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Many Many Many, Don’t be Funny!

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Just how many is too many? Well, a thought only. About ten years back, more relevantly for India, it was very difficult to get a credit card. The banks did not come to you then, you had to go to them—beg beg and convince. Getting one finally was considered an achievement. Now one is not enough. With banks calling you, emailing you, messaging you all the time and with most cards coming as lifetime free ones you just go merrily multiplying irrespective of your needs. Specially designed wallets are coming your way to accommodate your cardy crowd. It’s altogether a different matter how many of you are hooked into a never ending debt trap and how many are showing off without having the means to even come close to that kind of lifestyle. Just five years back, again more relevantly for India, many of us didn’t even know what a blog was. Forget how to create it. Now having one blog is not enough. You can go on creating just at the click of the mouse irrespective of whether you need i

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Questions the Time Theory in Indian Classical Music

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‘Our ragas are based on time periods like the morning, afternoon, evening and late night hours. But the time slot now-a-days for concerts is 6pm to 10pm due to security reasons or whatever. If we exceed police will come and arrest the artists and the organizers. This means performances can be done only on a few limited ragas again and again. Morning and afternoon concerts are rare and late night concerts whether indoor or outdoor are impossible.’ Said santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma on 10th January, 2009 at a two-day seminar on ‘Reconsidering Fundamental Issues in Indian Art Music’ organized by ITC Sangeet Research Academy at NCPA, Mumbai. Panditji was speaking at the session on ‘Time Theory’. While making it clear that he was speaking neither for or against the time theory Pandit Shivkumar Sharma elaborated further, ‘In old days we were closer to nature and most concerts were organized outdoor with nature manifested in full glory. Now in air conditioned auditoriums time bec

What A Common Man Is Supposed To Do?

Today at the news room one newsreader was very angry at the state of things. On the top of continuing Indo-Pak tension following terror attacks we have petrol scarcity due to three day old strike of officers of Oil Public Sector Units who want a pay hike, prices of vegetables shooting up due to five day old strike by public transporters, frauds in Satyam (the word ‘ satyam ’ means ‘truth’) and all that. Fortunately the news reader was creative enough to do something constructive. She wrote out a poem on the dilemma of a common man and with our permission she visualized it in the form of a capsule story. We ran it in our evening bulletins. The poem narrates how a common man should react to everyday problems like bomb blasts, strikes, war worries, nature turnarounds and the like—all of which finally bog down upon the common man only. What we common folks should do? Fight on? Call for strikes? But against whom? We common folks; we common folks. Have mercy! Some common folks reacted ver

Let's Save Our Mother Earth...

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The Colours of Peace are Beautiful...

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Feedback From a Professional Psychologist on the 'Drag' Episode

Well, since I have got a third person report about it, a lot must have been missed in the observation process that a psycho-analyst needs for one's elementary analysis. The protagonist's age,gait, body-language and other non-verbal communication serve as vital inputs in the process of social/person perception. Anyways, but I still managed to analyse the following which ofcourse is not the last word over it: It seems that the elderly man is not health conscious and may be a compulsive chain smoker at a point of time in his life. He currently hails from a poor or lower socio-economic class. But it may not have been the case few years ago when he could afford to buy a cigarette on his own. MAY BE. Other possibility is that even if he can afford the drag of his own money today, he may be asking from strangers for seeking brief attention from non-judgmental people. Need for affiliation too is reflected to some extent. He and his wife may be looking after each other and his childr

Yearender With A.....Drag?

Three days back at around 8pm we finished our evening tea and were standing outside our office gate as my colleague was finishing his fag. I saw one elderly couple crossing the road from opposite to us. As they crossed they kept on looking at us. I thoutht they might ask us something. They crossed and passed us still looking at us and stopped at little distance away. From the back of my eye I saw them talking intensely. Then the husband came up and addressed my colleague, 'Hello, can I have a drag please?' 'What! A drink?' 'No, no. I want only a drag. I didn't take one since yesterday!' My bewildered friend offered him the remaining part, 'Ok. Have it all'. And we started moving towards the gate. With the wife watching the man took one drag and shouted behind us, 'Hello, I want only a drag. Please take it back!' We waved at him and went back to work laughing all the way. Can you analyze this true bizzarre incident?

Binding Terror

First the public anger pouring into the streets of Mumbai. This kind of anger was first seen in Guwahati after the Assam blasts on Octover 30, with crowds marching on to attack the capital complex. The anger enveloping the whole of India now. Cascading into political resignations, falls of ministries and so on. Politics attacked finally not only by the elites who never bothered even to vote earlier, but also by the masses. And today, the 11th of December, in the Indian Parliament all political parties joined together to fight terror. Let the fallout of terror last forever, not terror.

Target Mumbai

Terror strikes Mumbai again. A new terror date is created--26/11. Yes, nobody knows where when and what next. And WHY.

Cricket Vibes

After many years India is fast adopting a positive ruthless attitude and is winning matches consistently. Defeated Aus in ODI 2-0, Aus in Test 2-0 and defeated England in ODI with a 4-0 lead. But some people, so much used to a negative mindset, are giving odd reactions. One reporter of a channel started babbling what England is doing and what it's supposed to do. Well, it's a fact that the weaker team always loses and you don't ask, hey buggers, why are you so weak! You criticize them identifying the areas of weakness. But you have to laud the winning team for its victory. Mercifully the reporter was cut short. Another scribe wrote that England lost the last two matches due to the D-L method. Yes, the D-L rules are complex, but it cannot possibly harm the better team. In the Kanpur ODI (Nov 20, 2008) India was in a sound position, 198/5 needing only 43 runs off 9 overs and at that point they won by 16 runs due to D-L. What's wrong in that? In the Bangalore