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September 2019

Navratri Day 2 – Day 1648

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For the last so many years Navratri festival has been very special for the film fraternity because for nine days the garba pandals dance to Bollywood tunes.  In the olden days producers made sure to distribute audios of their forthcoming films so the soundtracks become popular with the audience.

 

Not any longer because in the last few years copyright has become a major issue and organisers can no more afford to play film songs and therefore star performers like Phalguni Pathak has gone back to singing original Gujarati grarbas. In a way it is a blessing in disguise because the new law has brought the festival to its original avtaar.

 

Looking back it was music composer Viju Kalyanji Shah who started the trend of playing live band for nine days at navratri pandal in Mumbai often visited by big stars like Amitabh Bachchan. Gradually the trend caught on and in the coming years, younger composers like Adesh Srivastav and Himesh Reshamiyya also organized the dandiya nights.

 

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Keshav’s last destination – Day 1647

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I am Peepala.

In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says, among the trees I am Ashwatha …

I am the beholder of the Trimurti.

Lord Brahma is my roots.

Lord Vishnu my trunk and Lord Shiva my leaves.

 

I have witnessed the birth of Vishnu…

I have multiple names but I am usually recognised by my shape and size.

I am large; my bark is grey, peeled in patches.

My leaves are heart-shaped with tapering tips and my fruit is purple when ripe.

The slightest breeze makes me rustle.

 

I have witnessed…

The final journey, samadhi of Sri Krishna… after a hunter called Zaara, mistaking him for a deer, shot him with an arrow.

I am as old as the deities.

 

I am Ashwatha.

I am custom.

I am ritual.

I am the king of trees!

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Keshav’s battle ground companion – Day 1646

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I am Shankara.

I am associated with Lord Shiva.

I am associated with Lord Vishnu.

 

I am the abode of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and consort of Vishnu and because I emerge from the water, I am also regarded as a symbol of female fertility and associated with serpents.

 

The mere sight of me dispels all sins just as the Sun God dispels the fog.

The mere sound of me dispels all negative vibrations.

 

Just seeing me…

Just having me in the home…

Is auspicious…

 

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Keshav created Kamadhenu – Day 1645

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I am Asmita.

I am Kamadhenu.

It is said that I stood on my four feet in Satyug

Three feet in Tretayug

Two feet during the Dwaparyug

And only one leg during Kalyug.

 

I have toiled, tilled and ploughed the farmer’s fields. I have dragged and pulled his vendor’s carts.

I have spread my dung on the village homes so that they kept warm.

I am fuel.

I am fertiliser.

I am the milk cow.

I am Asaghyna.

 

I am mother.

I am Goddess.

In Vedas the cow is also known as Asaghyna.

It means inviolable.

Ahi means not to be killed.

Aditi means not to be slaughtered.

I am Sunanda.

 

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Tulsi is Keshava’s favourite – Day 1644

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I am contribution.

Every part of me—my roots, leaves, seeds, and bark—contribute in the last rites of a human.

A person who is cremated with a Tulsi twig in his mouth attains moksh regardless of his sins

 

As Kalyani, my leaves and roots are a cure for several diseases.

As Vishnupriya, I safeguard the health of humans and animals.

As Moksaprade, I help to keep the mind healthy and free for spiritual pursuits.

 

I am Divinity.

I am incomparable.

I am Tulsi. I am Haripriya.

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Keshava likes Kamala for purity (Day 1643)

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I bloom and spread cheer, I spread fragrance.

When I am plucked from the weed I am offered to the deity.

When I wilt away, I become medicine.

I am Kamala.

 

I am the symbol of love because unlike other flowers, I never break completely.

When I wilt I separate into two parts but remain connected with fibres and roots which is why I am used as a metaphor for lovers when describing everlasting romance.

I am Saroja

 

I am the symbol of rectitude.

I am sacred and incorruptible.

I am Padmaja

 

I am the symbol of triumph.

I am divine, I am fertile.

I am wealth and I am knowledge

I am Ambuja

 

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Movie Review: The Zoya Factor

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 Watch it for the spirit and the commentary

 

Film: The Zoya Factor

Date:  20.09.2019

Director: Abhishek Sharma

Writer: Anuja Chauhan/ Story, Pradhuman Singh- Neha Rakesh Sharma/ Screenplay

Cast: Sonam K Ahuja, Dulquer Salmaan

There was a time till the late 90s when filmmakers shied away from launching or releasing a film during the shradh period because it was considered ominous to start anything new during this period; as a result, it was mostly the B grade films struggling for a release that grabbed the opportunity. Most of these films did not generate business and therefore the exhibitors preferred to re-run blockbusters of superstars during this phase. The audience loved watching these old hits in the cinema halls for two weeks and so everybody was happy.

Sometime in the year 2000 all this changed, there were too many releases and too much at stake to indulge in old theories and so the new generation, aided by technology eclipsed shradh out of their dictionary and began celebrating movies uninterrupted. Not surprising that there are three important releases this week – Prasthanam, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas and Abhishek Sharma’s The Zoya Factor co-incidentally addressing the superstition factor.

Actually The ZoyaFactor is about cricket and cricket knowingly or unknowingly is about everything related to destiny/luck and superstition even though our hero, captain of the team, Nikhil Khoda/ Dulquer Salmaan is a pragmatic, hardworking sportsman and far from superstitious. Not his team though, so one morning when Nikhil asks copy writer Zoya Solanki/ Sonam Kapoor to join them at the breakfast table and the team wins the match, everyone believes it is Zoya who brought them luck!

The subject is cricket centric so you get to watch the game on ground and also witness the anxieties and the pressures the team experiences off the ground. It is a story of projection, so we witness the power play of the sponsors, the politics of advertising agencies. Based on author Anuja Chauhan’s book by the same title released a few years ago, all the characters are detailed. Sanjay Kapoor plays a retired army officer bonding with his neighbors and concerned about their love stories.

Mention must be made of few special scenes…When the captain gatecrashes into Sanjay Kapoor’s party and the way everyone reacts to him…When Sonam attired in the Devi costume emerges out of the lotus to bless Nikhil and the climax match when the crowd awaits outside Zoya’s home are all hilarious!

Deliciously written with perfect punch lines and super pace, the humor keeps you engaged throughout the film. There’s nothing remotely negative about the film except an exaggerated fashion statement by Sonam Kapoor here and there which can be overlooked considering Kapoor is a diva!

Sanjay Kapoor is well cast as Zoya’s father and Sikander Kher as Zoya’s squabbling brother. Sonam Kapoor embraces the spirit of Zoya in a tailor-made role but it is the utterly charming Dulquer Salmaan who wins your heart.

Salmaan proves that he is his superstar father Mamooty’s son, is effective and earnest all the way and producers Pooja & Aarti prove that they are the flag bearers of their father’s banner Adlabs.  I recommend The Zoya Factor to all cricket and romance lovers. Watch it for the delicious commentary and the spirit of the film.

I rate The Zoya Factor 3.5 stars.

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The Flute is the closest to Keshava

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I am Murli.

I am melody.

I am tranquillity.

 

I am ancient, I am organic

I’m the oldest among the earliest musical instruments discovered

I am associated with Satyug and the deities.

 

I go wherever Krishna travels or let me put it this way he never travels without me.

My Lord has taught me that in giving is receiving.

I am Bansuri.

 

I am special because Krishna conceived me.

I am feelings.

Created with feelings…

Played with feelings…

 

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The Flute is the closest to Keshava (Day 1641)

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I am Murli.

I am melody.

I am tranquillity.

 

I am ancient, I am organic

I’m the oldest among the earliest musical instruments discovered

I am associated with Satyug and the deities.

 

I go wherever Krishna travels or let me put it this way he never travels without me.

My Lord has taught me that in giving is receiving.

I am Bansuri.

 

I am special because Krishna conceived me.

I am feelings.

Created with feelings…

Played with feelings…

 

Keshava:AMagnificentObsession available at www.amazon.in/Keshava-MagnificentObsession-BhawanaSomaaya

Keshava loves the Peacock (Day 1640)

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I am regal; I know there is grandeur about me.

I am Chandrak.

I am Ghanapriya.

I am connected to the moon;

 

I am connected to the clouds, to the rains….

I am Mayil.

I am Gusana.

I am fascinated by fables around me, some make-believe and some real.

 

Some call me Navilla.

Some call me Neelkanth.

I am Kekaa.

I am Mayinni.

 

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