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Fault Lines in the heart

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This is not an article as much as it's a question - Why is it, emotions that we grow up thinking we will encounter from our foes, we land up receiving from our friends in grown up life? and in Friends, I include our co workers, team members, peers, acquaintances, neighbours, lovers, husbands, wives and even relatives, parents, siblings, children....and myself.

Envy, jealousy, anger, hatred, deception, lies, manipulation and other such emotions are not what you associate with a friend when you are kid playing in the park, having family dinners, attending school, sharing your first cigarette or your first love. Those festivals you celebrate, those events you attend, that game you watch, a shirt you buy....not in any one of those moments, the thought comes to your mind that even remotely suggests that one day these same people, you included will be faced with dangerous fault lines that would threaten to break everyone's heart.

And yet, this is exactly what happens. Was it always …

So ja Panchi

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so ja panchi, so jaso ja O panchi, so jakal phir hai oodna, pankh fadakna, dana chugna, so jaso ja panchi, tu so jabaadal hai kaale, darr mat tu pyaare, badal hai kaale, darr mat tu pyaareKiRnain laayengee ujaale, so jaSo ja panchi, so jaso ja panchi, tu so jaNa samundar ke toofaan, na tooti yeh taani Na jheel ka gussa, Na bhayanak yeh baarish, rok paayengee tujko o praanee, so jaSo ja panchi, so jaSo ja o panchi, tu so jamatlab ki sena ya phir bhatka woh saathi

I want a potty seat made of Gold

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The right question – Can we not succeed without aspiring for the obnoxious?
The adage born with a silver spoon has lost the sheen in post e reforms India and not because silver spoon is not a valuable commodity anymore but because almost everyone today has one.
Everyone also has a cell phone, credit cards, mode of transport, branded piece of clothing and even a hyper market loyalty card. This is the good news. There is no bad news as such but the strange news is that a lot of us aspire to have a lot more. At the face of it this too seems okay but when we dissect these aspirations we realize that “a lot more” stands for alarming proportions.
In New Delhi and Mumbai, you will find many moderately rich middle class families of 4 having 4 cars if not 5 to 6 cars. An LCD or plasma in every room, some even have a small size one fitted into the bathrooms. 2 big size fridge, a deep freezer, and mini fridge in the bar and bedrooms. Collection of shoes is no more a female domain, even a dom…

A Simple Kiss

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So many houses on the way, not a single home for me
Happy families, folks and siblings
I wonder if they can ever be?Gangs, circle, clubs and friends
I am not in any one of theseMy side of bread
Neither has Jam, nor Butter,
not even a slice of cheeseSuch Tall trees in the forest,
and Buildings on the streets
not one of them I could ever reach
To make the world hear me scream24/7 million radio stations
not one playing my song for me
Daily soaps, Films and plays
have no character based on meexotic sweets, wine and chocolates
are all wasted on me,
the only taste I ever get,
is of the chilling winter breezeExpensive gifts, champagne weddings
and stretch limousines
Everyone wants it, is every one’s dream
Thank you but not for meThe only thing I ever wish?
…to feel a simple kiss.
if something like that still exists!
and comes for free…

The Joy of Living

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We all look for a reason to live, we all must.
"When I was attending a film school in the early years of my career, I realized one fact about films that shook me up greatly – that films don’t really change people’s lives. People watch films for 2-3 hours, laugh, cry, get angry, become tense, feel sorry, sad and other emotions but after the film is over, they all go back to their day to day lives being just the way they were.

Their responses, outlook or attitude wasn’t affected by the emotions they experienced inside the dark room watching that film. Maybe their hairstyles and dress sense or way of speaking did but not their attitude, outlook or responses. If this was the case, then we would have eradicated corruption and violence long time ago from our society but alas such is not the case.
This made me wonder that if I am not making any worthwhile contribution to the society then what is the point of being a filmmaker?
So, I went around painfully exploring the purpose of becoming a …

The Hats

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So futile are the lengths we go, to wear the many hats that protect our vulnerabilities, from the wrath of the Sun. If only we knew it was a dying star....

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Eyes on Mars

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Eyes on Mars by Amit Mehra
You can run but you can't hide. That was suppose to be the last line of this article but since live Critique feed (LCF) on this article strongly suggested that I use it as an opening...so here we are.The only problem is that now I am confused on how to end this article. But I guess that's a small price to pay for living in the future as a creative entity. Oh I have just received a message on my hand device that the ending too will be provided by LCF's central command. Now isn't this wonderful? Sorry...I stand corrected isn't it marvelous? Thanks LCF. (they felt the word wonderful is used often and also when used in that sentence...it reeks of unwarranted sarcasm. I agree)I am so glad that now we have a critique system that is live...as in they review your work as you create it, when you create it. No more long months of anguish, waiting for a response or a reaction for one's work. I mean I have no idea why in the past the critics were…