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Bhopal— a tragedy that happend in 1984- still has deep rooted consequences. Victims are still searching for that elusive “complete justice”. On December 3rd 2004, it will be 20 years since that horrific day… Days, months, years, decades have passed. Politicians have come and gone. Yet, justice is pending…

Students from 50 Colleges across four continets join in solidarity with Bhopal and will be seeking action in Bhopal and also remembering the 20th Anniversary of this gory disaster.

If you are in the SF-Bay Area, please attend one of the two screenings of BHOPAL: THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE

In my hometwon of Chennai, friends, family and classmates please attendBhopal Remembered in Chennai

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November 30, 2004 at 2:57 pm

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Red Sox Victory finds a mention in Mount Road Mahavishnu

When you shout in Bostonit echoes in Chennai . Red Sox wining the World Series made news in the land of Tendulkars, Sehwags and Dravids. Sport is a great thread running across several nationalities. I hope there are more Sox caps and T-Shirts in Chennai than the incredibly boring Yankee merchandise

Random Note: Both my brother and I have dressed like Shankaracharya for fancy dress competitions in school. I did it in 5th standard and my brother in UKG. Bro- correct me if I was wrong. Other commendale performances by yours truly include Milkman in 1st standard, drunkard in 3rd standard and fortune teller( in plain tamil kudukudu pandi) in 4th standard for which I bagged the Basket award-the school gave me a waste paper basket as the first prize 🙂 🙂

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November 29, 2004 at 9:30 pm

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Shankaracharya’s arrest has generated a lot of pages of literature. His case is almost becoming like Princess Diana’s murder with each one coming out with a different version everyday and a different facet of his personality being revealed. Murderer tag was the first blow, then came swindler, womanizer etc etc. I hope the circus ends soon and media starts talking some serious issues.

One more equally important arrest happend over the last weekend and the media did not even drop a line on this arrest. Sandeep Pandey -Magsaysay award winner was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on Nov 24 for protesting against Coca-Cola siphoning 25 lakh litres of ground water everyday. Pandey, interestingly is also the recipent of MIT Technovator award for this year.

Aren’t issues like water and environmental degradation more significant? I think progressive media in the country has to wake up and start devoting more columns to issues directly affecting the lives of the people.

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November 29, 2004 at 8:47 pm

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My novel hasn’t gone anywhere. It is stuck at Chapter 1. Although I have the ideas, I haven’t had the time. I saw “Whats Eating Gilbert Grape” last weekend. An old movie but some great performances by Johnny Depp and Leanardo De Caprio. It was quite slow and at times, it was slow that I thought the cricket match in Kanpur was faster.

Did you see Ron Artest and Indiana pacers fighting with the fans in detroit.. Reminded me of Tamil Nadu assembly. Coming to think about it, Artest has a history of diabolical behavior like the famed MLA Thamaraikani… 🙂

Also, Thalaivar Rajni’s first daughter got married. Hindu carried a photo for the ages with Thalaivar and Amitabh in a friendly embrace. I checked out The Marriage Photos and was most happy to see our man Jeppiar ( ****whistle*** ***whistle****) . JP would have gone back to Sathyabama and narrated the events to students in his cavalier english- “Dhanush marrying the aishwarya….Me enjoy”… I can imagine what a laugh riot it would have been….

The photos clealry revealed one thing… first there is thalaivar, then light and then his daughter Soundarya Rajinikant. Isn’t she hawwwt? She is high on the list of goodlooking Tamil women available for matrimony. I am sure she will break a lot of hearts when she decides to tie the knot. One Humble request to the offering of Thalaivar, PLEASE DON”T MARRY A THUNDUBEEDI like DANUSH…. Getting married itself hurts hearts big time but getting married to someone like Danush… man it is like rubbing salt into the wounds….

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November 24, 2004 at 7:32 pm

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“Kanna, ONE For INDIA ku donate pannu. Angae ORU DOLLAR KUDUTHALAM NOORU PERUKKU ADHU POI SERUM” – Thalaivar was saying publicizing One For India campaign. Before you guys brande me as a lunatic, this was in my dreams. I have been thinking long and hard about the way to publicize this campaign that will eventually affect the lives of scores of people living in rural areas and hence it has dominated my dreams.

But interesting point is how punclines affect your psyche. Be it Thalaivar in Baasha saying “ORU thadavae sonna nooru thadavae sonna madhiri”(If I say it once, it is like me saying it a hundred times) or the old bearded man in nayagan saying “Naaluku Perrukku oodhavi pannanumna ennavenumna seyalam” ( Anything can be done to help people). These lines have a real impact. One of my favorite ones has to be Amrish Puri(I hope it is Amrish Puri. Its dinner time, I might have been confused as I am thinking about Bhel Puri) in Mr. India uttering “Mugambo, Kush Hua”. How about Tom Cruise in Jerry Mcguire “Show Me the Money” and Arnold Swarnasekhar’s (sorry couldn’t spell his last name and MS spellcheck replaced it for me) – “I will be back” or 007’s “Name is Bond, James Bond”

The most chick-flicky one has to be Shahrukh Khan stuttering “Bade Bade Deshon me…. blah blah blah” in DDLJ. The most digusting ones would be the ones used by Vijayakanth which neither befit the role nor his expanding waistline.

So the one liners are good but I liked the Master Card commercial a lot especially the ones involving the red sox so I decided to use it as an email aignature …

Books for Disadvantaged Children – $10

Health Care for a Tribal Village – $100

Electricity for a remote community – $1000

Satisfaction of making a difference – Priceless

To share the joy of the holiday season

visit

ONE FOR INDIA

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November 23, 2004 at 8:36 pm

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Corruption prevails everywhere in India. Have you ever tried to stop corruption? Eliminate Corruption at All Levels by neither receiving or accepting bribes.

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November 22, 2004 at 5:20 pm

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Just ONE dollar a day: has built 20 watershed structures for soil conservation

Just ONE day’s salary a month: has supported a village school for 200 children for 6 months

Just ONE percent of salary per year: has supported an AIDS health care clinic for 3 months

Pick up anyONE of the above or define your own ONE. Rest assured that I will see that it counts! Make your valuable contribution at One for India

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If you do send out ecards, enjoy the latest feaure on this site, using pictures from the 2005 calendars. You can try and send out ecards from

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Remember everyONE counts@oneforindia.org!!

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November 22, 2004 at 2:00 pm

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This news should have made it to the front pages. I cannot underestimate the value of this doctor to the society. Only after watching his program in 10th standard I realized that eating drumsticks doesn’t really increase your sexual drive , a theory popularized by the one and only Bhagyaraj :-). Thank you, Mr.. Bootham for all your service for making me understand the propogation of generation through reproduction. May he rest with a soul in peace 🙂

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November 18, 2004 at 6:31 pm

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As Shankaracharya was put behind the bars, few images of his crossed my minds. The most enduring image has to be the image of man making his early morning appearance in Doordarshan to deliver his special address on the day of Diwali, Pongal etc. As I stated earlier, I went to schools patronized by the Sankara Mutt but I never had a chance to see the man up close and personal. He did come to my school once when I was in high school but my class teacher decided to put me as a volunteer who would man the gates of the school. Maybe she wanted to keep the non-belivers as far as possible.

Just when I wrote about his apparance at DD, I remembered that opening tune of DD, it used to bring so much happiness to me when I used to wake up for the cricket matches during the 1992 world cup. It was almost like the mating call of a wolf mixed with the pouting of an adamant third grader. DD used to be so much fun…. Remember the tuesday drama at 7:30 , wednesday Chitahaar, Friday Oliyum Oliyum… used to be times when the whole family would be glued to the idiot box. DD really united families. 🙂 How about DD2’s own Junoon. My favorite was Keshav Kalsi and his subtle Thatha Nagarkar… Baba Sehgal, the Desi Snoop Dog( snoop dog fans forgive me) came into his own in Superhit Muqabla.

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November 17, 2004 at 12:09 pm

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The King of romance

One more romantic Shahrukh Khan film released this week. King Khan will soon become “King Kaun” if he continues the trend of romantic films. The one film which set the tone for his career and singing, dancing with his heroines in “la la land” was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge[DDLJ] and it is definitely one of my personal favorites. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol just made us, go and fall in love with them. The breezy first half shot beautifully in the locales of Europe and slightly slower second half shot in Punjab. The movie made me realize what a folly not knowing Hindi very well was as I was unable to comprehend fully what the beautiful Kajol meant most of the time. Kajol moved on to greater planes but Shahrukh got stereotyped. Then came DTPH, KKHH, ABCDEFGH and in all these movies he either played Raj, Rahul running around trees and dancing. The one guy whose career took a similar flight could be that veteran Tamil actor Chandrasekhar(He is the guy with a bad hair day on everyday and sports a thick beard and in his most famous role sings “La La La LALA llaa lala la) who never graduated from his union leader roles.

Anyway, I am awaiting Shahrukh’s next movie “Swades” and it might turn out to be his best provided he hasn’t overacted. I am particularly excited about this movie as the director has drawn his inspiration from one of the projects supported by AID in Maharashtra and he acknowledges Ravi, the founder of AID in the movie’s website. Incidentally Ravi’s life is quite to similar to the life of Shahrukh Khan in the movie. Shahrukh decides to leave his job in NASA and goes to India to improving the living of the rual masses which is exactly what Ravi did after finishing his Ph.D in Physics at University of Maryland at College Park.

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November 15, 2004 at 9:18 pm

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