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Six Degrees of Separation: from Whoopi Goldberg to

Whoopi Goldberg 6°

… John Buchan
Goldberg played an unloved, lonely, young girl; leading a life under constant abusive circumstances, first by her father and then by her husband, in the early 20th century; in The Color Purple (1985), which was directed by Steven Spielberg (1), who also directed War Horse (2011), starring Jeremy Irvine (2), who acted in the most recent adaptation of Great Expectations (2012), an acclaimed novel by Charles Dickens (3), whose novel Oliver Twist has been the basis for many a movies, and one of the most famous adaptations happens to be the 1948 release, directed by David Lean (4), who also directed A Passage to India (1984), which starred Peggy Ashcroft (5), who appeared in The 39 Steps (1935), which was based on a novel by John Buchan (6).

… Gary Cooper
Goldberg  starred alongside Stephen Collins (1) in Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), who came in the tragic love story The Promise (1979), which was later adapted into a novel by Danielle Steel (2), a rarity; as generally films are adapted into movies, but seldom are movies a basis for books; and Steel’s 1988 novel Zoya; a story about a Russian heiress who had to flee from her country,  during the 1917 Russian Revolution; was adapted into a television film, Zoya (1995), in which the titular character was played by Melissa Gilbert (3) who, as a child artiste, acted in the television series Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983), where Michael Landon (4) played her father, and Landon started his career with a bit role in These Wilder Years (1956), starring Barbara Stanwyck (5), who starred alongside Gary Cooper (6) in Ball of Fire (1941).

… Peter Ustinov  
Goldberg  recently was seen as a guest star in quite a few episodes of the musical television comedy series, Glee (2012 – till now), which starred the late Corey Monteith (1) who died three months ago, aged 31, of a drug overdose, and Monteith appeared in Monte Carlo (2011) in which French actor Pierre Boulanger (2) had a small role, and Boulanger, as a childe artiste, starred opposite the legendary Omar Sharif (3) in Monsieur Ibrahim et Les Fleurs du Coran (2003), and Sharif starred in the psychological drama, The Appointment (1969); where he played a man suspecting his wife to be a high-class prostitute; which was directed by Sidney Lumet (4), as was, Murder on the Orient Express (1974), which was based on a mystery novel by Agatha Christie (5), as was Death on the Nile (1978), where the lead sleuth was played by British Born actor; with Russian, German, French, Italian and Ethiopian, aristocratic, roots; Peter Ustinov (6).

Whoopi Goldberg Six Degree connections°
… Romain Duris
Goldberg  played a comical psychic in Ghost (1990), where the ghost was played by Patrick Swayze (1), who starred in The Outsiders (1983), directed by Francis Ford Coppola (2), whose most noteworthy directorial venture happens to be The Godfather trilogy (1972, 1974 & 1990), and in the first Godfather film, Marlon Brando (3) starred as ‘The Godfather’, and in the same year, Brando was seen in the very controversial, Last Tango in Paris (1972), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (4), who directed French actor Louis Garrel (5) in The Dreamers (2003), and Garrel played brother to Romain Duris (6) in Dans Paris (2006).

…Daniel Radcliffe
Goldberg  played ‘God’ in A Little Bit of Heaven (2011), which starred Mexican actor, Gael García Bernal (1), who played Che Guevara (2) in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004); a movie set before Guevara became a rebel; directed by Walter Salles (3), who directed On The Road (2012); a movie on the post WWII, Beat Generation, of the 40’s & 50’s; where actor Tom Sturridge (4) played famed poet Allen Ginsberg (5), who was portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe (6), in Kill Your Darlings (2013).

… Scott Baio  
Goldberg  played the lead in Steven Spielberg’s (1) The Color Purple (1985), and Spielberg directed Schindler’s List (1993); the real life story, of how one German Businessman, managed to save 1,100 Jewish lives during, the second world war, from being gassed at the ‘Auschwitz’ concentration camp; starring Ben Kinsley (2), who previously starred in the bio-pic, Gandhi (1982); another real life account of a modern day saint, this time set during India’s Freedom struggle, towards the end of the British Raj, in the early 20th century, where an Indian lawyer revolts against British oppression through his philosophy of non-violence; which co-starred Ian Charleson (3), who also came in Chariots of Fire (1981); a film about two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics; which also had Brad Davis (4), one of whose best work was in the film, Midnight Express (1978), directed by Alan Parker (5); which too was based on a true story; and Parker directed the bio-pic, Bugsy Malone (1976); the real life gangster story with an all child cast playing adult characters; where the titular character was played by Scott Baio (6).

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Modern India: 66 years old
Congratulations India for beginning it’s 67th year of Independence; for all their great achievements, and for constantly moving forward, overcoming many a obstacles on the way. Nehru’s dream lives on.

Indian Map and Flag

India is beautiful country, geographically shaped like a woman in Saree; an Indian garment of about six yards that’s draped around a woman’s body; with her left hand stretched out. And coincidences do not end there, as the head shaped continent of Jammu & Kashmir, somewhat resembles the head of India’s first (and only) female head of the country, the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (second longest serving Prime Minister of India); daughter of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

‘At the midnight hour…’
On the 15th of August, 1947, Mother India woke up to a new Independent India. In my freshman year at Delhi University (back in 1996), I studied Nehru’s speech.
What an inspiring piece of literature it was. He speaks of the necessary amendments he made to flag. For example, he changed the middle insignia of the flag, from Mahatma Gandhi’s famous loom, to the Dharma Chakra, so that the country would constantly move forward. And it has always moved forward economically and industrially. Poverty is something impossible to eradicate in such a massive third world country, with an equally massive population. Yet the country has achieved a lot, despite it.
He explained why he didn’t have roaring lions, or any other emblems of royalty, depicted in the flag. Mainly because he didn’t want the country to be stuck in the dark ages. He wanted the country to be a democracy. Added to which he wanted the flag to blend in with the flags from rest of world, hoping to have an international appeal.
Nehru, a Cambridge University graduate, loved his country, but did not believe in a fake sense of Patriotism, nor false pride.
Couple of years and five months after the country achieved Independence, India became a Republic, on 26th January 1950. (See my post on India’s Republic Day from 26th January 2013)

New Delhi
The capital of India. A beautiful concrete city, where the best places of the city are up to grade with the standards of a first world country. Education standards are high. The medium of the language taught in majority of schools are in English, with students only having to study Hindi (India’s national language) in Hindi. That way they can understand both their national language as well as the worlds international language. Most School Uniforms, if any, tend to be shirt and trouser for both genders (Be it the Indian Shirt and Trouser or western), thus not differentiating between the two sexes, and it’s a more practical uniform. It’s rarely in schools/convents that they have a skirt or frock as a uniform for girls.
JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and DU (University of Delhi) are two of the most acclaimed Universities of the country, based in New Delhi; which houses a lot of International students (mainly from Asia and Africa).

Nuwan Sen’s  Historical Sense

News Flash: Baroness Thatcher (Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), died yesterday afternoon in London, after suffering a stroke. In accordance with her wishes, Thatcher will not receive a state funeral, but will be honoured with a church service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where she will be accorded military honours.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher


Baroness Thatcher, was the first (and only) lady Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the third in the world. She was a very bold tough lady who was scared of no man, a feminist in her own right. India had Indira Gandhi, a bold feminist Prime Minister in the 70’s & early 80’s, and UK had Thatcher throughout the 80’s. She was the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the previous century. A Soviet journalist once referred to her as the Iron Lady, and instead of letting it affect her negatively she took it as a compliment instead. I do not have a deep insight into politics, especially of another country; but from her personality wise, I think she was great leader, and had what it takes to head a country.

Meryl Streep, portrayed Thatcher in the film appropriately titled The Iron Lady (2011). I was lucky enough to view this great bio-pic, last year in New Delhi. Besides being an American, Streep manages to do justice to the role of the very British Thatcher; for which she ended up deservedly bagging the Best Actress Oscar last year. I wrote a critique on this classy and sophisticatedly well executed moving picture, under the list titled, Oscar Winners … and then some 2012 (press on the link), on IMDB.   

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