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Is Mod se jate hain February 5, 2010

Is Mod Se Jaate Hain

Is Mod Se Jaate Hain – (2)
kuchh Sust Qadam Raste Kuchh Tez Qadam Raahe – (2)
patthar Ki Haveli Ko Shishe Ke Gharaundo Mein
tinko Ke Nasheman Tak Is Mod Se Jaate Hain
aa?is Mod Se Jaate Hain

aandhi Ki Tarha Ud Kar Ik Raah Guzarti Hai – (2)
sharmaati Huwi Koyi Qadmo Se Utarti Hai
in Reshmi Raaho Mein Ik Raah To Woh Hogi
tum Tak Jo Pahonchti Hai Is Mod Se Jaati Hai
is Mod Se Jaate Hain

ik Door Se Aati Hai Paas Aake Palat-Ti Hai – (2)
ik Raah Akeli Si Ruktii Hai Na Chalti Hai
ye Soch Ke Baithhi Hu Ik Raah To Woh Hogi
tum Tak Jo Pahonchti Hai Is Mod Se Jaati Hai
is Mod Se Jaate Hain – (2)
kuchh Sust Qadam Raste Kuchh Tez Qadam Raahe
patthar Ki Haveli Ko Shishe Ke Gharaundo Mein
tinko Ke Nasheman Tak Is Mod Se Jaate Hain
aa?is Mod Se Jaate Hain

Lyrics from: http://www.6lyrics.com/music/lata_mangeshkar/lyrics/is_mod_se_jaate_hain.aspx

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Decade recap January 7, 2010

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Decade recap

2001, what a year it was, one that polarized the world like never before. WTC attacks divided the world into east and west, on grounds of religion, on basis of nationalities and these divisions will haunt us for years to come. Afghanistan was the first causality of 9/11 attacks. 2002 passed in the shadow of WTC attacks and no American felt secure or invincible anymore.

Then with Iraq war ensued in 2003, and the divisions were more permanent.

Then the unthinkable happened. A phenomenon we read only in books happened and when it did, we looked in horror. Tsunami: The tidal waves hit the shores of Indian peninsula among other south Asia pacific coastlines and 2004 was not ordinary anymore. It was registered in the future editions of Geography books.

If 2004 ended with natural disasters, 2005 followed up with massive earthquake in Kashmir. (I cannot forget picture of a school in shambles). Also to hit US of A was hurricane Katrina. The pictures of southern states showed how America lied under water and how difficult it was for the administration to reach out to the suffering population.

2006 saw the debate against reservation in India. The medical community spearheaded the campaign. It saw the end Saddam Hussein, dreaded dictators of recent times.

Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.

Mumbai was under attack. Few gunmen held the city and 2 of its most prestigious hotels to ransom for more than 90 hours. I refuse to talk about spirit of Mumbai or inaction of government. A word of mention for Karambir Kang

2009: Michael Jackson bid adieu to the world, recession of 2009 hit the world.

I have skipped a few events in this list. The surge in prices of gold from INR 4500 to 17K something today, release of Harry Potter series and various attacks on Indian soil

 

Kurbaan, of a otherwise good story January 2, 2010

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Kurbaan has a wonderful story. A very contemporary story. Only that it should have been handled deftly.

The most foolish part is Vivek Oberoi refusing to contact FBI when he  gets to know of the plot. Seriously it is a crime and he can be tried for it. Kareena is the only saving grace of movie. She handles the talented, in love, confused and then betrayed part of character wonderfully. Her anger on Ehsaan is evident every time their eyes meet. Saif is a total disappointment. He hardly looks anything like a dreaded Khalid, he is supposed to be.

Best part of the movie. In the closing sequence, Avantika ask Ehsaan his real name. (I wonder can any one think of this question when their life is at stake)

 

Wicker park,worth a watch December 11, 2009

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It was late in the night. I was channel surfing when suddenly I stopped with Josh Hartnett on my screen. He was a good enough reason to suspend my surfing for a while. But before I could know, I was hooked on to the movie.

The movie is “Wicker Park”. It’s not a sensational story or a story with sensational dialogues. But the plot is shot in a very captivating manner. The story is the usual: guy sees the girl, and it is love-at-first-sight for him. She reciprocates his feelings. They fall in love. SHE VANISHES. The story has 4 main characters other than an airport, a restaurant and an apartment. The direction of the movie is so sleek. It is like several plots happening at the same time and then all them coming up together and we see the jigsaw puzzle solved.

Diane Kruger looks stunning (I believe Hartnett can fall for her in the movie from her looks). In spite of the intrigue and switching of events between present and past, the romance is never lost. Kruger however gets less screen presence I think.

Good watch must say. Intriguingly simple, if you know what I mean. May be one should just watch the movie to feel it.

 

confessions of a married woman December 9, 2009

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Now the heading may sound scandalous and give impression of ghosts tumbling out of closet. Well, nothing on those lines. Let me confirm this before you skim the rest of the entry for juicy details for there aren’t any.

I am just wondering the kind of gap a woman has to bridge when she decides to leap into a marriage. Whether it is a leap or thoughtful decision, marriage in itself is an island; a place where you have to travel through waters some unknown, some unknown. A journey to this island means you can hand-pick the luggage and only travel with select few. (No matter what you select, one always feels to have left the important stuff behind)

This island comes with several characteristics. No matter how many years you inhabit it, it will always spring surprises at you. The island can never be your own. The island is like a stop not a destination. The island has independent culture, independent tradition and independent psyche.

This island is test of your APTITUDE, ATTITUDE and CHARACTER. And however good you scored on EQ, IQ or whatever scales there are to measure, you need to start from scratch.

My train of thoughts is interrupted by a vendor. So am going to update this post later.

 

MartJack hosts GeraldOnline November 21, 2009

Filed under: Personal — Mukul @ 10:17 am

I am so happy today. It is difficult to contain my excitement or express it with several jumps in the air or even a few high fives are not enough. MartJack has acquired an esteemed client for itself.

MartJack is an e-commerce product (from Reasoning, my employers) that I am associated with since its conception. It is such a proud moment to see this promising enabler platform (which was just an idea couple of years ago) turn into this full-fledged retail solution. What a journey has this been:starting with hosting of a small store at Koti, Hyderabad to hosting GeraldOnline.

Gerald Online is UK’s largest online e-store and MartJack is hosting this UK giant on its enabler platform. MartJack has grown in code line by line and with features one at a time. I really want to congratulate the team that materialised the idea “MartJack” into reality.

So to all ya fellas, who dreamt of code at nights or sacrificed their holidays or came up with brilliant bug solutions or testers or implementation experts or any one who persevered. Congratulations to one and all!!

 

Celebrating Sisterhood November 20, 2009

There is no greater fun than having a sister while you are growing up. I am so thankful to God, for blessing me with one. The small fights and not so small fights, choosing the dresses, choosing the colors, sharing and not sharing the things between them, fighting over who sleeps on what side of bed, who makes the tea, who prepares Maggi, who cleans up and who serves, what movies to watch, and discuss the movies when other one does not understand it. It’s a life of discussing friends, fighting over friends, discussing the hostel fights and fighting over fights, having diverse interests and yet accommodating them in same room, on same walls. Having a sister is posting a sports person poster next to some singing sensation poster (when you are not so fond of him/her).

Movies are so much fun with my sister around. Crimson Red, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, K-10, the widow maker, Titanic, Time under fire, Hera Pheri and the list is never-ending. Each of these movies is memorable because we watched it together. Each movie has a story of our own to go with it.

Sister becomes your close confidante and agony aunt (to name a few roles that my sister assumed) and you never even realize when she slipped into that position. 

It’s a wonderful journey from tending to a toddler sister to see her as a working woman. I miss my sister.

This post is for all the sisters and the childhood they shared together.