A 75th Birthday Tribute to Amol Palekar

Glamor and sophistication were not the edifices on which Amol Palekar’s profile rested. He did not portray the hero with indomitable energy fighting the bad guys to seek justice or save a damsel in distress. Nor did he have the chocolate boy looks to melt young hearts. Amol Palekar comfortably fitted in to the garb of a simple middle-class young man that millions of Indians … Continue reading A 75th Birthday Tribute to Amol Palekar

The Rains and … She

Seeing the giant-sized droplets streaming down the panes, he opened the window and gazed at the backyard. The squirrels that were hopping on the green grass just a little while ago were not to be seen. They must have retreated to some safe shelter to stay dry. He let his thoughts wander a million miles away as he enjoyed the first rains of the season, … Continue reading The Rains and … She

Getting Wiser As I Try to Catch Some Z’s

Counting sheep didn’t help me while the entire household was in deep slumber. I decided to grab the Kindle to browse and do some reading till I fell asleep. What a coincidence it was when I happened to bump across this article in the Washington Post which revealed a secret to averting the issue of sleeplessness! Citing statistics that one third of Americans complain about … Continue reading Getting Wiser As I Try to Catch Some Z’s

Havas Guruhi: When Music Crosses Borders

Image Source: facebook.com Poised with confidence, a young man in the spring of 2019 beautifully sang the iconic Bengali patriotic song  Akla Cholo Re, penned by Rabindranath Tagore. The venue was the Embassy of Bangladesh in Tashkent. The year before, with equal ease, he presented at a Delhi concert, among other melodies, his rendition of Mukesh’s evergreen hit Awara Hoon from the 1951 film Awara. … Continue reading Havas Guruhi: When Music Crosses Borders

And They Wait

The parched earth prays in deep earnest, wishing for the showers to quench her thirst. Gazing at the canvas, the artist nurtures the dream of that masterpiece soon to be born. Failing once, twice, many a time, the little birdie loses not the tenacious resolve to spread its wings and fly. Mending the broken chords, she looks again to make magical melodies yet another time. … Continue reading And They Wait