Archive | August, 2015
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Main to piya se naina laga aayi re – Hazrat Amir Khusro – Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan

31 Aug

This is a Indian classical song by a superlative artist, a modern sitar great, Ustad Shujaat Khan. I love the artiste’s fine understated singing. The instrument and singing intimately intertwine to create a beautiful melody. Ustad Shujaat Khan son of a illustrious artiste father Ustad Vilayat Khan is a fine contemporary artiste. My understanding of indian classical music is rudimentary. I do understand the soulful singing and music..

This is a love song. The poet is a historical sufi mystic Hazrat Amir Khusro. The song goes..

” Main To Piya Say Naina Lada Aayi Re  (I’ve just come after making eyes meet with my love)

Ghar Naari Kanwari Kahe So Kare (If the women at home call me unwed, let them/Don’t care what the neighbourhood girls say)

Main To Piya Say Naina Lada Aayi Re (My eyes just met that of my love)

Sohni Suratiya, Mohni Muratiya, (A beautiful face, and an enchanting body/ his beautiful face, charming like an idol)

Haan mohni muratiya……(Yes an enchanting body / charming like an idol)

mohni muratiya……(An enchanting body… / charming like an idol)

Main To Hirday Ke Peechay Samaa Aayi Re (I’ve hidden it in the depths of my heart/ I’ve just made a place in the bottom of his heart)

Main To Piya Say

Ho Main To Piya Say Naina Lada Aayi Re (I’ve just returned after seeing my love)

Lyrics:  Adapted from a Coke studio India rendition of same song.

This for today dear friends. Hope you like the soulful and soothing rendition and brilliant sitar playing by Ustad Shujat Khan.

Iam a fan.

Have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh

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Usain Bolt

30 Aug

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
― Aristotle

There is no one like Usain Bolt. Perhaps he has said before ” He wants to be a legend” and he is a legend. No one so excellent all the time and supremely confident about it. I think he is a great hero. It’s hard to reckon someone as excellent and dominant in one’s calling as Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt is unique. So is his name. His family had some foresight. I stumbled on this training video. It’s hard training. I am sure every one works hard and what is it that makes Usain Bolt such a stand out winner..

I think guess it’s the system, training, self awareness, trust in coach, continous improvement and that supreme belief that he is a legend….

More on what makes Usain bolt so special : http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34089451?ocid=socialflow_facebook

I love sports. I love Usain Bolt. I think only he and Muhammad Ali can claim ” Iam the greatest”..

I think Usain bolt is so special for his excellence and personality, he has delighted the whole world..

I hope someone names their child ” Usain”.  Iam sure some intrepid person would. Now Imagine if only was named ” Usain Nair”, would have only climbed every coconut tree fatser than anyone, no that is no good 🙂

The very special and very inspirational Usain Bolt!

Have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh

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Onam

28 Aug

Onam is a harvest festival from the southern most state of India. The tourism department had come up with a coinage some years ago  -” God’s own country”. It indeed is a very beautiful place. Do visit Kerala 🙂

So happy onam dear friends and be good 🙂

Love, Suresh

What we do today is what matters most..

26 Aug

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A professor had told me long ago you must remember three people all the time – Gandhi, Marx and Buddha..

My choices are : Gandhi, Buddha and Zeenat Aman or Leonard Cohen 🙂

Buddha is very important and one of greatest teacher. The entire eastern meditation owes a lot to the great teacher. Thich Nhat  Hanh the modern Buddhist great had said ” If you take care of the pesent moment. The future will take care of itself.”

Think about this dear friends,  in life we only have to take care of present moment.

So each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

Goodnight friends! Hope you have a good today!

Love, Suresh

Little poems..

25 Aug

True Love:

We couldn’t meet

We had no luck

We had no advocacy

But cannot do without  you

So I pray every day for you

Every morning in the silver temple

At the feet of benevolent lord

I pray a truest prayer

For my true love

My Friend

My friend is tall

My friend is beautiful

Nobody cared all these years

My friend did every where & every time

I feel a rush of emotion and hidden tears

My life would have no meaning

So I pray a truest prayer

Every morning in the silver temple

At the feet of benevolent lord

For my truest friend

My teacher

My teacher makes me happy

Much more than thousands of silver & gold

My vision is still innocent

My teacher is my ideal

So I pray a truest prayer

Every morning in the silver temple

At the feet of benevolent lord

For my truest teacher

This for today. I go for a walk in morning and there is a silver temple, where stop by and offer prayers..

Goodnight friends! Hope you have a good day!

Love, Suresh

Quote 24 Aug

“Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we’ve utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope, although there is no guarantee of our future. There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. But we are working for that purely on the basis of hope. So, we need to make the best use of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.

So, let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities—warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful—happier.”

―  Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

This is a great thought as always from the beloved master. Are we making the best use of our time? Are we happy? Are we loving? Are we compassionate ? Are we learning?..

All my friends have children. I think they have great love and vision for children. I sometimes feel sorry have missed out of that. I have a niece now. We had a family function yesterday. I think children give a great meaning and purpose to human lives. As for your’s truly try to remain every moment in love, learning and staying active.

This for today. Have a lovely day!

Love, Suresh

Dalai lama..

22 Aug

“The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success, happiness, and so forth, which we consider desirable, are all dependent on kindness and a good heart.”

―  Dalai lama

I love Dalai lama. The great teacher’s wisdom is simple, practical, rational and from a innately good core.  I think if we live a life of integrity with kindness and a good heart. We will be genuinely happy. ” The very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” says the great Buddhist teacher. I think we should all be happy in our hearts. Every day of our existence.

This for today, we can all be happy and strive for our goals. Have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh