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Get rid of timestamp in Blogger

If that Date and time in your blog post is unwanted, if your blog is more about content that does revolve around events, if you do not want your blog to be in a diary format with everything centered around time, if you want the blog to be in a Book format, and if your blog is more about articles, them surely getting rid of Time Stamp makes sense.

And here is the simple way to do it:
The basic template for my blog is Minima, but I guess the method would be same for all the other templates.

In Dashboard, goto Edit HTML



Just to be safe, take a full backup of the template first using Download full template option.

Once done, select the option Expand Widget Templates

Now, search for the following line of code


<h2 class='date-header'><data:post.dateHeader/></h2>

and replace( or comment it out) with

<!--<h2 class='date-header'><data:post.dateHeader/></h2> -->

Save and you are done. Now, you have a timeless blog.

5 “Must have” books on Cinema

The History of World Cinema
by David Robinson

David Robinson, a British film critic who first started writing for the much respected Sight and Sound, the journal of the British Film Institute, in the 1950s and later in 1973 went on be the film critic for The Times (London), a post that he held right until 1990. The book, first published in 1973 and updated in subsequent editions, unlike most film histories that tend to be US centric, covers European Cinema, especially Polish and Central European filmmakers. Among the Indian filmmakers, the book covers work of Mrinal Sen and not just Satyajit Ray. Similarly, the book covers not just the three masters of Japanese Cinema - Yasujiro Ozu,Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa, but also other lesser-known artists like Tadashi Imai.

The Contemporary Cinema
by Penelope Houston

Penelope Houston, a British film critic edited Sight & Sound magazine from 1956 to 1990. She also contributed to The Times. Her book The Contemporary Cinema was first pu…

Allegory, Abrams and Hesse

M. H. Abrams, the American literary critic in his A Glossary of Literary Terms says:

“an allegory is a narrative in which the agents and actions, and sometimes the settings as well, are contrived not only to make sense in themselves, but able to signify a second, correlated, order of persons, things, concepts or events. There are two main types:
He further defines two types of allegory:

(1) historical and political allegory, in which the characters and the action represent, or ‘allegorise,’ historical personages and events, eg. Dryden’s Absalom & Achitophel, in which David represents Charles II, Absalom his natural son, the Duke of Monmouth, and the biblical plot allegorises a political crisis in contemporary England.

(2) the allegory of ideas, in which the characters represent abstract concepts and the plot serves to communicate a doctrine or theses.(eg. Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, much of Spenser’s Faerie Queene.)”-0-

Each phenomenon on earth is an allegory, and each allegor…

Talking Tibet: tashi delek

Flag of Tibet
This was originally written as a response to the post Evaluating China’s Role in Tibet written by my friend Aniket.

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The utter failure of the rebel Tibetan army in the 1960s due to lack of popular support. The CIA had trained over 2,000 Tibetan exiles in its facility in Colorado, and parachuted them into Tibet but over 90 per cent of them were captured or killed. It was similar to CIA’s Bay of Pigs misadventure in Cuba but less well known.

I had no idea that it was so little well known that one could compare it with Bay of Pigs.

CIA working closely with Gyalo Thondup, Dalai Lama’s elder brother, trained around three hundred Tibetan rebels on a remote Pacific Island of Saipan, and later at Camp Hale in Rocky Mountains in Colorado. These men, dressed in chubas and equipped with rifles, mortars, hand-cranked Morse radios and cyanide capsules, were parachuted into Tibet by night from US planes. These men were not going in to start as popular rebellion instead they were go…

Forgotten Kashmir: A Collage of Old Photographs

(Click to enlarge)
(Update:
Now may enjoy these photographs of Kashmir in video!
Also you may like to visit my Kashmir blog: Search Kashmir)
‘who has not heard of the vale of Cashmere,
With its roses the brightest that earth ever gave,
Its temples, and grottos, and fountains as clear,
As the love-lighted eyes that hang over their wave.’
— Popular lines from Thomas Moore's poem Lalla Rookh

For a man who never visited Kashmir, Thomas Moore certainly had a clear image of the fabled Kashmir. He saw Kashmir through writings of other writer who had seen Kashmir. A generation later people were to be enticed by the images captured by the photographers traveling through the ‘happy Valley’ Kashmir.

This collage comprises of some of these very images and few of the oldest photographs of Kashmir.

About the Photographs:
Starting from Top Right, the photographs in first row are by Samuel Bourne, who visited Kashmir in 1864.

Kashmir - The Srinagar Bazaar on the Jhelum
Poplar Avenue - Srinagar, Kashm…