Archive | June, 2014
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Eric Clapton – While my guitar gently weeps ( The Beatles)

30 Jun

Please see this mesmerizing and brilliant tribute to the great George Harrison 🙂

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Love version) : George Harrison

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I look from the wings at the play you are staging
While my guitar gently weeps
As I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging
Still my guitar gently weeps

Source : http://www.thebeatles.com.hk/lyrics/lyrics.php?lyTitle=While+My+Guitar+Gently+Weeps+%28Love+version%29

I love watching Eric Clapton recent live songs, guitar has a soul and  gently weeps here, it’s like a soul playing a guitar, guitar playing harmoniously with soul, either way its magical and pure genius 🙂

Please Sir Paul  McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s son and other brilliant musicians in this fine rendition of beautiful George Harrison song..

Hope you like as much as enjoyed sharing dear friends. Have a lovely day! Thank you!

James Rodriguez

29 Jun

“It’s not easy to achieve what I’ve done, but my view is that when you have a dream and you really pursue it and picture things like this happening, then it can become a reality,” explained the toast of Colombia. “If you want something and you work hard for it, then it can happen.”( James Rodriguez)

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Every world cup throws up new stars, last time @ South Africa,  young Germans, Thomas MĂĽller,Sami Khedira,Mesut Ă–zil were stellar and so was  (under much cloud now but brilliant)  a certain Luis Alberto Suárez DĂ­az of Uruguay. This time its the sensational James Rodriguez of Colombia who is the leading scorer so far @ 2014  Fifa World cup.  Brazil managed to scrape through against  Chile, but the young James Rodriguez led Colombia  may be its stiffest test in the next round. Five goals already and the first one against Uruguay had the class and non nonchalance of a master and the young star unassumingly  says ” You always try to score goals like that in training, and I have to say it was nice to get one,” The next Messi..

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” James has taken Brazil 2014 by storm, however, having already scored as many goals as Germany’s Thomas Muller did in winning the adidas Golden Boot at South Africa 2010, and in three games fewer. His presence in the Colombia midfield has proved inspirational, as the Uruguayans can vouch for or indeed Japan, who were holding Los Cafeteros to a 1-1 draw in the group phase when James jumped off the bench to guide his side to a 4-1 win, which he rounded off by scoring the final goal.” Please see more : http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=james-it-s-not-easy-doing-what-i-ve-done-2389253.html

Its wonderful when a young talent breaks through, when that talent is unassuming, it assumes even bigger proportions, James Rodriguez has not only arrived at the biggest stage, is out to shine bright for long like a diamond in the footballing constellation .

James Rodriguez, brightest lights @ Fifa World cup, Brazil.

Hope you have a easy Sunday dear friends! Thank you!

 

 

Fifa World Cup 2014

28 Jun

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Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates scoring against Honduras@2014 Fifa World Cup, Brazil. Source:http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/photos/most-shared.html#2385758

Did he have a knowing that he will score a hat-trick that day, chances are unlikely right, surely must have determined to do very well,  the belief of putting it across handsomely, a fine player, but a hat  trick ?

No body knows right, no astrologer can predict right, no one knows how things are going to pan out right…

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Same with Suárez, nor would he have  thought of this. Source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/photos/most-shared.html#2383935

I often wonder before a match, thus the result are not in anybody’s hands, one can only put one’s best foot forward and hope for the best..

Thus so in football, Thus so in life..

We can prepare well and put our best foot forward, rest is not in our hands..

Hope you have a lovely day dear friends! May you always be in grace!

Thank you!

 

 

 

Luis Suárez

27 Jun

“I give my soul every time I step on the pitch. I have done this with Uruguay, Ajax and Liverpool. I do not hold anything when I finish a game.”  ( Luis Suárez)

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I do not bother about public opinion. This time its unequivocally stark and the evidence overwhelming. Even then Fifa Worldcup 2014 has lost its sheen for me. The sparkle is gone. I will miss watching Luis Suárez. The incident needless and ugly. The player magnificent. One of the best sights on modern football field. Luis Suárez is a talismanic player bordering on greatness. I first discovered the striker in last World cup in South Africa. He was exciting, brilliant and forged a wonderful combination with the fantastic Diego Forlán.I thought he had made the supreme sacrifice for his country by blocking a goal with his hand( earning a red card) @ quarterfinals vs Ghana, World cup, South Africa. It Reminded me of Maradona. Flawed genius. Thus you cannot question his intent for giving it all even if he finds himself with a new suspension and supreme mess. I wish better sense had prevailed. There is no denying Luis Suárez is a modern footballing great with fantastic skills and presence. Hopefully Uruguay will find inspiration and do really well in this world cup. It will miss Suárez. Hopefully it progresses well.

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Source: https://es-es.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=838129576212112&set=a.383533571671717.95439.167866666571743&type=1&theater

I believe everything in life happens for better. No matter what, may be Luis Suárez will find some ways to redeem, pray he does for himself and world of soccer, one day he will find himself in hall of fame of footballers. I think he is Maradona of Uruguay.  Luis Suárez dazzled briefly@ Fifa World cup 2014 scoring both the goals against England and  playing well against Italy, till the moment of madness. He deserves the ban, but you can’t deny the genius. There is no one like him. But for momentary madness, he is in same league as Messi, Ronaldo and very very exciting to watch.

More on Luis Suárez : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/team/first-team/player/luis-suarez .

Please see : http://www.espnfc.com/player/125088/luis-suarez?season=2014

I read a endearing love story about Luis Suárez and his wife Sofia Balbi : http://content.outbrain.com/#/l2/http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/luis-suarez-bite-wag-behind-3760066?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=topgun_2

May be love will redeem as it always does. I will miss Luis Suárez @ Fifa world cup 2014!

Hope you have a lovely day dear friends! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Angel Di Maria

26 Jun

Angel Di Maria

As watched Argentina vs. Nigeria@ Fifa World cup 2014 . I was so particularly amazed by the tireless fluid running and work rate of Argentina and Real Madrid midfielder. Messi of course was the star and played like the genius he is and scored the goals. The first messi goal was a rebound of Di Maria effort. Messi is looking relaxed and more and more ominous as the tournament progresses. Argentina are serious contenders in my opinion notwithstanding the slow start to their campaign. They have such a potent force in Di Maria, HiguaĂ­n,AgĂĽero and ofcouse the master, Messi. They are all soon bound to come good. Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa strikes were equally stunning in the match. For me it was Di Maria’s tireless running and efforts that impressed me. It is difficult to run like that for 30-40 minutes, imagine doing that for 90 minutes plus stoppage time plus more if required. Running excites me and so was impressed by Angel Di Maria yesterday. I am so much older and will stick to my 30 to 40 minutes. But Angel Di Maria is such a star.

“His penetrative ability, dynamism and speed are attributes that are rare and coveted in modern soccer. Messi is not alone for Argentina after all. Di Maria should shine bright in Brazil.” – Jose Antonio Cortes, ESPN Deportes
Please see a ESPN piece :http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/story/1819690/2014-world-cup-worldcuprank-no-23-angel-di-maria-of-argentina-and-real-madrid

Hope you have a lovely day dear friends! Thank you!

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Zoe Viccaji : Jis Nay Bhi Aana Hai, Aik Din Jaana Hai

25 Jun

” Your future already exists as possibilities, but you need to choose which future you manifest. When you are tuned in to who you are, you can feel the natural pull. Your wish is your future’s wish. This is what Rumi meant by “What you seek is seeking you.” There is just one catch: When you are constantly looking to others for validation, you tune out from who you are. In such situation, what you might think is your wish is really someone else’s wish — and therefore unlikely to manifest. So first love and accept yourself. Then you know what is best for you.”

― Zoe Viccaji

So very true. I stumbled on this quote on the endearing singers Facebook page. I had discovered the artiste as started listening to Coke Studio Pakistan, which is really one of the best popular amalgamation of eastern and modern orchestration. The other being the great A R Rahman. Zoe Viccaji is a fine artiste and this beautiful simple harmony has a Bobby McFerrin “”Don’t Worry, Be Happy” feel. May be because of its minimal orchestration.

Jis Nay Bhi Aana Hai, Aik Din Jaana Hai :

Jis ne bhi aana hai Aik din jaana hai-
Kaahey ka gham Meray hum dum
Tum se mohabat ki, Aur Nibhai bhi
Teri kasam , Meray hum dum
Tum ko hee abhi tak chaahain
Badal na paaye hum dil ki raahein

Every soul who comes, has to go one day
Why worry then, my beloved
It is you that love ,my beloved
and so have been true, beloved
I promise, my beloved
It is you still love, beloved
Have not able been to
Deviate the heart’s desire

Jis ne bhi aana hai, Aik din jaana hai
Kaahey ka gham , Meray hum dum

Every soul who comes, has to go one day
Why worry then, my beloved

Baarish kay paani mein, Yaadein bheegoi hain-
Aankhain hain numm, Meray hum dum
Dur ho jaanay se , Koi bhool jayee yeh
Hota hai kum , Meray hum dum
Tum ko hee abhi tak chaahain
Badal na paaye hum dil ki raahein

The rainfall and drenched memories, beloved
My eyes are moist, my beloved
The distance between us beloved
rarely diminishes memories, my beloved
It is you still love, beloved
Have not able been to
Deviate the heart’s desire

Jis ne bhi aana hai, Aik din jaana hai (minor),
Kaahey ka gham , Meray hum dum

Every soul who comes, has to go one day
Why worry then, my beloved

Tum ko hee abhi tak chaahain
Badal na paaye hum dil ki raahein

It is you still love, beloved
Have not able been to
Deviate the heart’s desire

Bhoolay se bhi kabhi, Saath na chootay
Yeh tum bhi samajh jao
Meray liye pal, dou pal tou ruk jao
Kiye huay waadon ko dhorao

We must not separate beloved,
Not even in forgetfulness
May you understand this beloved
For me, spare a moment or two beloved
Let us remember the promises beloved

Beeti hui yaadon mein laut aao
Yadon mein Lautao
Lautao
Lautao
Jis ne bhi aana hai, Aik din jaana hai

Dear departed memories beckon you beloved
Come back to dear memories beloved
Come back
Come back
Every soul who comes, has to go one day..

i tried my humble bit to translate, not sure if its all upto par, tried to catch the essence of melody. Hope you like ” Talented and fresh as dew drops” artiste, Zoe Viccaji and the beautiful harmony. Imagine if life resonates such freshness, we will have a beautiful time.

Have a lovely day dear friends! Thank you!

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The Many Virtues of Optimism : The New Yorker (Don’t worry, be happy: Maria Konnikova)

24 Jun

The Many Virtues of Optimism : The New Yorker (Don’t worry, be happy: Maria Konnikova)

Maria Konnikova prefaces this   “The New Yorker ” article about virtues of optimism  titled ” Don’t worry,be happy” saying ” A cynic, Ambrose Bierce remarked in his “Devil’s Dictionary,” is “a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.” In the century that has elapsed since Bierce’s death, science has caught up with him. Cynicism, in all its guises, really may make us see the world more realistically—though at a high personal cost.  “

This is absolutely true. In my early twenties was a realist. A cynic. The outcome was failed most miserably in my endeavors at a great personal cost. I was stunned and heart broken. I realized that had been too objective in my assessment of things. I was too much a realist. I saw reality too starkly. Although was  sincere and earnest, my beliefs and thoughts were distressingly stark and my faith near non existential. I failed miserably@ age 24.  I learnt in life if you are too much driven by reality, only meditation can save you, you simply need to be positive, illogical and optimistic to succeed. That is how you give yourself best chance to succeed. My friends succeeded most worthily. I was left alone. I was so sad that only ” greater challenges in life saved me.” The challenges life offered were more severe than a failure in a public examination or Love. It included terminal illness in family, near impossible rehabilitation of a beloved brother. But I had learnt my lessons from my early failure. I was  positive,illogical and optimistic. I survived.

Maria konnikova describes states such as expressed by mine as ” The phenomenon, which psychologists call “depressive realism,” was first identified by Lauren Alloy and Lyn Abramson, psychologists at Northwestern and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.” The truth illustrated by my early example is objectivity never leads to success. In fact its likely to breed “depressive realism.” General pessimism which actually requires more intelligence never serves anyone. It  has some relevance in literature and cinema. Nothing elsewhere.

Maria Konnikova illustrates several psychological studies to further the case of optimism, she writes ” the way we explain the world can have very real effects on our physical and emotional well-being—both positive and negative. It’s a phenomenon that the Harvard University psychologist Daniel Gilbert has called the ” psychological immune system ” a feedback loop between how we think and how we feel. If we think more optimistically, we tend to feel better, which in turn makes us think more optimistically. ”  This is so true.

She further  writes”  It all comes back, says Daniel Gilbert  to expectations. When we expect to do well, we push on. When we set our sights lower, we balk at signs of resistance. Depressive realists and cynics set themselves lower goals to begin with and then give up when they find that they are falling short. As everyone’s favorite pessimist, A. A. Milne’s Eeyore, tells Pooh, “We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.” Eeyore doesn’t find his tail or his house or much of anything, really; his expectations are so low that the effort doesn’t seem worth it. The negative view is self-fulfilling: you set lower expectations, do less, achieve less, and experience a worse outcome, which in turn conforms to your initial negative views.” This is painstakingly  true.

Finally she concludes ” Of course, unwarranted optimism, too, comes with a price. It’s Tigger, the unrelenting optimist, who finds himself eating thistles, stuck in trees, and otherwise caught in all manner of inopportune situations. When we’re overconfident and think we’re in control of situations when we’re not, we may find ourselves overreaching and persisting in hopeless tasks. It’s a fine balance. Set your goals too high, and the effects on health can be just as perilious.  Aspire to an Olympic medal in figure skating when you can barely clear a double Axel, and you’re doomed to disappointment. Still, it seems that, at least as far as the research goes, it’s far healthier to think like Tigger than like Eeyore.” I concur.

I tried to share my humble early example which changed everything for me. Life teaches us lesson’s which stands in good guard for later challenges. As long as we learn our lessons and are optimistic in every situation of life. We will have  happier and better lives. We must be optimistic at every moment, not just in a good moment, but every moment. It requires,strength, continuity, practice and faith. It is always better to be optimist than a realist. Even if the situation is not upto our expectation. We can feel better and strive for better. Eventually we will be better is my humble submission.

Always be optimistic and positive dear friends in every moment. Think everything is fine. Things will be fine!

Hope you have a lovely day!  Much much better to be optimistically dumb than realistically intelligent 🙂

Thank you!