Eshwar, the movie was released in Feb 1989.
He would have been 3-4 years old then.
Yesterday, the discussion started with ‘Why Laxmikant Pyarelal hired Nitin Mukesh to sing all the songs in the movie?’ “Tickets in those days were sold mostly at the pan shops adjacent to the halls”, he would say. And I would amuse myself wondering how would he know!
And before I could bring myself to adjust to his annoyance over the bad choice of Laxmikant Pyarelal, he switched topics – that was the time anti-CPM agitation was lead from the front by this woman – Mamta Didi. Hurried speech style. Jyoti Basu had a formidable opponent then.
The longest hour of the meeting is spent musing over the politics of religion, or the religion of politics as he puts it.
Look at West Bengal now.
He is 35. About 13 years my junior. I meet him like once a month over coffee and chitchat. Chitchat that revolves around current affairs, political upheavals and coups, varieties of flavoured green tea and stuff like that. But the longest hour of the meeting is spent musing over the politics of religion, or the religion of politics as he puts it.
I am not going to mention his name. Its easy to find religion in a name.
He claims to have none. He doesn’t practice any belief, except in being nice to people. I agree. Last evening he brought me 6 books for the library at my cosy corner at home. A lot of people visit me. People bring me a lot of things. Books, I have always picked by myself.
Books, we jointly believe are the source of all inspiration. The journey could be endless without having to move an inch. However, books when prescribed with a particular representation could shut even the most basic logic. Then, there’s no journey to undertake. There’s fixation.
He insisted on placing them on the shelf himself.
Extreme left : Constitution of India. Adjacent to it, the Bhagwadgita, followed by a copy of the Bible, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Quran, followed by the Constitution of India again.
I was amused.
“Why two copies of the Constitution, I asked?”
“You never know, which side they might want to start reading from! They need to know, what comes first.”
How ideal a world that could be!