“You’re sitting at a small bay window
in an empty café by the sea.
It’s nightfall, and the owner is locking up,
though you’re still hunched over the radiator,
which is slowly losing warmth.

Now you’re walking down to the shore
to watch the last blues fading on the waves.
You’ve lived in small houses, tight spaces
the walls around you kept closing in
but the sea and the sky were also yours.

No one else is around to drink with you
from the watery fog, shadowy depths.
You’re alone with the whirling cosmos.
Goodbye, love, far away, in a warm place.
Night is endless here, silence infinite.”

A collaboration between World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ben Lee and Leo Burnett, “Space Chimp” carries a message for everyone about our planet, and features Ben Lee’s track, “Song for the Divine Mother of the Universe”.

Lets be Gentle with Our Home,  Earth

Genie, our family pet slipped into deep sleep on June 14 2010

Genie, our family pet slipped into deep sleep on June 14 2010

My dog has died.
I buried him in the garden
next to a rusted old machine.
Some day I’ll join him right there,
but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat,
his bad manners and his cold nose,
and I, the materialist, who never believed
in any promised heaven in the sky
for any human being,
I believe in a heaven I’ll never enter.
Yes, I believe in a heaven for all dogdom
where my dog waits for my arrival
waving his fan-like tail in friendship.
Ai, I’ll not speak of sadness here on earth,
of having lost a companion
who was never servile.
His friendship for me, like that of a porcupine
withholding its authority,
was the friendship of a star, aloof,
with no more intimacy than was called for,
with no exaggerations:
he never climbed all over my clothes
filling me full of his hair or his mange,
he never rubbed up against my knee
like other dogs obsessed with sex.

No, my dog used to gaze at me,
paying me the attention I need,
the attention required
to make a vain person like me understand
that, being a dog, he was wasting time,
but, with those eyes so much purer than mine,
he’d keep on gazing at me
with a look that reserved for me alone
all his sweet and shaggy life,
always near me, never troubling me,
and asking nothing.

Ai, how many times have I envied his tail
as we walked together on the shores of the sea
in the lonely winter of Isla Negra
where the wintering birds filled the sky
and my hairy dog was jumping about
full of the voltage of the sea’s movement:
my wandering dog, sniffing away
with his golden tail held high,
face to face with the ocean’s spray.

Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.

There are no good-byes for my dog who has died,
and we don’t now and never did lie to each other.

So now he’s gone and I buried him,
and that’s all there is to it.

Translated, from the Spanish, by Alfred Yankauer

Standing at your grave in the garden, now I regret...I could not spend my evenings with you, I could not take you out for long evening walks just the way mom,dad & munny did

Standing at your grave in the garden, now I regret...I could not spend my evenings with you, I could not take you out for long evening walks just the way mom,dad & munny did

 

Classic! Coca-Cola Ad’s “History of Celebration” for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features Roger Milla dancing his way into the hearts of football fans with his signature celebration and a few other legendary celebrations.

 

Germans came into the tournment sparkling with fresh energy…Of course, I can not downplay Messi, who was mesmerizing, bewitching  throughout Argentina’s match with Nigeria, despite consistently being denied goals by Nigerian Goalkeeper Enyeama {watch his outstanding saves}. But, its the German team who stole the show by sustaining the onslaught with their ruthlessly Incisive, Intelligent, Efficient moves in the field!

(Guardian Uk) Germany have once again wasted little time demonstrating why they should always figure prominently when a list of potential World Cup winners is being assembled. This is the sixth successive tournament in which they have won their opening game and they did so in a manner that suggests they must be immune to the nerves that have afflicted other teams in the opening days of the event.

 

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Googlenthusiasm

 {From BBC News}

Shobhan Saxena in Mumbai-based The Times of India writes Twenty six years after 40 tonnes of lethal gas seeped into the lungs of Bhopal, some 17,000 men and women are still waiting for the so-called compensation… In all these years, the poor victims have done everything they could to get justice and compensation… Today, they were denied justice. Today, they were told that they should be happy with the peanuts thrown at them by Union Carbide. Today, India proved once again that it doesn’t care for its poor…

Today, India proved that it doesn’t really care for its people, particularly if they have been slaughtered by powerful people from the most powerful nation in the world. Instead of taking on America and fighting for justice for its poor, India is more than happy to sell its dead cheap.

 

Bhopal gas tragedy, 1984, India. Photographer Raghu Rai

Bhopal gas tragedy, 1984, India. Photographer Raghu Rai

 

 

 “Today’s verdict is a disaster… They’ve made it look like a traffic accident,” said Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action, an NGO representing the survivors and an activist who has been involved with the victims since the 1984 disaster.  

I am, like many including the victims, stunned and shocked by this verdict, a travesty of justice that shamed India…a light punishment given to those who involved in a holocaust like crime against innocent, helpless Indians, the intensity of which moved/moving us deeply. A light punishment after a highly frustrating and long winding judicial process, renders it quite anguishing a journey for the victims , a bitter memory to live with for all of us…It is a big blow to our faith in our justice system, which anyway is dwindling thanks to the never ending crimes with dismaying  outcomes/verdicts being churned on by the system. I am furious that Union Carbide professionals were convicted only for criminal negligence, which is punishable with a maximum of two years in jail, despite the enormity of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. Is this how we deliver justice to the hapless, innocent victims of the world’s worst industrial tragedy stirred up by an American firm in our land? I do not want to get into the basics, but are not we supposed to raise our voice to support our fellow Indians in this fight for justice, which now is BURIED, RUTHLESSLY BURIED?

Elderly survivors of Bhopal Gas TragedyThe victims are suffering the worst consequences of corporate apathy, bureaucratic red tape, judicial sluggishness, right in front of us….a living example of how we as a society miserably failed to drive a movement against this terrible tragedy. I wonder, are we so blinded by power and skies-kissing aspirations, increasingly considering the poor and disadvantaged as unpleasant attributes of the country’s landscape? who are the reason behind them to be so?

More than 20,000 people died when the deadly menthyl-iso-cyanate leaked from the multinational Union Carbide Corporation’s pesticide formulation factory in Bhopal. An estimated of 8000 people died within the first three days, as this deadly gas leaked from the plant and surrounded Bhopal city on the night of December 2nd,1984. A population of nearly half a million was severely affected. More than 150,000 survivors have been injured for life. It is nothing less than holocaust. In the years that followed, people exposed to the gas kept dying or suffered from life-long ailments and complications. Even after 25 years, toxic waste continues to seep into the ground water.

Raghu Rai, covered the world’s worst industrial disaster   

a sense of anguish and depression throbs in the voices of survivors 

“We are not expendable. We are flowers offered at the altar of profit and power. We are dancing flames committed to conquering darkness and to challenging those who threaten the planet and the magic and mystery of life’ – Rashida Bee, Bhopal Gas Tragedy survivor.

Updates : Internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shekar Kapur denounced the verdict terming it “completely irrelevant’. He said on his blog ‘those on whose shoulders lies the responsibility of this avoidable, irresponsible, completely mismanaged accident have long since made their deals with the government of India and gone. It was one of the greatest and most brutal sellouts by the government of India and its courts of the people of India”. He further wrote “who cared about the poor people of Bhopal? Certainly not our own government who like cannibals preyed upon their own people…this judgment just proves that you could do anything in India and get away with it”

Actress Gul Panag said, ‘Mockery of justice. Then again we have got used to it. Such little value for human life and its again on display”. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan too hinted his displeasure with the court judgment “The public and most concerned voices show discontent. 15,000 dead and hundreds suffering the aftereffects of the leak, and only two years in jail for the management of the company…absolute shock on the outcome – an outcome after 25 years have passed when the disaster occurred”

Lay’s GUYDF Phase III – Launched the four finalist Co-Created flavours, a full fledged campaign was conceptualised by JWT Delhi. 

Lay’s, through its “Give Us Your Dillicious Flavour’, a mother of all consumer engagement programmes in India (remember Lay’s received 1.3 million FLAVOR IDEAS in the first phase, not mere votes but flavour ideas from Indians), mobilised Indians to participate in an opportunity to Co-Create the flavor they like on Lay’s. Four Finalist flavours were launched.

This TVC does announce the four finalist flavours by Lay’s, but the story, as you can see, is woven around ‘Empowered Junta’ as Lay’s understands that the real power, these days, lies in the hands of Commoners who are cultivating a Point of View, who want their voice/opinions to be heard & counted  …their overwhelming support, their biting/contemptuous remarks, their passion could create dramatic and unexpected swings in the fortunes…The Power of People can not be under-estimated. Lay’s, the Iconic brand, made Junta (Lay’s lovers, lovers of Potato chips in India) a part of this Co-Creation programme by urging them to TASTE the new four finalist flavours and CHAMPION their favourite flavour , CHOOSE N DECIDE the flavour that could stay on…..Lay’s captured the passion, the fear, the panic that people feel while saving their favourite flavour from vanishing….

3-minute long, multi-million pound TV commercial for Nike’s World Cup 2010 campaign that stars Wayne Rooney, Fabio Cannavaro, Franck Ribery, Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kobe Byrant and err…Bart Simpson.

We all know that tiny move in a significant turn of the game in the field could create the country’s biggest hero or villain, but Nike dramatised the moment & move quite mesmerisingly!

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