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माझी स्वीटहार्ट सई

 कवीता आहे माझी स्वीटहार्ट सई 

घरात येते रंगत जेंव्हा एकत्र असतात सई पूर्वा आणि आई,

आहेत तीचे बोलके आणि पाणीदार डोळे

रडू आलं की सर्वांचं ऋदय होते लोण्याचे गोळे,

तीला आवडतात गुलाबजाम आणि त्याचा पाक

सर्व मुलांमधे येतो हुरुप ऐकुन तिची एक हाक,

शाळेच्या परीक्षेची तिला असते सदैव आस

छान छान मार्क मिळवायचा तिचा असतो कायम ध्यास,

रहायला आवडत तिला नेहमीच टिपटाॅप,

कार्टून मधे तीचा फेव्हरेट आहे छोटा सिंघम काॅप,

सतत गूणगूणत असते गाण्यांच्या ओळी

आईला म्हणते दे मला फक्त तूप लावलेली पोळी,

आजीला सांगते माझ्यासाठी काकडी गाजर काप

कार्टुन लागलं की TV समोर बसते आपोआप,

लहान असोवा मोठे ती ठेवते सर्वांचा आदर

घरी असलो की म्हणते बाबा करू का एक गाणं सादर,

आजोबांवर होता तिचा जीव आणि आहे तिचं खूप प्रेम

म्हणते त्यांच्या शिवाय कम्म्प्लीट होत नाही फॅमिली फोटोफ्रेम,

सोहम आणि यश आहेत तिचे फेव्हरेट भाऊ

कधीही तयार असते खायला ती गोडगोड खाऊ,

रोज सांगतो तिला मोबाईल गेमवर ठेव थोडा ताबा

आयुष्यभर नक्कीच साथ देईल तुला हा तुझा बाबा..

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Daya Tod do Darvaza….

Hindi daily soaps do play an important role in ones upbringing. It helps in… let me see … nothing? But one fine day in Nainital I was possessed by the spirit of Daya and I literally gave a ‘Darwaja Tod’ performance. But as this is a travelogue, I must narrate the incident from the beginning.
Well, the story begins from Pune station. It was June 2016. I had registered for a Himalayan trek to Roopkund with trekking group Yuvashakti. Being afraid of heights, difficulty of the hike and owing to parental pressure, my friends ditched me last minute (every single one of them). Me coming from a middle class household, the thought losing 5000 rs in refund (I payed 16K for the trek) was like doomsday. I could hear my mom say.. “ Jaychach nhavta tr paise ka bharayla lavle…” So, without a single friend to tag along I reached the platform from where my train was about to depart. It was a group of 80 odd people mostly aged between 18-24. I was one of the few lone wolves in this pack. I along with Nikhil was secluded to compartment no. S3. The whole gang was in S7. Being a party animal I left my belongings there and went to play cards and ‘ganyachya bhendya’ with the rest of the group. The journey was 2 day’s long Pune-Delhi-Kathgodam.

At Kathgodam we stayed at this beautiful hotel (Name is Satyartha if I am remembering it correctly :p ).With wood like texture the rooms had a classic touch to them.  After having undergone continuous oscillating motion in the train journey, all I needed was a soft bed and a thick furry blanket for a good night’s sleep. It was freezing with single digit temperatures at Kathgodam, Uttarakhand.  As with every trekking expedition, we were given instructions that we are going to be split in 2 groups of 40 each, one group will visit Nainital the next day and other group would leave for Lohajung, the base camp for Roopkund. I wanted to first complete the summit and then chill at Nainital after the 8 day trek. But it was not meant to be… Next day morning I was stuffed in a 35 sitter bus and we were off to Nainital. Again me being group less   (the feeling is more dismal than I can actually convey L ) wandered about the streets of Nainital, soaking the picturesque views the city had to offer… Naini-devi temple and boating in the city lake were highlights… Just as I thought that the day was going perfectly, something disastrous was bound to happen.

We returned to Kathgodam pretty late. All the shops were shut. All that we found was Karim’s Tandoor open. We hogged on the Chicken Tandoor as if we were left unfed for days :p. As the eyelids started to shut, we decided it was time to return to Stayartha room no. 303. Nikhil, Pranav (another loner) and I shared that room. It was assumed by all that I had the keys. It was 10:00 at night. I searched my bag inside out… No sign of the key. And as we had decided to share one bag among 3 of us, there was no question of the other two carrying the key… Then began the game of shadows, obviously me not playing Sherlock.. I was the Moriarty of this story having lost the key… While others tried various keys of other rooms, some wanted to break in like a thief using a hair pin. It may sound funny, but we literally tried every trick in the book. How bad can my luck be… just imagine… Ours was the only room in the hotel, whose spare was not available with the hotel staff.
During this entire ruckus, I was in my ‘mind palace’ coming up with a brilliant idea. It was about 11:45pm when others had given up and gone to their respective rooms. We had to get up early and leave for Lohajung the next day. Suddenly my mind palace shattered. I went to door, gave the latch a little shake and then literally possessed like Daya with two strong Thuds… I broke in.  The latch was into pieces and my roomies were left stumped by this role play of mine. After 2 minutes of silence, we entered the room and there she was that little prick… the key to room no. 303 lying on the bed as if nothing had happened. We were up till 1 at night narrating this incident to all 40 people who seemed to have wakened from their beauty sleeps just to make me remind what a blunder I had done. Our trek leaders were informed about this in the morning. Yuvashakti having good relations with that hotel the fine was reduced to from 8K to 5K. It was the worst deal I could have ever made just to fix a latch. Alas… that’s the way the cookie crumbles…. Nikhil was the saviour of the day and pitched in to help me reduce my loss but the damage was already done… For the next 8 hours I was in the bus to the base camp having turmoil of emotions inside me.
Then, I called back home and narrated the whole incident to Aai, framing it in such a way that make me sound less of a culprit and more of a victim to misfortune. To my surprise not a single bashing came from back home. Efforts were made to pacify me and she told me that shit happens… I started crying… literally imagine a 19 year old crying in a bus while sitting next to a girl who was left amazed. Well lucky for me that she took it sportingly and said the most beautiful thing.. “In today’s times, I rarely see boys opening up and expressing what they truly feel when they are sad…” That made my day.
Had my Aai scolded me for this incident, perhaps I would have felt less bad. I have kept the key of Room no. 303 as a souvenir and a constant reminder that life is full of adventures and that it should be taken in its stride with all its ups and downs. This incident doesn’t stop me from trying again… I completed the Roopkund Summit successfully and am raring to go back to the Himalayas. Just as Yuvashaktis tag line says The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go…             


सुट्टी नाश

आज आपली सुट्टी आहे
ट्रॅफिक शी कट्टी आणि
सोफा शी बत्ती आहे
आज आपली सुट्टी आहे
पिल्लाला सांगितलंय
निवांत झोपायचंय
बायकोला समजावलंय
बाहेर नाही जायचंय
तेव्हाच तो phone वाजतो
Boss म्हणतो “Production is down
No one is around ”
I defend say “Chill !!!”
He says “office आके  मिल !!!!!”
दोन मिनिटांच्या शांतते नंतर
बाहेर मी डोकावतो
आमच्या मावशींना आलेला
आजचा उच्चाह दिसतो
Jeans सगळ्या चिंब होवून
लटकत तारेवर पाडल्या आहेत
आणि कदाचित  त्यातल्या किल्ल्या
डुंबत तळाला बुडाल्या आहेत
आज माझी सुट्टी होती
Traffic शी कट्टी होती
Sofa शी बत्ती होती
आज माझी सुट्टी होती
— निरंजन कुलकर्णी (२०-ऑक्टोबर-२०१९)
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चारओळ्या आमच्या भावासाठी-

आमच्या भावंडात सर्वात लहान आहे आमचा ऋषी,
सर्वत्र मिरवतो तो आपली दाढी आणि मिशी,
आईला बघवत नाही जर तो असेल उपाशी,

मनातील गुपित नक्कीच सांगतो तो आईपाशी,
नेहमीच आधार वाटतो त्याला बाबांच्या प्रेमळ कुशी,
जेंव्हा येईल तो त्याच्या वयाच्या तिशी,
तेंव्हा सुरू करू आपण आपल्या भांवंडांची एक बीश्शी!

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देशपांडे परीवार

खास देशपांडे कुटुंबीयांस-

ह्या वर्षीच्या पावसात झाला सर्व निसर्ग ओलाचींब,
नेहमीच दिसते ऋुषीत आम्हांस पद्माआत्या आणि सुनिलकाकांचे प्रतिबिंब,
सदैव आहे देशपांडे कुटुंबीयांच्या पाठीशी माता जगदंब !

Daily Dose

Daily dose of interesting facts #2

  • Toughest tongue twister :’The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick’. Go on, try saying it 5 times.
  • Alexander Graham Bell never called his wife or mother. Because they both were deaf.
  • A day on Venus is longer than its year because Venus takes 243 Earth days to rotate around itself and 225 Earth days to revolve around the Sun.
  • In the dictionary, the letter S has the most number of words.
  • African elephant is the largest land animal on the planet. Blue whale is the largest mammal in the world. Giraffe is the tallest land animal on the planet.
  • The word “set” has the most number of definitions in the oxford dictionary followed by the word “run” which has the second most number of definitions.
  • We use Google on daily basis but do you know the color scheme of the letters in “Google”. Its actually blue red yellow blue green red.
  • The guiness book of world records itself has the world record of most selling book and also the most stolen book.
  • Three Gorges Dam on Yangtze river in China is currently the largest dam in the world with an installed capacity of 22500 MW.
  • Atmospheric data indicates that the gaseous planets of Saturn and Jupiter experience hail storms of diamonds, due to lighting storms that turn methane into soot, which hardens into graphite then diamonds as it falls.
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For our newest member of उखाणा क्लब-

आम्हा भावंडात तिने केला घट्ट शिक्षणाचा पाया,
म्हणूनचं शुभांगीताई कडे बघत आम्ही कधीच नाही घालवला अभ्यास करताना वेळ वाया..

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For our newest member of उखाणा क्लब-

आम्हा भावंडात तिने केला घट्ट शिक्षणाचा पाया,
म्हणूनचं शुभांगीताई कडे बघत आम्ही कधीच नाही घालवला अभ्यास करताना वेळ वाया..

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आजचा उखाणा-

लहानपणापासून कबीरला आवडतो खूप खेळायला ट्रॅक्टर,
माझ्या यशात आहे आई बांबांचा मोठा फॅक्टर,
ठरवलं एकदा की मी आहे फर्म कॅरॅक्टर,
विक्रमरावांचं नाव घेते होऊनचं दाखवलं की नाही मी शेवटी डाॅक्टर!!

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What an Idiot Box taught me?

“A pathetic attempt of justifying my addiction to entertainment.”

“Long time ago, not so far away land from where I am writing this blog, lived a little girl. She hadn’t even started school yet. She didn’t know how to read books. She used to play in backyard with her friends and dolls. One day she suddenly found herself in front of a black box. But that black box was a magic box. It was shooting out beautiful colors and was telling funny stories about a blue cat and a cute little brown mouse. She had never laughed so hard with all her family enjoying the same experience.” I literally remember this event as I was trying to remember what first tv program I watched. . I keep forgetting to make grocery list but I remember my childhood memories as if it was yesterday. . .

I blame Tom and Jerry to make me watch tv with an open mouth, frozen in one pose without blinking.

Gradually I started watching many beautiful contents on tv. Thankfully my Mom was naturally a very good parent so I never spent too much time in front of Tv and mostly watched age appropriate and good content. . Mom used to take us to watch beautiful dramas and movies. I watched Drama about Helen Keller with my Mom and that memory still gives me goosebumps. Our Mom enriched our childhood with these kinds of quality entertainment along with sending us to camps and playgrounds etc . If a really rare and once in a lifetime live program comes around in city and our exams are nearing, my Mom would choose taking us to program than pushing us to achieve first-class. Partly credit goes to our national television channel Door Darshan too. One and only channel at that time who telecast mostly good content.

As a kid who didn’t like schools and found it hard to pay attention to teachers reding from textbooks, failing to teach and expecting to just copy notes from blackboard, Tv and reading comics or novels actually provided me wisdom. I like history because of comic books. I like Sanskrit because I watches Chanakya and listened to that title song based on Sanskrit shlokas. Even though I never succeeded in Math beyond passing exam I really learned that Math can be very cool from educational programs on DD channel. I actually stopped hating Math and people who were good at it. I also learned a great deal of Agriculture form DD agriculture programs. I have tremendous compassion for hardworking farmers and respect for food. I would have never picked a book about agriculture from library in my life. Even now with Discovery channel and Ted talks I keep learning so much and about so many things I would have never cross path with.

I remember me and my brother used to watch morning programs of Bal Bharati on DD, an educational program for kids. They used to show interesting science facts and little experiments that schools at that time would never conduct. Me and my Brother once made two spoons of tea, in a very small paper bowl on a tiny toy kitchen burner. Seeing paper not catching fire while boiling tea on a little candle flame, we put in toy burner was such an outstanding sight. It was thrilling and tea never tested so good before. Sharing a spoonful of special tea with my brother was special bonding moment. Plus, it was our secret for years, since we usually did these kinds of things only when Mom wasn’t around. So, it might have been “secret” part of it which was more strengthening element of our bonding . . .

Anyways, moving on to our knowledge about our culture and mythology. I don’t think without Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana and Mahabharat our generation would have this through knowledge of Mythology. Ram, Krushna, Arjuna, Karna were my Superheroes. Bheem was my Hulk! Ok Well, I can go on and on how Tv educated while entertaining me when I was in school. But let’s move on to College life. .

When you pass out from a Marathi school and start going to art college it doesn’t hit you hard what was missing until you become friends with peers from semi English school or convent school or simply who paid more attention in English class than you. I actually own my English to International channels like HBO, Discovery, Cartoon network, MTV, VTV etc. Especially Reading all Harry Potter books and watching the most loved tv series in the world called “Friends”! Thanks to entertainment industry I can think in English and thanks to spell check I am able to write in English!! And you know once you learn English then sky is the limit. Whether its entertainment or education, or communicating with your clients with different nationality. One like it or not English is a Universal language and brings world closer.

Also, tv and media made me aware about ways of world rather than spoiling my brain. I mean, who would have explained me difference between just friends, a crush, love and stoker better than movies?  I heard somewhere that; Successful people choose Education over Entertainment! But I firmly believe that if you choose entertainment carefully it can be as enriching as any educational platforms. Educational books and courses will give you knowledge, enhance your IQ and might help you be successful. But quality entertainment will heighten your Emotional Quotient and help you be happy and establish great relationships with people you love.

Word of caution though, you should restrict the time limit just like you do for your kid’s screen time! (this is literally a note to myself as an entertainment junky) Nowadays with platforms like Netflix, Amazon prime etc. we can really have options and not forced to watch same thing other people are watching at home. We can choose our own time, place, device and programs. This actually is golden age of quality entertainment!

So, I would just like to say, start choosing wisely and turn that Idiot box into the magic box!! But don’t forget to return to real life and create your own magic, because even in a fairy tale Cinderella can’t party after midnight!