Monday, June 15, 2009

Donations, offerings and our apathy

The recent offering to Lord Venkateswara by one minister from Karanataka had created news and there is resentment against this act of faith in the blogging world. As I discover spirituality myself and the importance of places of worship for a living society, I'm saddened by this one act of selfishness/devotion. I'm certainly not campaigning against donations/offerings to places of worship or our acts of faith; but the above said offering is financially too huge to be accepted.
For the perspective on the hugeness of the amount involved, look at the following calculation from which it is evident that the money is sufficient enough to feed 1000 people for their lifetime.

A 420,000,000 total amount
B 420,000,000 / 20 = 21,000,000 total meals that could be bought @ 20 rs. per day
C 21,000,000 / 1000 = 21,000 total days assuming 1000 people
D 60 * 395 = 21, 900 number of days in a persons life span

This amount can build 10 kilometers of 4 laned highway and similarly numerous other things. I remember my college days when our dean advised us to be
agents of change. I appreciate that statement more now than at any other time in the past. If we are in a position and have the ability to effect change for the good, we should give it a shot. Mr. Minister with 42 crores was one such agent and it is a lost opportunity now.

I do appreciate that this is a sensitive subject. I personally donate/offer during my visits to places of worship and it gives me immense satisfaction as well. We should always distinguish between being responsible or being excessive. We can of course endlessly debate on the exact line that differentiates responsibility and excessiveness. Are we not matured enough to get into such a debate? We can clearly see it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

the indomitable fan !!!!!

Summer reminds of the fans. It’s 4 years since I moved in to UAE and the same time since I said good bye to fans.

A fan is a device which employs hub-mounted rotating paddles to circulate air in order to produce a cooling or destratification effect; so says wikipedia about a fan. It also tells me that fan was invented in 19th century in USA, say around 1870. In India we have been using our own ingenious ways of relieving us from heat (I sure want to list them), long before motorized fans invaded our living and bed rooms. We talk of air conditioning nowadays and not about destratification or cooling by circulation.

I’m fascinated by fan now, more so since I bought a fan myself. It’s after our central aircon fan gave away from cooling the house for the fabulous Arabian summer! We couldn’t survive one night without any sort of air circulation! We debated, argued and confused ourselves with the decision and finally bought a table fan.

Off late fan has become obsolete and I could not find any variety at the store since no one buys them any more. I was doubtful about it’s utility initially, but nonetheless bought it. I’m amazed at the relief that ‘directional air’ gives us in summer

Saturday, January 17, 2009

purification by priests etc.......

"Priests 'purify' temple after foreigner enters premises"

The above article in times of india prompted me to write this. I'm surprised at our attitude towards this kind of incidents. I have often wondered as to why this is still being followed. Initially there were some talk of allowing non- hindus entry into temples in Kerala. But all of that seemed to have died out after some time.

Interestingly I see a lot of bloggers address this issues at various times. I believe that this practise need to be abolished as we progress as a religion and way of living.