Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Romancing the thought of romance...

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Romance is a word that inevitably creates a scenario of cuddling couples, dingy khopchaas and the dance and song sequence around lush green trees. Everybody is romantic at heart but if one has to talk about it, it is still a taboo.  Maybe for the deep in culture people it is more physical than emotional.

It is beyond gifts, price tags, love letters and hush! Hush!
Don't you think a surprise halt at a tapari for tea and pakoda while waiting for the rain to stop is more romantic than a suave dinner. The smiles are more harmonious and the rain drops more melodious. Planned dinners and lunches are always welcome still this is a different feeling altogether. We are never satisfied with the clothes we have, the accessories we have dumped but someday that tiny gift appears while cleaning the cupboard and we are all smiles and gleaming.

Therefore, romance is that ever-burning splinter that sometimes burns bright and other times just is dim waiting to shine again. As the fire that helps us keeps warm and at the same time can burn us, romance helps keep life moving through the rough tides and barren days but overindulgence in making it pompous can ruin the charm. You do not need a reason or an ambiance to feel romantic.

 Frankly speaking men have little place for romance in their lives. At least it is not their forte.  I hear some woman say how much their men love them and spend on them. I somehow do not see anything romantic in it though it speaks about his good manners.

Being as diverse as we are from each other the thoughts about romance shall vary. However, one thing is for sure that it acts as an icing on the cake called life. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When television meant doordarshan...

I do not know how many of my online friends have read 'loat poat'. If any  of you enjoyed that comic, here is a chance to see ghaseeta ram,  dr. Jhatka, motu , patlu.
Nick has a show inspired by this comic. In a sea of cartoon channels showing  chinese and Japanese characters this show is desi. Core desi. Full time pass...
My kid just loves it.
Talking about entertainment. When i was a kid Sundays used to be special for ramayana and mahabharata. Saturday  meant watching He man at 4 in the evening.  '... I have the power'. there were not too many shows on television but enjoyment was high.
Then there were shows like karamchand, the desi Sherlock Holmes.  The way he chewed his carrot..... it became a trend. Kitty became a household name.
I was  very small but still have an impression of these shows.
Then nineties saw a new wave of tele serials, Dekh bhai dekh, sea hawks. Women booked their weekday afternoons for shanti and another show came after that. Hatim and our desi super hero shaktiman could not be missed.
Choices were few still the enjoyment was high. Then came the cable channels and spoiled the viewers for ever. How many shows do we remember since the advent of cable channels?
As life has become complex so has the means of entertainment.
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