| 2009 | January

  • Orhan Pamuk: a true hero of our times!

    The first Turkish national who comes to my mind is Orhan Pamuk. I think he is the greatest Turk of the present age and one of the greatest Turks of all time! Yes, this post is about Ferit Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize winning Turkish novelist and professor of literature. He is one of Turkey’s…

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  • Is there a new idea for India ?

    After all India was formed out an idea. An idea of freedom from the British. India now needs a new idea. Having been formed, what could keep it going ? Democracy was a great idea, but after over 60 years of independence 80% of India’s population does not have any of the basic fundamental rights…

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  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)

    Human Mind is beautiful, and this is about one such mind. An extra-ordinarily Beautiful Mind. When this movie came out in 2001, it bagged 4 Oscars. It was obvious that the reason Russell Crowe (John Nash) was not given the Best Actor Award was only because he received the same award the year before for…

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  • God’s own music

    I have not heard any recent music and have experienced a surreal spiritual soothing experience. I use the word spiritual as it is the closest to describe the listening experience or because I may not know what it is exactly.. I have seen many creators do their best work when they are young and their…

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  • Open letter to Mr. President Barack Obama on Sri Lanka

    Please facilitate for the “Will of the People to speak”. Please facilitate for the “Will of the People to speak” to bring Change for the Tamils. March 25, 2009 Your Excellency, President of USA, Mr. Barack Obama:   This letter is to request you to conduct a UN sponsored referendum in the Tamil-inhabited areas of…

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  • Benny Lava – the Western reincarnation of Prabhu Deva

    How can something that started as a possible  mockery of Indian dance moves become an internet phenomenon and eventually create a cult following for Prabhu Deva in the Western World? The name Benny Lava comes from Sutton’s dubbing of the Tamil lead line “Nilaavo?” as “Benny Lava!” (original meaning: Is it the moon?”. The video led…

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  • The Indian Prime Ministerial candidates?

    The following people have openly announced/nominated or have secretly spelled their interest in being our next Prime Minister. 1. Manmohan Singh 2. Advani 3. Mayavati 4. Sharad Pawar 5. Ram Vilas Paswan 6. Jayalalitha However, after the election – no one citizen of India can say for surety who he voted for the prime minister…

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  • Hungry Hearts by Sohaila Charnalia

    Written by guest writer Shekhar Kapur Ok, so we tend to get a little patronizing about our own family members, especially when that person happens to be your younger sister. You kind of tend to pat them on their back and treat them like a child and then look back at your life and realize…

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  • Ragging – Right and Wrong

    I read the news about the ragging death of an young student Aman who died on Sunday after being ragged & allegedly beaten up by few seniors at a Medical college in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The news infuriates me. Father of the ragging victim at sons cremation Why is this important? After…

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