Sunday, March 27, 2011

Urge for going

A powerful play by Mona Mansour about Jamila and her Palestinian family stuck in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Of Gods and Men

One of the most powerful and mesmerizing pictures to date.. A story about 8 Trappist Monks in a North African Monastery are pressurized by Islamist elements and the government to leave.


The country foundered in a state of terror, with beheadings, throat-slashings and large-scale massacres an almost daily feature of life. These grim circumstances provide the setting for “Of Gods and Men,” a beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent new film by the French director Xavier Beauvois.

Though it takes place in the recent past, “Of Gods and Men” has an unmistakably timely resonance, evoking as it does both the messy wars on terror and the rebellions currently convulsing North Africa and the Middle East. And yet while it takes pains to be historically authentic, the film, closely based on the true story of a group of French Cistercian Trappist monks caught up (and ultimately killed) in the violence, also keeps an eye on less worldly, temporal concerns.

Cricket and South Asia

All about Cricket!
From 3QD


Cricket is emblematic of South Asia. It distinguishes the region qua region from almost anywhere else – East Asia, West Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe. So at this time when three of the four teams in the World Cup semifinals are South Asian, it is opportune to wrap some thoughts about risk, strategy and design in the metaphor of cricket.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

thought for today

When you have a problem to solve, instead of turning over in your head all the possibilities, all the consequences, all the possible things one should or should not do, if you remain quiet with an aspiration for goodwill, if possible a need for goodwill, the solution comes very quickly. And as you are silent you are able to hear it.
When you are caught in a difficulty, try this method: instead of becoming agitated, turning over all the ideas and actively seeking solutions, of worrying, fretting, running here and there inside your head - I don't mean externally, for externally you probably have enough common sense not to do that! but inside, in your head - remain quiet. And according to your nature, with ardour or peace, with intensity or widening or with all these together, implore the Light and wait for it to come.
In this way the path would be considerably shortened.


- The Mother [CWMCE, 9:423-24]

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan

No time for grief as Japan struggles under the triple whamy of earthquake, tsumami and nuclear diaster.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saif al-Quaddafi

A brilliant analysis about the contradictions within Saif, Muammar's son in Libya.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Certified Copy


A poignant new film by Abbas Kiarostami starring Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. Shimell is a man who does not see beyond his own head and lives inside of it most of the time. Binochet is a woman of the world juggling her career and son. The movie is a journey of their trip through the Tuscan countryside. I liked his one line about we are two stuck in our ways to make any compromises now. The dialoges are powerful and reflected portraits of a middle aged marriage gone wrong. This along with Blue Valentine have cast a devastating blow to the illusion and institution of marriage.

Friday, March 04, 2011

at the crafts museum

 
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Himachali Singers

 
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urli

 
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Blocks

 
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boys waiting outside

 
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window

 
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km

 
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Lodhi

 
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Athpula

 
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Cricket

 
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please line up

 
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Aish

 
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Santanam

 
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in thought

 
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kabir

 
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Hanuman story

 
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cake

 
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with Bari mama

 
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another bday celeb

 
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cousins

 
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estatic

 
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Reading Comprehension

Daniel Willingham