Also note India 2005.
So, what have I been listening to, lately?
Indian classical music for the win!
Yesterday, Claudia visited her Pakistani friend and saw Sholay (1975). And since we had talked about the famous scenes in India, Claudia laughed out loud when the hero cries: “Don’t dance in front of these rotten dogs!”
People keep asking us for more pictures… I know I know. I’m a lazy bastard, and sorry about it. Not sorry enough to actually do anything about it, however. Patience and time allowing, I’ll continue posting, however.
I brought some Indian music CDs home which we have bought with SriharshaSetty. The way I usually approach new music is to leave the same CD in the player for two or three days. The first CD we listened to was from Bombay S. Jayashri. I liked it. As I told Harsha, I either lack the knowledge or our language lacks the words to really describe music, so I’m affraid I can’t say much else beyond “like” or “no like”.
The next one we listened to was a live concert by Dr. L. Subramaniam and Ustad Allarakha (linking to a popup text instead of the catalogue). I like the music but it really requires some concentrated listening. Nothing for the background.
Currently we’re listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Music that quickly wiggles its way into your brain. I like it. We also bought remixes of his music. Listening to his music I don’t understand the need for remixes. Or dance remixes! Argh!
Is there a service where I could have an URL showing Bangalore, Mysore, and all the other small places we visited on Google Maps?
I guess I could find longitude and latitude for all these sites and thereby have Google show satellite pictures of the area. But that’s not quite the same thing, is it. Perhaps I should steal a satellite map from Google Maps, load it into xplanet…
It breaks my heart to think of the time and effort I’d have to spend, though.
Any other ideas?
While in India I suggested that there was a significant pro-Nazi movement in India at the time. My friends denied this. I joked that they weren’t taught these things in school and promised that I’d try to find some evidence for it.
Today the WOZ has a review of a book about victims of WW2 from the European colonies (Unsere Opfer zählen nicht von Recherche International). It says that Subhas Chandra Bose, the former president of the independence movement Indian National Congress, was able to mobilize about 4000 volunteers against the strong resistance of Mahatma Gandhi. The volunteers joined the German Waffen-SS towards the end of the war and committed massacres in France.
It remains unclear whether they actually shared the ideology of their allies, but I personally don’t think that it would make a difference. Not everybody who joined the Nazis was motivated by their racist ideology.
Claudia and I will leave for India on 2005-11-09 and return 2005-11-30.
The date of this page should make sure that during our stay, this is the first entry on the Diary page.
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