India . . . . Pakistan. . . .”Barjangi Bhaijan” . . . . . a film

Sunday, Alice came over to work on her mom’s gift and then we were off to see an Indian film.  It has taken India by storm as the  feel good, escape fairy tale and staring Salmon Khan, the most popular actor in all of India.  Cross gates 18 Theaters  periodically  show Indian films for the very large Indian community in the capital district of New York.  The theater was about 3/4 full.

On the way over, Alice and I talked about Indian films. They are quite long by American standards, usually three hours with an intermission halfway through for a  bathroom break and purchasing  more snacks.  This film was shot in Hindi and there would be  subtitles in English.

One interesting fact I discovered is that due to the huge Muslim population in India, Bollywood yearly releases a family film corresponding to the  end of Ramadan  or Eid.  Did you know that there are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan where there is 100% Muslim population?  This is, of course, the result of the shear number of souls living in India. . .  .well over one billion.

The plot is that a Pakistani mute girl becomes lost from her mom in Inda, and after  a various adventures meets Kahn who plays Pavan.  He being of” a  kind and clean heart” works to return her to her family in Pakistan. Hindus and Muslims are shown peacefully co-existing which is true in India much of the time.  It is a fairy tale and a theme close to Kahn’s heart as a real life  Indian with mixed religious background.  The chemistry between Pavan (Khan) and Munni ( mute litte girl) is real, electrifying  and works beautifully in the film.

The central theme is of India-Pakistan peace and is based not on preachy words   but  calm coexistence while  still pushing all the emotional buttons.  The film is mostly light heartted with  interaction  and dancing , of course !

Then the sad  news on Monday morning!


In the video, you can see the Sikh turbans as the Punjab is where Amritsar and the Golden Temple is located, and the Wagah Border which we visited  to see the nightly border closing.)  According to to the reports I read, Pakistani soldiers sneaked into the Punjab and captured the police station and held it hostage for 12 hours before  being killed.  Eariler in the week, I heard that all of India was on the highest alert. I can only imagine what that entails having experienced the post 26/11 security.  ( That is India’s 9/11 sneak attack .)

As I searched this morning, the politicians in India are spouting their rhetoric in their government but no further fighting has broken out.

The film very clearly said that India wants peace with dignity with Pakistan.  I am sure this is a desire of Pakistan , as well.  I know there are years of distrust, hatred, and anger over their differences that complicate the process. Many of the problems date back to the partisan and the very thoughtless process lead by the English, who just wanted to leave India as quickly as possible.

It is not dry history at all!

This Is Incredible India! 





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Search for Human Dignity

Human needs and desires that unite all of us  in our search for dignity in this life.

“There were no paved roads here when I was a boy. We had to walk for 3 days to get to places that only take 2 hours now. There was never any money for school. We had no wealth or property. Beginning at six years old, I cleaned dishes at a restaurant until 9 pm. Then I would go to sleep and start again. All my money went to my parents. I’d hear stories about cities and airplanes, but they seemed like fairy tales. I’d dream of visiting these places, but before I could get too far, I’d be hungry again. So I grew up thinking that the entire world was like our valley. I thought all children lived like me. Then one day when I turned 16, I had the opportunity to visit to the city of Gilgit. I couldn’t believe it. I saw a boy eating at a restaurant with his father. He was my age. He was wearing a school uniform. I broke down in tears.”

(Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

Humans of New York's photo.
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Three Day Quote Challenge. . . . Day Three


Three Day Quote Challenge                                                                                                                   -Post one quote for three Days                                                                                                                     ( Quote may be your words or from another source. )                                                              –Nominate three bloggers each day to participate.                                                                         –Thank the blogger who nominated you 

Thank you Anjali at

Here are the blogs I am nominating:




Here is my third and final quote:





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The Week’s Two Big Stories

This is very confusing to me!   Both stories deserve our attention and to me. .  . horror! But the first, of the killing of Cecil the beautiful lion has received  most of the attentioin on social media yesterday while there has been little mention of the Planned Parenthood video where fetal body parts are being sold after partial birth abortions.

I would love to hear from any of you my dear readers how you think these stories are possible in the year 2015! I am neither  confrontational nor  argumentative or I try not to be.  For me, it is very clear.  I love animals and though I think hunting for food is perfectly fine I  can’t imagine killing for sport.  And though the second Planned Parenthood video is a result of abortion , it is more about dignity, I think.  Abortion is legal.  Selling body parts of a mass of tissue for either experimentation or surgery is not.  The language has changed from mass of tissue to body parts which indicates humanity. For me, it sounds like the work of Josef Mengele in the Second World War.

Your thoughts?



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Three Day Quote Challenge                                                                                                                   -Post one quote for three Days                                                                                                                     ( Quote may be your words or from another source. )                                                              –Nominate three bloggers each day to participate.                                                                         –Thank the blogger who nominated you 

Thank you Anjali at

Here are my three nominated posts:

Here is my quote for Day 2:   Ancient words relevant to live by  today.


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Three Day Quote Challenge-DAY ONE

I have been blogging now for over two years with nearly 900 posts.  There was a time when I was participating in the awards scene pretty prolifically.  Then I decided that though I was touched and honored by  the nominations from  people’s generous spirits, but  I had had enough and others should be nominated. I began to thank people for nominations, but to refuse the honor.   Yesterday, this Three Day Quote Challenge came from  Anjali and it hit my fancy.  All the old feelings of not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings and uncertainty of whom to nominate came flooding back.  I am pushing all that stuff back and just jumping in !


Three Day Quote Challenge                                                                                                                   -Post one quote for three Days                                                                                                                     ( Quote may be your words or from another source. )                                                              –Nominate three bloggers each day to participate.                                                                         –Thank the blogger who nominated you 


Thank you Anjali at










Here is my QUOTE FOR DAY ONE: 

“This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition, whose yesterdays bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the rest of the nations—the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”—Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897

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“Mr. Holmes”. . . . the film

” Mr. Holmes” is the 254 th  film with a plot about  Sherlock Homes.  Is is necessary?  Could it be relevant, interesting, current?  Well, I would  answer in  the affirmative. Mr. Holmes is set  in his  retirement which has lasted  for thirty years.  He says in the film that he is 93 years of age.  In the tranquil setting of the  English countryside, he is  living with the  guilt of a botched last case even after  all these years ago.   And as he faces his approaching death, he is trying to remember the details of the case to  write them in a story  to assuage his guilt,  a confession of sorts.

Watson, Holmes’ faithful partner had been the writer and keeper of the past, but they are no longer together. During their life and work together, Homes had looked down on Watson’s fiction writing  as “worthless” .  As life seems to teach all of us , as Sherlock aged, he gained a deeper understanding of human nature and not just the facts and  tangible evidence.

The supporting cast of Laura Linney from the TV series of “John Adams” and the charming Milo Parker, her 9 year old son, hold their own with the iconic actor, Ian McKellen. It is a magnificent period piece with stellar acting , beautiful cinematography and exquisite writing and use of the  English language.  Oh dear, now I have lost the men !  No explosions or car chases.. . . . not a one!

The story is Holmes, himself, as he faces his failing memory.  Instead of becoming angry and depressed he faces and grows  through his  spiritual turmoils as the end of his life approaches.  Holmes become a more complete person with integration of heart, mind , and soul.  He is older, wiser , and warmer than the younger detective.. . . . a more complete person.

This Is a Terrific Film! 


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