The BEAUTY about Christianity is that mere SUSPICION does not entitle anyone to act upon it. Even emperors have been forced to search out the truths and only after discovering the TRUTH, have been allowed, by the Biblical laws, to take action. Any SUSPICION, however strong, is NOT sufficient grounds to take extreme action.

In the FACEBOOK which offers an application called POKER, there are very many instances where there are outright war of words that erupt and spoil the tranquility of the game. They are mostly based on nationality, religion, ethnicity, language and colour.

During one of those eruptions a Turk, seeing my profile had the impudence to call me a COW, in a derogatory way, gathering that i am an Indian from the profile. It is no doubt that cows are worshiped and even the Directive Principles of state policy, enshrined in the Constitution of India, enjoins the Governments to promote banning of cow slaughter. Seen from the secular point of view, i am of the strong opinion that it is more based on the principle that one cannot take a cow’s milk when it can give milk and then send it to the slaughter house when it cannot. That seems too selfish of men to do that.

The TURK who said that, was hardly aware that i knew a little bit of his background too. So i said, “Your LAW giver Suleiman the Magnificent could not hold his SUSPICION against his childhood friend and killed him merely because he was told by his dying minister that his childhood friend Ibrahim Pasha was conspiring to kill the emperor!!” And further added that even an EMPEROR of his stature could not hold his suspicion and verify facts, but got him murdered ( even though there were stories floated that Suleiman gave individual dinner to Ibrahim Pasha with the hope that Pasha would kill Suleiman instead of him- some loyalty of friendship!! This doesn’t hold water as we have seen Akbar sending off Bairam Khan on a pilgrimage instead of the gallows. Therefore without his active orders, Pasha would not have got murdered: and in any case if Suleiman had wanted to save his friend, who was actually innocent, he could have spared his life.) If with all his MAGNIFICENCE & POWER he could not wait to ascertain FACTS, what a poor threshold of EQUITY did he have?

The Turk was stunned. He asked me how the cow and the suspicion were interlinked. I told him Turks were butchers and killed people merely because they could not hold their suspicion and find out the TRUTH. It was not uncommon for the princes to fight after the death of the Sultan, and get the captured princes strangulated! And my example of the most powerful Turk ever, proved my hypothesis. That the TURKS did not value friendships & relationships (except when it was expedient), & that they further utilized the name of God for destroying political opponents whereby they shrunk the space for PEACE and promoted AUTHORITARIANISM. The TURKS were DEFECTIVE PEOPLE in their thinking.

There are TWO ways to kill SUSPICION.

One kill the agent which is the cause of the suspicion- like Desdemona being killed by Othello and later discover the facts, to repent.

Or secondly, hold the suspicion in your mind and gather FACTS to get incontrovertible proofs to take a side. But in politics one may not have time to do the second one, but at least one should devise ways of isolating the person from indulging in acts deleterious to the Politician’s interest, till such time that the FACTS are revealed.

The problem with the most Magnificent TURK was that, like any of his ilk, he killed the agent who caused the suspicion. He killed Ibrahim Pasha, the Emperor’s childhood friend, based on a dying man’s declaration!! Assuming that a dying man has no reason to lie!! ( even the Evidence Act of India supports this point of view- LOL) But some men can lie at any point and to any extent, that they can even disprove the mettle of a polygraph machine.

Suspicion is the mental tool given by God to correct our thought processes which get corrupted through passions . This does not imply that one should turn oneself into a Hamlet and blow up an opportunity based on whimsicality, but like Jehu – the King of Israel- wait out the 12 years in the service of Ahab’s son and then when the opportunity comes to strike. JEHU struck pith and marrow. That waiting out one’s suspicion and gathering proofs impartially is the next best thing to FORGIVENESS.




The first time i heard of POKER was in the movie McKenna’s Gold, where Eli Wallach tells the Marshall (Gregory Peck) that they could play some poker along the way! Peck retorts, “Not with your cards, but mine!”

Even though i had been familiar with a few card games including Bridge, somehow the game of POKER never sounded interesting to my ears. My friends have been avid players of this card game in an application offered by FACEBOOK. It was by accident that i espied  my son playing poker at the same site and yelling out when he made a few tens of thousands of virtual dollars.

The game was introduced to me by my son, who had by then run up a healthy 50,000$ to his credit. Having a greater credit of those virtual dollars allowed one an access to rooms where the stakes were high. If one did not have a sizable balance one would not even know, what gambling is all about, much less as to what a POKER FACE was!!

It took me a cool two and a half months to get into the millionaire category and as luck would have it, the mentality to gamble is embedded  human  mind, and i decided to try my luck. FORTUNE and POVERTY both come thru this  strain. Till this strain struck me, i was happy making my $50,000 daily and quitting the table. But alas, gradualism is unexciting and the mind speculates as to what would happen if one million chips are thrown in for a good hand!

Aided by my college mate, on that fateful night of 15th of June, 2009, i embarked on a venture that was not merely bordering greed, but avarice. Found a seat in the room where the big guns were blazing. Sat with one million dollars, and like a spider waiting for a pair of Aces or Kings. Many rounds i had folded even after putting the initial chips of 10,000$ or 20,000$, as the dream hand had not turned up. Lo and behold after about 5 rounds a pair of Aces turned up for me. I played blind and dropped half million dollars. Almost everyone folded, but one of the multi millionaires put 900,000$ and raised the bid, I went ALL IN. All of ONE MILLION chips, hard earned through the school of gradualism.

I was thinking to myself, another Ace and i might leapfrog into the two million category. It was a nice feeling. My friend Shekar was egging me on, if you don’t trust your luck NOW when could you possibly TRUST? The next three community cards came up. One Ace and two kings. I was thrilled. Now i had Three aces and two kings to make a Full House. There is a very rare chance of a person beating a combination of hand like this.

I felt at the top of the world. Am gonna become a multi millionaire (anything more than one was multi- exuberance, my friend exuberance!!). The  other options possible for me to lose were FOAK (four of a kind), Straight Flush or a Royal Flush. My experience had shown me , that it was never that a FOAK or straight flushes or royal flushes occur in the same game to compete with each other., although it was theoretically possible.

The other two cards opened up and they were 7 club and 2 Diamond. My anxiety about my opponent holding a better hand receded. When the hands were shown, to my shock i found that my opponent held 2 more kings in his hand making it a FOUR OF A KIND in KINGS!!

I saw my chips flowing towards my opponent’s table and mine showing the grand cipher. Thus my hopes turned to be false and now i have gone back to where i started from and the stakes are $2/$4.

My friend Shekar was amused. “Hey these are worthless virtual dollars and nothing more, ” said he. But today when i enter the casino and see myself sitting with paupers and scrambling for 1 dollar and 2 dollars, i remember my greed and justify the divine justice that is inscrutable and mostly illogical to human mind!! With a stern and expressionless face, i play my poker now.

Throw with HOPE, but never with the certainty of Winning!!