Dharma Samanya Dharma should at least accomplish this much.
1. Peace within.
2. To accomplish above without taking recourse to asceticism before it is recommended or by indulging in excessive ritualism but by striking a balance between bhakti (devotion), jnan (pursuance of wisdom through knowledge,in all its form), artha (acquisition of wealth), and kaam (sensual pleasure).
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
From Kill Bill 2. Personally speaking I always preferred the second part to the first one. While first one had the stylized action sequences suitably aided by anachronistic narration (a standard Tarantino device),the second one was preferable because first the story was much more substantial and second the way change of pace in narration was handled.
Sadly for me, Hostel turned me off to a degree that I can not muster the courage to watch Grindhouse.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Reg. The Dark Knight
1. I liked it.
2. Having said that, it could have been shorter.
3. And what's this obsession with two villains. Why can't they stick to a single one. There was no time to savour Two face, a villain as fascinating as Joker.
4. I have always believed that Batman should be noir. While those helmed by Tim Burton were dark, noir element was weak. This movie manages to introduce noir and handle it.
5. I believe it has been suggested by smart pants that Batman is merely a prop, to highlight, more interesting, antagonists. They are certainly right.
6. Christian Bale is good as Batman, but movie belongs to Heath Ledger. As Joker he is menacing. He is a serious contender for Oscar. But I have a soft corner for the way Jack Nicholson infused sheer mania in the character.
7. Question. Who is your favourite villain ?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Poodle Singh Manmohan Singh ji
You know, I was really worried after the recent scare. But then, I read your
vapid and tedious bold and courageous statement, and trust me, I am assured.
Now I can sleep in peace, for who better to safeguard our life and limbs than
a puppet whose job description is to keep the seat warm for the rightful heir of Gandhi-Nehru family our visionary and compassionate leader.
Surely India is safe now. Or not. Whatever.
PS. How is your sleep. Now, we can't afford to have it disturbed, can we ?
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 8:59 pm
Respected Smt. Swaraj ji,
Once upon a time I had high regards for you, now I am just embarrassed for you. Why, oh why, you had to go all nuts on us Hindutva fascists. For the record, there was no "deep-rooted conspiracy between the bomb blasts that took place in Karnataka and Gujarat and the cash-for-vote scam". Get a grip madam, we don't want to lose us. In hindsight your mental disintegration started when you threatened to shave your head if our lady of 10 Janpath became PM. Seriously, to sensible people (which excludes the clique which holds sway in BJP), you (and BJP) came off as sore losers in the drama. Sadly people like you have just strengthened this perception in last few years.
Here is my suggestion. Take a break, watch a Govinda flick. Om Shantih Om!
PS. Please take Rajnath Singh with you.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 5:09 pm
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This is how I think media is going to frame the bomb blasts. It is done in retaliation against people who have the audacity to elect BJP, from this our secular liberal overlords will conclude that fault lies with BJP and people who are communal/fascists/Nazi enough to elect the party, and therefore if the peace is to be restored BJP/RSS/VHP must be first ex-communicated from decent society, then when no one is looking done away with this inconvenience to secularism.
Of course eventually there will bomb blasts in states ruled by "secular" forces, but by that time secular agenda will be accomplished, either that or some way will be found to blame BJP, because you know this shit started with Babri Masjid demotion/Mumbai riots/Gujarat riots, that every thing was roses before that, that Partition is a dead memory of no significant import, that the Muslims are always victims and every Hindu a potential terrorist (unless of course he is a self loathing dhimmi)
Let's be clear, terrorism will continue and no one can stop it, not even BJP (we saw it during their last term). For we are dhimmis lurching along our inevitable annihilation.
Today, I sincerely hope that secularism succeeds in its project which is complete destruction of Indian republic. We are the rotten corpse of a glorious past, we must be dismembered, just like Devi Sati was.
PS You can read what Rohit wrote, if you wish so. Me ? Frankly dear, I don't give a fuck.
Secularism zindabad !
PPS. I think this must encourage some fuck face libertarian/liberal to whine about how terrorism is such a big issue even though accidents kill more people. (Wasn't it that moron Sauvik Chakrovarti or whatever who wrote this at TOI)
Update: You know, if you are trying to convince, you shouldn't be saying this.
He said, "When TV channels show an e-mailfrom Indian Mujahideen they are misleading the people. We should not pre-judge anything. Let a fair investigations take place." He further argued, "Whenever there are bomb blasts, fair investigations are not conducted
Apologies for the redundancy, but I forgot to blog about this earlier. Really the speech by Manmohan Singh is one of the most embarrassing spectacle of his pathetic administration.
To fulfill his ambitions, he has made at least three attempts to topple our government. But on each occasion his astrologers have misled him. This pattern, I am sure, will be repeated today. At his ripe old age, I do not expect Shri Advani to change his thinking. But for his sake and India’s sake, I urge him at least to change his astrologers so that he gets more accurate predictions of things to come.
As for Shri Advani’s various charges, I do not wish to waste the time of the House in rebutting them. All I can say is that before leveling charges of incompetence on others, Shri Advani should do some introspection. Can our nation forgive a Home Minister who slept when the terrorists were knocking at the doors of our Parliament? Can our nation forgive a person who single handedly provided the inspiration for the destruction of the Babri Masjid with all the terrible consequences that followed? To atone for his sins, he suddenly decided to visit Pakistan and there he discovered new virtues in Mr. Jinnah. Alas, his own party and his mentors in the RSS disowned him on this issue.
As I have this whole image of Manmohan Singh as a decent man is just a deception by his sycophants in English media. He is a petty babu, a first rate ass kisser with no class.
Anyway I will try to write something on the confidence vote.
Friday, July 25, 2008
7 blasts rock Bengaluru, 1 killed, several injured
The media response, I guess, would be, L K Advani bad, Manmohan Singh good, give UPA more time.
Update: Sorry for being flippant, it's just there is a sense of helplessness, past the stage when I could get worked up. Seriously nothing is going to happen. Another day, another blast, while we remain proudly
Anyway for what is worth, a prayer for everyone those are alive and those who aren't.
Meanwhile the seculartards at that disgrace called Bollywood and ELM will continue with their propaganda of Hindustan-Pakistan bhai bhai, and will continue to deceive the gullible with movies like Main Hoon Na, Fanaa etc etc.
Monday, July 21, 2008
1. I discovered to my chagrin is very exhausting for me. This is surprising, as I finished Heinlein on my laptop, back in 2006.
2. I was reading collection of short stories by Arthur C Clarke. The collection caught me by suprise because of its dark and mostly apocalyptic tones. My repertoire of Clarke is pretty limited (just 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels), but I thought he was the more optimistic of big three. Hell he scared me with his poeish touch (though I admit I am easily scared owing to over active imagination, my nerves are still wrought due to disturbed sleep).
3. It is remarkable how neither Asimov nor Clarke foresaw demise of Communism. Though I like science fiction, I have to reluctantly admit that this is a serious flaw of its most famous works. Of course people can argue that it is unfair criticism against sci-fi, but in my opinion it is not, because prediction of evolution of human society and its institutions plays a predominant part in the sci-fi genre. Heinlein ofcourse played the rugged individualist to the hilt, but even he never came close to predicting the future of communism.
4. Preceding observation brings me to an important conclusion. That sci-fi failed to foresee demise of communism was no accident. Indeed it is difficult to realize this now but the end of second world war saw the emergence of consensus in intellectual circles of two things one that conservatism was dead, killed by electoral dominance of new deal coalition on one hand, and the defeat of national identity in the hands of internationalism, result of second world war. Other was permanent ascendancy of liberalism (or new liberalism) which was to be the beacon of hope for future generations. This consensus is best exemplified by following quote.
In the United States at this time liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition. For it is the plain fact that nowadays there are no conservative or reactionary ideas in general circulation...the conservative impulse and the reactionary impulse do not...express themselves in ideas but only...in irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas. *
Lionel Trilling (In liberal imagination)
It was in those dark days that disparate elements fought a futile (as seemed at that time) battle.National Review and its founder William F. Buckley was part of it, as were Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and though fringe (lunatic fringe in my opinion) Ayn Rand.
Therefore as much as I loathe fanboyish fawning that one witnesses in libertarian circles, the acknowledgment must be given where it is due.
PS. I said this to Sriram, but it applies to everyone, so I thought I will post it here. If any of you want to post on secularism or any other interesting topic and don't feel like posting on your blog (because you don't have one, for instance), you are most welcome to guest blog here.
PPS. I have decided. Being benevolent dictator is no fun. Instead from now on I am the philosophical dictator. Prasannaji would approve, as would Plato.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I hate to ding Rohit, but this post must be corrected.
First, Rohit is sadly mistaken (as is the fallen one) when he says that fate of left is over to Indian voter, for the truth is there is no electoral constituency which can significantly decide the election all over India. In this case what happens to left will be decided by the highly local political climate of West Bengal and Kerala. Reports suggests that in case of election left might not maintain its present strength, however while that will be welcome, we should not make the mistake of attributing it to some "national mood". I wish the reality was different but please leave such fantasy to journalists and such, whose daily bread depends on grand narratives.
Second and the most grievous mistake is when Rohit hopes that absence of left will see a return of economic reform to the national agenda. This is more grievous because it assumes that it is left which has stalled the economic reform. To be sure, left did stall significant portions of the agenda, but the complete truth is that economic reform (and much more) were given a not so quiet burial by our lady of 10 Janpath Road, who was convinced by her chamchas and clueless journalists (not necessarily exclusive terms) that 2004 verdict was against reforms, and the only way for Congress to attain commanding heights of the days of her mother-in-law was by pushing India back into despairing depths of socialized economy. Our Prime Minister and Finance Minister, both media darlings to the extent that mere mention of their name can cause embarassing instances of ejaculation in editor's offices across India, had basic economic knowledge to correct this misconception of our Empress, but Manmohan Singh who is basically a self promoting babu, and P C Chidambram who is Lord snooty incarnate didn't do so, instead choosing to enjoy privileges of their offices, while throwing away the hard earned money of Indians. While this shameful act was going on, our secular-liberal media decided to look other way, as it had other concern in its mind, foremost being defending its stranglehold on political institutions and public discourse.
This four year honeymoon granted to this disgraceful government, is the extent to which the entrenched section can go to preserve itself.
At least now recognize this charade, and call the opportunism of Manmohan Singh for what it is.
So what I want to say is lets not delude ourself.
Not that I think anyone missed me but in case I was missed, I am back (or to be more accurate will try to post).Any way the reasons for my absence were
1. Trying to study. Alas, as I found to my chagrin, I have lost any capacity to concentrate and study, which means I am pretty much a dead end here. Plus I really hate sentence correction. I hate English.
2. A matter which some of you might be aware of.
3. I was bored and dismayed with my continuing insignificance. Why do you people hate me so much.
Now that I am back, let me direct you to liberal fascism blog authored by Jonah Goldberg and concerned with subject matter of his bestselling book. Although I am not sure I agree with the premise (though I confess I am not that much knowledgeable about American history or politics), the discussions on the blog are highly thought provoking, the most recent example being discussion on Locke, Burke and Rousseau.
Since some time I have wondered about the relation between classical liberalism and libertarianism (both of them being very broad terms). The discussion on Locke and Burke makes me think that libertarianism with its strong individualistic streak is more a descendant of Locke (and possibly Hume) than Burke or Smith.
H.E. and "induhvidiualists" like him of course belong to the category of narcissist urbanites with convent education and maturity level stuck at adolescence.
After that please condemn jingoists at DP for not condemning failure of some brown organization to include various terrorist groups in its warm South Asian embrace. I am sure the Jihadis must be traumatized by this discrimination.
While we are talking about DP, pray what exactly is rude in asking about someone's mother or whatever. Is it Indian's problem that these firangees are so messed up. Seriously these self-loathing types are really irksome.
Talking of irksome, it really galls me to see Prasannaji, otherwise exceedingly smart individual, make this common error of mistaking secularism as a virtue in itself. As I have mentioned it earlier, I have no patience with "Secularism is virtue" creed. In fact, I will argue, in manner of Jonah Goldberg (but IMO correctly in Indian context), that this charade of Indian secularism is more correctly understood as secular fascism. I am toying with this idea for a long time. If any of the fellow Hindu fascist want to expand upon this premise, he (or she, as we have recruited a female in our dreaded Hindutva Vadi brigade) is most welcome.
If this is not enough, Prasannaji disappoint me further by becoming a fan of that estimable idiot Richard Dawkins. Why, Prasaannaji, why ! What's wrong with you !
Moving on to other topics, Rohit says, "In my mind, there can only be one justification for abortion ( excluding medical necessity and rape): Women’s primacy over her own body."
Err, what about the baby. To repeat what I said in earlier post, it is not clear (at least to me) when do we consider that the fetus is alive and hence possesses rights. It is a fuzzy decision, so what ? Life is inherently fuzzy. Engineers know this.
Finally, google reader has a nifty widget whereby I can display my shared items. I hope you must have noticed. My question is there a way by which I can simultaneously share an item and blog about it. Blogger does have a "blog this" feature my problem is that is not lightweight like that of reader.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Indian democracy is a constant struggle between ignorant and superficial