Author: RimpleSanchla

Catch-22 Book Review

Catch-22 Book Review

Catch-22 is a tragicomic novel specifying the efforts of a man named Yossarian, a captain in the US Army Air Force, to avoid flying any more combat missions. The novel takes place on Pianosa, a small Italian island, during the Second World War. At first he tries […]

Mumbai Story 1 – Rani and Wahida

Mumbai Story 1 – Rani and Wahida

The story of Rani and Wahida Textile workers in slums Rani’s family lived in one of the peripheral slums of the Basti called Prem Nagar Slums, one of the most deprived precincts and also the most crowded. The average monthly income of a family there […]

Public Housing

Public Housing

The terms “affordable housing” and “public housing” are frequently used interchangeably, causing a lot of confusion in the process. They are actually two very different.

Affordable housing refers to housing units that are affordable by that section of society whose income is below the median household income. Houses are owned by the households. Families buy the homes at affordable prices.

The concept of Public Housing was introduced by the United States government to provide housing for low-income families, disabled persons, and the elderly. These families or persons must meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in the program and may be required to pay a nominal amount of rent. The units are considered public because they are funded, owned, and administered by government authorities.

How Public Housing Transformed New York City 1935-67

 

 

The Slums of Mumbai

The Slums of Mumbai

Everywhere on the ground lay sleeping natives– hundreds and hundreds. They lay stretched at full length and tightly wrapped in blankets, heads and all. Their attitude and rigidity counterfeited death. – Mark Twain, on a nocturnal drive through Bombay in 1896. The Early History of […]

Partition – Majority of Punjab was allotted to Pakistan

Partition – Majority of Punjab was allotted to Pakistan

I came across an old map of Punjab and immediately thought of writing this article. How many people know that who drew this border? The answer is Cyril Radcliffe. The information provided to Cyril Radcliffe who drew the borders and divided India and Pakistan once said […]

Mass murderers in History

Mass murderers in History

The 20th century witnessed death and slaughter on an unprecedented scale. It was the century of the Holocaust and two World Wars; of communist, Nazi, fascist and military dictators who between them killed more than 100 million people.

The casualties of conflicts involving the U.S., the UK and France in Korea, Algeria, Vietnam, the Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq are excluded on the grounds that, though many would view these as unjust colonial wars by ‘imperialist’ powers, they weren’t fought by dictators.
Indeed, when the wars proved unpopular or unwinnable, they were brought to an end by the pressure of public opinion.

Most popular name in the list mass murderer is Adolf Hitler. But, you will be shocked to know that his name in the world’s mass murderer comes third on the list. Who are the first two people then?

1. MAO ZEDONG

China (1949-76) Regime Communist Victims 60 million
China’s so-called ‘Great Helmsman’ was, in fact, the greatest mass murderer in history. Most of his victims were his fellow Chinese, murdered as ‘landlords’ after the communist takeover, starved in his misnamed ‘Great Leap Forward’ of 1958-61, or killed and tortured in labour camps in the Cultural Revolution of the Sixties. Mao’s rule, with its economic mismanagement and continual political upheavals, also spelled poverty for most of China’s untold millions. The country embraced capitalism long after his death.

2. JOSEPH STALIN

Soviet Union (1929-53) Regime Communist Victims 40 million
Lenin’s paranoid successor was the runner-up to Mao in the mass-murder stakes. Stalin imposed a deliberate famine on Ukraine, killed millions of the wealthier peasants – or ‘kulaks’ – as he forced them off their land, and purged his own party, shooting thousands and sending millions more to work as slaves and perish in the Gulag.

3. ADOLF HITLER

Germany (1933-45) Regime Nazi dictatorship Victims 30 million
The horror of Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship lies in the uniqueness of his most notorious crime, the Holocaust, which stands alone in the annals of inhuman cruelty. It was carried out under the cover of World War II, a conflict Hitler pursued with the goal of obtaining ‘Lebensraum’. The war ended up costing millions of lives, leaving Europe devastated and his Third Reich in ruins.

9 DAYS OF NAVRATRI

9 DAYS OF NAVRATRI

The beginning of spring and of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. During this period Earth is relatively much near to Sun facing its maximum gravitational pull. It is believed that during this phase, the divine energy intervenes with extra […]

Durga Pooja – The Source of Invincible Energy

Durga Pooja – The Source of Invincible Energy

Land of India is not just limited to a great and sacred culture but it is also a holy hand of gods where many incarnations of the divine have manifested. There are many Puranic stories related to these incarnations. The whole universe, including the sun, stars, planets, constellations and five elements […]

Buddhu sa mann hai – Kapoor & Sons

Buddhu sa mann hai – Kapoor & Sons

While the first song I chose in the “Feel the music” section was intense, poetic, romantic and deep, second song is fun, exciting and full of life. It’s also one of my favorite song – Buddhu sa mann hai from the movie Kapoor & Sons.

Dabi dabi si hansi honthon pe phansi hai
Gududi kar rahi hawa
Oo.. halla macha rahi hai pagal si khwaishein
Khushiyon ki mili hai wajah

Kuch hai junoon sa
Kuch pagalpan hai
Sau baatein karta ye buddhu sa mann hai

Buddhu sa mann in this song means Lively, carefree heart… an innocent heart… not the literal meaning of the word buddhu (idiot).

As we grow, we seldom notice the tickles of the wind, feeling the gush of breeze on your face, hands, clothes you wear. The tickling of breeze on your skin, your surroundings. We are not even aware of our internal state at times. The song reminds us of those innocent childlike desires – that is carefree, alive, lost in the beauty yet aware. When you know whats going on within you. As the wind tickles, a hidden smile is trying make its way to the lips that seems to be stuck. Crazy desires are raising their voices as I have discovered the reason for happiness. The feelings are passionate and somewhat maddening. And the lively, carefree, innocent heart speaks out a hundred conversations without thinking. 

Karne de khwaabon ko badmashiyaan
Chalne de nazron ki manmaaniyan
Dhoondhe chalo kuch thikane naye
Hone de pagli pagli si nadaaniyab

Hosh mein rehna hai kyun
Rehne se hoga kya
Behoshiyon mein hai maza
Oo.. bachkaani harkatein jo hoti hain hone de
Khushiyon ki mili hai wajah

Kuch hai junoon sa
Kuch pagalpan hai
Sau baatein karta ye buddhu sa mann hai

Let Dreams be playful at times, Let eyes wander wherever they wish to, carefree. Lets meander about in search of new unfamiliar destinations. Let the crazy naiveties happen. Lets be childlike today. What’s the need to be in consciousness? What’ll happen if You’ll remain in that state? There’s excitement in this intoxication There’s pleasure in letting go of your worries and being relaxed. In this state, one acts like a kid, without worrying about everyday problems. Let the childlike acts happen I’ve discovered the reason for happiness. The feelings are passionate and somewhat maddening. And the lively, carefree, innocent heart speaks out a hundred conversations without thinking. 

Mausam ne bhi ki hai kuch koshishein
Hone lagi dekho ye baarishien
Sar pe chadha hai yeh kaisa asar
Daude raftaar mein dil ki sab dhadkanein

Dhun koi chal rahi hai, kaano mein dheeme se
Roshan hai zyada yeh subah
Halchal jo ho rahi hai seene mein hone de
Khushiyon ki mili hai wajah haan

Kuch hai junoon sa
Kuch pagalpan hai
Sau baatein karta ye buddhu sa mann hai

The season also has made some efforts to let loose, and hence it has started raining. Wondering what has impacted my mind? I am excited and my heart beats rapidly in delight. A soft melody slowly rings in my ears and the morning appears to be brighter than usual. I don’t wish to put an end to the hustle and bustle within my soul. I’ve discovered a reason to be happy now. The feelings are passionate and somewhat maddening. And the lively, carefree, innocent heart speaks out a hundred conversations without thinking. 

If you have seen the movie, you would actually connect to the song with the characters and the story of the movie. A perfectly imperfect family dealing endless number of issues in terms of finance, relationships, career. Each one is upset with other family members in some or the other way, without speaking about it. In middle of all of these, they find a reason to celebrate, let loose, let go and live. Letting go of personal worries for the moment, letting go of fights for the moment, letting go of complaints for the moment and celebrate. There’s another beautiful song from the same movie – Bolna mahi bolna, one day will write on that too 🙂

Below the link for video of the song. Enjoy

 


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