Saturday, May 28, 2011

C'est du délire!

in love with a name
with a smile
and those twinkling eyes

your wit and sometimes the way you speak
the salt and pepper and the casual style...
the graceful hands and yes, again that smile

too wary to love anymore
too scared to even try
but i am in love with those eyes...


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mere Bina

Loving this song from Crook – called Mere Bina…
Lyrics by Kumaar, Music by Pritam (kudos!), sung fabulously in different versions by KK and Nikhil D’Souza.

Mere bina mein rehne laga hoon
Teri hawaon mein behne laga hoon
Jaane mein kaise, Tera hua hoon
Mujhe to lagta hai main shayad tere dil ki dua hoon…haan

Tujhko jo paaya (ahan)
Toh jeena aaya
Ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaaaaan
Tujhko jo paaya (ahan)
To jeena aaya
Ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaaaaan

Pehle se zyada, main jee raha hu
Jabse main tere dil se juda hoon
Rahon pe teri mein to chala hoon
Tu meri manzil hai tere kadmon pe bas rukne laga hoon

Tujhko jo paaya (ahan)
Toh jeena aaya
Ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaaaaan
Tujhko jo paaya (ahan)
To jeena aaya
Ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaaaaan

Teri nazar me nayi si adaa hai - naya sa nasha bhhi ghula hai
Kayi dino se bandha tha baadal jo - tere hi baalon me khula hai
Teri hadon me, meri basar hai
Ab tujhe bhi, jana kidhar hai
Jahan rahe tu, main wo jahan hoon
Jise jiye tu, main wo sama hoon
Teri waja se naya naya hoon
Pehle kaha na maine ab ye tumse kehne laga hun..aaaa

Tujhko jo paaya (ahan)
Toh jeena aaya
Ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaaaaan
Tujhko jo paaya (ahan)
To jeena aaya
Ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaaaaan

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jiyein Kyun

Heard this song from Dum Maaro Dum a few days ago and absolutely can’t get out of my head ever since.
The lovely lyrics are by Jaydeep Sahni with brilliant music by Pritam, and soulfully rendered by Papon, a young Assamese singer.

naa aaye ho naa aayo ge na phone pe bulaoge
naa sham ki karari chai labonse yuh pilaoge
naa aaye ho naa aayo ge na din dhale sataoge
naa ki nasheli bye se nind me jagaoge
gaye ho tum gaye ho kyun hai raat baki hai
gaye ho tum gaye ho kyun sath baki hai
gaye tum gaye hum tham gaye per baat baki hai
gaye kyun? to jiyein kyun?

naa aaye ho naa aayo ge na dooriyaan dhikhaoge
naa tham ke vo josh mein yuh hosh se udaoge
naa aaye ho naa aayo ge na ghut usse sunaoge
naa ruthe ke sirhane mein remote ko chupaoge
gaye tum gaye ho kyun ye raat baki hai
gaye ho kyun saath baki hai
gaye tum gaye hum tham gaye her baat baki hai
gaye kyun? to jiyein kyun?

aankh bhi tham gayi na thaki
raat bhi na bati na kati
raat ki cher ki marthi
nind bhi loot gayi jin gayi
raat bhi na sahi na rahi
raat ki lazmi zalimi
gaye tum gaye ho kyun ye raat baki hai
gaye ho kyun saath baki hai
gaye tum gaye hum tham gaye har baat baki hai
gaye kyun? to jiyein kyun? (2)
to jiyein kyun…

naa aaye ho naa aayo ge na phone pe bulaoge
naa sham ki karari chai labonse yuh churaoge

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In gods we trust - all others must pay cash.

 

Flame of the Forest

The best part about the office where I go to work nowadays is its accessible location and the fact that it’s in a relatively greener part of Sector V. There are beautiful Krishnachura and Radhachura trees lining the avenue – once, most of Salt Lake was like that with street after street shaded by colourful Jacarandas, Jarul, Shonajhuri and many other trees – now few areas remain the same since most of the trees have been cruelly felled in the name of development.

 

I’m not saying that we don’t need better infrastructure and definitely, a lot of structural development has to be done. However, at the rate at which trees are being cut and waterbodies being destroyed – we are blindly walking towards an ecological disaster. The wetlands near Sector V have been blithely encroached upon and large areas have been either filled in or taken over for dumping rubbish. Construction for behemoth office buildings, the Metro and various flyovers have resulted in a massive felling of trees. And even though the NDITA claims that they have replanted trees to replace the lost ones, we have seen no concrete evidence to that effect.

Raindrops

After days of scorching sun and intense heat, finally it rained in Kolkata!

Started raining late last night and continued till early morning. It’s been cloudy most of the day and there was a lovely Norwester gale a little while back… blissful!

Installation Art

Location: Local Hair Salon at Sector V

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bad day? Have heart... it can get sh*ttier! :-P

 

About Martha

The first thing you noticed was the face, a dead-white mask of anguish with black holes for eyes, a curt slash of red for a mouth and cheekbones as high as the sky. Even if Martha Graham had done nothing else worth mentioning in her 96 years, she might be remembered for that face. But she also made dances to go with it — harsh, angular fantasies spun out of the strange proportions of her short-legged body and the pain and loneliness of her secret heart.

Graham was far from the first dancer to rip off her toe shoes and break with the rigid conventions of 19th century ballet. America in the 1910s and '20s was full of young women (modern dance in the beginning was very much a women's movement) with similar notions. But it was her homegrown technique — the fierce pelvic contractions, the rugged "floor work" that startled those who took for granted that real dancers soared through the air — that caught on, becoming the cornerstone of postwar modern dance. Her methods are routinely taught today in studios the world over, but you need not have studied them or even have seen any of her dances to be influenced by them. They are part of the air every contemporary dancer breathes.

Born in 1894 in Allegheny, Pa., Graham moved with her family to California when she was 14. Three years later, she attended a Los Angeles recital by the dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis. It was the first dance performance of any kind that Graham had ever seen, and it overwhelmed her; in 1916 she joined Denishawn, the school and performing troupe that St. Denis co-led with her husband Ted Shawn. At 22, dangerously late for an aspiring dancer, Graham had found her destiny. After seven years with Denishawn, Graham moved to New York City and struck out on her own, giving solo recitals and eventually launching her own company, in 1929. To raise funds, she danced at the opening of Radio City Music Hall, modeled furs and later gave classes in which she taught such actors as Bette Davis and Gregory Peck how to move. (Richard Boone claimed that to die onscreen, he simply did a one-count Graham fall.)

Graham came decisively into her own in the '40s, turning out in rapid succession the decade-long series of angst-ridden dance dramas — enacted on symbol-strewn sets designed by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi and accompanied by scores commissioned from such noted composers as Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber — on which her reputation now chiefly rests. Cave of the Heart (1946), one of her many modern recastings of ancient Greek myth, contains a horrific solo in which the hate-crazed Medea gobbles her own entrails — perhaps Graham's most sensational coup de theatre and one recalled with nightmarish clarity by all who saw her bring it off.

"How do you want to be remembered, as a dancer or a choreographer?" Graham was asked by choreographer Antony Tudor. "As a dancer, of course," she replied. "I pity you," Tudor said. His words proved prophetic. In her prime a performer of eye-scorching power, Graham insisted on dancing until 1968, long after her onstage appearances had degenerated into grisly self-caricature.

Her wishes notwithstanding, it is not likely that Graham will be remembered as a dancer, at least not very clearly: films of her performances are scarce and mostly primitive. No more than half a dozen of her dances, most notably Cave of the Heart and Appalachian Spring (1944), her radiant re-creation of a pioneer wedding, seem likely to stand the test of time. The rest are overwrought period pieces whose humorless, lapel-clutching intensity is less palatable now that their maker is no longer around to bring them to life.

Did she invent modern dance? No, but she came to embody it, arrogantly and spectacularly — and, it appears, permanently."When the legend becomes fact," said the newspaper editor in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "print the legend." The legend of Martha Graham long ago became fact, just as her utterly personal technique has become part of the common vocabulary of dancers everywhere. "The center of the stage is where I am," she once said. It still is.

Terry Teachout in the New York Daily News

Read the complete article @http://www.time.com/time/time100/artists/profile/graham.html

 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Musings...

No low flying aircraft over the office building today. Missing the distinct rumble as each one passes and the peculiar animated reflections on the glass fronted building in front, before they gently dip behind the tall building afar with the crane on top.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

President Obama's Statement Announcing the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Following is the text of President Obama's remarks Sunday night announcing the killing of Osama bin Laden, as released by the White House:

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child's embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.


On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Al Qaeda -- an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we've made great strides in that effort. We've disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and Al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the C.I.A., to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against Al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been Al Qaeda's leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat Al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There's no doubt that Al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must -- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam. I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I've repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we've done. But it's important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who's been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to Al Qaeda's terror: Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who've worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it's the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America. 


Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/complete-text-of-obama-s-announcement-on-osama-102798?cp

Satyajit Ray's 90th Birth Anniversary

Maestro, thank you for bringing the wonder of Apu alive and into our lives.

Remembering you on your 90th.