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FIFA Word Cup 2010

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The Word Cup has begun and we already have tweets, status updates and text messages and news analyzing each match. I’ve been googling for a picture which can represent a true African spirit. I had two pics competing against each other to get posted on my blog, but I chose this one.

 

Waving the flag 

Photograph Courtesy: Boston.com

Blood Brothers

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Hi, watch this awesome video. Exactly three years ago, I loved listening to this video and I still do. Do you have a similar story?

If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die comfortably.

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Watch a video clip of the Academy award winner movie, ‘The Hurt Locker’.

Thoughts on Quotes

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The quest for finding new, tricky and amazing thoughts was continued during my childhood and thankfully, still I have that quest. I would like to give you an accumulation of all Thoughts. That said, I don’t want to force you to inspire yourself or make a story out of it, rather I want you to read, just read.

Here is that Collection! Most of them are very inspiring, amazing and certainly, not boring.

1.   As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. — Einstein

2.  If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him. –Voltaire

3.  The secret of walking on the Water is in knowing where the stones are….

4. Truth is never traditional and tradition is never true. Tradition belongs to the crowd and truth belongs to individual Inquirers. — Osho

5.  Money is not everything but make sure you have enough before making such a foolish statement.– Bill gates

6. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. — Vivekananda

7. All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. — Buddha

8. I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. — George S. Patton

9. Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.”

10. It doesn’t matter if a student looks as sour as a lemon. You get lemonade by squeezing them. — Antti Allén

11. Most of the time I don’t have much fun. – The rest of the times, I don’t have any fun at all. — Woody Allen

12. My work is done. Why wait?
— George Eastman,  the founder of Kodak, in his suicide note

13. It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
–Ronald Reagan

14. TV is chewing gum for the eyes. — Frank Lloyd Wright

15. I find funny and silly the pompous kind of self-important talk about the artist who takes risks. Artistic risks are like show-business risks—laughable. — Woody Allen

16. If there’s ever a problem, I film it and it’s no longer a problem. It’s a film.
— Andy Warhol

17. Comparisons are odious. — Buddha

18. I don’t like uniforms. I don’t like people abdicating their identity to become part of some group, and then becoming obsessed with this and making capital of it. — John Simon

19. Advice and instruction have always fascinated me, partly because of their pathos—so little is transmitted in any given instance of advice or pedagogy. — Robert Pinsky

20. A leader is a dealer in hope. — Napoleon Bonaparte

21. Those are my principles. If you don’t like them I have others. — Groucho Marx

22. A certain degree of physical harmony and comfort is necessary, but above a certain level it becomes hindrance instead of help. Therefore the ideal of creating an unlimited number of wants and satisfying them seems to be a delusion and a snare. — Mahatma Gandhi

23. If you don’t use your head, it will become a burden on your neck. — Pastor Paul Amoako

24. The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist. — Rabindranath Tagore

25. Let us endeavor to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. — Mark Twain

26. I’m a patient of passion.

27. Don’t be so humble, you are not that great. — Golda Meir to a visiting diplomat.

28. We’re a generation of men raised by woman. I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer we need. –Fight Club

29. ‘Mr. Murphy, what attracts you to the leisure industry?’  In a word: pleasure. It’s like, my pleasure in other people’s leisure. –Trainspotting

30. What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss? –No country for old men

From ABCD to FOB: A Summer Humbling and a Closer Look at the Rhetoric of Labeling

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Via Muneezeh Kabir at Nazar:

Much has been written, said and discussed over Indian Diaspora living abroad, especially in US and UK. You will also find many fictions and non fictions in this category. By reading Vikram seth to Salman rushdie to Kiran desai to Jhumpa lahiri, you will learn a lot from their Novels, as each has its own established and unique taste for every reader. This time I have an Article originally written for a magazine named ‘Nazar’ by Muneezeh kabir. Let’s take a look at her profile:

An activist, feminist, and proud Bangladeshi, Muneezeh Kabir is a second year student at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in English Honors and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She is Co-Director of the UT Women’s Resource Center and Producer of The Vagina Monologues as well as Organizer of the campus V-Day Movement.

Here is that Article which will give you an amazing feel and hunger to read more.

Though a single word could never do it justice, my summer can best be described as unexpected. An internship at the National Accounts division of the nation’s second largest trash Company may not immediately elicit perceptions of severe culture shock and a Desi rebirth, so to speak, but don’t worry—I’m getting there. I re-entered the waste world after a year’s hiatus.

My internship the previous summer was fairly mundane. In between phone calls to third party haulers was the occasional coffee run punctuated with the latest break room gossip—hardly eventful. This summer, though, I was immersed in Patel Nation and baptized by the Gujarati brand. I walked into the office with what I’m told is a hint of a Southern drawl with Chicago-style pronunciation, but seldom was English spoken around me, much less to me. The linguistic clamor of Hindi and Gujarati hit me about the same time as the smell of fresh dhokla1 being opened in the neighboring cubicle. I was very perplexed by what I’d dubbed “Little India” in my mind. With the latest Bollywood songs blaring from their headphones and with the constant exchange of one spicy snack for another, I was mesmerized. Besides mentally noting their cluster of desks as “Little India,” I’d also done them the disservice of grouping their characters as one. I readily assumed that they’d all done their schooling in India then came to the States for college, that they were all strict vegetarians that they could all banter fluently in their mother tongue. But the minute I mentioned I like Sonu Nigam and someone accused me of not really knowing who that was, I realized the misjudgment was mutual. I was offended, to say the least. Did my birth certificate and accent really make me so different? I too was raised on Zee TV, Shan masala, and Maaza juice. My parents sent me to Sunday school to learn about Allah and His prophet and dance practice to learn traditions and play with other little girls. Unlike many South Asian-Americans, I have always been able to speak my language. Since when was there a cultural paradigm of acceptability? And who was in charge of grading my “desi-ness?” I put my feelings aside—after all, I would have to work with them for an entire summer. Sooner rather than later, we all began talking. And I realized they weren’t all the same. Some had done all their schooling in India; others had come to their senses in the States. One actually arrived as little as 2 years ago, and his English was absolutely impeccable though accented. Upon my mentioning this observation, he laughed and said he’d attended an English-medium school his entire life. Two of them were cousins and considered the ABCD’s of the group despite what looked (at least to me) like they meshed fairly well with the others. And some, to my great surprise, ate meat! (I stuck particularly close to these two so as not to feel guilty about my carnivorous diet when eating in front of the others.) Though among them they could speak Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Spanish, and I only had Bengali, Arabic, and French in my linguistic arsenal, we began to understand each other. “Fork che?” in Gujarati, “Do you have a fork?” is very similar to Bengali’s equivalent: “Fork achhe?” I started eating their dhokla1 and papad2 and watched in amazement as they doused everything in chili sauce. (I also learned that one particular member of the group did not, blasphemously, like very spicy foods.) With one person I could talk Indian and American books and politics, and with another our conversations surrounded topics of American fashion and “Gossip Girl.” I asked a few to help me learn Hindi and Gujarati, and in turn they asked me to correct their English. I gushed over Satya Paul’s designs with one of the boys because he liked the designer’s ties, and I perused Gap.com with one of the girls who was also obsessed with their curvy khakis and summer scarves. Eventually, they adopted me. I earned new names: Mango (from those who had trouble pronouncing my actual name), Chhoti Behen (from those who saw me as a ‘little sister’), and Baka (from the one who thought a Gujarati term of endearment would best address his new best friend). I tied a rakhee3 for the first time. I began seeing movies at Bollywood Cinema 6 instead of AMC 24. But in a way, I’d like to think I changed them too. Some eliminated the word “gay” as a pejorative from their vocabulary. A few took me up on my book recommendations. Some even learned a little Bengali! (Even now, one is very fond of telling Bengali strangers that he loves them.) Despite my remarkable transformation, not everyone was privy to believing in its existence. When I mentioned that the “Unforgettable” concert featuring Amitabh Bachhan, son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwariya, and other Bollywood superstars was less than satisfactory, someone retorted, “What do you know? You’re an ABCD.” And that’s when I realized how utterly meaningless these labels of “fresh off the boat” and “American-born confused desi” are. I’m absolutely not an ABCD. Yes, I am an American-born Desi, but I’m really not confused about anything except why this label has been assigned to me and what exactly it defines. It’s hardly fair for those with more of an attachment to South Asia than America to tell me I’m not in tune with my culture; likewise, it’s not my place to criticize someone for poor English despite having moved here from India over 10 years ago. Frankly, South Asians alienate one another by creating a class of ‘the other’ within their own demographic. Alleged ABCD’s display condescending behavior towards alleged fobs for not being American enough, and fobs accuse ABCD’s of turning their backs on their culture.

Footnotes:

1. Dhokla: A traditional Gujarati snack made of steamed chickpea paste spiced with chili, ginger, and baking soda

2. Papad: A spicy Indian cracker or flatbread

3. Rakhee: A thread bracelet tied by sisters worn on their brothers’ wrists celebrating their relationship and the promised protection of the sister by her brother

4. Naan: A round or oblong flatbread made from white flour

Just Blogging!

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I’m wasting my spare time. Heh.

I have not been to my blog since the past 18 days. I am back to writing to satisfy my ego and to tell others that I own a blog. Someone told me that happiness lies in a journey and not in a destination. I agree, but to start something is also a great thing as you can satisfy yourself that you have already started something which you intends to carry on.  🙂

Once upon a time Queen Elizabeth was told by Sir Claude pollington to write something. Then he told her, “But can I give Your Majesty a tip? Don’t start at the beginning. That’s the mistake I made. Start off in the middle. Chronology is a great deterrent.”

I’m in the same situation. And yes, chronology is a great deterrent!