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 lost.so 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
STOP PRESS
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………….

Hin Dos and Donts

today’s post has been inspired by simple simon’s blogpost about hinduism, which in turn has been inspired by someone else, so its almost becoming a chain.But first the routine work. Spare a prayer for Katherine Hepburn , who died at the age of 96.Also,check out this article for a 360 degree view on Beckham’s Real experience. Have included a new link, its a music band from my lil town, they are called motherjane, doubt if the website will impress , and no free music, but get hold of a cd if u can, the music is definitely worth it!!
There are lots of statements i would like to debate on, but will start with the ‘definability’ of hinduism, it is , i agree, a way of life,now, but i dont think it was always like that.there was a time when hinduism could define itself, in terms of philosophy, practices in life, forms of worship etc. But, now, even i, as a practising hindu, (practising because i am not a passive hindu in terms of worshipping my 33 crore odd gods, i have my favourites, of course :-) ) cannot explain to another person what i, as a hindu, stand for. subjective idiosyncrasies not withstanding, i think every other religion has a thread, that creates a bond among its followers, which allows them to firmly define their religion. can we do it, i dont think so.so where did we hindus lose it?
i guess, a long time ago, the time when hinduism became a religion that started assimilating tidbits from every other religion, there could have been political (read survival) reasons, but i cant justify that as an excuse. Now, the way i see it, the very aspect that has earned hinduism bouquets from everyone everywhere, its absorbing and forgiving feature, is going to kill it. Unlike Linux development, not everyone who modifies the source, has an interest in its survival.And that brings us to the next source of debate “is the fanatical tunnel vision” that is brewing in hindus worldwide justified??to be continued…………..
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if god brings you to it, he will take u thru it.

Live Dead

I dont know if it is done abroad, but it sure is a first in India. A crematorium in Gujarat is now using web cam and yahoo to transmit cremations live!! Its meant for Gujarati diaspora spread across the globe. Everyone everywhere is trying to get people to stay as glued to the monitor as possible.

Read an interesting article on how the evolution of consumer durables in india directly affected the construction of homes and the arrangement of particular rooms.Once upon a time, long before Tv came in, the fridge occupied a prime place in the sitting room.People used to sit in their verandah, have a chat , show off their fridge and come inside for quick snacks. Then, when tv first arrived, there were only a few families who had them, so those which had got frequent visitors and conversations were held in the sitting room, while watching TV. Then tv became a household phenomenon and social visits got further reduced, and in the ones that did happen,tv came to be an unwanted distraction.so they made a family room upstairs where the tv could be kept, and then home theatres happened, and thats being shown off now. Its a cycle but why is it that most of these innovations have been instrumental in reducing direct human contact.
i can honestly say, without attributing it to hindu fatalism (as westerners love to say) that what i knew to be humanity earlier is counting its last days. No, it is not about old values or practices, the very thing that spawned “for the sake of humanity” now makes it seem a misnomer.And i believe technology had a big hand in it. Yes, i have to have my system, mp3 player , my cellphone etc, but cant i live without them? my grandad could, to an extent so can my dad, and they all seem to manage and be happy without them.To borrow from the buffy musical that was shown yesterday, we seem to be going through the motions of life. Isnt that an irony when the only thing that we came down here for is to live?So when we cant enjoy while we live, when r we gonna do it? which brings us to everyone’s eternal question – is there life after death? will choose to answer the question in my later blogs ;-), maybe i can pick up a clue if i can get to see one of those live funerals!!
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Got it from an employee evaluation “This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot”
Thats it for the week, enjoy your weekend, folks!

Monster Thursday

I dont believe it, that dumb female Jennifer Aniston has been declared celebrity No: 1 by Forbes, my apologies to all the “Friends” fans, but no, puhleeese, i think the only fem worth mentioning in that star cast is Courtney Cox. Jennifer Aniston, no bleeding way! i have yet to find a way of expressing my dissatisfaction to Forbes, hmmm, good question, does it matter :-), well it does, to ME!! and no, the title of the day is not for ms anniston, though that would be deserved, that will come later in the post.got some cds i purchased on the net, the first time without a cash on delivery option. got 3 cds of dire straits, and an assorted album, for 450.the quality is okay too. check out this guy, he has given an ad in the times classifieds online, at indiatimes.com, he will b towards the last/last but one page if you follow the link of music, mp3. name is neil, based in pune. the ad page will lead you to his homepage, u have to check out whether it still works.have finished ‘day of the jackal ‘ again!! cant find a good library, anyone in bangalore reading, feel free to guide me.from tomorrow on, i am gonna write on sublimal/ethereal subjects/philosophy/points to ponder/critiques on movies and ads, coz i have a strong feeling that the mundane activities in the life and times of yours truly are just not interesting reading material enough for my poor readers!! which brings us to

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Pop quiz class!! who is my fave fem TV show character?? Oh ok i know it doesnt matter, but give it a shot…the clue is somewhere in this post for my loyal readers , that should be a no brainer, but for those, who are not, just goes to show where good reading can get you!! 😉

B2B on the net

No, i am not about to do any business to business (B2B) on the net, that was only an acronym for back 2 blogging, hey!, by now you must be used to my irritating play of words. And look what happened when i was gone, our very own parent site got itself a new look, i guess the new version does look a tad better than the older one.what i have also realised is that the traffic to your site is in proportion to the updating you do, quite evident from the shoutbox in my site. and vidya chose to do a dance on my shoutbox too, check out the shoutbox down below, wonder how she managed it…couldnt do much over the weekend, except buy a helmet, which i think will be a waste anyway, coz it never rains when i get out, it doesnt have to, i guess, coz i already have a vampire cough, whats a vampire cough, u ask?, my kinda cough which comes only in the cover of the night, and is afraid to venture out in the daytime, the net result being that i cough the night away, am almost reduced to chronic insomnia, and the guys at work never believe me when i say i have a cough, coz they havent seen the bloody animal!!, phew, short of typing breath, ok, bad one, but my tries never cease to amaze you, dont they?! 😉

saw an intro of 88 antop hill on rediff, very interesting plot, but there has been such a deluge of thrillers and ghosts that i am not sure whether it will click.tried to add something to my blog, its a site where they create an acronym of your name, and you can paste a link on your blog, but i cant seem to get the graphic, have been trying from last week, thats the lil red cross that you see towards the bottom.try your luck anyway , here, actually, what got me to the site was this, u seriously have to check it out, it is so ridiculous and funny, i am too chicken to try it, but give me a feedback if you try it out…hehe
meanwhile its time for
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a msg i got “remember the time when we were on a train, u stuck your face out and i stuck my ass out, and people thought we were twins??” grrrr