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Sepultura Live in India: One Metal Act, Three Cities

Posted by fifthdimension on October 30, 2007

Loyalists of Max and Igor might regret the absence of Cavelra Brothers, but for the average metal head, Sepultura’s XXI concert in New Delhi, India was one hell of a show. However, I’m surprised with the audience response in India’s capital city. Unlike other jam-packed Sep concerts, the concert venue gave the appearance of a run-of-the-mill local show. Not more than 2000 rivet heads turned up!!     

But those who did were the lucky ones to savor every classic and new track laid bare. After an amateurish and sluggish performance by local opening band Metakix, the demi-gods were received with thundering applause throughout the concert venue. 

Derrick Green did his job quite well, although I dearly missed the Man- yes, Max Cavelra. I’m excited about their Shillong concert. Shillong just beat Kansas City to enter the Guiness Book of Records for the largest ensemble of guitarists in the world when 1730 guitar players came together to play “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” as a tribute to Bob Dylan. Earlier, it was the KYYS in Mission, Kansas City, which brought together 1683 guitarists who played Deppe Purples epic “Smoke on the Water” in 1994.

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US Honor to Dalai Lama Adds to China’s Woes!

Posted by fifthdimension on October 17, 2007

Finally, the US-China bilateral relationship is headed for a snafu. As the US prepares to honor Tibetan Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal, the situation has turned quite amusing, especially in wake of China’s reaction to the US senate’s decision.

For China, Dalai Lama is a fugitive. But the US decision to honor him with such a Top Civilian award has made things clear that US is not going to buy China’s verdict on the Dalai Lama. Did the US congress ever listen to anyone? I have serious doubts!

Whatever it may be, this is a gross intrusion into China’s internal affairs. Honoring the Dalai Lama is to support the Tibetan struggle for “real autonomy”.  But again, the Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader,  as Mr. Bush sees him. Meanwhile, we know that Mr. Bush wears some strange glasses that casts images of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction in the deserts of Iraq.  I wonder if he’s wearing the same!

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Am I Ever Gonna Buy Lipstick For My Girlfriend?

Posted by fifthdimension on October 12, 2007

Am I ever I gonna buy lipstick for my girlfriend? No way! Because “lipsticks” are synonymous with “leadsticks”, I wont buy her one again even if she keeps insisting.

During a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a U.S. consumer rights group found one third of the lipsticks they tested contained lead above the  US Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit. The samples that tested negative include popular brands like Cover Girl, L’Oreal and Christian Dior!

So, what’s the hoopla about lead? Researchers associate lead to learning, language and behavioral problems such as reduced academic performance and increased aggression. Increased aggression! That’s another reason.  Lead is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and young children as it has been linked to infertility and miscarriage.

Wouldja buy me a lipstick, honey? Always say NEVER! 

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Gandhism, Non-violence, Peace and Stuff

Posted by fifthdimension on October 3, 2007

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Churchill may frown upon him as the half naked fakir,  but I’m convinced that what Gandhi showed to the world decades ago can only be achieved by the brave. There have been the likes of Che Guevera and Fidel Castro, whose claim to greatness is unquestionable, but taking on the mighty empire with empty hands, i.e.  the dictum of non-violence, is something which is lacking in the present world order. 

Lasting world peace can only be achieved by following the golden principles of the Mahatma. It was 2nd October yesterday, the birthday anniversary of Gandhi. This post is not just a reverence to this great figure, but a reaffirmation of my faith in non-violence- the only road to a free world. 

“Put all your knowledge, learning and scholarship in one scale and truth and purity in the other and the latter will be far outweighing the other.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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