Haiku

Love is like a cat.
It comes to you when it wants.
I am still waiting.

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Zombie apocalypse strikes World Cup

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Suarez bites again. And it isn’t funny. No, seriously, it’s not. Stop laughing!

Serial biter Luis Suarez of Uruguay took a hunk out of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in today’s 1-0 win over the Azzurri.

With FIFA certain to review the incident, it appears that Suarez may have bitten off more than he can chew.

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‘Mr Joe B Carvalho’ is a laughing riot

I watched Mr Joe B Carvalho yesterday at the Big Movies, Kathmandu with zero prior knowledge about the movie, except the fact that Arsad Warsi was in it. I like Warsi as an actor but the were only about 20 people in the hall. So I did not know what to expect from the movie. In fact, I did not know the name of the movie until it started. But when it started, I was not disappointed at all. The movie was a complete fun to watch.

The story is of Joe B Carvalho (Arsad Warsi), a small private detective. He gets a case to bring back home the daughter of a rich man (Shakti Kapoor) who eloped with her lover. An international criminal Carlos (Javed Jeffrey) has an assignment to kill a girl. And inspector Shanti Priya (Soha Ali Khan) has a mission to nab Carlos. Things get mixed up and a laughing riot breaks out. The plot is simple but the humour in it takes it to another level. There are some what-the-hell-is-happening-here moments but the humour won’t let you cling to those.

Arsad Warsi and Javed Jeffrey are good as always. But Soha looks clumsy, especially in the songs. One thing’s for sure, she needs to learn dancing. The rest of the cast have also been effective in their roles.

If you love movies where you can just sit back and relax and don’t have to think much, this is the movie for you. And for the rest of you, if you could watch Dhoom 3, you can definitely watch Mr Joe B Carvalho. You may like it more.

The Fox

A fox looked at his shadow at sunrise and said, “I will have a camel for lunch today.” And all morning he went looking for camels. But at noon be saw his shadow again – and he said, “A mouse will do.”

– From The Mad Man by Khalil Gibran

Meeting an Astronaut

The lady proudly announced the name Vladimir Dzhanibekov. A tall, bald but well-built man, may be in his late sixties, climbed up the stairs and reached the dais. There was a huge applause from the crowd. I was quite surprised because I had thought the man would be younger, in his fifties may be. He sat on a chair quietly. I was waiting when he would come up to the microphone and start his talk. After a brief formal session, there he was, the man himself, Vladimir Dzhanibekov.

Earlier today in my college, I was told that a Russian cosmonaut would be delivering a talk at the Russian Center of Science and Culture today. I had read about many astronauts but never had a chance to meet one in person. I have always been amazed by space,  space ships and space explorations. This may be the effect of Star Wars, Star Trek many other sc-fi movies (I know I watch a lot of movies!). I immediately cancelled all my plans for the day and headed to the venue where the program would be held. How could I miss this opportunity of meeting an astronaut in person?!

And there was the man of the moment, twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1978 & 1981), Vladimir Dzhanibekov. I held my nerves when he came up to the podium and started to speak. Damn, he spoke Russian! Everyone in the audience looked perplexed (including me). A few moments later, a Nepali guy translated his words, in Nepali of course. The crowd was relieved. I took out my diary and a pen and scribbled a few notes as he spoke.

Dzhanibekov in 1974

Dzhanibekov in 1974

Vladimir Dzhanibekov was born on May 13, 1942 in the middle of the Second World War. He had always been interested in flying. In 1965, he  became a flying instructor in the Soviet Air Force. In 1970, he was selected in the team of cosmonauts. He made five flights,  Soyuz 27, Soyuz 39, Soyuz T-6, Soyuz T-12 and Soyuz T-13. All in all, he stayed 145 days, 15 hours and 56 minutes in space over this five years.

Dzhanibekov started by talking about zero gravity in space, its usefulness and its danger for humans. He talked about the sixteen sunrises he observed each day from the space, about the oceans and high Himalayas on the Earth. At one point he joked that he saw so much water in the Earth that sometimes he wondered why the Earth was called Earth instead of Ocean. He said that he could spot Nepal from up in the space because of the snow-clad high Himalayas. A loud applause greeted his comment. This was a proud moment for me as a Nepali. Technically, Nepal is the nearest country from the space because of Mt. Everest. A friend sitting next to me said, “Now I understand why Mt. Everest is called the Roof of the World.”  I just smiled at him.

In the later part of his talk, Dzhanibekov said something that went straight to my heart. He said, “From the space, we did not see the borders of any country, we only saw one Earth, our home. But when we got back, we could see people divided by land, by race, by language, trying to destroy one another. The sight was very disheartening. We have only one home and that is the Earth  We should all work together to protect the planet for the betterment of humanity.”

This day changed my perception about astronauts and space exploration. I came to know that astronauts too are humans. They do not have any super power but they are the real heroes who risk their lives for the success for the mission to explore the unexplored arenas of the cosmos. Meeting Dzhanibekov made me realize that any one can be an astronaut, the only thing you need is the desire to be one.

(This post is from my personal diary dated April 11, 2013, Thursday.)

This and that

I have been trying to write a blog post for a couple of days. Many thoughts have come across my mind. But I’m still not sure what to write about. So all I have been doing is changing themes of my blog. I liked a few themes but they were not free! So here I am, stuck with my old theme. By the way, this theme isn’t that bad, is it?

Talking about theme, a friend had recommended to me a valentine theme for my desktop. When I installed it, everything in my desktop turned red and a red rose and a heart appeared as my wallpaper. I quickly removed it. I don’t find the idea of valentine’s day, red roses and all too appealing. My friends say this is because I’m single! Well, may be. I don’t know.

Talking about being single, my birthday and valentine’s day fall on the same day. On this day, many say, Oho, dubai haat ma laddu! The rest say, I hope you find someone this time. I just smile at them and remind myself that there are over 3 billion females in this world . . . it will take some time for me to find my Miss Right. I think people don’t look for true love with the patience they need to. They look in 10 – 20 – or say 50 people! Out of what, over 3 billion?! There is a very very high chance they won’t find their Mr/Ms. Right. They get satisfied in the best of what they see and try to find true love in them while their Mr/Ms. Right lie somewhere waiting to be found. I don’t get the notion of this kind of love. I also don’t believe that two people just bump onto each other on the street, fall in love and live happily ever after. So one has to keep looking until he/she finds his/her true love.

Oh, and talking about looking, I think I’ll keep looking for some more themes for my blog. Of course, I’ll keep looking for my Ms. Right!