Random Rants

As my ‘to-blog’ list increases in length – more and more, I feel lazy to post anything! It’s like a déjà-vu of my childhood pre-exam days. Make a routine, do the first couple of tasks with the happy face which only you can see in Sesame Street characters; skip the 3rd, do the 4th one with the grumpy feelings same as one of the prisoners of Guantanamo (Wikipedia says the article page of Guantanamo needs ‘clean up’ – coincidence?), then skip 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th task in the time table; by time I reach the 9th ‘to do item’, I am already in the mood of “WTF! Screw all!”, and do another revised routine!

I have a strong believe that only if I invested the ‘routine-making’ and scheduling time in doing the actual stuff – I could have secured a place in an Ivy League school! Well, not like that laziness only has a dark side; on a brighter note, I get exposed to many eye opening knowledge bytes on National Geographic or Discovery Channel just because of my sheer laziness impedes me to find out the remote control so that I can change the channel to MTV!

Sounds familiar? I bet you do, because I am certain that the BigBangBong readers are as lazy and procrastinator as the authors of it. Otherwise how do you explain that someone Googled for “Tinkerbell’s Big Butt” (found at our Blog Stats) and landed up in BBB? Now, I am not amazed by the search pattern here; but I am surprised, how the hell this secret got leaked into the cyberspace?? 😉 The search is on to find out the criminal. If we can’t get a definitive answer soon, we know whom to blame here – that’s must be Khalid Sheikh Mohammad! Khalid Sheikh Mohammad

This month, Mohammed testified before a closed-door hearing in Guantánamo Bay. According to transcripts of the hearing released by the Pentagon, he said “I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z, plus several dozens of other crimes!” The list of Muhammad’s Confession is long (similar to my ’to-blog’ list), and I don’t have the patience to read all of it, but I can guess it looks like this –

I hereby admit and affirm without duress to the following:
1. I was the Operational Director for Sheikh Osama Bin Laden for the organizing, planning, follow-up, and execution of the 9/11 Operation.
…………………
4. I was responsible for the Shoe Bomber Operation to down two American airplanes.
…………………
6. I was responsible for the bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, which was frequented by British and Australian nationals.
……………….
30. Who let the dogs out? That was me too!

Yeah, now without doubt, we can blame him for anything!

Anyway, as you can imagine the simplest answer of the rhetoric question – why all the lazy, procrastinators are overcrowding the cyberspace. Because out of all, this is the laziest place we could find! I stopped opening those damn handwritten letters or (snail mails – old school morons!) with the serious excuse of Anthrax threat, my junk mail filter is super strong – it eats almost every emails. Now only I can develop enough amount of ear wax – I can be completely off the grid! Then, I can enjoy the serenity of cyberspace, without the interference of stupid outside real world! I even decided to stop using any capital letters for mails etc, pressing that ‘Shift-Key” is just an added unnecessary step.

But, alas, disruption happens! Like today, I started my ritual of wanton surfing. First I had a dose of cute overload by watching the online videos like Otters Holding Hands or the Baby Polar Bear. These are so sweet; I had to skip the sugar for my 6th cup of coffee, just to avoid hyperglycemia! After that, just when I started digging up and enjoying the cool videos of Wonderbra Malfunction and Banned Commercial on Flavored Condoms, BANG! My friend Asuthosh sent me couple of links via GTalk!

India’s missing girls from Guardian Unlimited

Daughters aren’t wanted in India. So many female foetuses are illegally aborted that baby boys now hugely outnumber baby girls, while a government minister has begged parents to abandon their children rather than kill them. What does this mean for the country’s future…

Witch hunt from Guardian Unlimited

Witch

Sona’s mother was murdered and dismembered; Kalo was attacked with a saw and scarred for life. Hundreds of other Indian women are killed or disfigured every year after being branded witches by their neighbours.

My cyberspace procrastinator’s paradise lost! Where I was planning to spend some time thinking about some important issues, like, what to do with Indian cricket team, who killed Bob Woolmer, or the current heart condition of Saif Ali Khan, even who is going to win next American Idol, and suddenly, all these disturbances! Duh!

With a bad taste in mouth, I decided to take an afternoon nap, but… my mind was somewhere else. I thought of counting sheep; but after Tinkerbell wrote the post about that stupid 15% Human Sheep – all the sheep related stuffs raise so many moral questions in mind. Like if you are counting sheep jumping over the fence to fall asleep, just remember – those are 15% human, and naked! Isn’t it kind of a pervert act? At least 15% pervert? Forget about those mutton curries, even if you think about those – you can be declared as 15% cannibal!

So here I am – sitting like the sad Kermit, listening to the “Symphony of Bullets” from Baghdad and venting all out at BigBangBong!

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My lost friend

Mil gaya woh
Jo churake
meri aankhon se neendiyan
le gaya tha

Duur ek gaon hai
wahan thandi chaon hai
behti nadiyaan hai
jaana hai nadiyaan ke paar

Kare mera intezaar
mera bichda yaar
mera bichda yaar

A song by Pakistani band Strings. Not a new song…I heard this song first on MTV Roadies show (Maybe I heard it before too, but didn’t paid much attention). Liked it, saved it, and forgot it. By chance, I found this again and can’t stop listening ever since. Love the lyrics. Actually I posted it to share with BBB who likes my choice of song rarely. 😦

Watch it here:

Laari choote from Ek chalis ki last local

The latest song that caught my attention is Laari Choote, the theme music of the movie Ek chalis ki last local. Picturised on Abhay Deol and Neha Dhupia, this song is sung, composed, and written by Xulfi, the lead guitarist of the Pakistani rock band “Call”. I don’t know why I always get attracted to music by Pakistani bands/singers. 😛

Interspersed with Abhay Deol’s narration, this Sufi rock-based music is catchy and the lyrics as well is interesting. Ek chalis ki last local is a plot-driven movie in which the life of the protagonist changes drastically in matter of hours. This song summarizes the mood of the movie and is about the unpredictability of life.

Few days back, I shared this song with a friend who was in low mood due to one particular incident in her life and she liked the lyrics…I knew she had to like it with lyrics like this:

Karlo jo bhi karna hai
hota hai jo hona hai
Guzra do pal yeh phir na aayega
Kya bura hai kya bhala hai
Waqt hi shayad khuda hai
Ho jaane do phir
Dekha jaayega

When I inquired a couple of friends about the meaning of laari or laree as in laari choote/laree choote, none could tell. I would be happy if anybody who knows the meaning of the word leaves a comment here.

Unfortunately, the video for this track is not up to the mark. Instead of the routine dance, the choreographer could have made it more realistic and situational. But dunno if it is actually picturized in the same way in the movie also or just it’s like this in the promotional video. Ignore the video if you don’t like and enjoy this youtube video of this song:

Click here to watch the Pakistani Version of the video, featuring Call the band themeselves, along with Abhay Deol and Neha Dhupia here.

Coincidentally apart from this song, the other new song I like these days also features Neha Dhupia – a song with likeable country flavor –“Kitni dair tak” from Delhi heights.

Read on for the full lyrics of Laree Chooti:

Dialogue:
Woh kehte hai na jo hota hai
acchey ke liye hota hai…

Galat kehte hai

Lyrics:
Kismat ka khel hai saara
Phirta tha main awaara
Yeh kya se kya hogaya
Chaar din ki zindagaani
har pal ek nayi kahaani
Kya tha main kya bangayaa

Kya huwa jo laree chooti
Jeevan ki gaadi luuti
Khwab hai to mujhko na jaga
Zindagi ek pal mein saali
Yun palat gayi hamaari
Jhuth hai to mujhko na bata

Dialogue:
Mumbai sunaa tha yahan aadmi puuri zindagi apni kismet
slow track se fast track lane mein nikaal deta hai
par dhai ghante mein yeh kisko pata tha
aise slow track se fast track par aa jayegi yeh maine kabhi socha nahin tha
Sazaa majaa ban jayegi yeh bhi kabhi socha nahin tha
Last local kya chuuti saala kismet patri par aa gayi

Lyrics:
Karlo jo bhi karna hai
hota hai jo hona hai
Guzra do pal yeh phir na aayega
Kya bura hai kya bhala hai
Waqt hi shayad khuda hai
Ho jaane do phir
Dekha jaayega

Kya huwa jo laree chooti
Jeevan ki gaadi luuti
Khwab hai to mujhko na jagaa
Zindagi ek pal mein saali
Yun palat gayi hamaari
Jhuth hai to mujhko na bataa – 2

Dialogue:
Woh kehte hai na jo hota hai
acchey ke liye hota hai…

Sahi kehte hai

Update (18th April, 07)

Few minutes before, I was studying something and didn’t thought I would be translating this. Now that I ended up translating, so I thought – why don’t I post it…

Translation of Laari Choote (mostly non- verbatim translation, not so good one though)

Everything is just a game of fate
I was just a wanderer in my carefree life
Who would have known life would bring me here?
What was I and what I’ve become now…
For every moment is an unpredictable new story
But Life is a short journey…

So why to bother if I miss the train
Why to worry if my life is crushed
It took just a moment…
for my damned life to become topsy-turvy
If it is dream, don’t wake me up from it
If this is lie, don’t verify it..let it be..

One is helpless in the face of Destiny
My deeds and wants do not count much
Destined events will inevitably happen
Let past problems stay in the past;
And not let them taint the present…
For moments don’t return
What went wrong, what went right?
Who can decide…
Coz only time seems to be the Lord of all
So, whatever happens,
Let it be…
Let me face it…

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Two chimera stories

Twins intermediate between identical and fraternal discovered

For those who are not familiar with the term ‘Chimera’ – A person who is a chimera has two or more genetically different cells coming from different zygotes.

A chimera can be formed in either of the following two ways:

1. From four parent cells – Two fertilized eggs or early embryos fuse together
2. From three parent cells – A fertilized egg is fused with an unfertilized egg or a fertilized egg is fused with an extra sperm

We all know that there are identical twins and non-identical or fraternal twins. Now an instance of ‘semi-identical’ twins has come up.

This is the first time that a case of ‘semi-identical’ twins has been reported. This is a case of three-parent cells fusion in which two sperm cells fuse with a single egg which makes the twins chimeras. So, here the twins are identical through their mother’s side, but share only half their genes on their father’s side.

According to geneticist Vivienne Souter, of the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona:

“Their similarity is somewhere between identical and fraternal twins.”

This case came to the notice of Souter and her colleagues while they were investigating one of the twins’ genetic makeup, who was born with ambiguous genitalia.

Formation of chimera is a rare occurrence in itself. This ‘double-fertilization’ due to fusion of a single egg by two sperms is thought to happen in about only 1% of human conceptions. But, the subsequent twinning of chimeras may be the rarest of the rare.

According to news@nature

“Their existence and discovery relies on three unusual, and possibly unlinked, events: first, that an egg fertilized by two sperm develops into a viable embryo; second, that this embryo splits to form twins; and third, that the children come to the attention of science.”

The twins were conceived and born normally and their growth and mental abilities appear normal. It is really astonishing to hear that the twins still came out to be healthy after being conceived through this rare, complicated and almost impossible process.

 

15 per cent-human sheep

Now another instance of Chimera…this time – closer to the origin of the word ‘Chimera’ which comes from a creature in Greek mythology that had body parts from a goat, a lion and a serpent. Well not exactly…

Here goes the way that mythological character looks like 😀

chimera

Scientists have successfully created a human – sheep chimera, which has the body of a sheep and partial human organs for the first time

The purpose of the creation of these chimeras, which has 15 per cent human cells and 85 percent animal cells, is to create organs which contain large proportion of human cells for subsequent transplantation into human bodies.

This technique, perfected by Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, involves injection of adult human cells into foetus of a sheep.

Though this human-sheep chimera has been created with an intention of saving human lives, it is likely to meet criticisms about scientist playing with natural creation and also the possibility of introducing silent animal viruses in human body (which are harmless for animal, but may be threat for humans).

Dr Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned:

“Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV.”

There is also a fear that this process could end up creating a hybrid with the features and characteristics of both man and sheep.

But Prof Zanjani refuted this :

“Transplanting the cells into foetal sheep at this early stage does not result in fusion at all.”

Read more about this here.

Sources (including image source):

Wikipedia
Nature
Dailymail

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran DesaiThe Inheritance of Loss is Kiran Desai’s second novel (after Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard). The book was first published in 2006 and won the Man Booker Prize for that year as well as the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2007.

The story is set in the mid-1980s in a Himalayan town in India by the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga and also New York. The story opens with a teenage Indian girl, an orphan called Sai, living with her Cambridge-educated Anglophile grandfather, a retired judge, in the town of Kalimpong, India, by the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga. Sai is romantically involved with her math tutor, Gyan, the descendant of a Nepali Gurkha mercenary, but he eventually recoils from her obvious privilege and falls in with a group of ethnic Gurkha/Gorkha insurgents. In a parallel narrative, we are shown the life of Biju, the son of Sai’s grandfather’s cook, who belongs to the illegal immigrants in New York and spends much of his time dodging the authorities, moving from one ill-paid job to another.

Kiran DesaiThis is the first book of Kiran Desai I read, and definitely – I loved it. (Started reading Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard just after finishing this book). It’s a great story about loveless isolation, the concept of ‘dislocation’, told in a neutral narrative format which made me shiver. With brilliant writing style it is a commentary on class, on nationality, and on identity. Kiran Desai’s use of the ‘aware and active’ point of view has the naturalness of Tolstoy, Rushdie or even Garcia Marquez. Some might find the book bit disturbing, there is no happiness, no unconditional love, no resolution, no redemption for any of the characters (whoever told us that life is fair!).

Kiran Desai’s extraordinary new novel manages to explore…just about every contemporary international issue: globalization, multiculturalism, economic inequality, fundamentalism and terrorist violence. Despite being set in the mid-1980’s, it seems the best kind of post-9/11 novel.

[New York Times]

From an interview at Jabberwock

She’s [Kiran Desai] pleasingly unselfconscious about the topic of immigrants, joking (again from the outside, as if she isn’t personally involved) about the various kinds there are: “those who throw up their hands at the difficulties – and, at the other end of the scale, those who are expert at playing the ethnic card, accentuating the character traits they are expected to have, and thereby making a success of their lives”. Like Biju’s worldly-wise friend Saeed Saeed, one of the many characters in Inheritance she would have liked to give a bigger stage to.

Kiran Desai Orkut Community

Kiran Desai The author reads from “The Inheritance of Loss.” (MP3 format.) From New York Times

NPR review by By Alan Cheuse

Orkut hoax mails

Orkut‘s feature of mass messaging to friend groups has become a hotspot of spam mails. It’s even more annoying when I get hoax forwards like this:

 

“HEY ITS DIANNA, FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ORKUT, EVERYBODY SORRY FOR THE INTERRUPTION BUT ORKUT IS CLOSING THE SYSTEM DOWN BECAUSE TOO MANY BOTTERS ARE TAKING UP ALL THE NAMES, WE ONLY HAVE 57 NAMES LEFT, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT, DONT SEND THIS MESSAGE, IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR ACCOUNT ,SEND THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, YOU’LL BE SORRY IF YOU DONT SEND IT. THANKS DIRECTOR OF ORKUT, TIM BUISKI. WHOEVER DOESNT SEND THIS MESSAGE, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND IT WILL COST YOU $ 10.00 A MONTH TO USE IT”

This is for the sixth or seventh time in two days that I’ve been receiving this screaming-in-bold letter Orkut spam and still counting. I simply don’t understand why people keep on forwarding such hoax mails without even considering whether it makes any sense or not. It’s like they are not in peace until and unless their “job” of forwarding such mails is done. How can be they so gullible? 😐 Even well-educated people believe and spread such mails. There are even some people who rarely send a proper email but only such chain mails. Thanks to them, such hoaxes and chain mails are thriving on the Internet.

Hmmm…what can be done to stop this?

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