Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Back From Dead - Inside the Subhas Bose Mystery

Hello Anuj,

Wow! The author of this book:
'Back From Dead - Inside the Subhas Bose Mystery'

by Anuj Dhar

I am excited by the fact that you commented on my blog.

I am more enthusiastic about his unparalleled life, than details of his death.
Not sure of the mysteries.
However, there is compelling evidence, as your book states. I'll try and read the book.


Saturday, May 28, 2005


Just finished 'Bharot Pothik' translated into bengali from 'An Indian Pilgrim', Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's autobiography. In it he mostly describes his childhood days, school and college life and a chapter on his philosophy of life - at a stage he refutes the belief that everything is Maya and this world is untrue. He was greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Shri Ramakrishna and also Shri Aurobindo and ended up participating in many social and spiritual causes. It ends with a collection of letters to his mother, which gives an insight into his extreme devotion and respect for his mother.

I was amazed that my Bengali reading skills have not deteriorated that much - though some words were difficult to comprehend (that obviously has something to do with a bad vocabulary). My kannada is miserable for which I have often had to face the wrath of my friends (one of them almost strangulated me once ... ;-)); Its a matter of interest.
In other news joined the gym @ workplace. Not very regularly going to the gym though. Its haphazard One day I may walk 11 km (450+ kcal) and on another 3-4 km (150 kcal). Some days I hardly get the time but if I dont go it leads to aches and pains.
I did so much of publicity for the movie by Shyam Benegal, 'Bose - The Forgotten Hero', but never managed to go to the theater - its running at unearthly timings - 10:15 pm and 6:30 pm for 500 rupees at PVR - the other end of Bangalore from my residence. We had planned for an outing to Forum Mall with some of my bengali friends, but I could not make it in the end, last weekend though they did go... I was getting jitters on the purpose of work and life last week and felt very despondent at times but back in form I guess now.
By the way the Google AdSense program seems interesting.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Bose - The Forgotten Hero (Official Site)

The Official site for the film :

Give me blood and I shall give you freedom' - Called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose urging Indians onto selfless patriotism.

Catch the tumultuous last five years of the life of Bose that marked the turning point in India's struggle for independence from British Colonial rule. The highly controversial events including a daring escape, travel across Afghanistan in disguise, meeting Hitler in Germany, and ending in a mysterious plane crash; providing screen drama and visual adventure that would leave any James Bond movie wanting.

Come, re-discover one of our greatest heroes, and be awed by this life-extraordinaire.


Some more links :

  1. 'I will always remember Netaji'
  2. A fitting tribute
  3. 'Bose' hits the turnstiles today
  4. Benegal on his next film, Bose
  5. Interview with Netaji's daughter, Anita Bose Pfaff
  6. The Introduction
  7. Part I: 'India has not behaved honorably'
  8. Part II: 'Gandhi was no saint'
  9. Part III: 'Gandhi and my father were not tainted'
  10. Court turns down plea against Bose

Saturday, May 07, 2005

The Forgotten Hero not released

The movie Subhash Chandra Bose - The Forgotten Hero by Shyam Benegal was not premiered as planned in Kolkata, on 5th May and the 6th May release was stalled, I am not sure if it is yet running as I did not see any ads in newspapers etc. Some deponents of the Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, inquiring into Netaji's disappearance, are opposing the release of the film in current form. This seems mindless - as the essence of the movie is to inspire people and portray his life of undauntable courage and determination as a fearless leader - he was human nevertheless.
Update: "We just do not want to give a chance for violence," Benegal said, adding that he and film producers Sahara Motion Pictures postponed the release to May 13 from May 6 - Gulf Daily News

Some more articles :
VCL does submarine sequence for Benegal's Bose
The return of Bose

Currently listening: The brilliant song 'Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa' , which was the marching song of the INA. Vijay Prakash and Mumbai Film Choir have given a splendid soulstirring rendition - simply superb. 'Ghoomparani' and 'Desh Ki Mitti' are also very well rendered - the latter being very evocative of fond memories and the pathos of being away from one's motherland.
Most of the other songs are good - some details here :
'Bose - The Forgotten Hero' music is Intensely Patriotic

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Netaji - The Forgotten Hero

Netaji - The Forgotten Hero, Shyam Benegal's film on Subhash Chandra Bose, is finally ready after three years in the making. The film releases on May 6, 2005.


Benegal, who says he feels that Bose “has been forgotten by modern India because he was unfairly sidelined by the establishment as they did not agree with his views”, aims the film at the present generation, a fact that can be gauged from his comment - “that (people forgetting about Bose) is a pity because the youth of today could have learnt a great deal from him about commitment, standing up for values and idealism”.

Benegal has assembled one of the most talented cast for the film, with the underrated but brilliant Sachin Khedekar in the lead role, and it has been shot in locations within India and also in Uzbekistan, Germany and Myanmar. It is probably also the first Indian movie to have shot inside a World War II vintage German submarine. (FROM DECCAN HERALD)

More information and details in the following links:

The music from the film, by A R Rehman

Medley ...

I was reading an article in the The New Indian Express about the loss of freedom of the press and media in the US not because of state control but because of the complete control of news by large conglomerates and corporate houses - thus twisting and limiting the news only for the sake of competition and catering to the targetted audiences; it ends up becoming pure entertainment not information or thought provoking reports, but dumbed down; the state's manipulation tactics is also prevalent, as during the Iraq war coverages ... 'Embedded Journalism'. The dismal scene of media may percolate on to the Indian scene too, as only the middle classes are targetted in all channels 'the class capable of paying and shopping and with the maximum buying power' and those facts or issues that need to be focussed on will get blacked out - because there is actually no audience for them, because they cannot actually are of not much use or pay no returns, the objective and investigative (not Tehelka style sensasionalism) nature of journalism may be dying out.

2) Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam by Guru Dutt on going on Doordarshan - some stunning black and white visuals and interplay of shadows and lights.

3) I had another series of questions for you, as you are reading this blog . . .
I am thinking if I should buy a digicam. As it is easier than the manual style which requires the film roll and gving it for development and all that hassles so I am hardly using the Kodak Kroma that we bought some time back.
What would be a good range (price and quality wise) - I want something thats not too costly probably withing Rs.(INR) 6000 approx $125 or so . . . I was seeing the Sony site today. Costly stuff ...
What are the other things that I need to keep in mind - the MegaPixels supported? It works on AA type cells or some extra Li-Ion batteries - the chargers are part of the package right ? How about transferring to the PC, is it through the USB port ? What about the memory sticks etc... All these questions floating around in my mind.

4) Some literary blogs here : http://lbc.typepad.com

5) Currently reading the 'The Management of Time' by James T McCay which I pulled out of the library at office ...

It is a good read especially talks of increasing alertness save ebnergy and constatntly keep upgrading knowledge. Two main things that he says need to be kept away from - 'Criticism' and 'Defensiveness' ... Half way through the book.