Sapna dekha hai maine -by Shubha Mudgal (Lyrics and Translation)

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Mausam gulaal le ke darwaaze mere aaye,

Misri si baat hawaein kaano mein keh jaaye 

Baadal ki rui waale takiya liye sirhaane,

Daadi ki thapki aur kisse naye puraane, 

Sapna dekha hai maine, maine bhi dekha hai sapna

Meri bhi choton ko phoo phoo koi bujhaaye,

Mera bhi aansoo kisi hatheli par ruk jaaye

Main bhi ungali moti si thaamu koi kaske,

Meri bhi har zidd ko maan le koi hans ke, 

Sapna dekha hai maine, maine bhi dekha hai sapna

Kaala tika maathe pe pyar se koi lagaye,

Mujhko bhi nayi shararat karna koi sikhaye

Mera khoya sa bachpan koi wapas laaye,

Mere bhi naam ko chota karke koi bulaaye 

Sapna dekh hai maine, maine bhi dekha sapna

(I wish) The seasons would come knocking at my door with bright colors

(I wish) The winds would whisper words sweet as sugar in my ears as they pass 

(I dream) of resting my head on cotton filled pillows as soft as the clouds 

(I dream) of grandmother’s affectionate patting and her stories old and new

I dream of all this  (literally I saw this dream) 

(I wish) Someone would caress my wounds and relieve me of my pain when I am hurt 

(I wish) my tears also stopped in someone’s palms 

(I wish) I could also hold someone’s fat finger tightly

(I wish) someone would fulfill all my demands with a smile 

I dream of all this 

(i wish) Someone would put a black dot on my head ( to keep evil spirits away) 

(I wish) Someone would teach me new playful mischiefs 

(I wish) Someone could bring back my lost childhood 

(I wish) Someone could call me by small loving nick names 

I dream of all this

I was really moved by the video. You can find it  here 

By the end of the song I was almost into tears. I respect Shubha Mudgal, not only for being such a talented singer, but for using her talent to address sensitive issues like this and her compassion towards the deprived and unfortunate. This song is about an orphan (an abandoned girl child) who dreams of a life where she is cared for and loved. The song describes some of the many little desires she has, things that she craves for, things that all of us,  who have had parents and elders around when we were kids, would have just taken for granted.

To all those kids around the world, who spend/spent their childhood all by themselves, struggling through life from an early age, I salute you for your courage, I respect and adore you for who you are, and pray that you find the strength to face the challenges of life and that you rise and shine. Hope you find love and care when you need them.

And to mom and dad, thanks for being there for me always….but for you, my childhood would not have been so beautiful and happy 🙂

(NOTE : The picture in the beginning of the post is of a kid I met during one of my visits to my grandparent’s place. She is lucky, she has her mom and dad (aka domestic help at my grandmom’s) to take care of her. Her curious eyes however remind me of this song …sapna dekha hai maine… )

Saturday Morning with Happy Singh!

Yesterday, I woke up to a beautiful morning the perfect blue sky with white clouds (some of them tinted orange by the warm glow of the morning sun). The temperature was also unusually low for a day in mid July. It was a perfect day to go for a long walk and I had  – “Happy Singh” – to give me company!

Okay “Happy Singh” is my six months, twenty-eight days old camera :). I always like giving names to all the things I own, it personifies them, gives them a character, and all of them give me company when I do not have real people around 🙂 ….( so what is my mobile phone called ? well that some other time :))….

So “Happy Singh” is a very nice guy and accompanies me on most of my random walks and planned trips! He has an eye for beautiful things! And with every picture he clicks, he seems like he is trying to teach me something. I look at the pictures, sometimes I can see the message, learn a lesson, and many times I am not so sure!

As I was editing the pictures I clicked yesterday, I was reflecting on them. Here are some of the pictures and  a few lessons I thought “Happy Singh” was trying to teach 😉

(Oh! and I am so addicted to Picasa now that I simply cannot stop myself from editing pictures :)….i.e to say all these pictures are edited one way or the other but not beyond recognition ! )

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Pic #1 : A shelter along the walking track

Lesson : When you walking alone (in life or otherwise), all tired and exhausted, thinking why me? or why this road? , no matter what keep walking, you will definitely find some shelter, and then you know you are not alone. If there is a shelter, there must have been someone on that road before you right! the one who built it….so as you walk, even if you do not find shelters (help), build one for others just to let them alone -”  They are not alone!”

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Pic #2 : An ant on Queen Anne’s Lace ( a cluster of white flowers that grow in the wild)

Lesson : I always thought we can learn a lot from ants –  unity, discipline (how they follow each other in perfect lines), saving for the hard times…….and that leading a happy life is a matter of  the right habits and about staying together, and for all this SIZE ( of your apartment, refrigerator, closet …) really does not matter 🙂

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Pic #3: An ox eye flower (stripped of its petals with only the core standing strong against the sun!)

Lesson : Even after you have lost everything, if your heart beats, if you can breathe, you are ALIVE and you can still live on despite all the misery, but only as long as you believe you can!  (“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – Fredrich Nietzsche)

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Pic # 4: A wild Sunflower

Lesson : Always look at the bright side of things, Face the sun and the shadows are always behind you 😀

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Pic #5 : A family of geese by the lakeside

Lesson : If we are together, we can always find our way back home ( just like these wonderful navigators)

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Pic # 6 : Trees on the top of a small hill by the lake

Lesson : Well what are you trying to say through this one  Happy Singh ?

I have a really busy week and weekend ahead, so until next week, take care

Hugs from Krithya G and Happy S!

What does Failure mean ?

Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure,

It means-you have not succeeded.

Failure doesn’t mean you accomplished nothing,

It means you’ve learned something.

Failure doesn’t mean That you’ve been a fool,

It means you had a lot of faith.

Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been disgraced,

It means you were willing to try.

Failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it,

It means you have to do something in a different way.

Failure doesn’t mean you are inferior,

It means you are not perfect.

Failure doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your life,

It means you have a reason to start afresh.

Failure doesn’t mean you should give up,

It means you MUST try harder.

Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it,

It means It will take a little longer.

Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you,

It means God has a better way for you.

Here is another of those poems that would give when strength in difficult times, I found this while browsing to find the poet for the previous post. I picked the ones I liked, but you can find many more such poems/quotes  here.

I did not have a great day today but after reading the poems it felt so much better.  In the past I took so much pride in the way I lived, that I would hardly glance through these motivational poems, but I think I took this one quote from my English teacher very seriously, and it has been with me ever since I first heard it – “Wise men learn from others experience, fools learn from theirs!”.

I know now that its not a bad idea to seek advise and learn from others’ experience whenever required. And the experience could come in any form, from quotes to stories to poems to one to one conversations, you just need to keep your ears open and listen. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sunrise (Author Unknown)

Every morning in Africa, when the Sun rises, a deer awakens

knowing it has to outrun the fastest lion, or be hunted to death

Every morning in Africa, when the Sun rises, a lion awakens

knowing it has to outrun the slowest deer, or be starved to death

It does not matter whether you are a deer or a lion

When the sun rises, better be running at your best

You only live once!

Kudos to whoever came up with it! Very simple, but very thoughtful!

Looks like  a very popular motivational poem, almost everyone has it on their blogs 🙂  but I could not find the poet’s name.

I came across this one when searching for something else, and could not resist sharing it! more than sharing its just a reality check for me, when I get drifted away into my dreamland, because in reality, that is all life is, if you are not the hunter, you are the hunted, and either ways if you want to continue living you got to run, either chasing someone or escaping from someone, but you got to run! Morning walks do not help any more, at least not in this competitive jungle, whether deer or lion, to live is but to run, to race and to win!

Picasa photo editor : My new toy!

I have always loved taking pictures but was not very much into photo editing. I thought its just not my style, and also that its something only those cool guys who know Photoshop can do, and boy Photoshop is expensive even if you leave the complicated part aside. 🙂 …..

but now I found a new toy, Picasa, and it really does wonders! Yea I know I am slow, Picasa has been around for quite a while now, but to me its my own little exciting discovery 😀

And this is my first Picasa edited and patched picture….I thought I should just put it up here for records.

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The bottom one is the original picture which I think I clicked at a vacation home but I like the other versions too, may be someday I will frame this and put it up somewhere in my living room once I have a house of my own that is 😀

Looking forward to trying out the other cool effects in Picasa !!!!