My first Bungee jump!

How does it feel to have no ground under your feet? I’m sure everyone would have had such kind of an experience in their dreams. But this was not a dream. It was reality.

If you watch the video closely, in the beginning you can see how nervous I was. When I was walking towards that platform, a lot of things were running in my mind viz., Will I survive? Do I have the guts to take that one extra step? Should I back out? What will happen if something goes wrong? My breath calmed down; heartbeat froze. But when I reached the edge of the platform, I asked one thing to myself: What is that one thing worth living for? Trust me, the answer to that question popped up in my mind instantly. It’s moments like these when your life is at stake you realize that the most precious thing in life is your life itself. You, your family, your friends, your memories – they are priceless.

I never thought what I shall be remembered for after my death. But it was that moment when I began to think about it: What I have achieved in my life, what I want to pursue. At that moment, I decided that I will not take things as they come to me., rather I’ll fight and give a shape to these things to fit in my life.

While all these thoughts were running in my mind, the instructor slowly whispered into my ear: “Free your hands, dear. Three.. Two.. One.. Jump”. What happened next can not be described in words. I was in the air. There was no ground under my feet. Everything that I could see was coming closer to me at a great speed. I was shouting my heart out; out of fear, out of anxiety, out of excitement. I was high on life. But before I could comprehend the notion of gravity, I was brought back to conscience by the life saver harness. Everything looked different from that point. I was hanging in between the land and the sky that too inverted. The world looks different from that position. There was a sudden change in my voice. Once I knew that I was alive and safe, I felt that death is the worse thing that could ever happen to anybody. I was really happy to be alive. Now I cried out a huge cry, it was the cry of joy, the cry of happiness. It was a victory over my fear of heights, my fear of death.

There is one thing that I have learnt from this jump: Certain things in life are beyond the comprehension of us, mere mortals. But things like these where you risk your life to overcome your fear will remind you of the celebration that your life has been till now. It will give you the inspiration to do what you have always wanted to do.

I wish to Bungy jump again in my life. And this time, I’ll jump with no fear in mind. 🙂

Once sincere advice: If you have not done it yet, please do. And post about it.

Who’s better?

This post is a response to Hrishi’s post.

Of course, there is no comparison between these two legends. But still, I like Amir’s work more than Shah Rukh’s.

There is no doubt that Shah Rukh ruled the heart of every Indian in the last decade, but this decade Amir was the Jack of all trades. What astonished me the most about Amir’s work is that he gave 2 movies of different genres back to back. One as an intrepid, young villager who picked up a cricket bat, instead of guns or swords, as a weapon against the enemy and peacefully won the battle against injustice and slavery. The other character was of a spoiled brat who understands the real meaning of love only after loosing one of his best friends. The time lapse between these 2 movies was just one month. Lagaan was released on 15th June, 2001 and DCH hit the screens on 10th Aug, the same year. (I’m glad I still remember the dates of release of most of the movies of my childhood days 😀 ) The first movie went on to become the most internationally acclaimed bollywood movie of all time, whereas the second one set a new trend of making movies exclusively for the metropolitan audience.

Apart from that, the success rate of an Amir Khans movie is a little high than a Shah Rukh Khan movie, this decade. Shah Rukh also gave movies like Paheli, One two ka four, Asoka, Bhoothnath, Hum tumhare hain sanam, PBDHH, etc which failed to make a positive impact on the box office. Whereas, for Amir the count was only 2 (out of the 9 films that he has signed this decade) viz., Mangal Panday and Mela.

I agree that to be a successful actor, striking the chord of the masses is as important as taking breath. But it also involves taking risks like getting into the shoes of a completely different character  every time and mould it the way that makes the audience empathize with it. Of course, every protagonist has a different story to tell, but perfectionism is the quality possessed only by Amir and not by any other actor in bollywood. Also, this decade Amir has covered a wide spectrum of characters and not to mention, won the heart of the audiences in each of these roles. Whereas Shah Rukh failed to entertain the audience in different roles. His Character as Rahul in K3G was more or less similar to the character of Dev in KANK, leave apart the stories. Though he performed some tough roles such as Devdas and Kabeer Khan, I believe that his dedication never came any closer to Amir’s role of Sanjay Singhania in Ghajini.

I guess that’s lot of criticism for Shah Rukh. It’s not that I’m anti-ShahRukh or any thing like that, but I sure am a pro-Amir guy. 🙂

PS: As I mentioned earlier in my post, although both the actors are legends and have their unique ways of attracting audiences, I was more attracted towards Amir. It might be because of his perfectionism, or because of his dedication towards making quality movies, but Amir has successfully made a bigger room for himself  in my heart that Shah Rukh.

My name is Kasab

(The year is somewhere close to 2024.)

Aryan Khan, son of Shah Rukh Khan, has been recently launched by his dad. He is the youngest rock star of the country and a heartthrob of millions of teenage girls all around the world.

Junior Khan finds out that Ajmal Kasab’s case is still running in the courts. He goes to Mr. Kasab and does a research on what had actually happened on the night of 26th November 2008. To his surprise, his research work shows that Mr. Kasab is an innocent guy who has lived 15 miserable years of his life behind the bars in a dark prison. Aryan now wants to follow his dad’s foot steps and comes up with an idea of making a remix movie of Veer-Zaara and My Name Is Khan. Papa Khan is very happy that his son is not only talented but also courageous and has made a very bold/wise decision of portraying the role of an innocent Muslim who was maliciously caught by the Indian Police during the 26-11 attacks.

According to Junior Khan’s research, Kasab is a very romantic guy and had come to Mumbai with his girlfriend to see bollywood.  His girlfriend was an Indian and she gave him an AK-47 and asked him to go in front of a CCTV camera. He was so madly in love with her that he didn’t even think twice before committing the act. Later that day he was caught by the police and was taken into custody. While shifting in jails, he once had a chance to look outside the window of the jeep. He saw that someone was getting married. When their jeep went closer to the bride, he realized that it was his own girlfriend who had planned such a scary sketch for him. He later came to know that his girlfriend had betrayed him. The only hope that someday his girlfriend would come to his rescue was now dead. He lived in the prison as a living corpse. No hunger, no hope. But he believed in a thing called destiny. He believed that someday, some girl would come and listen to his dard-e-dastaan and set him free.

Junior Khan liked this story. He immediately called up Karan Johar’s son and told him the plot of the story. Junior Johar got hyper excited after listening to the story. He in turn called up Kajol’s daughter and told her the entire story. All three of them got ready to do the movie, “My name is Kasab and she made me a terrorist.” The movie name becomes an instant hit. To add icing to the cake, Karan Johar’s son decides to make the movie in 4D. (assuming that 4D technology has already arrived in the market). That’s it! All the Aryan Khan fans over Twitter and Facebook (and all other new social networking sites) start discussing about the new film.

The film gets released in all cinema halls across India. It receives a huge response from the fans all over the world. Everywhere, first day, first show is houseful. Junior Khan’s extraordinary charm has done the magic. The movie becomes the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema, ever. The then Prime Minister and President watch a special screening of the movie and come out of the cinemas with wet napkins in their hands. The movie is made tax-free all over the country. All the politicians watch the movie and come to a realization that what the did to Kasab was wrong. The fact that they entertained such a discrimination towards such an innocent guy was a huge mistake of theirs. Even the opposition is so moved by the film that they come to an agreement with the ruling party’s decision of letting Kasab go back to his motherland.

It is the last day of hearing for Kasab in the court. Kasab has already spent more than 15 years of his youth life in a dark prison. The judge, who had been postponing the case for lack of evidence for many years, empathizes with Kasab’s condition and is finally convinced that what Kasab had done in the CCTV footage was merely an accident and that he is innocent and has a right to live freely in the country. As soon as the judgment is declared, some minister of the state declares Kasab as the real son of the soil. He says Kasab has taken so many insults on his own soul but was never ashamed of speaking the truth that he had come to visit Mumbai for watching some bollywood film.

Kasab is now an international celebrity. He visits hollywood every now and then. He entertains the hollywood directors by giving them the script of his life inside the 4 walls of prison. He is the most admired person on the face of the planet. He becomes the inspiration for thousands of writers and poets. He himself writes poems in his leisure time. He had learnt writing poems while he was in the prison.

One of his famous poems is:

jail ki diwaron me jab hoti hai khat khat

jail ki diwaron me jab hoti hai khat khat

khat khat… khat khat..

I said WTF! I opened my eyes and saw that it was my maid, waiting for me to open the door. I opened the door half asleep, took the news paper from her hands, went back to the bed-room, grabbed my spectacles and started reading the headlines. The headline read as follows:

Ajmal Kasab trial ends, verdict on May 3

I said thank God, I thought even this case would continue for years to come. And that every bit of truth would be chewed up, swallowed without digesting and finally spitted out and eventually be accepted as fact. I’m glad that the Indian Govt has taken a strict step towards the final hearing of Kasab’s case. Otherwise, someday my dream would have come true!

But then that day was April 1st. So I’m still skeptical whether that was a true news or just another of media’s tricks to fool people in masses?

My first poem

कॉलेज के दिन बचे हैं चार
रंगों से सब पर बरसाओ प्यार
चाह कर भी ऐसे मौके नहीं आते बार बार
ये वक्त की कैसी आंखमिचोली है
आज तो रंग लगा लो यारों
बुरा न मानो होली है |

कहीं रंगों की बौछार
कहीं पिचकारी की धार
किसी के फटे कपडे तो किसी ने खायी खूब मार
बड़े ही उत्साह से रंगों के ये पुडिया हमने खोली है
आज तो रंग लगा ली यारों
बुरा न मानो होली है|

Book of the week: “The story of my experiments with truth” – Mahatma Gandhi.

PS: This is my first poem. 🙂 🙂 🙂
PS1: Stopped drinking/smoking after reading the book.
PS2: Feeling very nostalgic … 😦

The blood relation

” Blood is a powerful thing, bachem, never forget that. ”

Khaled Hosseini said this line in his best seller book ” The Kite Runner (2005) “. The first thought that came to my mind after reading this line was ” How can blood be a powerful thing? “. But I realized the true essence of the sentence after reading the whole book. Boy, What a book it was! Well, the whole point of this post is not about the book, but the sentence, infact the word “blood”.

If you’ve read Harry-Potter books, you’ll know that people get offended when somebody criticizes them on the basis of their blood. So what makes this simple, 5 letter, bloody word “blood” create a feeling of pride in people?

The blood that is running through our body comes from our parents. One always feels proud of one’s parents. So the word “blood” indirectly points at one’s parents. And truly, blood is a powerful thing.

However, when I read that U.S. President George W. Bush and John Kerry are ninth cousins, twice removed and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and president elect Barack Obama are eighth cousins, I felt that blood, indeed, is a very powerful thing.

New Gmail Themes

The new gmail themes are rocking. I’m currently using the ninja theme and it simply rocks. The Gmail Lab guys have done a great thing by introducing this gmail themes concept. I was getting bored watching the same old gmail for like ages. These new themes add color to your life.

The Gmail labs guys have taken care of the smallest and minute things which make the theme look more interesting. Like in the case of Ninja theme, the stars have been changed to the ‘boomerang’ kind of weapon that the ninja uses. Also the chat window which opens in gmail has been properly shaped as per according to the theme. Everything is just so perfect. Google rocks.

PS: Say Hello to at least 10 people today coz today is “World Hello Day”.