Archive | June 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge : Companions – Twin Towers of Malaysia

Weekly Photo Challenge : Companions – Twin Towers of Malaysia.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Companions – Twin Towers of Malaysia

We shape our buildings

Thereafter they shape us ”  – Winston Churchill

Weekly Photo Challenge : Companion -Petronas Towers in Malaysia

Twin Towers of Malaysia

Petronas Towers of  Kuala Lumpur are the tallest twin towers in the world.  These photos were taken during our visit to Malaysia in 2008. Twin towers have 88 floors with a high speed elevator. We were fortunate to visit the sky bridge which was 170 meters above from the ground.

( photos: alfiet June 08)

Companions

Companions

OK – Go! – This too shall pass…..

Brilliant You-tube video. One may like to call them  “Bored Engineers”, but whatever they have done has to be PRECISE  particularly the timing of the video to continue the chain reaction.

Too many activities to observe in one go ….so replay again and again.  Marvellous!

OK Go!  – this too shall pass…….

 

 

Where is Australia ?

Every country has their own unique animals and a way of living. Many questions are asked if a newcomer  visit  the country concerned..

The questions about Australia were posted on an Australian Toursim  Website.

It is amusing to read the hilarious answers given by a fellow Aussie. Vienna choir boys top the list 🙂

Flag of Australia

Flag of Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.  Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia?  I have never seen  it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around  watching them die.

2.  Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA) 

A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking

3.  Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad  tracks? (Sweden)

A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water…

 

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From Khalil Gibran to JFK and to MGR – விருந்தினர் பதிவு : காலீல்முதல் வாலிவரை

Hi Friends

My guest -blog # 3 on Naalu Vari Note (நாலு வரி நோட்டு) was published a fortnight ago.

The blog is written in Tamil Language relating to four-lined lyric for a Tamil movie.

 Here is an English blurb of my Tamil post:

“And so my fellow Americans!

Ask not what your country can do for you;

Ask what you can for your country.”

 Many of us have heard the above political prose delivered by John F Kennedy (JFK), the President of the United States of America. JFK delivered these lines in his Inaugural address to the Congress on the 20th of January 1961.

Photo portrait of John F. Kennedy, President o...

 JFK – photo credit: Google images

Ever since this quote has been echoed in every corner of the globe and have repeated again and again mostly by the politicians. The famous lines are still popular even today after fifty-two years!

The inaugural address of JFK (4.00 – 4.30 seconds)

The origin of the lines

The world always associated/associates the viewpoint  with JFK only. Did JFK really write those 30 seconds ideology?  Has he borrowed it from someone else? 

Generally, political leaders employ script-writers to pen their messages. Theodore C. Sorenson (TCS) was appointed as JFK’s script writer. Half the world never  heard of Sorenson either.

So where did JFK – TCS borrowed the school of thought?

Some may argue that it was the influence of JFK’s school teacher.

But the evidence leans towards Khalil Gibran (1813 – 1931).  Khalil Gibran was born in modern day Lebanon and migrated to United States as a youngster. The literary writer Gibran was well versed in Arabic and English Languages. He was well known for  his artistic talents. His literary works were popular among the Arabic and English-speaking world.  JFK believed to be a fan of  Khalil Gibran.

 In 1925, Gibran wrote a literature titled “The New Frontier”.  (http://leb.net/~mira/)

 

Khalil Gibran (1813 – 1931) photo credit: Google images

In The New frontier he aimed at the then political scene of the Middle Eastern countries:

 “Come and tell me who and what are you.

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you?

Or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?

If you are the first, then you are a parasite; is the second,

Then you are an oasis in a desert.”

 Now you could figure out the connection.

Tragically  the world lost JFK to  a gunshot. JFK’s epitaph carries the above prose in the Arlington cemetery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JFKInauguralInscriptionGravesite.jpg

 

MGR (South Indian Cinema)

The same lines, what JFK uttered were used in a Tamil cinema song. The lyricist Vaali penned it for M. G. Ramachandran (MGR).  The Sri Lankan born (then Ceylon) MGR migrated to India during his young age and in later years became an actor.

MGR systematically used the silver screen as his political pedestal. His movies, specially the songs in his films carried the sentiments of a common man. His movies struck a chord with the average citizen and attracted the public towards him. 

The actor-producer & Director eventually became the Chief Minister of the State of Tamil Nadu (South India) in 1977. He was the first actor, elected  to govern in India and he may well the first male actor turned statesman to govern a state or country. The American actor Ronald Reagan became the President of USA four years after MGR came to power. MGR served  three terms in the Office.

 The Tamil song was written in 1972 for the movie “Naan Yen Piranthaen”(Why was I born?)

First line of the song started with the movie-title and the late T.M.Soundrarajan rendered his voice to the music of Shankar Ganesh.

 For those who could read Tamil, below is the link for your perusal.

விருந்தினர் பதிவு : காலீல்முதல் வாலிவரை.

Life Breath of Half the World

Brilliant camera following the monsoon season across the countries.
Beautiful photos – should be shared

 

The TRUE Size Of Africa*

An interesting comparison of Africa Vs Rest of the countries

For further reading, click The TRUE Size Of Africa*.