Posted in Miscellaneous, Sports - General

Back on my feet

iMapMyRun: Sep 26, 2010 10:39 AM
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Doesn’t the map look cool? May be not.

Well, anyway – if the highlight of my last week was attending AR Rahman’s Jai Ho show at Silverdome, Pontiac, then the general theme of my week was getting back to running. I ran 4 times in the last 8 days – I haven’t improved my speed much. But it certainly feels good. This is a new app I have on iPhone which I tried using for my latest run.

Posted in Obama, Videos

Ignorance is not bliss

…especially when it comes to smear campaigns by  wing nuts on health care reforms and hundred other initiatives that the Obama government has undertaken since assuming office. It is quite unfortunate that Obama’s honest attempt to take a middle ground in all issues has left with him with less supporters on the left, which I thought was his passionate political base for his 2008 elections. Anyway, he still has 2 years to decide if he wants to continue to take the middle ground and get smeared by the Right wingers anyways..or choose a more radical (radical for American presidents as they all tend to be extremely conservative in their policies no matter where they stand on issues at a personal level).

This video puts things in perspective in case you have no clue what the new reform is all about – Honestly, I learned quite a bit from this video as like most of you, even I haven’t had a chance to read 1000s of pages of this bill.

And clearly this video is as objective as it can be – doesn’t take any political stand.

Posted in AR Rahman, Humor - General, On such things...

On Anthems, Theme songs and such things…

The enormity of tragedy that this CWG anthem has turned out to be, or to be specific has been made out to be, especially if you have been reading or watching certain media outlets of late, makes one do some kind of self introspection. I don’t mean the superfluous & the self-indulgent kind of introspection – The kind which makes one superimpose their present with the past with a what if scenario of a future state and arrive at a pathetic conclusion which is supposed to make one miserable. The kind I am referring to is a little easier on the palettes but harder on the tracts. And also the ‘one’ I am referring to here is the super patriotic Indian citizen who rises to the occasion when it is most needed. Take this incident for instance. CWG is after all one of the most prestigious sporting events and every true Indian should rightfully be looking forward to the anthem associated with such a prestigious event with bated breath, unblinking eye and most importantly with some really scathing & hurtful musical crtiquing sense.

So when the anthem was finally released a few days ago, I was surprised to notice that except  for a handful of media outlets, which carried the really strong views of some of these patriotic Indians, I was puzzled and disturbed heavily by the non-reaction of bulk of the Indian media, very importantly the ones from South India and also by the indifference shown by most of the usual music critics who normally pounce on any new music release like starving vultures. And believe you me, although those handful media outlets went all out as part of their campaign in painting a grim picture of the anthem and how much of an international disgrace this means to India..literally by even including certain really irrelevant & unrelated-to-CWG anthem programs , like “How much do you hate the music director who composed this?”, “What are the top 10 things you dislike in the man who through many unspoken acts has brought more laurels to India than any political leaders of the country in the last 5 decades?”, etc., it wasn’t enough proof to me why the reaction overall has been so inconsistent.

Which brings me to the original intent of this post – Self Introspection!

My introspection starts with the thought that I get goose bumps (ok..that was added to bring some dramatic effect) when I notice that some of these patriotic Indians have what it takes to bring out their hatred on one man at the right moment. You know..the exact right moment..The moment of course being – a year after the man being judged reached the perceived pinnacle of his movie music career and a month after the whole CWG financial scandal broke out. The moment has exposed many true hearts and minds. Those who showed their hatred by vilifying the musician at a personal level, are the real patriots, as they claim and as these outlets want us to know, because they know exactly what it means to have an anthem. Because they know what an anthem signifies and how a certain sound, a certain style could not & should not be an anthem, while a vague Latino samba style interspersed with heavy tones from African folk ringing Cameroonian military chorus would be just apt for a prestigious International event that India hosts. Because they are the best judges of music – especially of the anthem kinds & the theme song kinds.

I wonder since when Indians have become this patriotic on all the things that don’t particularly seem fair and square and why it takes an anthem to bring out what people really feel about a humble man who has redefined patriotism in a very unconventional but in a very powerful way, much more than most of of the 1.2 billion population could.

And I continue to introspect with another thought “All my life I have had a choice of love and hate…I have chosen love and here I am..”!

*** Links to my other posts on “such things” can be found here. ***

Note: The above is a satire and is not meant to offend anyone.

Posted in Humor - General

Anacoluthon (Word of the Week)

If I were to be asked to dish out an anacoluthon for you, then I would start off by saying, while it may be true that an intentional hypocrisy of the highest order continues to pervade the minds of a despicable few (those who call themselves the neoconservatives, and who hallucinate that they are the one and only ones anchoring their feet around the pillars of this country’s foundation with an extreme passion that fibrillates through their skin pores every second of the day that a clock clicks), it may be worth noting, for the trivia thirsty turks out there, in case they didn’t know already (yes, those who scrupulously tiptoe to their living rooms at 2 AM, hyper ventilating (due to the lack of an intravenous tube feeding trivial questions to their nerdy nerve cells while they closed their eyes to rest their brains), to precipitously turn on their computers to play the next category of the incomplete trivia game they started earlier in the evening) that these despicable few are no different from those who have been corrupting the minds of millions by feeding fear at freewill for centuries by affiliating themselves with the Grand Old Party of America.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a ‘word’ every week!