Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Manav Kapur bids you all a Good Day,

Right, my Pakistan post has invited a great deal of comment, especially from across the border. I'm very pleased with that. Most people seem to think I researched this article. Not particularly, it was just off the cuff, due to what I'd read before.
On that note, I went to see 1947 Live, the Play. It was, by an large, an amazing play. It dealt with the Swatantrata Sangraam of the country- 1613-1947. A very well-acted play, which was by-and-large faithful to history, By far the most convincing actor was Jinnah, though that might be because I've never heard Jinnah. Gandhi was his usual bumbling self, though one had to feel sorry for him when no one but Mountbatten listened to him.
Immediately Before the play, I saw the movie Main Aisa Hi Hoon. Bhavya, you were right. It was terrible. By far the worst was Anupam Kher and Isha Deol, whose only achievement in the movie was to die somewhere in the middle. She acted like a depressed, confused, attention-seeking moron. The little girl was burdened by the worst song in existence "Chanda ne Poochha Taaron se..." which had a punchline "Paaaaaaaaapa.. Mere Paaaaapa". I don't know why Harry Baweja made the movie. I gathered he thought it was cute.
All children who act 'cute' in Indian cinema (Note: Cute means trite and oh-cho-chweet) ought to be drowned in the Ganga.
I'm trying to read Mirza Ghalib (A book given to me by Nisheeth). His Ghazals are beautiful, his Shers exquisite,
Urdu ought to be India's National Language instead of Hindi. All Hindi has is the Madhushala, and Premchand, who, if you asked me, definitely needed Prozac (And also originally wrote in Urdu). It has some good poets too. but nothing comparable to Urdu.

I end with a beautiful quote from Ghalib, that sums him up:
"Hai Aur Bhi Duniya Mein Sukhanwar Bahut Acche
Kehte Hai Ki Ghalib Ka Hai Andaaz-e-Bayaan Aur"


Blogger Karan said...

I personally find the Urdu and Arabic scripts more versatile and beautiful to look at than Devanagari. They're also easier to write, especially when you're writing fast. I'm glad that I've had the opportunity to learn that script.

12:11 pm  
Blogger Dhruv said...

Hello Manav!
As promised, I'm leaving my MSN ID here.. It is ..
C ya around!

PS - I just love the Devanagari (oo! now I even know how to spell it) Urdu and Arabic scripts are too condensed and downright confusing.. they're.... well..Urdu to me..
But I really ought to sit down and take some Urdu lessons from Grandpapa some time..

6:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i see why you, of all people, admire that particular sher, of all shers.

it's self-aggrandizing!! haha

5:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some unconscius reason I prefer the Devanagari script and Sanskritised Hindi-it just sounds more beautiful to listen IMHO.

And this is coming from a person who for most of his early life had a bigger urdu vocabulary than a Shuddh Hindi one


9:56 am  
Blogger Smita said...

oi! remba the girl in kuch kuch hota hai? now she deserves to be drowned in the yamuna...ganga's too pure for that one!!!

12:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey manav the bit on main aisa hi hoon is too good....really funny. i wanted to see the movie but now i have second thoughts.

9:52 am  
Blogger Josh said...

i was surfing through blogs and cam upon this one. I think that any of you views on this are interesting, and i like how you have all of these unusual things. it really makes this blog different from the others.

10:02 am  
Blogger Manu Saxena said...

I want my name on the blog-roll.

11:07 pm  
Blogger mridu said...

hey how did ya find Habib Wali Mohammed?? now that question is on the basis of the assumtion that u bought it yesterday. And that it was there in ur music shop.

11:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey manav.
Best of luck for your Bored Result!

10:16 pm  
Blogger Dhruv said...

Eeps! Above comment by me! Your wellwisher!

10:17 pm  
Blogger Dhruv said...

PS - Your blogroll, indeed needs to be expanded..

10:18 pm  

Post a Comment

<< Home