Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas wishes!

Here's wishing all of you a blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year ahead from Amy and I. May the joy of the season become real and personal to all of us as we celebrate the birth of the Christ-child in this world and in our hearts

Monday, December 12, 2011

CMC Ludhiana Senior Choir

CMC had its Christmas programme yesterday and today. Here is one of the songs that the senior choir  performed (as seen and heard through a little camcorder). We also had a 60-strong (and phenomenal) junior choir comprising of students from all the colleges and a Christmas play. Videos of those later perhaps. It was great to welcome the Christmas season with this enjoyable evening. The lady with the golden voice is Dr. Preeti Paul and her husband Dr. Vineeth Jaison is on the rap.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Let Calcutta surprise you

Whatever its faults, Kokatta is surely the capital of serious art and culture of our country (I'm sure no-one in their sane mind is likely to refer to regular Bollywood fare as 'serious art'!!). This video exemplifies that. In honour of my friends, DA and PJ with thanks to my uncle, Phillip for the link.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bhopal Gas Tragedy or Celebrity Gossip - which is the real bakwas?

Today, while I was having lunch in the operation theatre canteen, I had a minor epiphany - though that is rather a strong word for what was actually just a minor realisation. The television was turned to a news channel which was talking about some renewed protests by the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy. I was not paying much attention at all, when one of the other diners suddenly asked the gentleman who brings the food from the dietary department to change the channel using these very words - Isko abhi change karo. Yeh kya bakwas hai. (Change this immediately. What nonsense is this.) So the channel was changed to one of the usual entertainment channels which was talking about some B-town celebrities, their food, customs, parties and so on. It surprised me to realise that most of the people in the canteen (including yours truly) now turned their attention to the television where not one had evinced even the slightest interest before. And here came the epiphany. That we prefer to ignore the real world and its issues calling them bakwas (nonsense), while taking great interest in other things which are actually the real bakwas......