There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Monday, October 31, 2005
... with my own money that is. "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourites from Vertigo comics, especially the 'Sandman' series. Terry Pratchett is quite possibly one of the funniest authors I've read - his 'Discworld' series totally rocks.
I'd read "Good Omens" before, but some books you must own, know what I'm saying?
I've got this whole list of books I will buy (probably half-a-million dollars worth ;-P) when I get rich. Don't snigger, this is right up there on my list of priorities along with the black Murcielago, the matt black Augusta Brutale Serie Oro, world peace and long life for all.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Yet another terrorist attack. Looks like someone, somewhere is worried that Manmohan Singh's attempts at resolving our problems with
You see, Manmohan Singh, in his own quiet way has turned out to be considerably more effective than the previous BJP government. Oh, the BJP were tough, no doubt, and we all wanted someone in power who wouldn't let anyone mess with
Manmohan is smart, subtle and clean. He is the only good thing about the miserable Congress party and their idiotic coalition government. Without him, it is nothing more than a bunch of sycophants, without one single backbone among the lot of them. As for the good lady of Amethi - well, let’s not go there.
Manmohan Singh seems to be utilizing his considerable background in economics in several far reaching ways - ways the BJP never considered. One must admit though, that deploying the army along the Indo-Pak border for eight months as the BJP did, takes balls, especially in the face of criticism by the least responsible nation in the world, the US of A. The friendly President Musharraf did get a bit of a shock then. It was worth it for that alone. But that didn't pay attention to the crux of the issue, one that most of us tend to miss -
But Manmohan is trying for a more long term approach. He is focussing on building relations with the Pakistani people rather than the Pakistani government - a radical approach. He is also refusing to lose focus on economic improvement, by keeping focused on improving our energy sources and gain access to new ones before the US or China grab those as well. But ultimately, he understands subtlety, and cause and effect. I have a feeling that anyone who messes with
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Heck, to keep my feet dry on the way home today, I was forced to first climb onto the compound walls and then onto the roofs of houses to avoid a flooded road (okay, I wasn't, the water was just a foot deep at the deepest point, but I was just looking for an excuse to monkey around :-P).
The weather is going haywire these days. Back in Kodagu (or Coorg if you prefer) which is where I'm from, the last four years have been dry. Almost a drought, with people running around frantiacally trying to arrange for sprinklers for the coffee crops and managing the household on a half-dozen bottles of water (this really happened at my maternal grandad's place - 6-10 litres of water a day!).
Now this year, its rained so much that the coffee has started rotting off the crops. Crazy.