Monthly Archives: August 2006

MIDI Music

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A long time ago I had collected some Indian tunes (there’s also one from across the western border) in the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) format. Thought of passing them on (if you were expecting MP3s or human sounds, sorry to disappoint). You can simply listen to them or karaoke or use them as mobile [Read more]

In Memory of Mr. Mukherjee

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Aashiq Aashirwad Abhimaan Achha Bura Alaap Anand AnariAnupama Anuradha Arjun Pandit Asli-Naqli Bawarchi Bemisal Biwi Aur Makaan Buddha Mil Gaya Chaitali Chhaya Chupke Chupke Do Dil Gaban Gol Maal Guddi Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate Jhoothi Jurmana Khubsoorat Kissi Se Na Kehna Kotwal Saab Lathi Majhli Didi Memdidi Mili MusafirNamak Haraam Namumkin Naram Garam Naukri Phir [Read more]

Bhopal Expressed

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Bhopal usually reminds us Indians of two things. The first, the world’s worst industrial disaster – the deadly cloud of methyl isocyanate that engulfed the sleeping city on the midnight of December 2-3, 1984. Between 16,000 to 30,000 people were killed and 500,000 injured. The second is a character from a movie a almost a [Read more]

Toxic Texts

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We usually are under the impression that our elected representatives are a bunch of sly uneducated sycophants. The first and the last qualifications are usually undebatable, but the in-between is a little off the mark. Three-fourths of the batch that forms the 13th Lok Sabha have declared in their affidavits that they are graduates or [Read more]

Vintage Indian Advertisements 2.08

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[Click on images for a bigger view] Mysore Sandal Soap (The Mysore Government Soap Factory, Bangalore) Mysore Government Silks (Mysore Government Silk Weaving Factory, Mysore) Phillips Milk of Magnesia (Dey’s Medical Stores (Mfg) Private Ltd., Calcutta) Phillips Milk of Magnesia – Tablets (Dey’s Medical Stores (Mfg) Private Ltd., Calcutta) Dipti (The Oriental Metal Industries Private [Read more]

Jantar Mantar – The Chanting Instrument

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Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or “Jantar Mantars” as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialised function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have [Read more]

The Parsis – An Incredible People

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The following is just a partial list of prominent Parsis of Indian origin. For a population of 69,601 (33,949 males and 35,652 females) according to the 2001 census they are a hugely successful lot. But their numbers are fast dwindling; their population according to the 1991 census was 76,382, a fall of around 10,000 in [Read more]