Thursday, November 27, 2008

नन्हे जिस्मों के टुकड़े लिए खड़ी है एक माँ..

एक तू ही भरोसा... एक तू ही सहारा...
इस तेरे जहाँ में॥ नहीं कोई हमारा॥
हे इश्वर, या अल्लाह॥ यह पुकार सुन ले॥ हे इश्वर या अल्लाह हें दाता॥

नादाँ हैं हम तो मालिक॥ क्यूँ दी हमें यह सज़ा
यहाँ है सभी के दिल में नफरत का ज़हर भरा॥
इन्हें फिर से याद दिला दे सबक वही प्यार का...
बन जाए गुलशन फिर से काँटों भरी दुनिया...

watch over thy children dear lord..

what is wrong with the world???? terrorists are spraying bullets and tossing grenades into hotels and hospitals... senior policemen are dying and no one seems to know what to do aboout those damned bastards who're killing ppl left right and centre...
now the hindi channels are showing soemthing about a vessel that was caught by the navy and randomly tossing out terrorists' passwords.. what kind of heartless desperate sickos shoot hapless children and old ppl in hotel lobbies???

and people are making jokes about how the terrorists got to the port coz the coast guard were too busy watching the India england match to see what was goin on on the seas....

इश्वर अल्लाह... तेरे जहाँ में.. नफरत क्यूँ है.. जंग है क्यूँ....
तेरा दिल तो इतना बड़ा है.. इंसान का दिल... तंग है क्यूँ....
कदम कदम पर सरहद क्यूँ है ...सारी ज़मीं जो तेरी है
सूरज के जो फेरे करती... फिर क्यूँ इतनी अँधेरी है॥
इस दुनिया के दामन पर इंसान के लहू का रंग है क्यूँ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ramblings of a lone reporter... India Gate at night

































Random nighttime shots of India Gate... the place is soooooo dreamy on a winter evening... these were all taken today between 6 and 7 p.m.. I took a lovely long walk down Rajpath following the path that the republic day parade takes...
Consumed: 1 papad ( love the ones here), a plastic cupful of tea and a cup of Kwality's Vanilla ice cream... i didn't know they've started putting bits of what tasted like chocolate spongecake in it... it was soooooo nice.. and.. a little packet of roasted chanas n meethi kheel.... yum...

can't believe a walk alone that late in the evening could be so much fun..

Thursday, November 20, 2008

pictures... taken all over the place..

hm.... i havent put these in any particular order.. but ive described wat they are....
n i want comments from you guys...


well... this pic doesnt seem to get rotated... but its a sunset at rajghat...

experimenting with the exposure time on the camera...

people getting on the metro... exposure time set to X2 of normal.. dont really know how the settings work.. but i like the effect.. n yes thats a foot.. n a couple of people's legs in teh foreground..


smoke coming from the fire at National School of Drama on 19th nov



the NSD office after the fire was put out...




sunset at Rajghat...





a rather blurred view of the burnt NSD office.... the light is from a high intensity torch that the police guys were carrying..

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

to all those people who profess to be my friends..

you fiends! yes i mean you! all those who say they are all proud of me for being a journalist n all... but NEVER seem to get around to actually reading any of my stories IN the paper unless i get the paper to u n make you read it...
now... abandoning my resolve to not put the name of my paper or any of my work on a forum like this.. i'll just give you dolts a step by step of how to read my stories.

Method 1: if i tell you that i have a story out TODAY!!!! go to www.indianexpress.com, click on city news, select Delhi and leaf through it till you find my name as byline..

Method 2: if u're too lazy n forgetful to remember to see my story the day i tell you its out.... go to www.expressindia.com and simply search my name... n for heaven's sake spell it right... and u can see all my old stories....

n while i'm at it... this is what finally went in the paper about rahul gandhi's visit to College..
http://www.indianexpress.com/story/384436.html


i'm pissed off with teh sheer number of people who saw that damned picture in TOI but didnt bother to see the story!!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

OH MY GOD!!!!!!

Rahul Gandhi came visiting at our beloved St. Stephen's in an oh so obvious attempt to clear his name... considering that he had told the media that asking questions was not a task that stephanians looked at with any favour.. it must have come as a shock to him how the assembled teachers and even the principal happily sat back and let the students ask the great scion any question they wished.... for some reason.. he kept repeating that asking questions was good, and the country needed more people who were unafraid to ask questions... it did not seem to occur to him though.. that he was there today to ANSWER the damned questions... instead.. he simply added rhetorical questions of his own to the questioners who by the end became totally befuddled by the man in white firing questions at them...

an example..
Student: sir i come from a village and there were no english or maths teachers in the school. however, i managed to pass and got through to St. Stephens... but theer were many students who could not get through any good college coz of the problem of no teachers.. We're talking about the nuclear deal and gas pipelines while there are large section sof the population deprived of the basics. Shouldn't the government take steps to help the villages?
Rahul Gandhi: i have travelled extensively in the villages.. and i see that there are several problems with education... why do you think are the reasons for that????
S: um.... sir.. in my village the sarpanch would simply take the government allocation of 5 lakhs and spend less than 50 thousand... but shows that the entire money has been spent.. they just swallow the money.. its the same with the district level officers...
RG: yes... but dont you think that the problem is that there aren't enough colleges to absorb the number of village students who come out of the schools?
S: err..... sir the children dont get enough facilities to pass school that they would come to college..
RG: yes well... we need to understand that the village is a very different environment. we need to empower the villages and they will then transform the future of the country...
(audience: huh??? what on earth is he even saying?? dude wake up!! there are no teachers at the guy's school!)

example 2
Student: sir we organised a peace march yesterday against the violence done by the ABVP at the public meeting where SAR Geelani was invited. but though we invited about 400 people.. only 50 came.. and that was because..
Rahul Gandhi: hey.. you organised a march and no one came.. so thats your failure isnt it..
S: but....
RG: no... dont deny it... everyone fails at something everyday... I fail at something every day too... u just get up, and say i gotta move on..
S: no sir... the reason why a large number of people stayed away wa because we were threatened by the ABVP people who said that they would throw acid on the women if we dared to take out teh march..
RG: well... you should design a confrontation in a manner that they cant threaten you... or have strength enough to not be threatened by them..
(Audience... WHA.................??????????????)


ohhoo... i have to now leave the internet centre coz the guy in charge wants to lock up... but rest assured ppl... this entry is gonna be longer...
there's so much more he said taht was outta this world.... i donno WHJAT i'll put in th epaper for tomorrow...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

random pix..

well... as the title says... some pix ive taken....

.. these are ones i took on a day when the inverter had conked off and i had to light diyas in the house to walk around...

a woodpecker visited my garden....

random walk at lodhi garden..