Posted in My Music

Far Away

“At least then, we were under one command. Now, we are being controlled by several commands. Everyone wants to go after each’s not good at all”..

This is really not an anti-war sentiment or a statement. I think it comes out of this individual’s heart truthfully and it reflects the ground reality in Iraq, clearer and truer than what Bush and McCain would like to project.

“The surge is working”!

May I ask, what is the definition of working? Did you read about the sudden convergence of troops in Basra where more than 80% of Iraq’a oil wealth is? You know why?? Because there is continuing and increasing violence there the past few days.

4000 US troops’ and probably 400,000 Iraqi lives have been displaced. Can you argue that this 4000 is more precious than that 400,000? Sweden alone has more than 20,000 war refugees from Iraq..and they are trying to block more from entering the country.
The real surprise for me though is that there is still some nincompoop & utterly ignorant American public, that buys the sales pitches of the Bush/Cheney/McCain government.

Five years, $5000/second war cost, 4000 US troops, 400000 Iraqi lives, Shattered country and insurgency boiling point!!

I tried to speak to the unknown Iraqi out there, through this song..In some ways, you can call it “Part 2” of “Dream On“, which I wrote in 2003 after the invasion.

I am calling it “Far Away”..″

Here are the words..

Far Away..Far away…Your dreams are..
So far Away..Your hopes are..
In a frightful moment, the stage is twisted..
Agonizing days and weeks and months to follow..
Far away..

Who is helping you my friend?
We aren’t – we know we want to..
Empty bombshells and burning wells around you..
Empty bottles and glowing pride around me..

Wish I had the courage..
I wish I had it to salvage your life..

So Far away..

All the things you have lost..
There just isn’t a way I can pay off..
All the things you have lost..
There just isn’t a way I can pay you..
Call me for any help..
There just isn’t a way I can assure you…

So far away..

Posted in Miscellaneous

The other side is watching..

The art of plagiarizing movie story lines, scene settings, camera angles, facial expressions and even dialogue translations from a non-Indian language (read it as Hollywood) and creating a movie that is thus so unoriginal, as something original & creative, has been practiced in India for 75 years – or as long as Indian movie industry has been alive. Well, that probably would have been ok if the due credits had been given to the original creators.

And may be finally, the art will take a beating for what it’s worth. I read about a recent NPR marketplace story which saw under the hoods of this nasty practice that has become so commonly accepted in the industry (mostly in Bollywood). This just shows that someone is finally taking notice.
But again, will the likes of Sony Pictures and other Hollywood production houses getting into the Indian market and the economics around their business, impact them taking any IPR action against these copy cats? The hope is that this awareness will eventually discourage all these copycats to stay away from illegal plagiarizing. For better or for worse, we can expect some some changes in the Indian movie scene.
When it comes to the music scene, an one man army called Karthik, has managed to stir the hornet’s nest, the right way and in a very healthy way. The fact that his website gets a mention in NPR is noteworthy and certainly he deserves all the credit he can get. Again, such forums will only eventually force the Pritams of Bollywood, to stay locked inside their studios, till they hit a few original notes on their own and string them together.
The other side is finally waking up and has begun watching…!
Posted in Cricket

Wins and Weeds

Now that India has the won the CB championship convincingly, it is imperative for those who claimed when the whole ugly Sydney test episode shed its nakedness to the outside critics world, to harp on a banal argument wagon – “Told you so – we shouldn’t have asked to pull out. We should prove our grit & determination and the best response we can give for brandishing Team India’s image, is through our on-field performance!”. What if we didn’t win the CB championship? How would these arguments be?

It is amazing how the Australian media and the Australian cricket playing fraternity have managed to hold on to an issue & continuously enhance the “obnoxious weed” image around Harbhajan. Well. The series is over now and it has been a triumphant run indeed. But something has got to be done about the insulting cricket form that the Australian cricket seems to have taken, quite steadily both on and off the field.

Dhoni is an amazing captain. Even though, I didn’t watch a single game, from what the experts say, Dhoni proved beyond doubt that he has some unique leadership qualities that will let him define his reign in a unique way. Let us hope that consistency prevails in Indian cricket and that the shameful commercializing of the game in the form of IPL franchises do not bring about any changes in team India’s spirit. I am not against IPL. I think it is a good idea but it has taken a very American professional sport franchise form and that is what I dislike.

Well done boyz!