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Corruption an Addiction Sarkari Babu letter to Nitish 5

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orruption is not prostitution as it doesn’t make you morally corrupt but eats up the whole body-politic of the state. Corruption has been in vogue since ages but, of late, after Hazare’s heat its fashionable and hep to disrobe corruption. Everyone who think themselves to be someone seem to be targeting corruption like they have never ever seen or heard the word. Many of them thought Delhi’s jantar-mantar as becoming Tahrir square of Egypt ready to provide a historical chance to be on TV, newspaper and be a part of history. People with big-size goggles, designer summer cool apparels, large size colourful-fashionable beads round in necks with catchy slogans on the placards were seen crowding at jantar-mantar. Most of them were the familiar faces who could be spoed at any such occasions holding placards or candles either at India Gate or Gateway of India. Those who came from Bollywood or even twied from their cozy air-conditioned environs too were almost the identical ones seem to be ever ready to seize such an opportunity to make their presence felt in the name of a cause meant for the country. Its fashionable to become a sachha desh-bhakt today, its fashionable to abuse corruption today, its trendy to be a part of anti-corruption campaign, its cool to be holding placard with catchy slogans and be a part of a candle march. I saw a motley group of those people in Patna too to hit the road in support of Anna Hazare with candles and placards in hands. I recognized them instantly they were the same who always look for such an opportunity to see their pictures published in local papers next day or visuals giving sound byte to local TV news channels. They were not more than 20 playing 20:20 in the name of corruption. It appeared that patriotism has become the exclusive copy right for funky, fashionable group of the society as the real India—the India where more than seventy percent live their life on just twenty rupees—were quite missing from the scene. They were amused, bemused with all the air-conditioned people brimming with fire against Bhrastachar. We all know and heard about this..its been part of our culture, tradition, ethics, etiquee, life-style..why they are crying against it…how they will survive without it ?, they wondered. From college days I’ve seen reading that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely but I wish to ask one question now if absolute power corrupts absolutely where does that leave Nitish Kumar and his ilk? Power, as John Steinbeck wrote, does not corrupt, but fear corrupts…perhaps the fear of a loss of power. Nitish Kumar, hope you got the pint?! editor@thepatnapost.com

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World Cup: Cover Story Writeup is well written in State perspective where agitation/voilence on such issue is very common and the mob targets thses offices... The description about cricket fever in Patna is really the same waht we felt during the match time. Thnks to thepatnapost that flashes our feeling through their wire.. Keep the pace.. Ridhima , Patna TENDAYSYOUTRUNDLEDPAST I’m regular reader of thepatnapost, and like your thissection where information with sattire is easily available for the reader to enjoy. I want to suggest that please if possible increase the contents in this section. Photoessay is very touchy and surprise to know thier bachelorhood due to nonconnectivity and the babus following the laws without giving second thopught to humanity. so, where is the development? if the remote village is not connected to the rest world. Tushaar,Kaathmandu

Archive section is very interesting and in each issue we get to know soime facts and importance of the structures in and around patna. Artist Sanjay Singh is really a gem, if this ‘ll be in print then it’s of collector’s pride, but i take a print of this page and attach in my file. Santosh Kumar,student, Bengluru Bollywood plagiarism is not new but the master who ‘re known for their creation can do such crime is unbeleivable. If present music directors were infamous for this act then what a big deal in this. They are just following the foortsteps of their seniors... Seema, Pune

Thanks to thepatnapost for making an update review on book. This writeup is research based. I updated my knowledge bank from quiz section also. Manswi Tejpal, Delhi

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Is corruption an addiction in Bihar? the nation heard and seen what Hazare had to say. It was all televised and the great middle class of India—the chatterati, literati and walking class, precisely page-3--found him the modern messiah against corruption.

orruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency---so, when corruption became the most [ab]used word in the country today how could Bihar under Nitish Kumar be far behind? In fact, deliberate efforts were made to send the message across that it was Nitish Kumar who had taken the first lead in launching a crusade against corruption, and not this simple septuagenarian villager Anna Hazare sitting on fast at jantar-mantar in New Delhi getting all the mileage and hogging all the TV coverage.

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enough, could not score points in managing national media, though the state media continued singing paeans and projecting him as the real harbinger of anti-corruption movement. Seeing not being noticed on desired level the Bihar chief minister played doosra in the ongoing season of cricket of corruption and supported Anna Hazare and his campaign. The simple man from Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra with Rs 64 thousand in

The Bihar chief minister himself reminded media persons how during the last assembly poll campaign people were euphoric whenever he promised them to launch a frontal attack on corruption after coming to power and how he waged a war against corruption in the state during the last five months. He even counted his moves to prove his points. But,

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bank account too paid him back in praise after ending his fast.

gal?. Charity must begin at home, Shushasan Babu.

However, the million dollar question remains in Bihar: has the demonic corruption been beaten back with whatever Nitish Kumar claimed to have taken the steps?, can corruption be checked merely with declaring assets by babus and bureaucrats?, will right to service act prove to be a deterrent for corrupt officials?, or, will seizing properties symbolically be enough to check corruption in the state?.

We all know what is happening in Bihar today. Its all old wine in new bottle with lots and loads of marketing. Most of the board members running the show in the state today are familiar faces, only someone at the top is missing with familiar ear-lobes, oversized kurtapyajama, loud firman and fart, silver pikdaan and absolute rusticity with permanent courtiers sitting in horizontal harmony waiting for their turn to be heard and healed. Sophistication is the buzz now. Everything being done is done with sophistication. To feel good is to look good. Publicity is the mantra.

The people want to know why even after so much of hype and hoopla not a single officer’s asset has been seized yet?, or, why even after a year the most visible face of corrupt bureaucrats in Bihar K Senthil Kumar is roaming free and that too as director of Census department?, why politicians have been absolved from the provision of their properties being confiscated if found disproportionate or ille-

But, the King disguised as self claimed sevak-ofjanata must visit a govt hospital, a govt school, a police station or a sarkari office in the state capital itself in disguise of a common citizen and he would find out himself how much change he has brought in Bihar where corruption has been an addiction for ages.

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O p en L etter

An Open Letter to Anna Hazare by

Sanjay k ---you are not more than a symbol for us; identifying with you is more a matter of temporary convenience than sustained conviction as it makes us feel less guilty about our omission laden and commission – compromised lives.

Dear Anna Hazare-Ji,

---we are good at drafting resolutions and very vociferous at raising slogans “Vande Matram”, Inquilab Zindabad” etc. which are more about lungpower than emotional resonance. ---we’re foolishly sentimental people who get stirred easily, raise some slogans inadvertently, get some goose pimples, confuse them with revolutionary feelings, imagine ourselves as Che Guevara taking on an unjust world and call quits.

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our rabid supporters will bay for my blood and moderate ones will call me names – cynical, spoilsport, kill joy – but let me aver that the unprecedented euphoria in the aftermath of your result–oriented fast will soon give way to desperate frustration that in turn will lead to cynical despair and haunt as suicidal anomie. The celebration is clearly premature, misplaced and hugely disproportionate because:

---we instinctively, deeply and expediently believe that some body else will fix the entire system for us; some body will descend down from somewhere and order general massacre of all those corrupt people. ---we are given to taking the easy way out; it is just about ` 100 or so – why waste our Sunday or holiday?

---the public memory is ephemerally short and the public mood oscillates faster than a pendulum.

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tled “Counterpoint”, “Devil’s advocate”, “We the people” as gospel truths.

---we lull ourselves into falsely believing that technology – Aadhar, Smart Card, Biometric system – can replace morality.

Because we get overwhelmed by sensation-filled reporters mongering scandalously sensational stuff on television.

---we delude ourselves into thinking that decentralisation of power will magically make corruption disappear overnight by making our municipalities and PRIs paragons of transparency.

---we believe that the police are out to get the Mafiosi which operates on its own and has nothing to do with politicians.

---we regard printed words as inherently true and treat columns ti-

---we do not pose tough and value-loaded questions to politicians as we reserve these questions for our assignment – loaded kids. ---we either do not deserve democracy or otherwise as we repeatedly fritter away our votes under the sway of primordial tornado. ---we are too willing to open our wallets, flip out a note with Mahatma Gandhi smiling sarcastically and we believe he is happy about everything. ---we want anything and everything and we want it right now so we are ready to make compromises. ---we impart knowledge

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and information not values to our progeny.

away from a fact of life to become a way of life. And, we do not want to disrupt our lives.

---when we happen to be on the verge of joining a job, our entire khandaan becomes curiously excited about upri aamdanni.

---we are happy burning candles and molten wax that falls on our hands – we treat that as our sacrifice for the great cause.

---we start believing that acts and rules will cleanse the Ganges of pollution.

---we venerate and genuflect those who have become rich by hook or by crook.

---a few honest politicians, judges, officers, policewallahs make us believe that they will set everything right.

---our gods are easily deceived and bribed – one Kg. ladoo, a dip in the Ganges etc.

---we somehow believe that one is divinely entitled to corruption while others should behave ascetically.

---each of us is in tearing hurry to become “Bada Aadmi” (huge / great man) but none of us is willing to become “aadmi” (humane) in the first place.

---we are ascription oriented not achievement oriented.

---politicians are out to get you and your likes through innocuous insinuations and malicious leaks.

---we, the people of India, are steeped in tradition, in feudal mindset and are still to outgrow feudal practices.

Because India that is not Bharat is run by an elite coterie of crony capitalists who own the media, payroll our democracy, sponsor questions in our legislative bodies, get PILs filed in the supreme court and make us feel good about ourselves.

---our sense of karmic fatalism makes ourselves reconciled to our suffering. ---we speak a lot but do nothing. ---we wish for heaven but do not wish to die. ---we have seen corruption move

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Open letter by an anonymous babu of

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hen the administrative fiat for the declaration of property – movable and immovable – came, it inevitably set the cat among pigeons touching and fraying raw nerves. The initial reaction ranged from bewilderment to defiance. “Why us? Why should we declare property ?” After all it was once a fundamental right and after having been struck off from the list of fundamental rights, continues to be a statutory right. Right to life and liberty, right to privacy etc. were also thrown in to stonewall the attempt of the state; the state maintained stony silence and displayed steely resolve; subsequently defiance gave way to furious calculation and inevitable manipulation of details. Wily advocates were scouted, cheeky chartered accountants consulted, brainstorming done, different details pored over, investment certificates and passbooks dusted, Gods propitiated and elusive courage was summoned to complete the process. Nothing, however, could clear the welter of incomprehension. This open letter written by one among many of peeved babus in Bihar intends to empathise with those at the receiving end of this fiat and in their words.

Respected Sushasantu Babu,

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e are thoroughly peeved and comprehensively confused. The format has so many columns and sub-columns, high on statistical specifics but low on practical imperatives. For example cash. It surprises us no end. We hardly ever get to see cash. We receive our payment through cheque which is credited in our saving account for which the bank issues a debit card which is kept, controlled and operated by our better halves for the benefit of myriad boutiques, spas, VLCC, parlours, gupchup wallahs etc. The final position is that we do not have cash and our wives have debit cards which they use with absolute and scandalous discretion.

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Our dependents do have some cash which they smartly extract and extort from their unsuspecting grandparents by giving them not – so – innocent puppies and jhappis or by reciting poetry penned by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan but that is different matter altogether.

are subject to us dying not deliberately but accidentally. We know that death is inevitable but the time and manner of inevitability is uncertain. Are we allowed to speculate about the time and manner of inevitability ? Jewellery with weight and value befuddles us most. How can we submit their current value given the possibility that gold might be impure and in any case, goldsmiths always have a way about despairing us. They drag us into technicalities like carat, nickel mix etc. and come up with the clincher “all that glitters is not gold” and make us feel like jewel thieves. Head hanging in shame we make a hasty retreat dragging our feet. In any case we have never seen nor are we likely to see gold and jewellery anytime soon. Should we report something that is elusive and of apocryphal value ?

Again we are not sure about the manner in which we should report our deposits in financial institutions and NBFCs. We were taken in by their glib promises to double our deposits in two years and invested our hardly hard – earned money in them; however they chose to fly by the night and more defiant ones during the day when the RBI was feeling soporific after a heavy lunch and economic offences wing blinked the other way round. Should We report such deposits which do not exist any longer? Similarly our investments in mutual funds, equity, share market etc. have been at the receiving end of the bear cartel and double dip recession hammering them down. Our investment scrip, certificates, bond papers are fit for wastepaper basket if not dirty grimy dustbin. Should we report such investment? if yes, on the asset or on the liability side ?

Sir, much more confusing is the bitter fact that our income is our wives’ income and their income from milch cows, wooly sheeps, juicy mango orchards are their income. Thus we do not have our own income and this is why unable to make any outcome. Our income does not belong to us; it belongs to our wives, sister – in – laws, ageing in – laws, kurkurre – lays – cold drink wallahs, extorting schoolwallahs and so on. Without

Further, LIC investment and returns thereon defy me. Returns

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any pie and forced to eat humble pie should we report our non – existent income ? Moreover, our houses are not our houses as they have been intruded, encroached upon and taken over by our wives and myriad in-laws. We occupy a part of the house between the dining table and the shoe cabinet. Further, our apartments are in seismic zone that Patna is—which you always afraid of---our apartments are so poorly built that an earthquake measuring even 0.9 on the Richter scale will bring it down. “Should we report something which is not ours in the true sense of the term ?”

inch, the promise of bio-fuel remaining as usual a hoax, the fuel subsidy being rolled back, west recovering from recession and the transport officer issuing driving licenses in a heap which are in fact license to dent and licenses to kill. For us, a vehicle is a doubled whammy, cumulative liability as the Bank EMI is matched by spiraling expenses – fuel, insurance, garage. Lastly it is good that the format has a liability section. Liabilities are mounting and my as-

One more pressing issue concerns socially acceptable manner. There is a saying that none should ask about the income of a male and age of a female. We fail to understand why the state is insistent on asking our income forgetting acceptable behavior and etiquette in the process. Does it also intend to ask the age of a female ? And vehicle is a complex issue. A vehicle can never be an asset in such uncertain times- the middle east in ferment, north Africa on fire, OPEC refusing to budge an

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sets have turned into liabilities. Loans that I gave to my sundry friends and relatives in the first flush of altruism and philanthropy have

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become doubtful assets? Should we strike them off from the asset side and put them on the liability side? I also wonder if the government will compensate for my failed philanthropy and botched altruism. I again wonder if the state proposes to take care of my mounting liabilities in the interest of harmonious work ethics and Gross Bihari Happiness. And finally, sir, where should we put our contingent losses i.e. income that should have come to us but which did not reach us as we issued caste certificate etc. without charging a penny because same vigilance wallahs were on prowl or because bribe – givers show some real attitude; they never forget to drop hints about some anti-graft advertisement they claim to have seen. They are very smart, sir. They carry a newspaper with the news item that so and so officer / clerk / kramchari has been caught (always red-handed) taking bribes ranging from 500 to 1500 and place it strategically on our tables. We keep such people – aware, pesky and unpredictable- in good humor by sipping tea together, eating bhunja and pakoras together; we also ask them the whereabouts of their children and proffer them unsolicited hence free advice that BBA is a very good course for their children. We grudgingly make them our co-equals while sincerely wishing two dichotomous futures for them: one, that they should become our collection agents at the cut rate of 10% ; two and alternatively, to embroil them in some false cases with NBW.

P.S. : When most of the top state IAS & IPS officers have only a scooter, Maruti and few thousand rupees as assets in their possession how could Bihar be a prosperous state?

Jis Pradesh mein itni garibi ho‌woh Pradesh biksit kaise hoga?! Yours, Sarkari babu.

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Weird & bizarre:

Patna police drumming out law evaders !

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ver since Nitish Kumar regime has come to power in Bihar his officials often come out with some weird & bizarre, which they call “innovative”, ideas apparently to impress the new Nijam. Ridiculous or ludicrous they might look even at first sight but they go with their “innovative ideas” until the media stops taking notice of them. The latest in the list is what the Patna SSP, Alok Kumar has thrown recently to catch those who have evading law for long. And, lo he falls back to the British Raj for his innovative idea” catching absconding law breakers through dugdugi drive [drum beating]. And, he says the response has been very encouraging so far, though its different matter that different local papers cite different figures of success rate while quoting him. Under his inventive exercise the cops visit the residential addresses of the absconders and beat drums aloud to draw the attention of the residents of the entire locality. The crime details of the person are read aloud once a crowd gathers at the site. The Patna police believe that the people would provide them clues about those eluding absconders and they would catch them on the spot. Or, the evading criminals would surrender before them to escape embarrassment and humiliation!? Sounds incredibly laughable. Perhaps the J&K cadre Patna SSP is completely ignorant of Bihar and its criminology. Sometime ignorance comes as bliss for someone! He said that all the police stations of the Patna district have been given ten locations to cover with the list of absconding criminals under their dugdugi drive. There are 2,000 against whom the drive has been launched and the Patna police also claims that over 100 have already been arrested under the exercise.

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Earlier, the then DIG of Tirhut zone Arvind Pandey had hung a huge bell naming it as “Jehanagiri Bell” outside his official bungalow in Muzaffarpur for common people in distress. Those who needed immediate police help should press the bell and the DIG would come out from his home to redress the problem but as soon as the media attention stopped the Bell too vanished along with the police officer from the plush bungalow. Similarly, two years back the officials of Patna Municipal Corporation have hired services of some kinnars[eunuchs] for collecting municipal taxes pending with individuals. The “innovative” exercise fizzled out once it came out of media coverage. The dugdugi drive by Patna police too has got the media coverage it deserves and now its time to … .

Corruption is not a joke in Nitish Kumar’s Bihar

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ven before veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare sat on a fast and broke it on a winning note corruption has been the most vibrantly [ab]used word in Bihar with Nitish Kumar claiming to have put a crackdown on it. In the last five months of his second term barely he had addressed a meeting or a function where Nitish Kumar has not mentioned the word corruption in one way or the other. From the top of the roof he even counted several steps to his credit for wiping out corruption from Bihar. He threw enough indications that what Anna Hazare has been doing he has done months ago in Bihar. “During assembly poll I’ve been promising people to wage a war on corruption and you all know how much response I was getting on this issue”, he recently told media persons. However, critics said its all been a very wily move by Nitish Kumar who earlier had promised to bring industries and employment to the state after coming to Bihar and make Bihar a developed state. But, when noone came even after five years of rule he changed his tune and started saying “human development” is the biggest development and he was striving for this. “Look, he brought the law to seize the illegal properties of the corrupt

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babus but do not dare to do the same with the politicians‌merely disclosing the properties do not serve the purpose�, rued one. Nitish Kumar, he said, wants to become the self-claimed champion of anti-corruption movement in the country. If he is serious on the issue of corruption, now ask many in Bihar, why he is ignoring the latest CAG report exposing the financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 11,412.54 crore. A petition has also been filed in the Patna High Court on Monday last for re-hearing a public suit on the alleged financial irregularities with fingers pointed at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and 46 others. The petition, reportedly, has thrown the JD-U leaders into tizzy. Petitioner Arvind Kumar Sharma has sought re-hearing of the case as per the rule that requires an order to be passed within six months after the stay. In July 2010, Sharma in his public interest suit pointed out financial irregularities in the development funds during 2002-2008 in Bihar. A division bench then ordered the CBI probe into the alleged irregular withdrawals of funds of Rs 1,100 crore from the state treasury for various welfare and development schemes which were made without tendering required bills to the Accountant General of Bihar. Corruption is not a joke in Bihar, they say!

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I WAS GANDHI’S BOYFRIEND by Paul Rudnick

According to a new biography by Joseph Lelyveld, the love of Mahatma Gandhi’s life was a German-Jewish bodybuilder named Hermann Kallenbach. “Your portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in my bedroom,” Gandhi wrote to Kallenbach. “The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed.” KOCHI, India—Gandhi is still so revered in India that a book about him that few Indians have read and that hasn’t even been published in this country has been banned in one state and may yet be banned nationwide. —The Times.

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know that some people still don’t buy that Gandhi was gay, but let me tell you, from experience, Gandhi liked guys. I first met him when he came to see my ice show in Nepal, which was called “Holiday on Dirt.” Gandhi came backstage and he told me, “I very much enjoyed watching you pretend to iceskate, in your tight pants.” I asked him, “Um, so why are you wearing a

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diaper?” And he explained that his outfit was a traditional Indian dhoti, and I said, “Well, you look like the New Year’s baby.” And he said, “You are so handsome when you are not speaking.” Then he told me about how he made the fabric for his dhoti himself, on his spinning wheel and hand loom, and I said, “Whoa, are you, like, a Native American lesbian?” And he said, “I will tell you over dinner.” So we do the dinner thing, and he’s all, like, “I’ll just have a salad,” and I go, “Wait, are you some sort of total vegetarian whatever?” And he says yes, that he doesn’t believe in killing living things for food, and I’m, like, “Excuse me, but I’m gonna eat the cow before it eats me.” And Gandhi says, “You are the only grown man I have ever met whose first name is Kelly.” And I’m, like, “Well, your first name is Mohandas, right? Maybe you should change it, so that people can relate more. You could be, like, Tim Gandhi or Gary Gandhi.” And he goes, “Oh, Kelly.” But he’s kind a cute, you know, in a legendary-world-leader sort of way, and he’s telling me all about his philosophy of nonviolence—I mean, on and on, blah blah blah, until I just want to smack him. And so I say, “O.K., so what if someone, like, punches you—are you just gonna sit there?” And he says, “Yes. What would you do?” And I say, “If someone punched me, I would throw my drink at them. I mean, maybe you should try that with the British.” And he says, “You are so very wise, perhaps you should spell your name Kellhi.” And I think that’s totally adorable, so I say, “Let’s go back to your place,” and he tells me that he’s celibate. And I’m, like, “Huh? ’Scuse me?” And he says that he believes in the purity of the body and the soul, and that sometimes he sleeps beside a naked young woman, and does not become aroused. And I’m, like, “Me, too.” And then he says

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that also he’s married. And I’m thinking, Kelly, here we go again. So I ask him if he’s come out to his parents, and he says, “Oh, no, they’re all oldschool Hindu and they wouldn’t understand.” So I say, “But wouldn’t it be cool if you could do a campaign with a poster of your parents hugging you, and the poster could say, ‘Staying in the Closet Is a Hin-Don’t’?” And then he tells me about how India has this, like, totally bogus caste system, and how they even have people called untouchables, and I’m, like, “You mean brunettes?” And he laughs and I say, “No, it’s not funny. You mean, like, brunettes?” And he asks, “Kelly, have you ever studied any world history?,” and I’m, like, “Excuse me, but I happen to be wearing an imported Italian cashmere sweater,” and he says, “You know, maybe I’ll think about a steak.” Of course, he eventually dumped me for this German-Jewish bodybuilder, and I warned him, I said, “Hello, been there, and I know that at first it sounds hot, but pretty soon it’s all ‘Nein, I can’t stay out late, because I have to get up early for the gym,’ and ‘Nein, we can’t do your rally for South Africa, because we’ve got my cousin’s Seder, remember?’ And his mother will be all ‘So, Mr. Gandhi, I’m told you like to lie down in front of railroad cars, to demonstrate a political point. Can you make a living from this?’ ” But Gandhi and I stayed in touch, because he really was a good person. And he’d give me advice on guys and stuff. Like, he told me, “I know he’s cute, with the mustache and all, but Stalin is not for you.” But do I listen? newyorker.com

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Frontier of possibilities by

The sanctity of the boundary Fed incessantly Consumed uncritically Elevated to Dharma Edified as apotheosis of our being Our very raison d’etre Inviolable, sacrosanct, reverable. A line A thin line Passing through snow and desert Forbidding heights and bottomless oceans Implacable foes guarding every inch Break but not bend Die but not a speck of dirt. Notion of martyrs and supreme sacrifice Motherland and her honor Eyes would be gouged out Limbs would be chopped out Catastrophe is just a button away But who made it ? Nobody knows Boundaries are mentifacts Boundaries have a way of parochialising Along we and they Idea of we narrowing down progressively Until one is reduced to me, mine, I, myself Even that ego is schizophrenic Torn from within Janus faced Bereft of convictions How do you divide yourself between Your own and your other

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Your very own and your own Your very, very own and your very - very own Until the excruciating burden of expectations rip you apart. Should we let it go ? Resigned and reconciled to inevitable Or else propel ourselves to believe in Frontier of possibilities Bridge of rapprochement Voyage of reaching out Caravan with came loads of trust Safari of acknowledgement Odyssey of outreach Hieun – Tsang Fa – hsien Alberini Manucci roaming around freely with a pinch of salt yet full of empathy feeling the pinch of other’s shoes

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Only one NRI to cast vote in WB assembly election Kolkata,- Only one Non-resident Indian has registered his name for the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly polls after the EC's announcement that NRIs would be allowed to vote if they register their names in the voters list. Sujit Dutta, an NRI living in Oman, has registered his name in the voters list and he would be the only person who can exercise his franchise in the six-phase polling starting next week, Additional Chief Electoral Officer N K Sahana told PTI. Originally a resident of Behala, 47-year-old Dutta can cast his vote at Behala West Constituency where Opposition leader Partha Chattopadhyay will try his luck in the third phase of the polling on April 27. Agencies

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State Capital got it’s first multiplex M Text & Photos :

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State chief minister Nitish Kumar takes a tour after inauguration of Multiplex Mall in Patna. Noted bollywood Director Prakash Jha’s P&M Mall became capital’s first.

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Y o ur ow n A g o ny A unt

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Dr.Binda Singh, Clinical Psychologist

Q: I am a class XI student .My results have been extremely bad due to which I have not been able to tell my parents about this. I am feeling very uncomfortable. A: You are a best judge of your performance and it is you who is aware of the reason of your failure. If not ;it’s high time you need to realize and work with proper channel to overcome your failures .Try and figure out your strengths and weaknesses and learn to work hard .At present try and concentrate on your studies and forget the rest .Parents are always understanding unless you test their patience.

Q: I am a final year medical student. My grandfather wants me to marry in a rich landlord family with rural background. I don’t want to marry according to his wish because the boy doesn’t even have a medical background also. I cannot adjust in a rural background. My parents do not have much say in my grandfather’s decision. Please help. A: You ‘re an adult and have a right to take your own decisions. It is nice to respect your elders but they should also understand the feelings of their children .You need to share your feelings with family members including your grandfather. I am sure they will understand, if not there is no wrong in revolting at least somebody in your family needs to take the initiative; why not you?

Q: I am 17 year old student and whenever I sit to study I start pondering over everything around me. My thoughts become deep and I question their existence. A: You are suffering from thought disorder. This is due to lack of interest and concentration in studies. Either you do not understand your subject or you are not studying the subject of your choice. It is better you opt something of your choice which atleast showcase your potentials and interest. Consult a psychologist for counseling and behaviour modification.

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T est yo u r Q u est

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Quizzically on by

Bihar

Q-07

Dr Manish Kumar

1.

In which year Akbar invaded Bihar?

2.

Who was the president of Congress session which took place in Patna in 1912?

3.

Which nationalist leader played a pivotal role in organizing “Azad Dasta�, a guerilla outfit?

4.

In which year Sher Shah made Patna, the capital of Bihar?

5.

Golghar was constructed in 1786 under the supervision of which English official?

6.

Name the ruler of Bengal and a contemporary of king Harsha, who damaged the Bodhi tree in Gaya ?

7. Name the foreign traveler who estimated the population of Patna as 2 lakh in 17th Century? 8.

Imarat-e-Shariya was established in the year?

9.

When the Kisan Sabha came into existence in Bihar?]

10. When Bihar Vidyapeeth came into existence?]

Answer

Q-06

1.

Rajkamal Chaudhury in 1965

6.

Kumar Gupta

2.

Vassakar

7.

Chandra Gupta-II

3.

Jivak

8.

Indica

4.

Bahar Khan Lohani

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Prince Azim, the grandson of Aurangzeb

5.

Siddhu, Kanho, Chand and Bhairav

10. 1359 manish_kumar110@yahoo.com

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L o n g in g

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B elo n g in g

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Changing Bihar, Developing Bihar

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hanging Bihar, Developing Bihar, Patna got first Multiplex Mall and now other investors may come and add some more. These are the headlines of the newspaper these days. The MUNADI / Dugduggi for the criminals to surrender and tachometer to the great patna police to handle the road romeo/ laheria-cut bikers. All these in the news appears good and more impressive to uplift our social sensex. But after face to face with them all your dreams come true and all Mungerilal ke sapne shattered at simple stroke…. Recently, an incident of shootout took place at Jagdeopath locality and situation worsen after the news of death flashes, the mob suddenly became violent and started pelting stones on the passers by, parked vehicles, shops and anything that can be damaged. One of my relative, unaware of the incident passing from that locality, suddenly heard a blast and stopped his car. The agitated mob loaded with hockey stick, bamboo, stick, brick and other items started beating him, he somehow managed to escape from there with the help of a good Samaritan in the crowd with warning “Saheb aaj to bacha liya .. nahin to yeh public hai kya kar deti pata nahin..” The friendly police just screened this incident as if Ramgopal verma’s action film shoot was going there. After the incident I talked to my insurance agent for the repairing of my car he advised me to lodge an FIR and then come to office. The police station incharge first briefed me “Apni tuti hui car ka photo aur gaadi ka kagach le ke aayeiye…”. I rushed to the PS with all prescribed documents then the other who ‘ve to register the complaint said.. “Kya sahib, padh ke bhi anpadh hain… gadiya dekhe bina kaise likh denge, ka pata aap aise hi 420 kaa kaam kara lijiyega… ”As per his instruction I called my brother to bring the car, somehow he managed to reach the PS then he added , bus khali gadiya ka seeshawa toota to hai.. wohaan pe to gadiyo jala dihis tha.. aap to lucky hain ki banch gaye… Ab aise mein dugduggi kiski bajegi criminal ki ya police ki…… This recalled me the story about mythical Birbal how he managed to get bribe from the sailors with an idea of counting sea tides.. to bhaiyoon jahan chaah wahan raah…. yeh hai hamara Bihar governed by Nitish Kumar. Parvez lives in Bengaluru, he told to thepatnapost.

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Arc h ive

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MASTERstroke

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rtist Sanjay Singh has stretched his creative pen ‘n pencil to draw the

past of the present.

Vidyapeeth

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he building, over the looking Ganga at the Rajendra Ghat, represents a mixed variety of several religious beliefs. Architecture is unique. Replica of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist symbol can be traced.Primarily a mute tribute to father-in-law of JP and Maulana Mazharul Haque. Braj Kishore Memorial, housing a lecture hall, huge library, dedicated to the memory of freedom struggle days and paintings of great freedom fighters adorn its gallery. Seventy years goes into its construction, although inaugurated in 1955 with donation of personal 3000 books by the first ptresident Dr. Rajendra Prasad. This place is historically important. Mahatma gandhi during Champaran Movement decided to setup among the mango orchard, an ingenious Vidyapeeth (or Indian University) to cater to engineering and technical academic pursuits for our students. It functioned till independence, today only the memories stand guard.

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F o o d S T AL L

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Lebanese food

robably the most popular and well know out of all the middleeastern cuisines, Lebanese food has a distinct flavor to it- thanks to a rich cultural history and a profound impact of region on its flavor, Lebanese food is definitely one of the best one can find anywhere in the world. Encompassing a perfect mix of dairy products, meat, fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, food in Lebanon is one of the most colorful and well garnished cuisines that one can come across. The recipes are not only healthy, but because of the vast variety Lebanese food consists of, recipes tht are great to taste. Croissants, caramel custards and flan are three of the most renowned Lebanese recipes around the world. Croissants rich in butter and stuffed with mutton, fish or chicken have evolved in all sorts of manners over the last two decades or so. One recipe (or rather, a group of recipes) that particularly stands out from all the other Lebanese foods is the Mezze. The Mezze is that one single dish which can be attributed to have made Lebanese cuisine world famous. Mezze is nothing but a mixture of about 30 (maybe more or less, but usually, its thirty) dishes, hold and cold, served simultaneously. Now, the dishes in a particular Mezze can vary, but the general protocol is that every Mezze would typically have salads (Fattoush is an example), sauces or dips (such as Hummus and Matoubal) and patties ( such as Sambusacs and croissants) and finally the stuffed grape leaves, which are an integral part of the Mezze. Lebanese breads, especially the flat Pita bread is an integral part of home-made Lebanese food. It is an essential part of any Lebanese meal and it is very seldom that you would find a Lebanese meal without the Pita bread. Besides, it is also a common practice to not serveStews and Yakhenis are also an integral part of Lebanese cuisine, which makes it one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. Some dishes are specifically prepared for occasions. The Meghli dessert, for instance, is specifically prepared while celebrating the birth of a new born baby. Lebanese cuisine has a rich collection of foods and recipes that are local to the region. Ackwai (a local variety of cheese), Baba ghanouj (a recipe made by charring eggplant and grilling it to the core- served with various sauces and purees as dips) and Kunafi (which a local pastry stuffed with nuts, syrup and sweet white cheese) are some of the best recipes from Lebanese food.

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Akras kibbi mishwieh (grilled kibbi balls)

ingredients: 1½ kg (48 oz)fine burghul (cracked wheat), washed and drained 1½ kg (48 oz) lean meat, finely ground for Kibbi 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup cold water 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 750 g (24 oz)minced meat 2 cups finely chopped onion 1 cup coarsely chopped and fried walnuts ½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped 500 g (16 oz) lamb fat, chopped ½ cup shortening or butter ¼ teaspoon salt

Methods: Soak burghul in water for 10 minutes, drain well, then press with your hands to get rid of excess water. Put aside. Process onion and Kibbi meat in a food processor till fine. Mix burghul, salt, black pepper and cinnamon. Process with meat till firm paste. Knead with wet hands. Cover with a clean cloth. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Filling: Fry onion with a dash of salt in shortening till tender. Add minced meat and salt, stirring, till tender. Add walnuts and fat, stir, remove from heat. Add basil. Mix.Divide meat mixture into balls (egg-size). Place a ball in a large ice cream scoop.Smooth paste into scoop using your wet hands. Place 2 tablespoons of filling mixture in centre of scoop.Smooth another kibbi ball using wet hands. Put over the filling in scoop. Moisten with cold water to seal.Turn scoop on your hand. Place kibbi ball on a tray. Repeat process with remaining quantity.Brush patties with butter or shortening char-grill till brown on both sides. Place on a platter and serve hot. foodie

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Mozari magic

ometimes you wonder what is more important for you in fashion‌..style or comfort. Imagine if you can get both .We are talking about mozaris. They not only accessorize your costumes but also gives you a very cool look. Mozari is best footwear for summers.

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Since ages it has adorned the foot of royal blood . Now it’s your turn to look chic as well as ethnic. Mozaris complement both traditional as well as western attire .It’s versatility for both the attires makes it the most sought after footwear and that too at a very affordable price. So what are you waiting for go and buy one this season and remain thanda thanda cool.

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Artist paints Salman under zero gravity conditions

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27-year-old girl from the city, Ankita Joshi, has painted `Dabangg' actor Salman Khan in a zero gravity flight. Ankita is the first woman in the world to paint under zero gravity conditions, and being a big fan of the actor's, she chose Salman, to start with. "I am a huge fan of Salman Khan...he is my favourite and I loved his film Dabangg. He has a great personality. I wanted to start with him," she told PTI. She painted Salman -- as Chulbul Pandey -- within two eight-second trajectories above Florida, USA, on March 27. Ankita plans to gift the painting to the actor. She flew in a Rockwell Commander aircraft along with a doctor, under the supervision of space agency NASA. The aircraft nosedived to create zero-gravity conditions for about four minutes, when she painted. "I was able to experience the void of gravity, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. I painted series of canvases," she said. Prior to the flight, she underwent training with an ex-NASA astronaut, Greg Claxton. Painting in the space was not easy as everything from the canvas to the crayon was floating. "We tried to fix the canvas with rods but it did not help. I was constantly banging my head on the ceiling...I remained dizzy and sick," she said. Ankita will display her zero-G paintings at the Jehangir Art Gallery here from April 21 to 27. PTI Agency

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Bolly Gupp

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Deepika Padukone, the “tattoo queen”….

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he organizers of the first Tattoo Convention in India, has chosen Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone as the “tattoo queen”.

The sexy star sports two tattoos. One is her former boyfriend’s initial and another of an anklet. After watching her in a remixed song in the upcoming film Dum Maaro Dum, IndiaInk Invention got in touch with the modelturned-actress and requested her to visit their first-ever convention which took place here on April 10. They were keen on her presence at the expo as they consider the Om Shanti Om actress to be the “tattoo queen”. However, the actress could not attend the convention as she was abroad for a film shoot.

identified with.

The convention’s organiser Manoj Thakur, Partner at Par Excellence Entertainment, said, “Deepika’s absence was felt, especially at an event that she would have readily

With her own much-written about RK tattoo at the base of her neck and the cutting-edge Dum Maaro Dum tattoo she’s seen sporting in the movie, she would have been the perfect ambassador for this tattoo expo.” As Deepika was shooting in London for Desi Boyz, she could not attend the event, but forwarded the invitation to her Dum Maaro Dum team. Abhishek Bachchan, Prateik and Rohan Sippy attended the convention instead. The cast of the film launched the special Dum Maaro Dum tattoo at the convention.

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Exclusive Reoprt

Bollywood music at its

Apr 17 - 26, 2 0 1 1

plagiarism best... ... . Chura liya hai tumne jo dhun ko.... Shankar Jaikishen [Hindi] 1 Hai na bolo bolo [Film: Andaz] From the song 'Papa loves mama'. 2 Dil use do jo jaan de de [Film: Andaz (1971)] From the song 'With a little help from my friends' by Beatles (1967)! Listen to Dil use do | With a little help from my friends. Sure, inspired. But good work on the improvisation. 3 Dekho, ab to [Film: Jaanwar] From the song 'I want to hold your hand' by Beatles! Listen to Dekho ab to | I wanna hold your hands Inspired! 4 Gumnaam hai koi [Film: Gumnaam] From Henry Mancini's theme for the movie Charade! Listen to Gumnaam | Charade theme Copied! 5 Bin dekhe aur bin pehchane [Film: Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961)] From the song 'Dancing Eyes' (Abbo Oubib Ghanoura), from the collection 'Music for an Arabian Night' (1959) by Ron Goodwin. Listen to Bin dekhe bin pehchane (Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai) - Dancing Eyes (Abbo Oubib Ghanoura) Rahbani Brothers were the composers of the original, 'Abbo Oubib Ghanoura' 6 Main aashiq hun bahaaron ka [Film: Aashiq] From the song 'Return to Paradise' (Sanargi'u), from the collection 'Music for an Arabian Night' (1959) by Ron Goodwin. Listen to Main aashiq hoon (Aashiq) - Return to Paradise (Sanargi'u)

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Rahbani Brothers were the composers of the original, 'Sanargi'u' 7 Kaun hai jo sapnon mein aaya [Film: Jhuk gayaa aasmaan] From Elvis Presley's song Margarita from the movie Fun in Acapulco Listen to Kaun hai jo | Marguerita 8 Aa ab laut chalen [Film: Jis desh mein ganga behti hain] Inspired by the Italian number 'Ciao ciao bambina'. The version added here is by Domenico Modungo which was released in 1959. The Hindi movie came out in 1961. Listen to Aa ab laut chalen | Ciao ciao bambina Inspired. 9 Aaj ki raat [Film: Aman] Inspired by Too much tequila by The Champs (1960) Listen to Aaj ki raat | Too much tequila Inspired. 10 Aaja sanam [Film: Chori chori (1956)] Inspired by the Italian folk tune, 'Tarantella' Listen to Aaja sanam | Tarantella Shankar Jaikishen version that has a rather slow tempo and a more coherent melody added to it, which makes a fantastic inspiration! 11 Suku suku [Film: Junglee (1961)] Inspired by Nina and Frederik's 'Sucu sucu' (1961)! Listen to Suku suku (Junglee) | Sucu Sucu (Nina and Frederik) The inspiration is pretty straight but SJ have considerably changed the pace, tune and almost everything else (wonder why they didn't change the words 'suku suku'...they could've avoided an 'obvious' clue!) to suit Shammi Kapoor! Trivia note on the original's composers: From the late 1950s right through until the mid-1960s, the aristocratic duo Nina & Frederik entertained audiences across Europe and North America with their ‘Pop’ slanted Folk and Calypso singing. Frederik was Baron van Pallandt, son of the Dutch ambassador to Denmark, Nina was Danish, they married in 1960. They also had an extraordinary knack of making Christmas

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records, an all-year round listening! IN Europe, they introduced a sanitized version of calypso (Frederick had studied at an agricultural college in Trinidad) to their fans. 12 Itni badi mehfil [Film: Dil apna aur preet paraye (1960)] Inspired by the 1955 Harry Belafonte number 'Banana Boat Song'! Listen to Itni badi mehfil | Banana boat song 'Banana boat song' was also called 'Day-o'. Credits: Words and Music by : Harry Belafonte, Lord Burgess and William Attaway. 13 Do mastane...tu ru ku [Film: Main sundar hoon (1971)] Inspired by the 1960 Elvis number, 'Wooden heart'! Listen to Tu ru ku (Do mastane) | Wooden Heart Elvis's Wooden Heart was released as the soundtrack of the 1960 Elvis starrer by the same name. In the movie Elvis sings this number in English and German to at a puppet show while on a date with the film's leading lady, Juliet Prowse. The fact is that Elvis' number (Written by Fred Wise, Bert Kaempfert & Kay Twomey) is based on a German folk song which goes 'MuĂ&#x; i' denn zum Städtele hinaus...' or 'Muss i'den' as we can comfortably call it in English! This song was composed by Philipp Friedrich Silcher in 1827! But again, one online Silcher biography calls him as, "...a preeminent composer, poet, editor, music teacher, director, and preserver of German folk song and traditional choral music". So if he is merely a preserver he may not be the composer of muss i'den...I may be wrong here but I think I can safely attribute muss i'den to Silcher at this point! Listen to all the 3 versions to see the amount of work that has gone behind each of them! The Hindi version is in no way a direct lift and the similarity is probably restricted to the prominent humming which goes, 'Tu ru ku'! Listen to Muss i'den (This version is by Marlene Dietrich) 14 Koyi Bulaye Aur Koyi Aaye [Apne Huye Paraye (1964)] Inspired by 'Old Beirut', from the compilation 'Music for an Arabian Night'. Originally titled 'Hala La Laya', composed by Rahbani Brothers. Listen to Koyi Bulaye | Old Beirut Inspired!

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15 Ghar aaya mera pardesi [Awara (1952)] Inspired by a song by the Egyptian Diva Umm Khalthoum. Listen to Ghar aaya mera pardesi | Song by Umm Khalthoum The original title of the song by Umm Khalthoum is 'Ala Balad El Mahboub'. The meaning of this title happens to be 'My beloved came home'. The best site on Umm Khalthoum is 'al mashriq' and this page has one of the most authentic discographies even though the webmaster himself agrees that he's not sure about many songs' details, however...this is the best we could get, I presume. In this discography, this song is mentioned a couple of times and one of the side notes along with this song includes SONO 150 that denotes the Sonodisc France CDs. When you do page search for 'ala balad' in this page, the first result you get lists this track as part of 8 songs from a movie named 'Wedad' (also called 'Widad'). Now check the list of Umm Khalthoum movies in the same page....the first movie listed is 'Widad' and the release date is 1936! Its quite possible that in 1936 the songs were not released in LPs and were probably released later! But as far as we can deduce from the above, this song appeared first (on screen) in 1936, giving SJ 16 years to listen to it from some source! 16 Soch Rahi Ki Kahoon Na Kahoon [Ek Phool Char Kaante (1960)] Inspired by the 1957 Italian track by name, 'Piccolissima Serenata'. Listen to Soch rahi ki kahoon na kahoon | Piccolissima Serenata 'Piccolissima Serenata' ('A tiny serenade' or 'smallest serenade'), composed by Gianni Ferrio & Antonio Amurri was made popular by singers like Teddy Reno, Renato Carosone and Claudius Villa. The version included here is by Renato Carosone. 17 Aiga aiga [Boyfriend (1961)] Inspired by Connie Francis' 1958 swinging chartbuster, 'Stupid Cupid'. Listen to Aiga aiga | Stupid cupid Obvious lift! 18 Leja leja [An evening in Paris (1967)] Inspired by the single by The Shadows, "Man of Mystery" (1960). Listen to Leja leja | Man of Mystery Lifted. Interesting!

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Trivia: All about The Shadows! 19 Jiya ho [Jab pyar kissi se hota hai (1961)] Inspired by Sarah Vaughan's 1958 track, Broken Hearted Melody! Listen to Jiya ho | Broken Hearted Melody Very interesting adaptation! 20 Jaane bhi de sanam mujhe [Around The World (1967)] Inspired by a 1963 Beatles track, 'I'll get you'! Listen to Jaane bhi de sanam | I'll get you Actually, the way I'll get you starts has been modified by Shankar Jaikishen to add a more Hindi film'ish (reminds me of OP Nayyar's 'Aayiye Meherbaan' incidentally!) drawl but when the Beatles go 'Its easy 'cos I know' in line 2, you sure get a smile on your lips when it hits you how Shankar Jaikishen have played around with the original! 21 Sayonara [Love in Tokyo (1966)] Inspired by Albert Ketelby's 1920 orchestral piece, 'In a Persian Market'. Listen to Sayonara | In a Persian Market One would expect Shankar Jaikishen to lift from something Japanese for this superhit track. But the duo actually sought inspiration (at least for the 2 opening lines...the rest has been adequately modified) from a track titled 'In a Persian Market' and for obvious reasons, most of us Indians would think even the source sounds Japanese, even though it was intended as Persian...maybe 'cos of the sheer number of times we've seen the Hindi track with Asha Parekh's Jap make-up! 'In a Persian Market' is an orchestral piece by Albert Ketelbey, scored in 1920. The version of 'Persian Market' added here is by a popular Japanese guitarist, Takeshi Terauchi, who interpreted Ketelbey's original track in his own electric-guitar style and this probably is the only Japanese connection with the Hindi track, even though this was part of an album, 'Lets go classics' that came out in 1967, an year after Love in Tokyo was released! 22 Ajeeb dastan hai yeh [Dil apna aur preet parai (1960)] Possible inspiration from Jim Reeves 1956 hit, 'My lips are sealed' Listen to Ajeeb dastan | My lips are sealed I was convinced even the first time I heard Jim's classic hit long ago,

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but something was stopping me. But, I'm going with it now - there's definitely a similarity though the effort of our composing duo shows up clearly...smoothening the corners here and there, making the flow work better in a female version and generally making it much more filmfriendly. This one's for the records, as a great example of a perfect Indian adaptation. 23 Panchi banoon [Chori Chori (1956)] Inspired by the classic Scottish song, 'Coming through the rye' Listen to Panchi banoon | Coming through the rye Robert Burns wrote the immortal Scottish song, 'Coming through the rye' (It goes, 'If a body meet a body, coming through the rye...'). One of the most popular musical versions of this song is Larry Groce's, which he composed as part of Disney's Children's favorite songs collection. The tune for the first two lines is perhaps the inspiration for Shankar Jaikishan's Hindi version, though we remember it in its entirety - beyond the first two lines - so very affectionately. 24 Rasa Sayang [Singapore (1959)] Lifted off an Indonesian folk song of the same name! Listen to Rasa sayang (Hindi) | Rasa sayang (Malaysian Tourism promo) | Rasa sayang(Instrumental version from Insulinde) It seems the Malaysians and Indonesians have been on each others' throat since October 2007. The reason? The Malaysians using an Indonesian folk song to promote Malaysian tourism! The song in question? Rasa Sayang Re. Malaysian tourism minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor says that Indonesians could not claim ownership to this song since it is a folk song from the Malay archipelago and does not necessarily belong to any specific country. Indonesian Tourism and Cultural Minister Jero Wacik on the other hand seems to be investigating whether they could claim copyright to this song and sue Malaysia for commercial use of an Indonesian song. While these two gentleman fight it out, as Joi pointed out, our composing duo Shankar Jaikishan have conveniently lifted this song to create a Hindi avataar starting with the same words for the 1959 Shammi Kapoor starrer, somewhat aptly titled, Singapore! In fact, M Veera Pandian has written a fairly balanced and appropriate article titled, 'We've lost that loving feeling' in The Star, on October 11, 2007 - and, he mentions this Hindi lift too! The song has

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also been used in a pre-World War II silent movie titled 'Insulinde', made by the Dutch East Indies Government to showcase Indonesia. So, how many people would Indonesia go about suing, on final count? Relevant videos: Insulinde clip | Malaysian tourism promo | Children's version of Rasa Sayang with the lyrics! 25 Jaane chaman [Gumnaam (1965)] Inspired by the Jazz standard 'Autumn Leaves' Listen to Jaane chaman | Les feuilles mortes (Yves Montand) | Autumn Leaves (Édith Piaf) Shankar Jaikishan Indianize the popular tune in their Hindi version with by rounding it off in the third line. Quite obvious, when you listen to the Hindi version, but this now-considered-as-a-jazz-standard was first sung under the title, Les feuilles mortes (Dead Leaves) by French singer/actor Yves Montand in 1945, with lyrics by Jacques Prévert, in Marcel Carné's film Les Portes de la Nuit. The song was composed by the Hungarian composer Joseph Cosma (1905-69) and the lyrics were by the French poet Jacques Prévert (1900-77). The English lyrics, (Autumn Leaves) were written in 1947 by the American songwriter Johnny Mercer and the first official English version was sung by....nay, not Cole, by one of France's greatest singers, Édith Piaf! Cole's version, incidentally, was in 1956, over the title sequence of the Joan Crawford starrer, Autumn Leaves!

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chalchitra/Theatre

Apr 17 - 26, 2 0 1 1

Teen Thay Bhai

may have been produced by Rakeysh Mehra but it has been directed by first-timer Mrigdeep Singh Lamba who does show promise as a filmmaker to watch out for. Just that his first film ends up as a half-blown venture where there are too many theatrics and too many loosely edited scenes to allow the film to unfold as an uninterrupted laugh riot. Now that's sad, because in terms of characterizations, the film is riveting. Om Puri's loud, crabby, me-centric Punjabi businessman act is quite funny, specially when it comes to his attempts to get his overweight daughters married. Deepak Dobriyal as the quack dentist with the quirky hobby -- he loves to iron clothes -- is absolutely mercurial, even as his love story with village vixen, Ragini Khanna, ends up as the finest track in the film. Ragini herself makes an interesting shift from television to films with her breezy act as the boisterous Punjabi girl who loves to lie. And finally, there is Shreyas Talpade who pitches in as the third brother, a wannabe actor, inspired by Hollywood pulp. His rendition of the happy-go-lucky yokel is completely over the top and tends to get too melodramatic, here and there. But by and large, between them, the three brothers create a tantalizing trio that keeps rubbing each other off the wrong side. The film however lacks consistency and some of the comic situations fail to evoke any humour. While the brothers try to co-exist peacefully in the ramschackled bungalow and almost end up killing each other, the drama holds your interest. But as it moves out into the wilderness, with blondes, dogs, drugs and cops, it loses track. Watch out for the zany music track (Sukhwinder Singh and Ranjit Barot) with Mohit Chauhan and Daler Mehndi giving a lively rendition to Gulzar's funky lyrics, some arresting performances by the key players and Ashok Mehta's camerawork which creates magic with Kashmir. And yes, there's Yograj Singh making his debut in Hindi cinema as the angsty Punjabi dadaji. Yograj Singh, who? Sadda Yuvraj Singh's daddy! All this might help you tide over the intermittent yawns that threaten to cloud an otherwise smart comedy chalchitra desk

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