Thursday, December 30, 2010


The opening lines of ,"Faithful Place" by Tana French reads,"My father once told me that the most important thing every man should know is what he should die for.If you don't know that,he said,what are you worth?Nothing you're not a man at all."

2010 a year where I had it my way and did all the things I really wanted to do. Not that I was not doing them before but sticking to them even in job was something commendable.Cycling , Trekking , running, Football , Rock shows , partying , biking , traveling(Ladakh happened ),reading happened all throughout the year. 

But these things aside the year was an year of introspection and solitude.I am happy about a few things :

  • Opening of the library at home.
  • Its been 5 months since I lighted the death fire.
  • Quitting the job.
  • Deleting my Facebook account.
  • Meditation
  • Bhagavad Gita

One of the good years I must say and pray for the same goodness in the coming year.

To all the reader friends : Wish you all a very happy new year.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


"It is an army bred for a single purpose , to destroy the world of men."

Sauron the dark Lord has risen again and has gathered the rings of power. With the help of Saruman he has formed a big army. All he needs now is the Ruling Ring which will ensure his victory over the world of men , elves and dwarves. Young Frodo Baggins is faced with an immense task,as the ring is entrusted to his care. Thus he sets out on a risky journey to the territories of the Dark Lord. Though he has to take the burden of the ring all alone but in his mission he is supported by great wizards, warriors , kings and 3 friends.

The book is simply awesome and highly detailed. It may seem to be a bulky one but none the less it is the huge volume which makes it special. Frodo's quest at times seems to be your quest and it feels as if you are climbing the mountains and walking the roads. The description of the wars is perfected to the minutest detail. To quote few lines from the book,"Shadow had fallen to the valley below, but there was still a light on the faces of the mountain far above. The air was warm. The sound of running and falling water was loud, and the evening was filled with a faint scent of trees and flowers,as if summer still lingered in Elrond's gardens." The description of each day , details of the lands visited is really beautiful.Another fascinating aspect of the book is the hobbit songs through which they speak about the grandeur of events in the past.

This book falls in the fantasy genre and stands tall on its plot . Divided into 3 parts there are many stories which run in parallel and has umpteen characters.The book smartly interconnects these stories and every character has an important part to play. It has all the ingredients of making a great book.The book is about great friendship, treachery , valor , greed ,wisdom, sacrifice , grace , cruelty , humor , emotions and last but not the least power.After reading the book you will feel elated and the favorite character may vary from person to person. It was hard for me to choose mine and finally after I narrowed it down to Sam and Gandalf. If you have not seen the movies based on the book then I would advice you to read and watch the movie.
I quote here my favorite lines from the book which happens to be a conversation between Sam and Frodo. 
Sam," It's like in the great stories,Mr.Frodo. The ones that really mattered,full of darkness and danger they were.And sometimes you didn't want to know the end ....because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing ..this shadow. Even darkness must pass.A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out clearer.Those were the stories that stayed with you that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think. Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now, Folk in those stories .. had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't.They kept going because they were holding on to something."
Frodo,"What are we holding it to Sam?"
Sam,"That there's some good in this world,Mr. Frodo and its worth fighting for."  

On a different note :  Had resisted long from watching the movies based on the book in spite of people telling that movie is better that the book. Finally December happened to be a traveling month comprising of  long train journeys. This book had been lying since second year of college and perhaps this was the right time to read it.Finally saw the movies and would say that it was more fun after reading the book.

Rating : 4.6/5 
Category: Movies based on Books.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


विहाय कमान यः सर्वान पुमांश्वरती निह्स्प्रीहः
निर्ममो निरहंकारः स शान्तिमधीगचछती ! 

The Man who, giving up all objects of desires, moves about seeking nothing, and rid of all sense of "mine" and "I" wins peace.

Bhagavad Gita : Chapter 2.  

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A spiritual reunion

The book had been resting on the shelf for sometime.The book is in its sixth year and few chapters have been added since its inception. It is more of a fun read and the characters are a set of great people.

On a cold and foggy December night many had flown in from different parts of India to catch a train to Jammu. By 9:30 p.m almost everyone was there and it was a moment of hugs , laughs ,short discussions and emotions . But most important point was that everything was in continuation to the previous chapter. There was not a single moment of disparity owing to different lives which everyone was leading. A very strong indication of  bondage and oneness.
Thus  began a fun filled trip to Vaishno devi. Some memorable quotes and happenings:

1) 11 p.m. cold water bath before darshan.
2) Exploring of all the food joints by Doodh.
3) Institute football captain found the climbing too hard.
4) Antenna in spite of being told umpteen times brings his leather purse to the temple and rightly was sent back.
5)Galib , the King of PJ's - Dasna.
6)A changed Bhondu who lead the group and did not eat anything before darshan.
7)Someone to Dhamki , " Tera plan B kya hai ?" Dhamki bulbing and replying back,"Mera koi B-plan nahi hai."
8) 4 a.m.bhale happily sitting and sleeping on being woken up,"Yaar main abhi sapna dekh raha tha ki hum neeche phunch gaye hain aur soye huein hain."

Time was less and spent some time with everyone.I know that all the future reunions will be short lived but somehow meeting everyone rejuvenates the mind and raises the spirit.

On Train Journeys: Cold nights in sleeping bags, Rampyari tea , the astrolger, the woman who learnt English in her dreams, hum.. , woman married at 9 now has a grandchild at 37,family with 4 kids and 4650 monthly income , card games ,slipper story, oranges , fog and train delays ..... each of these is a different story on different trains over the last week. I have always loved traveling mostly not in comfort because life's lessons come at a cost.

Another happy chapter added to the book and if there be God's will soon the book will be reopened.

Jai Mata Di.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Header - December

The idea of coffee at the same places was never appealing to me so there was an aversion towards the college CCD. But I have loved having coffee at different places and and with many different set of people.Somehow I remember most of those talks and can recall the topic of discussion. Sadly I don't have many memories of coffee at college.
This was at rock beach in Pondicehery last Diwali on a random bike trip with a dear friend.