The Liebster Award

Leibster award

An Award! A Nomination!….What ……what’s happening? Do I have to get on a stage! Receive a trophy!.. Do a speech!.. In front of…..PEOPLE!!……What’s that?……No, I don’t? , You sure?……….It’s just on the net?……Promoting new blogs by fellow bloggers ? ……Really?……Phewwwwwww , Yeah that’s my kind of award alright.

Thank you PRANEET SHEKHAR for nominating me. The guy writes some damn good poetry both in Hindi and English, so do check his blog out.

The Rules Are:

  • Acknowledge the blog/s who nominated you and display the award
  • Answer the eleven question that the blogger gives you
  • List 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate upto eleven other blogs that you think are deserving of this award (with less than 200 followers)
  • Let the bloggers know you have nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

Now, Let’s see..  11 Random facts about myself

  1. I love reading (pfff! you do book review blogs and love reading!…bahh!), yeah I get it, not so random after all huh.
  2. I have a job with… a company almost everyone in this world has heard about (don’t be so surprised, they will hire anyone these days it seems).
  3. I am a night owl.
  4. I also like poetry and Music, each and every kind, poetry specially Ghazals and Music specially sufi. Others too but these I admire the most.
  5. In books, I prefer ‘Historical Fiction’, ‘Mythology’ ,’Dark or High Fantasy’, ‘Pulp and Noir Fiction’ and everything else written under the sun……..or the moon.
  6. I like taking long walks, specially when its dark and the streets are deserted (No, I am not a serial killer….or am I?) and (No, I do not recommend it, have almost been mugged twice, almost)
  7. I like the rain, in all its fury and glory (Yeah the sunshine too, but who doesn’t like that)
  8. ‘North’ Indian food is life, don’t know what that is? Google it my friends, you are missing what heaven tastes like.
  9. I have grand designs and ambitions to see the world which are severely hampered by my laziness and lack of …well……funds.
  10. Ohh! and Assassin’s creed Brotherhood and Black flag are two of my best played games ever.
  11. I own a Kindle and a lot of books and am one of those unbiased guys who value words, in whatever format they may present themselves. Even audio books.

So, Whats next, Ahh Questions by PRANEET SHEKHAR :-

  1. Who Or What Inspires You?
    Ans:-  Life and Books, Books and Life, and the occasional beautiful face of-course.
  2. What Was The First Thought When You Started Writing?
    Ans:-  That “…..Absolutely in no circumstance…..should anybody be allowed to read this nonsense.”
  3. Which Is Your Favorite Post Of Mine?
    Ans :- Ahh you clever devil!. “मैं चुप रहता हूं…”  Because of these last words “बड़े तबियत से तोड़ा है दिल
    बस अब मुझे देखने तक को तरस जाएंगे!” I mean dilljalleee!!!!
  4. What Would You Do If There Is No Blogging?
    Ans:- Would irritate everyone in my social circle with my half attempts at poetry and my over enthusiastic book recommendations(oh wait, I do that already) OR hire the services of a psychiatrist perhaps.
  5. Where Would You Like To Go For Your Honeymoon?
    Ans:- Hmm….Bhutan. There’s just something about that country. OR Greenland/Antarctica, for obvious reasons.
  6. Which Language Would You Like To Learn?
    Ans:- Ahh many!…….Urdu, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and French.
  7. Which Is Your Favorite Character?
    Ans:- It’s a three-way tie between ‘Sand dan Glokta‘ from ‘The First Law‘ series, ‘Tyrion Lannister‘ from Game of Thrones and ‘Harry Potter‘ from you know what.
  8. If You Could Have One Superpower, What It Would Be And Why?
    Ans:- Teleportation, like in the book & movie ‘Jumper‘, Why? Seriously?.. Morning Coffee in Brazil, Afternoon on a California Beach, Evening in an European night club and you still get to wake up in your own bed. That my friend is the LIFE!.
  9. Which Are The Two Words In Which You Can Sum Up Your Life You Have Lived Till Now?
    Ans:- ‘Endless Confusion’
  10. What Is Love According To You?
    Ans:-  Let…..me…….get………back……to you on that.
  11. If You Can Express Your Current Situation in Short Poetry, What It Would Be?
    Ans:-
    “बे-क़रारी सी बे-क़रारी है
    वस्ल है और फ़िराक़ तारी है
    जो गुज़ारी न जा सकी हम से
    हम ने वो ज़िंदगी गुज़ारी है”   ~ जौन एलिया

And now to pass the madness on, My Nominees For Liebster Award are: –

  1. Anabhigya
  2. At least I’m Well-Read
  3. Priya’s blog
  4. Funmi’s thoughts

My Questions to the nominees……

  1. What made you start blogging?
  2. Do you keep deadlines for your blog posts?
  3. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  4. What is your greatest desire and your greatest fear?
  5. What’s that one place and one book that you absolutely love and would want everyone to travel and read ?
  6. If you could have one superpower, What would it be and why?
  7. Given the choice of anyone in the world whom would you want as a dinner guest and why?
  8. Wine or Whiskey Or Vodka or Beer or what? Why or Why not?
  9. Which was or is your favorite cartoon ? Why?
  10. What would you do if there was no “blogging”?
  11. A romantic one liner, for your present or future ‘Love to be’?

Thanks for the nomination again PRANEET SHEKHAR , and to all my nominees, I look forward to your responses. Keep writing keep reading.

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कलाम क्या लिखूँ

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ज्यों की कैद कर सकूँ उनके सारे रंग, ऐसे शब्दों के बाण क्या लिखूँ

ज्यों की बरी हौं जाऊं उनकी सज़ा से, कोई ऐसा बयान क्या लिखूँ

जिनका होना ‘होने’ पर खुद ही एक क़सीदा हो, उन पर कोई क़सीदा क्या लिखूँ

उनकी नाक पें सजे नग पे, कुछ यूँ हूँ फ़िदा की क्या लिखूँ

शहद से मीठी मुस्कान हो जिनकी, उनसे मीठी जुबान में क्या लिखूँ

उनके चेहरे को पढ़ने में लग जाए सदिया, मैं एक ही जान में क्या लिखूँ

जिनके काजल से शर्मा गयी ये स्याही, कलम में इस,  उस स्याही से क्या लिखूँ

जिनके लिए क़यामत टाल दे ख़ुदा, मैं उनकी शान में क्या लिखूँ

जिनकी जुल्फों की छाँव से जलती हों रातें, उस गहरी शाम में क्या लिखूँ

जिनके नाम से भर दूँ सेंकडौ दीवान, उन पर ‘एक’ ही कलाम क्या लिखूँ

Her kohl laden eyes

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I have beheld a sight more magnificent

 Than the sparkling night skies.

 Drowned in them,

Lost in them,

Drunk from them,

 Them what?

Why, Her kohl laden eyes.

I have seen sadness more acute

Than a child’s wails and cries.

A caged soul in them,

A wet wrong in them,

A woeful song in them,

Them what?

Why, Her kohl laden eyes.

I have felt frustration more maddening

Than a cripple’s dance and tries

Crushed by them,

Rebuffed by them,

Handcuffed by them,

Them What?

Why, Her Kohl laden eyes.

Waiting for her Call

She said wait for my call

And as I sit here thinking

With a whirlwind in my head yet eyes unblinking

Reminiscing the exact moment of my fall

I can think of no good reason not to bawl

About love, women and the unfairness of it all

For is love really spring among seasons

A pleasure so unique amongst life’s many renditions

That it could make a practical man lose all reason

And make him bet everything on her toss or her roll

I hear the mocking sound of a clock chiming away

Belittling my vigil, its amusement echoing in this hall

For every second is a clap and every minute a slap

To the faith of this furiously expectant idiot of a chap

And yet he restrains himself, from banging his head on the wall

For he has been told

To wait for her call

Truly Wondering

Truly Wondering

So, a new year, 2017, and here i was sitting and wondering what exactly is NEW about it,then ‘smack’ comes the realization that it is ‘moi’,’me’,’Yours Truly’ who has the onus to make it new,to start something ‘new’ this year, but not very new , that wouldn’t work at all, something that is build on things that i already love to do, and after wondering for sometime i couldn’t come up with anything but “Reading”. I mean , of course i came up with a lot of stuff but could hardly build anything upon them, i love ‘Sufi’ music and drinking ‘Whiskey’ and Travelling (Well who doesn’t,and frankly this particular ambition is more in my dreams and fantasy than actual legwork travel, which i wonder and hope to change soon)but i can’t claim to be a singer or a mystic sadhu, far from it , and i can hardly be a wine taster or sommelier , never drank it for the Taste for God’s sake, never saw the point.And Travelling ,well i can boast about places i have seen yadah yadah yadah but to be honest i have hardly seen anything yet and the places that i have seen were in the spirit of superficial vacations than hardcore travel, i know ‘horrifying’ right,but lets not pretend that any of us are akin to legendary Travelers of old like ‘Ibn Baṭūṭah’; ‘Marco Polo’, ‘Megasthenes’ or ‘Xuanzang’, i hope i can change that some day.That in the future ‘Virat the Wonderer’ be remembered with fond words and reverence as a great adventurer traveler but not today and not yet, maybe soon.So,that left reading ,here’s the thing about me and reading, we love each other a lot, maybe too much, maybe not enough but we have had a long relationship,which to my great pleasure is yet to mature.I seriously believe that you can never ever read enough, Ever!, there’s just so much,and though i have always loved fiction and fantasy (Surprise surprise!, hence a lot of wondering about everything and anything on my part) i have never actually shared my thoughts about the stuff that i read with anyone.So, why not change that, why not Share the experience ,be it books, travel, even  music (i topped my High school 12th in music, don’t get your hopes up though, we had harmonium, and my ‘People’ are not known for their singing prowess).So , where to begin this exciting new imposition on the world by sharing my views on stuff   bwahahahahaha ‘>evil laughter<‘ and lo and behold i noticed “HITLIST” on my kindle, so why not start this year by sharing a little review cum thoughts on the book.And why not blog it, if not for anyone else than for myself at least.So here goes..

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You know the best thing about Lawrence, he is wonderfully engaging, his characters are an absolute delight to read and John Keller is my absolute favorite.I have read two of Mr.Lawrence’s wok before, ‘The sins of the father’-the first book in Mathew Scudder series,and ‘HIT-Man’ the first one in ‘Keller’ series.Between the two characters i like Keller better , just because he was more fun, and the book had wonderful dark humor.
Keller , a no regret, Professional Hit-man who is known to give in to amusing whims, is a real stand up guy, by any psychopathic remorseless standards. He is a model citizen who never shy’s away from his duty as a common man ,like, serving on a Jury.And who is a ‘Philatelist’ an enthusiastic stamp collector.
In this installment ,things get real interesting because Keller has an adversary which strangely enough he finds out in his “Star Chart”, “KUNDALI” for Indians. I mean really, the guy is an absolute enigma, many times in this book i found myself saying “OH FOR GOD’S SAKE” along with Keller. And another enjoyable aspect of this book is ‘DOT’, his ever efficient handler/God mother, i mean there conversations are amusing considering what they talk about is murder and mayhem like they are discussing the Sunday news or what is the best way to make pancakes.
The book is fast enough and each small story furthers the plot adds to the overall scheme of things little by little as well as give you moments to chuckle in between.Block is really gifted storyteller, and though his Keller series is light toned and not too dark or deep, it is most definitely humorous and enjoyable to the last word.I plan on reading more of his works and just hope, ‘as i am late to the ‘Lawrence Block’ party’ that his works remain this entertaining in the future too.