Saturday, December 27, 2008

another chance....

how often we wish for another chance
to make a fresh beginning
a chance to blot our mistakes
and change failure into winning.


it does not take a special time
to make a brand new start,
it only takes the deep desire
to try with all our heart.


to live a little better,
to always be forgiving
to add a little sunshine
in a world for which we're living


never give up in despair
nor think you are through
for there's always a tomorrow,
a chance to start anew.

song of the day....pal pal from lage raho munnabhai....love the lyrics....

Monday, December 15, 2008

spirituality and religion...

Today I am making an attempt to define spirituality and religion….explain the meaning of the two…and try to explain the importance and relevance of both these terms in our life….this I am penning down so that my concepts get clear and also so that I am able to pass on some wonderful information I have learnt over the past one week from sw.vimalanandji…..she had a gyan yagna over the past week in vasai and I was lucky to attend most of it….and I feel it is my responsibility to share what I gained….also its my joy to share….its my tribute, my guru dakshina to swamiji…..i am going to write some more posts about Indian culture, hinduism, parenting, meditation, shrimad bhagwad geeta and lot more etc etc….basically I am going to share what all I learnt over the last week…….the core of everything, the essence is from swamiji’s lectures….but I have put in my understanding of the subject, my views, opinions, some different illustrations and examples…..also the way of writing is going to be like how she talks….coz she talks in an amazing way…I am going to forward all my posts to swamiji so that if I have misunderstood anything she can rectify it….so with her blessings I start my adventure (trust me that’s what I am feeling it is…it is an adventure….my heart is beating fast….i am feeling a thrill )
What is spirituality????
If u ask youngsters “ARE THEY SPIRITUAL or RELIGIOUS” many of them including me will answer spiritual…why do we all answer like that?? What is our concept of being spiritual or of being religious???
Being spiritual we think means “for me all religions are equal” “there is only one god” we say “god didn’t make religion….man did” so we feel we are in better connection with god wen we are spiritual… basically we are all just trying to be fair to everyone…we think we believe in equality…. we are just trying to be good human beings when we say WE ARE SPIRITUAL…. our misconception is if we say we are religious we will be misinterpreted that OTHERS MIGHT THINK WE FEEL OUR RELIGION IS SUPERIOR….
So first of all lets see what is spirituality….SPIRITUALITY IS THE STATE OF MIND….IT IS A TYPE OF MIND FRAME WHICH IS ALWAYS HAPPY (IN A STATE OF BLISS)…..no matter what happens….there is no jealousy or envy or hatred or anger in the mind for anyone inspite of any actions…..SPIRITUALITY IS A NATURE OF A PERSON….IT IS REALIZATION OF SELF…..IN SANSKRIT WE SAY IT IS SAT CHIT ANAND SWAROOPA……(I will try n explain all the technical meanings in subsequent posts)
Now let us all think….are we always HAPPY, IN STATE OF BLISS???? Do we get affected mentally by rise and fall of economies or by rise and fall of our collegues???? Are we ever stressed, tensed, irritated???
Think for a moment….IF THE ANSWER TO THE FIRST QUESTION IS YES….read no further…..you are a realized soul…..i offer my humble pranams to you….BUT IF THE ANSWER TO FIRST QUESTION IS NO AND TO REST OF QUESTIONS IS YES……SNAP UP TO ATTENTION….YOU ARE LIVING IN A FALSE (or should I say FOOL’S) PARADISE…..you are not spiritual….you are PSEUDO SPIRITUAL…..and let me clear one thing you cant have yes to all questions….or no to all questions…because that’s just not possible…..
NOW, at least theoretically we think we know little bit of spirituality….let us try to understand RELIGION….first we all will think why do we scorn religion???….why do we think its uncool to be religious...it is because in this scientific day and age we don’t understand religion….we think religion means rituals (which we think are meaningless)….that is the first mistake….religion includes rituals, true but IT DOES NOT ONLY INCLUDE RITUALS…and whatever rituals are there they are certainly not MEANINGLESS…..just because we don’t understand the meanings and the idea behind it we think they are meaningless…..like for eg : the wedding ceremony….hindu weddings include lot of rituals….we shall just see the seven steps….if we don’t know the what the seven vows are, we might think what a waste of time it is….but when we know what it signifies the entire wedding ceremony takes a new dimension….(I was amazed when I first came to know what the vows were….they seemed to encompass everything anyone can think of) if you don’t know what they are…CLICK HERE
2nd eg : in any puja we perform we put many things like fruits, ghee, wood, and lots of other things in fire….now whats the idea behind it….do we put it in to destroy it??? Or we put it in as we like to inhale smoke??? Or for the heck of it…..i ll tell you why we offer in fire at the end of the post….dont skip…read the entire post…
well let me tell you one thing NOTHING is done for the heck of it….there is no ritual that is without a sound logic…..its a different story you might not agree with the logic….(but most of the time our not agreeing is either because we are misinformed….or because we have closed & prejudiced minds) and trust me if u find something that is illogical or weird or that cannot be explained WE PEOPLE have distorted the true meaning either as per our own sweet wish (maybe coz it was for selfish benefit of some people) or they have understood it wrong and then propagated wrongly…
for eg : good old days people believed that the knowledge of scriptures was for Brahmins only…..that they only have right to learn it..know it…when sant dhyaneshwar translated shrimad bhagwad geeta in Marathi (I think…m not sure) it was met with tremendous opposition….he and his family (they were just 3 children…one younger brother and younger sister) were thrown out of the village and they faced various atrocities….
So the point is at times our scriptures have been mistranslated n over a period of centuries the chasm between the truth and what is told grows wider……but thankfully even today if we go to the right people we can get correct knowledge…..(will tell you about where to go in subsequent posts)
Now let us come to the point….WHAT IS RELIGION??? RELIGION IS THE MEANS TO ATTAIN SPIRITUALITY.
IT IS THE VEHICLE WE USE TO ATTAIN THE STATE OF BLISS…we can chose the path ourself….the path that appeals to us, the path in which we are comfortable in, and we feel is best for our growth….the paths are bhakti (devotional) it includes bhajans (singing devotional songs), jap (chanting Gods name repeatedly), puja (daily prayer…chanting of shlokas, dusting the temple, lighting the lamp and incense sticks) etc etc….next is gyan (knowledge)…we can attain the knowledge of self and state of bliss when understand the knowledge of our scriptures….and put into practice whats written in them….next is tap (rigorous penance) wat dhruv, valmiki rishi, Buddha etc did….well these are the ones I remember….if there are more I ll put it in my next post
How each of these paths lead us to one goal i.e. STATE OF BLISS will explain later…..
yes there are going to be a lot of posts in this particular series…..and hopefully I can write everything that is there in my mind asap….the only hindrance is I am studing for gre at the moment….n my exam is less than a month away so I might not get enough time at the moment….
Now let me tell you something that might make u sit straight in your seat and pay attention to what I have written….
What if I told you that all of the swamijis, brahmacharis and acharyas from chinmaya mission (more about it later) are very well educated like doctors, engineers, architect, MBAs, professors, are creative and talented stage artists, dancers, etc etc
What if I told you that lectures on shrimad bhagwad geeta were given by acharyas in various top management institutions in india(IIMs) and abroad (Harvard)….
What if I told you that the birlas, piramals,goenkas listened to the discourses from various scriptures daily and taught their children teachings of shrimad bhagwad geeta
most of us feel these things are boring, meant for elder people, and maybe unintelligent people or people who don’t have anything better to do…..some of us feel that those who want to escape from the world become sanyasis….do we sincerely believe that…..the sanyasis leave the world not to escape from it but to attain a much higher realm….do we believe that understanding the scriptures is easy???? Or it is boring??? I ll tell you my take on it…I find it intellectually stimulating, fascinating, universally true and very practical. Swamiji said a very nice thing…SHRIMAD BHAGWAD GEETA IS THE MANUAL GOD HAS SENT ABOUT HOW TO MAKE BEST USE OF THE WONDERFUL INSTRUMENT HE HAS PROVIDED US WITH…SO WE MUST READ IT BEFORE WE USE IT I.E BEFORE WE ENTER THE WORKING PHASE OF LIFE (KARMAYOGA) NOT AT THE END OF IT WHEN THE INSTRUMENT HAS ALMOST BROKEN DOWN
with this I conclude….please wake up “GOOD MORNING”…please think…I ll write something more soon enough…..till then…happy thinking.
PS: the significance of putting our offerings in fire in puja…..well first of all we don’t put it in fire…secondly we consider all the elements as god ie we see &worship the lord present in them….we offer our naivedya (in form of ghee,sandal wood, fruits etc) to the fire god(agnidev) coz firegod is said to be the messenger between man and God….so whatever we wish to offer to any god we offer it through fire….beautiful and meaningful, is it not???
Giving you all some more food for thought….
In hinduism do we believe in many gods or one god?
In hindusim do we believe in idol worship?
Pl leave a comment whatever U feel the answer is.

Monday, November 17, 2008

LOSING MY RELIGION...

got this forwarded mail and i thought it echoed my thoughts...and m sure not only me but many of us r gonna relate to it....very nicely penned down...good work mr siddhartha vaidyanathan

Losing my religion!
- Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
The events of the last few weeks are freaking me out. Anil Kumble has gone, Sourav Ganguly will go, and the other three may not be far behind. I assume there is a large group of cricket fans in their mid-to-late 20s, like me, who are grappling with the implications. This transition is messing with our minds.
Let me explain. For many of us cricket began in November 1989. Pictures of what went before are too hazy. I remember Allan Border lifting the World Cup but don't recall what I was doing then. So I can't connect Australia's World Cup win to my own life.
Sachin Tendulkar spoilt us. He commanded that we sit in front of the television sets. He ensured we got late with homework, he took care of our lunch-break discussions. He was not all that much older than us, and some of us naïve schoolboys thought we would achieve similar feats when we were 16. We got to 16 and continued to struggle with homework.
Then came Kumble and the two undertook a teenager-pampering mission not seen in India before. Tendlya walked on water, Jumbo parted seas. Our mothers were happy that we had nice heroes - down-to-earth prodigy and studious, brilliant bespectacled engineer. They were honest, industrious sportsmen, embodying the middle class.
When we thought we had seen everything, they reversed roles - Tendlya bowled a nerve-wracking last over in a semi-final, Jumbo played a match-winning hand with the bat. We were such spoilt brats that we pined for openers and fast bowlers. We cursed the side for not winning abroad. Such greed.
Economists would probably have predicted the bursting of the bubble. We had a deluge instead. One fine day at Lord's we got a glimpse of two new saviours: Delicate Timing and Immaculate Technique. Suddenly my group of eight friends was split into two camps. You were either with Ganguly or Dravid. In that period we even took Kumble and Tendulkar for granted. It was adolescent indulgence taken to the extreme.
When we played cricket on the streets, we had a number of choices. Left-handers were thrilled, defensive batsmen were happy, extravagant stroke-makers were delighted, the short boys didn't need to feel left out anymore, spectacles became cool, and freaky bowling actions were no more laughed at.
In such a state of bliss did we live our lives. We flunked important exams, shed tears over girls, crashed bikes, had drunken parties, choked on our first cigarettes, and felt utterly confused about our futures. But every time we felt low, we had an escape route. One glimpse of Dada stepping out of the crease, or Jam leaving a sharp bouncer alone, or Kumble firing in a yorker, was an uplifting experience. So what if India lost? Could any of those Pakistani batsmen even dream of batting like Sachin or VVS?
My generation needs to brace itself for this exodus. Some of my friends have been talking of needing to revaluate their own careers
I remember Ganguly and Dravid soaring in Taunton, mainly because it was the day I got my board-exam results. And boy, did that provide some much-needed relief. I remember Tendulkar's blitz against Australia in Bombay because my dad, who thought cricket was a waste of time, sat through every ball. So connected were these cricketers to my growing up.
Now, after close to 20 years, my generation needs to brace itself for this exodus. Some of my friends, crazy as this sounds, have been talking of needing to revaluate their own careers. Others are realising they need to recalibrate their childhood definitions of cricket. "Part of me just died," said a college friend who was the kind of extreme cricket buff who memorised scorecards. "No Dada, no Jumbo. I'm positive I'll stop watching after Sachin and Rahul retire."
These players were not only outstanding cricketers but also great statesmen. However hard they competed, they were always exceptional role models. Now we dread the next wave of brashness and impetuosity. Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth are talented cricketers, but there's no way anyone would want a young kid to emulate either. The younger crop seems worse - a visit to some of their Orkut and Facebook pages tells you enough - and things may only get cruder in a cricket world when you can make a million dollars in a little over three hours.
"Our childhood is ending," said a friend from school, and in some way he was probably spot on. Tendulkar's retirement may mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but for a generation of 25- to 30-year-olds it will mark the end of the first part of their lives. Switching on the television the day after will be a serious challenge.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

wud love to write abt....

tricolour on the moon...its amazing that india is 4th or 5th (m not sure which) country to successfully send satellite up there....n that too in one go.....great achievement by our scientists

india smashing england.....india wins by 158 runs...amazing...good going men in blue...keep it up

wedding season begins....today is swaleha's wedding...20th is mohini's...and 23 rd is chitra's...30th is pallavi's....happy for them...but sad that they all r gonna be goin out of mumbai.....more later...

wud love to elaborate on these topics....but dont have time now.....n maybe m just too sad abt chitra going to australia....so words not popping in my head....will write in detail my feelings once i get some time...which is going to be after jan i guess.....hopefully i can write before that....

more later...

song of the day :in dino dil mera from life in a metro....love the words

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Auf Wiedersehen Mr Ganguly.....

struck century in debut in may 1996 against england...
receives arjuna award...1998
CEAT player of the year 1999 2000
wins natwest trophy against england 2002
celebrates win over england in Npower trophy 2007
both sachin n saurav with their awards after the win over aussies in second test in mohali 2008
good bye saurav ganguly.....we love you

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

tribute to JUMBO

taking lara's wicket...team celebrates
bowling to lara with a bandaged chin...

everybody congratulating him for his 10 wicket haul

man of the match trophy...after he took all 10 wickets against pakistan on 7 feb 1999
team welcoming him on the ground for the last timeat the end of the last day of the 2nd test....

india wins....goodbye kumble and ganguly


yesterday india triumphed over australia....a historic win in 25 yrs......india beat australia 2-0.....but this series will be known for a lot more than that....it will also be known as the last series played by two of india's great players & captians.....with a heavy heart we all say good bye to ANIL KUMBLE & SAURAV GANGULY.....we all will miss u guys.....you have won our hearts over the last decade, u played for the country not only with the way you play but also the way you were on and off the field....for being wonderful human beings....and for taking indian cricket to a whole new level.....with your courage and aggression and level headedness.....

SAURAV....we will always remember the way you first brought aggression into indian cricket....and of course the way u captianed the side..making you the most successful indian cricket captian.....the following caption in economis times describes you the best " A GREAT PLAYER IS KNOWN BY HIS PLUCK,BY HIS GRIT,BY HIS ABILITY TO FACE DOWN CRISES AND BY HIS NEVER SAY DIE SPIRIT.IN SOURAV GANGULY ,INDIA HAD SUCH A PLAYER.DADA MADE GENIUSES OUT OF ROOKIES & CONVERTED A BUNCH OF TALENTED PLAYERS INTO WORLD BEATERS.HE TAUGHT HIS TEAM TO FIGHT HARD AND TO RIDE OUT EVERY CRISES THAT CAME ITS WAY...IN THESE HARD TIMES WAT INDIA INC CAN LEARN FROM THE GOD OF OFFSIDE IS THAT KNOCKS ARE INEVITABLE BUT A GREAT PLAYER HAS IT IN HJIM TO TAKE THEM ON THE CHIN AND BOUNCE BACK - WITH A SMILE AND A STEELY DETERMINATION"

and of course we will always remember the boy who made a century in his debut match as well the man who made his century in the final series....we will remember the captian who removed his shirt and threw wen the match was won against england at lords.....

KUMBLE....abt him i cant write as much....not coz he any less than dada.....but coz of my limited cricket knowledge i dont know much abt his achievements....but i do remember him as the level headed guy who stood by his side last yr in australia wen all the racial abuse charges were going on against harbhajan singh.....i remember him as the captian who levelled the series 1-1 inspite of series of wrong decisions in the adelaide test.....he was a player who never was daunted by injuries.....he played with a plastered chin in west indies....bowled for the country n won the game if i remember right....remember him taking all 10 wickets against pakistan in delhi.....we love u JUMBO.....and we shall miss you....


also this series will be remembered for the wonderful gesture dhoni did.....he showed us along with being a talented player and a successful captian he is also a great guy with a heart of gold....i loved him for asking ganguly to captian the side for the last few overs once the 9th wicket had fallen....loved him for asking kumble to come up and lift the trophy with him......great going dhoni....am sure the country's cricket is safe in your hands.....

links to some of the articles abt the win & abt ganguly:
a day to remember
last goodbye words from DADA
he woke me up :ganguly
farewell gift
cherished memories
last innings
being a captian
robinhood and his band of mavericks
dada's last hurrah
after the win....wonderful moments of the team...our boys are the best....love men in blue :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

important tips that help u know a person..

I was in the shopping mall with him. We were there to meet our friends at the top floor - Food court.
I m scared of escalators. Especially taking the first step. It always scares me. I never understand where to put my feet first. It all keeps moving, I feel, I shall be sucked into the folding staircase.

Usually when I have to take the escalator with some other friends around, my friends looking at the way I panic they jus push me or lift me on to the escalator and take me upstairs.

We are just good friends and not into any relationship. We were meeting as friends. I knew he liked me

We reached near the Escalator, as usual I panicked, to take the first step.

But he stood next to me and said “ Take your first step, just put your feet ahead of the yellow line, and see-how you glide to next level, just be calm, I am there, I shall step behind the yellow line, right behind you”

He knew his limits and did not exceed it and just offered his hand and did not hold my hand on his own crossing his limits.

I unknowingly held his hand and I took my first step ahead of yellow line and he was there with me just one step behind.

Had he stepped with me ahead of the yellow line, it wud have left little space for us to stand or rather, for me to rise comfortably on the escalator and get rid of my fear.

But he was there with me, standing behind me to see I rise, to see I get rid of my fears.

I felt “ can he be the one, should I think about him, I hope he really is the one.”

I hope things go with us the way I wish them to, then may be someday we shall take the step together ahead of the yellow line.

He proved himself, now its my turn to make my place in his heart, to help us take the step ahead of the yellow line TOGETHER.

Girls - this may not be the only way to judge a person, but it’s these small situations, which make you feel, realize how he is and help you take a decision.
Guys – Try doing it ONLY with the special one and may be it shall help you to make some place of your own in her

song of the day: baatein kuch ankahi si...from life in a metro...love the words of this song...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

DECIDING...

Outside my window, a new day I see,
And only I can determine
What kind of day it will be.
It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay
Or boring and cold,unhappy and gray.


My own state of mind is the determining key,
For I am only the person I let myself be.


I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help,
Or be selfish and think just of myself.
I can enjoy what I do and make it fun,
Or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.


I can be patient with those who may not understand
Or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.


But I have faith in myself
And believe what i say
And I personally intend to make the most of each day


-Anonymous

Song of the day: main aisa kyun hu...from lakshya....brilliant choreography by prabhudeva...and of course hrithik executes it perfectly

Thursday, October 9, 2008

my 25th birthday......

its not everyday one turns quarter of a century, so the day is bound to be special....and luckily for me this was one of my bestest (best is not superlative enough) birthday....most memorable ones...and its thanks to my family and friends who made it special :)

celebrations had begun the previous night itself....we bought two nice tops...my mom was like u should wear new clothes on ur bday :)
i had made plans to meet chitra mohini and rehana for lunch....so she was like and u goin out too...i thought one was enough but my mom insisted we buy two...after that we went and bought ice cream (chocolate mocha fudge) to eat at stroke of 12...of course we cud not wait till then so we had it right after dinner only :)

then after dinner i was busy searching for my favorite movie scenes to put on my blog :)
phone calls started coming from one hour before my bday itself...my poor friends and cousins who cud not keep awake till 12 :)

got rehana's call at 10 45 pm....ushma's sms around 11...and mithila's call by 11 30....and chitra called at 11 55...she was like m so so sleepy i cud not wait for 5 more min...we spoke for 5 min and then i told her to sleep...then came anu's call (little did i know back then that she was planning to come visit me all the way from powai)...very soon came rujudidi's call....rushika wished me too...she speaks so sweetly now....the way she said "rhythmmasi happy birthday" was so cute

then came smses till 12 15...arshad..himali..mrunali...aditya...i fell asleep by 12 30 i think...i was really tired after staring at the computer screen for almost 2 hours....

as i opened my eyes in morning i saw a beautiful bouquet of rose and orchids on my table....so the first thing i saw were the flowers....i had not expected it to be there right at 8 am...

then i got dressed...wore my brand new top....went to ribbons and balloons to buy pasteries for my sir and assistants....wanted to call dr basrur too...he comes sometimes in clinic...pulls my leg but enlivens the place....i really wanted to share my bday with him....but i thought he might be busy with some case.....i took a chance gave him a call....and it was so sweet of him to come...we shared a very nice half an hour in clinic....

i left clinic at 12. 15 (earlier than usual) coz i had to go to dadar to meet chitra mona and rehana (thankfully we cud meet for my birthday...we cud not meet on chitra and rehana's bday..and mona's bday too its unlikely as it wud be soon after her wedding...so i am lucky we 4 cud meet on mine)...
but i had forgotten home keys...so i had to go back to hospital...collect keys from mom...and then i hurried to station....well as luck wud have it, the train came after 15 min....i was supposed to reach dadar by 1 30 and i reached at 2 30....coz the train was halting a lot in middle....other than this slight hiccup my day was superb.....

had nice lunch of lasagne,sizzler,enchilada (i know many cuisines combined)....we went to high street phoenix mall after lunch.....did time pass....sat in macdonalds till 5 40...then left...around that time the cell phone battery got discharged....so my phone got switched off....i reached home around 7 30...very very tired....and as soon as i put phone on charger calls started pouring in....

then mom dad came home and told me to get dressed for dinner.....and suddenly i heard the doorbell ring...i had no idea anu and milanjiju were coming....i was so stunned seeing them....we left for restaurant....and reaching there saw himali vinay and kedar with cake....i was totally overwhelmed and speechless.....my hands were shaky as i cut the cake....and i was making mistakes introducing my friends and family....it was so much fun....after dinner had paan....than managed to coax anu to stay overnight....

spoke with her till 2 am....called sahill to wish him....got to talk with sonumama and ba too....

also wat made this b'day really special other than the above mentioned stuff was the emails,smses and phone calls i got....got mails from raja ,palakdidi, tanvi,sujalben....phone calls from allwyn,vivekanand,macwin,dhaval,aakash,arunkaka,snehalkaki,shakil,noella,jiten, miliaunty,
apu(miliaunty's son)rushi,mohit,sudeep,varun,adarsh,shikha,,sapan,savibhabhi,ajubhai,
falguniaunty,vidhi(poor girl called me 4 times as my phone was not reachable)....shubu, called up at 2 am
(if i have forgotten a couple of names i am very very sorry)..
was not at all expecting nidhi and vibhooti to call from usa....so it was a pleasant surprise talking with them after a long long time....also got several scraps on orkut (sorry i cant mention evryone who scrapped me....but ur scraps made me feel very special...the fact that u folks took a minute out of ur day to visit my scrapbook and post ur wishes made me feel wonderful)
mails from saya,adrian and sapanjiju were unexpected too....

so on this b'day...got lots of unexpected visits...phones...emails.......
all in all one of my bestest birthdays......

song of the day: i am bitch..i am a lover by alanis morissette.....finally i put it up on my blog :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

from eve of my birthday......till my birthday

in two hours i turn 25........hmmm...been on this planet for quite some time now...lived for quarter of century.....no small deal....lived..and lived well....had a great time uptil now on earth....am really lucky in a lot of ways....have been blessed with wonderful parents and sister...also love everyone in extended family as well....and of course how can i forget my friends...they mean the world to me...and am so lucky to have them as a part of my life....

today i am going to put up some of my favourite scenes from movies and television...no songs...just scenes.....most of them r romantic....so here is a collection of them....love them all equally....so they r here not in any order or anything....

last scene from PRETTY WOMAN...perfect fairytale ending

NOTTING HILL...when julia expresses her love for hugh....a movie star and a guy next door


TITANIC...deck scene...one of the most breathtaking scenes from a movie...love the way its shot...the cinematography is superb


proposal from STEPMOM...beautiful


NEVER BEEN KISSED...confessional sequence and the proposal...love it...


BURKE'S VOWS


cristina's acceptance of burke's proposal


P.S. I LOVE YOU.....the ireland part


chandler and monica's proposal scene from FRIENDS


FRIENDS....MIKE AND PHOEBE :) hilarious and sweet


SALAAM E ISHQ.....love the part of john's proposal....also govinda is gr8 na


LAGAAN.......love the way aamir says i love without actually saying it :)


JAANE TU.....YA JAANE NAA....airport scene cum besura proposal scene


guess this many are enough for now.....searched a lot more for some other which i wanted but i didnt get them....and as and wen i remembered some other scenes i put them...i had not intended to put stepmom scenes...or guru scene...i wanted to put proposal scenes from runaway bride and sweet home alabama....but as usual u get some...and you dont get some...but u get something else too...something u didnt expect....

two hours are up....m 25 now :) spent the last two hours searching for my favourite scenes and what a good time i had....thankfully internet worked well.....and now am gettin phone calls and messages from my family and friends....gotta go......love you all....m so happy today

Sunday, October 5, 2008

stay cool....

this mail is especially true in todays day and age....where all of us are worrying about one way or the other....in our fast life we have forgotten that in the race we run our mind and body gets neglected and affected....its no wonder day by day number of people with anxiety related disorders,depressions and other psychological problems are increasing.....let us learn to stay cool....

A professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in
it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students,' How much do you
think this glass weighs?' '50gms!'.... '100gms!'... '125gms'. ..the
students answered.


'I really don't know unless I weigh it, 'said the professor,' but my
question is: What would happen if I held it up like this for a few
minutes? ''Nothing' the students said.


'Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?' the
professor asked.


'Your arm would begin to ache' said one of the students. 'You're right,
now what would happen if I held it for a day?' 'Your arm could go numb,
you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to
hospital for sure!' ventured another student & all the students laughed.
'Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?'
Asked the professor. 'No'


'Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?' The students were
puzzled.


'What should I do to remedy this'? Asked the professor again.


'Put the glass down!' said one of the students. Exactly!' said the
professor.' Life's problems are something like this. Hold it for a few
minutes in your head & they seem OK. Think of them for a long time & they
begin to ache. Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You
will not be able to do anything.


It's important to think of the challenges (problems) in your life, but
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT to 'put them down' at the end of every day before
you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day
fresh & strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your
way!'


So, when u go to bed tonight-Remember to 'PUT THE GLASS DOWN, TODAY!


song of the day : tum ho toh...from the movie rock on! love all songs...one by one all of them will find a way into my blog :)


Saturday, October 4, 2008

being positive

at the end of the day the fact that we have courage to still be standing is the reason enough to celebrate.....
-meredith grey in grey's anatomy

song of the day : way back into love...from music and lyrics...hope u enjoy it as much as i did :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

interview with GOD...

THE INTERVIEW WITH GOD

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.

“If you have the time” I said.

God smiled. “My time is eternity.”
“What questions do you have in mind for me?”

“What surprises you most about humankind?”

God answered...
“That they get bored with childhood,
they rush to grow up, and then
long to be children again.”

“That they lose their health to make money...
and then lose their money to restore their health.”

“That by thinking anxiously about the future,
they forget the present,
such that they live in neither
the present nor the future.”

"That they live as if they will never die,
and die as though they had never lived.”

God’s hand took mine
and we were silent for a while.

And then I asked...
“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons
you want your children to learn?”

“To learn they cannot make anyone
love them. All they can do
is let themselves be loved.”

“To learn that it is not good
to compare themselves to others.”

“To learn to forgive
by practicing forgiveness.”

“To learn that it only takes a few seconds
to open profound wounds in those they love,
and it can take many years to heal them.”

“To learn that a rich person
is not one who has the most,
but is one who needs the least.”

“To learn that there are people
who love them dearly,
but simply have not yet learned
how to express or show their feelings.”

“To learn that two people can
look at the same thing
and see it differently.”

“To learn that it is not enough that they
forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”

"Thank you for your time," I said humbly.

"Is there anything else
you would like your children to know?"

God smiled and said,
“Just know that I am here... always.”

-author unknown

SONG OF THE DAY : nazrein milana nazrein churana from jaane tu ya jaane na...simple words with wisdom...peppy tune...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

a beautiful story

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived:
Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One
day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all
constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the
last possible moment.

When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,
"Richness, can you take me with you?"
Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in
my boat. There is no place here for you."

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful
vessel. "Vanity, please help me!"
"I can't help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,"
Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, "Sadness, let me go with you."
"Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"

Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not
even hear when Love called her.

Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come, Love, I will take you." It was an
elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where
they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own
way. Realizing how much was owed the elder,

Love asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who Helped me?"
"It was Time," Knowledge answered.
"Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?"
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because only Time is
capable of understanding how valuable Love is.......... .........

song of the day : kabhi kabhi aditi....from jaane tu....ya jaane na....love the words of this song...so simple and full of positivity.....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

my b'day.....let the celebrations begin :)

today is 1st day of navratri.....and to all those who dont know it is my birthday too :)
according to hindu calendar....meaning the day i was born ie 7th oct in 1983 was the 1st day of navratri......thats how this is my b'day....so i am one of those lucky people who get wished twice coz first day of navratri being an important day many people remember it as my b'day....so now officially i am 25 :)
today mom had made some nice banana halwa.....was yummmmmmmmmmmy

rest of the day was routine.....nothing special....but still i feel good as its my birthday....noella rujudidi kailasmasi and kettymasi and naynakaki wished me.......

navratri always excites me...and i love to play dandiya and garba.....but these days dont play as much as i used to as most of my dance group has disintegrated...ya feel bad....but maybe one day out of 9 days i ll go to dance.....

song of the day today : dholi taro from hum dil de chuke sanam...love this dance...the dance which shot choreographer VAIBHAVI MERCHANT to fame...one of my favourite garba songs

Friday, September 26, 2008

some of life's lessons

NEVER CRY FOR ANY RELATION IN LIFE

BECAUSE FOR THE ONE WHOM YOU CRY

DOES NOT DESERVE YOUR TEARS

AND THE ONE WHO DESERVES

WILL NEVER LET YOU CRY......... ........


TREAT EVERYONE WITH POLITENESS

EVEN THOSE WHO ARE RUDE TO YOU,

NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT NICE

BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE NICE........ ......... ........


NEVER SEARCH YOUR HAPPINESS

IN OTHERS

WHICH WILL MAKE YOU

FEEL ALONE,

RATHER SEARCH IT IN YOURSELF

YOU WILL FEEL HAPPY

EVEN IF YOU ARE LEFT ALONE....... ......... ........


ALWAYS HAVE

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN LIFE.

THERE IS SOMETHING POSITIVE

IN EVERY PERSON.

EVEN A STOPPED WATCH IS RIGHT

TWICE A DAY......... ......... ......... ........


HAPPINESS ALWAYS LOOKS SMALL

WHEN WE HOLD IT IN OUR HANDS...

BUT WHEN WE LEARN TO

SHARE IT,

WE REALIZE HOW BIG AND PRECIOUS IT

song of the day...allah ke bande....kailash kher has sung it well and lyrics r inspiring

Thursday, September 25, 2008

really funny....honestly ;)

dedicated to all those who interrupt others when others r doin some work....STOP DOING IT....IF U HAVE NOT GOT IT YET...TELLING U IN CLEAR WORDS...ITS IRRITATING

this passage is really funny...the way its written..loved it.....

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly
her husband burst into the kitchen.
"Careful ... CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You're cooking
too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter.
Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK!
Careful ... CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when u're
cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your
mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them.
Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him. "What the hell is wrong with you? You think I
don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?" The husband calmly replied,
"I wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving!!"

song of the day :nihaal ho gayi....amazing lyrics by prasoon joshi

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

learn to keep faith....against all odds

Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florid a , a little
boy
decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In
a
hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving
behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not
realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator
was swimming toward the shore.

His father, working in the yard, saw the two as they got closer
and
closer together. In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to
his
son as loudly as he could.
Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn
to
swim to his father. It was too late. Just as he reached his father,
the
alligator reached him.

From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just
as
the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war
between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father, but
the father was much too passionate to let go.
A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his
truck, took aim and shot the alligator.
Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy
survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the
animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father's
fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he
loved.

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma,
asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs.
and
then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my
arms.
I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Dad
wouldn't
let go."
You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too.
No,
not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those
scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But, some wounds,
my
friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your
struggle, He's been there holding on to you.

todays song is from enchanted.....thats how you know....i love the words of this song...and of course patrick dempsey is a bonus ;)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

carrots....egg...coffee beans

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.
She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.
She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see." "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity -- boiling water.

Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

so finally we decide how we deal with life....does life change us or we change our life :)

song of the day :
(excellent dance by madhuri and prabhudeva....a treat to watch)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

spreadin smiles :)

nice moments in life: (this mail made me smile)
* To fall in love.

* To laugh until it hurts your stomach.

* To listen to your favorite song in the radio.

* To go to bed and listen to the rain outside.

* To clear your last exam.

* To receive a call from someone, you don't see a lot, but you want to.

* A good conversation with a sweet person.

* To find money in a pant that you haven't used since last year .

* To laugh at yourself looking at mirror, making faces.

* Calls at midnight that last for hours.

* To laugh without a reason.

* To accidentally hear somebody say something good about you.

* To wake up and realize its still possible to sleep fr a couple of
hours.

song of the day:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

blasts in delhi

after mumbai....banglore....hyderabad...jaipur...ahmedabad...surat.....now its delhi....whats next now????
which city is the next target??? is it gonna be chennai...kolkatta....or r they going to repeat the cycle from mumbai again....is this going to become our way of life....is this a value of human life??? is this what the human race has come to??? jus so many questions go on in my mind....now while gettin into train we all go with mental make up that we not come out of it alive...but still we travel in trains....its not fearlessness...its helplessness.....and acceptance that we cant take each breath fearing for our lives ,so we live like anything can happen anytime....for how long are we going to accept this as a part of our lives????
what are we leaving for our future generations???? a series of dates to mourn for someone....

dont know how to end this post....

Friday, September 12, 2008

friendship...

Horror gripped the heart of the World War 1 soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier asked his lieutenant if he might go out into the "no man's land" between the trenches to bring his fallen comrade back.

"You can go," said the lieutenant, "but i don't think it will be worth it. Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your life away." The lieutenant's advice didn't matter, and the soldier went anyway. Miraculously he managed to reach his friend, hoist him onto his shoulder and bring him back to their company's trench. As the two of them tumbled in together to the bottom of the trench, the officer checked the wounded soldier, and then looked kindly at his friend.

"I told you it wouldn't be worth it," he said. "Your friend is dead and you are mortally wounded." "It was worth it, though, sir," said the soldier. "What do you mean; worth it?" responded the Lieutenant. "Your friend is dead" "YES, Sir" the private answered. "But it was worth it because when i got to him, he was still alive and i had the satisfaction of hearing him say, "JIM........, I KNEW YOU'D COME."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11

today the whole day whenever i wrote the date...i felt a pang in my heart.....my heart went out for all those families who lost someone they loved and cared for in the terrible tragedy that happened 7 yrs ago.....all those who had someone either on the plane or in the WTC...
for all those innocent people who died for no reason at all...who didnt know they are not coming back home in evening or are not going to step out of the plane....
now many more dates are added to this one........thats the sad part of it....i know how people must have felt or might be feeling in NYC when they think abt WTC coz i know how worried i was wen i heard about mumbai local train bomb blasts and how terrible i felt when they ripped through the city...when they planted bombs in the trains which are pulse of the city ,which 52 lakh people use to commute.....

i just pray for all those who have lost their lives...and all those who have been left behind....
and may god knock some sense into those who are doing all these activities....

came by this verse which i want to share with all of u :

"earth is round, earth moves not seen but true
sky is blue, sunset is golden seen but false

energy in the atom,
vitality in the sun
gravitational force not seen but true


double moon ,mirage waters
dreams and hallucinations seen but not true


world we see but not true
truth we see not , but true "

- swami chinmayananda

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

attention people

have not posted in a while and i think its going to be difficult to write posts for sometime....i am going to make it a point to write one post per week....for my sake not for yours...am sure all those who read my blog can go without some new posts but i dont think i want a big gap in writing the way i had in may.....mean while i ll keep posting some nice emails forwards i have got and i have really liked...will share with u all some nice quotes...some nice songs.....some nice emails and poems that might make you laugh, cry,smile or think.....so pl keep coming back here to read and lemme know your views on them...

on this post adding title track of U ME AUR HUM.....LOVE THE WORDS OF THIS SONG....

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ganapati bappa morya........

today is ganesh chaturthi...for all those who are ignorant about it let me tell you something about it..LOKMANYA TILAK organised this festival in order to unite the people....to bring them together irrespective of their caste and from where they belong in order to strengthen the fight against BRITISH RAJ.....this festival is mainly celebrated in maharashtra as it originated here....but these days people in other parts of the country too celebrate it......in maharashtra many people bring ganesh idols in their homes....they make lots of preparations for decorations and prasad etc etc..will put up pics of the decorations....

love the typical modaks they make...its like ghugra we gujjus make jus that they are boiled.....the outer covering is of rice flour and inner stuffing is of coconut jaggery and cardomom.......it tastes yummy!!!!!!!!!!

the idols are kept for 1 1/2 , 5, 7 or 11 days.....most people who do it on small scale keep them for 1 and 1/2 day.....and big sarvajanik (community) ganesh are kept for more days......

only bad part abt the whole festival is that the idols r immersed in natural sources of water...and that adds to water pollution as the idols are made of plaster of paris......we have to find some eco friendly material soon....

on the whole this festival like our other festivals adds colour to life....and takes us one step closer to god as at least for those many days and some days prior to it we do constructive things ,planning on what needs to be done and how we are going to do it....so other thoughts automatically stay away from our minds....great stress buster......

putting a song of ganesh visarjan from movie don, i know there is time for visarjan but wanted to put some ganesh related video so here it is...

NICE ONE.....

I AM THANKFUL:

FOR THE WIFE
WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME,
AND NOT OUT SHOPPING

FOR THE HUSBAND
WHO IS ON THE SOFA
BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME
AND NOT OUT IN BAR.

FOR THE TEENAGER
WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME,
NOT ON THE STREETS.


FOR THE TAXES I PAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM EMPLOYED
.

FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE
BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.


FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK

BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE

FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING,
WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,
AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING
I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT

BECAUSE IT MEANS WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING
AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION


FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL

BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM WARM.

FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH
WHO SINGS OFF KEY

BECAUSE IT MEANS
I CAN HEAR..

FOR THE PILE OF
LAUNDRY AND IRONING

BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.


FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES
AT THE END OF THE DAY

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN
CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.


FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF
IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.

AND FINALLY, FOR TOO MUCH

E-MAIL BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.
Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of your heart!