Suresh Bhat at his best

केव्हा तरी पहाटे

केव्हातरी पहाटे उलटून रात्र गेली
मिटले चुकून डोळे हरवून रात्र गेली

कळले मला न केव्हा सुटली मिठी जराशी
कळले मला न केव्हा निसटून रात्र गेली

सांगू तरी कसे मी वय कोवळे उन्हाचे?
उसवून श्वास माझा फसवून रात्र गेली!

उरले उरात काही आवाज चांदण्याचे..
आकाश तारकांचे उचलून रात्र गेली!

स्मरल्या मला न तेव्हा माझ्याच गीतपंक्ती
मग ओळ शेवटाची सुचवून रात्र गेली!

आता कुशीत नाही ती चंद्रकोर माझी..
हलकेच कूस माझी बदलून रात्र गेली

अजुनी सुगंध येई दुलईस मोगऱ्याचा..
गजरा कसा फुलांचा विसरुन रात्र गेली?

An afternoon with Mangesh Padgaonkar’s Gypsy – collection of poems 1950-53

विस्मरणाचे   दान तुझे ते

विस्मरणाचे   दान तुझे ते सरले आज,

आठवणींचा घेउनी आलीस सुंदर साज

Gift of amnesia faded today

Bouquet of your memories walked in today

शिशिरामधल्या   उत्तर्रात्त्री

दुरून एकला तारा

करितो गूढ इषारा

गहन कोषांत तमाच्या उरी कुणाची वेदना स्फुरे ?

शिशिरामधल्या   उत्तर्रात्त्री आकाश मनात झुरे 

Far away lonely star does a sign

amongst the veins of darkness whose pain flows

in the autumn nights sky’s heart reduces a little

काळी कड सावलीची

काळी कड सावलीची

प्रकाशाला शिवू बघे

आणि थिजल्या ओठांनी

पुन्हा काळोखांत रिघे

Can’t translate…Can’t..

Sideline of shadow

tries to catch a little bit of light

it retracts sharply

with scalded, seared lips

मातीत गाढ निजलेले

जरि बीज न नयनांना दिसते

घन वळता आषाढाचे

मज नवखी चाहूल येते


पाकळ्यात दडले तरीहि

गंधातून गूढ उकळते

Invisible to eyes

a seed sleeps

till the full clouds of August

whisper a new life….

Although hidden underneath

petals, redolance unveils a secret

Book Log – Yamini – R Chudamani ( Translated by Vasantha Surya from Tamil)

Never before a translation has managed to surprise, evoke a smile and shock all in 76 odd pages.  Without giving away the premise of the plot  – hmm what can I say.   Their are no villains in the sketch, it is just a sort of story where everybody is a victim.

The title as the name suggests is for the lead character – named so because she is dark skinned. She adores  the crispness and solitude of night, pretty much faithful to her own name – companion of night . The girl while growing up is devoid of “need” to be “loved /desired/” or “validation” from others including her own parents. There is nothing wrong with her, she simply hums to a tune of rythm, rythm of  solitude – which most “social” people find incomprehensible.  She does not hate other people or become judgemental about them. She just wants to be a lone wanderer.

This results in consequences beyond comprehension for her and parents , her own kid.  Why does she behave like the way she does?  Why she can’t be normal like kids, girl her age or woman through various stages. Author does not take prisoners…

“Everything just has to be taken as it is. Why does fire burn? Because that’s the very nature of fire, the essence of its being. There was nothing more to it than that! Fire cannot be cooled. If you want to cool it and pour water on it, it will not cool, it will just go out. “

Book  is inviting  in terms of another opposite character – the kid girl of the main lead and plays important part in bringing sunny side. How sad – I associated Sunny/bright with better and…I guess that was one of the point of the author – association of colors/feelings to appearances/behavior.  Book does not judge anybody,  but highlights how easy it is for us to do so.

Alas, this is the sole novella of the author.  MacMillan has to be thanked for undertaking this translation via Vasantha.

Book Log

Reading – “अठरा लक्ष पावल” – 18,00,000 steps. A traveloge of 1968 by D M Mokashi. It is an account of writer who attaches himself to “start a revolution by refusing import of wheat”. It is wonderful description of prevalent times and writer does not miss any stuff.

It also reflects the state of young nation (20 years after freedom) which faces the demons of politicians who just outright lie, officialdom which imposes corruption and treachary (in form of river dams – uprooting families) get the picture.

A band of writers and disillusioned fighters pick up an issue of import of food as way to illustrate the ills of dependency on government, socialist ills introducing form of begging bowl habit and try to do a trip from verrul to Mumbai (Kailash-becuase diety of Shivaji is God-Shankar at verrul to Sindhusagar – Mumbai). Idea is to awaken the true independent feeling.

There are villages where water and connectivity makes residents confident and independent and there are remote locations where old traditions die hard and people suffer due to lack of education facilities, connectivity, poor crop output and eventually lack of faith in future.

Sadly many of  conditions prevail even today across lot of places.

In days of Satyam, Enron, Madoff – remember institutionalized corruption in name of patriotism

Spending in iraq – truth uncovered. Hopefully someday Indian Armed forces, supply organization is also audited by external agencies and its decisions exposed. This whole idea of not sharing the information under security blanket does not help but cloud the storm till it becomes a category 5. Watch this video too.

Log 2008 – Books, Play, Movies

(In no particular order, most read vs somewhere in between)


१.बनगरवाडी : Vyankatesh Madgulkar , Novel
२. चिमणरावांचे चऱ्हाट : Chi. Vi. Joshi , Short Stories , Humor
३ . सखाराम बाईंडर : Vijay Tendulkar , Play
४ . मर्ढेकरांची कविता : B. S. MArdhekar , Poetry
५. मृदगंध : Vinda Karandikar : Poetry
६. युगांत : Iravati Karve , Commentary on Mahabharata
७.बलुतं : Daya Pawar , Dalit Autobiography

८.आहे मनोहर तरी… Sunita Deshpande , Autobiography

९. अमृतानुभव : द्न्यानेश्वर
१०. शांतता  कोर्ट   चालू  आहे  : विजय  तेंदुलकर
११. वाडा : महेश  एलकुंचवार
१२ . महानिर्वाण  : सतीश  अलेकर

१३. उध्वस्त  धर्मशाला  : ग . प . देशपांडे

१४. व्यासपर्व :   दुर्गा भगवत
१५. पिन्गालावेल : ग . अ . कुलकर्णी ( left 3/4th done)

Tamil -

௧ . B.R Rajam Aiyar: அபட்டுக்கிடமான  அப்படம்  அல்லது  கமலம்பல்  சரித்திரம்  (The Fatal Rumor, Tamil)

Somewhere in between

1. इस्मत  चुगताई : टेढी  लकीर  (The Crooked Line, Urdu)

2. Swarnakumari Debi: स्नेहलता  बा  पलीता  (The Uprooted Vine, Bengali)

3. महाश्वेता  देवी : हजार  चुराशिर  माँ  (Mother of 1084, Bengali)  – हिन्दी (it was made into movie)

4. शिर्शेंदु  मुखोपाध्याय : Brishtir Agrahan (Waiting for Rain, Bengali)

5. U.R Ananta Murthy: ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರ   – Samskara (Kannada)

6. कृष्ण  बलदेव  वैद : गुज़रा  हुआ  ज़माना

Batteries included has strong resonance

Gems of Python

Requirement – Find out immediately if the files are different and then point out the differences.

Solution – use – filecmp.cmp and then  difflib.ndiff. This is great for small size file.

a. filecmp.cmp(file1,file2,shallow=False))

x = file1.readlines(); file1.close()
z = file2.readlines(); file2.close()

for line in difflib.ndiff(x,z):
if line.startswith(“+”) or line.startswith(“-“):
2. Returning of multiple pieces of information.

Solution – use the return intuitively.

return 1, numfiles, thequeue  # just magic.

so at other side

status, numfilesprocessed,listprocessedfiles = funcname(params)

does the work.

3. Requirement : Working over two ordered lists

Solution – Use Zip.

for r, s in zip (vernaqueue,engqueue):
if False ==  (filecmp.cmp(r,s,shallow=False)):
fcompare(r, s,exfile)

4. Requirement – get list of lowercased complete filenames  of particular kind in a simple way

Solution : Sheer magic of list comprehension then move on to generators

extlist        = [".mdb"]

location     = “some directory”

filelist        = (os.path.normcase(f) for f in os.listdir(location)) # map functionality

filelist        = (os.path.join(location,f) for f in filelist if os.path.splitext(f)[1] in extlist)

Mumbai 26/11 – 29/11 – aftermath – vultures are back – wounded country needs saviour

As usual after the tragedy, vultures of all kind are back.

Modi like Amar singh had audacity to “offer” 1 crore for the policemen who died in Mumbai’s event. Hemant Karakare’s family rejected just like Mohan Chand Sharma.

BJP at that time needed apology from Amar singh, (a vulture proposes, another disposes)

“BJP strongly condemns the highly irresponsible, shameful and unfortunate statement of Amar Singh. For his highly deplorable conduct Amar Singh must apologies to the nation,” party spokesperson Ravi Shanker Prasad said in New Delhi on Tuesday.”

Irony amongst all this is just few days back BJP had questioned his credentials when he picked up trail of Malegaon (involvement of hindu religious leaders, army person etc). He was praised earlier when he “solved” other blasts by same party.

Congress on other hand has blessed us with Shivraj patil who is leader of lame dodos rather than people and does not provide shade of confidence. He also does not have shame enough to work on his shortcomings and counts on the “blessings” of Janpath. I still have hope in Manmohan singh. But the cotiere around Adavani/Sonia is the one to look out for.

Where are Raj thackrey and his MNS, Amar singh, Lallu prasad, Mulayam singh, Nitish  and the ltte lovers – Karunanidhi/Vaiko’s ? They are all painted of the same hue and hate baiters of highest order .

The Arundhati Roys, Teesta sestlavads, Javed Akhtars, Shabana aazmis, mj akbars, historians from left/jnu  had managed to push the psyche of Hindu fringe groups with help of biased media where they eugolized the mughal period and its contribution and belittled everything Hindu. On top of it – the continued spate of bombings went unanswered due to criminal apathy of the political  class.

This system works and continues as politicians could pick and choose the voter banks and milk it. The Malegaon and other happenings were in all likelihood as admitted on national tv – ms. savarkar – a response.  Now this is horrible but one can’t go ahead and take it and paint the response as “liberals/leftists” have tendency to do. No it is not as bad the Nazi time where folks were persecuted by common man. But crying wolf has  become a favourite past time without a co-ordinated unbiased resolution.

One of the most important attribute which the apologists for the “root cause analysis”/attackers need to realize is that they need to get the particular community out of ghetto and “perceived persecuted” mentality. They can’t keep blaming everybody else for everything wrong with them and justify the maiming of people with unseen rewards of heaven/religion. They need longer and deeper introspection or else they are on verge of being forgotton/failed folks.

The other challenge is for the media/generic folks/political intelligentsia to give equal importance to happenings in the  for other locations  where these kind of events happen every 3rd day. Are smaller cities/towns/north east places are forgotten because they are far away? Or is south Mumbai so cocooned that they need it to awaken?

Why is NSG deployed for leeches like Mayavati, Mulayam singhs, Amar singhs, Shahabuddin, Munde, Antulay, Pawar? Who in right mind would like to join it to serve these folks?

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(Via – bhadas -excellent question

हम एक बार फिर से ज़ंग जीत गए

लेकीन एक बड़ा प्रश्न के साथ

आख़िर हम कब तक अपनी ही जमीं पे जंग लड़ेगे

कारगिल, संसद और अब मुंबई)

We won another war, but with big question, till what time shall we win on our own soil?

Kargil/Parliament and now Mumbai.

Actually the entry which touched me and had resonance was this. In the same vein kataksh follows.

Slighly xtreme truth on slightly different topic dealing with the reality of vidarbh’s suicides. This is more sad in view of the gms/chrysler/citibanks/goldman sachs/aigs and others getting “rescued” but a poor subsistence farmer is not credit worthy or his dependence on rain and resources beyond his control not considered. He is put on the notice board and his belongings and house everything is up for sale and under Bank’s control.  What capitalism – very similar to private bus owners running only between profitable routes and leaving “connecting” and getting people from remote places to government. Or similar to telecom firms riding on the new “tech” and reaching the metros where margins/growth is better and leaving the poor regions to the bsnl. This is insensitive application of adam smith and keyne’s theories on unsuspecting folks without shared responsibilities. Shareholder responsibility does not give freedom from ethics and moral values.

VP Singh is dead – he was hero till he became part of the system –  – he was flawed like all of us.

The church and its work.

Another good entry.

Following is the link from earlier times – but I am not intelligent enough to comment on the nuances so it had to get flushed -Why garlic from china needs to go.

A very important piece around why Raj Thackrey gets certain kind of support in certain section of youth. There is genuine injustice done over years. One has seen this in the government where certain set of people are in more numbers. Unfortunately some folks still want to join the government. As usual Raj thackrey got this whole thing of injustice as fuel to put into his political “homa”. Just as Lallu/Paswan/Nitish/Mulayam/Mayavati/Advani/Modi/Pawar he wanted to get ahead in creating & sustaining a vote bank. This was the way to channelize the anger of this section of youth who could not get jobs anywhere. Now this is something most of the folks do not understand. The successive ministers have ensured a certain majority enters the department, thus disenfranchising other set of people.

“राजनीतिक विश्लेषक और पूर्व पत्रकार सुरेंद्र किशोर बिहारियों पर हो रहे हमले के लिए नीतिश कुमार और लालू यादव को ही पूरी तरह से जिम्मेदार ठहराते हैं. तीन बिहारी रेलमंत्रियों ने बिहारी लोगों को रेलवे में नौकरियां पाने में सहायता की. वोटबैंक की इस राजनीति ने महाराष्ट्र के लोगों के हितों को चोट पहुंचाई जिसके नतीजे में हालिया उग्र प्रतिक्रिया हुई है.

किशोर के मुताबिक 2003 में सेंट्रल रेलवे की नौकरियों में जहां 48 फीसदी बिहारियों को चुना गया था वहीं इनमें महाराष्ट्र से केवल चार फीसदी लोग ही शामिल थे. किशोर बताते हैं, ‘बिहारी एलआईसी और बैंकों में इतनी नौकरियों पाने में सफल नहीं हुए लेकिन राजनीतिक समर्थन के एवज में उन्हें सरकारी नौकरियां बड़ी आसानी से मिलती रहीं. बिहार के नेता ही बिहारियों पर हो रहे हमलों की मूल वजह हैं.

Now does this justify RR Patil’s outburst and Rahul’s death – in no uncertain terms BIG NO. That was injustice. period. Guilty should be brought to the book and attempts made from both sides to understand each other’s point of view and bridge the gap before the flow of hate becomes too massive.  This will prevent likes of Raj thackrey from coming in politics.

[update 30 nov] – Our amazing politician and chief minister – Mr. Deshmukh organizes a tour of the Taj for his son and Ram gopal verma. RR Patil trivilizes the issue just like Rahul Bose who said some thing similar – a city a like mumbai with millions of people an incident or two can happen (this is what mr patil spake) and we should be ready/expect more of them (these were the additional golden words of Rahul).  Rahul went on to point out why he does not want this incident to be used by government to draft draconian laws. His intention was right but choice of words was bad.

[update - 30 No] – IB did give information about suspicious talk on sat phone and sea route being used to Taj, government, Navy etc. None of them acted.

[update - 30 Nov] – Ironical – Film personalities sitting on Barakha Dutt’s show criticize visit of ram gopal verma to Taj. Bloody south Mumbaikars.

[update - 30 nov] – Nor surprising – NSG does not have aeroplane they have requested for their use. But Mayavati/Mulayam/Reddy/Deshmukh got the planes for personal use on taxpayer’s money.