27 February 2010

Who am I?

The wall, once a pure shade of white,
Has slightly lost its colour with time. Or is it my eyes?

I feel out of sorts today,
as I wake up and see that I am alone.
The King of my own world,
The ruler of one.

I walk to the toothbrush,
O yes, I always start my day this way.
My steps aren't very coherent today, I see.
I don't care why.

As my face drowns in a handful of water,
A distant consciousness laughs at me.
Someone's having fun.

I pull myself back into this world,
I see myself now in the mirror in front of me.
Oh yes, there's a mirror in front of me.

This is not the tee I was wearing when I went to sleep.

Huh? This is not even mine.

Wait... This isn't even me.

-
Aswin

25 February 2010

Religion. Finally...

NOTE: This post is not complete.

There are two topics running in my right now. One is the hopeless moronism that is Sachin-bashing, acknowledging which by itself makes me feel bad. The other topic is Religion.

Religion is a topic I've been carefully avoided in my blog all this while. I think it's time for the world to see my point of view after twenty-three plus years of keeping it to myself, but why in the world have I been trying to avoid it?

It creates divides. There, I said it. Sad but true. As far as I've seen and known, it has only created divides among the people, while the primary aim of any religion would and should be uniting people. A lot of Hindus still don't trust Muslims after all these years, while a lot of Muslims hate Hindus for some reason. Why is this so? Is the deed of one Muslim or Hindu enough to blame a religion? Why should anyone see anyone else as a person belonging to a particular religion anyway? Why not as an individual who has his own thoughts, feelings and whatever!

For every one person who understands Religion, there are a million who misunderstand it - Aswin, Year 2010 AD

I've been to oh so many temples, so many churches and a solitary mosque. They all say the same thing. All religions have at their heart Peace and Love. For it is that people are after when they turn to God.  The sad part is that, over the years, religions have been modified to suit our wants, needs and greeds. Working towards destroying/depopularising other religions, spreading hatred for other religions, claiming that followers of one religion / caste are superior to any other... my fellow humans, shame on you. Hinduism, which I follow at times, is beautiful. It is no more a religion than it is a way of living. It teaches you so much about life that you wonder if even one of all those right-wing religious fundamentalists who spread the message of hate have read even ONE line in the Vedas. Even hearsay, for that matter.

My request to all the seven readers of this blog (and the occasional random visitor from facebook or google search) is to understand religion. No, no. I am not saying 'Understand your religion'. Understand Religion. Any religion. All religion. It doesn't matter. You will find peace, love and happiness at the other end, even if you find that there is no such thing as Religion. You will find that every human is praying to the same God and you will learn to respect others for who they are (or at least have pity at their insecurity if you are an athiest). Learn to see the good in each of the religions, and the evil in them. The truth in them, and the lies that were added later. The movie 'Man from Earth' is a good example of what I am trying to say.

I don't give a damn if you're a Christian, Hindu, Muslim or from any of the many beautiful religions around the globe. If you're looking for peace and love for all humanity, you're my friend and I am your fan.

PS: Sorry if I'd hurt anyone in the process.Like I said, this is the topic that is most misunderstood in this world.

10 February 2010

Answers for sample Cross kothu

Nobody seems to want to know the answers to the Bilingual cross kothu but here goes.

TREE and THEE are both valid answers for 4 Across.

If anyone reads this at all, let me know if you liked it.

Sigh.

04 February 2010

How is you?

- A post by Nitrodamus, the 16th Century pre-incarnation of Aswin

Shame on the English world! I write this post in English, so that many of you can read this and understand what you have done to the language I once fought for against my own countrymen. In case you wonder where I am from, you haven't read many of Aswin's previous posts, have you? I wouldn't blame you, some of them are sick anyway. I am from this beautiful country we call France. I am a native speaker of the most beautiful language in the world, Francais. Some of you know it as French, and a few others as 'Frenchie'. I assure you, whoever came up with an idea to name undergarments 'Frenchie' must be from an old English royal lineage who wanted to wipe out Francais from this world. Aswin reminds me that is similar to the story of a recent movie, Aayirathil oruvan.

Francais is among the most beautiful of languages, but not among the most practical of them. English, on the other hand, along with Aswin's Thamizh, feature among the most practical of languages. 'How?', you may ask. To seal the argument with one statement, well, these are few languages that don't assign genders to things that cannot mingle or reproduce on their own. Fairly practical? I don't see any point in thinking that a house is feminine. Except a few jokes, of course.

The purpose of this post, going back to the first line ('Shame on the English world'), is how people nowadays follow the language religiously and not practically, taking away the entire charm! If you love English, you might know the difference between the statements 'How is you' and 'How are you'. No, the first one is not wrong! That is how you should address one person in front of you, of course when he's not the Emperor. Not 'How are you'! It is most impractical to do so. By reading or hearing a query or a statement, at least in the present tense, one should be able to guess how many people that statement is addressed to. 'How are you' and other uses of the contemporary 'you' give us nothing!

Think about it. Did you even ask your teacher why this is so? Or did you just accept what was thrown at you?

Ah, the shame.

01 February 2010

Bilingual crossword - Crosskothu


Well, I tried something new (yes?).

All clues will be in one language while the answers will be in another. Here, the languages are Thamizh and english respectively, and hence called a cross-kothu.

Planning to do a full series soon :) Well, get cracking!

(click on pic for bigger view)