Bhrigu's question

कभी जो याद भी आता हूँ मैं तो कहते हैं के आज बज़्म में कुछ फ़ित्ना-ओ-फ़साद नहीं - मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब

Location: the valley, California, United States

Bay Area, Strategy Manager, Haas- U. C. Berkeley, Marathons

Monday, February 27, 2006

Proud Kannadiga

One reason I'm proud to be a Kannadiga. Bah, other Indians - try and top this.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Khumar Barabankvi

Video of Khumar Barabankvi reading his ghazal (in Aligarh) "ek pal meN ek sadii kaa mazaa hamse puuchhiye." Also, see the audios in that link. Thanks to Mohib sahib for the link through ALUP.


Kamlesh Pandey - dunce of the month

Kamlesh Pandey says in an interview:

Rang De Basanti may have a cynical point of view but I think it is the wake up call or today's youth, who seem to have compromised with the two monoliths- the corporate and the family, who shape your, who actually shape your mind and make you believe what they want you to believe", he states Kamlesh is happy that Aamir Khan has loved only two subjects in the last ten years- Sarfarosh and Rang De Basanti. "The way Aamir has accommodated himself so beautifully and dissolved himself in the group is to be seen to be believed.", Kamlesh chips in

Here he is, sermonizing on what the youth of India should or should not do. And he uses the engine of corporates to do so, and therein lies the irony. He gets an actor - Aamir Khan - a model who endorses Coca Cola, the product that is anathema to people who hate multinationals. His film is promoted in all channels, endorsements and runs well in America. But wait, guess who attempts to hinder his freedom of expression? Who attempts to "make you believe what they want to?"

Ans. The government! The representatives of the people. [The MiG21 episode. The Animal Welfare Board.]

Delicious irony there. Ha!

Maybe we should not take movies or movie makers very seriously.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Goodbye Wingco

Mythic Society will be that much poorer without you

Harvard sucks!

Outrageously funny video. How Yale students conned a Harvard crowd.

Monday, February 06, 2006

M.K. Gandhi quote

Quote from today's AWAD. One that the so-called followers of his philosophy (especially socialists) should take note of:
As the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Wing Cdr Mulky - R.I. P

Forwarding a very sad mail.

Wing Commander G.R. Mulky, 'Wingco' to all Bangalore quizzers, passed away early this morning. He was 82.

He had had a bad fall in December, suffering several rib-fractures. Complications brought on by his age kept him bedridden for the last few weeks, a cruel restriction for someone of his energy and independence. He slipped into a coma earlier this week and was granted rest today.

Those familiar with the quizzing scene in Bangalore will remember that Wingco had founded the Karnataka Quiz Association in 1983 in partnership with other enthusiasts and ran its affairs with great determination till the year 2000. He was similarly involved with the founding of Sursagar, a society devoted to promoting Indian Classical Music. Wingco was also actively involved in counselling activities for the old in association with the voluntary organisation Vishwas.

Wingco gave quizzing in this city the character that defines it to this day. We will miss him in more ways than are possible to name. When Ochintya and I visited him last, he managed enough lucidity in the midst of terrible pain to utter the words "Wherever we are, we
will be together." That moment, as well as several others, go today into the making of an evergreen memory.

Wingco's funeral will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. The quizzes announced for tomorrow will be held as originally scheduled. The first question will be asked at 10 a.m -- we can think
of no tribute more fitting.

Arul Mani

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Quiz - Mahabharata

I had helped a friend with his preparation for Mastermind India in the late 1990s. I have given hints here to make it simpler than it was for him.

1. Who were Jaya, Jayesha, Vijaya, Jayatsena and Jayabala.? [Hint: Think exile, Virata, disguise]

2. Abhimanyu was killed by a blow on his head delivered by Dushasana's son.However, he killed Duryodhana's son before this happened. What was Duryodhana's son's name? [Hint: Same name as a major character in Ramayana.]

3. Complete the series -Hiranyaksha & Hiranyakashipu. Ravana and Kumbhakarna. ____& ____? [Hint: One was forgiven 100 times by Krishna.]

4. Name the only Kaurava (among the 100 brothers) to have survived the war. [Hint: Name begins with the second last letter of the English alphabet]

5. Connect the Manhattan project to the Mahabharata

6. Shashi Tharoor based his "Great Indian Novel" after the Mahabharata. Who was modelled after Karna? [Hint: Karna was born with the mark of a crescent moon and star on his forehead. Think Indian independence movement.]

7. Everyone recalls that Hanuman adorned the flag of Arjuna. What adorned the flag of Karna {Hint: Same object as in the title of a Tintin comic set in the Far East.]

8. 1. What was the significance in Indian chronology of the day Abhimanyu's son Parikshit was anointed king? {Hint: Start of a time period in which we live today.]

9. Vikarna was one of the Kauravas. He did something unusual in court. He actually sided with the 'other side'. This was much before the war, in which he fought on the side of the Kauravas. What did he do in court? [Hint: Think last few scenes of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron scene with Satish Shah.]

10. Yayati and Sharmistha had three sons, Druhyu, Anudruhyu and _____ [Hint: Ancestor of the Pandavas and Kauravas]