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After 823 yrs, 5 weekends this July

This July will be a little different. In fact, it is going to be a July that comes once in 823 years and bring cheer to those who look forward to weekends. July 2011 will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays and numerologists and astrologers say such a July is rare, as rare as once in 823 years.

But, despite being rare, it may not have too much of a numerological significance for people, says numerologist Sanjay Jumani. “It will just be fun to have more weekends as the month will have five Saturdays, five Sundays and of course five Fridays,” he pointed out. Astrologer Ajay Bhambi, too, said it was a mathematical rarity in the calendar but people should not assume there was any astrological significance.

When pointed out that Feng Shui experts predict the month lucky for people to earn money, Jumani said, “In fact this year, as I had predicted, has been expensive right from the beginning. It will be expensive even till the end. There is nothing special to more Sundays, Saturdays and Fridays. Just enjoy the weekends.”

Greenstone Lobo, another astrologer, also agreed that having more weekends does not mean any astrological affect as it is not related to planetary movement. But Lobo said the month will be good for people in India after three months of inflation, social and political upheavals. “Over the last three months venus and mars were in conjunction. This planetary phase has now ended on June 30 last month and hence going to be a very good month after a long gap,” he added, pointing out that weekends would be more enjoyable.
—- Chittaranjan Tembhekar, TNN | Jul 3, 2011, 01.05am IST

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Power of a Lie

Absurdity is not a handicap in politics – Napoleon
A lie can travel can travel halfway around the world while truth is putting on its shoestrings. – Mark Twain

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Control of your feelings

Why let others dictate the way you feel?
If you do not feel insulted, who can ever insult you?
If you are not hurt, who has the power to hurt you?
 Vinita Dawra Nangia
Let ‘Butter’ sense prevail!”
TimesLife, Sunday Times, April 24, 2011

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But I Still Know

“A dedicated sculptor creates beautiful idol to adorn a temple’s tall gopuram. At the final stage, he notices a very minor flaw in his work. At once he puts the piece aside and starts working on a fresh piece of the stone. His friend comments: “Who is going to notice this flaw in the idol, whwn it is installed at that height!” The sculptor replies:
“But I still Know.”

That is the measure of true, deep-down, punishingly strict honesty. The fact – that “I know”.

Indeed the most difficult time to be honest is when nobody is watching or when nobody would know any better. True test of character is when you are naked with yourself and you compromise under any circumstances.

This path is exacting and tests many.

Extracted from
“Would you like to walk like Sachin?”
“O-zone” by Vinita Dawra Nagia
-TimesLife! – Sunday Times, April 3, 2011.

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The Objective of the Organization and effect of availibility of resources

My this piece of writing is provoked by the article by Shri Jagdish Bhagwati – “The ‘real’ truth behind Yunus’s Grameen Story” – in ToI, Delhi, 27th March’11.
One very pertinent observation in the article is about success of an NGO, in spite of full control of some kind of statutory regulatory mechanism. The second is about success without any ‘foreign’ aid.
My personal opinion, obviously not that of one who has detailed knowledge of inside working of any NGO, is that unless an NGO is under the control of persons ‘truly dedicated’ to the cause [ alternative hypothesis – run by (so called) professionals], the NGO commences to lose its original direction of purpose sooner in its life time.
In any case, when the organization has rather abundance of resources to achieve its objectivesyaa, the organizations have been observed to lose its long-term competitive survival efficiency and effectiveness.
Extravagant [non-value] operating styles, practices bordering to unethical standards, persona-dominated decision-making practices etc. – all the non-desirables for a long-term (original)-purpose-driven, whether Government or Private Commercial or Non-Profit NGO, set in, leading to the ultimate ruin of the original organization. And, along with that the original philanthropic or business purpose.
What is left out to the society is – both financially and spiritually – corrupt hollow shell, which you are neither not able to throw out nor able to live with.
Without any aspersion to individuals or the organizations or the circumstances, some examples, relevant to the core of my present opinion, come up to mind are: Naranda Bachao Andolan, Sadvichar Parivar, Osho Movement.
Whilst on the subject, one more area which comes up in my continuing thought process is the pitched battles of environmental concerns versus local-natural-resource-based-industrialization. Certainly, both sides have, mostly and many times, valid points of views. It is also becomes a matter of Hobson’s choice – industry can come there only because that is where the natural resource is and if it does, environmental balance as well as very livelihood of the local human and natural populace is going to be adversely affected.
Fortunately, Shri Jayram Ramesh,the present Union Minister in charge of the Ministry concerned with these aspects has all credentials to put The Right Practice of Evaluation in place, for the present as well as for the posterity.
I wish the current generation will be able to write a chapter in the history of industrialization of India which will stand the scrutiny of the future standards.

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The Power of Unintentional effect(s)

Last week I happened to read a book by Shri R. Gpalkrishnan – ‘……. The bonsai manager’.
The book has very succinctly narrated the impact of ‘inintentional effect’. The author has very aptly taken up the ‘poltico-constitutional implementation strategy’ of propagating Hindi as National Language a very effective example to explain this concept. Since the implementation strategy, probably, did not take into account all factors, the ill-effect on Southern States was so grave that nation had reached the brink of being permanently divided. But same Hindi was lapped through the medium of Hindi movies, since the prime motive was not that of promoting Hindi. But, the popularity of Hindi cinema, as much as those of the regional cinema [ a product which was competing, but was not appearing to or being promoted to compete, did, in fact, make Hindi , if not popular, acceptable as a language. This was the power of inintentional effect.
Incidentally, I saw a Hindi movie today, which had the similar potential power to create a permanent lasting impression – hence sparking the process of much necessary overhaul of socio-judiciary reforms.
In movie ‘Jaago – Directed by Mehul Kapoor , 2004 – a simply stated, but very high potential inintetional impact – has been placed through an underworld king – ‘The [common] man will not have trust in the Judiciary till the justice is not delivered in as much time as it takes to commit the crime’.
Unfortunately, the movie has not met with the commercial success. Hence, alas, such a powerful dialogue is also lost in layers of anonymity, unlike the getting the famous glory of Gabbar Singh dialogue of Sholay or Raj Kumar dialogues of Waqt or Pakeezah.
With this, I now recall some of the very strong message Hindi movies – Raj Kapoor’s Shri 420, Aawara, Jaagte Raho, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Baheti Hai, No One Killed Jessica, Dhoop, Amitabh starrer Paa etc.
Imagine the scenario where individuals and organizations engaged in the larger public-welfare fields of social, political, judicial, economic reforms use such powerful inintentional media to further their [planned / intentional ] cause of creating a lsting impression on the minds of the target audience with a view to create either a permanent change or to ignite a spark of the change process!

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Plagiarism or Creative Plagiarism or ‘Inspired’ Creation

Almost all music directors of ‘golden era’ of Hindi Film Music have been, to a varying degree, accused of plagiarizing! Whether, by design or by chance, their either ‘best’ or very popular compositions are being claimed to be [so called] ‘plagiarized’.

The factual truths have always been in the hotly debated grey zone of “Plagiarism or Creative Plagiarism or ‘Inspired’ Creation”.

Many articles have been written on the subject in the past, quite a few of them have been to enlighten the subject quite effectively, both in terms of the typical tendencies of the respective music director or exact classification of the specific composition into one of the three tags.

I will add to the great debate, after having listened to the posting   ‘Songs_in_Raag_Bhairavi_with_Lata_ji_and_Shankar_Jaikishen’  on Youtube.

This video has assembled first the original tune – by legendary Arab chanteuse Aasmahan [1018-1944], which was so creatively adapted to ‘Ghar Aaya mera pardesi’ of Awara (1951), but set to our classic Bhairavi. The video clip then adds more Bhairavi gems of the duo – ‘Kisi ne apana – Patita (1953), ‘Main Piya Teri – Basant Bahar (1956), title song of ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai’ (1960), Khushiyon Ke Chand muskarayere – Mayur Pankh (1954).

If this be Plagiarism or Creative Plagiarism or ‘Inspired’ Creation, who cares!

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New Year 2063

Today was indeed a remarkable beginning of a new year!

Another nucleus family of VAISHNAVs – my uncle, Jandardanbhai’s family has been with us today, and so is Tadatmya for this Diwali. He is at home after 8th Diwali.

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E-meeting place

I create hereby an E-meeting place where I intend to share my views on the topics that I read or see or listen to.

I intend to make this place my blog where I would place my writings that essentially will be new hobby to utilize my leisure times, more seriously, more professionally.