21 December 2012

Aaga Bismil

This is a gem by Aaga Bismil. The Ghulam Ali version of the rendition is outstanding..

“mehfil mein baar baar kisi par nazar gayee /
humne bachayee laakh magar / phir udhar gayee //

unki nazar mein koi to jaadu jaroor hai / 
jis par padi / 
usi ke jigar tak utar gayee // “

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21 December 2012

Politics

Coming from the biggest democracy to the oldest democracy, I am always intrigued by how politics works here. I have tried to make it a point to shut up and listen to opinions and how they are articulated. After listening to my office colleagues, social friends, newspaper articles and TV/radio, I have found some interesting common grounds that both sides strongly believe in. For example, everybodyseems to be convinced that…

1. Ours are balanced and substantive arguments. Yours is “rhetoric”.
2. Your vision? Clearly “unAmerican”.
3. Our candidate has had minor transgressions. Yours is morally bankrupt.
4. Facebook is the ideal forum to declare to my friends that the other side are a bunch of idiots.

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21 December 2012

Nikita and the harmonium

Couple of hours of Bengali songs was interrupted by Nikita who walked into the music room wanting to try some Indian instrument. I showed her how to play the tabla, harmonium, an Indian flute and even the Cajones (admittedly not Indian but Cuban). She immediately settled for the harmonium. When I asked her how she chose what to try, she said that looked closest to a piano 🙂

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20 December 2012

Cooler run

Effect of 15 degree cooler temp (started earlier when it was 84) over the same 7 mile route: 45 seconds per mile and no breaks required. Didn’t feel dizzy at the end of the run either 🙂

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20 December 2012

Cop yelling at me

5 miles in Alpharetta roads. Interesting incident – I was running on the outer lane against oncoming traffic on a not so busy road. Three cars happen to come from the other side (facing me). As they pass by, I realized one was a cop car and he yelled something on the megaphone. Not sure whether he was warning me to get off the roads or the other two cars to move over to the other lane for me. Has anything like this ever happened to any of my runner friends? — at Starbucks.

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