Apr 11 2012

“Aa tujhay main gungunana chahta hoon” – Qateel

Posted by Knonie

Apnay honton pay sajana chahta hoon
Aa tujhay main gungunana chahta hoon

Koi aansu teray daaman pay gira kar
Boond ko moti banana chahta hoon

Barh gayi is hadd talak bay-aitamadi
Tujh ko tujh say bhi chhupana chahta hoon

Thak gaya main kartay kartay yaad tujh ko
Ab tujhay main yaad aana chahta hoon

Jo bana baa’is meri nakamion ka
Main ussi k kaam aana chahta hoon

Chhaa raha hai saari basti par andhera
Roshni ko ghar jalana chahta hoon

Phool say paikar tou niklay bay-murrawat
Pathron ko aazmana chahta hoon

Reh gayi thi kuch kami ruswaion main
Phir Qateel uss dar pay jana chahta hoon

– Qateel Shifai

Mar 12 2012

War is not a solution

Posted by Knonie
Winter sunrise, Photo © Knonie.
Dear Cecil:
When I was in an artillery unit in Vietnam, we were told that each shell we fired cost the taxpayers several thousand dollars… We speculated that, considering the great number of rounds we fired, the United States could easily have instead built each Vietnamese a beautiful suburban house complete with swimming pool instead of spending the money trying to kill them. In that way we could have not only won the war but also the hearts and minds of the enemy. So I put it to you: if the cost in dollars of the Vietnam war were divided by the number of Vietnamese, how much could each have been paid to lay down their arms and live peacefully ever after?

— Stephen Wilhelm, New York

Cecil replies:

Best damn question I’ve had in months. Let’s take it step by step.

Estimates of the cost of the Vietnam war vary all over the place, with one analyst putting the figure as high as $900 billion… The Defense Department in the 1970s came up with a much more conservative figure — $140 billion in direct military outlays between 1965 and 1974… However, other estimates of “incremental” costs run anywhere from $112 billion to $155 billion, so we’re probably safe in going with 140.

The combined population of North and South Vietnam in 1969, the midpoint of substantial U.S. involvement, was somewhere around 39 million. That means that over 10 years we spent about $3,600 for every Vietnamese man, woman, and child. Today you could buy most of a Yugo with that kind of money. At first glance, hardly enough reason to abandon a war of national liberation.

But let’s put this in perspective. Per capita annual income in South Vietnam in 1965 by one estimate was $113. At $3,600 per, we could have kept those guys in rice and fish sauce for pretty much the rest of their lives, with color TV and a Barcalounger thrown in. As an added bonus, the country would not have suffered incalculable war damage, and 1.8 million more Vietnamese would not be dead (or at least they would have died other than by being shot, blown up, etc.).

I know, I know: millions for defense but not one cent for bribes. But considering how things actually turned out, maybe we should have given it a try.

— Cecil Adams [January 11, 1991]

[Excerpts taken from: The Straight Dope]

Jan 28 2012

Some lines for the Crazy ones, the Misfits, the Rebels…

Posted by Knonie

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

[This free-verse poem is written by a Chiat/Day; copywriter, Craig Tanimoto, for Apple TV advertisement campaign]

Various personalities appearing in this ad in the order of appearance:

Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon, Buckminster Fuller, J. R. R. Tolkien, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson, Frank Lloyd Wright & Pablo Picasso.

Voice of this version ad was performed by Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple Computers Inc.

Aug 25 2011

Inspirational speech by Steve Jobs [of Apple] at Stanford University, 2005

Posted by Knonie

Today, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, and Pixar, resigned from his position. He’s perhaps the most loved figures in IT industry. His commencement speech at Stanford in 2005 is among my favourites. It tells the story of his struggle and how he lived up with failures and kept going on and on…

Check it out and you won’t regret these 14 minutes…

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005.

MacBook white, ©Knonie

[Full text of Stanford speech can be seen here!]

Aug 16 2011

“These men do not play music, they are music itself” says Jeff Buckley about Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Posted by Knonie
Jeff Buckley, the renowned musician, was a great admirer of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Unfortunately, we lost both of these artists in 1997. Jeff has written the liner notes for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s album “The Supreme Collection, Vol. 1”  released in 1997. That album was released after Jeff’s accidental death and before Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away. The actual text by Jeff follows below which shows how a musician describes Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

“The first time I heard the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was in Harlem, 1990. My roommate and I stood there, blasting it in his room. We were all awash in the thick undulating tide of dark punjabi tabla rhythyms, spiked with synchronized handclaps booming from above and below in hard, perfect time.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - © Ayaz Jokhio
I heard the clarion call of harmoniums dancing the antique melody around like giant, singing wooden spiders. Then all of a sudden, the rising of one, then ten voices hovering over the tonic like a flock of geese ascending into formation across the sky.

Then came the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Part Buddha, part demon, part mad angel… his voice is velvet fire, simply incomparable. Nusrat’s blending of classical improvisations to the art of Qawwali, combined with his out and out daredevil style and his sensitivity, outs him in a category all his own, above all others in his field. Continue reading

Jul 16 2011

How I made a 3D paper model of Hyacinth Macaw [Large Parrot]

Posted by Knonie

Few weeks back when I shared the photos of a 3D paper model of a Hyacinth Macaw on my Facebook page, it was very much appreciated by the friends and other viewers. Some of them even personally contacted me to appreciate it and to find out how I made that.
3D Paper Hyacinth Macaw [parrot]
3D Paper Hyacinth Macaw [parrot]

Some time back, while I was in a “Craft-making” mood, I searched for some 3D paper models to work on. Luckily I found a great resource on Yamaha site of Paper Crafts. They are offering free templates for various kinds of paper models like Yamaha Motorbikes, Animals and other creatures, pop-up cards, etc. They range from simple to complex but you can choose according to your level of skills. You need to print the design on A4 sheets, cut, glue and assemble the parts according to the instructions given on the website.

Happy Crafting! 😉

Mar 12 2011

“Still” by Alanis Morissette– Dedicated to Japan 2011 quake victims

Posted by Knonie

A worst Earthquake hit Japan yesterday, 11th March, 2011, having a magnitude of 8.9 on Richter Scale.

I dedicate this song by Alanis Morissette, and pray that may God bless them all…

Song info:

Title: Still (Acoustic, Vancouver Sessions)
Artist: Alanis Morissette
Album: Download to Donate-Haiti, Music for Relief.

For lyrics, visit this link

Mar 10 2011

Ali Zafar performs Ghalib- A beautiful soft track

Posted by Knonie

Here’s a very famous Urdu ghazal written by Mirza Ghalib:
“Koi umeed bar nahi aati
Koi soorat nazar nahi aati”

This version is sung by the young Pakistani signer Ali Zafar, in a TV show “Dil se”. This track is also included in his latest Album titled “Jhoom”. It is composed by Yousaf Salah Uddin. This version is so soft and easy-listening. I’m sure you’ll love it.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has also performed this Ghazal in his typical Qawwali style, in the same composition.

Mar 9 2011

“Main hosh mein tha tou”- A beautiful ghazal by the one and only Mehdi Hassan

Posted by Knonie

Here’s a very beautiful Ghazal sung by the Ghazal Maestro Mehdi Hassan. Very fine poetry and composition, with a very soft effect…

Main hosh mein tha tou phir uss pe marr gaya kesay
Ye zehr meray lahu mein uttar gaya kesay”



Jan 27 2011

2 classic “Windy” songs from Old Indian and Pakistani Cinema

Posted by Knonie

I’m presenting here two of the classic hits from old Indian and Pakistani Cinema. Lyrics of both of these songs revolve around blowing wind, and thus referring to the “excited” mood of the female character. Believe me, both of them have catchy tunes.

Song Title: Hawa mein Urta jaaye
Movie: Barsaat [1949]
Artist: Lata Mangeshkar
Music Composer: Shankar-Jaikishan

And the second one:

Song Title: Main uddi uddi jaanwaan
Movie: Heer  [1955]
Singer: Munawar Sultana
Music: Safdar Hussain
Lyrics: Hazin Qadri