Monday, January 02, 2017

Words matter!

Sant Tukaram has beautifully captured the importance of words... Every word of it rings true.
घासावा शब्द | तासावा शब्द |

तोलावा शब्द | बोलण्या पूर्वी ||

शब्द हेचि कातर | शब्द सुईदोरा
बेतावेत शब्द | शास्त्राधारे ||

बोलावे मोजके | नेमके ,खमंग ,खमके |
ठेवावे भान | देश ,काळ ,पात्राचे ||

बोलावे बरे | बोलावे खरे |
कोणाच्याही मनावर | पाडू नये चरे ||

कोणाचेही वर्म | व्यंग आणि बिंग |
जातपात धर्म | काढूच नये ||

थोडक्यात समजणे | थोडक्यात समजावणे |
मुद्देसुद बोलणे | हि संवाद कला||

शब्दांमध्ये झळकावी | ज्ञान ,कर्म ,भक्ती |
स्वानुभवातून जन्मावा | प्रत्येक शब्द ||

शब्दां मुळे दंगल | शब्दां मुळे मंगल |
शब्दांचे हे जंगल | जागृत राहावं ||

जीभेवरी ताबा | सर्वासुखदाता |
पाणी ,वाणी ,नाणी | नासू नये||

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why do people watch a movie multiple times?

Why do people watch a movie gazillion times? 
Really liked a movie and want to see it a couple more times? Sure. Want to enjoy it again with different sets of friends/family/relatives? Definitely. Feel like watching it again few more times after gaps of some years? Of course. 

But.. Watching HAHK 17 times? 
Madhumati 25 times? 
And, watching DDLJ a freaking FORTY ONE times? 

These are actual numbers shared by real people. Exasperated, I ask: "Pray tell me what changes? The script? The acting?" And they are like, "No! Nothing changes, but... You won't understand."

Perhaps. I don't understand that. But what I do understand is this: 3 hours x 40 times = 120 hours. 

Folks, you spent five day-nights of your life watching the same thing over and over... And, you're not gonna get those back again.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Sales drive

I always make it a point to read the pamphlets/brochures that come along with the newspapers; not for the products they advertise but because of the awesome language they use. Here are some choice examples of amenities shown in various housing schemes.

  • First Come First Possessed (!)
  • Freedom from pollution, air and water. (poor souls)
  • Members Clubbing House (the place where folks club each other?)
  • Lawn 70000 sq ft (shown in the list of individual amenities for each flat)
  • Full sunlight during day (Aww... Not during night?) 
  • Children Parking (What? Ah, they meant playground/park.)
  • Entry gate light (What this means, someone enlighten me please)
  • 360 degree lake view (is this building right in the middle of a lake?)
  • CCTV camera for each room (each and every room?!)
  • Fiance from nationalized bank guaranteed (Wow!)

Friday, May 27, 2016


Einstein's theories of relativity (special and general) are often cited as examples of something that's extremely complex; but there's yet another, more complicated form of 'relativity' that makes me apprehensive about attending marriages and other social functions. I always run into someone who takes pleasure in conducting interrogation sessions by linking family genealogies.

"So you are related to Girish.... That makes you cousin of my sister's niece. Right? Arre, atleast do you know that your father is related to my uncle's younger cousin? अरे, तुझी मावशी म्हणजे आमचे साडू आहेत ना त्यांची मोठी सून. ...."

When it comes to decipering relations, I am dumber than anyone else. It is only with tuition from Arti that I can differentiate between a भाची and a पुतणी and am yet to learn by-heart the chemistry between a जाऊ and नणंद. And, these relations are not symmetric. For example , if Gauri is my आत्तेबहीण then conversely I should be Gauri's आत्तेभाऊ, right ? No! I happen to be her मामेभाऊ!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

B. Sc.

He was depressed. 
Blame it on the pathetically low number of engineering colleges in his small state, or the meager of seats available for his category, the fact remained that he would have to forgo his dream of pursuing computer engineering. His worried parents sent him to meet his high school headmaster. 

Walking towards the cabin, he avoided looking at the Roll of Honour on the wall. It featured his name in the list of Meritorious students of SSC... Thinking about it made him even more guilty.

"Sit down, it's good to see you after a long time," welcomed the elderly headmaster.
"Couldn't make it to engineering, sir," said the boy, "Have enrolled for B.Sc. I am useless, totally ashamed of myself."

"Son," said the kind teacher, "I am also a B. Sc... So, I guess you think am useless, and are ashamed of me as well?"

When the boy left the cabin a short while later, he was determined to value knowledge as something over and above just a degree... And he still does.

(Based on a true story)