Friday, December 19, 2008

Baltimore –

Of all the airport I have gone through Baltimore has something unique. As if being a brown man trying to get through the security clearance at the airport is not bad enough, every time I walk through the metal scanning device it beeps. Well, everyone knows what happens next, 4 or 5 people come rushing in and ask me to step aside. They then pat me down, exploit my manhood, and ask questions which are totally irrelevant. Don’t take me wrong I am not complaining, they are doing their job so it never bother me (expect one time when I went with my kid, that’s a different story).
But Baltimore is different, as always it beeped when I walked through the metal scanning device, but to my surprise, they had another image scanning device, and this is a modern day miracle I tell you. You step in; it scans your body for any foreign object and badabing you are out of there. It was nice, instead of a 6 foot man exploiting your unmentionables. Makes you wonder why they don’t have it at every airport; also shouldn’t everyone go through this image scanner instead of the metal scanning machine…..hmm

A match made in Heaven -

Monday, December 15, 2008

Surprise, Surprise –

Last Friday, my brother turned 40. Can’t believe that he is already 40, time is just flying by!! My sister in law gave him a surprise party, lot of my relatives were there at the party, and it was nice. He even got a BMW coupe to trick his mind to feel younger :)). Never to be undone, I made a last minute trip to Washington DC just to be there at the party. I think everyone was pleasantly surprised. The trip was hectic, but worth every minute.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hancock –

OMG!!! I don’t think there was ever a Will Smith movie this bad.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dravidians –

The so called Dravidian states have been the saviors of Hinduism for hundreds of years and that’s the truth. If not for South India, Muslim rulers would have converted majority of India under Islamic fascism. For the past 40 years the leaders of Dravidian parties and Islamist have somehow managed to hide this idea and are proposing a deep rooted division between the sons and daughters of our country.

Caste based suppression – Right now in Tamilnadu who instigates caste based suppression? Is it Brahmins? Is it the so called North Indians? No it is mainly done by a caste which is dominant in any given state. If you go to Madurai it is Devar, if you go to northern states its vanniyars, if you go to central states it will be nadars and so on. Brahmins are absolute minority in Tamilnadu, and I do agree that just like Jews they tend to help within their community but even if they do in our current state there is nothing they could achieve. So where is this fear of Brahmins some how trying to take over Tamil Nadu and impose Hindi. Some of the greatest works in Tamil were done by prominent Brahmins and to oppose them in the name of language is utter nonsense.

I went to a so called Muslim website for Tamils (No website address, I do not want to give them publicity) and the moment I questioned them, insults were flying calling me “Parpan” and how I am Aryan trying to kill the Dravidian. Even though I have no association with either, I felt offended and asked them whether I could call them Thulukan? No answers. They beautifully edit my answers and publish words which could cause uproar within Muslim world. Who funds this website? What is their intention? No one knows. At this moment Muslims in Tamil Nadu are blessed breed. After all the turmoil India is facing through Islamic fascism, they are having a peaceful and protected life. But still for them it’s not enough. Another concept which was thrown at me was that Hindus are killing Muslims. Where in the world they get this idea I have no clue. I gave them stats of how Muslim population in India is thriving and stats of Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan (see below). The website owners did not want to publish this because according to them, it will affect peace between Hindus and Muslims!!!
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In August 1947 percentage of Hindus in Pakistan was 20%. Current Hindu population in Pakistan is less than 2%. Bangladesh is even better Year Percentage (%)
1941 28.0 1951 22.0 1961 18.5 1974 13.5 1981 12.13 1991 10.52 2001 9.4
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If for my fellows Dravidian, Brahmins performing Pujas using Sanskrit Vedic scripts offends us, then I would say that the same should be applied for Quran. After all I don’t see Tamil Quran being used anywhere, who knows Arabic in Tamilnadu so I say let Karunanidhi pass a law that Quran should be preached in Tamil.

I went to Indian Store owned by a Bangladesh immigrant. It was new in my area, so I asked him how's business. The answer he gave me was an example on how deep rooted this false notion of Dravidian/Aryan divide. He said, “I am being supported by Telugu, Tamil, Kannada people, you know the Dravidians because WE support each other but the North Indians are not supporting me”. So as per him, a North Indian Muslim is somehow connected to a South Indian? I was about to confront, but what the use? The wedge has been driven deep; we the sons and daughters of our nation should overcome these silly differences and unite.

Look, I cannot prove anyone whether there is a God or not, but all I know is that we should be happy to follow a religion which lets us gain enlightenment through knowledge and not based on some false ideology or book. There were some bad things which happened in the past which has been instigated by our caste system, and which was exploited by Brahmins. But all I am saying is don’t let this fight against Brahmins turn into a fight within Hindus. Don’t let this fight against Brahmins to be used as launching pad for Islam and other religion. We the people of Tamilnadu belong to a society which is deep in spirituality, one visit to Palani or Thirupati will prove my point. Periyar came and proved his point, I admire what he has done and I see his view. But our so called politicians are splitting us in the name of Periyar, don’t fall prey to them. Enough of this nonsense, enough of this Aryan/Dravidian divide, enough of this North/South divide let’s unite and unite under one nation under God.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Our Leader

Of all the problem India and Tamilnadu facing, nothing could be compared against the family feud between Maran brothers and Alagiri family. Somehow our leader has managed to solve the issue without any major calamity. Forget about the hundreds dying in Bombay; forget about the people savaged by flooding; who cares about those imbeciles. Ayya somehow managed a miracle.

Honestly, are they even human beings?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Beast

There were many such riots, there were many such killings, I lived right in the middle during riots in Madras but for some reason, this carnage in Mumbai has affected me more. May be time will heal; may be my life will move on, but somewhere in my heart there is voice which screams at me that I better not forget. Better not forget where they come from, better not forget the religion which feeds them, and better not forget the environment which nourishes them. I feel a beast is growing inside. I did try to appease the beast; I did try to rationalize with the beast.

I tried the statement from our political leader, “the terrorist won’t win.” Who am I kidding; they have won the game fair and square. My mind went through the teaching from Jiddu, Buddha, Vivekananda, & Gandhi but the more I think, the more it screams. The beast now questions my religion, my faith and my honor.

I feel powerless to see my brothers and sisters getting killed for no reason of theirs. May be they are in a better place, or may be they are just plain dead. There are many who lost their siblings, there are many who lost their kids & there are many who lost their father and mother. What do I have for them? Nothing! What have I done for them? Nothing! The beast just screams at me, tomorrow it could be one of yours, it says. Of all your emotion, fear is the worst. Fear feeds evil; I think the beast knows it.

Don’t call me beast it says. My intentions are virtuous, it says. Standing up for yourself is courage; standing up for others is honorable it says. Do the right thing; let me loose, it screams from my heart.

What can one man do? If I die for this, the act will earn me a number. Here lies someone who died for “A big question mark”. At least you would let me free it says, may be someone else could hold me then you, coward, it says. The beast is winning.

Death, 24/7 on TV, “what’s happening daddy?” asks my son. Tell him the truth, says the beast. “Bad people are shooting”, I say to my son. “Is it in your country?” asks my son. “It’s our country, son”, I say. I don’t want to be there, comes the reply. I hear a chuckle, the beast within. “See what you have done”. “It’s not my mistake, what can I do?” I shoot back. At least let me loose, comes the answer. The beast is winning.

New day, it’s a new beginning I say to myself. As I did for the last 25 years, took a shower went straight to my idols/my Gods. “Trying to hide as always, you coward”, screams the beast. I pray hard, ask my Gods to kill the beast within. As it was for the past 25 years, I get no answers. The beast is winning.

May be there is no God, may be the killing on the name of religion is all a big mistake. God wouldn’t let this happen. God wouldn’t kill the innocent, I try to rationalize. There is total silence. What have I done? After years in front of Him, is this the end? In a moment of haste, I have done the unthinkable. I have questioned the pillar of my very existence. I don’t hear the beast no more. It’s eerily quite.

I cover myself with falsehood; I start my day with a smile. People around me offer their condolences, “It’s a shame”, they say. Impervious to my surrounding; my mind kept thinking, what have I done? “Where are you now”, my mind searches for the beast. “Is this the end?” I ask. Finally, the beast whispers, “Yes, it is. They got what they came for. Yes, this is the end”.

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