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Month: September, 2011

Surjeet Bansal & Mouni Roy in Just Dance 2011

Surjeet Bansal & Mouni Roy in Just Dance 2011 – by The British Asian Blog

Last week while flicking through the usual Asian Sky Channels – trying to find something of interest to watch, I stumbled upon something which touched me and while I watched it, it simply blew me away.  Admittedly I have never seen anything like this before or atleast to this calibre.  Surjeet Bansal jaw dropping performance with Mouni Roy during Just Dance 2011 competition just sent shivers down my spine.  I have since watched this on many occasions and I simply can’t get enough of it.

It’s been a long while since I last saw anything like this, and frankly I think Surjeet has a special gift in expressing emotions through his ability to dance.  It’s not only about his dancing ability but the creative side to him makes it a pleasure to watch this performance again and again.  Everyone’s story and pain is captured in this performance, you don’t necessarily need to understand the background song and for those who don’t understand Hindi language – the performance in itself will help you understand.

It’s worth noting the expressions on the judge’s faces throughout this performance, especially the expression on Hrithik Roshan face exactly 2.28 mins into this clip.  It says it all.


Friday Funnies – Part 2

As part of a Friday Funnies theme (Part 1), in which I shared some jokes with you – I have decided to post Part 2 and continue with the theme this week.

Disclaimer:  As usual jokes can offend people, my intention is not to offend anyone.  If you do find the jokes offensive then contact my complaints department.  You may be able to lodge a complaint but ‘nothing will be done about it’, that’s just life.

My intention is to post jokes every Friday going forward, bringing the week to a close with some banter – I hope you all enjoy:

1.  Friday Funnies

Since it’s snowed all my misses has done is look through the window!  If it gets any worse I’ll have to let her in!!

2.  Friday Funnies

A man was in toilet when someone from adjacent toilet said “Hi, how are you?”

The man was embarrassed and said:  “Doing just fine..”

First man:  “So, what are you up to?”

Second Man:  “Well, just sitting like you..”

First Man:  “Can I come over?”

Second Man:  “No no, I am kinda busy now..”

First Man:  “Listen, I’ll call you back, there’s an idiot in another toilet answering my questions..!!”

3.  Friday Funnies

A lady on a train reading a newspaper article about life and death statistics and how often people die.  She turned to the man next to her and asked “Did you know that every time I breathe somebody dies?”

“Really,” he said, “have you tried mouthwash?”.

You have any Friday Funnies to share?

The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world – Alessio Rastani

The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world – Alessio Rastani:  By The British Asian Blog.

Alessio Rastani dropped a bombshell on BBC New Live.  The Jaws dropped of those in the studio and who were watching live feed.  His frank assessment of who’s really in charge of the global economy.  He further states 12 months from now everything will collapse and especially the Euro Market and that they are moving their money to safer assets – what hit me the most was this claim “This economic crisis is like a cancer … what I’d say to everybody is: get prepared … this is not a time right now [for] wishful thinking that government is gonna sort things out. The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world. Goldman Sachs does not care about this rescue package, neither [do] the big funds.” I feel as if I am watching the movie ‘Wall Street – Money never sleeps’ all over again.

If that wasn’t bad he further admits “If I see an opportunity to make money, I go with that … Personally, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for three years. I have a confession, which is, I go to bed every night and I dream of another recession, I dream of another moment like this.

You need to watch this youtube footage of this.

So here we have it, an early warning from someone well connected, if after watching this video you are like me disorientated, nervous, livid and amused then consider this:  What ‘if’ he is right or partially right can we sit back and ignore the storm ahead of us?  No doubt the environment around us and especially in Europe seems to be heading for another double-dip recession, and to be fair I think worrying times lay ahead.

FORCE – Bollywood Movie and John Abraham

30 September we will be seeing the release of the Bollywood Movie FORCE.  Starring John Abraham (whose recent movies were Dostana, New York) and Genelia D’Souza (whose recent movie was Life Partner) is a 20th Century Fox’s contemporary action-romance movie.

What makes this movie a must watch is the performance of John Abraham, who’s last movie as the main actor was New York 2009, but later made odd appearances in movies including ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ early 2011.  I believe when an actor or actress returns after a big gap in their career they have no choice but to perform 100% to make it a success.  John Abraham finds himself in that position in Force.

Story Line (in a nutshell):  Sanjay Singh (John Abraham) is a no-nonsense cop, who is insistent pursuit of a ruthless underworld network.  His belief is firmly set in eradicating crime by simply shooting the criminals dead and not arresting them.

Physical Body:  For this movie, John Abraham admitted that he underwent eight months of physical training to achieve not a six-pack but an eight-pack physique.  This achievement attracted the attention of Hollywood stunt director JJ Perry (who has trained Hollywood stars such as Sylvester Stallone, etc) who is said to be “extremely impressed” by John and wants to work with him.

Making a strong body is like a religion. When you preach a religion you go to a temple. I go to a gym and workout. I really worked out hard to make a strong body. I had put on 10 kilo muscles in eight months.” John told the media.  The movie FORCE it was required that John sported a muscular look.

Controversy:  Controversy broke out for the film, in a scene where John and Genelia had to tie knot. However, sources claim that the ceremony conducted was so authentic that had they completed the last round they would have actually been man and wife. The priest used for the scene was a real pandit and not a junior artist who read out the actual wedding mantra as he said he had forgot that the camera was rolling.  Again, following the reports of Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia’s marriage plans, the priest insisted that the couple couldn’t get married as Genelia is already married to John as everything was done from wearing a mangalsutra, to exchanging garlands and taking the saat pheras. He also said he wish to meet the onscreen couple and make them understand that he had pronounced the mantras one does at a real wedding.

FORCE Film Songs:

1. Khwabon Khwabon – K.K. & Suchitra
2. Chahoon Bhi – Karthik & Bombay Jayshree
3. Dum Hai To Aaja – Mahua Kamat
4. Main Chali – Naresh Iyer & Shreya Ghoshal
5. Dil Ki Hai Tamanna – Vijay Prakash, Shalini Singh & Neha Bhasin

I am personally looking forward to 30 September when this movie is released, as John Abraham is one of those actors who simply produces a good balance between acting and realism.

I will indeed share my views here once I have seen this movie.  If any of you are planning on watching this movie then I hope you can share your thoughts here too.

FORCE Bollywood Trailer

Just For You – Tum Se Yun Mile Ge – Ankahee

Last few days, my little blogging community have kept up the theme of Asian music and in particular highlighting tracks which bring back memories of some sort.  In light of this growing theme, I’d like to once again share another song which does have a deep sensitive meaning for me.  Much like the last song I posted up here this too is a song which I never get fed up of listening.  It simply is awesome.

In all honesty the movie Ankahee (2006) from which this track is from has many other songs just as strong, but this particular song ‘Tum Se Yun Mile Ge..’ indeed sends out a strong message.

I highlight recommend listen to other tracks from this movie (available on YouTube), but for now please enjoy.  Dedicated to You (North of Me).

Friday Funnies

Friday Funnies – By The British Asian Blog

Often on Friday (yes, the last working day of the week) I receive many funny jokes either by email or text from work colleagues and friends. These can be really funny and amusing – but for me the best ones are those that are short, simple but yet drastically funny.

So I thought it would be great to post a couple of these here for you all to enjoy, and if you have any Friday funnies then you can share them here too.

Disclaimer: Not intended to offend anyone but if they do then tuff – that’s just life.

Friday Funnies Number One:

My wife and I walked past a swanky new restaurant last night, “Did you smell that food, it smelt incredible?” she said. Being the nice guy I am I thought “What the hell I’ll treat her” So we walked past it again.

Friday Funnies Number Two:

A man goes into a bank with a gun and demands money. Once he is given the money, he turns to a customer and asks:

Did you see me rob this bank?

The man replied:

Yes sir, I did.

The robber shot him instantly.

The robber then turned to a couple standing next to the dead body and asked the man:

Did you see me rob this bank?

The man replied:

No Sir, I did not, but my wife did.

Moral: When opportunity knocks, make use of it…

Can you beat these Friday Funnies?


Destroyed in LOVE – Dedicated to YOU

This is for YOU – nothing more to say:

Destroyed in LOVE – Dedicated to YOU – by The British Asian Blog

For the full song click here Tadap Tadap Ke

From the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

If this brings back memories, then share them here.

9/11 – 10th anniversary: Is the world a safe place now

9/11 – 10th anniversary:  Is the world a safe place now by The British Asian Blog

September 11 2001 – was the day when four planes were hi-jacked, two were flown into the twin towers New York, and two were flown into other sites.  Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of this awful and dire day in which 3000 people lost their lives.

Since this event took place, many more continue to lose their lives around the world; one thing for sure (in my view) is the world is less safe to live in after 9/11.  I wish this day never happened and a day I wish turned out to be different for everyone, but this definitely is a day which has turned the whole world into one big battle field.

10 years on and countless number of deaths later, I’m force to rethink whether or not the ‘the war on terror’ response from USA and its alliance actually achieved anything positive?

Over the last few weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary, I’m gradually reminded about this day by various information mediums.  Documentaries one after another on different aspects of 9/11 are aired targeting the times when TV is mostly watched, forcing the masses to relive and revive that moment when the planes struck the towers.   This day was a nightmare and everything that followed on from this day was even worse.  Why should we be forced to relive or stimulate these nightmares and be reminded of how society crumbled literally over night?

Nonetheless my thoughts and prayers go out to those innocent people who have lost their lives since 9/11.  10 years on I’m convinced that America could have taken a different route to bring whoever was behind 9/11 to justice.  As it stands there is so much discrepancies around 9/11 which casts a shadow on the official US government explanation and evidence.

After 9/11 there were many repercussions on people and communities around the world, British Asians were for sure a community and amongst others who experienced hostilities from a generally neutral society.  It caused problems for many people and in all sectors, racism rocketed since 9/11 against Muslims or anyone who appeared to look like a Muslim, and media-manufactured stories didn’t help.

Many British Asians may evoke hearing stories or evening experiencing racism in places where they lived for decades without any trouble, in places where they worked, studied or socialised.  For sure life for many British Asians became difficult and lived in fear of reprisals and punishments from society which they were very much part of.

10 years on, life has improved somewhat for British Asians but embedded deep inside the subconscious mind of the British Society there still lingers the antagonism and racism which has given rise to Islamaphobia.  Life for sure hasn’t been the same since 9/11. Asian society on the receiving end made numerous attempts to launch projects to help level out any issues and to educated people in to live together in harmony and better tolerance.  One such attempt was a Bollywood movie called “My Name is Khan” which addresses confusion that many people have.  It was a success but not reality.  We have got some way to go before we see living conditions improve in all areas for British Asians.

Shafilea Ahmed – Honour Killing Parents charged with her murder

Shafilea Ahmed – Honour Killing Parents charged with her murder – By The British Asian Blog

Interesting development around a case which I followed with interest few years ago.  The parents of Shafilea Ahmed have been charged over suspected honour killing.

Case Summary:  17 year old Shafilea went missing in 2003 from her home town Warrington Cheshire.  Later in 2004 her decomposed body was discovered on the banks of River Kent in Cumbria following a flood.  Her parents Iftikhar Ahmed and Farzana Ahmed were initially arrested on suspicions of kidnapping back in December 2003 but later in June 2004 they were released without charge, only to be arrested once again September 2010 but this time on the suspicion of murder.

This was a horrible and gruesome crime and very much an act of pure evil against a young British Asian, who simply wanted to live her life like everyone else.  What brought her ambitions and aspirations to a terrible end was the mindset of her parents, who favoured their status of family respect over anything else, including their religion and more importantly the freedom of their child.

Note:  If you don’t like what I write or disagree with my view, then you can vent your anger or frustration in the comments section.  I’m entitled to voice my opinion and since I own this blog, I’ll say exactly what I feel and believe.

The debate of honour killings is still very much alive in this country and no doubt it will be highlighted once again in the coming days.  When this news first broke out in 2003/2004 it was reported that honour killing was mainly ripe in Middle East and Asia and it was understood to claim the lives of 5000 women per year, these are recorded and identified deaths.  As it goes, UK has seen honour killing on many occasions and till date no effective measures have been put in place to prevent honour killings from happening in the future.

Honour killing of a woman is mainly carried out by family or relatives who ‘believe’ she has brought shame on the family.  In my opinion this is really a poor excuse in justifying a horrendous crime.  Shame is really brought on the family when such honour crime is committed, and it’s a shame on the wider extended family and community who fail to recognise this issue and address it, despite it being repeated on many occasions in the UK.

At the same time, I’m keen to underline that patriarchal violence does not belong to any religion and it’s wrong to perceive it to be a problem linked to any particular religion.

Many believe that Asian families are closely linked with one another, forming a close nit community.  This may have been the case 30 to 40 years ago but in the last 20 odd years in my view the truth could not be further apart.  Many families suppressed their internal issues in fear of reprisals from the larger Asian community, who may shut the door and isolate them.  Under such circumstances is when issues get out of control. In my view it’s also true that Asian migrants who arrived into this country and the current generation who have been born and bred in this country simply fail to agree on family values and perception of family respect.  What is important to their parents holds no value to the first and second generation of British Asians, and wise versa.

This is a cancer that’s embedded deep inside the Asian society within the UK.  The fear of bringing shame to the family needs to be assessed.  Having ambitions and aspirations some that are alien to the Asian culture doesn’t necessarily mean they are wrong or bad for the community.  I fear the failure to prevent such crimes in future will be disastrous leading to a gradual Asian Community collapse.

I’m keen to hear your views are on this?

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