Babe BHANGRA Pounde Ne by Gurdas Maan

Bhangra Bhangra Bhangra…tall surds in suits and long grey beards bust some moves…

shake it grandpa!

BHANGRA MAN! Goodness Gracious Me…

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird, no, a plane, no. It’s Bhangra Man! Ooh Chakdeeeee Phateeee!!!

Bangra Man and the evil Morris Dancers…

Punjabi Truck Driver and his many lady friends- Diesel Add

a Sardarji Truck Driver teaches us the merits of being polylingual. “Ya Vas Lublu, Ya Vas Lublu”. Blame it on the diesel with more mileage – HP Turbojet:)

Trippy tunes the Beatles made during their India travels

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“Within You Without You” was written on a harmonium at the house of long-time Beatles friend, Klaus Voormann, while “there were lots of joints being smoked”. It was written by George Harrison and recorded with a group of Indian musicians, without any input from his fellow Beatles. It was the second of Harrison’s songs to be explicitly influenced by Indian classical music, after “Love You To”. It was released in 1967 on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the last song to be completed for the album.Harrison wrote this as a 30-minute piece. He trimmed it down into a mini-version for the album. The laughter at the end was Harrison’s idea to lighten the mood and follow the theme of the album. Sped up to C#, an instrumental version at the original speed and key appears on the Anthology 2 album.

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Harrison took his Hindu teachings most seriously, of all the Beatles. On the evening of 30 December 1999, Michael Abram broke into the Harrisons’ Friar Park home in Henley-on-Thames and stabbed George multiple times, ultimately puncturing his lung. Harrison and his wife, Olivia, fought the intruder and detained him for the police. Severely injured, it is said that George went out into his back garden and chanted “Hari Krishna.” till he received medical assistance.

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The song is basically about the Hindu and Buddhist idea of maya, the illusions which can prevent us from self actualizing, and of course the idea of love as an emotion to be cultivated and practiced as a spiritual path.

Within you Without you lyrics:

“We were talking – about the space between us all
And the people – who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth – then it’s far too late – when they pass away.”

“We were talking – about the love we all could share – when we find it
To try our best to hold it there – with our love.
With our love – We could save the world – if they only knew…
Try to realise it’s all within yourself, no one else can make you change.”

“And to see you’re really only very small
and life flows on within you and without you.”

“We were talking – about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul.
They don’t know. They can’t see. Are you one of them?
When you see beyond yourself then you may find,
peace of mind, is waiting there.”

“And the time will come when you see we’re all one,
and life flows on within you and without you.”

And this is a pretty trippy video to go along with the psychedelic rock

Across the Universe:

One night in 1967, the phrase “words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup” came to Lennon, after hearing his then-wife Cynthia talking. Intrigued, he rushed to grab a paper and pencil. He began to write the rest of the lyrics, and when he was done, he went to bed and forgot about them.

In the morning, Lennon found the paper on which he had written the lyrics and brought them down to his piano, where he began to play chords, and find pitches to match the words. The flavor of the song was heavily influenced by Lennon’s and The Beatles’ short-lived interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967–early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this he added the mantra (Jai Guru Deva Om) to the piece, which served as a link between the bridge and verse.

The structure of the lyrics is straightforward: three repetitions of a unit consisting of a verse, the line “Jai Guru Deva Om”, and the line “Nothing’s gonna change my world” repeated four times. The lyrics are highly image-based, with abstract concepts reified with phrases like thoughts “meandering”, words “slithering”, and undying love “shining”. The title phrase “across the universe” appears at intervals to finish lines.In his 1970 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Lennon referred to the song as perhaps the best, most poetic lyrics he ever wrote.

info from wiki

John and Cynthia:
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Across the Universe lyrics:

Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears
exciting and inviting me Limitless undying love which
shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Here’s the song with footage of the Beatles at the Rishikesh Ashram:

“Sexy Sadie” is a song about the Beatles getting disillusioned by the Maharishi who had been their guru at the ashram. “Sadie” is really “sadhu”…..and so it goes “sexy sadhu….what have you done?” It was written by written by John Lennon (and Paul McCartney) in India.Originally titled “Maharishi”, the Beatles changed the title to “Sexy Sadie” to avoid the potential for litigation as the song’s lyrics portray the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in a less than favorable light. Lennon became discouraged after the Maharishi had allegedly made a pass at one of the female members of their entourage. Lennon once said of the song: “That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, ‘Sexy Sadie,’ instead of (sings) ‘Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool…’ I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I’d like them to be.”

info from wiki

The maharishi:
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Sexy Sadie lyrics:

Sexy Sadie what have you done?
You made a fool of everyone
You made a fool of everyone.
Sexy Sadie ooh what have you done?

Sexy Sadie you broke the rules
You layed it down for all to see
You layed it down for all to see
Sexy Sadie oooh you broke the rules.

One sunny day the world was waiting for a lover
She came along to turn on everyone
Sexy Sadie the greatest of them all.

Sexy Sadie how did you know
The world was waiting just for you
The world was waiting just for you
Sexy Sadie oooh how did you know.

Sexy Sadie you’ll get yours yet
However big you think you are
However big you think you are
Sexy Sadie oooh you’ll get yours yet.

We gave her everything we owned just to sit at her table
Just a smile would lighten everything
Sexy Sadie she’s the latest and the greatest of them all.

She made a fool of everyone
Sexy Sadie.

However big you think you are
Sexy Sadie.

Here’s the songs with a slideshow of the Beatles at the ashram with the Sexy Sadhu:

Ancient Indian Geeks…their inventions and discoveries that changed da world

a little more trivia for you…which is only intended to clutter your head with noise…

Chess…was invented in India…chess.jpgThe digit “zero” was invented in Indiazero.jpgAlgebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.algebra.jpgThe’ place value system’ and the ‘decimal system’ were developed in 100 BC in India.place-value.jpgThe value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, which was long before the European mathematicians. pi.jpgThe word “Algorithm” was actually supposed to be pronounced “Al-Khwarizmi”, which was the name of an eminent 9th century Arab scholar, who played important roles in importing knowledge on arithematic and algebra from India to the Arabs. In his work, De numero indorum (Concerning the Hindu Art of Reckoning), it was based presumably on an Arabic translation of Brahmagupta where he gave a full account of the Hindu numerals which was the first to expound the system with its digits 0,1,2,3,…,9 and decimal place value which was a fairly recent arrival from India.The new notation came to be known as that of al-Khwarizmi, or more carelessly, algorismi; ultimately the scheme of numeration making use of the Hindu numerals came to be called simply algorism or algorithm, a word that, originally derived from the name al-Khwarizmi, now means, more generally, any peculiar rule of procedure or operation. algorithm.jpgSanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ).sanskrit.jpgThe art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 over years ago. The very word ‘Navigation’ is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nou’.nav.jpgLegend has it that the South Indian martial arts form Kalaripattu…may be the original mother of all martial arts…Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma – an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.kalaripayattu-art.jpgAyurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.ayurveda.jpgUsage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism, physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts. Sushruta is regarded as the father of surgery. Over 2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones and also plastic surgery and brain surgeries.surgery.jpg
The first Geek to discover that the Earth was moving around the sun- Aryabhata, it so happens, was apparently quite skeptical of the widely held doctrines about eclipses and also about the belief that the Sun goes round the Earth. He didn’t think that eclipses were caused by Rahu but by the Earth’s shadow over the Moon and the Moon obscuring the Sun. As early as the sixth century, he talked of the diurnal motion of the earth and the appearance of the Sun going round it. Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was – Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: ( 5th century ) 365.258756484 days.orbit.jpgEarliest known precise celestial calculations in astronomy.As argued by James Q. Jacobs, Aryabhata, an Indian Mathematician (c. 500AD) accurately calculated celestial constants like earth’s rotation per solar orbit, days per solar orbit, days per lunar orbit. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, no source from prior to the 18th century had more accurate results on the values of these constants! Click here for details. Aryabhata’s 499 AD computation of pi as 3.1416 (real value 3.1415926…) and the length of a solar year as 365.358 days were also extremely accurate by the standards of the next thousand years.astronomy-2.jpgAnd Indians were the earliest people to imagine the future as a long long long way ahead…The notion of of time spans that are truly gigantic by modern standards are rarely found in ancient civilizations as the notion of large number is rare commodity. Apart from the peoples of the Mayan civilization, the ancient Hindus appear to be the only people who even thought beyond a few thousand years. In the famed book Cosmos, physicist-astronomer-teacher Carl Sagan writes “A millennium before Europeans were wiling to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions” future.jpg

read more detailed accounts of Ancient Indian discoveries at indianchild.com and thisismyindia

And here’s a bizarre little song from the 80’s dedicated to Indian Geeks, ancient and New… “She Blinded me with Science”…by Thomas Dolby…

I hate Mondays

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Gutting through the last of one of those annoying Mondays? I am, anyway. Working towards a deadline and suddenly am very tired and with the rest of the week’s tasks ahead the finish line seems even further away. The weekend just seemed to slip through my fingers this time around, and I’m tired and cranky but still doing what needs to be done. Looked up Monday hatred on the net and found out that there’s a study that suggests a way to improve your crappy Mondays is to NOT sleep in on Saturday and Sunday. Apparently it screws up your body clock. RIIIIGHHT. Isn’t that just perfect. So you can either improve Mondays by not staying up late on weekends and sleeping in and enjoying a nice long dreamy sleep…or you can have nice weekends and have an awful start to the week. I’m still taking the latter. Studies like these are conducted by boring people to convince their friends that being boring is cool. I’m sticking with sleep deprivation and Monday angst. Hey- at least I have the weekend to look forward to. Here’s a cheesy little number by the Bangles about Monday hatred. Enjoy:

Manic Monday:

here’s that Monday scientific study thingy…

Scientists have discovered a cure for the dreaded Monday morning blues – stop sleeping in on weekends.A new study has found that lazy Saturday and Sunday lie-ins can disturb your body clock, leaving you fatigued at the start of the week.Flinders University sleep expert Leon Lack said people often used the weekend to catch up on sleep lost during the week.But he told the Australasian Sleep Association Conference in Perth that while this might help pay off a “sleep debt”, it came at a cost.

“We’ve discovered that these sleep-ins are actually putting your body out of whack enough to change your Sunday night bedtime and set you up for Monday blues,” Professor Lack told AAP.

His research team tested the theory by tracking 16 people over a weekend, asking them to go to bed a little later than they would on a weeknight but sleeping-in an extra two hours.By comparing saliva samples and hormone tests he found participants’ body clocks had been delayed by 45 minutes.”That might not sound like a lot but it means that you’re not quite as sleepy on Sunday night at the normal bedtime and you’ll be much sleepier the next day,” Prof Lack said.Questionnaires completed on Monday and Tuesday showed much higher levels of self-reported fatigue and tiredness compared with pre sleep in days.This was because the subjects’ circadian rhythms – which determine patterns of alertness and tiredness – had been disturbed, creating an effect similar to jet lag.By mid-week most people manage to get back on track but then they start staying up later, getting into “debt” once again and perpetuating the cycle.

“These days, we’re pushing ourselves a lot, particularly during the week and the weekend is our only refuge,” Prof Lack said.The problem, he says, is that this comes at a price.”It’s a bit like paying off a mortgage – you take out a big one and you’ll have a lot to pay off later on.”

from the age

yeah. whatever. anyway…
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Lucky Lips “hai rama rama”…NRI schoolgirls dancing in Moscow

Don’t know if you ever saw this film “Lucky no Time for Love” 2006, but it was probably the first of these “Lolita” inspired films to come out with the idea that jail-bait romances make for good box office success. This film did pretty well, and starred Salman Khan as this older guy who ends up looking after a nubile young NRI schoolgirl living in Moscow. They suddenly find themselves trapped alone during some sort of terrorist attack and fall in love, etc. But basically they never really kiss or actually do anything too controversial. The controversial bit was that the girl who plays Salman Khan’s love interest is an Aishwarya Rai clone and when this film came out there was all sorts of gossip flying about regarding how Salman Khan was making threatening phone calls to his ex girlfriend’s (Aishwarya) new boyfriend (then Vivek Oberoi). Anyway I just like this catchy tune from the film “Hai Rama Rama”. Recently I came across footage on my dv camera of me, my husband and a friend of ours getting slightly smashed on russian vodka and dancing to this song like maniacal bears pretending to be schoolgirls…so whenever I hear this tune it cracks me up…The video is basically four NRI schoolgirls flirting with the Russian navy and singing a song about having “lucky lips” that are going to be kissed someday. Its cute in a sort of slightly kinky schoolgirl tease kind of way.