Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ganatantra Diwas Ki Shubh Kaamnaayen! Happy Republic Day!


Jahaan daal daal par sone ki

Chidiyaan kartee hain baseraa...

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Gurur Bramha...gurur Vishnu

Gurur devo Maheshwara

Gurur saakshaat Parabramha

Tasmaye Shri Guruve Namha...

Jahaan daal daal par sone ki

Chidiyaan kartee hain baseraa...

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Jahaan satya, ahinsaa aur dharm kaa

Pag pag lagtaa deraa...

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Jai Bharati Jai Bharati...

Jai Bharati Jai Bharati...

Ye dharti voh jahaan rishi muni

Japate prabhu naam ki maalaa...

Hari om hari om hari om. hari om...

Jahaan har baalak ek mohan hai

Aur raadhaa ek ek baalaa

Jahaan suraj sabse pahale aakar

Daale apnaa pheraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai mera

Voh Bhaarat desh hai mera...

Jahan ganga, Jamuna, Krishn

aur Kaveri Beheti Jaayein...

Jahan uttar, dakshin, purab, pashchim

ko amrit pilvaaein

Yeh amrit pilvaaein

Kahin yeh pal

aur phool ugaayein

Kesar kahim bikhera

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Alabelon ki is dharati ke

Tyohaar bhi hai alabele...

Kahin diwaali ki jagmag hai

Holi ke kahin mele

Jahaan raag rang aur hansi khushi ka

Charon oar hai gheraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Jahaan daal...

Jahaan aasmaan se baaten karte

Mandir aur shivaalay...

Kisi nagar me kisi dwaar par

Koi na taalaa daale koi na taalaa daale

Aur prem ki bansi jahaan bajaataa

Aaye shaam saveraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai mera

Voh Bhaarat desh hai mera...

Jahaan satya, ahinsaa aur dharm kaa

Pag pag lagtaa deraa...

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa

Voh Bhaarat desh hai meraa...

Jai Bhaarati Jai Bhaarati.......

Jai Hind!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pt.Bhimsen Joshi - The Legendary Singer Is No More...


Wikipedia says:
Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi (February 4, 1922 - January 24, 2011) was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. A member of the Kirana Gharana (school), he is renowned for the 'Khayal' form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). He is the most recent recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, awarded in 2008.
For me, he reminds my father! When I read the news in twitter first and then heard in the NDTV, I had tears in my eyes! I was wondering why! Then it suddenly flashed in my memory...he reminded me of my father! I have heard this song, 'Bhaagyada Lakshmi baaramma' in Panditji's bhooming voice many many times!
I had mentioned in some of my blogs about Hindustani classical music, that I was introduced to Hindustani music by my father. He used to hear a lot of Hindustani music programmes in the radio programme, 'National programme of music' at 10 p.m. when I was small. He used to love Panditji's songs. I remember him crying while hearing Panditji's music, after he became old. It was fun for us and we were teasing him in those days.

Now, after hearing 'Bhaagyada Lakshimi Baaramma', I am crying! What a voice!

Our Indian music lovers will always remember him!

This will remind him for everyone, from children to adults!

Our whole hearted Pranaam to Panditji...

Edited to add, an hour later, my young niece's tribute to Panditji.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chennai Corporation's Mosquito Collectors - Easy or Tough Job, I wonder!

G.Mohan, an insect collector of the Chennai Corporation.

All these years, I was thinking that spraying insecticide or bordering (!) the roads with DDT (White powder), whenever a minister or some VIP was planning to visit the area, was the only job of Corporation for eradicating the 'mosquito menace'! This is news to me! And I was astonished to know that the name of the post of these people is 'Insect Collectors'!

Now, over to the The Hindu article:

Early in the morning, 57-year-old G. Mohan quietly walks along the banks of the Buckingham Canal in Kotturpuram and enters a house nearby. Fifteen minutes later; he emerges successful from the house with live mosquitoes confined to a test tube.

“I am one of the few people collecting mosquitoes to make a living. I find it exciting,” beams, Mr. Mohan, who is one of the “insect collectors” employed by the Chennai Corporation. A suction tube, torchlight and test tube are what he carries with him for accomplishing his task. The mosquitoes are collected for calculating the adult mosquito density in all the 10 zones of the Corporation, he says.

“After I spot a mosquito at rest using torchlight, I suck air through the suction tube by placing it close to the mosquito. The mosquito that is trapped in the small net in the suction tube is then transferred to a test tube and sealed with cotton to keep it alive for lab testing,” says Mr.Mohan, who has been in the job for over three decades.

Workers like him also collect mosquito larvae for larval density calculation. The data complied at the Corporation laboratories by entomologists using their assistance remains crucial in tackling the vector borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya and filaria by the civic body.

For instance, if the protozoan parasite Plasmodium falciparum is reported in a locality, the civic body will spray insecticide on war-footing in the locality as it is the most dangerous of malaria infections with the highest rates of complications and mortality.

Thus the lab study of mosquitoes throws light on the areas likely to be affected by an outbreak of the disease and helps in preventive measures by the Chennai Corporation.

“Areas such as George Town have a large number of closed godowns to which we have no access. This makes the task of collection of mosquitoes in the area tougher. Water collected in this area is breeding source of mosquitoes. So relatively more number of cases is reported here,” says he says.

Our observation during the course of our duty is that there is lack of awareness among residents about their role in control of vector-borne diseases, says Mr. Vijayarajan.

Now, this is very true, in our area too!

This is the photograph of a so-called 'storm water drain', in our road! This is near the gate of our neighbour's house!

This is constructed by the local Panchayat (we live in the outskirts of Chennai, which is on the IT Highway and full of IT companies now!) to collect excess rainwater on the roads and keep them from flooding. We don't have a drainage connection - which is promised to happen in a year or two! So most of the residents have let their waste water and septic tank water also (in some houses) into this 'drainage'! This was constructed just around 4-5 months back. In many areas, the Panchayats of different areas, have covered the 'drainage' with concrete slabs. Our Panchayat has 'forgotten' to cover the drainage. We have covered it in front of our house.

The government must have allotted money to cover this ditch but everybody in our country need some 'policing' for every job otherwise the money goes 'swaahaaa'! And as it is common practice here, every shop on the road and residents throw the plastic bags and garbage on the road and they land in the open ditch or fly all over the road.

And then, we complain about the huge 'chopper-like' mosquitoes!

We get different types of mosquitoes, some are huge in size and easy to hit, others are tiny but their bites, itch for a long time. I am allergic to mosquito repellents. So the best weapon for me is this:

In this battery-operated bat, we have to press the red button in the handle and hit the insect. A mild current hits the insect and it gets burnt (with a slight smell!). I am the 'Sachin Tendulkar' (poor Sachin, sorry!), of our house, and have the highest record of mosquito hits! This is the only method we use, to keep them away, at our house now.

Our house is surrounded by flowering plants and the mosquitoes enjoy hatching on them too! Our gardener sprays some pesticide on all the plants once in two months (I don't allow him to do it often because I am worried about hurting the butterflies visiting our garden). We have covered our windows with mosquito nets. Used neem oil diyas, placed camphor in a cup of water...nothing helps to stop the mosquitoes from invading our houses.

Our Panchayat has arranged door-to-door collection of garbage. The cart comes everyday and we are supposed to keep the garbage in two bags/baskets (they have given us green and red waste baskets - for bio-degradable and non-bio degradable wastes) and hand them over to them. We have to pay a meagre Rs.20 and some houses do not pay even this amount and throw the garbage at the street corners which are again collected by Panchayat lorry on alternate days, but by that time, the whole road is full of flying plastic bags.

Without the co-operation of us, general public, even god cannot save us from these dengue/malaria spreading insects.

This looks so innocent now...'shot' at home by me, with the camera first and then the bat was used on it!

Sorry, I should have cut it short or made it into two posts...but don't know how!

Monday, January 10, 2011

We, Indians, have got great sense of humour!

I think there is no need for me to 'explain', the cartoons say it all...let us enjoy 'reading' about our country's scams and vote for these people, again and again:

The above cartoon is from 'The Hindu' newspaper. The next one is from 'The new Indian Express':

These two letters are published in 'Outlook' magazine:

First letter:

With corruption scandals running into lakh crores (1 followed by 12 zeroes), we need new numeric units to comprehend these humongous figures.

O. Solaiappan, Salem

I have spread the (sort of reply!) letter here, so that it will be clearer! You can see the original in the Outlook link! Mukul Jain, you are great!

Second letter:

A few ideas for new words to refer to large numbers: So,

1,00,000 crore = 1 raja;

10,000 crore = 1 radia;

1,000 crore = 1 kalmadi.

So Anilbhai’s home in Pali Hill will now cost Rs 4.5 kalmadi;

ongc’s annual output is Rs 1.2 raja;

India’s loss in the 2G scam is about Rs 1.7 raja;

India’s total annual subsidy on kerosene is Rs 2 radia.

Mukul Jain, on e-mail

Incredible India!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

How our traditional music is changing but with a classical touch e.g. Karsh Kale's 'Milan'!

Good music means classical music and classical raaga based film music, for our generation. Most of our family members learnt classical music, when they were small, school going children. Now, the trend is changing, I thought...but I realize now that the foundation is so strong that it influences the youngsters to experiment new type of music, but the basic is the same!

I am giving here some samples...first, Pt.Chaurasia's flute and Ustaad Zakir Hussain's Tabla - pure classical, superb music:

Now, the same duo have changed the sound to suite the youngsters or shall I say...to the people who can enjoy, what they call 'fusion' music! This too, is good to the ears!

My son is introducing me to the latest type of music or I thought first, that this is the latest and I might not like it...but this is also interestingly melodious to the ears!

This music is by the quite famous Karsh Kale. Wikipedia says 'Karsh Kale (Marathi: कर्श काळे Kursh Kah-lay) is an Indian American producer, composer and musician, known for melding Indian music with the modern electronic club music of his American upbringing. Now, hear this:

Did you like this music? I will be happy to know your opinion!

Edited on 6th Jan. '10: Removed the film songs I had included earlier. The subject of this post, doesn't need it!

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