Thursday, June 18, 2015

'Nabakalebara': Why the Jagannath Rath Yatra is special this year

I am not a religious person but some tales are so mysterious that they fascinate me and I am urged to share them.

Puri in Eastern Odisha houses one of the char dhaams of Hinduism (4 of the most sacred places that every Hindu ought to visit in his/her lifetime), the others being Badrinath (North), Dwarika (West) and Rameshwaram (South). Each of the dhaams has a deity, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, that has resided in a temple complex for centuries. While the stories of how the other 3 dhaams came into existence are very known due to their repeated telecasts in some form or the other in mythological tv serials, the story of Jagannath Puri is hardly known to non-Odia people.

The Jagannath Temple, Puri, viewed from across the 'Bada Danda'
This being said, I can very safely assume that even less number of people are aware of ‘Navakalebara’.

I know the story because my grandmother narrated it to me while I was very young. And there hasn’t been a dearth of news stories appearing all over the internet for the past year.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

13th of June- Completing 7 years of blogging

13th of June 2008: It was like any other day but unlike in many many ways. It was the first time that I woke up in Delhi that morning with no clue that I would be spending the next 7 years in the city pursuing ‘education’ at three different levels (My 10th Board results had just been declared). A combination of curiosity, lack of having anything else to do, a lot of inspiration and a little flair for writing- I think that’s what put me on this long journey that afternoon, 7 years ago.
Celebrating the blog's 6th birthday last year by cutting
a 'donut' for a cake! Location: Inorbit Mall, Malad, Mumbai
Having expressed the wish to meet my blog’s inspiration in last year’s 13th of June post, and then in less than 10 days, actually meeting and working with him- that’s what I call a proud feeling. I couldn’t show my blog to him in that limited time (I do hope someday he will take notice), but come on- working with him- it was something I never bargained for! (Yes, I am talking about Mr. Bachchan!) Chaos theory effectively applied to that little inspiration, 7 years ago.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Premiere of Told Untold- Thank you!

It had been a dream to have a screening for my film at a public place for over two years. I really never imagined that what I called the 'Premiere' of my film solely for the sake of creating a buzz, would actually become such a huge event. No wonder the guys at Kunzum said that they have never seen such a crowd at the cafe before!

The feeling still isn't sinking in that something big has happened. I think what made all the difference to me (much more than the reactions to the film) was simply YOU showing up for the show.

May be all this is just the beer speaking, (that my school friends thought was absolutely essential for the unexpected and absolutely amazing 'Afterparty' that they roped me into) but yeah, I haven't known a prouder moment in my life than seeing the houseful Kunzum cafe.

For every single person who showed up- my friends from DAV, hostel mates from DPS, batchies and juniors from MBICEM, friends from MCRC, my teachers, my guides, my friends, friends of friends, friends of my parents, friends of my sister, people I had only heard about earlier, people I didn't even know, and of course, my family- THANK YOU SO MUCH for being there.

The feeling that college is over, now finally is starting to sink in. I don't know what's next in life. Delhi or Mumbai, writing or films, good things or bad- I have absolutely no clue of anything. Things have always had a way of falling into place, and I hope they will work out even now. One thing that I am certain of is the presence of you amazing people in my life- I don't know what I would have done in any alternate situation or way-of-life. Thank you, every single one of you, for being there at all the times I needed you, for all your support, and more importantly, for being there at the times I had no clue I could do with a little help of yours.

Thank you for everything. :)

A few pictures from the eventful screening aka PREMIERE of TOLD UNTOLD:

Eagerly waiting for the premiere to begin. But then, we are in India, and we 'follow time'- Kunzum Travel Cafe

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