I watched the first half of this excellent movie, Joseph, thanks to my daughter who virtually forced me to watch this with her, it’s one of her favourite films. The film ‘Joseph’ is an old classic based on the Biblical story of Joseph from the Old Testament. Ben Kingsley and Paul Mercurio play the main lead roles. Ben Kingsley is brilliant as ever. Paul Mercurio looks very cute. The depiction is so real that you can actually picture their Nomadic way of life. We should thank our stars that we weren’t born in those difficult times. There are few things that I realised haven’t really changed since then-
The cruel treatment of the prisoners in Pharaoh’s prison- Is Abu Ghraib or Guantenamo Bay better?
The conniving women (Potiphar’s wife)- in our daily soaps women play the same role.
Joseph’s father Jacob loves his younger wife more than the older one and favours the children born to his younger wife (Joseph and Benjamin). The elder one’s are jealous- It would be the same today I guess. In the story the reason they give for favouring Rachel’s children, is the righteousness of Joseph. Benjamin is the son of his old age.
Nobody questioned the head of the tribe, Jacob, for marrying twice. He is an old man and his second wife is a beautiful young lady. People in power get away with so many things even these days. Clinton got away with the” Monica” affair. In the Middle East most of the monarchs have more than one wife even now.
Anyway, the first half was excellent. My daughter and I are going to watch the second half now. Expect it to be just as good.
Sunil Gavaskar’s comments on Greg Chappell that after ruining Indian cricket he’s on his way to ruin the Aussie team as well (since he’s taking over the coach position with the ACB now) sounds like personal vendetta. It doesn’t suit Gavaskar to say such things. He even added that Ireland would be able to beat Australia with Chappell as their guide. We have always respected Sunil Gavaskar for his straightforward comments but after Chappell has already left, this comment seems totally uncalled for. Chappell isn’t the only one to blame for India’s dismal performance at the World Cup. The Selectors need to hear some of it, too.
An advocate was admiring his new Rolls Royce with the door open. A truck passed by and took the open door with it. The advocate yelled “oh! my new Rolls Royce!!!!” A passer-by stopped, “oh dear where’s your hand??”
The lawyer looked at his missing arm and screamed, “MY ROLEX!!!!”
Finally the inevitable happened. The not-so-talented Sanjaya was voted out. American Idol won’t lose its charm, as Simon stays on. This is proved that votes were not polled by Indian call centres. After Shilpa Shetty won Big Brother the common impression was, if you are an Indian talent doesn’t matter South Asians vote for you. The best singer should win. Race, religion or geography should not decide the winner. We all love good music and that should be the only criteria.
Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are apreciated all over the world. Nationality doesn’t matter. Music transcends boundaries.
I read the following a few years back-
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns to have justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.
I wish all parents could follow this.
This picture was sent by my daughter when I was trying to learn Indian classical music.
“Congrats. Your son has got admission at Virginia Tech University! What a proud moment for you.”
“Thanks. It was God’s grace that he got through.”
“It must be expensive.”
“Yes, we have applied for loan and once he completes his studies, he can repay it.”
“The USA is very far away, won’t he miss his mother’s cooking?”
“You have to make sacrifices if you want to achieve anything in life. We have taught him basic Indian cooking, he says he will manage. He is not a very fussy eater anyway. He wants to take me to Niagra Falls. I haven’t ever travelled abroad, he wants to fulfill my dreams. No son could love his parents more. I will miss him a lot, but three years is not a very long period.”
— ONE YEAR LATER —
“Any news from Virginia?”
“Yes, He is doing well. He says he will join his Dad’s business once he comes back.”
“You are very lucky, most children don’t want to come back.”
— ANOTHER YEAR PASSES —
“Oh dear. 33 people killed in a shoot-out in Virginia. Have you received any news from your son?”
“Not yet. They say they can’t trace him.”
“Oh no that’s terrible.”
“That mad man murdered him. Where did we go wrong? He was an innocent boy… So were the others… I don’t want to live. I can’t live without my child… There so many killings everyday all over the world. I have never felt the pain before. Somebody please stop this madness…”