Monday, July 25, 2016

SINGER MUBARAK BEGUM, HOCKEY WIZARD MOHD. SHAHID AND ARTIST S. H. RAZA .... WE SHALL MISS THEM


                                                                                 
   


WE SHALL MISS THEM..
Three persons have left for their heavenly abode last week . The disruption in internet services in our state affected my work as well. Could not write and upload in time something that I wanted to say about these three great souls.
All the three had extraordinary ability and talent in their respective fields .They brought glory to india and contributed immensely to its Pride .
They were singer Mubarak Begum , Hockey wizard Mohd Shahid and Artist S H Raza .
Mubarak Begum ( 1936-2016)

"Mujh Ko Apnay Gale lagaa Lo Aey Meray Humraahi " "
Mubarak begum moved to cinema from AIR .She gave about 40 Years of her life to cinema singing.worked with so many Composers .
During a visit to Mumbai in 2015 , I had decided to visit Mubarak Begum. I was told that unlike many people connected with Cinema , She would meet all . I obtained her Jogeshwari address as well. I had nothing to offer but simply see her and convey my Best wishes . Could not make it for some reasons .I knew she lived a hapless life with no work. Born at Navalgarh in Rajasthan , she moved to Ahemdabaad with her family and finally came to Mumbai. She did not leave Mumbai even when she had no work and well wishers around.
She brought smiles on many faces with her songs .
It was Rafiq Gaznavi who Introduced her as playback singer in Cinema.
Cruel is this cinema world : It salutes the rising sun only.
Rest in Peace Mubarak Begum…
But surely
“ Kabhi Tanhaaiyon mein Yuun Tumhaari Yaad aayegi .. Andheron Chhaa rahe Hongay Ke Bijli Ko'ndh Jaayegi. “
Mohd Shahid ( 1960-2016 )

Mohd Shahid was India’s dribbling Genius. He was the member of Indian Squad that won Gold Medal in 1980 Olympics .A Simple man who never left his home city Varanasi. To every team mate he would Say:
“ Don’t Call me Shahid. Call me Chhora Ganga Kinaare wala . It makes me feel happy “

When the Germans saw his speed and Dribble , they called him “Blitzkrieg” .
Shahid was never after money. Inspite of many requests from his friends and well wishers , he never moved to Delhi where he could have been better placed post retirement from the game. He died of jaundice and Dengue complications . 

He would often say :

“ I always wanted to score the winning goal against Pakistan”

More than ten thousand well wishers attended his Funeral at Varanasi. Country shall miss him. So shall his numerous fans all over the world.
Rest in Peace Mohd Shahid.

S H Raza ( 1922-2016 )
Syed Haider Raza was an Artist of International fame. About his Artistic credentials , I will not say more except that his Painting SAURASHTRA was sold for a whopping sum of 15.9 crores in an Art auction. His another painting titled LA TERRE was again sold for 18.8 crores .
Born at Mandla in MP , Raza is responsible for Bringing Modern Art to Kashmir valley sometime in late forties of the last century. He stayed in Kashmir for more than 5 months wherefrom he left for Paris .
And In 1948, assisted by Percy Brown ( Ex Principal Calcutta School of Arts and Crafts ) and three Young Artists namely S N Butt, Triloke Kaul and P N Kachroo, he ensured birth of The Progressive Artists Association of J&K. This Association held its first Art Exhibition in May 1949 at Srinagar .This Exhibition in Srinagar was attended by S H Raza , who , at that point of time happened to be a member of Bombay Progressive Artists' Group that had M F Hussain, S K Bakre , F N Souza, H A Gade and many more as its members.

He painted Pursha and Prakariti series and moved over to paint BINDHU ( DOT ) finally.

For him , Bindhu appeared as the centre of entire human Creative activity. A man who also believed in Krishna and Christ , Raza returned to India after a long stay in France .
“ Finally a man returns to his roots “
That is how he described his coming back .

In 2015 , He held two major Exhibitions Aarambh and Nirantar on Bindhu Theme. He never abandoned his brush and kept painting even a week before his death.
Peace be to his soul……

( Autar Mota )

Friday, July 22, 2016

THE BEAUTIFUL" LAVASA VALLEY" IN WESTERN GHAATS (MAHARASHTRA )



                                                             










                                                                         





















                                                                             



A VISIT TO LAVASA  VALLEY  NEAR PUNE

“ Sir , It was a planned as a smart city  amidst Hills of western Ghaats  by Seth Ajit Gulabchand Of Hindustan Construction Company. The   covered area of the city is about 100 Sq Kms . Seth Ajit Gulabchand had copied the layout and architecture of an Italian town for this  pollution free Smart city .  The city  plan includes  small townships, Educational Institutes , Hospitals, Country clubs , Convention centre , Cafes , Restaurants , Boulevard around the lake, Stylish  Housing for , Water sports , Art Galleries,  Golf club and Fun square Miniplex etc. Though many things have come up but the planners have landed in some controversy for acquisition  of land ,violation of  environmental laws   and political interference. “

This is what the  Manager of a Restaurant  located on Boulevard told me.

“ Isn’t the smart city LAVASA  coming up now? “

“ Yes , But you see those incomplete  structures near the international convention centre . Construction has come to Halt due to some stay orders or litigation. Some more structures on that side have also not come up . And then many shops on this Boulevard rmaain unoccupied . many residential apartments need buyers . In LAVASA City , Only DASVE Township has been developed . More needs to be done.”

 “ What about Tourists ?”

“ Not Many foreigners  come to this side though some groups keep trickling . We have a great inflow of Locals from  Mumbai or Pune . They come round the year due to ideal climatic conditions over here . Almost all Hotel Rooms are sold out on weekends. They come in cars , Taxis and Motorbikes. Those coming from Mumbai also visit  Lonawala or Khandala . Students in large numbers come from Pune.”

“ What about these shops on the Boulevard ? “

“  Sir we  have Restaurants and cafes mostly . Many shops are in the process of opening and getting started . there are some vacant shops as well .”

“ Any Shop selling Handicrafts ?”

“ Yes one shop KASHMIR CRAFTS  on the Boulevard on that side of the lake . He is probably a man from Kashmir . Look  there at that corner . He sells some handicrafts but earns from sale of plastic wares , sandals , Umbrellas and decorative and gift
 items that he buys from Mumbai. “



I am in Lavasa  valley for a family vacation planned and arranged by Sandeep Mota .It is   about 215 kms from Mumbai via Panvel- Lonavala and roughly 65kms from Pune. It is built on the principle of New Urbanism which implies that everything has to be located within walking distance .Nestled amongst green Hills of western Ghaats , it is just three hours car Drive from Mumbai though Pune -Mumbai express Highway .
I am informed that it is planned to hold a population of 3 lakhs . Planned like a European city,   LAVASA has  a city Manager. All   services are unified with a clear focus on quality customer service and CMS ( City Management services ).

 DASVE ,  the first small township developed in Lavasa valley remains full of    attractions. So many Waterfalls joining  to form a rattling brook that passes through the heart of the township.  And the Brook finally ends up in a lake .A Boulevard around the lake with tiled pathways and green trees .An array of cross culture food Malls and restaurants  all along the Boulevard .Water sports , Cafes and Boutiques  , A country club. Apollo Hospital , Christ University ,Green Bazaar selling Fresh Fruits and vegetables , 1-2-3 room apartments with special attractions for senior citizens .And  all this located in majestic hills of  Western Ghaat  with cool shades ,  ample  Flora and fauna and  Pollution free air  .

Walk on the Boulevard carrying your umbrella.    Clouds and Rains come anytime and every time. Enter any Restaurant and you find a space for your umbrella. Open the window of your room and you listen the rattle of the brook that joins the lake . An experience  Quite closer to   Lidder stream of  Pahalghaam  in Kashmir valley .

A colourful  Promenade at DASVE  brings a picture   of the Mediterranean elegance. It runs alongside the Lake sporting Cafes,  Restaurants , Green Trees  , Tiled Pathways  and a street side Buzz that evokes the spirit of Italian Riviera .

And you have  the   Living apartments around the lake with   majestic view of  SAHYADRI hills . I am told that the apartments are meant to cater to the practical requirement of  the owners . You have special apartments for Artists . These apartments have Studios as well .You have Villas and Plots as well. A Town hall at DASVE  gives you all information you may need. LAVASA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ( 020-64731020/1024 and 020-66759000 ) at  Portofino Street  DASVE  is ever ready to help you



 Enjoy a boat Cruise in the lake .Go for Segaway Rides on the Dasve  Promenade . Go for Rock climbing or rent a bike .Enjoy Lebanese Non Vegetarian Food at TABAKH restaurant on the Boulevard .

We had a Hot water bath inside  Hotel MERCURE  in july this year . Yes we felt we needed it to feel comfortable .

I found an International Convention centre ready at DASVE- LASVASA. You have Christ University and Apollo Hospital over here . Banks and ATMs and  Hassle free WiFi connectivity is an added attraction.

So Long so much for LAVASA ..

( Autar Mota )


PS
(1) In J&K State , HCC has also executed some Major works of Banihaal- Qazigund Railway line  Under a subcontract from IRCON .
(2)All Photographs clicked by Autar Mota at Dasve Township LAVASA . You can see the Boulevard , lake , The Brook , Shops , Walkways , Hills , Residential buildings and Hotels.






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MY DOHAA ( TWO LINE POEM ) THE INVISIBLE HAND


                                               


THE INVISIBLE HAND !!!!!!!!!!!

Can there be only one hand behind our troubles ? I have my doubts now.
May be Sometimes this hand befriends me while quite often you believe in it as your sole protector ..


I wrote a DOHAA on this subject....

Teray Meray Jhagday Ke Peechhay Ekk Hi Haathh
Kabhi Mujhe Apnaa Woh kahay Kabhi woh Teray Saathh

( Autar Mota )
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MY DOHAA OR TWO LINE POEM ON OUR TONGUE


                                                                           

THE SECRET OF THE TONGUE….
( Photo Autar Mota )
This tongue is a train… Should it move at its right time , you are at your desired destination .
Withhold its movement , everything that includes material goods and divinity tend to move away from you .

I add a Dohaa written by me on this thought ……..
Jeeba Chalay to Rail hai Pahunchaaye har Dhaam
Jeeba jab tak Na Chalay Maaya Milay Na Ram..
( Autar Mota )
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MY DOHAA ( TWO LINE POEM ) WRITTEN BY ME ...DON'T KEEP CURSING THE SUN OR DARKNESS . YOU NEED TO OPEN THE WINDOW OF YOUR DARK ROOM AS WELL

                                                                     
                                                                             

 ( Photo ..Autar Mota  ..) ..
THE MAGIC OF LIGHT CAN  BE EXPERIENCED ONLY  AFTER OPENING THE WINDOWS OF YOUR ROOM  ....

YOU MAY KEEP CURSING THE BRIGHT SUN IN THE SKY . YOU MAY KEEP CURSING NIGHT'S DARKNESS AS WELL? BUT FOR YOUR OWN SAKE , TRY OPENING THE WINDOWS OF YOUR DARK ROOM AS WELL .
TO THIS PHOTO I ADD A DOHAA WRITTEN BY ME...

Phir Suraj Ko Gaali Dhe Raat ko Taane bo'l
Pehlay Apnay kamray ki Khidki ko to Kho'l
( Autar Mota )
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MY " DOHAA ' OR TWO LINER POEM THAT I WROTE TODAY.


                                                                                 
        
                           ( Photo source .. Patrika ePaper /News Magazine ..Hindi .. With due Thanks )

EXTEND ONE HAND , YOU MAY GET ALMS .... USE BOTH, YOU MAY CREATE WONDERS .... THE STRUGGLE OF THIS EXISTENCE , HIDES AND RESIDES IN THE SKILLFUL USE OF THESE HANDS ALONE.....
I have written a dohaa today for this thought and photograph..

Ekk se jag mein Bheekh Milay do do se le kaam 
Inn Haathon mein chhupa Basaa jeevan ka sangraam...

( Autar Mota )                                                        
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MY Poem " Aey Andheron ke Shahar " ( O My City of Darkness )



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 (Photo Sandeep Mota )

O PEACE AND  LIGHT ! WHERE ARE YOU?  VISIT  THIS  TOWNSHIP OF PAIN..

To the above thought and photo , I add my Poem  ……Aey Andheron Ke shahar …( O My City of Darkness )

( Aey Andheron  Ke Shahar   )

Hum    Jo Bhikhre Thhay Taptay sehraa mein
 Loo ke mausam mein thhay sharaaron par
So gaye Baarha   Thakkay Haare
Sard Raaton mein Raahguzaaron par
 Ab  Rahe  Teen Mein Na Teraah Mein
In  Andheron ka Ab to Khauff   Nahin  
Ab Safar hi  hai  Ghar - Makaan Apnaa  
Koyee Kaandhaa Mila jo Rone Ko   
 Bhool Jaatein hain  Hum pe jo Guzri
Khul Ke Kyaa Bolna Hai Yaad Nahin    
 Baat  Lekin yeh Tujh se Khul ke  kahein
Dard mein Teray Beqaraari hai
Har Garri dil Yehi  Dua hai Karay

“ Aey Meray Shahar Tu Abaad Rahey
Mausamon Ki Mehar Rahay Har Saal
Teray Baagon Mein Parindein Ho Sadaa
Bastiyon mein Teri Ujaala Rahey
Meetha Amrit sada Machaltaa Rahey
Teri Jheelon Mein Aabshaaron mein
Ghonslay  Pyaar Ke Aabaad rahein
Inn safedon Mein In Chinaaron mein
Har Choraahe mein Basti kooche Mein
Zindagi laut ke har Pal yeh Kahay

 “Pyaar Ka jashn Manaana Hai Ab
 Har Andhere Ko Mitaana Hai Ab”


( Autar Mota )



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

A PHOTO OF PANDAVA BEACH BALI INDONESIA AND WHY WE SHOULD SPEAK AND SAVE THE INNOCENT CHILD WITHIN



                                                                                            
   PANDAVA BEACH BALI 
 ( Photo Autar Mota )

To this photo i add a thought............... 
                                                                          

 Those who keep silent may not be ignorant . Ignorance has nothing to do with silence . This world is unfortunately being  full of people who know everything but keep silent . silent since the issues around do not touch them specifically . May be generally they  are feebly concerned  but they do not speak up.

looking towards other side and turning willfully  ignorant( when you need to speak and be firm  and fair in your  reaction ) , may prove  grave  for the truthful and innocent child that resides inside all of us.
This child keeps watching our conduct , reflexes and actions. Afraid of him, Urdu poet Akhtar Ul Iman had said. " Yeh Ladkaa poochha rehtaa hai Akhtar Ul Iman tum hi ho? This child keeps asking me .. “Are you the great akhtar Ul Imaan ? " ”
Do we call that child as the mirror within ?
And then Poet Sahir  Ludhianavi  also felt :
"Jag se chaahe Bhaag le koyee
Mun se bhaag na paaye"

“ A man may run  away from this world
But where shall he go from  the self within “

Yes very rarely , circumstances prevail upon you to be helplessly silent. Those situations are very very rare as  poet  Mirza Ghalib also clarifies..

Hai kuchh Aissi hi baat Jo chupp huun
Varna kya baat kar nahin Aati..
Aage aati thhi haale dil pe hansi
Ab Kissi baat par nahin Aati..


(Autar Mota )



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BUDDHA BATTLING FORCES OF NARA AND A CRITICAL STUDY OF CAUSE OF HUMAN COMPLAINT



                                                                                       

                               
(This painting has been sent to me by a friend . Neither he nor i know the painter . It has been downloaded from the net. I remain  thankful to the up loader and the great Artist who has  created this Master piece . Once again loads of thanks  to the creator and the up loader . If any one gives me a clue about the creator or up loader , i shall  be delighted to thank them profusely .A scholar who saw this painting confirmed that it relates to Buddha battling the forces of NARA. The Indian Nativity is apparent in this work.  )

To this painting i add a thought that comes often to my mind. It relates to Complaints.

Autar Mota believes that.........

 Complaint is a result of mismatch between delivery and expectation.In most of the complaints you find lesser delivered to a greater expectation.Very few speak in a thankful tone about much delivered to a smaller expectation.

Should we expect less ? Should we shift to the impossible state of zero expectations?

For sure, Complaints pour out from a mind that is not at peace with its situations or surroundings or set up.Expectation - Delivery mismatch is the trigger.

No expectation no complaint is surely the golden rule but certainly too difficult to put to practice .It may require you to shut up substantially from the surrounding world.It may also mean partial death of the initiative on various fronts.And initiative is paramount to any human activity ..But then Mirza Ghalib is not wrong when he says..

Jab tavaqo hi uth gayi Ghalib
Kyon Kissi ka gilaa kare koyi..

" Once expectation is over ,
What reason lies for a   complaint to exist ?"

So........

O Giver ! Check up your Deliverance...
O Receiver !Be fair in your expectations...


(Autar Mota)

                  

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