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Digital Disruption of News and Media – Future of News

Tomorrow’s media will be different. The situation is actual quite scary if you really see. As newspapers close down, so does the reporting. Social Media does not do reporting – it regurgitates. But what will it regurgitate, if the news reporting is not there? What business models need to be

02 Sep 17 3 min read
Creative

Chobi Mela: an International Photography Festival in Bangladesh

Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Drik has initiated. The first Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography was held Dec.1999-January 2000.  It is held every two years in Dhaka. The festival examines the dramatic shifts in image production,

28 Jan 13 1 min read
Creative

Visual Details of Hindustani Classical Music (Infographic)

Hindustani Classical Music – the North Indian Classical – is a complex art and science.  It is tough to learn or fully comprehend its nuts and bolts.  But this Infographic tries to do a great job! (click on the image for larger size) Source: Creativeroots [http://creativeroots.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/

27 Dec 12 1 min read
Creative

NASA’s Johnson Style outreach Gangnam parody

NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students [http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/jsc_gangnam_style.html] of NASA [http://www.nasa.gov/]‘s Johnson Space Center [http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home].

20 Dec 12 1 min read
Achievement and Leadership

Indian Media Onslaught in Pakistan

This, as we discussed earlier, is a very common topic on the Pakistani channels.  And, it is interesting to see the views of the Pakistani media people ABOUT the media and its showing. I was kind of intrigued – not entirely shocked though (I expect a lot of things from Pakistani

14 Dec 12 3 min read
Business

Impact of Magazines going Digital: “The Last King of Print”

Interesting impact of Magazines going digital – specially Newsweek (now, Daily Beast) > “I don’t actually go to newsstands anymore,” said Tina Brown [http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/192375/tina-brown-i-dont-actually-go-to-newsstands-anymore/] , the editor in chief of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, a few days after she announced last week that Newsweek would

14 Dec 12 1 min read
Creative

Shailendra: The Great Hindi Lyricist of Bollywood

Today is Shailendra’s Death Anniversary (December 14).  And it also happens to be Raj Kapoor’s Birth Anniversary!  Dedicating this song to BOTH of them, which happens to be one of my all-time favorites! Shailendra (August 30, 1923 – December 14, 1966) was born Shankardas Kesarilal.  He was by far

14 Dec 12 7 min read
Creative

Ravi goes to Shankar…. Sitar goes silent

Ravi Shankar is no more. He passed away at the age of 92.  Last Thursday he underwent heart valve replacement surgery at  Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, California [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=32.84,-117.276944444&spn=0.1,0.1&q=32.84,-117.

12 Dec 12 3 min read
Creative

Pakistani media’s obsession of Indian TV and movies

This is one of the favorite topic amongst the Pakistani TV anchors.  They have pride – which they should, everyone has – for their work and country; and are against India and Indian content on media.  They view it as a cultural invasion.  And in this program, this popular Pakistani anchor creates

11 Dec 12 1 min read
Creative

Confirmed: Kareena didn’t convert on marriage

For the Bollywood crazy country like India, Saif and Kareena’s wedding was a big event.  One of the most important question that remained in everyone’s mind was – if Kareena Kapoor had converted to Islam on marriage.  In Islam, this is mandatory so many thought it was obvious.  While

08 Dec 12 2 min read
Creative

Pakistani actors/ celebs: their money needs and career inroads in India vs their National Arrogance

Pakistan and India are locked in a strange situation. First, Pakistanis aren’t happy that Indian stars and models are endorsing products in ads that are beamed on their TV.  So, they want these ads banned [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Pakistani-panel-calls-for-ban-on-ads-with-Indian-models/articleshow/17427916.cms] .  This was suggested

01 Dec 12 2 min read
Business

PVR to acquire Cinemax properties: What does it mean for Film Releases and Investors?

PVR Ltd. is acquiring [http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/media/entertainment-/entertainment/pvr-buys-cinemax-promoters-entire-stake-for-rs-394-98-crore/articleshow/17415370.cms] 95.27% stake in Cinemax India.  Cinemax chain of multiplexes, are owned by the Kanakia Group, and operates 138 screens in 39 locations across the country.  PVR, on the other hand, owns 158

29 Nov 12 4 min read
Achievement and Leadership

Can Rejection lead to Enhanced Creativity?

In an interesting study at John Hopkins University, the researchers led by Sharon Kim have tried to see the impact of rejection on Creativity.What they found [http://99u.com/tips/7251/How-Rejection-Breeds-Creativity?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+The99Percent+%28The+99+Percent%29] is incredible

21 Nov 12 1 min read
Creative

Nenjukulle song from Tamil movie Kadal goes viral

A very soothing and beautiful Tamil Song seems to have hit the imagination of people and has gone viral.Nenjukulle.  It is composed by AR Rahman and is in yet to be released Mani Ratnam’s movie Kadal.  It is sung by 24-year-old Shakthisree Gopalan, a new talent who has

14 Nov 12 2 min read
Business

Roche’s Hepatitis Drug Patent Revoked by India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board

In a major win [http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/bb7f0b4b32e0dfe8f7ffe77002886b7e/india-revokes-roche-hepatitis-patent#ixzz2BCAsXcTi] for Indian drug companies which manufacture generic drugs for major ailments, the India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board revoked Swiss giant Roche’s patent for a hepatitis C drugs.  This means that the patent that could have prevented

03 Nov 12 1 min read
China

UFOs sighted in Ladakh near China Border

It seems UFOs (Unidnetified Flying Objects) are being sighted [http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/unidentified-flying-objects-ufo-seen-in-ladakh-jammu-and-kashmir-by-indian-army-itbp/1/227372.htm] by the Indian Army units near the China border. > An ITBP unit based in Thakung, close to the Pangong Tso Lake, reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects between August 1 and

03 Nov 12 1 min read
Creative

Ayn Rand’s Indian Follower is a Strange Beast

Ayn Rand has a cult like popularity in India.  That we all know [http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/10/19/howard_roark_in_new_delhi] and see how she is so respected [http://ergosum.wordpress.com/2006/09/16/why-is-ayn-rand-respected-more-in-india/] .  She, born a Russian, was a laissez-faire queen and

22 Oct 12 2 min read
Creative

JK Rowlings researches Sikhism in depth for her next novel

JK RowlingGenerally, one has seen Sikhs being treated with various emotions – fear, derision, anger from unknown – outside India specifically.  In the books and movies coming from the West, Indians in general and Sikhs in particular, are always caricatured.  So it is nice to learn that writer of the Harry Potter

13 Oct 12 1 min read
Creative

Rajesh Khanna, my first favorite Bollywood actor, is no more

Rajesh Khanna is no more. He is said to be the first real Superstar that Bollywood has seen.  The hysteria over him was unprecedented, and probably never seen again.  Even the great Amitabh Bachchan, who started his journey to stardom from movies with Rajesh Khanna, once said: > “I got famous

18 Jul 12 3 min read
Creative

Pictures of Madhubala: A Bollywood Beauty who still enchants

Madhubala was arguably the most beautiful actress to have come on the Indian film screen.  Her fans can be found in today’s generation as well.  She was not only good looking and glamorous in her cine Avatar, but also an exceptionally talented actress.  Despite her personal life being extremely

16 Jul 12 1 min read
Creative

Rustam-e-Hind – Dara Singh – bids farewell

Dara Singh is no more.  He was many things to Indians of last so many generations – Alexander of Sikander-e-Azam (albeit, with heavy Punjabi Accent), Rustam-e-Hind, and Lord Hanuman of Ramayana.  But above all, for an entire range of generations, he inspired awe for having beaten “The King Kong”.  He was

12 Jul 12 2 min read
Creative

My Restless Being

My being is restless scared longing. In body it wants to expand Disembodied, it looks for a home. Today I felt the unsettled chaotic restlessness of it all. Work is needed for peace in the being a stillness a being of this being beyond its urge to become a being

13 May 12 1 min read
Creative

Joy Mukherjee – yesteryear heart-throb – dies

Joy Mukherjee – the actor from 1960s – died today.  He was a handsome youngman who did quite a few famous movies including Ek Musafir Ek Hasina and Love in Tokyo.  He was from family steeped in movies.  He was related to the Ganguly brothers – Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Anoop Kumar.

09 Mar 12 1 min read
Creative

She shut her Facebook Account

In a world full of Attention Deficits from all of us, it is not surprising that platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where the updates remain in the view for just so long as they aren’t pushed by new ones into relative oblivion – are the most powerful world-wide. Not so

18 Feb 12 2 min read
Creative

Tum Pukar Lo by Hemant Kumar

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/TUM-PUKAR-LO-Hemant-Kumar.wmv.mp3|titles=TUM PUKAR LO by Hemant Kumar]  This is from Khamoshi, a 1969 Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman starrer.  Song is sung by Hemant Kumar.  A sweet and velvetty melody!

15 Feb 12 1 min read
Creative

Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala in Agneepath

Rishi Kapoor as Rauf LalaAmongst all the contemporary actors, I have seen that the ones from the Kapoor family have always been under-estimated for their acting ability.  Rishi Kapoor is probably one of most under-estimated of the actors of his age. I was pleasantly surprised by his role as Rauf

12 Feb 12 1 min read
Asia

How Western Classical Music is being kept alive by Far East

Cindy Tien-Cin WuThe American Classical music scene is a strange and interesting game of musical chairs when it comes to the audiences.  The White American audience, which predominated the classical music halls is dispropotionately older (45-54 yrs).  And as this older generation moves out due to death, disease to non-attendance

08 Feb 12 2 min read
Creative

Main Tere Ishq Mein Mar Na Jaoon Kahin

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/YouTube-Mein-tere-ishq-mein-maar-na-jaoon..flv.mp3|titles=Mein tere ishq mein mar na jaoon by Lata] This song is from the movie Loafer – starring Dharmendra and Mumtaz.  The song is by Lata.

29 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Laagi Chhoote Na: Rafi and Lata

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/laagi-chhoote-na-Mohammad-Rafi-Lata-Mangeshkar.mp3|titles=Laagi Chhoote Na  by   Mohammad Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar] One of my all time favorite duets from Lata and Rafi – the greatest female and male voices ever.

26 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Jaipur Literary Festival and its Global audience

Aarti Betigeri on why [http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2012/0122/What-s-all-the-buzz-about-Oprah-and-Salman-Rushdie-going-to-India] all the global celebs – like Salman Rushdie and Oprah Winfrey – were centerpiece in a Literary Fest in Jaipur?  Finally, a literary congregation which has made writing and reading “sexy” and “global”. > The Jaipur Literature Festival had relatively

23 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai: Kishore Kumar

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/Mere-Dil-Mein-Aaj-Kya-Hai-Eng-Sub-Full-Song-HD-With-Lyrics-Daag.mp3|titles=Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai : Daag]  This extremely melodious song is from the movie Daag – A Poem Of Love (1973) and is sung by Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna.

22 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Tere Bin Soone Nayan Hamare

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/Rafi-TERE-BIN-SOONE-NAYAN-HAMARE-old-indian-hindi-song-urdu.mp3|titles=Tere Bin Soone Nayan Hamare] This Rafi and Lata duet is from the movie  Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963).

21 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Desi Boyz: Insult to Intelligence

The movie is billed to be a comedy drama directed by Rohit Dhawan, son of David Dhawan.  It stars Akshay Kumar as Jerry or Jignesh, John Abraham as Nick Mathur, Deepika Padukone as Radhika Awasthi, Chitragandha Singh as Professor Tanya Sharma and Desi Boyz Posteras Suresh Awashi – Radhika’s father.

13 Jan 12 2 min read
Creative

Meri Tasveer Lekar Kya Karoge

What a delightfully humorous qawwali from sung by Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Balbir.   This was written by Anand Bakshi and Music by N. Dutta from the movie Kala Samundar (1962) https://drishtikone.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/meri-tasvir-lekar-kya-karoge-kala-samundar.mp3

12 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Aaj Jaane ki Zid Na Karo

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/Aaj-Jane-Ki-Zid-Na-Karo-Asha-Bhosle.mp3|titles=Aaj Jane Ki Zid Na Karo by Asha Bhosle]  This is one of my all time favorite ghazals.  Asha Bhosle has really sung it well.

12 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Tadap Tadap ke Is Dil se

[audio:http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/Tadap-Tadap-Ke-Full-Song-HQ-W_-Lyrics-English-Translation-Hum-Dil-De-Chuke-Sanam.mp3|titles=Tadap Tadap Keis Dil Se]  This is one of the top favorites from the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies.  KK rendered it with great pathos and passion.  From the movie “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”

10 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

Veena Malik’s Father Dumps her and wants her to stay away from India

Veena Malik saga is not ending so soon.  After the nude picture issue, where she has finally sued FHM magazine, she is now in soup at home.  Her father has dumped her [http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/tabloid/veena-malik-disowned-by-father-after-nude-photo-scandal/article1-778915.aspx] . > “I have severed all ties with her and I

08 Dec 11 2 min read
Creative

Tina Turner Sings Sanskrit Peace Mantra

Tina Turner, the famous rock singer, has sung a Sanskrit peace shloka for the new Album [http://tinaturnerblog.com/2011/10/15/tina-turner-sarvesham-svastir-bhavatu-video-clip/] “Children Beyond”.  The Mantra is: AUM SARVESHAM SVASTIR BHAVATU SARVESHAM SHANTIR BHAVATU SARVESHAM PURNAM BHAVATU SARVESHAM MANGALAM BHAVATU It can be translated into: Aum, may auspiciousness be

22 Nov 11 1 min read
Creative

पूस की रात: मुंशी प्रेमचन्द की रचना

हल्कू ने आकर स्त्री से कहा-सहना आया है । लाओं, जो रुपये रखे हैं, उसे दे दूँ, किसी तरह गला तो छूटे। मुन्नी झाड़ू लगा रही थी। पीछे फिरकर बोली-तीन ही रुपये हैं, दे

16 Nov 11 1 min read
Creative

प्रेम सूत्र – मुंशी प्रेमचन्द की रचना

संसार में कुछ ऐसे मनुष्य भी होते हैं जिन्हें दूसरों के मुख से अपनी स्त्री की सौंदर्य-प्रशंसा सुनकर उतना ही आनन्द होता है जितनी अपनी कीर्ति की चर्

15 Nov 11 1 min read
Creative

Tolerance and Intolerance

“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. We should therefore claim,

13 Nov 11 1 min read
Creative

Line up to go buff for Anna Hazare

Ever since the Poonam Pandey episode happened of free publicity without much effort, except going naked, it seems every wannabe model/actress in India has caught the “go nude” bug. Specially on this serious issue of corruption, first it was Salina Wali Khan [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/blog/

28 Aug 11 1 min read
Corruption

The “Great Khali” is now behind Anna Hazare

Now the strongest of them all, the WWF wrestler Khali has extended his weight behind Anna Hazare.  A person who diet includes [http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006042505162]five kg milk, five chickens and two dozen eggs along with chapatis, juice, and fruit daily, is backing an

27 Aug 11 1 min read
Creative

Shammi Kapoor is no more: Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge

Today Shammi Kapoor passed away at 5.15 AM.  He wasn’t an ordinary actor.  He had spontaneity of a flowing stream and the naughtiness of a small terrier.  He could do anything at any time.  Even though others either couldn’t dance around him or were tutored for hours

15 Aug 11 1 min read
Creative

Menaka redux: Rakhi falls for Ramdev

Sometimes it takes a mindless “Savant” to turn a Swami into a “hot dude”.  Rakhi Sa(v)want seems to be endorsing Swami Ramdev’s [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tv-/Ramdevs-hot-I-want-to-marry-him-Rakhi-Sawant/articleshow/9383024.cms] Hot-ness quotient.  The “One Gram a Breath Blast” promise of Anulom Vilom of the Swami

28 Jul 11 5 min read
Creative

Teacher

I am sure it is one’s duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one’s own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this.

01 Jul 11 1 min read
Creative

Ambition

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

01 Jul 11 1 min read
Creative

Monotheists

The monotheist reaches the limit of the ludicrous when he struts around as an iconoclast or a butshikan, saying that the false Gods of the infidels could not save themselves from his sword and fire. He secretly expects the idols to perform the same sort of miracles as he attributes

22 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Science

Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

18 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Freedom

False freedom leaves a man free to do what he likes; true freedom, to do what he ought.

07 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Omnipresent

When he is seen within us and without, He sets right all doubts and dispels the pain Of wrong actions committed in the past

04 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

(Untitled)

As rivers flow into the ocean but cannot make the vast ocean overflow, so flow the streams of the sense-world into the sea of peace that is the sage. But this is not so with the desirer of desires.

04 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Survey

USA Today has come out with a new survey – apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.

04 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Blame

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.

04 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Critics

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They’re there every night, they see it done every night, they see how it should be done every night, but they can’t do it themselves

04 Apr 11 1 min read
Creative

Snake killed by a Modern-Day Putna

A story says that when Krishna was an infant, Kamsa – his Uncle – sent out a demoness (a lady who probably wasn’t as pleasant as most were at that time) – to kill all the kids born in a certain time period. This was because Kamsa’s nemesis – his sister’s

16 Mar 11 2 min read
Creative

Dhobi Ghat – The Intersections of Lives

Watching Dhobi Ghat, the movie, was like eating a gol-gappa or pani-puri or pani-patasha, whatever it is called in the different States of our country! You chew the crunchy crust…. relish on the soft and subtle boiled potato pieces laden nicely with some sweet and sour chutney…. no break in

28 Jan 11 3 min read
Creative

What Is Your Definition Of A Good Girl?

I am somewhat irked… somewhat curious… somewhat baffled when I ask this question from you, dear reader. Especially if you are a man, then you are my target today! I want to ask the men readers and co-bloggers around that what is their definition of a “good girl”? And you

25 Jan 11 4 min read
Creative

My Date with Life

I met life while running on the treadmill she was smiling. “You should meet me on the road, my dear running in one place will not bring you closer” I know, I said. I am meeting you on my own terms For, if I meet you on the way, I

25 Oct 10 1 min read
Creative

Reliance in Bid for MGM; planning bigger piece of Hollywood pie!

Anil Ambani struck a big deal [http://www.businessweek.com/blogs/eyeonasia/archives/2009/07/steven_spielberg_may_get_825_million_including_325_million_from_indias_anil_ambani.html] with Steven Spielberg in 2008-2009 and then joined with Walt Disney and JP Morgan to finance Dreamworks movies of Steven Spielberg.

10 Oct 10 3 min read
Creative

Eccentricity

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries

06 Sep 10 1 min read
Creative

Who is a Guru?

[The Master] is blessed. He understands the nature of the Self. His mind is no longer thirsty. He is the same under all conditions, Whatever he sees or hears, Or smells or touches or tastes.

22 Aug 10 1 min read
Creative

A Story: घर और दरवाज़े

यह एहसास और महसूस में क्या difference होता है? तुम जैसे लोग यह कौनसी ख़यालों की दुनिया में जीते हो? यह – तुम्हारे आस-पास देखो; यह ही real है. यह – जिसे तु

14 Jun 10 1 min read
Creative

Shilpa wears Mangalsutra on her hand.

Mangalsutra has been the mark of a married women in India for centuries now.  Quite like a ring is in the Western men and women in the West.  It is made in a certain way.  It is usually a gold pendant strung from a yellow thread prepared with turmeric, a

15 May 10 1 min read
Creative

Mandira's Bedi's EkOmkar Tattoo

Mandira Bedi recently was at a dealers meet of Jaypee Cement at Zirakpur, near Chandigarh, which she attended with Sachin Tendulkar.  She was spotted wearing the Ek Omkar tattoo on her back (nape). Akal Takht, the Sikh Religious body is not happy and wants her to take it off as

15 May 10 1 min read
Creative

View from the Middle

This view is from Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) – what an experience it may be from the center of the this small bridge.. what would you feel?

22 Apr 10 1 min read
Creative

NPR and News: Quality and Innovation at the forefront

My friend, Prem [https://www.drishtikone.com/users/prem], who writes on Drishtikone – would often reprimand me about the quality of the posts written on the blog.  Initially, to start with, I was more concerned about the quantity as opposed to quality of the posts.  He clearly disagreed.  It took

14 Apr 10 2 min read
Creative

My Name is Khan and lessons for Pakistan

(Ali Chisti is from Karachi and an anti-terrorism expert from Pakistan.  He has graciously allowed his article to be posted on Drishtikone) “Let those who love Pak-lover, SRK watch My Name is Khan”, Thackeray and what happened next day would change India for-ever; heading at almost all newspapers in India

15 Feb 10 3 min read
Business

The right way to invest in infrastructure

New thinking is needed to deliver the benefits of public-works spending and eliminate the waste. Read more on the McKinsey Quarterly > [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?s=100003s2c2k5roqapqm&r=simplepie&he=687474702533412532462532467777772e6d636b696e736579717561727465726c792e636f6d2532466c696e6b732532463336373430&i=6c633a32343834] Topics: By InvitationIn the NewsPublic SectorTransportation Update your Quarterly feed preferences [http://rss.mckinseyquarterly.com/l?

10 Feb 10 1 min read
Creative

Trivia on Porn World

Porn and sexuality has been an integral part of human existence.  It was the Victorian age and the Islamic influence that made sex a taboo and a subject shrouded in moral veils. What is veiled is lusted for. And the current state of most countries around the world is just

10 Jan 10 1 min read
Creative

Trivia on Porn World

Porn and sexuality has been an integral part of human existence.  It was the Victorian age and the Islamic influence that made sex a taboo and a subject shrouded in moral veils. What is veiled is lusted for. And the current state of most countries around the world is just

10 Jan 10 1 min read
Creative

Peach fruits and the Facebook Statuses

Peach. Just that seems to be the status of a FB friend this morning.  Ok, what about that?  What is Peach, I wonder.  To which I am told with Simpsonian “Duh” – “its a fruit”.  Hmmm.  True… but!??? Then I go to another status and it says “White”.  Now this sudden

08 Jan 10 2 min read
Creative

Peach fruits and the Facebook Statuses

Peach. Just that seems to be the status of a FB friend this morning.  Ok, what about that?  What is Peach, I wonder.  To which I am told with Simpsonian “Duh” – “its a fruit”.  Hmmm.  True… but!??? Then I go to another status and it says “White”.  Now this sudden

08 Jan 10 2 min read
Creative

Avatar: A Movie Review

Watched the movie Avatar two days back in 3-D.  James Cameron – the Director of blockbuster, Titanic – has done it again.  The movie will go down in history as a watershed Cinematic event.  Its not that such technically superior animation has not been down before, but the extent of how the

21 Dec 09 2 min read
Creative

Ayn Rand – the cultural phenomenon

Ayn Rand has enjoyed almost cult following ever since she burst on the scene. Her fans are aplenty. I still remember that her books were the staple of many in my college times. But what or how was she? > She was proud, grouchy, vindictive, insulting, dismissive, and rash. (One former

31 Oct 09 1 min read
Creative

Miss Universe 2009

It is again time for Miss Universe – the Miss Universe 2009.  It is being held at the Atlantis Paradise Island, in Nassau, Bahamas on August 23, 2009.  Check out all the contestants in this slideshow. The Judges this year will be: * Dean Cain – Actor and Producer. * Colin Cowie – Author, Television

19 Aug 09 1 min read
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MJ's "Beat it" with a new twist

Michael Jackson has died but he really affected so many people.  But you could not have predicted such a profound affect on some one like this gentleman.  This is so far out the most amazing dedication to MJ’s memorial.

11 Jul 09 1 min read
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MJ Memorial thoughts: Curriculum to handle Fame is needed

Today was Michael Jackson’s “Memorial Service” where many celebrities came and shared their thoughts.  The small sharing by his daughter was specifically heart breaking. What this death and others like his before him have taught is how frail life is, specially of celebrities.  A person who had world at

07 Jul 09 1 min read
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Challa by Rabbi Shergill

Here is a beautiful rendering of the Punjabi folk song, Challa – one of my personal favorite.  I love it in the voices of Gurdas Mann and Shaukat Ali (Pakistani singer).. and never could believe that anyone could do a different or a better job… but Rabbi Shergill has done it.

28 Jun 09 1 min read
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Main Baithi Thi by KL Saigal

This is a non-film song by one of the greatest Indian movie singers – KL Saigal. It was written, composed and sung by KL Saigal himself. Go through the lyrics and understand his genius. I have heard many great Saints and poets try to express this same sentiment.. but the beauty

08 Jun 09 1 min read
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Umeed-e-sahar (hope of new dawn)

This is a beautiful song written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz and sung by Azfar Ali and Umar Amanullah.  I found it on youtube and loved the music and the lyrics.  It has a yearning written all over it.. a restrained one though and the passion of a generation.  Listen to

06 Jun 09 1 min read
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Ad Agency with its website on YOUTUBE!

Thinking differently and in a crazy direction is very rare from people, although many claim to do so.. specially in the ad world. But these guys are truly different. They do not have a “real” website. So what did they do? They created it ON YouTube.com! Yes, their stuff

03 Jun 09 1 min read
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Laid off copywriter starts interesting site

These are tough and extraordinary times.  And extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.  That’s what Lawson Clarke is doing.  The 37 year copywriter lost his after 15 years in this business with clients such as Jack Daniel’s, Carnival cruise lines and Ocean Spray. He has come up with a

04 May 09 1 min read
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Susan's Got Challenge – Shaheen Jafargholi

Well, this year’s Britain’s got talent is becoming quite a gold mine, even before it has really started.  On Sunday, Piers said to Susan Boyle who sang a Titanic number on Larry King Live, that someone has to be pretty darn incredible to beat her.  Well here is

21 Apr 09 1 min read
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Raja Hassan's Debut Album

There are a few people who come out from small places and enter your hearts for ever.  And even though you are not related to them, you feel good about their success.  We have all seen Susan Boyle, the lady who shocked the world.  There was one such contestant in

20 Apr 09 1 min read
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Mona Lisa and Picasso

Sometime between Sunday evening, August 20, 1911 and Tuesday, August 22, 1911; Mona Lisa – the most well known painting in the world painted by Leonarda da Vinci was stolen from France’s Louvre museum.  The prime suspects in that theft were two of the greatest “artists” of France.  Pablo Picasso,

18 Apr 09 2 min read
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ईदगाह: Idgah – Story of Hamid and Eid

During our school time, Idgah was one of my favorite stories. It was written by Premchand, the famous Hindi writer and is very sensitively written. It brings out a lot of emotions and captures the mind of a boy very well.. his challenges…his fight and his hopes. The story

08 Apr 09 1 min read
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Aj Aakhaan Waris Shah Noon by Amrita Pritam

This poem was written at the time of partition and is one of the greatest poems by Amrita Pritam, probably one of the top Punjabi poet in modern times. Listen to this poem in her own voice. This poem - Aj Aakhaan Waris Shah Noon written by #AmritaPritam at the

31 Mar 09 2 min read
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Drishtikone wordle

I had seen wordle before, but today I saw it reviewed again on Chilligavva [http://www.chilligavva.com/2009/02/09/have-you-wordled-yet.html#more-495]…. so I finally tried it myself.  Here are the results of the wordle of my blog [http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/622401/Drishtikone].

06 Mar 09 1 min read
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The Stunning Lake

I took this picture on another walk around the lake.  I thought the sky looked exquisite.. and the water and the trees really made it great! (Click on the picture for the larger view.)

06 Mar 09 1 min read
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Gharib ka Haq by Desh

When we are driven by a fixated ideology and not by true awareness, then we degrade human dignity. No matter how high the ideology may promise to take the mankind, as long as it looks at the world with a conflicting viewpoint, it will divide man and create wars. PS:

28 Feb 09 1 min read
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"Jai Ho" choreographer shows the moves

Here is the choreographer – Longinus Fernandes – of the song “Jai Ho” showing the moves!!  He is the guy who made it possible.. and Danny Boyle “knew” about it just 3 days before the Oscar.. and this guy didn’t even get the credits!!

27 Feb 09 1 min read
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Doodling and Concentration

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down. ~ JULIA CAMERON Doodling is probably the most common activity in most corporate meetings.  Some are boring, some tiring, but the doodling carries on!   What does Doodle mean and how did it come about?[1] > Its ultimate

27 Feb 09 1 min read
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Blast from the Past: TV Serials that were…

Sometimes its exciting to remember old days and see what used to make us happy back then… and bring the entire family and often the entire naighborhood together!  Here is a nice collection of the serials that we all have enjoyed on Doordarshan and TV in general.  What do you

22 Feb 09 1 min read
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Melancholy, Art….. and Genius

Meloncholia or sorrow and the pain as well as self destruction that it wroughts is often very tightly linked to Art.  Artists of all hues and all ages and all cultures have destroyed. In fact, in a Harvard study Conducted by Modupe Akinola and Wendy Berry Mendes (Personality and Social

11 Feb 09 1 min read
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Simplicity Wins

Sometimes a rather ridiculously simple solution could work in places where we are looking for very complex stuff.  Read these 3 case studies which illustrate this lesson “Simplicity wins”! 1. Writing in Space When NASA began launching astronauts into space, they found out that the astronauts’ pens wouldn’t work

24 Dec 08 2 min read
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And the moon was bright….

“Oh!! I didn’t see that puddle there!’ said Geetika as she started brushing her pants wet with mud. Vikram, Geetika and Siddarth had been walking for half an hour to get to Aam ka Taal village in rural Rajasthan. They were social workers who had heard that the villagers

14 Nov 08 4 min read
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Origin of Words

What are the origins of words?  Has you wondered about that?  Here is an interesting web site [http://www.krysstal.com/wordname.html] that goes into that to see how different words came about.  Below is an example of the origin of Orange.  Do you know of any other words

11 Nov 08 1 min read
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Tell me about….

There are lots of time when we ask people questions such that they may better describe themselves.  Specially in those ice breakers devised by the HR teams for various projects and in a company.  Here is a good list of such questions: * Tell me about something you love. * Tell me

09 Nov 08 1 min read
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Draw with Petals

I really loved this picture!  Do you know what this is? There are many sites which provide palletes online for people to draw and paint.  This drawing is also from a site like that – but with a difference – in that it provides FLOWER PETALS [http://www.zefrank.com/flowers/] to

08 Nov 08 1 min read
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Prodigies vs Late Bloomers

Is genius better than a talent that blooms late?  What is the difference? There are many artists, singers, writers who start to get famous late in life.  So, is being “talented” a function of when the society wakes up to the gifts of a person or is it independent of

23 Oct 08 1 min read
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Stunning Vancouver

I took this picture in Vancouver, Canada….. personally I really liked it.. specially the layers of Vancouver that are visible from that height.. what do you think of this picture?

11 Oct 08 1 min read
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One World dance

Saw this dance on Intentblog on Mallika Chopra’s blog.. really interesting. Worth a watch. Technorati : Matt [http://technorati.com/tag/Matt], One World [http://technorati.com/tag/One%20World], wherethehellismatt [http://technorati.com/tag/wherethehellismatt]

08 Jul 08 1 min read
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Reflections

Very interesting shot I saw on Laxmi’s site Chilligavva [http://www.chilligavva.com/2008/04/28/random-reflection.html]. (Originally from Weeklyshot [http://www.weeklyshot.org/theme/farewell/featured/26/])

10 Jun 08 1 min read
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Best of Indian literature – 60 books for posterity

Here are 60 books that are considered to be masterpieces in Indian literature.  These were short-listed by Hindustan Times [http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=79c80f94-30eb-440b-bbea-04abbf526509&&Headline=Just+the+write+stuff] and I found it on Jasleen’s blog [http://nekayaah.blogspot.com/2007/08/60-years-of-independent-india-its-books.html] .  I

02 Jun 08 7 min read
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Mujhe mere haal pe chhod do by Mukesh

[audio:MujheMereHaalPeChhodDo.mp3] Music Director : Sankar Jaikishen; Lyrics: Shailendra; Singer: Mukesh This is one of my all time favorites of Mukesh.  I can listen to this again and again at one stretch.  The emotions and pathos of the character has been very well brought out by Mukesh in this song.

10 May 08 1 min read
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Mount Washinton peak from my cell

I was on a flight back from Seattle to Houston and we passed over Mount Washington.  The day was clear.. and the pilot took us closer so we could have a better view.  I quickly took some pictures of the peak.  It was an amazing view!  I used my Nokia

04 May 08 1 min read
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Samar and Radha: A Love Story.

She was doe-eyed and long-haired. As she walked down the aisle of the library, Samardeep looked up. His eyes melted into the beautiful tresses of Radha. She was not the most petite one, but her eyes were poetic and seemed to hold mysteries of yonder. He seemed to have suddenly

03 May 08 8 min read
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When THE Shiv Kumar Batalvi sang his own poem!

This is the night for me of Punjabi Poetry.  I stumbled on an interview with probably one of the greatest Punjabi poet of the modern era – Shiv Kumar Batalvi – who died at the age of 36 AFTER he had gotten the Sahitya Akademi Award from Govt. of India. Before the

27 Apr 08 1 min read
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Gurdas Mann's Boot Polishan

Gurdas Mann is by far my favorite Punjabi singer!  He is as great – I reckon him greater for he’s better in most areas – as Kishore Kumar in the popular Indian art in terms of sheer versatilty.  No one even comes close to him.  He writes his songs, dances and

27 Apr 08 1 min read
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Cracker of a Punjabi dance by this Pakistani belle

Today for some glamor on Drishtikone.  I am so tired and my brain is not working.  Was browsing through Syed Adeeb’s site [www.SyedAdeeb.net] through Rubab’s site and came across this cracker of a performance!  I have never seen any performance which was so outstanding and done

22 Apr 08 1 min read
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Advertising in India: Brilliant and now goes local

Yesterday, I came across these ads from the Indian media.  Some of them are hillarious!  I truly feel advertising is FAR more vibrant in India as opposed to the US.  The brilliance of the Indian ad folks is just breath-taking.  There is life in it. What really amazed me with

04 Mar 08 1 min read
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A Special girl, Tejaswini, sings at Sa re ga ma pa

There are many reality shows which showcase mostly commercial things.  Saregamapa is special in my eyes.  One, it brings real musical talent and whatever people may say, in the end only good singers go out as winners! But even my greatest loyalty to this musical program could not have prepared

26 Feb 08 1 min read
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"Tere Hundeyan Sundeyan Mehbooba" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

[audio:03 – TERE HUNDEYAN SUNDEYAN MEHBOOBA.mp3] This is a very important song/qawwali for me.  It has always inspired me to greater thought.  I think it best describes the principles of Advaita spirituality.  I find it intriguing that somebody could take this advaita thought and then take to such

25 Feb 08 1 min read
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Display of strength

Some may find the muscles very “annoying”.. but the performance is just the most fantastic one I have seen.  At some places they almost seem to be defying gravity.. so amazing is the strength.  Worth a see.

23 Feb 08 1 min read
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Thousand-handed Goddess

What a breath-taking picture!  It intrigued me that this represents a Goddess based on Buddhist tradition.  Now, there seems to be some disconnect, as original Buddhism did not go into Gods and Goddesses as it was more about a “personal God”.  So, this seems to be more of a Hinduism-Buddhism

21 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko by Lata

[audio:Sahir Ludhianvi_The Golden Collection – Sahri Ludhianvi_08_Aurat Ne Janam Diya Mardon Ko.mp3] Aurat ne janam diya from the movie “Sadhana” sung by Lata (Music by N Datta & lyrics by Sahir) This is by far the most telling commentary on men’s lust by a poet.  Sahir’

19 Feb 08 1 min read
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Female body as a canvas

Artists can paint anywhere!  Anything can serve as their canvas and their subject.  Female body has been the most loved subject.  What happens when the female body itself becomes the canvas?  Here is an example of Japanese female body art.  The other pictures [http://incredimazing.com/page/Amazing_Female_Body_

19 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Zaban-E-Yaar Man Turki by Asha Bhosle and Mohd Rafi

[audio:EkMusafirEkhasina_1962-Rafi&Asha-ZabanEYaarManTurki-ShewanRizvi_OPNayyar.mp3] Zaban-E-Yaar Man Turki from the movie “Ek Musafir Ek Hasina” sung by Asha Bhosle, Mohd Rafi (Music by OP Nayyar & lyrics by Shewan Rizvi) This is not a usual song.  It has some Farsi (Persian) woven in, which makes the song very interesting.  I

18 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today’s Song: Ae Meri Zohrajabeen by Manna Dey

Ae Meri Zohrajabeen from the movie “Waqt” sung by Manna Dey (Music by Ravi & lyrics by Sahir) In this series, this is the first song from Manna Dey. I think he happens to be the best classical singer in the bollywood history. He himself admits that Rafi was better than

16 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Khilona Jaankar by Rafi

[audio:064 KHILONA = KHILONA JANKAR.mp3] Khilona Jaankar from the movie “Khilona” sung by Rafi (Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal & lyrics by Anand Bakshi) Anyone who has ever liked Hindi movies would have felt rather emotional at this song and the emotive rendering on the screen by Sanjeev Kumar.  He was

14 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Kaise Manaoon Piyawa by Mukesh

[audio:18 – Kaise Manaoon – Char Diwari.mp3] Kaise Manaoon Piyawa from the movie “Char Diwari” sung by Mukesh (Music by Salil Choudhari & lyrics by Shailendra) If there was a song exclusively made for Mukesh, this was it.  No one could have sung this song like this!  Mukesh’s voice has

13 Feb 08 1 min read
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Blind Man Painting: Blasphemy of thought to creation process

There is usually this controversy or thought in many religions/traditions that physical representation of God or deities – commonly termed “Idol Worship” – is blasphemous or looked down upon (Islam and Arya Samaj, for example, are two such traditions). – But is the physical representation any different from mental representation? – Is seeing

13 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Main Yeh Sochkar by Rafi

[audio:117 HAQEEQAT = MAIN YE SOCHKAR.mp3] Main yeh sochkar from the movie “Haqeeqat” sung by Rafi (Music by Madan Mohan & lyrics by Kaifi Azmi) This song is always that quintessential song of the Army officer whose beloved broke his heart and he got separated.  The hope and the pathos

12 Feb 08 1 min read
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Unreal life of Reality Shows and the real life beyond them

Success requires hard-work and persistence.  The reality shows on TV create a great platform for youngsters, but can these shows give them all glowing careers?  Apparently some have cashed but not all.  Everyone is on their own after the show and has to work hard.  The fame and fervour that

11 Feb 08 3 min read
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Zinda Hoon Is Tarah by Mukesh

[audio:07 – Zinda Hoon Is Tarah – Aag.mp3] Today I am testing out my Audio module.  It has a limit for the file size you can upload to 2 MB.  So I circumvented that by using the audio import module and bring in the file to the audio module from

10 Feb 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Hamari Sanson Mein

Hamari sanson mein aaj tak from Pakistani Movie “Mere Huzoor” sung by Mehdi Hasan (music by M Ashraf and lyrics by Unknown) This song was sent by Sukriti.  I think its extremely nice – good music, and great lyrics… and fantastic voice of Mehdi Hasan.  It has been sung by both

24 Jan 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Hum Tere Pyar mein

Hum tere pyar mein from “Dil ek Mandir” sung by Lata (music by Shankar Jaikishen and lyrics by Shailendra) This song is in Raag “Desh” – so it has a special attraction.  Narcissism apart, this song symbolized for me the ultimate love for a long time.  Although it has been expressed

23 Jan 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Badi der bhayi nandlala

Badi der bhayi nandlala from “Khandaan” sung by Mohd. Rafi (music by Ravi and lyrics by Rajendra Krishna) There are many songs on Krishna and his leela but this song is one that has that feel of absolute abandon… complete masti.. I often marvel at the “fast pitch” or abandon

22 Jan 08 1 min read
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Camels – great picture!

This is a very interesting picture!  Look at the picture and then look at the description below it.. (from email received from Richa) This is  a  picture taken  directly above these camels in the desert at sunset.  It is considered one of the best pictures of the year.  Look closely,

21 Jan 08 1 min read
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Today's Song: Dost Dost na raha

Dost Dost na raha from “Sangam” sung by Mukesh There are some songs that haunt you for a long time to come.  This was one of those songs for me!  The haunting melody by Shankar Jaikishen and the amazing lyrics by the amazing Shailendra! There is one line that has

20 Jan 08 1 min read
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Now, Carnatic Idol – Music reality show in Carnatic Music

After the fantastic success of Indian Idol (finals got 20 million votes) and Saregamapa (finals got 100 million votes) – now, there is a Carnatic Idol – called Carnatic Idol 2007 on Carnatica. It being held on a experimental basis but next year even the Indian living in the US and Canada

20 Oct 07 2 min read
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Suryakiran formation

Here is a beautiful picture taken by my friend, Gurinder [http://news.yahoo.com/photo/071008/481/xgo10210080858]. Suryakiran jets fly in formation as they leave a smoke trail in the colors of the Indian flag, during the Air Force Day parade 2007 at the Air Force Station Hindan, on

14 Oct 07 1 min read
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Free Burma Now

Free Burma Now [http://www.flickr.com/photos/fevisyu/1461557434/] Originally uploaded by CaymanGirl [http://www.flickr.com/people/fevisyu/]. Nice picture from Flickr on a topical subject.  Things are indeed bad in our neighbouring country Burma.  And worse, no one seems interested in helping out! Here is a note

30 Sep 07 1 min read
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Prashant Tamang is the new Indian Idol!

Finally a Nepaleseboy is the Indian Idol! 🙂 Prashant Tamang has won the finals. What an irony!  Even more amazing and satisfying for me – Indian Idol was an ALL NORTH-EAST affair!!  The central/northern/western/southern Indians were pushed out by these two gutsy and melodious guys – friends of each other.

23 Sep 07 2 min read
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When the Polish try some Indian Masala!

Ragga-Bhangra – born out of confluence in England between the Carribeans and Punjus – is kind of rap / reggae interspersed with some authentic Punjabi Bhangra.Apache Indian [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Indian] is a very popular exponent of this. Well.. what happens when Polish’s bland palate tries some Indian

23 Sep 07 1 min read
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Airport Security: Photo of the month!

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Morning in America [http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjd/1418632004/], originally uploaded by cjdavis [http://www.flickr.com/people/cjd/]. What a picture!  I would have called it “When the robes collide”! One

23 Sep 07 1 min read
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Picture Perfect

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Burano [http://www.flickr.com/photos/futura/1403098407/], originally uploaded by andrew chang [http://www.flickr.com/people/futura/]. I thought my blog needed soe color – and what better picture than this.  This

22 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Mobiles, Prashant Tamang, and SMS messages

Suchitra Krishnamurthi is mad, because of scammy SMS messages which ask to be forwarded on to friends!  She got one – ostensibly started by this girl who had lost her arms in the Hyderabad blast.  She decided as a good samaritan to put this unfortunate girl in touch with an NGO

21 Sep 07 3 min read
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Writing in Hindi in देवनागरी

Today I had to write in Hindi script (देवनागरी लिपी) for Sukriti’s poem.  I used HindiKalam.com [http://hindikalam.com/] for this.  The good thing about Hindi Kalam is that it gives you suggestions on how to write the Hindi word.  It was pretty neat and

13 Sep 07 1 min read
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Water on fire!

Its as if the water and sky are on fire!  What a picture! Courtesy: Flickr [http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepres/1319090529/]

06 Sep 07 1 min read
Business

Origins of Potato Chips and its appeal!

It is amazing how small changes to make things easier creates immensely popular stuff.Potato Chips [http://encyclopedia.tfd.com/Potato+chips] are one such thing!  It might just look like a small thing.. but the world-wide sales of potato chips in 2002 was around USD 30 billion!  And you

25 Aug 07 1 min read
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Mandira Bedi Shocks in Bikini Pics on Maxim!

Mandira Bedi is known for the her cleavages at the cricket broadcasts.  Her blouses were very famous and erotic.  But inspite of that I could have never believed that she could pose for pictures in bikinis and in such a manner.  Well she did!  And the latest edition has it.

28 Jul 07 1 min read
Achievement and Leadership

Shahrukh Khan – the multidimensional personality!

Shahrukh Khan – the Indian movie super-star – is obviously a great star and a good actor.  But that is not all to him.  According to HT’s tidbit [http://hindustantimes.com/PhotoGallery/Photos_Storypage.aspx?category=starsandtheirsecrets] , he also draws well! > Shah Rukh Khan can draw with amazing draughtsmanship and could

27 Jul 07 1 min read
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Stop Giving Unnecessary Bhao to the West (Hollywood): Naseer

Nandi [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=dont_destroy_my_language] discussed us Indian being so beholden to the West.  Here is Naseeruddin Shah [http://hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=a4f11790-3858-47a3-a880-90c191049a85&&Headline=I+am+not+Bollywood's+Al+Pacino%3a+Naseer] , probably one of the finest actors in India

26 Jul 07 1 min read
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Suhit Gosain: The Dude from Indian Idol with an "Attitude"

Indian Music has had very few real performers.  We are a nation of playback singers basically.  So, when someone comes with a different set of character, people look up.  Years ago, our family was huddled around the TV watching Doordarshan (Indian state TV channel) watching the morning show.  A young

16 Jul 07 6 min read
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Great Potrait!

What a Potrait!!  from Flickr by klive0 [http://flickr.com/photos/7636725@N02/536314799/in/photostream/] This is what he says abt the potrait: > A snap of my friend Don near a large window for light, Don is a retired aircraft draughtsman, he’s worked on everything from the Spitfire

14 Jul 07 1 min read
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How low can jeans possibly go?

Women are pushing the limits of the level of clothing to quite a few limits.  It seems that there are some companies that take such dictates to new frontiers.  Here is a company [http://www.sannas-shop.com/store/produtoen.php?id=100536] that makes women’s jeans with a zing!

13 Jul 07 1 min read
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Wah Taj!

Beautiful picture of the Taj – now securely amongst the 7 Wonders of the World. (courtesy: Sakshi Juneja’s blog [http://www.sakshijuneja.com/blog/]).

12 Jul 07 1 min read
Creative

Taj is now amongst the Top 7!!

The new wonders of the world have been announced.  Nation-wide campaigns for voting have been successful, but suprisingly, I have found that other places came 1st and 2nd!!  Any way, here [http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/08wonders.htm] is the list: * The Colosseum, Rome * The Pyramid of Chichen

08 Jul 07 1 min read
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Rajnikant and Cinema!

Sivaji – the movie with Rajnikant has become such a big hit in India and abroad.. that it is a phenomenon these days!  Most of us North Indians do not quite realize that the movies from the South make a lot of money, but it is true! After all, every state

01 Jul 07 1 min read
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Rig Veda is now a World Inheritance..

The oldest living document in human-kind of such exceptional quality finally gets its due….UNESCO has now included the Oldest Veda [http://www.ibnlive.com/news/rig-veda-becomes-world-inheritance/top/43311-3.html?xml&news=Rig%20Veda%20becomes%20%60world%20inheritance%60&pubDate=Thu%2C+21+Jun+2007+03%3A29%3A14++0100&keyword=

21 Jun 07 1 min read
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Picture of the Day

This would HURT!! Naked cyclists ride their bikes through downtown Vancouver, British Columbia during the World Naked Bike Ride Day June 9, 2007. About 50 cyclists rode through the streets trying to bring attention to pollution caused by cars. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA) Powered by Qumana [http://www.qumana.com/

19 Jun 07 1 min read
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Sword and the Blossom

Interesting love story between an English Officer and a Japanese lady set in World War II.  Presenting here an article by Peter Pagnamenta on writing of the book.  If anyone of you are interested in writing a nice review of the book for Drishtikone.. please get in touch with me

07 Jun 07 4 min read
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Pigeon on the pant!

I just thought this picture was funny – the pigeon is sitting very "strategically" on the poor fella’s pant! I took it from my apartment’s balcony in Delhi when I was there. Powered by Qumana [http://www.qumana.com/]

31 May 07 1 min read
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Night Bird

Fantastic Composition!  For a moment I did not realize that it is the moon! Powered by Qumana [http://www.qumana.com/]

10 May 07 1 min read
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I am the Eklavya!

Today is the Valentine’s day.  Happy Valentine’s Day to All!  Let me write a story of love that was in my mind.. a story of a lover and his beloved and the discovery of real love! ======= As I came out of my room, I saw her in a

14 Feb 07 1 min read
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Story of a Model who was a Cocaine Addict!

This is an incredible story [http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1722768,0008.htm] of a model from Delhi who was in Mumbai who fell into drugs.. Cocaine! Ho wit screwed her life up and how she managed to come out of it! The tale of the Indian Fashion industry

18 Jun 06 11 min read
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Meena Kumari: the legend!

Meena Kumari was one of the greatest actresses in Indian Cinema of all times.  Here is a biography on her… “I do not want to work in films” was the statement of a small six year old kid in 1939 when she was asked to work in film Leatherface as

01 Mar 06 13 min read
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Mein Doob Jaata hoon

I had written this verse but somehow it got lost on my blog during a goof up by my host! So I am posting it again! Baadlon ke peeche Jab sooraj angdayi leta hai; To main doob jaata hoon Umeedon ke atha saagar mein. (Behind the clouds When the sun

11 Feb 06 1 min read
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There is no rest.. I Am All!

Soft beauty of the far away rainbow.. arched over the blue mountain beyond. A cloud of fog covered me then… Why does my Love have to end in Pain? She laughed and whispered “It wasn’t love, just hate deflected!” You mean I didnt love you? The fluttering of my

03 Feb 06 1 min read
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While the Gods fail….

Look, ye ignorant people, how closed are your minds.. Break Free! He implored! They followed him, Listened to him, Another God was born! Man just moves from one ignorance to another… While the Gods fail…. – desh kapoor (feb 2006)

03 Feb 06 1 min read
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I am you (Part III)

Banging on the door as loud as my yearning for her; I called out to her to let me in! From the other side – she laughed and whispered “There is no door, my love.. … feel me..  I AM YOU!”

02 Jan 06 1 min read
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God fearing

Sifting through the papers no end; She searched for a groom well settled. God Fearing and Open-minded; Was every family’s forte. Do the Open minds of the Shaadi market; Worship a God or Devil? Or are they just plain masochists Or have named God after their worst nightmare? She

05 Dec 05 1 min read
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God and the answer

This beautiful Earth, The Sun above, The peacock’s colors, And the rainbow above. When none was there. He thought.. What was? he got no answer. But conundrum remained. Still no answer But he made up one. And called it God. This Compromise we gave names Allah, Krishna, and Jesus.

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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Who are we?

White light pours on this table; But blue it looks. Pure love enters me; But Desh I become. Are we what we get; Or what we give?

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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This is That!

A creative person Called Tanzan Senyaki has written on Intentblog [http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2005/12/open_heart_thre.html] Questioning A Hindu Mystic Tell me of your God Tell me in simple terms Don’t tell me it is this ONE Or it is THAT This was my

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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You are the light

I was running from my shadows.. looking for her glow; She tapped my shoulder and whispered.. Stop, love, ….. you are the light!

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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None of her

I strained in fearful lonely silence.. to listen to my heart beating for her.. While in that nothingness of silence.. she hugged, kissed me and tiptoed away.. Now it is me, my heart, my sound.. None of her…

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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River

A drop of dew was.. and there was she… A drop of tear was … and there was she… Sitting on the bank – I see a river flowing, …where is she?

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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Womb

Your eyes were my world, Your smile my existence. Your milk my survival, Your blood my creation. Mother.. today I too was to be one.. But my womb denied the birth of another!

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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Pure .. Unrequited Love

As her dewy face emerged draped in the freshest rays of sun.. Hope rushed in unknown.. As the last strand of her silky tress melted into the dying sun… Memory was all that remained… Her coming had brought a yearning.. Her going left me pure…unrequited love.

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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I am YOU!

When I am …you arent When you are… I can’t; When will we both be? She laughed and whispered…but, I AM you!

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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Dream

I hold on to my fading dream… furiously and trembling. Its ALL I have. What if ALL is not?

02 Dec 05 1 min read
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Memories

Your memories were my strength … as I died everyday… … when they were stolen…  I lived again …forever….as you.

02 Dec 05 1 min read

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