Archive | August, 2013

Maurice Sendak

31 Aug

This is one of my favorite interviews. I came across this interview first on actress America Ferrera’s facebook page. This interview of famed children books writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak is his last interview before he passed away last year. It resonates to me in many ways. It’s honest contemplation of life’s work.

Maurice Sendak ponders ” why bother being born and why bother about dieing”. On probed on ” why bother being born”. He says “I would have no answer except that would miss dog, devoted friend Lynn, partner Eugene, brother and sister..”

I really liked what he said about his dog ” How do you explain that you love somebody or something?”. True. You really can’t, always felt there is no reason why you love somebody or something.

On doing books and pictures he says ” Its a isolationist form of life. Its only true form of happiness every enjoyed in my life. Its sublime. Its magic time. Where your weakness of character, blemishes of personality or whatever else that torments you fades away. Just doesn’t matter. You are doing one thing you want to do and you do it well. You know that you do it well. You are happy.”

” The whole promise is to do the work sitting on drawing table and I think ” what a transcendent life is this”. In that moment, am doing everything that i want to do. I feel like a Lucky man.”

He further says ” trying very hard to concentrate on what is here, what i can see,what i can smell, and what i can feel. In that important business of life – looking out of window,colors i see, reading Charles dickens at night for an hour, little rituals i have of listening to Mozart. Learning how not to take myself seriously. My work is not earthshakingly important .Iam not earthshakingly important anymore. I’ll just clear the desk. You are done with your work. You are done with your life. And your life is your work.”

I love this thought of loving your work and then life and work is an integrated whole, This is ideal state.

Finally love this ” I was different not because i drew better than anybody or I write better than anybody, was more honest than anybody..”. This is all humble self aspires to.

Maurice Sendak :

Like the great writer my needle is stuck in childhood 🙂 Hope you enjoy this interview as much as did sharing 🙂 Any slip of word in quotes verbatim is purely mine. Have a nice day dear friends! Thank you!


Yasin Bhatkal : Most wanted terror fugitive held.

30 Aug

Yasin Bhatkal : Most wanted terror fugitive held.

I watched the news report yesterday with relief that Intelligence agencies and police teams have arrested Yasin Bhatkal. Thanks heaven for small mercies. So many lives  saved by a single arrest.  The dreaded terrorist headed a terror cell, IM ( Indian Mujahideen) which was responsible for a series of blasts in last few years. This proxy front for Lashkar-e – Taiba created havoc in security apparatus of India and took away so many innocent lives. It is perhaps the most important arrest in last many years.

I had watched with awe on television, the determination of US security and intelligence agencies to nab the Boston bombing suspect and they did so in few days of relentless search and combing operations. I wondered why do terrorists get away with rampant strikes in India? Why are they not nabbed?  Is it the topography,demographics,population, information pilferages…

I still remember the heart wrenching blasts in German Bakery, popular hangout for tourists and young people where innocent lives were lost. I hope this arrest leads to cracking the terror module and decimation of terror cell ( Indian Mujaheddin). I hope the political players speak in a uniform voice. I pray there be consensus on all political parties on security issues.  The same determination must be maintained on security apparatus like America does. Our borders are porous. Still if the political establishment shows determination and consensus, security establishment will  succeed in arresting this sinister menace. Let there be no more terror. This is my sincere wish. Thank you!


“I do not try t…

29 Aug

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov :



28 Aug

“Perfection is a theory. You cannot be a perfect human being, perfect artist. You cannot be a perfect husband, you cannot be a perfect father probably and probably I am not. But go through your daily routine with hope you will be a little better in all respects, and do something meaningful”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

In my growing up years,books and magazines were only window to the world. My country in the early years was little more inclined to soviet union and though it believed in Non alignment. Henry Kissinger had pretty interesting things to say about us in those times. I remember going to attend exhibitions of Russian books and sometimes films as a young student. The books were inexpensive and very colorful about Olympic athletes, ballet dancers. I discovered great Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov . I read about him in newspapers and magazines. I was fascinated about his defection,his interests in ballet,contemporary dance,acting. Great man.

In this clip the great man says ” My mother was a art lover,opera,drama,music ,theater and Ballet. One day in evening the curtain goes up,there were people dancing,beautiful lights,lovely music. I was hooked.I didn’t question my impulses.I really wanted to do it. I knew from very beginning,i can do it. Every thing else,you want to be good,you have to work day and night. I learnt that from my tender age.”

Here is recent report on Mikhail Baryshnikov acting on stage with Willem Dafoe

I also wanted to share a Broadway clip of Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing with the great Liza Minnelli

Hope you liked the great artistes in tandem and Mikhail Baryshnikov is such a great dancer. My humble tribute to great man.

Hope you enjoy as much as did sharing 🙂 have a nice day dear friends. Thank you!


Senraan Ra Baairya( Asif Hussain Samraat & Zoe Viccaji) : Coke Studio Pakistan

27 Aug

Please see another gem from Coke Studio Pakistan. This a most beautiful rendition of a Rajasthani folk song by Asif Hussain Samraat & Zoe Viccaji. The composition as always is brilliant 🙂

Title: Senṛaan Ra Baairya – سینڑاں را بائریا – Listen, O Breeze

Language: Marwari

Rajasthani culture has been lovingly preserved for over five thousand years in their folklore and music and while most Rajasthani songs are sung from the feminine perspective, there are songs for every conceivable occasion. Much of the poetic metaphor draws inspiration from the ever-present physical reality of the desert – and the Rajasthani vocabulary is smoothly adaptable to elaborating on topics as delicate as the subtlety of love, by drawing analogies to the rare pleasure of a cool breeze and the ultimate joy of precious rain.

سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج
senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj
listen, O breeze, softly and sweetly blow

دھیمو دھیمو مدھرو ری باج رے بائریا
dheemo dheemo madhuro ri baaj re baaireeya
softly, softly, sweetly blow, O breeze

سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج
senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj
listen, O breeze, softly and sweetly blow

تنری بنڑاؤں ڈھولا راجی تانسلی اے لو
tanri banṛaaoon dhola raaji taansali e lo
I make a serving dish, sweetheart, of my physical being

منڑے ری کروں من وار رے بائریا
manṛe ri karoon man waar re baaireeya
and following my heart, I offer up my heart to you, O breeze

سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج
senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj
listen, O breeze, softly and sweetly blow

راجو جی پدھاریا راجی محل میں اے لو
raajo ji padhaarya raaji mahal men e lo
when my prince arrived in the royal palace

دوداں برسیو میو رے بائریا
doodaan barsyo mew re baaireeya
he brought such happiness and prosperity that it rained milk, O breeze

سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج
senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj
listen, O breeze, softly and sweetly blow

انڑ دس ماں مھارو راجی لو بسے رے لو
inṛ dis maan mhaaro raaji lo base re lo
in this direction, does my darling prince live

انڑ دس آوے ٹھنڈڑی ہںڑ رے بائریا
inṛdis aawe ṭhanḍṛi hinṛ re baaireeya
(for) from this direction, blows a fresh and cool wind, O breeze

سینڑاں را بائریا دھیمو مدھرو ری باج
senṛaan ra baairya dheemo madhuro ri baaj
listen, O breeze, softly and sweetly blow


This love song is sung so melodiously and composition is wonderful. Hope you like this beautiful ballad.

Have a nice day friends! Thank you!


“Andy Dufresne:…

26 Aug

“Andy Dufresne: ‘That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you…haven’t you ever felt that way about music?’
Red: ‘I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here.’
Andy: ‘Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.’
Red: ‘Forget?’
Andy: ‘Forget that…there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside…that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.’
Red: ‘What’re you talking about?’
Andy: ‘Hope.”

― The Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King)

I haven’t read the book. I would like to, one more dialogue from the movie 🙂

“Andy Dufresne:  [in a letter to Red] Dear Red. If you’re reading this, you’ve gotten out. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don’t you?

Red:: Zihuatanejo.

Andy Dufresne:I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I’ll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend. Andy.”


Have a nice day friends! Thank you!



25 Aug

Please see this most beautiful and soulful rendition of ” My Father’s House” ( Bruce Springsteen) by Ben Harper. This is from Kennedy center honor for Bruce Springsteen.


Last night I dreamed that I was a child out where the pines grow wild and tall
I was trying to make it home through the forest before the darkness falls

I heard the wind rustling through the trees and ghostly voices rose from the fields
I ran with my heart pounding down that broken path
With the devil snappin’ at my heels*

I broke through the trees and there in the night
My father’s house stood shining hard and bright
The branches and brambles tore my clothes and scratched my arms
But I ran till I fell shaking in his arms

I awoke and I imagined the hard things that pulled us apart
Will never again, sir, tear us from each other’s hearts
I got dressed, and to that house I did ride from out on the road, I could see its windows shining in light

I walked up the steps and stood on the porch
A woman I didn’t recognize came and spoke to me through a chained door
I told her my story, and who I’d come for
She said “I’m sorry son, but no one by that name lives here anymore”

My father’s house shines hard and bright it stands like a beacon calling me in the night
Calling and calling, so cold and alone
Shining ‘cross this dark highway where our sins lie unatoned

Lyrics :

I think have posted this before,please do see the Boss narrate a little story ( You can’t fix the past) and playing this wonderful song 🙂

Hope you like the great rendition and the master’s laying it. I always thought Bruce Springsteen is a great song writer singer. This is one of my favorites.

Have a easy Sunday friends! Thank you!