It is said that in modern times, we listen seriously to what comedians say and laugh at what politicians say. This is unfortunately true in recent times especially when the comedian saying it is Dave Chappelle. Image source: https://www.mysanantonio.com
One of the first stand-up comedians that I actually sat and watched in full in Youtube was Russell Peters and then over the years, I started to discover others like Trevor Noah, Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Eddie Griffin, Gabriel Iglesias, Ronny Chieng (He is Malaysian too) and George Lopez (his 2004 stand-up “Why You Crying” brought back so many memories from my childhood. There is so thing common between Mexican and Indian).
Are we on target to visit the Red Planet? Given the state of the country as at now, you can safely say that when we celebrate the year 2020, this country would not have achieved the status of a “developed country”. So Dr M’s Vision 2020 will remain a vision and will not become a reality, at least in 2020.
For one, religion had taken precedent in key areas of the country and have caused a mismatch of priorities. Instead of us busy with human resource development and preparing the country for a “developed” status, we are busy on which law to use and how holy or religious one must be.
One day when I entered his room to clean up, I noticed a hand-written “rules of the room” pasted on his cabinet. The boss must have worked on it when he was alone in his room the night before and when we had told him to do his homework (now I know why he took hours to finish up his homework).
(The many faces of the great man in multiple roles all these years and he still making headlines even now. Image source: http://www.bollywoodlife.com)
In terms of acting, after the great Sivaji Ganesan, we were lucky to have Kamal Haasan taking up the lead when it comes to powerful acting. And over the years, he has not let us down with powerful storyline and acting (still remember this?).
Western classical music is perspective – look at the number of people involved in a symphony! Our traditional music is lonely – Ilaiyaraja
(My collection cover image – the image of Maestro Ilaiyaraja. Image source: http://www.tamilkey.com)
As long I could remember, I have been listening to Ilaiyaraja music since I was still young and started to have an appreciation of his style of music – all the way from the 1970s (you are aware that Annakili was not his first movie and that he had to impress the producer Panchu Arunachalam by singing a song that his mother sang and using the table as an music instrument?) to his latest flick in “Neethane En Ponvasantham” – thanks to my Dad who was big fan of Ilaiyaraja (Ilaiyaraja means the “younger” Raja – that is because the Tamil music industry already had another music director named Raja – the famed A.M. Raja).
Damn, it is the song that I have been listening all day long for past one week and I can’t shake it off.
I saw the movie Rang De Basanti starring Amir and the duo from the 3 Idiotssometime ago, liked this song (especially the fast guitarist music in the background which later transcend to a haunting tabla music) and this song has been one of the must song that I listen at least once in the morning especially when I am starting on my journey.… Click to read the rest
Frankly speaking, I don’t send roses on Valentine for 2 main reasons and it has nothing to do with PAS Youth’s call to boycott Valentine’s Day. 2 reasons – 1. Expression of love should not confined to one particular day of the year and 2. Price of roses on Valentine’s Day is insanely expensive (unless you have your own rose garden).… Click to read the rest
On the other side of the spectrum, Tricubes Bhd has confirmed that it will charge government agencies about 50 cents for every email sent to Malaysians who are account-holders. The irony of things is if you charge the government, you are charging the tax-payers indirectly.… Click to read the rest