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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Letter to Big B on 100 days of blogging

Dear Amitji,

Hundred Days!

It's celebration time. Completing 100 days is always a celebration time. More so for you and your readers and respondents. Writing blogs continuously for 100 days without a single interruption, in spite of tight shooting schedules, Unforgettable Tour and not keeping well at times. Wow, what a stamina, what a determination. Hats off to you Amitji. It is a great achievement which no celebrity blogger has achieved so far. Heartiest congratulations for being on top in blogging, as you have been on top throughout in the field of acting.

Hundred days celebrations remind me of veteran journalist and writer Khushwant Singh's column 'Malice towards one and all' in the Hindustan Times of 4th July, 1998. Therein he commented on celebrations connected with Atal Behari Vajpayee government completing 100 days in office, with the remarks “there is nothing magical or mythical about surviving 100 days.” It was an interesting column, as all his columns are, which I would have loved to reproduce here if I could lay my hand on it. However, please permit me to repeat my response to KS on the topic of 100 days celebration:

Hundred Days

Sir, - Apropos “100 Days” by Khushwant Singh (HT July 4, 1998). Of course, there is nothing magical or mythical about surviving 100 days, but when we look at the 13 days of the survival period of the last Vajpayee Government, the occasion does deserve celebrations on a grand scale. The fate of governments in India is somewhat similar to that of films. In bygone era the success of movies was marked by Golden Jubilee celebrations and in the early years of independence, governments also had an impressive long run. Vajpayee government is made up of all the ingredients of a hit movie formula. A great suspense that keeps you glued on seat-edge throughout – “will she? will she not?” - the ongoing infighting amongst partners that has no parallel, and the never before seen surprise element of explosive magnitude that makes it a runaway hit. An entertainment par excellence, it will not be a surprise if the Government goes on to celebrate its silver jubilee or even golden jubilee, provided the House does not dislodge the government as is often done by many picture houses which replace the running hit by a new release, expecting it to be a bigger hit. - Yours etc. Tilak Rishi

Regards and once again – Heartiest congratulations on 100 days of blogging.

Tilak Rishi (USA)


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