From: Swati Singh - swati25singh@gmail.com

Dear Deepti,

I saw your website. It's classic. All these years I have just known you through your films. This website was very inspiring for me not just because of what it speaks about you but a very special line where you mentioned about your Father's PhD.I was reconsidering my decision to pursue my second masters after a gap of 10 years.

Just wanted to say thank you for those beautiful lines into your
website which made me realize that I can do it.

Swati Singh

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From: Dr. Sharadindu Mukerji - sharadcoontee@gmail.com

Dear Ms Naval,

I have just finished reading your book "The mad tibetan - stories from then and now". Absolutely marvellous..... particularly "Thulli" and "Ruth Mayberry" brought tears to my eyes.

I too have enjoyed an outdoor life all through of my 61 years.....a life that took me to the mesmerizing beauty of the wonderland called ANTARCTICA, to the meditating heights of Himalayas including Zanskar river, Leh and other places in Ladakh. Though on Government duty in these places ( I could not have afforded to be in these places on my own ) I too discovered the poet that is restlessly quivering in my heart....

I knew you as a great actress, a very good poetess ( I still quote your 'jab bahut kuchh kahne ko man karta hai na, tab kuchh bhi kahne ko jee nahi chahta" to my friends). Your mastery in prose writing, in photography and painting have added to that dimension of my understanding beyond my comprehension.

Look forward to many more creations from you....
Best wishes and regards,

Dr. Sharadindu Mukerji

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From: Ankur Beohar beohar - ankur@gmail.com


You might not have realized how you've changed my life through the note that you sent me on friday, for once I was astonished that I received a reply, and looking at the personal nature of it, I was over-whelmed, you actually read between the words!

I told my mom about it over the phone, and she was like, "I've never heard someone do that before", not a woman of too many words, I think she was awestruck by disbelief, by the simplicity of your being, I think she'd not have ever thought while she watched all those movies of yours that this "girl" is going to send a message to her child one day! Thanks for bringing this moment of delight to my old woman, I'd forever be indebted to you for this.

It was pure bliss going through the pages of the book that I ordered the same day on Flipkart. I do read a lot, but generally skip short stories, their presence in the conscience is temporary, they just elude you in a day or two, nothing remains generally, but there's a difference again, not all short stories are recommended by the authors themselves, and none of them actually ever asked me to tell them how I felt about it, so this one is going to remain with me, for a long long time I believe.

I read till "the morning after" on Monday, the pick of the stories was "Bombay Central", for I realized that you've built your characters on a different line, its difficult to believe that someone would go to anyone's house in Mumbai even for a night, given the city's reputation, but then the conclusion is apt, and justifies the city, Mumbai shows you a new dawn, it brings you closer to realities, it makes you grow, I especially liked the scene when Jatin first met the woman, the intricacies of the conversation between the three of them, she does not make Jatin feel that she's going to do something to him that's going to change his life forever. So much like a woman mysterious, enigmatic, and difficult to decipher.

Birds was good, I especially like the way you give details to the scenery, I could feel Mr. Boy sitting in his lonely den, thinking, talking to his piano, I could feel the sisters running towards the train hesitantly, and I so much wanted them to board it, be free! I could imagine myself as Lily, looking at the beautiful picture of "Dolma" that pahari woman, I was in love with a Pahari Woman from "UK" sometimes back, yes! They say that they are from UK, little did I realize then that UK means Uttarakhand and not Britain, they look so different, so pure, so delicate, so vulnerable! No doubts Lily could accept the child as her own, Premonition was something I could relate to especially the feelings between the two young lovers, the stolen glances, the irrational fears, so much to clutch sometimes as a human being, I do wonder if all the love that we often display has roots deep in the earth of insecurity!

Then came Tuesday, and I could jump onto stories which appear to be out of your diaries, rather than imagination, "The Mad Tibetan", which gives its name to the book, scared me at once, I was scared for you! Did you actually walk upto him? Did you take his pictures? I was relieved you came out of the situation unscathed! But your smile at the end told me that you brought a lot of things back with you, there's "D" then, I am sure "Daman!" got the message, did she try to contact you? Did you send a copy of this book to her place? I can imagine what you went through, your narrative builds on your celebrity status, and it ends with a situation where all of it comes tumbling down over your own head. It often happens that we forget, not the person, but the name, and that leads us to situations, especially if the person has already formed an opinion! .

"Thulli" was the best short story that i've ever read in my life. The way prostitutes live has never amazed me, they do live like that, and they do not know what the world outside is, you can't help them escape, because thats not something that most of them want to do anyway, but the character of "Thulli" did, I am happy you could meet her, I am happy you could be with her, and I am happy again that you came out of the situation unhurt, I was moved by the final touch that you gave to the story, the eye contact, you could not believe that caresses can go beyond the "pure" and still be relieving, that touch take many forms, what else did "Thulli" have to give away I wonder!

Balraj Sahni was an experience, much like mine, while softly telling you what I feel about your work, and wondering if you'd ever listen to me, thankfully you do not have a train to miss and complain about.

The book doesn't complete without the last story, that of "Ruth Mayberry", people might be of the opinion that it is "hopeless", but I feel that it had the maximum ingredient of hope than any other story in the book, more than that of the child who chose to live a life with Lily, more than your own meeting with Thulli, more than Srinivas finding the book, Ruth Mayberry's story was filled with hope. When you talk about "friend" whose life has to be written I thought about Smita Patil, the woman I've loved from the time I've seen her on screen, both of you were excellent in Mirch Masala, I see that movie again and again, I lose it everytime my hard disk is formatted, I download it again, to live the movie, the performances were beyond anything that I've seen in my lifetime, even in Shyam Benegal movies. Smita-ji was born to fulfill an indian dream and I feel from the depth of my heart that it is her work, her shift to the mainstream that has given a push to meaningful cinema in India, when movies like "Dhobi-ghat" become sleeper hits, I feel there is a Smita Patil act behind it. My favourite movie till date remains "Bhoomika" her extra-ordinary work with Shyam Benegal.

Sorry, I lost the plot, Yes Ruth Mayberry, some phrases of the story resonate in my mind till now, she was real, her hope was real, we all live with that hope, of doing it "some day", and for some of us, that day fortunately comes, for the others that day never comes in their lifetimes, but yes we hope and we live because of that hope.

I cannot help congratulate you for your sensitivity, and your ability to communicate it in words, your description is that of a photographer, and you are a veteran in that art. Thank you for making me go through this experience, thank you for making my life a bit more sensitive this time, your forte remains the element of touch that I noticed in your poems, and your stories bring it on to the surface in an excellent manner, I hope you keep on writing stories, and work in movies, for I'd love to see you play the characters like Aarti of 'Memories in March', your chemistry with Rituparno Ghosh was surreal.

Not to mention, everything that you do, write, paint, or the movies that you act in are ahead of their times, much more modern that the world has the ability to digest I suppose!

And for once, I apologize, if you ever think that I have been judgmental in the my account, I was if anything, giving a feedback to the artist, and not the person, the person remains a woman who's legendary in her dignity, and would always be a subject of my respect from the absolutely highest that I can ever be.

Thanks. Regards,

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From: indrojit - indrojit@gmail.com

Dear Ma'am

3 stories from "The Mad Tibetan" remained with me, for a long time after I closed the book yesterday.

Thulli - I saw myself drawing parallels to the glamour industry, where women/men are kind of caged and put on display for the hungry masses and when they start ageing, they kind of disappear in their own shadows and lead a life - solitary without friends, family, money and are kind of resigned to fate and die unsung.

Birds - Touched my core. My heart went out to the baby birds trapped in that ceiling. Imagining how their last breaths were in dark, alone damp surrounding waiting for their mamma bird to come. I woke up sad.

Ruth - Long ago, one of my colleagues had told me, "Don't quit yet, perhaps success is waiting round the corner" and that has been a precious gift I carry with me always.

I sincerely thank you for sharing these brilliantly simple stories.


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From: Arun Prem - aprem@yahoo.com

I love your website, it provides a place of rest and wonder..

I browsed through your paintings on the website...your art is just like your acting- honest, straight from the heart and doesn't make compromises or try to please yet so starkly beautiful.
You are great, keep up the wonderful work!

I am really glad you have a picture from Kamla on the site. When I was going through your paintings, oddly I was reminded of Kamla and I still remember the feeling of goosebumps at seeing an actor go boldly where at least no Bollywood actor had treaded before and completely get into another character without inhibition, self consciousness or fear..it was beyond amazing, more like shock..even your first acting venture in ek bar phir was rebellious, but back then it was too soon to identify the actor with the character. watching those performances in the midst of the formula and even the early new wave Indian experiments was like being liberated in the same way that I believe those in the west felt liberated by The Beatles' music.

I look forward to following your work via the website.

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From: baldev kohli - baldev.kohli@gmail.com

Dear Deepti ji,

Your reading from your book "The Mad Tibetan Stories: from Then and Now" was simply wonderful. Being a simple old man in his late seventies, I do not find more appropriate words to describe it.

We have seen you as an actor since the time you came to the films. Honestly speaking never knew your so many other accomplishments. Congratulations for looking after you so well,you look the same as we saw you in earlier films.We pray to Almighty for success to you in all your ventures. Your parents are fortunate to have an accomplished daughter like you.Word fans is not approprate for us to use, however we pray that in our next life we are blessed with a daughter like you.

With best wishes and warm regards,

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From: Sajithkumar - vsajith2000@yahoo.co.in


I read your book "the mad tibetan". I liked it very much.I liked all the stories But "Thuli" was awesome! . It brought back memories when i with college friends visited the lane.We were kids maybe 17 or 18.. We wanted to see the area first hand and the moment we entered the lane we realised we were not talking because we all were scared. We went in a friends fiat car , no one had the guts to get down.We when we were approached by a pimp we turned the car and vamooshed!!! lol!!! Even today when we meet we ask each other "shuklaji ko milne jana hai ?....ha ha ....while reading "thhuli" i thought i was reliving that night.....but in the end i felt very sad,touched,depressed i dont know.... I also liked "d"

Thanks for writing these stories....keep writing deepti mam.


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From: atul singh - atulya_s@hotmail.com

Dear Mam,

I hope this mail finds you in good health and happy times.

I don't know if I can call myself a fan for I don't know what that implies and I have not really watched all your films.
I am not a big hindi-film fan but I have seen a few that I hold very dear. They seem to contain moments and people in them that seem to be from a very different world today. Chasm-e-baddoor and Katha are two of those films with the simplicity of life and the earnestness of middle-class aspirations that seem a far cry from the crowded city life that we find ourselves in.

I just found out about your website and through it a lot more about you,your life, your work and your thoughts. It made it possible for me to write to you about how indebted I feel to you and some other amazing people for some moments in Hindi cinema which keep my faith in the beauty of Hindi films alive.

Thank you.I wish you very a happy and prosperous life.

Before I forget, I think I caught a fleeting glimpse of you in an open jeep in Kausani years ago from our school-bus while on a memorable school trip to the region. That moment has been a part of my happy memories of my school days.

Once again wishing you lots of happiness and good health.

with best regards,

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From: manleen kaur - manleenkaur_5@hotmail.com

Respected madam,

I do not know if this is really happening!!!!!...I am sitting in front of the television and watching your "Chashme Badoor"..I mean you are so beautiful and have such a charismatic personality!!!! I have seen many other movies of yours!!! I have just opened my lap top and typed your name in google..have found your site and even your contact !!!! I do not know if you will even read this.....well I have lot of interest in music, drama, dance...and I want to meet you....

Well I am manleen kaur..pursuing masters in law from Punjab
university, Chandigarh ....

Madam you are just awesome and your acting creates such a nice real classical environment filled with grace...I cant believe am writing to you ma'am!!!!

Manleen kaur

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From: Surinder Gujral - gujral_sk@yahoo.com

Dear Deeptiji,

I am in Kabul Afghanistan.

This friday, being a holiday, we were watching HUM PANCH during lunch on Zee TV. You also acted in this film.

Afghans had all the praise for you.. for the simplicity and the grace.
Then I gave the address of your website to them.
One of them brought his old album which had photographs of yours, meenakshi sheshadri and madhuri dixit.
They say they like the kajal filled eyes and the big bindi of yours and you are popular among women in afghanistan.

It was a great moment and I felt proud.

Surinder Kumar Gujral

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From: SJ Nanal - SJ.NANAL@itdcem.co.in

I believe you are the only actress who can portray many more layers and shades no matter how much complex character in some fleeting moments. The moments which perhaps even the best director can not coach ,enact or has missed out in his wildest imagination. There are some talents which are not driven to the extreme and not properly exploited to the fullest degree for the sake of commercialisation. With your zeal and ability and almost infinite talent and capacity to take the stress to confront the challenges you can give run to any of the Hollywood biggies for the slot in character. I fiercely fight with god to give you an overwhelming success of a great role that would spread you brilliantly on an international canvass which everybody in the world longs for.

I wish all the best and success to your forthcoming film venture. Once again we are just reminded that the ordinary life portrayed by you, your characters in the film has many more mysterious and extraordinary qualities which just dwarf all the best words in the dictionary.

With best wishes and regards,

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From: shrikant vaidya - shri.vaidya@gmail.com

After seeing your website and reading about your family and your struggle together, I am really humbled and once again have been convinced that middle-class values are the key to
contentment, the true parameter of success in life.

Your father and you have struggled your way up to success in your respective fields which is so inspiring especially for
youngsters like me. The quest for peace, achievement and humility is something I share as an individual with you and its
been a while that I have been thinking of giving back to society what I have taken from it over a period of time.

You are just a couple of years younger to my mom but I can never call you 'aap'......you're rocking !! I love travelling and
as a flight attendant I keep making the most of time. And so whenever I get to know someone who thinks it he/she is a
world citizen, am overjoyed, one more person who is passionate about crossing the horizons.

My mail will be one of the many you might be receiving yet I cant help but applaud like others for your work and for
being what you are.

Shrikant Vaidya

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From: Subhasis Bhattacharjee - subhasis18@gmail.com


This is regarding your website www.deeptinaval.com

I occasionally visit websites of various personalities and
organizations to learn more about - I take it as my passion.

I visited many sites in the past few years and I very seldom met a site like your one - this is just an wonderful site in its composition.

I would like to express my gratitude towards you for designing and owning a wonderful website - and thus making the world a beautiful one - giving a perfect pleasure to the visitors.

Thanks and best regards,

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From: Preeti Mulay - mulay.preeti@gmail.com

Dear Deepti,

This is Preeti Mulay.

6 months ago it happened to me that I came across your name mentioned in an article [Sakal Newspapaer, Marathi] with the reference of your book "Lamha Lamha".
Also one 'nazm' from that book was mentioned there, "Akeli hoti gar unn wadiyon mein......".
It really really mesmerized me. I literally gone crazy reading it. It is a Fantastic poem.

Then I started searching the book using my all sources, but
was not getting it. I visited your website also where, few poems from the book are uploaded. Reading those, my urge to get the book increased tremendously, and finally last week I found it.

You have presented your feelings so beautifully. Very concise
& heart touching poems.
Specially I liked :
All 'Pagdandiyas', Yaaden woh kal hi ki baatein, Kal ki raat tukdon mein kati, Kitne afsane adhure reh jayenge, Ek geet jiski dhun yaad nahi, Bahut ghuti ghuti rehti ho, kuch der chalne do muze is khoobsurat rehgujar pe....

I liked the temperament of the poems. I really really do respect your versatile personality and talent. Thank you so much for
giving me such a wonderful experience !!!!

Wishing you True Happiness, Contentment and Good Health.......
Have a fantastic lifetime ahead......

With love :)

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From: SK Srinivas-AnalySys Sciences-analysys.sciences@gmail.com

Dear Ms Deepti Naval:


I came upon your fascinating website, during a Net search for leading personalities in Indian 'parallel' cinema. The proximate cause for this Net search was Sai Paranjpe's 'Katha', which was telecast on DD this afternoon. I saw this enjoyable film in Bombay in 1983, when it was first released. In fact, I saw it repeatedly during that year, mainly because..well..you were in it. I saw Chashme Budoor repeatedly, for the same reason. To me, you will always be Miss Chamko.

I live in a world far removed from yours. I make my living out of Science, as a highly specialised technical consultant in Bangalore. I hail from Bombay and a significant part of my youth was spent in darkened cinema halls. My preferred genre was, and still is, light social comedies. Light comedies are especially difficult to make, and to act in. It takes negligible intelligence to make slapstick comedies. It is quite another matter to make comedy films that are socially acceptable and yet genuinely funny.

The term 'light comedy' is utterly misleading. This genre is a
demanding one and few film-makers and actors are good at it. You are one of the very few actresses in Indian cinema who excel at light comedy. You make it look so easy. One is quite disappointed that enjoyable light comedies are no longer made these days, and even more disappointed that you are no longer seen in such films. It was such a pleasure to see you in Freaky Chakra.

We have enough to cry about in our daily lives. One is physically sick of alleged modern comedies that feature large amounts of female skin and coarse humor. One yearns for a well-made film that can elicit laughter from deep within. You owe it to long-time admirers like myself, to make such a film.

There is another strong reason for writing this email to you. I was deeply moved by what you have written about your father. His life is an inspiration, his grit is remarkable, his joie-de-vivre enviable.
For years, I have been telling myself that I am too old to pursue my dream of getting myself a PhD degree.

After reading your father's story today, I realise how mistaken I was.

Yours sincerely,
SK Srinivas, MPharm

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From: KHUSHBOO JOSHI - joshi.khushboo7@gmail.com

Hello mam,

This is an ardent follower and what in today’s world people self address – a big big fan of yours. Before I get into your precious andpious stuff, I would like to acquaint you about myself. My parents named me Khushboo. I hail from a small city Bhopal and currently reside in Mumbai just for the sake of the ‘so called job’. Getting myself a break from this tiresome, dry and ‘boring’ stocks andinvestments, I went through the most enchanting and divine stuff of mylast three months. And decided to share a word about it from you.

www.deeptinaval.com was the world, in which I was taken into yesterday that was dated as 1st of July, 2010. In deep dried heart and in sheer agony, I started to surf the site. Page by page, then section by section and then…word by word. Literally saying, I was TRANSPORTED to some other kind of a world that cant be explained in words. The introductory part, the various sections of life, all the beautiful autobiographical elements, the photographs (both of yours and taken by you), the eternal performances in equally eternal films, the produced stuff and last but surely not the least- THE POEMS. I was of an opinion uptill now that Deepti Naval is a great actress and dancer (after seeing chashme baddur atleast 20 times). The ‘kali ghodi dwar khadi’ with you in the yellow clad (I suppose) comes to my mind in the very first instance when your name struck the mind or even eyes.

Mam…it would not be an exaggeration if I say that I lurk to see u in the television evrytime. Be it the doordarshan series, or any movie of yours. I do not mind saying that I love u as a human being coz dey have become scarce in todays world. The sensitivity u have is beyond this crass materialism that is creeping here. I have learnt a lot from you and life long you will remain in my heart as the queen of love and humanism as u have been there as an actor since these yrs of ma life.

There is a lot that I need to express and communicate to you..but I know u have other works. If u have read this actually…in real…then u dnt know wat have u given me…dis is one of the best days of ma life. I know u keep very busy and I don’t force u to reply and all…dis is enough for me that u gave an eye on ma words.

Thank you so much mam…I love you and await all the stuff that has any kind of association with the name- DEEPTI NAVAL. (even the advertisements enthrall me..the one that of those butter cookies….)

Have a very gudday….(mine has already been made…)


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From: utpal mohan - mohan.utpal@gmail.com

Dear Deepti Naval ji,

Myself Utpal Mohan. I am a Biomedical Scientist working right now in US.

Yesterday, I came across this web-site of yours and got your e-mail ID. Since that moment, I have been thinking of writing to you. I must be one of the biggest fans of your acting skills, your intellect, gritty attitude, your eternal graceful personality and a serenity in whatever you do. I have never been fond of film personalities though I am an avid film goer.

But I am proud to say that I am a very very big fan of yours. I am in fact so excited to write to you. This is definitely one of the greatest moments for me in my life to write to the person whom I respect so much for her immense talent and a very refreshing approach to life.

To begin with, I would like to tell you that your persona is awe
inspiring (must have been told to you by thousands of people).

I was born in 1978, so I got to see your movies on doordarshan. Since childhood, I have this vivacious smiling girl image of yours in my mind from Chashmebaddoor.

During my teenage years, I didn't get to see many films of yours as the film-market was flocked with all types of frivolous films catering to teenage taste. But when life brought me to late 20s and now 30s, I realized what a fine actor you are and how you portrayed subtle nuances of any character you played. I have seen Chashmebaddoor more than 50 times. I simply love this movie of yours. In fact, yesterday, I watched two movies (Kisi se na kehna and katha) for probably fifth time.

In Chashmebaddor, there is a scene where Siddharth (Farookh sheikh) proposes Neha and you say that " abhi to parhai bhi khatam nahi hui hai". The way you say this particular line with so natural blushing; only a great actor like you can do justice to such a nuance of the character. I must have watched this particular scene for more than 100 times but still not bored. I have also seen your serial 'thora sa aasman" and I loved it. Your creativity has no boundaries. It is indeed amazing to see that you excel in all your creative outlets.

I have always been fascinated by your multitalented personality, intellect and an enigmatic serenity. An artist like you is very very rare in Indian Film industry.

But, Since yesterday, when I came across this web site of yours, I am continuously going through your entire site and my respect for you as a person and as a real artist has grown to infinite levels. I wish, you keep updating your site at regular intervals about your life, your recent activities and exciting & interesting narratives of your adventurous hiking. I was so engrossed in your narrative of "The Tchadar Expedition" that I felt like being there at that time in Zanskar valley. Amazing!!

I wish, you read this mail someday (though this is quite a long mail, but talking about you and that too in few words: that's entirely impossible). You are a free soul and that is the lesson I have learnt.
The moment one reaches this stage, life is an eternal bliss.

I pray to the almighty to bless you with great health for many many years and also pray that your left knee doesn't give you any further problems in your hiking endeavors.

I would like to wrap up this mail with a hope of meeting you some day.
This indeed is a great day for me when I am writing to the person whom I respect so much.

With lots of good wishes

Best regards,

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