Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Indians as Over-cooked Rotis

Once Dr Radhakrishnan went for a dinner. There was a Briton at the event who said, “We are very dear to God.” Radhakrishnan laughed and told the gathering, “Friends, one day God felt like making rotis. When he was cooking the rotis, the first one was cooked less and the English were born. The second one stayed longer on the fire and the Negroes were born. Alert after His first two mistakes, when God went on to cook the third roti, it came out just right and as a result Indians were born.”—Page 8, Prernadeep -3. (Dr Radhakrishnan was the second president of India.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

180, 900, 180,000

That is to say: 180 days, 900 posts, 180,000 page views.

The new BP kicked off during snow-showers in Wisconsin (hyperbole?). Right now, intense rain showers in Mumbai (fact).


Thanks to the magician bosses trapeze-ing, high flying on the metaphorical spider-webs and our own blogger-badshah, the BP ship is on full-steam ahead mode. The pace has been truly intense. The top three posts have now crossed 20,000 views, twice the page-views for the entire month of February when we kicked-off!!

Thanks much to our reviewers (Asok, Shah Alam, Prashanth,....) for just-in-time alerts so we steer clear of them icebergs.

For people who prefer a more dignified pace and a monochromatic show (and less hyperbole), not to worry, achhe din (good times) will come in a short while.

Lastly, we would love to have some ladies on board. Equality and all that- it is also a responsibility (for you and people behind you).

Now onwards to Mission-1000!!!

thanks and regards

Xinjiang (again)

The night (and also day) of the long knives continues apace. March, May, and now July (next month with 31 days is....August).

Remember, when MH-370 vanished, there was suspicion/panic that it was an attack by the Uighurs? Turned out it was an Iranian kid traveling on a false passport. We try so hard to forget (and reality drags us back to all the fear and the loathing).

We have to say this about Islamists, they have absolutely no fear. 
Right now they are up against two of  the fiercest (ideological) adversaries: Israel and the Chicoms. But they are fighting an excellent asymmetric war with all the tools at their disposal.

The global public opinion is weak (yet) but strongly in favor, because the Palestinians and the Uighurs are so hopelessly out-matched. Everybody loves an under-dog.

Modern technology is also helping in shaping opinion. When Israel killed four boys playing on the beach the cameras were watching. And for all their famed efficiency, the Chicoms are unable to choke off (and shut up) Xinjiang. In the old days they would have simply packed off 15-20 mil people to the Gulags, and got rid of a few million young men altogether. But now it is not so easy. Thank heavens for small mercies.

Make no mistake, this is a full-on, hot war, just like the one in the middle-east. This one will not quietly burn off, just like the other one. Yet, there is no dandi march for peace plan from Kerry (and Ki-Moon). Why not?

More significantly, there are no protests (that we know of) in Turkey and in Iran. Nary a rock thrown in anger in Pakistan and in Kashmir. No call for Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions from (Islamic) civil rights organizations. No wrist bands declaring solidarity from courageous (muslim) sportsmen......There is no Ummah Q.E.D.
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Dozens of people were killed and injured in a “terrorist attack” in China's far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, state media reported Tuesday.
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Aakar Patel: Kabaddi made esay

.....no shortage of Punjabis who are 6'3" and 100 kg and can crawl 20 metres....this height-weight thing has to do with some optimum kabaddi size....A centre of gravity issue, a strength versus agility thing....... All the players are medium-build and stocky....this body type makes it easy for the South to participate......
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Aakar Bhai has (momentarily we hope) switched off the political channel and activated the sports channel. And what an exciting game it is: Professional Kabaddi. There is even a Pakistani pro-k team that is expected to participate.

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A few fun facts....the game did NOT originate in China. Instead it is the Dravida civilization that gets the credit. Also it is the national sports of Bangladesh where it is known as hadudu (we suspect cricket is more popular).
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The Great Sindhi Exodus (Nakba??)

......When I rose to touch his feet and take his leave, he clapped me firmly on my back. This clap on the back used to be his blessing.....‘Now you go and evacuate people from Sindh. You leave only after evacuating everyone else. Make sure you don’t leave before that.....I saw what appeared to have been flourishing townlets before, complete with houses, temples, fields, now entirely deserted, the whole of the population – evidently all Hindu – gone to the last man.’.....
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We mean Sindhi Hindus of course, driven out by the irreversible logic of the two nation theory. 
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If it is any solace, in two generations time-span they have occupied the first row of Indian business, politics, art....one giant Sindustrialist called* the late, lamented C-Sarkar as "apni dukan." Also the fact that BJP has conquered Delhi today is because of the effort of these four (horse) men: AB Vajpayee, LK Advani, MM Bhagwat, and ND Modi. Such a transformation from rags to riches is nothing short of astonishing.
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