Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sitaron Se Aage Jahaan Aur Bhi Hain

Sitaron Se Aage Jahaan Aur Bhi Hain; Abhi Ishq Ke Imtihan Aur Bhi Hain (Beyond the stars are even more worlds, there are still even more tests of passion). These beautiful lines were written by Allama Iqbal, one of the greatest philosophers and Urdu poets of all times. He was better known for writing revolutionary and inspirational poems.

I am stressing on these lines because these inspire the person to explore the unexplored horizons, it suggests that one must try continuously to achieve the desired goals. In fact, I am not the only one who is deeply impressed by charm of these verses, noted astronaut Kalpana Chawla, was also the great fan of Allama Iqbal. On various occasions, she had recited these awesome verses by Iqbal.

During college days, one of my Sikh friends always recites these lines. When inquired about the reason of his fondness, he replied that every word in this poem is flawless, the class of this poem is matchless and every line inspires him to do continuous effort towards achieving the success.

It may be recalled that Saare Jahan Se Accha Hindostan Hamara, also known as the Tarana-e-Hind (song of India) was written by Allama Iqbal. School children in many Indian schools still recite another marvellous poem Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua Banke Tamanna Meri.

Recently, on the 9th day of November, the world has celebrated his 135th birthday, but many of us are not actually aware of it. Ironically, like other litterateurs, we forgot Iqbal, which I think is bad.


Sitaron Se Aage Jahaan Aur Bhi Hain,
Abhi Ishq Ke Imtihan Aur Bhi Hain

(Beyond the stars are even more worlds
There are still even more tests of passion)

Tihi Zindagi Ke Nahin Yeh Fazaayein
Yahan Sainkadon Kaaravaan Aur Bhi Hain

(These expanses are not devoid of life
Here there are hundreds of other caravans too)

Qanaa'at Nah Kar Aalam-e-Rang-o-Bu Par
Chaman Aur Bhi, Aashiyaan Aur Bhi Hain!

(Don't be contented with the world of colour and scent
There are other gardens, other nests (resting places), too)

Agar Kho Gaya Ek Nasheman Tho Kya Gham
Muqaamaat-e-Aah-o-Fughaan Aur Bhi Hain!

(If a nest (home) was lost, what's the [cause of] grief?
There are other places for sighing and lamenting)

Tu Shaaheen Hai, Parvaaz Hai Kaam Tera
Tere Saamne Aasmaan Aur Bhi Hain

(You are a falcon, your task is to fly
Before you there are other skies as well to cover)

Isi Roz-o-Shab Mein Ulajh Kar Nah Rah Jaa
Kih Tere Zamaan-o-Makaan Aur Bhi Hain

(Don't remain entangled, in this day-and-night
For you have other times-and-places too)

Gaye Din Ke Tanhaa Thaa Main Anjuman Mein
Yahaan Ab Mere Raaz-Daan Aur Bhi Hain!

(The days are gone when I was alone in the gathering
Here, now, I have other secret-sharers too).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Photography, a Wonderful Career Option

If you have a penchant for clicking pictures reflecting different shades of life then photography is the best career option for you. Although this profession demands a creative eye with a visual imagination, yet a technical qualification helps in enhancing the creative side.

As a professional photographer, you need to achieve some technical brilliance regarding light, camera angle, colour balance, colour composition and other aspects. The quality of picture also depends on the type of camera used. But, creativity is the soul of a photograph. You need to make a proper balance between, light, colour and other technical aspects to make sure that your image is a picture perfect image.

Computer knowledge also helps in gaining technical expertise. You can also learn different lighting skills, digital imaging skills and other things using the Internet. Many institutes offer certificate and degree programmes on photography. These institutes also organise workshops to teach various aspects related to photography.

To get started, it is good to get on-the-job training at an established organisation. It will help developing technical proficiency, business acumen and an idea of practical problems faced by professional photographers.

Submission of portfolio to established organisations, agencies and other people associated with the industry is also helpful in gaining popularity. This will also build confidence in you. Moreover, the feedback received from concerned persons also help in improving your shortcomings.

But, it is tough profession that requires time and patience. Days will be harsh in the initial stage. As soon as you get recognition, you will receive a better remuneration. Fashion magazines, newspapers and professional studios pay batter salaries with other benefits. You can also start your own studio. In case, you are self-employed, you can make good money depending on the nature of the assignment.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shettar to take oath as Karnataka CM on Wednesday morning

Bangalore: After day-long hankering over power spoils, Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party today elected Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar as leader of its legislature wing, paving the way for him become chief minister replacing DV Sadananda Gowda.

Shettar will take oath Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the party told reporters after the meeting which was held five hours after the scheduled time as Gowda’s supporters wanted the party to announce his appointment as state party chief and also create two posts of deputy chief ministers.

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 11 am today but was convened only around 4 pm as party’s senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh brokered peace between the warring factions led by Gowda and state BJP chief KS Eshwarappa on one side and former chief minister BS  Yeddyurappa on the other.

A decision on the number of deputy chief ministers and who will hold the posts as also a position for Gowda would be announced after further meetings in New Delhi, party sources said.


Tom, Katie eye settlement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were seeking ways to settle their divorce as the Hollywood stars entered the second week of a widely followed custody battle that has put their young daughter and the Church of Scientology in the media glare.

Celebrity website, citing an unnamed source, reported that Holmes, 33, and Cruise, 50, are negotiating visitation, child support and a property settlement. People magazine made similar claims and said the estranged couple wishes to avoid airing marital issues in court.

Attorneys for Cruise and Holmes did not return requests for comment on Sunday (Monday in Manila), but Holmes was photographed a day earlier entering her attorney’s office in New York.

In a move that Cruise’s spokeswoman said left the “Mission: Impossible” star “deeply saddened,” Holmes filed divorce papers in New York in late June, ahead of last week’s U.S. Independence Day holiday, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to her attorneys, Holmes is seeking sole custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, and much speculation has surfaced that Holmes wants to raise the young girl outside the Church of Scientology, of which Cruise is a key member. The estranged couple married in 2006.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Julia Roberts to buy a house in India

Leading bollywood actress Julia Roberts is planning to buy a house in India, a leading English daily reported on Thrusday (April 19). By doing so, pretty women Julia Roberts, will become the first Hollywood celebrity to do so.

“I can see something like that (buying a house here) happening in the future. I would love to live near Haridwar or Varanasi, since they are such holy spots for Hinduism. I’ve heard land prices are astronomical there, though,” says the 44-year-old, who converted to Hinduism in 2009 while shooting for her movie Eat, Pray, Love, in India.

A regular visitor here with her husband and three children – twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, and Henry, Roberts had also told us in an interview last year that her daughter Hazel wants to live in India when she grows up. Her plans to buy property seem to be a step towards that. So, when is she coming for her big buy? “I wish I could give a concrete answer to that, since I really enjoyed my first visit here. But, unfortunately, given my line of work, I can’t promise anything. However, whenever I come to India, I’ll bring my kids along.” And is she teaching her kids about Indian culture? “Right now, they’re too young to grasp the nuances of culture and religion. However, as they grow up, I’d like them to be knowledgeable and respectful towards all cultures. I’ll make sure they know about India.”

Roberts has a lot more to learn herself. “My Hindi is terrible! The only things I can manage are basic greetings like ‘Namaste’.” That, though, doesn’t stop her from loving Bollywood. “I’m fascinated by Bollywood ... I don’t know much about it, but I’d love to give it a try,” she says.

Julia will be next seen in Mirror Mirror, based on the story of Snow White. It has been directed by Hollywood filmmaker of Indian origin, Tarsem Singh. “I am such a fan of Tarsem. He is a lovable genius. We did talk about India a lot (during the shoots). He was in Varanasi shooting for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and since I’m fascinated by that place, he told me lots about it,” she says.

The film hits Indian screens on Friday.

Report: Hindustan Times

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gunmen attack embassies, parliament in Afghan capital

(Reuters) - Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west, witnesses and officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying their main targets were the German and British embassies and the headquarters of Afghanistan's NATO-led force.

Taliban fighers had also launched assaults in two provinces, a spokesman for the insurgents said.

"We claim responsibility for these attacks," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a house used by British diplomats in the city centre and smoke billowed from the building after the blast, a Reuters witness said.

Two rockets hit a British Embassy guard tower near the Reuters office in the city.

Three others hit a supermarket near the German Embassy popular with foreigners, Reuters witnesses said. Women scurried for cover as crackling gunfire was heard above.

As the gunfire continued, U.S. army convoys could be seen coming to the area accompanied by Afghan police in flak jackets.

There was no word on any casualties.

The coordinated attack is bound to intensify worry in the run-up to the planned withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.

Afghan security forces, who are responsible for the safety of the capital, were scrambling to reinforce areas around the so-called green diplomatic section of the city centre.

Gunfire came from various directions in the area, close to both the U.S. and British embassies, while smoke billowed from the nearby German embassy, the Reuters witnesses said.

Embassy alarms were sounding. Staff at the embassies were not available for comment.

Attackers also fired rockets at the parliament building, in the west of the city, and at the Russian embassy, a spokesman for the parliament said.

Afghan media said insurgents had stormed the Star Hotel complex near the presidential palace and the Iranian embassy and black smoke was pouring from the building.