एक महत्वाकांक्षी झेप!

 माझ्या सद्गुरूंनी ‘एक होता कार्व्हर’, हे George W. Carver ह्यांच्या आत्मचरित्रावर आधारित पुस्तक वाचण्यास सुचवले आहे. आजवर मी अनेक जेष्ठ व श्रेष्ठ व्यक्तींचे आत्मचरित्र वाचले , परंतु हे व्यक्तिमत्व काही आगळेच वाटले. कार्व्हर ह्यांचा जीवन प्रवास आत्मप्रेरित करणारा  असा आहे. प्रत्येक मनुष्यास अगदी त्याच्या बालपणापासूनच कदाचित शुन्यापासून सुरुवात करावी लागत-नसेल- ह्याचा अर्थ, त्या बालकाच्या कळण्याअगोदरच त्याच्या घरच्या परिस्थिती अनुसार त्याचे जीवन आपोआप घडत जाते. त्याच बरोबर ज्या व्यक्तींचा जन्म सधन व संपन्न कुटुंबात झाला आहे, अश्या व्यक्तीस जीवनात काहीही मिळवायला- पोटापाण्याची सोयकरण्या पासून सामाजिक स्तरावर मान-सन्मान मिळवायला कष्ट असले तरीही तेही फार कमी करावे लागते व आपापल्या आवडी निवडी नुसार त्या त्या क्षेत्रात स्वतःचे उद्दिष्ट साध्य करण्या पुरते  प्रयास करावे लागत असतील. मात्र कार्व्हर ह्यांच्या बाबतीत म्हणाल तर बहुतौन्श गोष्टींबाबतची सुरवात अगदी शून्यापासूनच झाली. 


तुझीच पिपासा जीवनी असणे…!

पिपासा ३ चे प्रकाशन झाल्यापासून जीवनात चैतन्य नव्याने शिरले आहे. मला माझे बालपणीचे दिवस अजूनही आठवतात, जेव्हा मी शाळेत जाण्यासाठी निघण्या अगोदर- आम्ही [मी व माझे आई-बाबा] नित्यपणे त्या वेळेचे अभंग अगदी सकाळ-सकाळी लावायचो. म्हणजे अगदी सकाळी मला झोपेतून जाग यायची ती फक्त ऐलतिरी आणी पिपासाच्या अभंगानीच! आमच्या घरी तर रेडिओ व पिक्चरच्या गाण्यांऐवजी, फक्त हीच अनिरुद्ध अभंग लागायची.


Sadguru Shree Aniruddha: An Eternal Friend

My Sadguru and I
I am indeed fortunate to have been born into a family inclined towards spirituality. My maternal Grandparents are firm Bhaktas of Akkalkot’s Shree Swami Samartha, and thus, I was beckoned into Guru Bhakti since an early age.

The pursuit of my parents to find a doctor, who will provide an infallible solution began when they realized I was born with cerebral palsy.  The grade one of this pursuit got accomplished when we met Dr. Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi (MD, Rheumatologist).  The three of us then realized that we had reached the right place to walk the right path. We had come here only to seek medical guidance to continue my treatment, but we obtained more than we expected (deserved rather).                                                                      


Anecdotes, Stories and Anecdotal Stories

Ever since I developed an interest in reading (relatively later in life), I have been exploring the world somewhat differently. The kind of work that pulled me towards it was the stories, stories of people, some funny anecdotes, an anecdote about a story and so on.

Although my father bought me comics and books that kids my age would read, neither I nor my parents could firmly say that I was really a reader. I also remember issuing Harry Potter books from the school library and let it occupy a humongous space in my school bag to cope with the fad amongst teenagers. (more…)

Hindustani Classical: Between Two Renditions

I was raised in a traditional Maharashtrian household, so I grew up listening to Bhav Geet, Bhakti Geet and Abhang before I immersed myself thoroughly in the trending pop-culture. In the last month, I revisited that memory and browsed through those songs on YouTube.

Mainly, Kumar Gandharva and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi amongst many others, because of an article I read that mentioned their musical eminence. The song that got stuck in my head for the longest time was ‘Majhe Maher Pandhari‘, an Abhang, written by Sant Eknath- an Indian saint from Paithan (1533-1599), a popular rendition of which has been performed by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.

Although, very recently, a friend of mine introduced Kishori Amonkar’s music to me. I may not have religiously heard her music, but her songs evoked the nostalgic memories. However, one of her songs in the collection was yet another rendition of Sant Eknath‘s ‘Majhe Maher Pandhari‘.  As the Bhimsen Joshi version had already been stuck in my head, I initially chose not to listen to Kishori Amonkar’s version.

However, her version of that Abhang disclosed another sentimental dimension. I would not have realised it until another friend of mine brought it to my notice.  Both the singers were class-apart in their talent and so were their songs. The elucidation below is not a comparison, but personal opinion on those renditions-


Bhim Kishori
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi | Kishori Amonkar


Lost Amidst Bustle: The Forgotten Heroes Behind Iconic Masks

I re-explored the pop-cult heroes in my late teens. I may have grown up watching Batman cartoons and became a core fan of Darth Vader later in my life, but every time I watched a Batman film or read a Star Wars theory or Behind the scenes, the insights about the efforts put in characters’ development increased my amount of interest in those tales and characters even more.

However, on exploring the background more and more, I figured a common thread between the two- about what went into developing a character and who grabbed all the attention from it. Perhaps there would be more of such tales about how the deserving person couldn’t have the credit for all the time and efforts they invested in, but I only know of these two so far:

  •  Bill Finger, Batman
  • David Prowse, Darth Vader


Correlation: Fiction And Reality

I have always been fascinated towards art. Mainly music, films and storytelling. Lately, for some odd reason, also biographies of those who’re actually striving to make a difference in the world and being able to accomplish little of what they’ve set out to do. But one common thing I’ve noticed amongst each of them is, they love breaking away from the reality.  (more…)