Thursday, June 30, 2005

Hair color

I am seriously contemplating coloring my hair. I really dont know from where in the seven hells of errutu I got this idea, but seem convinced I have to do this inorder to attain salvation! One other secret reason is I can do so only when I have hair left :-) Havent figured out what color goes well with black hair with brown skin. Anything from jade blue to flurouscent green has been my roomies suggestion (I do intend to poison them soon!). Figured out dark brown to honey brown might be a good choice ...huh? My other friend put it nicely (?)"enna m#%^$@$ nee color panure?" Cant answer that..can I?
Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Purest, unaultered form of shit, stupidity, arrogance and all other form of equally unparliamentary thingies

Got from Sam's post. Only at these instances I truely feel death penalty is worth it. Oh bytheway, death penalty not for the rapist, but the judges F#$#@#^ @$$!!!!!!!

AIMPLB endorses Darul Uloom's diktat in rape case
The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today put its stamp of approval on Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband's ruling that the woman, who was allegedly raped by her father-in-law in Muzaffarnagar, cannot be allowed to live with her husband any longer.
"As per the Quran, Imrana's conjugal relationship with her husband stood dissolved since she has been raped by the latter's blood relative," the Board's lone woman member Begum Naseem Iqtedar Ali Khan told reporters here while endorsing the diktat.
Had she been raped by anyone other than a blood relation, she could have stayed with her husband as in the Bilkis Bano case of Gujarat.... But here a sacred relationship had been violated, the consequences of which have to be borne by Imrana and her husband Noor Ilahi, Begum said.
However, the responsibility of the couple's five children would have to be shouldered by Ilahi as long as required, she pointed out adding Imrana also had the right to marry anyone other than her father-in-law's family members.
On whether the punishment was not too harsh for the innocent victim, she said "As believers of Islam, we have to follow what has been prescribed by the religion and even the victim and her husband have professed to abide by Shariat."
The Board, however, strongly condemns the heinous act and wants that the harshest punishment, as per the law of the land, be given to the accused Ali Mohammad so as to set a precedent, she said. The Shariat prescribes stoning a rapist to death but the punishment cannot be given in India as it was not an Islamic country, the Begum said adding hence, the Board wanted the government and the judiciary to ensure that the accused be dealt with an iron hand as per the laws of the land. She assured that the Board, in association with NGOs and other social welfare organisations, would ensure that Imrana was provided with all the monetary and moral support required for her rehabilitation.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed, another Board member, said the AIMPLB had received the 'fatwah' today after which Begum Ali spoke to other senior members and decided to meet the press to iron out misunderstandings in the matter.
Our demand from the government is to institute capital punishment for rapists to curb this serious crime against women, Rasheed said.
Mufti Habibur Rehman of the Darul Uloom Deoband had said in a ruling yasterday that Imrana's living with her husband Noor Ilahi had become untenable as per Islamic law after the alleged rape.
The rape took place in Charthawal town of Muzaffarnagar district on June 4 last after which accused Ali Mohammad was arrested.
The All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board president Shaista Amber had denounced Deoband's ruling yesterday and claimed that no Quranic injunction justified the verdict.


Mom always smiles when he says
Does he ever listen to me? Is this the time to come home?
Does he ever listen to me? Why is he talking so long in phone?
Does he ever listen to me? Exams are next week and he is on MTV?
Does he ever listen to me? why does he buy such costly shirts?
Does he ever listen to me? why is he driving so fast?
Does he ever listen to me? why is he sleeping so late?
Does he ever listen to me? he has become a spoilt brat...
Does he ever listen to me? too many friends and always out of house...
Mom always smiles when he says
Does he ever listen to me? Resign your job, why work even now?
Does he ever listen to me? Go for a walk everyday dad...
Does he ever listen to me? I can take are of dont worry
Does he ever listen to me? Dont miss your Dr. appointment
Does he ever listen to me? Get an auto, why r u taking the bus?
Does he ever listen to me? dont eat such oily food
Does he ever listen to me?
Monday, June 27, 2005

For dad

Idea copied from ammani's post . Guess dad's are same whereever they are. This is my dad's version of weekly phone call.

Hello, my boy. How are you? How is health? Salary vandhucha? Panam iruka? If you dont have, tell me. How is cold/heat? What did u eat? Did you cook today? Eat properly. Dont get sick. How are your roomates and friends? Ok, here ..your mom is waiting....

It is exactly the same sentences over and over again. I know he still sees me as a wobbly little kid he used to take to school. I think dads know you grow up but dont quite understand that. Last time I went to india, he earnestly told me not to stay out late (which is 9pm for me and 6pm for my sister!), was quite worried I might get lost and said"dont go in sun, you will get dark". (BTW, I m close to chocolate color....if i get a tan, that is the 8th wonder). I know he loves me, but never says that (one of those thingies between dad and sons....)



Officially I have become Uncle as on saturday 4.20AM. Yup! sister gave birth to a brand new, one only , first of its kind, girly girl child....Welcome honey! To the extra confused, hyperactive family.....

Trying haiku

I love haiku
Never wrote one
Till now
Bashing head?

Silicon dreams
Plastic cash
Mom's call
By appointment please.

Oral Tongue twisters

Since I could not think of any new ideas to bring world peace and end poverty, I might as well give some tongue twisters to while away the time....hehe ehehhe

1. Classic: (This has several versions!!!)
Betty bought a bitter butter
Bitter butter was so very bitter
So betty bought a better butter
To make the bitter butter better!

2. For novice:
How much wood would wood-chuck chuck,
if the wood-chuck could wood?

3. Not so common:
A tooter who tooted the flute,
Tuted two tooters to toot,
Said the two tooters, to the tutor,
Is it hard to toot the flute
Or, tutor two tooters to toot!

Tamil:(Repeat the lines continuously as fast as possible...should be fun)

1. Vodura nariyile oru nari kulla nari
kulla nari mudhugule oru mudi narai mayir

2. Malayile mara vural vuruludhu

3. yaaru theicha satai,
enga thatha theicha satai
Saturday, June 25, 2005

Money is the root of all evil....Huh!Give me a break

For once I decided to write a post after doing some research. This post is basically inspired after ioiio comments. :-) Not as an answer, but really me thinking aloud!!! Most of what I am writing now are going to be from or related to what Ayn Rand wrote in "Atlas Shrugged".
"Have you ever asked what is the root of money?Money is the tool of exchange.......Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with another must deal by trade.......Money is not the tool of moochers who claim your product by tears or of the looters who take it from you by force."
"Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think"
"Did you get money by fraud?....By lowering your standards?...Then all the things you buy(through money) will become , not a tribute to you but a reproach, not an achievement but a reminder of shame. Then you will scream money is evil."

Crux of the issue, money and wealth is not evil. There is evil in every class of society, rich and the poor. One can find men of highest moral and ethical codes among super rich and men of total depravation, greed and dishonest among the slums and poor, who are typically portraited in movies as vice-versa. Whatever social problems we face are not due to rich industrialists, unscrupulous politicians, indifferent middle-class, materialistic life style, lack of compassion, etcetera, etcetera.....The social problems are more basic and more close to us than we think. We hold the key and responsibility to every problem at hand. They cannot be solved by blaming on the rich and money. We had always wanted somebody or something to be blamed upon so that we can be free of guilt. To anybody reading this post, do you think you have been truly honest and straightforward in your life......I mean in general, on the whole? You would think about Laloo, MNC who cause pollution, gangsters, Mafia, drug dealers and say, sure, I m good. Ding!!! Wrong answer. Have you ever bought groceries from the local shop you mom used to buy for the past 15 years? Have you ever paid tax on them? Have you ever paid tax and got a receipt when you go for a hair cut? Do you ask about tax during the talk with your local vegetable seller. Forget for the moment the seller, have you considered the fact that you are cheating the government of taxes? Ok, agreed there are other considerations and practical difficulties. What about the 12 year kid who cleans tables at your favorite restaurant...Given a thought about him? Go back home and listen to Sun News and hmmm child labor in sivakasi....those damn rich match stick industrialists.....we all are hypocrites in a way. Problems, money is the root of evil...oh yes, ofcourse.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Rich means evil..what a load of crap

I read the review about the tamil movie anniyan on jagan's blog. I have not seen the movie so I am not going to comment upon that. But, jagan had mentioned that the highlighting concept of that movie was rich means evil. How come? It is quite disturbing. Well, it is quite true that you can become rich easily by exploiting poor people etc etc. But not all rich people are evil. When someone makes a statement like that he should think very clearly. I am in US now and it is quite possible that eventually I might be settling down in India "rich". So I become evil? I know how my dad started his life. There was not enough food in the house for the next meal. If his family has come up to this level, then it reflects upon his hardwork. So all of a sudden these neo-robinhood comes and tells me "You areEVIL". Bullshit. Money is the greatest invension mankind has ever made after fire and wheel. To say money is bad is stupidity and outright hypocrite. I see this trend everywhere. May be all the CEO of companies, all the top level managers, all the decision makers and policy makers should quit and replaced by the poor of the people and may be the world will be fair for these people then. I am thinking of a strike, all the the heads of all the organizations, all the decision makers, all the multinational CEO should probably go on a strike. People should read Ayn Rand.
Friday, June 17, 2005

United Nations Security Council Expansion

Should India be included or why not japan , brazil and germany? Fact everyone agrees is UNSC is a reminiscent of WWII era. Things have changed. But each of the so called G4 have their strong opponents too. Since I do not know much about regional politics of the countries other than India, I m not going to comment on them. It is quite logical that India being the largest democracy with a vibrant culture and population be included. Regarding Veto, best would not to have a veto at all. But despite everything, say if India is not included in the UNSC, the loss would be for the world as a whole. If one sixth of the humanity is not adequetly represented, cant say UN represents world equally. But I am not really concerned. If pakistan in future attains a level of maturity, economic strength and influence in the world, then it is nice to have it too as a permanent member. However, whether india included or not, when it grows as predicted, it cannot be disregarded for long lest UN losing its relevance in the world.
Sunday, June 12, 2005

How much money is enough

Money and enough can never go together. That is my point of view. How much money I need? Are you kidding!!!!..however much you give me I will ask for more. By this time, anybody reading this might think that I am a bloody money maniac. Reserve your comments for someone else. After wheel and fire, money is probably the best invension man has ever made. Money converts all the material wealth throughout the world into a compact yet abstract concept. It is easily understood. But more than that, it is the honesty of the money that attracts me. It is the willingness of one man towards other the trust and believe and barter for the work he has done and the weath he has created. Dont get confused with wealth and money. Money is just a measure of wealthm work and man;s mind at work. Whenever somebody says he wants lot of money, they are immediately shot back with the comment, money cant buy everything, dont be greedy or even money is evil. Why?If a person thinks he has to make lot of money why does it always translate into lack of love and affection on the part of that person. Why cant I love money and also love everyone the same. "Money is the most important thing in the world". Agreed. But money is definitely very important or atleast one the few most important things in the world. It is a farce to say that I dont want more and money while working to do exactly the opposite. "I need money only for a descent living, that is enough for me". Whom are you kidding? What constitutes a descent living? You can set that standard only for your self not for others. To me descent living can mean that I should buy an ocean liner every year. Now, people say I am evil. I just dont understand. Why so much prejudice?
Saturday, June 11, 2005

A Passage to India

I am not sure of what to make of this movie. Firstly, the director never really shows if the heroine is indeed raped by Indian, Dr. Aziz. If his intension was to show the complexities of the Indian culture and lives of the people and the indifferent attitude of the British over Indians, why a rape, court scene and stuff. I really dont understand. What is further depressing is the fact that this film is nominated for several academy awards. I am at loss till now to understand what stands for good acting and cinematography. Why are these things so complex that common public is never able to appreciate or even understand them. Lastly, from my point of view (It might be stlightly a racist point of view), all I see from the movie is poor Indians, uncultured, uneducated and unsophisticated, even the educated acting quite stupidly, possible indecent attitude of Indian men towards the women, jingoistic portrayal of the freedom movement and finally to a naive viewer a bad picture of India. Wondering why they think this movie is a good movie. If somebody understands, please explain.....I am at loss.
Monday, June 06, 2005

No entrance exam

I am ambivalent regarding this decision by the government. In the first place, the state board's exam is quite unscientific and the evaluation methods are always fraut with problems. Secondly, this decision is not going to bring any level playing. It is quite true that students from rural areas will quite benefit from this. However, there is a big chance that deserving students will not also get into their desired group/college. Further, there is not gradation for the CBSE/ICE etc boards which are much tougher than the state board. Only solution I can see is to make the exams more problem oriented and objective. Allocating more funds for proper and accurate evaluation will go a long way. Also, a transparent evaluation system may help to avoid much of the problems. One way to do is to, either provide a copy of the evaluated answer sheets to students or to provide some kind of access to the corrected answer sheets. If this would seem to be a problem, then a double blind method of correction can be instituted. Whatever be the means, the sad fact is education has become so corrupted that students are going to feel pinch which ever way.
Saturday, June 04, 2005

Beautiful woman

Hmm...for all that critics say and argue to tooth and nail, here is one of the most beatiful woman I have seen.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Stop discouraging, give solutions not insults

I am really irriated when I read that IT/software accomplishments of India are nothing. What do these people know or even understand. Yes, with a population of one billion, whatever we do will look punny. so, WHAT? Even if 1% of poor benefit it is a good number. IT cannot and will not solve all our porblems. Every software engineer knows this. No need for some half baked journalist or social worker to say this. If not for IT many of my generation would not have got a decent job. Yes, we have a long way to go, half the population of india is poor....blah blah blah....Everyone agrees. But for the first time since independence, there is hope, there is a mutual feeling shared among masses that "We need to grow". The dependence on government and blaming on government for all maladies is reducing. For the first time, people really believe that education can infact bring tangible benefits. We have lots to learn. From IT coolies (yes we are that, and i am quite proud of that), we need to move up in the supply chain and we will. Not because of any complex economic reason or sudden change in government attitude, but basically due to the thirst of people to see themselves to be peers with rest of the devloped world. This urge and dream is the force that can and will take us, where we belong.
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