Spiritual Fugitive

That is inspired by an article i read, the link for which i got from a good find i made, no, that would be credit misplaced, actually it found me… so guys, check out this blog of Deki , it makes very interesting read…..so back to the title, it refers to me at some stage of my life, actually i think, applicable even now, to some extent… the stage when i dont want to explicitly acknowledge the presence, relevance or influence of God in my life, but at the same time will not, rather, dare not denounce his existence completely…..i still experience the phase now, especially when i feel that life isnt fair..and promptly thank god, when the feeling has passed..hehe….
these phases usually also mean that i spend time staring at the sky, trying to fathom my place in the scheme of things – you know, earth out of billions of planets, india out of hundreds of countries, bangalore out of …..the purpose existence at all, and sometimes i wonder, is the purpose of life, living itself? are we trying to attribute too much to it……hmmmmm
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picked this up from the same article i mentioned earlier – ” part of a fast-growing population of global souls who exist in many cultures all at once “and so fall in the cracks between them.”

Home is where?

Got back this morning, from a trip to Cochin,Kerala, my home….i dont know whether it was the weather that did it, but my spirits are damp!! i dont know about others, but when i think ‘hometown’, the picture i get is what i saw last, and what i expect to see, i think subconsciously, is that picture plus a percentage of development added to it, i think thats where the flaw is, coz my idea of development is subjective…nyways, that got me to thinking abt the saying “home is where the heart is”… i certainly know my heart is there…., but that doesnt feel like home… yes, i am most comfortable there, but theres something missing…because home shouldnt leave you feeling melancholy…..i get reminded of the lyrics in a Lucky Ali song ” raste na badle, na badla jahan, phir kyon badalte kadam hain yahan…” and for
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Mother is the necessity of invention! – “calvin and hobbes’

There’s no place like home

isnt that what Dorothy Gail said in the wizard of oz?? well, i am going off home for an extended weekend..this week has more weekend than weekdays :-)….the snag, as always , is that when you are going back home after a long time period, theres so much work to do and so many people to see that time flies and i wont know when sunday comes and i have to be back….but then, lemme enjoy the journey, the potholes can take a hike…hehe
dont know if the net connection at home still works, so, like jim carey says in The Truman Show, in case i dont see you, good afternoon and good night… :-), and a good weekend too..its raining , the cats and dogs kind, in Kerala, which basically means that when i go out, either i wade or the vehicle wades or both wade, the last is the worst case scenario when it gets stuck in knee to waist high water…thats when the barriers between drains and roads cease to exist, and you can see all sorts of stuff floating around you, hehe, ok, enough of gross stuff!!, but thats the way it is, and i love it anyway, coz theres no place like home…
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“You think that because you understand ONE you understand TWO, because one and one makes two. But you must understand AND.”… ~ Sufi proverb

Geo Politics for Dummies

That has something to do with a conversation to come later in the post.But before that, all you guys, vote for your fave bollywood actresses here. and yes, check out this site, cant tell u what it is, its like the matrix, u have to find out for yourself, but its cool… :-)
Saw a lil girl doing mimicry on tv yesterday, she was mimicking singers, actors, actresses, politicians , all persona from my homestate, God’s own country, Kerala….well, nothing great about that…now, generally when girls imitate guys, its difficult, because theycant match the voice, but this girl was terrific because she got the mannerisms bang on….nothing great about that either, lots of girlsmight be able to do that…except that at the end of the performance we got to know that she is blind….i normally dont spare extra thoughts for people with physical disabilities, because i tend to accept them as they are, but yesterday, she made me think….and what i felt was admiration…a lot of times, i complain about the state of things, take yesterday’s post for instance, but that girl has so much more to complain about – she cant watch a movie, she cant watch cricket, she cant watch a sunset, she cant see the people and things she holds dear….and yet she has found a way to keep going, and excel.. so many times in life, we give up, coz the tide is against us, without pausing to think of people who spend their entire life, having to swim against the tide…. now for the title track, its kinda long, but worth the read, i think…..
Following is a bed-time conversation between a confused kid and his father on geo-politics:
Son: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
Dad: Because they had weapons of mass destruction, son.
S: But the inspectors didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.
D: That’s because the Iraqis were hiding them.
S: And that’s why we invaded Iraq?
D: Yep. Invasions always work better than inspections.
S: But after we invaded them, we STILL didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction, did we?D: That’s because the weapons are so well hidden. Don’t worry, we’ll find something, probably right before the 2004 election.
S: Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?
D: To use them in a war, silly.
S: I’m confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn’t they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?
D: Well, obviously they didn’t want anyone to know they had those weapons, so they chose to die by the thousands rather than defend themselves.
S: That doesn’t make sense Daddy. Why would they choose to die if they had all those big weapons to fight us back with?
D: It’s a different culture. It’s not supposed to make sense.
S: I don’t know about you, but I don’t think they had any of those weapons our government said they did.
D: Well, you know, it doesn’t matter whether or not they had those weapons. We had another good reason to invade them anyway.
S: And what was that?
D: Even if Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was a cruel dictator, which is another good reason to invade another country.
S: Why? What does a cruel dictator do that makes it OK to invade his country?
D: Well, for one thing, he tortured his own people.
S: Kind of like what they do in China?
D: Don’t go comparing China to Iraq. China is a good economic competitor, where millions of people work for slave wages in sweatshops to make U.S. corporations richer.
S: So if a country lets its people be exploited for American corporate gain, it’s a good country, even if that country tortures people?
D: Right.
S: Why were people in Iraq being tortured?
D: For political crimes, mostly, like criticizing the government. People who criticized the government in Iraq were sent to prison and tortured.
S: Isn’t that exactly what happens in China?
D: I told you, China is different.
S: What’s the difference between China and Iraq?
D: Well, for one thing, Iraq was ruled by the Ba’ath party, while China is Communist.
S: Didn’t you once tell me Communists were bad?
D: No, just Cuban Communists are bad.
S: How are the Cuban Communists bad?
D: Well, for one thing, people who criticize the government in Cuba are sent to prison and tortured.
S: Like in Iraq?
D: Exactly.
S: And like in China, too?
D: I told you, China’s a good economic competitor. Cuba, on the other hand, is not.
S: How come Cuba isn’t a good economic competitor?
D: Well, you see, back in the early 1960s, our government passed some laws that made it illegal for Americans to trade or do any business with Cuba until they stopped being Communists and started being capitalists like us.
S: But if we got rid of those laws, opened up trade with Cuba, and started doing business with them, wouldn’t that help the Cubansbecome capitalists?
D: Don’t be a smart-ass.
S: I didn’t think I was being one.
D: Well, anyway, they also don’t have freedom of religion in Cuba.
S: Kind of like China and the Falun Gong movement?
D: I told you, stop saying bad things about China. Anyway, Saddam Hussein came to power through a military coup, so he’s not really a legitimate leader anyway.
S: What’s a military coup?
D: That’s when a military general takes over the government of a country by force, instead of holding free elections like we do in the United States.
S: Didn’t the ruler of Pakistan come to power by a military coup?
D: You mean General Pervez Musharraf? Uh, yeah, he did, but Pakistan is our friend.
S: Why is Pakistan our friend if their leader is illegitimate?
D: I never said Pervez Musharraf was illegitimate.
S: Didn’t you just say a military general who comes to power by Forcibly overthrowing the legitimate government of a nation is anillegitimate leader?
D: Only Saddam Hussein. Pervez Musharraf is our friend, because he helped us invade Afghanistan.
S: Why did we invade Afghanistan?
D: Because of what they did to us on September 11th.
S: What did Afghanistan do to us on September 11th?
D: Well, on September 11th, nineteen men, fifteen of them Saudi Arabians, hijacked four airplanes and flew three of them into buildings, killing over 3,000 Americans.
S: So how did Afghanistan figure into all that?
D: Afghanistan was where those bad men trained, under the oppressive rule of the Taliban.
S: Aren’t the Taliban those bad radical Islamics who chopped off people’s heads and hands?
D: Yes, that’s exactly who they were. Not only did they chop off people’s heads and hands, but they oppressed women, too.
S: Didn’t the Bush administration give the Taliban $43 million back in May of 2001?
D: Yes, but that money was a reward because they did such a good job fighting drugs.
S: Fighting drugs?
D: Yes, the Taliban were very helpful in stopping people from growing opium poppies.
S: How did they do such a good job?
D: Simple. If people were caught growing opium poppies, the Taliban would have their hands and heads cut off.
S: So, when the Taliban cut off people’s heads and hands for growing flowers, that was OK, but not if they cut people’s heads andhands off for other reasons?
D: Yes. It’s OK with us if radical Islamic fundamentalists cut off people’s hands for growing flowers, but it’s cruel if they cut offpeople’s hands for stealing bread.
S: Don’t they also cut off people’s hands and heads in Saudi Arabia?
D: That’s different. Afghanistan was ruled by a tyrannical patriarchy that oppressed women and forced them to wear burqas wheneverthey were in public, with death by stoning as the penalty for women who did not comply.
S: Don’t Saudi women have to wear burqas in public, too?
D: No, Saudi women merely wear a traditional Islamic body covering.
S: What’s the difference?
D: The traditional Islamic covering worn by Saudi women is a modest yet fashionable garment that covers all of a woman’s body except for her eyes and fingers. The burqa, on the other hand, is an evil tool of patriarchal oppression that covers all of a woman’s body except for her eyes and fingers.
S: It sounds like the same thing with a different name.
D: Now, don’t go comparing Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are our friends.
S: But I thought you said 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th were from Saudi Arabia.
D: Yes, but they trained in Afghanistan.
S: Who trained them?
D: A very bad man named Osama bin Laden.
S: Was he from Afghanistan?
D: Uh, no, he was from Saudi Arabia too. But he was a bad man, a very bad man.
S: I seem to recall he was our friend once.
D: Only when we helped him and the mujahadeen repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan back in the 1980s.
S: Who are the Soviets? Was that the Evil Communist Empire Ronald Reagan talked about?
D: There are no more Soviets. The Soviet Union broke up in 1990 or thereabouts, and now they have elections and capitalism likeus. We call them Russians now.
S: So the Soviets, I mean, the Russians, are now our friends?
D: Well, not really. You see, they were our friends for many years after they stopped being Soviets, but then they decided not tosupport our invasion of Iraq, so we’re mad at them now. We’re also mad at the French and the Germans because they didn’t help us invade Iraq either.
S: So the French and Germans are evil, too?
D: Not exactly evil, but just bad enough that we had to rename French fries and French toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.
S: Do we always rename foods whenever another country doesn’t do what we want them to do?
D: No, we just do that to our friends. Our enemies, we invade.
S: But wasn’t Iraq one of our friends back in the 1980s?
D: Well, yeah. For a while.
S: Was Saddam Hussein ruler of Iraq back then?
D: Yes, but at the time he was fighting against Iran, which made him our friend, temporarily.
S: Why did that make him our friend?
D: Because at that time, Iran was our enemy.
S: Isn’t that when he gassed the Kurds?
D: Yeah, but since he was fighting against Iran at the time, we looked the other way, to show him we were his friend.
S: So anyone who fights against one of our enemies automatically becomes our friend?
D: Most of the time, yes.
S: And anyone who fights against one of our friends is automatically an enemy?
D: Sometimes that’s true, too. However, if American corporations can profit by selling weapons to both sides at the same time, all the better.
S: Why?
D: Because war is good for the economy, which means war is good for America. Also, since God is on America’s side, anyone who opposes war is a godless un-American Communist. Do you understand now why we attacked Iraq?
S: I think so. We attacked them because God wanted us to, right?
D: Yes.
S: But how did we know God wanted us to attack Iraq?
D: Well, you see, God personally speaks to George W. Bush and tells him what to do.
S: So basically, what you’re saying is that we attacked Iraq because George W. Bush hears voices in his head?
D. Yes! You finally understand how the world works. Now close your eyes, make yourself comfortable, and go to sleep. Good night.
S: Good night, Daddy. But just one last thing. Didn’t you tell Mummy the other day that they sent our neighbour’s uncle to an asylum because he was hearing voices in his head?
That was long, wasnt it???? but hoped u liked it!!

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.

Euphoria

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…
THE GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN
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.
THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN
Between 15 and 70 a man is like Iraq – ruled by a dick!!!
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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.