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Archive for January 4, 2011


For no rhyme nor reason I fell for this innocent Hindi poem…..

By Armaan Khan

Kuch adaen uski shehri thi
Kuch adaen uski ganwari thi,
Badi natkhat thi,chanchal thi,
Who kamsin thi,kanwari thi,
Woh jo mujh se bichar gaee
Woh alharh larki bahut pyari thi…….

Misri si mithi thi who,
Mirchi si teekhi bhi thi,
Kabhi kachi amiya si thi,
Kabhi imli si chatkhari thi,
woh jo mujh se bichar gaee,
Woh alharh larki bahut pyari thi…….

Rang sanwal,nain nakhsh teekhe the,
Thodi pe uske til bhi tha,
Chand se kuch khas doston mein,
Uska naam shamil bhi tha,
Aur meri Maa bhi us par waari thi,
woh jo mujh se bichar gaee,
Woh alharh larki bahut pyari thi…….

Aaj achanak kyon aise,
Yaad ki lakriyaan sulagne lagin,
Aur wajood mein dhuan bhara to,
Rooh bhi apni sulagne lagi,
Tum dekhte to samajhte,
Bina uske kaisi haalat hamari thi,
woh jo mujh se bichar gaee,
Woh alharh larki bahut pyari thi…….


Junk food…
On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”
The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”
So God agreed……
On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”
The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”
And God agreed……On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”
The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”
And God agreed again……
On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”
But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”
“Okay,” said God. “You asked for it.”
So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we marry,have kids and slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
(PS Sorry in advance if it hurts anyone’s sensitivity.This is just to change the taste in the mouth after a lot of bitter foods for thought.)

September 2010


“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, the life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time.

What do you get at the end of it?

A Death!!

What’s that, a bonus?

I think the life cycle is all backwards.

You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work .

You work forty years until you are young enough to enjoy your retirement.

You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school.

You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into womb, you spend your last nine months floating…

… and you finish as an orgasm.”

~~A  life’s new formula proposed by:

George Denis Patrick Carlin

He is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.

Carlin is especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects.


A news flashes a couple of days ago:
60-year-old Indian rights activist jailed for life
The Associated Press
Saturday, December 25, 2010; 2:51 AM
NEW DELHI — An Indian court has convicted a human rights activist of aiding communist rebels in eastern India and sentenced him to life in prison, his attorney said Saturday.
Dr. Binayak Sen, a 60-year-old physician and outspoken government critic, has worked in tribal villages and repeatedly tried to rally people to fight for their rights, often invoking the ire of authorities.
On Friday, Judge B.P. Verma found Sen and two others guilty of sedition and sentenced them to life, according to attorney Amit Banerjee. However, he acquitted the three of the charge of waging war against the state, which is punishable by death, Banerjee said.
Dr Binayak Sen is a 60 year old Paediatrician and public health specialist since the past 35 years, in the eastern Indian state of CHATTISGARH. He is also a health and a human rights activist. He is the national Vice President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and General Secretary of its Chhattisgarh unit.
Dr Sen along with his wife Dr Ilina Sen has played huge contributions in establishing a General Hospital in the poor and tribal dominant state of Chattisgarh—a hospital which is owned and run by the worker’s organisation and a community based NGO.
Dr Sen is an outspoken government critic, has worked in tribal villages and repeatedly tried to rally people to fight for their rights, and inequalities in the economic and health fronts , often invoking the ire of the authorities.
He is a practicing physicain and an activist who has been suspected by the govt to be supporting the Naxalites in the state.
The govt cliams that he had met the jailed leadet Narayan Sanyal 33 times and found certain documents alleging his links to the banned organisation. For these charges he was detained in May 2007 but after repeated refusals for the bail from the lower courts he was finally granted a bail in May 2005 by the Supreme Court.
In a 2008 interview, Sen stated that he doesn’t condone the Naxalites, doesn’t approve of their violent methods, and has spoken strongly against them several times. But, he also expressed his opposition to the violent activities carried out by Salwa Judum, which he believes, have created a split in the tribal community.Sen advocates peaceful methods such as negotiations to solve the Naxalite problem.
In May and June, 2007, the supporters of Binayak Sen organized a series of rallies in several cities including Raipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai London, Boston and New York, to protest against his arrest.
Various delegations of physicians and human rights activists meet chief secretary and law secretary to appeal for Sen’s release.
The government and the people who were against the bail to Binayak Sen claimed that the protestors were not well versed with the workings of Binayak Sen or the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency.
Amnesty International too had seen the arrest of Dr Sen in 2007 as a harrassment of a human right activist, declared his detention as a ‘breach of international law’. It called for the immediate release of the doctor then.
In June 2007 even the British House of Commons published a motion titled “Arrest of Dr Binayak Sen” supported by many MPs across the party lines.
In June 2007, the British Medical Journal published an article about Sen’s arrest .The journal wrote:
“Dr Sen is a champion of peace and fair play and an internationally respected medical doctor who has devoted his whole life to peaceful service of the poorest people. He should be released immediately.”
In the article Ramesh Gopalakrishnan, of Amnesty International, comments to BMJ : “These offences allow sweeping interpretations of criminal intent. Activists in India are arrested all the time on such charges, which give wide, arbitrary powers to police.”
Sen was kept in solitary confinement during the period from 15 March to 11 April 2008.
In April 2008, Human Rights Watch in New York issued a public statement regarding the trial of Sen due to begin in Raipur on 30 April 2008: “the district court’s limit of one supporter of the defendant at the trial is unnecessarily restrictive and raises broader concerns about the fairness of the trial.”
Various delegations of physicians and human rights activists meet chief secretary and law secretary to appeal for Sen’s release. The people who were against the bail to Binayak Sen claimed that the protestors were not well versed with the workings of Binayak Sen or the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency.
Sen is the recipient in 2004 of the Paul Harrison award for a lifetime of service to the rural poor. This award is given annually by the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India to its alumni.
Sen was selected for the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights in 2008
The Global Health Council issued a public statement:
“Dr. Sen’s accomplishments speak volumes about what can be achieved in very poor areas when health practitioners are also committed community leaders. He staffed a hospital created by and funded by impoverished mine workers, and he has spent his lifetime educating people about health practices and civil liberties—providing information that has saved lives and improved conditions for thousands of people. His good works need to be recognized as a major contribution to India and to global health; they are certainly not a threat to state security.”
The Global Health Council, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and several other prominent global health organizations issued a joint statement of support for Sen, requesting that Indian authorities allow the doctor to receive the Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights in person in Washington, D.C. on 29 May 2008, at the 35th Annual International Conference on Global Health.
Twenty-two Nobel laureates— ranging from medicine winners to economics honorees – from around the world wrote to India’s President and Prime Minister and Chhattisgarh state authorities. They begged that Sen should be allowed to travel to the US to receive the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights.
Doctors across India held free clinics for the poor in tribute to the example of Sen and to peacefully campaign for his release.
The Government of India led by the Indian National Congress which is the opposition party in the state of Chhattisgarh reacted strongly to international appeals for the release of Dr Binayak Sen. The Government was of the opinion that the issue around Dr Binayak Sen is a well orchestrated campaign and just because he is selected for a western award, doesn’t make him less guilty in their view. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the State Government was justified in opposing Dr Sen’s appeal.
After a trial of three and a half years and 22 months in jail finally on Friday, December 24, 2010, Judge B.P. Verma found Sen and two others guilty of sedition and sentenced them to LIFE IMPRISONMENT.
However, he acquitted the three of the charge of waging war against the state, which is punishable by death. The two others convicted in the case were Narayan Sanyal, a Maoist, whom Sen used to meet in the prison, and a Calcutta-based trader, Piyush Guha, who prosecutors said carried Sen’s messages to the Maoist rebels.
Amnesty International issued a statement against the conviction.
”Dr. Sen, who is considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was convicted under laws that are impermissibly vague and fall well short of international standards for criminal prosecution,”
The statement also claimed that Sen’s conviction violated international fair trial standards and would intimidate other human rights activists who provide a peaceful outlet for people’s grievances.
Sam Zarifi, the rights group’s Asia-Pacific director, asks the Indian authorities to ”immediately drop these politically motivated charges against Dr. Sen and release him.”
Nobel laurate economist and thinker Amartya Sen also criticised the recent verdict for Sen’s imprisonment. He stated that instead of getting his due honor for his service, Sen had met with an unfortunate verdict.
Soli Sorabjee, a former attorney general, called the ruling “shocking.”“Binayak Sen has a fine record. The evidence against him seems flimsy. The judge has misapplied the section. And in any case, the sentence is atrocious, savage.”
Historian Ramachandra Guha wrote in the Hindustan Times:”Binayak Sen has never fired a gun. He probably does not know how to hold one. He has explicitly condemned Maoist violence, and even said of the armed revolutionaries that theirs is an invalid and unsustainable movement. His conviction will and should be challenged.”
Kavita Srivastava, national secretary of thePeople’s Union for Civil Liberties, of which Sen is a vice president: ”Anyone in India who dissents or questions the superpower script is ostracized. Sen’s arrest is happening because this government is extremely anti-poor. Our much-praised 9 percent growth is coming at the cost of displacing millions of people with land that is being given away for mining and corporate development.”
Sen’s wife, Dr Ilina Sen said. ”He is a person who has worked for the poor of the country for 30 years. If that person is found guilty of sedition activities when gangsters and scamsters are walking free, well, that’s a disgrace to our democracy.”
A growing number of Indian intellectuals and human rights activists have spoken out on his behalf after the sentence..
Street protests spread across India.
Dr Sen’s attorney Amit Bannerjee has expressed:”I will appeal the verdict in a higher court next week”
But as the long and tedious process of appeal, reappeal, hearings in the courts and the wait for final verdict in a higher court will go on — a qualified, dedicated doctor, a hero of the poor and a champion voice of Human Rights shall have to content with staying behind the bars.
It is indeed yet another tragic news to the credit of the YEAR 2010.
What shall be the next verdict only time will tell…
28 December 2010

My statement on M-Health at M -Health Summit 2010, Washington D.C.



Man Mast Hua Phir Kya Bole by Prahlad Tipanya

Man Mustt Hua Tab Kyon Bole

Hira Paya Ganth Ganthiyayo, Bar Bar Wahko Kyon khole
Halki Thi Jab Chari Tarazu, Poori Bhayee Tab Kyon Tole
Surat Kalari Bhayee Matwari, Madwa Pe Gayee Bin Tole
Hansa Paye Mansarover, Tal Taliya Kyon Dole
Tera Sahib Hai Ghat Mahin, Bahar Naina Kyon Khole
Kahat Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho, Sahib Mil Gaye Til Ole

With mind immersed in Love, why should I talk?
Having the diamond knotted safe, why again I open the knot?
Empty scales at initiation are full, why measure again?
Rationality became intoxicated, by drinking without measures
Swan reaching the lake, need wander in ponds and puddles?
Your Lord is your inner Self, why seek him outwardly
Says Kabir listen my folks, I realized the Lord within
– like oil contained in the seed.
My understanding
In this verse, Kabir presents his ideology in an equation form, reflecting upon the patterns associated with mind. It is perhaps our tendencies, our insecurities and our own doubts that we create chaos in our own lives. We have a home, but we still wander here and there. Our conscience is always alert like a watchdog, yet we heed not the inner voice and get indulgent. Awareness of our inner Self is the key to our being harmonious and at peace.

Rajender Krishan

Quote 3

Kabir seems to push  me to

the question the borders  of

my identity-

Where do I draw the line?

Where do I build my walls?


by Shabnam Virmani, Director HAD ANHAD

–a documentary on Kabir

Sheesha Work ( Mirror Work)

Shisha facts

Shisha is the Indian word for mirror.

Shisha work is an embroidery incorporating mirror into it and is a popular type of handicraft commonly found in the dry arrid regions of the India- Pakistan subcontinent–in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Sindh, Bahawalpur and Baluchistan.

How amazing is the observation that the more arrid and harsh the climatic conditions, the brighter are the women’s clothes and embroidery.

Shisha glass is available in a variety of shapes including round (the most common type), square and triangular. Sizes vary from large to tiny.

There are no holes in the mirror glass so it has to be held in place with a framework of stitches over which decorative stitches are worked.

There are several types of shisha available:

Handblown glass shisha is also known as antique shisha or mica. As it is hand cut, the sizes are more variable and the shape can be slightly irregular.
Machine-cut glass is known in India as embroidery glass.
Sequin shisha are in fact large flat sequins. They are thin and flat and have a hole at one side, but this is covered with the stitching.
You can buy embroidered shisha rings in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. Place the ring over your chosen shisha (they work well with sequin shisha) and slipstitch in place around the edge of the ring.

The decorative ring around the mirror glass can be worked in various stitches, including shisha stitch, herringbone or cretan stitch.

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