My touch to Vitiligo

It was just few days ago . I rushed to my client ensuring needful to carry along  (Yoga mat ,  bottle of water, props and a towel for myself). This was a last moment deal about the timing ,  fees and place. So ,  he asked me to come to a 5 star hotel gym and provided transport nothing less than an Audi .

I asked for him at the reception; a concierge lead me to the gym area . He waved me quite unbothered way . It’s very difficult for me to make his face out . His skin  was full of patches,  white, pink and little brown. I was little nervous thinking that he shouldn’t make out what thoughts were going in my mind. I was nervous and trying hide it, trying to show how normal and composed I was. When I came near to him he stood up, his one leg was stooped . He was shorter than me but not hesitant about it at all.

I gave him some Yoga Therapies for his legs ,  then Pranayama and half an hour of Guided meditation & Yog Nidra. Ending the session , he asked gym instructor to provide Cranberry Mint juice for both of us. I figured out he was only 25, much younger than me. He said, “I had a different childhood.” “Only few months ago I isolated myself in a room playing only Game of Thrones and *(few other names).”  His hands and feet were completely white and few patches of brown skin. As I finished the drink I immediately asked him my willingness to leave. He offered me the fees in an envelope and as forwarded his hand, I was quite hesitant for a handshake . But , I didn’t want to refuse it and I left with a smile.

Though I knew Vitiligo was not at all contagious but I was more concious about dealing with him. I might have little more in ease if it was a female. Was he concious about his look in front of a woman? Was he feeling pity on himself? Does he curse his life? Then I thought if he was, he would have been sulking instead of pampering himself in a luxurious way. He is definitely  very strong than I thought. Very positive about his future. May be more than anyone of us without Vitiligo, without any scars or other physical adequacy.

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Meet Durga – From Singing in train to Bollywood

The songChi Cha Leather of Bollywood movie “Gags of Wasseypur” sung by 12-year-old (that time)Durga grabbed a lot of attention with its unusual lyrics. Hailing from a humble family, Durga has lived in slums all her life. With a passion for singing, she can often be spotted in local trains singing to earn money.

This girl who hails from Andhra Pradesh made a living by singing songs on the Mumbai local trains. She sang on both the suburban sections of the Central and Western rail. She supported her family of 2 sisters by earning meagre amounts of money by singing on the locals.

Anurag Kashyap’s love for the unconventional isn’t restricted to the scripts of his films. The filmmaker, with a good ear for music, had given a break to Band Masters Rangila and Raseela to sing the popular track Emotional Atyaachar in the Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill starrer Dev.D. And now, he has roped in a train singer, for his latest flick Gangs Of Wasseypur 2.

While Travelling by local train Mumbai film music composer Sneh Khanwalkar, heard the young girl singing. She was struck by the rustic quality of the voice of Durga and promptly auditioned her for a song for the film “Gang s of Wasseypur” where she sang ‘Dil Chi Cha Ledar’. The song was an instant hit and set the sales charts afire. The rest is history as Durga has become a national icon.

The 16 year old is now launching her debut album under the guidance of Bollywood film maker Anand Surapur on which she is working for the past 2 years. Surely there can be no tale more exciting than that of Durga who sang songs on the Mumbai local trains for a living and now is rising as a popular singer on the national circuit. The girl was singing on Mumbai locals since she was 9 till god smiled on her and turned her life from rags to riches. Surely Durga will rise further in Mumbai films .This is a tale that has an element of romance and the girl deserves our support. Her photo can be accessed at.

What is Inspiration?

Literally, from the Latin, inspiration means “to breathe into” from the verb inspirare.

Psychological :

The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative; the quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something; a person or thing that inspires; a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea; the drawing in of breath; inhalation; an act of breathing in; an inhalation.

Your Effort:

You can go online and find countless quotes,  writers, articles and creative people commenting the same way, saying that the creative process is almost mechanical, like a “mechanic greasing your car” (E.B. White) or an engineer thinking about an engineering problem (Doris Lessing).

So, yes, getting to that inspired point is work. But if it is then that means we can all get there. But couldn’t it be both at the same time, work as well as allowing “spirit” to come into us?

Stendhal says something along the same lines:

Had I mentioned to someone around 1795 that I planned to write, anyone with any sense would have told me to write for two hours every day, with or without inspiration. Their advice would have enabled me to benefit from the ten years of my life I totally wasted waiting for inspiration.

Easier said than done!!

So, we need to make time, find space, be consistent, and have the intention to find inspiration by working.

As William Faulkner once said:

I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.

20 Motivating movies of Bollywood in last 2 Decades

Movies can be a wonderful source of inspiration and motivation, as some of them can help you to change your mindset quickly into a more positive one. When movies are able to spark the interest to apply their message in real life, it was well worth watching them. The movies in this list are ranked by the average score they received from critics, but also by their potential to motivate and inspire. However, something that is by far more important than a movie’s popularity is its ability to get you motivated.

1. Airlift

In 1990, Saddam Hussein-led Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait rendered over a lakh Indians residing there homeless and scurrying for cover. Thanks to a handful of Indian businessmen and their swift thinking, each of them was safely evacuated from the war zone and brought back to India.

2. Bhag Milkha Bhag 

The truth behind the ascension of Milkha “The Flying Sikh” Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

3. Baghban

The movie Baghban a big slap on so called modern era. I watched it because it’s let someone know their parents feelings. What they feel at the age when they need their children most and the children are ignoring them. They really portrait the old age parents feelings.

4. Chakde! India

This movie is a real story about Mir Ranjan Negi, for whome life had become a nightmare. The 7-1 defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the 1982 Asian Games final had brought unprecedented humiliation for India in a sporting arena. The nation went into a mourning and Negi into hiding.

5. Dasvidaniya

“Dasvidaniya” a marvelous movie, which takes you on a journey of self. A roller coaster of emotions. Every moment matches the mood. The detailing is in sync. Music by Kailash Kher leaves a lasting impression. Check out ‘Alvida’ and ‘Meri Maa'”Dasvidaniya” is a bittersweet comedy about a man diagnosed with cancer and how he spends the last three months of his life.

6. I am Kalam

This movie is an epic story of a kid who believes that fate and fortune is nothing. It’s only karma that has the power to either make you or break you. A refreshing movie full of hope and joy.

7. Lagaan

The movie tells the purportedly true story of the little village of Champaner in 1893 in India. Next to the village is a British cantonment. A narration sets the stage. The British have played one rajah off against the other and demand draconian taxes in agricultural goods and services called lagaan from the villages they protect from the inter-tribal warfare they instigate. Compounding the lagaan problem, rain has not fallen for months.

8. Lage Raho Munna Bhai

The movie has had a strong cultural impact in India, popularizing Gandhism under Munna Bhai’s notion of Gandhigiri. As noted by critics, the film has “stirred the popular imagination,” leading to a number of Gandhigiriprotests in India and in the United States: “For generations born after Gandhi’s assassination, Munnabhai, the eponymous hero of the film, has rendered “Gandhism” passé and “Gandhian” arcane.

9. Lakshya

Noble is not a word that’s easily applicable to mainstream Hindi cinema – not when so much of it is about having a good, if not a sleazy, time.

But here’s a rare, refreshing, path-breaking film that is as noble in intent as it is in treatment.

An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero. “Lakshya” is really about one individual’s odyssey in life from embarrassing idleness to redeeming self-motivation. This epic transition is achieved through layers of illuminating leitmotifs — the wonderful soundtrack by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy for one.

10. Manjhi: The Mountain Man

Using only a hammer and a chisel, a man spends twenty-two years carving a road through a treacherous mountain.A real story about a man who cut through the mountain to build a way for his fellow villagers to get faster to the hospital across the mountain. While being laughed at earlier, he eventually showed every one of us the power of strong will and commitment.

11. Mary Kom

The biopic, as is clear by now, is about MC Mary Kom, a five-time boxing world champion and Olympic bronze medallist from India. With the support of her husband Onler Ko, the boxer, who was once considered down and out, made a comeback to win two major medals. The episodic demonstration of Kom’s obstacles, including a father who objects to her boxing, a vengeful sports federation and an ill-timed pregnancy, seems rather breathless.

12. Nil Battey Sannata

Released in India on 22 April 2016. It received critical acclaim and was positively received by the audiences as well. Reviewers praised most aspects of the production, with particular emphasis on its narrative, realism, and performances of the cast.

13. Peepli Live

This is a 2010 Indian satirical comedy film that explores the topic of “farmer suicides” and the subsequent media and political response. It is written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her directorial debut, and produced byAamir Khan Productions. The film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers.

14. Queen

Queen is an ignorant Delhi girl who finds herself on a ‘honeymoon’ all by herself after her fiancé cancelled the wedding just one day before the event. What happens along the way forms the crux of this sweet, sensitive, fun social drama.

This movie is the kind that will work to make you a better human being, minus the lecture 🙂

15. Rang De Basanti

A British documentary filmmaker coming to India to make a film on the Indian armed revolution. She finds young generation who are more western than her. Six young Indians who assist English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom. Two lines… the past and present run together.

** Though the  film’s controversial ending, where the protagonists gun down corrupt politicians, has been perceived as fascist.
Rationalizes Director of the movie  “Every story has to follow its own course. When heroes in a mythology enter the caves to fight the demons, they’ve to perish.

16. Rocket Singh Sales Man of the Year

Recent college graduate Harpreet Singh Bedi, who was an average student but very high on ethics and principles grows increasingly disillusioned with his job as a salesman while struggling to reconcile his professional ambition with his true heart’s desire. Harpreet may have been an average student at best, but his infectious optimism and penchant for dreaming could prove the key to finally realizing his dreams of success.

17. Swades

This is a story of an idealistic NASA engineer, Mohan Bhargav, who decides to go back to his village to enable change.  In the village, idealism meets reality.  What seems like a simple problem a priori turns out into a major project due to the powerful social forces at work.  Mohan’s attempt to create a village school is a typical example.  Since upper-caste kids are not used to mingling with lower-caste kids in the classroom, this turns out into a project about caste relations.  Mohan ends up visiting the homes of villagers to motivate them to send their children to school.  Over time, Mohan overcomes many of the hurdles in his way and shows the villagers the power of science.

18. Taare Zameen Par

How can one not love a movie about children crafted with utmost compassion – children with special needs at that? But, it is not the only reason I liked Tare Zameen Par.  This is about a child who suffers because no one around him recognizes that he is a slow learner. The beauty of the narration is that the message applies to all children – learning disability or not. How can creativity not deserve a place in academics? It also points a very subtle finger at how we build conformation in our system right at the roots.

19. The legend of Bhagat Singh

It is one of the finest movies of Indian film history.The film shows the lifetime of great freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.The film depicts his life,his struggle and his determination brillantly..The film not only shows the freedom fighter’s struggle,but also his ideologies and his idea of a progressive nation and how he moved the entire nation. The photography,the script,the dialogues(power packed and very thought-provoking)everything about this movie is splendid.A lot of research has gone into making this film.

20. 3 Idiots

Shaming on Indian education system, 3 Idiots is actually an eye-opener for every Indian parent, who pressurizes their children to pursue a career in Engineering or Medicine. The movie dictates the most important lesson of life that says, “Educate yourself to improve your abilities, not to be successful because once you are able, success will come along at any circumstances.”