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Once in a blue moon on Saturday. Two full moons on the same month is a very very rare occurence. It happens only 40 times during a century.Phraseologists have coined the often used term “Once in a blue moon” to indicate this rare event. The full moon on this Saturday is a blue moon. Glance up the night sky on Saturday to get a glimpse of this truly infrequent event.

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July 30, 2004 at 3:10 pm

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In Search of a new home

I saw these fotos in Reuters today. On one side were the victims of the floods in Bangladesh searching for new homes to rehabilitate their lives. On other side, were the Yankees baseball team who were seeking a new home(stadium) for $700 million dollars. What a huge difference between the needs of America and the needs of the third world.


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July 30, 2004 at 12:08 pm

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Support Bihar and Assam

“God cannot be so cruel. We are poor and needy. We work hard to make ends meet. Now he has rendered us homeless. God cannot be this cruel” would be the common lament among the 40 million people ravaged by floods in the eastern states of Bihar and Assam. With over 200 people dead, thousands of lost homes and the lingering threat of an epidemic this year’s floods have been particularly massive and are having a widespread devastating impact. In this hour of deep sorrow, the least we can do from far away America to the grief stricken souls, is help. Isn’t it better to light a candle rather than blame the darkness?

Association for India’s Development Inc. (AID), a nation-wide charity with over 30 chapters has been communicating with our partner organizations and other NGOs in Assam and Bihar over the past few weeks to assess the disaster and assist in the relief and rehabilitation efforts. Relief efforts are particularly essential to

support health needs and essential medicines, temporary shelters. Efforts to ensure access to food and clean water are also of immediate importance. Long-term rehabilitation efforts may be needed in terms of livelihood opportunities.

AID has set up a special fund for supporting relief and rehabilitation efforts and has sanctioned $10,000 toward the fund to begin support of relief efforts. This is just a small as the actual need for supporting our partners’ work alone may be four to six times this amount.

With over 22 million people of Indian origin living outside India and half of this 22 million living in the United States, AID appeals to the community at large to contribute significant additional amounts so that prompt relief and a more enduring rehabilitation effort for affected populations are possible. Any contributions in excess of the present need made toward the AID’s Relief and Rehabilitation Fund

will be used to fulfill other disaster relief needs on a case by case basis in the future.

Contributions to AID can be made through secure on-line credit-card deductions from AID’s website:

www.aidindia.org/AssamBiharFloods/AssamBiharFloods2004.html

where details and updates are available. Please indicate that your contribution is for the relief and rehabilitation fund. Contributions can also be sent by check mailed to:

AID – Zone 3,

P.O. Box 4801

Mountain View, CA 94040-0801

(Indicate “Relief and Rehabilitation Fund” in the check memo)

Please feel free to contribute any amount as at this time of need, even a small amount can make a huge difference.

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July 28, 2004 at 5:15 pm

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other word would smell as sweet.”

After days of Ganth Bashing and Moore loving, I saw a great movie “Autograph”. A very realistic depiction. Cheran had done a wonderful job of walking on thin ice and maintaining viewer interest in the film. The film would have easily fallen into the panthenons of the boring art movies had he slowed the pace even a wee bit. I remember a similar practical but very very boring movie of yesteryear’s “Veedu” –

which had emotions and sentiments that everyone could identify with but the pace of the movie was too slow. I remember Balu Mahendra would show how the old man( popularly called “Veedu Thatha”) brushes his teeth clean and this reel would go for five damn minutes.

More importantly “Autograph” – the title mystified me. Wasn’t it apt to name it “Autobiograph(y)” . Maybe the masses would have heard the word “Autograph” and not “Autobiography” which sounds more like a Crichton novel than a Cheran film. He could have named it “Autobiography : Edhu Ungallin Kadhai” just to make sure that it was not an English movie and also attract the village masses. It would have reversed the irritating trend of giving a tamil name and using a english punchline like “Narasimha : The Ultimate Force”, “Alexander:Where is Wasim Khan?” , “Vallarasu: Please Run Away” , “Nattamai: Reverse the Judgement” etc etc.

One of my friends was remarking that English films dubbed in Tamil were the best moneyspinners these days. Isn’t that strange? Imagine the names of the dubbed movies. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – “Padhungum Puli Marayum Pambu”, Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone- Harry Potterum Mandharavadhi Kallum, Rush Hour- Avasara Neram( you want to piss) , Rush Hour II – Avasara Neram II ( you want to pee),Van Helsing – “Komberimookan”, Beautiful Mind – “Azhagiya Moolai”, Spiderman – “Ettukal Manidhan” etc etc

Names are the ulimate testimonials to the term “Deceptive Packaging”. A guy named “Arokiyasamy” ( God of Health) would be visiting the doctor just as often as you would use the restroom. “Harichandran” ( an Indian mythological character, known for his honesty) will embody the characterstics of “Harshad Mehta” than “Harichandran”. Raman will have multiple affairs and Monica might be a virgin for lifetime.

How about nicknames? Nicknames stick on to you like a leech. I have friends named “Oops”, “Fider”, “Pistol” , “Pop” , “Bellagio” and I don’t recognize them if people refer to them by their real names. More mysterious behind the nicknames are stories behind those. Some of them can even be A-Rated. We recently named a friend PKS – “Pall Kutti Samiyar” due to his obsession to get sainthood at an early age. I am sure he sincerely hopes the name doesn’t stick on as he approaches matrimonalism as guys atleast the desis,strongly believe that names play a vital role in landing a good wife. A belief stemming from the stories of Palpandis, Poonguzhalsamys etc etc. For non believers, browse through my blog and you can find one such story written by a frustrated soul.

If a certain dude named William Shakespeare ever meets you, send him to me because he wrote in Romeo and Juliet “What’s in a name”. How untrue when so much depends on your name and when that name is not Romeo Montague?

Yours Truthfully

Nahsradus Hserus

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July 28, 2004 at 11:54 am

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The Moore Machine I watched Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” on Friday. What a movie as he launches a blistering attack on the incumbent President and his shabby handling of a great crisis. A bold movie at an appropriate time. Such a movie in India would never see the light of the day. Hats off to the American way of life which gives the freedom of speech.

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July 27, 2004 at 5:26 pm

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Arizona Diamondbacks have gone from riches to rags. A world champion team three years ago is now the worst team in Majors. Sorry state of affairs. Schilling left, now the Big Unit will in all likelihood, be exchaging the snake pit for the house that Ruth built, the Yankee Stadium. Next, Yankee-Red Sox clash will probably feature 2001 Co-MVP’s Schilling and Johnson having a go at each other. Isn’t it funny how much water has flown under the bridge???

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July 26, 2004 at 10:53 am

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You got to be kidding

Here is a chance for all the Lindsay Lohans, Pam Lees, Diazes to join the U.S. Army.This is no spam mail Read it to Believe it.

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July 22, 2004 at 1:19 pm

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Comfortably Dumb

I had this wild imagination last night about Vijayaganth(Ganth) starring in Farenheit 9/11.  Ganth would have seen the approaching flight even with this back facing the flight and he would react by flinging a nylon rope from the ground to the needle atop the Empire state building(ESB). He would then make a timely dive from the top of the ESB and catch the wheels of the plane. With all his might, he would then pull  down the aircraft vertically and make it land safely. He would use his extra sensory perception to realize that there is one more threat and order “Tamil Nadu Police” ( whose help would have been sought by  the defence secretary) to throw a huge net close to the Statue of Liberty. Just when everyone is wondering why there is a huge net, Ganth would get to the top of the WTC and wait for the aircraft to fly in. The terrorist would outsmart Ganth and would basically fly in from the other side. Ganth would do a huge somersault and kick the aircraft on its base and the craft would do a million circles in the air but would fall in the net. He would then nab Wasim Khan ( conveniently christened for the sake of luck, supersition and numerology) and hand him over to a Tamil speaking President of United States. Secruity Advisor would then warn him and ask him to be careful with Osama as he is a very dangerous guy. Ganth would reply “Andha Osamava pathu vellai maligaila irrukra neenga vana bayapadalum, aana intha Tamil Nadu polizzee bayapadadhu” ( People living in the white house might be afraid of Bin Laden but not Tamil Nadu Police). He would then walk away in his long coat and thiruvizha cooling glass.

Osama would be in the caves drinking  kalla sarayam ( Illicit Arrack) and watching disco shanthi dance when one poor soul would come and convey the news.  He would then call Ayman Zahiri and the rest of his associates to hatch a plan to get Ganth either alive or dead. Once again all their conversations will be in Tamil with an alien accent. Ganth would get intelliegence pictures of the caves and “joom” into the rocks using MS-DOS and find out with GPS accuracy where Osama is hiding. Ganth expectedly would go all alone and meet the lion in its own den( how apt the phrase is for Osama). After Ganth finishes off all of Osama’s adiyals( henchmen) who will be waiting to get hit just like people wait to see the Lord in Tirupathi, he would take the bull by its horns, sorry the beard. At the end of the long tussle where Ganth will make gravity defying moves, Ganth would pull the Osama’s beard and to his astonishment, he would find that Osama is none other than his father-in-law with a beard. Ganth would then sermonize his father in law about how he has chosen to sabotage the world etc etc and then finally would kill him.The whole world will praise Ganth’s brilliance.

All this might sound brain dead to most folks. But this is not exaggerated even a vee bit. You have no “kloo” about the heights to which logic can be sacrificed. At the end of the whole experience, you are left wondering “Ignorance is such a bliss”.

Gravity = 9.11  Defying Newton – Click here

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July 20, 2004 at 5:43 pm

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Boston Flee Party

Boston is the site of the Democratic Convention this year. It is a meeting of democrats from different parts of America where John Kerry will be officially named the “Presidential” nominee. The convention features talks by Kerry, Clinton and Rob Kennedy. It takes place in Fleet Center, where Boston Celtics play basketball during the NBA season.

Politics News Article | Reuters.com

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July 20, 2004 at 4:06 pm

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If Santa Claus decides to visit me during this Christmas, I would want him to bring along one of this. I am neither a gadget freak or a big music fan, but I would love to have one of the I-Pods. I really think they look cool 🙂

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July 19, 2004 at 4:47 pm

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