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5 Nov

By tonyg,

Mistakes in my life have caused me pain within,ilovejesus
I spent many sleepless nights feeling sorry for my sin,
One night into my heart gentle words said to me,
Let your heart not be troubled, I have set you free,
Remember that I love you just for being you,
My love is everlasting, Divinely Merciful and True,
Place your trust in Me and wipe away your tears,
My eternal love will fill you and conquer all of your fears,
At times daily struggles pull me from side to side,
Some battles have been lost, indulging in selfish pride,
I feel great sadness knowing that sin keeps us apart,
Once again those words of comfort echo in my heart,
Remember that I love you just for being you,
My love is everlasting, Divinely Merciful and True,
Many times you have strayed but I love you just the same,
When trouble finds you once again call upon My name,
Trust in My Mercy always as you journey on your way,
Repent and My Divine Mercy will wash your sins away,
Remember that I love you just for being you,
My love is everlasting, Divinely Merciful and true,
All that I ask is that you place your trust in Me,
Sin and death were conquered upon the cross on Calvary!


To a Bengal Tiger

29 Oct

Ferocious looks, shiny eyes,royal_bengal_tiger_13782220263
Hidden beneath tall grass she crouches slowly,
The mere Blackbuck unaware of the predator,
Succumbs to its death in blink of an eye

The Royal Bengal Tiger with its majestic contours,
Wonders around the Sunderbans undefiled ,
With large paws and claws,
Truly you are the Rambo of the jungle

You once threatened any man`s existence,
Today you are so few and need assistance,
Oh those beautiful days you do recall,
When you had land which no man could own

We see you animatronic everywhere,
From Movies to Malls your facsimile exists,
Hardly do men worry about your welfare,
Though you are endangered and need our care

Kerala, Truly God`s Own Country!

16 Jan

By Prajapathi Bhat
Just back from an exotic Kerala Tour, a must visit place if you like  ecotourism.

Day 1: Arrived at Edappally in Cochin City at around 5:30 am. Nilgiri TahrMet Mr. Ebin(+919567252680) who would be our Guide Cum Driver. Our First Destination was Munnar, En-Route Visited ‘Deepa’ spice Garden Where we learnt about Kerala`s popular spice which include  cardamom, Black Pepper, Asafoetida , White pepper, Clove and Ginger. Then proceeded for a Adventure at Fun Forest Adventure at Pallivasal in Munnar like Burma Bridge, Earth Quake. It was quite fun. Pallivasal has also got  Kathakali and Kalari shows. we booked the tickets and headed to check in hotel ‘C7‘. After a refreshing bath headed to Kathakali show at 5:00 pm and Kalari at 6:00 pm. Both performances were amazing. Kalari is a traditional Martial Art practiced in Kerala.

Day 2Left the Hotel at around 9:00 am after a heavy breakfast and proceeded to Eravikulam National Park. It`s located amid beautiful Tea Plantation, also spotted a Nilgiri Tahr. Tea EstateFrom there we proceeded off-road to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate which hosts world`s highest grown Orthodox Tea plantations. The tea factory is an old British founded and still uses old machines and techniques for Tea processing. En-route also saw Harrisons Malayalam Estate, one of south India`s Largest Tea Producer. The tea mountain climb on a Mahindra Jeep was  a thrilling experience.  Once back spent some time shopping in Munnar town and headed back to the Hotel

Day 3: Checked out of the hotel at around 9:00 am and headed Periyartowards Thekkady for Periyar Tiger Reserve. En-route also went for a Ayurveda Massage at RangerWood near the Tiger Reserve. Though we got tickets for the Tiger reserve we couldn’t go for a boat cruise  in the Periyar lake which is the only main attraction as the tickets were sold out. We then headed for a musical fountain show at Blue Bell at around 7:00 pm. Once done checked in to Springdale Heriate Resort, Vandiperiyar which is beautiful resort with nice hospitality.

Day 4: After breakfast headed to Alappuzha backwaters for an overnight
Allepystay on ‘Grace Tours’ Houseboat with all meals included.
It started off at around 12:00 pm and headed towards Vambanad lake. Had a sumptuous meal there and moved forward for a halt near a small rivulet at 5:30 pm. Got an opportunity to step out of boat and explore the nature near by with lush green paddy fields.

Day 5: The boat began at 7:30 in the morning and headed towards the pickup point where Mr. Ebin would come to take us for on journey. Chineese Fishing NetsIt was a cool experience. At around 9:45 am left for Cochin. Checked in to ‘Harbour View Residency‘ which is exactly opposite to Cochin shipyard. In the evening went for shopping at Centre Square, Kochi.

Day 6: At around 9:00 am checked out of hotel towards Fort Kochi where one can see good old Chinese Fishing Nets. Also visited St. Francis CSI st. Francis CSI churchchurch in which Vasco Da Gama was initially buried. Then we headed for Boat Jetty ride at Marine drive with some views of huge Indian oil tanker ship, Cochin Shipyard and Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. We headed towards Cherai Beach which is quite well maintained. At around 5:00 pm started journey back to drop point, en-route visited Lulu Mall which is quite huge and has everything you want to carry from Kerala as memories from Handicraft to Kerala Halwa.

Unity Among Diversity

7 Nov

By Prajapathi Bhat

I was just analysing the unity among Keralites as i live in a location whereKathakali majority of them are from Kerala. They speak the same language irrespective of caste, creed or religion i.e Malayalam. No matter how popular or how eminent the person may be, whether based in Canada, Dubai or US Keralites still love their language. Infact in the place where i work the top bosses speak in Malayalam with you if you are a Keralite. Unlike Most of the Indian states which have their own local dialects/languages Kerala boasts of unique heritage and culture

Commnunal Harmony: Incidents that happened in Gujrat or Mangalore regarding communal violence will rarely happen in Kerala as the roots of commnunalism will rarely find a reason to break their unity. Hence we find the popular communal party in India has not been able to secure a single position either in National or State election till now. Anyways this episode of communal harmony should be a modal to rest of Indians.

As i hail from Karnataka where most religions/regions have its own dialect/language i.e Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, Kodava Takk, Beary. Having so many languages become easy for communal forces and groups with diverse interest to hit the soft belly of National Integration. It is a agreed fact that both Karnataka and Kerala form part of India which is pluralistic, multilingual and multiethnic society. But lets not forget that Kerala is the most Socialy Progressive State in India

Literacy: Kerala has India`s highest literacy rate 99%. Access to Primary and Secondary education is available within 1 km for 96% of the population. It is the only state to have banking facility in every village. Also it is the least corrupt state in India!

Tourirsm: Kerala toursim is booming particulary after the Kerala GovernmentThrissur Pooram Tourism Initiative ‘Kerala-God`s own country’. The tagline God`s own country has become synonym with Kerala these days. It has varied demographics and is named as “One of the ten paradises in the world” by National Geographic `s Traveller magazine. Hill stations include Munnar, Wayanad, Waga, Ponmudi and abundant wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar, Eravikulam. The backwaters, Boat Race and Heritage sites is quite popular among tourists. Also Thrissur Pooram with its display of elephants is another tourist attraction. Also Sabarimala attracts thousands of devotees all around India

Economy: Virtually all of Kerala is connected by roads. The Kerala Gulf boom is
snake boat race well-known and equals to majority of remittances to state. Kerala boasts of 3 international airports Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. The Cochin international airport is the first indian airport to be incorporated as a public limited company. Kerala’s rate of population growth is India’s lowest. Kerala has the highest life expectancy in the country which is nearly 75 years and 78 years respectively for males and females. Also male to female ratio is significantly higher than the rest of india.

Sports: Kerala contribution to sports apart from cricket is notable.
P.T.Usha(athlete), Shiny Wilson(athlete), K.M.Beenamol(athlete), M. D. Valsamma(athlete), Anju Bobby George(long jump) and Suresh Babu(long jump). Jimmy George was an eminent Volleyball player, rated in his prime as among the world`s ten best players.

Kodachadri, a trekker`s paradise

4 Sep

Kodachadri, a trekker`s paradise

As we all know, kodachadri is a popular trekking spot for trekker`s all over Karnataka. We recently had a chance to visit this beautiful God`s own creation. After a month of planning and Google search we finally began on our journey to Kodachadri on a summer day. Summer season is excellent for trekking Kodachadri as there will be less leeches and rain.

We started from Udupi at 7:40 am to Kollur via Kundapur-Vandse. Kollur is another popular religious place in particular for its temple. After some purchase of eatables at Kollur we boarded bus to Sagar at 11:45 am. Kodachadri falls in between the route to Sagar at around 20kms from Kollur.

We got down at Kodachadri Trek start point, its around 10 kms of trek to reach the summit from there. Just after 2kms of trek some of us were attacked by leeches and had fun teasing each other on the issue. Actually none of us was spared by leeches! After 4 kms we came across a small hut-shop where we had good taste of Lemon soda. After a refreshing drink we started again to halt for lunch at a government school at 1 km from hut-shop.

After a heavy lunch we purchased lemon grass oil to protect us from further leech attacks at a hotel cum shop near the school. Next 5 kms of our trek would be to climb the mountain admist thick forest. The path is often trodden and not lonely as there are Butter Milk camps every 1 km on the mountain. We often took rest here and there for every half hour of trekking.

At around 4:30 we reached the temple which is around 2 kms below the kodachadri summit. Here we filled our water bottles and after splashing some water of temple pond, we started again. It was thick mist as we were near to Kodachadri summit. The visibility was poor, but somehow reached the summit at around 6:00.

At top we had fun with camp fire and eatables. We also met a couple of co-trekkers from various parts of country. The night was very cold and we all slept under the shelter of ‘sarvagna theertha’ small temple built in memory of Shankaracharya. The next day we started off at 8:00 am. The journey down was easy and we got a bus from Kodachari trek start point at around 11:30. It was one of the most cherished Trek of us all.

Cow Slaugther, a Crime?

10 Feb

There are lot of discussions about cow slaughter these days. I would like to present my viewpoint in terms of what “Gandhiji” had written in his book “Freedom’s Battle”.

I myself respect the cow, that is, I look upon her with affectionate reverence. The cow is the protector of India, because, it being an agricultural country, is dependent on the cow’s progeny. She is a most useful animal in hundreds of ways. Our Mahomedan brethren will admit this.

But, just as I respect the cow so do I respect my fellow-men. A man is just as useful as a cow, no matter whether he be a Mahomedan or a Hindu. Am I, then to fight with or kill a Mahomedan in order to save a cow? In doing so, I would become an enemy as well of the cow as of the Mahomedan. Therefore, the only method I know of protecting the cow is that I should approach my Mahomedan brother and urge him for the sake of the country to join me in protecting her. If he would not listen to me, I should let the cow go for the simple reason that the matter is beyond my ability. If I were over full of pity for the cow, I should sacrifice my life to save her, but not take my brother’s. This, I hold, is the law of our religion.

When men become obstinate, it is a difficult thing. If I pull one way, my Moslem brother will pull another. If I put on a superior air, he will return the compliment. If I bow to him gently, he will do it much, more so, and if he does not, I shall not be considered to have done wrong in having bowed. When the Hindus became insistent, the killing of cows increased. In my opinion, cow protection societies may be considered cow killing societies. It is a disgrace to us that we should need such societies. When we forgot how to protect cows, I suppose we needed such societies.

What am I to do when a blood-brother is on the point of killing a cow? Am I to kill him, or to fall down at his feet and implore him? If you admit that I should adopt the latter course I must do the same to my Moslem brother. Who protects the cow from destruction by Hindus when they cruelly ill-treat her? Whoever reasons with the Hindus when they mercilessly belabour the progeny of the cow with their sticks? But this has not prevented us from remaining one nation.

Lastly, if it be true that the Hindus believe in the doctrine of non-killing, and the Mahomedans do not, what, I pray, is the duty of the former? It is not written that a follower of the religion of Ahimsa (non-killing) may kill a fellow-man. For him the way is straight. In order to save one being, he may not kill another. He can only plead–therein lies his sole duty.

But does every Hindu believe in Ahimsa? Going to the root of the matter, not one man really practises such a religion, because we do destroy life. We are said to follow that religion because we want to obtain freedom from liability to kill any kind of life. Generally speaking, we may observe that many Hindus partake of meat and are not, therefore, followers of Ahimsa. It is, therefore, preposterous to suggest that the two cannot live together amicably because the Hindus believe in Ahimsa and the Mahomedans do not.

These thoughts are put into our minds by selfish and false religious teachers. They pretend to study the manners and customs of all peoples, God has given us a limited mental capacity, but they usurp the function of the Godhead and indulge in novel experiments. They write about their own researches in most laudatory terms and hypnotise us into believing them. We in our ignorance, then fall at their feet.

Those who do not wish to misunderstand things may read up the Koran, and will find therein hundreds of passages acceptable to the Hindus; and the Bhagavad Gita contains passages to which not a Mahomedan can take exception. Am I to dislike a Mahomedan because there are passages in the Koran I do not understand or like? It takes two to make a quarrel. If I do not want to quarrel with a Mahomedan, the latter will be powerless to foist a quarrel on me, and, similarly, I should be powerless if a Mahomedan refuses his assistance to quarrel with me. An arm striking the air will become disjointed. If everyone will try to understand the core of his own religion and adhere to it, and will not allow false teachers to dictate to him, there will be no room left for quarrelling.

How did Mutalik and the LeT crack our code?

3 Mar

by Zubin Driver (Terrorism strategy in the reality TV age.)

Mutalik was a NOBODY before his goons launched a very strategic attack. After years of goofing around in the wilderness, he suddenly realized that India only takes notice if you hit her in her soft underbelly. The upper middle classes and their icons are the only relevant target for a terrorist like Kasab or a gender terrorist like Mutalik.

Their strategy is the same. It says very clearly; if you want media attention and ‘national’ attention, you need to wage a symbolic war against the icons of the upper classes in India. Only then will you become an instant national icon…and now, an international icon.

Mutalik does not care about the upper middle class and the pub going Indian.

He is willing to beat them up to prove he does not care. He is concerned with a massive body of conservative and very right wing Indians who don’t go to pubs or live in upper middle class areas. These folks secretly love guys like Mutalik who express their deepest prejudices and take the hit from India’s liberals.

The Pink Chaddi brigade is fodder for Mr. Mutalik; he is now using them to win some very strategic points:

1. The Higher Moral Ground: Mutalik is now saying that “look at these vulgar people, they remove their underwear and post it.” Now, while this is not a shocking statement for the cool middle classes, it is a shocker of a movement for the mass of conservative Indians. The means of protest used make sure that Mutalik’s slate is wiped clean. Indian’s suffer from amnesia; they will forget that Mutalik went about beating innocent women and only remember ‘pink chaddis’. They will then co-relate it with their daughters and say “I don’t want my daughter getting spoilt and crazy, why should she remove her underwear and post it??” Mutalik WANTS this to happen, he is waiting for the silent consensus to happen, and it is.

2. Switch on the Media Circus: Instead of campaigning for his arrest and trial, Indian’s are trying to condemn him using the Indian media. It’s the great Indian trial by Media, which is no more than a prime time TRP farce. Unfortunately, the media just becomes the best possible PR agency for Mutalik. He LOVES the media attention he is getting…here is a guy who reportedly could not get 3 journalists for a press conference, now getting calls from EVERYONE. He loves the spot-light, look at how he has changed strategy? He is talking about sending saris, he is talking about taking ‘erring’ young couples back home, into the arms of their beloved conservative parents. He is in control now, do we realize this? On how many cases in India has the media really brought about an effective trial and resolution? Miniscule is the answer, and here, we are NOT talking trial, arrest or jail term, we are talking about pink chaddis and saris and Valentine’s Day. It’s a great ‘soft’ story.

3. Move from extreme violent and idiotic right to somewhere in the same space of MNS, Sena, Bajrang Dal, RSS, etc. He is evolving his ideology as we speak, making statements carefully tailored to the Indian conservative class. Let’s remember that the Shiv Sena in Mumbai has been breaking down valentine day celebrations for years…it is acceptable to the Indian middle classes, the Shiv Sena was voted into Mumbai BMC and ruled Maharashtra in the past…it remains the most powerful party in cool Mumbai!. . Interestingly, in an act of sheer political opportunism, the MNS have realized that Valentine’s Day is a youth iconic celebration and in complete contradiction to their normal spiel have issued a statement talking about “Valentine day being a youth celebration”. They have realized they cannot isolate the youth of Mumbai; their support base will get hit. Mutalik is just re-hashing an old trick; he will oppose Valentine’s Day this year and then maybe even forget about it next year…he opposes it because the people who celebrate Valentine’s Day are not his market right now. They are his actors in HIS play. His audience sits elsewhere. When the cool youth become his market, he will issue a similar statement to the MNS. The fact that Gehlot from the Congress party started talking about ‘pub culture’ ASAP is proof that politicians sense that Mutalik has struck a chord with a massive amount of conservative Indians who will not dare step out and say anything right now because they will not be associated with women beating….but yes, they are against women drinking and dating in pubs. The congress knows this, the BJP knows this, the Sena, MNS and more, practice this. Mutalik is just the latest monster kid on the block.

How can you really crush the Indian Taliban?

Obviously the media will tire of ‘pink chaddis’ and Valentine’s day will pass, like it does every year. The actors have changed, the plot remains the same. This requires a deeper and more serious long term engagement.

1. Gender sensitization from school level. Gender equality has to be inculcated into our children from day one. It has to enter the DNA of the education system

2. Parents have to treat their kids equally, and inculcate respect and fair play values in each gender.

3. Laws for gender offenders have to become very severe and very effective.

4. All ‘male’ bastions have to be broken into and converted into unisex spaces….from corporate life, domestic life, armed forces; every walk of life should carry NO bias at all. ( A huge an on-going process driven by women)

5. A strong and empowered NGO/Lawyer lobby that should file cases immediately after criminals like Mutalik are let out on bail. Our social sector is limp and unresponsive right now.

6. A mature and intelligent protest mechanism that is inclusive and works scientifically to isolate and punish offenders. People need to think about whose interests they serve with every public action they undertake. Who benefits? Who are the stake-holders and who finally gains in equity?

7. Hurt offenders where they get hurt. A character like Mutalik can only be squashed if you convince HIS market of what a criminal he is. They need to be told that beating women is not Indian culture (which they will agree to). The silent majority need to be convinced in a non-threatening way that their values are being hijacked by imposters. The religious leaders need to step in and convince their flocks that this is not the real meaning of Indian culture. The radical has never convinced the conservative. The conservative is convinced by the less conservative.

8. Bring up the cases of gender abuse from all over India, from poor India, the cases that no one gives a rat’s ass about. Make cool Mumbaikar’s like me campaign for the two and half year old street child who was raped and thrown into a gutter in Mumbai one month back…it was a 3 line report buried deep in a paper. Today’s Delhi Times inside pages talks about a love story between two youngsters in Bihar, where the whole family was BEHEADED because the parents of one kid disliked the match. Why can’t we send pink chaddis to them? Will they laugh as they behead us?

Our mixed up priorities, our national conscience, as shaped by the upper classes and the media are the new playground for any clever terrorist of the spirit. We should let go of our class fetishes and start wondering why we don’t protest when poor people get mutilated, when rural Indian’s get beheaded and when we read the abysmal statistics of rape conviction throughout India.

If the LeT has dumped Kashmir and realized a Mumbai attack on a Hotel works millions of times better for them, if Mutalik has realized that beating up women in a pub will pay better dividends than screaming in rural Karnataka, then perhaps we need to pay closer attention to Kashmir and what’s brewing in rural Karnataka?

Both the LeT and the Mutalik brigade are examples of non-local attacks. They teach us that terrorists and gender terrorists have cracked our code. They know how to get us all tied up in knots. They know that we only hurt when you hurt us in our soft underbelly…our pubs, hotels and our icons of the