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phir se udd chala !!!!

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness: - John Keats
I get reminded of this timeless poem every time I experience something beautiful.
And here I am referring to the movie Rockstar and more specifically its music.I loved the movie and its music even more.For me and millions others....music of this movie is one such beautiful gift....and probably what the great poet is referring too. The more I listen to it, its loveliness certainly increases for me.
Everything about this album is brilliant. It's a quintessential example of a masterpiece created by a collaboration of five creative people performing with their heart and soul and creating the best with their art in the process.
Great direction by Imtiaz Ali, outstanding melodies by AR Rehman, very soulful lyrics by Irshaad kamil, beautiful voice of Mohit Chauhan and phenomenal portrayal of the character by Ranbir Kapoor.
Every time I hear the songs from this movie, I am totally…

And the Mountains Echoed-Book Review by Shaista Shireen

“They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under.”


Every so often a book comes around that rocks you to your core. It makes you cry, laugh, think, feel , hope and dream so intensely that when it is over you feel adrift.'And the Mountains Echoed' is one of those books and the powerful messages of hope and connection the concluding scenes evoke, had me reduced to uncontrollable stream of tears. How can I find another like this, a book as good, a book as well written, a book that has expressed a gamut of human emotions so effortlessly. Sometimes its months or years before I find one.Like always Khaled Hossein had me emotionally drenched with his moving story.He is such an incredibly talented writer one who creates memorable and real characters and the story is impeccably woven together with extreme ingenuity. I wonder how he is abl…

And Justice Prevails……

It was something different about Friday, the 13th this month. The country was expecting not one but two very important decisions which would change the future of the country over the coming few years. As the day began, I was tuned to the news channels giving redundant information to kill the time till the decision was made either in room 304 of the Saket court or at 11, Ashok Road, New Delhi. While both the announcements, death penalty to 16 December gang rape accused and declaring Narendra Modi as PM candidate for 2014 elections seem to exuberate a message of a promising future; I believe the decision made in court had a deeper meaning for me as a woman.

            I am sure every woman of this country was waiting eagerly to know the court’s decision on this “rarest of the rare” case. It seems like the wish I made in my last blog post has come true. The judicial system of my country has proved that perverts who dare to touch me or my loved ones will not be spared. Whether this deci…

Lady, You're Not a Man! : The Adventures of a Woman at Work

Book Title: Lady, You're Not a Man! : The Adventures of a Woman at Work Authored By: Apurva Purohit Publisher: Rupa Publications India (2013) 
Usually, the preaching or the “how to” genre is not something I pick up to read. I don’t like people giving readymade solutions for challenges and problemsat work, home, love, parenting or anything else. But I somehow thought it would be interesting to hear what a seasoned professional like Apurva Purohit has to say about women at work. And I am glad it was not a mistake. Every working woman will relate herself to this book at some point in her life. And every man around the working women will be glad to know that the author has given them credit wherever due. In spite of the subtly preaching tone, the author keeps the reader interested by narrating relevant real life and fictitious situations/characters. The book has a nice flow where the author gives a matter of fact account of what can’t be changed and hence proves her point that adapting …

Laughter of a Murderer

There is an eerie sound echoing in my ears since yesterday. I just realized what it is. It is an arrogant, brazen laughter of a murderer, a rapist who has been sentenced to ONLY 3 years in a correction home for raping and brutally murdering a 23- year old.