Why we care: Given how appropriate it feels for the COVID-19 era, it’s incredible that the song “The Existential Threat” was created before the pandemic sent the world into a full-throttle panic attack for much of 2020. But only for people who have forgotten the constant undercurrent of doom that lingered throughout the time leading up to the pandemic. The Los Angeles-based oddballs of Sparks, now in their sixth decade of recording together, may now seem prescient in their ode to apocalyptic anxiety, but this song would have likely felt just as appropriate anyway, even without the coronavirus. In any case, the video for the song was indeed created during the ensuing crisis, and it shows. … [Read more...] about This music-video ode to apocalyptic anxiety will give you the catharsis you crave
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Aye mere watan ke logon: November 18, 1962. Rezang La (Ladakh).16,000 ft above sea level. In the haze of a frosty dawn, the battlefront thrummed with the roar of light machine guns, rifles, mortar, and grenades. At the dead centre of conflict stood a 38-year old Major commanding C Company of 13th Battalion of Kumaon Regiment. His name: Shaitan Singh. His service number: IC 6400. As the Chinese advanced, Singh scampered between platoon posts to re-organise the defences. While Indian soldiers inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, Death was stalking the gallant Major. Disabled by wounds in his arms and abdomen, Major Singh died by a boulder. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra and the official citation read: Major Shaitan Singh’s supreme courage, leadership and exemplary devotion to duty inspired his company to fight almost to the last man (Source: Gazette of India Notification No.68—Press/62). … [Read more...] about Lest we forget: Movies and music that keep the memories of 1962 India-China war heroes alive
Filmdom gathered its own dust when we weren’t looking; not for women from good homes, younger girls playing mothers to their former heroes, actors and actresses have to sleep around for roles... The audience applauded good performances, mouthed dialogues they liked verbatim, paid good money to see the movie in a theatre – but the scenes behind the scenes were of no interest to them, not in any real way. These were rumours they enjoyed repeating, knowing full well that these rumours were part of the entertainment business. … [Read more...] about Bollywood ready for retake?
After making a documentary on the lives of acid-attack survivors and co-hosting Cause Effect, a platform that produces cause-related content and outreach programmes, Megha Ramaswamy has stepped into a brand new genre of filmmaking. The Mumbai-based screenwriter, director and producer has made her directorial debut with the Netflix film What Are the Odds?, a coming-of-age story about teenagers in Mumbai starring Abhay Deol, Karanvir Malhotra, Monica Dogra and Yashaswini Dayama. … [Read more...] about ‘What Are the Odds?’ director Megha Ramaswamy on letting kids be kids
Q) Experts have suggested sticking with cash-rich companies. Do you agree with the statement, if yes, how will it help in dodging the COVID-19 bullet?A) 1. Cash-rich companies may sustain lockdown better way than other companies;2. It will provide them with the opportunity to go for a strategic investment plan so that exponential growth can be achieved;3. Corporate benefits like dividend and buy-back can be easily done. … [Read more...] about ‘To dodge the COVID-19 bullet investors should follow these 3 simple rules’