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रंगबाज़ी (Rangbazi)

रंगबाज़ी (Rangbazi)

Word of the day is  रंगबाज़ी (showing off)! This is another poster from Gaon Connection‘s online campaign. (Part of a series of posters that are based on popular words that describe common emotions aptly). Photo by Gaurav Gupta. Poster design is by Bhaskar Tripathi. If you like this, please share it with your friends on FB or email it.(…)

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नैना तोरे

नैना तोरे

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Thanks for an overwhelming response. For you all, here is an ‘unreleased‘ version of one of Neelesh Misra’s favorite songs from Rewind by Band Called Nine (a band Neelesh led as writer, storyteller, and creative director; with his two brilliant colleagues — the famous Bollywood singer Shilpa Rao, and composer Amartya Rahut). Hope you guys(…)

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An Outsider in Bollywood – A piece written for Open Magazine

An Outsider in Bollywood – A piece written for Open Magazine

I am not sure when and why he pressed the button, but some moody god somewhere decided to play with my life last year—the year that I completed ten years as an outsider in Bollywood. This guy turned my life 180 degrees, hurling me straight from the quiet corridor of my newspaper office to an(…)

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How did we do the undoable- A piece written for Open Magazine

How did we do the undoable- A piece written for Open Magazine

The story of a seemingly impossible feat: a small team of media professionals defy scepticism and conventional wisdom alike to launch Gaon Connection, a weekly newspaper for rural India. And now politicians as well as corporate honchos eyeing India’s booming rural market are showing interest in it “Fantastic idea. It will never work.” I am(…)

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गुलज़ार साहब के जन्मदिन पर

गुलज़ार साहब के जन्मदिन पर

शाम का टुकड़ा धूप  का कोना सिरा नींद का मन का बिछौना उखड़ी उखड़ी सी दोपहरें शाम लगाये  आँख  पे पहरे रात महल में ख्वाब न ठहरे आज का दिन बेज़ार लिखा है लेकिन तेरी ग़ज़ल के ज़ेवर पहन के बदले रात के तेवर तन्हाई भी अब महफ़िल है लम्हों पर गुलज़ार लिखा है जन्मदिन(…)

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आज मैं उसके मोहल्ले में जा के देख आया

आज मैं उसके मोहल्ले में जा के देख आया वहां वो दिल नशीन जाने कब से रहती नहीं वो रहा करती थी बेफिक्र सी शेरों में मेरे पर मेरी शायरी भी उसकी बात कहती नहीं या वो झूठी थी या कि लफ्ज़ मेरे झूठे थे उसके चट्टान से दिल से हज़ार बार गिरे मेरे नाज़ुक़(…)

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Back to being a reporter: Road trip for UP elections, for TOI

Back to being a reporter: Road trip for UP elections, for TOI

Three years on, those bullets still fly… Sanjarpur (Azamgarh), Uttar Pradesh:   “Abbu, how come those juniors of mine made it to IPL?” cricket-crazy Saif Ahmed asked his father who had travelled to meet his 21-year-old son in the South Delhi room. It wasn’t a friendly cricket chat over tea for the 51-year-old PCO owner(…)

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बग़ावत होगी इक दिन, तब मिलेंगे

किसी ने कर दिया छलनी है मुझको कहीं पे जा के वो बैठा हुआ है न रो इतना, कि तेरे आंसुओं पे मेरा कातिल कहीं पे हँस रहा है बचा के रख तू ये तकलीफ अपनी धधकने दे इसे, शोले खिलेंगे बस इतना कह दे जा के रहनुमा से बग़ावत होगी इक दिन, तब मिलेंगे

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From Shekhar Kapur’s blog

From Shekhar Kapur’s blog

Shekhar Kapur, one of India’s best known filmmakers worldwide, asked me to write something for his very popular blog and I most happily did. I am reproducing it here. It got some very interesting comments as well from his readers. Shekhar, thanks for having me on your blog. Here goes: “Quick! Help me! I have forgotten to(…)

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चैन से सोना है तो टीवी बंद कर दो

चैन से सोना है तो टीवी बंद कर दो

पिछले दिनों टीवी पर पत्रकार साथियों को आरुषि काण्ड में कवरेज को लेकर अपनी और बाक़ी टीवी चैनलों की सफाई देते सुना. बोले, “अगर डाक्टर तलवार के पड़ोसी ही कहते हैं कि वो दुश्चरित्र थे, तो हमारा क्या दोष?” इन पत्रकार साथियों का मैं यूँ बड़ा कायल रहा हूँ और उनका काम मुझे पसंद है. लेकिन(…)

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