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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Making Every Penny A Pound

In 2002, a few days before the FIFA World Cup and the football frenzy could reach its peak in my tiny little state of Goa, my father, frustrated by the picture quality of the TV at home set his mind on purchasing a brand new one. Very impressed by the advertisement on a local tabloid of a LG make which was shaped like a football, he sought details and thought of how he could fit it in our budgeted monthly expenditure. He had a plan in mind but only needed a plan to execute the plan.

Still undecided, we broke for rosary, our daily prayers.



In 2014, a few days before the FIFA World Cup and the football frenzy could reach its peak in my tiny little state of Goa, my father, frustrated by the picture quality of the TV at home set his mind on purchasing a brand new one. Very impressed by the advertisement on a local tabloid of the latest line of Sony Bravia LED TV’s, asked me to procure the details. After pondering over the information I furnished him with, he thought of how he could fit it in our budgeted monthly expenditure. He had a plan in mind but only needed a plan to execute the plan.

Still undecided, we broke for rosary, our daily prayers.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Why I didn't follow my father's footsteps and join the Merchant Navy


While growing up I was often asked this question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Not sure myself, I would say a computer engineer, a cricketer or some occupation that held my fantasy at that time. Hearing my answer almost everyone would retort “Wouldn’t you want to be an electrical officer or be in the merchant navy like your father?” And I would simply reply in the negative.

The same was true back then and even today. Electrical or electronics never excited me as they always sent shivers down my spine; thanks to the minor shock treatments that I received while fiddling with live wires and appliances. Regarding a job in the merchant navy, given a choice or not I never would take it. And these are my reasons.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Religion - Created By God or Created By Man?


"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion" - Abraham Lincoln.

If on one hand religion shows us the path to God on the other it has been the cause of wars and vast destruction. Since the time we have had documented proof of human existence, mentions of one clan, civilization or nation conquering the other and enforcing their beliefs and customs on them have been common.

Islamic Spain which existed in the early ages was replaced by Christian Spain, the Persians had to flee Iran when the Islamic revolution broke out. Contemporary Afghanistan of the 60's came under the jaws stringent and orthodox minded Taliban. It's not only people that have borne the brunt of battles on religious lines. A vast reservoir of knowledge and monuments of significance like the Bamiyan Buddha's in Afghanistan too have been lost. People have had to kill a part of their souls which housed their culture and traditions and start afresh with no turning back, the Kashmiri Pandits being a fine example. Inspite of  our advancements in science, technology and understanding of the human race we are still mute witnesses to brutal killings and forcible conversions in some parts of the world like Iraq thanks to the ISIS.
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