Friday, May 19, 2006

A little humor...

This one has been hanging outside the door of one of our professor's office for a long time now... And even though I have seen it umpteen times, it still makes me laugh ...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tough question...

I think of weird things for no reason. Today, I was thinking... If I were to remove one year from my life like it never happened, which one would I like to remove... hmm... What do you think, which would YOU remove in your life??

Monday, May 15, 2006

What turns you on in a girl...

* darkness... music of the 90s hit song 'tu mujhe suna main tujhe sunau apni prem kahani' from Chandni plays in the background...*

* music fades and curtain slowly opens.... narrator speaks.... *

On an otherwise normal day beginning at 5pm, I sat down with K to discuss the finer things of life. The discussion swayed to how one perceives which girl is good looking or not. That also kicked up some dust about our preconceived notions. Out of the blue, K asked:

*lights... K and D are sitting on the bed discussing...*

K: So what turns you on in a girl??

D: hmmm...

K: It has to be something measurable... it can't be vague like she has to be sophisticated or something like that... Something like her eyes should be a certain way...

D: hmmm... (visualizing, only for dramatic effect and watching K's reaction... which included his eyes widening in anticipation)... Long hair!!

I thought that was it. Of course K the wily fox was not to be satisfied by such answers!

K: hmm... long hair... long hair.... (repeating this to himself... I had no idea why, but knew soon...)

K: So what kind of long hair...?

D: Hmm... just long hair?

K: No! Straight or curly?

D: Straight! Actually straight or curly doesn't make a big difference, but preferably straight!

K: hmmm...

D: So what is your turn on?

K: Curly hair!

D: You mean long curly hair...?

K: Nahi, any type of curly hair...

D: Even if she has short hair?

K: Yes...

D: Even if she has only one hair, and it is curly!!

Both: Hee hee hee!!

D: I think straight is good.. because you can always make it curly...

K: (incredulously and almost screaming) Curly can also be made straight!!!!!!!!

D: (calmly, acting as if my family business is hair parlors) well... yeahhh... but curly to straight will cost you more!!

Both: Hee hee hee haw haw haw!!

*exit rolling and laughing all at once... *

*Narrator: as the cliche goes, beauty lies in the eyes yada yada yada... so you would have to see her with my eyes to know what I mean... kind of like what someone once said..."meri nazar se tum dekho toh yaar nazar woh aaye~~"*

* title music starts playing... lights fade... curtains!!*

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Yippie!!!! FRIENDS will return!!

FRIENDS is going to return, its gonna be 4 double episodes... Man I cant wait!!

Delightful Marathi poem by Mangesh Padgaonkar

I come from Maharashtra and love Marathi poetry. Mangesh Padgaonkar is a familiar name for all us Maharashtrians. His poems are amazingly simple, touching, funny... all rolled into one... Today I re-read one of my favorite poems by him on Orkut and couldnt resist the temptation to share it here. Please read in IE. Its called 'प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असत'. Delight to read! :) I remember one more poem by him, it is called "Shatada prem karave..." It is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. I will try to find it. Meanwhile, take this one away!!

प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असत

प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असतं,
तुमचं आणि आमचं अगदी सेम असतं !

काय म्हणता? या ओळी चिल्लर वाटतात?
काव्याच्या दृष्टीने थिल्लर वाटतात?
असल्या तर असू दे, फसल्या तर फसू दे !
तरीसुद्धा, तरीसुद्धा
प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असतं
तुमचं आणि आमचं अगदी सेम असतं !

मराठीतून इश्श म्हणून प्रेम करता येतं;
उर्दूमध्ये इष्क म्हणून प्रेम करता येतं;
व्याकरणात चुकलात तरी प्रेम करता येतं;
कॉन्व्हेंटमध्ये शिकलात तरी प्रेम करता येतं !

सोळा वर्षं सरली की अंगात फुलं फुलू लागतात,
जागेपणी स्वप्नांचे झोपाळे झुलू लागतात !
आठवतं ना, तुमची माझी सोळा जेव्हा सरली होती
होडी सगळी पाण्याने भरली होती !
लाटांवर बेभान होऊन नाचलो होतो,
होडीसकट बुडता बुडता वाचलो होतो !
बुडालो असतो तरीसुद्धा चाललं असतं,
प्रेमानेच अलगद वर काढलं असतं !
तुम्हाला ते कळलं होतं, मलासुद्धा कळलं होतं !
प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असतं
तुमचं आणि आमचं अगदी सेम असतं !

प्रेमबीम झूट असतं, म्हणणारी माणसं भेटतात,
प्रेम म्हणजे स्तोम नुसतं, मानणारी माणसं भेटतात !
असाच एक जण चक्क मला म्हणाला,
“आम्ही कधी बायकोला फिरायल नेलं नाही;
पाच मुलं झाली तरी प्रेमबीम कधीसुद्धा केलं नाही !
आमचं काही नडलं का? प्रेमाशिवाय अडलं का?”
त्याला वाटलं मला पटलं !
तेव्हा मी इतकंच म्हटलं,
“प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असतं
तुमचं आणि आमचं मात्र सेम नसतं !”
तिच्यासोबत पावसात कधी भिजला असाल जोडीने,
एक चॉकलेट अर्धं अर्धं खाल्लं असेल गोडीने !
भर दुपारी उन्हात कधी तिच्यासोबत तासन् तास फिरला असाल,
झंकारलेल्या सर्वस्वाने तिच्या कुशीत शिरला असाल !

प्रेम कधी रुसणं असतं,
डोळ्यांनीच हसणं असतं,
प्रेम कधी भांडतंसुद्धा !!
दोन ओळींची चिठीसुद्धा प्रेम असतं,
घट्ट घट्ट मिठीसुद्धा प्रेम असतं !

प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम म्हणजे प्रेम असतं
तुमचं आणि आमचं अगदी सेम असतं !

Mangesh Padgaonkar

Thursday, May 11, 2006

मै उसी को तो भूल रहा था ...

Here is a hindi poem I wrote two years ago. I wrote it when I parted with my best friend of two years. Many of my poems are romantic poems. I did not want this one to be one, because she was my best friend. I have tried to achieve that. But I would love to know if I have succeeded, because different friends have told me different things in this regard.

On the writing front, this is the first time I am blogging in Hindi. Firefox shows most of the letters correctly, but IE shows everything properly. Some of the spellings here may be wrong. I tried to get most of them right, but I am new at this, and I didn't know how to get all the variations in letters using 'Baraha' software. I would appreciate if someone can tell me how to get the "chh" in "kuchh" and "ou" in "hoo" :))

UPDATE: I have corrected most of the spelling mistakes after reading the rules. Thanks Onkar! Also, a friend pointed out that Firefox displays many characters incorrectly, so this should be ideally viewed in Internet Explorer.

A little about the poem. The poem is divided into three parts. In the first part, my friend is talking to me. In the second part and third parts, I am talking to the reader. Here goes!

मैं उसी को तो भूल रहा था ...

तुम मुझे भूल जाना दीप
अल्वीदा समय उसने मुझसे कहा था ...
हर बार की तरह उसने जो भी माँगा
दिया मैंने उसे वही वादा था ...

मैं उसे भूलना चाहता हूँ दोस्त
सब से मैं यह कह रहा था ...
उसे भुलने की कोशिश मे मैं
यादो के वार सह रहा था ...

जब ना आया बुलावा कोई
आओ ना कुछ बातें करे!
जब ना आया खत कोई
नज़ाने कितने दिन गुजरे...

उस्की यादो के पन्ने मैं
एक एक कर के खोल रहा था
हा मैंने कहा ना दोस्त!!
मैं उसी को तो भूल रहा था ...

ख्वाबो. मे वो अब आती नही
कम्बख्त ख्वाब भी कहाँ आते है!
और आएन्गे भी कैसे?
नीन्द भी कहाँ आती है!!
ख्वाबो मे मैं चुपके चुपके
फ़िर भी उससे मिल रहा था
हा मैंने कहा ना दोस्त!
मैं उसी को तो भूल रहा था ...

और इन पन्क्तियों की रानी
कब से मुझको भूल गयी थी
खत को मेरे धुल समझ कर
खुशीयों मे वो झूल रही थी
आखों से तब बहा जो पानी
कब से दिल को जला रहा था
यादो के वो तीर जहरीले
बेरहमी से चला रहा था...

(c) दीप

Testing hindi blogging

आज मै उपर, आसमा नीचे

Monday, May 08, 2006

Evergreen debate!

Discussions (rather debates) on Mac vs Windows never get old!! Here's one more! Maybe this one is a little in favor of the Mac.

More on Mac

An article I really liked... Domino effect...

I read an article recently which I really enjoyed. It is beautifully written, so nostalgic and for some reason I relate a lot to it. So many words from the article ring true to my personal experiences. I found I was copying and pasting the link to the article to too many friends individually, so I thought I would just give it here.

The Domino effect

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The letter...

A poem I wrote back in college... thankfully its not inspired from my life!

The letter

He opened her letter slowly
[Lest it should tear apart]
And noticed how easily
She had broken his heart.

She wrote of ideals long cherished
And duties of her own
She pointed out how she too wished
Not to leave him alone.

Then she spoke of her desires
Which made her write all this
How she now wished to acquire
Fame and worldly bliss.

Her love for him was unending,
She said throughout the note
That was why she was sending
The letter which she wrote.

She had to think of her own life
And fulfil her aspirations
It would hurt his heart and hers
But it had to be done.

He stared at the blank cover
And uttered agonizing screams
But the letter was over
And so were his dreams!

He closed his eyes in silent pray
And again wiped his tears
He had read the same letter everyday
For the last twenty years.

(c) deep