Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This morning we had a piece by Saba Imtiaz in The Express Tribune and we are told that Laalchand has been arrested. The public anger is, however, directed at Sharmila Farooqui: She named the victim, discussed things about her, talked of her being at a party and coming late, almost offering "the girl is responsible" by calling her 'rude' and other names. This was an amazingly stupid and disgusting method of harassing the girl and making it all the more difficult for women to report such incidences.
The media followed the crime and reported in it with the same amazement and amusement that they use for such cases, implying things and saying everything other than "the girl was guilty".
Away from all of this, I went to see a 'comedy' show at T2F. The artist was Ayesha Rokadia. Well, she was the artist but was to have friends joining her. The fact that everything starts on time at T2F (and she was told this) ... made no difference as she appeared ("because of traffic") around 25 minutes late. Actually 55 minutes, if we were to take the fact that she said she'd be there at 6.30 when I last saw her.
She's a regular writer for comedy shows in the USA — but as a comedian she was not great at all. Of course that happens at times to the best of comedians, so one can forgive it. The problem was that she decided to open the show with a 'rape joke' (and said, after the show, that she had many more jokes on rape that she would do 'the next time'). Why? Why would a girl want to do a 'rape joke'? Everyone who had any sense of humour and intelligence was upset.
After a whole day of talking about the Clifton rape — and screaming their heads off at the Media and Sharmila — Tweeples wrote about the show in disgust.
Ayesha's friends were Sami Shah, Ishma Alvi, Haroon Saad, and OBA. It could have gotten much worse without them. Fortunately the friends did bring some humour into the show. Specially Sami Shah and OBA. But Ishma and Haroon, good in telling their stories, stayed slightly away from getting a good punchline.
Jeezus! Just as I was about to end this I saw another item.
Oh, well …
Christmas is round the corner …
– and you are bound to enjoy the wonderful Dylan Thomas reading out his "A Child's Christmas in Wales" piece ... one of my favourites from this wonderful poet, prose & play writer and a delightful conversationalist.
Available in Caedmon's lovely box commemorating his 50th death anniversary, the CD-Set has amazing poetry by him (yes … all the ones you missed are there, too!) and includes his readings of some other great poets. The set also has lots of his prose, pieces of plays, and his hilarious-heady conversations. There are lovely introductions by Billy Collins, plus comments by Edith Sitwell and others.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Yeh jo takta haé aasmaan ko tü / Koee rahtaa haé aasmaan meñ kyaa?
His style of Urdu poetry writing had a unique quality … and, despite being a brilliant Urdu poet, he was also a scholar in Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit, and Hebrew! Plus, he was an amazing philosopher.
John is remembered for being 'an unabashed open anarchist and nihilist in a conservative and religious society.'
It is his birthday tomorrow, December 14th, and I thought I'd share some of his poetry and prose with you.
To begin with, there's this marvellous qat'aa followed by this gorgeous ghazal. His views on everything were wonderful and were always fun to listen to … so have fun with this conversation.
Here is his final Mushaaerah reading.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Despite this …
The WBC maintains a God Hates India website (now part of the site called www.godhatesthe world.com) where they state that "80% of India's population claim to practice Hinduism. A country full of idolatry inevitably results in a nation full of fags and fag-enablers, because that's what happens when you depart from the 'Living God'!
WBC members, led by Fred Phelps, picketed the funeral (as well as the trial of Matthew's assailants), displaying signs with slogans such as "Matt Shepard rots in Hell" and "AIDS Kills Fags Dead”. (A docu-drama movie on the Matthew case will be shown at T2F soon.)
Monday, December 06, 2010
I am a lunatic Skeptoid maniac … and want you to be one, too
Finding that his good, scientific theories - on several internet platforms on which he challenged the believers - were always made fun of, Brian Dunning decided to start the Skeptoid podcast service.