Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thank you for Tom and Jerry

I read the sad news today that Joseph Barbera, who was co-creater of famous cartoon series of Tom and Jerry, has died. Thank you Mr Barbera for giving me and my children many moments of unbridled joy. May your soul rest in peace.

Mr Barbera also created Yogi Bear, The Flintstone, Top Cat and Scooby Doo comic characters.

It is a wonderful pleasure to watch Tom and Jerry anytime, any day. I particularly like the expressions of Tom.

When I had recently purchased Sony Ericsson K750i mobile phone, I had mentioned to my childrens that it can also play video clips. The first ever demand from my daughter, who is 10, was that she want to watch Tom and Jerry on my mobile. Luckily I got few clips of Tom and Jerry and with the help of one of my dear friend, converted the clips so that they can be played on my mobile. Now she watches at least one clip every day and keep pestering me for new video clips.

I was overjoyed to see that YouTube has many video clips of Tom and Jerry. One such clip, Tom in Love, is given below.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Remains of the Year

Dear Reader: the blog you are reading completes one year of its existence today. Thank you, thank you for your best wishes. Do partake of a slice of cake.

It was on December 19 last year, that this blog came into existence as Here, There and Everywhere. Obviously I am a The Beatles fan, and the name was inspired by a famous song of The Beatles. Later on, I renamed it as Anything Goes, which is a name of P.G. Wodehouse play. I liked the name, and it is stuck since then.

This blog owes its existence to a post about demolitions of allegedly illegal buildings in Ulhasnagar, the city where I was born and still live. It was written by Kusum Rohra. And inspired by her posts and her Blog, I thought I will have a blog of my own. Thank you Kusum, for writing the inspirational post, and for maintaining a wonderful blog.

Well, I had written over 250 posts in the past year. I consider this and this as my best posts. I wish I had written more such posts.

When I began blogging a year ago, I thought I would put my thoughts, for whatever they are worth, on my blog. But due to time constraint, as I blog from office, I am getting less time nowadays for blogging. Many good thoughts about post come when I am commuting to and from office and by the time I reach office, these supposedly bright ideas vanish into thin air. Many interesting things keep happening around the world and also to me, but some time they do not make it to this blog.

I do hope ... now wait a minute, I read very recently that `hope has little to do with reason', but I hope anyway that my second year of blogging will be better, than my first. And I do hope to file an equally boring post, same day, next year!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Burning train and crazy mob

The Hindustan Times reports: Protests by various Dalit organisations to condemn the Kanpur statue desecration took an ugly turn in Ulhasnagar on Thursday with agitators in Ulhasnagar setting ablaze the Mumbai-bound Deccan Queen and two compartments of a Karjat local, despite the presence of the local police and the Government Railway Police (GRP).

The picture above is of Decccan Queen which was brunt.

It is really crazy. The protests after a shocking and condemnable happening are sometime more shocking and shameful. Yesterday it was one of such day. I was at office and was unaware of happenings at street just near my home. I came to know about events of stone-pelting, auto-rickshaw burning and shouting mobs from my neighbourers after I reached home. The watchman of the apartment building which I live, was beaten up by a mob of 15-20 persons. Poor man. He got beaten up for no fault of his. I find following quotes about mob apt about people's mentality in a mob:
Mob law is the most forcible expression of an abnormal public opinion; it shows that society is rotten to the core. --- Timothy Thomas Fortune
There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions to an individual, but permitted to a mob. --- Ayn Rand