I noticed on my “Google Calendar” that today is Vasant Panchmi.
Vasant Panchami (Devnagari:वसन्त पञ्चमी), sometimes referred to as Basant Panchami or Shree Panchami (Devnagari:श्रीपञ्चमी), is aHindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring.
[ me ] : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasant_Panchami[wifey]: i know[wifey]: i used to wear yellow maxi on this day[wifey]: when i was kid[wifey]: it was v pretty dress[wifey]:[wifey]: when is it?[ me ] : today[wifey]: oh[wifey]: how do u know[wifey]: do u celebrate ?[ me ] : in bhandaridah saraswati puja was a big thing[wifey]: hmmm[ me ] : bachcha log used to take chanda from mohalla mohalla[wifey]:[ me ] : in our home – papa will easily give 10-20 rs[wifey]: for me it was eating yellow things like tehri and wearing yellow clothes[ me ] : mom will give 2 rs[wifey]:[ me ] : and so much bargaining mom will do[ me ] : aunty 2 rupaye mein kya hoga[ me ] : 2 rupaye bohot hai[wifey]:[ me ] : some regular bachcha log knew – (they were actually our old neighbours bhaiya log – babli bhaiya, etc)[ me ] : they will ask me – vishu, papa hain kya?[ me ] : achcha nahin hai – humlog baad mein aayenge[wifey]: hmmm[ me ] : then there will be small pandals in each mohalla of bhandariday[ me ] : it will be holiday in school[ me ] : so me & Amit will go each & every pandal and eat prasad[ me ] : joined by other school friends
[ me ] : will talk to you later on this[ me ] : need to get back to work[wifey]:
Let me start by mentioning that this week I got few twitter replies from few Indian celebrities – and I will hate to admit that it really felt good … that is probably an understatement – I was actually grinning like a three year old girl … even my wife asked me what happened after seeing that unusual grin on my face
I saw Steve Job’s iphone keynote presentation three years back in 2007. (before it was launched and before it become a household name) … at that time hardly anyone knew about iphone (that is among my friends), but I was impressed at this first presentation itself and totally sold out.
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“Jin Dhoondha Tin Paiyan, Gahire Pani Paith,Main Bapura Boodan Dara, Raha Kinare Baith….”Those who fear drowning cannot jump into the ocean and can’t get pearls and gems. But only those who are courageous enough to dive in the depth of ocean gets pearls and gems. One who is fearful of drowning simply sits near the bank, can not get anything and remains empty handed.
Din hai suhaana, aaj pehli tarikh haidin hai suhaana, aaj pehli tarikh haikhush hai zamaana, aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haibiwi boli ghar zara jaldi se aana jaldi se aanashaam ko piya ji hamein cinema dikhana hamein cinema dikhanakaro na bahaana haan bahaana bahaanakaro na bahaana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haikis ne pukara ruk gaya baabulala ji ki jaan aaj aaya hai kaabu aaya hai kaabuo paisa zara laana o paisa zara laana .. laana laanao paisa zara laana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haibanda bekaar hai kismat ki maar haisab din ek hain roz e aitbaar haimujhe na sunana haan sunana sunanamujhe na sunana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haidar ke saamne aaye mehmaan hain bade hi sharif hainpuraane meharbaan hain bade hi sharif hain puraane meharbaan hainare jeb ko bachaana bachaana bachaanajeb ko bachaana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haidil beqaraar hai soye nahi raat seseth ji ko gham hai ki paiso chalo haath seare lootega khazaana khazaana khazaanalootega khazaana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haiaye cinema waalon aao aao khel mazedaar haiho khel mazedaar hai ji khel mazedaar haiagha hai bhagwan hai kishore kumar hainimmi geeta bali hai ashok kumar hainargis raj kapoor hai dilip kumar haigeeton ka toofan hai naach ki bahaar hai naach ki bahaar haipaanch aane ka das aanapaanch aane ka das aanapaanch aane ka das aanaare waapas nahi jaana jaana jaanawaapas nahi jaana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haimil jul ke bachchon ne baapu ko gherabaapu ko gherakehte hain saare ki baapu hai mera baapu hai merakhilone zara laana khilone zara laana aaj pheli tareekh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh haidin hai suhaana aaj pehli tarikh haikhush hai zamaana aaj pehli tarikh haipehli tarikh aji pehli tarikh hai
It’s a beautiful/lovely day as it’s first day of the monthIt’s a beautiful/lovely day as it’s first day of the monthThe world is happy as it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the monthWife said – today come back home early – hey – come back home earlyIn evening – my darling – take me to the cinema – take me to the cinemaDon’t make excuses – Don’t make excusesDon’t make excuses – it’s first day of the month !It’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the month“who called me” – the gentleman stoppedlalajee (community famous for lending) has finally caught him today at right timeOh! .. give me my money …. give me my money … give me give me ..Give me my money – it’s first day of the month!The world is happy – it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the monthThis dude is unemployed – it’s bad luck for him!Everyday is same for him – everyday is Sunday for him!Don’t tell me – Don’t tell me – Don’t tell me …The world is happy – it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the monthThere are guests in front of my door … they are very gentlemanThey have done favours for me long time back – they are very gentlemanHey … save your pocket (money) – save save saveSave your pocket (money) – it’s first day of the monthThe world is happy – it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the monthThe heart is restless, have not slept since the night!Seth ji (famous as misers) is saddened by the fact that money is going out of hand!Oh! … the treasure will be looted … the treasure – treasure – treasureThe treasure will be looted – it’s first day of the monthThe world is happy – it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the monthHey Cinema goers – come – come, the game is fun!The game is fun, hey, the game is funThere is Aagha, Bhagwaan, Kishore KumarNimmi, Geeta Bali and Ashok Kumar are there (Ashok Kumar is another very famous bollywood actor, and incidentally Kishore’s brother)Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar are thereThere is storm of Songs … the dance is like springtime … the dance is like springtimeFive Aana for TEN aanaFive Aana for TEN aanaFive Aana for TEN aana (referring to black ticketing, I hear was very popular in India earlier )Oh! don’t go back, don’t go backDon’t go back – it’s first day of the monthThe world is happy – it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the monthThe kids got together and encircled their father! .. encircled their fatherEveryone is saying – it’s his father, it’s his fatherPlease bring me some toys, bring me some toys – it’s first day of the monthThe world is happy – it’s first day of the monthIt’s first day of the month … hey … it’s first day of the month
HCL India Walk-ins on 24th & 25th April
This journey starts from an Industrial / coal mine belt of Bihar – the chota nagpur area – then it goes to more green places in Bihar, I think it passes some of the greenest parts and probably deepest “ghati’s” of Bihar. The Ghatis (valley) are so deep that one would have goose bumps just looking down the window. Lastly, I think my favourite part was those three tunnels it used to cross on that route, I think it was of favorite of almost everyone on that train (when train used to come out of tunnel – I think 80% of passengers used to have smiles on their faces . rest 20% looked indifferent, like it was just a short blip to whatever they were doing – like reading, chatting etc)
These trips were taken later part of my years (age 10-16 I guess) … most of these trips were accompanied by Mom. Chatting with Mom and watching landscape was the usual pass time, but not enough to cover whole journey, so I started adding more ideas on those journeys – like carrying a diary and noting down things. Like, one wierd idea was to note down each and every station that comes en route. (there are 10-15 “big stations” on that route, they come on interval of 1-2 hours each. However every 3-4 minute the train passes “small stations”, which are small enough for the “express” train to not stop there.)Now, this was a good passtime, as I was able to enjoy landscape and do something “productive” …. the problem was I was not able to jot down the complete list in one journey – because a) I used to be asleep half of the time and b) the train runs at high speed, so it is easy to miss if you are not attentive enough.You can imagine that I had to get prepared/attentive before the station is coming (usual signs were field will start disappearing, the train tracks will start increasing – like one track is giving birth to two tracks etc 😀 … and you can guess how “big” the station is by observing the number of track increase)Finally I had the complete list after 3-4 tours of the same route (means 3-4 years, since we used to go each summer vacation) – that list later became one of my proud possession :). In later journeys I will still carry that diary with me … just to predict exactly how many minutes it will take to reach next “big station”, and amuse my mom & brother and fellow passengers. Note – the usual “train time tables” only used to have “big station names” but my database had both big & small train stations! … see!
Found the image here – with a caption of – “A rare photo of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and bullock carts” — ca. 1930, Darjeeling, India — A steam driven passenger train negotiates a bend on a narrow track which descends towards Darjeeling. Two “brake men” ride at the rear of the end carriage. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS