Friday, September 17, 2010

It's super cool to be 60....!

Guys, I have been naughty and neglected this space. My apologies! This is what happens when there's a new baby ... err... book, to deliver. Being both devout and superstitious, I went straight to the feet of Lalbaugh Chha Raja and gave the Lord my first copy ( duly gift wrapped ) of 'Shobhaa at Sixty'. I was nervous.... would we be able to jostle past the crowds and reach him? Guess what? It turned out to be a magnificent darshan, all thanks to a gentleman who shall go nameless ( he graciously said, " Darshan happens only when Ganpati Bappa calls and only due to his benevolence. Glad you had a divya darshan!"). 'Divya' , it most certainly was! Strange. When I am in Ganeshji's divine presence, I turn to mush and go blank! All the wonderful things I want to tell him, stay in my mind. All those 'requests' remain non-articulated. I can only close my eyes, surrender.... and feel uplifted! It is such an extraordinary feeling - and nearly everybody I've asked, has also told me they experience a strange power when they enter the Lalbaugh pandal, that renders them numb! I emerged from the darshan feeling twenty kilos lighter.. and in a state of unadulterated bliss. On a more mundane level, I was also famished! We rushed to my favourite restaurant SOAM, right across the road from the historic Babulnath temple. We feasted on palak and moong dal with jowar bhakri. Shudh vegetarian fare. So 'satvik' and wholesome, I want to go back for more. Soon!

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Then, it was another round of back- to- back interviews, shoots ( watch out for the next issue of 'Society' - Suchitra Iyer, the clever Tam Brahm editor, and Vikram Bawa, the man with the magic lens, made me feel like a Goddess ) and, of course, my own columns. This morning I shot with Shekhar Gupta for NDTV's 'Walk the Talk', which will be telecast tomorrow night, 9.30 p.m. India time. With a repeat telecast on Sunday at 3. 30pm. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though our last few shots took place under a downpour! The skies over Marine Drive were spectacular - deep grey and full of attitude. They were also heavy with rain, which came down in torrents as we were about to wrap up. It was time for a Bollywood -style duet! But Shekhar had a flight to catch. And I, a potential author! It was fun catching up with Shekhar - he's an old friend. What a scary memory the man has. It's scarier than mine!

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As I write this, several Ganpatis are bidding farewell to the city. I have had my fair share of 'ukdi modaks' ( steamed to perfection , with the right balance of jaggery , freshly grated coconut and cardamom).

Here's a thought : Something good is happening to all those of us who have hit 6O! 'Sexy Sam' has won the National Award for 'Paa', and my darling school friend Shabana Azmi turns 60 tomorrow! It's official, folks - it's definitely super cool to be 60 - geddit???

19 comments:

anamika said...

Ok we know amitabh is 60 plus and yoru friend but whats your age De!!! ;)

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SpiritualDiary said...

I really miss your blog when you don't write. It is a must read before I go to sleep. Some of your enthusiasm for life rubs off and makes me feel good.

Harman said...

WOW>>that was quite a Bit..of information..
very inspiring..at sixty!

Appu said...

Hum Jab Honge Saath Saal Ke, tang rang rang rang rang rang rang...

UjSen said...
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UjSen said...

Don't worry! 60 is the new 40!

Was seeing an episode of Koffee with Karan with you and Shabana Azmi yesterday. Very khatta meetha. :D

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Vinay. said...

we miss you when you don't write. I am a De-addict and am happy to be one.at 60 you are glowing and you will continue to glow because it is related more to your inner beauty and enthusiasm.

Manjiri Kale said...

Dear Ma De...

I think...

You are not 60.....

You are 18 with 42 years

experience....!

I also like ukdi modak
Ganpati Bappa Moraya...!

cmpershad said...

The days of `SATHA SO PATHA' [one who is sixty catches the cot] are gone. Now sixty is beauty. Good age to relax and enjoy. Best wishes for the future and also for the book :)

Sheelnidhi said...

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Harneet said...

Well you forgot to mention Hema Malini who will be 62 on 16th Oct

goodluck said...
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goodluck said...

It is so funny that women are so obsessed with age. Does any man say that its super cool to be sixty or whatever? What is the big difference between 59 and sixty except the half percent extra interest on deposits and some concessions in tickets and queues which is common to both the genders. Is it a woman's innate insecurity which makes her say all these things? It is the film journalists(mostly ladies) who put down even a thirty five plus female star as over the hill. Even if a star is healthy, these journalists say that such and such a star is fat. A man carries baldness and age with more assurance. Imagine what will happen to a woman when she confronts Kher type baldness? Yet it is nice to see women looking good with advancing years. It may be either natural good health or some plastic surgery.

Pratap said...

Shobha

Watched your walk n talk by the NCPA with Shekhar Gupta. It was awesome and the ONLY Shobha kind.
Looking forward to the next segment next Saturday.
And of course to the book!

Nupur said...

Waiting for the book.
:o)

manisha said...

bought your book from the Oberoi mall Crossword today, spent the last two hours reading it and loving it. what a wonderful read.

loved the statement -
*a tranquil expression is one of the world's most flattering cosmetics*

you address anger many times in the book too. very relevant. i wonder why we ladies feel so much anger? at a workshop in my kid's schoo, the speaker started off speaking to the mom's gathered about anger. then he asked how many of us were angry. nearly all hands rose! merits some thought...

all the best. may you rock the bookstores way past 80...

Christine said...

Hi Shobhaa, I live in Chicago and am a huge fan :) My mum lives in Pune and she just turned 60 - have sent her your new book as a gift via flipkart.com, with a message that says" from one hottie 60 yr old to another!". Am sure she's gonna looooove the book! Can't wait to read the same, on my next india trip!

ARUN said...
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Shwetha said...

Sify has posted the following review for the book..looks like an overall 3 star rating from what i could guage

http://sify.com/news/shobhaa-at-sixty-a-new-look-at-the-old-news-books-kkel15fafhc.html