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happy holi

Every year, I wait for the festivals of Holi* and Diwali. However, here in the US, they could well pass off as any other day. I too haven’t celebrated Holi since freshman year, and even then sliding in the mud just did not cut it.

Well, since its not really anybody’s fault that nobody plays Holi at UM (have you stepped outside), I decided the next best thing I could do was to make myself a holi wallpaper. I thought a lot. I wanted to use flourishes, brushes, lots of colors, paint splatters and every other color-cliched shebang out there. However, after a lot of deliberation, I settled on Adobe Caslon stating what the true purpose of holi is. Its simple and its helped me to focus on the message of the festival.

So to everybody out there, wishing you all a very happy Holi. And in the spirit of the festival, do color your life.

*Holi on Wikipedia

munky wishes everybody a very happy holi!

munky wishes everybody a very happy holi!

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congratulations de-culture

My friend’s brother is on the team that maintains de-culture. de-culture serves up the latest and best of anime, tv-shows, trance music and some movie reviews too.

The blog recently razed down the 10,000 hits barrier. Its an achievement of massive proportions. As a blogger myself, I know how hard it is to keep people interested in your stuff long enough for them to come back again and again.

So congratulations team de-culture. Keep up the good work.

The original article on de-culture’s 10k hits can be read here.

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munky wishes team de-culture all the best!

zero degrees

About the design: A dedication to a track that I’ve come to love. The background grunge texture is from AsunderStock at deviantart (link)

I discovered Shulman over the Summer through a friend. I was instantly hooked onto the duo from the Israel putting out ambient electronica. If I ever need to focus myself to get work done, Shulman’s albums always come in handy. Their music acts like an energizer bar. I can listen to their albums for hours on end and get enough work done. I’ve always been a fan of ambient and world music and listened to Enigma, Karunesh, Dead Can Dance and the Buddha Bar collections while I was growing up. Lately I’ve been looking for new world fusin music and Shulman hasn’t disappointed. They’ve very quickly entered my favourite artists selection.

My favourite tracks from them are the following:

1. Transmission in Bloom

2. Zero Degrees

3. Ra He Ya

4. Ya Bouy

5. OMG

Another great artist that I’ve come back to again and again is Nitin Sawhney. The album ‘Beyond Skin’ is my all time favourite by him.

Amazon links:

Shulman

Nitin Sawhney

If you know a song from this genre, post it here. I love to hear out new music.

munky has listened to zero degrees over and over since last night!

munky has listened to zero degrees over and over since last night!

mumbai healing

I’m sick and disgusted over the attacks that left another hole in the resilience of the people of Mumbai. The terror has struck this city since the bomb blasts in 1993 and the train attacks in 2006. The fragility of human life has been tested day in and day out by terrorists, but this city recovered. However, we’ve had enough. Anger, grief, vengeance, despair and loss are all part of the equation as human life is involved. But I think its high time we took a stance.

The 58 hour battle that endued between the terrorists and security claimed innocent lives as in the past. So what must we do now. Wait and let things heal. No. We should as citizens of India and the world, collaborate our efforts to inform the government what actions must be taken to ensure security. The government though partially to blame needs our help. We can’t put it all on them but we shouldn’t sit back either and watch the news unfold. Step up, raise your voice and put your comments here. Lets build an action plan to help the people of India find a way to make change happen.

The recent US Presidential elections showed that if we talk about this and force our voices online on this massive media platform, we too can make a difference. So speak up and lets find out what we should do to deal with these events.

India had the POTA (Prevention of Terrorists Activities Act) but as the political systems’ fallacies have shown us, it has been a failure. Why are the states in India so disparate in dealing with issues that affect the nation. Why can’t we put our cultural parities aside and look at this as New India. To me an extremist is an extremist. He takes innocent lives and destroys the equilibrium of society. Lets put religion, communal-ism and petty issues out of the picture. At the basis of it all, don’t think of yourselves coming from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh or any of the other states, be an Indian first. We can tackle this problem. If we get complacent to just watching the news, grieving over it for a couple of days and letting another event wake us up again, it would have been too late.

So, India and all the people online, raise your voices. If the Indian political system thinks its can outdo us by playing the alliance trump card, we too can do one but for our benefits and voices. This shouldn’t only be a collective of only angry voices spilling out their grief through anger. I, for one think having a centralized command structure enforced in all states and information/intelligence channels being revised would help ease communication problems within the security forces itself. Please put your loyalties for a city or state aside, instead put all that collective energy into thinking for India.

On a last note, I would like to extend my condolences to all those who lost loved ones. I may have not lost a loved one but I’m determined to fight for your cause and the cause of humanity in general. The National Security Guards, Anti-Terrorist squad, Police, Firemen and all other security forces that fought through the 58 hour battle, I salute you.

munky wants the world to pitch in to destroy terrorism collectively

munky wants the world to pitch in to destroy terrorism collectively