Friday, March 2, 2018

The Cadbury Girl

The Cadbury Girl

There was this girl I adored when I was a kid
She appeared in a TV commercial for Cadbury's Dairy Milk
Back in those days, there was no Google, Facebook or YouTube
As her lover hits a long nervous shot and wins the match
She appeared so happy, so joyful and so lively
She jumps out into the field, bypassing the security guard
With her crazy dance moves, she finally embraces him.
Then I really felt that life is so beautiful.
I used to smile every time when the ad appeared on TV.

One of my friends on Facebook shared a video compilation.
It was a collated video of all the popular ads of the 1990s.
The Cadbury girl commercial was one of the clips.
Then I was really curious to know about her:
What's her name, where does she come from?
I began to look her up on the web immediately.
I was curious to know what she's been doing:
Has she been working in the movies or any TV series?

In my desperate search for her all over the web,
I finally found out what her name was.
It was mentioned in one of the comments on YouTube.
My heart was racing with my eyeballs rolling over the name.
Then my heart stopped and my eyes were wide open.
I was completely shocked and surprised for that moment.
It was written: RIP Sophiya Haque.
I looked at her Wikipedia page like an obituary.
It made me sad.

When I looked up her images,
She wasn't the Cadbury girl.
Some said - she is not Sophiya Haque,
She is Shimona Rashi - said the rest.

Whatever her name is, wherever she really is
With forty seconds of her appearance
She made a lot of us have
The Real Taste of Life.

Feb 6, 2018
(c) amit herlekar

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Battle After

The Battle After

It was a long and a pleasant vacation until yesterday.
A smooth ride to the countryside:
The fragrance of pristine nature
Accompanied by the silence guarded by the cool breeze.
It was a holiday of peace that made the excursion so beautiful.

Tomorrow, yet again, the same battle resumes.
The love that was embraced once upon a time,
Has now become stagnant:
The passion doesn't drive through my heart anymore.
So the veins are completely parched
And the thoughts do not flow.
Paving the way for self-destruction.

Jan 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018



I don't want your rewards,
Nor your appreciations.
Don't make me a noble person.
Because you don't know me. Period!

You don't know the greatness of me.
You don't know the struggles within me.
I wish to be myself.
I want to witness the glory of I honoring myself.
So, please leave me Alone. Let me be.
Create some space; Make some room.

I have tried hard to fit in.
But I have failed; and failed miserably.
Because I was picked on my anomalies.
That's why I quit. It felt so much better!
I realized I am not born to be among people.
I have always felt better living in solitude
Than living in death by being someone else.
Now I am free. Free forever!

I know I am complicated;
Even unpredictable at times.
That doesn't mean I am insane; 
It's just that I am not always the same!
I like it that way. I am being me.
(At least I am not faking to be someone else!)
I love being in my own world, in my own way.
This world doesn't allow me to be what I am
Because I embrace the "imperfections" that made me
To be what defines me; free from being myself.

Jan 2018

Tuesday, August 1, 2017



- 1 -

Once there existed
A Great Empire -
A loyal servant to its people,
Rich with humility,
Protector of humanity,
Intolerant against injustice,
Reigned with unquestionable glory.

There was an heir to this legacy,
The blood of the Royal Family;
But an extremely vicious one -
It was of the son of the King.

Once the prince ascended the throne,
He ruled the kingdom with insanity.
He was the Emperor of cruelty,
Ruthless in every possible way
Snatching everything from his citizens.

An ominous silence haunted
In the entire Kingdom.

- 2 -

The army planned a coup
To restore peace and harmony,
And the lost glory that once existed.
But it did not have a leader
Who could stand before them
Front in the line - absolutely fearless
Who was generous to sacrifice his life
For the land of glorious history.

Soon the word was sent out
But who would have known
The prospective leader dwelled in a village nearby
The army found him sitting on a hillock
Who was huge, strong and brave!

They pumped him full with patriotic wisdom
And unfathomable courage.
It made him quickly fall in line,
He made himself an idol of a true leader,
Proclaimed himself as the new face
Of the Kingdom's bright future
And a symbol of justice.

- 3 -

The legendary war finally began
It was a battle of epic proportions
The fight for a noble cause
To end the oppressive rule
And win back the lost freedom.

At last, the war was finally won
The cruel King was overthrown and slain
Our leader was hailed as a true Hero -
The warrior who protected his comrades
While enduring a lot of pain
During the fight against the oppressors.

When he returned to his village,
He was welcomed in a chariot with a guard of honor
To signify his courage and strength.

- 4 -

A new King was instated
The kingdom lived in harmony.
But as the days became months
And months became years
The Great Leader was being forgotten.
His service to the province
Was not remembered.
His very own comrades ignored him
He wished to join the army
But he was turned down in vain.

People recollected his dark past -
A man with no family;
Unfit to be in the society
They disregarded him as
A prime example of an outcast.

- 5 -

He had ignored his friends and left the village
And joined forces against immoral rule.
Now there was no who one stood by him,
No one to commemorate his sacrifices,
No one to appreciate his hard work,
No one to thank him for saving lives.

There were a myriad of fingers pointed at him
Like thousands of arrows aimed at his heart
Only to remind him of his tainted years
Which made him regret his entire life
Alas! The empire within him, ultimately, was fallen.

Ruins Of Hampi, Karnataka
Sept 2013

Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: 2001 A Space Odyssey

Well, what can I say! I am at a loss of words to express the enthusiasm of reading this masterpiece. It is a nail-biting read. With this work, I believe that Arthur C. Clarke is at his best. He described all the scientific aspects with such great care and detail that I felt I was in a space ship traveling to the Moon and Saturn all along.

The story begins with retelling the history of human evolution - from man-ape to a civilized human being. It provides an intriguing perspective about "how" the it happened. Beginning with Road To Extinction towards A New Dawn. This forms the basis of history of things to come.

Arthur Clarke adores Saturn - the ringed planet of our Solar System. The way he admires this beauty is nothing short of admiring a strong willed lovely woman. It really made me wonder what an amazing planet it can be! I also remember a short story by him from the collection: Tales From Planet Earth, where he describes Saturn more beautifully.  You might want to read that also: Saturn Rising.

The greatest experiences of reading this novel is about the journey through space. It eloquently describes how amazing space travel can be and entices its readers to embark upon the journey despite its shortcomings.

One of the major themes that Clarke describes is about Artificial Intelligence (AI). HAL 9000, the artificially intelligent computer fully controls the spaceship leaving astronauts to perform other important tasks. He questions AI when HAL misbehaves. He compares HAL's misbehavior to a criminal's behavior when he tries cover up a crime by committing more crimes.
Bowman could easily believe Dr. Simonson's theory that unconscious feelings of guilt caused by his program conflicts caused HAL to break the circuit with Earth.
This raises questions about the current trend in technological advancement. Machine Learning and AI should be employed to the extent that they should only offer a helping hand to humanity; not to the extent of controlling our lives.

When I found HAL as an interesting character, I immediately browsed through the images of HAL in the film adaptation of the novel. Then I was sure that the robot Auto, from the movie WALL-E, was inspired by HAL. This was evident when I found out that WALL-E was homage to the movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Blade Runner. Andrew Stanton, director of WALL-E, also voiced HAL in a short film adaption.

HAL 9000 and Auto
Clarke's vivid and awe-inspiring imagination overwhelmed me near the end. The entry into the Star Gate, arrival at The Grand Central and under The Alien Sky is so fantastic that you will feel the adrenaline rush throughout the journey. He has blended fantasy and science fiction exquisitely.

If you are not used to science fiction, then I highly recommend this novel. Its an amazing read - A op class page turner (one of my fastest reads). Oh, if you are confused about the ending, I've got one word for you: Evolution. All the sequels to this novel are in my to-read list. I am picking up 2010: Odyssey Two next, as soon as my thoughts about this work that are still lingering in my head settle down.