10 Day You Challenge : Day 9 – Two Songs

Now this is unfair. Two songs? How can one choose two songs? For a music lover like me this is the hardest post till now. So many wonderful artists, so many music genre. There is so much music across the globe that I love. From folk to classical and movie tracks to instrumental. Each country has something special to offer.

Let us take one Indian and one western. Something different from what I usually share on Facebook, Twitter, Blog and other places. Something which is part of our music heritage.  A Qawwali   This is beautiful poetry by Amir Khusro sung beautifully by Sabri Bothers. I love it for the sheer beauty of its lyrics. This Qawwalli is played at the dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti also known as Khwaja gareeb nawaz  during Urs at other times too. Very close to my heart. Enjoy!

1. Chhap tilak sab cheeni ray mosay naina milaikay

One can’t really put just the first part so taking liberty to share part two also.

A part of English translation of the poem is –

You’ve taken away my looks, my identity, by just a glance.
By making me drink the wine of love-potion,
You’ve intoxicated me by just a glance;
My fair, delicate wrists with green bangles in them,
Have been held tightly by you with just a glance.
I give my life to you, Oh my cloth-dyer,
You’ve dyed me in yourself, by just a glance.
I give my whole life to you Oh, Nijam,
You’ve made me your bride, by just a glance.

2. Don’t cry for me Argentina – André Rieu

I loved Evita and Madonna’s version of this song till I heard her beautiful haunting voice . Time stood still and tears flowed freely. Each time I listen to Suzan Erens   I get goosebumps . Andre Rieu himself is one exceptional violinist, conductor, and composer best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss. Suzan is just extraordinary as far as diction and performance goes and beautiful too. The song is very close to my heart as was the movie. Enjoy !

I know I am doing a great injustice to all the legendary artists here by not even mentioning them but then there is always time for another post  exclusively for them.

Hope you enjoyed the two exceptionally talented maestro I presented.

The tag is coming to an end now but you can read from where it all Started .

10 Day You Challenge – Day 5 : Four Books


You can give me some good books , a few bars of chocolate and refill my jug of filter coffee and then  lock me up for the rest of my life.  This is getting tougher than I imagined. Choosing four books out of so many that I love is unfair. Let me pick up some titles/ authors who are my all time favorites. The books I can read over and over.

1. Gabriel García MárquezLove in the Time of Cholera –  I read Marquez during my course in Spanish language. The book’s theme ‘the transcendental power of love, its sacredness and embodiment in everyday life’  is portrayed  so beautifully that one doesn’t want the novel to end. Though It was the first novel Marquez wrote I read One hundred years of solitude first and then got lured to this one. Marquez maintains a dark earthy humor through out the book. I would call if a masterpiece of sensuous prose. A must read.

2. The Witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho–  “How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?” The question was nagging me and the answer came through this absolutely wonderful book by Coelho. I love his works and have read most of them. Bewitched by Athena, the lead protagonist, I read the entire book in one marathon read and then read it again.  Many people have not liked it as much as other Coelho books but for me this is a pilgrimage of soul, an inner journey into the hidden power of our life infused with philosophy, religious miracles, love, fear of loss .It is a story of her spiritual quest, her constant urge to fill the empty spaces in her life, her efforts to connect to her spiritual side through music and dance.

3. The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Darrell – A sensuous tetralogy set in Egypt, Greece , the book captivates with its romantic spirit, pain, espionage, and mystery. Each story is a word picture and is luscious, delightful. The characters are complex, colorful and deep, the vocabulary intense and elegant, the plot like a magical tapestry. Over all a fantastic book if you have patience to go through a thick quartet. One can read the books individually also. All of them are set in beautiful and rugged Alexandria, Egypt.I recommend this to all who are passionate about  reading. A fascinating book with a unique style and structure.

4. Bhagvad Gita  – This ancient Hindu epic is a philosophy of life as I read it. I am not a religious person but I read with an open inquisitive mind.  Krishna is the only person in the history of human consciousness who is tremendously in love with life, with the poetry of life, with the music of life, with  dance of life. He is not at all life-negative, he is very affirmative. And he accepts life as it is; he does not put god and the world as opposites.” When I read Bhagvad Gita or The song Divine  it transformed  my way of life. We , who do not see Krishna just as a God , see his as a yogi, a philosopher and a teacher. He is the greatest scientist and engineer . You can listen to the Song Divine Here  but you must keep a copy of it with you to read as part of your daily routine. It is a science of self-realization and deep inner knowledge. For me a spiritual quest. Read more about Krishna and

One book I want to pick from my childhood.  I know it is a four book challenge but I still want to write about it. The Fire Bird was one of the first Hard cover books I had and the exotic book cover made it even more delightful. It had lovely colorful illustrations and a brilliantly told story that I read every night. It made me dream of castles, princesses and the exotic fire bird. The illustrations are by  Boris Zworykin. I parted with the book in tears when it was given to a library for kids. Somehow I had realized I will miss it all my life. It was also a birthday present.

The one I had, had a glowing Orange cover with a huge fire bird, I searched but could not find the same cover online. Russian Tales are always very engrossing and my all time favorites .

There are many more books I could have written about . Maybe in some other post 🙂 Meanwhile enjoy these.

10 Day You Challenge – Day 4: 7 Wants

Oh there are a truck load of things that I want except free advice which I get all the time anyway. 😀

Let me quickly list down the seven that come to mind now.

1. The mother of all wants is my space, a life of dignified, independent living where I am not judged for being born as a woman. Where I don’t have to play by so-called ‘social rules and regulations’. A space where I don’t have to do role-playing all the time and be myself. Where I can do my bit without being smothered.

2. Good health on all fronts is very important and I truly want it. Lately my life has revolved around doctors, clinics, path labs and crap and it has been rally stressful. All I want now is a healthy mind and body. It feels so sickening to worry about some health issue or another especially issues that find no reasons and solutions. I want to escape from this white coat mob that seems to invade my life now and again.

3. I always wanted a house of my own. A compact country house with kitchen garden and an open spaces around it. Maybe near a beach or in hills( I prefer hills) . The house should have a pool and state of the art gadgets. I want a very practical uncluttered house with bare minimum furniture. Easy to maintain but still with all facilities. A tree house  in the garden would add to the fun.

4.  A dream vacation on a Caribbean cruise at least on time before I leave this planet . I wonder if ever I will be able to fulfill it but it stays on top of my want list. I love the beauty of Caribbean islands, the deep blue sea and the colorful people and culture. Maybe I can take a romantic cruise to this heavenly part of the world and just relax and enjoy and indulge. 😉 with my loved one.

5. Financial stability Being a financially dependent woman is a very tough situation. I realized its implications very late. I want a secure job that pays me well and covers my needs if not my wants.

6. A best seller to my credit is my dream. What else can a writer want. Though I know it’s a long hard way but am a relentless hard worker and I will reach that summit one day. A book of short stories or poems or maybe a full-fledged novel of international acclaim would just be perfect.

7. I want some super human ability. The one I desire most is ESP (Extrasensory perception) . I have always been interested in Parapsychology and clairvoyance and knowing ESP will be an asset.

Now after listing all these wants I certainly would need a Genie 😀  to fulfill them.

It all started here 


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