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Fanaa

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Saw Fanaa, a Hindi movie with Kajol and Aamir Khan, and I thought it rocked!
The dialogue was all Shahiri, in the first half, with Aamir charming Kajol and Kiran Kher and her husband Rishi Kapoor romancing each other delightfully with words. Kajol looks radiant and gorgeous with the camera staying focused on her vivaciousness through most of the movie. It was mostly shot in Delhi, Lodhi Gardens, Red Fort, Purana Kila, Juma Masjid. And the Kashmir portion was shot in Poland. I guess it was considered too dangerous to shoot a movie while the army and the militants fight it out in real time, in Jehan (paradise). Shahjahan’s words were quoted “agar duniya me jehan hai, yehi hai, yehi hai, yehi hi jehan hai”(if there is a paradise on this earth it is here, it is here)

The second half was serious, dealing with issues of nationalism, terrorism, nuclear triggers, Kashmir, the Army and the militants. Fanaa which means annihilation dealt with militancy in Kashmir. And how the terrorists wanted t…

Wole Soyinka

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Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, charismatic, slim, with curly white hair. He was a Nobel winner for literature, and has just published his memoirs You must set forth at Dawn. He spoke recently at Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was broadcast on Book TV. He used his book release to talk about the Janjweed militias in Sudan and how they were changing the demography of Africa by ethnic cleansing.

Janjweed are the hooded horse riders of Arab Muslim ethnicity, in league with the government who have been terrorizing African men, women and children in Western Sudan in the Darfur region. They are attempting to displace the African tribes living their. The Sudanese government has not done much to stop the violence, rape and pillaging. Janjawed have come into existence through the politics of Sudan and the Arab league Tajurma el Arabi a concept promoted by Colonel Mohammed Gaddafi of Libya. The arab league has not denounced these violent people and no action has been taken to stop them.…

Get a life by Nadine Gordimer

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Just finished reading a powerfully beautiful book Get a life by Nadine Gordimer.
Nadine Gordimer was born in South Africa in 1923, and has written 29 books. She was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The writing is spectacular, the depth of human emotions towards illness, death and intimacy are analyzed with a light touch. The story begins with Paul Bannerman being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Due to the radiation that he has had to undergo, he is isolated in his parent's house for fear of contamination. Gordimer describes him as “Literally Radiant”. He is served his food by Primrose the black housekeeper, who does not take a leave of absence to protect herself from radiation, but stays on and takes care of him and everyone else in the household.

The Telegraph'sDaniel Swift has analyzed the work very well.

Paul "radiates unseen danger to others from a destructive substance that has been directed to counter what …

a closer peak

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was the woman's midriff and arm supposed to be cutt off?

above the addidas store in soho

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a closer look

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calvin klein jeans

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interesting no jeans in the add, but lots of sextual innuedo

a mobile work of art

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sisters

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am i cutest while i blow spit bubbles?

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dress codes in Indian Universities.

Some Indian Universities want to institute dress codes but only for women.

"Anna University is the only higher-education institution in India with a strict dress code, but the idea has gained supporters across the nation."

Last June the dean of University of Delhi's Kirori Mal College blamed "revealing dresses" for inciting the off-campus gang rape of a student from northeastern India. He said northeastern students — perceived by some as more Westernized than students from other parts of India — should wear salwar kameez to prevent rapes.

In February, Farah Aziz Khanum, a graduate student at Aligarh Muslim University, told reporters she was receiving death and rape threats from other students at the university because she wears T-shirts and jeans on the campus. . . . She complained to the vice chancellor, who, she says, did not initially take any action and asked her not to tell anyone about the threats. . . . When Ms. Khanum decided to make her case public, she …

Abida Parveen Jaan-e-Khusrau

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Her trademark hair in wild abandon, her Ajrakh burgandy and blue chunni and her voice belting out the music she loves has been a highlight for years now in Delhi at the Jaan-e-Khusrau festival usually held at Purana Kila.

Below is a short interview with her by Outlook Magazine

Does Delhi seems like home?

Let me share a secret with you. I adore the fact that Indians are all dargahis and have an intense inclination towards God in some way or the other. Believe me, not every nation is fortunate to have this blessing.

You’re a busy artist. It must be a special event to come here every year?

It is. It’s Allah’s command and hence my ‘calling’.

What is it about sufi music that brings people together?

Sufi is often misunderstood as a genre. Don’t we all communicate with God in some way or the other? It could be poetry for some. For me it’s the strains of music
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Arundhati Roy interviewed by Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman: Today, we spend the hour with acclaimed author and activist Arundhati Roy. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, was awarded the Booker Prize in 1997. Since then, Roy has devoted herself to political writing and activism. In India, she is involved in the movement opposing hydroelectric dam projects that have displaced thousands of people. In 2002, she was convicted of contempt of court in New Delhi for accusing the court of attempting to silence protest against the Narmada Dam project. She received a symbolic one-day prison sentence.

She has also been a vocal opponent of the Indian government's nuclear weapons program, as she is of all nuclear programs around the world. Arundhati Roy has also become known across the globe for her powerful political essays. In June of 2005, she served as chair of the Jury of Conscience at the World Tribunal on Iraq in Istanbul.

AG:What does it feel to be back in the United States? A different perspective on the world from here.

AR: W…

parakeet with woman

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a family of radio active cherries

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scary cherry

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is this what genetically modified food is going to look like?

cherries gone berserk

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cherries that are deformed

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$15 for 15 minutes massage

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want a massage

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amsterdam avenue street fair

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a closeup of a beautiful child

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a cutie pie

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a moment of serenity

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Save Nazanin

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Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi. She's an 18-year old Iranian who has been sentenced to death. For stabbing a man to death. Because he and two other men were trying to rape her and her niece.

If they'd succeeded, she could have been subject to prosecution for extra-marital sex.

Her case is being reviewed by the Iranian Supreme Court this week.

Things you can do:

Help spread the story about Nazanin! Tell everyone you know, family, friends and others who might be interested. Direct them to
this web page and ask them to take action for Nazanin.
http://save.nazanin.googlepages.com/home

Contact newspapers, TV-channels, blogs and other media and ask them to report this story.

US residents can contact local or national media via NOW.

Write the Iranian government or the Iranian embassy of your country , and demand that Nazanin's death sentence is commuted immediately. Read more.

Contact politicians/representatives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country and ask them to pressure Ira…

Mixed Messages

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Vijay Seshadri, Amitav Ghosh and Amardeep Singh from left to right 

I attended S.A.W.C.C.’s (south Asian women's creative collaborative) kickstart to their weekend program of Mixed Messages. The readings were by Amitav Ghosh, from his recent non fiction book Incendiary Circumstances, Vijay Seshadri from his book Long Meadow: Poems. It was moderated by Amardeep Singh, Professor of English at Lehigh University. Sara Suleri was supposed to be their as well, but did not show.
The program started with a reading by Amitav and Vijay. Amitav read his obituary to Agha Shahid Ali, titled “The Ghat Of The Only World” and read out one of my favorite poems by him. I think I like it so much because it reminds me of Faiz’s poetry. This poem is about Kashmir and the relationship of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) with Kashmiri Muslims.

At a certain point I lost track of you.
You needed me. You needed to perfect me:
In your absence you polished me into the enemy.
Your history gets in the way of my memory.
I…

a day in the park

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and disturb the geese and their new borns

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