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Galle Face Hotel, Colombo


Lying in a premium ocean abutting suite in Colombo – with all the humidity and attendant discomforts of tropics, can still be beaten, if one runs the air conditioner in the suite, but keep the windows open to listen to the relentless waves coming in and receding with such regularity, that one is left with no option but to thank God. 

I didn’t even know that this hotel was sea facing! 

Some traveller who probably came to Colombo in 1864 for trading in tea or cinnamon stayed at GALLE FACE and spent a sleepless night like me wondering how the same waves would beat the shores a hundred and fifty years thence, not even having a clue about electricity, air conditioners and beating the oppressive humidity with facile ease! 

The continuum of TIME is so beautiful, that I cannot imagine how another sleepless occupant of a suite hundred and fifty years hence would wonder how a primitive man like me would have suffered in 2015, little knowing that I am indeed enjoying ineffably comparing my circumstances with that of the one who stayed sleepless in 1864! 

Life goes on and God wants to create a better world each day whether we as individuals exist in the days to come or we as individuals are replaced. As Longfellow said, we can merely leave our footprints on the sands of Time- that is if we TOIL UPWARD IN THE NIGHT! 

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David, the shrewdest king of Israel!


My dad asked me, ” Why did David try to get Michal, daughter of Saul, after he was accepted by the tribe of Judah as their king, considering the fact that she was cohabiting with another person by name Phlatiel?”

With his vast sense of righteousness and the commandment : THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, to back him, he thought he had stumped me.

I had thought it all out!

I said, IT IS NOT WHY, BUT WHEN, that we should occupy our consideration. David knew he was gypped in the case of Mehrab, when he defeated Goliath. Through his second attempt to get to be the son-in-law he gets the foreskins of the uncircumcised, and gets Michal. The RIGHT to have Michal had been sealed through performance of the bride price, and he had CONSUMMATED his relationship as his wife, yet Saul to spite him uses the old old civil death concept and gets her married to Phlatiel! 

David did not go after her like Samson before him, just because his wife has been wrongly given to someone else. HIS PATIENCE COUPLED WITH HOPE made him wait till he was crowned the king at Hebron.

The TIDE TURNED.

Ishboseth asks a foolish question regarding another woman called Rizpah to his commander Abner and Abner, who was sensing the dwindling fortunes of Ishboseth, quickly abandons Ishboseth, citing the Rizpah episode as the reason.

It is at this juncture that David the shrewdest king CLAIMS HIS RIGHT TO MICHAL.

David was no fool, there is no point in being a wise one like Solomon and own an array of foreign princesses and spending his TIME on aesthetic pursuits without consolidating the foundation laid by his father David, ASSIDUOUSLY.

Nor was David a victim of the woman’s VANITY. David cared a fig for what Michal thought of David’s naked performance before his God! In fact he says that it was the same God who made him the King of Israel instead on being merely the son in law of the king! Therefore HE DIDN’T MIND LOOKING VILER IN THE EYES OF THE PRINCESS’ HANDMAIDENS!

Whereas, the biggest fool Solomon, who was running on the steam of his father David, expends the steam in the service of all those alien princesses who adorned his outward magnificence as accessories to his Kingship!

David tells Abner, get the woman Michal, for whom David had made a tally of 100 foreskins as the bride price! Abner, who was the Commander to the Army of Saul and for Abner and his brothers David had carried parched gram, figs etc. when the Giant Goliath was challenging the Israelites to send a challenger to fight him. Further, Abner was the one who once took him to Saul and recommended David as the challenger to Goliath. Abner now returns meekly and yanks the woman from the bosom of Phlatiel and “restores” Michal to David !

That’s MANLINESS OF DAVID coupled with COURAGE to withstand the guile of the woman worshiping men, and advantage seeking tantrum-ing princesses!

David KNEW WHEN TO CLAIM EVEN HIS RIGHTS! That made him the man he was, not succumbing to the sinuous, sensuous and emotional appeals of the feminine LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI!

David was the Man, maybe Jehu comes close, but without the poetic skills or the pioneering spirit of David, though!

Bertolt Brecht


The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.  –   Bertolt Brecht

What an amazing statement made decades back, which has suddenly become relevant!

Some of my friends, who are Jazz enthusiasts believe that Louis Armstrong wrote MACK THE KNIFE! It was written at least 2 decades before Louis Armstrong ended the lay with his gruffly TAKE IT SATCH!

Like some of my Jazz enthusiast friends, merely because Satch was a referral to himself (Satchmo) to get on with the trumpet, they had concluded that the lyrics were scripted by Louis Armstrong. Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with his friend wrote the translated song ! 

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