Thursday, 26 February 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
A R Rahman performing at the Oscars
In all the revelry and jubilation my city has something
The story of an Indian girl born with a cleft lip has won the Oscar award in the short documentary feature category.
Smile Pinki tells the story of eight-year-old Pinki's journey from being a social outcast in her village to her acceptance by society.
The 39-minute film, made by American director Megan Mylan, was one of four short documentaries nominated for the Academy Awards.
Campaigners say it is a big boost for children born needing cleft surgery.
Ms Mylan thanked Pinki in her acceptance speech at the award ceremony in Hollywood.
"Thank you Pinki. Thank you for letting me tell your incredible story," she said.
Pinki, for her part, had fallen asleep before the award was announced.
"Pinki was in the hall, but was asleep by then, it was quite late," plastic surgeon Dr Subodh Kumar Singh told the BBC from Los Angeles.
Pinki smiles at Oscars
Dr Singh performed the corrective surgery on Pinki in 2007 which transformed her life.
"Before the awards, she was very good on the red carpet and posed for pictures with the rest of the team. But she got tired and fell asleep," he said.
Dr Singh described Smile Pinki's victory as "fabulous".
"The Oscar is the biggest news for cleft children. It will bring awareness about the problem and help the cause of four million children worldwide who are born with cleft," he said.
Meanwhile, celebrations have begun in Pinki's village Rampur Dhavaia in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Pinki's mother Shimla Devi, uncle Mithai Lal Sonkar and other relatives watched the Oscar ceremony live on the only television set in the village at the home of a retired government official.
"The news has been received with much joy," Mithai Lal Sonkar told the BBC.
"The villagers marched in a huge procession, there were 500 to 600 people, there was drum beating and the crowds chanted 'Bharat mata ki jai' [Long live Mother India]."
"The head of the village council has brought sweets and Pinki's mother has gone to the Shiva temple for thanksgiving."
The award has been welcomed by campaigners
He said the villagers had organised two days of prayers at the Shiva temple to pray for Pinki's victory.
Born with a cleft lip in an impoverished family, Pinki spent the first few years of her life in abject misery.
Before the surgery, Pinki was shunned and teased by the children in her village.
"Everyone called me hothkati [the girl with the torn lip]," Pinki told the BBC earlier in February.
"I would feel very bad. I would feel hurt and get very angry. Sometimes I would abuse them. Now no one calls me a hothkati. They all call me Pinki," she said.
But post-Oscar, Pinki is a big star.
"We are all waiting for her to return from LA, then we will have real celebrations," her uncle said.
The award has also been welcomed by campaigners.
"Most people are unaware that cleft can be corrected and that too, totally free," Satish Kalra, South Asia director of global cleft charity Smile Train, told the BBC.
"This Oscar will create tremendous awareness about cleft, how it can be fixed, how a child will look post surgery. And even if 1% of the four million cleft patients go for surgery after this film, it will mean 40,000 people.
"Can you imagine any other Oscar which has transformed the lives of so many people? I am absolutely delighted by the award," he said.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
I wore this last week .
This is a woolen dress.
Last week was cold so I could wear it.
Since the past 2 days its become pretty warm.
I turned this rose into oil painting on Photoscape
recommended by my friend Monsoon Dreams
who is an excellent photographer.
I lost my Internet Connection for an entire day but got it restored by evening. Started tutoring Simran again from today.
She will be having her annual exams from March 2nd.
She 's only in Grade 2 but has a lot of work
to do. The Indian school system is hard on kids.
Last week the church got a hefty electricity bill.
We don 't have the means to pay it yet.
Please pray for God 's provision.
He is the same yesterday today and forever.
We have left it in His hands.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Power Point display
Together with soul food
Stories of such heroes of faith
Saturday, 21 February 2009
David of Sugarloaf Mountain
mentioned the phrase
'Who let the dogs out ' on his blog.
There is a song by that title too.
I think it means
Who caused the trouble?
Googling the phrase revealed
various analysis .
What do you think the phrase
'Who let the dogs out ' means ?
Well don 't take it too seriously.
Friday, 20 February 2009
Do you see such old fashioned scales in the West?
One has to be careful they can trick you.
Some of these men have faulty scales with holes in them
and incorrect weights.
The book of Proverbs in the Bible talks about it.
Mama usually keeps the paper money to use for her garden
purchases (seeds etc.) This time after a brief contemplation
she said,"Do you think we can get Domino's Pizzas with this paper money?"
Domino's opened last year in our city.We 've not sampled its fare as friends have told us that' s its very expensive. The cheapest pizza is about $4.I could make pizzas for 4 people with that much.
Anyway ,I told Mummy to keep her money -
sometimes we can splurge.
My dear Mother is watching
She sometimes does that.
Keeps her 76 years young !
The excitement it generates
is equal to
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
There was preaching of the Word, worship
The meeting lasted two and a half hours longer than expected.
Sitting on the hard un-padded bench I felt sorry for these
mothers with infants.
This little girl right next to me fell asleep on her mom 's knee.
And when she got hungry, mom covered herself with her sari and nursed her! The kids were so quiet and patient. it seemed older people
like me were wriggling in their seats.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Ash with Divine during Christmas . Today is Divine 's birthday. He is 5.
Mahima snapped this photo of Ash and Mackenzie
during an unrefereed wrestling match.The red in Canadian flag shows so I can include this photo.
If you enlarge the photo by clicking on it you
can see clearly see a blanket crocheted by Anju and Mama.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Please pray for Prem.
Friday, 13 February 2009
This is a video from a Hindi movie called Jodha Akbar
Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a political marriage of convenience that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, (Muslim) and a Rajput (Hindu) princess, Jodhaa.
The song sequence takes one into the charming world of a Mughal Palace
Thursday, 12 February 2009
My adopted sister Sonia 's birthday.
Here she is with her husband and 7 year old son Abner.
It is also my younger sister Namrita 's son
-Mishael 's birthday. Mishael is 12 years.
I don 't have a photo to post.
I have asked Namrita to send me a photo.
She has Internet on her Sony Erickson cell phone and not on her computer. They are both busy working people and parents.
Namrita is a laborious home-maker.
She says she does not have time for the Internet.
So she 's got it on her phone.
She also does not want her boys to be distracted
by the www while they are at their studies.
Tomorrow is my late father 's birthday.
This is an old photo of us on holiday in Kashmir.
I am the one in the front and sister Anju is at the back.
We were enjoying the snow on a glacier in June.
Namrita wanted to see photos of my other sister 's family
in Canada, so I am posting them here.
Niece and nephew, Mahima and Ash
Ash, home from College, carting wood into the house
This photo was taken last April when the
snow was melting in New Brunswick.
Anju is wearing a shawl from India.
It has tiny mirrors sewn into it.
Mahima, Anju and Prem with a friend 's dog.
Brother and sister at Christmas