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The jolly Jaipur journey

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From the diary of a weekend trip to the first planned city of India on September 11 for two days
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Part One
St Augustine could have been an unknown backpacker in Paharganj. An ancient Roman theologian, he did travel to many places even when he was the Bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430AD, and he got the hang of a pilgrimage, commenting: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” And I realised what the adage signifies when I went for a weekend trip to Jaipur. The journey was just for a change, and we had been planning with some friends since the previous one month. There were eight of us; and we hit the road on a private bus that fine overcast morning from Kashmere Gate.
A trifling did I know about Delhi, and my lack of knowledge about this city became more glaring as the bus tootle along the north-west area for nearly 45 minutes to reach Dhaula Kuan. I have not been to any of the places that we passed through. Well, …

Status update

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When 2010 started, I had made a resolution to be more original. I have done away from using the commandC plus commandV keys to fill in the interesting web updates. (Now I have Facebook to share those links!)

So I have been relying more on my fire to get things 'manufactured' here. And of late, I've started trying my hand at graphic designing. A rookie, I'd call myself but the experiment is getting exciting every day.

Another ideal stuff is to type about everything under the sun. I write for the sake of writing and would love to sharpen my skill as well as develop a style of my own. Well, time consuming is this preoccupation yet I'm not in a hurry. Watch this space, a lot more to come...


The plug on the wall

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trying my hand at some graphic art....

Planting a life

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The universal set

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On changing the faith

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Obscured and sporadically loosened, I was when I chewed over my ancestry,
I was not a part unto a group, and so I toll the knell to become a part of an entirety;
You cannot label me from the character in this farce of life I playact,
It's a sin, the old folks would holler, yet I have changed my faith, my sect.

I foresake now, with deep apologies to my death forebears, and choler for the hoi-polloi,
Even I would not mind, if I'm excommunicated or people call me a loi.
Regrets for I'll call their favourite priests, who chant Sanskrit in Cantonese, no more
And anger for putting me off and keeping back prehistoric chatlam lutin and mores of yore.

 Seeing that I have been a human being since man came unhurriedly out of nowhere;
 But because we are a 'piece of the continent' that the bard wrote somewhere,
 As the Meiteis and Manipuris for millennia and centuries, we have been waxed
 As the others for sixty-one fucking years — and on our patience, India has taxed. …

Easy does it

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'If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.'

Jean Cocteau
1889-1963, French Author, Filmmaker

United Colours of Terror?

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Colour terror
"There is the recently uncovered phenomenon of saffron terrorism that has been implicated in many bomb blasts of the past," said Mr. P Chidambaram, the Union Home Minister, in his inaugural address to the 45th meet of the chiefs of state police and central paramilitary forces at New Delhi(1)Guns have power... you don't believe it? This act of brute force by the legally-immoral authorities are perpetrated with impunity, whilst their legitimacy professes about the false credo they have for the people... Here's a shot from the Mao incident in May earlier this year. Photo from AP
The other day, an Indian right-wing organisation had gone defensive, with its spokesperson on a news channel declaring that terrorism has no colour, and he snubbed a neologised term 'saffron terror'. The guy added terrorism in any form should be condemned outrightly. The whole issue has an overt political tenor just as attacks and counterattacks would illustrate on prime-tim…