Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kishore Kumar playlist for eternal happiness

Best Kishore Kumar songs to listen to, if you take the third rule for a Jhilimili life seriously. 
Designed to make you happy-with-a-strong-reverence-for-life.
The headings are linked to the songs and my favorite bits of lyrics follow.

Hanste gaate jahaan se guzar  
Duniya ki tu parwaah na kar
Muskuraate huwe din bitana
Yahaan kal kya ho kisne jaan

 Ye masti ke, nazaare hai, to aise mein
Sambhalanaa kaisaa meri qasam
Tu laharaati, dagariyaa ho, to phir kyun naa
Chalun mai bahakaa bahakaa re
Mere jivan me, ye shaam aai hai
Muhabbat vaale, zamaane liye, chalaa jaataa hun

Main Hoon Jhum Jhum Jhum Jhum Jhumroo
Phakkad Ghunghroo Banke Ghumu
Pyaar Seene Main Hai Har Kisi Ke Liye
Mujko Pyaara Har Insaan Dilwalon Pe Hoon Qurbaan
Zindagi Hai Meri Zindagi Ke Liye

Zindagi pyar ka geet hai
Ise har dil ko gana padega
Zindagi pyar ka geet hai
Ise har dil ko gana padega
Zindagi gham ka sagar bhi hai
Hanske uspaar jana padega

One o clock in my house
There was a cat there was a mouse
Khel rahe the danda gilli
Chooha aage peechhe billi
Choohe ko pad gaye jaan ke laale
Bola mujhko koi bachale
Mere paas tha bhara gilass
Pee gaya chooha saari whisky
Kadak ke bola kahan hai billi
Dum dabake billi bhaagi
Choohe ki phuti kismat jaagi
Khel risky tha whisky ne kiya beda paar
            Mehfil rangeen jame...       

Ek Baar Waqt Se Lamha Gira Kahin 
Wahaan Dastan Mili Lamha Kahin Nahin
Thoda Sa Hasaake Thoda Sa Rulaake Pal Ye Bhi Jaanewala
Hai Ho Ho

Maine To Bas Yehi Maangi Hain Duaayen
Phoolon Ki Tarah Hum Sada Muskuraayen
Maine To Bas Yehi Maangi Hain Duaayen
Phoolon Ki Tarah Hum Sada Muskuraayen
Gaate Rahen Hum, Khushiyon Ki Geet
Yoon Hi Jaaye Beet, Zindagi Ho Ho

Note: For an extra fun-filled life, try memorizing this one!

You see the whole country of the system is juxtapositioned by the hemoglobin in the atmosphere because you are a sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity.

Wo sikandar kyaa thaa jisane julm se jeetaa jahaan
Wo sikandar kyaa thaa jisane julm se jeetaa jahaan
Pyaar se jeete dilon ko, wo zukaa de aasamaan
Jo sitaaronpar kahaanee pyaar kee likh jaayegaa
Wo mukaddar kaa sikandar
Wo mukaddar kaa sikandar, jaana-ye-man kahalaayegaa

10. This wasn't a top 10 list. 


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Favorite Sentences from one of my favorite books: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

1. It (the quietness) rocked him to the rhythm of an ancient, foetal heartbeat. It sent its stealthy, suckered tentacles inching along the insides of his skull, hovering the knolls and dells of his memory, dislodging old sentences, whisking them off the tip of his tongue.

2. To Estha- steeped in the smell of old roses, blooded on the memories of a broken man- the fact that something so fragile, so unbearably tender had survived, had been allowed to exist, was a miracle. A bird in flight reflected in an old dog's balls. It made him smile out loud.

3.  The loss of Sophie Mol stepped softly around the Aymenem House like a quiet thing in socks.

4. "There goes a jazz tune," Larry McCaslin thought to himself.

5. So Small God laughed a hollow laugh and skipped away cheerfully. Like a rich boy in shorts. He whistled, kicked stones. The source of his brittle elation was the relative smallness of his misfortune. He climbed into people's eyes and became an exasperating expression.

6. a passenger drifts towards an unoccupied chair in an airport lounge. With a sitting down sense.

7. She suspected that these days, even the innocent and the round-eyed could be crockery crooks, or cream-bun cravers or theiving diabetics cruising Ayemenem for imported insulin.

8. Banana jam after the FPO banned it because according to their specifications, it was neither jam nor jelly. Too thin for Jelly and too thick for Jam. An ambiguous, unclassifiable consistency, they said.
..Looking back now, to Rahel, it seemed as though this difficulty that their family had with classification ran much deeper than the jam-jelly question. ..........They all broke the love rules. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much. The laws that make grandmothers grandmothers, uncles uncles, mothers mothers, cousins cousins, jam jam and jelly jelly.

9. It was lodged there, deep inside some fold or furrow, like a mango hair between molars.

10. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted, imbued with new meaning suddenly become the bleached bones of a story.

11. It puzzled everybody that such an eighteen-minute age difference could cause such a discrepancy in front-tooth timing.

12. Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit and it was amazing the kind of things they could get used to. You only had to look around you, Ammu said, to see that beatings with brass vases were the least of them.

13. Rahel wasn't sure what she suffered from, but occasionally she practiced sad faces and sighing in the mirror.

14. Mammachi (with impenetrable Touchable logic) often said that if only he hadn't been a Paravam, he might have become an engineer.

15. 'D'you know what happens when you hurt people?" Ammu said. "When you hurt people, they begin to love you less. That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less".

16. ..But now that Estha wasn't well and love had been reproportioned (Ammu loved her a little less)....

17. ...."Ammu", Rahel said, "shall I miss my dinner as a punishment?". She was keen to exchange punishments. No dinner, in exchange for Ammu loving her the same as before.

18. Some things come with their own punishments. Like bedrooms with built-in cupboards.

19. Of the four things that were possible in Human Nature, Rahel thought that Infinnate joy sounded the saddest. Infinnate joy. With a church sound to it. Like a sad fish with fins all over.

20. "My aunt, Baby," Chacko said,
Sophie Mol was puzzled. She knew of cow-babies and dog babies. Bear babies- yes. But aunt babies confounded her.

21.Rahel's list (of the people she loved) was an attempt to order chaos. She revised it constantly, tor forever between love and duty. It was by no means a true gauge of her feelings.

22. And once again, only the small things were said. The Big Things lured unsaid inside.

23. "I was very sorry to hear about...Joe," Mammachi said. She sounded only a little sorry. Not very sorry. There was a short, Sad-About-Joe silence.

24. It is only now, these years later, that Rahel with adult hindsight , recognized the sweetness of that gesture. A grown man entertaining three raccoons, treating them like real ladies. Instinctively colluding in the conspiracy of their fiction, taking care not to decimate it with adult carelessness. Or affection.
It is after all, so easy to shatter a story To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of porcelain.
To let it be, to travel with it as Velutha did, is much the harder thing to do.

25. Estha always tought of Pectin as the youngest of three brothers with hammers, Pectin, Hectin and Abednego. He imagined them building a wooden ship in failing light and a drizzle.

26. Here they had discovered for themselves the disconnected delights of underwater farting.

27. After Chella died, he was moved into her corner, the corner that Kuttappen imagined was the corner of his home that Death had reserved to administer her daily affairs. One corner for cooking, one for clothes, one for bedding rolls, one for dying in.

28. "If you are happy in a dream, Ammu, does that count?," Estha asked. "The happiness- does it count?". Because the truth is, that only what counts, counts. The simple, unswerving wisdom of children.

29. Ammu wandered at the transparence of that kiss. It was a clear-as-glass kiss. Unclouded by passion or desire- that pair of dogs that sleeps to soundly inside children, waiting for them to grow up. It was a kiss that demanded no kiss-back.

30. It (this story) is the vessel into which he pours himself.

31. He had none of the vagueness or the apologetic awkwardness that one usually associates with untidy absent-minded men. He looked cheerful as though he was with an imaginary friend whose company he enjoyed.

32. Margaret Kochamma's tiny ordered life relinquished itself to this truly baroque bedlam with the quiet gasp of a warm body entering a chilly sea.

33. It was not entirely his fault that he lived in a society where a man's death could be more profitable than his life had ever been.

34. Though, one the one hand, he was taken by surprise, on the other, he knew, had known, with an ancient instinct that one day history's twisted chickens would come home to roost.

35. Not death. Just the end of living.

Monday, October 13, 2014

My rules for a jhilimili life.

1. Never stop using words like jhilimili. (Nepali word for vibrant or shiny, not normally used as an adjective describing 'life')
2. 5-10 people will always matter. Identify them. Everybody else is a temporary, pleasant surprise.
3. Some yodeling will make any situation seem lighter. Bonus if you know who Kishore Kumar is and are singing-along to one of his songs.
4. Live, let live and drink lots of water.
5.Hear no gossip, speak no gossip and see nothing that could possibly create gossip.
6. "Stuff?" You've got enough. Stop buying things you do not need.
7. Dumbledore was quirky too. Embrace your quirkiness.
8. Always floss.
9. Keep your back straight and your chin up.
10. Always pet a dog that approaches you unless it looks like it wants to kill you. You will know when it wants to kill you.
11. Touch flower petals, unless you are allergic to pollen.
12. Dancing in the rain is overrated and over popularized by Rom-coms. Take a nice, long shower instead. This way you also get to control the  water temperature and the water pressure.
14. Please choose sleep over reading random blogs/articles on the internet.
15. Take number six on this list very very seriously. It will save your life and possibly your soul.
16 Always drink your water slowly and deliberately. It calms you down and helps you think.

Monday, August 18, 2014

On Shanta Chaudhary's book : कमलरीदेखि सभासद सम्म

I just finished reading the autobiography of Shanta Chaudhary, a Nepalese (Nepali) woman who lived the life of a slave before being a member of the Nepali constituent assembly. It recounts the details of a horrific childhood in the Mid-Western Development Region of Nepal and the perseverance  it takes to climb out of that kind of poverty. 

I started reading the book for no other reason than that my Dad asked me to. When I started, I did not have a particular purpose in mind; I have read ghastlier stories about lives more wretched than hers and I know that there are people in Nepal living very difficult lives even as I write this post from my beautiful home.I have seen people begging for money on the streets of all of the cities that I have visited and like thousands of others, I have walked past them. 

People tell me that it is necessary too learn about the lives of the less fortunate because it makes you more grateful for the life you have now. That to me seems like a selfish reason but I decided to stick to it this time. So here is a list, based on Ms. Chaudhary's book, of some of the things that a lot of people don't think about but should be grateful for. Maybe it will help us find better ways to live.

1. A roof over your head that doesn't leak.
2. Access to medicines, even if it is just a paracetamol.
3. A nation where laws are not only made but also implemented.
4. The newspaper, radio or television that ensures that other people cannot make a fool out of you.
5. Not having to go 5 days straight with nothing to eat.
6. Your paycheck, if you have one that gives you more than a meager 7 dollars a year when you work 12 hours a day.
7. The freedom to hug and kiss your child when it cries.
8. The freedom to feed your child when it is hungry.
9. The fact that you did not go to bed on an empty stomach last night.
10. The fact that you haven't lived your entire life within a 50 km radius.
11. The cars and buses you ride everyday, instead of walking.
12. The hours you spent sleeping after 4 a.m in the morning. Ms. Chaudhary had to wake up at 4 a.m in the morning to do someone else's household work.
13. The fact that you have never been sexually abused by someone you cannot speak a word against.
14.Your job that pays you more than 80 cents a day.
15. Your boss/company that gives you the money they owe you on time.
16. Your hands that have never been fractured by your spouse during a heated argument.
17. The fact that people have not poisoned your pet because they do not approve of your political beliefs.
18. Your clothes and the fact that you have more then two sets of them.
19. Your ability to read.
20. The fact that you did not/will not have to wait 7-8 years to buy a new set of clothing for your kids.

Once again, I do not pretend to know what duties one human being has towards another but trying to be as generous as possible seems like a good idea. If this list does not prompt you to reconsider some of your ideas about your personal wealth and privilege, something else will. There are worse misfortunes in the world and better writers of better lists or newspaper articles. 
त्येही हो .