An Evening To Remember!

Pradeep Kishen and Naseeruddin Shah

Pradeep Kishen and Naseeruddin Shah

Penguin Books India hosted a book launch event at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Center. It was the launch of the book “And Then One Day … A Memoir” by a veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah. The entry to the event was on invitation (which management had forgot to mention :|). Anyways, it got difficult for them to control frantic crowd (without passes) and they allowed to enter  a few people. I was lucky enough to get through. Right in front of me was a  lady draped in crisp pink colored cotton sari with streaks of grey hair. She walked with elegance. The smile on her face is almost unforgettable. She was Ratna Pathak, Naseer’s wife and also an Indian actress. It was good to see her but eyes were waiting to see someone else.

Well, we entered the balcony area and waited for the event to start. Though it was to be started by 7:00 PM but it started according to Indian Standard Time, half an hour late 😉 . With time, we Indians have adjusted ourselves according to it. I mean some of us :). Finally, Naseer Saab was called on stage along with Pradeep Kishen. By then I had no idea about Mr. Kishen, he is husband of Arundhati Roy, an Indian Author. It was a jaw dropping moment for me, when Naseer Saab entered. The auditorium echoed with the sound of clapping sounds. He got a standing ovation. I have seen him in many films and his voice is something which has always attracted me. Listening to him live was a dream come true. It was a stirring moment for me. I got goosebumps, my legs were trembling and there were butterflies in my stomach. I was too excited to see him. He himself admitted that with age he has become more handsome. Did I tell you that I like older guys :D.  In few minutes, the conversation started between Mr. Kishen and him. The book is about the journey of his life before he married Ratna.

Pradeep started asking questions from him (related to book). He answered them emotionally as well as intelligently. He talked about everything frankly –  his childhood, getting expelled out of school, having bitter relations with his baba (father) , going to college, running to Bombay, sleeping on a footpath,  his days at NSD and FTII to marrying a 14 yrs older lady. He is a man full of wit. He has a good sense of humor and is quick and abrupt. He spoke about Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Robert De Niro, Spencer Tracey, Geoffrey Kendel. He spoke about the great Indian directors Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Vijay Tendulkar and Badal Sarkar. He also said that how we Indians need to stop watching movies just for the entertainment sake and that it’s a high time now we need to have analytic  approach towards cinema. There is a lot of scope in which Indian Cinema can grow and we need to work on that.

20140926_205345It was time to wrap up the conversation and Pradeep asked him to read a passage from the book which is the conversation between him and his father on his father’s grave. It was an emotional moment and one can easily understand that how important it is for children to have good terms with parents. They might become a rebel at home. Still in their heart there remains a place with sour memories. Naseer invited his wife Ratna, his cousin Bobby, his brother Zamiruddin Shah and his dearest friend from the industry Om Puri on the stage for book launch. Om and Naseer have remained friends from last 45 yrs. I think everyone of us desire to have a friend who would remain with us for lifetime. It felt good to know about their friendship. Both said words of praises for each other in a very humorous way. The book was released and the beautiful evening came to an end.

 

My Baba and Naseer Saab

My Baba and Naseer Saab

 

I too had an emotional moment at the end when my baba got the book signed by him. He had a smile on his face and I was happy to see him :). Baba wish to meet Jackie Chain in his life and tell him that how much he love his movies.

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The Memory Lane!

Moonlight lights the street,
I go wandering in the memory lane,

You and I were together,
In the crowded city lanes, walking
Hand in hand.

People walking by our side,
Lost in that moment,
I couldn’t see anyone.

You believed in my crazy dreams,
Looking into your eyes,
I got the courage to follow my dreams.

I looked at the moon and smiled,
You looked at me and smiled,
Like others, you didn’t call me insane.

You turned me towards you,
Caressing me, you came closer, and
Whispered “Let’s travel together” in my ear.

I was frozen, time stopped,
There were many things to say,
But I only hugged you,
Letting the silence of that night, dissolve in the moonlight.

Sunrise!

Sitting on the edge of Mehrangarh’s wall,
the sight of breaking of dawn,
takes me to the state of Euphoria.

The moon and the stars, wrapped in the clouds,
the city lit up with the lights in the houses,
the celestial horizon changing it’s color.

The morning breeze touches my face,
soothing my slumbering eyes,
giving hope to my crazy dreams.

Slowly the sun rises up,
as Phoenix rises up from its ashes,
dispersing the scent of first blush of morning.

The rooster crows, to mark the birth of a new day.
People sleeping on the terrace, wake up from their sleep.
The great Mehrangarh Fort is now clear to the eyes.

As the sun shines, I play John Denver’s “sunshine”,
it makes me happy, sunshine almost always makes me high.
The turmoil in my mind, feels the peace.

Sunrise gives me the strength to forgive and forget.
It gives me the power to take decisions and not regret.
It gives me the tenacity to deal with the daily strife.
It gives me the hope that everything will be alright.
It gives me the fortitude to endure pain with courage.
It fills empty chambers of my heart with more love.

It makes my belief more firm towards life.
It almost always makes me high…

A Hug!!

Safirah is a single child, raised in a joint family. Though she is a pampered child but she has been raised into a strong spirited girl. She had a carefree childhood and joyful adolescent years. She always had many people around her but deep inside she longed for a brotherly love.

Recently her eldest cousin got married. They have not talked much in recent years as he has moved to US. This is her favourite cousin; for two reasons. One, he is the eldest and secondly, he is the simplest.

The mere thought of traveling excites her. She is super excited today, with a big smile on her face, as she is going for a short trip. She packs her bags, gets ready and goes to the newly married couple to say bye. She hugs her sister-in-law(which is more like a sister now). Her brother comes forward, gives her a tight hug, blesses her by keeping his hand on her head. Tears roll down from her eyes. For a moment, she wants to cry out loud. But as of her nature, she controls her emotions and says bye with a big smile and a flying kiss.

Her longing for a brotherly love is satisfied with an emotional hug. Her heart is full of love.

Soul of a Wanderer!

She received a book from her friend, classic this time.Though Zafirah loves traveling but this is her first book on traveling.

As she dipped into the few initial chapters of the book, she wished her life to be different. With every page of the book, her desire to explore the world grew stronger.She dreamed of entwining the untraveled roads, brilliance of the moon, blaze of the sun, cloud – capped mountains, the turbulent river, the mystic sunset, the luminance of stars into a poem.

Breaking all the barriers around her, she wanted to get lost into the vast galactic sky.

 

P.S. – A maiden attempt in writing a drabble.

Note – *A drabble is a short work of fiction of exactly one hundred words in length.

**Zafirah is an Arabic name meaning Victory.