The Saawan So Far:
In Hindi, as it is in other Indian languages, they are simply the Nairutya Marut
, the Winds from the South West. "Bursting" every year at about June for the last sixty million years, the Monsoons
are the pre-eminent weather formation for the lands south of the Himalayas; over a period of three months, they travel
all over the sub-continent in a north-easterly direction. They are India's meteorological tryst with destiny; as a past Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor once said
, "If it rains everything is well on earth and cordial in heaven[...] I am once again hostage to monsoon;[...i]f it rains, the monetary policy works. [...] I want you to realise that all of us are 'Chasing the Monsoon'"
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The Pakistani Sufi-Rock band Junoon
have released their new English single "No More" which remembers the innocent victims of 9/11 and terrorism everywhere. Penned by Polar Livine of Polarity 1
and Salman Ahmad of Junoon
the song can be heard/downloaded at the Junoon Website
along with they lyrics.
They might not be household names in the US but they are big in the subcontinent and elsewhere. They have appeared on US media many times including NPR
took a deeper look in their role in presenting another face of Pakistan.
Together Salman Ahmed, Brian'o'Connell
, and Ali Azmat
have relentlessly called for peace between India & Pakistan
and raised enough controversy domestically to be banned by several "Democratic" governments in Pakistan.