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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!