Musings

The remarkable collector Sunny Mathew has over 1 lakh (100,000) rare records, including records in their earliest form and about 260 gramophones/record players/phonographs of different varieties in his self-built Discs and Machines Museum, in Kottayam, Kerala. It is a shrine for music lovers and students of history of sound recording. M Dharma Kirthi, Sundeep Pahwa and Rocky Abraham find themselves transported into a mesmerising world of discs, gramophones and record players, painstakingly collected, archived and preserved by an unassuming, retired Forest Officer, Sunny Mathew. Dharma Kirthi chronicles this amazing journey of discovery as Sunny Mathew takes the visitors through his collections and creations with passion, energy and enthusiasm.

Holi is an especially popular holiday in Lansing, Michigan
Holi Hai! An Indian Holiday Greets Spring with Showers of Color
Holi is an especially popular holiday in Lansing. The Bharatiya Temple hosts the area’s most prominent Holi festivities. Budding editor-writer and booklover Nitish Pahwa...
Over 1 Lakh Rare Records in Discs & Machines - Sunny's Gramophone Museum
Over 1 Lakh Rare Records in Discs & Machines – Sunny’s Gramophone Museum
The remarkable collector Sunny Mathew has over 1 lakh (100,000) rare records, including records in their earliest form and about 260 gramophones/record players/phonographs...
St. Peter at digital gates (line drawing by author)
Truths, and Their Seasons…
Finding inspiration where we might, we can remember our pasts, participate in our present, and possibly have hope for a better future, and survive the crimes, conflicts, and...
The beauty of His Creation is being highlighted in the orange spotlight.
I am not alone!
A wistful musing about that one awakening moment when Nature's all-encompassing beauty manifests itself as balm to the soul, reaffirming its infinite spirit and giving strength,...
Sound Recording In India: Rabindranath, Rabindrasangeet (1904-1941)
Sound Recording In India: Rabindranath, Rabindrasangeet (1904-1941)
Rabindranath Tagore’s association with the recording industry began in 1904. An exploration of the sound recordings of Tagore and Rabindra Sangeet by Sounak Gupta.
Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
A moving account of reminiscence and nostalgia of a mother as she visits down the memory lane on the occasion of her dear daughter's birthday.
A Lover's Plea
A Lover’s Plea
A heartfelt, romantic plea from a lover to his lady-love, a simple celebration of their blissful days together.
I Want You to Have a Good Time
I Want You to Have a Good Time
A touching musing about the emotional bond that a mother and daughter share with each other. Santosh Bakaya pens it down as a funny birthday musing.
Eeach budding romance was sniffed out and snuffed out with police state efficiency.
The Misogynist Mashima (God Aunt)
A tongue-in-cheek look at the irrepressible Mashima who has an opinion on everything. By noted cultural ambassador and dancer, Sohini Roychowdhury.
Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag
(Pic: Wikimedia Public Domain)
A Collage of Memories – The Magic of Virender Sehwag
"Sehwag has been described as a simple cricketer who didn’t think much and just batted. The see-ball, hit-ball cliché must have been used a million times on him. Adjectives...
Geeta Dutt - the voice that is balm to the soul.
Moments with ‘Geetu Pishi’ – Remembering Geeta Dutt
Legendary singer Geeta Dutt's nephew Ashis Basu recounts some golden moments spent with 'Geetu Pishi'.
Pic courtesy: UrbanUrban_ru (Flickr: DIWALI INDIA 2) [CC BY-SA 2.0]
‘Happy Diwali, Bauji!’
Ramendra Kumar recalls some beautiful memories of his childhood of Diwali celebrations that were sparkling times of innocence, fun and merriment.
The smile is on before the surgery.
Silence Of The Lamb
Ramendra Kumar writes a tongue-in-cheek account of his tryst with Haemangioma and playing dumb charades to communicate. An inspirational account of battling a serious health...
A Taxi Tête-à-Tête with Sankar
A Taxi Tête-à-Tête with Sankar
A sweet memory of a sharing a taxi ride with Sankar, writer of the famed novels Kato Ajanare, Chowringhee, Jana Aranya, Seemabaddha and others.
‘Your Voice is Breaking!’
‘Your Voice is Breaking!’
A humorous look at the vagaries of the newly English speaking community of the IT world.
The Red Towel
The Red Towel
A short piece about the gifts of generosity, the fourth one in the musing series by Dr. Bakaya where she yet again shows the benevolent spirit of love.
My Father — the Elocutionist
My Father — the Elocutionist
In a real life David vs Goliath story, an unassuming 15-year-old elocutionist gives the mighty Indian broadcaster a stiff and determined challenge.
After some time, the mother climbed down, the baby furiously clinging to her,
Of Teddy Bears, Calories and Clouds
A mother's sweet, endearing rumination about her daughter, her growing up and the interrelation between both the mother and daughter.
Din About Chins
Din About Chins
In her series of humorous musings, Santosh Bakaya looks at the disasters WhatsApp can create for the young generation hooked on to selfies.
Flurry About Egg Curry
Flurry About Egg Curry
A delightful, short personal essay about the endearing chemistry and camaraderie of a mother-daughter relationship portrayed with humor and razor-sharp wit.
Why I Write: The Journey And The Inspiration
Why I Write: The Journey And The Inspiration
I have witnessed almost all of it, the unsung glory of a writer in a business setting, the doubtful eyes of friends and relatives who did never quite understand why I kept...
A Hundred Million Years
A Hundred Million Years
I had two friends Ami and Iam with whom I played and conversed on the vast canvas.
Appreciating Human Foibles Like None Other
Appreciating Human Foibles Like None Other
Sarat Chandra and Bimal Mitra were the only ones who made me empathize with their characters.
Delhi Metro ride is quite comfortable and I enjoy it. 
(Pic: Prabhatkaushik, Creative Commons 3.0)
The Beacon Of Light In The Metro Ride
A regular metro ride becomes an eye-opener when an African family gives the writer a glimpse into the oneness of humankind.
Having His Way, Undisputed!
Having His Way, Undisputed!
At the slightest opportunity he would slip into the bathroom or the tank in the garden, get thoroughly wet and then charge at everything and everyone in sight.
I was assigned the job to keep the little one engaged for a couple of hours while the big one got her 80 winks.
Papa Scheherazade!
As nights passed, I tried everything to win Ankita’s confidence: doing callisthenics, making faces, creating sounds and even yodelling. The result was the same. She would...
Writing about love and beauty, roses and tulips is a form of escapism, in which the modern poet rarely indulges.
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The Verse Libbers
Writing about love and beauty, roses and tulips is a form of escapism, in which the modern poet rarely indulges.
He was a master communicator. He had a different bark for every occasion.
The God Of Beautiful Things
A year later I found that Aryan did not need any mentoring. He had succeeding in imparting ‘Obedience Training’ to all of us. When he took us for a walk he decided when...
I noticed a well-built Alsatian owned by my neighbor... seeing him running in full cry set my imagination working...
Freedom from Fear
I imagined myself letting out a shriek, my eyes behaving like a blinking tube-light to control the damage, to avoid the dog and to escape him somehow.
My Dad, being an excellent judge of dog flesh, had taken him as the pick of the litter and had named him "Old Lead" when he was just a pup.
Final Offer
As far as my Father was concerned, fox hunting was music to his ears. In a pack of six or eight hounds, he could tell by their bark and wail, which dog was in the lead.
A melancholic sunset at Porto, Portugal
I Like Sunsets…
A friend asked me once why I liked sunsets especially when they herald darkness. He hated them.
He looks immaculately dressed, impeccably attired, at all times.
Fading Images, Losing Appeals
Is Santa for real? That, alas, is a question that is being posed by a large number of children. In fact the age of disillusionment with faith is setting in earlier than noticed,...
The Kolkata Metro Railway has the distinction of being the first underground Mass Rapid Transit System in India.
Life in the Metro
That just about sums it all up in a few words. Life in the Kolkata Metro beats even “Life of Pi” by a long shot when it comes to popularity ratings. The Jamiroquai number...
The Journey from Books to Celluloid
The Journey from Books to Celluloid
It is true that making a film from a book is a tedious enterprise as it’s difficult to capture the essence of a novel in about two hours. But then it is not an impossible...
The Journey Never Ends
The Journey Never Ends
Now I have an answer. An answer about which I am convinced. All these things have a STORY behind them.
On Discovering That One Can Paint
On Discovering That One Can Paint
The works of Boticelli, Michaelangelo, Raphael or Titian enrapture the spirit and have capacities to heal moribund souls.
Wastefulness is a virtue not a sin, and wasting must be carried out religiously
The Necessity of Human Wastefulness
Wastefulness is a virtue not a sin, and wasting must be carried out religiously
I have a Face for every situation. Whatever they want me to be I can be.
Changeling
I pull out my caring Face from my bag, wide, round, with almond pink tourmaline eyes, and place it on.
I got up, washed my face, had a glass of water and went out in the balcony to see the sky.
By God’s Disgrace
He came to an abrupt stop, touched the skin of his sister's cheek and then I saw a tear falling down from his face.
I hold a record, however dubious it be, of having missed my scheduled trips, despite having confirmed bookings in trains on several occasions.
Booking Trouble
The ticket made me feel secure till I reached the station. Then came the shocking news.
Birthday
Birthday
"6th," he was quick to respond and then to help me further, he retorted, "Tommorow is 7th, Lolo bhaiya's birthday."
The historic Anglo-Bengali Intermediate College, Varanasi
Saviour Teachers
They had both acted out of an intense desire to do the best for a student and his future... That was their mission in life as teachers.
For the mother, it was a proud moment. Her baby had been rocked and soothed by none else but its Chacha.
Chacha Nehru
Nehru decided to play mother to the child. He walked, close to where the child lay, bent, picked the baby in his arms and rocked it gently.
Victory of Good Over Evil
Burning the Demon
It was always around the time of this grand festival, where the ten-headed Rakshasa king would be burnt in majestic effigy.
All the poets coming from these seven lands sing of the same hopes and similar woes.
Against Insane Antagonism
All the poets coming from these seven lands sing of the same hopes and similar woes.
I wandered into the lobby and asked the oh-so-perky front office lady where the shopping complex was.
A Tryst with the Past
My experience of Harvard University, twenty years ago, where I went as an undergraduate is defined by my time with Alec.
Another Bus
Another Bus
There appeared to be a subtle but fierce competition inside the bus to share a seat with her and enjoy her garrulous company.
An Honest Confession
An Honest Confession
My mother on the other side was a character with staunch piousness and heavy ethics. I'll have to strain my brain greatly to recall any incident where I found her stepping...
An Attempt with French
An Attempt with French
I look up and scan my reflection. My layered hair has escaped my frail attempt at a ponytail.
All In Deep Sleep
All In Deep Sleep
All In Deep Sleep - A beautiful short story on love and sadness by Denis Rohit Soreng.

Today’s Motivation

Every sunrise is the start of a new day of one's life. The sun's rays as it pours over the earth, brings in the essence of life providing the vitality to live. And it happens every morning!This motivational quote indicates Walt Whitman's love of nature.
Every sunrise is the start of a new day of one's life. The sun's rays as it pours over the earth, brings in the essence of life providing the vitality to live. And it happens every morning!This motivational quote indicates Walt Whitman's love of nature.