Feeding frenzy

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When I first saw this picture on todays front page of the London Times, I thought it people running away in panic from a potential terrorist bomb. But it turned out to be people stampeding into a store in London that was offering cut price fashion. It occurred to me how similar these images are to people rushing to get food and water in lands devastated by natural disasters or wars. Sorry, I am wrong. Those people are normally far more dignified than this.

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Death and Devastation in Mogadishu

I am not saying that Somalia was not in turmoil before the US bombed it last year. But add Somalia now to the list of Iraq and Afganistan. The defeat of local Islamist forces in Mogadishu last year was accomplished only with the help of American air strikes, intelligence and logistical support. It allowed a widely unpopular, western-approved regime to take control. The US bombing was supposedly to have curbed “Al-Qaida efforts to “Talibanise” the Horn of Africa”. But far from being vanquished, the Islamists, whose support is largely drawn from the grass roots are making a comeback.

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the morning prayer

to create
every moment
an act of absolute astonishment
to live
in astonishment
and in wonder

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From Jordi Molla

Jordi plays King Phillip of Spain in Golden Age. Jordi is one of the foremost actor’s in Spain. But this was a special relationship where the lines between actor and director blurred. So I asked Jordi to write something on his experience. Read on :

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You even colonized the air we breathe !

So after suffering from almost a century of military colonization, followed by half a century of economic colonization, we are being told that poor countries are going have to bear the brunt of the environmental mess created by the Western and other over-consumptive countries.

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Childhood lost

I read today that 1/5th of all British Women have been sexually abused as children. Of course it is nice to live in a society that care to look at these statistics. In India no one knows or cares, and since the largest percentage of sexual or other abuse happens at home, it is all hidden under the garb of family honour. The abuser normally is in an intimate relationship of trust with the child. Abused children sometimes will spend their lives coming to terms with a lost childhood. Shekhar

Craig Armsrong and A R Rahman

Both the composers are now feverishly working together in Galsgow (scotland) a Craig’s studio for the score of Golden Age. It’s fascinating to watch them interact. Two people with toally different backrounds and cultures. Because this is a predominently a western film, I am ecouraging Craig to lead it. But am looking to Rahman to inject some bold, ‘out there’ melodies and sounds into the score.

test screening of golden age

Thank you all for the feedback of the test screening of Golden Age in Los Angeles. Yes, the response was exciting and such a relief ! When I make a film, I am so involved with the process and the one liitle ‘eye’ that as a director I am supposed to keep on the audience completely dissapears. I just HAVE to trust that my subconscious is in synch with the viewer’s. We are all, after all, emotionally in synch with each other, even though we may belong to different cultures. I have been away from the blog as the editing process has been particularily difficult, but will write about that later, Shekhar

love and abandon

to love selflessly
is an act of true courage
to love with complete abandon
is to know God

Open Thread : what is the Ego ?

The ego can be defined in many ways, both positive and negative. In a spiritual way it is negative, but it is also my ego that pushes me into the spiritual path to try and destroy it. It is the creative ego that provokes an artist to create art, yet the whole creative process then is to try and sublimate that ego into art. Ego seems such a double edged sword. Even when you first fall in love, it is your ego that provked you to either say or not say ‘I loveyou”. Even the love for one’s own country is the ego sublimated to the honour of the nation. Or is it ? What is the EGO ? Lets hear form everyone and have a healthy constructive debate. Shekhar