Thursday, May 25, 2006

By Gosh ..SHE’s done it!!!

For all those unfamiliar with that phrase, its from “My Fair Lady”, the classic, which is one of my favorite movies. I finally changed my blog template… Being totally ignorant of all Html codes and the deciphering of these was pretty easy. I got mine from and it was pretty simple to set it up.So I hope u guys like it

Speaking of codes, saw the movie Da Vinci Code yesterday after reading Mitr’s posts and I agree with the critics - it was not worth all the hype. I am from a background which has been enriched by Christianity while having its roots in Hinduism, and when this book was released , it ranked high among the dinner topics in our family. Thrashing out the gospels and dissecting the dead sea scrolls, the topic was Tabu to some of my relatives who are Christians and a hot conversation piece to the rest of us. What I like about the book was the witty and intellectual conversation pieces between Langdon and Leigh, and the most absorbing for me was the attention to detail regarding history of the Christian wars. I wanted to and still want to visit Roslyn chapel .The book had impressed me enough to start reading up on the Knights Templar and the Rose wars, but the movie disappointed me. Apart from totally departing from the ending in the book ,regarding the conclusion of the car crash, Ron Howard sugar coats it with a new dialogue regarding divinity.!!! The movie fails to exploit the beauty and genius of Leonardo and also the actors are deplorable in certain scenes.

Why I liked the book, apart from the above was the portrayal of Mary Magdalene. Since a young age I have always wondered at the difference between the Hinduism and Christianity. Though the “mother” figure is portrayed in both as one of great strength, sacrifice and love , and paradoxically the lady companion /wife is totally disregarded in Christianity but worshipped in Hinduism as a goddess. This is what I believe and I am sure more than half the worlds population will disagree- “There is only one God and Religion” and the due to the geographical distances that existed,the cultural depiction of him has led to the growth of the innumerable religions. These depictions most of the time portray the same God or Human depending on how you view these figures of faith. Jesus was a carpenter and surrounded by the animals,viewed in many drawings as a "Good Shepherd" , Krishna was cowherd and every drawing I see of him has animals in the background. Their respective mothers were the personification of love and devotion. Their disciples had the doctrine of responsibility to others and duty to oneself. And most importantly there has been a controversy of human versus divine for all the avatars of Vishnu and now recently for Christ.

That leads me back to the question of Meera Vs. Mary Magdalene ,feminine disciples and their stance in the religion. Meera is said to be Krishna’s biggest disciple- she left a king and kingdom for him and she is praised for it.Radha ,another companion of Krishna and they immortalise the concept of love. In Contrast, even though the Gospel of Mary & Phillip, says that Jesus felt that she was the disciple closer than all .even Peter and it was she who was elected to give the true message of Christianity, yet she is condemned as a whore. For me it’s all about giving a person their due. Irrespective of the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, if she was a person who imbibed Christ’s discipline , her teachings should be made public to the world. It is not how the message was got but what the message is that makes the most sense!! To cover it in a religious blanket by condemning the person as immoral is absolutely against the faith,.

I am not decrying Christianity in this post. Rather , it has taught me some values which is an integral part of me. However, the real message is Love towards humanity. Fighting over the virtue of a woman, who Christ loved as a disciple is depreciating those same values.

The significance of the “Sacred Feminism” made sense to me, but I understand for many people it is blasphemous. All I wish for is that we recognize the true meaning of the strength of womanhood, be it in any form- mother/ wife or more importantly as a partner. I'm sure that God irrespective of whichever form or religion will want to recognise a person irrespective of their sex, for their contribution to humanity.

And to give you ppl something to smile about

Extra Marital affairs!!!


The 1st Affair:

A married man was having an affair with his secretary.

One day they went her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM.

The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt.

He put on his shoes and drove home.

"Where have you been?" his wife demanded.

"I can't lie to you," he replied, "I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon."

"You lying bastard!

You've been playing golf!"
The 2nd Affair:

A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son.

They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted.

The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy.

The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son.

He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen.

He told his wife, "There's no way I can be the father of this baby. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered! Have you been fooling around behind my back?"

The wife smiled sweetly and replied, "Not this time!"

The 3th Affair:
A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door.

"Hurry," she said, "stand in the corner."

She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder.

"Don't move until I tell you," she said. "Pretend you're a statue."

"What's this?" the husband inquired as he entered the room.

"Oh it's a statue." she replied. "The Smith's bought one and I liked it so much I got one for us, too."

No more was said, not even when they went to bed.

Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer.

"Here," he said to the statue, "have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smith's and nobody offered me a damned thing."


The 4th Affair:

A man walked into a cafe, went to the bar and ordered a beer.

"Certainly, Sir, that'll be one cent."

"One Cent?" the man thought.

He glanced at the menu and asked, "How much for a nice juicy steak and a bottle of wine?"

"A nickel," the barman replied.

"A nickel?" exclaimed the man. "Where's the guy who owns this place?"

The bartender replied, "Upstairs, with my wife."

The man asked, "What's he doing upstairs with your wife?"

The bartender replied,

"The same thing I'm doing to his business down here."


The 5th Affair:

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside.

He looked up and said weakly, "I have something I must confess."

"There's no need to," his wife replied.

"No," he insisted, "I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!"

"I know, I know," she replied. "Now just rest and let the poison work

Keep Smilin ppl


Saturday, May 13, 2006

For You Momma!!

Today is Mother’s day and frankly till this year never did much care for it…to me my mom was always around… and sometimes tooo much !!.Life has changed dramatically over the year , and so has the sentiment for me surrounding this day. As I skim through the many blogs that talk about their mom, my thoughts are just the same…but I still feel my momma is special.
The earliest of my mom I remember is her singing to us before putting us to bed, as we grew we started covering our ears, but that is another matter :).I was always sick as a kid, that entailed plenty of time away from school. But I loved those days bunking school, because I could listen to my moms favorite old English music, while she bustled around the kitchen, unfortunately for me , later in life when others were listening to Ricky martin and mooning, I still loved Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and therefore really couldnt understand what "Bon Bon' meant!!!!. Being a working woman herself, Amma ensured that the thought of independent women, crept into our minds, at a young age,(all this much earlier than the Destiny Child hit song).
An astrologer had told mom that her second un would give her the utmost troubles, and did my best to prove him right through my life. Right from a total change in the stream of education, to studying with the TV on, with working late nights and having an endless stream of friends calling, I have always ensured my mom’s tension levels were peaking. But as I grew up, I started leaning on my mom more as a friend. I did bunk college to see a movie, but funnily enuf only after telling her what I was about to do. With my dad it was more respectful relationship, with my mom it progressed to a one where I could watch Ally McBeal and Baywatch and comment on the new guys on the shows . My sister the ‘Armish Nun’ used to cluck disapproving at all my views on the reality television especially temptation Island, but my mom used to perk her eyebrow and disagree with my selection and have her own views…. Not many people have a argument with their mother as to who is cuter 'Joey' or 'Chandler' on Friends, and whom Rachel belongs with.
In Bangalore, my mom and I used to have amazing shopping trips. With her arthritis , a window shopping took a whole angle. Escalators were death traps with my mom precariously sliding onto them… gosh those were fun days. With Friday nights reserved for movies,we used to overdose on all the new pirated CD’s.In the last 6 months before my marriage, my mom struggled to teach me the skills of housekeeping (Struggled is an understatement :) ), I think she still thinks that K should have been paid dowry for all the troubles he undertook !!. In the US, I’ve been talking to my mom over the net and I think its payback time for her now…. Try talking to a person who’s never touched a computer to send a emoticon, I think it would be easier to teach my niece astro physics.As we speak an hour a day now, with 45 minutes dedicated to me teaching her to maximize the webcam window everyday , I Kinda understand what she went through trying to teach me to write cursive!!!
Today as I wished her a Happy Mothers Day, I meant it , I could hear her singing to me in my ear, though she sounded off key as usual, it was the sweetest sounds of music to me

For all the mom’s out there – Happy Mothers day

And for the joke – the ol ladies of the world really know a lot :)

In a trial, a small town prosecuting attorney called his
first witness to the stand. The witness was a grand motherly, elderly

He approached her and asked, "Mrs.Jones, do you know me?" She
responded, "Why, yes I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've know you since
you were a young boy,and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to
me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk
about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you
haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more
than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you. "

The Lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across
the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones. do you know the defense attorney?"
She again replied, "Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was
a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted and he has a drinking problem.
He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice
is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on
his wife with three different women, one of them was your wife. Yes, I
know him."

The defense attorney almost died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench, and in a very
quiet voice, said, "If either of you bastards asks her if she knows
me, I'll throw you in jail for contempt."

Keep Smiling ppl,