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secularism ? 
i just happened to read an article (sent to me by raj of keralachannel.com)

There are as many as 2,07,000 temples in Karnataka and the total income of these temples amounts to 72 crores and only a sum of Rs. 6 crores is being spent by the Government for their upkeep. On the other hand, the Government spent a phenomenal amount of Rs.50 crores for the madrasas and Rs.10 crores for the churches, and for the Hindu temples only a partly sum of Rs.6 crores is being spent


complete article with more stats here

it is very interesting to note that while a section of indian citizens are taxed left right and center, the govt pays subsidy to another section of indian citizens (to the order of rs. 75 crores annually) to visit their holy place outside of india ! now that is what i define as true secularism. long live such secularism in india .. and long live their proponents ..

this is sabs signing off for today ..
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letter from saddam ..  
i've been wanting to write about saddam's death for quite some time but time never permitted me. this image/doc from my cousin rajesh explains everything i had to say, especially about how the world (including keralites) reacted when saddam was given capital punishment. apologies to those who cannot read malayalam .. and sorry, i just cant do a good translation job ! :)



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happy new year ! 
its been a while since i added anything new to my site. few of the reasons are 'was busy', 'laziness', 'forgot' .. (you can choose your pick) etc. i had tonnes to write but i will do it some time later. on a personal note - the only change in me is that i started growing sideburns two weeks back and now it might put elvis to shame. and this is the only time when myself and my wife agreed on a statement without any argument - that i look as ugly as ever i could be !! :) good news - the pic will be added soon so that you can scare your children if they misbehave !!

before i forget, i - on behalf on my family - would like to wish you all a very happy, prosperous and a wonderful year ahead starting today.

if new year's day sets the standard for the whole of the year, then a typical day of mine in this year would be like this (since this is how i spent my jan 1st):

sleep at 4:00 am
wake up at 8:00 am
skip breakfast and eat leftover food for lunch
sleep at 1:30 pm
wake up at 3:30 pm with severe throat pain
sit lazy, scratching head and figuring out what to do next
come back home at 7:30 pm with fever
skip dinner cuz of throat pain
bury under the blankets at 11:00 pm after a dose of tylenol

4 days of holidays over and i need to drag my butt to office tomorrow. the very thought is making me feel lazy again ! *yawn*

this is sabs signing off .. once again wishing everyone a happy new year !

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thriller - the desi version ! 
most of you might've seen michael jackson's thriller video. i just happened to see a desi version (telugu, i guess) which literally made me fall on the floor with laughter (rofl - for you internet junkies)! here are the two videos side by side for your viewing pleasure .. :)



video courtesy: as obvious - youtube.com

this is sabs signing off for today.
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the hippocratic oath .. 
this is the oath which all medical students (all over the world, i guess) take when they graduate from their medical schools to become professional doctors. couple of sentences in the oath are - 'To practice and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try to avoid harming them' and 'To keep the good of the patient as the highest priority' both of which are kind of self explanatory. now why am i writing this here now ? cuz just a day or two back, i read a very disturbing story in a malayalam newspaper about a young malayali nurse in bangalore who was brutally attacked sometime during night by a guy because she had earlier rejected his romantic overtures ! she was attacked with a sword and in that attack, her right hand got severed. she was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where they could've surgically sewn her hand but the hospital and doctors decided money was more important than she getting her hand back. they told her the surgery would cost her Rs.3-4 lakhs and that they would do it only if she paid the money in advance. the girl (she is from a poor family in kerala) and her relatives could not gather the required money within the few hours of the attack there by she ending up losing her right arm !! pathetic .. what else can i say ! we have shiv senas/bajrang dals/SFIs/DYFIs in india who at the slightest provocation go beat up and destroy governmental offices and public properties but where are they when such a thing happens ? i hope one day the hospital authorities and the doctors will realize what they have done to a girl for the greed of money.

back to some personal notes, its been a while since i wrote anything here. been busy all this while. the halloween pics have been updated in the albums section. this is how i look without any makeup !!

to those who know about the cricket stuff here in columbia: we got covered by THE STATE newspaper today. actually i should say that my butt got covered by the newspaper since its me in the orange in that picture .. i'm trying to get a scanned image of the actual article which someone said has more details .. keep checking back !

this is sabs signing off for today ...
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