Friends, do you want to see how art is born? It was born in public in front of everybody on our COEP WhatsApp group.
Today I went back 50 years to COEP hostel days! What took me 50 years back today? Today Pravin and Sonya, my hostel mates created fusion art. Sonya is a prolific painter, and Pravin has been doing song shows post-retirement. He has his troupe! Pravin of late has become a poet too! These two guys have come together. Pravin wrote a poem, and Sonya drew an appropriate painting. Pravin topped it with giving the tune to his poetry and sang it within an hour. Wow! What more do you want when you have close friends who are great artists too! We could literally see the birth of art in front of our eyes!
The link below takes you to Pravin’s rendition of the poem! If the link does not click, copy-paste into your browser.
Now let me make a statement that older adults generally make! “In our days” or “In our times”, or some such thing! All of us were in our world and were the least bothered about the consequences in our college days! We were supposed to have come to COEP to take an engineering degree. We managed to get it finally, somehow, despite our best efforts otherwise. Engineering, as a subject taught us a lot of things. It showed the way to think practically and rationally. Logical thinking was another thing that we learnt during this course. But all this education was only a part of life skills. The remaining skill sets were acquired during the hostel stay.
What skill sets did we learn in the hostels about life? Everything. We played, chatted, fought, cheated and by dinner time or the breakfast the next day we were long lost friends again. Hostel life taught us how to live in a society or a group of people. We had Sharya, Nayan, Dada, Deepya, Rafya, Joseph, Jeram, Bhavya! The list is unending! We had some friends who were dedicated not to go to college.
We had Botya who became an encyclopedia of movies. You heard a song, and he would tell the kundali of the film; the actors, producer, music director, lyricist, the actors on whom the song was picturised, and the general situation at the time of the song. Dear Botya, died early in 1994! We used to have music sessions going on in some rooms and card sessions in other places. We had friends, including yours truly, who would see on an average one movie every alternate day! Now, do you know how I have caught this frequency while publishing my blogs? We are traditionist! But those reaching the top in college exams and those who reached the top in life were different actors.
Colourful personalities Pravin and Sonya! With another friend Vilas at the centre!
Pravin, besides his singing, used to play cricket for the college. The video above is the song sung by Pravin during an intercollegiate competition, in which he won the second prize. He later was a project leader for a government company that manufactured submarines! Sonya came from a rural background and used to be shy initially. He simply merged into our C top gang. He ran a construction business! (Successful, of course- it is taken for granted!) Sonya’s art below!
Hemya became MD of Tata Steel, Limbya (not from hostels) became a big shot in railway bridge design and is Pune Metro mentor. Abhya is a well-known consultant in Civil engineering stuff and a great photographer. Deepya retired as a Colonel from the army!
My journey to olden days will continue for some time. By writing this blog, I also wrote my thought process of how a blog is born in my mind. Some event, a meaningful poem, some sharp sentence from a movie or a book kick off grey cells in my mind. I started blog writing as a hobby- it continues to be so even today! But it has now become an elixir which invigorates my mind! I started writing blogs in 2011 but took to writing them sincerely for the last couple of years. Today my count tells me that I have completed 600 blogs- no big deal to me! I started to put the numbers while publishing, thanks to the suggestion by my dear friend Suresh; he is a writer in his own right and is also an expert in Metros!
What is so great about writing these blogs? Honestly nothing! In fact, one of my friends had once asked me, “Pramod, does anyone read your blogs?” Such sentences encourage me to write blogs. Here is the one based on his question.
For the last several years, Jaya and I have been travelling to different places. While chatting, two us mentally go back to those places and enjoy the memories. But blog writing takes me to where ever I want. My hostel days were a journey, and now we realise that we had observed many personalities developing in front of us. Many life-long friendships were born. Some became factory owners, and others became senior armed forces officers. Each of us was absorbing something from the system.
My blog writing is just an opportunity for me to talk to all of you. In today’s lingo, it is my Zoom call with all of you, every alternate day. I have found a bug in Zoom too! WhatsApp group has a facility where only the admin can post. Similarly, I have found a secret setting in Zoom where only I can talk! What’s new Pramod? That you have been doing all these years consistently! But I have kept the option for you to comment on what I write! I hope none of you will ask, “Hey, Pramod, does anyone read your Blogs?” The answer is Yes! Yes! And Yes! Love you guys!
Big Namaste to you SIX HUNDRED TIMES! Thank you so much!
I will share another full poem (it is slightly longish) by Pravin. I could never imagine that someone could write a poem on my blogging!
Poetry is defined as a literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity using distinctive style and rhythm. I felt that this definition aptly expresses what Pravin has done!
I am writing the gist of the poem, in English, for those who do not understand Marathi! He has beautifully captured my early morning publishing by talking of 4.41 am (that was the number of the blog that day). He has explained the topics I chose for the blogs. He ends up with a line- should the records only be broken by great cricketers Sachin and Lara! Panya is my nickname among friends!
उठा उठा सगळेजण ४-४१ वाजलेत
मित्र हो मला सांगा,
‘वेक अप कॉल्स ‘ काय फक्त अलार्म क्लॉकनेच द्यायचे?
‘इंपल्सिव- कंपल्सिव ‘ असो वा असो ‘हॅपिनेसचं पीक’
मित्रहो, मला सांगा,
आयुष्याचे ‘स्प्रेड शीट्स्’ आपणच नाही का भरायचे?
‘कला’, ‘संस्कार’, ‘ओल्ड एज’ वरचे ब्लॉग्ज वाचता वाचता
मित्रहो, मला सांगा,
कशा कशात म्हणून रमायचे?
नवनवीन विषयांचे ब्लॉग्ज ,भावनीक आशयांचे ब्लॉग्ज ,
मित्रहो, मला सांगा,
पान्याने नाही तर काय पाणिनी ने लिहायचे?
चार शतकानंतर अजून खूप शतके गाठायचीत
मित्रहो, मला सांगा,
रेकॉर्डस काय फक्त सचिन – लारानेच करायचे?