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Remembering the Mahatma (podcast & videos)

on this day, our Father of the Nation was born. speaking truth, i had never liked his preachings. even more i always thought that his ways were wrong and ultimately responsible for our ineptness in handling touchy issues like kashmir, jihad, terrorism blah blah. i despised the attitude of letting ourselves to be slapped, way too much truthfulness and cowardness in the veils of peace. probably this reflects the generic attitude in the youth thesedays for bapu. and i too was not much fond of him. i confess. but that was until i saw the movie lage raho munnabhai and started reading more on this man. though i am not yet convinced about all the things he said but i could sense what he tried to say to an extent. the film conveyed an wonderful message –

Gandhigiri is not about doing things in a Gandhi way but to adopt the truthfulness and honesty in our everyday life. correcting oneself is the hardest thing to do and if we can, that makes this world an idiot lesser.

Hiren wrote an wonderful article on this and i thought that was one of the best post i had read for a long time. i also recommend you to read this post on Times magazine about Gandhiji who was ranked 2nd on their list of greatest leaders and revolutioners.

here is an audio podcast where Ms Flower Sillivan, who was a student of Lady Irwin College during the period (1948) when Gandhiji was shot dead, shares her memories of the Mahatma.

here are two rare video footages:

1. Gandhiji in Simla 1931:

2. A tv footage of indian independence report

October 2, 2006 at 2:10 pm 3 comments

Calcutta rare photos – A collection from British era

recognize these photos? This collection is from a military photographer, Mr Claude Waddel, who was posted at calcutta during 1945-46. a rare collection, indeed. you can see the entire collection here

the old chowringhee

Chowringhee Street—Calcutta’s main throughfare, an amazing parade of fascinating sights and sounds. Every soldier who has trod its length retains memories of one of the most colorful and interesting streets in the world.

from top

this is not a google earth photo! Aerial view of Calcutta downtown. In upeer left background is Hindusthan building, U.S. Army HQ. The oldest part of the city starts at the esplanade and extends upwards. The city was founded in the early 1700’s. (more…)

September 21, 2006 at 3:57 am 45 comments



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