Monthly Archives: September 2009

Goodbye to the Goddess

                    Durga Maa Visarjan

                         The Durga Puja celebrations come to an end today. The idols of Maa Durga get immersed today in seas, rivers or lakes. This occasion is celebrated as Visarjan. People use to apply colours and sindoor on each other. They take the idols of the Goddess in their localities to the nearby river or sea. The roads would be blocked and the people move to the river by dancing. Instruments or some songs are being played. Women use to dance in the middle of the road without any shyness. Some men use to drink and dance (It’s recommended not to go by car in such roads).           

          Bengali Women on Visarjan

                  I have experienced an incident when I was in Krishna Nagar (West Bengal). On such a Visarjan day, I was traveling in the car and the road was blocked by a mob. The driver (Bihari) kept on sounding the horn to pass the crowd. Some drunken idiots got annoyed and blocked the car. They started dancing in fron of the car and didnt move. Th short-tempered driver got down from the car and went to push them. Fortunately an old man who was like  a Panchayat head of the village came and stopped them. He requested us to wait for 10 minutes till the crowd dispersed. I convinced the driver and made him sit inside and I enjoyed watching the people and their carefree attitude.

                   They take the Durga idols to the river bank and start immersing them in the river by bidding adieu to Maa. Some use to shed tears as if they give a farewell. It’s believed that the Goddess comes to their homes for a vacation during Durga Puja, lives with them for 10 days and leaves after 10th day. They eagerly expect for her arrival for the next vacation. My colleague/friend Amit is an active participant in Visarjan. The next day he would be absent and after a day’s off he would come to office with colours all over his face as if  he played Holi. I wish that I could be in Kolkata during the next year’s Puja… Good Bye Goddess!!!

P.S:   Immersion of clay idols makes the water get polluted. People should have civic sense to an extent and they should immerse very less idols just for the sake of  tradition.

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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Celebrations, Festivals


Happy B’day to the Nightingale of India

Lata Mangeshkar                 

                   Lata Mangeshkar – The nightingale of India turns 80 today. It’s too hard to believe her age as it’s still crystal- clear, with pitch and mainly it suits the young heroines too.

                 Lataji is a terrific singer. She deserves the title “Nightingale of India” I dont have age or experience to say about the legend. She has dedicated her whole life for Music without getting married. You can say she’s married to Music. I became a gr8 fan of her when I was in Kolkata. She has sung two songs in Tamil. Evergreen “Valaiyosai…” from Kamalhassan starrer Sathya and “Engirundho Azhaikkum..” frm Karthik starrer En Jeevan Paadudhu. Probably, the first Hindi song of Lataji I wud hav heard recognising and liking her voice might be “Tere me beech mein” from K.Balachander’s Ek Duuje Ke Liye. I used to listen to those songs when I was in 8th or 9th. Solah baras ki from the same movie is a classic. She should have got an award for that song. But SPB got National Award for his version of Tere Mere Beech mein. The most funniest thing is when Kamal (read SPB, the debut singer) says to Rati (Read Lata, the legendary singer) Parava illaiye.. Nee romba nalla paadura! (You sing better!). That’s KB!!!

                     She has sung for old actresses like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Rakhee, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, but her voice suited for Sridevi and Madhuri too in many of their films. She was 66 when she sang for Kajol in DDLJ. The songs and film were blockbuster. Her “jiya jale..” from Dil Se was too good with the romantic feel. (She was 68 then).  She sang for 3 actresses: Hema Malini, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherji in Yash Raj’s Musical Hit Veer Zaara in 2004. None could say she was 75 then. Even the legendary South indian singers like P.Suseela abd S.Janaki lost the magic in their voices. Still Lataji has the magic which was obvious in the most recent kitne ajeeb rishte hai… from Page 3.

My fav songs Oldies of Lata (Not by order)

1. Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein from Kabhi Kabhi (I’m get memerised when I listened to this)
2. Tere bina zindagi se koi and Is mod se jaate hain from Aandhi (Masterpieces)
3. Solah Baras ki from Ek Duuje K Liye (Terrific singing and Lyrics)
4. Salaam-e-ishq meri jaan (Awesome Lyrics)
5. Nadiya kinare and Piya Bina fro Abhimaan
6. Kuhu kuhu bole koyaliyan from Suvarna Sundari (Wat a classic)
7. Na Koi Umang Hai from Kati Patang
8. Kya Janoo sajan
9. Mere Sason ko jo mehak aa rahi hai
10.Bahon mein chale aao from Anamika (So romantic)
10.Ruke ruke se kadam from Mausam
12.Sheeshse ho ya dil ho
13.Ajeeb Dastan hai yeh
14.Chalte Chalte from Pakeezah
15.Khilte hai gul yahaan from Sharmilee
and it’s an endless list

I love the songs of Chandni, Lamhe, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai and Veer Zaara where Lataji has sung for younger actresses with her veratality.

I wish her a Very Happy B’day through my blog and wish her to sing in movies again.

P.S: Today Ranbir Kapoor shares his B’day with the legend. He turns 27. Hope Deepika would have given a perfcect B’day gift for her beau. (I like Rishi Kapoor. Still he’s more charming than Ranbir who has drowsy looks and is an apt choice for Wake Up Sid).

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Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Birthdays, Bollywood


Happy Dussehra/ Vijaya Dasami

                       Today is Dussehra, the 10th day after Mahalaya. According to Mythology, Lord Rama killed Ravana on this Day and this marks the Victory of Good over Evil. Idols of Ravana are burnt on Dussehra in North India and in some parts of Karnataka and AP. It’s well shown in the movie “Aasai” where Prakash Raj was killed on Dussehra and ppl celebrate by burning Ravan outside. In Kolkata, this day is celebrated as Bijoya Doshomi. It’s also celebrated as an occassion to celebrate good over evil. The Pooja Pandals are normally dismantled on this day. Last day I was wearing a Kurta and was roaming with Ami and Arpita in South Kolkata. It was a memorable day.

                      In Tamil Nadu, Ravana is not burnt. My Hindi friends were telling that they couldnt find and Ravana idol nor a Durga idol in Chennai. Vijaya Dasami is celebrated as a occassion o start a new thing. Generally, children are admitten in schools or to learn any sort of education/arts. It’s called Vidyarambh. It’s also an occassion to thank the teachers. In Mahabharatha, the Pandavas completed their 12 years of disguise and they were back to Hasthinapuram on Vijaya Dasami. Vijayan refers to Arjun.

                       I didnt commence any new thing today. But I restarted my Carnatic singing. When I started singng in front of my uncle’s golu, I couldnt recall the lyrics of many of the songs like Mamavatu Sri Saraswathi, Pahimam Sri Raja RajeshwariHimagiri Thanaye Hemalathe..”, etc which I was singing by heart. I just sang “Devi Neeye Thunai in Keeravani and Sri Chakra Raja Simhasaneshwari in Ragamalika (Chenchurutti, Punnagavarali, Nadanamakriya and Sindhu Bhairavi). The latter was sung twice, alone once and 2nd with mama in front of the golu. It was a nice start and I need to practise regularly. (But my job doesnt gimme time)

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Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Celebrations, Festivals


My First Day in College

Nine years back, this day I entered my college.


Posted by on September 27, 2009 in Memories n Memoirs


Durga Puja

Today is Durgashtami,the main day Navratri. According to mythology, Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasura this day. Last 3 years I was in Kolkata celebrating Durga Puja. Unfortunately, I’m badly missing the festival this year. I have heard Durga Puja is the most famous festival of Bengal. But I never thought it to be the most grand of all other Indian festivals. Bengalis celebrate Navratri  right from Maha Sashti, the 6th day after Mahalaya.

To be cntd

Wish you all a Happy Durga Puja!!!

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Posted by on September 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


Hasili Fisili Rasavali… What the Hell does it mean?

This typical Harris Jeyaraj song from the movie Aadhavan has become so popular since its audio release. Everyone is going gaga over the song. But I am not at all impressed. In fact, I get irritated when I listen to this song as a caller tune or ringtone. Am I a Maverick?? May be… But what makes me get irritated it the Lyrics of the 1st line “Hasili fisili rasavali…”. What’s its meaning and in which language is it? In Hindi there are words “hasle” ” faasle”. But what is rasavali? Was it coined by the Music director/lyricist to make a it rhyming with “kathakali” in the next line? “Sirippinil kathakali” might have been used since Nayantara is a Mallu.

The only good thing about the song is its singer. Karthik always does justice to whatever song he sings (May be because of his Name). I liked Harris-Karthik combo a lot ala  Oru Maalai, Oru ooril azhage, etc. The duo were Awesome. But I was toooo disappointed when listened to  “Anjala…” from Vaaranam Aayiram. No doubt Karthik has sung it to his best. But it’s like  K.J.Jesudass singing “Thannithotti thedivandha kannukkutti…”  Anjana (Hasili fisili…”) is better than Anjala. But still it’s not an extra-ordinary composition like the Oru Maalai & Oru Ooril. I wish Karthik to sing such songs. 

P.S: If anyone tell me the  meaning of “Hasili fisili Rasavali“, they will get a Koffee Mug from my Koffee Klub preferably with their Sun Sign print on the  it!!!


Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Uncategorized


Got 500 Friends in Orkut!

                            Yesterday my Orkut friends list reached 500. Interestingly, my cousin (Periyamma‘s daughter) Veena became my 500th friend. I was surprised to see her profile and gave her a friend request a couple of weeks back but she accepted yesterday only it seems. Usually I dont add unknown strangers just for a count. But I like to chat and  interact with like-minded ppl even if they are unknown. I have got many good friends whom I havent met yet. Hope I would get more good friends and reach 1000 (The max limit of Orkut in a single profile).

                             I was surprised to see Veena’s profile bcos just a month back she entered her 1st year Engineering and immediately she joined Orkut. Nowadays many school children are in Orkut. I  joined Orkut when I was 22. I started browsing and created an email id after I completed my 12th. Till then I didnt know anything about the terms browsing, surfing, chatting, et al and had just seen in the movie Kadhalar Dinam. Technology has developed sooooo much and kids get over exposure. I have to get prepared not to get shocked if my 10 year old cousin Vybu gives me a friend request tomorrow.

P.S: I wanted my latest Orkut crush Jaanu to become my 500th friend. But unfortunately it was not accepted. Unlucky gal!!!

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Posted by on September 24, 2009 in Memories n Memoirs, Milestones