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BLOOM BOX and Sridhar!

Bio fuel, wind energy, nuclear energy, hydro power all are going to be passe, if the BLOOM BOX which BLOOM ENERGY from the Silicon Valley has invented comes to mass production. The CEO of BLOOMENERGY is one K.R.Sridhar, apparently with roots from the Southern India.

The BLOOM BOX is supposed to be of the size of a small inverter that would be able to produce enough electricity to run four Indian homes (or so the TIMES OF INDIA dt. 23/02/2010 Bangalore edition claims).

I was excited more than Archimedes and i let out an EUREKA, when i read the article. It was not merely the joy of having been a contemporary to an invention that would be a game changer, but the thought of all those so called “EXPERTS” who have been talking of CLEAN ENERGY and building wind mills, hydro power plants costing around $1.25 million per MW of energy. Where would all these projects in India go if the BLOOM BOX were to hit India?

Licences have been obtained from the Union and state governments, by many entrepreneurs to build hydel power stations on build-operate-and-transfer basis.  There are the old hawks who have built up refineries on the hope that their bio-fuel would be the cornerstone for electricity production in India. If the BLOOM BOX hits India and is found economical (which i believe would be: pl watch this youtube video: what would happen to all those who have spent enormous amounts on various  persons along the way in obtraining the licences and permissions?

Elementary Mr.Watson: ENSURE THAT BLOOM BOX DOES NOT GET THE NECESSARY LICENCE TO BE FREELY IMPORTED INTO INDIA. IF WE ALLOW SUCH IMPORTS, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO OUR SUZLONS, RELIANCES, EXIDES and a host of such companies which have been in Public Private Parnership with the Governments much before PPP was adopted as a policy!! IMPOSE 1000% customs duty on BLOOM BOX or even better make it a contraband!!! Another option open to the Suzlons, Reliances and Exides would be to become the sole distributor for BLOOM BOX and acquire the licence for marketing it in India REGION -wise!!lol

KUDOS to K.R.Sridhar. One whose invention is likely to be rated along with the inventions of  WATT, EDISON, FORD………….

Kerala & its scenic beauty.

Kerala as a State of India is unparalleled in its scenic  beauty as a state with its verdant slopes and hillocks. The villages do not end and one town is contiguous with another. Especially if one were to have been raised in the other states of India, where one village or town or city ends and the other begins, there would be a clear demarcation in terms of  having lands with no houses between those villages/town/cities. But that is not the case with Kerala. A typical tropical region and having the coastal feel throughout with relative humidity higher than any other state.

This state has the highest literacy, as per the statistics  put out by the CSO. It is also very common to see TODDY shops  at an alarmingly short intervals while driving through the roads. I stayed in a town in Tamil Nadu very close to the borders of the state of Kerala. Had to take a flight from Thiruvananthapuram (the state capital of Kerala) and as i did not have much time, my driver took me through a route which is seldom used by people who traverse from Nagercoil to Thiruvananthapuram. He took me through POOVAR, which seemed like a valley surrounded by green hillocks with coconut palms, rubber plantation and other trees only home to the Kerala soil. The route from Poovar to Vizhinjam was absolutely breathtaking.

On this route i happened to see a place where there were a lot of taxis and auto-rickshaws parked near a TODDY SHOP. When i asked the driver, he told me that this TODDY SHOP owner had the licence to sell toddy/arrack/liquor in that area which was also abutting a fishing village. The owner of that licence   had hired all those taxis and autos for giving free lift to people from that village to his shop and back. Once the customers are “fit”, they are ferried back to the fishing village or to the nearest bus station so that the folks could get back to their destination. Some MARKETING! No wonder one could find Malayalis in the HR departments and the management in plenty all over the country.

Kerala is a tourist’s delight with its backwaters, house boats, hillocks, shrines, and non-vegetarian food. It is nigh impossible to have a decent vegetarian meal in a small town. One could have beef fry and mackerel/ sardine fry for lunch in any diner in Kerala. The best food item i have had in Kerala was the PHAZHAMPOORI. This is batter fried banana fruit and one could keep consuming any quantity without realizing that one’s belly is already full.

The driver was cribbing that the TOURISM industry had fallen in bad times and that he was in no position to get fabulous tips from his foreign customers. On the way up, he had shown me a FROGLESS POND! When i was sceptical asked him if he had ever tried to check up the veracity of the froglessness of the pond, he was quite stunned. He said, “Sir, in Kerala except social issues nothing else is questioned. Everything else is to be BELIEVED or IGNORED. We believe that the MAGARA DEEPAM goes off at the appointed time every year at the Ayyappan temple, lakhs and lakhs of Christians believe that speaking in tongues is sine-qua-non for being caught up in the SECOND COMING of Christ!”

He further continued, “If the pond is with frogs, what could i tell the foreignors and impress them with? So i have to engage those foreignors in small talk and i love to believe that story, and i fill my pocket with tips.”

TRULY GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, but which has bred a lot of un-toiling people. They seem to be lazy and enjoying the natural vacation granted by God. God bless Kerala.

Jesus heals the Leper.

The Bible reading from the Old Testament,  last Sunday (31st January, 2010) was the portion from Leviticus where Moses gives various instructions about how a leper is to be treated in the Jewish community and how upon him being cured the erstwhile leper should show himself to the priest and make an offering as commanded by Moses. The New Testament reading was from the Gospel of  St.Mark which i reproduce herebelow:-

Mark 1:40-45 (King James Version)

40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

41And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

42And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

43And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;

44And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

45But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

This passage is seldom understood the way i have always understood. My father who is an ardent supporter of the Paulian interpretation of the Bible,  with Pisa tower like leanings towards “charismatic” movement and speaking in tongues, was asked by me to expound the passage. More as a challenge, than as a student eager to understand the “true” meaning of the Biblical passage. he went on  the traditional route and said that this was an instance where Jesus in flesh as God finds a LEPROUS MAN who is unable to “will” his own weal and requests Jesus to WILL for him. The new versions use the word “CHOOSE” instead of the KJV “WILL”. Effectively, the Leper was unable to believe, and therefore wanted Jesus to CHOOSE for him the health which he desired for himself, but could never believe that he could ever be cured of his LEPROSY. So the relevant part of the passage is ,”And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean!” So here Jesus fills up the void in the WILL of the leper and makes him whole.

Although, my dad’s interpretation had a new flavour to it, i felt that the kernel was left untouched. So i embarked on my explanation thus:

“God’s commandments succinctly put by Jesus in the flesh, was twofold:

Love God and Love your neighbour.

So the commandment is lucid on two aspects, one is the SPIRITUAL the next is the SOCIAL.

First is Man’s relationship with God, and the next is MAN’s relationship with MAN.

Jesus not only “willed the cure” for the leper on his behalf, but advises the cured leper to show himself to the priest as commanded by Moses and obtain the CERTIFICATE OF CLEANLINESS. This was the Social aspect. Jesus in Flesh knew the ostracism that had been faced by the cured Leper and wanted him not only to enjoy a life without Leprosy, but wanted the cured Leper to enjoy his life MORE ABUNDANTLY. The former leper is to be recognized by the society as “CLEAN”, thereby gaining access to the temple, to public places etc.

JESUS saw the second aspect and told the cured leper, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.”

It is not that Jesus told him a secret, but advised him to go and get the stamp of approval from the appointed authority, for declaring cleanliness of a cured leper, and thereby enjoy a good social life. But in the miracle of the cure, the man goes declaring that he had been healed. Jesus was also aware that if the priests knew that the healing came of Jesus, they might not declare the leper to have been cured and thereby jeopardize the social life of the cured leper (pl. recall the sufferings that the healed blind man from birth had to go thru, because he confessed that Jesus opened his eyes).

This is what Jesus wanted- that MAN should not merely have LIFE, but that he should have LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY.

No sooner had i finished my little sermon, on our way back from St.Mary’s church, Fort St.George, Chennai, than my father looked at me in a strange but a lil respectful way ( which i had never experience before!) and said, ” You can be a good preacher! and fool the masses with all yr social aspects of the Bible, but i am too much of a Christian to fall for your theories!!

And wryly added, ” Christianity is in the EXPERIENCE and not in the EXPLANATION.”

His one liner was truly withering. Experience has its certainties, which sounds ADAMANT to the youth’s ears. AMEN.

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