Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Diwali

So proud that Yahoo! is celebrating Diwali on their home page.

No wishes from google though. Why doesn’t Diwali make their list? Next time they mark an occasion I will be sure to compare its significance to Diwali 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali to all. Hope the festival of lights brings joy, health and success to all.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Oh, I am so chuffed. Our very own moon mission!!! Finally!

Nanu is already wondering if he should broaden his horizons and include ISRO along with NASA in his list. Who knows…...

BARC na sahi, koi ISRO mein hi naam kama le…


Monday, October 20, 2008

Harriet Who ?

So.. I was watching this movie Atonement. (A good movie), and I went to IMDB to look into something and there was this name: Harriet Walter. Immediately, some bulb went off in my head, and I remembered Harriet Vane - Harriet Walter. Here is a link to do the same to your memories : http://www.geocities.com/gregorym101/bbcwimsey_tv_peth.html

Enjoy your trip down memory lane.

Cricketing joy

Yoohoo, Indian cricket is having its moment of glory. Hopefully we will actually win today.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Movies and music

You knew this was coming if you saw my facebook status. I mean, if something can move me enough to make it worthy of a facebook update, I owe it at least a blog entry. Here’s the background—Da and I are taking this evening course on International Films, where we are learning about Cinematic Storytelling techniques (based on a book of the same name by Jennifer Van Sijll). Interesting course and you’ll soon see a couple of our movie analyses up on this site.

These movies obviously have excellent soundtracks and one such movie we saw was “All About My Mother” (Originally Todo sobre mi madre) by Pedro Almod?var. You know, one of those, where the music constantly gives you goosebumps then continues to play in your head a couple days later.

So, I finally looked up the soundtrack for the movie and discovered the music of, appararently, a very famous African musician, Ismael Lo. Yea, a few months from now I might wonder how he was so obscure to me. Have a listen to one of the songs from the movie and see if it casts a spell on you too: http://www.last.fm/music/Ismael+Lo/_/Tajabone?autostart.

The Romani connection

Another movie we watched recently was “Time of the Gypsies”. This one’s a Yugoslavian movie based on the gypsies or romanis as they are also called. What amazed me was how much some of their words sounded like Hindi. It was hard to identify most of the words within the sentences but every now and then there’d be a distinct one between long enough pauses and the subtitle confirmed the meaning to be the same as my mind expected. For example, their counting went yek, dui, trin, something, pansh…and then their was a time where a girl said something very similar to “aank, muh, naak, sab” and the subtitle read “eyes, mouth, nose, everything”. There were also other words that I no longer remember.

At first, I thought the connection might be through Urdu. But my interest was piqued, so I searched and learned of their connection to the Indian people; relearned actually, since I now remember having discovered this earlier in relation to some genealogy reading I was doing at the time when I participated in the National Geographic Genographic project. Only this time it made more of an impression on me because I just wasn’t expecting a Hindi connection in a Yugoslavian movie. And Romani didn’t sound anything like a Latin derivative which we’ve long known to have connections with Sanskrit.

Here’s an interesting link about the language connection: http://www.journeyfolki.org.uk/HistoryCulture/HistoryLanguage/tabid/681/Default.aspx?PageContentMode=1 and another about the genealogical one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romani_people

Every day is Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day today, here's Boog making recycled paper! And Shoo's beautiful Earth Day poster from 2019!