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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shivaji Rao Gaikwad a.k.a. Rajnikanth


Rajinikanth was born Shivaji Rao Gaikwad in a Maharashtrian family, to mother Jijabai and father Ramoji Rao Gaikwad, on December 12, 1949 in BangaloreKarnataka, India. He was the youngest of four children and has two older brothers and a sister. After the death of his mother at the age of 5, he struggled with an impoverished lifestyle during his childhood. During that time, he often did odd jobs as a coolie in his community. He attended the Acharya Patasala for elementary education and had his higher education at the Ramakrishna Mission in Bangalore.

He married Latha Rangachari, whom he met during an exclusive interview, on February 26, 1981, at the age of 31 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. They have two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth. His wife, Latha Rajinikanth, currently runs a school named The Ashram. His elder daughter, Aishwarya Rajinikanth, married actor Dhanush on November 18, 2004 and they have two sons named Yathra and Linga. His younger daughter, Soundarya Rajinikanth, works in the film industry as a director, producer and graphic designer. She married industrialist Ashwin Ramkumar on September 3, 2010
Between 1966 and 1973 he worked in many places in Bangalore. He performed various jobs before joining the then Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) as a bus conductor in Bangalore. In 1973, his friend and co-worker Raj Bahadur motivated him to join the Madras Film Institute and also financially supported him for 2 years during his studies. During this time he was noticed in a Kannada play at the Film Institute in Chennai by K. Balachander. The director advised him to learn to speak Tamil, a recommendation that Rajinikanth quickly followed and which proved to be extremely useful in his career.
Rajinikanth (born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950) a Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. He made his debut as an actor in Apoorva Raagangal (1975), a Tamil film directed by K. Balachander, whom the actor considers his mentor. He then worked in Tamil cinema often portraying antagonistic characters and gradually rose to acting in lead roles. Other than acting, Rajinikanth also worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career, he is also a philanthropist, spiritualist and serves as an influence in the politics of Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, for his contribution to Indian cinema. Post-1978, he became known as the "superstar" of Tamil cinema and has held a matinee idol status in the popular culture of India. His mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue in films attribute to his mass popularity and appeal. He was named one of the most influential persons in South Asia by Asiaweek. While acting in many Indian languages, he has also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including the United States. After being paid Indian Rupee ₹26 crores (US$5.9 million) for his role in Shivaji (2007), he became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.
As of 2010, Rajinikanth has acted in over 190 films, including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, English, and Bengali films. After the release of his first Bollywood film, Andha Kanoon, Rajinikanth did not make as much of an impact in the Mumbai-based industry as he did in the south. He still appeared in several Hindi films, such as ChaalbaazUttar DakshinGiraftaar and Hum. He appeared in a supporting role in the American film Bloodstone, co-produced by Ashok Amritraj in 1988, with much fanfare in India at the time of its release. He also made brief stints in the German and Japanese film industries. His film Muthu was dubbed into Japanese and became a major hit in Japan. In 2005, his film Chandramukhi was dubbed in German and released in all German-speaking nations. Despite his first language being Marathi, Rajinikanth has not yet acted in any Marathi films.
Rajinikanth has been called the most popular South Indian film actor of his time. Rajinikanth's popularity has been attributed to "his uniquely styled dialogues and idiosyncrasies in films, as well as his political statements and philanthropy". It is also suggested by the media that some popular actors who worked with Rajinikanth earlier in their careers, such as Gouthami Tadimalla and Nayanthara, were recognized because of their association with Rajinikanth, giving other aspiring actors the urge to work with him. Some fellow actors, such as Cho Ramaswamy, have commentated that Rajinikanth has the potential to be successful in Indian politics due to his popularity and fan base alone.
During a visit to Japan in 2006, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged the success of Muthu in the country during a speech, justifying the positive relationship between the two nations. Chandramukhi is notable for being the longest-running Tamil film in India, playing for a total of over 800 days. Sivaji was instrumental in making one of the largest releases for an Indian film in the world; the film entered the list of top ten films of the United Kingdom upon release. Chandramukhi and Sivaji were also released in South Africa, where they eventually became high box-office grossers.
A survey conducted in 2008 by Loyola College in Chennai suggested that Rajinikanth's popularity was decreasing in Tamil Nadu. The survey saw actors M. G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan, as well as Joseph Vijay, topping the list with Rajinikanth closely following them, though he was still ahead of other actor-turned-politicians, such as Vijayakanth. However, the low result was attributed to Kuselan, which released at the time of the survey with an unsuccessful outcome at box offices.
In October 2010, Grady Hendrix, a writer from the New York Asian Film Festival produced an article about Rajinikanth, describing his mass appeal in India. The article and its writer were featured on WNYC, a local American radio station based in New York City, New York, United States, in an 11-minute commentary on Rajinikanth.
Rajinikanth facts or Rajinikanth jokes are satirical factoids about Rajinikanth. They are widely circulated in text messages and over the internet. Many Rajinikanth jokes are said to be inspired by Chuck Norris facts. Rajinikanth jokes usually surface before the expected release of one of his movies. These satirical jokes have also inspired an iPad application.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Republic of India

The Republic Day of India commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India on 26 January 1950. The date 26 January was chosen to honour the memory of the declaration of independence of 1930. It is one of the threenational holidays in India, and while the main parade, Republic Day Parade takes place at the Rajpath, in the national capital New Delhi, where the president views the parade, state capitals also have their state celebrations.
Although India obtained its independence on 15 August 1947, it did not yet have a permanent constitution; instead, its laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935, and the country was a Dominion, with George VI as head of state and Earl Mountbatten as Governor General. On 28 August 1947, the Drafting Committee was appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar as chairman. While India's Independence Day celebrates its freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution.
A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Assembly on 4 November 1947. The Assembly met, in sessions open to public, for 166 days, spread over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 18 days before adopting the Constitution. After many deliberations and some modifications, the 308 members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. Two days later, the Constitution of India became the law of all the Indian lands. The Constitution of India was passed on 26 November 1949, 10.18 AM IST, but it came into effect completely only on 26th January, 1950. Following elections on 21 January 1950, Rajendra Prasad was elected as the president of India. The Indian National Congress and other parties had been celebrating 26 January as a symbol of Independence, even before India actually became independent. Thus, applying the constitution on 26 January, to mark and respect 26 January and the freedom struggle and the freedom fighters.
To mark the importance of the occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort. Prior to its commencement, the Prime Minister lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate at one end of Rajpath, which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown soldiers. Thereafter he reaches the main dais at Rajpath to join other dignitaries, subsequently the President arrives along with the chief guest of the occasion. First he unfurls the National flag, as the National Anthem is played, and a 21-gun salute is given. Next, important awards like the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra are given away by the President, before the regiments of Armed Forces start their march past.
The different regiments of the Indian Army, Navy the Air Force march past in all their finery and official decorations. The President of India who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. Floats exhibiting the cultures of the various states and regions of India are in the grand parade, which is broadcast nationwide on television and radio. Also part of the parade are children who win the National Bravery Award for the year. The parade also includes other vibrant displays and floats and traditionally ends with a flypast by Indian Air Force jets.
Celebrations are also held in state capitals, where the Governor of the state unfurls the national flag. If the Governor of the state is unwell, or is unavailable for some reason, the Chief Minister of the state assumes the honour of unfurling the National Flag of India.
26 November 1949 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign country. on this day India became a totally republican unit. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. So, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.
Today, the Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the country and especially in the capital, New Delhi where the celebrations start with the Presidential address to the nation. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defence of sovereignty of their country. Then, the President comes forward to award the medals of bravery to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage in the field and also the civilians, who have distinguished themselves by their different acts of valour in different situations.
To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, from the Rajghat, along the Vijaypath. The different regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force march past in all their finery and official decorations even the horses of the cavalry are attractively caparisoned to suit the occasion. The crème of N.C.C cadets, selected from all over the country consider it an honour to participate in this event, as do the school children from various schools in the capital. They spend many days preparing for the event and no expense is spared to see that every detail is taken care of, from their practice for the drills, the essential props and their uniforms.
The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion. The parade and the ensuing pageantry is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country.
The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India. 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saare Jahaan Se Achchaa...


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sadma Climax Scene.

Sadma (1983)
The film is a remake of the 1982 Tamil film Moondram Pirai. Sridevi's autistic child-woman performance won her the Best actress Filmfare Award and National Award nomination as well as receiving State awards, Kamal's performance in the film's famous climax scene won him the National Award in the Tamil version.
Out-going,party-girl, Laxmi, gets involved in an accident while driving her car, and is hospitalized in a critical state, in a coma. After a few days when she regains consciousness, she is unable to recollect anything, and behaves like a six year old child. She runs away, and ends up in a brothel. There she is befriended by a naive, shy, and single male school-teacher, Somu, who decides to help her out, as well as get rid of his loneliness. Soon Laxmi and Somu get along very well, without realizing that the police are looking for Laxmi and her alleged kidnappers. After some time Laxmi gets her memory back but forgets everything about the time spent with Somu & goes back with her parents. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hamesha Tumko Chahaa...बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

This is a Devdas version of Saumitra's alias Kishor Kadam's poetry Bagh Mazi Aathvan Yete Kaa? (बघ माझी आठवण येते का?). The song Hamesha tumko chahaa.. from the film Devdas mixed with Saumitra's wonderful poetry.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quotes on Sachin Tendulkar

BBC Sports:
Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.

Andrew Symonds:
wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin. " To Sachin, the man we all want to be "
Virendra Sehwag:
Both of us have come a long away and it is a great honour that Tendulkar thinks I come close to resembling him as a batsman. It is a great honour, like a dream come true. If I die tomorrow I'll be the happiest man because I played this game because of Tendulkar, and Tendulkar himself saying that I resemble him - there is no bigger compliment than that.
Mathew Hayden:
I have seen GOD , he bats at no.4 for india in Tests.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
"India me aap Prime Minister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin
Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte.."
Peter Roebuck - Aussie Journalist
"On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!"
Ravi Shashtri:
He is someone sent from up there to play cricket and go back.
A banner in Sydney by the Australian fans
“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting, they will go unnoticed, bcouz even Lord is busy watching him play”
Mark Taylor:
We did not lose to a team called india...we lost to a man called Sachin.
Allan Donald:
"Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has
many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the
Brain Lara:
Sachin is a genius , i am a mere mortal!
Barry Richards:
Sachin is crickets GOD
Martin Crowe:
The shot played on this ball is only possible for the GOD of cricket.

Anjali, Sachin’s Wife
“I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play.”

“Even my father’s name is Sachin Tendulkar.”
Tendulkar’s daughter, Sara, tells her class her father’s name after the teacher informs them of a restaurant of the same name in Mumbai.

A quote of Shahrukh Khan from one of his interviews
Question: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?
Shahrukh: There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan.  Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the GENIUS!! 

Ian Botham:
If someoom the highest peak of the world.

Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch during the India Pakistan match in the 2003 World Cup.
“Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?” 

Paul Strang:
What we [zimbabwe] need is 10 tendulkars.
Steve Waugh:
There is no shame losing to such a great player(sachin).
Yaseer Hameed
“Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.”
Shane Warne:
I would go to bed having nightmares of sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.
Mathew Hayden:
His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world... [When he goes out to bat], it is beyond chaos - it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him as a God...
Viv Richards:
He is 99.5% Perfect.. I'll pay to watch him play.
Dennis Lillie:
If I had to bowl to Sachin I would bowl with a halmet on. He hits the ball so hard.
Steve Waugh:
After being defeated in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah) "It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don''
Sir Don Bradman:
I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...hi compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel! in reference to Sachin Tendulkar. 
Michael Kasprowicz:
Don't bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours."
Shane Warne:
I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player."
Wasim Akram:
Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin's dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.
Wasim Akram, after game at Hobart, CUB series, 1999
Brett Lee:
You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it's a toothpick. Brett Lee, on Sachin Tendulkar's batting, 1999
Viv Richards:
I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level.
Barry Richards:
Consensus is that Sir Donald Bradman was the best batsman ever to play Cricket. Sir Don did not play One-Day Cricket but if he did, he could easily be Sachin Tendulkar.
Wasim Akram:
"I dont know what to bowl at him. i bowled an inswinger n he drove me thr covers of d front foot. then i bld an outswinger n he again punched thr covers of d backfoot. he is d toughest batsmen i 've bowled to. he shold live long n score lots of runs, but not against pakistan(smiling) "--LEGENDARY WASIM AKRAM on our own SACHIN on 24th april 2004 on espn Sachin's 30th B day program.(i think) on his knock in 2003 worldcup.
Sunil Gavaskar:
India's fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing.
Richie Benaud:
He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling.
Geoffrey Boycott:
Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.
Eddie Barlow:
He is Sachin Tendulkar. I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me right. Reminds me of Barry Richards.
Greg Chappell:
He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.
Abdul Qadir:
I Was fielding in the covers Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him 'this kid looks very good' and Imran agree with me.
Sir Garfield Sobers:
I have watched a lot of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to be among the very best.
Peter Roebuck:
Sometime back I had written a piece that said that Sachin's the master and Lara a genius with his head high up somewhere. That's it!
Jeff Thompson:
Sachin is an attacker. He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace. He has to be on top. That's the buzz about him.
Ian Healy:
Tendulkar is the most comouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I've seen him against Warne too.
Mike Coward:
Sachin's the best. I've had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He's the most composed batsman I've ever seen.
Hashim Amla:
Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it. Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.
Shane Warne:
"Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt - daylight second, Brian Lara third."
Shane Warne delights the Indian press with his views on batting greats of this era
Shahrukh Khan:
"Maybe the country doesn't pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I'm on a good wicket as well. "
Martina Navratilova:
"Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson."
Tennis legend joins the Sachin Tendulkar fan club after watching him bat at Sydney.
Alistair Campbell:
After loosing to India in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah in November '98
"He has everything a top batsman needs. Tendulkar is a classic example of a player being so good that his age is an irrelevance"
David Boon:
"Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will"
Cricket Historian Vasant Raiji:
"I have always felt C. K. Nayadu was the best. I now think sachin has the honour of being the most outstanding batsman of all time."
Steve Waugh:
"You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon."
Adam Hollioke:
"In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say 'Can you bowl me another one?'"
Tony Greig:
He is cool, has magnificent temperament, and is so mature you tend to forget his age. I can't think of any other example of a player who has so dominated the world before the age of 25.
Allan Border: (after India won the Coca-Cola cup )
"Hell, if he stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it."
Ajay Jadeja
"I can't dream of an innings like that. He exists where we can't."
David Gower
"In the last session in Nagpur, when the Indian chase was still on, Tendulkar hit a reverse sweep, an orthodox sweep and a lofted cover drive to (Ian) Blackwell. They were all exquisite cricket shots. To play those shots deliberately in such quick succession, off almost similar deliveries, was genius. That was a little jewel, just those 3-4 minutes.
"It reminds you how very few people are special. It was a case of great thinking and good technique."
Gavaskar..back in 1988 to tom alter
I sat in the office of Sportsweek magazine with that same Sunil Gavaskar. Ayaz Memon and I were listening to Gavaskar in one of his rare, priceless moods. The ?Little Master? was delving deep into his own experience, his own genius, and bringing forth pearls of wisdom as sudden, and as effective, as his straight- drives back past the bowler. Then Gavaskar came up with the following statement (remember, this was in 1988, when Dilip Vengsarkar was about to become captain of India): "The two best batsmen in Bombay today are Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar." Full stop. End of statement. The ball crosses the boundary-line underneath the sight- screen.
Desmond Haynes
In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best: Desmond Haynes.
Mark Taylor
He's a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he doesn't stop
"Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time,"
"Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?" Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin's catch.
Allan Donald
His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgement. There isn't a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I've enjoyed some interesting chats with him… Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy… Sachin is also the best batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year… 
Anil Kumble -he's shy little gentleman
I am very privileged to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room... He is a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined, committed and doesn't show too many emotions. He just goes about doing his job.
The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award (India's highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being….

Sometimes you feel he really hasn't felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves. I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.
Greame Pollock
Tendulkar is the best in the world at the moment. Why I've always liked him is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out - it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under pressure.

Ian Chappell

Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a 'see the ball, hit the ball game.' He hits the ball as if it's there to be hit.
Ravi Shastri:
"We always knew that Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer, but after the Coca-Cola Cup here, we have seen the birth of a legend. I can't think of anybody who has batted more authoritatively in one day cricket for India, or even in the world except for Vivian Richards."

Navjot Sidhu:

"His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball."
Mark Taylor:
"We did not lose to a team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin" - Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)


Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero... You can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when needs. You really can't ask for a better cricketer than Sachin... He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn't have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person.


The more I see him, the more I want to see him.
Sunil Gavaskar:
India's fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing
Harsha bhogle
if sachin plays well..india sleeps well


The thing I like most about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match.I tell you what, this man is a legend.

Kris Srikkanth

"He is the only match-winning batsman we have"


"You get him out and half the battle is won"
Andy Flower: 

There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.

Martin Crowe:
A flighted full toss on Leg stump by spinner. any other will play this shot on leg side by pull shot or glance or flick. but sachin made a space and played a perfect cover drive for four runs.
Martin Crowe (New Zealand's ever best bats man) said " the shot played on this ball is only possible for GOD Of CRICKET "

Shane Warne: 
You have to decide for yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, "Mate, do you see any weaknesses?" Lillee replied, "No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that's all you can do".

Rudy Kortzen

"I never get tired during umpiring whenever sachin is on crease"

sunny gavaskar

This was after a wonderful century by sachin(in england i guess in a test match..not sure)
Sunny: The other day i was just trying to think of a bowler who can go through sachin's defenses when sachin is in total defense. I am sorry but i could not think of even one name who could do that. If sachin decides he doesnt want to give away his wicket, he wont. be it any bowler in the world.
Cheers to Sachin...


Ponting make comparisons btn sachin,Lara& jayasuriya.
Sachin is the best ever batsman in the world. He is brilliant in his technique. He is always hungry for runs.Sachin is better than Lara in his techniques & thats why he is No.1 among others.On his day,Lara wiil be more destructive. He is the only man 2 fight for west indies. Jayasuriya also played gr8 knocks 4 his team. But compared 2 them Sachin is the BEST

Pradeep Mandhani ..a Photographer

“Barely two hours after landing in Johannesburg on the 1992-93 tour to South Africa, the team was to visit Tolstoy Farm, Mahatma Gandhi's first Satyagrahi Commune founded in 1910. It was situated 35 kms from Jo'burg and most of the Indian players showed little interest, longing to rest in the hotel after the long flight. But Tendulkar, still a teenager, looked keen and hungry to learn more about Gandhi. His volley of questions to the guide reflected his national pride.”

NKP Salve, former Union Minister

This was when he was accused of ball tempering

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It's clear discrimination.”
Allan Donald
"In my several years of international cricket, Tendulkar remains the best batsman I have ever bowled to. It's been a pleasure to bowl at the master batsman even though one hasn't always emerged with credit from the engagements."

Allan Donald

"During our team meetings, we often speak about the importance of the first 12 balls to Tendulkar. If you get him then you can thank your stars, otherwise it could mean that tough times lie ahead."
Saurav Ganguly:
Ricky Ponting:
“Sachin is the most complete batsman I have seen. His technique is so good and he has played well in all conditions. To have 41 one-day international tons shows what an appetite he has for scoring runs.”
Harsha Bhogle:
There's no better sight on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat.

Rev David Shepherd.

"Sachin Tendulkar! If he isn't the best player in the world, I want to see the best player in the world".

Salil Kulkarni

Dr. Salill Kulkarni (सलील कुलकर्णी) is a renowned Marathi music composer and singer from Maharashtra, India. His musical journey started at the age of 3 years, when he performed on All India Radio, Pune. Thereafter, he took his musical lessons from Pt.Gangadharbuva Pimpalkhare, Jaymalabai Shiledar and Pramod Marathe. He is a graduate in medicine; but his passion about music override his career. And today he has created a successful career in music for himself, of course with his immense struggle and hardwork. Born and brought up in Pune, he excels in harmonium as well. While working as a music director for the last ten years, composed songs for Hindi and Marathi albums, serials and films. He and lyricist Sandeep Khare have performed the stage show Ayushyawar Bolu Kahi. more than 500 times. Saleel is also a part of Marathi SaReGaMaPa as judge and mentor. His columns "Musically Yours" in marathi newspaper 'Loksatta' are also very popular. His Baalgeete (children songs/poems) are specially popular amongt Marathi people. They include "Aggobai Dhaggobai", "Illu Illu Pillu ga".

His albums include: Ayushavar Bolu Kahi, Naamanjur, Damalelya Babanchi Kahani, Anand Pahat, Sandhiprakash, Majha Manaa etc. Saleel is married to Anjali (daughter of renowned Marathi singer Anuradha Marathe). The couple is blessed with son Shubankar and daughter Ananya. Saleel and Anajli own a Music School in Pune.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sandeep Khare

Sandeep Khare (संदीप खरे) is a Marathi poet, songwriter, Copywriter and singer from Pune, Maharashtra, India. So far he has published 3 of his books which are poetry collections, namely, 'Kadhi He..Kadhi Te..', 'Maunachi Bhashantare' (The translations of the Silences) which has had record breaking sales with 7 editions sold out in just 3 years and 'Nenivechi akshare' also went on to become a huge success. His poetry is both critically acclaimed and very well received by the masses.
His songs have been sung by many famous indian singers such as Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bela Shende etc.
He has diploma in Electrical Engineering from Govt. Polytechnic, Pune.
He is married to Sonia and the couple has a daughter named Rumani.

Ayushawar Bolu Kahi

This stage show is a huge success with around 700 performances around the world.
Sandeep and Saleel have had several performances in the US, UK, Dubai, and Australia. They performed on the last day of "Vishwa Marathi Sahitya Sammelan" at San Jose, USA.
Star Pravah telecast a program for children named "Pati Futali" on 6 September 2009. Some of the songs of Sandeep Khare are part of the program.

Kadhitari Vedyagat

It's a stage presentation of the poems done in theatrical style without any prose but only with poetry. Performers: Sandeep, Madhura Velankar, and Amruta Subhash.

In 2008, Sandeep worked as the lyricist for a Bollywood animation movie Dashavatar'.

To know more about Sandeep Khare click the following link.

बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

   गीतकार :सौमित्र
   Lyricist : Saumitra (Kishor Kadam) 
   A great Actor and an equally great poet with a great voice.  

मुसळधार पाऊस खिडकीत उभं राहून पहा
बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

हात लांबव, तळहातांवर झेल पावसाचं पाणी
इवलसं तळं पिऊन टाक
बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

वार्‍याने उडणारे पावसाचे थेंब चेहर्‍यावर घे
डोळे मिटून घे, तल्लीन हो
नाहिच जाणवलं काही तर बाहेर पड, समुद्रावर ये
तो उधाणलेला असेलच, पाण्यात पाय बुडवून उभी रहा
वाळू सरकेल पायाखाली, बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

मग चालू लाग, पावसाच्या अगणित सुया टोचून घे
चालत रहा पाऊस थांबेपर्यत, तो थांबणार नाहिच, शेवटी घरी ये
साडी बदलू नकोस, केस पुसू नकोस, पुन्हा त्याच खिडकीत ये
आता नवर्‍याची वाट बघ, बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

दारावर बेल वाजेल, दार उघड, नवरा असेल
त्याच्या हातातली बॅग घे, रेनकोट तो स्वतःच काढ़ेल
तो विचारेल तूला तुझ्या भिजण्याचं कारण, तू म्हणं घर गळतयं
मग चहा कर, तूही घे
तो उठून पंकज उधास लावेल, तो तू बंद कर
किशोरीचं सहेलारे लाव, बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

मग रात्र होईल तो तुला कुशीत घेईल, म्हणेल तू मला आवडतेस
पण तुही तसचं म्हणं
विजांचा कडकडात होईल, ढ़गांचा गडगडाट होईल
तो त्या कुशीवर वळेल, त्याच्या पाठमोर्‍या शरीराकडे बघ
बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

यानंतर सताड डोळ्यांनी छप्पर पहायला विसरू नकोस
यानंतर बाहेरचा पाऊस नुसता ऐकण्याचा प्रयत्न कर
यानंतर उशीखाली सुरी घे, झोपी जाण्याचा प्रयत्न कर
येत्या पावसाळ्यात एक दिवसतरी, बघ माझी आठवण येते का?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

No Time ? वेळ नाही ?

॥ Jay Bhavani, Jai Shivaji॥

॥ जय भवानी, जय शिवाजी ॥

Lyrics : Kaviraj Bhushan, a poet of Shivaji's Era.
Song recomposed by Ajay-Atul for Raja Shiv Chhatrapati.

Sanskrit lyrics with Marathi translation.

इंद्र जिमि जंभ पर       जसा इंद्र जम्भासुरावर (माझलेल्या हथ्थी रूपात),
बाडव सुअंभ पर ।        जस वादळ आकाशावर 
रावण सदंभ पर           जसा राम माझलेल्या  रावाणावर
रघुकुल राज है ॥

पवन बारिबाह पर        जसा वारा पावसाने भरलेल्या ढगांवर,
संभु रतिनाह पर ।        जसा शंभू रतीच्या पतीवर (मदनावर)
ज्यों सहसबाह पर        जसा परशुराम सहस्त्र क्षत्रियांवर
राम द्विजराज है ॥

ह्र्दयात माऊली
रयतेस सावली ।
गडकोट राऊळी
शिवशंकर हा ॥

मुक्तीची मंत्रणा
युक्तीची यंत्रणा ।
खल दुष्ट दुर्जना
प्रलयंकर हा ॥

सुष्टांसी रक्षितो
शत्रू विखंडतो ।
भावंड भावना
संस्थापितो ॥

ऐसा युगे युगे
स्वर्णीय सर्वदा ।
माता पिता सखा
शिवभूप तो ॥

दावा द्रुमदंड पर              जशी विज झाडाच्या कठोर बुंद्यावर,
चीता मृगझुंड पर ।         जसा चीता हरणाच्या कळपावर तुटून पडतो,
भूषण वितुंड पर              जश्या भल्या मोठ्या हथ्थिवर सिंह हल्ला करतो
जैसे मृगराज है ॥

तेज तम अंस पर            जसा प्रकाशाचा किरण काळ्या अंधाराच नाश करतो,
कन्ह जिमि कंस पर ।     कृष्ण कंसाचा नाश करतो,
त्यों म्लेंछ बंस पर          तसा हे शिवाजी राजा या म्ल्लेंछ वंशाचे कपटी (मोघल, आदिलशाह, निजामशाह, सिद्धि,                                                   
सेर सिवराज है ॥           हब्शी, पोर्तुगीज) यांचा नाश करणारा 

॥ जय भवानी, जय भवानी ॥
॥ जय शिवाजी, जय शिवाजी ॥

॥ जय भवानी, जय शिवाजी ॥

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