Despite the world cup fever, I managed to watch “Mohabbatein”. I told Jack that I am a sucker for love stories and he recommended a few and one of them being “Mohabbatein”. I like that movie very much.
Shah Rukh Khan in his character on his girlfriend who passed away:
“I did not fall in love with her on the condition that she would live longer than me. There are no conditions in love, so there shouldn’t be any regrets. So what if today she is not with me, I still love her the same way, not because I can’t find someone else to love, but loving her makes me happy. Whenever I miss her, I close my eyes and she is with me.”
Then looking at one of his students whose love for a girl was not reciprocated:
“You didn’t fall in love with her on the condition that she will love you too. So just because she loves someone else, you want to forget her… don’t let go so easily. Love is just like life, it’s not always easy, and it does not always bring happiness. But when we do not stop living, why should we stop loving?”
The students left. Shah Rukh is alone. He closes his eyes. We then hear his girlfriend’s (Aishwarya Rai) voice repeating the last two sentences. She appears in person. They teased each other for a while. Then Shah Rukh invited her to dance. They both danced to the tune of the theme song. I can feel the love that Shah Rukh was talking about. I can see the happiness and contentment on their faces. Great acting. Great music. Great timing. The scene was beautifully done!!!
Here’s the lyrics of one of the songs in the movie which I really like and has been humming since yesterday.
For whatever you say about Bollywood movies, they are extremely enjoyable to watch!
Here’s a link to the theme song just for you to get a feel of the music if you wish. Click here.
Now, you can actually also watch the music video on YouTube.com but the quality is not very good. Click Here. Please give it some time to load completely before playing to watch the clip smoothly.
Humko humise chura lo,
Dil mein kahin tum chupa lo.
Hum akele, kho na jaayen,
Door tumse, ho na jaayen,
Paas aao gale se laga lo
Ye dil dhadka do, zulfein bikhra do,
Sharma ke apna aanchal lehra do.
Hum zulfein to bikhra dein, din mein raat na ho jaaye,
Hum aanchal to lehra dein, par barsaat na ho jaaye
Hone do barsaatein, karni hain kuch baatein.
Paas aao gale se laga lo.
Tumpe marte hain, hum mar jayenge,
Ye sab kahte hain, hum kar jayenge.
Chutki bhar sindoor se tum ab ye maang zara bhar do,
Kal kya ho kisne dekha sab kuch aaj abhi kar do.
Ho na ho sab raazi, dil raazi rab raazi
Steal me from myself
Hide me somewhere in your heart
Alone , fear I might get lost
Far from you , I might go
Come close and put your arms around my neck
Let the heart beat (faster) , spread your hair
Blush and let your shawl fly
I would let my hair down , but it might make the day into night
I would spread my shawl but it might start raining
Let it rain , we have to talk
Come near and embrace me
I die for you , I might die in reality I say all this , I will do it
Put this red dye of marriage in my hair parting
What will happen tomorrow who knows , do everything today
Others may not be ready , but the heart is ready and God is willing.
Finally! Back to Malaysia after almost 3 months now in India. Everything is still very familiar and am so happy to be back, to eat the food that I have been missing, to sleep on that fluffy pillow, to drive in my own car, to watch “The Lake House” in the cinema that I have been going to for the past few years and so many other things (not to mention, first and foremost, to be able to meet my wife since her last visit to India).
The Mumbai bombing on the 11th of July 2006 was really terrible. Such act of cowardice and should be condemned by every civilised person. Among many other measures, one of the things that the Indian government did was to ban access to certain blogs which sparked wide protests. For whatever reasons, the end result is that I was not able to read my regular blogs hosted especially by blogspot.com which is quite annoying since most of the blogs I read are hosted by blogspot.
The first most obvious thing that I noticed upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur is that everything is just so quiet and peaceful. No more incessant honkings. The places are much less crowded. The roads are wider. There are more space everywhere and no more cows and buffalos roaming the roads. But what I see much less is the number of young people carrying laptop computers moving around. Hyderabad is really a tech city.
I was in the Microsoft campus the day just before I left for Malaysia to follow up on a project we were discussing in Bangalore a few weeks before. It is a huge campus and most of them are Indians. They surely know their stuffs in order for Microsoft to hire them but the thought of so many skilled IT people in India is just baffling. I am still refusing to believe that they are really so good just because everything else about India indicate that they are really not there yet. But I think I am badly mistaken just by taking things at face value. There are just so many high level companies in India – Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consulting – just to name a few. What I will maintain is that India will have to seriously look into and take action about the corruption problem and the major need to improve the infrastructure and utilities. Oh, and yes, they must also really do something about their financial system. The amount of money flowing in the black market is just simply incredible, even the air hostess knows that the situation is really very bad.
Ah, but I am so glad to be back altough only for a short time.
The Buddha statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad
Charminar – Hyderabad’s symbol
Some images from our trip outside of Hyderabad:
Fatehpur Sikri – “Ghost City”, A World Heritage Site in Uttar Pradesh
A common sight in Rajasthan – the home to the Great Indian Desert
A really nice place in the Amber (pronounce “Amer”) Fort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
Restoration work at Amber Fort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
India Gate – Delhi
A common sight in India
Some more common sights:
Some of these actually overturned
Imagine a bomb in there….
No wonder it’s so noisy on the road
A lot of really hard labour
The children of Hyderabad
Some mangoes anyone? Mango season in Hyderabad
Police everywhere, hawkers everywhere
Family day on the park near India Gate, Delhi
Auto (pronounce “Atuk”) which is not unlike Bangkok’s tuk-tuk.
All the photos above are taken by my wife
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