Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cool Video and all that

A Really Nice video of Pakistani artists coming together to see that Islam does not get hijacked by the radicals. (Link Via. Sepiamutiny )



More details about the song can be found over here.


Also, a news link about a Palestinian educator whose stint in an Israeli jail inspired him to devise a different approach to teaching history.
That was his real education. While awaiting charges, Adwan overheard two Israeli
soldiers arguing over whether he should be made to sign a document in Hebrew
that he couldn’t read. Shocked to hear one of his enemies defending his rights,
Adwan decided that he had some things to learn about the Jewish nation.
So
much of the gulf in understanding that plagues the Middle East has to do with
the willful disregard for the other’s point of view. Israelis refer to the 1948
conflict that gave birth to their nation as the War of Independence;
Palestinians know it as the Nakba, or Catastrophe. What Israelis call “the riots
of 1920"—when Palestinians attacked Jewish neighborhoods around Jerusalem and
Jaffa—are termed “the popular uprisings” by the other side. Adwan, a lecturer at
Bethlehem University, has spent much of his professional career trying to bridge
this gap.
Do read the entire stuff over here. ( Link via. Smoke Signals )

Also, KarmaDude has a nice wallpaper. Do check it out. ( Link via. Desipundit )

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sale 100% Off


Will any Economics Student please explain me as to how the above is possible? I know Conditions Apply and all but still...

Cheers,
HP

Sunday, July 08, 2007

GOD!!!


There is only one God. Please bow to thee!

Cheers,
HP

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Why do you need a title?

Saw Sivaji today. Well, I don't understand much of Tamil but loved a major portion of the film. Rajni as usual is superb. Shriya is enchanting, totally enchanting :-) And, the rest of the technical department is also pretty good. Yes, the film is over-hyped but a Rajni film coming after a gap of 2 years was going to be hyped. And, Rajni doesn't disappoint. He does not look and act like a 60 year old guy. Truly, a Superstar!!!

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Links for the day.

Enjoy this one ------ http://www.mizpee.com :-)

Beautiful Postcards...Really too good ------ http://valmays.homestead.com/index.html
[ Link via. Selma Mirza ]

Cheers,

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

QOTD

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are
hatched.
-Guy de Maupassant, short story writer and novelist (1850-1893)

Cheers,
HP

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Indian Culture?

Can someone please explain to me as to what all is for and against Indian culture?

Thanks!

Cheers,
HP

Monday, March 19, 2007

QOTD

Let others cheer the winning man, there's one I hold worthwhile. Tis he who does the best he can, then loses with a smile. Beaten he is, but not to stay, down with the rank and file. For he shall win some other day, who loses with a smile.
Just Hope that the Indian team takes the field with a smile and leave the field with a smile.

Cheers,
HP

World Cup Musings - Part 1

A Team Loses. A Coach Dies. Never before the phrase 'Its Just A Game" been explained to us so explicitly and cruelly!
I am just at a loss for words. Can't think or say anything about this. Hope the fans in the sub-continent understand now that in a game between 2, there is supposed to be one winner and a loser and if one does not lose, then the other cannot win. They are 2 sides of the same coin. And, just as we would like to be encouraged in our day to work/student life instead of being criticized continuously, the same applies to the players.

Sir, You lived well and played hard and fair! May the next world treat you better! RIP Woolmer.

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Finally, it is proved that India and Pakistan are Brothers In Arms :-)

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Can Someone please tell this man that we have this guy who can do some bowling too and also, does a good job when he is asked to!
Thanks!

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Mohd. Kaif must be thanking his stars that he is not there in the current Indian line-up. The irate Indian fans now need to find someone else to vent their ire on. Oh Wait! They have already found one.

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Somehow, I feel that Aussies don't have the firepower in their bowling line-up to win the Cup! Make no mistake, they have an excellent side; Its just that they don't have that someone who will just take the game away from the opponents by his exceptional bowling prowess! Lets wait and watch.

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Lots of permutations and combinations have been thrown about as to if India can make it to the Super 8. Moi just thinks that we will not. The players look totally dejected and have gone flat. They are feeling the pressure and somehow, there is no person in sight who will put his hands up and say that he will absorb the pressure and help us propel to the next level. It is going to be an early exit for us. It would be disappointing to say the least but hopefully, lessons are learnt from this defeat and the exit.

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It was totally wonderful to see the way the Bengal Tigers played against India. They bowled brilliantly, fielded outstandingly and there was a distinct quality to their batting. Before, the match started, while talking to my younger brother, I had referred to Iqbal and said that he is the player to watch for this tournament. He is fearless and has strokes to match his audacity. The way he left the crease to hit Zaheer over his head was just brilliant. The body language of both the teams was very much evident during the course of the match and the result just confirmed the obvious.

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Unlike
other Indians, I felt really sad to see Pakistan crashing out of the World Cup. They are one of the most enigmatic sporting teams in the world and it is always a pleasure to see them play. And, we will miss Inzi. A wonderful player and one of the few sports persons on the cricketing field. The cricketing arena will miss him but he deserved a better exit that this. Alas!!

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Ok, My two cents on the recent spat between Sunny and the Aussies. Yes, it was insensitive of Sunny to speak about David Hookes. But, now we hope the Aussies also understand as to how people feel when personal attacks are made on the cricket field in the name of sledging. Do Border and Darren remember the time on the field when Cairns was taunted about his dead sister? The bottomline is that it is alright to make some taunts about his cricketing abilities but it is not at cool to bring his family into the spat. Hope the Aussies understand it now.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Dream A Dream



Finally, the Cricket World Cup is going to start. In India, one will find a lot of ppl saying that they don't really care whether India wins or not, infact they wil abuse cricket and say that the game is taking our country down :-D But, you will find them trying to ask the score now and then :-)

Anyways, it is very difficult for me to rationally analyze our chances. I may or may not believe in the concept of nationality, I may disagree with the concept of patriotism being attached to supporting any particular sporting team but I can't ignore the fact that a win for India makes the world a better place to live for that moment. One sees more smiles around after a victory in an important match. I may dislike Dhoni's technique but I can't but applaud when he unleashes his famous whip on the hapless bowlers. One will ask why Pathan is in the team but will be the first to applaud when he gets the swing going and make the batsmen dance. Anil Kumble's inclusion in the team in place of Powar can be questioned but not his commitment. Sehwag's temperament may be doubted but not his talent.

We can just hope that the guys play well over there and try not to get whipped. Anyways, I will end my incoherent rambling with one of my favorite Al Pacino's monologue from 'Any Given Sunday'.

Enjoy!!



Cheers,
HP

Today's Fortune On Orkut

You are soon going to change your present line of work.

:-)

Cheers,
HP

Psst...Don't tell anyone :D

Monday, February 26, 2007

One Down...Three to Go :-)

So, the Carling Cup is ours. Sad to see the brawl almost at the end of the game. It nearly robbed the sheen of a good win over a very good competitor in a Cup Final.

Arsenal dominated a better part of the game but luckily, playing experienced people in the final paid dividends for us. Also, the goal scoring machine Drogba clinched the match.

Overall, a satisfying win barring the fact that Terry had to be carried on a stretcher during the
match. Seriously hope that no one is added to our ever increasing injury list.

As per now, Chelsea might be the only team that can play a Injury XI instead of a Playing XI. :-)

Cheers,
HP

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Votes : Indibloggies 2006

The polling is now open for Indibloggies. Go and vote now!

I have casted my votes and below are my choices for the particular categories.

The Indiblog of the Year 2006 ---- Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind
[ Recursive Hypocrisy was another choice for this category but guess, Nilu is above such awards ]

Best Designed IndiBlog   ----    Ckunte.com
[ Megha comes a close second this time for moi but she won last year. So, a new winner this time :-) ]

Best IndiBlog directory/service/clique/network ----- Blogbharti
[ They have done an amazing job in bringing in limelight some blogs/posts which otherwise we would not have been able to find. ]

Best Entertainment Indiblog ----- Blogical Conclusion

Best Group/Community IndiBlog ------- INI Signal
[ Indian Muslims comes a close second ]

Best Humanities Indiblog ----- Falstaff

Most Humorous IndiBlog ----- Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind

[Gawker comes a distant second ]

Best New IndiBlog ------ Blogbharti

Best Indi Photoblog ----- Trivial Matters

Best Sports Indiblog ---- Sportolysis - The World Sports Blog

Best Topical IndiBlog ----- Mumbai Matters
[ Because Mumbai matters for me ]

Go ahead and cast your vote for your choices.

Cheers,
HP

The New Censor Board

With Parzania being not allowed to be released in the model state of Gujarat, the below cartoon that appeared in the Hindu seems apt.

The Hindutva factions operating over there have taken themselves to a new level. And for now, they appear bigger than the Indian Constitution and the law.




Cheers,
HP

Friday, February 09, 2007

JAP

Saket on his blog says that he does not find Madrasi girls hot and appealing.

All I can say is that he needs to develop his taste better :-)

Cheers,
HP

Update : In an update to this earlier post, Saket asks if he is a racist? The answer is NO. He was just plain insensitive and no, I don't feel bad if anyone calls me a Madrasi. 
To not know Geography is not a crime, still. 

Powerful images from around the world black side of the world


I got the below pics in a mail. Some of the pics are gruesome and anyone who is sensitive to such 
pics, please do not scroll below.

Note : All the copyrights on the pictures are of the photographers.





1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States . Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassments after 4 days.



January 12, 1960. A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was murdered by an opponent student.



1963. Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam , burns himself to death protesting the government's torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.



1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments.



1965. A mom and her children try to cross the river in South Vietnam in an attempt to run away from the American bombs.



1966. U.S. troops in South Vietnam are dragging a dead Vietkong soldier.



February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan sh oots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.



1973. A few seconds before Chile 's elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.



1975. A woman and a girl falling down after the fire escape collapses.



1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger, and a missionaire.



February 23, 1981. Colonel Molina ve military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain . The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.



1982. Palestinian refugees murdered in Beirut , Lebanon .



1987. A mother in South Korea apologizes and asks for forgiveness for his son who was arrested after attending a protest. He was protesting the alleged manipulations in the general elections.



1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms.



1992. A mother in Somalia holds the body of her child who died of hunger.



1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers for he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels.



1996. Kids who are shocked by the civil war in Angola .



2001. An Afghani refugee kid's body is being prepared for the funeral in Pakistan .



2002. Soldiers and villagers in IRan are digging graves for the victims of the earthquake. A kid holds his father's pants before he is buried.




2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Black Friday

After a really long wait, Anurag Kashyap's offering Black Friday is going to release tomorrow. The movie is based on a book by the same name by Hussain Zaidi.

Black Friday must be one of those movies that must have been watched by a large number of people before its official release. I have read the book as well as seen the movie.

When my friend gave the CD of the movie to me to watch it, he had praised the movie but added as an afterthought that the movie is pro-Muslim. Having read the book and seen the movie, I can't say that the movie is pro-Muslim or pro-Hindu but the movie is pro-truth. The demolition of Babri Masjid, 92-93 riots and the blasts that followed are an integral part of a Mumbaikar who survived that period. It is to Mid-Day, Tariq Ansari, Arindam Mitra and Anurag's credit that they have managed to make a movie on such a sensitive subject.

Anurag is one of those jinxed directors who manages to make those movies which never get released. Hopefully, BF will break that jinx and the Indian audience will be able to see more of his works.

btw, Do watch the movie on the big screen. The characters have been excellently sketched and the parts have been played brilliantly by all the actors.

You can follow Anurag's blog at Passion For Cinema.

Cheers,
HP

Getting Old

You know you are getting old when you and not your parents start getting invitations for marriages :-)

Cheers,
HP

Thursday, January 25, 2007

0/5???



I seriously don't remember when was the last time the top five players of the team have been out for zero and the team is reeling at 0/5. No, not even when we were playing in our school/college days. If anyone knows about a first class team having a more pathetic start, then please 
let me know.

btw, Mumbai still mamaged to win :-)

Cheers,
HP
 

Gmail Blocked??



You can access Gmail at http://www.careerdiscussions.com/gmail/.
Enjoy!!!

Source : Asif

Cheers,
HP

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thanks Henry

Dear Henry,

Thanks. Heartfelt Thanks. I have never considered you as a great player and have always been against you while arguing with my friends. But , after your vital Sunday's goal against the Devils, I am just full of gratitude towards you. The moment your head butted the football into the net, I was jupping around with joy and glee and the jumping around doubled when my brother entered the room. :-)

So, please forgive me for all the things that I have said against you. This goal has redeemed you and from now on, I am not going to take anything said against you lying down. Yep, thats a promise :-)

You have kept alive the hopes of the fans of the Blues. And, we just hope that Jose gets over his sulking and gifts us the 3rd premiership title on the row. 

Cheers,
HP

PS : Common, Chelsea, pull up your socks and gift us a treble this time. Common guys. You can do it. 



 

Friday, January 19, 2007

Jaage Hain

jaage hain der tak, hamein kuchh der sone do..
thodi si raat aur hai, subah to hone do..
aadhe adhoore khwaab jo poore na ho sake,
ek baar phir se neend mein vo khwaab bone do..

ek khwaab toot jaane ka ehsaas hi to hai,
thodi si raat aur, sehar paas hi to hai
Lyrics from the movie Guru...Need to see the movie soon...

Cheers,
HP

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thought of the Day

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.
---Buddha

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

WTF moment of the week!!!!!!

Seriously, someone tell me that this is a joke and nothing else. Please...

A UP minister has apparently assured people of his potential voters that if SP comes back to power, they would have the luxury of having as many children they want and infact, the government would give a token amount per child.

How, I wish that instead of such gimmicks, this minister had promised that for each child going to school, he will be promised a class which has a teacher and the essentials.
Wish he had promised a state where children would be free to play and live their lives instead of being perennially afraid of murderers and pedophiles.
Wish he had promised a society that would not discriminate against them because of their religion,caste or their ancestors.
How I wish....

HP

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Objectivity

The below pic conveys the fact that just like beauty, objectivity too lies in the eyes of the beholder. We always consider those opinions,people unbiased whose opinion more or less matches with us. If not, then we are ready with all kind of labels for them. I am not saying that people cannot be unbiased but just that, sometimes with the prejudice and the brainwashed minds of ours, we find it difficult to be objective of anything. Also, it is always difficult to be unbiased. We always have some preconceived notions about most political, social matters and more often or not, when we read something , we expect the writer to massage our egos by reiterating those opinions and if the writer takes a different path, then depending upon our stand, the labels are pasted upon the writer. Just another of my tangential rants! Menawhile, enjoy the pic and the comment!

Source : Churumuri














“WHY CAN’T THEY PRODUCE A FAIR, BALANCED, OBJECTIVE AND NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER—THAT REFLECTS MY POINT OF VIEW?”

Also, a nice article on R.K. Narayan at Churumuri. Do Read!

Cheers,
HP