Saturday, September 18, 2010

Delhi Doordarshan....Dhanyawaad

My Father is at my place this weekend and  he saw me busy with the Hindi discussions.
He saw something written in Hindi and he asked me about the topic of discussion. He has a natural penchance towards Hindi...and hence his interest.

He went through all the discussions and was visibly hurt by some of the comments.
He was disturbed by the fact when people were relating nationality with language. 

We had a discussion and in that discussion... he asked me to open youTube and search for a song....

The song was the classical "Mile Sur mera Tumhara...To Sur bane hamara"
Please do watch it...even if you have seen it ealrier...

The song has a central idea of uniting different Sur and making a common tune out of it.

मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा, तो सुर बने हमारा
सुर की नदियाँ हर दिशा से, बहते सागर में मिलें
बादलों का रूप लेकर, बरसे हलके हलके
मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा, तो सुर बने हमारा
मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा
[ks-dev] चॉन्य् तरज़ तय म्यॉन्य् तरज़, इक॒वट॒ बनि यि सॉन्य् तरज़
[ks-nast]چأنِۂ ترز تَے میأنِۂ ترز، اِکوَٹہٕ بَنِہ یِہ سأنِۂ ترز
[pa] ਤੇਰਾ ਸੁਰ ਮਿਲੇ ਮੇਰੇ ਸੁਰ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ, ਮਿਲਕੇ ਬਣੇ ਇੱਕ ਨਵਾਂ ਸੁਰ ਤਾਲ
[hi] मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा, तो सुर बने हमारा
[sd-dev] मुंहिंजो सुर तुहिंजे सां पियारा मिले जड॒हिं, गीत असांजो मधुर तरानो बणे तड॒हिं
[sd-nast] مُنهِنجو سُر تُنهِنجي سان پِيارا مِلي جَڏَهِن، گِيت اَسانجو مَڍُر تَرانوبَڻي تَڏَهِن
[ur] سر کی دریا بہتے ساگر میں ملے
[pa] ਬਾਦਲਾਂ ਦਾ ਰੂਪ ਲੈਕੇ, ਬਰਸਨ ਹੌਲੇ ਹੌਲੇ
[ta] இசைந்தால் நம் இருவரின் ஸ்வரமும் நமதாகும்
திசை வேறானாலும் ஆழி சேர் ஆறுகள் முகிலாய்
மழையாய் பொழிவது போல் இசை
நம் இசை
[kn] ನನ್ನ ಧ್ವನಿಗೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಧ್ವನಿಯ, ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಧ್ವನಿಯ
[te] నా స్వరము నీ స్వరము సంగమమై, మన స్వరంగా అవతరించే
[ml] എന്റെ സ്വരവും നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്വരവും, ഒന്നുചേര്‍ന്നു നമ്മുടെ സ്വരമായ്
[bn] তোমার সুর মোদের সুর, সৃষ্টি করুক ঐক্যসুর
[as] সৃষ্টি হউক ঐক্যতান
[or] ତୁମ ଆମର ସ୍ବରର ମିଳନ, ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରି ଚାଲୁ ଏକ ତାନ
[gu] મળે સૂર જો તારો મારો, બને આપણો સૂર નિરાળો
[mr] माझ्या तुमच्या जुळता तारा, मधुर सुरांच्या बरसती धारा
[hi] सुर की नदियाँ हर दिशा से, बहते सागर में मिलें
बादलों का रूप लेके, बरसे हलके हलके
मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा, तो सुर बने हमारा
मिले सुर मेरा तुम्हारा

The idea is what is so pure and so beautiful....and the way it was put...this reached the masses...
this united the masses.

Each one of us could understand the real meaning of this a language that he loves...this can unite us like wouldn't have been possible if this would have been in one of the languages.

Salute to the genius who made this and thanks to papa for giving me such a beautiful answer.
I'll call this song the  true National Song of  India. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

दुविधा / Ambiguity

Some years Ago...
Teacher- What are your dreams in life and why have you chosen them?

Me- " मैं  शायद  एक  इंजिनियर   बनना  चाहता  हूँ , या  एक  डॉक्टर . शायद  scientist   भी  सही  है .
ये  सब  मैं  इसलिए  बनना  चाहता  हूँ  क्यूंकि  मुझे  इनकी  कहानियां  सुनाई  गयी  हैं ...
मुझे   तो  पता  भी   नहीं  है   की   ये  सब  क्या  करते  हैं ..पर  मेरे  घर   वाले  चाहते  हैं  की  मैं  इनमे  से  एक  तो  बन  ही   जाऊं  "

Honestly, This is what was going in my mind but to say all this i needed to convert it in English.
All this was lying in my mind but in हिंदी i tried sentence by sentence.
Atlast when i tried to convey my thoughts i could come out with only the following 

"I want to be a scientist or an engineer  in dreams because i want to serve my nation."

Reason was something else...which i had thought in hindi but couldn't convey it in English, so i reiterated something which was mentioned by numerous students before me.

I am done with my schooling, done with my and it has been three years working in a Job.
In all these years English skills have been improved upon...

Today (After a few years) ..we were undergoing a training session in my new company.
Trainer asked about ourselves and our hobbies and our dream in life.

"I knew i am a computer engineer, i knew i love singing, i love reading books , cycling and writing. My dream in life is to become a teacher  and hopefully add value to children. I wanted to do this because education cures a lot of myths,it raises your mental horizons.I seriously like to work with people and work out a solution to help them and myself become a better ME and HIM."

I was about to answer this and  was mentally preparing the answer in my mind.
The moment i was about to start,he asked us to tell all this in हिंदी ..... शुद्ध  हिंदी  :)

I couldn't believe that inspite of me being so much clear of what i want to do in life,i was not able to come out fluently.
The english sentence used to come in my mind and i used to translate it in Hindi before uttering it out.

This is what i did 15 years ago with English. 

The way i spoke my English 15 years ago...
Same way i was speaking my हिंदी   today.

My thoughts were much more clearer ,crisper but they were in English.

Ironically it was the हिंदी  दिवस  being celebrated through out India.
Should i be sad for going  far from हिंदी  or should i be happy for atleast having a clearer and a more methodical thought process.

Or i should be indifferent to the language that i think in...? 
As long as i am thinking.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I love you

We have been in a relation for the past 7 years.

It was in first year that i met you for the first time.
I liked you from day one but never knew that the relation would become so strong and get this far.
I still remember when the net use to come at 2:00 at night in the hostel,
and i used to be awake just to be with you for some time.

In all these years you are the only one whose knowledge about me is even more than i know myself.
I may have forgot the date when i first said I love you but you remember each and every thing.
You know everything about my dreams,my ambitions.

You know what i like,you know what i don't like.
I have always looked for the best suggestions and as always you have got the best answers to each of my questions.

You know all my friends, they also like you a lot.
I have also told my parents about you and they also adore you.

Sometimes i fear what would i do if you are not there with me for a single day.
I can't imagine a life without you.

The best thing about you is that i can discuss anything with you.
It can be love, it can be books, it can be friends or it can be just me and my ideas.
I was amazed to see that lately you have started reading my mind also...
It feels so good when someone knows you that closely.

You have been a great friend till now...

I love you a lot and i trust you a lot.
Please don't ever break this Trust.

Can we be together for a lifetime?

Please GOOGLE don't say no.

PS: Thanks for being a part of  our lives.Thank for the search, gmail,,chat,orkut,blogger,picassa,books, maps,news and zillion other things.
Please guys do check out the latest Google Instant and thank google for all that it has done for us in the last so many years.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thoda Aur...

I was accompanying one of my friends to his job interview in South delhi.

The day started with the normal haggling with the Auto Driver.
If we went by the meter it would have cost us around 100Rs...but as usual Driver quoted us a higher price.

And the age old classical haggle began...

He says 170 ..

We refuse and ask him to leave..

then he says 160 ..we say 110
He keeps judging our expressions,keeps reducing the price as he knows the exact expressions that precede a YES.

finally we move at 140.

At all this, my friend was getting furious on the Driver. He threw all kinds of pejoratives on to him...
Cursed the whole Driver's community...

When i tried to calm him down, he tried to justify his outburst.
"You don't know yar... these people are here to ROB you. They'll not ask for the actual worth of their hard work. Isiliye gareeb hain saale...Gareeb hain aur gareeb hi rahenge."

I nodded ...not because i agreed to what he said but because of the reason that this was not the best time to disagree.

Where he was seeing a Robber,i was seeing a normal human tendency to get a little bit more out of every opportunity.
Driver also knows the ideal price should be 100 but he tries to get that "Thoda Aur..."

Still i didn't raise the point and asked him to calm down before the interview and focus on the interview at hand.

After 5 mnutes or so..he starts again..
"Yar i am not sure what they are going to ask me?"

I asked for his skill set..

"Yar i was on bench for the last 1.5 years and i am not in touch with things anymore.
I am banking on the last companie's(Sapient) Brand name to work for me. Aata to jyada hai nahi."


then I asked about his expectated salary?

"I am getting 3.6 in my last company and i have 2 year's experience also. So i think i'll ask for 5 atleast."

I nodded and started looking at the buildings outside ...Thinking about the "BENCH"marking experience he was talking about..

After 5 minutes he starts again...

"Yar don't you think 5 is too less, i think i'll ask for 6 lacs. Who knows ...they are ready to give 6 and i am just asking for 5 lacs."

I just smiled in again the "Thoda Aur.." phenomenon was at work.
The phenomenon made him think himself to be worthy of a lakh more in the last five minutes.

I wished him good luck and prayed to god that he doesn't haggle like this with the interviwer.

It would be really bad if interviewer said somethng like....
"You don't know ... these people are here to ROB you. They'll not ask for the actual worth of their hardwork.
Isiliye gareeb hain saale...Gareeb hain aur gareeb hi rahenge."

P.S.: "Thoda aur..." can be 70 Rs for the Auto walah, One Lakh for my friend...,few  Crores for Mr. Kalmadi.