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Sab's world
may his soul rest in peace .. 
i heard an absolute shocker just now. uma mahesh, a very close friend of mine, died today morning :(

he was young (maybe 31-32 years old), energetic, funny, very helpful and an excellent imitator of my other friends but his life is a good example of how alcohol can ruin one's life.

he lived close to my house in PTP nagar (the residential colony in Kerala where i used to live). i knew him from 1980 onwards. he worked with bharat tours and travels (in trivandrum) for 5 years and then started his own business named umesh travels. he had married his childhood sweetheart but for some reasons they split couple of years back. he used to be party drinker before but he resorted to heavy drinking after that incident - maybe he thought that would fix his sorrows. in spite of doctors warning that his liver is all damaged and he should not touch alcohol anymore, he continued his drinking and today morning, the inevitable happened.

attached is his last mail to me which was sent two months back.

note on why this part has been deleted : upon second thoughts, i think it is not appropriate to post someone else's personal mail on a public domain like this, so i took it off.

there is no more uma mahesh to reply to... may his soul rest in peace!

this is sabs signing off
  |   ( 3 / 1629 )
weapons of mass destruction 
got this from my cousin brother rajesh today morning. its funny yet conveys a deep message as to what/who is ruining india. it goes like this :

It was the day after India's Independence Day.

A thoughtful Tony Blair who had watched the celebrations on TV got onto the phone with his friend Bush:

"India!" shouted Blair.

"What about India?" asked a startled Bush.

"We English made a mistake George," said Blair, "I need to get India back as a colony!"

"You serious Tony?" asked a still more startled Bush.

"Yeah this is not the India we let go some sixty years ago," said Blair, "this is a colony we would be proud to have now."

"So whatcha plannin' to do?" asked Bush.

"Why George what we did to Saddam. Attack them."

"You sayin' we? You not hoping I'm goin' to join you are you?"

"I helped you in Iraq George, you forgettin' or sometin'?"

"Yeah but we had an excuse there Tony, we were lookin' for weapons of mass destruction, you remember?"

"So we do the same thing here George. We tell the Indians to give up their weapons of mass destruction!"

"I don't know whether we are doing the right thing Tony, India's a democracy you know?"

"I lied for you in Iraq George. Nearly lost the elections for you. I'm sure you could do this lil' favour for me. With India back as my colony, we'll be back as a world power! Britain rules the world! You heard that phrase George?"

"I thought it was America who was doin' the rulin' Tony."

"We'll do the rulin' together George. You and me will be equal partners once I get my India back. Come on George talk to that Manmohan feller, tell him to give up his weapons of mass destruction, or else..!"

"Okay Tony since you insist. Can call me back in five minutes."

"Shall I get my ships ready?"

"For what?" asked a surprised Bush.

"For war dammit," shouted Tony as he put the phone down and waited for Bush to talk to the Indian Prime Minister. He walked over to a little globe he had on his office table and circled India gleefully. The phone rang and he ran to pick it up.

"Tony it's me," said George, "how many ships you got ready?"

"Aye aye sir, the Royal Navy is ready for action!" said Tony, standing at attention.

"You can send them to India," said Bush.

"To fight?" asked Blair happily."

"No to pick up their weapons of mass destruction."

"Whatcha talkin' about?" asked a confused Blair.

"Manmohan said you would know 'cause it's your people who made them," said Bush.

"What weapons of mass destruction?" whispered Blair uncertainly.

"Their politicians, their MP's, their MLA's," said Bush happily, "Manmohan said you could take them all back to England where they were trained years ago by yer people to divide and rule..!"

at the same time, i read about the kerala chief minister's opposition to the smart city which would've been a great push for the 'yet to develop' IT industry in kerala. the chief minister v.s.achuthanandan is an 83 year old trade union leader who has not even passed the 7th standard ! and this gentleman (?) now decides the fate of IT industry in kerala. trust me, we would be having the world's first trade union in IT industry soon in kerala :)

this is sabs signing off for now.
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shall we dance .. 
this is the title of another hilarious video clipping which i happened to see in its a white guy (name in video is Sanjay Gere) lip syncing to a hindi song with the help of a muppet. a li'll bit of search tells me that he is a canadian standup comedian Winston Spear. watch the video below and dont forget to switch on your speakers.

this is sabs signing off for today.
  |   ( 3 / 1700 )
double standards .. cont'd 
finally i heard a voice of protest against the temple demolition which i mentioned in one of my previous posts (with the same subject line). as obvious as it can be, it came from an organization affiliated to BJP - the OFBJP. here is the article in its entirety..

Overseas Friends of BJP: PRESS RELEASE
June 20, 2006
OFBJP Rising Against Destruction of Hinduism in Pakistan

Reacting sharply on the news reports of demolition of Shri Krishna Temple in Lahore, in the early June of 2006, OFBJP held a protest meet in Sanatan Dharma Temple in Florida and prepared a memorandum to be submitted to the Pakistan Embassy.

OFBJP came down heavily on the Indian political parties for showing complete disengagement from the issues of concern for the millions of Hindus living in India and abroad and warned against the repercussions of such unconcerned attitude. OFBJP hailed the exceptional role of BJP who openly condemned the demolition and held various protests and demonstrations across India.

This official act of aggression against the symbols of Hinduism in Pakistan has a stark similarity with the Bamiyan Buddha Destruction under Taliban's and the occurrence of similar events in Pakistan is indicative of the increasing talibanization of Pakistani State. OFBJP calls upon the community of civilized nations to put a curb on states promoting and patronizing religious extremism, fanaticism, intolerance, particularly in South Asia.

It is obvious that the religious fanaticism in Pakistan is directed against the adherents of Hindu religions and India being a depository of Hindu religions is the natural target of such fanaticism, even tough the Congress led UPA Government of India could not even lodge a substantial reaction on the destruction of Shri Krishna Temple. OFBJP condemns the shameful role of UPA Government in this regard.

OFBJP once again condemns the destruction of Shri Krishna Temple by Pakistani Official authorities and urge the followers of Hindu religions to rise for the dignity of the symbols of their religion, faith and culture and ultimately for their survival as a civilization force.

Issued By
OFBJP Press Committee

this is sabs signing off .. in peace !

  |   ( 3 / 1612 )
lion sleeps tonight 
thought i will add a few interesting videos (obviously stolen either from youtube or google). here is one of the favorite videos of my kids. don't forget to switch on the speakers.

watch the facial expressions on that hippo .. it's so hilarious that even i never get bored watching in a loop ! for those curious out there, this is a cartoon duo (pat and henry) created by a french guy.

thanks to the guy who uploaded it to youtube - and sorry for using that video here in my site.

this is sabs signing off for today.
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