Slumdog wins 8 Oscars

Slumdog wins 8 Oscars, an answer to critics

February 23, 2009 by authorharb

Slumdog has won 8  Oscars…
and don’t worry about the critics
there are people who can criticise even God
to understand God’s perfection
you need the vision of God
to understand an artist’s work
you need the vision of the artist

Below are a few lines from me
dedicated to the mystery of India
and which actually mesmerizes some westerns
to explore it even at the cost of
getting raped and abused



Amazed at the mystery of
what is there
beneath their dirty bodies
beneath their appalling poverty
beneath the last peel
of their foul-smelling onion
that makes India tick
some daring westerns try to
explore their dirty bodies
churn their appalling poverty
peel their foul-smelling onion
in books, in movies
in an effort to solve it

Rather than feel proud
of their mystery
like the sages of the yore
like Ramana
whose unyielding, unwavering, unfathomable
equipose, calmness, stillness
would make those westerns
who would dare to ridicule
squirm under their shirts
some rather youthful indians
who are apparently not in touch
with their deepest mystery
and consider themselves
limited only to their bodies
their poverty, their onion
and thus ignoring what is
really their uniqueness
play at being great patriots
and condemn them

Yes, particular incidents
can be criticized
even though those too
must not be taken as
because of some bad intentions
on their part
but because of ignorance of
the complete knowledge of an alien culture
but slamming the whole effort
as some sort of plot
to downgrade India
especially with which
they are now trying to forge
the best of relationships
probably drawn by the same mystery
among other things
simply betrays nothing but
their own insecurity
their own prosecution complex



SDM and Me

Watched Slum Dog over the week end. Enjoyed the story very much. It held my interest throughout. Yet I really can’t quite figure out what makes it so outstanding. Other than for the music, aren’t most of the awards/nominations for
technical quality?  The story has all the ingredients of a good ‘masala’ movie – a game show which took India by storm a few years ago, violence, the underworld, romance thrown in and some disturbing visual content on the misery of life in the slums.

For me the people who really made the story
come to life were the three street kids who are actually from the slums. I don’t see any of them in any of the zillion photographs or TV screens. They just seem forgotten and I get the feeling they are perhaps just a very little better off in their lives than before. I get the feeling these kids have been exploited and left out to dry now that they have served their purpose. Maybe I’m wrong but I can’t for the life of me remember seeing those three wonder  kids in any newspaper or on a TV screen.



“Who’s A.R. Rahman?”

If you’re from the U.S., U.K. or Europe, that might be your thought if you heard his name, even if you’ve seen Slumdog Millionaire, or heard its music.  Yes, even then.

So just who the heck is Rahman, and why this blog post titled Rahmania, and what does the A.R. stand for?

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