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Were Hindu Gods none other than Ancient Aliens?

Read our post “Are We alone? Are UFOs real? “.  Further read our “Disclaimer” before you read this post.

There are about 200 billion stars in our milky way galaxy and there are about 100 billion galaxies.  Hence if we think we are alone in the Universe, it is an awful waste of space!!!  Human race is arrogant of its own existence and take it for granted that we are at the pinnacle of any type of evolution.

Hence there is every possibility of advanced life in our universe who can be many years technologically superior to us.  Imagine we going to our early man era with our hi tech weapons, food, flying craft, and other gizmos, we will be treated as “Gods” by our ancestors because of the things we can do.  In my opinion, God is The One who is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, creator of our Universe and The One who does not need vehicles to travel from point A to point B and The One who does not need weapons for destroying mankind.  

Ancient Alien proponents suggest that ETs (Extra Terrestrial) not only visited Earth but have stayed on Earth and helped shape the future of Earth.  Ever imagined, why we look up at the sky when we talk or think about God?

 The classic Indian epics such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas refer to many exotic tribes, describing them as superhuman or subhuman. Narrations about these tribes are often mixed with mythology and fiction. These tribes include Gandharvas, Yakshas, Kinnaras, Kimpurushas, Rakshasas, Nagas, Suparnas, Vanaras, Vidyadharas, Valikilyas, Pisachas,                                                                                                        Devas (within them Vasus, Rudras, Maruts, Adityas) and Asuras (within them Danavas, Daityas and Kalakeyas.)

Their exotic capabilities included

  1. the ability to appear and disappear at will
  2. the ability to fly in air, with or without the use of an airborne vehicle
  3. the knowledge of aircraft (vimana)
  4. the ability to change shape at will
  5. the ability to read people’s minds
  6. the knowledge of other inhabited planets like the Earth
  7. the ability to influence natural forces

(Source – Wikipedia)

According to Dr.V. Raghavan, retired head of the Sanskrit department of India’s prestigious University of Madras, centuries-old documents in Sanskrit (the classical language of India and Hinduism) prove that aliens from outer space visited India.  There is a just a mass of fascinating information about flying machines, even fantastic science fiction weapons, that can be found in translations of the Vedas (scriptures), Indian epics, and other ancient Sanskrit text. “In the Mahabharata (writings), there is notion of divine lighting and ray weapons, even a kind of hypnotic weapon.

  • Flying Vehicles (Vimana):

In the Ramayana (writings), there is a description of Vimanas, or flying machines, which navigated at great heights with the aid of quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. “These were space vehicles similar to the so-called flying saucers reported throughout the world today.  Sanskrit texts are filled with references to Gods who fought battles in the sky using Vihmanas equipped with weapons as deadly as any we can deploy in these more enlightened times. 

For example, there is a passage in the Ramayana which reads:

The Puspaka Vimana that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravan; that aerial and excellent car going everywhere at will…. that car resembling a bright cloud in the sky.”.. and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent car at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere.”

“Propulsion was based on a combination of electrical, chemical, and solar energy”. Clearly, these descriptions relate to a craft of alien origin.  “The Vimana was metallic, had lights and was capable of fantastic speed”.  Sixteen different types of heat-absorbing alloys that went into construction of the Vimana were also described.  “These texts describe how Indra, the god of war, flew about in a Vimana – best translated as an aerial car”. 

How did ancient people know how to fly at light speeds when flying was a reality to earthlings only in recent times (forget about traveling at light speed)?  Could be our ancestors saw these flying vehicles and interpreted them as humongous birds carrying Gods, because to them anything that flies has to be a bird?  In the Ramayan and Mahabharat Serials, we saw the vimanahs as flying horse driven Chariots / large birds.   The descriptions of Vimanas given in Sanskrit texts are strikingly similar to the modern UFO sightings reported all over the world.  In the Sanskrit texts, an exact depiction of the Vimanah is reproduced here.

 

  • Hi -Tech Weapons:

There are various descriptions of weapons created by Hindu deities such as Agneyastra, Brahmastra, Chakra, Garudastra, Kaumodaki, Narayanastra, Pashupatastra, Shiva Dhanush, Sudarshana Chakra, Trishul, Vaishnavastra, Varunastra, and Vayavastra; the weapons of god (trishul, chakram, brahmastra) are the most powerful. These mythological weapons are at times compared to similar Greek mythological weapons such as the arrows of Apollo as well as our modern nuclear weapons. (Source – Wikipedia)

One such dreaded weapon is the Brahmastra.  It is akin to our present nuclear weapon.  According to our Sanskrit texts, “This weapon also causes severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon is used becomes barren for eons and all life in and around that area ceases to exist. Women and men become infertile. There is severe decrease in rainfall and the land develops cracks like in a drought.”  How could our ancestors have knowledge of nuclear and other such weapons, when the nuclear weapon is known to man only in recent times?  High radiation caused due to nuclear activity is still recorded in Mohenjodara and Harappa ruins.

Could be our ancestors saw the use of these weapons by “Gods” and misinterpreted these hi tech missiles to be bows and arrows spewing fire, wind, etc, because that’s all they knew about weapons?

  • Mutation:

The DNA of living things is an astounding thing to know about.  We know only 5% of Human DNA.  Could be the Extra Terrestrials had studied our DNA and knew how to mutate it?  Hence in our ancient texts, we see extra-ordinary beings half human, half animal, or having the head of any animal or having more than one head and two arms etc.  It is also believed by Ancient Astronaut proponents that ETs conducted Frankenstein-like experiments on Human DNA to create extraordinary beings.  Many such experiments were also carried out in other parts of the world like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Maya, Inca, Aztec civilisations.

  • Eternal Life:

We know from our Sanskrit texts that Hindu Gods have eternal life.  Some of The Gods came back to Earth as reincarnations.  Well here could be the reason, scientifically!!

Applying the Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein, if u travel at speed equal to speed of light then time you lived will be lesser than others. (It means if you travel for 1 day on that kind of speed, when you reach back you find others become older than you).  Speed of light is approximately 300,000 kms / second.  So it could be that, our God, who could be an ET, travelled to his planet outside our Solar system, say orbiting the star Sirius, for a one year holiday, and came back to Earth, the Earthlings will be older by say, 500 years!!!

Well, there is no dearth in making deductive reasoning on the subject.  Its never ending and you might think, “What about this? And what about that?”.

It’s no surprise that information like this will rock the cradle for the mass fragile minds that can’t think outside the box if their life depended on it.  

Did ancient aliens really help to shape our history?

Remember. Our technology is relatively primitive. Earth is only 4 billion years old. There are planets out there billions of years older.  Just imagine the kind of technology that these planet inhabitants may be having.  THINK, DRAWING CORRELATIONS. DEDUCTIVE REASONING IS NOT A BAD PRACTICE! 

Recommended watch is History Channels ‘Ancient Aliens – The Series’ documentary.

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Khuda Kay Liye – Pakistani Movie


I had earlier heard about Pakistani drama and had seen one or two of their dramas.  But not tried or heard about any movie from Pakistan.  But the movie “Khuda Kay Liye” directed by Shoaib Mansoor sprung up as a surprise due to its rave reviews.  Making movie on a controversial topic is really a bold move by Shoaib Mansoor.  And my taste is for controversies.  This is the first Pakistani film officially released in 2007 in India.

So I “rented a DVD” and I came away truly amazed after watching this movie.   It’s not only the most important film to come out of Pakistan for as long as one can remember, it is, more importantly the most relevant mainstream film on Islam that you’ve possibly seen.  It addresses pertinent issues like Islamic fundamentalism, the status of women in contemporary Islam, erroneous interpretations of Islam, the consequential effects of 9/11 on Muslims in America, and the divide in Pakistani society between the liberals and the extremists.  The film also features a few subtle digs at India like when the older brother meets a white student in Chicago, he says “We built the Taj Mahal!!”, what?! “We mean Muslims”, oh ok! So what about Indian Muslims? ……..  It also shows what the Pakistanis think about Indians.

The film follows two brothers who are musically inclined.  The younger, Sarmad is brainwashed by a radical Muslim cleric into believing that music is against Islam. Distancing himself from his art, he abandons his family and joins a fundamentalist group in a village in the outskirts near Afghanistan.

Misled into believing that he’d be upholding the honour of Islam by doing so, Sarmad agrees to be married to his London-bred cousin Mary against her wishes, and on the insistence of her hypocrite father who wants to end her relationship with an English boyfriend.

On the other hand, Sarmad’s older brother Mansoor, a liberal, signs up for music school in Chicago where he finds his soul mate in an American girl. All’s going well for them until 9/11 happens and Mansoor is wrongly accused of having terrorist links only because he’s a Muslim.  While the entire principal cast has put in a fabulous performance, its Naseeruddin Shah in his brief appearance in the climax as the long bearded progressive Islamic scholar with his dialogues (‘There is beard in religion, but no religion in beard’ and ‘Two men who did the greatest service to Islam in Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, did so without a beard and out of the so called Islamic dress code, in western dress.) who literally steals the thunder. It is learnt that, he had liked his part so much that he even did the role for free.

The music of KKL struck the right note considering the theme of the movie.

However, the movie did not do well in India, well, in my opinion, due to the fact that the issues in the movie are not pertinent in India.  Our audience cannot identify with these issues.

However, despite the above and the amateurish acting, the film will hook you till the very end.  Way to go!!

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Are We Alone? Are UFOs real?

Disclosure Project” is a two part documentary which gives an Executive Briefing on startling revelations made on UFO (Unidentified Flying Objects) and ET (Extra-terrestrial) sightings around the world.  There is nothing graphic about this documentary and heavily relies on testimonies and interviews of eyewitnesses who are high ranking and reliable officers (who are not on drugs!!) from NASA, FAA, radar operating officers, military and government personnel who have had close encounters of the third kind, with sufficient corroborative evidences.

This documentary on The UFO Phenomenon aims to show that some UFOs may be extra-terrestrial and that secrecy and ridicule are regularly employed to keep the truth about UFOs hidden.  The eye-witnesses have seen the UFOs flying at high speeds not attainable by man (up to 17,000 – 18,000 miles per hour) calculated on basis of position of the objects between radar blips, some have seen the UFOs land, others have seen them crash land and few others also witnessed the highly intelligent aliens who died on crash land and at least two were alive out of which one died later and the other one escaped and was shot dead later!!  What happened to these evidences, no one knows.  The UFOs are particularly interested in the military weapons facilities carrying the nukes and some missiles were intercepted in mid-flight during tests, by UFOs!!  An interviewee also says that pictures of the dark side of the moon before the Apollo missions revealed that there were colonies consisting of high rise buildings, some of which were more than half a mile high!!! Even the astronauts who landed on the moon including Neil Armstrong reported UFO sightings on the moon.  And these pictures / tapes were later airbrushed / deleted by the Government (supposedly people from Unacknowledged Special Access Program also called USAP, which is a covert organisation with a complicated organisational structure of which even the President of USA is not aware) and interviewees were warned or assaulted or some witnesses even killed for not spilling the truth to anybody!  Remember the “X-files” series which entirely dwelt on the premises of presence of UFOs and ET but ultimately suppressed by the Government?!  Further, many witnesses were ridiculed by saying that the purported UFO could be a weather balloon, military vehicle or man-made aircraft etc.

Some theorists and many witnesses also say that Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Fiber Optics were found in crashed spaceships.  This technology was then made available to the public!!!  So now we know from where we got these technologies!!!  The UFOs are specially designed to be anti-gravity.  No seatbelts are required for the passengers inside the vehicle as the UFO has its own gravity by using the laws of physics.  There’s probably not much we have technologically that would interest an alien species that has the technology for interstellar travel.  However, to primitives like us, advanced alien technologies could open doors to wealth and power if we could figure out how the stuff works.  According to some theorists, the process of humans exploiting advanced UFO technologies is already well underway.  The undercover USAP and others have developed fully functional prototypes of UFOs reverse engineered from crashed alien spaceships, which have anti-gravity propulsion system which requires no fuel, no pollution, no noise and very highly manoeuvrable and which purportedly employs ‘Zero Point Energy’.   These ARVs (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) are very well capable of undertaking space flights at or more than the speed of light.  These prototypes have not been publicised at all.  Remember, many “X-Files” episodes highlight these covert operations!  Rigorous Reverse Engineering is taking place to develop Alien technologies based on the objects crashed on Earth.   One of such well-known UFO crash is the Rosswell Crash.

According to sources close to the Government, the UFO contacts is known by quite a few politicians in the opposition and of course by those who are in power.  The military has legitimate concern of not letting the secrets out either.  The Columbia crash has a mysterious UFO angle to it as well … not so much an ET war as suggested by some but a measure to keep us grounded to Planet Earth … why … ?

‘Are the Aliens hostile?’ was one of the queries thrown to an interviewee.  He said if it was true, the Aliens would have completely wiped out our existence long time ago due to their advanced technologies!

All this has not been allowed to be publicised by the Government or so to say secret organisations within the Government, in order not to create panic among the people or more likely to enjoy monetary gain by a few people within the Government.

Alien scenario in India:

UFO Sightings were also reported in India.  One such instance was at Bijnor city, Uttar Pradesh, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Karnal, Haryana (Incidentally this town is where Late Kalpana Chawla was born, who was aboard the Columbia SpaceCraft which crashed, and it had a mysterious UFO angle to it as well).  These UFO was seen by many residents in the night sky.  Many of these residents managed to grab a camera or video camera and record the event that was taking place in the darkness above their heads.  Most feared that they were under attack by aliens.  They believe to this day that the object was not of this world.  Recently India has seen enormous news on UFO contacts and secret UFO bases in Himalayas near the Chinese bases. In Ladak, for example the locals clearly point out the everyday phenomenon of large triangular spacecrafts coming out below the ground and Indian security forces protecting them.  Military officials and politicians have confessed the fact that India has been contacted. India has been told the rules of the Universe.  If the information comes out through unofficial channels first and then the authorities are pressed against the wall to confess, two bad things can happen. First, it can really cause a panic in the country as well as the world. Second, the way the Indian politics is run, the ruling party will be thrown out of power in no time if it is ever found that the Government withheld such information from the public.  The recent rush of world leaders to India is remarkable. Starting from Russian President Putin to major Senators from America have visited or are planning to visit India. European Union is in deep discussion with India on cooperation. All sanctions against India’s nuclear programs and Indian Space Research Organization are in the process of being lifted. India is cooperating with Europeans and the Americans in space explorations and technology research program. India is also part of World Trade Organization. India is receiving major outsourcing contracts in IT and call-center service work from America and Europe. India’s Forex reserve is at a level never imagined before because of international direct investments from Western nations, Japan, Korea and others. Interestingly, China the arc rival of India changed its posture in the last few years to make India’s friendship and trade a priority. India is slowly getting to the point when it is accepted as a permanent member of the Security Council. All the five Security Council members China, America, Russia, France and UK support India’s inclusion.  When all these factors are added together and analyzed, it seems like India is being told by the world to abide by the hidden protocols and in exchange be recognized as a major emerging superpower.  According to sources close to the Government, the UFO contacts is known by quite a few politicians in the opposition and of course by those who are in power.  The military has legitimate concern of not letting the secrets out either.  (S0urce – http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/01-06a-05.asp).  It appears that all the nuclear powers on Earth are being contacted by Aliens and apparently the galaxy and the Aliens are not happy about nuclear power.

God is an Astronaut:

India has had a history of ET contact often interpreted as something to do with the God’s in the Hindu religion. Many wars have been waged in our past which involved the use of highly sophisticated weapon systems unknown to us even today. The use of flying vehicles and extraordinary beings in the history of India are all recorded in the Vedas and various other ancient scriptures. Our Gods descended from the Heavens and were living amongst us is a metaphor for god like entities incarnating on our planet from different star systems.  Even in Bible and other Holy Books, flying vehicles and ET have been described, though in a Godly fashion.

It is also said that the Pyramids in Egypt and Peru and Pumapunku in Bolivia, Stonehenge are all, allegedly built by or guided by Aliens as it is almost impossible to build these structures within a short period of time even today, with advanced technologies.

Other Documentaries recommended on same subject:

  • UFO : The Greatest Story Ever Denied
  • Ancient Aliens: History Channel
  • Out of the Blue
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“Natarang” Marathi Movie Review

Been hearing about this Marathi movie “Natarang”.  Heard that it is a different movie in the Marathi language genre.  So I thought maybe it would be a good idea to shell out some of my money and actually watch the movie. And I was not at all disappointed.  I have earlier watched only a few Marathi movies, but only a few packed the right punch like Dombivili Fast, Zenda, Harishchandrachi Factory etc..

This movie has a serious storyline, unlike most other popular Marathi movies which are mostly of the slapstick comedy type or in-law brawls.  There has been a welcome change in Marathi movies in recent years, from some cheap comedies to sensible movies like this one.

Atul Kulkarni plays the lead role called “Guna” in the movie.  He is a farm worker and wrestler (Pehalwan), avid Tamasha (Marathi folk dance) fan and lavani writer.  Due to automation in farms he is working, he is out of work along with his fellow mates, and then they choose to form a “Tamasha” group, despite opposition from peers.  It becomes evident to them that they at least require a female performer to attract crowd to watch their Tamasha.  They find a female dancer, played by Sonalee Kulkarni (not the “Dil Chahta Hai” fame) whose condition is that there should be a feminine homosexual “Nachya” in the troupe and only then can she join them.  Despite hesitation, Guna, who wants to play the part as a King, undertakes to become a “Nachya”.  The dedication shown by Atul Kulkarni in this movie shows his professionalism.  He had to build up his body for the wrestler part and then shed kilos to become a nachya in the troupe, and all that in one movie!!  His acting stands out in the movie.

Thereafter the troupe achieves fame and some money, but what follows is the societal prejudice and the POV of the society at how they look upon a nachya.  He is deserted by his wife, teased for performing feminine roles, abused and declared a eunuch and gay by the society that fails to understand the creativity involved in the art form.  But Guna never gives up and he continues to pursue his passion.  However, this outburst could have been portrayed much intensely, but then again, it would have attracted smaller crowds due to intensity.  Atul Kulkarni will now be more remembered, not for his role in “Rang De Basanti” but for his role in “Natarang”.

The music / soundtrack of “Natarang” by Ajay and Atul was incredible.  It gave the movie the right direction and it never felt that it was moving away from the essence of the movie.  Man! Love the sound of the “Dholak”!  And here’s a big thumbs up to Ravi Jadhav, the debutant director, who has shown that he is no amateur in directing this movie.

This movie has changed the course of Marathi movies and movie goers have also shown that they need change from the usual slapstick comedy, and Natarang has given them a breather.  Watch out! More to come from the Marathi movie stable!

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Earthlings – Must…Must…Must watch documentary!!

I love eating non-vegetarian food.  I also use leather articles and enjoy going to circuses as well.  Who doesn’t?!  However after I saw this documentary called “Earthlings” by director Shaun Monson, and narrated by Academy award nominee Joaquin Phoenix.  I will never be the same.  This documentary contains images which are certainly not for the weak hearted.  It shows the holocaust inflicted on animals for food (meat), clothing (fur, leather), petting (pets), entertainment (circus, fighting, racing etc) and scientific research (medical, space, endurance testing etc).  This documentary shows that we are all earthlings.  Humans, animals alike have the right to live on this earth and each has its own space.  However, humans, being the most intelligent living thing, dominate the way other earthlings live. The sight of the slaughterhouses is very very disturbing.  The kind of pains inflicted on animals is unwatchable.  And all that is legal!!  When there is a homicide of humans, there is wide media coverage. Legally, foeticide, inflicting bodily harm to humans and the like is punishable.  But what about animals?  Don’t they feel pain? Just because they are dumb and innocent, doesn’t mean that they experience no pain!!  But thats another story!  There is genocide of animals taking place all over the world! Millions and millions of animals are slaughtered all over the world to meet humankind’s needs.  The sights of the concentration camps in Europe for mass killing of the Jews, gypsies by the Nazis, the mass killing of humans in Rwanda, Bangladesh brings nightmares to us, even today.  But the poor animals are still suffering from the same behind closed doors and opaque walls.  Its not only the slaughter, but also mental torture caused to animals. After watching this documentary, i felt ashamed to be called a human.  You will be ashamed of your humanity.  The documentary goes to say, “If we were to kill for meat, we would all be vegetarians”.  I have been having nightmares after watching this documentary.  I remember a scene where a beautiful furry Chinese wolf is skinned for its fur, when its still alive!  The sight of the still alive wolf after it is skinned is horrible!

Its true that Earthlings does not offer solutions to all of the problems it seeks to expose. Nor could it hope to do so. The viewer is challenged to seek their own answers and carry the voice of the voiceless to the lawmakers.  Buy or rent this DVD and watch it without shutting your eyes.


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Top 15 documentaries

Here is a list of the top 15 documentaries and TV shows according to me:

  • Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist Addendum – This documentary is not for the faint-hearted.  It delves into the origins of religion and gives an interesting view on how a few american banks (and thus a few very powerful people) have seized worldpower at the beginning of the 20th century. It also describes the problems with what was told to us about the events surrounding Sept. 11 and and provides evidence to show who the writers believe really was responsible for the attacks.  Stunning!!!
  • BBC Planet Earth – This is indeed our planet as “never seen before”. Right from the outset you are witnessing the most amazing pictures modern technology has ever produced: Views from space, but close enough so we may see the glorious beauty of specific regions of our home planet. Birds of paradise of such beauty that can convince you this is the real paradise and you need not ask for anything more.  Visually stunning!!  Narrated by David Attenborough himself!!
  • Space Odyssey – Voyage to the Planets –  This two-part science fiction docu-drama examines the possibilities of a dangerous, manned space mission to explore the inner and outer planets of the Solar system.
  • The Triumph of the Nerds –  It’s all there: software, hardware, geeks, nerds, money, power, ambition, hunger, anxiety. Highly recommended viewing, without a doubt.  In fact, as you use computers every day of your life, did you know how it came to being?  Educate yourself with this documentary!
  • Enron – The smartest guys in the room –  A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.  A must watch for business world!!
  • Touching the Void – The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.  Gripping from the start to the finish!  One of the best survival docus seen by me.
  • Encounters at the end of the world –  Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape’s rarely seen beauty on film.
  • Man on wire –   Considered as “The artistic crime of the century”, tightrope walker Philippe Petit performs an illegal but daring high wire routine between the two towers of the World Trade Center.
  • Grizzly Man – A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska  
  • The Corporation – Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.                                                                              
  • Wild China –   Exploring the wild treasures of China, its flora and fauna and people.  Very well made documentary indeed!                                                                                                                    
  • Wild Russia – Exploring the wild treasures of Russia, its flora and fauna and people.  Stunning visual treat!
  • Heima –   Sigur Ros, an Icelandic band, perform unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland.  One of the most innovative bands I have heard.                                                                        
  • Metallica – Some kind of Monster –   A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
    • Metal – Headbanger’s journey –  A journey through the roots of heavy metal music, its evolution and cult status.  Metal as a lifestyle and not a passing trend, indeed!
    • The Story of India – Now saving the best for the last, BBC’s The Story of India.  A breathtaking journey through the history of India, the Maharajas, Mughals, Britishers, Aryans, Dravidians……PHEW!  Historian Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent’s long and impressive history.  This IS the Discovery of India and no other shows covers Indian history to the depths and details captured here.  A MUST watch to all the Indians and also people from abroad to learn from India’s glorious past.  Mera Bharat Mahaan!!

    Please comment and suggest what you would like to add to this list.

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    “Zenda” Marathi Movie – Timepass??!!

    After the unwarranted political censorship, Zenda was released on 22nd January 2010.  I made it a point to watch the movie on the first day.  So there I was, alone, coz Shantala doesn’t like political and serious movies (not that I like them very much).  The Movie was based on the splitting of ShivSena into MNS and the aftermath that follows viz: the dilemma faced by supporters to stay in ShivSena or join newly formed MNS.  The intention of writing this post is not a review, but an incident that i faced in the movie theatre.

    In the interval, i met a rogue like looking person aged around 30-35 years.  He asked me my opinion on the movie half-way.  I just replied “Timepass”.  He was shocked and perturbed and hated my reply.  He was accompanied by three other accomplices, equally rogue like looking.  He asked me, “Why did you find this movie “Timepass”?, did you ever go to Mumbai and see the plight of Marathi Manus.  Mumbai is being taken over by non-Maharashtrians.”  I did not say anything.   He also told me that he will reimburse the ticket fare if i saw the movie from the point of view of Marathi people.  He then said “You are not Marathi”.  I said “I am Marathi but from Karnataka” to which he further got agitated.  He told me that he will report me to Mr. Raj Thackeray directly.   Man! You should have been there!!  It was as if I am a terrorist stalking the theatre to blow it to smithereens.  I think he and his mates were drunk, but can’t say.  He called other unconcerned onlookers and started to insult me in front of the crowd.  When the movie resumed, he was talking over his mobile and telling his friends to come to the theatre.  But i continued to watch the movie.  Just 10 minutes before the movie finished, i got up from my seat, came out of the theatre without watching the ending and drove back home.  I thought after the movie, i will be beaten up.  Such was the situation!!

    The movie is just plain simple.  It doesn’t take anybody’s side nor does it try to justify Marathi Manus’ side.  It just goes to show that the whole issue of Marathi is simply political and nothing is present in the movie which should arouse hatred in the minds of the people for non-Maharashtrians.  So much ado about calling the movie “Timepass”.

    Jai Hind!!

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