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Sunday, 23 December 2018
Friday, 30 March 2018
Kannada industry has given some classic movies. Love stories, sentimental, antagonist vainglory, violence, horror, comedy and many subjects that touch the chords of Kannada movie viewers.
However, when the world is surging ahead towards artificial intelligence, Industry seems to be way behind in showcasing technology and its impacts on society.
Yesterday, I watched one such movie, which roused my neurons about data theft, online crime, its impact, Cyberworld, and Information technology.
I am writing here about a Kannada movie Gultoo.
Movie is directed by debutant Janardhan Chikkanna, starring debutante Naveen Shankar, Ram Dhanush, very beautiful Sonu Gowda , Uniquely best Avinash, and, made for satire Rangayana Raghu.
Movie is a story of Engineering student Alok(Naveen Shankar), who is extremely talented, hardworking. It’s about data theft, he has done absolute justice to the role as a techie, equally supported by his friend Aasthi (Ram Dhanush).
The first half of the movie is all about Aasthi and flirt. His comedy will never allow you to sit on your seats, Comedy looks absolutely fresh content, a trendsetter, as it used the funny side of the social media and personal messaging. I specially mention joke of Chota Bheem, which make you laugh repeatedly at remembering your chat with your girlfriend/boyfriend.
In the first half Sonu Gowda looks cute, adoring as a common girl who falls in love with Alok in a computer institute, where, they both work together. The first half shows pure romance love and fun.
The second half is all about crime, here plot runs around Naveen Shankar, Lucia Pawan Kumar, Sonu Gowda, Avinash and Rangayana Raghu. It takes you to a different world of data and crime. It will make you rethink if are a tech-savvy or Geek.
Alok is caught for his crime, but what next is what the movie is all about. Twists, talent, technology, and crime are blended with treachery and innocence. It is a movie one should be seen by everyone. There is no skin show, unnecessary violence, glorification and it is a total family entertainer.
Music is enchanting, and melody seems perfect. It has five tracks and VTU song will take to nostalgia, and remaining songs are as good as a dewdrops
Data, code, encryption, decryption, data theft, love, flirt, comedy, murder, and crime is what I can say, For the conclusion, it’s better to move to theaters.
Everybody who uses the internet should watch this movie book your tickets now.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
New moon day of Phalguna month ( Spring season) of Hindu calendar. This new moon day is special in Northern part of Karnataka. It has got its own significance as, it give a start to the Holi celebration.
This is a small try to cover the pre Holi celebration that take in my home district Bagalkot, which is quite famous throughout India.
I hail out from an artistic town that gives richness to Indian ladies, Ilkal. Yes, I’m telling about Ilkal Sarees which are the result of master-class art of weaving. Ilkal sarees increase richness of Indian ladies, Just like Sarees Holi celebration that takes in most of the places of Bagalkot district takes place even in my Hometown as well.
Right from the period of Before Christ to until date android era, every creed, every human believes music is an asset of praying almighty. Halagemela is one such music procession that starts after Phalguna Amavasya. Almost every man in our town takes part in the procession every evening in their respective residential areas.
Each man will play kanjra (Halige) in their unique styles, beats. Kanjra is Avanadda type of Classical instruments, which is prepared by the skin of ox or buffalo (Nowadays with Polymer). This instrument gives a unique sound on beating with thin wooden stick.
Halige mela is supported by Ghana vadya’s such as Tala, anklets, Jagate(bell), Ginchi (Anklets), which are all classical folklore instruments, which are of metallic origin.
Combination of Halige and other solid metallic instruments provides unique mesmerizing sounds. This attracts any music lover and Halige mela start immediately after Phalguna Amavasya and procession runs for 15 days until HOLI. This gives environment of the bliss and celebration and showcase unique musical culture of Northern parts of Karnataka.
Music and dance are always inseparable. Where there is music, there exists the Dance. We can experience it when you hear wonderful music of folklore. Especially; the one similar to Halagemela . The participants move their legs; shake their body by their own without their notice.
One such wonderful dance one should watch is the Banjara dance made by the Banjara communities of Northern karnataka. They are special in their dresses, steps, beats and the way they celebrate this Pre Holi period.
This a mock of the somber, sorrow, fun mixed with the folk stories and lesson. Sogu is similar to mock plays. Sogu is where, men acts as women and showcase the sombre, sorrow that occurs after the loss of a family member or a friend. People often narrate folk story combined with the moral lessons in a funny style. This Sogu also runs for 15 days after Halige mela and it will be a treat to watch for all the lovers of Indian tradition, culture.
This is one more bizarre activity that is allowed by people only for 15 days from Phalguna Amavasya to Holi festival. Kids and men stole wood, cowdung cakes, rags, waste materials, plastic materials, dried fruit peels, and Waste clothes from the households of their respective colonies. They burn all these theft items along with Lord Kama (the god of Lust) on the day of Full moon day.
Even if their own materials get stealed, nobody will not care, instead people believe they lost their dirty omen and it will bless them prosperity. Phalguna Amavasya signifies the start of summer and people in North Karnataka usually sleep on terrace of their houses to bear the heat from this period. This enhances theft activities.
Unfortunately, tradition of wood theft is wrongly utilized by few of cunning bastards to rob the houses, to attack layman in the night, to conduct burglary activities.
It is always great to be part of different culture, customs and celebrations. These all rituals, which are part of pre Holi celebration, are nothing but a part of celebration that contributes to our culture, way of living, peace and harmony.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Hinduism is not just a religion but it’s a way of life. Many might question how the religion that teaches worsh
Worshipping many gods is a metaphor for worshipping different forms of nature. Hinduism believes in absolute equality and respect every other form of life. Hinduism tells the way of leading life according to time, climate and emotions.
One such way of expressing bliss and expressing the victory of nature are the festivals Hindus celebrate. Hindus celebrate festivals more than any other believers in the world do. Hinduism is the celebration of nature.
One such beautiful celebration that comes in the month of January is Sankranti. Below are the reasons to justify “Why Sankranti is one of the most important festivals of the year”.
1 1. Worshipping significance of change in nature
Festival is all about worshipping Sun and celebrating the beginning of long days. Festival signifies the end of winter season and dawn of the summer season, which is important with respect to agriculture- the main occupation in India. On the day of Sankranti Sun leave Dakshinayana and enter Uttarayana that lasts for 6 months. Uttarayana means celestial revolving of earth towards north direction. This is a very important phenomenon with respect to year’s harvest cycle.
2 2.Harvesting period for Rabi crops
Sankranti is very important, as it is also the festival of celebrating the growth of Rabi crops. Usually, farmers rotate the kind of crops grown Kharififf and Rabi harvest season. In one season, they grow monocots and dicot in the other. This is a period where the farmers grow vegetables in abundant.
3. End of Winter cold
India is a land of temperate climate. We love coziness more than the wind and cold. Sankranti brings a lot of Happiness, as it brings the end to the winter (except for newly married couples). People start planning pilgrimages, which are majorly located in the cold areas.
4. Food and digestion
Winter is a trouble period in India, as cold slow down the metabolism process. Indians cannot afford heavy food during winter. Cases of flu, pneumonia and respiratory diseases are quite common. Skin loses Moisture, in-digestion iwill be a spot of bother for many Indians. Sankranti puts a full stop for all these imbalances. It is the best period in the year , in India for humans to break their diet and have as many as they can. As a start, Sankranti festival begins with high lipid cereals like sesame, dry coconut, and groundnut and so on. These foods gives balance to the body and increases activeness and bring back the moisture in the skin to increase your charm.
5.One festival many names
India is the most tolerant country. Tolerance is in every heartbeat of the Indians. It is even portrayed in Indian constitution as a fundamental prospective of Indians. Sankranti is a perfect example of this perspective. It is celebrated throughout the country but with their own provisional nomenclature.
In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ,it is called as Bhogi and Makara Sankranti. In Karnataka, it is celebrated as Sankranti or Sankramana. In Tamilnadu and Kerala it is celebrated as Pongal.
In Assam, It is celebrated as Magha Bihu. In Bihar It is Sankranti or Sakraat. In Gujrat it is Uttarayan, Sankrati In Rajasthan, Lohrii in Punjab, Pahari in Himachal Pradesh and many names exists in every province for the same province.
6.Culture and games
Kite festival is celebrated in many states of India and most prominently in Gujrat. Bull fighting, goat fighting, rooster fights are commonly seen in many villages. Few States arrange crackers shows and special kite lights in the night, which is treat to watch. Bhangra dance in Punjab, Pot breaking in Assam are mesmerizing show of class and quality of celebration of the festival.
People worship land, Animals, field crops, trees, rivers, mountains and entire environment for its glory and request every aspect of nature to bestow peace in life.
Harmony and peace lies in every family on this occasion. People exchange sweets along with sour pulses to signify their co-operation in happiness as well as bad times. In many states people invite their friends and relatives for home. Few of them arrange mass food fares to elevate the harmony between communities. In Haryana, they observe a special tradition Called “Sidha”. Sidha is observed by few communities in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. Brothers visit their sister’s place and give the gifts to their in-laws and perform celebration as a metaphor of giving happiness to their sisters and in-laws.
Food is the most special during this occasion. People prepare most delicious, healthy and varieties of food that is prepared only in this occasion. Different provinces, different varieties of foods are prepare according their own food styles. Kichdi, Sweets, Bajra roti’s, raw vegetables, Milk products varieties, Flattened rice are commonly found in food varieties.
India is a land of festivals, pomp and celebration. Sankranti is one of the many beautiful celebration. With its high significance, Indians should be proud of themselves to celebrate highly scientific festivals like Sankranti.
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Your mom, dad and the world
provided and filled your memory card
it is a card of no restriction
because it is not a pad of silicon
Its memory is infinite
with full of feelings that ignite
It has interconnection
for your entire collection
It has neurons and synapses
you will not live if it collapses
yes; it is the master organ
our memory card is the brain.
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Eat, Sleep, Shit and my dialogue was a hit But burning was my butt Because it was just a taunt
Then; I realized it was excreta Creator and communicator of miasma My Town pig’s favorite and perpetuate but for us it was a proclaimer of enigma
As we grow; perceived the process Of Ingestion, Digestion, Absorption and excretion Still it remains a stink and stress Ah! Ha, Pain inside consolation.
We grew further and started Reprimands of dignity and wasting food this rots in the road to turn road dirty everywhere shit and stink in the city
It’s all the action of invisible demons that turns food to poison Poison is to us we are mere humans not for them who turn this earth heaven
Don’t mistake we are friendly demons We turn your waste to compost Give it to trees they will flourish the green We compose and compost
Eat, Sleep, Shit and my dialogue was a hit Be responsible and never regret After all waste is not a waste
Sunday, 8 October 2017
We all have studied Akbar the great, Who is called Shenshah. We have even saw the film showing his greatness of the Akbar. His rule, his glory, greatness of Mughal empire.
But I’m going to lesser known wicked face of Akbar. Though This is documented clearly, but for hidden reasons or say it a hidden propaganda, whatever is the reason was hidden away from textbooks.
This came to my perception in a poetry meet. The challenge was to pick the topics and write a poem on the same topic. I was one among those who recited the poems. But the most impressed one was written by a Hindi poet, who hails out from Kashmir. He described entire history of Kashmir in his poem which was amazing.
In his Poem he describe pre-vedic times and written Kashmir name came from Kashyap rishi who was one among the seven great saint created by Lord Brahma( According to Hindu mythology) and the beautiful lakes present in the valley.
Kashmir was the center province for Hindus, then for Buddhist’s and later transformed by Islamist's during 13th to 15th century. It was conversion of Gurez to Shia Muslim’s by Persian immigrants was the foremost reason for the Islam conversion of Kashmir valley which is now provinces of three countries- India, Pakistan and China.
He took name of Shah Mir who was the first Muslim ruler of Kashmir and then told about Habba Khatoon her beauty, her poems and her talented. He beautifully depicted the Love of Emperor Yousuf Shah Chak. He described his bravery for defeating the army of Akbar for two times. Though his army is very small compared to Akbar’s army, but it was not possible for Akbar to match his bravery.
This is where Akbar showed his black face which is lesser known to the world. Cunning Akbar invited Yousuf Shah Chak for peace talks , but his nature of annexure turned him an emperor which we never read in our books. He arrested Yousuf Shah Chak by treachery for the rest of his life. He was jailed in Bengal and died in Bihar.
Habba khatoon opposed Yousuf’s travel to Delhi as she doubted Akbar’s bait. She writes this in her poem and also tells that Yousuf was from a group of Indo-Aryan civilization which was predominantly believed in Hinduism.
When I Checked this in Wikipedia I felt this was true. Once I use to think Why revolutionaries are still terrorists in our textbook’s description of freedom struggle and this knowledge increased my doubt Whether the History we read and reading are twisted History which is far away from truth.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
We all knew he illustrations of R K Laxman and their importance to R K Narayan and his stories. Always writing and images go in hand. Writer writes his imaginations which is used by painter to give it a virtual life. This is very common but creating a literary piece by taking inspiration from images is difficult and this art is known as Ekphrastic art.
In India literary world it’s rare and such ekphrastic poems came from pen of Vijaya Gowrisankar.
“Savour” is Ekphrastic collection of poems. This collection consists of The book contains 58 paintings from 19 artists, including 5 Mouth and Foot Painting artists (artists who paint with their mouth and foot, due to some disability). 73 poems in 20 poetic forms have been written against 58 paintings.
Daigram 1-Shade of camels in light
Collection start with description of shades of sun in the desert describing beauty of nature and life.
Diagram -2- Mumbai Skyline
Suddenly the hue of beauty turn to civilization and describes beauty in civilized city. Description of envisions linked to nature is exclusive as the poetess call it a taste of success.
3) Flying bird
Poetess describes the bird at the top of the world with big dreams of great heights. The description of way a bird learns to fly and it’s comparison to make and break is exclusive.
Description of a brave and blessed girl who compares herself to free bird is a literary beauty.
When life seems distress poets searches for a calm place and it’s description is where image meets words.
Poem beautifully exaggerates the beauty of facial makeup and head dress of kathakali dancer and describes the wonder facial expressions.
Poem describes the beauty of lavender field and it’s fragrance. This gives you a golden touch of nature’s essence.
8) Lakeside Acrylic painting
Description of lakeside view‘s healing power is depicted in poem.
9)Shaded of horse
Poetess compares it with the journey towards the the goal.
Nothing to comment, it’s just fabulous to read description of little Krishna.
11) Big hand
Poem describes door of opportunities and misses.
Chords of saxophone will chord your inner behavior just like the lines in the poem does.
This poem describes how heart connections gives happiness in our life.
This poem describe how change in thought and feelings causes a drift between the two.
Below are the headings I have given to the remaining paintings.
14) I seek answers
15) Beautiful Blue Mountain
16) Cute Girl
17) Beautiful artist
18) Cuteness overloaded
19) Snow at its flow
20) Traditional dance
21) Beauty of Shadow
22) Flock of Monks
23) City’s flying babies
27) Kali parade
29) Beauty hidden
30) Light in the darkness
31) Forest girl
32) Jump high
34) Lake view
35) Cycle in the shade
37) flower merchant
38) Sea Shore
39) Loving animals
40) Shut your mouth
50) Forest lane
51) Darkness below moon
52) Shade of green on tar
53) Who is masking whom?
54) Reality or camouflage
55) Draupadi saree
58) Bhakti movement
59)one over the other
60) Statue in the lake
62) Dream city
63) Ice Candy
Like this every paintings are mesmerizing, the poems showcases a new world. I feel this is one beautiful collection every book lovers will feel happy to buy.
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Note: Headings are my my perceptions of the images.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
In 10 years
Yes, We Changed Smart
Way back in 2008, I use to crank a joke on my friend who was having a touch screen mobile, and use it to find the routes while we go out during those golden years of graduation. We use to tease him as Ekalavya for using his thumb, the most to slither on his phone.
It’s been 9 years and the time has reversed. We were the one who teased him during those years, and now we are so addicted to smart phones.
We use GPS ; even to find the way the bus goes if we travel. We use Information Technology to check where we are in our journey. We check everything in mobile, Location and mobile are inseparable to us.
For few of my friends who are in Sales work, no need to mention. They may lose their jobs without location finder because without GEO locating their visits, they probably cannot work. More precisely they will lose their appraisal, because without GPS they can reach hardly few sites they are allotted to visit.
Yes, it’s mobile Application era, we can skip our breakfast to reach in time, but we cannot go to office if we forget to take our Smartphones.
They are not just assets for us; but, a part and partial of our life; say, a Second wife if you are married and Girlfriend if you are a bachelor. It has even gone to further where a firm can be opened just by keeping a App, travel agencies are sprouting like a green algae on a swamp. Everybody use this mobility and the world is absolutely mobile (Locomotive).
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the finest festivals celebrated in India. It is a treat to watch the processions during the festival; especially during Ganesh Visarjan.
The procession always goes pomp. Music, dance, throwing colors, lights and burning crackers are very common during Ganesh Visrajan.
While we see the great enchantment in the processions of farewells of Street Ganesh idols. Individual house will not stay far behind. Every house bid adieu to their respective idols founded and worshiped in their house during the festival.
Individual house cannot afford orchestra, loud speakers. But most houses burn crackers to their financial capacity. They invite friends, relatives while leaving Ganesh.
Why reduce crackers
It’s the burning of crackers, that has not just become an usual practice; but, the matter of pride for the individual families.
Burning crackers can be fun; but, if we think of the pollution, it is huge. When the number of people who burn crackers are huge, pollution will be automatically high. Though social workers and environmentalists spread a lot of lessons, but it’s of less use.
Apart from the awareness that environmentalists create, there are hardly any measures taken to reduce burning crackers.
Shanknaad is not new; it is an age old tradition in India. Coonch, bells, anklets, small drums were the regular instruments in orchestra in any festival celebration in Hinduism.
The same old orchestra tradition was planned to bring to their residences by 5 environment caretakers in my town Ilkal. They collected 5 Coonch’s to initiate the process. They brought back this age old tradition to the town to reduce burning of crackers.
These guys took their Coonch’s and address the people to stop burning cracker during Ganesh processions. They blew these Coonch’s to produce good and loud ornamental voice in the Ganesh Visarjan procession in their house along with a few of friends and their neighbor’s houses.
5 friends went to trip to Ladakh few months before Ganesh festival. On their way back to home they visited Haridwar. In Haridwar, one among these five saw a big size Coonch in one of the shops and he got astonished to see its size.
He then inquired the shop owner about conch and got interested in buying it. The shop owner told him a rate of 5000 rupees; which, he thought, was too much for the Coonch. He blamed the shop owner for telling high rate, but the shop owner justified it’s rate and explained the guy about its quality, and offered him a pamphlet printed the announcement of rupees 1 lakh on proving his Coonch’s duplicate.
After giving pamphlet, shop owner blew the Coonch. It’s mesmerizing sound and loudness impressed the guy and he bought it. By watching this Shanknaad; the concept was incepted in another guy; and he explained the concept to his other friends. They were impressed and each of them bought a Coonch and stayed one day in Haridwar to learn blowing it from that shop owner.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Naga Panchami is a festival that is observed throughout India on the 5th day of Shravana month. It has got its own significance in mythology, folklore and scientific basis.
It is a festival where, Snakes and serpents are worshiped by offering milk, flowers and sweets to the metaphors of serpents such as idols and images of snake god. Mythology says it is a day Lord Krishna got victory over snake king Kaliya to protect the people from poisonous cobra of the king. Folk stories say farmers pray to snakes and offer devotion to snakes for not harming them and their families.
Scientifically; it is a metaphor of worshiping serpents and giving equal rights to snakes to live. This festival is celebrated in the monsoon season,during which snakes come out and, most of them will not be poisonous (not all though) and the festival means the innocent snakes are saved to balance ecosystem and to make sure the harmony of humans with other beings in the nature.
Fasting is observed a day before Naga Panchami; and, on the day of Naga Panchami, jaggery water or milk is offered to the idols or images of Snake god. In some places; people pour milk even to snake pits and they decorate pits with diyas and conduct activities such as Bhajans and firing crackers.
On this festival many sweets and other traditional snacks are prepared , which suits our digestive system during monsoon climate. Eating these sweets and snacks give good exercise to buccal cavity and helps teeth and the buccal cavity to be healthy.
It was in our school days, all children of our school are taken to Sri Vijay Mahantesh mutt located in my town Ilkal. Sri Vijay Mahantesh mutt is known for practicing the principles of Vachana literature. On this day mutt distributes milk to children as a metaphor the avoid wastage of milk (though people pour more jaggery water to idols in our place). The Mutt also encourages saving snakes and harmony with nature; except, for its opposition to wastage of milk. The step may seem extravagant to strong believers; but, it seems practical for me, despite being a believer in Hinduism.
Last year I was astonished by seeing a message from one of my friend who is working as a teacher in my school. He messaged me saying , he was happy for he caught and made real snake to drink milk.
This rubbishes the purpose of the festival as snakes don’t drink milk ;and, even if they drink milk milk will harm their life. Feeding milk to live snake will not serve the purpose of ecological harmony. Pouring milk , firing crackers near the snake pits will disturb the snake if they are present in the pit., they try to harm the pupil as part of its flight and fight mechanism.
It’s time to think new thoughts as much as possible; let’s celebrate the festival scientifically to serve its purpose.
Happy Naga Panchami and Happy Shravana month.