Satyakam – Journey of Truth

Satyakam is an ideal of truth, obedience and true service to the guru. Satyakam’s story is from Chhandogopnishad (4th chapter).  The Story goes like this: 

satyakam umennetSatyakam was the son of a woman named Jabal. He had a strong wish to study and so he left home in search of a guru. He went to the ashram of sage Gautam and requested him to make him his pupil. Gautam questioned him, “Before I make you my pupil, I need to know about your family.”  This puzzled Satyakam, as he had no idea about his family except his mother. But to join the ashram he would not lie. He told the sage that he would ask his mother. So he went to Jabal.

His mother told him, ” Go to the sage and tell him ‘I am the son of Jabal and my name is Satyakam Jabali‘.” (Jabal had served as maid servant to many, and she did not knew who Satykam’s father was). Satyakam went to Gautam and told him what he knew. The sage was pleased with his love for truth and accepted him as his pupil.

Based on this story, a film by same name was released in 1969, directed by Hrishikesh Muherjee. With Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore & Ashok Kumar in leading roles, this is till date Dharmendra’s best performance.  Satyakam is story of  Satyapriya Acharya, Played by Dharmendra, who embodies the repercussions that result when a man places his lofty ideals over social obligations, monetary temptations and, indeed, over his own family. 

A riveting, nationalist drama in which, Satyakam asks, ‘In an imperfect world, is it possible to be an honest, unadulterated individual?’

Synopsis:  Circa British Rule in India, Satyapriya Archarya (Dharmendra) lives a modest yet noble lifestyle with his grandfather, Satyasharan (Ashok Kumar). His mother passed away while he was very satyakam-umennetyoung, and his dad became a celibate and went off on a pilgrimage, never to return. Satyapriya studies Engineering, and becomes a close friend of fellow-collegian, Narendra Sharma (Sanjeev Kumar). India gains independence, both friends successfully obtain degrees, part ways, and Satyapriya gets employed by the United Paper Mill. Satyapriya soon finds out that his employers want him to forge papers to obtain Government funds, and he resigns in protest. He also finds out that a partner of the paper mill, Kunver Vikram Singh of Bhawanigarh, had sexually molested a young woman, Ranjana, the daughter of a prostitute, and he marries her, earning the wrath of Satyasharan, who refuses to have to do anything with him. Shortly thereafter Ranjana then gives birth to Kabul. Always refusing to adapt to bribery and corruption, Satyapriya moves to town to town, and from one job to another. Narendra and he finally do meet each other – this time Narendra is his immediate Supervisor, and it is here the stage will be set for a confrontation after Narendra instructs Satyapriya to compromise with situations. But for Satyapriya compromise equals corruption – and he will never compromise – even for Narendra. 

Watch this movie for the Dharmendra’s performance. He plays the character with the ease, when his warm smile reaches his brimming-with-tears eyes, the sincerity is eminently believable. Sanjeev Kumar’s is incomparable, when he finds his best friend in trouble, and is not able to convince him to be practical. 

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s dialogues are another high point of the movie. Some of the dialogues:

  • Distressed-by-poverty Sharmila Tagore remarks- “Sone ke zevar banane ke liye thodi toh khot milani padti hai .
  • When Satyapriya cant adopt to the mindset of others he says – “Mera dimaag kharaab ho gaya hai, ya main cynic ho gaya hoon, ya duniya badal gayee hain “
  • His desire to reach a higher self arises from his conviction that- “main insaan hoon. Bhagwan ka sabse bada pratinidhi”
  • And the sarcastic Dialogue- Yeh aadmi (Satyapriya) bahut hi badmaash aur paaji hai. Rishvat vagerah nahin khaata “

The songs of movie were, though not so hit, but still had a meaningful lyrics by Kaifi Aazmi. One song, Zindagi hai kya, one of my fav, has some good lyrics such as:

Latoo nahi hai, ladki nahi hai, zindagi hai sachai,
mitti ki murat jab sach boli, aadmi tab kahelayi

bander nahin, charkha nahin, aadmi ka kya kehana, 
pyar mohabat fitarat uski, dosti majhab uska

lassi nahin hai rasshi nahin dosti dil ki dhadkan, 
dushmani  sahara sahara, dosti  gulshan gulshan.

You can have a small glimpse of the film here: Scene shows when Sanjeev Kumar comes to know that Dharmendra is his immidiete junior and he come to visit him in office hours.

Its a movie which makes you to think, and provokes you to follow the Satyapriya’s way of living, but its really tough and you end up being a Naren, like every other man.

I knew the satyakam story much before I saw the movie. Thanks to my dad for introducing me to Amar Chitra Katha. ( I am still a big fan of Amar Chitra Katha).

Inputs:

  • Satyakam’s Story from here.
  • Inputs on film From Rediff, IMDB & Dinesh Raheja.

Who’s the fairest and….Why?

A mutually favored discussion topic by people all over the world would definitely be that of Women – Bubbly, Leggy, Demure, Racy, Adventurous, Girlish, Boisterous or Flirtatious! Men love to know and women always yearn to intro-discover. 

Why? Well, it gives a chance to the guys to maybe catch that detail which will give them the much needed edge. And ladies just plainly desire to hear and speak about themselves and their genre as this simple act of sharing enriches her well of knowledge and makes her female heart Happy! Happy! Happy! Children are drawn to women while animals too naturally veer towards a feminine entity as they pick up their nurturing, emphatic vibes.

International Womens DaySo in a Man’s World, March 8 lets us draw attention to the female species with all of her complexities! Does one expect that these 24 hours will wrong all rights? No, of course not…but it’s a step in this ongoing fight.

The one accomplishment is here to see – International Woman’s Day (IWD) is widely renowned, way beyond a Hallmark fantasy! It is a global phenomenon honored by most countries around the world including some Islamic states. The day is an official holiday in Albania, Brazil, China, Cuba, Italy, Israel, Laos, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Vietnam, and many more…

The reason IWD has much clout is due to the fact that it was political by nature to begin with and then it slowly transformed into a more social amalgamation of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Its actual essence however is to address the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide while trying to identify top priority problems and address them.

With very specific aims drawn out each year, for International Women’s Day 2009, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has pointed out that Specific Health-Care needs of women are often ignored or insufficiently taken into account, especially in war situations. While armed conflicts and other violence affect entire communities, women are particularly at risk of rape and other forms of sexual violence – a very topical issue indeed. In fact, in Pakistan working women celebrate International Women’s Day every year to commemorate their ongoing struggle for due rights, despite facing many cultural and religious restrictions.

Ok, but if we return to the universal basics…Popular psychology journals claim that Women Co-operate and Men Compete. This is evident from gender-symbola very young age when toddlers of both sexes demonstrate behavior typical to their genders. It’s not a mystery, which approach is needed in today’s difficult times. Cooperation builds while Competition breaks apart and destroys. Some lucky ones may emerge successful in the latter system but the Universal Laws emphasize progress of entire existence and not individual Achievers.

Secondly, what are the images that conjure up in your mind when you think ‘Woman”? Yes, be honest… blinking shy eyes, soft delicate skin, lilting gentle voice, and emphatic, understanding ways. Some may have been subjected to certain other traits such as nagging, tantruming and endless tears but these are not typical traits to be taken too seriously! But all of the traits that make a woman memorable are what make her the fairer sex. In times where sex roles are overlapping and confused, it is the women who have risen to the challenge and conquered the home and office.

Naturally, she is meant to be cared for and protected from the harsh world so that she may shield all the values that she brings with her to impart to her offspring. An ancient perception I know, but no doubt the basic truth. But today when men and women are not restricted to their traditional roles, it is quite evident that it is the female race that has proven itself in all fields. She’s still the one who keeps the family together and tops the merit lists. She’s recognized as a competent professional while she also puts her family first on a daily basis.

Plus, it is no co-incidence that March 8th is also celebrated as the first spring holiday, considered the first day of the spring season – a time for the blooming of fresh ideas and new beginnings. Let’s take the first step and change our vantage point when it comes to the woman in our life and do something towards finding hope for today’s girl, tomorrow’s woman. She’s counting on you…

Happy Woman’s Day!

Note : This write-up has been authored by Barkha Prabhakar, who is a Guest Author at Umennet.

Barkha PrabhakarBarkha is a Communications Professional of 8 years with a penchant for writing that has supported her all the way!

With a Masters degree in English Literature, a true writer at heart, she claims that “Word play tickles me!”.

She has a keen interest in issues surrounding the youth, women, relationships, spiritualism and social values. Though Barkha specialises in business communication, she has recently delved into the area of freestyle feature writing with the aim to make an impact on society at large.

A small town girl at heart, life has fed her a slice of street smartness and practicality, making her not so quick to judge people or situations anymore. Barkha’s sheer outspokeness aptly projects her liberated and unrestrained nature through her candid and witty writing style!

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40 years of A'MYTH'ABH BACHCHAN

amitabh BachchanA lot has been written about Amitabh Bachchan, and his career journey. Its been 4o years since he started his career. His first film Saat Hindustani, I am sure not everyone has seen it. So here I am presenting the synopsis and first videos of the Superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s Saat Hindustani.

Synopsis: A Muslim poet Anwar Ali, along with five other men all from different religions, and from different parts of the country join Maria, a native of Portuguese-occupied Goa, to raise nationalist sentiment in that state by hoisting Indian flags on Portuguese forts and buildings. In the process they find unity and abandon their religious and regional differences.  (Courtesy: IMDB)

This is the story of Saat Hindustani, in which the character Anwar Played by a Slim, Tall, actor, got his first National award for the most promising newcomer. That actor was none other than Amitabh Bachchan.

Did you know that Tinnu Anand was supposed to play one of the seven protagonists in the movie, the director Khwaja Ahmad Abbas decided to cast a newcomer Amitabh Bachchan over Tinnu Anand. 

It was 40 years ago, back in 1979 1969, when he started his career as an actor, and what a career!! 

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Saat Hindustani Video 1:

 

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Saat Hindustani Video 3:

And Finally Some Images from His Childhood Album:

Amitabh Bachchan Kid

Amitabh Bachchan, Dara Singh, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi

Amitabh in his school

((Second row, 4th From Right)

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