Monday, 11 March 2013
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Friday, 27 March 2009
I heard Mohit say "Mangalbhavan amangal hari " in school once and ever since I have been wanting to record it.
The second video is of Mohit having been inspired after listening to my attempts at poetry .This is his first poem.I hope he goes on to write many many more .
Mohit is 10 years old and he wrote this poem on 17th March 2009 when on a visit to lucknow. Its a superb one .
Sun Is God
Sun is Life
Water is Live
Water is Life
Air is Sky
Air is Life
Fire is destroyer
Fire is new life
Soil is floor
Soil is old life
God is Nature
God is life !
Tiger is the biggest cat
But cat is smallest cat in the world
White wild dog is the biggest dog
While pet dog is the smallest dog all over the world!
Saturday, 31 January 2009
It is 26th morning and though my body clock has made me get up at 6 in the morning I am really loath to get out of the bed. Promptly went back to sleep and awoke again at 7.30 when Amit literally pushed the morning tea under my nose. The tea gets cold by the time it reaches the bedroom from the downstairs kitchen. It had become pretty warm thanks to the Bukhari and the two quilts I had covered myself with at night became suffocating.It was a nice sunny morning much to our disappointment because we so desperately wanted snowfall !
We started for Salang at 11.30 an hour later than our schedule and that after much shouting at kids to hurry up! We took Juma,paid him 20 $ and petrol for the journey .Though Juma did not take the 20$ and said the trip was a gift from him to us.Thanks. Its a nice straight road once one is out of Kabul. Some kilometres after Charikar the road runs parallel to the river and its a great view.The trees were barren.The small village markets we passed through on the way were busy.
We had gone to Salang in the summer of 2007 and then it was green and there were mulberry trees .There used to small kiosks with a table or two selling shahtoot and we had rested there and dipped our legs in the clear stream.But this time it was barren.The trees had no leaves and were bent by the force of the winds.
There is not much of traffic but lot of heavy vehicles ply on this road which brings supplies from Northern Afghanistan to Kabul. There are a number of tunnels on the way too but we stopped before the Salang pass and even the big tunnel.We had to be back in Kabul before dusk. Saw a number of POWERGRID towers .Stopped at a place with snow and a fairly even ground for us to have a picture session and some rolling on the snow.There a snowball fight ,but the snow was soft and our legs would promptly go under.
On the way back ,had another session near a stream. The water was freezingy cold and it was fun. A little ahead there some pottery shops selling stuff from the kilns of Isatalif. Stopped to take some pictures and buy some items.I opted for a small blue pottery tea set with a kettle and 4 teacups and Amit went for a decorative urn. To our amusement ,there were tea sets and some knick knacks having picture of Mihir and Tulsi(of "Kyonki Saas bhi kabhi bahu theee" fame) .I came acros two coffee mugs with pictures of Vidya and Kumkum,two leading ladies of the TV soap serials . We hadnt bargained much and had paid 500 afghanis for the vase.Later Juma went on his own to the shop and bought a bigger vase for 350afghanis which the shopkeeper had tried to sell to us for 700 .GOLDEN RULE: NEVER BE SHY TO BARGAIN .
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
So we flew to Kabul on Christmas .There had been heavy fog in Delhi and flight schedules were haywire.In fact the Kabul flight of Indian Airlines on the 22nd had to be cancelled.But on the 25th it was bang on schedule and we were at Kabul airport at 9.00 Am Afghanistan time. Just before landing they anounced the temperature at 1 deg C and I shivered involuntarily .But it was not so cold as we descended the stairs steps. Amit ,ofcourse,had no faith in our capability to be suitably clothed and had brought caps and mufflers for us,which he distributed immediately when what we needed was only a warm hug from him!
Marium had gone for some shopping for her sister's wedding and I felt a slight twinge of annoyance at not finding her at home .But she manages the house well when Amit is there and is a good housekeeper.The "Bukhaari " which burns contnuosly in the room makes the room smell of diesel though one got used to it after a day . I refused to take a bath agin since I had already had one early morning at 4 before leaving fo the airport in Delhi. So my quota of one-bath-a-day -in-winter was done .
Saturday, 15 November 2008
India's mission to moon successful.India's moon mission Chandrayaan 1 landed on the moon on 14 th November 2008 ,the birthday of our first PM Pandit Nehru.
Barack Obama elected as USA's first African American President. For a country like US ,it has taken a long time to have an African American in the top seat.This is pathbreaking and will be a turning point in American society I think. They have broken the glass ceiling so to speak and American have broken their own glass ceiling of thoughts and visions.Next step for this most dominant of superpower is to do what other countries have done much before it.Have a woman elected as President.Maybe the next time but I doubt if Americans will be willing to break the norm in two successive elections.Much will depend on Obama'a performance.