Book Review: ‘I Owed You One’ By Madhu Vajpayee


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This was a very hectic week, in which I had to travel a lot, both by bus and train, taking long breaks in between. It was an official trip and exhausted me completely. Today all affairs have completed, and tomorrow would be my last day in Ahmedabad. All along this one week duration, my constant companion was a recently published novel ‘I Owed You One’ by Madhu Vajpayee. I had received this book from BlogAdda for review. Before I start making my comments on the literary aspect of this work, I would like to stress that books like this one are the reason why printed books will never go extinct. The publishing work of this book is outstanding, and being an artist, I could immediately appreciate and admire the piece of art that the publisher has come up with. Continue reading

Lalit And Navnindra Behl: The Couple Who Created Wonderful ‘Afsane’

Finding other people who share our interest and taste is indeed a delightful experience. So you can imagine my happiness when I received positive response from several of you on one of my earlier posts When Your Post Is Not Delivered — which was narration of a drama telecast on Doordarshan. On one side, there are those who are also searching for that serial and similar other programmes, and on the other are those who have a wonderful memory and can recall even more details than what I gave in that post. Motivated by the comments on that post, I myself did some quick search and here are some more details about that story. The serial was titled ‘Afsaane’, and the actors were Lalit Behl and Navnindra Behl. This is how they looked like: Continue reading

भारतीय नवजागरण के अग्रदूत – आचार्य जगदीश (अनुवाद)

आज के अहंकार-केन्द्रित समाज में जहाँ सभी लोग सदैव आत्मश्लाघा में ही रत रहते हैं, ऐसे दृष्टान्त अत्यन्त विरल हैं जहाँ एक महानायक ने अपने समकालीन एक अन्य महारथी का जयगान किया हो । फिर भी यदि अतीत में झाँकें तो एेसे कई दृष्टान्त हमें मिल ही जाते हैं, जैसे श्रीरामकृष्ण और विद्यासागर, हाइजनबर्ग और रवीन्द्रनाथ का साक्षात्कार, इत्यादि । ऐसे स्तुतिगान न केवल उस महापुरुष की महिमा के लिए उचित श्रद्धांजलि होते हैं, अपितु उन गायक महापुरुष की विनम्रता को भी परिलक्षित करते हैं ।  इतिहास के पृष्ठों में यत्र-तत्र बिखरे ऐसे स्तुति गान हमारी सांस्कृतिक धरोहर के रत्न-स्वरूप हैं । उस भण्डार से एक रत्न राष्ट्रीय विज्ञान दिवस (28 फरवरी) के अवसर पर आपके सम्मुख प्रस्तुत कर रहा हूँ ।

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Amit Misra

February 20, 2018

Some time back I had posted an article on the Aravrit script, a hybrid script created by joining Arabic and Hebrew scripts. While exploring the work further, I had some doubts, which I communicated to Liron Lavi Turkenich, the creator of the script. If you have a Facebook account, you may like to see the response to my query on this link.



Virgos rock!

“. . . Virgo eyes are often so astonishingly clear you can almost see your reflection in them. They sparkle with intelligence and clarity of thought. There’s a purity and tranquility of expression on Virgo features that seems to deny those secret worries. Most of them are extremely attractive, with delicate noses, ears and lips . . . Don’t forget that the shy, wistful smile of Virgo hides a secret or two . . .”   — Linda Goodman, Sun Signs.

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Competition In Sorrow


Do this experiment once. Next time when someone asks you ‘how are you?’, instead of telling ‘fine’, just mention that you are not, and enumerate one or two troubles you have. For example, ‘not fine, I don’t know, but since last couple of days I am feeling intense pain in my stomach’. Or, ‘my children not faring well in exams’, ‘my husband is too busy with his own work, and I am not able to handle so many things alone’. Or just anything. And then see the magic! Continue reading