Saturday, September 22, 2018

Remembering “Daddy” on his 10th death anniversary

Remembrance  Brigadier Pratap Dattatraya Joshi (6.3.1932 - 22.9.2008)

Today is the 22nd of September 2018  the 10th death anniversary of my late father-in-law Brigadier Pratap Dattatraya Joshi who we affectionately called Daddy

How time flies...!!! 

He passed away in the early hours of 22 September 2008.

Ten years have passed since the inimitable Pratap Dattatraya Joshi left for his heavenly abode. 

Lest we forget him  on this day  his 10th death anniversary  let me sound the “Last Post” once again.

As a token of my remembrance  here is the obituary LAST POST that I wrote for him when he left us for his heavenly abode on the 22nd of September 2008.

LAST POST

Obituary

Brigadier Pratap Dattatraya Joshi  (6.3.1932 - 22.9.2008)

In the early hours of the 22nd of September 2008, Pratap Dattatraya Joshi, breathed his last, and departed for his heavenly abode, at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune.

Pratap Joshi was an epitome of simple living and high thinking. 

Born on the 6th of March 1932, he imbibed sterling values from his father, DP Joshi, a Teacher and Scout, a legend in his lifetime.

Brigadier PD Joshi was a product of the prestigious First Course of the National Defence Academy (NDA  or 1st JSW  as he liked to call it  then located in Dehradun).

Brigadier PD Joshi was certainly not the archetypal pompous hard-drinking handlebar-moustachioed high-falutin Colonel Blimp type of Army Officer.

He was not an elitist snob, but a simple honest patriotic professional who believed in grassroot soldiering. 

He was a simple, down-to-earth, Spartan, unassuming, dedicated, sincere, patriotic, scrupulously honest, erudite person possessing a golden heart filled with humility and compassion. 

Throughout his distinguished career spanning 37 years, and even thereafter, he spread happiness, benevolence and goodwill owing to his cheerful disposition, kind-hearted nature and inimitable sense of humour.

Forever young at heart  Pratap Joshi did not suffer from the Auld Lang Syne Complex. 

After retirement  unlike most retired “faujis”  he never lived in the past, languishing and brooding about the “good old days”  but he moved on with exceptional enthusiasm and childlike zeal to his new loves – music and social work.

Starting from the scratch  he studied classical music with sheer dedication, resolute grit and passionate zest for many years till he was bestowed with the prestigious post graduate degree of Sangeet Alankar. 

Then he taught music to one and all, free of cost  making special efforts to teach the needy and underprivileged.

Travelling extensively  and roughing it out in the heart of the mofussil  to rural and far flung regions  he made a significant social contribution to enhancing primary education in backward areas, as the Chief Trustee of the Natu Foundation Educational Trust. 

He eagerly contributed his expertise to Jnana Prabodhini and for improving the efficiency of Hospitals.

Pratap Joshi loved animals, especially dogs. 

He always had pet dogs, and showered his unconditional love on them and all the dogs that he came across in the neighbourhood, pet and stray. 

It was distressing to see Dolly desperately searching for him soon after he had gone away from us forever. 

We shall always remember the love with which he snuggled and cuddled Sherry, our pet dog  a Doberman-X girl  when she was a baby.

(Sadly – Sherry also passed away to her heavenly abode in December 2014)

Pratap Joshi had a genuine zest for living  and he enjoyed every moment of his life  indulging himself in his favourite foods, movies, travel, music etc

If he liked to do something – he did it – anything he liked – without caring for what others would think.

He laughed  and he made others laugh.

I first met Pratap Joshi in March 1982  and he left such a lasting impression on me that I became his fan ever since. 

He was my father-in-law  more like a loving father who I could count on to stand by me, advise and inspire me, in happiness and in adversity  and I shall forever cherish every moment I shared with him. 

My son, a seafarer, was his favourite grandchild, the apple of his eye. 

It was a pity he could not be with his beloved grandfather during his last moments in September 2008 – as he was sailing on the high seas.  

Such are the tragedies and travesties of life, and death.

We will miss you dearly “Daddy”. 

You lived your life to its fullest and loved all of us from the bottom of your heart. 

We are sure you will shower us with your blessings from your heavenly abode. 

You were a noble and virtuous man who always did good to everyone you met and wherever you went. 

Pratap Dattatraya Joshi  (6.3.1932 - 22.9.2008)  RIP.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

VIKRAM KARVE

Obituary First Posted on 22 September 2008 in this Blog at url link: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2008/09/pratap-joshi-rip-remembrance.html

Friday, September 21, 2018

Why I Write – The Thrill and Enjoyment of Creative Writing

WHY I WRITE
The Thrill and Enjoyment of Creative Writing
By
VIKRAM KARVE
 
There is a saying: 

Happiness is a Journey 

Happiness is not a Destination 

Yes  happiness is the manner in which you travel the journey of life.

It is the same with creative writing. 

The process of creative writing is more enjoyable than the completion. 

It is the creative journey, the manner of travelling, which is more thrilling and rewarding than the material reward of success after publication of your creative work.

I love writing fiction short stories. 

I enjoy the whole process of writing a short story – thinking of the idea, the theme, the plot, the characters, the setting, the writing of the story. 

During this creative process the story belongs to me.

Once the story is completed and published  it is all over. 

Now  the story belongs to everyone. 

It is like pregnancy – once a baby is conceived – the baby is nurtured inside the mother. 

After the baby is born – the baby belongs to everyone.

When you are in the process of creative writing – you will transcend into the world of thought and reflection – and your mind will always be filled with interesting thoughts – and this will always keep you happy. 

Yes  it is true:
 
The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts 

The man who does not write is imprisioned in his immediate world in respect to time and space. 

His life falls into a set routine, limited to contact and conversation with his family, workplace colleagues, a few friends and acquaintances  and he sees only what happens in the world around him. 

But the moment he starts writing  he immediately enters a different world.

I write fiction short stories now – and let me tell you that I am thoroughly enjoying the wonderful process  the creative journey. 

First thing in the morning  the moment I wake up  I think of the story  the plot  the scenes – and – the characters of my story. 

I transcend to a world of my own – and throughout the day  fascinating thoughts perambulate in my mind. 

This is truly a stimulating experience which keeps me happy and cheerful throughout the day until the last moments before I drop off into sleep at night .

I am sure that my stories will be good because I put my heart into my writing. 

Since the journey is more important that the destination – I never set deadlines. 

Rather than rush to complete the story – I want to enjoy the process of writing it. 

I want to enjoy the sheer thrill of the creative writing “journey” more than the “destination” of publication of the story.

I will end with a quote on happiness from William Lyon Phelps:

“The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. 

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development  who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation – they are the happiest people in the world. 

And they are not only happy in themselves  they are the cause of happiness in others.” 

VIKRAM KARVE
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This is an edited extract from my blog post WHY I WRITE posted by me many times in various blogs including at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.com/2010/12/why-i-write.html  and http://karvediat.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-write-because-it-makes-me-happy.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.com/2011/03/creative-writing.html etc

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My Interview on Blogging

My Interview on Blogging (2013)

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https://blog.blogadda.com/2013/11/07/interview-with-vikram-karve-about-blogging

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Diplomat Pudding – My Favourite Dessert


Foodie Memories of My Navy Days

DIPLOMAT PUDDING – My Favourite Dessert
(A Cold Dessert)
By
VIKRAM KARVE

The Navy is a good place for a Foodie – especially if you are an Officer.

As a Naval Officer – you get the best of delicious food from a variety of multinational cuisines in Navy Wardrooms, afloat and ashore.

I always took special interest in seeing the dishes being cooked in Ship’s/Wardroom Galleys – and – since I have a “sweet tooth” – I was especially interested in Desserts (or “Puddings” – as we call them in the Navy).

Dear Reader: Here is the recipe for one of my favorite wardroom desserts – “Diplomat Pudding” aka Diplomate au Bavarois aka “Cream of Diplomatic Pudding”.

(There are many versions of the recipe for Diplomat Pudding – I shall give the Navy Recipe which is remarkable in its simplicity – easy to cook – since – on a Naval Ship – cooking has to be simple and easy)

RECIPE – DIPLOMAT PUDDING

Ingredients and Cooking Devices

Milk – Half a Cup (150 ml)

Egg – One

Sugar – 5 Tablespoons (60 gm)

Fresh Fruit (Mixed) – 200 gm

Jelly Crystals – 50 gm (One Packet)

Fresh Cream – 75 gm (Half a Cup)

Vanilla Essence - 2 drops

Hot Water – One Cup (250 ml)

Oven – To Bake the “Custard”

Refrigerator (or Ice) – To “Set” the Pudding

Cooking Method

1. Boil the Milk and keep warm.

2. Beat the Egg and Sugar.

3. Add warm Milk into the beaten Egg.

4. Blend in the Vanilla Essence.

5. Pour into a Baking Dish and bake in a moderate temperature till the custard is set (keep a watch on the oven till the mixture sets into a custard and browns a bit – it should take around 20/30 minutes)

6. Remove the baked custard and let cool.

7. Cut the Fruits into small cubes and arrange on the baked custard.

8. Pour half of the Cream on top of the baked custard.

9. Dissolve Jelly Crystals in hot water.

10. Set the Jelly slightly and spread over the Fruit.

11. Whip the remaining Cream with some powdered Sugar till fluffy and adorn/decorate the Pudding.

12. Cool in Refrigerator for some time and serve the “Diplomat Pudding” cold.

Dear Reader – Isn’t it a really simple recipe…?

Here is a picture of Diplomat Pudding aka “Cream of Diplomatic Pudding” 

Diplomat Pudding


Happy Eating…!!! 

VIKRAM KARVE

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Birthday Resolution – on my 62nd Birthday – September 12, 2018

Today – September 12, 2018 – is my 62nd Birthday. 

Yes – I am 62 years old. 

Here is My Birthday Resolution: 

I will try my best to “flower” and bloom wherever I am and with whatever I have...” 

“Wherever God has planted me  I will try to flower and bloom...”

BIRTHDAY RESOLUTION – 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 
Inspirational Introspection
By
VIKRAM KARVE

I learnt more about the Art of Living by reading good literature – rather than from hearing sermons and moral lectures  or from high-falutin philosophy or spiritualism.

One thing good about the Navy is that it inculcated and fostered the reading habit in me.

I read a lot of sea stories and novels like The Cruel SeaThe Caine MutinyRun Silent Run DeepHMS UlyssesTales of the South Pacific  and so many more.

One sea novel I like very much is: 


In this story  the protagonist is a Merchant Navy Officer who is frustrated because  owing to reasons beyond his control  he gets stuck in Tugs whereas he wants to sail in the main fleet.

Seeing his frustration  his Tug Captain gives him a maxim:

“ Ou Dieu vous a seme  il faut savoir fleurir ” 

which roughly translated means

“ You must know how to flower where God has sown you ” 

or

“ wherever God plants you  there you must learn how to bloom ”

The young Merchant Navy Officer takes this to heart  he works very hard on the Tug  and then  he works with dedication, sincerity and devotion to duty throughout his career on Tugs.

In due course  he becomes the most famous sea-going Tug Captain  and ultimately the owner of flourishing company with a huge fleet of ocean going tugs.

Inspired by this book – I too tried my best to imbibe this philosophy in my life  especially in my Naval Career – and – I tried my best to “flower” wherever the Navy posted me.

It is good philosophy to apply in your life:

“Wherever God plants you  there you must learn how to flower and bloom...”


NAVY MOTTO

LIKE IT OR LUMP IT” : If you don’t like it  just lump it

If you do not get what you like 

Then – you must learn to like what you get 

And – you must make the most of it 

Like they say in the Navy:

If you don’t like it  just lump it.

“Like it or “Lump it 

There is another saying I read a few years ago:

If life gives you a “Lemon  make “Lemonade.

Yes  when life gives you a lemon – use that lemon and make lemonade”  instead of cribbing and carping  wallowing in self pity  becoming bitter and spreading bitterness  and making your own life hell and everyone else’s life miserable.

Like they say in NLP :

There is no such thing as failure” 

There is only “learning experience

So  metaphorically  the lemon” is the failure  and  the lemonade” is the learning experience.

And this “learning experience” will enable you to “flower” and bloom wherever you are “sown” or “planted

Well  I have tried to follow this mantra: 

“ Ou Dieu vous a seme  il faut savoir fleurir ”  

When I was in the Navy  wherever the Navy transferred me  to whatever job they assigned me  whether they promoted me or not  I tried not to get disillusioned or demoralized.

And – in my own inimitable style: 

I tried to “flower” and bloom wherever I was “sown” or “planted

Yes  I made lemonade” with all the lemons that the Navy gave me.

I am trying to do this after my retirement too  trying to “flower” and bloom in the back-of-beyond lonely place called Wakad  on the outskirts of Pune  where God has planted me after my retirement. 

That is one of the reasons you are reading this Blog.

Yes  the result of all this “flowering” and blooming is this prolific Blog – and the couple of books I have written. 

Well  I am going to flower and bloom away and bash on regardless with my Blogging and Writing  since  this is the best thing I can do where God has planted me. 

God has given me the lemon” of loneliness. 

And  from this lemon of loneliness  I have made the lemonade” of my blogs  and my books  and all my writing.

Have a good day - whatever lemons” you get today  just keep making lemonade” and enjoy every drop of it.

Sometimes you may feel a sense of “failure”  you may feel that you have “failed in life.

There is no such thing as “failure”  it is all in the mind.

And still  if you feel a sense of “failure”  think of “failure” as a lemon” – and make lemonade”.

Talking of the lemon” of “failure”  let me tell you one thing that I have learnt from my own life experiences.

Sometimes  failure is good

You can take my word for it.

Remember the maxim:

“ Ou Dieu vous a seme  il faut savoir fleurir ”  

(wherever God plants you  there you must learn how to flower and bloom)

Apply this to your life  and you will “flower and bloom” wherever you are. 

Well – I am going to try and do it. 

I am sure I will succeed. 

Dear Reader: May you “flower and bloom” wherever God has planted you.

VIKRAM KARVE
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2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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