Life ... it is complex to define but simpler to enjoy! I started this blog with the aim to give a platform to my views about life and its nitty-gritties. I hope that through this blog I shall be able to interact with like-minded people who will identify with my way of life and thinking. Often we are short of words to have our feelings be expressed. Through the medium of this blog, I want to let off all my feelings and opinions out for a healthy and interactive debate.
I vouch for India-Pakistan peace!
Following is my testimony for India-Pakistan peace published in Pakistani newspaper 'The News International' on October 24, 2012 under the Aman ki Asha campaign, in which 'The News' partners The Times of India. It can also be read on the following link:
“Namaste! I am Nidhi from India. The idea of Pakistan was always alien to me until I actually started exploring the detailed aspects of my doctoral thesis. I could not think of Pakistan as a ‘friend’ or a ‘brother’. Encounters with Pakistan happened only while cheering for India during cricket matches. These were full of jingoism, national pride and a hatred for the ‘other’.
My perspective changed drastically through the topic I selected for my academic thesis. As I began to explore the different facets of Pakistan and had the privilege of interacting with Pakistanis who are optimistic about peaceful relations between these two great countries, I began to question the logic of hatred and animosity when there is so much in common, so much to share and so much to exchange. I have had pleasant conversations with people from Pakistan who are willing to help me in so many ways. They are welcoming and warm, willing to listen and accommodate my views. Their insights have helped me to a great extent as I work on my thesis.
What bothers me the most is the lack of free exchange among people on both sides, curious to know about each other in the absence of a unifying and liberal platform. What ails interaction between common people is not the border, not the attitude but fear of government and stereotypes. I have always wondered what it would be like to visit Islamabad and Karachi! Would it be the same as travelling on the streets of Delhi and Mumbai?
I believe India and Pakistan will benefit from peace, not war; from dialogue, not hatred; from friendship, not enmity, from collaboration, not confrontation. Brighter prospects of a South Asian century belong to India and Pakistan.
Maybe it is difficult to forget differences, but we can reconcile and celebrate those differences. Let us be friends who respect each other’s differences. Media can be a strong venue for erasing stereotypes and building new perceptions. We need more ventures like Aman ki Asha and Romancing the Border. Peace is possible only if perceptions are positively altered. This is what the media can significantly contribute to. I would like to dedicate my work to the friendly and peace-loving populations of India and Pakistan. Let not governments dictate friendships, let friendships be the matter of the heart!
How often do you get to watch a movie that is not just a three hour entertainment package delivered to you on screen, but more than that? A movie that is a lived experience for its audience. I watched one such movie recently. Of late, the Marathi movie industry has been producing some excellent stuff, with innovative story lines and bold characters. Director Mahesh Manjrekar has been at the forefront of this cinematic revolution. Anytime, I venture in to watch a Marathi movie, my expectations automatically turn sky high because Marathi cinema, over the past few years has actually spoilt its viewers for choice. Last week I watched the Nana Patekar starrer Natasamrat which means 'King of the theatre scene'. Through its trailers and subject, one feels that Natsamrat is a typically serious, art-oriented movie. And that it is. But deep inside, the movie offers a very enchanting story of an old man who once reigned the theatre scene in Maharashtra. With this, it offers ample life le…
Cast:Urmila Matondkar (Puro/Hamida), Manoj Bajpai
(Rashid), Sanjay Suri (Ramchand), Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Mohanlal), Lillete
Dubey (Mrs. Mohanlal), Sandali Sinha (Lajjo), Isha Koppikar (Rajjo), Priyanshu
Chatterjee (Trilok) Based
on Amrita Pritam’s Punjabi novel “PINJAR” Violent
bloodbath, massacres of scores of human beings and refugee exodus were the most
powerful symbols of the partition of the Indian sub-continent. Chandra
Prakash Dwivedi’s film Pinjar
represents the pain of the partition which engulfed three communities of India
– the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. The film is also the story of a family,
essentially the journey of the daughter of the family – Puro (UrmilaMatondkar
in a major role) and her transformation to Hamida, her loss of identity and her
agony. Pinjar is set in 1946 which
marked the pre-partition era. Even before the country was divided into two
parts, communal rage had spread all over an…
Visits to the Ahmedabad National Book Fair (May 2 - May 7, 2017) have triggered this blogpost. I find myself lost in the world of books, languages, literature, poetry, songs and so much more. When visiting the book fair and attending various workshops and sessions offered there, I felt as if I was living in paradise. After all, a book fair is no less than paradise for book lovers. It set me thinking about languages in general and mother languages in particular. Very quickly, our young generation is losing touch with their own language courtesy the trend of multilingualism, which is fine by itself, but must not let us drift apart from our own traditions and culture. On the other hand, this also set me thinking about an activity that I have been involved in for the past one year. That is learning a foreign language.
What began with resistance, defiance and reluctance has surprisingly turned into acceptance today. While in university, I was dead against the idea of taking up a foreign lan…