FEAR IS THE KEY

I am fond of giving this example in my talks of a frog having fallen into a pit. A rabbit came there and cajoled the frog to come out of the pit by making all out efforts to do so. The frog just sat there at the bottom of the pit helplessly and resignedly. The rabbit motivated him with frequent shouts of “jump”, “yes you can”, “you can’t spend the […]

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HINDI SONGS DEPICTING IDEALS IN PREAMBLE TO CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY 2016 What exactly does the republic day signify? It is the day when the Indian constitution came into effect on 26 Jan 1950. The opinion expressed by an American Constitutional authority, Granville Austin, was significant. He said that the Indian constitution was “perhaps the greatest political venture since that originated in Philadelphia in 1787.” He described it as a “social document”. We should never forget that the […]

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A HUNDRED GHAZALS IN HINDI MOVIES – PART II

As I brought out in the introduction of ‘A Hundred Ghazals In Hindi Movies – Part I’, the ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in […]

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A HUNDRED GHAZALS IN HINDI MOVIES – PART I

The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in ancient Arabic poem in Arabia long before the birth of Islam. The term Ghazal is of North […]

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PHILOSOPHIES THAT MAY HELP YOU

At the end of the last year I wrote an article titled: ‘Debatable Philosophies of Life’. I gave you five of them that have become obsolete and don’t make sense anymore. You may be tempted to ask as to which are the philosophies that would help you. In this article, I have listed some that have helped me. Philosophy #1 Have a World of Your Own This follows naturally from […]

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CUT, CUT, CUT…..

You might think that the title of the article suggests a movie shoot and a burly man sitting on his canvas folding chair shouting these three words through a megaphone, in the manner of a Muslim man shouting to his third (or whatever number) wife, “Talaaq, talaaq, talaaq“. Well, you are as far away from what this post is about as you can get. This post is about the penchant […]

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WHY AND HOW DO I BLOG?

Mujhe kuchh kehna hai… Jorn Barger is around the same age as me. He coined the term weblog on 17 Dec 1997. Basically, during those days of surfing the net, logging the web would be to leave one’s own imprint on the web rather than merely accessing it. Barger’s weblog became a term to describe a novel form of web publishing. The term was shortened to blog by Peter Merholz […]

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FRIENDS, FRIENDS, EVERYWHERE BUT…..

Breathes there a man or woman who hasn’t read Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ with its famous line: ‘water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink’? I doubt it. The story of the sailor returning from a long sea voyage can be replicated, with hardly any variations, in the sea of social media and finally in the sea of life. You may have hundreds and even thousands of […]

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