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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

November Medley - Bharat Ratna, National River, Half-White House

A decade from now, this is how I wish to remember November 5 of a certain year.
"1. The Government announced the award of Bharat Ratna to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. The newspapers gave him a 1/2 inch space. No channel resounded with his music. A kid's voice could be heard - Who is he, mom?
(Image from India Today site)
Salutations to the Maestro.

2.
The Ganga has been declared as National River.
Best wishes to the Ganga River Basin Authority - may they work with sincerity of purpose to stop pollution and degradation. The newspaper allowed Ganga to take up a little more space.
Perhaps one can feel much happier when listening to Bhupen Hazarika's Ganga behti ho kyon

3. (The thought occured that)  the White House in a certain Nation could be renamed a Half-White House. The newspapers and the channels went disproportionately overboard."
Image from infoplease.com

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15 Comments:

Blogger Indrani said...

:))
Glad you gave him a big space here.
I love that Bhupen Hazarika's song, thanks for the link.

05 November, 2008  
Blogger Inner Vision said...

very thoughtful... its really sad. good job done.

05 November, 2008  
Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Hmm, when will they ever learn...

05 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Indrani, IV, Raji
The lesson continues to be - Moderation in Everything and Everything in Moderation'.

06 November, 2008  
Blogger lipi said...

Ouch! Being in America, and having to be, of necessity, politically correct, I first did not understand the reference to the renaming of the Presidential residence. And, when enlightenment dawned, my eyes grew wide at the audacity! I applaud you for being natural. Keep it up!!!

07 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks, Lipi
That was just an off the cuff note (only pun intended)-in the context of news that I saw as locally important.
I'm glad that is seen as natural - as it should be!
I don't wear a hat,else I'd have said hats off to Mr BHO. I can however greet him with a very Indian Namaste!

07 November, 2008  
Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Forgot to say I appreciated your wit re Half - White house!

07 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Raji - thanks -for re-visiting and re-commenting

07 November, 2008  
Blogger Sal said...

Swarna,
Did the channels and newspapers go overboard with Obama's victory?
As far as US is concerned, it is a historical moment to put an African-American in white house.
Cheers,

07 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

So it is, Salil
But - The lesson continues to be - Moderation in Everything and Everything in Moderation'.

08 November, 2008  
Blogger Lakshmi Bharadwaj said...

Yay for Ganga being declared the national river!! I hope they really put in more work to make the basin cleaner! :-)

09 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Lakshmi - and then Yamuna, and Cauvery, and, and, ..... the Cooum!

11 November, 2008  
Blogger Gardenia said...

After reading what you write, I really wish our government would recognise artistes like Bhimsen Joshi when they are in their prime. Wouldnt it be encouraging to receive an award when the artiste is young ansd has many performing years ahead of him?
Should all awards be given in retrospect?

11 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Gowri, thanks for visiting.
Well, in India those in power believe that life begins at 60 or later (remember we have a 81-yr ol' PM-prospect!)
So we should be content with better late - than later - than never!

11 November, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

Somehow such great news are eclipsed. Nice of you to have highlighted them.

People do go overboard on the USA matters, but somehow I like Obama!

13 November, 2008  

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