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May 2018

Where does Keshava reside? (Day 1353)

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The soul has no image, no attachment

It is disconnected

From the cycle of life and death

Unlike the body

It watches the body embroil

In the maze of desire and hope

Aware that it is all futile and transitory

It does not matter that I am Yashoda’s lalla, the heir of Vasudeva and Devaki. It does not natter that I am brother of Subhadra and Balarama, friend of Draupadi and guide of Arjuna

I will remain the heartbeat of Gokula and Vrindavan, the messiah of Mathura and the caretaker of Dwarka.

 

Next week I introduce to  a new character of the book

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Everybody loves Keshava but who does He love? (Day 1352)

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Among the birds I am partial to the peacock. I have adorned the peacock feather in my crown forever but have never been able to unravel the mystery of its myriad colours.

Is the colour of the peacock feather blue-brown layered with purple or is it grey-silver layered with black?

 Is it all these colours combined or is there more…?

Are these colours of passion…of desire…or desolation…?

Among the plants I am enamoured by Tulsi and devoted to her virtue. Tulsi is dignity and it is my promise to her that my worship will be incomplete without a leaf from her plant.

 To be continued

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Many avtaars of Keshava (Day 1351)

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We are all projections of other people’s perceptions. I am no exception.

Some perceive me as a child avatar. For them I am Balagopala…Balakrishna.

Some view me as an eternal traveller. For them I am Banke Bihari.

I was always there and will continue to be there.

When I renounce my body the surviving part of me will prevail amongst the five ingredients of nature.

 

The sixth will be the heart of human beings.

 

I will be drawn to anyone who pulls me in in his direction and provides me space in his heart.

I have narrated in the Bhagavad Gita that among the elephants I am Airavata, among trees I am Peepala, among the rivers I am Ganga and among the cows I am Kamadhenu.

 

To be continued

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Keshava cannot be defeated (Day 1350)

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I don’t come from the North.

I don’t come from the West.

I have not emerged from down South.

Nor invaded from the East.

I don’t hail from the top.

I don’t spring from below.

I don’t come from any direction.

Actually I don’t come at all.

I am Aparajita… who cannot be defeated.

I am Avyukta… who is crystal clear.

I am Krishna.

 

To be continued

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Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession (Day 1349)

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My new book Keshava : A Magnificent Obsession are folklores associated with the legend of Lord Krishna, in fact it is about all those who Krishna loved and imbibed life into, the eight wonders of nature.

In the coming weeks, I will be introducing you to all those eight characters and why they feel their relationship is most precious with the deity but first I have to tell you what Lord Krishna thinks about all of them.

Krishna says:

I am the knowledge…I am the awareness…I am the conflict in times of despair.

I am the shape in the alphabet spread out in the scriptures.

In grammar, I am the adjective, the proposition, the noun, and the adverb.

In tense, I am the past, the present, as well as the future.

In the cycle of Karma, I am the provider and also the receiver.

In times of injustice, I am the oppressor so that those without values learn righteousness.

I am greed, I am ambition, and I am also success.

I am silence that preserves secrets and also knowledge that spreads awareness.

To be continued

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Movie Review: Raazi (Day 1348)

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A must watch for every Indian

Film: Raazi

Date: 11 May 2018

Director: Meghna Gulzar

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Jaideep Ahlawat

Ratings: 4 stars

 

She studies at Delhi University but her heart belongs to the valley where her parents live. She is 20 years-old but is old fashioned to submit to the dream of her father.

She is scared at the sight of blood, fears injections but ready to inconvenience self to save the life of a squirrel.

Sehmat Khan/ Alia Bhatt is summoned home urgently by her ailing father/ Rajit Kapoor and involved in a plan that changes her destiny forever but before that she has to go through rigorous training.

In her new abode she keeps dark secrets and courts peril, at times she is victorious and at times vulnerable.

In my opinion there are four reasons for watching Raazi:

 

  1. Plot – adapted from Commander Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat the film is set in the backdrop of 1971 Indo Pak war and tells the story of a young Indian spy married to a Pakistani military Officer Iqbal Syed/ Vicky Kaushal so that she can uncover vital information to Indian Intelligence. Understandably it is a marriage of convenience, rather a marriage of dangerous and daunting responsibility.
  1. Treatment- unlike other films within spy thriller genre that focus on operation and explosions and where background music becomes overpowering to instill artificial fear Meghana Gulzar presents her thriller as an emotional story  traveling many intricate relationships.
  1. Detailing – from Delhi to Kashmir and then crossing border to Pakistan, the cultures and dialects of characters fall into place with adequate locations, production design, realistic sets and costumes combined with fitting music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy adding drama to lyrics from Gulzar.
  1. Message – director Meghana Gulzar made her debut with a domestic subject/ Filhaal then moved to a social issue/Talvar and this time addresses a national concern where the take home line is Watan kea aage kuch bhi nahi – the classic all’s fair in war even though war disregards life, sacrifice and relationships.
  1. Performances – the casting director does a splendid job because every actor breathes into the character be it Rajit Kapoor/ Hidayat Khan, Arif Zakaria as the Syed housekeeper or Shishir Sharma as army officer. As Iqbal Syed/ Vicky Kaushal and Sehmat’s mentor/ Jaideep Ahlawat deliver sincere, heartfelt performances.

Alia Bhatt as Sehmat Khan is pitch perfect be it her multiple activities, body language, expressions or dialogue delivery. In her10 year-old career she has embraced varied characters with clarity and conviction and internalizes the rather complex Sehmat with innocence and courage that goes beyond logic and love. When Sehmat falters, you fear for her, when she crumbles, you weep for her.

I offer unconditional support to Raazi and so must every self-respecting Indian. I rate Raazi with 4 stars.

 

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Question Answers (Day 1346)

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The process of question answers is the most interesting session of the day. How the students introduce themselves, how they pose their questions reflects a lot about the university and their teachers as to how they have been trained.

Most of them are reluctant to initiate the QA session, they are always shy to be the first one to ask the question but once somebody takes the lead, the other students muster confidence and ask you questions about cinema, reporting, writing and other mediums related to media.

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I counter question them often because in their answers I am seeking what young India is thinking.

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Students are inspiring (Day 1345)

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I never turn down an opportunity to interact with the students because they fill me with an energy I cannot find anywhere else.

Time and again I am invited by universities to deliver motivation talk in some city or the other and always I find that the students have more to offer me than the other way round. IMG_8971

They listen intently and have a fund of questions, about themselves, their lives and how to go about it. These are questions that cannot be answered by parents or by friends and have to be addressed to professionals.

Some of them write to me and stay in touch, some have worked as my interns and some, have become my friends and all this is possible because I agreed to deliver a lecture to the university.

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JLU beckons (Day 1344)

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The Jagran Lake University is a long drive from the Bhopal Airport and by the time I reach the guest house it is almost dark. The campus is deserted but the attendant is waiting to serve me dinner if I am hungry. I am not, so after a tall glass of milk I go to sleep.

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In the morning I am greeted by the volunteer and explained my schedule for the day which seems like a long day ahead.

Post breakfast I am escorted to the C Block of the campus and introduced to the faculty.

There are many faces and many handshakes but at the moment we have to rush for the reason I’m here, my talk with the students.

 

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