One of Those Days

i hate ‘one of those days’ and i hate when it happens on a monday, so god is in one of his perverse pleasure moods today and i feel like asking ‘why does it always rain on me’…. i had to drag my kinetic for a km, to the mechanic, because the damn thing wouldnt start!! and ergo, i got to the office half an hour late, just on the day my COO had come all the way from Washington to see his India office..grrr, fortunately that hasnt had too many ramifications….and i got a mail from those indiatimes guys that there is a monsoon discount, and one of the books i had been looking for was available at 25% off…now normally, that would make me a happy man, but not when i had bought it one week back!!saw the reloaded version of the matrix (the sixth according to the architect), and liked it, it wasnt loaded with philosophy as many people claimed it to be….the idea that caught me was the one the Oracle said …..that its more to do with why we make certain choices than the choices itself..that made me think a lot…but this one takes the cake…hehe…
“Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.””…quadruple quotes coz its so loaded…lots of people are back …..michelle, simon, welcome back guys!!and now for
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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.


Thats the feeling i have on Fridays, 2 days of doing a lot of lil nothings….have to come for a couple of hours tomorrow, but thats fine …Most probably will buy a cd tomorrow, so more music….I was thinking of the term ‘whistleblowers’… thats people who blow the whistle on their organisations when there is a malpractice of some sort….then i got to wondering about the different terms that have sprung up these days, corporate terminology of course, butstill .. isnt ethics all about being fair, and whistleblowing, just being honest… there was a time when people were honest by default, now they have terms for people who become honest, after being around dishonesty for long periods of time….whats next??
hey, for people who love those sexy videos on tv, if u want them to keep playing, have your say here!! heres a god fwd i got – “when does skin meet skin, hair meet hair, and balls disappear?”…the answer is ‘when you blink’ 😉 and thats it for this week, people, have a great weekend, but not before you read
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Alcohol doesn’t solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.

Faith….Have Some?

Theres a nice article on rediff by rajeev srinivasan, well, nice is a subjective view, and i think, very debatable….have you noticed how lots of pro-hindutva articles are popping up on rediff..hmmmmmit seems a lot of ‘historians’ are claiming now that since ‘ram’ is more of myth than reality, (we have no archaeological proof) why should his birthplace have any significance? But most of religion is based on faith, right?If anyone is in a charity mood, read this article. The concept is simple but effective.Cant bring myself to write more, so will share a good fwd with you guys…
Between 18 and 20 a woman is like Africa, half discovered, half wild, naturally beautiful with fertile deltas.Between 21 and 30 a woman is like America, well developed and open to trade especially for someone with cash.Between 31 and 35 she is like India, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.Between 36 and 40 a woman is like France. Gently aging but still a warm and a desirable place to visit.Between 41 and 50 she is like Yugoslavia, lost the war haunted by past mistakes. Massive reconstruction is now necessary.Between 51 and 60, she is like Russia, very wide and borders ! are unpatrolled. The frigid climate keeps people away.Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Mongolia, with a glorious and all conquering past but alas, no future.After 70, they become Afghanistan. Most everyone knows where it is, but no one wants to go there.
Between 15 and 70 a man is like Iraq – ruled by a dick!!!
and now a lil manuscrypts trivia
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a “thresh hold.”

Half Way Through

Its wednesday and we are half way through the working week……i like wednesdays, they are like the top of the hill, ur next steps are all going to be downwards to the weekend…..i got an interesting phrase from the book i am reading, “cultural commuter”…i think the best way to explain it would be the older gen and mayb some new gen indians living in america…..they have an american kind of lifestyle in their professional life by day…in terms of their interaction with people etc..and at night, when they are back at home, they listen to indian music, have indian food, and talk in their mother tongue etc….nice terminology, huh?? rough day today too, so am too tired to write anymore, so will go to
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in the 1500’sHouses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all thedogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.Hence the saying “dirt poor.”

if life were an execution software, thats the button i would like to press now….its been such a tiring day and too full of happenings…. the only good thing that happened was a good fwd i got, so i am gonna paste it here and get the hell out of here….btw , i started reading the book i got yesterday, seems to be good, but 5 pages out of 314 dont tell the entire story, No i am not a slow reader, there were 14 pages of intro..hehe, anyways heres the good fwd i promised….
It was the first day at a school in America and a new student named Ramesh Reddy, the son of an Indian restaurateur, entered the fourth grade.The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history. Who said “Give me Liberty, or give me Death?”She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Ramesh Reddy, who had his hand up.”Patrick Henry, 1775.””Very good! Who said ‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth'”?Again, no response except from the young Indian : “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”,said Reddy.The teacher snapped at the class, “Class, you should be ashamed. Reddy, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.”She heard a loud whisper: “Screw the Mexicans.” assuming Reddy was a Mexican.”Who said that?” the teacher demanded.Reddy put his hand up. “Jim Bowie, 1836.”At that point, a student in the back said, “I’m gonna puke.”The teacher glares and asks “All right! Now, who said that?”Again, Reddy says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”Now furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”Reddy jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the teacher, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!”Now with almost a mob hysteria someone said, “You little ****. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.”Reddy frantically yells at the top of his voice, “Gary Condit to Chandra Levy 2001.”The teacher fainted. And as the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, “Oh ****, we’re in BIG trouble!”Reddy said, “Saddam Hussein 2003.”and now for more info on life in 1500’s, here is
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Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children-last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

Raw Hatred

i had to express my feelings about monday mornings, hence the title…another lil quote comes to mind, forgot where i heard it, ” i love mornings, but i wish they came later in the day”….was an okay weekend, went shopping , there was a sale at ‘weekender’,and saw ‘little nicky’ on star…. loved the movie; anybody, any ideas where i can get the soundtrack….it rocks… plus, the special appearance by ozzie was cool….. adam sandler has given a wonderful performance, total timepass movie…
Registered on an online scrabble site, easy interface, but, if in India,connectivity is a lil issue….i have finally got the book i ordered on rediff…”india Unbound” by Gurcharan Das, will intro you guys to it in tomorrow’s post…Have included a new lil thingie down below, on the right, its a deathclock, check it out, but i claim no responsibility for feelings of euphoria, desperation, depression etc…hehe
i read patrix’ blog today, check it out, its worth a read….i liked the hinduism post, so am including a line on hindutva, which i think i picked up from ‘the return of the aryans’, had written down a lot of stuff from that book, will have to trace it now… its written by bhagwan s gidwani, the same guy who scripted the tv serial “the sword of tipu sultan”…..nyways this is what it says abt hindutva “Hinduism is a law of life, not a dogma, its aim is not to create a creed, but a character; and its goal is to achieve perfection through varied spiritual knowledge which rejects nothing and yet refines everything through continuous testing…..”
from today on, i am gonna post interesting facts about the times in 1500’s in
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Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Life etc……

Not very sure, what i should write about, but first things first, i have to thank Mr.Saltwater Blues, coz he sparked a nostalgic wave in me, about goa, so was looking at some old stuff, and suddenly rediscovered a lot of things that i thought were thanks buddy!!I think , i will debate a lil more on my post a couple of days back, coz i got some good response from sapna. ..what i still would like to ask is that, was human nature always so “yeh dil maange more”? i think it has been an acquisition of the last 3-4 generations.. and havent the machines intended to make life easier for us, made life too easy, to the point that we become self reliant isolated beings,with no social interaction till we drain ourselves out? Reminds me of an old saying about life “forget the potholes, enjoy the journey”, arent we more of trying to acquire stuff that will fix the potholes now, rather than enjoying the journey?thats enough food for thought, have a great weekend people, and have a great vacation, michelle, you, you lucky thing!! 😉 before i go, this one’s for babita, something that mark twain said about India “the sole country under the sun, that is endowed with imperishable interest, the one land all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined” Cheers India!!and for anyone anywhere with that unexplainable ache in the heart
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i hear the countless voices of the human heart
Flying unseen,From the dim past to the dim unblossomed future.
Hear, within my own breast,the fluttering of the homeless bird, which,
In company with countless others,
Flies day and night,Through light and darkness,
From shore to shore unknown.
The void of the universe is resounding with the music of wings:
‘Not here, not here, somewhere far beyond.’
Rabindranath Tagore, A Flight of Swans
Check this out….go to google, type “weapons of mass destruction”, and hit the “I am feeling lucky” button (instead of search)Now, READ THE ERROR MESSAGES VERY CAREFULLY and hey, congrats Andy (the wonder years), u r on rediffblogs mainpage..woohooo

Goan Rhapsody

First up, I have changed my music list,chucked out some old faves in the list, and list only current and hot… its way too similar to Saltwater Blues. (check out his site, its definitely worth your time)..He is from Goa, and so is Michelle!! thats where i was for a couple of years, when i was doing my MBA..its all what they say in the ads and more, the place, that is…hehe….The lifestyle is so so cool, they refuse to be hustled and bustled and enjoy life….thats what i love most about the place, and the beaches, and the time i spent there with new found friends….i did get a lil culture shock in the beginning, but that wasnt coz of Goa,but coz of the crowd in my institute, i wasnt used to any culture outside Kerala’s….i guess what bonded me to Goa was that it was so similar in appearance and climate to my homestate….and the view from my window, that of the mandovi flowing lazily….its been almost 2 years since i left goa, but i still miss it so badly….soon as i can get the cash and the time, at one place and time :-), i’ll b there….i miss the beaches, i miss the ferry rides, i miss the mandovi, i miss the movies at ashok and samrat in panjim, the late night rides to Dona Paula, and most of all, i miss my life there….Not in the mood for any serious talk today, i am feeling too nostalgic,will go home early and look at old albums…
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“I am not a complete idiot, some parts are missing” – Navin, a guy on one of my egroups

War against the machines

Nope, this is not about arnie’s latest exploits…just thought i will give hinduism a break for a day and return to what i was shooting mymouth off, a couple of days back…I got a couple of notes from michelle and sapna, both forced me to think again, but….. Sapna says that if i am born with a silver spoon, i cant live without it, and its not that bad…true, i cant go lower, but arent i always trying to get a gold or platinum spoon, and at the end of the accumulation mania, isnt what is left a hollow feeling…my question, can we ever teach ourselves to be content?? michelle is right in saying that if it leaves her happy, y shdnt she be having a cell, a player and other consumer goodies, my answer is the same as before, then why are we always cribbing, and looking for an outlet like this….from a different angle, i think what i amtrying to say is, :-), arnt the machines killing our social interaction? i am not talking about the easiness, yes, they have certainly revolutionised communication, but about the quality of interaction.honestly, wouldnt i prefer a face to face conversation than a few sms, chat or a call….when we talk about the good old days of college/university, isnt that what we are missing, the human element, the direct interaction?? but we have easier means now- the net, a cell……and the worst part, in my view is time crunching…..hmmm, that would be tomorrow’s post….

Beware of the Hind-OozeI

I completely forgot about poor Schumi yesterday, the elder one, that jackass montoya, i hope he fails to complete even a single race the rest of this season. he actually ran poor schumi out of the track, now objective analysers would say that part of it was schumi’s fault,but i am a fanatical fan, so i have rights…hehe
now to where i left off yesterday…..the fanatical tunnel vision..any community, if it builds up tension for long periods is going to experience frustration and hence spawn militancy among its ranks. thats exactly what has happened here, right from the invasion of alexander, indians have always been the defenders, and mostly unsuccessful in their attempts, which explains why even when we have been aggressors, the exploits have been limited to what we now call the Indian subcontinent, because we never encouraged offense, and were therefore never good aggressors. yes, there are exceptions, but too few, chief among whom is Ashoka, and he got the tag of being an inhuman barbarian. I guess he knew that if he stayed a hindu, at some point of time, there would be a rekindling of his aggressive side again, maybe thats why he moved to buddhism.there were also exploits by samudragupta, but these are all exceptions to the rule.we never had the sheer grit that the romans or the mughals possessed, to invade,conquer and hold.At a later stage, maybe this is the reason why the non violent doctrines of gandhi had more supporters than bhagat singh or the subhash chandra bose, although the latter certainly had the charisma.(hell, i am most definitely a bhagat singh fan, at an age where me and most of my generation are preoccupied with a career and lovelife, the poor guy sacrificed himself for the country, and it was not the death of a guy obsessed with ideals, but a very calculated and bold death).and so therefore, i cannot blame the fanatical tunnel vision , it is only the backlash of a civilisation that, inspite of triggering the best of the science and arts we have, has been pummelled into submission by various forces.We still stand helpless when pakistan chooses to attack our parliament, hell, if the plo ever tried that, israel would wipe it out in a day, but we condemn the act and run crying to the international watchdogs who have a history of asking us to sort it by discussions and bilateral talks!!
When the US chooses to reciprocate the taliban’s greetings, it bloody ctrl+alt+del afghanistan, and then goes on a prememptive strike on Iraq for wmd that were never there, (no, i dont support saddam), i can safely say that the total headcount, as far as attacks by pak on india goes, would have easily exceeded the figures of 9/11. kashmir easily gets around 20 people killed in a day by terrorists sponosored by the isi(pak’s agency) and trained in their camps, whose evidence is there for all to see, but NOT acknowledge. BUT if india launches an attack on its neighbour, it is going to have strong repurcussions from all around theglobe.I think it is this sheer helplessness that is gradually increasing the revebrations of hindu militancy in all its forms, from burning ofmissionaries to pulling down mosques. Thats part of what i call the Hind Ooze – the eruption of the dark side of a so far subdued community!!
to be continued………….