An awesome Tamil song with amazing tune and english substitle… love this song so much..
Courtesy from thestar online..
An aerial view of Hulu Langat where Malaysian landmarks including the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers observed a “lights off” hour from 8.30pm in conjunction with 2009 Earth Day.
Sub-editors at The Star Publications working in the dark during 2009 Earth Hour.
Menara Star in Petaling Jaya observed a ‘lights-off’ hour in conjunction with 2009 Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Residents of Perumahan Polis Desa Tasek swtiching off their lights in conjunction with Earth Hour celebrations.
Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Motion Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk.”
Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”
Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Foreign Film: “Departures,” Japan.
Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk.”
Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E.”
Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight.”
Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman.
Original Song: “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.
Costume: “The Duchess.”
Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire.”
Documentary (short subject): “Smile Pinki.”
Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes.”
Live Action Short Film: “Spielzeugland (Toyland).”
Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
The Nominees of the 81st Annual Academy Awards
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader
Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Taraji Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Feature
Kung Fu Panda
With his toothy smile, oversized ears and cropped black hair, Indonesian Ilham Anas is cashing in as a lookalike of US president Barack Obama.
The photographer is already a celebrity in Obama’s former hometown of Jakarta but his fame looks set to reach new heights abroad after the first black US president’s inauguration.
“I will take all the opportunities that come my way, as long as they don’t violate ethical codes and my personal values,” Anas told AFP. A
Filipino drug company has cast Anas in a commercial showing him dressed as Obama visiting the Philippines, and he has also received marketing offers from Indonesian and South Korean companies.
The lanky 34-year-old from West Java made an appearance on Indonesia’s premier talk show “Bukan Empat Mata” (“Not Four Eyes”) on Tuesday to coincide with Obama’s inauguration in Washington.
Anas’ brother was the first person to notice the similarity, but it was his co-workers at a local teen magazine who first asked him to pose with a suit, tie and American flag.
Soon they were taking photos and sending them to their friends: the word was out.
“I’m actually a shy person, I don’t like being put in the spotlight,” Anas said, adding however that looking like Obama was good for his confidence.
“I see my resemblance to Obama as a blessing: I used to look at the mirror and I had a negative perception of myself.
” But he said he would not like to become an official body-double for Obama.
“I don’t want to get shot,” he explained.
The real Obama went to school in Jakarta in the late 1960s, when his schoolmates knew him as Barry.
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight;
Just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.
Should you find yourself stuck in traffic; don’t despair.
There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work;
Think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend;
Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for -15.00 to feed her family.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance;
Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking “what is my purpose”;
Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse. You could be them!!!
Should you decide to send this to a friend;
You might brighten someone’s day!
The Tamil festival of Thai Pongal is a thanks giving ceremony in which the farmers celebrate the event to thank the spirits of nature spirit, the Sun and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest. The rest of the people celebrate the festival to pay their thanks to the farmers for the production of food. Overall, it is a festival to encourage social cohesiveness and unite people by bringing them together in a common function. There are many songs about Thai Pongal and there is much Tamil literature about it.
Customs & Celebrations
Thai Pongal generally includes customs & celebrations that are the expression of jubilation over life’s renewal. On Thai Pongal, the family begins the day early. Every member of the family gets up early in the morning, bathes, puts on new clothes and gathers in the front of the garden (muttram) to cook the traditional Pongal (rice pudding). The front garden is pre-prepared for this ceremonious cooking. A flat square pitch is made and decorated with kolam drawings, and it is exposed to the direct sun light. A fire wood hearth will be set up using three bricks. The cooking begins by putting a clay pot with water on the hearth.
A senior member of the family conduct the cooking and the rest of the family dutifully assists him or her or watches the event. When the water has boiled the rice is put into the pot – after a member the family ceremoniously puts three handful of rice in first. The other ingredients of this special dish are chakkarai (brown cane sugar) or katkandu (sugar candy), milk (cow’s milk or coconut milk), roasted green gram (payaru), raisins, cashew nuts and few pods of cardamom.
When the meal is ready it is first put on a banana leaf and the family pray for few minutes to thank the nature sprit, the sun and farmers.
Then the meal (Pongal) is served with fruits (banana and mango) among the family. Later it will be shared with neighbors, friends and relatives. Although every household makes the food, sharing each others ‘Pongal’ is the one of the important features of the event. Some Hindu scholars believe that the rice is ceremoniously cooked on the Thai Pongal day because of its importance as a potent symbol of auspiciousness and fertility. The evenings are spent attending cultural events or visiting relatives and friends.
The day of the Thai Pongal is devoted to thanksgiving to cattle. The farmers pay great attention to the animals which have ploughed the fields and drawn the carts throughout the year. To show his gratitude for this invaluable service the animals are bathed, their horns are painted in red, blue, yellow and green. Their foreheads are smeared with turmeric and kumkum. Their necks are adorned with colorful garlands. Pooja is offered to them and Pongal is given in plenty. This is called Mattu Pongal.
Meaning & Significance
Thai Pongal is an occasion for family re-unions and get-together. Old enmities, personal animosities and rivalries are forgotten. Estrangements are healed and reconciliation effected.
Indeed, Thai Pongal is a festival of freedom, peace, unity and compassion crystallized in the last hymn on unity in the Indian spiritual text the Rig Veda. Thus, love and peace are the central theme of Thai Pongal.