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Lunch with Mangesh Padgaonkar : Delicious moments of my life

With Mangesh Padgaonkar and Ravi Paranjape


Almost all of us believe that spices and cook come together to make your food delicious. Mangesh Padgaonkar made me think over this. Now I say, spices, cook and sprouting discussions make your food delicious. As always, I was once again fortunate enough to have lunch with two great personalities, Mangesh Padgaonkar, one of the greatest poets Marathi language ever produced and Ravi Paranjape, a great painter of today’s time. I was working with a student group in our college and under the same entity, we had organized a poem reading reading session by Mangesh Padgaonkar. Ravi Paranjape was the guest of honour.

As expected, the programme was really hit and  the entire audience was mesmerised. I was attending such a session for first time in my life. I was  completely satisfied with the session but god put something more in my plate. After the session, we took both of our guests out for lunch. As I had already spent some time with Mangesh Padgaonkar on the day before, I was very much keen to listen to his first hand comments on  life. I had heard an old record where he delivered a talk about Osho. Other speakers who spoke in the series were Prof. Shivajirao Bhosale and Va. Pu. Kale, both of them very successful writers. Listening to these lectures was my first interaction with all three of these personalities. Shivajirao Bhosale and Va. Pu. Kale spoke irrelevant. Thoughts of Mangesh Padgaonkar were authentic and penetrating. This had doubled the respect for him.

The lunch was full of discussions. Mangesh Padgaonkar and Ravi Paranjape are old friends and hence, started with their familiar topics. The topics shifted from poetry to Old Monk to the life of poets and hardships faced by them in old days. He was telling us about the great poets of their time- the tremendous passion and the burning desire which these people had in their hearts. Whatever he was speaking, was touching my heart. The reason was simple; he was talking from the bottom of his heart. His views were his own views and not the borrowed ones. His experiences and memories were still fragrant.

In course of discussion, he told me,

“When I was young, I used to read out poems for few rupees. I wanted to see the world and roam around, but had no money. Right now, I have lacs of rupees with me, but its all useless. I cant use it anywhere…..”

I could understand the feelings by observing his 84 years old utterly expressive eyes. I was touched by the authenticity and simplicity of his shaky voice. I gave him a typical smile- which we use as a shield to escape such moments. While I was dragged into a whirl of thoughts, Mangesh Padgaonkar was back to his piece of fish, enjoying it to the fullest.

Previous article in this series-

My moments with Mangesh Padgaonkar- part1

My moments with Mangesh Padgaonkar-part 2

Personal Interviews

Interview: Dr. Naushad Forbes (Part 1)

Mandar- What keeps you so motivated?

Dr. Naushad Forbes Many years ago, I used to split my year between teaching a course in US and I would teach this course for about three months. I would spend rest of the year working here in the company and people used to ask me then what do you enjoy most? My answer was always, well, if you talk in the terms of the actual content of what I did, the actual minute- to- minute what you do, I really enjoyed the teaching.

Dr. Naushad Forbes
Dr. Naushad Forbes

I had this great group of students who had taken this course as an elective and who were really smart, bright, the young group with whom I spent all my time interacting with; it was a lot of fun.

But, I also felt, if I never went back to Stanford, it would be no worse a university. It will be just as great a university and as a result I felt I did more of a difference here. So in terms of what actually motivates me, it’s a long answer (laughs). It’s this combination; of this actual content of the job, what you do on a day-to-day basis may be not everything that you do but the great bulk of it, the majority of it should be the stuff that you enjoy and you take pleasure in. At the end of the day motivation is intrinsic to the job. No one from outside can motivate you. You have to feel motivated from within. You have to be self motivated. The only sustainable source of this motivation is the content of the job and the sense of making a difference. If you feel that what you are doing is helping to make something better, the something can be the world around you, the something can be an organization, results, something can be anything. The lives of people, because you are teaching them about classical music and I think that’s where motivation comes from. That desire to make a difference to people. And I am not trying to make any comment about making a difference. You can make a difference in an Akanksha sense where you are helping people who come from a disadvantaged background, ensuring that they will get a platform from which they can move ahead much more rapidly. One doesn’t need to make difference only by doing good social projects.

Part 2- Dr. Naushad Forbes commenting on the future scenario of India after ten years. Coming soon.