Friday, May 18, 2018

'Harry to marry in London- but pray, why this brouhaha in Indian media?'- by K.J.S.Chatrath

Harry to marry in London - but pray, why this brouhaha in Indian media?

और भी गम हैं ज़माने में ! (There are far more important things in life for us!)

Friday, March 30, 2018

'Australian cricketeers caught tempering with ball cry at press confrence- pure drameybazi'- by K.J.S.Chatrath

 'Australian cricketeers caught tempering with ball cry at press conference- pure drameybazi'-  by K.J.S.Chatrath

शुद्ध ड्रामेबाज़ी !

Monday, March 26, 2018

'Shame on Australian Cricket team' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Thumbs down to cheating by Australian Cricket Team....May be India should stop playing cricket with Australian teams....

Sunday, March 25, 2018

'Open Hand Monument- Bah!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

The Chandigarh tribune, March 26, 2018.

Le Corbusier's over rated 'Open Hand Symbol' in Chandigarh

Centuries old 'Fatima's Hand' symbol widely prevalent in the Middle East and in some North African countries.

Need one say anything more about the originality of The Master???

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