RANDOM WALK – Ajay Priyadarshi's Blog

my irregular muse on Music, Movies, Poetry and some Ainwi Batein


Random Walk

Many Shadows, Many Crossroads.


I wandered at night to the old school, hearing a ghostly laughter.
Choked and ridiculed, much like our old school master.
Moonlit moss, with dewdrops dead; a gloss over a fallen thread.
They told me, he was a lunatic, So he thought and he taught.

About beautiful gardens that are no more, and visions imperfect.
“It is unpardonable not to sing, not to see, and not to correct”.
Over the last few years, I have choked on his songs!

The moral science lectures are abandoned, they say,
but you can pass because they don’t teach anyways.
Those who learnt, unlearned fast.
There is a new hit- Education of the day!

Once outside the ancient School gate,
Yet again I hesitate,
with familiar conundrum and pain.
Which way now, Left or Right?
One acceptable and the other insane.
Either path leads, but to debt collectors,
yet I take the right, once again.

I promise to return that which I owe, when I return.
I am sure it might be soon,
when now hopeless flowers, on the eastside bloom.
I’ll join the drunk hopefuls small gathering,
out of love for shrinking rooms.

Though I know I will pause again outside the gate,
And may be refuse to learn to love ‘hate’,
And I can’t promise on that full moon night
that I’ll take a final right
….or resist a final flight.

– Ajay Priyadarshi


In support of the fringe literature

One of the best selling philosophy books ever, was an instruction manual (just kidding, for those who have read it). Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance is not exactly a manual on Zen or Motorcycle maintenance, but a nice eternal debate for the opposites of, the romantic – the irrational type, versus classic or rational type; and the middle ground between them.

Well no middle ground for me, I am the classic & the mechanic type; and I love it that way. I often find people buying expensive gadgets and digital toys, such as a digital video camera, and not using it properly, or worse not using it at all. Buying a feature rich music system, but doing no more than insert a CD and press play on the remote. For me it should be, – hey how can I wake up to my favourite track auto play at 8:30 AM on a friday morning, ……oh that was on page 32. Continue reading “In support of the fringe literature”


While there is no dearth of Sports movies from Hollywood and from the subcontinent, some of the recent ones that stand out were; The Blind side, Chak De India, and Invictus. These are all award winning, inspirational drama, based on real life stories.

Blind side is the story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. In the movie Chak De India, It was Kabir Khan (Ranjan Negi in the real life) as the coach of National Women’s Hockey team, who turns the team around and helps it to win Gold in the Commonwealth Games. It was Nelson Mandela who enlist the national rugby team captain Francois Pienaar on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup, in the Oscar nominated movie Invictus.

While all these movies are about great individual efforts, and team play; about greater goal and strong will power; about vision talent and skills, against odds of tough and trying circumstances; nothing, nothing really compares with the tough and trying circumstances in Afghanistan! With one turf pitch and one bowling machine in the country, poor pay and not much facilities to speak of; the Afghan team’s fast ascent in the cricketing world and now the acceptance in the One day teams and qualifying for the ICC Twenty 20 World Cup, should deserve an Award in it’s own right. This goes on the lines of and beyond what Mandela and Francois did through sports towards unity in South Africa. There was at least a team in South Africa; here in Afganistan the game was completely banned under Taliban, not long ago.

I hope that the A team does well in the ICC Twenty20 world cup in the carribeans. I’ll keenly watch their ascent on the world stage as would Pashtuns, the Durrani tribal group, Ghilzai group,Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, Turkmen, Qizilbash, and countless other tribes who will watch as one, and HOPE as one towards a new peaceful and sporting Afganistan. Young kids who will learn to hope and heal through sports, to believe that impossible was done before.

As the wonderful article on Afganistan’s Cricket team by Nitin Nair in 4 men magazine quotes: “There is no sports story quite like this ; it really is a fairy tale”

-Ajay Priyadarshi

Spark of life!

Thanks to an old freind for sharing this text with me. I liked it, hope you will too!
Spark of life.
Chetan Bhagat’s speech at Symbiosis Pune
Good Morning everyone and thank you for giving me this chance to speak to you. This day is about you. You, who have come to this college, leaving the comfort of your homes (or in some cases discomfort), to become something in your life. I am sure you are excited. There are few days in human life when one is truly elated. The first day in college is one of them. When you were getting ready today, you felt a tingling in your stomach. What would the auditorium be like, what would the teachers be like, who are my new classmates – there is so much to be curious about. I call this excitement, the spark within you that makes you feel truly alive today. Today I am going to talk about keeping the spark shining. Or to put it another way, how to be happy most, if not all the time. Where do these sparks start? I think we are born with them.

Hello world!

Hello My Dear World,

Happy New Year!

This is my first real blog, and one of my new year’s resolution!

My name is Ajay Priyadarshi, and I stay in Dubai.  Have seen Dubai evolve in the last few years from a small wannabe town to a progressive top cities in the world. All of that in last 8-10 years. There has been some roadblocks and hiccups of late, but the momentum was enough to propell it to forward;. …and here we are on this special day – 4th of Jan 2010. What’s so special today?  

Today is a historical day in Dubai’s short but breakneck speed journey. Today is the launch of Burj Dubai Tower!

Here are 10 quick facts about Burj Dubai from Kipp Report

Developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties, Burj Dubai was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago and constructed by South Korea’s Samsung Corporation. It is the centerpiece of the $20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai project and includes 57 elevators, 1,044 residential apartments, 49 floors of office space and an Armani hotel…………..

Enjoy the most amzaing Burj fountain video on You tube; if you can be there tonite.

“What Ambition and Vision can conjure, Human Will can Achieve” – AP

Untill next time!

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