Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fun & Music Time at the Old Age Home!

Last Thursday I dropped at the Old Age Home to meet the manager Poonachaiah. I had printed invitations which had details of the party we planned for the members of the old age home on the coming Saturday. When I shared this with my friend Mudit, he had a big laugh, oh so you are inviting them for a party in their own premises..he he :) Yeah, funny I too laughed at the thought...:) Anyways the intention was to give information of the Agenda, Time and Place.

Mr Poonachaiah was pleased with the plan, he assured he will distribute the pamphlets which I had printed out to everyone. He suggested I invite the chairman of the Trust and I thought that was an excellent idea. A year back I had printed a request asking permission from the Chairman to do activities at the old age home. A kind and nice gentleman he had readily agreed. So I was really looking forward to see him there.

We had a party last year too, but this party was different and I was looking forward to it. The Agenda had music as part of the plans. Prax who is a guitarist had planned to get his friends Manu, Shruthi and Steve who would perform. It was all his idea and I must say it was a great plan.

Saturday morning did some shopping for the party, kept the camcorder ready and by 2pm headed for the Ashram to meet all of the rest except Prax and group. We planned to meet at 2:30pm so that we can all buy some more eatables for the party. All of us then went around in the vicinity and were ready by 3:30pm.

Indira Aunty who is the President of the Old Age Home and also resides in there was very pleased to see us. She made special squash for us in the Kitchen. I told her we were here to serve her and not the other way round. She was so persistent so happy to do it for us that we let her do it.

We then started the party with the intention of our group by Suresh. We then had rounds of introductions. Prax and team were supposed to reach a little late :) All the people at the old age home introduced themselves. There were lot of claps for the members who have crossed the 80 age bar :) The volunteers also introduced themselves and we were almost done when the Manager along with the Chairman joined us.

The Chairman gave a nice speech appreciating our efforts and also looking forward to the good evening. Till then the musicians arrived with their instruments. They needed time to set the instruments so they chose the kitchen to do that as that was the only place available :)
We realized we need to change the agenda, the food was after the music program but looks like the food needs to be served soon. So Siddhartha, Sujeet, Suresh, Deepak got busy in arranging the food items and serving it to the members of the old age home, manager and chairman. I was busy cutting the fruit salad in the kitchen amidst the musicians practicing.

After the food, the musicians team were ready. Prax was on the Guitar, Steve on the Tabla and Manu started with a bhajan. He had a beautiful voice and everybody there were enthralled. He is a Karnatic Classical Singer. Shruthi then sang the next bhajan, she is hindustani classical singer. What a great mix we had there :) So they alternated and sang some 5 bhajans. In the end they ended the show with a lively 'Dooba Dooba' which had Prax, Manu and Shruthi stand and sing....!!

We captured the event in our cameras, Prax on his digital camera and Sidhartha on his SLR. I had some worried with my camcorder initially but later fixed it and could capture some sections.

The Chairman was very happy and told us that he looked forward to more activities and welcomes our presence at the old age home. The session ended after we took feedback from all the members

We did the cleaning up and then we left promising to return soon. Before leaving some of us spend time with Mr Rajgopalan and his wife who are bed ridden and couldnt make it to the event.

While leaving the Ashram, I was so filled with positive energy and had great plans for the future...:)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reviving Old Age Home Activities!

Finally got a handful of volunteers and we all headed to the Old Age Home. Some were new volunteers, Prax and Sujeet. Deepak couldnt make it this time, looking forward to his presence next week, we need lot of help.

When we met the people in there, it was so much fun. It was like a celebration. We were chatting with 2 ladies who came in recently. One of them was thrilled to see us and she said "Great you guys came we were talking to the management for an outing or picnic". And another lady suggested: "We can plan moonlight dinner". We were like WOW and we laughed. Then she explained though. She told that when she was younger they used to plan moonlight dinners for all the old including her Mother in law. So they used to go an open space and spread out food in the night. Enjoying the food under the moon :)

Sidharth, who has been with the group for long had got fotos of the party we had last year. All of them enjoyed watching themselves in the pics. Mr. Doraiswamy was surprised to see his foto. He remarked "Is my hair all white?"..we joked and suggested him to color it if he would like it :)

So we promised them a party on coming Saturday. We have 3 days to go and lots to plan..hey guys lets rush!!! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Note

There is this guy in my Mom's apartment who always parks his 2 wheeler in a weird way...its never straight. Will either fall in the car parking place or will cover space for 2-3 two-wheelers...:)

So we called the security guy to warn this guy that he aint parking properly. The security guy told us 'Oh this guy, he is a pain'. "Earlier when he was staying in another flat in the same building he used to park in funny way and trouble the others. Well now he has shifted his flat and repeating the same action."

After a few days, I got bugged of his parking style as I pushed his vehicle straight. I told Dad that day "इसका कुछ करना पड़ेगा". Dad is like "Dont bother". Sridhar is in London else he would say "पूरी दुनिया को सुधारने में लगी है"

Anyways I wrote a note and put it in his vehicle. The note read "Kindly park your vehicle properly. It is inconveniencing others. A troubled flat owner" (While typing this note I was so inconvenienced by the so many 'i's in 'inconveniencing', he he )

After that day I have seen his vehicle parked properly. Earlier when Mom had requested him to put it straight as it was very close to our car, he asked "Ab theek hai?" in an irritated fashion. The Note helped though, maybe it didnt hurt his ego :)

Monday, April 09, 2007

In Dino Dil Mera Mujhse Hai Keh Raha!

Another Song I have been listening to lately :)

In Dino - Soham.mp...

Hindi Song Title: In Dino Dil Mera Mujhse Hai Keh Raha
Hindi Movie/Album Name: LIFE IN A... METRO
Singer(s): SOHAM

Hindi Lyrics:
(in dino, dil mera, mujhse hai keh raha
tu khaab saja, tu ji le jara
hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat - 2) - 2

(berang si hai badi zindagi kuchh rang to bharoon
main apani tanahaayi ke waaste abbb kuchh toh karoon) - 2
jab mile thodi fursat - 2, mujhse karle muhabbat
hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat

(usako chhupaakar main sabse kabhi le chaloon kahin door...
aankhon ke pyaalon kse pita rahoon usake chehre ka noor) - 2
iss jamaane se chhupakar - 2, puri karloon main hasrat
hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat - 2
in dino, dil mera, mujhse hai keh raha
tu khaab saja, tu ji le jara
hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat - 2

Tere Bin - lyrics

Did some self help (googled ;-)) and got the lyrics and translation :)

tere bin sanu sohnia - besides you my love
koi hor nahio labhna - i shan't find another
jo dave ruh nu sakun - who'll give peace to my soul
chukke jo nakhra mera - and indulge me

ve main sare ghumm ke vekhia - i have gone and seen it all
amrika , roos, malaysia - america, russia, malaysia
kittey vi koi fark si - there wasn't any difference
har kise di koi shart si - they all had some condition
koi mangda mera si sama - some asked for my time
koi hunda surat te fida - some were fascinated with my face
koi mangda meri si vafa - some demanded my fidelity
na koi mangda merian bala - none wanted my demons

tere bin, hor na kise - besides you, no one else
mangni merian bala - wanted my demons
tere bin, hor na kise - besides you, no one else
karni dhup vich chhan - shall shade me in the sun
jiven rukia si tun zara - (the) way you paused slightly
nahion bhulna main sari umar - i shan't forget all my life
jiven akhia si akhan chura - you said, looking away
"rovenga sanu yad kar" - "you shall weep in my memory"
hasia si main hasa ajeeb - i laughed a strange laugh
(par) tu nahi si hasia - but you didn't
dil vich tera jo raaz si - you had a secret in your heart
mainu tu kyon ni dasia - why didn't you tell me

tere bin - besides you
sanu eh raz kise hor nahion dasna - none shall tell this secret to me
tere bin peerh da ilaaj - besides you what druid
kis vaid kolon labhna - has the cure to my ills
milia si ajj mainu tera ik patra - i found today a note of yours
likhia si jis 'te - on which you had scribbled
tun shayr varey shah da - a varis shah couplet
park ke si osnu hanjnu ik duliya - upon reading which a teardrop fell
akhan 'ch band si seh raaz ajj khulia- what was locked in the eye was revealed today

ki tere bin eh mere hanjnu - that other than you these tears of minekise hor nahio chumna - won't be kissed by none else
ki tere bin eh mere hanjhu - that other than you these tears of mine
mitti vich rulnha - will wither in the dust

Picked this translation from this site: Rabbism

Found some interesting comments posted by people on this song and this one was unforgettable which says that the song was written by Rabbi for his father!!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dedicated to a dear friend!!!

Dedicating this song Tere Bin sung by Rabbi Shergill to a dear friend :)

Friend, will need your help understanding some of the Punjabi tho' ;-)

Rabbi Shergill - T...