Monday, November 14, 2011

कहो क्या ख़याल है..

शांतनु मोइत्रा - रात हामारी तोह ...

स्वानंद किरकिरे - बावरा मन ...

ज़ेब बंगश और हानिया असलम - बीबी सनम जानम ...

Converging effect is the following!! -


Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween!

I am keeping myself away from trying to google Halloween before I write this down..

How much I didn't care for this event up till evening 7pm. I switched on the classics radio station in Cincinnati. Programming blew me away! This is how the violins sound the best. The coarseness in them, thumping pianos, hollow flutes, church bells, and not taking anything away from the presenter and their voice antics. I was walking back from work with pumpkins lighted in the street. And then imagined myself just walking through with such tunes and such creepiness. It was an experience that might make me come back to same station same time next year. I did not have chance to make to any halloween parties which really didn't appeal more than gala orgies of fun and costumes and :) ...

any case.. so why Halloween? an event to mark longer nights over shorter days? winters and its chill?  I do not know. However, it is anything but how any one should look at festivals.

Festivals mark celebration of human spirit to take control over their fears and Halloween marks it in least subtle way. This is when mind takes it turn against unknown and fearsome. The festivals mark the oneness and fearlessness. The festivals and celebration is of our existence in this planet for 10,000 years. So when you hear the spookiness in the music, the mind reminds you of the struggle humans have had through its lifetime. The fear of night doesn't diminish with bulbs burning incandescently. The struggles aren't gone. Their would be even worse troubles but even merrier victory of human kind.

I wish I could put up tunes I am listening to, right here. As that can only really give this blog the Halloween experience I am talking about.

I do not know any of these artist but for the Classical station here -
Devil's sonata - tartini


Vivaldi the Hunt

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Procrastination


"30. Procrastination is useless. This is a big one for me. I realized that no matter how long I put something off, it’s still there the next day—imagine that."
 http://www.theminimalists.com/30more/

"Making decisions is often difficult. And procrastination is easy, at least for the moment. But there is no reward in procrastination."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

INTO THE WILD

Wilderness wasn't his dream. Wilderness for able to skin to the bare self was his Alaska. His great adventure. Many men do it. Many die doing it. He chose to pen it along. He for this reason remains immortal and now on silver screen. Beautiful. One may only curse himself for not getting to this movie earlier. Or curse himself for had forsaken beauty in books and movies or to simply put in men's words!



Saturday, July 30, 2011

V.S. Ramachandran - TED talk

I have read his book sometime back and was as amazed then as I was seeing this video today. I have blogged about it twice and today I put video up there for someone who might then want to read the book later ..


Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Mother's Coat - an Animation

plain pleasing and lovely

My Mother's Coat from Moth on Vimeo.

This film is about my Italian mother and her confessions about life in Greece. Based on an interview that I did with her about motherhood, she talks to me about her arrival in post-dictatorship Athens in the 70’s, her struggle to adjust to the greek mentality, her memories and nostalgia of motherhood, but also her long lasting desire to move back to her small hometown in Italy.

Directed by Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits

Royal College of Art 2010

entire video here - http://vimeo.com/13281807

Friday, July 8, 2011

Experience the canoeing...

sitting on the back seat of our canoe I was sure I will be carried to places where I wouldn't intend to be. Moreover, places where I DO NOT INTEND TO BE. But it happened. My steering didn't help and we kept crashing from one bank to another. So as we approached one end I start crying push away push away but no S has absolutely no idea what were those paddles for. first Bump! second Bump! then bushes! and then another where I find myself laying flat on my back. That is how we saved ourselves from hitting those tree branches hanging just about 2 feet over the Hocking river.. Pleasing to ears were those stranger claps later. It was definitely amazing for me that we made it through.

then... Soon we thought we had control over it but we hit a submerged log in the river.My partner thought he was pushing away but he ended by dragging the canoe more on top of it. Stuck we both, dared ourselves out of the canoe for first time - there was something scary getting of a boat right at the middle of a river. Good we realized we had to get on to it soon enough. But wait - did I miss this. I had the feeling when getting back on. I knew I could crash on my back anytime. And of course I did. That was painful! I do not really understand why people find someone's ass crashing so very funny.. It was painful!

then... We set off again. This time we really had everything in control. Minor instances when my partner tried to hit those hanging branches with those paddles. No reason. I thought he just felt like doing it. But hell no! he wanted them to hit me after he ducks under..

then... we wanted to jump off the hanging tree branch on to the river. But we weren't sure if it was not shallow enough. So I (i do not know why) set off on foot towards the hanging tree branch against the river stream. It wasn't that difficult until I thought I had hold on my feet. Further however, with the slippery basin and deeper water (chest high), my one step forward = most of the steps were backward. Funny was when guy kayaking thought of helping me out. He asked me to hold on to his kayak and he will get me there. I thought he was a fool to pull me and I was right. Then we had better idea. I know some swimming - I should kick those legs like a toad in water.. i crock once i crock twice .. the kayak dude exhales out "not working" I feel so stupid right now. We set back towards our canoe and groan at the stupid idea.. 

then... We had seen groups hanging out on river banks. But none were like this one. These had the Tarzan swing ready to jump on to water. We banked again. We muddled through again.. three of us S, S and I took turns swing diving into the water - by far the best part of that long weekend!

then... we were tired! hell and waiting for our journey to end! each paddle was an exhaustive drag. one by one. few moments rest . then few more paddles. few moments rest again. Finally we were there and then, with few yards to spare, S all of sudden jumped of the canoe and with that a spirit called 'i will be ever be amazed at this guy' left my body.. i silently paddled few final strokes

However at the end of all this .. Canoeing was WORTH every Paddle! Thanks S for making this plan man!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

too few role models..

this one's awesome -
Hobbes - how come we play war and not peace?
Calvin - too few role models.




Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Kid

the following few scenes capture just small part of "WHAT A MOVIE - THE KID - IS?" statement... 




and thats about it on how poignant the movie gets you. Rest is the hilarious tramp and absolutely charming kid .. then to put up critique's mask for the sake of a movie made in 1921 - WONDERFUL!!

watched it as part of some Criterion collection on Hulu plus - http://www.hulu.com/watch/215892/the-kid

Saturday, April 30, 2011

my thoughts speaking out from some one else's words ..

"i am a simple half full guy
adapt when adapting is required
cross the bridge when I get there
Do you know how it feels when you are lost and u find ur way.."

"I feel like that way right now .. i think you are the best half i can ever find"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Phantoms in the Brain - V.S. Ramachandran

There is something that makes me feel very nice about a self discovery .. Mangalore, Bharat Mall  - entered a book store and bunch of books on discounts .. set eyes upon on "Phantoms in the Brain" - Probing the mysteries of human mind ... thats about it took for me to put this book up on Shelfari's 've to read list .. had lost track of it until very recently and felt absolutely in love with the author's little simple harmless funny experiments with special brains .. brains which are still struggling with the ghost of the past... and so here today I was so very glad to find his name among - Time's 100 most influential person 2011.

What made me even more glad is his words on Darwin ...
Most of us think of Darwin as someone who discovered mechanism of evolution .. natural selection. But in fact he did it in amazing array of experiments and thinking about so many issues in parallel. He has written whole book on barnacles, entire book on earthworms, entire book on insectivorous plants. There is something about simplicity and elegance of his experiments and at the same time from simple observations he drew great and deep insights.. yes from very simple observations. His ideas and his books and his experiments have etched themselves permanently in my mind and influenced my mental development enormously.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bibi sanam ...


I am not really really sure what I like about this .. may be the lyrics (once you read the translation) .. may be the first few seconds .. may be the voice ... but for now i can keep listening to it again and again ... here's is the lyrics from - http://khurramabbas.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/bibi-sanam-janam-lyrics-zen-n-haniya/


Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Your being borders on the divine, my love
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Your being borders on the divine, my love
Kassi harfe dile maa ra nadaanist
What I feel for you, no one is privy to it
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Bahaaie mahafele maa ra nadaanist
No one can fathom the depths or value this love
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Ba joz tofaan kassi dar shehr-e-ghurbat
The wild storms crashing down on strange, distant cities
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Nishaan-e mahafel-e maa ra nadaanist
Only they know the true worth of our love
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstan
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Your being borders on the divine, my love
Na mekhawahm ke be taabat bebinom
Not ever would I want you to be sad
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Dilam khwahad ke shadaab att bebinam,
All I ever need is that you be happy and content
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Nadeedam man ba bedaari rukhat ra
Even if all the flowers in the world wilt and wither away
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Magar hamchu pari khwaabat bebinom
That love I have for you in my heart will not fade
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Your being borders on the divine, my love
Dil-e-naazok tar az andisha darum
What my heart feels is far mellower than my thoughts
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
Hawaie mottadel chun re sha darum
There will never be a moment when I won’t yearn for you
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Hama gul hai e aalaam barge e khoshkad
Bibi, believe me, your love is deeply rooted in my heart
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Tu dar baagh e kheialem reesha dary
Even if all the flowers in the world wither….
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Bibi sanam janem, anaar-e-sisstanem
Ba darwazae tajh quran jayee sanam janem
My love, you are like the sweet pomegranate of Sistan
And your being borders on the divine…