Monadarling’s Blog

Uncertain nights, fear filled nights, terrorized nights…………. in the beautiful snow covered valley of Kashmir – that’s ‘Curfewed Night’ by Basharat Peer Peer was born in Kashmir and continued his education in Aligarh far away from his strife ridden birth place. He then moved on to Columbia University to study journalism. Peer started his career as a reporter at Rediff and Tehelka and is currently based in New York as Assistant Editor at Foreign Affairs ‘Curfewed Night’ is a brilliant book that essays the plight of Kashmiris in the serene valley. Who is to blame for the plight of these innocent peace loving people?, the governments of India and Pakistan?, the Army that mans the borders?, the terrorist who have no scruples? – there is no answer to these questions, neither in reality or in Peer’s ‘Curfewed Night’.

What hits every Indian or world citizens, for that matter, is the plight of innocent people, be it Mubeena, who was gang raped by army personnel on the day of her marriage or Rasheda, Ansar & Hussein who were tortured by the army or the thousand others who suffered at the hands of the Indian Army, the Pakistani militants and separatist groups like the Huriyat. Where is the respite for these beautiful people of Kashmir? The reader’s hearts go out to them. The book also talks about the impressionable youth to whom gun –trotting terrorists are demi-gods.

Is there light at the end of the valley, will someone sit up and set things right? Basharat Peer has no answer – neither does anyone. Do read the book, for every reader’s prayer may be heard by someone who can make a difference!

‘Curfewed Nights’ has won the Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2008, in the English Non-Fiction category. Hats off to Basharat for touching a touchy subject!!!!!


Katrina Kaif is certainly the hot flavor of the season. This gal has temperatures soaring in the upcoming winter months with her latest fabulous flat abs and her lean look in the hot number ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ from the forth coming Farah Khan flick Tees Maar Khan.

Just after the music launch of the film on a running train, director Farah Khan had an amazing beach party for the cast and crew of the flick where the two top stars of the movieTees Maar Khan – Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar were happily gyrating to the number which has the nation going crazy – ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’. Katrina looked amazingly hot in a golden top and a wine red skirt which beautifully highlighted her thin and slim hips to fall gracefully to her toes.

The party was held in the popular Juhu beach in the city of Mumbai, which is the ultimate city of dreams and the land of films and film stars.

Katrina Kaif has indeed traversed the path to success with Akshay Kumar being one of the major factors in helping her to get there, of course along with the hunk Salman Khan, who has been a constant source of inspiration and strength for Kat ever since she had her foot set in right after her entry into B-town.

Katrina Kaif has proved that it is not only her looks but also her dedication to her art and her career that has got her this coveted position in the industry.

Her matter of fact statements and her not so indulgent attitude which was quite refreshing for the audiences to see has also been a factor in making her the heart throb of thousands of fans. Well let’s hope ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ rocks the nation during the festive season!

-Sampurn Media

The Ranbir Kapoor – Deepika Padukone love story does not seem to reach its end anytime soon in the future. Leggy lass Deepika may have vented her anger sitting on Karan Johar’s couch and subsequently changed relationships among many within the Bollywood fraternity, but Ranbir Kapoor is unfazed. And if his attitude towards Deepika Padukone is anything to go by, the Kapoor lad is also in the mood of reconciliation!

Though this may sound unbelievable, Ranbir Kapoor was reportedly spotted in front of Deepika Padukone’s building on several occasions following the popular ‘Koffee With Karan’ spat. Reports in the media claim that Ranbir Kapoor was photographed in front of the Cozy Home Apartments building where Deepika Padukone puts up in Mumbai in the late hours of the night. According to these reports, Ranbir Kapoor could be seen repeatedly calling up Deepika Padukone and urging the security guard of the building to allow him to enter his ex girlfriend’s home. However, the guard on duty could not do so because according to a rule of the Cozy Home Apartments, anybody is not allowed to enter without the permission from the owners!

So did Ranbir Kapoor move away a loser? Not at all, in true filmy style, the Kapoor boy stood adamant in front of Deepika Padukone’s house constantly ringing her to receive access. A source who was present in the area when the incident took place at around 12.45 am in the night has said in a statement to the media that he overheard Ranbir Kapoor pleading to Deepika Padukone to let him enter her home so that he may be able to explain his situation. Well, we are not really sure what he had to explain considering that he has already spoilt his image by admitting that he really cheated on former girlfriend Deepika during his chat on ‘Koffee With Karan’.

Last heard, Deepika Padukone did let him enter when he refused to stop creating a fuss but not after more than half an hour of public drama. Did they kiss and make up inside? Watch this space for more!

-Sampurn Media

Kiran Rao is promoting her maiden directorial venture Dhobi Ghat by writing postcards. In her latest postcard, she mentions her journey in the city of Mumbai and how it inspired her to make DHOBI GHAT.

She writes, ‘I came to Mumbai 12 years ago, moved house 7 times, worked on 8 films, found love, and am seeing my dreams come true. I guess it’s the magic of Mumbai – my muse, my home, and the reason I made this film called ‘Dhobi Ghat’…

It’s a film about four people and the city of Mumbai – four ordinary yet special people, whose lives intersect and become forever altered as they journey through longing, loneliness, loss and love…

And in many ways it’s as much as film about me, the people I’ve met, and the life I’ve lived in this crazy city!

To Mumbai!’

-Sampurn Media

-by Suba Subramanium

‘A Child´s Hope Fund’s mission is to ease children’s suffering and is in the forefront of a rapidly growing global health care phenomenon. It is registered with IPCAN (International Palliative Care Network), an international network within the World Palliative Care Alliance. The network’s goal is to “ensure that the voices of children and young people with life-threatening conditions are heard, respected and acknowledged as part of the wider hospice and palliative care movement world-wide”.

‘A Child´s Hope Fund’ helps fight pediatric cancer, diabetes and hunger through medical and food programs, health education and emotional and spiritual support for children in nine countries endangered by disease, poverty, war and natural disaster.

‘A Child´s Hope Fund’ provides aid to the poor and oppressed, and at the same time strengthens local charities, hospitals and churches to meet current needs and develop long-term solutions to problems.

Between 2005-2008, ‘A Child´s Hope Fund’ shipped more than $17 million worth of vital medicine, medical equipment and supplies to medical professionals serving impoverished communities all over the world, in countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, the Philippines, and Panama. A special emphasis was placed on fighting AIDS and cancer, strengthening prenatal care, and reducing infant deaths.

‘A Child´s Hope Fund’ beneficiaries are mainly children and their families. The Organization works through local groups which are able to give a high level of personal care and attention. It helps children who suffer from hunger and malnutrition, and those who are devastated by other serious illnesses, including cancer, diabetes and HIV-AIDS. The Organization also gives resources to help local efforts to promote health safety and awareness. For almost 20 years, ‘A Child´s Hope Fund’s main partner for the delivery of locally needed health, nutritional and educational supplies has been the Naga-based Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (popularly known as MOPSIS) a religious order very much in the heart and model of Mother Theresa’s work in India. Founded by Mother Joan Claire Chin Loi in Jamaica, the order is dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. MOPSIS works closely with other local organization to distribute hundreds of tons of relief and development supplies every year from donated warehouse space.

If you want to bring a smile on the troubled faces of the innocent, lend a helping hand- please go to the donation page “You Can Help” and help with your donation!


Serengeti Migration is nothing less than the greatest animal show on earth. The migrating wild animals blanket the African landscape as far as the eye can see. A spectacle worth watching!

The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for this world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – imagine, nothing less than 1.5 million animals are on the move, from the vast Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara.
1.4 million Wildebeests and 200,000 zebras and gazelles, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass. There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeest’s journey. Its life is an endless pilgrimage, a constant search for food and water. The only beginning is at the moment of birth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year – usually between late January and mid-March.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem. It also embraces the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.
Migrating animals spend more time in the Serengeti National Park than in the Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Conservation Area during their annual circular journey.
The migration is as old as the history of mankind. For many millenniums the wildebeest followed the rains and used the Serengeti ecosystem with its grasslands to its advantage.

Let us trace this annual phenomenon – just to know what god intended and why.
To start with, let us see what the wildebeest, unique to this region looks like…………… to say the least it looks a little clownish, and according to an African legend, it was put together by God using left over spare parts, but one must accept the animal is superbly fit for its migratory lifestyle.

Now for the year round pilgrimage – the wildebeest also known as gnu spend the rainy season from December to June in the volcanic open plains below the Ngorongoro Crater. It is here that the calves are born. When the monsoon rains stop in June, the plains dry out and the wildebeest move west towards Lake Victoria in search of pasture and rains. Following the rainfalls the migration moves on to the north, into the Masai Mara. With the onset of the monsoon rains in December the wildebeest move back into the lush Serengeti plains. And the journey beings once again.

The five best safari destinations are…………………………….

Serengeti (Tanzania & Kenya)
Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
Kruger (South Africa)
Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Masai Mara (Kenya)
Anyone who has seen two million animals on the move has been touched by the magic of the place. It’s it time you felt the magic?


Serengeti Migration is nothing less than the greatest animal show on earth. The migrating wild animals blanket the African landscape as far as the eye can see. A spectacle worth watching!

The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for this world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – imagine, nothing less than 1.5 million animals are on the move, from the vast Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara.
1.4 million Wildebeests and 200,000 zebras and gazelles, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass. There is no real beginning or end to a wildebeest’s journey. Its life is an endless pilgrimage, a constant search for food and water. The only beginning is at the moment of birth. An estimated 400,000 wildebeest calves are born during a six week period early each year – usually between late January and mid-March.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem. It also embraces the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania.
Migrating animals spend more time in the Serengeti National Park than in the Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Conservation Area during their annual circular journey.

The migration is as old as the history of mankind. For many millenniums the wildebeest followed the rains and used the Serengeti ecosystem with its grasslands to its advantage.

Let us trace this annual phenomenon – just to know what god intended and why.
To start with, let us see what the wildebeest, unique to this region looks like…………… to say the least it looks a little clownish, and according to an African legend, it was put together by God using left over spare parts, but one must accept the animal is superbly fit for its migratory lifestyle.

Now for the year round pilgrimage – the wildebeest also known as gnu spend the rainy season from December to June in the volcanic open plains below the Ngorongoro Crater. It is here that the calves are born. When the monsoon rains stop in June, the plains dry out and the wildebeest move west towards Lake Victoria in search of pasture and rains. Following the rainfalls the migration moves on to the north, into the Masai Mara. With the onset of the monsoon rains in December the wildebeest move back into the lush Serengeti plains. And the journey beings once again.

The five best safari destinations are…………………………….

Serengeti (Tanzania & Kenya)
Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
Kruger (South Africa)
Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Masai Mara (Kenya)
Anyone who has seen two million animals on the move has been touched by the magic of the place. It’s it time you felt the magic?