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Development at a cost

Holding on to their homes despite rising waters are the residents of the Narmada Valley. Destructive Development should be stopped. Many of us living in the urban areas and going to Graduate school in the United States fail to understand the impact of such destructive development. We don’t realize what it means to lose our place of habitat where we have been living 25 years. Everyone must themselves, what happens if the Governemtn wants to broaden the road tomorrow and you are asked to vacate 35 kms away from the city? Will we be happy in that situation? The Narmada Valley inhabitants have been facing a smiliar predicament and are fighting for their rights.

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June 30, 2004 at 2:01 pm

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The Strikeout Machine

The Bigh Unit- Randy Johnson reached 4,000 punch outs yesterday. The Big Unit is easily my favorite baseball player. Players in any competitive arena are dichotomized into stylish and powerful. Johnson may lack a lot of style but he is powerful and he dominates. Long Live, R-A-N-D-Y

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June 30, 2004 at 10:20 am

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Right, Right, Right, Right

VHP wants new party for Hindus . I thought the Hindus did not want the VHP itself. I am still not sure that the divisive agenda professed by the VHP is in any of the holy tenets of Hinduism. The BJP Government had bad policies and was eventually voted . Mr.Ashok Singhal better realize that it was not because BJP was what he proclaims “anti-Hindu”. Most of the Hindus still revere the BJP alothough it has made some blindfolded decisions. I hope this kind of politics which tries to exploit society on its social divides, is put to the sword repeatedly.

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June 29, 2004 at 7:21 pm

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SharapoWah Re Wah


Maria SharapovaĀ Posted by Hello has got me all excited about women’s tennis again, for obvious reasons. She is in semi finals of the Wimbledon. I hope she is the next Steffi Graf and entertains fans like me for a long long time šŸ™‚

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June 29, 2004 at 9:58 am

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Indian Examinations For Dummies

“Poitu varan amma” ( Mom, I am leaving) screamed my girl next door. Today was her first exam for her tenth grade. “Nanna Paathu Ezhuditu Va”( literally tranlated it means See carefully and write) , a common pre exam one liner used by parents/grandparents/passerbys all over Tamil Nadu and often misunderstood by the LLB’s( Lord of Last Benches) that he has to see the next person’s paper and write.

Little does the parent and often times the child, know that the Indian Examinations fall broadly into the domain of Karma where you do your best and leave the rest to the examiner. Here are a few unwritten rules to taste success in your examinations.

1. Do we need margin on the right or on the left? The answer is both. Basically start drawing the margin on the left and move to “right”, top and bottom. Imagine yourself to be a chess player, moving your ruler to every conceivable space on paper and placing your pencil and drawing a line on it.

2. Just trust your instincts and keep writing in the direction ascertained by your mind. Adherence to word limit often leads to AIDS( Arrears In Differen Subjects) and might result in eventual fatalities. Most examiner don’t correct but just weigh your paper to weigh your knowledge.

3. Don’t get discouraged or underestimate yourself. But for a belief in preparation, the other person is no better than you.

4. Bits of Information is very important to succeed in exams. Make sure you carry Bytes of bits wherever possible. You can always acces data from them when the invigilator is in the drowsy mode.

So to every Tom, Dick and Hari writing exams perennially, Indian Exams nuture the unique “can-do” attitude in you and makes you strongly believe in the cliched “anything is possible” phrase.

DISCLAIMER: All thoughts mentioned in the above piece are valid in all Indian States except Bihar, where they have always believed that the “Sword is mightier than the pen”.

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June 28, 2004 at 9:21 am

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Is there any light at all?

Bhopal: was the drama necessary? asks Kalpana Sharma in the Hindu editorial. Time and time again, the Government of India has neglected issues of the common man. The issue itslef would seem like a “non issue” in many of the developed country, but the high command in India always responds to the problems of the common man after much hue and cry from the activists.

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June 27, 2004 at 1:04 pm

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Bhopal Protests in Washington D.C. by AID VolunteersĀ Posted by Hello

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June 22, 2004 at 10:25 am

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Bhopal Protests in Washington D.C and fast by survivors in New DelhiĀ Posted by Hello

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June 22, 2004 at 10:24 am

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Sorry State of Affairs

12 soldiers were killed in a militant bombing of a bus carrying combat troops in Kashmir. No attention was paid to dead families by the men who rule the country. What a notorious act of neglect of patriotism. The whole country would be crying foul if Sachin Tendulkar had got a small hit on his helmet by a beamer by Shoaib Akthar. Jawans need to be treated with more respect and they are the ones who ought to be treated with most respect. Jawans are the reason why the inland India is safe. We are a country with troubled relationships with our bordering states and cannot afford any complacency from our jawans. If India needs to be pick up anything from America, it is really the respect they show for the Armed forces which safeguard their way of life.

The Hindu : Front Page : Politicians’ silence stuns men in uniform

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June 21, 2004 at 7:30 pm

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The Joy of Childhood

The weekend went quietly. I had to take up a defensive driving class to negate the effects of my overspeeding. It was a long, sleepy session but I came out of it a little bit wiser than before. I was happy even though I had a grudge that the amount of time spent was not proportinal to the amount of knowledge gained. I was at a Potluck on saturday and watched “Couplings”, easily my most favorite TV comedy.

I watched “Perazhagan” on Sunday. It turned out to be quite a decent entertainer. I liked the casual air about the villian of this movie who unlike the usual movie villians did not have thirty people at his beck and call waiting to be beaten up by the heroes scissor kicks, somersaults and what not. Vivek made my heart light with his humor and its time somebody said “Achu”( over) to Aachi.

I played a little bit of cricket which was disrupted quite frequently by two American kids who wanted to join the game as well. I personally feel it is quite difficult to be a child in America. Its not often you get to play in the mud with your friends, fool around in the streets and while away time like you never can. The days of childhood were probably still the best in my memories. I still recollect in soltitude the times when I had homework pending till the last minute, was chucked out of class for calling the next kid by names, cried everytime Boris Becker lost a tennis match, went to each classroom and gave out choclates on birthdays, accompanied my best friend on his birthday, wrote names of the talkative class mates on the board, took my cricket bat and went home just because I was given out.

As Bryan Admas would say ” Those were the best days of my life”

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June 20, 2004 at 6:53 pm

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