most acclaimed actresses can easily pull off the role of Baa.

General Dyer

1982: Edward Fox is etched in our minds as the dreadful and shrewd General Dyer who was hated by all for his infamous JallianwalaBagh massacre.

2016: Tom Alter with his international looks and versatile talent can be General Dyer in ‘Gandhi’.

Jawahar Lal Nehru

1982: Roshan Seth played the role of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to perfection.

2016: The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan wins hands down with his charming royal looks.

Sardar Patel

1982:Saeed Jaffery pulled off the role of The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel flawlessly.            

2016: PareshRawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

1982:AlyquePadamsee brought to life an important historic figure, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as the father of Pakistan in history

2016: Irrfan Khan, a global Indian will surely cut ice in this role.

Lord Mountbatten

1982: Peter Harlowe played the part with the sternness of a bureaucrat and an attitude on his face.

2016:The suave, Rajat Kapoor has our vote to play the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

Whether it was 1982 or 2016, the story of the man who brought India independence needs to be told and needs to be heard!

Tune-in to Zee Classic to watch Richard Attenborough directed ‘Gandhi’ on this Saturday, 13th August at 8 PM and Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM


Given above is the detailed press release of Zee Classic which is going to air "Gandhi" the  masterpiece by Sir Richard Attenborough on 13th and 15th August 2016 . 

"Gandhi "  was is and has been an iconic character a symbol of strength , grit determination and will power a person who forced a foreign power to leave our country and give us our independence that too without any bloodshed . 

As mentioned , and discussed in the release suppose the same movie  was made today then which actor would play which role and I think the options put forth by the ZEE people is very befitting . All the actors mentioned are capable of  doing full justice to the respective roles given to them . 

But I would suggest some some more alternatives if the desired ones would be unavailable 
Gandhi---Anupam Kher , Annu Kapoor 

Kasturba ----Dipika Padukone , Supriya Pathak 
Nehru------Saurabh Dubey , Dalip Tahil 

The director of course will have to be Ashutosh Gowariker because he understands History like no one else . 

Whatever the scene with Gandhi made in 2016 and whenever its release ---the Gandhi made in 1982 is th best we have , the best by all standards , excellent direction excellent portrayal of their respective roles by all the actors ---why else would the film be the winner of eight Academy Awards ( Oscars) . 

This movie has the capacity to haunt you for days one forgets the real persons and how they looked
in fact to me Ben Kingsley is Gandhi ji  Nehru ji looks like Roshan Seth  and Sardar Patel like Sayeed Jaffrey while Jinnah is Alyque Padamsee --so natural was their acting and so strong the direction . 

I am waiting eagerly for the 13th and 15th of August to watch this movie on both the days as I have seen it at least 6 times before never tiring always eager and attentive . 

I must thank ZEE Classic for deciding to show this movie because it is a must for every generation and every person specially every Indian to see it as many times as possible and refresh ones memory regarding the great man ,  his greatness , his friends his followers his critics and the conditions prevalent during his times Because it is a very good depiction of the times and circumstances and the visual media  is a very important and powerful medium of expression and impression . 

This movie is capable of igniting the feeling of patriotism in every Indian young or old . th link to this post

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Hiroshima remembered

Today 6th August we commemorate the unfortunate incident of the Bombings on the Japanese city of Hiroshima

An Acrostic poem using the letters H.I.R.O.S.H.I.M.A.

Henoious act
Inhuman act
'Rain of ruin' you called it that
O cruel man  !
Should you ?
Have threatened thus ?
Innocent were souls
Maimed were so many
After seventy  years aggrieved they remain still

Friday, 5 August 2016

Suicides the don'ts and the reasons for the don'ts

Just finished reading the book " the story of a suicide " by Sriram Ayer . It is a gripping book which deals with the problems faced  by youngsters today and the ways and means of overcoming them . How these characters are driven towards depression , frustration and loneliness . But then yes these very three words are the reasons which lead to feeling of dejection culminating in a desire to run away from all this and finally to end ones life in order to escape .I have said that the book is gripping I used the word gripping because the problems shown and showcased are so rampant in society' today"  ,  nearly every youth girl or boy is facing them the reasons may be many; more exposure , more opportunities , more interaction some time all the three but all in the negative sense . The roles played by social media , some immature minds the hazards they create . These are all some factors which were not so prominent a few decades ago . Society was controlled by certain rules and norms but these have all been thrown to the winds specially due to  foreign influence--and the Indian youth is not yet capable enough to handle such situations . Dirty minds are busy misusing latest technical facilities the various apps and inventions of technical advancements are not a boon but a bane .  All these points have been dealt with in the novel .

  Thankfully the author has tried to show the ways by which we can overcome these depressing states . And how to be brave . 

The episodes I found to be very common are the ones in which the boy is sexually exploited by a relative , and the one in which a boyfriend just does not care or respect his girlfriend .  Though the other cases like being a homosexual etc too may be important reasons for frustrations but these two  reasons are more rampant in society. And they are also being practiced from or should I say in vogue from time immemorial they are nothing new we have had cases of sexual abuse and humiliation from ages a lot of humiliating things happen inside families the joint family which is ranted upon to be a  means of providing social security has nearly always been a source of many an evil goings on and no one ready to believe the victim be it a girl or boy . 

As far as I think committing a suicide is never the answer for any problem because when you commit suicide you are not only killing yourself   (which may well be  the perfect solution to ending your miseries)   but you are killing all those people together with you who Love you , who have hopes with you , who have loved you , and doted on you. No depressing thought can be so dangerous so as to make you ditch your loved ones.  Go and see the state which people are led to when they lose  a loved one how heart broken they become , how frustrated ; sometimes they are even led to becoming insane , at times they start blaming themselves for the death of their dear one ---and when the case is of suicide the people are  shattered.

So I end here with the request and message to anyone who is disturbed that have faith in yourself and always think about them who are your near and dear ones --how tragic your loss will be to them and how you will miss their affection in that other world you will be gone to. Suicides are no solutions if you think you can be selfish and punish them who  for some reason may have angered you by going away from them  -- then you are wrong because once you  ditch  them you will never be able to feel their love or even their nearness ever again however much you may repent .  
The solutions or tips people in a depressed state of mind receive is , meet people , talk to some one , confide in friends etc   but I would personally advise people to keep themselves  busy pull yourself up , try to become active don't just keep brooding try and pull yourself up , push yourself towards activity I know its difficult but one has to try because if gone you will miss all the lovely things in life , the ice cream the movie , the fast food , the lovely songs , you will miss your chance of getting into a fresh relationship , of playing in the rain in short you will miss everything that the earth and the life here  has to offer .

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Monday, 1 August 2016

And the Jhelum Flows ----review

"And the Jhelum flows" --a book by Ramendra Kumar published by  Authors Ink publications deals with the happenings in Kashmir . It is an unbiased portrayal of the life and conditions  prevalent  in Kashmir . The good the bad and the ugly ---the good that was , the Bad that came in and the Ugly that is now prevailing .

The Good used be the days when The Emperor Jahangir had said

( Gar Firdaus Bar rue jaminast
haminasto haminasto  haminast "

 meaning if there is heaven on earh it is here it is here  it s hereAnd those days continued to decorate Kashmir till the 1980s there were no hindus or muslims there were only Kashmiris .

The book is written in the form of a travelogue with two journalists on a mission of making  a documentary about Kashmir

In their pursuit they meet many men and women who willingly tell them their own stories and the stories of others whom they knew  . These men and women had all suffered , lost their loved ones , faced atrocities and their hearts had become hardened with sadness some had contemplated  revenge some had lost hope . They had been tortured both by some Indians and by the Pakistani Jihadi's . They had been misguided into crossing over to Pakistan and becoming militants and they had repented their decision some had the courage to return to India , others were left behind to face discrimination and apartheid at the hands of the Pakistanis , these people who had crossed over to Pakistan had been tortured by some unscrupulous   Indians  and had in their fit of anger crossed the border only to find that the conditions were worse .

The book mentions incidents narrated first hand to them about how the militants in their attempt to malign the Indian army and police used to dress up as Indians and unleash a spate of torture on the innocent citizens who would start hating Indians . Though the Indians too were not all washed in milk . They too had their black sheep . This is why I say the book is an unbiased narration .

A touching incident narrated is of an Indian Soldier who saves a girl and after knowing him for some time the girl wishes to marry him --but he dies in combat .

I found the book so captivating that I read it in one go and if I continue to write I would go on filling pages after pages and yet not be able to stop .

So I now leave you to read the book yourself and give your verdict.

I would recommend this book solely because of two reasons first that it is unbiased ( as I have been saying all throughout ) and second that it deals with a very serious topic in the most genuine manner a it  shows real concern it empathizes with  an is  really concerned about the state of affairs , about the agony of the people of Kashmir and  it is really in search of a solution .

The book highlights the fact that the people of Kashmir want nothing other than peace and only peace " Sirf Aman"

The best thing which makes reading it interesting is the way all the material is presented in the form of interviews or self willing confessions and unburdening of their  hearts  by people .

The author Ramendra Kumar is an award inning writer with 28 books to his credit .and the publishers Authors Ink are a name that is now become a guarantee for providing good books . Priced at rupees One hundred and Ninety Five this book can be trusted with providing food for thought in a very captivating way .

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Horlicks the boon for children

 "How important, in your opinion, is it for children to catch up on lost growth?". is the question asked and the answer is VERY  important its a matter of utmost concern and immediate action should be taken to rectify the anomali and this I write with first hand knowledge .

My grandson when he was about four  years old suddenly went down with very high fever --which would keep on occurring after small intervals which means he would recover and then fall sick again. this made him very very weak and the same boy who was one of the brightest and smartest and cutest became weak and also would get irritated soon and keep on crying or whinning . This was a cause of great concern and his grand parents ( paternal ) and parents became very very worried . His dadi out of love and concern  tried all gimmicks like " nazar utarna " etc but none of it worked and he continued to become weak , and restless .Then finally a very worried dadi and dadaji decided to take him to some Godman  " BabaJI " in whom these people had a lot of faith . Now this was the last straw for my daughter. She had been tolerating all the various kinds of Nazar utarna etc sometime's done with burning chillies , some times with black threads , lemon etc she would cry in the privacy of her room not wanting to create a scene at home and moreover she knew they were doing it due to concern but going to a BABA  was  a little bit too much and she put her foot down She said this was not going to be done with her son .All hell broke loose in their house  taunts and abusive words were hurled at her But she was determined  and came to us with her son . She did not tell us at what had been happening but said she had brought him here so that she could look after him properly as the scene at her in-laws was not very comfortable with them busy in the preparations for her sis-in-law's wedding and guests too had started trickling in and the child was not getting proper care and attention. This was quite a fair reason for her to come over to our place.

Just after two days of their stay the child started showing signs of improvement , he would sleep for long hours without any discomfort This was , good and he also started showing other signs of improvement the best being that it was more than fifteen days and he hadn't had any bout of fever. This meant he was cured of whatever was ailing him , But he was still very weak , listless , and had a far away sad look in his eyes contrary to the mischievous smiling eyes he had had .  We were scared that his mental alertness was being affected his physical growth was being hampered and this is where Horlicks  CAME IN AS A BOON , THE BIGGEST HELPER EVER a doctor friend who had come to visit us said if the boy continued to show this kind of behaviour his mental development too would be hampered with. .He suggested that together with the love , care  attention that we were providing him with we should increase his protein intake ( eggs meat etc)  but good food was not enough for his recovery  in this state of affairs and the stage his weakness and frequent attacks of fever had brought him to. he needed a supplement and HORLICKS would provide him with every nutrient he needed . Though there were many other health drinks in the market Horlicks had that little bit extra so important for a child's mental and physical growth . This friend told us that “Horlicks Growth+ is a specialized nutrition product designed by international pediatric experts for children in age group of 3-9 years who are lagging behind in height and weight. It contains high quality whey protein with added nutrients that are known to enable children to catch up on lost growth. It has been clinically proven for visible growth in children in 6 months.”We rushed to the market immediately and brought a bottle of Horlicks Growth+ thankfully Horlicks has the knack to provide nutrition to children and even elders in the various tastes they love and here was a chocklate drink ready to tempt my grandson .

You wouldn't understand the relief we had when we saw him finish his drink in one go and you can never imagine the improvement he showed in a months time . The happy naughty and intelligent boy was back. He resumed school and the teachers who were so worried for him were happy to have him back And his grandparents who were not very pleased with my daughter's approach in handling the situation were all smiles when they came to visit us It was  decided that he and his mother would continue to stay with us till his aunts wedding was over This was possible because  both families stay in the same city .

Thank you Horlicks you have now become a regular breakfast drink for little Rahul He knows you have helped him recuperate .

Saturday, 2 July 2016

A poem of mine

This poem has been selected by the e mag"The Scribblers " the topic was Womanhood .

 I am A Woman 

I am a woman ,  Made of flesh and blood
And  you a man ,similarly clad ,
You lay the rules and ask me to follow ,
That, Which makes me feel vulnerable and hollow.
You call me the weaker  sex , You in the garb of provider
Rob me of my individuality , And call yourself , my ,protector.

When your arms crush me I smile,
When  you sneer and jeer and leer I blissfully comply,
Oh  !!  protector, you protect me from your own self.
My individuality is not acceptable to you,
For you my strength  lies in  my frailty
To be accepted ,I appear to be at your mercy ,To be loved I appear to die.

I make you feel complete I make you feel strong
I make you the ruler while I your vicinity throng
My body becomes one with yours And you let your heart to me belong
The rules are laid by you, The Game is played by me
To win I have to lose ,
Oh what a  paradox !!

I am a woman , Destined to be  a captive
Destined to rule through captivity .
For I am a woman , destined to rule
Destined to pull the strings holding your hands,
Guiding them from the shadows  never to come to the forefront .
For I am a woman Destined to rule With Chained Hands .
~ Rajni Sinha

Friday, 24 June 2016

Gabbar is Back -- and its good

Saw the movie "Gabbar is Back" on TV last night ----as usual I could switch on the TV only when the movie had completed its first half or may be more ( those of you who have seen the movie I switched on when Akshay Kumar was trying to help the lady and her  two daughters in the hospital ) .

I like movies with a social or a patriotic theme  it may be a crisp and captivating one or it may even be a mediocre one so this one too caught my interest and I did not switch channels .

Liked the movie, loved the theme and story line  though nothing new but I like Akshay Kumar  ( of these days specially, as he has shown that he can act too. being  equally comfortable with  comedy and serious roles ) . Liked the fact that the character of the businessman Patil who is the main villain is not unnecessarily glamourised with violence and cruelty as accesories .

On the whole I liked the movie and the fact that it was not very heavy , if tears came they could only form a mist and give a tug at the heart , which is more important if a  thought has to be conveyed .Lot of TV artists have been given a chance --they who are prominent on the small screen are seen trying to prove themselves here or lets say showcase themselves. Must have been easy on the pocket for the producer . .

What I liked best was a dialogue between Gabbar and one of his followers Govind played by the same person who plays Mihir in "Yeh hai Mohabatein" ( the over stretching , over boring TV serial ) Here in his crusade against all corrupt police officials Gabbar  catches hold of the worst of the lot and as per  his modus operandi death is the only sentence for  all the crimminals but   this particular corrupt police officer happens to be the father of Govind one of the most sincere and faithful followers of the Gabbar gang So Gabbar asks Mihir what punishment should be meted out to his father  to which Govind replies that the previous culprits who were sentenced to death too had been fathers of someone so if they could be punished with death the same fate should be allotted to this man irrespective of the fact that he was  his  father and then he requests Gabbar to allow him to be away from the scene because he will not be able to see his own father die in front of him . To this Gabbar replied that he had achieved his target of having an army of honest people  like Mihir who were honest and not prejudiced when it came to following rules but at the same time human enough to feel the pain and agony of their loved ones .

This incident struck a chord because isn't that how it should be rules are rules to be followed honestly and bias and prejudice should not be allowed to influence ones decision  , this is the only way corruption can be weeded out from society . 

The end too was nice with Gabbar throwing in dialogues  form "Sholay" to bring home his ideology .The dialogues of a Villain have been put to good use by a hero .

So on the whole a  nice movie can be seen once , and has a lovely song " Teri meri Kahani Ye baarishon ka paani "   missed the actual scene picturising  this song and I think I am glad I did because  romance is not all that easy to digest these days specially  after more than 40 years of marriage LOL  --- at times though these kind of songs do flicker in nostalgia .

While still at it I am happy I had recommended "Tamanna"and "Dahleez" the daily soaps --they are keeping our interests alive  "Bhabhi ji ghar pe hai "is no longer in my list whereas May I come in Madam" is interesting enough to make me finish my chores by 9.30 pm . "Kuchh Rang Pyar ke aise bhi "Ek duje ke vaste" and "Parvarish" too seem to be good have just been  able to catch a few glimpses . 

Glad I have come back  to the TV watching at least it is giving me some material   to blog about ,