My home town

“AGAR FIRDOUS BA-ROIA ZAMAIN AST
HAMEIN ASTO HAMEIN ASTO
HAMEIN AST” (Words of JAHANGIR on getting a glimpse of Gulmarg)

My home town is situated on the banks of river “JEHLUM” (as significant as THAMES) sandwiched between two of the most natural beauties in this part of the world. On one side there is the world famous hill resort “GULMARG” and on the other side Asia’s largest sweet water lake , “WULAR”. Both of these world famous tourist attractions have their own legends so has my home town “SOPORE”.

My home town has been named after one of the most eminent engineer that my home land “KASHMIR” has ever seen. His name was “SOYAA”, he belonged to a lower cast Hindu family. He was not allowed to study with other kids at the school initially but after much persuasion and request from her mother, the high cast teacher allowed him to come to his classroom, the teacher was shocked to find out that what ever he taught or was going to teach his students, Soyaa new that already. “SOYAA” represents never giving up, always surprising by doing what nobody expects from you, exceeding the expectation; so does this town and its inhabitants named after him.

Kashmir in olden times had a very big problem of frequent and devastating floods. So one day while pondering over how to stop the frequent flooding, the king asked for SOYAA’s help. SOYAA came with a completely out of box suggestion, he asked the king to give him two boats filled with gold coins and promised that the problem would be solved. With two gold filled boats , SOYAA went to the bottle neck of the river “JEHLUM” that was causing the flooding . He threw all the gold coins in the river and announced that who ever brings the coins out of the river can have them, but with one condition that the stone or rock under which the coins are has also be brought out also.

He had just completed saying these words and every tom, dick and harry was in the river trying to grab as much as possible. With in no time the whole river bed was cleared of the obstruction causing floods.

From old past now let me come to the recent past. After my hometown was named in honor of the great engineer, it has been since then been called and known by various nicknames as well. The most well known nicknames include “CHOTA LONDON” or “LITTLE LONDON” and “APPLE TOWN” . The first name was bestowed because of the amount of the business that was done here and the amount of money that used to change hands . The second nickname comes due to the reason that my home town was responsible for the production of the 90% of the apples. Apples EVEN NOW are responsible for the generation 60% income for the whole state when there are now various other options aswell. The business was so big in my home town that it led to the birth of such a big business man who used to lend money to the county’s govt,(when they needed the funds desperately), his name was SAMAD PANDITH (his legend some other time). With all these things in mind what do you expect the central square, where the milestone reads ZERO, will be harboring..……. (r u imagining some sort of Trafalgar square)….to know what it actually harbors wait for the next update

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Slum dog millionaire

………………………..by now these three words automatically come to fore in a discussion when somebody mentions about slum dog millionaire. – 1st A.R REHMAN, 2nd golden globe awards, 3rd “it talks about a teen from the slums of Mumbai”. And then suddenly we are becoming proud enough to call ourselves Indians. So what in this movie makes us proud enough to shout at top of our voice our nationality, other than the music is composed by A.R Rehman, and the actors have done a commendable job (except Irfan, I think the performance was below his own standards). Let us take some time out and think (who have watched the movie, obviously)
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…………………………hard to find anything let me try to help………………. Can we be proud of taking away from the children their childhood, which is what is being done in this country every day every moment somewhere or the other (there is a “MAMAN” in every locality). Can we be proud of the way in which the law enforcement agencies function here, be it of inaction when action from them is most needed or there going all guns after the accused to extract confession from him. They have already declared him/her as criminal, based on certain biases which they always consider to hold true? So what are we proud of, maybe it is too complex and confusing question to answer. We can leave this discussion as it is, it is becoming too discomforting for both of us!
Let us talk about the movie and what I liked most about it.
This movie is about a 18 year old uneducated, slum born, orphan who does what no educated- doctor, layer , engineer or general knowledge wala has hitherto done. He wins Rs 20 million on the game show “ Who Wants To be Millionaire”. He is being arrested on doubts of cheating , after that is being tortured to know how:
1. Police officer: what the hell can a slum dog……possibly know?
Jamal: the answers!
The way Jamal explains the reason he knows the answer for each question, with each answer the mystery of Jamals life gets unraveled bit by bit. The story telling is such that it keeps you glued . some of the parts which I liked most are:
2. The shot in which the security personnel are chasing the kids through the slum , the sleeping dog opens its eyes and raises its ears , and the kids rush by it, is awesome!
3. when jamal along with salim and latika are being brought from the dumping grounds to the Maman’s place . As they arrive , seeing all the children playing , the smile and glow on the face of jamal & company tells it all, no words required. Fabulous work kids, hats off to you.
4. when jamal is getting ready to sing the famous bajan of Surdas before Maman, not knowing that Maman intends to make him blind and earn dubble through this heart touching bajan ………Jamal and Latika in their innocent discussion-”bas Maman ko mera ganaa pasand ayai to bohut maal milaay ga…dhair saraiy paisay Latikaaa !”..….beik nahi mangni padaigey.. “beik ! tu pagal ho gayei hai,.. habour road pai banglai main rahain gain , tu main aur salim teeno musketeers” habour road sachi !…….. “haan……..chandni ki raat main, tu aur main. Tum aisay dance karaiginaa……………..” jaisa tum dance kar rahi ho na waisa gana mat ganaa …………………… “mairey bari aagayi”, theek sai ganaa…………………………….. “aaaj hamara time badal gayaa bhaiii”……………….
5. “……………is this heaven,. you are not dead, ……………” And the aging process that goes with this , makes me to go to my childhood when I was watching a movie and it started with a young boy running ( why he was running I don’t remember), by the time boy completed running he was transformed into the young man all had to watch. But the only difference in this movie is that you don’t realize when the transformation actually happened.
6. …………….Jamal becomes a tour guide at the Taj Mahal………….. “but as you can see the swimming pool was finished on schedule”………………………….“she died in an accident” , but i read that she died of child birth, “exactly sir she was on way to hospital” ………… “the guide book was written by some good for nothing Indians”
7. ………. Acting as a tour guide to an american couple…….. “this is the India’s largest dobi-ghat, it is said that every person in Uttar-Pradesh is wearing a kurta that has been washed at least once here..”
8. In between the game show there is a commercial break and Jamal has to answer the question , “who has most first class centuries”, he is sitting in the washroom not knowing what to do, enters Anil Kapoor , he comes to know that Jamal does not know the answer so what does he do, he feeds Jamal with the wrong answer. Telling Jamal he can become the second person to become Raja from rags, as him. Its human nature, you want to lonely at the top, you don’t want anybody else to do what you were able to do. You don’t want to loose the no. 1 spot. And then comes the unexpected move from Jamal by not choosing the answer provided by the lonely man at the top.
9. All along the movie salim is heard saying “ GOD is good”, but as he dies he says “ GOD is great”. I don’t know what was running through the scriptwriters or directors head , but this shows that how much attention was paid by them to what may appear minute things, but actually are things of great significance and add value to this movie.
10. Salim lay’s for himself the death bead of money, it seems similar to what Alexander did . when Alexander was on his death bead he told his minister that when his body is taken for burial his hands should be clearly out of the coffin , so that people could see that even after ruling half of the world he was taking nothing with .!! I don’t know whether this shot was shot in this way by keeping this thing in mind but I don’t know why I remembered this when I saw it…………
There are many more things that I liked about the movie, but if I would had mentioned them too then the enjoyment you would get by watching the movie would had been lessened a bit . and I don’t want that to happen. No doubt there are some minor errors in this movie as well . I am trying to be different today, I am supposed to be good at seeing errors and mistakes so I am trying to see only what is good ,trying to change….. know bad habits dry hard by the way I couldn’t understand how come Jamal found and called his brothers mobile number from an non-domestic call centre, ops! …………. It is better I stop here………… . After watching the movie you can at least say we have got some good writers in this part of the world unless you go by J.W. Eagan’s saying “never judge a book by its movie. ( no offence ment for the writer, haven’t read the book yet!)… so enjoy the movie…….

ONLY……………….

On a dreadful night,
a person had to run from his his home
to come to rest his flight
in a ruin of one room.

with nothing to eat
n nothing to drink, but with fear to shrink.

exhausted, he laid on the hard Floor,
as he was in his own glore.

eyes he raised towards the ceiling,
decorated such , he couldn’t resist but praise.

praising he closed his eyes,
for in the morning to be surprised
shocked, he watched the sun rise .

he had slept in a ceiling less room
for him to discover the ultimate truth,
the great great architect was GOD himself,
n all the praises are ONLY for his self……………

why………….

why is it so that i don’t know
or is it i don’t wana know.

why the world is round?
why is it that i have to know.

why is it so…….

where is the current row?
how will that help me to grow.

why should i know!

what happens if i don’t know
what i want , what is there to want

why is it so
that i have to know!

THE QUESTION , DO I BLOG?

This is the question that i had to face repeatedly in past couple of days. so i answered- i don’t, but i couldn’t make out what the expressions that followed meant. Today one of my friends asked me “by what name do i have the blog” , i didn’t know what to say . i was trying to figure out what to say when he said ,” it is ok if you don’t want to tell me” . so pausing our conversation at that very moment and i engaged my self in this highly engaging work of creating a blog so that i could tell my friend i have a blog with the name ” al-haqu murun” , this phrase means truth is bitter and in today’s world if you tell truth (that you don’t blog) hardly any body will beleive, no matter even if he/she is your looser friend.