August 2007


Which city? Which country?

Frankly speaking I don’t think I live any more in any one city or any one country. I belong to India, I belong to the world and it belongs to me.

Chandigarh

During the 30.5 years of my life I have been based in or traveled to various cities for different periods. List goes: Chandigarh, Patiala, Seoul, Chennai, Linz, Bangalore, San Francisco, Delhi, Munich, Mumbai, New York, Pune and a few more here and there. In the last few years I have really been on the move… living in different cities, traveling, singing along.

San Francisco

 

There is no time, need or reason to notice the change in cities or the distance covered. It’s all one seamless globe, which is thriving, buzzing both online and offline.

Online; where we spend a good part of life. Web, e-mail, chat, phone, skype, google maps blogs, avtars and the second life. In the digital world contact information does not change with the change in geography, so no one really knows when you move and mostly even you wont notice too much.

Offline; all cities look similar with malls, retail chains, lots of traffic on roads. The recent boom in aviation industry has also virtually removed distances between cities. You are in Bangalore for dinner and next morning breakfast is in Mumbai, evening tea is again in Bangalore… where is the to chance figure out the change in cities or countries.

So what do I say….

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Yeah it’s about 02:25 am in the night and I just reached home after watching a truly inspiring tale about our Nation – India and our National Sport – Hockey. The movie is very well directed, the script is well written and the cast of the film has given amazing performances (yeah that’s rite they trained for 3 months before shooting the film).

It’s a shame the movie has been given A CERTIFICATE by our dear censor board, which for some reason believes that watching an inspiring take about our national sport is not a good idea for our children and teens.

I seriously think the film which should be made TAX FREE across all states.

The film showcases the government bodies, the indifferent government officials, the rampant red tape and corruption. But along with that it also beautifully captures the spirit of today, there is no stopping India now; these governments can’t stand in the way, they can either join the rising Indians or watch from the side. India and Indians will continue to do well on the world stages. Also, this film is doing very well…despite of the certificate..

I salute the team of “Chak De India!” for making a landmark film; it inspired me, made me feel even more proud of our film industry and our artists…

Sabko Azaadi Mubarak! Happy Independence to all!

Jai Hind!