Monday 7 January 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 7

Ek shaam mastani

7/01/2013, Mumbai

I don’t know if it is the weather but the city seems in a celebratory
mood.  It is the right time to wear silks and shawls and the right climate to relish delicious food.
Two days ago I was taken for an impromptu dinner by young friends and it proved to be a magical evening eating Biryani in the garden of a club amidst swaying palm trees and live music from a family of gazal

I’m of the opinion that true test of a healthy relationship is where you can communicate effortlessly and the best communications are those where thoughts, sentiments and news are exchanged and absorbed in the
right spirit.

The Bhramha Kumaris profess that there are three kinds of thoughts:
Necessary thoughts- that entail our daily engagements and chores.
Waste thoughts - that border on gossip and useless chatter that
accomplish nothing. Negative thoughts -that makes the mind wander to
the unknown and worry incessantly when all we need to do is to focus
on Positive thoughts – because only positive thoughts will help us
change our perspective.

A college friend who likes living life 70mm celebrated the arrival of
his grand child with a music concert at his Chembur bunglow. A live
band of eight musicians and singers took the guests into a nostalgic
journey from fabulous 50s to 2000. The guests were unstoppable when it
came to Shammi Kapoor numbers and old and young robustly danced
together to the likes of ‘Aaja aaja main hoon…’ and ‘Aaj kal tere mere
pyaar ke…’

Since it was a family gathering there was an equal representation from
all generations and the youngsters were pleasantly surprised to watch
the uncle aunties for a change out of control.
It was the effect of Shammi Kapoor. As Govinda once put it in my
interview: “Shammi Kappor saab ke gaano se mausam badal jaata tha…!”

Bhawana Somaaya/

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