Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Isi Life Mein - Youth is calling!

Youth is defined by Wikipedia as the “time of life between childhood and adulthood (maturity)". To my mind, this definition is a very loose one and youth means a lot more. Youth is not an indicator of just the age; it is a state of mind. It denotes an entire way of life and one that is not obstructed by pre-ordained or old notions.

Robert Kennedy said “This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.” That to me defines precisely what the youth of today stand for.

Coming to the big screen this December is the latest offering from the Rajshri stables, “Isi Life Mein”. Without spoiling any surprises and giving out the story, let me just say that the movie promises to exude youthfulness in all its glory.

The title of the movie screams it out loud and clear: Most of us have just this one life (if we’re lucky, that is) and we have to make the most of it within our allotted life span.

Whether we accept it or not, most of us have that one dream – this dream could be anything, be it going to space, becoming a scientist, a world renowned musician etc. And these dreams get created since the time the coils in our minds get well oiled to life on earth. The majority manage to get through their lives and let their dreams drown in the routine of “growing up” (akin to the poor pickles in a dinner plate being heaped with the other and more happening buffet items) and get into the usual rut of what society feels is the way to be (quote unquote). And then there are those very select few who live with a single minded objective of achieving what they want – it is for such people that Rhonda Brynes “Secret” holds true; the universe conspires to help them get where they want to be.

“Isi Life Mein” is a reminder of what the youth of today stand for; they have a dream and they go for it with all they have. Along the pathway to glory, there are many words going against them, mostly from well meaning but ill informed sources in the form of parents, elders and well wishers. The trick is to be able to separate the grain from the chaff and that is what our youngsters are best at. You can count on them to be able to find the best solutions to all their problems as long as the proper means are visible.

At the same time, the Indianness element is very strongly ingrained in our youth and you would see that in spite of setting out to achieve what they want to, tradition and culture still figure on their list of “In” things.

Another moot point is that it takes one to know one. Its amazing how two people who have disparate aims in life can act as catalysts to each other and just by sheer dint of being there when it counts, can help the other succeed. The best part is that they don’t even need to share similarities in terms of background, upbringing or caste and creed. It’s the common resolve of wanting to get some place (not figuratively) that binds them on common ground.

Youth movies have been done to death, some good, some bad and some ugly. What differs is the treatment of the topic and this time round, Rajshri showcases something different. “Isi Life Mein” has 2 young people making their debut with a young woman at the director’s helm. With such a strong youth quotient in play and given the track record of young director’s in the recent past, this one should be a must-watch for all those new age movie viewers with a discerning eye. I have a feeling Robert Kennedy would have watched this one and said, “This is EXACTLY what I meant!!” So go watch this one and celebrate the determination of our youth – Dec 24th is the date and I will definitely be out there in line with many others. Cast and crew of ILM, good luck & best wishes!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


63 years of independence and we are still craving for real freedom.

Let's make this year the year when we take steps to be able to call ourselves truly free.

Our country is poised on the brink of destiny; there are a million things we have going for us in all spheres of life. Likewise there are quite a few deterrants which, if we let them, can pull us back into the abyss.

As always, its all upto us! We, the people. We have to make that one choice. So make it now and make it count.

While not a perfect analogy, a few lines from a song in "Taare Zameen Par" come to mind:

Khul gaya aasmaan ka rasta dekho khul gaya
Mil gaya kho gaya tha jo sitara mil gaya

Roshan hui saari zameen
Jagmag hua saara jahaan
Oh udne ko tu aazad hai
bandhan koi ab hai kahan...

That says it for me. Here's to independence. Jai Hind!
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

You make my day....

You make my day….

You make my day when I see you give me a loving look – one that only I understand…

You make my day when I see you laugh aloud at something I’ve said and you’ve found funny…

You make my day when you tell me that I’m looking good….You make my day when you tell me that you are hungry or you want to eat something specific and when I’m able to get it for you….in fact you make my day even when you just tell me you’re hungry…

You make my day when you send me even a single line sms….You make my day when you look deep into my eyes and all I can see is love and affection….

You make my day when you get me something useful when I’m least expecting it…

You make my day when you are so concerned about my well being….

You make my day when you share normal everyday events of your day with me…..

You make my day when you remember words we’ve exchanged or moments we’ve shared and happily remind me of them….

You make my day when you just simply hold my hand in yours…..

You make my day when you behave like a child who wants to be pampered….also when you pamper me sometimes….

You make my day when you ask me to help you with little things that you find it tough to do….

You make my day when I see you bond with my close friends and make them your own too….

My day is made when we share small things that give us joy, a good book or movie, a game, discussions about our friends and loved ones, or simply appreciate something beautiful...

My day is made when I see the divine little being that is lil S….just knowing she will forever be a part of us…

I could go on and on but even the few things I’ve listed here are enough to make every day of my life so worth it…..

Please keep making my day…..just by being you…..