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November 2012

Memories

The ability to remember things,
So says the dictionary meaning;
A collection sweet and sad,
To recollect and be shared;

This is the Road ‘not’ not taken,
But virtually traced back to see
What you have been through
As many times as want be.

Some to remember the studied,
Some of the enjoyment breed,
Or sad enough for self sympathy,
Memories are a variety;

It can keep bonds alive,
In it, one at leisure thrive;
Incidents past and prime
Etched in the sands of time.

– Until next,
Vid šŸ™‚

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What women get

I was triggered to write this post after viewing the video by TMK ( do check out the link given below).

TM Krishna talks on violence against women

There is already enough talk about the physical violence against women; of course, that is to be condemned. But, heĀ speaks about how the perception of the power and control by itself should change. About how men should address their thoughts of being more powerful than women. I was reminded of the first scene of Unnale Unnale – Men and Women, they are just different.

Here, I am just letting out my frustration on “just because you are a woman/girl, you should do this way”. Surprisingly enough, the above statement does not originate from men, mostly; true, I have known a decent number of decent men. It is the ladies who are also to be blamed. They are to be blamed for having this ingrained thought and for accepting the fact that they are subdued.

And some (seemingly silly) examples of women being discriminated…

She was not allowed to play street cricket at the age of 7, with the other children, because the neighbors might say ‘something’.

She was not allowed to travel alone to watch a movie; but can be escorted by a younger cousin-brother, since there was no issues allowing him to travel alone.

She was asked to fall at the feet of her husband during Nalangu (a tradition during TamBrahm weddings). In this function, the girl and the guy have to give rice/dal, do makeup and other such stuff to each other. One of them overseeing the occasion commented, “when the guy’s turn comes, he should repeat all the girl did, but he escapes from falling-at-the feet part.. haha!”. Is it not a personal choice?

She was asked to let go of her Doctor degree certificates, if she wants to marry the guy she loves; reason being the parents spent so much on the education.

She was asked to get married soon, because with increasing age and experience, the ability to obey reduces.

She was not-chosen over her team member for a project because the supervisors wanted single, bachelor males.

What pains you is when the above instances are from lives of women you know šŸ˜¦

I do not say that we have not evolved. But there is still a huge chunk of people out there who have to be brought to their senses. We can start by avoiding insignificant discrimination like the above, first. Right?

– Until next,

Vid šŸ™‚

The Krishna Key

In the name of the book’s review I am trying to write whatever thought process went through me on reading this book “The Krishna Key”.

The book is a mystery – thriller – conspiracy work of fiction with basis in the Indian roots and plot akin to the Da Vinci Code.

Let me list out what I think isĀ indigenousĀ in the plot.

  • The claim that Mahabharata has been the crux of the first ancient civilazation,Ā is definitely a first.
  • Mathematical references, be it 786 / the 108 and its variances
  • The Hindu-Muslim connection
  • The excerpts from Mahabharata, POV – Krishna. We might have heard Mahabharata a dozen times from various sources, but never like this, which is definitely a plus.

What I don’t get is this… Why would an Avataar of Vishnu, trace down and kill the descendants of the previous Avataar of himself? The reason provided for the same is pretty blur.

Also the excerpts from Mahabharata at the beginning of each chapter, though commendable, can be wider spaced between the story. It takes the reader sometime to get used to mentally travelling millenia between the times of Krishna to the reality of the story.

The antagonist(/s) of the story is(/are) worth the mention. The narrative travels from a phase where there is a mysteriousĀ villainĀ and her accomplice… then theĀ villainĀ gets another Boss, in lieu of which the former becomes an accomplice… and to general wonder, this phenomena repeats. ThenĀ villain1Ā kills the Boss, and gains control back. Before you are clear on who is after the prized jewel, the story gets over.

The Krishna Key, whatever it was, was not as convincingly sensational as the Holy Grail. However, the attempt and the extent of the research done by Ashwin, is definitely appreciated.

Until next,

Vid šŸ™‚

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