Tuesday, May 20, 2008

मराठी बाणा

मराठी बाणा
बर्याच दिव्सान पासून हे बघायच राहिल होत
Its a stage show. Yday we saw it finally at Kalidas Mulund.
What a brilliant presentation of Marathi folk music and dance, of marathi culture and tradition, the heritage of Maharashtra. Its a must see even for non-Marathi speaking people staying in Maharashtra.
It was sheer energy and intensity. Wish we had taken some pics.

My first violin lesson





Well...I have nothing to write about my first lesson....as all I could get the violin to do was screeching sounds of car breaks and horns of trains and a lil bit of puppies barking. Actually, I think its not all that bad....could well be a voiceover for animation movies ;-)

Monday, May 19, 2008

My first ANR in Jaipur

Guruji had cooled down Jaipur even before I reached there. 2 days before I reached there were light showers and drizzles. And the day I reached there was heavy rain with thunder and lightning.

Had an OSIM (read awesome) - that's how it was written in the feedback sheet: osim satsang. Just two bhajans, but it rocked.

The volunteer team led by Upasana had put up an excellent effort with super commitment. In the scorching heat of 45 degree Celsius, roaming in the afternoon giving talks and collecting registrations requires greater degrees of dedication!


Seeing Upasana, not only guide and lead the team in every way but also work at the grass root level, was truly inspiring.

Canvassing at 11 pm outside the cricket stadium after the IPL match was one of the highlights. Man of the match was VIPUL - you have to talk to him, better still meet him.

For security reasons the course could not happen. But I am sure this is the first course in the entire AOL tenure for which we have 475 fully paid registrations 3 months in advance!!! (UTSAV Jaipur has been rescheduled to 28 Aug' 08)

Love,
Jai Gurudev
Saleel

Meeting bomb blast victims in Jaipur

I accompanied Darshakji to two hospitals on 14th evening (almost 24 hrs after the bomb blast). The premises of the SMS (Sawai ManSingh) hospital was full of people, police, press, and lots of scocial groups. The RSS was the most active. They were the first ones to reach immediately after the blast. Very efficiently they had prepared thier own data of the victims, their family memebers, address etc; so well that the hospital authorities and govt was also using that data!

We also referred to the same and visited few patients. Darshakji gave healing. We visited another hospital where we got miraculous results. An old lady on wheelchair was able to stand up within 10 min of healing!!

The atmosphere was so depressing. There was so much pain everywhere, physical as well as emotional. On our return we got the mewa of seva - Guruji called up Darshakji to take an update of the situation. It was a blessing to hear his voice.

Love,
Jai Gurudev
Saleel

Friday, May 16, 2008

My birthday gift to myself!

Hello friends,

This is what I gifted myself today...a blog in my name. Always wanted to share a lot with my students, volunteers, colleagues and janta in general. Life has been very eventful and graceful (full of grace) since Nov 1997. The last one week also has been full of 'dhamakas' (well I am in Jaipur). Some highlights will be posted soon.

You can post your questions to me on ask.saleel@gmail.com

Love,
Jai Gurudev
Saleel