Monday, March 14, 2011

Heart of God :Women

Heart of God : on Women's Day -- but thats only an excuse to talk about a good thing.

by Harcharan Bains on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 11:04pm


( At the end: my choice- the Greatest Woman of All Times)

Greatest Books written by female authors: Gone with the Wind: Margret Mitchell: Wuthering Heights: Emile Bronte These two books also have perhaps the strongest male characters in world literature: Rhett Butler and Heathcliff

The greatest woman authors (overall) : Virginia Wolf, George Eliot, Amrita Pritam

Toughies: (politics) Golda Meir, Margret Thatcher, Bandaranaike, Indira Gandhi

History: Queen Elizabeth I, (the originator of the British Empire) , Queen Victoria ( its sustainer), Rani Laxami Bai, Razia

Icons of strength: Draupadi, Joan of Arc, ( and innumerable female icons from Sikh history)

Fatally attractive: Marie Antoinette, Josephine, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra:

Toughies: All three female US Secretaries of State have made a remarkable impact on world scene: Madelaine Albright, Condaliza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Sporting Toughies: Billie Jean King, Martina Navaratilova

Hearts of God: Virgin Mary, Mother Theresa,Meera

Crusaders: Shabana Azmi, Kiran Bedi, Medha Patekar,

Heart of Brightness: Marie Curie

Heart of Compassion: Florence Nightingale

Daugher of Light: Kalpana Chawala

Force behind God’s throne: Every woman

Some Indian ­ Celluloid Icons

The greatest performance ever by any Indian artist, both sexes, on the Indian screen : No prizes for guessing- Waheeda Rehman in Guide – see link-( Close following: Shabana Azmi – Ijazat; Rekha - Umrao Jaan: Samita Patil( Arth) ; Suchitra Sen: Bimal Roy’s Devdas (as Paro with Dilip Kumar): Nargis- well, many may not agree, but I will still go for Raat aur Din, portraying a schizophrenic) Rehana Sultan – Dastak.

Greatest singer on celluloid - Close call between Lata and Asha. ( Personally, Asha is my favourite with her infinite range, from the sensuality of kaare kaare badra ( Mera Nam Joker) Jalta hai badan ( Razia Sultana) Ik to ye bharpoor jawani us pe ye tanhai ( Reshma aur Shera) or Zindagi Itefaaq hai ( Admi or Insaan) Kar le pyar kar le ( Talash) or Paan Khaaye sanyyaan hamaro ( Teesri Kasam) -- the emotional depth of Ab ke baras bhej (Bandini) or Ye kya jagah hai dosto ( Umrao Jaan) or the innocence of Beete din yaad dilate ho (Dharamputar) or the profound depth of Tum ko to karoron saal hue.(Sambandh) ( Well, Geeta Dutt closes in with numbers like Peeya aiso jeeya main ( Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam) or Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo (Pyaasa)

About Lata, well, one could go on and on and on and on ….but on my personal list are sentimental favourites: Saanware saanware ( Anuradha) Ae dil-e-nadaan ( Razia Sultana) Ap ki nazaron ne samjha (Anpadh) Rang dil ki dhadkan bhi laati to hogi (Patang) Tera Mera Pyar Amar ( Asli Naqli) Dheere dheere machal ( Anupma) Wo chup rahein to mere dil ke daag jalte hain (Jahan Ara) Pade barkha puhaar, kare jeeyara pukar (Dooj Ka Chand)

Hamein Kaash tum se mohabbat na hoti/ Pyaar kiya to darna kya (( Mughl-e-Azam) Wo dekho jala ghar kissi ka (Anpadh) Kahin deep jale kahin dil ( film with the same name)

Aap yoon faslon se ( Shankar Hussein) zara si ahat hoti hai to dil .. (Haqeeqat)

( I am leaving out some outstanding names to just roll the discussion)

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