Thursday, December 28, 2017

"THE NEW YORK TIMES"





                                                                           

                                                                        








LOVE READING "THE NEW YORK TIMES"......
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I found this NewSome Journalists covering  tspaper giving something that I get from " THE HINDU " back home in India  .

During my walk sessions , Almost daily ,  i move  past the Corporate Head office of the Newspaper  located on 8th avenue in Manhattan just opposite the Port Authority Main Bus Stand .  At our residence, i keep waiting for  the newspaper right from 6.30 A.M.  The vendor drops it at 7.30 AM outside our Apartment door. By that time, i have already opened the door twice or thrice to look for the  Newspaper .   For me , The appetite for knowledge , News and communication is larger than the appetite for food. Must have it before Breakfast or at the most at breakfast time. I need to  read it from page one  to last page  along with all its supplements .

 The  Daily issue of the Newspaper is sold for $2.50 . Saturday and Sunday issues cost $6.20 . Daily issue has a separate 4 page Art segment, 16 page Business segment , 4 page science Times and 24 page main newspaper with so many advertisements. Saturday and Sunday editions are a treat.Annual subscription of the Newspaper is $910. I enjoy reading "The NYT."


  
 The coverage of any current topic gives you a fairly good and almost 360 degree view of the issues involved. You are left to form your own opinion / view. That quality is convincingly discernable. 

Some Journalists covering the    investigative stories  for  the News paper appear  highly professional and act like  whistle blowers for common good..



Founded in 1851, The New York Times Company is headed by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. . He is publisher Cum Chairman . The Sulzberger family has acquired about 90% shares of the company. There are separate Editors for News, Business and Editorial sections. Currently Dean Baquet happens to be Executive Editor News .The Company also publishes "Times Book Review" and " Large Print Weekly " Separately which can be bought on annual subscription of $156 and $98.80 respectively.

I am informed that after the arrival of internet, the sales of Newspaper declined. For some time , like other major Newspapers , NYT also faced financial issues due to drop down in sales.
Currently about 6 lakhs copies of the Newspaper are sold on daily basis while about 11 lakh copies are sold on Sundays. On Digital front, the circulation of the Newspaper has crossed 22 lakh copies per day.
 
I end this mini post with sutra 202 in Sanskrit and its meaning in English as explained by Sri B K Chaturvedi in his book "CHANKYA SUTRAS"

Bandhanaani khalu santi Bahooni
Premarajjukritabandhanmannyat..
Daarubhedanipunoapi shandanghrirniskriyo
Bharati pankaj koshe..


" There are many Bondages but that of love is entirely different.The black bee, which penetrates through even wood, gets inertly enclosed in the folds of a lotus flower"

(Autar Mota)


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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN MANHATTAN NEW YORK


                                                                                  






MADISON SQUARE GARDEN MANHATTAN NEW YORK.

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 The complex located on 34th Street and 8th avenue in Midtown  Manhattan is linked with so many great events one being Boxing fights of Cassius Clay or Muhammad Ali. His eight fights at this world famous Arena including his epic 1971 greatest fight ( that came t too be known as Fight of the century) against another legend Joe Frazier was witnessed live by thousands of Ali fans over here.
Ali won the 1971 fight to be crowned as the greatest fighter of all time. This arena or Madison Square Garden got linked with Legendary Ali since then. I am informed that Fans of Ali would throng nearby Hotel" Wyndham New Yorker " where the boxer always stayed. The Hotel as well as Madison Square Garden are located on 8th Avenue. 
                                                                              




Over four million passionate sports and entertainment fans visit this place each year. "The World's Most Famous Arena" and The Theatre at Madison Square Garden occupy nearly 1,000,000 square feet in Toto. famous Ice Hockey team known as "New York Rangers" continue to play their major events over here.

Shortly named as MSG, Madison square Garden is a multipurpose Indoor arena in Manhattan New York. On September 2014, Prime Minister Modi also addressed perhaps the biggest ever gathering of Indians residing in America over here.
I am informed that Elvis Presley performed at this venue in 1972. And then Elton John and John Lennon performed together at this venue in 1974. At the old MSG Venue , in 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang" Happy Birth day President" .
                                                                             


Penn( Pennsylvania) station platforms are just below ( underground ) MSG. And Penn station is presently under extensive renovation.
                                                                              



In 1988, Michael Jackson performed his biggest ever event over here. Beatles too have performed at this venue.

(Autar Mota)





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KASHMIR PAINTED BY YESHWANT SHIRWADKAR (A WELL KNOWN ARTIST FROM MUMBAI )

                               






KASHMIR  PAINTED BY  YESHWANT   SHIRWADKAR  (A   WELL   KNOWN   ARTIST   FROM  MUMBAI   )

Yeshwant Shirwadkar  ( Born 1951 ) is a Mumbai based Artist . He belongs to the impressionistic  school  of Art. He  uses Oil on canvas  and  Palette  knife to create some realistic  landscapes .

I am highly impressed by his Varanasi  Ghat paintings wherein he captures  not only  the  architectural  Grandeur of old buildings along the river but also  life and activities    along   Ganga Ghats .

Yeshwant Shirwadkar is  widely  traveled man both within the country and abroad.  . His work is sold  at  Sotheby`s and Christie`s auctions .

His Kashmir series is amazing ; I add five   paintings from this series .


( Autar Mota )


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Monday, December 25, 2017

FROM THE DECK OF A FERRY CRUISING ALONG RIVER HUDSON NEW YORK







                                                                          


                    
LOOKING TOGETHER IN THE SAME DIRECTION. LEAVING BEHIND THE WORLDLY NOISE AND LOOKING AHEAD TOWARDS SERENITY...ON THE DECK OF A FERRY CRUISING ALONG RIVER HUDSON...


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  I add lines from a Popular  song Composed By poet   Majrooh Sultanpuri for Hindi Movie  " SAATHI "    ..


"Tu hi to mera neel gagan hai
Pyaar se roshan aankh uthaaye
Aur ghata ke roop mein tu hai
Kandhay pe meray sar ko jhukaiaye
Mujh pe latey bhikhraaye
...Mera pyaar bhi tu ,
...ye bahar bhi tu hai
......Tu hi nazro mein jaan-e -tamanna
.......Tu hi nazaaron mein...."


(Autar Mota)

           
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AND FINALLY THEY GET MARRIED.....VIRAT KOHLI AND ANUSHKA SHARMA..

                     

AND FINALLY THEY  GET MARRIED.....VIRAT KOHLI  AND  ANUSHKA SHARMA..



I add lines from a Popular  song Composed By poet   Majrooh Sultanpuri for Hindi Movie  " SAATHI " 


"Manzil meray  dil ki waheen hai
saayaa jahaan dildaar hai teraa
Parbat parbat teri baahein
Gulshan gulshan pyaar hai teraa
Mehkay hai aanchal meraa..
 .............Mera Pyaar Bhi Tu hai
             Ye bahaar Bhi Tu Hai
           Tu Hi Nazron Mein Jaan e Tamanna
          Tu Hi Nazaaron Mein  "

Best wishes to this young and graceful couple for a happy and blissful married life. They are  bubbling with Life's enthusiasm and Positivity  and doing the best in their  respective fields ; He in cricket and she in acting. May it continue. May these  Smiles continue to bind them here after and ever.

(Autar Mota)


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A PAINTING OF A R CHUGTAI AND A COUPLET OF GHALIB

                                   

  

" A page from Murraqa e  Ghalib .."


A Painting by Abdur Rehman Chugtai..


"Boo e gul naala-e-dil doodh e charāġh-e-mehfil
jo teri bazm se niklā so pareshaan  niklā.."

(Ghalib)

My simple English rendering would be......................


"The fragrance of a  flower,
The  Lament of a heart
And the smoke from the Candle
Lit at the  assembly  ,
Anything that moved out from your chamber ,
Felt troubled and dispersed."

(Autar Mota}  

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TULIP GARDEN OF KASHMIR AND A POETIC COUPLET

                           

THE TULIP GARDEN OF KASHMIR..

I am adding a couplet of Moin Ahsan Jazbi....

Sarv o saman Bhi Mauj e naseem e Sehar Bhi Hai ,
Aey Gul Teray Chaman Mein Koyee chashme tar bhi hai...................... ..

In English I would say....

(  You have the Cypress and the Jasmine and  the wafting morning Breeze as well,
 O Flower ! Look around carefully ,  There sits a person with moist eyes in your garden  .)

(Autar Mota)

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A VISIT TO WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK( MANHATTAN ) NEW YORK


                                                                              


































A FROM 5 PM to 8 PM inside Washington Square Park West 4th Street Downtown Manhattan.
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This park is located in downtown Manhattan on West 4th Street close to New York University . Infact you find so many Departments of NYU close and around the Park. Very well connected by subway Metro Network from all sides,the park is frequented by tourists, University students and Public in general. A beautiful fountain in the centre and a massive arch type marble gate resembling India Gate( at New Delhi) impresses you. A white Marble statue of George Washington is also installed near the entrance.
This 9.75 acres park is dedicated to George Washington ( 1732-1799) the first President of USA . The park was inaugurated in 1827 .
Inside the Park, I also found the statue of Italian Nationalist leader Garibaldi.
The park was a meeting place of workers, labour union leaders and Bohemian Artists .
I found the park always full of Performers, Acrobats, Musicians, Tourists, students , street smart magicians, Tarot card Readers , Balloon sellers , Soap bubble makers and semi skilled Japanese or Korean Portrait Artists.
" Take Picture . Anything will be good. 50 cents , one Dollar or five Dollars. . God , Lord will give you thousand times " declarers the notice board near the soap bubbles maker. He creates bubbles using a stick and sop solution and then throws up the bubbles. The bubbles fly and then fall to the ground. Children run after them and try to catch them .Watchful parents are happy with the game being played by children. 

The young acrobats ask you to clap as they cry:

" we gonna show special entertainment. Come this way guys." All shows in this park end at seeking some money from onlookers.

  I end this post with  a couplet of Mirza Ghalib..

"Banaa kar faqeeron ka Hum Bheis Ghalib           
Tamashaa e Ahl e Karam Dekhte hain.."

"In a begger's guise Ghalib
I see the drama of the generous .."
( Autar Mota)


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