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tung tung da sound bajda…

rural olympics, tractors, folk singers, tractor sounds, bullet thump, and all the sounds under the sun….

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Liberia to be precise…

Liberia has a pretty interesting history. Fun trivia – Liberia is the only other country which follows the imperial unit system like US does. You know - those units which make less sense in rest of the world – gallons, miles, Fahrenheit etc… The reason for this is pretty interesting and a quick glance at their history will put things in perspective. A further glance at their recent history will answer queries on US (ironically) and other countries had imposed sanctions, why an eight of water vessels on earth are registered in Liberia, and why all major natural resource companies (metals, minerals, oils etc.. ) are flocking to this country.

Don’t worry if you didn’t know of any of these (let alone where it is on the map). I found about the country when my friend ‘goan gujju’ decided to take the leap and explore the unchartered. Read his ramblings here - gujjuinliberia.blogspot.com. He has invited suggestions to expand his ‘to-do’ list, so do pour in your African dream over there.

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tung tung da sound bajda…

rural olympics, tractors, folk singers, tractor sounds, bullet thump, and all the sounds under the sun….

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Liberia to be precise…

Liberia has a pretty interesting history. Fun trivia – Liberia is the only other country which follows the imperial unit system like US does. You know - those units which make less sense in rest of the world – gallons, miles, Fahrenheit etc… The reason for this is pretty interesting and a quick glance at their history will put things in perspective. A further glance at their recent history will answer queries on US (ironically) and other countries had imposed sanctions, why an eight of water vessels on earth are registered in Liberia, and why all major natural resource companies (metals, minerals, oils etc.. ) are flocking to this country.

Don’t worry if you didn’t know of any of these (let alone where it is on the map). I found about the country when my friend ‘goan gujju’ decided to take the leap and explore the unchartered. Read his ramblings here - gujjuinliberia.blogspot.com. He has invited suggestions to expand his ‘to-do’ list, so do pour in your African dream over there.

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Boston is a beautiful city, known for its history, culture, food and a lot more… The city throws up many surprises not found in any guides/books. One beautiful surprise is the Glass Harmonica. Invented by benjamin Franklin, the instrument produces melodius music. This adds one more invention to Benjamin Franklin’s list… Is there anything which he did not do??? So, coming back to the Instrument, you might have seen something similar in the movie ‘Ms Congeniality’, where sandra bullock play music out of some wine glasses. The Instrument uses the same concept of rubbing wet fingers over the rim of wine glasses. But the clever Mr. Franklin took those glases, removerd the stem and put them on a spindle.

So if you do happen to visit Boston, head out to harward square or the paul revere house. You might find Vera Myer playing beautiful melodies on the Glass Harmonica. She might even stop you to ask which country you belong too, and chances are she might play your national anthem or a famous folk song. BTW… she like jana, gana, mana…. :)

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Taken at Guggenheim Museum

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Taken at Union Square Park

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Which is the most iconic sketch on Gandhi? Not the Nehru clan - Mahatma Gandhi. Chances are you either remember the sketch on dandi march or the one we used to see on DD. Am still trying to figure who to be credited for the DD sketch - i somehow (read through propreitary internet search technique) found who drew the dandi sketch. In addition to the “gandhi-walking-towards-dandi” sketch, Nandala Bose (or Basu??) was a teacher, principal at Shantiniketan and a wonderful artist. Along with his disciples, he designed the constitution of India (designed - not drafted). Or rather provided illustrations, calligraphy and border art for the constitution of Republic of India. More details on art on the constitution in later posts. But as for now - some of Nandlal’s art:

Nandlal Bose, Artist, 1882 - 1996 

Also Nandalāla Basu

A gifted and lyrical draftsman, Bose was a highly creative and intellectual artist and teacher whose work never remained static. Throughout his long career he explored a variety of styles and diverse mediums that captured his poetic—almost religious—vision of nature.

Nandlal Bose was born in 1882 in Bihar. He studied at the Calcutta Government College of Art under Abanindranath Tagore between 1905-10. He taught at the Indian School of Oriental Art and was principal at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan between 1922-51.

Since 1911, Bose has exhibited in several national and international exhibitions

source; http://www.contemporaryindianart.com/nandlal_bose.htm & http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/322.html?page=2

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Long name, but then artists are not defined by the length of their name. Shri Beohar R Sinha might not be a widely recognized artist, but his art defintely is. Amongst the most prominent places, his art is visible on the constitution of Republic of India.

Hailing from “Hindustan ka dil” - Madhya Pradesh - Jabalpur to be precise. His family had been the zameendars in jabalpur area. His interests revolved around quit india movement, working with gandhi ji. He also drew the famous line sketch of M.K.Gandhi walking towards dandi…

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