Only true friends would do this…

After making a mistake of coming back to US alone without Isha and Kiaan, I was sitting alone in my living room, three pints down, feeling lonely, missing my family… when Tyagi called.

“Dude, you back?”

“Yup.”

“What doing?”

“Getting bored, alone.”

“Why?”

“Isha and Kiaan will join after 3 weeks”

“Come over here.”

“What will we do there?”

“True, it’s kinda suburb. I should come over there then.”

“Cool, here we can have fun in NYC.”

“Hmm, let me check flights.”

“Awesome, but check with your wife and kids first.”

After few minutes…

“Okay, I am booking fights tickets for tomorrow.”

“Wow!”

“Will come back to family by 31st noon.”

“Awesome, man! Send me flight details, I’ll pick you up.”

“Sure. See you tomorrow, bro!”

“Whoa!!”

I picked him up from Newark airport on 28th Dec 10 am and dropped him back on 31st Dec 10 am. And we had all the boyzzzz fun you can wildly imagine. wink! wink!

I don’t have lot many friends but I am proud of the ones I have. They are not just for namesake. They actually care. And this is what true friends do. Thanks Tyagi for being one of them!

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At Times square NYC

Flashback Friday #6 – Special Bond

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Pankaj, Lucerne, 2013
We share a special bond

I can’t label

Is it friendship

Or is it brotherhood

I just can’t label

We were not in touch for years

But I stayed at your place like I belonged there

We talk once in a year or twice

But I always feel connected to you

We have age difference

But our frequency matches

I feel the happiness in your heart

When I share my little successes with you

I still laugh remembering your jokes

Your poems and paintings still inspire

And your Raclette cheese dinner is still fresh in memory

Is it friendship

Or is it brotherhood

I just can’t label

Let’s just say it’s a special bond which demands no label

It’s honest

It’s respectful

And it simply exists

Just like the blue sky and the wet ocean

Flashback Friday #3 – Friendship

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during one of the lunch breaks in Singapore, we found a hot chick to click

in

high tides

and

low

you

always stood

tall

beside

me

like a

torched

tower

blessed to

have

your light

from

across the shore

help

my boat

from

stumble

and

keep

our friendship

blooming

like a

spring

flower

Say “Thank you” to those who changed you and feel “Awesome”

“Do you have people in your world who changed your life positively?” asked me the morning, when I stepped in the balcony rubbing my eyes.

“Of course I’ve!” I replied, surprised why it is asking me that suddenly.

“Did you ever thank them for that?”

That question made me think… many times people changes our lives forever with their actions, words or just by their presence, and often we forget to thank them for what they did, taking their love and care for granted. I was no different, I am now… from this very moment…

So go ahead and thank those who really have changed you, your life and the way of think… It feels AWESOME!!!

Nishtha

Thank you Nishtha for always there in my life. I am so grateful for that. You are the bestest sister ever. I remember vividly when I saw you for the first time, a little more than my palm, I felt an angel has entered my life. And after so many years, I feel exactly the same…just never knew my little angel will grow up so fast!

I know you miss me the most when I am away from home. I miss you too but I am a little poor in expressing. You’ve taught me many things in your own way. The way you believe in me makes me more confident and responsible. You make me go for knowledge by relying on me for answers, making me more aware. Your trust in me makes me a believer, affirming my belief that I will always be there to hold you, to support you in all times, and the way you listens to me makes me feel I’m a good speaker. And, I go to gym to look like a handsome brother of such a gorgeous sister ;)

I LOVE YOU and want the best of the bestest for you in all the spheres of life.

Sonal

I am so thankful to you Sonal for being such an amazing and caring sister. The way you care about me and the way you are a little possessed (in fact, for everyone you love ;-)) shows and reflects your pure love.

Our childhood memories are so precious – long summer vacations, playing hide and seek, going to the park for orange bar, and running from p l sharma to begum bagh for no reason. But even though we have our busy lives now, I want to thank you for always making me feel that you are always there for me.

I am really grateful that you introduced me to Isha, the best thing happened to my life. I am really thankful to you for that. You have changed my life.

The way you go an extra mile to take care of Nishtha is commendable. I never mentioned this but I really appreciate (I know you must be thinking now, ughh…isn’t she my sister ;-)). You left your work pending to attend my roka-ceremony on such a short notice made me feel really special.

I can go on and on saying how grateful I feel for having you as my sister, but I want to finish it short by saying, I LOVE YOU SIS !!!

Abhishek

Thank you Abhishek for many reasons than one. First of all for always being my best friend, standing on my side in good times and bad, in right and wrong. For always listening to my stuff patiently and always believing in me. For never shouting back on me even in our fights. For making me think I am much better than what I think I am, and that I deserve the best in life.

For leaving your college classes to support me during dad’s abduction. For making me calm and strong when I was at my lows. When we’ll meet again, and I know soon, we will follow our tradition of mall road and hariya ki lassi ;)

Thank you for being my bestest friend. You’ve changed me and my life in many ways.

Friends Forever!

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PS: There are so many other people whom I want to thank equally… Surely will, on some other beautiful morning :-)

Review – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

While watching the trailers of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), somewhere I had this dormant feeling that it won’t turn out as good as it looks in the promos. I told this to my brother and cousin and they frowned, you know. But after watching it today with my cousin, I am disappointed to write that I am disappointed. Though, I may still be wrong. It might turn out as awesome as it could get.

ZNMD is Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the successful director of Luck By Chance, daughter of the legends Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, and sister of talented Farhan Akhtar. It stars Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin. The music is by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and it is shot at the various splendid locations in Spain. It can’t get bigger than it, right? By the trailers anyone could guess that the story revolves around three friends, which automatically raises the expectation further by connecting it to Dil Chahta Hai (DCH), her brother’s directorial debut. So, the frowning was justified, isn’t?

After getting engaged to Natasha (Kalki Koechlin), Kabir (Abhay Deol) wants to go on an extended bachelor party to Spain, a three-week road trip with Imraan (Farhan Ahktar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan), his two best friends. In this fantasy holiday they have a pact that one chooses any sport of his choice and the other two just have to do it with him. The purpose is to kill or at least face your fear. In a chance encounter they meet the gorgeous Laila (Katrina Kaif), who gradually falls in love with our hunkiest dude Arjun. Imraan – a hilarious flirt and a serious secret poet – is looking for some answers from his biological father, who lives in Spain. Imraan has never met him before. Kabir starts feeling dizzy about his marriage with Natasha, after suspicious Natasha surprises everyone by flying to Spain for a day to check Kabir. In between all this, the three have their ultimate sports as promised, overcome their fear and experience the magical moments. Towards the end, they also find answers to the problems they were dealing with.

This movie might get a mix response from both general audience and critics, and who knows it might become a huge hit. But personally it didn’t impress me. Though it’s a light-hearted watchable movie, I tag it as somewhere-interesting-somewhere-boring types. The movie is dull for the first 20 minutes, paces up when the road trip begins but has its highs and lows throughout, just as a road have. And, I don’t see anything in the movie worth watching again. In fact my movie-buff cousin, who loves to watch movies again and again, finds this just a one time watch.

I don’t know what could have made the movie better. I am no expert. May be a better direction or screen play could, but it undoubtedly could have been better. The movie is about three musketeers together on a road trip, and I expected a stong emotional bonding between them – strong enough to capture my senses. You know what I mean – when you fall in love with the characters and feel their emotions. You remember the emotions of friendship, anger, love shown in DCH. I didn’t feel any such thing in this movie. I wasn’t able to bring any character or scene or dialogue or song with me back home. Needless to say, the music is second rated, except Senorita.

But I won’t say it is not worth to watch this flick. You should watch it and it will make you fall in love with the scenic Spain – these guys went for a bachelor party trip, I might go for my honeymoon. The way the sports are shot will give you a feeling that you should try them too before dying. I will surely try underwater diving soon. I also want to experience the very famous Holi of Spain – La Tomatina festival – squashing and massaging tomatoes on my Laila and my friends. And the poetry that plays in the background in some scenes is outstanding – written by Javed Akhtar.

I also do have my take away from the movie: Live every day of your life as a holiday (don’t take it in a literally sense) and Face your Fears – you might also feel The Magic.

And by the way, I am saying it’s a one time watch, but I can watch it again – just for ravishing Katrina!