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Rene Magritte, Post Structuralism and Silence of the Lambs
July 15, 2013

"Golconde", 1953 by Migrette

“Golconde”, 1953 by Migrette

The ‘Golconde’ was painted by great post-structuralist artist Rene Magritte in 1953. It shows us a lot of men. But it is not how we usually see men. Right? so, is this real representation of how men are?
This is where post structuralism has some insight to offer. Actually, there are no men in this painting. They are JUST PICTURES OF MEN, not men themselves. Thus, if men are not real men, why should they follow the rules of being men? (In this painting there are so many on and above the building) (more…)

Tu Mun Shudi
June 11, 2013

Amir Khusro

Tu Mun Shudi 

Mun Tu Shudam

Mun Tun Shudam, 

Tu Jaan Shudi

Ta Kas Nagwed Bad Azeen

Tu Deegram Mun Deegari

[ I have become you, and you me

I the body, you the soul

So none can say hereafter

you are are someone and I someone else ]

I have been humming all the day this beautiful Persian poem of Hazrat Amir Khusro, right after listening to A.R. Rahman‘s recent song with the same punch line from the film Raanjhna. Amir Khusro, a rare happening in the history of subcontinent, can put you into a trance of the Sufi world where you become one with the Lord.

I liked the way A.R.Rahman, the God of the Music, has composed this beautiful melody with gripping and infectious punch rhyme.
Hats Off to Amir Khusro. Hats Off ARR. Tu Mun Shudi…..Mun Tu Shudam….

How to understand a Bharat Natyam Concert
June 2, 2012

Bharata Natyam

Bharata Natyam is one of the four main classical styles in India. It developed from ritualistic dances performed in the past as offerings to the deities of Hindu temples and in a more sophisticated form in the courts by solo female dancers. (more…)

2011 review of my blog
January 3, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Still I am a proud atheist
October 21, 2011




Amir Khusro

Two out of five Gulzar songs, two out of five ARR compositions, two out of five devotional songs (if we count zihal e miskin as devotional; and still I am a proud atheist; really no one loves the God as an atheist does). 🙂
Read full post here: A musical ride: A journey from Amir Khurso to A. R. Rahman 

Anecdotes of Famous People
October 21, 2011

By  Brijinder Singh 

My bazurg friend,Mr.B.K.Madan had sent me the following anecdote:

The established heroes of the taday’s indian film industry command fabulous sums for their roles.aamir khan is reported to have signed a film for 5 crores. however in the early days of the film industry stars like prithviraj kapur, k.l.sehgal, kidar sharma, punkuj mullik, k.c.dey etc. were all paid employees of new theatres of calcutta. similarly were the stars of famous cine, bombay talkies, filmstan. Dilip Kumar also started as a paid employee of bombay talkies. (more…)

A very late note on M.F Husain
September 2, 2011

Zafar Imam

MF Hussain's aesthetic vision in Meenaxi

Eccentric Indian artist, painter and movie maker M.F Hussain died a few months ago. It is very late that I now write on him. It is because I only recently realized that he has really ‘died’… I did not feel his death as strongly as others felt the time when he died. (more…)