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DUST, THOU ART!


So when God pronounced DEATH as a sentence to Humanity, for Adam and Eve having transgressed the commandment of God, He said, ” DUST, THOU ART AND TO DUST SHALT THOU RETURN!”

Neither did Moses live at the time these things took place, nor are we the generation during which time these things happened. But as successors in Life to Moses, we are at Liberty to buy that story or not. Whether Adam and Eve really existed or not should not be our concern, as it would be one man’s word against another man’s belief!

So between the DUST to DUST journey, many things happen which make up our lives.

This DUST story got triggered this morning, as i went through the News headlines which said that the ASHES OF RAJESH KHANNA had been immersed in the Ganges.

As is the custom of our TV News channels, whenever a celebrity passes away,they line up a set of people who are ascribed proximity to hat celebrity while he was alive. In the true media tradition, Mumtaz, Hema Malini and Sharmila Tagore were lined up and questions were asked about their association with Super Star Rajesh Khanna. So the comments made by Mumtaz (from London) and Sharmila were charitably reminiscent, whereas Hema Malini’s comments were not only without the verve that accompanies the reminiscences of the youthful days, but extremely constipated, especially when the persistent newscaster asked her about her association, she said, “RAJESH KHANNA WAS LIKE ANOTHER CO-STAR………..AND HE USED TO ACT IN SOME SETS AND I WAS ALSO BUSY AND ACTING ………..etc. etc…”. This was not merely lackadaisical, but also demeaning to the first SUPER STAR! So i, who am a greenhorn to Hindi movies, asked my friend, “Why is Hema Malini so demeaning to a “just now” dead Rajesh Khanna, his reply was not merely withering, but also so convoluted that i immediately thought that there was surely a blog material on its way:

He said, “HEMA MALINI is the only actress of this crop who was wearing her South Indian morality on her sleeve. But, she did everything that was anathematic to the moral hypocrisy, propagated by her ilk! She broke a family and got married to an already married man, and Rajesh Khanna was not merely her co-star of yesteryear, but also a dubiously close relative to her NOW!

When I asked as to how they were related, he expatiated in the following terms: SEE, HEMA MALINI’S STEP SON IS SUNNY DEOL AND SUNNY DEOL IS THE PERSON WHO IS THE LAST RECORDED IN HISTORY TO HAVE HAD A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP WITH DIMPLE KAPADIA, WHO THOUGH SEPARATED FROM RAJESH KHANNA, CONTINUED TO BE CALLED THE SEPARATED WIFE OF RAJESH KHANNA. THEY NEVER FORMALIZED THEIR DIVORCE, BEING A FAMILY ISSUE, I DO NOT WANT TO FIND OUT THE REASONS FOR SUCH ARRANGEMENT. IN ANY CASE SUNNY DEOL WAS ‘DISCHARGING‘ MOST OF THE DUTIES OF HER HUSBAND- OR SO THE TABLOIDS SAY. SO NATURALLY HEMA MALINI WOULD NOT WANT TO BE SEEN GUSHING ABOUT RAJESH KHANNA WHO WAS  THE  HUSBAND, CUCKOLDED BY HER STEP SON!

I was flabbergasted, not by the convoluted interpretation of the relationship between these actors and actresses, but how history stays in the minds of the public, even though the media had sanitized most of these underlying webs! I have never heard of this relationship in such term, which when i come to think of it, makes AKSHAY KUMAR the STEP SON-IN-LAW OF SUNNY DEOL- not a bad idea to have a son-in-law who is just 11 years younger to the father-in-law!!

My friend went on to add something from Nietzsche in THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA: “If you go to see the woman, do not forget the whip” and RAJESH KHANNA surely went to his women with a whip, but the trouble is that he upon meeting them handed over the WHIP to his women and got flagellated!

I still could not follow what my friend was saying, and when i looked askance he added : Chief, starting from Anju Mahendru to Dimple Kapadia to Tina Munim, if you look at the evolution Anju could not take the success of Rajesh Khanna, Dimple could not take the downfall of Rajesh Khanna and Tina could not accept that she could not resurrect the man she loved! So all the three citing some reason or the other whipped the man who  ‘hated tears’!

I told my friend, see i can never understand Hindi cinema much less the inner workings of the inter-personal relationships between the actors and actresses there! I put an end to the unsavoury topic to move on ………….like those wise women

RAJESH KHANNA – THE ULTIMATE ROMANTIC HERO!


If ROMANCE is ‘ripening the passions while still in the stalk’ of the heroine’s  heart, …………then RAJESH KHANNA “IS” the greatest ROMANTIC ACTOR of INDIA!

Rajesh Khanna allowed his heroines to evolve – like in SAPNO KI RANI song), the heroine’s initial curiosity draws her out like a snail which fears no “intrusion” (probably because Sharmila was in a coach and Rajesh in a ‘convertible’ Jeep)! The seeds of romance is gently dispersed in the heart of the heroine and the comfort that the heroine feels in revealing the evolution of her feelings is an epiphany! Even though, it must have been the Director’s visualization, without the vehicle of RAJESH KHANNA, the idea could never have been fleshed so well. Men! watch and despair the following video (lol)

This blogger had met RAJESH KHANNA sometime in 1998, at a common friend’s place and spent close to 4 hours. The cordiality that he exuded was not merely refreshing but extremely humbling!

A man who swayed the hearts of so many human beings, with a non-intrusive cajoling- shed in the hearts of females- to “be out with it” ………….with an ocular expression confessing “i won’t have it, till it is given……….freely and willingly!” That helplessness which he created in a woman’s heart might not have gone down well with all those Greers and Beauvoirs, but none impacted a woman’s heart in a romantic way more than  RAJESH KHANNA !

What a loss my countrymen………..indeed a great loss!

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE, while he still continues to cheer the romantic threads of his female fans through his cine songs.

Gender Bias!


Not long ago, when my son was still at school, and caught up in gender discrimination issues asked me a question, which on the face of it appeared an innocuous inquiry to ascertain facts. So while we were at a restaurant near NANDINI on St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore, he asked me, ” Dad,, did you notice that there is a tobacconist at the entrance of NANDINI HOTEL?”

I said, “Of course, and I have many friends who had stopped by at that tobacconist to buy cigarettes. So what is strange about it?” I asked wanting where he was driving at.

So he said, “Did you notice that that tobacconist’s shop is abutting the compound wall of  BISHOP COTTON’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL on St. Mark’s Road?”

I said with an air of accepting an uncared for piece of fact, “I know..”

“So,  having a cigarette shop within 200 metres of any school was an offence, and near my school there are no cigarette shops and some of my smoker friends have to walk quite a bit to have a smoke and it is an unfair advantage for the girls!” he said.

Yes, it is a law which is in force, but may be this tobacconist had had his shop even before the law came into force, or worse still the school “CAME INTO NUISANCE”!

CAME INTO NUISANCE- what the hell does that mean?  he asked.

“In England, once an elderly couple bought a house in a lane abutting a cricket ground. So during the weekends the house was left with a few broken window panes to the annoyance of the couple. So the couple filed a suit in the civil court claiming compensation from the Cricket Club for  damages. Lord Denning, who decided the case on appeal, succinctly raised a point and settled the issue in favour of the Cricket Club by stating that, the couple knew before they purchased the house that there was a cricket club in the vicinity  and that there was a locational hazard which they willingly assumed, so effectively by purchasing a house thus located was COMING INTO A PRE-EXISTING NUISANCE! So no damages!”, i said.

Dad don’t bull shit me, this Cotton’s for Girls have been in existence for close to a century, if not more and there is no way a tobacconist was there prior to the establishment of t6he school. So please think up another one.

So I shifted track, seeing the sense in his point. I said, “There are laws which cannot be uniformly enforced, as there are not enough people in the government to check everything and take corrective steps. So certain illegalities pass off for want of governmental notice!”

He said, ” Dad, that is not the point. Girls are generally thought of not to be smokers, whereas boys are thought of to  take to such addictions. That is why this cigarette shop is allowed to be next to a girl’s school. This is nothing but GENDER DISCRIMINATION. And let me tell you dad, there are more girls smoking around than boys, at least in Bangalore!”

I thought of my school days when we also, as boys thought that, girls had it easy- ALWAYS! The gender discrimination issue is nothing new and in the metamorphosis of human evolution, one has to face it sometime and fight for one’s space- ALWAYS!

 

 

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