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If  April rain gathers up earthy aromas

If moonlight kissed summer days

Life would be a dreamer’s  tool

And I,  a happy love struck fool!



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Lyrical experiment # 4 (Still not a rhyming one! -* read footnote)


Have fallen hard for you                         

I don’t have a freaking clue

What I intend to do!

Maybe as a start

I got to acknowledge

That I have fallen head over heels in love with you!


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Like Tinker Bell’s laughter

your happiness warms my soul!

Your thoughtful and funny banter

comforting like the gentle murmur of a brook

running through lovely deep dark woods!


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Not sure which way the wind blows

What cue the ship’s sails should take

There seems no option but

to be stuck between a rock and a hard place!

The heart wants what the heart wants

The mind plays the villain of the piece

The silence is so loud it drowns all the words

leaving behind unspoken nostalgic thought fragments

floating around like islands in a sea of self-inflicted misery!

With you the highs are so high

and the lows so damn low

Just keep smiling throughout one day

And then be frozen the next trying to choke down tears that spill

tracing no fathomable reason!

Veering between extremes am I?

like this ship lost in the beauty of pacific calm one moment

and caught up in a raving and ranting storm next

The wind plays havoc with the sails like the mind with the soul

Is it a harbour that’s shining with warmth and light in the distance?

Or is it a deep dark cave of gloom?!

Mirrored emotions or a misunderstood disarray of thoughts?

Afloat aimlessly all at sea will the ship find its nest?

For now it seems like a mindless quest

Just caught between a rock and a hard place!

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There is this dream in almost everyone’s life to make it big in advertising – just because of the sheer freedom of thought, the freedom to be and the free expression. I had such a dream too, still do tucked  away in some corner of my heart. The job is associated with glamour,  big monies, celebrities, larger than life grand plans…but for me it meant loving what you do and not know how time flies by, relishing every moment!

In advertising new possibilities open up,  new challenges beckon you that fills you with a rush of excitement and fresh enthusiasm. The actual creative process will submerge your senses and shut out all else and it is just you, your thoughts and the creative – such an experience can be mind blowing.

I feel this connect every time I get the rhthym of composing a rush of my thoughts into words. I can just let go of everything else and be in the sole company of my thoughts with a feeling of a free falling making you relax, unwind and be so peaceful and so connected with the entire process. You just bask in the warm glory of words coming at you with the free waterfall of thoughts hitting your senses, awaking your soul and breathing fresh air into a mundane existence. You would be able to connect to what I am talking about, when you have lost yourself in a job or activity or hobby, which makes you come alive.

Back to being, say a creative writer in an advertising firm, the challenge would be to express yourself in a line – boy that can be so much of a struggle when you have to contain all the avalanche of expressions into that single line which is going to taking the world by storm…this adrenaline rush makes it so exciting and so enormously rewarding!

Watching the Prahlad Kakkar show on NDTV brought back waves of nostalgia – the array of ads like the MGM strepsils ad, pink or blue Jenson and Nicholson paints ad and my favourite gold spot, the zing thing had me travel back in time – it was one of those jingles you tend to hum. Watching the Aamir Khan-Aishwarya Pepsi ad, reminded me how much the art of make up has evolved in Bollywood now! The more recent SRK-Sachin pepsi was indeed a brilliant ad that made its mark as expected!

Thanks PK and NDTV for this little nostalgic trip down memory lane. Happy Diwali.

Here is a list of some cool (mostly old) ad clips…enjoy:

Amul Butter1

Amul Butter 2

Gold spot – the zing thing

Raymond Suitings 1

Raymond Suitings 2


Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Choc ad 1

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Choc ad 2

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Choc ad 3





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Missing someone can transport you into an unreal world. It makes them loom large in your memory and they kind of haunt your thoughts somewhere in the back of your head. The smile on the corner of the lips, the stead fast gaze, the dimple you never noticed before flashes across your mind’s eye…like Wordsworth would speak of a host of daffodils. Yeah, your heart does flutter and dance in the memory and you start pining. There is a weird sort of comfort that you derive from pining. It leaves a gentle but yet deep ache within your soul, which you feel sometimes in a physical sense. It usually starts out as a lump in the throat and lands somewhere in your heart like heavy burden you cannot throw off. Yes, releasing the agony in tears can offer some solace and you can then carry on with routine. The beauty of life and the intensity of emotions are usually felt in moments. You capture the moment hold it close to your heart, understand it with your mind and savour if for whatever intense feeling it brings… be it happiness or sorrow and then it quickly flits away from your scrutiny just as it appeared suddenly out of the blue. I figure why poets glorify the pain of missing someone and pining for them. It yields a special kind of joy by itself…maybe because your heart fills with powerful emotions that make you feel warm in the heart and fuzzy in the head.

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Movies can have a profound influence on you. When you are a kid, they can make your imagination go completely berserk.


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