Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We all felt a sense of fulfilment last Sunday on seeing smile on the faces of special children. With Harmonica Club members Manohar Majithia and Alex Lobo donning the Santa Claus, playing jingle bell... jingle bell on the mouth organ and Alex's son Avion doing the jig, it became Christmas time at the Prakash residential school for mentally challenged children. Paresh Bhatia and his disciple Devansh played 'Hum Honge Kamyaab' and 'Lakdi ki Kaathi' to the accompaniment of claps from the school children whose joy knew no bounds when each one of them was given a mouth organ by the Harmonica Club. All the children played the harmonica to their heart's content.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Mr. Asit Vora Chairman of Standing committee ( AMC ) and Deputy commissioner Mr. Patel remained present.
After the harmonica session we were invited by them to participate and play harmonica in the KANKARIA CARNIVAL at 8 pm on 30th December 2008.
Special Thanks to Them
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Truly he is full of surprises!!!
Pukarata Chala Hu...
Friday, December 12, 2008
Rupesh Plays it really well...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Amjad Khan, pal pal dil ke paas...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I still remember the day when he came for the first time, silently watching others play, and after the meeting got over he started playing with such an expertise, that members wanting to go home had to stay back for almost an hour. That day all of us felt ...'yes we have found the player we needed the most'.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The moment we started playing harmonica visitors started gathering. Pl watch the response...
Nachiketa Desai played 'mere sapno ki rani kab aayegi tu'
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Milon Gupta was born on 22nd November 1933 in Calcutta. His mother was a very accomplished singer in Calcutta having sung in the All India Radio. As a child he used to play the ordinary mouth organs till one marine engineer person from Dover Road / Deodar Street of Calcutta (where Milon Gupta used to live) got him two Hohner Chromatic Harmonicas. And there began the journey of the great Milon Gupta.
A self taught musician with absolutely no formal training, he single handedly took the mouth organ to levels never attained in India. He showed that how a pure Western Instrument with such complications and limitations can be adapted to play Indian melodies and songs with all the perfect nuances. This was evident in his early days itself when he was mesmerising audiences with his skillful playing of songs like ''palkir gaan'', ''gayer bodhu'', ''Ayega anewala'', ''jago mohan pyaare'' and many more, which till then was unheard of being played on a mouh organ.
Such was his repertoire and mastery over that instrument that he soon got noticed by the great composer Salil Chowdhury, whilst he was performing at a local concert. This was way back in 1950-51. Soon came ''Pasher Badi'', a very successful movie in Bengal in those days (which later got remade as Padosan in Hindi), and that movie marked the begining of Milon Gupta's mouth organ being used in films. Soon he set for Bombay and played in innumerable movies like Naukri, CID, Dost, Dosti, Roti, Kashmir ki Kali, Patita, to name a few. He played under the distinguished composers like Salil Chowdhury, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, SD Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, Shankar Jaikishen, OP Nayyar, Mukul Roy, Sudhin Dasgupta, Manna De, Shyamal Mitra, Hemant Kumar and many more. He spent a number of years assisting OP Nayyar and in one of his sittings with OP Nayyar and Majrooh Sultanpuri, the famous Yeh Hain Bombay meri jaan was created. The story goes how OP Nayyar asked him to play that particular western number and Majrooh saab wrote the lyrics on the spot. This was later narrated by Milon Gupta in an interview on Television a few years before his death.
His command over Western music on the instrument was unparalalled. He had a school of sudents who would only learn Latin and Western music from him. Even though he had no formal training, he was equally fluent with both the Indian notation as well as the Western Stave notation. People who have his private recordings of western playing have often compared him to the great Larry Adler who once met Milon Gupta when he came to India for the only time. Almost unbelievable as it may sound, but he adapted this instrument to play kirtans and rabindrasangeet with as much finesse as he used to play Western.
It was because of Milon Gupta that this instrument reach the height of its popularity in India. The old timers in Deodar street still recollect how SD Burman used to drive to his house regularly to drop our very own RD Burman to take lessons from Milon Gupta.
A fact unknown to many, he was one of the only person in India who knew how to repair and retune the mouth organ. He used to spend every Monday to repar mouth organs for hundreds of his students all across the country. Again unbelievable as it may sound in today's world, he never charged a penny for that.
Milon Gupta has innumerable 78 rpms, LPs, EPs, cassettes and CDs to his credit, most of them being smashing hits across the country. Songs played by him like ''o sajna barkha bahar ayi'', ''Ajeeb dastan hain'', ''Aj koi nahin apni'', ''Zindagi kaisi hain paheli'' and many others sound as if the songs were composed keeping him and his instrument in mind.
The mouth organ, as he always used to call it, became a household instrument because of him and after his death on 18th February, 1995, the instrument has almost faded into oblivion from the Indian film and music industry. A perfect gentleman, who was lovingly referred to as Milonda by all and sundry last played some mesmerising interludes in Nachiketa's (one of Calcutta's most popular singers) a few months before his death, giving the audience a taste of the Larry Adler influence on him. A great cook, a perfect gentleman, our very own Milonda is still referred to as one of the finest soloist this country has ever seen. His music still rings in our years and even the current mobile phone generation has seen his numbers being used as caller tunes, such was his spread. As we mark his 75th birthday, the sweet sound of his mouth organ still plays at the back of every music lover.
(Founder member of Harmonica Club of Hyderabad, Ramakrishna Sabnavees wrote this article based on inputs provided by Arijit Mukherjee, the nephew of Milon Gupta)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
He has been playing harmonica since almost 50 years now. He is a very good singer, associated with many institutes.
I still remember the night when he first came to our practice session in Satyam Mall, immediately after the practice session he was introduced to other members and then he took out PAN( beatle leaf ) and offered to the pan eaters of the group me and Nachiketa. From that day he keeps offering and I keep eating. I consume most of his stock.
manhar Majithia ... very sweet person.
Recently we performed in a small gathering of Maharastrian families.
Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu Samaj
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Every member of the group has experienced their passion for harmonica. Despite their busy schedules, they are never late in any practice session.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Pyar Diwana Hota Hai, Mastana Hota hai
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Paresh Bhatia, Amjadkhan Pathan, Dilipsinhji Chavan, Apoorva Bhatt and Manohar Vaidya.
Special Thanks to all of them.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
In this song we experimented with rythm on harmonica. Paresh Bhatia did it beautifully. As usual Manohar Vaidya was up to the mark....
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Phoolon ke rang se
Monday, October 13, 2008
Musical necklace is becoming longer and longer...
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Honestly speaking all of us have regressed to the age of 18 years!!
I sincerely thank all the senior players for making the club alive with their love and blessings.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The dream has come true with the sincere efforts of Mr. Ramakrishna Sabnavees and all his friends.
Isn't this wonderful, that such a small pocket size forgotten musical instrument has brought so many lovely people from the musical world come closer to each other.
This has been made possible only because each one of us has a common interest in playing and making the world realize the sweet little place of this instrument known as 'Harmonica' or ' Mouth Organ'.
Let us pray to the Goddess Saraswati, to bless all the members of Harmonica Club of Hyderabad for their contribution to the instrumental music.
GOOD LUCK TO THE HARMONICA CLUB OF HYDERABAD.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
He always tells me ' Try to play better than last time '. The only way to improve....
'To blow a mouth organ and to Play a mouth organ' both are different activities... Rightly said by Piyush Pandya.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Yogesh Joshi is very passionate about his music, joined the club recently. Welcome to the Harmonica Club of Gujarat...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Rishin and Amay have been playing harmonica for two months only.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Next day Presh Bhatia and Manohar Vaidya took them to 'Akshardham' and 'Gandhi Ashram'.
Abe was able to mesmerise the crowd with his style of playing. I would like to quote what he has written without his permission...
'Dear Nachiketa-bhai and Tapan-bhai...,
What great passion you all have... and what great pleasure to get involved with your group. A week after a by-pass surgery... and Nachiketa-bhai, it is great to see you playing the harmonica... Music surely has the power to heal...
Steve and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there and hope to return to Ahmedabad next year to continue our musical relationship.Thanks for arranging our stay at Gandhi-ji's Ashram. There is some incredible energy I cannot describe in words!...Kind regards, Abe'
Lag Ja Gale
All of us celebrated the beginning of a never ending relationship.
"As a scientist, I am convinced that the nature functions as a rhythm whether it is a rhythm of the heartbeat, movement of electron in orbitor the high/low tides of the sea. Everything is rhythmic and musical"
- A P J Abdul Kalam, President of India. Feb, 1, 2006.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
He has been a sailor for a number of years and is currently doing his post graduation in management from IIM-Bangalore. "A globe trotter and a nature lover..believes in developing sustainable environment for a healthy and prosperous life..." that's how Sandy likes to describe himself.
When insisted to tell more about himself, Sandy says: "sandeep kumar singh...from bhubaneswar orissa...worked in mahindra and later moved to the sea to see the world..got some real lessons about life from the lonely oceans and have come back to start afresh...doing my MBA now and hope to do great things in life..picked up the harmonica when i was 15 or 16....no idea what a scale is ..but can manage to play a few songs..my teacher: my ears !!"
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Last thing he told me before I left him was that it was a very memorable day for him. He could not believe that for almost 4 hours he was discussing only on harmonica and his old friends in Vadodara after 12 YEARS.
Yes, I did meet THE LOST GEM.
Papa kehte hai
Monday, September 22, 2008
His unique feature lies in not only playing ten different instruments of different kinds, but also playing SIX instruments at a time. He has won the prestigious 'ARYABHATA AWARD 2006' for his outstanding service in instrumental music. In 2007 he was honoured with 'CHANAKYA ACHIEVER' and 'JAY PRAKASH NARAYAN'Awards for excellence in music. He is also a recipient of 'RASHTRA RATHNA','VIVEK NIDHI', 'SARVARNA KARNATAKA RATHNA' and many more...
He is a founder and principal of 'VEENA SCHOOL OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC'.
Prasanna was very keen on organising a grand show on Harmonicas , where he intends all harmonica players from different parts of country to be on one platform performing for peace and love. His smiling face justifies his name Prasanna.
The members of harmonica club of Gujarat wish you a grand success in your career as a music director and will also look forward to have a very long term association to make this tiny instrument known to the world again.
Aha rimzim ke ye Pyaare Pyaare
Friday, September 12, 2008
Very very long back when he was in the college, he happened to meet Manohar Vaidya through a common friend. They talked about their interests in music and one thing was common, The Harmonica. Mr. Vaidya used to play harmonica in college functions but Chaitanya Desai being shy never played on a stage. After his graduation Chaitanya Desai joined the SBI and got married. In his busy life he forgot his music and Mr. vaidya too...
When we used to practice in the public park he used to come there and stand very far and watch us play, never came and talked to us. After three weeks, when he could not resist himself, he approached Nachiketa and softly took out his harmonica. I was out of town that day and i still remember Nachiketa called me on my mobile and asked Chaitanya Desai to play a song. While he was playing the song Vaidyaji arrived and believe me Desai recognising his old friend and jumped out of joy and called Vaidyaji by his name and everyone was surprised to see two lost friends meeting after such a long time. Today they are leading the group.
Such a small musical insrument has broght both friends together again and dear friends, they are worth watching when they are in real mood......
Long live their friendship.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Harmonica club was once again invited for a charity show in the Tagore Hall by 'Happening'. The programme started with a surprise, a song on mouth organ.It was a tribute to late Rafi Saab, Paresh Bhatia and Devansh played 'aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche har jabaan par'. 31st August is Devansh's Birthday and all of us wish him Many Happy Returns of the Day. Devansh's parents have given him Lary Adler professional 16 as a gift. I would like to introduce Paresh Bhatia to all of you by mentioning that he can write the notations in the exact scale while the song is being played even for the first time. His sense of musical notations is just amazing. With his help,very shortly we are going to publish notations of different hindi songs on this blog, for which we will require your demands. So pl start giving your demands. Let us see who is the first to ask.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I was so fascinated by this tiny instrument producing so sweet & melodious sound that I couldn't resist from buying one for myself.
My first harmonica was' Tower' made in China. On the very first day I tried to play "Hai apna dil to aawara....." & I succeeded.I was highly motivated.During those days I used to listen mouthorgan tunes of Late Shri Milon Gupta on radio & try to copy them.
Inspite of my keen love for the instrument , somehow it got discontinued because of my busy working life in Railway. . After my posting in Vadodara I had an opportunity to perform in Railway Officers Club, which has once again given life to my old hobby.
With deepest gratitude I wish to thank every person who has come into my life & inspired me to continue the journey towards my passion.I don't have any formal training in music.I believe in listening music....then.. just go by my ears....& try to copy the tune.
I sincerely listen to each and every mouthorganist and try to learn something out of their playing. This is the only way to learn & improve for me.
With this intention only I've joined esnips and I hope to share and learn from anybody who is passionate for the instrument. I would like to thank all e-snipers who help me in this task.....who motivate me through their comments....guide me through their valuable suggestions....
I'll keep on uploading my home recordings on this website. Please take out some time to listen & give me your honest opinion to correct my flaws.
1. Mere Mehboob Kayamat Hogi
2. Main Shayar To Nahi
3.Mere Naina Sawan Bhado
4.Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni
|ye raat ye chandni...|
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5.Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni
|aaja sanam madhur ...|
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While this is very encouraging, there is no way we can contact the visitors and develop with them a strong bonding. We would like to interact with all the visitors and share our experience, thrill and joy with them. This is possible only if the visitors not just leave their footprints but send in their comments as well.
We would love to showcase all the harmonica players on the blog by posting their profile, photos, videos and audios. We appeal to all harmonica players who visit the blog to send in their brief introduction, photos and recordings of their numbers in audio and video formats.
Monday, August 25, 2008
AJEEB DAASTAN HAI YEH
ZARA HAULE HAULE CHALO
THIS IS A SRILANKAN MELODY WHICH I HEARD FROM MY SRILANKAN FRIEND WHEN I WAS WORKING IN MUSCAT
DIL DEKE DEKHO
JANE MANN JANE MANN
DIL TADAP TADAP KE
TUMSA NAHIN DEKHA
YEH RAAT PHIR NA AAYEGI
Ever since I had this problem, friends from all over Gujarat have been calling me up to inquire about my health. Those in Ahmedabad had come to the hospital and at home to meet me. Today, I was blessed by the visit of Apoorva Bhatt and Dilipsinh Chavan who drove down from Baroda on a motor cycle just to meet me.
I grabbed the opportunity to make them play for me while I captured it on video. So, here is a special gift to me from Apoorvabhai and Chavan Saab:
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The players from left to right: Tapan Bhatt, Chaitanya Desai, Yogesh Bhatt, Alex Lobo, Ashwin Wasunjakar, Sandeep Patankar,Dr. Khandwala, Kumarpal shah, Piyush Pandya, Manohar Vaidya, Bansi Gujjar, Rohini Jhala, Devansh Shah, Manhar Majithia.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
He prefers to play 12 hole chromatic harmonica in scale C.
I remember my first meeting with Apoorva Bhatt, I had just started learning to play harmonica from Paresh Bhatia. One evening he told me that a harmonica group was invited in Ahmedabad and i must attend the show as he was to fly to Dubai.
I reached the venue one hour earlier with my collection of harmonicas.
I was introduced to all the players by Amjadbhai and then suddenly Apoorva Bhatt came to me looking at the collection softly asked ' very nice , now let us hear you play ', and i took out one tiny Marine Band Delux and started playing ' maine tere liye hi saat rang ke ' which i had recently learnt. The moment i finished the first stanza he stopped me and started playing the interlude music. That time I noticed two things, one he was playing some different instrument than mine and secondly his style of play.
I asked him to show his harmonica and that was 12 hole super chromonica 270.
I took the complete video of the programme as i was asked to sit in the first raw, and after the programme got over i went to him to get some tips. He gave me his visiting card and said ' come to Baroda for the whole day ' that's all....
Then after a couple of days he called me and asked if i could share the video of that programme with him, and also gave me a hint that Holi was after two days. And i was in Baroda on Holi.
we spent the whole day together with Amjadbhai, Rupesh and one little girl who plays Tadap Tadap song. I was trained to play Chords, Octave, Whamping etc. That day I had my first Chromatic harmonicas. I was given super chromonica 270 and 280.
I had mentioned this incidence in the yahoo group, thanking all the Baroda players.
Today not a single day goes without talking.
Only fortunate people get a friend like Apoorva Bhatt.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
|jaane kaisa hai me...|
Monday, August 11, 2008
Inspired by his father who used to play flute then, started playing harmonica at a very tender age, has trained more than a dozen professional players.
He played Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai in Ahmedabad, normally Rupesh whistels on harmonica for him but due to certain unavoidable circumstances he could not join the group and Amjadbhai performed without any practice.
This video gives the proper introduction of Apoorva Bhatt's calibre.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Internet has made the world very small, where you can bump into strangers as well as long lost friend. Ashok Bhandari, my classmate at Banaras Hindu University, found me one day through Orkut and scrapped me. My joy knew no bounds. We were getting in touch after more than 30 years. During these years, Ashok had become a professional magician.
(Left: P C Sorcar Right: Ashok Bhandari)
Ashok Bhandari is a recognized name in the world of magic. He feels that magic is a healthy means of entertainment so he uses a mix of magic, music and theater to make it more interesting. He wants to expose the abuse of magic so in all his shows he has a section showing how easy it is to cheat people by using magic. He likes to educate people through his shows and demonstrates how easy it is to use magic to fool people so that they cant be the victims of all the taantriks and godmans. He likes to perform for children the most to catch them and teach them very young.
Ashok bhandari is a magician of over 40 years of experience, performing over a thousand shows in India and Abroad He started performing magic at a very young age of 5 years. He has performed in almost every country in Europe including Japan, and Russia .
He has been awarded many times around the world. At the very young age of 5 he was awarded by Pt. Jawahar lal Nehru ( the prime minister of India) in the year 1962. Then at the age of 12 he was awarded by Smt Indira Gandhi in the year 1969. he was awarded by the President of India Mr B.D.Jatti at the Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi. He was awarded “The WONDERKING “ by the people of japan when he performed at the Japanese Hawaiian center for three continuous months non-stop.
Now he is concentrating on children and performing shows in schools also in different parts of India to promote how to be aware of the magic abuse amongst children. He is also working on a design of a small workshop to teach magic using small house hold and easy to use chemicalsThe reason why I am featuring him on this blog is not just because he is my childhood friend, but because he is an excellent harmonica player. He plays harmonica during his magic shows. Here are a few clips of the numbers he has played.
1. Yaad Kiya Dil Ne Kaha Ho Tum
2. Mere Dil E Nadan
3. Arabian Music
Friday, August 8, 2008
He was 68 years old and is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
May the Almighty give strength to the family to withstand the bereavement.
May his soul rest in peace.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Heading from orissa is now settled in vadodara owns a studio, plays harmonica since childhood.
He is very good in playing chords and octaves.
All of you will love his style of playing harmonics.. very smooth....
When he was serving in Indian Army, he found his harmonica as the best companion.
pl watch his video.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I have 100 pcs of Tower brand Chromatic Harmonicas for sale. Basic price is Rs 140 + freight.
Pl contact on 09327235096.
( Babubhai, Vadodara )
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Tumhe Yaad Hoga Kabhi Hum Mile The
O Neend Na Mujhko Aaye
Tum Mile Raah Mein
Phoolon Ke Rang Se
Harmonica club of Gujarat is proud to have both of them as senior members.
All the members of harmonica club of Gujarat thank Dr. Khandwala for his sincere efforts in managing the entire show in the Cancer Hospital.
We dedicate the Friendship day to both of them.
Long live their friendship !! Cheers !!!!
Kiranbhai plays a song from Jab we met
Dr. Naresh Khandwala
aaye din bahar ke
Saturday, August 2, 2008
When I think of it, I have similar feelings for all the members of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat. All of us have become so close in the last couple of months. This is a rare phenomenon in a fast-paced life like ours where individuals are becoming more and more self-centric.
Passion for music is what bonds all of us. There is no other common factor that binds so many people with diverse background.
Happy friendship day to all harmonica players.
"Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge".
Friday, August 1, 2008
Piyushbhai Dave a music teacher in one of the reputed schools proved Apoorvabhai's claim 100% right with his talent.
He became a member of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat there and then only.
Probably he thought what is happening is right and quite transperrent...
Piyushbhai, we promise that every member of our club will feel proud no matter where he or she is from... We are proud to have you with us.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Two very senior players shri Manoharbhai Vaidya and Shri Yogeshbhai Bhatt on behalf of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat paid homages to Late. Mohammad Rafi by playing Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki in Gandhi Gruh Vadodara.
Both of them don't speak much but let me tell you their harmonicas are very talkative..........
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
From Left manthan, Devansh and Amit are promising young stars of new age harmonicas.
Studying in the tenth std they feel relaxed while playing harmonica. Despite their tight schedules in studies they agreed to pray and play harmonica for the well being of patients.....yes at this age...
this happens only in India......
I know there are also a couple of young girls playing harmonica.....
Where are you ?????
Pl send your videos let the whole world watch and appreciate your talent...
Harmonica club of Gujarat will always promote the youth i promise.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Players of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat were invited to perform at Baroda's Gandhi Nagar Gruh (Town Hall) on July 26, 2008 in memory of Mohammed Rafi, the great Hindi film playback singer. Manohar Vaidya and Yogesh Bhatt enthralled the audience with their rendition of the song 'Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki, Na Jaane Tum Kab Aoge. Here are some photographs that reflect the mood.
One of the trustees of Harmonica Club of Gujarat shri M.K.Vaidya has been playing with harmonica for atleast 50 years now. He is too good at Key board and Violin. Our Teacher.....Friend...and a Guide..........Our Asset too.
Under the leadership of one of the respected trustees Apoorvabhai, members played aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche hai har jaban par........
Ya they were right.... Har jaban par
Yusufchacha played aye dil muzhe bata de. He was deeply satisfied after playing in the Cancer Hospital.
CAMA hall was full with patients and their relatives.
All the players now the members of harmonica club of Gujarat enjoyed the Show...DIL SE...........
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Some times you do not find right words to express your feelings. The same things happened to me today. It was my birthday yesterday, but we (Manohar Vaidya, Nachiketa Desai and I) had gone to Baroda to perform as amateur Harmonica players and so could not celebrate the birthday.
Today, the Harmonica players had gathered together as usual. I also joined them. The players came one by one. I was unaware of their sweet and secret conspiracy to celebrate my birthday. After about one and a half hour when most players had arrived and it was time to disperse, one of the players secretly took out a bouquet of fresh flowers and presented it to me. Another player took out a box of birthday cake and pushed a piece into my mouth. Three players took out their Harmonica and started playing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.
It was so overwhelming and so sudden that I did not know how to reciprocate. It was my 59th birthday. And, perhaps this was the first birthday that was celebrated like this with FRIENDS. I did not know how friends could be. In fact, I had no friends at all, being a typical judge that I was. Perhaps my nature was such that people did not like to come close to me. I had addressed them in this write up as Harmonica Players. But, now I will call them my friends. They are TAPAN BHATT, NACHIKETA DESAI, MANOHARBHAI VAIDYA, PIYUSH PANDYA, ALEX LOBO, KUMARPAL SHAH, MANOHARBHAI MAJITHIA. There are also other friends who could not come today but conveyed their good wishes to me. I thank them all.
MY FRIENDS, once again I am indebted to all of you, who have given me a different sight to look at the life which I was thinking as boring till now. I now have a new vision, am a student again at 59, many things to learn and all that without tension or stress.