dr. venkatesh :
maneka gandhi :
i adore her for her love for animals. though i do agree that at times her expressions are too loud, i still have immense respect for her. i still remember my baby steps in the animal welfare domain, she was my only reference point then. i had seen her on doordarshan in a program called "heads and tails" and sent her a letter on the address that was mentioned in the programme. within 10 days of me sending her a letter i received a personalised reply to the querry that i had sent and guess what? she had personally signed it. i called her on the numbers mentioned in her letter, she picked up and to my surprise asked me how my jimmy was doing. so sweet of her to have remembered one of the many letters that she must be receiving every day.
nitin sharma :
our camaraderie dates back to about 10 years now. and we have been with each other midst the highs and lows. im extremely fond of his family. but as far as he goes, i end up fighting with him because of his loud and profound expressions and his pr antiques. though i should confess that i consider him family and that, if ever i call for somebody in help, the first person who comes to my mind is he.
she is my pretty mother. since childhood i have been very prud of teh fact that i have a very good looking mom. contrary to how men react when someone makes a pass at their mom, i was very happy when someone looked at my mom or told me that she was pretty. yes, she is sexy. and whats wrong in accepting that your mom looks pretty and sexy. besides, she has a very beautiful heart and i am not saying this because she is my mom. but because she is this way actually.
papia guha :
you know all these high society people! thats how one would phonate while speaking about her. but my story is a little different. for others she is pradeep guha's wife. for me, she is one of my peofessors who plays a vital role in shaping my personality. i remember the days when during the college festival preparations, she looked at me from the third floor when i was busy cleaning the foyer area in teh ground floor of our college. i dont know why, but i always felt that she knew that i was gay. though i myself was confused. i also remember teh days when i used to run away from her because i happened to lose her kashmeeri shawls during one of the literary events, and i was really scared of her. :-)
she is my aunt. in all practical terms equivalent to my mom. i dont agree with her many times. i fight and get into a tiff with her. but thats the liberty that we take with loved ones dont we?
parvinder kaur :
she is one of the beautifullest professors that i had, (though off late, too much of laali makes her look like a lakme sample testing center). i used to sit in teh first bench for her lecture. one day when i made a spelling mistake. she funnily asked me "tumhe english kaun padaatha hai. kitaabon mein dhyaan nahi dete kya class mein" (she was our english teacher). i candidly replied " hum aapko dekhte the, aur aap kitaab mein". and she rather than getting pissed off said "chal badmaash"... hahaha!
she stayed close to my house and was someone whom i could go and have a conversation with anytime. she was the first ever faculty friend that i had. she was teh one to whom i had first confessed about the sex abuse incident. though i dont meet her often. times and people change, but memorable moments remain memorable.
payal shah :
i have worked with her in hanmer and partners, and she is someone from whom i have learnt the basics of event management. she understands people and their needs very well. im completely bowled over by her ability to think differently. i've tried thinking like her. but have always fallen short. i can conceptualise well. but not like her.
pooja bhatt :
i remember clearly, this was one of her sadak days, where she was at the peak of popularity. i had called her for a protest against ill treatment of animals that ahimsa, the ngo was planning. i had called a dozen people. most of them filled with attitude to teh brim. she, ayesha jhulka and bipasha basu, all 3 very famous people then were most down to earth. pooja bhatt, asked me to hold on, got her diary, gave me aamir khan's number and also expressed her apology for not being able to make it for the event. the tone in which she spoke to me... very conversational and very unlike celebrity, really touched me. bipasha was also very sweet, and ayesha jhulka asked me if tehre were some pom pups that she can adopt. all 3 were sweet, but simplicity, thy name is pooja. love you poo. i was in first year college,at that age we are all awe struck by celebs.
praful baweja :
vaddi zabaan, vadda dil. he is a sweetheart and i not only love him but also have immense respect for him. i don't necessarily agree with him in all his views, but his fully formed views about things has never bother me. praful, has a view about every thing. i don't. lol. he has a golden heart which often gets camouflaged by the animated facial expressions and hard hitting views on various issues. i had met him on a chat show "minus 30" by paras, i had mentioned in the passing to him in our first meet that i was looking out for a job. and then we had not been in touch. suddenly, after 3 months or so, i got a call from him, he remembered that iw as looking out for an opportunity and gave me payals number who was working with hanmer. how many of us remember acquaintances leave alone helping them after 3 months of no contact. he does. if my career is on a track, its because of him. love you praful. muaaah!
prateek kumar :
4 years back, i had walked into shobiz. and 4 years later i walked in back. last time i was an amateur. now i was a professional. shobiz was the only place where i was rejected. the big hidden ego in me had written off shobiz as an un achievable dream. when i walked in shobiz with a pessimistic attitude, i asked rehmatali ji where was prateek, he pointed at a young boy. i went upto that boy and told "prateek kumar". and he was prateek, some one with no attitude about the altitude that he sat on. simple in his outlook and simpler in his way of conduct. something thats a rarity these days. he says very little, but is a good observer. he is someone who'd not say no, without making an attempt. i have immense respect for him.
pravesh vishwanath :
he is my friend. though a professor from my college. id relate more to him as an exstudent of khalsa than a teacher-student relationship. my literary line of thought is because of him. many of my words mentioned in my blog are either inspired or copied from his lingo library. his keen interest in events and social issues, made us thick friends as we have a lot of interests in common.
i have grown along with her. though she has never behaved as my younger sister, she with her dominating attitude has often been my older sister for all practical purposes. im very fond of her and love her immensely.
raj kapoor :
who doesnt like the original shoman. his sense of cinema and sensuality is great. he had the balls to show the balls (literally). bobby, ram teri ganga maili and shree 420 are the movies i am very fond of. but the movie that i feel was truly wonderful was "prem rog".
rishi kapoor :
i loved him in rafoo chakkar. i loved him in bol radha bol. i loved him in prem rog.i found the old young bobby wala rishi kapoor very sexy and yummy. he and aamir khan, 2 people i have grown fantasizing. ranbhir kapoor, yes, im fond of him too... (i didnt spot his cock as my other gay pals did in jabse mile naina :-( )
saurabh prabhakar :
saubi, as log call him pyaar se is a very sweet friend of mine. i have interacted with him just twice. the first time, he came across as someone who was very affluent and brash. but there was something in him that told me, that he is like a coconut, soft insde. and that softness was exposed to me, teh very next meeting mein. he probably is the only person in this list whom i have met only twice but still hold him close to my heart. i chat with him often. infact every day online on gtalk. and with my constant interactions find him to be an innately warm hearted person. from my interactions with him, i have learnt that one should not form an opinion about people who are venting out their frustrations.
seema mulrlidhara :
shanta teacher :
sheetal bhan :
simran ghai :
special someone :
sushma reddy :
sushmita sen :
t.r. ramakrishna :
umesh nair :
umesh is a sweet little child. a child who has often amased me with his simplicity. he has a very down to earth approach. something thats a rarity in these days. i dont know why he holds me in high regard. but i definitely know why i hold him in high regard. he has braved the death of his mother with utmost maturity. overnight i have seen the boy become a man. i remember the days, when i was organizing a solo event under the banner of NEST with nitin and others. we often were bereft of funds. and he would travel like a courier boy delivering tickets for the social cause. he felt no shame in doing what he was. he didnt feel that we were taking advantage of him. he infact worked for the cause and never tomtomed about it. im sure that this boy will go a long way. with his heart being in the right place. he will be famous. rich and famous soon. amen.