Raising standards all the time

“Mr. Mitchell had always been a perfectionist and Mr . McGrath said that he suspected that Mr. Mitchell was raising his standards all the time.  The janitor would find reams of  copy in his wastepaper basket.”

– from Chronicler of the Unsung – Joseph Mitchell by Richard Severo from the book The Last Word

The Last Word
The Last Word – A celebration of unusual lives Edited by Marvin Siegel Foreword by Russel Baker

Well, I guess that’s what everyone should be doing if she wants to excel at whatever her passion be!

Joe Cocker – With a Little Help From Friends

Veecumsees is a theater complex on Mount Road, the present Anna Salai, almost opposite the USIS in Madras the present Chennai.  That theatre complex is supposed to be India’s first multi-theatre complex.  Its not there anymore.  They say Amma pulled it down or acquired it.

Safire, Blue Di (Blue Diamond) and Emerald are the three screens open to the public. Blue Di had a special feature – continuous shows. With Rs2.90 or was it 2.25 (?) ticket you could walk into the theater and watch the shows as many times as you want to until the last show ends at about 12 ot 1 AM.  If you wanted to stretch your legs you could step out into the foyer and enjoy a smoke or a coffee and then go back.  But we are not discussing it here.

Woodstock was a movie, that one had to stand in long ques because there were very few who used to get out of the Blue Di theater. Such was the magic of that 70’s music. Almost every young person those days, who knew pop, rock, acid rock and stuff like that were into it.

Yes, there were many a times we used to bunk classes just to enjoy and sing along. Santana, Jose Feliciano, Joan Beaz et al had the whole world sing along to their tunes.

How many know that Joan Baez’s song “Bangladesh’ was banned in India then?

Woodstock itself was banned. I could get the tapes of Woodstock a few years ago. But now Youtube fills in the gap.

Joe Cocker and their ilk represent an era. It is sad to know that he is no more.

Joe Cocket
Joe Cocker 1944 -2014

Here is Joe Cocker with john Lennon and Paul McCartney’s, “With a Little Help from My Friends.” You can hear him here.

Here are the lyrics:
With a Little Help from My Friends 
What would you do if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
I get high with a little help from my friends
Gonna try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
How do I feel by the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you’re on your own?)

No, I get by with a little help from my friends
I get high with a little help from my friends
Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody? I want somebody to love

Would you believe in a love at first sight?
Yes, I’m certain that it happens all the time
What do you see when you turn out the light?
I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
I get high with a little help from my friends
Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody? I want somebody to love

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

Vivek Murthy becomes America’s Surgeon General, so what?

So what?
How does it help India?
Fine. He is man of Indian origin. Being an Indian and if you are Asian Indian you are proud.

However, I do not understand what all this euphoria is all about?
Every time, someone  of Indian origin, gets into lime light in that land of dreams , the browns in India are euphoric. He’s one of us they claim. Good. But does s/he think s/he is one of yours, is my question to them.

The initial stories, at least this story here doesn’t fill in his back ground.  So we do not know from which part of India he is from and how he is going to help, if at all?

Obama says, Vivek going to take care kids, Ebola and other things but the guys who want guns in that country do not seem to like him!

I think its time the Asian Indians begin to look for our their own stars like perhaps this Nirupama Rao here!