Daadu is good in football and cricket, played for his house team for the last 2 years. This year he was selected for the under 12 school team for football. And his team got a gold in the ‘Bishop’s Invitation cup’, won the school tournament. He was a star in one of the cricket inter-house matches for rescuing and finishing the game. Also, he is a good athlete, last few years he ran 100 and 200 mtrs., but did not make it to the finals. Finally, this year he made it in the finals and ran the 200 mtrs with fever and cold, collapsed near the finishing line, but in the 4X100 relay, he managed to get the bronze.
I think Monu is a naturally talented cricketer, he is a righty, but bowls/bats with his left hand. Somehow he was not lucky to get selected, I am sure he will play for the school in the future. He is a die-hard fan of the Srilankan cricketer Malinga. For the last 2 years he has been learning to play the violin; plays quite well now. Also he is good in drawing.
I digitally painted this picture from the photograph that I clicked during one of the matches at school.
I have read and enjoyed this little story from one of the short story collection that i found in my bookshelf.
This one I sketched the same day that I have read the story, and the lighthouse and the location is my imagination, I know there will be one which is close to this will be there somewhere in this world, would like to visit before I die.
Here is the theme of the song (from wiki)
The story is told from the point of view of a young man who takes his brother’s rifle out onto the hill one morning. As a rider crosses the plain, the singer takes aim (“I drew a bead on him; to practice my aim.”) The rifle goes off in his hands, killing the rider.
The man runs to the salt lands, throwing the rifle into a stream. (The Cash cover changes “salt lands” to “south lands”, and “stream” to “sheen”. Sting supposed the latter was due to a misprint in the lyrics Cash was using.) He is discovered by a sheriff, and is struck by the realization of what he has done.
He is brought before a judge and jury, where he begs forgiveness and wishes he was dead. Awaiting execution on the gallows, he sees as a “trick of the brain” the rider return, so that they will ride together “till kingdom come”. The man prays to God for mercy.
I made this sketch after listening to the song not much in detail, so there is an error it, I should have put the gallows on the hill and placed that fellow in the plain… anyway, this is one of my favorite country song.
This is my favorite version
The Book of Ecclesiastes is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament also called the black sheep of the Bible, but it is one of my favorite book.
Like many other books in Bible, this book does not directly identify its author. There are some clues in the context that may suggest a different person wrote the book after Solomon’s death, possibly several hundred years later. Martin Luther was probably the first to deny the Solomonic authorship. He regarded the book as “a sort of Talmud, compiled from many books, but the conventional belief is that the author is indeed King Solomon.
In fact there were endless arguments against this book and its inclusion in the Old Testament. The reason for that is that there are certain passages in this book which seem to deny that there is life after death, that it is all over when this life ends and “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we must die” kind of philosophy.
The Ecclesiastes writer Throughout the book, again and again he says, “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.” Although he accepts a kind of fatalism according to which there is a definite time and place for everything, his book is filled with advice about how a person should live in order to get the greatest enjoyment out of life. Above all else, he counsels moderation: “Do not be over righteous, neither be over wise — why destroy yourself?” A person should find a happy medium. One of the tragedies of life, the author tells us, is for a person to spend so much time and energy preparing for old age that when it arrives, the person is unable to enjoy it. We should enjoy life while we are young, for old age is characterized by weakness and infirmities that are but a prelude to the time when “the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
Here one of my favorite passage in this book that I have painted.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up:
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Quick one – Sketched by using Wacom tablet few years ago.
Few tings comes to my mind when i think of these HOUSE CROWS
Once my wife said ’ there are no crows in jabalpur (where she lived for many years). i said WHAT?. I’m still not totally convinced. I always had the impression that these House Crows are as common as trees in India.
These birds are believed to be a messenger of spirit of ancestors.
I guess the most basic fact is that they originally come from India and south-east Asia. Yes, they eat rubbish (lots of it too).
They say, This clever bird is part of a group that is considered to be amongst the most intelligent animals in the world.
R K Laxman’s and his fascination for crows is well known, he painted hundreds of crows, singly and in groups, from near and far, and in many moods, often appeared in a corner of his cartoons.
I remember this beautiful line from a great Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathi in his ‘Paapa Paatu’ collections… ஏந்தித் திருடுமந்த காக்காய் – அதற்க்கு இர்ரகப் படவேண்டும் பாப்பா …
Here we go…
I’m your father. Who is this?
Maneka sex scandal. White tiger involved.
Will this do (lazy cartoonist asked)?
I never said that. Large please.
Second coming. Viji is missing.
This cutie is a daughter of bonded labourer family in one of the rice-mills near ‘red hills’ (madras). this family is paid Rs.20 (0.40 $) per day.
We have over 60 million child labourers in India!. A large number of children employed as bonded labourers by the non-farming sectors like small-scale textile, firecracker, leather goods manufacturing, brick kilns and granite extraction units are from the families who are subjected to distress migration from the rural villages. In the cities, children from these families are employed as bonded labourers in restaurants and eateries or end up employed as bonded beggars or fall prey to sex trade.
And our great government has very strict law against for those keeps bonded labourers. The fine is only Rs.1000 (22 $).
I noticed, most of the time the ads appear at the same time in all these channels. Initially I thought it was coincidence. No, these guys are all ganged up to so. I am now convinced that this is a cruel and planned strategy to force ads down our unwilling throats.
They also telecast same of their usual rotten ‘news and analysis’ content, meaningless discussions and debates at the same time. Again, these are also kind of their strategy.
However, there is already a law subscribing volume of advertising per hour of programming. The Cable Television Network Rules,1994, clearly say that not more than 12 minutes (20%) of advertisement for every one hour of programming is acceptable. Rule 7 (11) states: “No programme shall carry advertisements exceeding 12 minutes per hour, which may include up to 10 minutes per hour of commercial advertisements, and up to 2 minutes per hour of a channel’s self-promotional programmes.”
Who care, analysis says that volumes of ads are more than that of news stories or bulletins. Some channels, 60% of prime time slots went to ads, the rest to news.
I have suggestions – When the ads come, take your eyes off the screen and read good books or newspaper or listen to your wife what she had to say during the news time. Don’t worry. The ads last a good 10 minutes these days. That’s enough time to do lot of other things
A spectacularly compelling documentary that was as well financed as it is well intentioned. And went on winning this year Oscar.
One can say it is shame to Japanese government for hiding and mercury poisoning and stuff.
But catching Dolphin is tradition of Japan. The idea that catching Dolphin is bad people in other countries than Japan. And one has to respect different cultures.
like many I also eat many beautiful, cute and innocent looking creatures like goat, chicken, cow, pig, Fish, rabbit, pigeon, deer, squirrels…. But here I am bit disturbed by killing this very expressive and intelligent animal.
Last week I’ve taken 3 days break with my family in Goa.
Second visit was in 2000, I piled on with a rock band (strange brew from pune), we played in a one of the cozy shack near the beach for some rich firang crowd, again lots of booze and played few games of pool on one of the worst table in the world, lost around 100 rupees, had good swim.
This time had great fun with my wife and sons, had just 2 king fishers all alone in one shady bar.
Hinduism: In many Hindu traditions begging is encouraged.
Buddhism: Monks and nuns traditionally live by begging for alms.