Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mesimerising shoba with her beautiful writings

Shobha De is an eminent Indian novelist, who is often known as India's Jackie Collins. She was born as Shobha Rajadhyaksha to the Saraswat Brahmin family of Maharashtra on the January 7, 1947. She completed her graduation from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and obtained degree in Psychology. In this article, we will present you with the biography of Shobha De, a well known Indian writer.In the beginning of her career, she worked as a model and made a name for herself. Thereafter, she thought of changing her profession. Then, she pursued her career in Journalism. She brought out three magazines namely Stardust, Society, and Celebrity. Presently, she is working as a freelance writer for a couple of newspapers and magazines. To know the complete life history of Shobha Dey, read on.These days, she is staying with her second husband Dilip De along with their children in one of the posh colonies of Mumbai. Most of her writings focus on different aspects of urban India. The erotic matter that she has written in the past has become the subject of controversy. She has also been actively involved in writing scripts for various TV soaps like Swabhimaan. At present, she is working as a columnist and writes for a fortnight magazine "The Week". In this periodical, she writes on varied issues concerning the society. She speaks her mind in her writings. She often expresses her dissatisfaction with respect to the behavior exhibited by the present day generation. Many a times, she has been held responsible for accelerating the pace and bringing about a sexual revolution through her writings in the column "The Sexes" of the magazine "The Week". She has also written a couple of erotic novels.

Notable Works of Shobha De

Starry Nights

Socialite Evenings

Sultry Days


Small betrayals

Second Thoughts

Surviving Men



Selective Memory

Thursday, April 30, 2009

All about unnikrishnan

Unnikrishnan was the recipient of National Award for hisvery first song ' Ennavale " from Kaadhalan. He was rewarded this, for hislater song " Uyirum Neeye " from Pavithra . The Award was clubbed for bothof that. When asked how ?. he replies that it is fully " ARR 's Magic. TheMusic, Lyrics". At that time, my voice was a new one to the film Industry.That composition according to Unni was ARR's best.
Singer Jesudas. He used to listen to jesudas MalayalamSongs, when he grewup, and also try singing it in functions. He gotintroduced to Music, through his Influence, VOice . Later it was SPB, whowas his inspiration.
- Unni was in Office at that time. It was abusy month end. ARR called him up. Unni has been all along a ClassicalSinging, and had never experience in Film Singing at that time. he neverwanted to do playback singing. Prior to this , it was in Rajeev menon's Homethat Unni mentioned to ARR that he wanted to come to ARR Studio, for seeinga recording. ARR told him that he was welcome anytime.So, when he was called he was asked to sing " Indirayo Eval Chandirano" (Pallavi - just 4 lyrics ) . Shankar and Vairamuthu were also present therethat time. Some takes were done. Then , the entire lyrics were given, and hewas called after 2 days. *Unni says that Working with ARR has always been apleasure for him. he will give you a lot of freedom, but will not leave you,till he gets whatever he wanted. But encourages you till the end. A singerneeds a lot of encouragement and push. ARR never tells any singer that hissinging is not good; he only suggests and says that something could beimproved here and there. ARR always brings out the originality of the Singer* .
HIs Wife was initiallyupset, because she was into classical singing. She was afraid, that Unniwill lose classical touch in the long run. But once, when the song came out,h couldn;t believe himself, if it was him who had sung that song. He says "Unbelievable ambience and Effects in Panchatan". Getting a National Awardwas like a Thunderbolt for him. It was too much of a surprise for him. hewas in London at that time, when his sister-in-law called him up andconveyed that news.
he says that a mother sentiment arebrought very well in that song. ARR's mother used to like that song verymuch, and used to say that Unni sang very well in that song. It was a Raagabased song, with beuatiful guitar mixing, which was the right mode for thatsong. The words + tune made that song a great one.
::- Unni used to listen a lot of Hindustani songs, but didn;tlearn it, because he feels that Carnatic itself was highly demanding. Hewould like to learn it in future.*
Thodi, Charukesi . No song in Thodi Raagafor ARR. But in Malayalam devotional songs, he had sung in that raaga. ifsang flat, that raaga used to be similar to Sindhu Bhairavi.
He has sung more than 600 songs till date, but he felt badonce ( NOT WITH ARR ), while singing with another MD. The Lryics was notgood for the song. of course, he ahd no complaints against that MD even.When he told his wife that later, she started crying.
" *Hello Doctor " song from Kadhal desam.Initially, ARR wanted Unni to sing that song, but Unni felt that it wouldnot suit him, and subsequently, ARR sang that song
****GURUS* :
- lot of Gurus like Sri. V. L. Seshadri, Savithri, Saraswathi.Raihana tells us here that even ARR used to have lot of Gurus, like eachyear different one.
That was a totally different song. Themood was different. It had some bit of romance little later in that song.Singing with Sadhana Sargam was fantastic. His favourite has always beenHARIHARAN, as Hariharan does something with the turnings each time, hesings.
It was on his wedding Anniversary, when aparty was arranged at his home. ARR called Unni at 9 PM in the night. Unniwent immediately. Mani Sir was present. Bombay Jayashree was also present .Unni sang that song in Film style, while Bombay Jayashree was rendering itin Carnatic Style. Mani Sir wanted him to sing in Carnatic Style, and soUnni added some gamakams ( touchings ) . After 2 days, he finished thatsong.Raihana says that Unni needn;t have disturbed his wedding Anniversary, asthe song was anyway finished two days later ( Jokingly )*Education * Unni was a commerce Student. he was an average student. Mathswas his biggest tension always. So took Commerce, Accountancy. He used to gofor tuitions. he also did personnel Management and Law. Cricket was hisbiggest passion , and then came music.*
Wake Up at 5 : 30 AM. Do Yoga. Practice for 3 Hrs. Hesays that regular practice is needed for a Concert Singer. Right fromMarriage he has been singing . Nov 9 ( Date alone uttered by him )*
Nice Compostion. very Interesting ,Beautiful Tune. ARR just left that song entirely on Unni for him to do whatever he wanted.
In that there is a SecondsHarmony part, which Unni Says that he hasn;t sung . *ARR has transposed thatthrough his Instruments, His techniques. ( WOW ) . Unni says that ARR doesall this small small things wonderfully. On the Spot, ARR can compose. Hejust demonstrates how ARR does, for which Raihana just laughs.. " he willtake his Keyboard, and do something. The end product would be just awonderful, mesmersing song or tune ". Unni used to sing with ARR and seewhat he is doing . It seems before he could ask ARR , ARR is out, and wouldreturn after some time. *


Introduction to the chakras
What chakras are and their psychological properties
Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.
The chakras can have various levels of activity. When they're "open," they're considered operative in a normal fashion.
Ideally, all chakras would contribute to our being. Our instincts would work together with our feelings and thinking. However, this is usually not the case. Some chakras are not open enough (being under-active), and to compensate, other chakras are over-active. The ideal state is where the chakras are balanced. To find out what the state of your chakras is, do the chakra test.
There exist lots of techniques to balance the chakras. Mostly techniques to open chakras are used. It makes no sense to try to make over-active chakras less active, as they are compensating for other chakras. To restore the compensation they'd be over-active again in no time. To stop them from compensating, the chakras they are compensating for must be opened. See the techniques to open chakras.
1 - Root chakra
The Root chakra is about being physically there and feeling at home in situations. If it is open, you feel grounded, stable and secure. You don't unnecessarily distrust people. You feel present in the here and now and connected to your physical body. You feel you have sufficient territory.
If you tend to be fearful or nervous, your Root chakra is probably under-active. You'd easily feel unwelcome.
If this chakra is over-active, you may be very materialistic and greedy. You're probably obsessed with being secure and resist change.
2 - Sacral chakra
The Sacral chakra is about feeling and sexuality. When it is open, your feelings flow freely, and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy and you can be passionate and lively. You have no problems dealing with your sexuality.
If you tend to be stiff and unemotional or have a "poker face," the Sacral chakra is under-active. You're not very open to people.
If this chakra is over-active, you tend to be emotional all the time. You'll feel emotionally attached to people and you can be very sexual.
3 - Navel chakra
The Navel chakra is about asserting yourself in a group. When it is open, you feel in control and you have sufficient self esteem.
When the Navel chakra is under-active, you tend to be passive and indecisive. You're probably timid and don't get what you want.
If this chakra is over-active, you are domineering and probably even aggressive.
4 - Heart chakra
The Heart chakra is about love, kindness and affection. When it is open, you are compassionate and friendly, and you work at harmonious relationships.
When your Heart chakra is under-active, you are cold and distant.
If this chakra is over-active, you are suffocating people with your love and your love probably has quite selfish reasons.
5 - Throat chakra
The Throat chakra is about self-expression and talking. When it is open, you have no problems expressing yourself, and you might be doing so as an artist.
When this chakra is under-active, you tend not to speak much, and you probably are introverted and shy. Not speaking the truth may block this chakra.
If this chakra is over-active, you tend to speak too much, usually to domineer and keep people at a distance. You're a bad listener if this is the case.
6 - Third Eye chakra
The Third Eye chakra is about insight and visualization. When it is open, you have a good intuition. You may tend to fantasize.
If it is under-active, you're not very good at thinking for yourself, and you may tend to rely on authorities. You may be rigid in your thinking, relying on beliefs too much. You might even get confused easily.
If this chakra is over-active, you may live in a world of fantasy too much. In excessive cases halucinations are possible.
7 - Crown chakra
The Crown chakra is about wisdom and being one with the world. When this chakra is open, you are unprejudiced and quite aware of the world and yourself.
If it is under-active, you're not very aware of spirituality. You're probably quite rigid in your thinking.
If this chakra is over-active, you are probably intellectualizing things too much. You may be addicted to spirituality and are probably ignoring your bodily needs.