Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thought on Maharashtra

Wednesday evening was a different experience. Received an award from the President of India, Mrs Pratibha Patil. The award rated me as the best Maharashtrian of the year-Lifetime Achievement. On my way home, I thought over it and yes...

In more ways than one it is Maharashtra that holds the roots of my life and career. I had my schooling at Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik, as a day scholar. The moderate climate, especially the cool summers attracted my parents to stay in Deolali since my mother was ailing with asthma. Years later, after I became known as actor Dilip Kumar, I revisited Deolali in the course of my search all over Nashik District for an ideal location to film Ganga Jamuna’s outdoor scenes.

People came to greet me wherever we stopped and were surprised and happy to converse with me in Marathi. It was exhilarating to travel all over Nashik by road taking in the natural majesty of  the Sahyadri range. My brother Nasir and friend Mukri were with me and we enjoyed the small meals we tucked away at wayside eateries. Hot usal served with crushed papdis and ghati sev, poha, puris with potato bhaji garnished with green, finely cut coriander, jhunka with hot bakri....Maharashtra’s cuisine has its own identity. It titillates the taste buds but is never heavy in the tummy. Our cook of almost four decades is a Maharashtrian, Narmada who has hooked us completely to puran polis, batata vadas, kanta poha etc forever.

One place I can never resist is Pune. I lived and worked in Pune (then Poona) for two years and earned my first “big” money there. I know every street and road in Pune city.  One of my wishes  was to build a house and live in Lonavala, enjoy the convenience of driving to Pune or Nashik whenever I desired and invite friends to spend weekends with me.  


DK

24 comments:

  1. Sir, Thanks a lot for sharing the nostalgic moments through the blog.

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  2. Those must have been the times. Its so pleasing and satisfying to be nostalgic sometimes.

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  3. Thank you Sir, thanks for being with US

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  4. thank u sir for shairing old memories with us.

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  5. Once again excellent share of memories. How well you narrate the whole scene. I wish, you should have wrote some stories for films. I still remember how you were sharing with us the experience of playing football with Shree Raj Kapoor as a goal keeper (because he was fat) during annual function of Khalsa college (hope you remember). I was totally mesmerized with your English and Urdu. Wow .... Sir Lord YUSUF KHAN

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  6. Please tell us how you spend your day now a days.

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  7. Congratulations for the President's Best Maharashtrian Lifetime Achievement Award - the honour you so richly deserve.

    Thanks for treating us with Jhunka-Bhakar and other Maharashtrian delicacies which, while reading tickled our taste-buds. Sir, your fond memories of Deolali, Nashik, Pune, etc., tell us how much deeply ingrained you are in the soil of Maharashtra. This reminds me that many years ago (I read in a daily as a kid) you had evinced interest in acting in a Marathi film. I don't know what happened thereafter. I am sure millions of your fans, especial the Maharashtrians, would like to know about it.

    In the meantime, thanks a zillion for sharing your memories with us.

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  8. Sir Insahallah u will taken bharat ratna also one day aamin insahhlaa

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  9. Always pray Allah bless you Ameen

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  10. Really enjoyed reading this, sir. Hope you share more memories in this blog. I wish my earlier generations, your fans, would have had the luxury of such things as blog, because they were so much interested in stories about you.
    Live on, sir. And tell us more about your life and times.

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  11. Congratulation Sir on getting that award, 1st on behalf of my Father Who is ur great fan, then from me and the rest of my family.
    Thank You Sir for sharing such beautifull moments from ur life.
    Long Live Yusuf Sahab

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  12. Congratulations Sir...

    It's an honor and pleaure to write to you. I look forward to reading your blogs.

    I'm Afghan by origin, currently calling Canada and Perth Aua home!

    Something you should know is that my family have referred to me as Dilip Kumar since a very young age! I have yet to figure out why but the reference has been incredible so I ceased to complain :)

    I'd also like to share a myth ...perhaps you can help to clarify! Some Afghans believe that you Sir are the long lost brother of Ahmad Zahir who died many years ago. My assumption is your resemblance and your real name had lead them to make this connection! A Zahir was / is considered the Elvis of Afghanistan.

    Regards,
    Wais M

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  13. respected yousuf saab
    sir i just want to meet u n dats my frirst nd last dream................

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  14. Dear Dilip Saab,

    Assalamualaikum,

    Congratulations on receiving the award...but honestly every award looks small when compared to your stature...LOVE U!!!

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  15. Salaam,It is really great to read your experiences.I am from Pune and it is really great that you remember Pune (Poona) so vividly.My Father was a Director of Muslim Bank and I have a phhotograph of you with hima and other directors at the bank.Hpefully I will upload on Twitter shortly.

    Take Care and Khud Hafiz

    Ishaque Baig

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  16. Very nice post sir. It is so true the way we love people, exactly same way we love places where we are born, where we grow up, where we live..

    Fatema

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  17. Reading all the comments made my eyes watery, dont know why, may be beause i feel same kind of love and respect for you sir.

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  18. Sir, your vivid memories of Pune brings another Punekar feels proud overseas.
    You deserve the Bharat Ratna for uniting people and your magnificient ,singular contribution to Hindi cinema.
    Sohrab Irani USA

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  19. then sir now do u own a home in lonavala or not....to fulfill ur desires

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  21. Sir : Thank you for sharing your nostalgic memories.

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  22. Happy Birthday. Wishing you a very healthy, trouble-free and ever happy life in the years to come.Anand Saxena ,New Delhi.

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