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Thursday, June 03, 2010

బాలానందలహరి 

 య'మహానగరి' కలకత్తా పురి 


జూలై  కల్లా కోల్కతా మొత్తం జలమయం. Airport నించి హోటల్ చేరే వరకు సాగిన పయనం ఓ మధురానుభూతి.
నాయని కృష్ణకుమారి వర్ణించినట్టు (కాశ్మీరు యాత్ర లో) కారుమబ్బులు ఆనందభాష్పములు రాల్చగా వచ్చు ధరిత్రి వెదజిల్లు పరిమళమును మరకత వర్ణం ధరించిన వృక్షములకు అందించి ఆ పిమ్మట  పలకరించవచ్చు ఆ  గాలి స్పర్స అమూల్యం. పెట్ట, బేడా, మూట, ముల్లా, శరీరం, ఆ కూడా వచ్చిన చెత్త, బురద కారు లో పడేసి రయ్! రయ్! అంటూ ఊరు మీదకి  పడ్డాము.      
రోడ్డు , ఆ ఫై నడిచే మనుషులు, వారి వేషాలు, బళ్ళు, రాబళ్ళు, చుట్టూ ఉన్న వనాలు, భవనాలు, ఆచి తూచి కనిపించే రిక్షవాళ్ళు,  కరెంటు స్తంభాలు అన్ని క్రీస్తు పూర్వమే మరి!
నాన్న సెల్ ఫోన్ లో మాట్లాడడం లో , నేను ఇలా ఏదో విన్తాలోచనల్లో మునిగిపోయాము. 
ఇంతలో "ధడాన్" అంటూ దడ పెట్టడం తో కారు మూగబోయింది. కారు దిగిన మరుక్షణం కళ్ళజోడు  మసగ కప్పింది. అమ్మ ఎప్పుడు చెప్పేది అక్షర సత్యం .తీర ప్రాంతాలలో తేమ ఎక్కువ. సాల్ట్ లకే సిటీ అనే ప్రాంతం కోల్కతా లో కల్లా అతి శుభ్రమైన ప్రదేశం. ఇంతకీ ఆ రెండురోజులకి మా బస  అక్కడే!!
హోటల్ రూం లో కాసేపు కునుకు తీసేసరికి సంధ్యాసమయం ఇయింది. Curtain లాగి కిటికీ వైపు చూసేసరికి బయట వాన చేస్తున్న కలకలం మా కడుపుల్లో కూడా చేసింది. క్రింద restaurant కి వెళ్లి బాబు వేడి వేడి గా బజ్జీలో, బొండాలో తెచిపెట్టుకో, తినిపెడతాం అంటే  "నొహి హొయ్" అన్నాడు అన్నింటికీనున్నూ ఆ బెంగాలి బాబు.
కూసంత  టీ తో సరిపెట్టుకొని కోల్కతా విశేషాలు కోసం అన్వేషణ మొదలుపెట్టాము. 
విక్టోరియా హౌస్, హుగ్లీ నది, కామాక్ స్ట్రీట్, బొడ (అంటే బడా అని) బజార్, బైపాస్ రోడ్, హౌరా వారధి, కాకుర్గాచి, అంటూ తిరిగి తిరిగి సిటీ సెంటర్ చేరాము. ఔనన్డోయ్ చెప్పడం మార్చాను; సిటీ సెంటర్ అనే ప్రముఖ కట్టడం సిటీ శివార్లలో ఉంది. ఇది ఒక నేలవారు కట్టడము. మాలు లో రుమాలు గాత్ర దొరుకుతాయి అని తెలుసుకొని వేడి వేడి గా footpath మీద చాట్ ( నాన్న చెత్త అంటారు) లాగించేశా!!!
ఊరుని, తిన్న తిండిని జీర్ణం చేసుకున్న తరువాత ఆలోచించగా ఒక విషయం తెగ నచ్చేసిందండోయ్ 
ఇక్కడ జట్కా బండి దెగ్గర నించి జర్మన్ మేడ్ వరకు అన్ని రకాల వాహనాలు ఉన్నాయి, సౌకర్యాలు ఉన్నాయి.
మచ్చుకకు ఇవిగో ఇవి ఇక్కడ వీర విహారం చేసేవి 
రిక్షా, ఆటో రిక్షా 
సైకిలు, మోటారు సైకిలు
ట్రైను (మెట్రో), ట్రాము
చిన్న బస్సు, మామూలు బస్సు, పెద్ద బస్సు, మంచి బస్సు
పడవ, ఫెర్రీ 
టాక్సీ , షటిల్  బళ్ళు  మినహాయించ గా ఊరికే తిరిగే ఊరి బండ్లు. 





అటు తుళ్లిన్చే రాయల్ అలీపూర్ పరిసరాలు ఒక వైపు, 
మైళ్లు విస్తరించిన బస్తీలు (slum) అదో టైపు,    
చరిత్ర చాటి చెప్పే బ్రిటిష్ భవనాలు,
IT కంపనీలు కప్పేశాయి గగనాలు,
దక్షినేశ్వర  కాళి  పట్టణానికి మూలదైవం,
 కలలతో మోగించింది శంఖారావం
వానలతో వెలసిబోయాయి కొన్ని కట్టడాలు
లాల్చీలు ,  లూసు జుబ్బాలు ఇవి వీరి కట్టడాలు
పట్టభద్రుడి గా కనిపిస్తాడు ప్రతి బెంగాలి బాబు
పోయేవు దెగ్గరకి చేస్తాడు మరి రుబాబు
(య)మహానగరి ఈ కలకత్తా పురి
తూర్పు భారతమంతకి ఇదీ ఊపిరి!!  


 
   








   


   

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hot summer - Cool Hyderabad
Just like any other day, life started at 8 in the morning. Having read Economic Times to showcase some intelligence during MBA has increased the aversion for no-gossip-only-business papers. I grabbed the regional daily and riffled through it to quickly come to film section. Boring reading was followed by an eventful swimming.
I came back home hitting upon some friends by the noon to eagerly take a mouthful of what mom cooks. After the tummy protruded out and it no longer managed another droplet of water or a grain of rice, I decided to enjoy my siesta. It was when I reclined that I remembered an old friend’s last working day in Hyderabad. It really is a token of respect to attend his farewell.

The stretch across Jubilee Hills to Madhapur is really a nice drive ( but only during the afternoons or the offbeat hours).
One thing I really like in Hyderabad is the sheer arrogance they show in abiding the traffic rules. Ok! I am not so much into rules as what you need at the end of the day is mutual understanding and that is how it works in Hyderabad.
A junction moderated by a traffic police always lead to long queues and improper scheduling while the same junction in the absence of a traffic guy is no bottle neck.
The bigger roads have 2-3 lanes clearly demarcating them for 2,3,4… wheelers.
However, freedom to happily to cross over lanes is the best part as it takes you to your destination very quickly. Many a 2 wheelers are seen mostly on the express lanes. Cybertowers provides a bird’s eye view to the car-RTC bus maneuvers by the middle lanes.  Majority of times is the slow lane and footpath used by those to come in the wrong (opposite) direction to create the element of surprise for those waiting on the same. They pave ways for shorter routes and now it is hidden rule to come in the opposite direction along the slow lanes.
On any day the lanes are used liberally by us. Clearly it is so much fun here..
These roads have nice dividers all along with reasonably tall buildings over look the traffic rush alongside.  Traffic signals are only a hindrance as they waste the precious 20 -30 seconds of our valuable time and hence, they are never really practised.
Well, to add more Orange light is used to increase your speed to quickly cross over the signal while you start off 5- 7 signals before the green pops up. Only the disadvantaged stop at the red signal.
I steered on the same roads to catch up with my friend. The entire city has changed so much post 2000. Roads of Madhapur are now the one-stop destination for everything ranging from sanitary and hardware shops to IT hubs. Most of the traffic during the working hours ( 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.) is due to the call cabs and the shuttle taxis. I was in no rush to meet my friend. I moved rather slowly compared to my fellow traffic-mates. I almost reached the destination and it only required 2 more minutes when I saw a cute puppy ( stray dog) that tried crossing the road to catch up some sleep under the tree on the other side. We, the so-called rational animals, have never followed any rules and how would an immature, stray dog, that barely managed to understand the world we are in, would know where to cross the road?
This con cab in front of me could have easily avoided or waited for the dog to clear its timid crossing across the road. Oh no… waiting for a second would lead to a catastrophe. So, the cab continued at the same pace. Inefficient reflexes for this 5-7 month old could not help in avoiding the speeding car
                                     and the dog rolled under the tyres of the mammoth.
The driver of the cab did not even have that sympathy to stop over and quickly see for a proper course of action. Neither did the 20-30 other guys sealed under helmets or Air conditioned cars had the compassion for the same. There were just two people on that  road which had NIFT and big corporate on either side that took the dog to the footpath. Mind was totally totally blank after that tragic accident. There was no blood anywhere while one side of the dog was totally peeled off. Its tongue stuck out and made hiccups. I quickly got water from my vehicle while making calls to Bluecross. Puppy was on my lap in my arms and I was helpless for its condition as I couldn’t alone take it anywhere neither was any one interested to look at its plight. After 20 seconds, the eyelids were  ajar and the hiccups stopped.
It took me 5 more seconds to realize that it was its heartbeat that STOPPED.



Ahh!!! What a painful death for the little one which was under the false impression that people would wait or help it get some sleep.
It is now asleep forever.
I rose from that site and could
  • hear the same horns,
  • see vehicles moving past
  • and observe people around just uninterested with the fiasco.

The drive for the next two minutes seemed really long!
Lack of discipline is tolerable but lack of compassion is not!

PS: The corpse lied there even after one day of the accident or death. Taking it to the graveyard is not I could have helped, but, …

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What you like is imaginary!

Dont know why am I extremely upset tonight.
They say that life is longer if you stay happier.
What is this happiness?
How long does it stay?

These are certain questions which pop up in my mind quite often.
Friends say that I should seek happiness in whatever I see, do , believe.
Its an irony for me.
Sadness creeps in somehow in whatever I do!
Or efforts that I put for hours, days and sometimes months is ruined by a momentary lapse!
and this is so impacting that its etched in memory forever.

Is my perception wrong?
Or the entire world does things otherwise?

Hmm..
Hope I write another blog that can successfully counter these arguments!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Jog!!!!


A pleasant morning..


I finally woke up at 6 am after continuous buzzing for 20 mins. Totally determined, I went for a jog...
Whiff of fresh air is all it takes to
resuscitate one.
Twittering of birds is really a timbre to listen to in the morning.
Senile walking to glory only motivates u to jog an extra mile..
Kids playing around aimlessly is undeniably joyful...
Speeding past them with no thoughts in mind but to just enjoy whatever is seen, heard, felt WAKES u from within..
This activity has started to keep myself fit. I took very little time to understand that it helps you more other than physically.
I am totally disturbed today.
No I am very frustrated..
and frustrated with the fact that people tend to corner a person when he shows an amount that is slightly higher than the average patience levels.
I keep saying to myself " My patience is not my lenience"
waah.. very filmy..
hahaha.. this is a platform for me to vent my feelings.
Yes it is!!
Trivial issues are being put across as the most disturbing things in life.
It disturbs me more when I am not even connected to it.
Am I making sense in this post?
I dont know..
But I feel good typing shit in this..

Life teaches you lessons in a hard way.
I started learning only at 23.
Hmm..
Its hard for me.
I am undergoing a crash course to face what I missed out in a brief time.
And the route is bumpy..
And when it becomes tough to retain balance, something within
shouts to stop being polite..
But, failing miserably at each step only shows my lack of resilience, wit, endurance etc.

It should change..

Friday, October 23, 2009

Well..
Its another day in my life which started in a very mundane way.
Everything in life is but boring.
Alarms buzzes at 5.30, 6, 6.15, 6.30 ............... 9 am.
Thanks to the sweltering heat and open architecture in Kolkata. I woke up finally after a comforting 10 hours sleep. Well, getting ready on a day-off is not so brisk.
Interest would be more in observing what happens around you.
Engaged in random discussions about Haryana politics ( name itself sounds so inspiring.. I can only imagine the politicians saying Vatt mor you vantte? (what more you want?) types.. well i am poor at appreciating lots of things.. this being one in the countless), listened to my age-old playlist which brings me the same Rehman, Nickelback and co but with an unlimited feel and joy. I tried playing with my Top, crazy ball and other little kiddo stuff I have. Gtalks, yahoo messengers, orkuts, twitters, facebooks.. ugghh... they induced in me heights of boredom.
And...
I woke up finally to do something constructive.

Well... When was the last time I followed/implemented my plan..
never..
series of incoherent situations in the next 3-4 hours were fun.
Well..
I have not done anything constructive from a father's/ MBA's/ aspiring MBA's point of view ( lets limit here.. ;) )

But I am uncontrollably happy..

I resume blogging with this post... :P

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Merde Actually!!!

Well, Scandinavian trip is more than exciting. But the long drive from Stockholm to Oslo is more than exhaustive. Well, respite from regular course of action is never easy. Apart from admiring the scenic beauty of the Fjords, I engaged in reading "Merde Actually" to avoid dozing on Shwetabh's shoulders, munching junk to glory.



Monday, December 29, 2008

movie: khadgam
song: nuvvu nuvvu


nuvvu nuvvu nuvvE nuvvu
D 9s12s9----7s9s7--2-4-7-4-0-2-

nuvvu nuvvu nuvvu..uuu
D 9s12s9----7s9s7--2-4-7-8-----

naalOnE nuvvu
D 7-9-7-4-3-4

naatOnE nuvvu
D 7-9-7-4-3-4

naa chuTTu nuvvu nEnantaa nuvvu
D 7-9-7-4-3-4---------0-2h4-2h4-2-2

naa pedavipainaa nuvvu
D 7-9-7-4-3-4

naa meDa vompuna nuvvu
D 7-9-7-4-3-4

naa gunDe meeda nuvvu voLLantaa nuvvu
7-9-7-4-3-4------------0-2h4-2h4-2-2

buggallO nuvvu..uu..uu moggallE nuvvu
D 4-7-12---7-9-12-9-7-9-----4-4-7-0-2

muddEsE nuvvuu...uu..uuu...
D 4-7-12---7-9-12-9-7-9-8-7-4

niddaralO nuvvu..uu..uu poddullO nuvvu
D 4-7-12---7-9-12-9-7-9-----4-4-7-0-2

prati nimusham nuvvuu..uu..
D 4-7-12---7-9-12-9-7-9-8-7-4

this is the basic tune..
charanam always fall in the same tune..
movie: surya sun of krishnan
song : nalone pongenu narmada


intro lead
B 5-7-8-10-8-7-5-3-5-10

B 5-7-8-10-8-7-5-3-3-5-7d-5

pallavi
=======
Naalone pongenu narmada
B 5-5-7-7-7-5-7-9-5

Neelallo murisina taamara
B 2-2-5-5-5-7-5-2-0

Anthatlo maarenu ruthuvulaaa
B 2-2-5-5-5-7-2-4-5-7

pilla nee valla
B 4-4-5-7-5-9-7


Neetho pongey velluva
B 5-5-7-7-7-5-7-9-5

nillallo eedhina taaraka
B 2-2-5-5-5-7-5-2-0

Bangaaru puvvula kaanukaaa
B 2-2-5-5-5-7-2-4-5-7

neevele kaanchanaaa
B 4-4-5-7-5-9-7


oh shanthi ,shanthi, oh shanthi
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-12-12

naapranam sarvam neevele
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-9-7-7

naa swaase neeve dhochaave
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-12-12

chelimey le neevu ayyave
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-9-7-7


Naalona Pongenu..

charanam
========

Edho okati nannu talachi,
B 5-5-4-5-4-5-2-5-2P0-0

mukku chivara marmamokati
B 5-5-4-5-4-5-4-2-5-2P0-0

Kallakapatam karigi poye,
B 5-5-4-5-4-5-4-2-5-2P0-0

bosi navve bogam PILLA
B 5-5-4-7S5S4S5-2-5-2P0-0


nuvvu niliche chotedho,
B 5-7-9-7-7-9-9-9

velayentha palikeno
B 7-9-12-9-7-7-7-7

nuvvu nadiche baatantha,
B 5-7-9-7-7-9-9-9

manchalle ayyenu
B 7-9-12-9-7-7-7-7

naathoti raa intivaraku,
B 7-7-5-7-5-7-5-2-5-7-5

naa ille choosi nannu mechu,
B 7-7-5-7-5-7-5-2-5-7-5

eeme evaro evaro teliyakane
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-12-12

aa venekey needai povadhey,
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-9-7-7

idhi kalayo nijamo emi maayo ,
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-12-12

naa manase neeku vasamaaye,
b 7-9-10-12-10-9-7-5-5-7-9-7-7



Naalone pongenu..