Wednesday, September 11, 2013


My Banaras Journey (Continued)

5th September,
Amroha, 9:30 pm

The sky right outside the train window looks magical. There are very few or no lights at all, so I get to see the sky with most of the starts in the sky. These are stars which I have just seen once in my life, in the  Andhra sky in my father's village long ago. I look into the same sky and it takes me back into time, years ago.
Times have changed, I have changed, but what hasn't changed are the skies and the beautiful stars.
Like the stars, there is some twinkling of the Fireflies, which adds so much more to the visual. This journey is just marvellous. :)

Muradabad, 10:15pm

Finally, I have started liking these two guys sitting with me. They are quite happy at the fact that I am a South Indian and I speak in such good Hindi. Happiness.
Meanwhile, I try and catch their accent, which is more interesting. They have begun introducing Banaras. Excited I am!

(to be continued...)

Banaras... Phase 1

The recent trip to Banaras (Varanasi) is been recorded in my diary entries. here we go...

5th September '13
Simbhala, UP, 8:35 pm

I am entering the interiors of UP, which I always wanted to do. Staying in Delhi does expose me to a lot of UPites, but when it comes to UP itself, no one else can replace UP itself. I just wanted to get a hint of the journey of the the way changed from the British United Province to the Hindustani Uttar Pradesh...both UP's.
'Trying' to get the UP accent is quite different from 'Getting' it. This is so peculiar, so effortless, so beautiful.

There are different accents across India.  It is true that India has 18 languages, which is quite a lot for a nation. But what is stranger is the no. of  dialects which this nation has. They say that every 40 kms, the dialect changes, which makes the land multi-cultural and diverse.

For instance, one one hand I have this guy in my compartment from Banaras, who is extra respectful and on the other hand, I have another guy from Sultanpur, who is just 2 hours from Banaras, but is super-rude and KHADOOS.
This is not the best way to analyse people, but right now, I have nothing else to do. The journey continues.

I am hungry and as I finish writing this, the dinner is here. :) be continued

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My One liners :)

It was half past midnight in my watch, half past mid-night in yours... Yours had crossed 12 and was sad... mine was still waiting for 1...all hopeful! 

Monsoon travel diaries

And it was just any other monsoon with the same old stories of a somewhat 'Early' monsoon and I don't know what all. What was new for me was that I was in back in Delhi fter ages... having spent a nice and 'full' monsoon last year at Mumbai. I had worked hard there and was slightly confused whether is it fool-proof to start something new in a city which is famous for all the wrong reasons, or should I say, is notorious.
What happened was not a part of my plan.

The films on which I had worked last year as an AD (Assistant Director) had begun to release now, when I was in Delhi. When in Mumbai, I could not see a glimpse of anything of this. What I had seen always and still believe in is the fact that one should work hard for TODAY and forget everything else.
First came BOMBAY TALKIES, where I was assisting Dibakar Banerjee, and I was the Da (Director's Assistant), then came out SHIP OF THESEUS (by Anand Gandhi), where we had all worked very hard and never knew when would this release. Amidst all this Mrigh Lamba's and Farhan Akhtar's FUKREY released, and I was happy.
This happiness somehow transferred into the documentary work and the theatre work I had just initiated here, in Delhi. People came in, some left in days, some went on to become friends for life.
 KAMAAN and MY-CROW THINKING FILMS began on a note which was happy and content.

This monsoon has been nice and has been teaching a lot. We did 2 shows of DUSTBIN, which I re-wrote. Both the shows were house full. We got an Invite from NID and left for Ahmedabad. What a time we had. Was a show which none of us would like to forget.
We also went to Kerala and saw some awesome visuals at Konkan and the Kollam beach.
We have just returned to Delhi and we have started working on our next play.  All this was nice and then out of no where we got a call from Rishi Valley school, Banaras calling us for a workshop for the kids . All this was a lot of hard work, but who cares when you get to do what you always wanted to!
We had a meeting yesterday with this industrialist who wants us to do a bunch of street plays in his Plant in Chhittaurgarh, Rajasthan, in October!

Filmwise, we have been working hard too. My-Crowthinking Films got a UN project which is getting edited.

Meanwhile I also get ready for Shlok Sharma's HARAMKHOR, a film by Anurag Kashyap, to which I gave  everything I had then :)

Amidst all this frolic ,writing and editing, I  get up soon and pack for Banaras tomorrow. Travelling continues.

Hardwork, truly pays :)

'Ram Ram' India!

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