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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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Big B's Day Out

Dear Amitji,

“Life is full of opportunities and issues and there are so many of us doing so much for so little .. more depth and conditioning needed for more involvement .. for greater betterment ..”
(DAY -3078)

Sir, a million thanks for posting a pack of the most motivating (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), amazingly attractive (Night of Fashion) and scene stealer (Relaxing on Charpayee) pictures of the Megastar’s day out (Sept. 03). The only thing we missed was the captions, but with social networking and prime news channels always there to fill in the blanks, it did not take much effort to match the photos to the proper events.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: “Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and mega star Amitabh Bachchan picked up brooms to participate in the Maha Cleanathon in Mumbai's JJ Hospital complex.
"When you see someone littering, go stop them. Tell them what they are doing is wrong. When you keep doing this repeatedly, people will change," says Amitabh Bachchan
"You are praising me for picking up trash with my bare hands but there's nothing special about it. Our sanitation workers don't always have gloves," says Amitabh Bachchan. (Source: NDTV)
A great message that we all must always remember, just as we do not forget to say our daily prayer - cleanliness is godliness. Sir, when we arrived in Alwar after surrendering the government accommodation in Moti Bagh-2, New Delhi, a very neat and clean area, on my wife’s retirement as Principal of a govt. School, we  did almost the same what your message on the occasion says, and it worked. The area we lived in was as dirty as can be expected in any small town of the country, with streets and roads full of trash and nobody bothering about it, neither the administration nor even the residents who were directly affected by the insanitation. We were new to the place and did not consider it proper to tell everyone in the neighborhood to at least keep the area around their own homes clean, but we soon started cleaning the area outside of our house right up to the road. Our doing this exercise daily, going out in the morning with broom in our hand, was not much appreciated by the neighbors in the beginning, but one by one they started following our routine and within a month the whole neighborhood was changed into the cleanest area of Alwar, so much so that price of property rose to highest in our area compared to other colonies, because it became the most sought after area of Alwar for purchasing property.

Fashion Show: It was a star-studded night of fashion as cricketer Yuvraj Singh launched his collection 'You We Can' in Mumbai on September 3. Bollywood celebs like Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kajol and Farah Khan were part of the guest list. (Source: NDTV).
As is obvious from the photographs, the atmosphere at the event was one of festivity and happiness, very similar to the scene in front of our house here this weekend:
Summer may be winding down but festival season is just starting to hit its stride with many of the best events. For some sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun this Labor Day weekend, thousands throng to lively downtown Millbrae for the big Art & Wine Festival on Sept.3-4. Every year, the last unofficial weekend of summer brings large crowds to Millbrae for one of the Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend events, transforming its delightful downtown streets into a resplendent sea of people and colorful tents. Stroll, browse, relax and enjoy a friendly and vibrant street fair with two days of stellar live music, gorgeous handcrafted work by 250 talented artists, fabulous food and wine, and the best family entertainment value around.

Relaxing on Charpayee: Thanks for bringing back the old world charm, cherished for ever in the beautiful words of Gulzar Sahib:

Dil dhoondhtaa hai
Phir wahi fursat ke raat din
Baithhe rahen
Tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye
Dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahie
Jaadon ki narm dhoop
Aur aangan mein let kar
Aankhon pe kheench
Kar tere daaman ke saaye ko
Aundhe pade rahen
Kabhi karwat liye huye
Dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wohi
Yaa garmiyon ki raat
Jo purwaayiaan chale
Thhandi shafed chaadaron
Pe jaagen der tak
Taaron ko dekhte rahen
Chhat par pade huye
Dil dhoondhtaa hai
O dil dhoondhtaa hai
Phir wahi fursat ke raat din
Barfeeli sardiyon mein
Kisi bhi pahaad par
Waadi mein goonjti
Huyi khaamoshiyaan sunen
Aankhon mein bheege
Bheege se lamhe liye huye
Dil dhoondhtaa hai
Phir wahi fursat ke raat din
Baithhe rahen
Tasawwur-e-jaanaa kiye huye
Dil dhoondhtaa hai
Phir wahi fursat ke raat din
Dil dhoondhtaa hai phir wahi.

With regards and best wishes for PINK

Tilak Rishi


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