Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Jalsa , Mumbai Feb 27 , 2012 Mon 11 : 54 PM
Oscars ! The grandeur, the protocol, the precision, the elegance and the grace of the stars present in their numbers, even when you have to get up at 5 in the morning to witness it on Tv, is a delight. The host Billy Crystal as always was his witty best, though I did find him and the entire ceremony somewhat subdued and surprised to find our AR Rehman, as part of a group band up in the tiers on his keyboard playing the interlude music as recipients walked off the stage, or the programme went into a commercial break.
Strange was it not that we spoke of the 'Artist' just the other day and it sweeps most of the awards that matter. And to honor an Iranian film as best Foreign Film, despite the general politics that USA and Iran find themselves involved in was, well .. different !
The red carpet interviews seemed repetitive and tutored to reveal brand enhancements for all the clothes and jewelry that the ladies wore. I guess that must be a business understanding, since it all comes ex gratia for the celebrity.
The electronic media plagiarizing this concept in some of our Award functions here in Mumbai, once asked me similar question -
"And so Mr Bachchan, what are you wearing today ?"
" Clothes !", I responded.
Messages for a hasty recovery, for rest and recovery pour in daily and I try to contend with them to the best of my ability. From over 1500 on the mobile its down to the 200′s and soon they shall all be responded to .. well most of them. It does take a while to sift the unknown from the known, for immediate response, but the desire is to convey gratitude to all. So if for some reason I am finding myself unable to thank all, may I just say that through this medium and all the other cyber platforms that I connect with, do take this as a recognition of your heartfelt concern and to treat this as my warm and thank full acknowledgement. And this does not just go with this blog and my dearest Ef, but those that connect on the TwFmXt and any other.
Your words of encouragement are indeed so full of inspiration and love that it is most moving to be a recipient of them. How ever do you find the adequate words to describe your feelings is a lesson I need to learn.
There is humor too in some and even though the laugh is, in these circumstances, not a recommended activity because of the stress on the wound, I thought it necessary to share this from that delectable columnist Bachi Karkaria of Times of India -
Her get well message, contained, I am certain, her well constructed personal limerick as follows -
"A man undergoing surgery for hernia,
Told his doc, I'm going to warn yer,
When you open my middle -
I beg you don't fiddle,
With parts that do not concern yer !!"
The frequency of my visits to the OT and indeed the hospitals has now become a regular feature and each time I am released I wonder if this shall be the last. Javed Saheb of Javed Akhtar fame, poet writer and writer of most of my very successful earlier films along with Salim Saheb, does carry a bundle of other accomplishments too in his vast repertoire of knowledge, humor being one immensely special. I needed the translation of one of the words of a 'nazm' I was listening to in hospital, soon after it was feared I would have to undergo another surgery. In his incomparable style and wit he responded -
'Before all else, I am happy to learn that the sequel to the OT is not being made …"
An obvious reference, somewhat guardedly, and tongue firmly in cheek, to the number of sequels that are being made of my films in recent times, some of them that have been written by him – Don, Zanjeer to name a couple … apart from Agneepath, Amar Akbar Anthony, Satte pe Satta …
Good night dear ones … sleep well and in happiness always ..
Monday, February 27, 2012
Mumbai: It`s been tradition for Amitabh Bachchan to greet his fans at his doorstep almost every Sunday morning, and this Sunday was no different. Despite doctor`s instructions in view of his frail condition following his 12-day hospital stay, the megastar came out to meet his fans.
"The Sunday well wishers! Constant and so regular... touched... walked down to greet them," Amitabh posted on Twitter Sunday night.
"Thank you people of love. I have no other expression but this for gratitude... Walking out for the first time after hospital... not recommended, but for well wishers, a must," added the actor, who refers to his social networking mates as his "extended family".
Clad in a white kurta-pyjama and a cream shawl, the 69-year-old waved out to his fans. Among them was a man, who imitated Big B`s ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ style, to which Amitabh wrote: "...and imitations abound ... not too far away from the real i should say... ha ha."
The veteran actor returned to his home from hospital Feb 23. He was admitted to the Seven Hills Hospital Feb 11 and underwent two abdominal surgeries, following which he complained of acute pain and was kept under observation.
Amitabh Bachchan happy India is polio-free
MUMBAI: Amitabh Bachchan, who is a Unicef goodwill ambassador, is happy India is a polio-free nation now and says it is the result of hard work by some institutions.
The Bollywood megastar posted that Rod Curtis, communication specialist, Polio Eradication Unit, UNICEF India, informed him that WHO and the Unicef wing for the eradication of polio had declared India a polio free nation. He even posted the letter on his blog.
"It is most satisfying to learn that there are some institutions, that genuinely acknowledge the hard work, voluntarily put in towards this campaign. Hours and hours of work, through the years has finally resulted in an outcome of which I feel so proud.
"I feel the pride on two counts. One of course and the most important, that the disease has been eradicated from our region and two, the fact that UNICEF chose to send their gracious thanks to me in writing - we had if you remember made this announcement many months ago at a formal ceremony. WHO giving it the final credit is definitive confirmation. There has been no acknowledgement from the government and one does not expect any either," Bachchan added.
The megastar is now recuperating at home from abdominal surgeries.
Amitabh Bachchan back home, upset with paparazzi’s insensitivity
Amitabh Bachchan is relieved to be back home after a 12-day stay at the Seven Hills Hospital. However, the megastar says he had a tough time reaching his home thanks to “insensitive” paparazzi, Zee News reports.
“The paparazzi, though kept away from the premises of the hospital, were there at the entrance and throughout the journey home, blocking the movement of the car by standing in front and on top of the vehicle, which was disturbing. I have yet to see them understand the sensitivity of a situation such as this,” the 69-year-old posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com.
Amitabh was operated on February 11 for abdominal issues, and was under observation at the seven-star medical facility ever since. He was discharged on Thursday evening, and several still and video cameramen crowded around his car for footage. This disturbed the veteran star.
“A patient just released from hospital needs to get back to his home and secure from the travel, to it, as soon as possible, but I guess they (media) would rather get their exclusive photograph than have such consideration. A pleasant request falls on dumb ears and anything stronger than that shall be legitimate invitation to their wrath, of being manhandled,” added the actor, who feels his reaction to the media`s behaviour could spiral into another controversy.
“A complicated procedure would then follow resulting in nothing, but a severe negativeness against the celebrity, and more. One has learnt over the years that any thought of controlling them is futile. Better then to tolerate this excessive intrusiveness and move on,” he wrote.
Amitabh also posted a picture of the scenario outside the hospital, and wrote, “Just an example of how media and paparazzi block my car, not allowing it to move, insensitive to the need of its just released ailing occupant to get home secure and as rapidly as possible.”
For now, he is thankful for all prayers for his speedy recovery. “The surgery discomfort and soreness persists, but will take a while to finally erase itself from the pain glands, but in all, apart from a sluggish movement, God`s grace and prayers of the EF (extended family) have put me back on track again. My most gracious thanks to all,” he wrote. daily times monitor.
The Minister received the news this morning in a letter written by the WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan at the Polio Summit in Delhi.
Polio Eradication Unit
Friday, February 24, 2012
Jalsa , Mumbai Feb 24 , 2012 Fri 11 : 56 PM
Confined to a hospital bed and room … confined now to your own bed and room … after a while, the differences obliterate themselves. The courage and desire to involve oneself in doing, slowly diminishes to not doing. No deliberate effort, but its sameness begins to give impression that it be so. Many theories abound that say first to make a start, slow and almost unnoticeable and then gradually everything begins to fall in place. The only matter that starts is the connect with the Ef. Starts there and ends there. Not an unpleasant act, rather one that now gives greater pleasure than any other.
Reading through the comments, gathering the text of your inputs, assembling them all in my being, is a joy which I may never be able to aptly describe. But suffice to say, all else pales somewhat in its presence. Many look forward to the night to rest to sleep and allow the body to recover from the rigors of the day. Mine is not quite that. More so now because getting in and adjusting the posture for the nocturnal journey is an effort no less physical than running a mile. Each shift gives caution of a damaged part that needs to be tenderly attended to. And when the major portions of that reside in the abdomen, it is a difficult art. The mind says yes, the sharp pain says thats a wrong lane. Stop, be gentle, nurture the movement, give time … ah ! much too much to oversee, and garner precaution.
Does pain both psychological and physical dilute the emotional resistance in us ? I would tend to believe it does. The reserve of the pain endured, on overflowing, tends to burst at the smallest of incidents. It is not a good sign to be seen succumbing to it, but the ducts involuntarily fill up and spill out, unasked. A musical piece, a film, a loving letter of care, a soothing hand, kind words … all possessing the capacity to create this uncommon phenomena. The sensitivity quotient at its peak.
My desk as I sit about, loads itself with unattended work. Paperwork that should have been attended to a fortnight ago. The mobile has over 800 unanswered received messages – greetings on my return and wishes for speedy recovery. Each day I try to attend to them but its sheer vastness and my own inability, stops me. I shall get through them, but for the moment the lethargy of my convalescence is far too pronounced. I will, I shall and I must.
The impressive clock at the far end, that chimes and announces the hour, just struck 12. To many it beckons bedtime. To me it reflects another 7 hours before the sun ! Time spent is related more to the timings of the medication, to know to be be aware of them, when, how much and in what quantity. I would rather be remembering lines or character to play than this. But in its absence, this occupies greater time and value. A oncoming sneeze does not come with the abandon it did some days ago. So to with the cough. The pull of pain on the site of the surgery draws your attention first. The sneeze or the cough is not bad at all, its the sharp pain it generates at the sight of the wounds that become of concern. Odd !
The rapidity with which to chose to stand and sit, goes through an exercise in adaptability. Prowess is fundamental to execute these rather 'intricate' endeavors. Strange ! But the effort must continue and repeatedly. Hopefully one day all shall fall into place and behave as though nothing had happened. Seemingly so of course, for the changes cannot and will not be wished away …
Let me then take leave to conduct my acts as I must, with all its recent handicaps .. the morrow calls in some hours and we shall be together again ..
With love ..
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
On Tuesday, both the stalwarts wished each other quick recovery on Twitter.
Yuvraj tweeted: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seamed with scars..."
Mr Bachchan replied: "@yuvsingh09 could not agree with you more ... hope you are doing well Yuvraj .. prayers for your speedy recovery."
Yuvi thanked him for his wishes and said: "and one of the biggest examples is you mr bachchan ! Thank you very much I'm better each day."
On February 14, Yuvraj gave a great piece of news to all his fans as a Valentine's Day gift. He tweeted that his tumour was almost out of his system.
"Got very good news from dr lawrence today! The tumor is almost way out of the system Aftr reading my todays scan !Second cycle has started."
Dr Einhorn, who is known to be the among the best cancer doctors in the world, had also treated legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, who had suffered from testicular cancer in 1996.
Yuvraj, who has been in Boston since last month, is expected to be back on the field in the first week of May, according to his doctor. His second cycle of chemotherapy has started.
The 30-year-old, who went to US last month, has gone bald during the treatment, which will go on till the last week of March before the process of rehabilitation starts in April.
After being diagnosed with the illness, Yuvraj has not played competitive cricket since taking part in two of three home Tests against the West Indies in November.
He has so far scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000. He was named Player of the Tournament in the World Cup for scoring 362 runs and grabbing 15 wickets in nine matches.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is himself recuperating at a hospital inMumbai following two abdominal surgeries, wishes a quick recovery to ailing cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj, who is undergoing treatment for lung cancer in the US, on Tuesday posted a positive message on Twitter, stating: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seamed with scars."
To this, Big B posted: "Could not agree with you more ... hope you are doing well Yuvraj ... prayers for your speedy recovery."
While Amitabh has been at the Seven Hills Hospital since February 11,Yuvraj is undergoing chemotherapy at the Boston Institute of Cancer Research in the US.
Yuvraj praised the 69-year-old's strength, and added in response: "@SrBachchan and one of the biggest examples is you Mr. Bachchan! Thank you very much I'm better each day."
Amitabh too is responding well to his treatment, and should be discharged from the hospital in a few days. However, he says his full recovery could take months.
Hospital 7 Hills, Mumbai Feb 22 , 2012 Wed 11 : 45 PM
The 'central line' came out a short while ago … a good looking healthy 6″ of needle immersed into your neck 'vein' and the relief of mobility now cannot be aptly described. The body is now free from all 'kites' and wires and soon shall be free from this hospital as well. The intensity of the pain and discomfort is describable only when it is present. Then too it is difficult to put a finger, or a standard, or a level to it. It is only when relieved from it that you begin to realize how large it was. Soon hopefully this intricate and most unique human body shall also make us consider that in the past, and very little shall remain in our memories. At least that is what I have noticed. But then my case may be viewed differently. There have been so many incidents that it is best none of them leave any stain of remembrance behind. It would be disastrous for my mind to accomodate so much of my own misery. So, deliberately or otherwise, it has continued to remain away, and thank God for that.
It makes for great sympathetic narration, your troubles and trials. But after a while, even the listener shall wonder when your tale shall come to an end. They would rather begin to narrate their own experiences with the knife and doctors than listen to yours ! Its the way of humans and life. Its a sentiment I have often written about. So then, before the rest of the Ef begin to yawn and wonder on ways of changing this topic, I must take the hint and stop.
The wonderful Tabu visited today and spent sizable time, talking of many connected and unconnected issues. Of film and nature, of quality and appreciation and of course her own considerations on the kind of films she wanted to be associated with. A joy always to be with her.
It shall now be a few more days when I shall be heading home. The mind has already begun to programme the time to be spent and how. There shall be the obvious precautions, but besides that a desire to utilize the time in constructive learning and to acquire knowledge of matters still a mystery for me. the fact that all this comes to the fore now when most of your life span is over is strange. But then either you spend time in establishing yourself and your dependents, or time on learning. The insecurity of losing opportunity in the establishing, weighs heaviest at these times and any diversionary act threatens to diminish your worth, which I might add is something that you have spent your most valuable time in establishing it. But then, it has never been too late to start and I feel now is as good a time as any.
The two incisions on the lower belly are now visible. They look clean and neat, but obviously a presence you would rather not have among the already rather congested stomach. I believe in time, the fresh 'entrant' into the community, shall exert its presence, much to the chagrin of those already there, but as has been experienced in the past, they all settle down to love and respect each other. They all carry different and exciting tales, each one of those scars. And at any given time they must be conversing with the others that occupy sensitive space on my belly, on what transpired when and what its consequences were, before they begin to appreciate the 'newcomer'. So long as they do not talk about inviting some more within them it should be fine. Up to being a golf course was fine, but talk of another 18 holes would be devastating !!
A bit morbid I think on my part to get into this conversation and so with multiple apologies and excuse ..
Good night ..
Hospital 7 Hills , Mumbai Feb 21, 2012 Tue 8 : 51 PM
A lot is wrought through prayer than we sometimes tend to imagine. Your dedicated prayers have given me the strength to overcome many hurdles in life, and for that I am truly grateful. The body listens to your words and feelings. It obeys and instructs other sections too, then finally an overall improvement occurs and soon we are back on our feet. This miracle, this gift from all of you is the most precious, and I promise to guard it to the best of my ability.
A shower in the morning avoiding all the intricately placed 'kites' and needles and wires, can become arduous and one that involves great calisthenics. But the effect is astonishing. It is almost life giving in its nature. It is natural then that normalcy approaches rapidly and one hopes that it shall be soon. The course of injections and medications need the services of the 'central line'. Once that is removed, many hurdles shall become clear and resolved. A few more days is what I look at and then shall begin the long convalescence. Perhaps of some months.
There is a strange withdrawal symptom that begins to creep in before a 'discharge' from the hospital environment. Suddenly the dependency on the staff, the facility and attendance medically which operates automatically through doctor advise and instruction shall come to a halt. The gentle care and smiling attention of the nurses shall create a void when away from it. The regular and short at call doctors on standby at every indication of discomfort shall stop, and most of the battle shall be with yourself and your repaired body to deal with. We never wish for anyone to be in such circumstances when they may have to go through what generally, patients go through, but fact is one can never safely admit that they shall perennially be guarded from it.
Pray it may never happen to any of us or anyone ..
Modern medical care has made such massive progress that it is unimaginable how the times of 1982 and the times of 2012 differ from each other. The entire effort, as one who has been a 'victim' of both eras, is so remarkable that the ailments, at least in my case have offered better and easier care, as opposed to those that put patients in unavoidable pain. Science has constantly tried to make things easier as it were. Devices and gadgets have and are being constantly manufactured and thought of to improve conditions, and such a boon that is.
Not just in the field of medicine, but in all other vocations, it is being attempted of how the suffering can be reduced, how what was earlier done manually is now executed by machines that run to well tested and efficient working systems designed my humans to assist humans. This service to humanity is beyond praise and gratitude. Computers have been constructed to think by themselves. But they do not actually think by themselves. Mankind designed it in a manner that if offers services that seem to express that they are thinking by themselves.
That famous scene in '2001 – a Space Odyssey' when HAL the computer decides to go against the command of its own operator was a frightening example of what was going to come in the future. It was not the computer that decided, it was human programmed to such degree. Its death scene therefore was one of the most poignant cinematic moments, in recent times and one that established the huge genius of its maker Stanley Kubrik. It is remarkable how some of us are constantly thinking of bettering our lives for us. It is a boon. Though many conservative and conventional thoughts, do disagree and lament the absence of what prevailed in their times. It is the way the world has worked.
The human brain has not been matched yet with its speed of operation by any computer so far. Some years ago they said a third of the speed of the brain has been achieved, and soon more shall follow. What would really happen when you have a machine that works to the speed, or past it. I wonder. Whatever the result, what is reassuring is that the fact that it shall remain an invention of the human. In a sense then are we saying that the human shall go past itself ?
I remember driving to Jaisalmer for the shooting of 'Reshma aur Shera' when we learnt of the first moon landing by a human, and suddenly all the romance of poetry that had symbolized itself with this terrestrial ethereal body up in the skies, seemed invaded. Will we see or experience other planetary invasions in our lifetime ? Perhaps our grandchildren may … you never know !!
Love to all ..