Nanak Shah Faqir, the movie

Finally, I got a chance to watch Nanak Shah Faqir the biopic about the life of Guru Nanak.  I was delighted to see the movie make it to the public, in spite of its tremendous criticism, opposition and extra-ordinary efforts to derail its release and exposure.  So strong was the opposition that to counter it, another movie was quickly released at the same time and under the same title and marketed so heavily that in google searches, it subdued all references to the actual movie. 

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The story of a mind screwed by AT&T

April 4, 2019

Preface: You want to live a simple, uncomplicated, peaceful life, right? I don’t know about you, but I sure do.  So, what do I do? I was told that if I work hard, live within my means, pay my bills on time, buy services from the well-known, reputed companies and check what I buy before I buy it, I can live a reasonably unperturbed life.

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Family Lost to Terrorism

Hally, the writer of this article is a very strong, young, beautiful person and the terrorism tale she described in this is true; I remember this incidence very vividly. When someone tried to condole Dr. Harnam Singh Shahbad on losing his family to terrorism, his response was – “So what, I’m not alone in this suffering – a lot of others have lost their loved ones.” I remember my eyes welling up – I had never seen someone that bold in flesh and blood, before!
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Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif

Feb 28, 2019

I decided to purchase Red Birds because it was listed in The Hindu’s 2018 top ten fiction books. In addition, I wanted to read Mohammed Hanif, a known author and a journalist, with published works in prominent papers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Daily Telegraph.  However, it was an interesting experience to read the novel, if you can call it that.

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What can you, as an individual, do about global warming?

March 20, 2019

The previous article ‘what is global warming? Can we do something about it’, focused on the causes and the impacts of global warming and it briefly touched on the global efforts being made at the government levels.  The question is, can we as individuals, do something about it?  Yes, we can, and we should. We may not be able to stop global warming single handedly, but we must do our share.  Eminent Punjabi writer, Professor Mohan Singh put it beautifully, ‘Apne hisse de laye Assan vee kujh taanke, kee hoyaa sara chak naan sathon see hoyaa – I put in my share of the stitches, so what if I couldn’t sew the whole rip’.

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What is Global Warming?

Jan 24, 2019

Weather vs Climate: Unwittingly, I started writing this article at a time when 85% of the USA was below the freezing temperatures and parts of the Punjab were covered under a foot of hail, very unusual, end-of-the-January weathers.  This may seem to make my argument of Global Warming rather weak.  However, before we jump to that conclusion, let’s look at the terms weather and climate.  Weather refers to the atmospheric conditions like rain, wind, sunshine, visibility etc., at any given time. For example, we can say that we have rainy weather today or that Patiala had nice sunny weather on January 25, 1850.  Weather can change suddenly – like sudden rain or a sudden hail storm.  With climate, however, we talk about atmospheric conditions averaged over a long period, usually thirty years.  Even though some summer days in Rajasthan may be cold and rainy, but climatically summers in Rajasthan would be called hot and dry.  The current hail storm in the Punjab and the unusually freezing temperatures in the US represent variations in the weather.  We may not see another hail storm this intense, in the Punjab for decades.

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