3. Any nicknames preferred?
Any name preferred provided said with love
4. Where are you from?
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Lecturer of commerce subjects, own coaching classes
Ramayan & Shri Krishna serials (old), Spiritual discussions on Geeta, BRC Mahabharat, Ramcharitmanas, Valmiki Ramayan, Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta (and some other such sources); I am willing to read sometime in future the two major sources of Ramayan fully.
Meaningful quality movies & Bollywood songs of mainly 1960s (Rafi-Lata-Asha), Cricket matches in which Sachin Tendulkar plays
8. Favorite mythological serials? Why?
Ramayan & Shri Krishna (upto Dwarika nirmaan) by Ramanand Sagar because of Ramanand Sagar's devotional & noble attempt and qualitative direction, Ravindra Jain's music & songs, perfect casting and great combination of faith & logic to transport that faith - both dialogs & songs are great, more accurate compilation of major sources and most importantly the simplicity on the screen of surroundings & get up with focus on the most important part that is contents.
B R Chopra's Mahabharat because of the portrayal of Krishna in it, its casting and its subtle knowledge of dharma.
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev (Mainly Shiv-Parvati-Nandi-Narad-Vishnu scenes) because of its great attempt in the current era to show Shiv-Parvati story with such a subtle essence of Tap sadhana, conflict with formal rituals, Madhurya & Daasya Bhaav of Parvati, deep continuous knowledge in dialog after dialog (just like old mythos) and its tight grip (suspense & excitement & involvement) during the story of Parvati's tap.
Upanishad Ganga because of its unique & interesting style of presentation of stories (Drama plot) and coverage of stories of different ages to explain effective deep spiritual knowledge of Upanishad and total coverage of spiritual concepts.
9. Favorite mythological actors? Actresses?
Ramayan: Almost all - no real favourite - even the number 1 is tied with many - still naming a few - Dara Singh as Hanumanji, Sunil Lehri as Lakshman, Vijay Kavish as Shiv and of course Arun Govil, Sanjay Jog, Arvind Trivedi, Shyamsundar (Vali-Sugreev), Shreekant Soni (Vishwamitra) & all
Shri Krishna: Again many of them but still naming a few - Actor who played Gargacharya, Sunil Pandey as Vasudev and Shahnawaz as Nand, Damini Shetty as Yashoda
Mahabharat: Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma, Nitish Bharadwaj as Krishna, Praveen Kumar as Bheem, Virendra Razdan as Vidur
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev: Mohit Raina as Shiv & Kumar Hegde as Nandi
Upanishad Ganga: K K Raina (excellent versatility and expressions), Abhimanyu Sinh (best command over Hindi and Sanskrit & clarity of pronunciation), Zakir Hussain, Ravi Khanvilkar, Gagan Malik.
10. What is your favorite scene from your favorite mythological(s)?
Ramayan: Shabari and Ram-Vaali dialog ending with the song -
Janam janam muni jatanu karaahi
And plenty of others - Bharat milap sequence, Lakshman's pashchatap scene in Panchvati, Sharbhang rishi, Ram-Vibhishan milan, Parshuram after Dhanurbhang, Ram respecting Indrajeet's mritdeh, Hanuman-Angad in Ravan's court.
Shri Krishna: Akrur's dialog with Gargacharya regarding Karma & Bhakti and Surdas's (previous birth) visit of the aashram in the same scene
And here are the video links of the scene:
And plenty of others - Many many Gargacharya aashram scenes, Darshan to Akrur in Yamuna, Krishna-Radha Conversation on Adwait in Golok from Brahmavaivart Puran, Murlimanohar's pranks in Sudama story.
Mahabharat: Shishupal vadh (Episode 43), Hanuman-Bheem meeting (Episode 53), Krishna in Panchal and Hastinapur just before Indraprastha nirman (Episodes 36 & 38), Krishna as Shantidoot (Episodes 61 to 65), Last episode (Episode 94) of Bheeshma on Baanshaiya from Shanti and Anushasan Parva and of course Bhagwad Geeta episodes (Episodes 72 to 74).
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev: I have watched the serial only after Daksh Yagn Vidhvans (Episode 127) but I am not much motivated to watch anything before that anyhow. So here it goes: My favourites are (In the chronological order): Sati as Aadishakti before Aatmadah (Episode 127), Veerbhadra-Vishnu battle and surrounding events (Episode 128 to 130), Himavan-Daksh & Parvati-Sati Milan in Kashi (Episodes 147, 148), Vishnu-Parvati Rakshabandhan & Parvati's tapasya (Episodes 162, 163, 164, 165), the completion of Parvati's tap (Shiv's acceptance and Shiv-Parvati milan & Aatma Saakshaatkaar of Aadi Shakti Episode 173), Aatmaninda in Vaishnav's disguise by Mahadev (Episode 177), Indra-Vishwakarma-Kuber trying to explain Mahadev about Gruhasth jeevan (Episode 184), pre Shiv Parvati Vivah episodes of Shivji's bhojan and Shaastraarth charcha (Episodes 190 & 191), Shiv-Daksh meeting after marriage (Episode 197), Raktbeej vadh, Mahishasur vadh & Navdurga explanation by Shiv to Kartikeya (Episodes 213, 247, 248), Bhasmasur (Episode 252), Samudramanthan (Episode 260 to 263), Vinayak given Gajasur's head (Episode 282 to 286), Ganesh going to meet Ashoksundari and Darukavan story (Episode 293 to 299), Ganesh-Kartikeya meeting and rivalry and Ganesh declared as Prathampoojya and Sarvamanya dev (Episodes 300 to 308).
Upanishad Ganga: Episodes 4 (Ashtavakra), 5 & 6 (Darashikoh), 10 (Arth - Kautilya), 12 (Moksha - Kotikarna), 13 (Brahmacharya - Satyakam), 14 (Grihasthaashram - Magh Kavi ), 18 (Varna - Chandragupt), 23 (Glory of Human birth - Tulsidas), 25 (24 teachers of Avdhoot), 26 (Indra & Virochan), 27 (Yaksha prashna to Yudhishthir), 28 (Savitri), 29 (The true self - Arunagirinathar), 33 (Camel's rope ), 35 (3 questions), 40 (Srishti - Varah Mihir), 44 (Vasnas - Eknath), 46 (Antarang Sadhana - Keshidhwaj & Khandigya), 48 (Karmyog - Haridas), 9 (Gyanyog - Sadashiv Brahmendra), 51 (Moksha/Jeevan Mukt - Paravailla Swami), 52 (Gratitude - Totakacharya).
11. What is the most important lesson these serials have taught you?
They are my biggest means of devotion and Ramanand Sagar's two serials are parts of my life and almost anything I do or want to do is inspired from Ramayan serial apart from Bhagwad Geeta.
12. What is your favorite song from your favorite mythological?
Plenty of them if not all but still writing some of them -
Ramayan: Pushpvatika (Gauripooja) and Swayamvar song sequences, Setubandhan song (Jin par kirpa Ram kare), Jis kaaran aaye us kaaraj, Bharat sam nahi dooja koi tyagi, Yahi raat antim, Nirnay ki ghadi
Shri Krishna: Na jane tose, Jay Shailsute (Gauripooja), Hath me maakhan, Naming ceremony by Gargaachaarya, He Padmanaabh, He nath Narayan Vaasudeva, Namami Radhe Namami Krishnam
Mahabharat: Kripa Krishna ki, Jay jay janani Shri Ganesh ki
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev: Enjoying the classical music in the background (except drum & metal beats while any dialog is going) but can't recall any song (I also haven't watched large proportion of the show)
13. Any extra things you would like to add about yourself?
What I can do best is to post TOC link of India-forums CC5 of Ramayan-Shri Krishna serials (1st page) which contains the page numbers of my answers to 'Bhakt in Spotlight' (Member of the week/month) questions and CC slambook questions and my Orkut profile link to share anything or everything people might like to know about me.
And those page numbers are:
BITS - Pg. 52-53, 56, 58, 61-62, 69, 121-122, 136, 164
Slam book - 74
Orkut profile (I am also on Facebook with the same name but with less information about me than on Orkut profile):