Friday, July 20, 2012

Kakaji was 'my Superstar's' favorite!

His hairstyle.. His romantic movies, death scenes or his dialogues , no matter what it may be, he was the hearthrobe for all his fans -  Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Indian cinema who had won many women's hearts for all his romantic movies, is one of my favorites too. Though it is just a handful of old Hindi classics that I listen to,Kakajis songs have always been at the top of the list.. Gulabi aankein.. , Mere sapno ki rani, Gun guna rahi hai bawarein., Oh mere dil k chain.., Zindagi ka safar.. are few among them.

I have gained the interest in Hindi film songs from my Dad, who has always enjoyed listening to songs from the 60's and 70's. Those evergreen songs which cannot be compared to the present day remixes; and which is always pleasant to hear. I am glad my Dad has made a pretty decent collection of song cassettes listening to which, i have grown and learnt many songs. As a fact, i have never lost an antakshari competition till date, 'being a Tamilian', which many of my North Indian friends are surprised of (all credits to my Mom and Dad, who have always encouraged me to participate in many singing competitions). 
Many people have complimented me for my singing, i believe its my Dad's genes that i've got. During his schooling and college, Dad has also been a talented person, singing, mimicry, jokes and the list of hobbies 
(philatelist, numismatist etc). when it comes to mimicry, i like the way he imitates the veteran actors like Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna.

Rajesh Khanna's songs have all been my Dad's favourite. I still remember those days back as a kid when i used to play a game of antakshari with dad and he would sing his all time favorite song to my Mom, 'Oo mere dil k chain...' from Mere jeevan saathi ,beautiful indeed.

Like others, Dad was also very fond of movies in his college days. Surprisingly, even now he remembers the movies as good as recently watched, the theater where he had seen them and with whom. Kakaji being one of his favorite stars,he has watched every movie of his.

A great loss indeed,but Rajesh Khanna has made a wonderful contribution to the Indian cinema and he still continues to live in our hearts through his songs and dialogues. Cheers to the legend.

May his soul Rest in Peace.

Monday, July 16, 2012

I realise it when seen for myself,than being told.

I recently quit my job to spend more time with my family,as i am soon to be married and fly to the US. Having done that,these days I more often end up into an argument with mom. The more advices she gives me about marriage, work, my behavior or just about anything with which I could get a better understanding over many things to go about with, in life after marriage; I at times listen to her in my subconscious mind and give a quick 'ok!' , Or just tell her it wouldn't be a problem for me,and I would manage.
One such advice or rather a caution she gave me recently was not to have mood swings which would only make things worse for me. I as usual asked her not to worry so much about me,and I would not take any situation with my spouse to that extent and make it a bad experience to both of us.
Today,when I was browsing over the net,I came across few articles by Dr. Shantanu Nagarkatti, a Mumbai based renowned Surgeon and also known for his spiritual teachings.
Here is a link, an intreview of his taken by Ms Simran Bhargava who hosts the show 'one life to love' on NDTV Good times

His insightful film, "Who the hell thought of this idea called marriage"  shows the lives of two married young couples,and how they cope up with their marital issues. Having seen the movie, though it scared me a li'l, I actually realise how things could change over few years after marriage and even a silly issue can lead to a big destruction in the relationship.
Having realised,now my mom's words of concern shall definitely help me to prepare for the future.Nevertheless, each one of us will not know what lies ahead of us until we hit the waves of life at sea.