17 September 2009
03 July 2009
Here one day, gone one night;
Like a sunset,
Dying with the rising of the moon;
Gone too soon…”
Starting his career as the lead vocalist in the Jackson 5 along with his brothers, Michael, came into his own in 1982 when he stunned music fans across nations with his pathbreaking album ‘Thriller’.
His songs have become a major part of the soundtrack of our lives. “Thriller”, “Man In The Mirror,” “Black Or White,” “Billie Jean,” “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” “The Way You Make Me Feel”. The list is endless!
Michael Jackson was the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. In fact, he was the first coloured artist to be featured in an MTV video (Billie Jean).
Every song that Michael sang raced to the top of the charts in America and elsewhere. This coupled with his phenomenal dancing prowess steadily earned him fans from as far away as Japan.
The press tainted the image of the pop icon by likening him to a lecherous predator, who exploited the vulnerability of visiting children… a paedophile. These stories inspired the pejorative nickname “Wacko Jacko”. The tabloids in particular were ruthless in their reportage. The “revelations” shattered Michael a great deal. So much so that he began taking prescription medication in large quantities. His health deteriorated to the extent that he cancelled the remainder of the Dangerous World Tour and went into drug rehabilitation for a few months.
However, in 1994 a 22 million dollar out of court settlement meant that no criminal charges were brought against the singer. The question arises – If Michael Jackson had been sexually exploiting Chandler for a period of time wouldn’t his parents have been in the know of it, and wouldn’t the boy have protested the first time Michael (allegedly) laid his hands on him? Whether it was a strategy to finish Michael financially and professionally no one can say. It seems to me, it was. Stranger still is the fact that the boy’s mother vehemently denied that Michael had ever behaved inappropriately with her son. You be the judge.
"Your kindness has overwhelmed me, your spiritual awareness has moved me, and your children have truly touched my heart. They are the face of God. I truly love and adore you India. Forever, continue to love, heal and educate the children, the future shines on them. You are my special love, India. Forever, may God always bless you."
@A tribute to MJ by Anand Balaji (First time online after his "greatunknown" blog shut down).
Anand Balaji, had been a Journalist with leading English newspapers in Bangalore, and later worked as a senior copywriter in an ad firm. He was a successful blogger in 2007. He quit his profession to pursue work as a freelance writer. Backbencher wishes him the best in all his endeavours.
I'm BACK..... for the 100th time..... Not to go back 101th time.... Nanna Nambiiiiii please....please...
Well... lot happened around me since I disappeared last time.
Elections in India, The IPL, Monsoons, Lots of movies, Music shows, a little bit of traveling for me too...... etc... but I was not able to put up something that can be shared with you all...
Well... surely, and for good... I am back.
10 March 2009
I wish I be a 'masakkali' and 'ud' 'purr purr' in the 'Badal ki colony'...... But work assignments not allowing me to do that, as of now....
Yeah... I have a lot to write and share, but that has to wait for some more time!
19 January 2009
"Arishinagundi jalapaata : The Arishinagundi water falls"
This place has come to be called Arishinagundi (lake of turmeric), probably known for the miraculous curing powers of the waters here. Water is pure and refreshingly soothing.
We hardly get to swim in sweet water, and this is one such heavenly carved out place!
Check it out today, if you have not yet done so :-)
Disclaimer: Please forgive me for the human noise in the background. That is something falsely added up in the video, which this divine place is completely void of!!
13 January 2009
Yes, all thru the movie, I was somehow feeling that I am watching a Telugu or a Tamil movie, where stupidity is magnified and shown as more sense, and where the masculine power of one man is more than the multiple times that of hundred others.
Ghajini glorifies that stupidity, but still stands out as one of the best entertainers of the year! Aamir, has excelled in his portrayal of Sanjay Singhania, a business tycoon turned a killing machine!
For a second, I shuddered, sweated trying to put me in Sanjay’s shoes; one who can remember only what he did in the last 15 mins, and some one who’s’ hard drive is gone in an accident. If I am to live like that, I would rather shoot myself dead, or live with some friend who keeps me company all the while, reminding who and why I am there!
But, unfortunately, Sanjay Singhania can not do so, since he had a mission to accomplish, to find and kill the man responsible for his state. Probably the only thing he remembers from that fateful night, when the tragedy strikes upon him, was the name Ghajini; That justifies the title of the movie.
His bubbly, socio-conscious sweetheart was murdered and for a no fault of her, and to save the ‘good’ name of Ghajini. When Kalpana (Asin, the heroine) rescues 25 young girls out of a flesh trafficking, she gets unnecessary limelight. Ghajini, a respectable man in the society with a hidden face that is ugly, corrupt and cruel, gets behind her for she had spoilt his flesh trade by busting it in train.
He plans to and executes her killing. The scene is horrifying, and very very emotional. In front of his eyes, Sanjay loses his sweetheart, and is totally helpless about it. At the height of the moment she confesses in his ears who is responsible for it, Ghajini. He survives that attack on life, to live with a mental disorder, without a hard drive to save his memory. To fight the short term memory, he notes down all the important aspects, keeps the pictures of important people, things; carries a camera which buzzes every 15 mins to remind him about its existence!
The movie successfully puts the audience in Aamir’s shoes and makes them feel sorry about that living. Aamir has produced, yet again, a powerful performance.
Three things that doesn’t work in this movie –
3. The logic…. Of not making it a “Breaking News” when a successful businessman’s fiancée is murdered, who herself was on news a day before for busting the flesh trafficking. Also, the businessman himself is attacked horrendously, and no “Breaking News” of it!! Such cliches are evident in almost all scenes.
2. Ghajini – the villain. He is stupid and very mediocre! He acts as if he is born without a brain, and in every appearance, justifies that fact.
1. Music!! I hate to review and condemn something that A R Rahaman has done, but both the background score and songs are pretty much non-Rahamanic this time, even the much popular Guzarish :(
Three reasons why this movie WORKS –
3. Aamir’s fantastic body! I am not exaggerating, or misquoting. This really works! He has tried very hard and sculpted his body to perfection. To watch a macho body like that is a real excitement. I’m not surprised he did it so perfectly, since there was always a point to prove to the great King Khan!
2. Asin as Kalpana, has excelled in her powerful role. Her lovely face, wonderful show of emotions, superb antics all thru her stint in the movie are just too much to miss. As a lady who believes in herself and has very little expectation from the world; the one who always keeps an eye open to contribute to the society, Asin has done exceedingly well! She is a revelation on screen, a treat to watch.
1. Kalpana sells her car off to raise money for Sachin’s mother. Sachin is the face of Sanjay that Kalpana knows(If you get confused, watch the movie). Kalpana never gets to know who she was marrying with. In her view, Sachin is an ordinary model, who is working hard to establish himself in life; on the other hand, Sanjay, her real man, is a multi millionaire business head!! When Sanjay was to leave for a business meeting, he lies to Kalpana that he was going to his village since Mother is sick, and he needed to take care of her. She helps him by selling her ‘ambassador’ car and raising the money! If this is the only scene in the movie, I’d still go to watch it! Aamir rocks in this particular scene. So does Asin.
I’d recommend you to Watch this movie!
12 January 2009
08 January 2009
Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our
- Laurence Sterne
What a beautiful way to express that we need to keep in mind three Rs:
"Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Responsibility for our actions!"@Laurence Sterne was an 18th century British novelist born in Ireland. He is best known for his novel "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy;". He died when he was 55, but his popularity still behold.