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Please Don’t Pass me by : Leonard Cohen

30 Jun

I want to share this song recorded live from the album ” Leonard Cohen : Live Songs April 1973.” This is how feel today ” Please don’t pass me by – Iam blind, but you can see – I’ve been blinded totally – Please don’t pass me by.”

Sometimes feel man’s need is love and affection and he gets buried in a debris of mountain fold of advise. Where are you my friend? till then ” Please don’t pass me by “..

Please Don’t Pass me by :

I was walking in New York City and I brushed up against the man in front of
me. I felt a cardboard placard on his back. And when we passed a streetlight,
I could read it, it said “Please don’t pass me by – I am blind, but you can
see – I’ve been blinded totally – Please don’t pass me by.” I was walking
along 7th Avenue, when I came to 14th Street I saw on the corner curious
mutilations of the human form; it was a school for handicapped people. And
there were cripples, and people in wheelchairs and crutches and it was snowing,
and I got this sense that the whole city was singing this:

Oh please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

And you know as I was walking I thought it was them who were singing it, I
thought it was they who were singing it, I thought it was the other who was
singing it, I thought it was someone else. But as I moved along I knew it was
me, and that I was singing it to myself. It went:

Please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
well, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

Oh please don’t pass me by.

Now I know that you’re sitting there deep in your velvet seats and you’re
thinking “Uh, he’s up there saying something that he thinks about, but I’ll
never have to sing that song.” But I promise you friends, that you’re going
to be singing this song: it may not be tonight, it may not be tomorrow, but
one day you’ll be on your knees and I want you to know the words when the
time comes. Because you’re going to have to sing it to yourself, or to another,
or to your brother. You’re going to have to learn to sing this song, it goes:

Please don’t pass me by,
ah you don’t have to sing this .. not for you.
Please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

Well I sing this for the Jews and the Gypsies and the smoke that they made.
And I sing this for the children of England, their faces so grave. And I sing
this for a saviour with no one to save. Hey, won’t you be naked for me? Hey,
won’t you be naked for me? It goes:

Please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh now, please don’t pass me by.

Now there’s nothing that I tell you that will help you connect the blood
tortured night with the day that comes next. But I want it to hurt you, I
want it to end. Oh, won’t you be naked for me? Oh now:

Please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
but I’ve been blinded totally,
oh, please don’t pass me by.

Well I sing this song for you Blonde Beasts, I sing this song for you Venuses
upon your shells on the foam of the sea. And I sing this for the freaks and
the cripples, and the hunchback, and the burned, and the burning, and the
maimed, and the broken, and the torn, and all of those that you talk about at
the coffee tables, at the meetings, and the demonstrations, on the streets,
in your music, in my songs. I mean the real ones that are burning, I mean the
real ones that are burning

I say, please don’t pass me by,
oh now, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yeah but you can see,
ah now, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh no, please don’t pass me by.

I know that you still think that its me. I know that you think that there’s
somebody else. I know that these words aren’t yours. But I tell you friends
that one day

You’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down ..

Oh, please don’t pass me by,
oh, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yeah but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh, please don’t pass me by.

Well you know I have my songs and I have my poems. I have my book and I have
the army, and sometimes I have your applause. I make some money, but you know
what my friends, I’m still out there on the corner. I’m with the freaks, I’m
with the hunted, I’m with the maimed, yes I’m with the torn, I’m with the down,
I’m with the poor. Come on now …

Ah, please don’t pass me by,
well I’ve got to go now friends,
but, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yeah but you can see,
oh, I’ve been blinded, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh now, please don’t pass me by.

Now I want to take away my dignity, yes take my dignity. My friends, take my
dignity, take my form, take my style, take my honour, take my courage, take
my time, take my time, .. time .. ‘Cause you know I’m with you singing this
song. And I wish you would, I wish you would, I wish you would go home with
someone else. Wish you’d go home with someone else. I wish you’d go home with
someone else. Don’t be the person that you came with. Oh, don’t be the person
that you came with, Oh don’t be the person that you came with. Ah, I’m not
going to be. I can’t stand him. I can’t stand who I am. That’s why I’ve got to
get down on my knees. Because I can’t make it by myself. I’m not by myself
anymore because the man I was before he was a tyrant, he was a slave, he was
in chains, he was broken and then he sang:

Oh, please don’t pass me by,
oh, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yes I am blind, Oh but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh, please don’t pass me by.

Well I hope I see you out there on the corner. Yeah I hope as I go by that I
hear you whisper with the breeze. Because I’m going to leave you now, I’m
going to find me someone new. Find someone new.

And please don’t pass me by..

So this one for burning, has a tormented roadhouse blues feel to it , recorded live. Good night dear friends and please don’t pass me by 🙂 Thank you!

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” The best and …

29 Jun

” The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

— Helen Keller

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New World Heritage Sites : National Geographic

28 Jun

New World Heritage Sites : National Geographic

I like many have been a fan of National Geographic magazine since school days , loved the big glossy magazine and could only browse through same in school libraries as the price point was beyond my  means 🙂

I love photo journalism and this article has stunning pictures of five new world heritage sites selected by UNESCO World Heritage Committee. They are Mount Etna ( Sicily, Italy),Xianjiang Tianshan mountain range ( China),Tajik National Park ( Tajkistan),El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve ( Mexico) and Namib Sand Sea ( Namibia)

The article carries a brief about above sites and also details selection criteria for world heritage sites, hope you like the pictures as much as i did 🙂 Thank you friends!

 

TOM PERKINS

27 Jun

I have  been rereading Tom Perkins ” Valley Boy – The Education of Tom Perkins” , brilliant partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and venture capitalist behind Google, Amazon, AOL, Netscape, Compaq and Greentech. I have no mentors in industry and books are my source of inspiration and learning.

I want to share a extract but for different reasons 🙂 please do read this personal extract from one of the most important people from corporate America..

” We arrived in Porto Cervo the week before the first race, and I was there on August 20, the first anniversary of Gerd’s death.

I had been so much in mourning for her that the months of the year seemed to be merely weeks.This day I awoke after what had been another restless night with little sleep. I was experiencing recurring dreams ,always on the same theme – essentially,that she wasn’t dead, that I was simply dreaming that she was gone. They were, of course,happy dreams,but the term “rude awakening” can’t begin to describe my depression those mornings.

I am not a religious person,but that day in Porto Cervo I was drawn to a tiny modern church designed by the architect Michele Busiri – Vici. I walked up the hill from the boat to the church and entered.It was early in the morning and no one else was in the building. I sat silently in a pew,deep in depression,holding my head,with my arms resting on my knees,looking indifferently at the stone floor between my feet. The place was dark and quiet. As I frequently did, I began to converse with Gerd?imagining her responses. I asked the ageless questions: Are you still there,someplace?I love you so much, Can’t you give me a sign?Is God really so cruel to take you from me forever?

There were tears in my eyes and I was staring blankly at the stone when there appeared a spot of sunlight right between my feet- this in a place with few windows and no light coming from them. The light was very bright,seeming to flood up directly from the dark floor.It lasted three or four minutes and then faded away.

Beyond the slightest doubt,I had her answer.

I had never in my life experienced a miracle. I studied physics and engineering in MIT;I didn’t believe in miracles.In some kind of state of awe,I wandered around inside the church. There just wasn’t sunlight from the windows. The door was solid and closed.

Finally, of course, I found the source. Busiri- Vici had designed a small dome above the altar,and there were five small apertures at the very top,barely visible through the arch of the roof. The sun has been at exactly the right angle to cast a ray to exactly the place at my feet,at exactly the moment of my question. And in that instant I had a revelation. Of course, there will always be a physical explanation for any of God’s miracles . He can’t make it too easy. There must always be reasons for doubt, as there must always be reasons to believe”

– Tom Perkins ( Valley boy – The education of Tom perkins)

Those interested in the book :http://www.amazon.com/dp/1592404030

I had once read a brilliant interview of Richard Gere in a  magazine wherein he had responded to a question saying fundamental emotions of love, hate,fear, loss ,jealousy ,altruism etc is same for everyone whether one is famous or not , also my interest in human interest stories made me share same , hope you like the above the above extract.

The prologue says the title of book is partly inspired from ” The Education of Henry Adams ” , one day am going to write a book ” The Education of Suresh ” about a boy who started  studying for a public examination ( civil services) ,then a gave a shot to entrepreneurship , started life again with a start up and did two of my best assignments from my father’s modest apartment ( one a billion $ dollar plus company and another a near billion $ dollar company  – my happiest moments) , had to spend next 5 years in wilderness because they could not fathom that…may be when find my peace , will do so or may be will post tid bits here 🙂

Thank you dear friends and have a lovely day!

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” We become wha…

26 Jun

” We become what we believe. You don’t become what you wish for or what you want. You become what you really believe in your heart you deserve and you are worthy of. That’s the reason, have been able, i believe to accomplish what i have in the world, because i did not believe what i was told about being poor,black,female in Mississippi in 1954″

– Oprah Winfrey

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Coffee Karma

25 Jun

Coffee Karma is a film directed by Kanika Myer for Coffee Board of India. It weaves an interesting tapestry of journey of coffee and laws of karma. It is beautifully shot and captures India’s hinterland and spirit very well. The music is beautiful.

The short film unfolds the journey of Indian coffee from seven coffee seeds smuggled 400 years ago to current state as one of leading coffee exporters of world. Coffee is grown in 13 diverse parts of the country and the director tries to capture a universal personalized spirit through the cycle of karma. I love Indian coffee ,especially malabar coffee or Kapii as its called in southern India 🙂

The theme of Karma is also fascinating , it starts with a quote from philosophical texts :

” You are what your deep,driving desire is
As your desire is,so is your will
As your will is, so is your deed ( Karma)
As your deed is, so is your destiny ”

– Upanishad

Karma simply is ” What you sow is what you reap” or ” Whatever we put in the universe comes back to us “. Karma is a deed (action) though deeper examination by masters say its volition ,which is really the same thing.

The seven karmic laws depicted through out the film are : creation, unity, contribution, giving, connection, fortuity and reward.

1. Law of creation

“We create our own destinies through the choices we make.”

2. Law of Unity

“One all pervasive spirit unifies the infinite diversity of life.”

3. Law of contribution

” Loving contributions make the outcome more significant.”

4. Law of giving and receiving

“Universe operates through dynamic exchange.”

5. Law of connection

” One thing leads to another, each step in the process is significant.”

6. Law of fortuity

” Keys to our future fortunes are found in the misfortunes of the past.”

7.Law of patience and reward

” Gentle actions born of faith and love result in rewards of lasting value.”

So ” Whatever we put in the universe, comes back to us.”..

Am fascinated by nature and karma. Karma incorporates universal lessons from nature or as christ says ” Look at the lilies ,how they grow, they neither toil nor spin.”

Am grateful to my friend who shared this with me , hope you like this beautiful short film about coffee through cycle of karma , 🙂 Thank you!

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” If you are mo…

24 Jun

” If you are motivated and inspired, if your will is strong, if you are ready to win ― first over yourself, then over your opponents, you will certainly find the sport to excel in.”

― Sergey Bubka

I read this quote  in Times of India  today and felt tempted to share , it is disarmingly simple and true, same with sport, same with life.

Sergey Bubka also says about lessons learnt in life: ” I believe it is important to always listen to others, open your heart to people and always aim for perfection  in every activity you start.”

Sergey Bubka is an icon in world of sport , we can always aim for excellence in every activity. I want to excel in blogging 🙂  Thank you!