20 October 2009

Heaven or Hell?

We were both old and close to ninety five;
To this world, it was time to bid goodbye.
We went up, until the heavenly gate
Where He waited for us; Him, the Great.

'You go to heaven', He told me
'and you, Hell', that was to her.
'but why?' I asked. Couldn't let that be.
Be it God or whoever!

He wouldn't answer me for one whole minute;
Then a smile flashed across His face.
'That she will know', He said coolly,
'When she reaches Hell's red gate.'

'Then, I'll go with her', I declared,
'To argue for her cause.
She deserves Heaven more than me!'
I finished without a pause.

'You can't cross back to heaven then!'
He asked me to dare.
'You will be in Hell forever,
If she's destined to be there!'

'I know she deserves it,
More than You or me or Peace.
If I am stuck, let me be.
Heaven is where she is.'

He stared at me in feigned surprise,
'You know it's all for the best.'
Then, he said, 'Open the heavenly gate!'
Ha! I had passed my test.

19 October 2009

Travel - ling - er

Rocket Launch. This is not about Diwali rockets. Real rocket launched by a group of PG students at USC, including a junior (only with respect to year of passing out) from my college. An October sky repeat, I'd say.

There is also this MS guy who usually updates his status with a line he heard from his lecturers that day, very good ones at that. These make you want to take up higher studies.

There is the guy who goes all over USA and sends pics of places you instantly fall in love with. Wish I was there.

There is this fellow who goes all to all hill stations in India in the pretext of work.

There are the fellows who take a car to watch a match at Camp Nou.

There are guys who live so close to Fulham Road they claim that they can hear the sound of the crowd from Stamford Bridge. True or not, their plan did the trick.

Oh, I almost forgot. There is this Ivan who is vehemently refusing his Finland citizenship, much to all our anger.

I want to travel.

Not during weekends. No, I think the negativities in going back to Bangalore to work on Monday outweigh any joy I am going to get there. I want to go some place for three months and another place from there for the next three months. Or something like that.

I want to explore for ever. I am as interested in Harappa as an archeologist can ever be. I want to be an historian in Scotland. I want to research on Mahabalipuram, Hampi and Adichanallur. I want to be a Chelsea fan in Stamford bridge and an Arsenal fan at Emirates; a Bayern fan at Allianz and a Milan fan at San Siro. I want to do all these, and write about them. I want to write for a movie. I want to publish novels.

I want to do much more!

Sigh. Back to work.

15 October 2009

South Waziristan

An old couple live in Kurram agency in the FATA region of Pakistan. Their four sons are in cities from which they cannot even go and visit them because of the blockade put in place by the Taliban. Some people in Pakistan believe that the army is putting off its South Waziristan move because it doesn't think it can come up trumps.

So the BBC says.

Taliban has a good number of Mahsuds, but then, a larger number of them are in the Pakistani army. It may be difficult for USA to distinguish between civilians and militants and terminate the militants, but the Pakistani army and air force should know better. It should find a way to go on the offensive. Years of planning have gone by, and looks like there are years ahead too. These militants have killed more Pakistanis than any one else, and I suppose, are in no mood to change the trend. Why wait then?

Had I been anywhere in an authoritative capacity in my India, I would have pledged support to destroying militancy in South Waziristan at least for the children there who are cut off from true education and the rest of Pakistan. I won't mind if Pakistan takes it or rejects it. Its pride may stand in the way, but had I been a Pakistani, I'll prefer India's help in that region to USA's any day.

IF you haven't seen pictures of the Kurram valley before, I strongly suggest that you do. It's one of the most beautiful places on Earth and it's sad that such a wonder should be surrounded by terrorism.

05 October 2009

Left and Write

I want to sit still, stay put, do what I love,
and not miss anything.
I want to know what more, than the peace I have (now),
that success alone can bring.

I want to know what's on; every,everywhere,
and all that lies within.
I just want to live and to do what I like...
Tell me, is that much of a sin?

Money is the root cause of all evil
Rats run after it in a race.
If you look at it hard, that is The Devil
that pushes us into that (meaningless) maze.

You don't get a girl, you don't get accepted,
unless you jump in and run the race.
We've grown so irrational...indifferent,
and It's time we saved our face.

I want to sit down and I want to write out
My whole freakin entire life.
I want to relish every minute for one whole hour
Don't take me away from my wife. :P

Yea, I want to just keep writing, whateva's for me;
A success or a failure...
If I ever do stop writing, stop living to live better,
that's when I'd have failed ya.


PS: This post may be grammatically wrong with rhymes that don't actually rhyme, or
maybe the number of syllables in a line go awry once in a while. Well, that was intentional... because, like that old Lifebuoy ad goes,

I - don't - care.

To do an MBA or not to do?

That's the question.

Whoever visits this page and is a frnd of mine, gimme ur opinion of me thru a mail and yea, answer the question too.