Memorable Nainital Pics!!

Before it gets late I want to post some Memorable snap shots from Nainital!

A horse ride for 1 1/2 hr after learning few basics – Almost all by my self , Bful evenings like a scenic wall poster came to life, hospitality and patience owned by many in such places and a warm fuzzy feeling due to all that pleasance around- Surely gonna miss it all in the buzz of the city and the networked Frnds!:( – Nainital – The City Of Lakes

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Horse riding for the very first time!

Sat-tal Lake

Group of ducks

Solitude is bliss at times

Sat-tal(another view)

Nau”kuchiatal Lake (the lake with 9 corners)- Largest of lakes

and here comes “Naini”Tal– Dreamy enough to not think abt any thing else in LIFE!

“Water in the middle surrounded by a calm peaceful town, away from the noise and pollution of the city with cool breeze saying “hi” every moment. Serenity at its best and nature and people equally happy with each other!”- Love this pic Nainital Lake

Evening and sunset lakeside can lead to birth of many “Poets”

Its a shahi BOAT I CAN say!!

The colors– Bangles were awesome there
saw some thing of this sort for the first time here 🙂

supposedly “Himalaya view” with snow caps which were invisible in FOG and not so visible in the summer!


Candle making is famous in Nainital and I couldnt resist buying a bunch! The one in the middle (brown) is my fav!


Frenzy to be a Rapunzel!

She had hair flowing like a river so long.
One can climb down using the tresses so strong!
I always dreamt of me as Rapunzel singing a song.
My lucky Prince Charming always hovering around!

When I was in school I was so particular to have a long plait.
My mom had beautiful curls but I always wanted hair silky straight.
In the ads they show hair like a mirror, clean and bright.
They actually tensed me more and increased my plight!
As days passed I was happy with my hair which was black and thick.
I always was frightened about losing a hair when I was sick!
The mane was not a mirror and didn’t pull a truck or move a brick.
The regular hair care and love for it actually played the trick!
I was proud of my two plaits in the school.
Everyone was jealous and thought they were so cool!
Unless there’s any occasion Mom won’t let me go out with open hair.
I was sad at this and used to think it was pretty unfair!!

She told people eye it with jealousy leading to hair damage.
She used to say, “So my darling tie it and go to avoid the sabotage!”
Huh! Mom and her beliefs, I thought in a fit of rage.
We can never be on same page, It is generation gap I decided calculating her age!!
Years passed and I entered hostel for my graduation.
I was subjected to a 24*7 timetable and a lot of tension!
“I am losing lot of hair,” I cried out in phone one day.
 Mom equally tensed gave all possible tips, tough to follow, easy to say!

In despair I was thinking of some easiest way to maintain good hair.
A friend of mine came for rescue and gave tips for  hair repair.
Along with oil massages, shampoos and other tips to keep it strong,
she told one thing in my case which was perfectly going wrong!
Worn out, frail ,dead hair in my case is due to lot of stress I take.
She asked, “Why can’t I stay happy and smile just for my own sake?”
I wanted healthy long hair and not the parlour ones which really look fake.
I started being confident and happy and wanted to see the difference it will make!

Voila! My hair was stress free and I stopped whining looking at the mirror.
I loved to touch and feel my hair which prior was something like a terror.
My hair is the most precious thing to me than costly diamonds or gems!
My mom shouted in joy when she saw my hair and that was the end of my hair problems!!

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Ye Wasseypur hai Bhayya! Poora dimaag lagake Padhiyyega!!

Movie Name : Gangs Of Wasseypur

Producer: Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Starring: Jaideep Ahlawat
Manoj Bajpai
Richa Chadda
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Jameel Khan
Syed Zeeshan Quadri
Aditya Kumar
Reemma Sen

Music: Sneha Khanwalkar(soundtrack)

Lyrics: Varun Grover, Piyush Mishra

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Ratings : 4/5
Reviewed by Afshan Shaik

Film Released on: 22 June 2012

[Planet bollywood link to be updated soon]

As and when I heard that this movie is based in Wasseypur/Dhanbad of Bihar I thought its again a stereotypic political drama of a Gupta or a Choudhary family of Bihar but unexpectedly it’s a conflict started ages back during pre independence era between Khans and Qureshis with a rich Singh who enters in the story and acts as a pendulum provoking both the parties for his own benefits. The movie opens with the opening sequence of Kyuki saans bhi kabhi bahu thi being watched by villagers and then BAM, the gun shots follow engaging you in to the story!  Anurag Kashyap intelligently wanted to show so many social elements and ailments in the long duration of 160min. He succeeded in gripping the audiences’ attention but as there’s a lot on your platter you go haywire at times while seriously watching the movie trying to connect all the dots. Nevertheless the movie doesn’t fail to impress the mass. The story telling is excellent and I actually observed that few people were crouching on their couch so as to concentrate on the dialogues! The elements of ruthlessness and hatred unlike many other Mafia movies are damn natural. Major mention should be the characters sketched by Anurag which will be imprinted in your mind. Jaideep Ahlawat who is Shahid khan in the movie loots the trains and becomes a forever enemy of Qureshis when Britishers were still ruling in India. Post independence he works for Ramadhir singh. The characters are so raw and natural that they enter in to your skin. While watching the first half I didnt realise there was no full length song and the way initial (pre/post independence) story unfolds I felt like am watching pages out of Malgudi days! Manoj Bajpayee is the heart of the movie. Be it Bhiku matre or Veerendra pratap singh this man is terrific and seems as if he is in love with every role he plays. As Sardar khan the dialogues he delivered will be remembered forever by viewers.

“mere Jindagi ka Ek hi Maksad hai! Badla .  Marunga nai, uski “Keh Ke loonga” ! The keh ke loonga song has already become a cult!

“Hamare bête Daanis ko kuch hojata na to itna goli maarte ki aapka driver bi khaali khokha bech bech ke raiz hojaata”

The humor and subtle moral filled shayris in songs are also worth mentioning.

“Garibi tod deti hai jo risste khaas hote hain
Aur paraaye apne hote hain jab paise paas hote hain
Aey.. har yaar wafadaar nahi hota
Har patthar chamakdar nahi hota
Na jaane ban mein kitne phool khile hain
Har phool khushbudar nahi hota”

Music by Sneha Khanwalkar  (Oye lucky lucky fame who also hosts sound trippin) added spice and sparkle to the already lively Bihar. Another Manoj who added magic is Manoj Tiwari the famous Bhojpuri Hero . He sang Jiya ho Bihar ke laala. Tigmanshu Dhuliya is a surprise package. No other person could have done justice to the Ramadhir singh’s role!Richa Chadda(also a Oyelucky lucky fame) who acted as a lady with strong jigar and Kaleja steals the show as Sardar Khan’s wife Najma Khatoon. The way she threatens her husband and then finally accepts the fact that he cant control his lust and requests him to eat properly so that he doesn’t spoil the family’s name outside is just hilarious! Piyush Mishra’s narrative is a great relief and brings you again in to the movie in case you are drifted due to continuous plots and generations! He plays a convincing role as Sardar Khan’s advisor cum well wisher! Nawazuddin Siddiqui  who is actually Faizal Khan is dynamic, funny and as per the script may have a major role in GOW II !Reema Sen a Bengali who charms our Sardar Khan has a short but good  role where she is perfectly shown as an enticing lady! Other than that there’s no much scope for acting! MY personal favourite song is O womaniya which keeps playing in the background. If you google and know the translation it effectively describes what all a woman should and should not do. I just loved this song. Music/ songs blended along with the action scenes and dialogues some times which was a perfect mix! This movie is definitely not for the moral police and social workers who cannot digest the cuss words and protest saying movies should have a cause or moral. It’s a realistic story which just has a thin line between facts and imaginations! 

The pun and humor intended in the Hunter’s gun and also the light humor while Faizal flirts with Huma Qureshi and Sardar flirts with Durga or operates the dysfunctional bombs and guns is hilarious. Reviews say that this style is like Quentin Tarantino’s and few scenes are parallel to God Father’s! Whatever might be the similarities, Kashyap’s hardwork shows and its both the mother and father of all native revenge drama kinda movies! The film is enjoyable along with love, lust , music, anger, dark secrets, powerful dialogues, revenge, foolery and much more! The film doesn’t leave you over whelmed. You kinda leave the theatre feeling empty probably due to the lingering GOW II ! As Kashyap has set a bench mark, there is lot of expectation from the sequel! Bollywood has finally come out of the conventional comfort zone and can compete with Hollywood as we have filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap and Vishal  Bharadwaj likes!

Lastly, viewers are loving “haillloo” and this punch line“Ye Wasseypur hai Bhaiyya! Yehaan Kabootar bhi ek Pankh se udta hai aur dusre se apna Ijjat bachata hai”!:)

I leave you with my fav song below!

"Ah-Poetry Review"!

 Poems are written when you are ecstatic, when you have to express something with lot of intensity and you are falling short of words and just conveying it through speech will not do justice to that expression. Whenever you read a poem you instantly go back in to your memory lanes or start pondering or  just smile broad or get lost in thoughts. Poems ignite many kind of feelings in you. Being a poet (not sure if my  poems are still amateur;-) )  I loved reading this book but frankly even before jotting down the detailed review I must say I won’t be doing justice to this book review as I was not able to finish it. The name of the book is so apt – “Ah poetry!” It is loaded with so many beautiful poems (more than 150) that I was not able to finish all of them in a week. Frankly reading a poem and feeling it depends on your mood and reviewing poems- my god!! Initially I thought it’s an easy task as they are just poems, but ,hell  NO.Reviewing is all together a big challenge because a poem can only be felt or expressed. Reviewing the poem is not a cake walk and with so many poets and too many poems you will be bewildered as to whom and what to praise!

I loved many poems but excuse me for handpicking few favourite poems in this review, which I could understand instantly and these poems were effortless and easily felt. Many have written real heavy and intense ones of blood, war, religion, failed relationships etcetera but having read the poems of this genre many a times I liked a different genre this time. The best thing about this book is it is contemporary with many genres, all clubbed in a single book. Some people have weaved stories around poems and some let out their personal stories hidden between the lines and some didn’t mind expressing them directly. Once I almost finished reading the poems I felt like I read too many stories. That was a good feel!
Now I want to list out few poems which I enjoyed. It doesn’t mean the other poems are bad. It just means that some are too huge and heavy that I couldn’t sink in what all is written in this short span of time. Some were too strong and intellectual for my level of understanding 🙂

First poem which caught my attention was written by Ajinkya.H.Raut. He wrote a poem “Relationship in a Box” which describes that few relation ships which don’t work make you feel like you are trapped in a box with that person and there is no progress or love in that relation . The poem is not dumped with heavy emotions but still can make you thoughtful! Akshat Gupta wrote a poem “A Pocket full of memories”. It easily makes you remember some fond or cold or lost memories but my favourite poem is “A Billionaire” written by him which describes a person who is a billionaire but still a pauper as he is drowned in his desires, thoughts and dreams about that only person whom he couldn’t get. I loved the way the poem flowed! I also liked Amanpreet Singh’s  “Vacant Horizons”. It’s touchy!

Amit Charles aka Scribbler’s poems are also effortless. The way he wrote “Ammamma Puttu and the Summer Rain” reflected nativity and reminded me my days with granny. It  reflected innocence, childhood and many memories! I was lot touched by Anand Madhukar’s “Letter to my Father”. By the end of the poem I literally let out a sigh and couldn’t read any poems further for a while.

Anantha R a engineer in Cognizant finally made me laugh J I loved the way he wrote “I’m Ready for marriage”. This man can tickle your funny bone! His other two poems “Sangameswar’s new Roti maker” is equally funny and you can almost visualise the whole poem! He explained recession effectively in his poem “Communists or Democrats”. Another person whose poems I loved a lot is Anu Cowlagi. I liked all her poems. “Shower of Love” describes the tender mother’s love. “Perspectives”is amazingly written describing media as a new terrorism. Liked her last poem in the book “Time” as well. One more thing I need to mention here is most of these poets write blogs. I have gone through few of them and really loved many of their other works and poems!

I was touched by Baljeet Randhawa’s  “Do trust my silence?” . Nothing to describe it. You must read to feel it. Spare her a thought by Dolly Singh is good! Hiral Trivedi’s short poems are good. Krishna Dasani’s “Modern Myth V. Eternal Truth” is too good and you feel relieved by the end of it! Loved Leenuka Reddy’s “Meandering lines” which describes kismat is not connected due to the criss cross lines on the palm but by holding each others palmsJNishant Singh’s April’s Wing is again a journey to childhood. Thanks to Nivedita aka Devenita Er who finally cleared the confusion I had about a word “Haiku.” Pravaas Ranjan aka V@@S’s short crisp and clear poems were good . For instance he wrote a poem.
I presume that I walk alone
But still I see, a road constantly
Walking with me. 
There were many such good poems by him.
The way Prerana Choudhury described poetry just before her poems started is good!
Some poems described the nature , rains  and coffee during rains so nicely that I could almost get a whiff of hot chocolate coffee like Rohan Sen’s “I can smell the Coffee When it rains” which describes rain,coffee and meeting an impressive stranger JThere are many such poems describing nature beautifully! Shashank Mishra’s “Those papers in my Drawer” will instantly flash many images in your mind’s eye! Loved it. Liked Shigufta Uzma’s  “The Changing Prefixes and Suffixes” which describes marriage, change of surname and mocks it which you feel is aptly done and last but not the least I want to end it with Yamini Periwal’s “Invincible.” A poem filled with positivity and can make you confident. Loved it in and out. Kudos to Yamini. So the book ends with Yamini Periwal’s poems but when I was closing the book I felt the poetic saga is never ending! I know I missed out many names here. I want to repeat this again thatI had to skip some poems on terrorism, wars, attacks , blood etc as they were falling too heavy on my brain. As of now I loved the breezy ones! Some other time when I re-open the book I would love to read and understand the missed out poems. All in all it has been a great learning experience to me and quite a challenging task to review this book. As I finished writing this my feeling  is “Aaah- I can write it!” 🙂 After reading this book I feel like refining my own poems and writing few fresh ones.Lastly few images should have been added in the book which would have made them more realistic. Thanks to Blogadda for giving this amazing opportunity and for making me float in the “POETIC CLOUD” this whole week. This book definitely can be treasured! Kudos to all the poets who are a part of it and would love to see their individual books soon!!
“The whole week I was floating in a poetic cloud.
  Sometimes I frowned, sometimes I laughed loud!
 Sometimes I thought for long, at times I was moved.
By the end of the week my brain has many poetic seeds sowed!!”
Thank You again BlogaddaJ

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at