Monday, June 28, 2010

Chicken Chilli and RD

I had a great day yesterday. It was a beautiful day, cool wind was breezing the whole day, Sun and rain had taken a day off, as it was a Sunday, and it was Pancham da (R.D. Burman)'s 71st birthday. June 27 is a special day for Pancham fans, like me. I had mentioned this to my children and they promptly said let us celebrate RD's birthday and party on that day. I agreed but on two conditions that we will listen to Pancham songs for the whole day and they have to say Jai Pancham when we party in the evening.

Well, I listened to RD songs for practically whole day and was very very happy. Pancham has left us a treasure trove of songs. One life is too small to listen and enjoy all of them. In the evening my children reminded me about party and we decided to eat at home by bringing takeaway chicken and ice cream so that we can listen to some more RD songs. So I went to a trendy new restaurant in our new neighbourhood and asked for good chicken dishes. The man at the restaurant said their Chicken chili is quite good. On hearing chili I suddenly remembered reading in one of the article that RD was quite fond of chilies and use to grew various varieties in his home garden. I immediately settled for chicken chili, which later turned out to be quite good. Well, my children and wife certainly had a good time eating chicken and listening to RD songs. For starters we had chicken lolly pop and in the background was playing `Yeh din to aata hai ek din jawwani main'. And whene started the main course of chicken chili, children's all time favourite `Ladki ke kathi' was playing. My Children, wife and I really enjoyed the songs and the chicken chili. And when we had Fresh Litchi ice cream for desert, `O mere dil ke chain' was playing in the backgtound. Bliss. Thank you RD for the ageless and timeless songs. You are Great. We will celebrate your birthday every year like this. Jai Pancham!

I was touched by Lataji's this tweet about RD: its pancham's birth anniversary today......i really miss you and your music pancham..., you are matchless........yours didi... And Ashaji's you tube video clip which is at Watch it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Ulhasnagar

Today we completed one month in our new home in Kalyan. Our new home is in a area called Khadak Pada. This area is jokingly called New Ulhasnagar, as many persons, me included, have moved out of Ulhasnagar, to this area. It is basically a residential area, not so far away from Kalyan station and city of Ulhasnagar, and has many upcoming projects, and a 2 screen multiplex.

I was apprehensive that my family may not be able to settled down quickly in our new home. I have been proven wrong. They have settled very nicely and like both the surroundings and our complex. My wife, who always wanted an airy and a bigger home, never lose any opportunity to thank me for new home!

I had always thought of joining a gym, to lose some weight, and some inches around my waist. As our complex's club house has an excellent gym, I am being pestered by my children to visit gym as often as I can. I am beginning to make a visit to gym a habit, but it may take some time.

My wife is very religious and she used to feed meethi boondi (sweet boondi) everyday to crows in our old home in Ulhasnagar. It seems same crows have also migrated with us to Kalyan. Every day at six in the morning my wife is woken up by ka ka ka of crows which does not stop until she feeds them meethi boondi. She believes that it is crows who brought us to our new home. Interestingly the name of our building is `Pashupatinath', named after famous Lord Shiva temple. I am beginning to believe that maybe she is right. Thank you crows and Lord Shiva for our new home!