Here Charitable Individualism is the key!… nothing less.

Two women  (Abby Martin and Sheryl Sandberg) who belong to two different states of perception. But both apparently believe passionately in what they are doing at present. Abby Martin seems to be the anti-corporate liberal, whereas Sandberg seems to be a woman who has mistressed (why ‘mastered’?) the ways of the world. A conflict between an IDEALIST and a HERE-AND-NOW SPECIALIST!

Amazing videos!

Zuckerberg rides on the feminine defence of Sheryl Sandberg, and RUSSIA TODAY thrives on the spunky Abigail Martin- what a delight to watch when women leave those silly gender issues and sincerely fight the battles for their employer men!


The point which, as I understand of the verse today is that, there is no way we can eliminate ALL the problems of Life. But each individual through humility, skill and effort should do that which is required to be done to the best of his belief, ability and knowledge. The episode which I want to bring to focus is the crumbling of one of the Multi Storied Building(MSB) named FAITH and BELIEF, which crumbled trapping unnumbered humans in the city of Chennai in a locality called Moulivalkam. 

The number of floors  of each of the towers is 11 floors. One tower has fully collapsed- thankfully, the apartments had NOT been occupied. When scientific knowledge had not evolved to the extent, it was told: WISE is the man who built his house on the ROCK. A strong footing is essential to place a building so that the internal disturbances or the external vicissitudes do not impact a building to the extent of making it crumble. That is why we have SOIL TESTING and STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS. 

One doesn’t know the condition of the soil or the layers which lie beneath the surface and unless the soil is understood and suitable structure is raised one is sitting on a time-bomb – only thing is that when the TIME is or when that TIME would be triggered is NOT KNOWN. 

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), does not look into the soil report or the structural design of an MSB plan before approving it. Now that we are all wiser by hindsight, it is time that CMDA has its own soil testing and structural design engineers who would approve MSB projects for which interested parties submit their plan. 

The problem is that most of the MSBs are joint ventures, which means there are four interested parties: the land owner, the builder, the banker, and the buyer of an apartment. Except for the banker, none of them CAN wait. The builder wants to sell his share of the apartments and exit to the next project; the land-owner wants his share for possession and disposal of some apartments which fall to his share so that he could create liquidity; the buyer wants to occupy quickly or put it on rent: but the only person who is in no hurry is the BANKER who wants as much delay so that his interest component goes up or the builder defaults and the banker acquires a right in his share of the apartments for auction!

In this background, doing multiple soil testing, getting a proven structural engineer (who does not go by the builder’s request for keeping the cost low!) are the barest minimum. But in Chennai, because of the stable real estate prices, every tom, dick and harry who has land or liquidity has become a BUILDER without having either the diligence nor the knowledge to handle MSB projects. 

While sympathizing with those persons who have lost their near and dear ones and still hoping that they would be found ALIVE, it is time that the Tamil Nadu government legislated on the requirement of soil testing and thereafter doing the structural designing of the foundation, failing which the government would be encouraging the carpet baggers to become fly by night builders having NO social responsibility. The biggest problem that one faces with the FOUNDATION is that there is seldom any room for REVISITING the issues, primarily because, the problems do not show up before tragedy strikes.



Astrology is nothing but a prediction of a probable possibility, but listening to it makes a person DO things which brings about a self-fulfilling prophecy!

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The Scythe sweeps, Fear creeps.

STAY BENT- says a voice within.

But when to RISE?- says another voice within.


I’LL TELL WHEN TO RISE- said the Astrologer.

Are u not a part of it all?- said I.

Does not the scythe mow u down too?







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There is a verse in THE BIBLE, where Paul instructs the faithful NOT TO BE UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER! I never understood that till I bought a SKODA car in India and sent the car for repair to a SKODA workshop. The problem was that the airconditioning was not working.

To a lay man, all that one has to do is check up if the gas is leaking and if it were to be, then fix the leaking point and then test it. Since the gas is expensive, one could use any other method to test the piping etc. Since there was no gas the Indian mechanic’s assumption was that there must be a defect in the piping and promptly, it was changed. After changing the piping, gas was filled and the problem persisted. Then the next change was made and the coil had to be changed. But, since inventory costs have escalated and there are no cost benefits for the workshop in stocking, it was discovered that the coil was not available.

Hereinafter comes the Indian jugaad – a sweet sounding female voice asks if i bore the name assigned to me at my baptism and after receiving a response in the affirmative, the voice turns sweeter and says, “Sir, the piping of the A/c has been changed. But during trial it was found that the COIL was ALSO defective! The problem is that we have RUN OUT OF a/c coils and we will place an order, if you want us to buy it for you.”

I have reached the end of my tether, so i ask that sweet sounding female voice, “Did you not test the coil before launching on repairing my car?”

“Sir, it was only during the trial that this problem with the coil was discovered. Plz tell whether you would pay for the work done and then allow me to take a booking from you for placing an order for the a/c coil or leave the car and take it after the  ‘COIL’ arrives?” I tell them that they better send the car and then place an order for the coil!

This is what is called as UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER!

German technology is all about thoroughness in detecting a problem, assessing if a “DURABLE”solution could be found and thereafter launch on the work after taking approval from the client after explaining the problem, estimated cost and the duration. Indian ‘jugaad’is to fix first the apparent problem and ‘believe’ that there are no more problems and ‘THANK GOD and continue to live, till the problem resurfaces with greater intensity- and sometimes without remedy!”

This jugaad coupled with an incessant love for money makes them sequence issues in such a way that they maximize their profits without following the exacting standards fixed by the Germans in THOROUGHNESS in DETECTION OF ISSUES, RESOLVING THEM THROUGH DURABLE SOLUTION besides communicating with the customer by providing him the feedback regarding the cost, time for repair and what the problem is along with the implications of not attending to it promptly.

But we are a SOCIALIST nation, a word which gets defined as time goes by, by half baked brains which wear their concern for the “poor” and indulge in standard-less behaviour!

I love Germany because, they were the least colonizing nation and thorough in their approach with a comprehensive and durable solution but also the most maligned nation, just because one German was considered by the Allied powers as a genocider!



Whenever I launch on my brand of Christianity, which is that John’s Gospel is the first preferred book of the Bible and Matthew, the next: i have brickbats aimed at me, and some have even let loose the much misused verse, “ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, REPROOF, CORRECTION …..etc.etc.” For me a SUPER EVANGELIST is still lesser than an APOSTLE, who was not only chosen by Jesus himself, but even after the death & resurrection of Jesus propagated Christ and told what they had heard with their own ears.

Paul of Tarsus upbraids Peter, the apostle who was the most daring and action oriented disciple of Jesus Christ. That narration could be seen in Galatians Chapter 2 verses 11 onwards:

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[d] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

This upbraiding was, in my opinion unworthy of a proselytized Christian who did not have the benefit of the WORD IN FLESH. Further, when the Phoenician woman asks Jesus, while He was in the flesh, for the cure of her daughter, He said,

“But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” (Matt:15:26)

But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. (Mark 7:27)

Matthew, a disciple of Jesus, while in the flesh, had no axe to grind after the resurrection of Jesus to tell something which he did not hear, therefore I suppose Matthew’s narration has authenticity and verity. Whereas, Mark, was first a disciple of Peter and then of Paul and I see more reason to adjust the FACTS to be in harmony with their doctrine. These adjustments may be in line with the present day thinking, but for Matthew who saw and followed Jesus, there would have been no necessity to accommodate the morale of the gentiles, like Paul and his disciples had to!

Jesus said, “Salvation is of the Jews.” (John4:22), which is very clear and as Khalil Gibran says about one’s children in his “PROPHET”: “They come through you but not from you, they are life’s longing for itself”, it is the preposition OF, which spells from where the salvation is to emanate and such salvation is not FOR the Jews only.

One should call into reference Jesus’ many parables, one of which is that the king made a big feast and invited guests but none having turned up, sent his men and collected people from the streets and idlers for the marriage feast. But when one invitee was found without the wedding clothes, Jesus did not say that since he was an invitee, he could come to the dinner without preparation. Even if one is invited, one cannot enter certain places without being WORTHY of that august company to which one has been invited! (Matt 22:5-14)

“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

This parable shows that the Jews were the original INVITEES, but because they did not turn up, citing one flimsy ground after another, the invitation was extended to the gentiles also. This doesn’t mean that the gentiles could go in because of an INVITATION, the gentiles had to be prepared.

So in my humble opinion, Paul was too eager to get in the gentiles into the fold without preparation, all in the name of FAITH, but the Jacobean WORKS was also important.

So that leads to the next question whether eating with or being seen eating with the gentiles was proscribed by CHRIST? My answer is that it is most important that there are some etiquette  which are necessarily to be followed. Let us cut back and go to the feast organized by Joseph for his brothers in Egypt, Joseph did not want to be seen eating with the shepherdic Jews and did not eat with his own brothers for a while. Peter was merely NOT WANTING TO DISTURB THE FLEDGLING FAITH OF THE JERUSALEMITES, Jerusalem was the core. There was no reason, much less, any authority vested nor did Paul have the heritage to go ballistic and write such an epistle to Galatians proclaiming his doctrine and how he upheld his beliefs, even before the centre. According to me  he broke ranks and even if that was forgivable, he did not have the courtesy of deference to an Apostle like Peter, who despite his impulsive nature  was chosen by Jesus, after having seen through the heart of Peter. At I Timothy 5 :1 , Paul says:

Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

But Paul doesn’t seem to have practised what he was prone to PREACHING. But, who am I to judge? Yet I have to choose a Christian path, which is : to wisely make choices like a serpent, yet to be INNOCENT like a dove in, ACTION. And therefore I WEIGH to CHOOSE! Even if I have done something wrong in such weighing, may the Lord be merciful to me.

Paul to me was a messenger of God to the non-Jews, but Peter was chosen as the ROCK on which Jesus brought every believer. Peter’s ability to REPENT as soon as he realized; the trust he had to try walking on water – can you imagine the TRUST he had in Jesus? No other disciple dared, but Peter did it! He was shown in his utterly human weakness so that I do not glory in my flesh, but depend on His Grace. If Jesus died for me, Peter trusted and DID, but he could not sustain and thereby has shown that my failings do not have to hinder my access to God. Thomas by his doubting, has cleared my ‘fundamental’ doubts!

Paul is a bundle of contradictions of a dying Pharisaical attitude, with a relentlessly emerging CHRISTIAN CONSCIOUSNESS. And Paul chose his company – Paul tonsured his head because of a vow- WOW! But it is his EFFORT, which surpasses all his defects. Yet Paul is no norm for a Christian.


It is not because of the polls in Varanasi and other constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal that this day the 12th of May 2014 is important, but that from the evening of the 12th, the TV channels would be hopefully at liberty to air the results of the Exit polls.

What’s so different about these exit polls? This gives the media to ADJUST the contents of the alleged PAID NEWS put out by them, while the polling was in progress. Now the ‘smarter’ channels ‘which are alleged to have been paid’  would correct the figures and keep it closer to the ‘actual’ figures which were arrived at not only during the EXIT POLLS but also the pre-polling data!

The standard deviation from the mean arrived at from their pre-poll analysis, has to be juxtaposed against the EXIT poll predictions to find out their waywardness. More interesting would be the ‘reasons’ given by the  psephologists to scale down the ‘lies’ alleged to have been propagated for lucre!

I am eagerly awaiting the analysis which would be following the “adjusted exit poll” results today. The crux is that EVERYONE in the media has been given a last opportunity to align himself/herself to the truth which would emerge on the 16th instant.


Originally posted on Movid's Weblog:

A telephone call,  late in the night from any family member arouses one’s anxiety . The least one could do is to take the call asap, so that if one could be of any help then one would have more time on one’s hands. Those “seconds” seems like hours.

So one night, at about 1am in the morning, i receive a call from my son, who believes that his father and mother have an unshirkable duty of attending to their children’s needs at any time of the day or night. Even though i do not subscribe to his belief, as it happens to be our son’s belief, we had always in deference to his belief, attended to his needs. As a reader you may rush in to conclude that my son had been brought up in such pampered circumstances, surely not. Kids were allowed to fend for themselves, as during…

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