Mining operation threatens Buddhist icons…

September 23, 2012 at 2:34 AMAdministrator

Archaeologists from around the world fight to save a 2,600-year-old Buddhist site, called one of the the most important archaeological discoveries in Asia, from imminent destruction by a Chinese mining company in volatile Logar province, Afghanistan.

Ancient site needs saving not destroying

A Buddhist statue overlooks a Chinese government-owned mining compound in Logar province, Afghanistan. Mes Aynak, a 2,600-year-old Buddhist site, could be destroyed in December to create a massive copper mine.


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Paintings that I created for the play “draupadi” by Lokadharmi

August 27, 2012 at 10:42 AMAdministrator

draupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playdraupadi-playPaintings are 5 feet x 4 feet in dimension on canvas.

Artist: Shobha Menon; created for the play “draupadi”; year: 2012

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my work “Madhavi” is in the show of IAAC’s 2012 traveling art exhibition in USA

August 17, 2012 at 9:22 PMAdministrator

Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora

3rd August - 30th August, 2012
Opening Reception: 5 pm – 9 pm. August 3rd, 2012

Art6, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Curated by Vijay Kumar
IAAC Director of Exhibitions: Tanu Jindal

IAAC 2012

April 30-May 30, 2012
Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the DiasporaErasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora
Bronx Charter School for the Arts, 950 Longfellow Ave, Bronx, NY 10474

March 17 - April 20, 2012
Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the DiasporaErasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora
Crossing Art Queens, 136-17 39th Avenue (at Main Street) Ground Floor Flushing, NY 11354.



IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2012
Venue: Crossing Art Queens
Dates: March 17 - April 20, 2012
136-17 39th Avenue (at Main Street) Ground Floor
Flushing, NY 11354
Opening Reception: Saturday March 17, 2012 3-6 pm

Venue: Bronx Charter School for the Arts
Dates: April 30-May 30, 2012
Location: 950 Longfellow Ave, Bronx, NY 10474
Phone: 718 893 1042
Opening Reception: Tuesday May 1, 2012

Venue: art6
August 3 - 30, 2012.
Location: 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 343-1406
Gallery hours: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment

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Curiosity lands safely on Mars!

August 6, 2012 at 5:23 AMAdministrator

Touchdown! Curiosity lands safely on Mars
NASA's Mars lander Curiosity has landed safely on Mars. After a 253-day voyage punctuated by a dramatic plunge through the Martian atmosphere, the nuclear-powered rover has reported to mission control that it is on the ground and systems are nominal. The landing occurred at 10:31 p.m. U.S. PDT (August 6, 05:31 GMT) plus or minus a minute. The landing site was near the base of Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater, 4.6 degrees south latitude, 137.4 degrees east longitude. This marks the beginning of a two-year mission to seek out places where life may have existed on Mars – or may yet exist today.

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meaning of my name, Shobha

February 8, 2012 at 10:25 AMAdministrator

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: Indian

Meaning & History

Derived from Sanskrit शोभा (shobha) meaning "brilliance".

Devanagari text

Latin text


  1. sh
  2. शो
  3. शोभ
  4. शोभा

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a 36 megapixel mini monster’s arrival announced today in Gizmo world….

February 7, 2012 at 10:20 AMAdministrator

I love cameras… Seeing this news, I felt like mentioning it here …


February 7, 2012;
Digital SLR camera D800/D800E

Nikon Corporation announced its new Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera (Nikon D800) with the world's highest effective pixel count–36.3-million pixels. Nikon D800 is equipped with the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and a 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor for overwhelming definition and image quality.

It has a new 91K-pixel RGB sensor for the more accurate Advanced Scene Recognition System. It also

Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie for movie recording: The D800 records movies exhibiting superior resolution with optimal processing of information acquired from the 36.3-million pixel image sensor. Recording of 1920 x 1080p/30-fps full-HD movies is supported, and users can choose to record using the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format according to recording conditions. The FX-based movie format offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format enables recording of movies that bring subjects closer when lenses with short focal lengths are used. The D800 is also equipped with a headphone jack and supports precise adjustment of microphone sensitivity.

In addition, it supports simultaneous display of movies or the movie live view display in the camera monitor and on an external monitor.

This camera will be a treat for those professionals who demand higher resolution…

The D800 will be available in March for $3000, with the D800E following in April for $3300.

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Shame on Susan Komen Foundation!

February 7, 2012 at 10:07 AMAdministrator

New Komen Foundation policy also refuses funding for embryonic stem cell research


…According to a statement released at around the same time as the Planned Parenthood defunding was being planned, the Komen Foundation will also be denying any funding for cancer research that uses embryonic stem cells.

….Now that the Komen Foundation has made it clear that their cancer research and prevention programs will be trumped by ideological motivations, I can't imagine why anyone wanting to donate money for anti-cancer efforts would not bypass them and give money directly to the groups that actually do that research and prevention.

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Fumbling in the internet darkness…

January 19, 2012 at 12:03 AMAdministrator

Hypocrisy = Anti Online Piracy Legislation

Wikipedia blackout is meant to educate those who don't know about SOPA and PIPA. As much as we internet denizens are plugged in, the vast majority of America likely has no idea what the implications of these bills are. Site blackouts draw attention to the bills from people who otherwise would consider themselves unaffected.

here is a brief note on SOPA and PIPA


The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill, if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Presented to the House Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the PROTECT IP Act.


The PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PIPA), also known as Senate Bill 968 or S. 968, is a proposed law with the stated goal of giving the US government and copyright holders additional tools to curb access to "rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods", especially those registered outside the U.S.The bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that implementation of the bill would cost the federal government $47 million through 2016, to cover enforcement costs and the hiring and training of 22 new special agents and 26 support staff. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill, but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it.
The PROTECT IP Act is a re-write of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which failed to pass in 2010. A similar House version of the bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced on October 26, 2011.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the legislation for January 24, 2012.

Who is behind this….

Under SOPA (introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, R–Tex., in October) and PIPA (by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D–Vt., last May), Congress sought to prevent Internet users from accessing foreign sites with pirated content by having service providers block those sites' domain names. The proposed legislation also threatened to punish any search engine providers, payment network providers and Internet advertising services that continued to support those infringing sites.

SOPA and PIPA's primary supporters are organizations—the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Rupert Murdoch–owned News Corp. among them—that invest heavily in creating movies, television programs and other content that makes its way to the Internet. The legislation's most vocal opponents have included Craigslist, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and Wikipedia—Web-based entities that benefit from this content.

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…dreaming for fresh creative fervor... an year of peace around…

January 1, 2012 at 12:32 AMAdministrator


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New Year Day…

December 31, 2011 at 9:47 PMAdministrator


in Kochi, India



Sunset in Philadelphia…

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