Jalsa, Mumbai June 18/19, 2013 Tue/Wed 9:30 am
Horrors …. the computer went on the blink !! Would not open any site and all openings were going on Reliance asking me to Login with details .. and whatever I was typing was getting mutilated … words that I did not even mention, being replaced by words that I never wrote …
I thought I was in some sort of brain damage mode .. washed my face, walked around, looked about in mirrors, read, lay down for a while … but it still would not go …
Eventually slumped and went off to sleep, hoping that perhaps the computer had been over worked too.
Woke up this morning which is now June 19th and at 9:35 am, and tried to start up again … same issues … so just spoke to digital team … AND ..
Apparently my internet plan has expired, and since Reliance is broadband supplier, the Reliance login info was coming in … indeed all my sites - Blog, Twitter, FaceBook … all had the Reliance logo in front of them and when I opened or attempted to open, the Login for the company would appear … frightening ..
But now, my digital team has taken over and are sorting out the issue .. phew !! I am using a data card for Tata - ‘Tata photon max’ and am hoping this goes through .. because even with the card my Entourage is not bringing in my messages .. !!!
My sincerest apologies for this, and for the unnecessary anxiety it has caused. If perchance some written words have gone through which may have sounded somewhat unwanted or objectionable, or without meaning .. do please know it was not me .. THAT IS THE LAPTOP HAVING A MIND OF ITS OWN .. I hope no one has felt offended .. that would be most disturbing for me ..
I am rushing now for the shoot for the Tv serial … we finished rather late last night .. around 11:30 pm, and each minute on set is most demanding .. but the joy of challenge, the excitement of being in the company of fresh and different colleagues, teams of production, crew and of course the delight of working with Anurag is impetus enough to hurry through the writing of this delayed Blog .. to get to the worksite and face the philharmonic for the day …
I am bound by contract not to display any detail of the content .. no pictures or press release or talk of it, so I cannot post any visuals … but when the time is ripe and permissible, it shall be done ..
I shall be with you .. hopefully … later in the day … so till then …
Jalsa, Mumbai June 17/18, 2013 Mon/Tue 1 : 32 am
Jogeshwari (East)- Mumbai 400060
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From: Ganesh Nayak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fwd: Bijlee appeal- AMTM
Date: Monday, June 17, 2013, 4:53 AM
Respected Sir / Madam
This is an SOS message from our Animals matter to me for saving BIJLEE, elephant approx age 58 yrs as per owners, we hve been struggling to help her and get the best treatment for the last five days, Now we need your help to get her the best treatment and relocate her to BSPCA hospital in parel with proper transportation facility and care.
Watching Bijlee gulp down some bananas fed to her… was a far cry as compared to yesterday, where she was struggling to even stand up !
Today in the presence of Mr. Jagdish Shetty (Chief Spokesperson of Swabhimaan) we could have a long, serious talk with Bijlee’s owners.
What Bijlee needs right now is lots of rest (as she cant walk around much) and a healthy diet. AMTM decided to step in and offer help. The owners have given their consent in writing to AMTM, where we shall take care of Bijlee’s treatment, food, recovery and care for the next 4 months. The owners have agreed to NOT take Bijlee out on the road or use her for any commercial activity for the same period.
Our plan of action is to construct a shed for Bijlee… as currently she is left to stand/sit/sleep on the concrete with no cover over her head. With the rains hovering around we NEED to get her a cosy shed where it will be easier for the wounds to heal and recoup.
We promised 15 dozens of banana, 15 Kgs of wheat flour (for roti’s) and 100 kgs of sugar cane per day, apart from medication and a visit by a vet twice a week.
Starting tomorrow morning the construction of the shed will begin (permission from the land owner is already obtained).
Current requirement - 200kg sugar cane, 40 dozens of bananans, durvaaa (shortgrass) 500 rs, 12 watermelons, grass 6 bundles, carrots 50 kgs and medicines if u wish to donate call 9819380310 or email on email@example.comHello Supporter
On tuesday afternoon we got a call from our volunteer Akshay Sakharkar about a gentle giant BIJLEE… who collapsed in the early hours of tuesday. Bijlee, a 58 year old female elephant belongs to a couple who use it to beg for alms, marriages and other auspicious occasions. Bijlee was lying on the roadside near Wockhardt Hospital in Mulund. We got in touch with Dr. Himanshu, who is a specialist in treatment of large animals. After inquiring around and being checked by the vet, we got to know that Bijlee had fallen in a creek and injured her hind legs and has been having issues from then. Volunteers from RAWW (Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare ) were also present and were of immense help ! Bijlee had to be made to stand so that medicines could be administered. The task of getting this huge girl to stand was tough, for which we had to take the help of a crane. We thank Mr Jagdish S Shetty, Mumbai spokesperson for Swabhimaan for helping in organising for the crane. Once on her feet with the support of the crane, she was administered saline /glucose and treatment began. We checked on her today morning and she’s doing much better than yesterday ! We will keep updating you of her progress ! We thank each and every kind hearted soul who helped us in this massive rescue !
Currently we are pursuing locals to contribute for hiring of crane and treatment too. Finally our goal would be take over Bijlee and rehabililate her in a qualified rehab home.
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After a first day at the shoot for the T v serial, and a 2.5 hour trafic jammed drive back from work, I am deeply saddened to learn of the plight of ‘Bijlee’.
I am not in the habit of putting appeals on the social media, for reasons that concern me contractually. But I do believe in this unfortunate incident, and believe that if something can be done for this beleaguered elephant lying on the road in great misery, she will survive and flourish.
So let us do our best that we can , for those that suffer, that speak of their misery in a language that we cannot understand, but who we know would understand any help that can be extended to them.
Remember those fairy tales when you were young … especially ‘Androcles and the Lion’ and the thorn in the lion’s feet .. I still do … and I was told of this in the ‘50’s !
Let us all do something here for a cause and forget our daily information and sharing moments tonight.
The first day of the shoot for the new venture, the Tv serial has begun, the back is relatively controlled, the BlackBerry Q10, and the Z10 have been initiated, as has the Samsung S4. Apart from learning the lines for the next day there is another learning to be done - the methods of how these new mobile machines work ! There is also the pending will to learn two languages, what, I cannot disclose, and there is the learning to be had of the piano, and the sitar and sarod, all lying tuned and ready to be strummed to musical bliss.
Soon after the schedule of the Tv serial shoot which shall be over hopefully by mid July, there is the temptation of the next film by Sudhir Mishra, Mehrunissa, which apparently is shaping well … at least on paper … and thereafter a few interesting projects of challenge, of which there shall be discussion later ..
But for the moment … think of Bijlee and her plight … lying on the road, with no shed or cover, bearing the lashing rain of the monsoon, eating with great difficulty, because she is weak. The effort that is being done to put her back on her feet again, is there in the pictures to see ..
Good night dears ..
Jalsa, Mumbai June 16/17, 2013 Sun/Mon 3:14 am
Slashing rain the entire day and most of the evening has threatened us with a strange sense of belonging and leave. That it brings in the much needed parched regions of the country, a respite is known, but that it also brings with it, an abandon unlike any other … !!!
Tv starts tomorrow … the butterflies have become a large humungous body cover, to all. A collective device that expresses affection and respect has prevailed, but there is no time to get anxious about it .. what bothers now is the shoot for the first day, and many days later its completion …
My brain is now comatose … and it should never be the reason for your attention and regard….
I am incoherent and disconnected .. ‘blame it up for Bachchan’
Jalsa, Mumbai June 15/16, 2013 Sat/Sun 2 : 27 am
The inauguration of Jaishree Sharad’s clinic was a a reunion of sorts for the Ef … many came down just for the event and what a surprise to meet all of them again, to hear how much they has travelled to come over, some never having even met those who had offered hospitality to them .. !!
The friendship and association that this conveys to the universe is indeed novel and most endearing … thank you all for being with me and for building this formidable family, which I exclusively own …
The back was checked by specialist doctor and he does not see it being a major problem .. it is supposed to heal within 2-3 weeks … has given some do’s and dont’s and medication .. it should improve ..
It may be of interest to many that these problems are arising out of a bad back, one that I have damaged through various action sequences in my films. The pain appeared that time too, acute and impossible to bear, but medicine helped and now it is at a different place of the back..
The films in particular : Zanjeer, Don, Parvarish, and many others ..
The madness of youth … the vigor of being in places of new and of independence ..youth spoils you with the demands that it puts, which you at times feel bad, when they cannot have it, simply because you never had facility or more the means ! But age has many restrictions … and the brain can urge or consent to an act, but the body does not react !! And there lie the inconsistencies …
But work we must … and extensively …that surge of the adrenalin which gives me impetuous and will, is now restricted … and one wonders whether the making shall suffer .. Lets hope the budget of the season, brings us hope too …
What a keen desire at times to be just with the woods and fields and nature to enjoy the solitude of peace and silence .. I would hate to leave what I do now … yet be equally open to that sedentary existence ..
Work on one and the reflect on the other …
My love to all ..
Jalsa, Mumbai June 14/15, 2013 Fri/Sat 2 : 10 am
Slapped my face with some water to extend my sleeping hour .. this is a permanent association, and should never stop … so one pursues ..
That kind of happiness is ‘acted’ .. has not visited me for long, but I am certain it will ..
In the field - a slightly irrelevant site … but it has its points of excellence … and … some points on the script, finally brings us the final situation !!
‘paani pade ‘tapur’ ‘tooper’ !!
How dark the clouds, that time often brings to us … brings to us. The solitary tree, imposing, non interfering !! Looking quite ominous, the packing and the collection of clothes and carrying them to the car, to leave
Noooooo .. !! This is not what the Captain asked you to do …. slide into. The ‘gumboots’ are done. When I reach the location, they are removed and ‘mojaries’ come back on …
A healthy discussion on the next, on its design of dialogue, or not when !
and the rains they pour …’mumbai ki baarish’ … while I sit and take in the environment, he is more concerned perhaps, for the plants …
Is this `mumbai’ ? The land of opportunity, and full till way past their meeting time …pray all shall go well … love
And finally the other guy … self designed by yours truly, turban and all ..
The energy is now weakening … I am hallucinating .. better then to rest before I pen down some expletive ridden, utter non sensical, words ..belonging to no one …
Amitabh Bachchan , with love and wishes …
Sister City, MH June 13/14, 2013 Thu/Fri 12 : 07 am
Starting off the day … a bit of Russia on my chest .. through the equipment and on to some acting without words but efforts to convey by body and face language, what the product should convey that you endorse ..!!
A bit of the traditional because that is where this promotional shall venture, urging farmers towards some of the reasons for saving water and thus their crops ..
… and then on to the road outdoors to get some green and rain .. posters following along .. ones that were seen in an earlier post ..
Grey skies, distant hills greening up after the first few showers, low clouds and wet roads ..
Tunnels coming up … slow down, put on the lights, put on the emergency blinks, and no overtaking …
What were barren fields now landing grounds for high rises .. Mumbai can only move up and vertically forward … in time they say Mumbai shall connect with Pune .. !!
A stop over to move the legs, and to freshen up .. even in and out of the ‘euphemisms’ on record with the well wishers that crowd around ..
…. and on the highway, the random monkeys as passers by ..a bit wet for them with the rain ..
an IPL cricket Stadium across the highway .. was here for a game some months ago .. a state of the art new facility .. modern and one of the best ..
Hotel, and the welcome .. flowers, the ‘tika’ another traditional feature for all that check in …
The expressions for the photo shoot ..
Its familiar and nostalgic to be here in the room .. a room that has seen my presence for over three to four decades … many historic films shot while here, and so many pleasant memories ..
Early tomorrow in the fields and then hopefully an early finish to drive back home ..
So much growth over the years … once a quiet calm and a must week end destination, from the rush and push of the megapolis hours away … now built up and busy and trafficked to the brim … took a while to figure where we were going, roads and identifications all different …
But the city is the city .. in temperament in nature, welcoming, happy, sublime ..
May it remain so always .. despite all the challenges it faced with the terror attacks .. getting back to normal .. and being its beautiful city that it always has been ..
My love to all ..
Jalsa, Mumbai June 12/13, 2013 Wed/Thu 1 : 01 am
In the beginning there were birthdays :
MRD Patel a very happy birthday to you … enjoy !
Tat Saatvik … to you a most wondrous birthday, with love happiness and all the joys of life ..
And then there was :
There is a need to take it easy and rest is advised ..! Rest ? but I have been resting all along … now when it is time to work, they ask me to rest .. Okaay … so I shall obey them and rest, but only after the work has been done ..
And work as many know shall never ever be done … no work is ever done .. there is always room and space for more and better, and that is what keeps us going … those that achieve satisfaction from their effort, are to be revered, for they are doing something that most of the World has not been able to do ..
You cringe immediately when you see your own effort, not done to the best .. those that have the accumen to be able to do that, are a kind of genius I should say. The universe is filled with unrecognised genius, un recognised creativity, a kind of creativity that excels the very best they may have done in the past .. and that really is the tragedy .. or call it misfortune …
Most master creators have really never known or felt or seen the success of their creation the way it should have been for them … most have never received the recognition they deserve .. and that to me is the part that is most sad ..
The interiors of the ‘dark’ and ‘claustrophobic’ had beckoned today and some results are seen .. one shall have to adjust timings and time .. in the time to come ..
Good night ..
Jalsa, Mumbai June 11/12, 2013 Tue/Wed 1 : 36 am
I spent sometime to write a verse,
The oddities of Blog lost it … a curse
I am devoid of much to say,
The heart I had poured, of my daily day ..
There is a story put, on FB now,
Which talks of wonders, on where and how ..
Do visit it and tell me thought,
What you derive, sustained and got …
The Kokilaben Ambani Hospital here has been taken up as a project by National Geographic to include it in their programme INSIDE ..
They wanted me to give voice to it. After several days of work on it, this morning it got completed. The Hospital, because it belongs to a friend has a long history of my involvement. It was the dream of a most famous and excellent heart specialist Dr Mandke, who was a prominent name here in Maharashtra. Ironically the heart Institute that he wanted to build was structurally half done when he suddenly passed away at a very young age, through a heart attack. Ironic, because the one who gave a new life by curing others’ hearts, died of it himself, without any history or warning ..
His wife, herself a doctor and a keen participant in the concept of the Hospital, came to me one morning and wished me to speak to my friend Mr Anil Ambani, if he could help in finishing the dream of her husband. I spoke, we met, we considered and the Kokilaben Hospital named after Anil’s Mother was inaugurated some years ago ..
It is now considered to be one of the best Hospitals in the region and in the world, with state of the art facilities and the best team of doctors and the latest technology ..
It was a revelation to discover the intricacies of the interiors and what happens inside one such institute.
If you ever get a chance do visit the channel on National Geographic to find out its qualities. And yes the voice over for the documentary has been done by me ..
Jalsa, Mumbai June 11, 2013 Tue 10:07 AM
Birthday wishes for some of our EF :
Dharmesh … greetings and happiness always
Ratna Mukherji … happy birthday Ratna, love and good wishes
Naresh Bhatt … many happy returns of the day .. and many many more ..
Jalsa, Mumbai June 10/11, 2013 Mon/Tue 2 :02 AM
At an interview today, I was asked whether the advent of the internet had crippled the other existant platforms of information - media, books, papers ..
And I do not have an exact answer, other than I really would not know. There are some indications that we all look for when questioned thus. Have the presence of books in our lives diminished, have book stores or printing presses closed, have newspaper offices shut, has the television industry reduced its broadcast .. and the answer is NO ..
I do not think that anything has been lost, except perhaps the ability to write in your hand. We have become so accustomed to punching buttons that soon we shall have problems of writing our cheques, and that shall be a major issue. But who knows … the retina of your eye, the finger print of your index, computerised and barcoded could in the future become your entry exit and several other, identity.
There is the speed of securing information … the ability to gain answer in a few seconds from your Google, or laptop and now your mobile. What the human shall invent in the years to come, is still unfathomed … and that shall remain a mystery ever ..
The anxious wait for the newspaper early in the morning has quietly been replaced by the facility available on the net, hours before. In the past you waited for the news to come to you in 24 hours … now it is with you immediately at the flick of a button ..
No matter what the nature of the questions that arise, may demand, Googled, they would be all there in seconds. The pace is what matters. I read my tomorrow’s newspaper the night before on the net. I write continuously without the bother of making spelling or grammatical errors. i send it by the punch of a send button, and not post it in a red post box for it to be picked up and then travelled to its final destination … and so on ..
Not just the distances but other aspects too of a universality have erupted with vigour. Caste, creed, colour, religion are not the deciders today of creative like or dislike … of sports men and their heroic deeds.
A German football team, or British or French would have distinct indicators of the region they came from …not any more !! All communities play for each other, irrespective, and their identification deciders have all disappeared.
Mixing of cultures and their backgrounds have become common and acceptable. What matters is performance, and its therefore, commercial aspects. That done erases once and for all the tabs of color and region differences.
What an ideal world it would be if we were to convert this planet into an ‘Elysium’ … where there were no wars, no hatred, where nothing was wrong ever, where there was only the right, where there was no disease, no disasters, nothing …
Think … and one day we could make it …
My love ,