Given the first opportunity, states have jumped into the warzones on command of the so called administrators, having mandate of their citizens. In the name of the land and people, wars are summoned and brought to the shores of those very citizens’ home. We all know and understand who has to bear the brunt of wars, strives and conflicts. Insurgency across borders, quest to seize more land, desire to have new nations, fanaticism to propagate one’s religion, or the insatiable hunger to be the world power have lead to numerous expeditions throughout the history, be it Alexander the ‘great’ or Hitler; ISIS or Chechen; China or USA.
The recent photographs of a drowned Kurdish child have been doing the rounds across the internet. It is actually ironic that the selfish needs of few lead to horrific experience for millions of innocents. As the photographer, Nilufer herself has accepted how difficult it was to click those pictures. She claimed her reaction on seeing the corpse of the small toddler was “becoming petrified”. In her own words, “Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was lying lifeless face down in the surf, in his red t-shirt and dark blue shorts folded to his waist. The only thing I could do was to make his outcry heard” She took the pictures to share her feeling and make an “outcry”
Let’s ask ourselves honestly. Who is responsible for Aylan’s death? Who is responsible for the death of Children in USA, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand our very own country? It’s all of US-every single person from each country who remains nothing but mute spectator while carrying out the daily chores for him/her and the immediate family members.
We will make hues and cries on the social media for a few days. Some of us are so damned that we do it mostly in hope of getting more likes and retweets. Oh yes, Candle light processions are not to be forgotten, for a few days and then…. who cares! Life moves on, so do we.
Another crisis till I write another article, self-bashing. Let me enjoy till then.
(Photo Credits: Internet)
A new anthology by Gargi publishers, Crumpled Voices 2, has a story of mine titled ‘The Guinea Pig’.
Wait for a week to get hold of the book….
I thank Poetry World India for this honor! Feeling privileged.
Cheers to Poetry!
Name: Piyush Kaviraj
KS 04, Tata Memorial Center, ACTREC
Kharghar, Navi Mumbai 410210
DATE OF BIRTH (dd-mm-yy): 01 11 1987
Author: Mahlon Ko Bikte Dekha Hai (Rochak Publishing)
Editor: Jazbaati Galiyan (In Press)
Contributing Author: Ishq the rain of love and Crumpled Voices2 (Gargi Publishers)
ज़िन्दगी ही तो है..
कभी पानी की तरह,
कभी ज़हर की तरह
कभी गुस्से के दो घूँट
कभी जाम के दो बूँद,
ज़िन्दगी ही तो है..
© पीयूष कविराज
Aliens, Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Avatar…. The list goes endless. The background score for these movies have been their spine and the spine was provided by one person, the celebrated musician James Horner. It’s a sad day for music lovers (June 22, 2015) amidst the report of his death in a plane crash near California. Musical scores may never be the same again.
Already an accomplished concert hall composer, Horner got his movie break in 1979. However, his taste to fame came in 1982 with Star Trek II while his share of glory came with Titanic. The year 1997 was historic for Horner. Titanic smashed all records for an orchestral film track till then and won two academy awards: one for best original dramatic score and the other for best original song ‘My heart will go on’. It will not be an exaggeration to say he shaped the career of the singer Celine Dion. Besides, Titanic also brought accolades to him in the form of 3 Grammy and 2 Golden Globe awards for the same. His relationship with Titanic director James Cameroon flourished once again post ten years of Aliens with Titanic and the duo went on to make the marvelous Avatar.
Horner composed for over 100 movies, collaborating with famed directors like Ron Howard and Mel Gibson and many others. Among other awards he received include Satellite awards, Saturn awards and a dozen of Grammy. Impressive!
Horner has had his share of controversies with allegations of getting ‘inspired’ from his previous compositions as well as other works, and suitably modified to suit his tracks. To quote a review from ‘Filmtrack’, Horner was “skilled in the adaptation of existing music into films with just enough variation to avoid legal troubles”.
However, none can deny the talent Horner was and we all pay homage to him. Music has suffered a great loss from his untimely death. He was one ‘Beautiful Mind’ for whom My Heart Will Go On, and on.
A post from Faking News.. NIce satire on IRCTC tea and coffee quality
Last evening in a superfast train, a passenger yelled at the pantry staff after he found the coffee tasting milky. A similar incident happened to his co-passenger who bought tea.
“First I thought that in the coffee they might have mixed few droplets of 4-5 days old milk as usual, but afterwards I was shocked to know that the coffee I was drinking was made with ample quantity of fresh & pure milk!” a shocked passenger told Faking News, “For years, I was so used to the railway pantry tea and coffee that I loved it, but this coffee has totally ruined my taste buds. I won’t leave them until I get my compensation!”
Soon after this news started trending on social media, senior railway officials conducted a high level meeting to look into the matter of grave concern.
“In relation to this complaint, the food testing authority has found high amounts of fresh and pure milk particles in the coffee and tea samples. Adding milk into coffee would not only make the passengers greedy for pure milk coffee but would also burn our pockets. If we start adding milk to every passenger’s coffee, how would we add milk into our own coffee?” an official explained the entire problem to Faking News.
“We have already suspended the pantry staff who was responsible for this mishap. We have also decided to provide a compensation of Rs.5 lakhs to both victims,” the official further revealed.