Personality

Kanoji Angre

There is no doubt about the fact that Shivaji was a great hero. Why I am saying was, he was, he is, and always will remain in the hearts of Indians. Some say he was Hindu king but that is not true. He looked upon his people without any discrimination. But the qualities I admire him for are his bravery, fearlessness and presence of mind. Otherwise, who can even imagine that any person who is in clutches of such a mighty emperor as Aurangzeb at Agra could make his escape good from a place which is thousands of miles away… Read More »Kanoji Angre

Putting the Elements in their Proper Places

Elements are entities of the matter which have different chemical and physical properties. Almost all the elements exist in the form of compounds in which different elements are joined in definite ratios and this ratio is always constant. Water is made up of 2 atoms of hydrogen element and 1 element of oxygen. No matter from where you collect the water, it shall have the same composition. But notwithstanding the differences, they form groups which are like the siblings. They are similar and dissimilar at the same time meaning that they follow a progression of physical and chemical properties. For… Read More »Putting the Elements in their Proper Places

Oh, Dr. Baba

There he is, standing out like a tree day and night, in the sun and rain, in the winter and autumn. He is bound to the stone and is thus in the shackles. While trees have roots and get nourishment from the earth and grow, he is rootless. He has been turned into a static unlike a dynamic entity he was when he was alive. Birds sit on his head, his shoulders and shit there.  A tattered garland made of synthetic flowers and ribbons hangs around his neck. He is so helpless that he can’t even remove that tattered garland… Read More »Oh, Dr. Baba

Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Master of Metaphor

In the Punjabi literature, the name of Shiv Kumar Batalvi stands out amongst the poets. He was the master of metaphor. He drew his metaphors from the rural life of Punjab, animals, birds, farming, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Guru Granth Sahib and the Patwaris and quarrels about the land. As with all gifted poets, he had keen eye to observe the life around him. This closeness to the soil may have been the due to of his father being the Land officer. His poetry expresses the anguish and helplessness of the downtrodden, oppression of the women in the male dominated society.  The… Read More »Shiv Kumar Batalvi: Master of Metaphor

Desires unfulfilled due to religious bigotry 

Guru Nanak, the first Guru and founder of Sikh religion, had two constant companions namely Bala and Mardana. Mardana played Rabab while Guru sang. He was a Muslim. Guru preached to the world love, compassion, and communal harmony. He also enlightened the people about the falsehood spread by some religious groups both Muslims and Hindus. It was all based on solid logic and illustrated through simple examples. The future generations of Mardana remained attached to the succeeding Gurus of Sikhs. Of them was Bhai Ghulam Mohammad Chand, who lived in Lahore Pakistan and breathed his last on 29th April 2015… Read More »Desires unfulfilled due to religious bigotry 

Nobel Prize Controversies 

This article pertains to October 2015. Nobel Prizes for this year are on. Already the prize for medicine has already been announced to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Tu Youyou on nature based medicines. Prizes in other categories will be announced one by one. There had been times when Controversies arose over the prizes. Following is the list of some controversial prizes. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Henry Kissinger Peace prize to Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, in 1973 is considered as the most controversial. Two members resigned from committee in protest. Milton Friedman Economics prize to Milton Friedman in 1076… Read More »Nobel Prize Controversies 

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

In Mahabharata, the longest epic, there were five brothers who were jointly called Pandavas. They represented the quintessential goodness and were the main players in the epic pitted against the Kauravas whose eldest brother Duryodhana hated them intensely and it was family feud which ended in the elimination of so many glorious persons. Each of five brothers has some unique quality. Bhimsen is said to have immense power and strength. Any person possessing the extraordinary strength is compared to Bhim. Then in India was a classical singer who was not only Bhimsen by name and but by his genius also.… Read More »Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Ethereal Whistling

When we were growing up, whistling was considered a bad habit. Many of the boys dared to attract the attention of young girls by whistling and invariably landed in trouble. But in many songs whistling has been so sweet that everyone likes to try it or at least enjoys it. Who can forget the whistling by Aamir Khan in the song  “Chaand Sifarish” from the Bollywood movie “Fannaa”. It totally dominates the whole song. In fact, the music director duo of this film Jatin-Lalit complemented the man who actually did the whistling and not without reason. In fact it is… Read More »Ethereal Whistling

Songs of Kuldeep Manak: Fragrance of Punjabi Soil

In North India particularly Punjab and Rajasthan, traditionally folk singers belonged to mostly Muslim communities. Foremost example is that of Mardana, the disciple of Guru Nanak, who played the Rabab when Guru sang the hymns of the God. He along with Bala were constant companions of the Guru and accompanied him on his sojourns far and wide. The tradition continued and many of the famous singers in Punjab claim to be the descendants of Mardana thorugh many generations. Also they have become so attached to Sikhism that from their outlook supporting the turban and beard, no one distinguishes them from… Read More »Songs of Kuldeep Manak: Fragrance of Punjabi Soil

Zul Vellani

A few days back, I was searching for clips of movie Siddhartha on the youtube. I found a few. The movie was directed by Conrad Rooks and the river features prominently in the story. The river is the best teacher tells the movie at many places. We should look towards it for peace of mind because it lives in the present. Today is everything because yesterday is gone now and tomorrow is unpredictable. The movie seems like sketches made by an artist with the boat being rowed by the characters on the river. It is like celluloid poetry. In one… Read More »Zul Vellani