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05/01/08

Those Were The Best Days of My Life... so far :)

The first memories of being on stage go back to class V or VI when I was a part of the dance team which performed on Boney M's Its a Holiday... This was my first ever english tape as well.. Boney M's 18 greatest hits and I still love those tracks...

Remember practicing during the not so important classes and enjoying it... Vicky was my partner in that song, however I wanted some other girl to dance with me :) but then, li'il I could do about it... Nice white shirt and the black trousers... I am sure I kept that dress for a while before I moved on...

and then a lot of years of stage-o-fobia...

Until one day, when I was in class IX... I had to climb up the stage to fill in for a few people who ditched us in the Independence Day functions... my first stand up comedy stunt :) it went pretty well for the lifelessness I felt in my legs and the dryness in my throat in those 10 minutes...

Another few years of stage silence, before it was broken in the form of Mughal'e'Aazam in my first year of college... PGDAV was no great college, but the kind of friends I earned there, the life that I lived there is something that no other place could have given me... I loved those 3 years of my life...

I still remember that the entire team had practiced on my terrace for a day and by the time we had finished the entire play was changed... We laughed our asses out because of the changes that were made during the entire day... Ankur Wahal had written and directed the play and he was flawless with his work... Today he is a brilliant Corporate Lawyer and no one is going to believe that he once used to rock the stage with his amazing performances...

His entry in the play on that yellow tricycle... mine with that 8 inch sword and the loose pyjamas... Tushar as the Kaneez... Karan Bindal, our 6 foot tall Laila... and Ankur.. the short Majnu....

The play was a super hit second year in a row, and that 800 strong audience enjoyed it as much as we did who were on the stage at that time... Ankur and Taru had hosted that year's Aaghaz...

I was a part of the Cultural Committee now, and in my second year.. we were looking for people who would join the group... This is when I dragged the freshers Nimisha Bhagat, Sandy, Vandana etc into the group... Ankush joined, Gaurav Marwaha joined, Meghna Jain came in... along with a few others and we had a brilliant team of people doing everything they could... This is the year when I got an award for winning the maximum number of prizes in an academic year too.. 18 prizes I won in various individual and team competitions in Delhi University that year... MY year of glory...

Ankur did not host Aaghaz that year... I followed his footsteps and was responsible for managing the show for about 7 hours and with me was Virat Vikram Juneja... and both of us created a riot... I loved it... it was the kind of feeling that nothing else can even come closer too... NOTHING...

Third year of college... Cultural Society at its best... The dance team from my college won almost every single competition that they participated in.. Gaurav Marwaha and Ankush were leading the pack here... Ankush focusing on the dance team, which needless to say, had some of the most brilliant dancers I have met till date...Gaurav worked his sweat out to get the sponserships and managed more than we expected... he did work too hard... and I managed the theatre part along with Meghana and a few others... Ankur, Patrick, Nimisha etc were our western music champions.. this is the time when our Rock Band Nakshatra also revived itself... Some ex students came back to play with us too... the green room below the stage in DAV always used to have something or the other happening...

This is the year when Kapil Sharma who used to be a DAV student sometime also came back to college and taught me and other most of what I know and remember today about Theater and stage... Getting out of home at 0700 hrs and coming back at 1700 hrs.. even later.. and spending most our time reading scripts, discussing plays, acts and learning and talking was a life well lived... I both smile and cry at times for those times... I still remember the song from Chupke Chupke we used to sing... the one with Amitabh and Dharmendra... we used to rock !!!

Aaghaz again was my baby this year with me on the stage for about 6 hours and with Virat again... A repeat of the last year... Laughter, comedy, fun and the feeling of being on the top of the world... the only difference being that this year we did the show in Army Auditorium, Dhaula Kuan... what an evening it was... bad throat by the end of the day but smiles that would not stop for days to come.. because every time you entered college you would have some eyes who would recognise you... some people would even come up to you and tell you how good you were....Even Ashish bhai, our canteen wala guy said to me one day... Arre tu to wohi hai na Stage wala !!! I just smiled and said haan woi hoon.... :D

The making of posters, the winning and loosing competitions, the bunking classes, the professors refusing to even know you at the end of the year when you requested for attendance, the understanding and the misunderstandings, the certificates, the sitting on stage stairs and singing or talking or just being, walking up to the srinivas puri market to have tea and keep sitting on the stools there for hours, Out of the Gate, across the Road down the street was our favorite spot... during the festivals, the entire cultural society dancing together in jam sessions... I don't really remember seasons changing for some reason... every day of the year was as bright and sunny as we thought it should be or wanted it to be...

I moved out of college... thankfullly was in Delhi itself... Jamia Millia Islamia... and not too far away from DAV... though the classes were many, but I still used to go to DAV at times... meeting people in person was the only way to keep in touch.. that is when we did not really rely on Text messages and Mobile Phones or emails to keep in touch... so a typical routine used to be... I would finish my classes in Jamia, rush to DAV, find someone in the green room... talk for a while or wait for classes to finish and then come back home together...

For some reason the team back in DAV did not find anyone to host the show, and they asked me to do it... I was not sure if I could because I was already out of college but they insisted and I agreed... I wanted Virat to do it with me again, but he was not ready... after a lot of begging and requesting he agreed... and Prashant and Virat did it again in FICCI this time... third year in a row I was there... could not have loved it more... my professors who used to look so serious all around the year laughing off their seats, the people who i did not know responding to every line that i said on the stage... it was a dream... a dream i lived... my then principle Bhatia Sir, who had taught me mathematics in the second and third year also came upto me and said, Inko tujhse achcha koi aur nai milega :)

By the end of next year, things settled down... I was now looking at how am I going to earn a living... Nimisha was busy with her studies, Meghna wanted to do her post grad in NID, Virat started assisting his dad and his work in Faridabad, everyone from the dance team got busy somewhere or the other, Ankur was already doing his LLB... We all moved and Time too....

Its like I lived a life in those few years and lfe that no more there.... but I know that something has not died inside me... its still there... Thank you God Uncle for letting me live and not just exist !!! You are the best !!!

21 comments:

  1. a wave of nostalgia ran through as i read this post...and that canteen uncle incident - yeah, that has happened with me too. And when you see that these people still remember you, it gives you an inexplicable joy :)

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  2. # Bhumika...
    you read this post ? !!!

    thanks... i thought it was too long for anyone to bother reading :) i was happy writing it though... anyone reading it is a certain bonus...

    there are so many other incidents that i can remember at one time or the other which have made my life worth it...

    thanks again for reading...

    God bless !!!

    have a nice day ahead...

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  3. weren't all our "those" days best for all of us??/
    You re-remined me of all the days gone by..

    Thanks..

    And never let anything change you...As i always say, God has a good sense of humour and life plays jokes on all of us..We are supposed to laugh and go ahead with it..rather than grumble and play spoilsport..

    Have a great life!!!

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  4. # Kay...
    like i said before... I was not expecting anyone to read such a long post :) thanks to you for reading it...

    they sure were the best days....

    I think Change happens... with time, with circumstances... its like we are a wall... we stay the foundations stay... the paint changes, the texture changes with time with surroundings with seasons... but the basic us remains....

    thanks Kay... I am sure I will have a great life :) having one good one so far :)

    God bless and hope you have a great one too :)

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  5. :)

    Yes..Change is the only permanent thing, isn't it!!??

    And what was that hmm??

    Could've mailed you, but i still don't hae your mail id.

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  6. # Kay...
    you bet.. change is the only permanent thing...

    People
    Situations
    Life
    Everything changes :) and most of the time for good... someone's good atleast :)

    that hmm was because I could not really respond to the thoughts written there... but acknowledged reading :) hence...

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  7. Oh..ok..Thanks...

    That was written for a friend long back who was down in the dumps and had decided that it was the end for him.
    Probably that gives it some light.

    It also goes for anyone actually including myself!!!

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  8. # Kay...
    there is no ending ever... par none of us really want to understand that.. letting go is such a tough thing for us...

    hope the friend is better now :)

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  9. what great days indeed!

    i will be least surprized if i see u back on stage in the future, post ur retirement may be? :)
    keep on rocking!

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  10. # Mayuri...
    I might even wait till retirement... or i might just retire early :)

    life hai... aur mera dimaag hai... dono ka hi nai pata kab fir jayen !!!

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  11. If you keep writing the way you do, people won't mind reading pages and pages of your scripts...:-) I read the post and I read all your comments too....it was nice to read through your experiences, more because you hold them so close to your heart and have the patience to relive them by jotting them down. Helped me understand more of you - you are one talented guy, are you? Atleast that's what your post tells me.
    Keep rocking....

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  12. @ Anony…
    thanks for the kind words… its so nice to relive the best past at times… you can feel happy on your own for things you have done and have happened to you in time that seems so close and far at the same time ☺

    Talent ☺ Well… if we keep some modesty out of the picture then YESS… Have managed to do a lot while trying to figure out what I wanted… realized that there is a lot that I wanted and there is much that is left desired too…


    Will rock… thanks… a few prayers, a few good wishes, and God Uncle are needed… rest I can manage

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  13. sahiii... tu gata bhi tha :) ???

    sahiii sahiii...keep rocking...

    god's babe :)

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  14. @ You are...
    nope... no singing... Stand up Comedy... thoda sa street play direction and script writing... and key boards with the rock band at times (though i was really really bad at it )

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  15. which year did u pass out from dav?

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  16. aqui - must have the next year from the one i did :D

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  17. # Aqui...
    '99

    # Burf...
    bhai phir karenge ek na ek baar wo show :)

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  18. ha ha

    yea

    would be great fun

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  19. I kind of relived my college days while reading this post... the festivals, event management, handling the on stage and the back stage scenes... those truly were the best days!!!

    thanks for taking me down the memory lane!! :-)

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  20. # Amandeep...
    I am glad I could do that :)

    I have relived these brilliant moments so many times that it would have been sad to not write about them...

    as I said... best days of my life :)

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