Men will always be men!! This was a funny looking pic I saw that I thought twice about posting it here.. but it was so hillarious that I couldnt stop myself!
Balochistan is on fire. Because Musharraf’s Army killed Bugti – the Baloch leader – and his closest men. Is this the beginning of secession of Balochistan? I think so. Is it going towards the Bangladesh direction? Maybe. Should India help the Balochs? Heck yes! Why? Because really speaking I am sick and tired of Pakistan’s many games. There are only so many ways to deal with it. One of the best way, that a pacifist friend of mine once articulated was – just break them into smaller countries so they keep fighting amongst themselves and wont bother about us! I think he was very right!! The time to fight a full fledged war is gone. But Pak would not stop from creating terrorist attacks on India … ever! But there HAS to be a way to blunt its ability to keep “bleeding” India because it cannot rise anyway!
This is a funny characterisation of the people in Indian cities:
How to Identify cities in India
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, then a fourth and They start arguing about who’s right.
You are in Kolkata
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, sees them and walks on.
Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along & tries to make peace.The first two get together & beat him up.
Its raining and the landscape is beautiful… green and lusciously so! The slopes blend in each other as if in an eternal peaceful and love-ful embrace of lovers!
The distant water merges into the green lovers as their extension.. darkness is falling while sun doesnt want to let go …. its a tussle… that creates the mood of love and conflict!
Love and Rain.. Rain and Love… the lovers rejoice!
Interesting article on the Sikhs in sports – motivated by the rise of Monty Panesar. The writer, Frank Keating, starts with Bishen Bedi – one of the best all time spinners in cricket!
Bishen Singh Bedi was the very same age, and I savour the thrill of enchantment at my very first sight of him twirling his softly supple southpaw slows alongside the gasometers that midsummer of 1971. The preening choc-caps of Surrey were on their way to another county championship but that day, against the Indian tourists, successively one by one their batsmen – Stewart, Younis, Roope, Storey, Intikhab, Long, Arnold – were dispatched to the hutch, shaking their heads in baffled embarrassment at the Sikh’s placidly lethal cocktail of curve and loop and spin.
Here is an important and interesting news article where the arms links for Dawood and his cronies is laid out!
An alliance between a former KGB officer-turned-arms smuggler and one of Dawood Ibrahim’s top lieutenants has given Indian sleuths a vital clue to link Mumbai’s organised crime with international terrorism.
The missing link is Abdul Qayyum Shaikh – the Azamgarh-born arms baron — who was like a “brother” to Anis Ibrahim, Dawood’s brother. Shaikh was the man, who “apparently” gave actor Sanjay Dutt a 9 mm pistol and according to the police, the “prime recruiter” for the 1993 serial blasts.
This was a ppicture I took at the India Fest last year in Houston. This dancer looked striking in the background that was put up!
The fest involved a weekend show of different things – dances, stalls, food and crafts of India in the heart of Houston Downtown. Great picture taking time!
I had heard about the problems that Rafi had with Lata and then the low time he saw during the Rajesh Khanna-Kishore Kumar combine era.. but I could have never imagined that Mohd. Rafi could have been meted out the sort of treatment that Raju Bharatan – the veteran film journalist narrates here in this article!! Even though its been ages since he was gone.. still the number of singers who imitate and swear by Rafi sahab is the highest that is there in any competition or film industry! Here is an example of the treatment that Rafi – in my mind, God’s own voice if there ever was one! – got from some folks!
Also, please check out my tribute to him in the “Special Series” section under the Creative Indian Personalities titled – Mohd Rafi – Saranga Teri Yaad Mein
It is unimaginable that anybody alive in the music industry of India had any stature in 1970s to even begin to tell Rafi how to sing.. but such was the case during that time!
It happened at the height of the Rajesh Khanna wave — in the after-1970 Aradhana glow when Mohammed Rafi’s confidence was at its lowest ebb. The Mohammed Rafi who had sung, for Naushad, a total of 149 songs (81 of them solo) through 35 years. That ace composer had heard about how sheer nonentities, in the recording room, had begun dictating to Mohammad Rafi.
Pluto was recently demoted from the planetary status! It no longer remains one of the nine. We will have to be contented with eight of them. Too bad! It has had larger implications in practical terms as the text books and planetariums have been thrown out of whack by this sudden ‘decision’ based on various criteria.
Now, Astrologer is a close cousin of Astronomy. What do the Astrologers do? Well they are steadfast at calculating the influence of Pluto in the big picture.
I have read and seen some really crazy rituals but this one by far beats all of them! People can go to ay lengths to advertise for stuff… in this case advertising for the funerals has necessitated using sex too. Sex, by far, seems to be the most potent way to sell anything in this world.. even for the dead!
Striptease send-offs at funerals may become a thing of the past in east China after five people were arrested for organising the intimate farewells, state media reported on Wednesday.
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Here is another of my pictures that I uploaded to Flickr, which I have persoanlly liked a lot. This is from the Houston Downtown. I like the composition that I got at that time… with the nice sky light and the palm leaves peeking from the left in an otherwise concrete area!
Thanks to Atanu of Deeshaa.org about the hat tip.
Here is an article where the author reproduces the comment from Pakistan’s Manager. While there is little doubt that Hair has had decisions and behavior that does show his racist leanings, but this remark from Shahriyar is about as stupid as it could possibly get!!
Pakistan Cricket Board is now looking towards the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) for help.. but I think BCCI folks remember too well the incident of Sachin Tendulkar, the giant of modern cricket, being hauled up for ball tampering. He is one guy who would never indulge in such a thing.. but he was called up for that and India was furious.. of course, we never walked out of the match or made it as HIndu vs Christian fight.. but its doubtful that BCCI will forget that in a hurry…. lets see how this drama unfolds.. the signs are not so good!
A lot of what goes on in the world has a strange and different reverbration in India.. I think we in India view the world polity at times with a sense of detachment.. as I am sure many do! This incident underscores a major point – that only loud voices and vote banks everywhere get themselves heard and someone to take note of their hurt. While India was quick to ban Da Vinci code on the protest of the Church and also have its politicians’ heart beat for the Muslim community over the cartoon controversy.. it doesn’t hurt anyone if Jews’ pride and mind is messed with! If it wasnt for the militant Hindus, the same treatment, strangely is meted out to the Hindus as well.. by Hindus themselves!! Foreign hand in Indian polity has an upper hand!
This is an interesting article by Delwar Hussain – who is based out of UK and is a researcher of Bangladeshi politics and its diaspora. Here he outlines the dichotomies that exist in the Bangladeshi politics – where AWL (Awami League) and Bangladeshi National Party (BNP) are at loggerheads! Between the success or failure between them lies the fate of Bangladesh’s youths’ future – whether they will live in a secular society steeped in Bengali culture or they will live in an Islamic country with little regard for Bengali culture!
Sometimes you have to read old books to know and appreciate how the world of today has changed in many areas!
Interesting article on author’s reading of the 1911 Brittanica Encyclopedia.. since then a lot has changed in this world. For example in the topic on Solar System, there was no mention of Pluto.. which was discovered in 1930.
Similarly women and Blacks were given rough treatment that today will be considered downright offensive!!
Back in the living room that evening, I find that the article has two authors. Thomas Athol Joyce, assistant in the department of ethnography at the British Museum, astonishes by saying not only that “Mentally, the negro is inferior to the white,” but also that “the arrest or even deterioration in mental development is no doubt very largely due to the fact that after puberty sexual matters take the first place in the negro’s life and thoughts.” A more nuanced section on “The Negro in the United States” was composed by Walter Francis Willcox, chief statistician of the United States Census Bureau. “The negroes in the United States have played and are playing an important and necessary part in the industrial and economic life of the southern states,” he wrote. But those states were “changing with marvellous rapidity,” he said, and it was impossible to say “whether the negroes would be given an equal or a fair opportunity to show that they could be as serviceable or more serviceable” as they had been in the past.
Close on the heels of the other Sufi Qawwali here are lyrics of another one sung by an Indian singer going by Rabbi. Got it from this page.
Na maen momin vich maseet aan
Na maen vich kufar diyan reet aan
Na maen paakaan vich paleet aan
Na maen moosa na pharaun.
Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun
After so many serious posts, I thought of having some humor on this blog. I found this interesting poster. It apparently is from despair.com
An unprecendented thing happened at Oval when the umpire Darrell Hair changed the ball in a Pakistan-England match on charges of ball tampering and without any answers or replies. And Inzamam Ul Haq, Pakistani Captain, simply didnt come back on ground after tea protesting against the decision. There was some drama but in the end the match was awarded to England.
There are some observations I have:
1. Some of the England and Australian umpires are downright racist!! And it has more than obvious in the matches against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. That the fulcrum of entire cricketing world has moved to South Asia doesnt help their ego management any bit! More than 50% of the revenues in the world cricket are due to sponsorship from the companies in India!!
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This is my picture. Again one that I have loved a lot. It was evening and I was coming out of this building of Bose Acoustics. The frame from this side of the parking lot was just fantastic.. with the clouds.. and evening sky. .. but I was unmindful of that.. what I really wanted to get was the really very nicely done building design!
I think i really got it right here!!
This guy is a classic anarchist in India. First of all, he or these other Islamists do not even begin to comprehend God and worship in its true sense… and then they go about creating an entire population of sub-optimal citizens who can’t contribute economically or socially to the society they live in!
National song Vande Mataram is ‘against Islamic beliefs’ and asking Muslims to sing it would amount to ‘suppression’ of the community, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Sunday.
Addressing a press meet in Allahabad, Bukhari, who is also patron of the United Democratic Front, said according to the tenets of Islam, one could love one’s country and even lay down one’s life for it if the circumstances so demand.
“But when it comes to worship only Allah is given that honour. A Muslim cannot worship his or her parents, motherland and even the Prophet though they are held in high esteem,” he said, reacting to a Central directive to states for recitation of Vande Mataram in educational institutions during a celebration on September 7 to mark the national song’s centenary.
This is an interesting article about how not the total population itself.. but the structure of population as captured by the Dependency Ratio is the best indicator of a country’s potential!! I was intrigued by a line in the article that I have emphasized below in bold. In a way that line brings out the fragile nature of China’s economic miracle!
This relation between the number of people who aren’t of working age and the number of people who are is captured in the dependency ratio. In Ireland during the sixties, when contraception was illegal, there were ten people who were too old or too young to work for every fourteen people in a position to earn a paycheck. That meant that the country was spending a large percentage of its resources on caring for the young and the old. Last year, Ireland’s dependency ratio hit an all-time low: for every ten dependents, it had twenty-two people of working age. That change coincides precisely with the country’s extraordinary economic surge.
Something is wrong with today’s America! Christian fundamentalist are bent upon destroying its very fabric and strength! Read below
The minister of a church that dismissed a female Sunday School teacher after adopting what it called a literal interpretation of the Bible says a woman can perform any job — outside of the church.
The First Baptist Church dismissed Mary Lambert on August 9 with a letter explaining that the church had adopted an interpretation that prohibits women from teaching men. She had taught there for 54 years.
The vegetarianism is not a new phenomenon! It was there for thousands of years in India. This is a book by Tristram Stuart called “The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India” where he talks of how the discovery of India brought the West in touch with the benefits of vegetarianism!!
Although the word “vegetarian” was not coined until the 1840s, as long ago as the sixth century BC Pythagoras propounded a theory of immortality that entailed the transmigration of the soul between living creatures “ and thus the immorality of eating the flesh of any of them.
IT is obvious that things are a changing in the Indian society… and that too in hitherto smaller or Tier 2 cities. But for Ahmedabad to have the first immigrant to Canada on basis of lesbian conjugal partner visa is indeed an amazing revelation!
Sexual preference helped a 29-year-old woman from the city secure a permanent resident (PR) visa to Canada. The lesbian woman migrated earlier this week after she was sponsored by her girlfriend in Canada, who declared her as conjugal partner.
“She is probably the first first-ever lesbian from the country to immigrate to Canada as a conjugal partner,” immigration consultant Lalit Advani, who assisted the girl in securing the resident visa, told TOI.
The Qawwali below is one of my favorites! It teaches so much that it is tough to find another place where so much has been brought together in one place! What strikes me most is the skepticism of the poet! Poet’s name is Naaz Khialvi. Something about him:
Real Name Muhammad Siddique, Takhalus Naaz and known as Naz Khialvi due to reason that he belongs to a village named as “Khiaali”. Khiaali is about 5 Km away from Tandlianwala which is tehsil of Distric Faisalabad. Tandlianwala is 60 miles aways from Faisalabad.
Naaz Khialvi is doing Urdu and Punjaabi poetry since last 30 years (aprox). As he bolongs to a remote area, therefore he got less chances to come in lime light. His only source of income is a punjabi radio program “sandhal Dharti” which he is hosting since many years. The program is being broadcasted from Radio Faisalabad. Naaz sahib is of 55 years age (aprox) but he is still unmarried. His poetry has reached the level of “miraaaj” but the media is in control.
“Tum Ik Gorakh Dhanda hoo” was just a routine poetry for Naaz shaib, but became special due to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat sahib belongs to Faisalabad and he had relations with radio people also. Somebody told him about Naaz sahib and he met Naaz sahib and requested personaly to write a qavaali for him. Naaz sahib did it for very little amount of money for Nusrat . How much revenue this qavali has earned? No body knows, it was a record breaking selling album. Same way Ata Ullah Niazi sung two cassettes comprising poetry of Naaz shaib. Both the cassettes were super hit. Naaz sahib asked Niazi that why he sung his poetry without his permission. In reply Niazi gave about 4000 rupees to Naaz sahib and he was more than happy.
Kabhi Yahaan Tumhein Dhonda, Kabhi Wahaan Pohncha
Tumhari Deed Ki Khaatir Kahan Kahan Pohcha
Ghareeb Mit Ga’ay, Pamaal Ho Gaye Laikin
Kisi Talak Na Tera Aaj Tak Nishaan Pohncha
Ho Bhi Nahi Aur Her Jaa Ho
Ho Bhi Nahi Aur Her Ja Ho
Tum Ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho
I love her…
I love her…
yet I cant find her.
Her yearning creates our distance..
Her Loss Kills me!
Should I love or not?
Aug 15, 2006
Remember the ubiquitous Post Office in India? Where the postman is found even in the remotest village on his bicycle peddling letters to every nook and corner of India? Well, that same Post department despite its inefficiencies is ready for a make over! It now wants to start a bank! Not that it is totally new for them.. we do have Postal Savings Schemes where people invest and get some good returns. The only problem is the hassle in all of that due to rampant corruption. I do remember you actually had to pay the clerk to get your OWN money back!!! My experience of the normal Indian banks is to bad that it would require a lot of persuading to even go near the Postal Bank of India!!
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This is an interesting pic with some great light play by the photographer. Look at the subject’s pink ears!! Lovely!!
Often, those who have ‘achieved’ (or think they have) something are wont to teach the world and somehow married to the urge of “persuasion”. This is true of Enlightened Prophets and Buddhas throughout history.
There is writer of a column “Engines of our Ingenuity” Professor John Lienhard at the University of Houston whose morning short discourses are my favorite meditation thoughts.. writes how the Persuaders in the history have been the fastest to embrace new technology as well as methods to propogate their word.
Quite like – if you look closely and to the chagrin of the Enlightened – the Porn and flesh business!
He starts in this article by showing how illustration – and caricatures at that – are used to explain religious thougths and tenets from Bible… and then how evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson used radio broadcast in 1924 to relay her message!
As the illustration here explains the message of patience and let the natural process take care of the world itself as opposed to trying to rage against someone whom you are trying to persuade and bring over is interesting in the context of how the Missionaries and in fact many Gurus conduct themselves! It seems that if anything the Evangelist have hardly had the time to read and indeed understand Jesus’ message. But then those who are so busy trying to “take the message to others” can hardly be expected to have the time – or the inclination – to first imbibe it in their lives and being!
Evolution is the basic principle of creation. Whatever is created will evolve and ultimately be destroyed. Involution and intelligence in the seed IS the cause of Evolution …. and Evolution pre-supposes Intelligence of the seed. That is a verity that is somehow disregarded and forgotten by the over-zealous Enlightened Buddhas. As if the Intelligence that led their evolution was eclectic in its basic nature and partial in its approach! How come the patience that nature was rewarded for in Buddhas evolution would somehow go unrewarded in case of those He wanted to uplift?
Patient never forget that the beginning of Evolution is inherent in every sub-atomic building block of creation as its intelligence.
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Dear Group Members,
I want to share my article with you. This is about the link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues. The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.
Many times I have said with conviction on many forums that in my eyes there is NO difference between ISI (Pak Intelligence), Pak Army, Kashmiri terrorists and Al Qaeda was all really just one big organization – kind of like an octopus with tentacles! The Indian Airlines hijacking proved that beyond any doubt.. and this piece does that really well too! The terror landscape is all too clear.. isnt it?
Pakistani officials confirmed that Mr. Rauf, a British citizen born in Pakistan, returned from Britain to settle in Bahawalpur in 2002 and that he married and had children there. Bahawalpur is a small town in southern Punjab, far from Mirpur, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the town Mr. Rauf’s family comes from.
A very interesting picture of an auto-rickshaw in Delhi. The guy provides free newspaper, cold water, and even a phone! He also has a cell number where yo can call and request him to come. Also, he offers 10% discount to the senior citizens! He is no ordinary auto-driver – he has been awarded by the Indian Transport minister as well!! Cool stuff!
Indra Nooyi has been chosen as the next Pepsi CEO. She will one of the few women chiefs of a world-wide corporation. Pepsi will probably be the largest – by market cap – organization to be run by a woman exec!
Who is Indra Nooyi? She is as unlikely a candidate as it possibly comes to be leading a worldwide corp. Here is her resume in brief:
- Master of Public and Private Management; Yale University
- MBA, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Calcutta; India
- BS, Madras Christian College
It has become so fashionable to talk of peace these days and blaming the World.. yes.. actually the West and the others in the world for all the mess in the Islamic world and the direct connection between Poverty and Terrorism that it nauseates me no end!! This argument of:
Poverty > Anger > Pronto Killing Mind > Terrorism
does not hold good given the evidence of the terrorist profiles!
Most (all?) of the 20 hijackers of 9-11 were Saudis – certainly aint poor!! And the train bombers in London Tube blasts again werent the poorest folks in the world as was the case with these 21 idiots!