ABOUT ME

Till today I have stayed at 4 different addresses. And each place has nurtured me, shaped my personality and gifted me its positive as well as not so positive influences, which can be witnessed in my behavior and work. Whenever I walk down  memory lane, some tunes crowd my brain and almost immediately I rush back to these places. These songs act like Time Machines to take me into a world which I have left long back or recently.

Till today I have stayed at 4 different addresses. And each place has nurtured me, shaped my personality and gifted me its positive as well as not so positive influences, which can be witnessed in my behavior and work. Whenever I walk down  memory lane, some tunes crowd my brain and almost immediately I rush back to these places. These songs act like Time Machines to take me into a world which I have left long back or recently.

 

Ek pyar ka nagma hai, maujon ki rawani hai

 

Zindagi aur kuch bhi nahi teri meri kahani hai

Kuch paakar khona hai, kuch khokar paana hai

Jeevan ka matlab toh aana aur jaana hai

Do pal ke jeevan se ek umar churani hai

Zindagi aur kuch bhi nahi teri meri kahani hai

Ek pyar ka nagma hai

It's a song of love, it's a flow of ecstasy

 

Life is nothing but a story about you and me

We have to attain something and lose something

The meaning of life is coming and going

We have to steal a lifetime from this short life

Life is nothing but a story about you and me

It's a song of love

 

Life is nothing but a story about you and me

It's a song of love

 

 

This song from the film Shor. I identify it with my childhood days at the Raj Bhavan. I first heard this song on the streets of New Market, where Mani (my mother) and I had gone to buy a wedding gift. My Mani used to sing this song while arranging things in the house or whenever she was painting a pot or sewing something. She was a trained Rabindrasangeet singer but while doing household chores, she used to belt out melodious Hindi film songs.

 

In keeping with Lord Metcalfe’s imperial vision, the meticulously structured Raj Bhavan or Governor's House was specially created away from the rest of the metropolis, magnificently proportioned amidst acres of formal gardens. Tall, intricately patterned wrought iron gates with massive lions perched atop reiterated the same majestic message. The ‘plebian’ and the ‘common man’ were to be kept out of what was the abode of the Governor-General, the symbol of power and might of the monarch and the Throne.

 

My father served three successive Governors — Shri Dharm Vira, Shri Shanti Swarup Dhawan and Shri Anthony Lancelot Dias. Childhood was filled with lots of protocols, Raj Bhavan get-togethers, music, bonhomie, theatres, movies, adda, art and culture, literary debates, family outings to Victoria Memorial, Academy of Fine Arts, Diamond Harbour. The Naxalite movement, the 1971 War between India and Pakistan were also witnessed with my infant instincts and knowledge. Now when I administer Prayasam, I know from where I honed the meticulous planning, value of time and the rich cultural insights which have come to me from my family as a legacy. The first film I watched in Darjeeling where we used to accompany my father during the summer was Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. So, my initial grooming was done within a rich cultural milieu. This helped me a lot as when I started my career in Prayasam with the children. I wanted to pass on this cultural insights to them but I customized it according to their receptive capacity and interests.

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