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Laila Main Laila: Amazing Videography

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This is amazing two and a half minutes of video. This song has been done so well from so many different angles.
Obviously this is the famous Qurbani song. Bollywood was "revealing" even back then. In fact Arab belly dancing goes back hundreds of years.
I chanced upon this video yesterday and watched it so many times. The day before that I watched the Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya video numerous times.
The song is beautifully done. Sunny Leone is an apt pick. The crowd reminded me of the Jumma Chumma song, but this actually is done better, because in the Jumma Chumma song the crowd is like wallpaper, Amitabh so dominates.
King Khan has managed to strike just the right balance. There is no mistaking who the song revolves around. But the crowd appears to be very much part of the action. Har Koi Chahe Mujhse part comes alive on the screen.
Sunny has done a fabulous job. I just watched her on the Kapil Sharma Show yesterday on YouTube. Look at the camera work. In the very beginni…

Modi's BHIM App Is Tectonic

PM Narendra Modi launches Aadhaar based mobile payment app called BHIMThis is the most monumental step India has taken to date over my entire lifetime. India has done a trailblazing super job of taking the biometric ID to all Indians. This has to be done for every human. India should similarly get every business venture in the country registered, no matter how small. Make it digital, easy, fast and announce no taxation for businesses up to a certain size in annual revenue. Perhaps no taxation upto a million rupees in profits. This registration will open the doors for credit. Small businesses can take loans and create jobs. This is the most important sector of the economy.

Justin Trudeau's Enlightened Attitude To Syrian Refugees

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child TransformsWhat they gave us, a brother wouldn’t even give to his own brother,” Mr. Mohammad said.Assad’s Lesson From Aleppo: Force Works, With Few Consequences

नोट, बेनामी प्रॉपर्टी और सोना

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मोदी ने ऐसा कदम लिया जिसे जब बिल गेट्स माइक्रोसॉफ्ट चलाते थे तो कहते थे Bet The Company Move, यानि कि सारे के सारे कंपनी को दांव पर लगा दिया। मोदी के कदम से या तो वो २०१९ का चुनाव पुरे सफाया ही हो जाते या नहीं तो विपक्षी का पुरा सफाया। Demonetization सफल हुइ तो ममता केजरी सब का पत्ता साफ। नीतिश तो मैदान से निकल ही गए कि हम मुख्य मंत्री ही ठीक हैं।

केन्या कौन सा जर्मनी है। वहाँ तो डिजिटल पैसा बहुत पहले से चलता आ रहा है। M-Pesa बोलते हैं। नोटबंदी एक सुनहरा मौका है। पैसा digitization करने का।

मोदी ने बोल दिया अगला कदम है बेनामी प्रॉपर्टी। नहीं बोला होता तो demonetization फ्लॉप।

उसके बाद है सोना। काला धन से बड़ी समस्या है सफ़ेद सोना। लोग सोना रखते क्युं है। जितना बाहर विदेश से FDI आएगा उससे कई ज्यादा गुना पैसा तो देश के भितर है। सोना। भारत अभी भी सोने की चिड़िया है। सोना को पैसा बनाओ और बैंक में रखो। तो फिर देखो तरक्की।

१२ लाख करोड़ पैसा लोगो ने बैंक में रखा। अब ये अर्थतंत्र के काम आएगी।

नगद और सोना। यानि कि पुंजी की कमी।

दुनिया का सबसे पॉपुलर पॉलिटिशियन ने बहुत बड़ा कदम लिया। This shows he i…

Priyanka Chopra, Racism, Sexism, America, India

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Binge watching Quantico is on my to do list. I binge watched Kevin Spacey and Amitabh Bachchan, and it was a great experience. I also have binge watched the show 24. It is my impression Quantico is along the lines of 24. But Priyanka Chopra is all over the media. I have noticed for months now. She is on the cover of magazines. There are videos of her making appearances on American TV all over YouTube. She was the most googled after Leonardo DiCaprio at the last Oscars. That is a powerful metric. What you have to note there is that Priyanka met Leo while she is on the way up and Leo is on the way down. Dwayne Johnson is the top paid actor in Hollywood? Not for long if Priyanka has her way.

She is a first. No Hollywood actor has ever eased into Bollywood. No Bollywood actor has ever eased into Hollywood like she has. The world is her oyster. Pun intended. For her mother seems to suggest PC is all into oysters. There are pictures on her Instagram of her ordering oysters in many parts o…

The Indian Trinity In America

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@satyanadella@sundarpichai and @priyankachopra the Indian trinity in America — Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) December 2, 2016



Microsoft now has the tools to make the Surface Pro the ultimate mobile computer https://t.co/k93a3uXgJ7 — Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) December 8, 2016@satyanadella@sundarpichai and @priyankachopra the Indian trinity in America https://t.co/fvLOeVc8yg— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) December 8, 2016

Done Right Demonetisation Will Prove Early Election

If the execution of the decision goes well it will be like Modi won the 2019 election before it was even held, with his opponents like Mamata and Kejri utterly vanquished. It has been a big, bold move. It had to be done at some point if the Indian rupee was ever going to become a credible global currency, like the dollar, euro, yen. 12 lakh crores have been deposited into the banks. That is massive. Gold is another major drag. And it is cultural. That is so much capital sucked out of the economy. As for the anti corruption drive I am sure Modi knows this can only be the first step. Benaami property has to be one of his New Year resolutions. T N Sheshan cleaned up elections in India. Modi is out to show corruption can be controlled across India. Anti corruption moves are indispensable to robust economic growth rates. Done right this will catapult India to double digit growth rates early next decade. The biggest concern of course is the cash crunch. I have noticed Ambani is giving three…

Modi's Demonetisation: Differing Opinions

India's demonetisation: 'Modi didn't think of the poor'In a strong editorial, the Economist said Modi's "perceived need for secrecy (to take cash-hoarders by surprise) fed into the innate sense he has of his own infallibility and his misplaced faith in his technocratic skills."Kaushik Basu, a former chief economist at the World Bank, said in an op-ed in the New York Times that demonetisation was likely to cause the economy to nosedive. "Demonetization may have been well-intentioned, but it was a major mistake," Basu wrote. "The government should reverse it."Assessing the impact of demonetisation four weeks later, TNNinan, the editor of the Business Standard, wrote that Modi's move "at this stage looks like a bad idea, badly executed on the basis of some half-baked notions."