Bytes By Bhavin Random Words From The Factory Of My Thoughts!

17Sep/080

>Could he be The Last Lear?

>Last night I was extremely bored and I had to do something to freshen up my mood. I chose to watch The Last Lear. What can I say about this movie? It's completely for those who are passionate about true cinema. Amitabh's acting being outstanding, is a common term. But what surprises me is one question that goes around my mind. How often do you see Arjun Rampal giving the performance of lifetime? I had heard a lot about Ritupurna Ghosh as a director. What fancies me about him is the kind of cinema that he creates. If Raincoat was a splendid piece of work then The Last Lear definately has to be a step ahead.

This movie motivates people in some or the other way. I would be honest enough to say that Amitabh rejuvenated my passion of arts. He surely has inspired me to follow my passions religiously.

But looking at the kind of cinema being made, could this be the last film of such art film? Looking at the way other actors doing senseless commercial films, could this be Amitabh's last art film? Just like Satyajit Ray was the last king of the art film markers, just as Shakespeare was the last person to be the God of literature, known for his creations all over the world, could Amitabh be The Last Lear of Hindi Cinema?

This question certainly arises in my mind. All I wish is to see many of such thought provoking films. Thats Bugs signing off for the time being. Chao!

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12Sep/080

>Googly of Life

>Well... I know this title seems to be weird. But nowadays the saying has changed, "The weirder... The better"

Well! What do I say actually! Reading the news headlines has really pissed me off to a certain extent. The cases of Neeraj Grover and Aarushi Talwar has become a joke for the nation. On top of it, the controversies surrounding the Big Bang experiment has finally made a laughing stock of those people who created rifts and rumours to stop it from happening. On top of it, deal with a few people and certain situations added as a thorn in my life. These all things really took a toll on my health and I had to do something to curb my frustration.

So last night I finally gathered some courage to pick up my guitar. I heard a song whose lyrics are as follows:

Tum ho to... Gaata hai dil
Tum nahi... To geet kahan
Tum ho to... To hai manzil
Tum nahi... To raah kahan

Well... I don't know what happened to me later on. But I could feel something going on in my mind and I had to pick up the guitar and just play it off. People tend to deal with unavoidable, unarguable situations and circumstances through different ways. Some do it by crying about past, some do it by smoking or by whining or complaining and some do it in some or the other manner to beat the disturbed conscience.

I do not feel ashamed to confess that I deal with such situations of life by writing or playing guitar. Umm.. Its true that it hurts sometimes. But then atleast I heave a sigh of relief that I do not vent my frustration on other people.

This is what I know as a googly of my life... I can see myself as a batsman who needs to defend the googlies of situations bowled by life. I feel better by this approach. And I guess one should adopt this strategy to deal with the situations in life.

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7Sep/081

>Destination Adhoi

>Hi ya...

Its the first and the last day of my trip to native place, Adhoi. Well... What do I say about this place. It's a mixture of a residential areas, lush green fields, man-made gardens and it is a cream area of archeologists (or archaeologists). The massive earthquake on January 26th, 2001 (sorry, I am bad at remembering dates) proved to be a mixed fortune for my fellow Vagadites. Though many people died but then the status of poorer class changed. And surprisingly, Adhoi has been given a heritage status like Harappa and Mohenjodaro civilizations.

The earthquake changed everything except the helpful nature of people. In the coming days of my blog, I intend to tell you the stories of few such people who have picked up the bits and pieces of their lives, who have dared to accept the challenge thrown to them by their destiny and about those who have not given up themselves to pessimism.

Coming back to my holiday trip, I have reached my destination to seek the blessing of Ambe Maa. The ambience is hauntingly eerie. Animals, mostly dogs, have made the old Adhoi as their abode. The structure at most of the broken and cracked homes is very weak and risky. It reminds me of the buildings of Mumbai that have been declared unsafe by the court and BMC.

Me and my cousins decide to throw a feast for our fellows in our bloodline after we return from a place called Saat Aambli Wala Dada. Not many people believe this, but we feel Mataji is happy by the way we organise such 'aathams (meaning the 8th day of a month in a hindu calender)'. We then make our way towards Saat Aambli Wala Dada. There is a story that says one of our ancestors died at that place in a well to be safe from dacoits. His sister jumped in the well in order to save him. But she too died in the process. The legend says that the spirits, or whatever it is, of these two people guide us in our life and they help us whenever we face difficulties at any moment of life. Some people believe it and some don't. I do. We finish our lunch and make a swift visit to new Adhoi village that is about 2 kms aways from the old one.

To make the trip more exciting, we go to visit other places like Bhachau, Ravechi Mata's Fair, Samakhiyali Sai Dham and Ramdev Pir at Vondh. Finally its time for dinner at Hotel Aashirwad near the highway. We reached the station to board the train back to Mumbai with RAC tickets. It's tiring but hoping to visit next month at Adhoi again...

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7Sep/080

>Holiday time

>Life is weird... It throws you surprises when you expect it the least. This is what is happening today with me. I 'm off to a mini vacation to my native place. Currently I have boarded the train with my other fellow cousins and we have settled ourselves on our respective seats. There's no shortage of food out here. Everyone's busy planning about tomorrow's activities.

The worst part is that I haven't informed any of my friends about my so called surprise trip. But then... Thik hai na! I'll be greeted with a couple of slangs and nothing more than that.

It's 7 pm right now and we have just completed round one of playing cards. Oh! I seriously hate cards. But being the youngest of all, I have to obey as they command. But I have to confess that I am the most pampered brother among my cousins.

We have finished dining and now I'm off to the AC compartment where my other cousin is busy checking out babes! Hahaha... Funny guy!

Phew... I'm back in my compartment and currently its around 8.30 pm. The train has just reached Surat and the round two of playing cards has started. Luckily, this time I'm not forced to join. I choose to just be a spectator and enjoy the bitching session among the cousins...

Oh! Oh! Phas gaya! These people pull me to play cards. And as usual, I lose... There are two 'hawaldars' on duty who think we are gambling. And we poke fun of those two. "Ye mera do kela daav pe laga... Mera teen.." None of us are understanding what are we saying. Finally the 'hawaldars' go and we close our game session and have a heartful laugh over the 'kelas'.

It's time to buzz off... Good night... And I'm looking forward to enjoy my one-day vacation... Chao!

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6Sep/080

>Bas Yun Hi…

>Consider this...

Early morning... The first ray of sun kissing my face... I get ready to go to my office... New car... A wicked idea... Taking the car along... Nervous hands... Heartbeats pacing at a faster rate than normal... Loud music in car tape... Everything fine while driving... Parking troubles... Finally reaching the destination... All fine by then... Time to go back for lunch... Drive back home... Reach the society... Suddenly.... Screeeeechhhh!!!! And I mess up my new car... Hahahaha...

Well... I guess now I can proudly show off my car's first scratches to everyone. But overall, it was fun driving the car... Ya.. my car also did the usual 'jhatkas and matkas' but considering myself a fresher, I guess I am allowed to do so... Everyone dares to sit in my car except my Mom and Dad. I guess they get scared to travel with me when I drive the car. Mind you... I am not a rash driver. But these people do have a mental block in their minds.

The day was a bit weird than usual. Jain festival being over, everyone was busy attending functions in Mumbai. Like every person, I did the same thing. Attending functions, posing with a fake smile and just look at other people's face until some known person comes. The worst part I hate about the people around is the way they 'sensationalize' certain talks. Oh! Give others a break yaar...

Ultimately the frustration reached a certain level and I found it was time to leave the place for betterment. The best part when I get frustrated is that I get to listen to music. And I would confess that today I really wanted to touch my guitar... I really missed played it. But things have changed, equations have changed, relationships have changed... and I guess... Bhavin has changed...

It's time to sleep as I sign off... Chao!

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4Sep/080

>Back To Square One!

>Knock knock...
Who's there?
It's Bhavin...
Bhavin, who?
Bhavin, the one who keeps himself busy, to kill time!

Hahaha... The festival season has begun... With Paryushan over, I'm back to square one. Life's been really funny since past few days. Time isn't easy enough to pass out as earlier... Elders say that 'Time Flies' but not in my case. These days it was like, come to the office, work, go home from lunch, return to work, go back home for evening dinner, come back again to work and finally go home directly to the bed.

And now it's back to the basics, slog out in the office for most of the time and go home just for the sake of sleeping, eating and (ahem ahem)... Sometimes I feel, what is the difference between me and my employees. The place where they stay is referred as lodge and I refer my place as home... Yawns, I guess now every morning I wake up, I'll have to make myself realise, "Beta Bhavin? Its back to square one!"

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3Sep/080

>Bye Bye Paryushan… Welcome Ganesha

>Hi there... Finally the Jain festival is over... All those fun...The laddoos... The decorations... The Aarti... The fashion parade by the ladies (winks).... The fastings and all... All over for a year... Man... I 'll be missing the days of past...

Speaking about past, I remember so many things from my past. Those fun days with friends... A misunderstanding-free life... I believe, most of the people (me included), still carry the baggage of the past... Oh! Give a break yaar! Can't we just move on? Perhaps not!

Hopefully Ganesha should help us... Afterall He's the Ultimate VIGHNAHARTA... Dear Ganesha, please remove all our obstacles that stop us from living a worry-free life...

That's Bugs vomitting out his feelings again... Njoi...

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2Sep/080

>A Real Sneaky Stuff

>Hi there.... Ummm... It's precisely 3.30 a.m. in my clock right now and I am going through a feeling of euphoria right now... Imagine staying awake till this late and sneaking off from the bed to blog around on my Nokia E90. Yes boss, you are reading it correct... After confessing about the rented laptop, I fear for my hair (of course, not life).... What if I get tonsured! Hahaha...

Bending the rules is so much fun... And when Bhavin does it, it ought to be different. Well, inspite of being warned by my parents and elders not to watch movies in this holy festival, I sneaked off to watch Rock On! Man... What a movie... How the hell could I miss it! It's so much like Dil Chahta Hai... I don't wish to write the review or the synopsis of the story but I have to make a confession, it really tried to break my stone heart... And I would be honest... It was partially successful... (Well... Capricorn you see... I feel it hard to digest that I actually cried. I could feel the lump in my throat...)

Man! Life was so much normal... till I saw this movie... But that doesn't mean that the movie was bad... Boss, I give it a 4 star rating... I mean... life was so normal. I had no motive or aim in life... That's why I just took my life as it went... But suddenly, I feel life being so mechanical, so suffocative and so confusing... Being an introvert person, my life revolved around only a few selected friends... School life didn't teach me the meaning of friendship, as hardly anybody liked my company. Hahaha. But I have no regrets about it! I was the best bet for being a laughing stock in my school. So to be honest, I never had people around me who could have set an example of friendship in my life... And I thank them... Had they not done like this, I wouldn't have been able to distinguish between friends and 'true' friends.... (If my schoolmates read this, they are going to bay for my blood... I guess I am used to their tactics...)

And then, the golden period of my life came... college days... where I found best of friends... Adam, Eve, Hum, Tum, Kavi, Kris, Miss India... Time passed and we drifted apart, delved and got crushed in our own lives...

What I realise today is, though I still have these people around me but we aint looking like a group anymore... You can call it clashes of ego or battle of self respect or whatever... But I realise that no individual is bigger than a team and no friend is bigger than a group...

I wished I could have explained them about it... But, I guess I was one of the people who tried to wash out the dirty linen in public... Hum always said, "He never pelts stone on other people's houses who has a hut of glass... He never preaches who never practices... And he never advices who never follows it..." I realise his meaning today... Cut the confession...

Guys.. if you are reading this... Sorry for all the lies that I said, sorry for all the wrong things that I did and sorry for spoiling the meaning of friendship... But just one request... Let's get united again... Let's create the same old Magik again... And finally... Let's Rock On...

Nothing much more to write... It's 4.30 am... I guess Mom has woken up... Got to sneak back to my bed... See you...

Bugs.

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1Sep/088

Ravana: The Next God of Jains

Hi there... Day 3 of the usual vomiting of thoughts on this little rented laptop... hahaha... I pity on the owner of this laptop who'll chase me for my blood, when he reads this...

On a serious note, I am sorry for writing only about Jainism nowadays. No hard feelings or no special reasons or vested interests behind it... Its just because this topic creates much more interest nowadays among the readers of this not-so-famous blog....

By the way, its the 6th day of the festival. Looking at the Mahavir Jayanti festival in my area was sure a visual treat for me... While the devotional songs and dances were an icing on the cake, what shocked me most was a truth that was hidden beneath the heaps of time... Did you know that Ravana is going to be one of the next 24 Tirthankars of Jainism?

Now the one who reads this may find it rubbish, but contrary, I am feeling amazed by this revelation. The story goes like this that Ravana was not a bad guy at heart. As a king, he took care of his subjects. He handled his kingdom quite well. He was well versed with the knowledge in religious books. In fact, he was a person who liked peace. He was the one of the biggest bhakts of Lord Munisuvrath Swami and Lord Shantinath. He would religiously follow the principles of Jainism and sing and dance in the name of the God...

One such day, he was playing veena and his wife Mandodari was dancing on his devotional songs to please the Lord. Ravana was so engrossed in his bhakti that one of the strings of his veena broke... At once, Ravana tore his thigh and pulled out one of his nerves and attached it to the broken string of his veena. The pain was immense but it seemed to be smaller against the happiness that he was getting from sings the praises of his Lord....

Impressed by Ravana's devotion, Lord descended and blessed him with a boon that he was going to be one of the 24 Tirthankars of Jainism...

So why did Ravana commit the biggest crime of the history by kidnapping Mother Sita? Why did he choose to become a villain in the eyes of the people of the future? Well... The story goes like this...

Ravana had asked a Rishi (sage) about the cause of his death. The sage replied that he shall die at the hands of a God who was also known as one of the masters of this universe, for kidnapping His wife. Ravana was pained by this and prayed to God to stop him from committing this sin. But what was written... was written... It was written and the rest is history. Hardly anybody knows that God himself had come to free Ravana in his that birth...

It's said that Ravana is somewhere around us.. Nobody knows in which avatar is he, but one thing is sure, he is washing his past karmas so that he could be good and free himself from the cycle of birth and death...

What I found interesting was, if a person like Ravana can be so great in his devotions then why can't we? It's necessary for the present generation to stop the wayward people from stranding away from the path of virtue, religion and God...

Peace, Poetry and Power

Bhavin Shah (Beeba)

http://www.bhavinshah.in