Thursday, December 27, 2007

My sister called me up this evening and said that Benazir Bhutto was dead, she was killed… I was shocked, and my immediate reaction was of disbelief. By the time I could ask how, when, who?? my sister had hung up. I rushed home and joined Dad and Mom who were glued to news channels. For once, Mom too had sacrificed her serials!!!
Allegations of corruptions apart, Benazir was a woman I admired as a truly charismatic leader. I still remember my school days when I would keenly pay attention to the smart, young, fearless lady addressing rallies and promising to lead Pakistan. She in fact that went on to become a woman Prime Minister of a hard core Islamic nation (that too one with a mind of her own, not a mere puppet!). Whenever she spoke, whether to the large masses in rallies or in interviews on Television, she was always confident and poised. A truly charismatic leader! She spoke with conviction and dignity.
Another fact that I admired about her was that she was well-educated (learnt today that she went to Harvard and Oxford) and often spoke of the need to improve the deplorable state of women in Islamic nations. A moderate Islamist, she was one of the best options that Pakistan had in a scenario where one was trying to establish democracy.
She didn’t lose heart, inspite of having had to face a troubled personal life, with her father Zulfikar Bhutto being executed and her brothers assassinated.
Her assassination was totally unexpected, especially at this point in time, when there were signs of democracy being restored in Pakistan. Just when India and rest of the world thought that the storm in Pakistan was finally beginning to settle, the nation is caught up in yet another turmoil. This incident will have strong repercussions not only on Pakistan’s efforts to bring in peace and order and on Indo-Pak relations, but also on the global war against terrorism...

Monday, December 17, 2007

18 days... no news??

I don't believe it's already 18 days since my previous post... no new posts... and I thought I'd have something to say or the time to say something, at least every alternate day or maybe once a week but it's past a fortnight, and so I just had to post something...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Aaja Nachle to the tunes of Mayawati

With my daily cuppa tea in my hand, I switched on the news channel this morning as usual, to check out whether the world changed while I slept ;P

Well the past few weeks have been quite eventful. News channels have been doin really well I bet! Full of action, drama and emotion they had all that it takes to keep the audiences hooked! There have been interesting, significant, unbelievable, shocking, surprising, disturbing, digusting happenings throughout the country and across the world, be it Nandigram and the left suddenly relaxing its stand on the nuclear deal post the incident & allowing the government to go ahead with the IAEA talks, or the Taslima issue, scenes of Adivasis being beaten up during their protests in Assam, or yet another incident of stone throwing protesting a Reliance Fresh outlet, emergency in Pakistan, violence in Paris, bomb blasts in UP, Narendra Modi and Godhra politics.... well I could go on ...

Today i heard of something as ridiculous as ridiculous could be ... of Mayawati banning 'Aaja Nachle' in UP as one of the songs happened to insult Dalit sentiments (????)... now i wondered what would have been the lyrics that could have possibly hurt the sentiments of dalits from UP... was it the line that goes... The only line I found some connection to UP went "mera jhumka gira tha bareilly ki bazaar mein..." nooo couldn't be that one....well when the reporter announced that the lines in dispute were "mochi chala sonar banne.." i looked at the TV screen with utter disbelief - how on earth is this going to affect Dalit people... Well then one would have to actually ban tonnes of movies which have similar dialogues...

Well the director was forced to apologise and edit those lines and the 'BENEVOLENT MAYAWATI' withdrew the ban... though Punjab n Harayana got inspired and implemented a similar ban... (incidentally Punjab has the largest number of dalits in India, well another statistic that was new for me). Yet another case of politicians playing the caste card. When will politicians like Mayawati stop taking advantage of the ignorance of the large uneducated masses???

All I can say for now is that ultimately hope all this publicity works postively for the movie!!!
Well at last, enfin, finallllly last here's my first post or rather second post (the first one had to be from Sound of Music !!!)

It is said that "Motivation is what gets you started and Habit is what keeps you going..." Well, lets see if bloggin gets on to become a habit... nyways habit or no habit , i do intend to keep at it at least in the short run (as Keynes says, In the Long run we are all dead !!!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds tht rise frm the lake to the trees.

My heart wants to sigh like a chime tht flies frm a church on a breeze;

to laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way;

to sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray..."

- Sound of Music