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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Three Cheers for Cheerleaders!

First it was Shatrughan Sinha, then Mumbai police chief and now BJP in Kolkatta against cheerleaders. What they call as scantily dressed dancers are, in fact, the finest of sports-women, who have gone through very tough organized routines made from elements of some tumbling, dance, jumps and stunting to direct the events spectators to cheer sports teams at games and matches. Some have even lost lives during their training. Cheerleading has now attained the status of a global sport with estimated 1.5 million participants in the United States alone and over 100,000 scattered around the rest of the world in countries including Australia, China, Japan and Europe. Cheerleading is all about having a positive and supportive attitude and enthusiasm, apart from a tremendous amount of physical aspect to it. So please, Mr. Sinha, BJP activists and the like of them, get enlightened on the subject and instead of condemning them, say Three Cheers to Cheerleaders.


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