Sunday, December 26, 2010

What 'Avant Garde' conveys!

Avant-garde (French pronunciation: [avɑ̃ɡaʁd]) means "advance guard" or "vanguard".[1] The adjective form is used in English, to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to artculture, and politics.
Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The notion of the existence of the avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism. Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement and still continue to do so, tracing a history from Dada through the Situationists to postmodern artists such as the Language poets around 1981.

No wonder this amazing word "Avant Garde" reflets such a stupendous aura, i love using this word so much, be it my one of the most favorite blog's title or the group i have made on freerice portal in collaboration with WFP: 

My group  with current member count of 7has donated 1,80000 grains to needy people world-wide by now!

Merry Christmas and wishes for a wonderful decade ahead!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lakshya Song Lyrics

Haan yehi rasta hai tera, tune ab jaana hai
 Haan yehi rasta hai tera, tune ab jaana hai
 Haan yehi sapna hai tera, tune pehchaana hai 
Haan yehi rasta hai tera, tune ab jaana hai 
Haan yehi sapna hai tera, tune pehchaana hai 
Tujhe ab ye dikhaana hai 
Roke tujhko aandhiyaan, ya zameen aur aasmaan 
Paayega jo lakshya hai tera 
Lakshya toh har haal mein paana hai 
Mushkil koyi, aajaaye toh, parbat koyi, takraaye toh 
Taaqat koyi, dikhlaaye toh, toofaan koyi, mandlaaye toh 
Mushkil koyi aajaaye toh, parbat koyi takraaye toh
 Barse chaahe ambar se aag, lipte chaahe pairon se laakh 2 
Paayega jo lakshya hai tera 
Lakshya toh har haal mein paana hai
 Himmat se jo koyi chale, dharti hille qadmon tale 
Kya dooriyaan kya faasle, manzil lage aake gale 
Himmat se jo koyi chale, dharti hille qadmon tale 
Tu chal yunhi ab suboshaam, rukna, jhukna nahin tera kaam 2
 Paayega jo lakshya hai tera 
Lakshya toh har haal mein paana hai
 Haan yehi rasta hai tera, tune ab jaana hai 
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Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Indigo Agitation

0 father come let us go 
To the field to plough, 
Place the ploughs on oxen shoulders 
and Push, push, push.

We who bring out food 
From the depth of earth,
We who provide food for the whole world
Why can't we eat can any one tell us ?

My wife has hanged herself 
She could no longer bear hunger, 
Now I plough deep into soil
In hope of seeing her again.

We plough the fields
Our bosom is also flayed
But from the fields we get harvest
None from the scarred bosom.
We shall plough no more the earth for rice
But to see how far it is to the graves.

-Jasim Uddin (A popular folk song in Bengal- HMV record. Kolkata)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage.

The normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 3 years.

The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mella is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Prayag.

The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years,[2] at four places (Prayag (Allahabad), HaridwarUjjain, and Nashik.

The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Allahabad.

The previous Maha Kumbh Mela, held in 2001, was attended by around 60 million people, making it at the time the largest gathering anywhere in the world in recorded history.

Kumbha Mela is a massive pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges river. 

It is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Bṛhaspati (Jupiter) and the sun. When Jupiter and the sun are in the zodiac sign Leo (Simha Rashi) it is held in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik; when the sun is in Aries (Mesha Rashi) it is celebrated at Haradwar; when Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi ) and the sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi) Kumbha Mela is celebrated at Prayag; and Jupiter and the sun are in Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) the Mela is celebrated at Ujjain.[10][11]

The last Ardh Kumbh Mela was held over a period of 45 days beginning in January 2007, more than 70 million Hindu pilgrims took part in the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayag.

It is believed that during the battle, Lord Vishnu flew away with the Kumbha of elixir spilling drops of amrita at four places: Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.[18]

The major event of the festival is ritual bathing at the banks of the river in whichever town it is being held.Nasik has registered maximum visitors amounted nearly to 75 million.

After visiting the Kumbh Mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:
It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites.

  • The Purna Kumbha Mela will again be held at Prayag in the year 2013 (January 27 to February 25)
  • Nasik will host the Ardha Kumbha Mela in 2015 (August 15 to September 13)
  • Ujjan Purna Kumbh Mela 2016 (Also Known as Simhasth @ Ujjain) (April 22 to May 21)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sports in India

1. Norman G. Pritchard, an Anglo -Indian athlete from Calcutta, was the first Indian to take part in Olympic Games.

2. India made its official debut in the Antwerp Olympics in Belgium in 1920.

3. PT Usha became first Indian lady to enter the finals of any olympic event.

4. Leander Paes was the first Indian to win Junior US Open Title.

5.  Leander Paes won a bronze medal for India at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

6. Parimarjan Negi is the youngest Grandmaster in India.

7. Parimarjan Negi also holds the record for being the world's youngest International Master.

8. Vishwanath Anand is India's first Grandmaster.

9. First Olympic Gold Medal won by India was in 1928 Olympics in hockey.

10. P.T. Usha was nicknamed as Payyoli Express.

11. Ramanathan Krishnan, is the first Indian to win Wimbledon Junior Singles title.

12. Prakash Padukone is the first Indian to win All England Badminton Championship.

13. Anju Bobby George entered the finals of Women Long Jump at 2004 Athens Olympics.

14. Anju Bobby George is the first Indian athlete to win a medal in World Athletics Championship.

15. Milkha Singh was the first Indian athlete to reach Olympic finals.

Some Interesting Facts About India

1. State with lowest population in India - Sikkim

2. State smallest in area - Goa

3. State second smallest in area - Sikkim

4. Largest town of Sikkim - Gangtok

5. Most populous city of India - Mumbai

6. District with lowest population in India - Yanam in Pondicherry ( it lies in delta of Godavari river)

7. Union Territory with lowest population density in India - Andaman & Nicobar Islands ( a group of 572 islands lying in the Bay of Bengal)

8. Union Territory with lowest population in India - Lakshadweep ( has capital at Kavaratti)

9. Union Territory with highest population density in India - Delhi

10. Delhi was made the capital of India in 1911.

11. Delhi is surrounded by Haryana on all sides except the east where it borders with Uttar Pradesh.

12.  State with highest population in India - Uttar Pradesh

13. The five states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh account for almost half of the total India's population.

14. Union Territory with second lowest population in India - Daman and Diu

15. State with second lowest population in India - Mizoram

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Devaki Pandit

Devaki Pandit  is a playback singer from Maharashtra,India. She is also a trained classical singer.Besides Marathi, she has also sung songs in Hindi.She received[2][3] her initial music training from her mother Usha Pandit.In 1986, she recorded her first playback song for the film Ardhangi which went on to win her the Maharashtra State Award for "Best Female Playback Singer".She has not only given performances in India, but has undertaken concert tours all over the world at the invitation of prestigious institutions. She has also sung for various films, with renowned music directors, but her attention remains focussed on Hindustani Classical music. Devaki has developed her own style of singing and has won many hearts through her performances.
Here are some of the compositions of Devaki Pandit:

1) "Daayi Aankh Bole" from the film "Daayra"
2) "Phir bhor bhayee jaaga madhuban"  from the film "Saaz"
3) "Raag Baageshri" from her classical album named "Inner Soul"
4) Bhajan "Sai Se Lagan Kathin Hai.." from "Inner Soul"
5) The ghazal "Aankhonse Baatein..." with Hariharan in the album "Halka Nasha"
6) "Krishna Jal Mein.." & "Shyam Ki Ratt Ab Lagi..." from her album Vrindavan, music composed by Shrinivas Khale
7)"Sanwaren Rang raanchi.." & "Bhayee Hun Baawaree.." from her album "Mohane man Harayu".

Apart from this, she has also sung bhajans by Ramdas Swamiji in the album "Shyam Rang"; shlokas in "Upanishad Amrut";along with Shankar Mahadevan (music by Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma). Her other films include "Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Naa" with Jatin-Lalit, "Betaabi" with Vishal Bharadwaj, "Guddu" with Naushadji. She has recently released an Album called "Aradhana Mahakali", the music of which is composed by herself.

She has also sung for "Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia in his album named "Krishna Utsav".. Devaki's talent is also honoured by the prestigious awards bestowed upon her. She is the only recipient of the prestigious Kesarbhai Kerkar Scholarship for two consecutive years.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Saul Bellow's Quotations

We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.
Saul Bellow 

What is art but a way of seeing?
Saul Bellow 

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
Saul Bellow 

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.
Saul Bellow 
Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
Saul Bellow 

Hapiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.
Saul Bellow 

Conquered people tend to be witty.
Saul Bellow 

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
Saul Bellow 

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
Saul Bellow 

"[There is] an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for."[32]

"I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction."[33]

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."[34]

"People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned."[35]

What critics feel about Saul Bellow

Martin Amis described Bellow as "The greatest American author ever, in my view".[21]
His sentences seem to weigh more than anyone else's. He is like a force of nature... He breaks all the rules [...] [T]he people in Bellow's fiction are real people, yet the intensity of the gaze that he bathes them in, somehow through the particular, opens up into the universal.[22]
For Linda Grant, "what Bellow had to tell us in his fiction was that it was worth it, being alive."
His vigour, vitality, humour and passion were always matched by the insistence on thought, not the predigested cliches of the mass media or of those on the left which had begun to disgust him by the Sixties... It's easy to be a 'writer of conscience' - anyone can do it if they want to; just choose your cause. Bellow was a writer about conscience and consciousness, forever conflicted by the competing demands of the great cities, the individual's urge to survival against all odds and his equal need for love and some kind of penetrating understanding of what there was of significance beyond all the racket and racketeering.[23]
On the other hand, Bellow's detractors considered his work conventional and old-fashioned, as if the author was trying to revive the 19th century European novel. In a private letter, Vladimir Nabokov once referred to Bellow as a "miserable mediocrity."[24] Journalist and authorRon Rosenbaum described Bellow's Ravelstein (2000) as the only book that rose above Bellow's failings as an author. Rosenbaum wrote,
My problem with the pre-Ravelstein Bellow is that he all too often strains too hard to yoke together two somewhat contradictory aspects of his being and style. There's the street-wise Windy City wiseguy and then-as if to show off that the wiseguy has Wisdom-there are the undigested chunks of arcane, not entirely impressive, philosophic thought and speculation. Just to make sure you know his novels have intellectual heft. That the world and the flesh in his prose are both figured and transfigured.[25]
But what, then, of the many defects -- the longueurs and digressions, the lectures on anthroposophy and religion, the arcane reading lists? What of the characters who don't change or grow but simply bristle onto the page, even the colorful lowlifes pontificating like fevered students in the seminars Bellow taught at the University of Chicago? And what of the punitively caricatured ex-wives drawn from the teeming annals of the novelists's own marital discord?
But, Tanenhaus went on to answer his question:
Shortcomings, to be sure. But so what? Nature doesn't owe us perfection. Novelists don't either. Who among us would even recognize perfection if we saw it? In any event, applying critical methods, of whatever sort, seemed futile in the case of an author who, as Randall Jarrell once wrote of Walt Whitman, is a world, a waste with, here and there, systems blazing at random out of the darkness -- those systems as beautifully and astonishingly organized as the rings and satellites of Saturn.[26]
V. S. Pritchett praised Bellow, finding his shorter works to be his best. Pritchett called Bellow's novella Seize the Day a "small gray masterpiece."[5]
Bellow's account of his 1975 trip to IsraelTo Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account, was criticized by Noam Chomsky in his 1983 bookFateful Triangle: the United States, Israel & the Palestinians. Bellow, Chomsky wrote, "sees an Israel where ‘almost everyone is reasonable and tolerant, and rancor against the Arabs is rare,’ where the people ‘think so hard, and so much’ as they ‘farm a barren land, industrialize it, build cities, make a society, do research, philosophize, write books, sustain a great moral tradition, and finally create an army of tough fighters.’ He has also been criticized for having praised Joan Peters's controversial book, From Time Immemorial, which challenged the conventional history of the Palestinian people.[27][28]

Tough Words for 15-11-2010

1. Eristic: disputatious

2. Festinate: hasten

3. Mitis: malleable Iron

4. Mampara: fool

5. Crump: Make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants

6. Abroach: open

7. Fleche: spire

8. Apotropaic: preventing evil

9. Apocope: loss of final vowel

10. Fungible: interchangeable

Revisiting Daffodils! (How 'laughing' was replaced by 'jocund')

The Daffodils: 1802 Version

William Wordsworth's The Daffodils was modelled on an entry in his wife's prose Journal of 1802, and she also contributed what her husband considered the best two lines of the poem: They flash upon the inward eye / Which is the bliss of solitude
The first version of 1804/07 was as follows:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of dancing daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. 
The waves beside them danced; but they 
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: 
A poet could not but be gay,
In such laughing company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought 
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Republished in 1815, the poem had two changes and an extra stanza:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. 
The waves beside them danced; but they 
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: 
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought 
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Both changes were immense improvements. Replacing dancing with golden avoided a repetition and gave the flowers a pollen-heavy splendour. And such a jocund company has a pleasing fulness of sound missing from such laughing company.

The added stanza brought amplitude to the poem — we see the daffodils in their wider setting — thoughtwinkle is not quite the right word (milky way stars may glimmer but not twinkle, though we could charitably suppose the milky way referred to the backdrop, not the stars themselves).
In general, however, poems have their optimal tone and size, and Wordsworth in a simple revision found both.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is about 12 miles (20 km) fromMortakka in Madhya Pradesh. The shape of the island is said to be like the HinduOm symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas").
Omkareshwar is formed by the sacred river Narmada. This is one of the most sacred of rivers in India and is now home to one of the world's biggest dam projects.While traveling from Khandwa to Omkareshwar, on the left side of road in the outskirts of Khandwa you can see the memorial to the celebrated singer, Kishore Kumar.


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Omkareshwar Project is a multipurpose project with an installed capacity of 520 MW with designed annual energy generation of 1166 million units in initial stage and annual irrigation of 2.83 Lac. Ha on a culturable Command Area (CCA) of 1.47 Lac. Ha. Total Catchment Area at the Dam site is 64880 Generation of power at Omkareshwar Project is directly related to the regulated release of water from Indira Sagar Project, hence it is one of the beneficiary project of Indira Sagar Project. Project has been commissioned in November 2007.
Salient Feature
LocationKhandwa District of Madhya Pradesh
Approach77 Kms. from Indore
Capacity520 MW (8 x 65 MW)
Annual Generation1166 MUs (90% dependable year.)
Project CostRs.2224.74 Crore (Nov. 2002 price level)
Beneficiary StatesMadhya Predesh
Year of Commissioning/Completion Schedule2007
Technical Features:
  • 949m long Concrete Gravity Dam, 53m high from the deepest foundation level.
  • 171.5m long H.R.C. and 145m long T.R.C.
  • A surface Power House to accommodate 8 units of 65 MW each.