Happy Birthday Amma!!!

Aug 12th was my Mom’s B’day.  It was first time I was away from her in her B’day.  🙁

HAPPY B”DAY MOM!!  (I am still searching Google for the best words to describe you)

MY Mom, The best!!!

 

Incidentally Amitabh Bachchan’s Mom Mrs. Teji Bachchan’s B’day is also on 12th Aug. He posted this in his blog, n I totally agree!!

 

She gave me strength when I had lost and fallen. Gave me hope and courage when I was covered in the dust of adversity. Every whack that she bestowed upon my face or hands were not one of anger and resentment, it was an expression of her overwhelming love and concern for me. She gave me style and dignity. She taught me grace and forgiveness. She educated me on the value of my surname. She directed her anger at me when I erred, not because had erred, but because ‘how could you have erred’. It was almost an anger that took personal responsibility of a mistake done by the other. We all know that the welcome embrace of a friend, a beloved, a senior, an elder is always filled with that special feeling, a sensation we enjoy and relish and feel comfortable with, but we also know that when we put our head by the side of the Mother, or resign our body into the gentleness of her lap, nothing in the world compared or equalled that feeling.

Blessed are they that have felt the presence of a Mother in their lives. Blessed are they that have lent on her for support and succor. Blessed are they that grew fearlessly under the love and affection of the Mother. Blessed are they that had opportunity to get their tears wiped off, by an honest loving companion of confidence in their lives. Blessed are they that were fed by the most gracious hands on food that never tasted better. Blessed are they who had the good fortune of a Mother’s hand on their forehead and the consoling touch of her fingers through their hair. Blessed are they who knew their Mothers knew what no body else would ever know about them, without speaking a word. Blessed are they that could turn to their Mother for decision and opinion on the most complex issues, knowing that the simplicity of her response would be most pragmatic and correct. Blessed are they that could confide to their Mother  and know that it would never go out. Blessed are they that knew that when every door was shut in their face, there was one door that would always remain open for them. Blessed are they that had a Mother ~

LOVE YOU AMMA!!

umennet – Redesigned!!

People have been asking me, why did I shifted my blog, why a new design?  

If you’re reading this via the RSS feed, please come take a look!

I had a thought of shifting my blog to my own Domain, but was not able to do so, due to some reasons like:

  • I was an amateur blogger
  • Less Technical know-how about blogs
  • was still experimenting on my writing skill

But as I continued blogging, I noticed that people are reading my posts, even commenting on it.  I attended some blogger meetings, got introduced to some influential bloggers & Social Media professionals, my blog even received the Best Mumbai Blog award!!

umennet-blog-redesign

Now it was time to shift. My blog needs to have an independent identity.

I had many doubts, misconceptions, confusions. I consulted many people before shifting to my new domain. Some of them were Bhanu, Deepak,  Dinesh  Soni, Netra and many more . .  Thank you, guys for your support.

I have shifted to my new blog, although my old blog was enjoying:

  • An acceptable Google Pagerank of 3
  • Huge number of visitors
  • Considerable  number of subscribers
  • Already famous 
  • Bookmarked at many a places

And I was about to lose all these!!!

But still I chose to shift to new domain, cos I had more strong reasons for that:

  • It was time to have an own identity.
  • The day I took blogging seriously, I always dreamt of having a blog on my domain.
  • I wanted to have a more sophisticated & professional blog.
  • I wanted to Experiment with the looks and widgets.
  • I want to make it BIG someday!!!

As a result of all this going through my 1300 gms brain (with much more doubts than I mentioned here 🙂 ),  I’ve updated the domain & design of umennet with something that I hope works well, and liked by everyone.

I’ve tried many themes, asked everyone from friends to family to Special people ;-). And at last selected the present theme.

My biggest worry with making the move was losing anyone in my community, and newcomers as well. It was crucial that the design be nice, inviting and open. I think I have achieved these with my new theme. Have I?

I’ve still got a bit of fine tuning to do in a few places, but I’m ecstatic & curious to know how it turned out.

Now here’s where you play an important role, tell me —What do YOU think?

Take a look at some Posts, Pages, Widgets etc. and let me know your thoughts!

Majorly I want to know about:

  • Design Related
    • Your feedback
    • What would you like to be added
  • Posts Related
    • Do you like my posts?
    • What else would you like to read more & on which topic?

And regarding the posts, yes I know there has been a bit slowdown (No no, It’s not due to recession!!). I will surely try to get back to my pace.

Bollywood in Comics

 

Bollywood has been exremely popular all over the world. In recent times many of the bollywood Actors, characters have been used in other ways such as toys (Krish, Ghazini), Or Stickers etc.

Soon we would see Bollywood glam girl Priyanka Chopra as a comic strip heroine in an international comic book series.

British businessman Richard Branson is all for Priyanka Chopra. After showering accolades on the actress, the entrepreneur is keen on turning her into a comic strip heroine for his publishing house, Virgin Comics. The character will look like Priyanka and will also be named after her. With this new facet as a comic strip heroine, Priyanka becomes the first Bollywood star and the second in India (after Sachin Tendulkar) to be featured in Virgin Comics.

An excited Priyanka is all thankful for Branson. She Says: “It’s a great honour. Big filmmakers and actors like John Woo, Nicholas Cage, Shekhar Kapoor and Terry Gilliam are associated with Branson’s comics. Even our Sachin has a comic book series with him. I’m working on two projects. One is a completely fictional story and character. The other will be a super hero who looks like me and will borrow incidents from my life.”

But This is not the first time any Bollywood actor has been roped in for comic book series. Star Comics had created A Superhero was also based on our own Millenium Superstar Amitabh Bachchan named – Supremo. created by None other than Gulzar, It was an instant hit among all the age groups. 

supremo-amitabh-umennet“Supremo was supposed to be the costumed alter ego of Indian film superstar Amitabh Bachchan. He has 2 boy sidekicks –Vijay and Anthony (they are again normal human beings and do not wear any special costume). He has a falcon, named Shaheen,  as a pet, who also acts as scout.” 

Identity/Class: Normal human
Affiliations: Vijay, Anthony (sidekicks); Shaheen (falcon)
Costume: Conventional superhero couture of undies-over-tights has been avoided, and Supremo has a piece of brown cloth draped coyly around his waist, held there by a hip-holster.
Base of Operations: India
First Appearance: Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan (Star Comics)
Powers/Abilities: Supremo has no super-powers. He has the combination of strength to defeat his human adversaries and intelligence to get out of traps laid for him.

 


you can find a group related to supremo here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amitabh-Bachchan-Supremo/36098809810

You can also see some pictures and even read his comics!!!

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Here’s a result summary:

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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.