Wednesday, August 31, 2005
This is a picture from Tue Aug. 30, the day after
Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Sure, the guitar was
a gift from Country musician Mark Wills and it was
graciously accepted by GWB. I just wish he would
have approached this photo op differently since
America's greatest natural disaster had struck
24 hours earlier.
If you've never been there, you've missed some of the best
stiffer. And if you refuse to drink at all, everyone will think you're an alcoholic.
starts making some back. Suddenly, you notice some guy staring at you.
Don't worry, it's probably just her boyfriend or her brother.
It's just our way of trying to be nice, and it doesn't mean anything...
unless, of course, the person who says it is interested in you.
"yes ma'am" or "yes sir", because you don't want to miss any of the
toppings on that sandwich with French bread. Within a radius of about
30 miles around the city, this question does not mean that someone is
trying to sell you an impoverished naked young male.
like they only shop at secondhand stores so you will think they're poor and
give them more money. They really are poor.
willing to lend a helping hand and never get upset for no reason. Those
300 murders a year? That's just some crazy people..."
Sunday, August 28, 2005
By Subir Bhaumik
BBC News, Calcutta
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
CANADA DIARY | Gurmukh Singh
August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
"A throwback to the medieval era of knights, castles and fairy tale romance,
The musical chime "Le Bon Roi Dagobert", with a voice reciting the Musset
Monday, August 22, 2005
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
Help Needed for Michael Brecker
Requests are going out in the jazz world to help find
a genetic match for saxophonist Michael Brecker (BST),
who is in need of a stem cell transplant.
Details on the requirements are here. Please pass this information on.
Blog For Hope
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
"Authentic Indian food ranks with French and Chinese cuisine as one of
the great culinary traditions of the world. Reflecting many different cultures
in its tremendous diversity, Indian food ranges from exquisitely simple
vegetarian dishes to full-flavoured meat, chicken and fish concoctions
made with dozens of ingredients. Each region has its own specialties
inspired by race, religion, history and geography and each restaurant
and housewife adds an individual touch." ~ Toby Sinclair
Link to article
India being such an amazingly diverse country, it's nice to come across
an informative and fun site that offers so much on the menu.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Hollywood will take a stab at the practice of outsourcing to India
Universal Pictures has just bought the film rights to an Esquire
article titled "My Outsourced Life" by A.J.Jacobs, a scribe whose
off the wall feats include reading the 33-volume, 44-million word
Encylopoedia Britannica end-to-end.
"Jacobs, Esquire's editor-at-large, wrote the outsourcing article after he
"I got the idea while reading Tom Friedman's The World is Flat," he
"I divvied up my work life and home life and sent out the tasks to two
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Boudreaux Cajun Kitchen
Last week I was invited to drinks and dinner by an old female friend
which were frozen perfectly for the unrelenting Houston humidity.
(Mexican ?) and they were obviously aiming for a Sports-themed ambience.
So they had ESPN on the multiple TV sets around the Bar and while bar-goers
sipped their drinks and others ate their Tex-Mex-Cajun mix, the ESPN channel
had something disgustingly funny playing :
Boudreaux seems appetizing to some folks who ate there.
'The Rising is based on an 1857 uprising by Indian soldiers.
Hindu and Muslim soldiers revolted against the British East India Company,
over fears that gun cartridges were greased with animal fat forbidden by
The film has been scripted by writer Farrukh Dhondy,
top Indian composer AR Rahman.'
from BBC News :
with his script for 'Red Mercury' which is about three British-born Muslim
fanatics who hold a restaurant to siege with a lethal bomb. Stars include
Ron Silver, Juliet Stevenson, Stockard Channing and rising British talent
He developed the successful films Bandit Queen and Salaam Bombay and is
also the acclaimed author of Bombay Duck and Poona Company.
Split Wide Open was his feature debut as a screenwriter.
Poona Company (1980) is a series of nine loosely-connected short stories
that together constitute a lively depiction of an Indian boyhood and early youth
in the town of Poona, about 200 kms. south-east of Bombay. The little urban
community in which the protagonist-narrator grows up is constantly in the grip
of intrigues and dramatic upheavals. A large number of characters are deftly
sketched through well-observed details and turns of speech, his subjects
being the gangs of boys in which the narrator participated when at school,
a duel with knives on the school playground, a war between two typewriting
classes, the murder of a brilliant young journalist, rowdy college elections
followed by the college students' Annual Social, and the foibles of an inveterate
gambler. Throughout these ups and downs a gentle humour is maintained,
conveying an overall sense of affection and fascination, while the tension is
adroitly defused in each tale by means of a soothing humane touch.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Music great Jimi Hendrix
was booted out of the army for letting his sex drive and
guitar playing get in the way of military life, show records.
The rock legend was kicked out aged 19 in 1962 after
superiors deemed him "one of the poorest" soldiers in
his platoon with "no known good characteristics".
Saturday, August 13, 2005
In Calcutta's red light district, over 7,000 women and girls work as prostitutes. Only one group has a lower standing: their children.
Zana Briski became involved in the lives of these children in 1998 when she first began photographing prostitutes in Calcutta.
Living in the brothels for months at a time, she quickly developed
a relationship with many of the kids who, often terrorized and abused, were drawn to the rare human companionship she offered.
Fascinated by her camera, Zana thought it would be great to see
the world through their eyes. It was at that moment that she had the
idea of teaching photography to the children of prostitutes.
Heathrow gets a taste of 'Dharna'
The dharna down at Heathrow, which fancies itself as "hub of the world",
is instructive at this point of time in Britain's maudlin preoccupation with
multi-culturalism. The strike started after a dharna. There is no other word for it and never
mind that it is manifestly foreign to British working practices. Even though the dharna, may not, at last count, have entered numerous
English language portals, such as the OED, it is an Indian import into
the British capital. It underlines the complex multi-layering of 21st-century Britain's identity as
a "salad bowl" of immigrants and white host community.
from The Times of India
Oxford Speaks Bindaas 'Hinglish'
RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2005 12:00:40 AM
phrases, has made it to the Oxford Dictionary in a an entertaining
revamp-review-renew ritual faultlessly observed by the single volume
that is officially regarded as the linguistic equivalent of the
US President's State of the Union address. On Wednesday, the Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE) revealed its
new cache of linguistic treasures, including 'bindaas', 'tamasha',
' mehndi', 'desi' and 'lehnga'. Lollywood, Lahore's fledgling film industry, with pretensions to being
a poor man's Bollywood, finds honorable mention. So does 'kitty party',
the chaat-and-chatter mainstay of bored Indian housewives for decades.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Firefighter Maureen McArdle-Schulman recalled hearing
someone yell before the collapses that something was
falling from the towers.
out one after the other," she said. "We didn't know what it was
at first, but then the first body hit and then we knew what it was. ...
I was getting sick. I felt like I was intruding on a sacrament.
They were choosing to die and I was watching them and shouldn't have been. So me and another guy turned away and looked at a wall and we could still hear them hit."
India state battles flood disease
Over 80 people die of water-borne diseases in India's
Maharashtra state, which was badly hit by floods two weeks ago.
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle LINK
and the drama has kicked into high gear.
Kit Kats and sodas,
of chutneys for more traditional movie snacks
such as samosas or kebab rolls.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
but we get no pleasure whatsoever from our lovemaking."
"Hmmm. Maybe you should try another position. Like this."
The doctor described the new position.
Banta said, "Doctor, thank you very much. Would you kindly permit us
to try it here?"
"Just go behind that screen and try."
After a while the doctor asked, "So?"
"No pleasure whatsoever, doctor."
"Hmmm. Then try one more position."
Banta and Preeto again went behind the screen. The doctor heard some
sounds suggesting that the new position did help indeed. However, when
they reappeared from behind the screen, they again complained that they
had no feelings whatsoever. As to the sounds, they just tried to excite
themselves by saying certain words, but it did not help.
"Hmmm," the doctor said. "It's a hard case. Let me call your family doctor."
The sexologist dialled the family doctor's number and told about the hard
case he was treating.
"Kick them out," the family doctor said. "They just make rounds through
all doctors' offices in the city as they live with her parents and do not have
a place of their own."
Monday, August 08, 2005
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Scaling Australia’s highest mountain will
Dubbed the “Loo with a View,” the all-weather toilet block is to be built
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Gents, your suspicions were right. Your ladylove is
Supermodel material. Or so says the latest Dove campaign. http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/flat3.asp?id=2364
has surely dampened spirits. Rising water levels in the
rivers around the city painted a grim picture, making
even the happy-go-lucky sorts want to stay indoors and
curl up. While normal life looked gloomy and business
grew duller, the normally chirpy entertainment avenues
took a battering making the rain the latest villain.
THE RAIN IN PANVEL
by Kathy Patel, trapped in Panvel, trying to adjust
to the move back to India from Toronto, Canada
'The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain'
but the rain in Panvel is driving us both insane.
When I came in March, it was HOT, the heat was harsh.
In June the rains came and now the land's a marsh.
Going to the market has now become a chore,
because it's all mud and puddles, not dry like before.
Red bricks have been put to use as stepping-stones,
but balancing is tricky, we could end up breaking bones.
Umbrella in one hand , shopping bag in the other
You wobble, stand or stumble from one brink to another.
Shakily you reach the road and think you're safe at last,
but suddenly your umbrella's turned upwards with the wind blast.
You struggle to control the upward motion of the spokes,
and risk the danger of hurting other street folks.
A rain suit would have been better than the umbrella any day,
In it you could move easily- you could even jump and play.
Inside the home the day passes drearily by :
Cooking, cleaning, washing or watching the overcast sky.
Dusk approaches and the stage is now set
for all the Insects to come in from 'THE WET'.
The grill is up and the netting is in its place,
but to come into the flat, all the insects have a race.
The lizards and dragonflies stop short at the netting outside,
but the tiny fleas and beetles come quietly crawling inside.
Some adventurous mosquitoes manage to squeeze themselves through.
To make our nights a nightmare, you need only a few.
We have poured Phenyl on every window ledge,
pumped 'Mosquito Spray' in the rooms on every edge.
We have burned 'Agarbatti' , Incense smoked up every room,
desperately trying to bring the Insects to THEIR DOOM !
Some perish, some die at once or linger, then pass out,
but the insects win the BATTLE without any doubt.
For every horde you annihilate another horde is ready.
They may be small in size but their numbers are quite steady.
A few nights of continous spraying has no effect at all.
The joy of a flat in Panvel is now beginning to pall.
Papa's frustrated, tired out, his struggles to no avail.
" Let's go back to Canada, " he says, " I'm fed up of Panvel !"
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Jimi Hendrix, regarded as one of the greatest
electric guitar players and known as a prodigious
womanizer, lied about being gay to get out of the
U.S. Army and pursue his true love -- music,
according to a new biography of the rock legend.
"Room Full of Mirrors," written by Charles Cross
and published by Hyperion, recounts the life of
Hendrix, from a troubled childhood in a black Seattle
neighborhood, to brushes with the law and a fast
climb to the top of the rock world with hits such as
"Purple Haze," and "Hey Joe," and "The Wind Cries Mary."
Monday, August 01, 2005
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A woman who was upset over being searched
A federal jury heard the case against retired teacher Phyllis Dintenfass,
Dintenfass, 62, faces up to a year in federal prison and $100,000 in fines.
On Monday, Transportation Security Administration screening supervisor
Gostisha said she took the woman to another screening area, where she
Gostisha said she was using the back of her hands to search the area
"She said `How would you like it if I did that to you?' and slammed me
Distenfass claimed she acted in self-defense.
"I said, 'What are you doing? No one's done that to me before,'" she said.
Dintenfass denied shoving Gostisha, but admitted putting her hands on
"I was mortified that I had done that," she said. "I was reacting to what felt
U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said TSA officers perform a vital service and