Saturday, July 25, 2009

Of this and that.

I know not many people watch the Lok Sabha channel, but I do and it always turns out a surprise. Yesterday, it showed a documentary featuring the gorgeous Smita Patel, made in 60's in English! It was in black and white and captured the grecian features of the fiesty actress wondrously! Also, heard the remarkable first speech of Meenakshi Nataraj, a young Congress MP from Madhya Pradesh. She spoke in the National language and spoke brilliantly, without a pause or a glitch and I really think she will rise to great heights. Another speech which was outstanding was that of the fiery Sushma Swaraj, one of the best orators of modern India her speech on India's defence was quite something. Her clarity, diction and command over language is singularly unique. I do hope she address the UN one day as the ambassadress of our country.

Two of India's greatest musicians of the last century passed away this month, both from this side of the Vindhyas. Gangubai, the greatest of Kirana Garana, personification of the will power of the bygone generation and everyone's favorite didi left us. DK Patammal, the lone survivor of one of the greatest trinities of carnatic music along with MS Subbulakshmi and ML Vasantakumari passed away leaving behind one of the greatest legacies ever. One was a devadasi, another an orthodox brahmin housewife, each of them pioneers, each an inspiration. The saddest part was that the media coverage was shoddy, lackadaisical and uninspiring to say the least. I hope the government wakes up and awards them with the Bharat Ratna, it's not too late...yet!

What would Rakhi Sawant who looks like Rakhi Sawant and behaves like Rakhi Sawant do if she were reaaaly good looking say like an Ambika Anand/Nidhi Razdan? I shiver, I shudder!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A little bit of everything

I've been incredibly lethargic over the past few weeks and there is so much to write! Firstly had a faboosh trip to Chennai two weeks back. Had a blast with Sa and Mi, two of my fave bongs in the world! Also, at Landmark got two things I've wanted to for a long time now
- Toni Morisson, wanted to read her books for an year now. And, she writes amazing! absolutely and entirely.
- Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's rare AIR recordings. Now, you have to listen to it, to believe it. Got the monsoon ragas, so the range and clarity was better than what I've read.
Wanted to do a real post about the trip, but the time has passed for it so I shall not force myself.

Also, all this brouhaha about the monsoon and no rains is so cryptic. I mean, you bloody do everything in you power to destroy Nature and you expect her bounty? Chop trees, kill animals, encroach lakes and want a gift in return? Even stupidity has its limits breached.

Was at the fabulous Farooque Shaik's talk "Safar" this week. The man is so charming! Unhurried, classy and disarming. He speaks Hyderabadi hindi better than myself! Regaled every one present with his witty stories and really was a part of a memorable evening. It was no wonder that the show which was to last an hour, went on for three times of the intended time. One quirk was that I wanted to take his interview but the bossy Baig(who put together the show, didnt let me saying the time was less!) That I saw his Interview in a National Daily on Sunday needless to say, pissed me off majorly!

Lastly, if you havent heard the Agnee theme song for Splitsvilla-2, please do so. It is FAN-tastic.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

One thing you want

Was talking with Pt the other day and out of the blue I asked him the question, What is the one thing you want, right here right now....He told me what he wanted and I didnt answer him them, but the one thing I would really want is to be free. Not supercially nor egoistically, but free to be myself, free from any or all encumbering relationships and free from any support. To be alone, to stand alone, to feel alone and yet feel I'm complete. To think on my own, to act on my own, to stand on my own and to say that I am my own! Is it possible or will crutches be a part, I really dont know but the path seems really exciting. So many things you want and such less time to have all that you want!

Have you ever wondered about the one thing you want?