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GOING OVERBOARD – KRISHNA IYER STYLE!


Former Justice of the Supreme Court of India, Mr. Krishna Iyer, had always been a champion of WOMEN’S CAUSE.

While he was the justice of the Kerala High Court he had delivered a judgement in the matter of Yusuf Rowther vs. Sowramma, AIR 1971, Kerala 271, which is a landmark judgement on the basis of EQUITY and less on MUSLIM LAW. After all, I am of the unshakable belief that no atheist or a person not belonging to that particular faith would be able to appreciate and apply the law embedded in the religious texts. Maybe the courts should take the advice of the religious heads before they come up with so called EQUITABLE SOLUTIONS! No doubt there are highly learned Jurists who belong to faiths different from that of the law applicable to the parties, like Tahir Mahmood etc.,yet they are balanced in their views, but they are exceptions.

At the outset it is a fact indisputable, that Mr.Krishna Iyer was a Minister of the Kerala Cabinet before becoming a Justice, therefore his social reformatory zeal, i presume, got to colour his judgments. However in all fairness, it should be conceded that his judgments appear more biased for social reasons than for religious bigotry. However it has always been a mystery, why he had to retain the tag IYER- which clearly indicates the community from which he hails.

Women deserve to be treated better and, to be given equal rights in the ancestral property, right to the education like any male sibling, dignity to lead a life of her own etc. etc.. But in our eagerness to provide women a better life and protection of our laws, we tend to go overboard and bring imbalances in the system- which is taken advantage of by crooks and rogues. There have been many instances of a wife having an affair outside her marriage, who brings allegations of DOWRY HARASSMENT against her husband, and gets him and his relatives into  jail. The law is helpless and the fact finding police is afraid of the jurisdictional magistrates- who in turn are scared of the media and the women’s organization. It has become a chain of events that serve each link its own purpose, and the individual is left to his fate!!!

The misuse of the provisions have made mice out of men, especially men who are timid with wayward wives!! This situation is to be balanced somehow, otherwise the social objectives of the legislation would not be met. The man who is not at fault, should be supported by the law to live with dignity, as much as a woman is entitled to it. He should not be made a victim of the laws by the police that fears the Magistrate, a Magistrate who in turn fears the higher judiciary and the media, and the women’s organization which is not interested in the facts and circumstances!!!

Mr. Krishna Iyer has DECLARED DEATH SENTENCE ON DOWRY– as per page 2 of the Newspaper DNA, Bangalore edition dated 29th July 2009! Whatever that means…is like the statement made by Robert Browning about the meaning of his poem:-

When I wrote it God and Robert Browning knew the meaning; now only God knows.”

BUT AFTER ALL, GOING OVERBOARD IS KRISHNA IYER STYLE!!!

THE SECOND COMING!


In the evolutionary process of LIFE, when the next SPURT of OPPORTUNITY would come is uncertain. Greater uncertainty is, whether we would be around when it happens.

The greatest of uncertainties is whether we will RECOGNIZE it when it happens, and ACT PROMPTLY & WISELY!

THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS (Gospel of Matthew) BEAUTIFULLY BRINGS OUT THE GREATER UNCERTAINTY in BEING AROUND WHEN IT HAPPENS!!

The ten virgins had waited with HOPE, therefore they all had the VISION to wait and be caught up with the BRIDEGROOM. They also knew that they had to have enough oil to keep them going, but when the five left for the oil, the BRIDEGROOM came and they were left behind. The uncertainty of the time of arrival of the BRIDEGROOM, cannot be allowed to slacken our READINESS. Readiness had to include even the BACK UP, so that we do not leave the scene of ACTION for procuring material to sustain us thru the scene of ACTION.

The unwise Virgins, should have engaged the services of the vision-less virgins to procure oil, while they stay on in the scene of ACTION. It would have been better if they had stayed around and used up the oil in waiting, than to leave the scene of action and be stranded.

TIME & TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN, NOR FOR ANY WOMAN!!

JEHU & JEZEBEL!


Jezebel at the balcony,
All decked up to invite the New King.
She had depilated and scrubbed herself clean,
To seduce Jehu.

She had the secrets of the Kingdom.
She had ruled by proxy,
Baal and Chemosh had obeyed her-
Of course through their Priests.

Jehu was driving furiously
To decimate his ex master’s queen.
She was decking to become
The next one too-

FROM THE QUEEN MOTHER TO QUEEN!

Once she was his Highness,
Now he had the option to feel
Her consummate skills on bed.
Very enticing & Inviting.

Jezebel used to welcome Ahab
Upon his return from campaigns thus.
She tried the same on Jehu.
Jehu had seen it all
But this time did not yield.

Once yielded
Forever shall be condemned.
Without a thought, orders her overthrow.
From the balcony and her high horse
Jezebel fell, to be the food of curs.

Temptation comes in  packages imagined

At a Time when one could have it freely.
But blessed is the Man whose Purpose is defined.
Kill the BITCH that seduces you from your purpose.

BEWARE OF A WOMAN WHO CAN’T SAY “NO”.


She never said NO.

She couldn’t say NO.

She would say no YES either.

She worked day and she worked night.

The men folk were flabbergasted.

There was a callow youth, Who was fascinated with the prospects of encountering no NOES!

Wooed he the lady, successfully- she didn’t say NO.

Years rolled by- he heard no NOES.

But she learnt the art of making his man demand less and less,

Now the man’s joy of hearing no NOES,

Had turned to the fear of hearing the FIRST NO!

HUMILITY & HUMILIATION!!


INDIA IS NOT ONLY FEUDAL STILL, BUT ALSO ALLOWS FEUDALISM TO EXPRESS ITSELF IN UNACCEPTABLE WAYS!

The news report in TIMES OF INDIA (Bangalore edition dated 22.07.2009) states that Mr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam former President of India and one of the greatest minds produced by India in Missile Technology, and most of all a TOLERANT and HUMBLE person has been humiliated,  not merely thru frisking by the American CONTINENTAL AIRLINES staff, but also by asking him  to remove his shoes before boarding- all in the name of SECURITY.

What has FRISKING got to do with FEUDALISM?

When a person is not recognized by the authorities they have every right to conduct the security procedures , as laid down in their RULE BOOKS. There are exemptions granted to dignitaries and spouses of dignitaries thru notifications issued by the Ministry. These exemptions serve as notice to the Authorities at the airport, to exempt them from the normal procedures applicable to the persons NOT RECOGNIZED in Law.

BUT when an EX-PRESIDENT of India, is not merely frisked but also asked to remove his shoes, in the Indian soil by a foreign Airlines despite being alerted, by the CISF officers on duty accompanying the EX PRESIDENT, it is not a RULE OF LAW, but utter FEUDALISM!

I can visualize how embarrassing it must have been for a senior citizen to bend and remove his shoes at the boarding point of the aircraft! And worse still how he’d have had to bend to wear them back in front of men far inferior in stature, nature and erudition to him. My blood boils!!

Had he not been recognized under law to be exempted, i’d have had the matter pass by. But here in his own mother land, a set of idiots insist that as per US laws, everyone had to be frisked before boarding.

DO WE NEED SUCH FOREIGN AIRLINES WHICH IMPOSE THE US LAWS IN OUR LAND?

MERE SHOW-CAUSE NOTICES WOULD NOT SUFFICE, WHICH NORMALLY PETER OUT INTO LEGAL HAIR SPLITTING WITH A NOMINAL APOLOGY FROM A LOW LEVEL STAFF FROM THE AIRLINES!

IT IS TIME INDIANS STOOD UP TO SUCH HIGH HANDEDNESS PRACTICED ON THE INDIAN SOIL!!

BUT HATS OFF TO MR. ABDUL KALAM, WHO HAD BORNE THE INDIGNITY FROM THE 21ST APRIL 2009 TILL NOW IN SILENCE AND HAS NOT LET IT TURN INTO AN ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT OF THE AMERICAN LAWS!!

HUMILITY IN THE FACE OF HUMILIATION, IS TRUE TEST OF CHARACTER. I AM PROUD OF THE INDIAN WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT AGAIN.

COURAGE.


ABSENCE OF FEAR IS NOT COURAGE!

AT BEST, IT COULD BE RESISTANCE OR ENDURANCE, BUT COURAGE IS A POSITIVE EXPRESSION.

COURAGE HAS TO MOVE THE PERSON FORWARD EITHER THROUGH OVERCOMING OR IGNORING THE NEGATIVES, BASED ON HOPE.

IT IS AN  EXPRESSION OF AN ONWARD AGENDA!

THE DERMATOLOGIST & MJ’S KIDS!!


It is nothing surprising that Michael Jackson had used the donor sperm of his Dermatologist of thirty years, to father his first two kids thru Debbie. But what surprises me is that the DERMATOLOGIST has insensitively, even before the shock of the death of Michael Jackson had died down,  filed a suit for custody of both the children.

It has been a joke about Dermatologists in general, that when they get a patient, it is for LIFE. The person with skin problems seldom gets completely cured and the condition would come back thereby assuring the Dermatologist of an assured patient for LIFE. Secondly, the patient has to have continuity of the treatment process and therefore sticks to one. Thirdly, no patient disturbs his dermatologist in the dead of the night complaining of any acute problem needing medical intervention, and therefore the Dermatologist is the only Physician assured of his daily night’s repose.

But this dermatologist, has not only been smart in choosing the branch of Medicine, but had also cuckooed in the nest of Michael Jackson and after the death of Michael has made claims on custody of the children. It has been reported that MJ  wanted the sperm donor to be this Dermatologist, as his IQ had been very high and probably wanted to give his putative kids a good genetic start.

But this wolf in sheep’s skin (oops! another derma related figure of speech.) had bided his time to strike. And he did strike! What a blow, my fellow men! He not only struck, but struck at the root of MJ’s honour. Now it is not easy to malign MJ’s attitude in the episode when he held his putative kid over the window sill for public view- after all it was not his kid!!!

I have been, in many of my blogs, taken up the issue between FATHERING and PARENTING. The dermatologist had been relied upon  by MJ, for the secrecy and the genes as well. But the FATHER, breaks a story and makes a claim thereby removing the halo that wud have otherwise surrounded the heads of MJ’s kids. All the PARENTING that MJ had done has gone to waste!!

THIS DERMATOLOGIST wants all of the money that is meant for the kids, by breaching the trust reposed on him by one of the greatest musicians of all time. The dermatologist deserves to be publicly whipped and pilloried, if possible  impaled also, for attempting to destroy the basic fundamental belief  that kids have- the right  to believe in the fatherhood of their parenting father.

FLOWER & VIRGIN


A sniffed flower  &

A stroked virgin,

Would soon become  garlands!!

THE LAST BASTION


They were friends
But he a He &
she a She.
They spoke on all topics
Tabooed and otherwise.

She shared her details
of her love life and he his.
Each knew the other
as one could know oneself
minus the intensity of the passion
felt at moments memorable.

They were each other’s sounding board.
Yet they had their identities intact.

One evening, being bored
He called her to his abode.
They smoked, drank and spoke.

She asked him “what would it have been
Like if they had had sex?”
His laugh made her wonder what he thought.
Yet he broke his silence and said,
“why spoil a friendship
that has been nurtured with respect?”

The woman would have none of that.
“How do you assume that sex would spoil it?”
The man replied,” A man is a predatory animal
And has to break barriers to perform.
So why tread a path that may not have a return?”

The woman was adamant
Her curiosity had paved the way
For her to launch an assault on his senses.
She drew closer and drooped her head on his shoulder.

It was not the first time,
But now the context had changed.
The strand of hair that brushed
against his face was stoking the embers,
He never thought existed.

Her tone had turned guttural and low
As if in whisper, she said, “what if we did it?”
“I am for the friendship and nothing less,”
Said he in a stern tone.
her curiosity was rising beyond her bounds.

Said she “Nothing LESS? I thought you
Meant nothing MORE!”
Friendship is more than mere union of bodies
And to move from friendship
To mating love is demotion of the soul.

She brushed her cheek against his cheek
And she felt his moustache kindle her
Passion to limits yet unknown.
He was confused and she looked up to his eyes
With surrendered deer look
Willing to squat or spread.

This was the last call to his honour
He flung her from his body
and ran to the door and out.
Friendship cannot be stained
By virility or submission.
It has to be on equal footing
The man was right, the maid tested him
But the man fled from the siren
To retain a Friend forever.

VIRGINITY TESTS!


There are bound to be conflicts between scientific progress on one side and the purposes for which it is put on the other side. Likewise, social priorities versus liberty of personal choices. VIRGINITY is a fact establishable medically, but fast losing its relevance because of its devaluation in recent times. The devaluation has been because of myriad reasons:- the groom is not particular about this membrane, as a virtue; the religious indoctrination has thinned down (“If…no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.” DEUTERONOMY 22:13-30The Bible); if the hymen is lost it could be reconstructed; hymen could be lost in strenuous activities also, etc. etc..

The issue has come to the foreground of the society in India because of the VIRGINITY TESTS conducted at the behest of the Government. The following is the news item on this:-

New Delhi: In a shocking incident scores of young women were allegedly subjected to virginity tests by the administration in Madhya Pradesh.

The young women were to get married under the Kanya Daan scheme in which mass marriages are performed by the Madhya Pradesh government.

It is a scheme on which Shivraj Singh Chauhan rode to poll victory. But now the scheme is gripped by a potentially crushing scandal after the brides were allegedly tested for virginity and 12 prospective brides were rejected after the tests.

“About 10-12 tested positive for pregnancy. They were sent to the SDM,” said Dr Reena Gautam, who allegedly carried out the tests.

“The scheme is meant for unmarried, for poor family girls, single adults, divorcees and also widow. Testing them for virginity cannot be more demeaning,” Congress MP Santosh Bagrodia said in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

WHY ARE WE OBFUSCATING ISSUES?

Because we want to create a bandwagon effect and get all the guys who support our agenda to join in and create an image bigger than reality!

WE HAVE TO DEFINE THE LOCUS STANDI FOR VIRGINITY TESTS. THAT IS THE POINT.

It was reported that when Prince Charles took Diana ( may her soul rest in peace) to be his wedded wife, the crown had subjected Diana to undergo various medical examination which included VIRGINITY TESTS also. If one uses one’s imagination, it is just that the Crown of England wanted an heir to the throne from the House of Windsors and no IMMACULATE CONCEPTION!!!

When, the royalty could, why should a common man’s desire, to have a virgin to be his wife so as to rule out the possibility of falsely raising someone’s kids as his own, be looked upon as anti-social?

However, it is never the Government’s duty to get involved in this debate, as this should be a fundamental personal right. The woman is at complete liberty NOT to submit to such an examination and NO ADVERSE INFERENCE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE MADE in case of SUCH NON-SUBMISSION.

Further, if a man insists on such a VIRGINITY TEST, it should be left for the man and woman to decide upon it on a contractual basis.

IT IS NOT PATRIARCHAL, NOR PAROCHIAL, IT IS TAKING UP CUDGELS FOR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES AND TRUTH!

IF ONE WANTS VIRGINITY TESTS ON A WOMAN, HE HAS TO GET MARRIED TO HER, IF SHE IS FOUND TO BE A VIRGIN & IN FUTURE HE SHALL NOT RAISE QUESTIONS ON THE PATERNITY OF HER CHILDREN, AS ANY TRUANT PLAYED BY THE WOMAN WOULD BE ASCRIBABLE TO HIS NEGLIGENCE!!!


The Beast & the Beauty.


The Beastliness of the strokes were drifting her to shores unknown. The unfamiliarity of the sensation brought visions which would be disturbed if she opened her eyes.

She closed her eyes shut, and like a vessel that goes through the eye of a storm, she went sightless, with all her engines roaring.

When she opened her eyes she saw the spent beast, back to his nice self.

She forgives herself, for the sensation showered, every time!!

SKILL TO HANDLE LIES!!


God asked him, ‘ Do u want to know the Truth or want to have the skill to make use of the Lies of the world, for your own benefit?’

He said, ‘ God, i am too small to pursue the Truth and die a pauper. So let me have the skills to handle the lies of this world.’

Next morning he woke up to find himself a rich man. He abandoned the search for TRUTH in the altar of WISDOM.


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THERE ARE NO HOLIDAYS IN HEAVEN!!


One of the eminent engineers i met, was of the opinion that in western countries there is an ineluctable concept of holidays, that once a westerner’s period for work was over, he would tell his boss that he was taking a break and go on a holiday,come what may.

But Indians working abroad do not have the self-respect to demand a holiday nor are they ingrained with the concept of holidays. They just work, work and work more. My engineer friend poignantly said AFTER ALL THERE ARE NO HOLIDAYS IN HEAVEN. After all, the journey from India to the The US or Europe was like going to heaven, and in heaven there are no holidays!

I liked his line, a line so profound that it touches the spiritual!!

THE BIG CHICK!


POKER, means different things to different persons. Some play poker for the RUSH they get when they have concealed their great hands and ambushed another player; some for the camaraderie that this game brings; some for the cash; some for just whiling away their free time; some to test their luck; some study the game and try to predict the outcome of the hand and some for assessing human behaviour. There might be many more reasons for playing poker which have not occurred to the limited vision of this blogger. But what fascinates me is the POKER LINGO. There are specialized words that signify a situation, the fall of cards, the behaviour of players at the table etc..

One of the usages that had fascinated me was the BIG CHICK! Big chick is nothing but holding of an Ace and a Queen of any suit, as the pocket cards. I suppose the CHICK part is the one that signifies the Queen and the BIG signifies the ACE. To hold high cards as pocket cards have always advantageous. But that does not guarantee success in the game, there is a great deal of human emotions  & nerves that come into play.

You call any woman or girl as a CHICK, it is considered derogatory. But the word chick, must have been used quite commonly in the gambling houses. Now that there are very many women who flock the gambling houses, in deference to their gender, CHICK word has fallen into disuse.

BUT THE USAGE BIG CHICK STILL FASCINATES ME! When a chick becomes big, it could be a hen or a rooster. But the usage BIG CHICK has a different ring to my ears. In all the thousands of games played by me, i have never won a hand with BIG CHICK. Therefore as a matter of policy, i never fold with a BIG CHICK on hand. Come what may, i stand by my BIG CHICK!!!

FEDERER WINS- WITHOUT CRYING!


Wimbledon 2009, and the winner is ROGER FEDERER. I had the good firtune of watching the match where Roger Federer broke all the previous records of a single male winning GRAND SLAMS. Federer had won 15 Grand Slam tournaments and is still counting on the future.

The match was interesting, Federer did not break a single serve of Andy Roddick- till the last set. Had Federer won the Match with the FOURTH SET- in a tie-break, it would have been historic in the sense that without breaking a serve in the Finals, one had became the Wimbledon Champion! We have tampered with the game in the name of  LOGISTICS, ENDURANCE, VIEWERSHIP etc. etc.. The earlier format was that there was no tie breaks. Each game had to be won with a difference of 2 points and each set with a difference of 2 games. In our love for effeminacy and emasculating the ENDURANCE quotient of the player, the tie break brought in brevity and a sprinter’s attitude to the game of tennis. However, to some extent good sense prevailed that they left the 5th set of the match in the old format. Otherwise, WIMBLEDON 2009 could have been a Grand Slam which was won by a champion without breaking the opponent’s serve even once!!

Secondly, the standard of WOMEN’S  TENNIS, is appallingly bad that but for their skimpy dresses and the cameras focussing from the ground level, there is hardly anything worth watching. This year  even that was one sided, Serena and Venus are hardly the choices fit for such viewing!!

I asked a woman friend of mine, a die-hard fan of Federer,  as to why she rooted for FEDERER. Her reply was prompt and flabbergasting. EVEN WHEN HE WINS HE CRIES!! When asked further, what if he cries? Her reply was that WHEN A WINNER CRIES, IT SHOWS HIS HUMILITY AND MAKES HIM LOOK CUTE!!

But u gotta watch his game. Not his CUTENESS etc. etc.

She wisely said: You idiot, why do men watch Maria Sharapova, Steffi Graf etc. etc? They don’t watch them for their tennis prowess. Men play better anyday, it is just that there is a promordial instinct in man to ogle at successful and elegant women. They watch these women players for those reasons. Likewise, women like to watch men’s tennis  for appreciating successful, competitive men. But when a successful or competitive man after winning a match shows, rather is not afraid of showing his softer side by CRYING, the maternal instincts get awakened like a bolt of lightning. It is that which we call CUTE.

GOD BLESS FEDERER’S CUTENESS, BUT THIS YEAR IN THE WIMBLEDON, HE FELL SHORT OF HIS CUTENESS- HE DID NOT CRY. MAY BE THE SAME WOMEN WOULD SAY HE’S BECOME ARROGANT!!!

DELHI IS GAY, FINALLY!


The News papers and their headlines may scream that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code has been made null and void to the extent that PRIVATE CONSENSUAL SAME SEX activity cannot be brought under the ambit of the section of the Penal code. But a plain reading of Article 226 of the Constitution of India clearly defines the precedential value of the judgement pronounced by The High Court of Delhi would hold good only so far as the jurisdiction to which the power has been granted by the constitution, which means Delhi. The relevant provision reads  as under:-

Article 226. (1) Notwithstanding anything in article 32

every High Court shall have power, throughout the

territories in relation to which it exercises jurisdiction, to issue to any person or authority, including in appropriate

cases, any Government, within those territories directions,ordersor writs, including 1[writs in the nature of habeascorpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari,or any of them, for the enforcement of any of the rightsconferred by Part III and for any other purpose.]

Primarily, Delhi is cosmopolitan; secondly the income and education quotient of the Delhiites is far above the national average; thirdly the denizens of Delhi are not bound by the traditions that hold fast the rural society of India. Therefore, unless the Supreme Court of India backs  this judgement with its own order (on an appeal on this matter or on a similar subject), it is difficult to consider this judgement as the LAW DECLARED of THE LAND.

The justices have been unkind to the ASG, by bringing in a personal reference against him by stating that his understanding of the constitutional scheme of things was POOR! What actually the ASG thought on the issue is irrelevant, secondly he was ranged against the public opinion of the celebrities and various social oraganizations and could not have argued with any conviction.Further it was a SOCIAL issue having HEALTH, LAW & ORDER ramifications.

I am of the firm opinion that Justices of the other High Courts cannot be as bold as these Justices, as they may be dispensing justice in territories that have high religion based opinions and prejudices.

In the interest of the NATION, either the Parliament should amend the provisions of Sec 377 and add a proviso that THE SEXUAL ACTIVITY OF ANY KIND BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS  CANNOT BE BROUGHT WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THIS SECTION. Otherwise this will continue in the statute books like section 303 of the IPC, but defunct in practice, as the judicial precedent has struck down the section as DISCRIMINATORY, albeit by the Supreme Court.

LET US BE TOLERANT, BUT NOT ENCOURAGE LICENTIOUSNESS!!

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