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BEEP SONG OF SIMBU!


BEEP SONGBeep song, is the name assigned to the song composed in Thamizh by Anirudh a popular Music Director of Thamizh films and Simbu, a Thamizh actor who since those days of a leakage of his telephone conversation with a girl, who is supposedly the daughter of an iconic Thamizh actor, has gained notoriety in no small measure ! 

So a Thamizh film song sung by him and set to tune by the said music director had been posted in the whatsapp before it was released officially. 

The trouble with the song is that a derogatory term used for a female body part has been used in the lyrics, which coincides partially with a beep and as the song progresses, the beep is a trifle out of line with the expletive and reveals itself in all its vulgarity! 

Simbu says it was MEANT FOR PRIVATE USE! 

Nevertheless it has leaked and found its way into the Internet! 

Women’s organisations are reported to be outraged and have filed a complaint in the courts, which has been pleased to summon Simbu! 

One of the lines I enjoyed, notwithstanding the discreet expletive, was the philosophical prescription that: A WOMAN WHO DOES’NT BREAK HEARTS IS NO WOMAN, AND A MAN WHO DOESN’T LEARN TO LIVE WITH A BROKEN HEART IS NO MAN! 

Now returning to the thread of the issue, I for one believe that I have a RIGHT TO MY REPUTATION, therefore if someone hurts my personal reputation I need to be outraged and take remedial steps, depending on my means and desirability of reacting! One surely doesn’t want to end up taking offence like Oscar Wilde and end up not only losing a defamation case but also allow the respondent to prove what he had stated was INDEED TRUE! The remedy gets worse. 

But the word peekingly used from behind the beep, is just a body part and one needn’t have to take offence at the utterer’s perception of the other gender’s body part. Probably he or she suffers from depletion of the aesthetics in perception of such body parts! So be it ! Why take offence, as long as it doesn’t refer to my body part? It is generic! 

But there is a lurking minuscule who believe that the opposite gender entertains derogatory opinions on their body parts and any reference is seen as making a DEFAMATORY STATEMENT on their own body parts. 

Now that Simbu says that the song was stolen , does it amount to STRICT LIABILITY or ABSOLUTE LIABILITY? 

The matter has entered the courts and we need to apply these evolving principles . 

Like the Delhi OLEUM LEAK CASE, if Simbu and the music director had produced such a vulgar song so as to outrage the modesty of women in general and a few in particular, should he not have kept the song to himself and his coterie and not allowed it to ESCAPE, like it is claimed by him to have happened? 
Or , alternatively the leaker of the song is to be criminally held liable for the public release unauthorisedly? 

Finally, the decision would have to be based on facts more than on principles, as the SHO’s version would prevail, for all practical purposes !

Long live Liberty to do, think or simply be! 

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Diogenes & the smart Alec’


Move over! Let me receive some sunlight.
That was something Diogenes is supposed to have told Alexander, the Great! An appendage which the society bestows with such parsimoniousness, that I know of not more than three all starting with the letterA. 

Unheard melodies, when made, are sweeter than when imagined. 

So I’d rather believe not only the context, but the meaning of those words in relation to the context.

Diogenes would have meant it with the supreme CONTEMPT of a humanitarian being with supreme awareness, on an illiterate who goes about bullying people for land and labour! 

Diogenes with that statement must have wanted to make the smart Alec! , realise that Bullying may get you land and labour, but it does not create goodwill! Further , Alex was not ‘giving’ sunlight but merely BLOCKING it. For the Alec to move, I Diogenes should make a request! Sun is nature in all its glory and splendour! 
Alex learnt that he was blocking the benefits bestowed by Nature freely! 

Diogenes proved that not everything is give and take, but there are benefits which the Nature provides out of its benevolence ! Humans can block it, but never Give it! 

Similarly, even during inundation and flash floods innate human benevolence comes into play. But politicians want to take credit for that milk of human kindness which springs eternal in human hearts! Lady Macbeth couldn’t appreciate that too! Rounding it off with the Hope of another Alexander (Pope), feels good! 

Chennai’s claims after rains! 


CHENNAI FLOODS!
One of the first principles which ought to be defended staunchly by a Democratic government is to protect the parties to a freely made CONTRACT from each other . 

Especially to protect the weaker of the two and to ensure that unambiguous laws are made so that the weaker parties are not pushed to the courts, where delays and costs could wipe them out. 

I think while everyone is doing his/her bit to the alleviation of the enormous man hours and property lost, one segment which is SILENT like Jonah and sleeping in the lower decks unheard and undetected are the INSURANCE GUYS! 

No doubt they are running a business, but they should also realise that they are under the protective cover of the Government in many ways and areas. 

I would appreciate if the IRDA sets up an office in Chennai to look into the claims of those who have been affected by the rain/drain water flooding and settle their claims expeditiously. 

Otherwise, most of the claims are bound to languish in the courts and the weaker individual would be eaten away by the metronomic inflation and the deep pockets of the insurance fat cats! 

The INSURANCE companies, which prey on the improbable insecurities of human existence should also be willing to rush to the aid of those who get caught in those insecurities, if it ever happens. 

Insurance companies have lived off India’s inflation more efficiently than any other industry. They have collected the premium today and paid more money of less purchasing power, after two or three decades. What the insurance companies have done with all the cream of the premium is anybody’s guess!

So as a gesture of solidarity with the Chennaiwasis, all property, life insurance companies should stop playing for TIME, which is the crux of their game!

Why I believe that the Government should get the Policies enforced is because it has not only control but also has been the only agency which knows the real value of the Govt owned insurance companies’ assets. Since the policy holder has in good faith taken a policy in good times, the Govt should ensure that the Insurance companies do not let their Lawyers distinguish before the courts as to why the claim cannot be settled! 

Incidentally I haven’t seen a single insurance advertisement during and after the Chennai rains. A ‘claimable’ situation makes the whole insurance industry shy of being heard or seen! 

Help! Rein in the Insurancewallahs! 

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