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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Songs from Dev Anand's Movies

 Dev  Anand was a a versatile actor,directer and producer. He was  a popular hero,  when Dilip kumar and Raj Kapoor were  ruling the silver screen. The songs sung by him were mostly romantic. He was a rage  among the youth of yesteryears. His  style of acting was appreciated by  the audience. I am playing a few of the songs picturised on him.

 This a very popular  song from the Movie Hum Dono ,which was a great hit.Recently it was remade in colour.

                                             Dev Anand singing  jeewan ke safar me rahi
                            from the film Munim Ji The female lead is  Nalini Jayant.
                      A  romantic song from Jaal  sung by Hemant Kumar. Geeta Bali  was the heroine.

                                             An emotional song  from the movie Guide.
                                                             Another very popular song   House  no.44 

 From the movie Baat ek raat ki                                                                   

    A popular song   from the movie Prem Pujari

There are several other songs  which were hits, but I have selected a few  of his songs.I hope that my friends will enjoy listening to them.

Videos courtesy You Tube

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

A Message of Peace from The Holy Kumbh Mela.

This  is  a video of the Kumbh Mela which is currently  being held in Allahabad. Kumbh Mela is the biggest congregation of  people,gathered  for spiritual faith.The mela started on 14th January2013 (Makar Sankranti ) and will conclude on  18th March 2013(Maha Shiv Ratri). Kumbh in Hindi means  'a pitcher' and Mela means 'fair).The Devtas  had lost their powers due to a curse  by Rishi Durvasa .They were scared that Asuras  would  become  powerful.They approached Maha Vishnu  for help and guidance. Maha Vishnu advised them to churn the primal ocean(khshira Sagar) and extract Nectar from it, which would make them immortal. The Devtas approached the Asuras, their arch enemy to join them to churn the ocean with a word that they would share all the wealth obtained from the ocean.A huge mountain was used as a churning stone and a  giant serpant was taken as a churning  coil. However when the nectar(Amrit)  appeared,a fight ensued on both sides for the possession of the nectar. They fought for twelve  days and twelve nights(equivalent to twelve human years).Since the Demons  were physically strong  ,they got hold of the pitcher of Nectar. Now Maha Vishnu, diguised as  an Apsara,  took the pitcher and handed over the  to a representative of the Devtas,who  had assumed the form of a bird. While the bird was flying four drops of the nectar dripped at four locations, Haridwar, Ujjaian, Nasik and Allahabad. Each of these towns became the sites for Kumbh Mela.
               It is on these four places Kumbh is held every three years. Millions of people assemble  in these towns. It is believed that a bath in the holy rivers in these towns  would wash away all the sins  of those who participate  in  the Melas. Several religious  discourses ,discussions, prayers  and assemblies are a regular  feature. Another important ritual is poor feeding.
Mark Twain, a  famous author ,on visiting the Kumbh Mela remarked," It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that and can make mutitudes upon multitudes of the old and the weak and the young  and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love,or it is done in fear,I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is the act born of it is beyond imagination  and marvellous to our kind of people, the cold whites."

 Video courtesy  You Tube

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Hope its not the end!

In the Delhi rape case a new twist has come to light. It now transpires that  the sixth victim in this case  is a  minor and thus cannot be convicted.The tragedy is he was the most devilish of all those devils.He was most violent in this unfortunate incident. In an important development in the Delhi gang-rape case, the Juvenile Justice Board on Monday ruled that the sixth accused in the December16 incident is a juvenile. The Juvenile Board has said that the accused is a juvenile according to the birth certificate  submitted by the Principal of the school. He will become a major in June 2013.According to Juvenile Board rules,  an  accused can be sentenced  for three years, if convictedd.  The  petitioners are believed  to have petitioned to the Hon'ble Court to pronounce death sentence to the accused.It is frightening to think that after he becomes a major he will indulge in such heinous crimes  with a vengeance.

The Central and State Govts have agreed to reduce the age of attaining  majority from 18 to 16 years But this will be effective only from the date when the order to this effect is issued and not with retrospective effect. Lets hope that this not the end for punishing this rascal.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Random thoughts!

Many times when reading books, magazines ,newspapers or mails from friends etc we come across certain  words, sentences or incidents which  remain etched in our memory .These words, sayings or  incidents may not in any way affect  your thoughts or actions but  you find them amusing, thought provoking  and interesting that you feel like sharing them with others. I am jotting  down some  such collections  which I have  read from various sources.

1  You may have seen this before, but it is still awesome - I did not know this.
2-   Thought provoking
       Work for  a CAUSE
            Not  APPLAUSE
         Live life  to EXPRESS
            Not  to   IMPRESS
          Don't try to make your 
         presence NOTICED just try
     to make your absence  FELT.

3    Will make you laugh

 Lawyers should never ask grandmas a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer!

In a trial, a small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly grandmother to the stand He approached her  and asked, ," you know me?The old lady replied,"Why,yes I know you Mr. Williams. I know you were a young boy and frankly you are a big disappointment to me...You lie.You cheat your wife.You manipulate people and talk against them behind their back,You think you are a big shot when you don't even have the brains to realise that you never will  amount to push more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes I know you."

 The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defence attorney (the opponent's lawyer)?" 

She again replied, "Why, yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster. He's lazy, bigoted, and has a  drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone  and his law practice is one of the worst in the state. Not to  mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of  them was your wife. ..Yes I know him."   The Defence Attorney nearly  died.

The judge asked both lawyers to approach the bench and in a quiet  voice said: "If either of you rascals asks her if she knows me,  I'll send you to jail for contempt of court !!!


                                                               Man O Man 

                              When he has no money he eats vegetables

                  When he has money he eats vegetables in a fine restaurant

                           When he is without money, he rides bicycle to work; 

                              When he has money, he rides bicycle to exercise.

When he is without money, he walks to eat food 


When he has money, he walks to burn food.

When he is without money,he rides a bicycle to work 

When he has money,he rides a bicycle to exercise

When he is without money he wishes to get married

When he has money,he wishes to get divorced;

When he is without money,his wife becomes secretary,

when he has money ,his secretary becomes his wife

When he has no money, he acts like a rich man

When he has money,he acts like a pauper;

 He says share market is bad;but keeps speculating

He says money is bad, but keeps on craving for it;

He says high positions are lonely but he keeps struggling for that


He says gambling &drinking is bad,but keeps on indulging in that.

He never means what he says; and never says what he means !

He simply can't tell a simple truth!! 
















Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Menace of Monkeys

Monkeys are found universally. In India monkeys can be seen from North to South. and from East to West.The monkey population is enormous in rural  as well as urban areas. Even in a place like Delhi the monkeys  are innumerable.The population of monkeys  is on the  increase. They are a  source of great nuisance. Recently  I  read  in The Times of India  that  senior  Officials of the Municipal Corporation  of Delhi  petitioned in the Supreme Court of India that they should be relieved of  their duties  of controlling the monkey population.Their numbers have increased beyond control.The reason is that people give them food. Monkeys are considered  to be the  living representation  of  Hindu God Hanuman.  The officials feel that as long as the people feed them,this menace cannot  be controlled.About two years back a senior civic official died when a monkey attacked him in his house. After this incident the authorities  become active  and made efforts  to shift  the monkeys  to far off  forests,but  no positive results were seen .
  The monkeys  happily continue with their antics. There is a comic side to many of these monkeys'  aggressiveness.   Some of these antics ,though a source  of nuisance, are amusing and bring a smile.I will narrate some personal experiences with the monkeys and some which  have been  shared by friends and relatives.
  •  Our colony witnesses  attack by  hordes of monkeys in intervals.Some times a lone monkey enters the house,opens the frig and takes away the fruits. He will,then as if to tease us, sit on the parapet wall merrily eating the fruits and throwing  down the seeds and the skin.
  • We had planted corn in our kitchen garden.  A naughty fellow pulls out the ripe ones and consumed them .
  • Many a time a whole crowd will  raid the garden and destroy all the plants.
  • I remember  that when I was the Principal of a school a class teacher had collected  fees from the children which amounted to a big sum. She kept her purse on a table and was taking her meals, when a monkey just landed from nowhere,took the purse and ran away.She started shrieking but the devil ran away with it and within  a minute or two was seen sitting on the parapet of wall of the roof top. There was great chaos in the school. All the staff and the pupils crowded in the compound watching the high drama that was being enacted. The clever monkey held the purse tightly under his arms. All actions failed to take away the purse from him. The roof top could not be reached as there were no stairs leading to it. A lab.Asst. of the school took an empty purse and climbed up to the roof of a  neighbouring building and waved  an  empty purse as if to tease the monkey. He, then threw the purse in the school ground. The monkeys are known to be copy cats .He too took the purse from his under arm ,looked at it carefully for a few moments and as to tease the person on the next roof top threw the purse down. Ha,ha,ha.
  • Another incidence  of a similar type was seen by my  husband in the market place. A monkey  was strolling in the market place. Suddenly his attention was drawn to a dry cleaner's shop.A coat was hanging there.The monkey took a fancy for it.In  a flash he grabbed it and climbed on an electric pole. Any amount of cajoling and coaxing had no impact  on him. He held on tightly to it, and went on to sit on an electric pole.A crowd gathered there. A resourceful person threw a banana  at the the  monkey , presuming that he may throw away the coat.But the opponent was  more clever. He grabbed the banana but held on tightly to the coat. Hey hey hey.
  • A very interesting thing happens every weekend, Sundays and holidays. Hordes of monkeys invade the North and South Blocks of Central Secretariat  and take charge of the buildings,which  houses the top most beaurocracy.,including the Prime Minister and  other Ministers of Govt of India.It appears that they take over the reins of the Govt. adminstration  on such days.Oh ,oh, oh.
  •  I usually used to work in my office till 60 clock in the evening. Once when I was delayed, a monkey  appeared,  peeped into my room a nd went back He returned every ten minutes, looked inside my office and quietly retracted.I was amazed. What was all that. I called the security gaurd and asked him about the monkey. I was amused when I was told that after I leave my office a  monkey family occupies it and makes it their abode. Thereafter they do not brook any interference.

I want to conclude that the simians cannot be     vanquished and we have  to accept their
  suzerainty at some time or the other.

Images courtesy google

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

From my kitchen Diary xv111

 What to prepare for lunch / dinner? This  question very often arises in the mind of   a housewife. More than  actual cooking ,it is very difficult to decide what to make. You ask your children what would they like to eat  for lunch/dinner. The reply, nine times out of ten, will be 'Mom make any thing'.  The same question you  put to your hubby, the  answer will  be, ' Dear you prepare anything .I love the the taste of every thing prepared by you'. You are  where you started!! Thinking what will be appreciated by the family!!  I have one solution.
Today I  prepared  a dish suggested  by a friend of mine. It was tasty. The most satisfying aspect is that it  was  appreciated by all the family members. It is  a Rajasthani dish  prepared  with Papad. I have  modified it  to give it some different  flavour.
 Papad Curry.
Curd  1 cup
Besan (gram flour) 2 tbsps
Papad  4 small ones.
Boondi   1/4 cup
Cooking oil  4 tsps
Salt as per taste.
Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
 Chilli powder  1/4 tsp
Garam Masala.
Cumin seeds  1/4 tsp 
Onion   i medium
Tomato 1 or 2
Ginger/garlic paste 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves. for garnishing
Red chilli  1 dried.

.1  Mix Besan and  curd in a bowl, add turmeric powder and  water and stir very well to make a smooth paste.Keep aside.
2.Cut onion and tomatoes finely,
3.Put oil in a karhai add the ginger, garlic paste.Stir for a few minutes, and add the onions and tomatoes. Roast well.Add salt, chilli powder,a pinch of turmeric powder and garam masala. Add water for gravy.After  the water starts boiling, lower the flame and simmer till the gravy thickens.
3.Till the water is boiling, dry roast the papads till they are crisp. Break  them into pieces. and add to the gravy along with the boondi. Allow it boil for a couple of minutes.Remove from the fire.
4.Put  little oil in a frying pan,When the oil becomes hot, add the cumin seeds and whole red chilli. As the cumin seeds start  spluttering , remove  and add this  to the curry. Garnish with coriander leaves.
5.Serve hot. 

The second recipe is for cutlets. Generally  cutlets  are deep fried but I make them on a non-stick Tava and very little oil.
Corn Cutlets
1.  Corn     2 cups
2. Paneer (cottage cheese) 200 grams
3.Grated ginger  1 tsp
4.Bread slice   1.
5 Besan (dry roasted)   2 tbsps
6. Salt to taste. 
7. Pepper powder 1 tsp.
8.Cooking oil   3to4 tsps.

  Crush the corn  seeds  coarsely. Mash the paneer  thoroughly.Mix the two.  Remove the sides of the bread slice, dampen it  and mix it with the corn/paneer.Add  salt pepper powder and besan. Shape  them round. Temper the non stick tava and roast the cutlets on medium heat     Serve them hot with mint chutney or tomato ketchup. These cutlets may also be deep fried, if you prefer. They can be served as pre-dinner snacks.

Some useful tips
  1.Save the drained juice from frozen or canned fruit and use 
 fruit juice instead of water in your recipe. This is only a good 
 idea if the juice does not have a lot of sugar in it.

2.Bacteria on food will rapidly multiply if it is left at 60 C or above.
    Avoid  keeping food at this temperature for a long time.

  3. Avoid crowding food while deep frying.The food must be 
   surrounded by bubbling oil, and you must keep the temperature 
   from falling too much. If you add too much food to a small 
   amount of oil, the temperature will plummet, and the fried food 
   become greasy and soggy.


Monday, 14 January 2013

Why not men's day?

We celebrate Women's Day,  Children's Day,  Sister's  Day  and many other days.

 Why not a Men's Day? Have we ever given a thought to this? Read the following

 few lines and ponder.

 Who is a MAN?

> A man is the most beautiful part of God's creation who starts compromising at a very tender age.

> He sacrifices his chocolates for his  sister.

> He sacrifices his dreams for just a  smile on his parents face.

> He spends his entire pocket money on buylng gifts for the girl   he loves just to see her smiling

> He sacrifices his full youth for his wife and children by working late  at night without any complainl.

> He builds their future by taking loans from banks ,and  repaylng them  for life time.

> He struggles a lot  and still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife  and  boss.

> His mother, wife and  boss all try to control him.

> His life finally ends up only by compromising for others'  happiness.

Respect every male in your life.

You  will never know what he has sacrificed for you.

Worth reading  by  every man to make him smile and  every woman to make her

realise his worth!!


Agar Aurat par hath uthaye to BESHARAM,

Aurat se maar khae to BUZDIL,

Aurat ko kisi ke saat dekh ker ladai kare to JEALOUS,

Chup rahe to DARPOK,

Ghar se bahar rahe to AAWARA,

Ghar me rahe to NAAKARA,

Bachhon ko dante to ZALIM,

Na dante to LAPARWAH,

Aurat ko naukari karane se roke to SHAK KARNE WALA,

Aurat ko naukari karane se na rokey to BIWI KI KAMAI KHANE WALA,

Maa ki mane to CHAMCHA,

Biwi ki sune to JORU KA GULAM...

Na Jane Kab Aayega



Courtesy Google


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Live and let live

 Live and let live
An old adage ‘A man is a social animal’ has been coming to my mind for the last few days.I have been compelled by my mind to give it a serious thought.We exist in a society.We all need the society as much as the society needs us.It is a  case of give and take,  mutual trust and understanding.Some people adopt the ‘I don’t care’ attitude,but at some stage of their life they come to terms with reality.The question arises  after all what comprises human relations. Human relations as I understand ,is the  interaction  between  individuals .This interaction can be  at the level of:

1. among  the  family  members 2.neighbours place  associates  and  4.society  at  large  which includes relatives and friends.

 No  one can survive without communication. For  the  water  that we drink,  the delectable food on our dining table , the house  that we live in and  hundreds of luxuries that we enjoy  are the result of  mutual  human involvement.  Even  a  hermit,  living in seclusion, is indirectly the beneficiary  of the labour  of others.   

 We learn our first lesson of maintaining  good will from our family. If a family is well knit and has a positive outlook, it will be transmitted to the members. Here the Mother’s role is very significant.It  is the mother who has to inculcate   good values

 in the children.The concept of  tolerance, concern for the feelings of others  and to a  large extent selflessness  and good behaviour  and co-operation  is acquired by the children  in their early years . These  values get ingrained  in their system. The mother ,therefore,  is  a psychologist, who can  effectively  judge the emotions of her  household.  The  Mother  is the  first and foremost  teacher.

 Next  comes the School. The school plays a very important part  in the development of the child.  The character  building process starts within the boundary of the school.The qualities of  sharing,  give and take  and shouldering responsibility  are acquired at the school level. It is within  the precincts of  the school  that the qualities of  head and heart  and  discipline are imbibed in the individual  and  equip   him to face the challenges  of   life.  Education  will not be   complete if the child is not  exposed to the vagaries  of  the harsh world.  It is generally noticed  that the  children who have not  taken  any  formal education are by nature  not very  co-operative   and do not possess a very pleasing disposition. The  habits that we have acquired in childhood in our school  and college  always remain with us. In fact these experiences form  the basis  of human relations.  Education  leads us to the royal path of virtues   like  equanimity,  good will  and  fellow feeling.         

 As we grow  we   come across various characters,  young and old,  pleasant and not so   pleasant, fun loving and morose. We have to tackle  them  all. Human  nature varies from person to person. We have to adjust  with every one. I  have  come across  characters  of all sorts during the course of my professional life. Dealing  with  human beings enabled  me   to  judge the natural  bent of mind  of individuals  to a great extent.The test of  a person’s credibility  in maintaining harmony starts from home.We have many times noticed  that  some people  who  show exemplary behaviour ,have a co operative  approach  and are very helpful  to others in the outside world  are  dictators at home.They are intolerant  and  virtually  abusive  and insensitive   towards the feelings and  requirements of their own family. Such  persons    are   utter failures  in  life. If we are good  within  the four walls of our home,   it is beamed  on our  face  and personality. We are all familiar with the saying that   charity begins at home.But at the same time it should not end there.

 While browsing through the Internet I chanced to see a formulation  titled ‘Ten  Commandments of Human Relations”. I am reproducing it below for ready reference  and emulation. Here I also acknowledge my indebtedness  to the author of this  Happiness formula :

10 Commandments of Human Relations

  1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
  2. Smile at people.
    It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.
  3. Call people by name.
    The sweetest music to anyone's ears is the sound of his own name.
  4. Be friendly and helpful.If you want friends, you must be one.
  5. Be cordial.Speak and act as if everything you do is a joy to you.
  6. Be genuinely interested in people.You can like almost everybody if you try.
  7. Be generous with praise...and cautious with criticisms.
  8. Be considerate with the feelings of others.There are usually three sides to a controversy: Yours, the other fellow's and the right side.
  9. Be eager to lend a helping hand.Often it is appreciated more than you know.
  10. Add to this:a good sense of humor, a huge dose of patience and a dash of humility. This combination will open many doors and the rewards will be enormous.