Wednesday, March 14, 2018

'CRPF should update its website atonce and honour the 9 martyrs of Sukma' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Source of the above photo: The Indian Express

Two days back 9 personnel of the 212 Batallion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) got martyred at Sukma, Chattisgarh safeguarding the security and integrity of the country. Two others got severely injured.

Today is 15th March. There is no information about the names and photos of the martyrs and the injured.

Sadly the website of CRPF ( is giving the 'latest' news dated 26th February 2018. There is not a word or a photo about these martyrs.

We as a nation, must respect those who sacrifice their lives for the country.

Jai Hind!

'The New York Times writes an obituary of Madhubala & corrects its 50 year old mistake' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

 It is not often that the influential The New York Times  (NYT) admits at having made a mistake and then graciously makes up for it. This is exactly what has happened.

                                                              "The New York Times
Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men.
 Now, we’re adding the stories of 15 remarkable women." 


 I have been a fan of Madhubala for decades. May I invite you to take a look at the photo articles on her that I have put up on the internet in the recent years:

(1) 'Beauty- In praise of Madhubala'- by K.J.S.Chatrath; 13th Feb, 2018; .

(2) 'Wax model of Madhubala- We are not amused Madam Tussaud' - by K.J.S.Chatrath;
14th August, 2017. .

(3) 'Three beautiful actresses who died young' by K.J.S.Chatrath - 29th May 2016; .

(4) 'Valentine's Day & Madhubala's birthday' - by K.J.S.Chatrath - 13th February, 2016. .

(5) 'For Madhubala Admirers'- by K.J.S.Chatrath - 21st December 2015.
'Postal Department's Salutation to Indian Cinema' - by K.J.S.Chatrath . 31st May, 2015.

(6) 'Madhubala Postage Stamp'- by K.J.S.Chatrath - 18th April 2015.

(7) 'Valentine Day & Madhubala's birthday- February 14' - by K.J.S.Chatrath- 13th February 2015. .

(8) 'Madhubala's death anniversary & her grave'- by K.J.S.Chatrath- 23rd February 2014.
(9) 'Homage to late Madhubala on her birthday' - by K.J.S.Chatrath- 11th February, 2014.

(10) 'Late Madhubala, R.I.P.' - by K.J.S.Chatrath- 25th November 2013.

(11) 'Today February 14 is the Valentine's Day...' - by K.J.S.Chatrath- February 13, 2013.

(12) 'A Homage to Madhubala' - by K.J.S.Chatrath - June 23rd, 2011.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Le Corbusier tried to impose christian superstition on secular India" - by K.J.S.Chatrath

It is not well known that while designing Chandigarh, Le Corbusier tried to impose his christian superstition of number 13 being unlucky on us secular Indians. At the time of dividing sectors, he gave a number to each but left out number 13.

I have written about it earlier also (  but Chandigarh is so full of admirers of Le Corbusier and his nephew that no one has the courage to say the very obvious.

With this background I was thrilled to see an article, "Take off the baggage of superstitions' written by Ms. Jayanti Roy. My sincere complements to her for being courageous enough to criticize the over rated Le Corbusier.

I sometimes pull up The Tribune whenever I feel that it is falling short of expectations or for editorial shortcomings. But this time I want to say 'Bravo The Tribune'.

Chandigarh must shake off this superstition. What about adding a new Sector numbered Sector-13?

I have some other problems  too with Le Corbusier:

 (i) he copied the Fatima's Hand symbol and called it The Open Hand symbol without showing the grace of giving credit to the original:
                                              The so called 'original' idea of Le Corbusier.

The welknown Christian & Islamic symbol of Miriam's/Fatima's hand

                                                        Some where in Morrocco

 (ii) The Chandigarh Legislative Assembly's  design is nothing else but putting the chimney design of a reactor on top of the building,

Legislative Assembly building (top) and power plant chimney (below)

 (iii) Sector 17 market is the dullest and most bland newly designed city centre that I have seen,

(iv) The concept of 'jalis' used by him liberally have turned out to be an ideal place for dust to settle and are very difficult to clean etc.

(v) Both he and his highly over rated cousin/relative Jeanneret were very poor designers of furniture......

                                                                                                                      More later...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

सुधर जाओ भाई लोगो, सुधर जाओ ! - by K.J.S.Chatrath

सुधर जाओ भाई लोगो, सुधर जाओ !

'Oscars awards ceremony- devoid of sartorial elegance' - by K.J.S. Chatrath

I switched on the TV the other morning to witness the Oscar Award ceremony. I noticed that while gentlemen were all elegantly dressed in suits & ties/bow ties, a good number of ladies were seen in ghastly and bizarre dresses totally devoid of sartorial elegance. I just could not stand it after a few minutes.

I switched off the TV and went back to sleep.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

'Respectful Salute to Ms. Manu Bhaker' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Ms. Manu Bhaker of Jhajjer, Haryana, India bagged a gold medal yesterday in the 10 m air pistol shooting championship at the ISSF World Cup held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

This young lady is an exceptional sportsperson. She is just 16 and had started learning air pistol shooting only two years back at the age of 14. Earlier she had  excelled in boxing, thang-la (Manipuri martial art) and roller skating.

It seems that India has discovered another Olympic Gold Medal prospect.

Here is a bouquet of flowers and a respectful salute to this young achiever.

Jai Hind!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

'Bhoot Bangla' K.J.S.Chatrath

When I was young, there was a popular Mehmood film called "Bhoot Bangla". You may ask why all of a sudden I am talking about 'bhoots' and 'bangla'?

The following news triggered off old memories: "Nitish released ghosts in my bungalow: Lalu's son". .

By the way, have you seen Anushka Sharma's horror film 'Pari'? No? Never mind, I have not seen it either!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

'Le Corbusier was a very poor designer of furniture!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Le Corbusier's highly over rated "Heritage" chairs. Source: The Tribune.

My take - Le Corbusier was a very poor designer of furniture!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

'Updating myself on current music..." - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I have received this link from a very dear person with the following note:

"Here this link - Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli...Keep you updated with the current music...
Andrea Bocelli they say his voice has so much purity that he could make u cry, he is considered one of the greatest ever n he is blind."

I just love it.

Do give it a try.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

'Petrol stolen from motorcycle' - news according to Times of India- by K.J.S.Chatrath

Illustrative photo of a motorcycle

"XYZ (name withheld), a resident of Maninmajra, alleged that his petrol was stolen from his motorcycle when it was parked at Samadhi Gate, Manimajra , on Monday. An FIR has been registered at Manimajra Police Station. " Chandigarh Times (Times of India) , January 31, 2018.

'Inspector General of Police to be CEO of Gau Seva Aayog in Haryana' - News

'Inspector General of Police to be CEO of Gau Seva Aayog in Haryana'-

Friday, February 9, 2018

'Main to piya..."

Sincere thanks to my friend Lalit Joshi for sharing this piece. I do not know who the singers are, but they are good- in fact very good

'What a man!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Elon Musk's latest tweet:

"We're doing OK for a bunch of monkeys
Humanity rocks!"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

'Me at a roadside pakorawala stall' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Fresh, crisp and very tasty....

O P Nayyar & the art of turning bizarre lyrics into lilting melodies' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I am a great fan of O.P.Nayyar. He had the inherent talent to transform even the most bizarre lyrics to catchy music. In 1962, comedian Om Prakash's brother A.S. Pachhi made a film 'Hong Kong' with Ashok Kumar as the hero and music by O.P.Nayyar.

The lyrics of songs of this film were very unusual. Take one, 'Kenya, Uganda, Tanganiyka' (Tanganiyka was the earlier name of Tanzania.

Listen to what an unforgettable lilting tune did O P Nayyar make of it. Just listen. And yes, Helen is unforgettqble too. And imagine who the lyricist was- the respected Raja Mehdi Ali Khan!

Then take another song from this film: 'Hong Kong China Mina Singapore, urr gayee didl ki chiriya furr, Oh Babu I love you, Aana bana karr..

Another song from the same film says 'Honolulu, Honolulu, Honolulu'.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

'Another affectionate letter from Hon'ble Minister Rilways- I am chuffed' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

What happens when one gets a lettter from some one asking one to be careful in life? One feels happy at the concern .

But what happens when this mail is from the Hon'ble Minister of Railways of Government of India- One feels understandably chuffed!

This is what Hon'ble Minister's email  received yesterday by me, a 74+ senior citizen, says, and I quote verbatim:

"Do not attempt to cross the closed railway crossing gate, wait for the train to pass". I do not know who complained to the Honble Minister that this 74+ old man is in the habit of crossing the closed railway gates? Could it have been my Aadhar number? Just thinking!

And then he goes on to advise in a musical tone: "अरे भाई ज़रा देख के चलो"  - (Which I do not consider to be a very polite way to address a 74+ old man!).

And then the last advice:

"पटरी पर पहला हक़ ट्रैन का है।
  क्रासिंग पार करते हुए सावधानी, संयम  और सतर्कता बरते".

Sadly, there isn't even an 'unsubscribe' button at the end of the message, not that I subscribed to be showered with such weighty advice.....अब आप ही बतांये मैं क्या करों?