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Where have all the flowers gone?

  • Sep. 22nd, 2008 at 12:51 AM
I've been rather inactive here of late. I owe it to a vagrant viral strain that caught me off guard. It began with a series of sneezing fits. It was so bad, I would sneeze myself awake in the middle of the night! The medical fraternity attributed it to some kind of an allergy, but with the rains going on with the globally warmed frequency we deserve, that seemed rather unlikely.

Two days of chain-sneezing, and my back was sledgehammered into a long series of muscle pulls. Beginning at the base of my skull, and wrapping around each vertebra down to the lumbar region. Walking became a problem, but life went on. The next morning, I met a thermometer that claimed I was dead.

Three days have gone by since, and the fever's history. The sneezing's subsided, the aches and pains are well within bearable limits. I think I'll be fine when I wake up tomorrow morning.

The blasts in Delhi happened. I found out a day and a half after the explosions threw the city into confusion. I wonder.. Won't the terrorists ever get it? We've got over 1.4 billion people here. What the dickens are they trying to prove?

You rob a family of its sole breadwinner.. You rob a child of it's mother.. You steal half a couple from a marriage.. You spoil someones day. Damn it, how the hell did it help the terrorist? Any one with enough brains in a skull could make a bomb! The thing is.. We're kinda aware of what it does to the world around us.

It hurts a few people. Politicians say "Bad bad! This should not have happened. Those involved will be brought to justice, blah-blah!" The general public feels a small chill run up and down their spine for the next couple of days. Then what? It's business as usual. No one remembers but those few who suffered from collateral damage. Who made a point? Who understood it? Are the terrorists better off now?

Even if the Terrorists one day get what they want so bad, do they really believe the world will leave them alone once they've got it? We'll turn a blind eye to their past? Heck, give them a country, let them all flock there. Then Nagasaki it! lol! Peace be damned. It does not work that way.

There's a Hindi/Urdu bit of advice: "Lambi Soch Hamesha honi cahiye"
Translation Transliteration: Long thought should always be there.
Transliteration: Translation: One should always think ahead.
*Correction above courtesy: sepiaverse (link)

Most politicians and terrorists share a common factor. They think they know what they're up to, and they think only of themselves. :) What a miserably pointless life!

Here's a quote for those of you who like them:
"An atomic blaster can point both ways" but "It's a poor atomic blaster that won't point both ways"

- Quote attributed to 'Salvor Hardin' from 'Terminus' in 'Foundation' written by 'Isaac Asimov'
lol! Confused? Salvor Hardin was the first mayor of the planet Terminus which is the center for galactic rejuvenation. Ironically located at the edge of the galaxy, Terminus is the planet containing the 'Foundation' that was founded by Hari Seldon, the first and greatest of the Psychohistorians. You've got to read the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimovto really understand the whole thing, and I'll leave you now to wish you knew what I was talking about. :)


catchmanblue wrote:
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Asimov is the only God.............
Asimov is certainly the God here......., atleast for the future generations,...when the world suddenly realises that after all the mayhem and chaos in the world...perpetrated by the terror monger $%$%%$% from across the country, of a foolish, self centred, nincompoopish and narrow minded faith, thats only hell bent on atrophying itself and the immediate symbiotic surroundings with itself...,there again nees to be a self sustaining force and life forms limping back to normalcy..., and human lifes bettred from service of the menial tasks by the machines and the cyborgs...., when the self containing religious faiths are all wiped out.....when natur's prowess is again truly appreciated and worshipped..... goodness would again triumph over the very narrowminded , psychotic control freak of a mind..........thats when Asimov's philosophy would be treated akin to the relgious edicts of the present day.........the day is not too far off...,Science shall triumph for the greater benefit of mankind.., Asimov, Clarke, Sagan et all the being the new age messiahs......
thekamajournals wrote:
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
The worst is that one can never know who is innocent and who is guilty for these blasts... there are so many factors involved- the government, the people, the so called men of religion....

Kudos the the general public for turning an eye to these blasts... hopefully the assailants would have learnt a little lesson.
angiasaa wrote:
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
True.. Though at the end of the day, I blame everyone for the blasts. It's not just the terrorists or the Government who should be singularly blamed. We've all probably played our parts and most of us have'nt learnt a thing from them.

I doubt they'd learn lessons from this. They'd probably try bigger, messier bombs next time. They've been brought up to think that way. If no one notices you, do more damage.. Wreck more lives.. That's the only thing they've been taught how to do. :( Unfortunate, but I don't blame them. Behind them stands a teacher. That's who should get the blame for all this.
sepiaverse wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
u worry too much, i repeat.

its a ticker of a red dot..and u cant make out what it is in the dark..could be a sexy camcorder or a live bomb..in both cases, time's running out and everything's going to be on record

:) meanwhile, i carry a note in my pocket that says - "this is how i wanted to live"

angiasaa wrote:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
lol! :o)

Not everything goes on record. There are some who don't get around to being recorded.. Or at least, the better part of themselves are forgotten in the mists of time. :)

:-) I carry a note in my wallet that says - "I knew it! You're robbing the dead to feed a terrorist.".
sepiaverse wrote:
Oct. 4th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
i meants records in a much larger sense of the word..layers of dust, mists of time, depths of memories - and the like :)
angiasaa wrote:
Oct. 5th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, makes more sense that way.. Though at the end of the day, people forget who you were..

They just brood over the fact that you died.. and that's all that makes them happy. :(
sepiaverse wrote:
Apr. 11th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
ok, it's been long, and long enough..i pointed this out to earlier as well, but here goes..i have to get this itch out of my system -

There's a Hindi/Urdu bit of advice: "Lambi Soch Hamesha honi cahiye"
Translation: Long thought should always be there.
Transliteration: One should always think ahead.

To transliterate is to literally translate, or what is called word-to-word; so "Long thought should always be there" is an out and out transliteration. "One should always think ahead" is the translation, or what we call word-to-sense.

thank you very much :)

Edited at 2009-04-11 11:06 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Apr. 11th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, it has been a long time. :)

I wonder though, about whether you've been returning to check if the necessary change had been made ya nahi every once in a while since I made the post. :)
sepiaverse wrote:
Apr. 11th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
happy wonder-ment to you :)
angiasaa wrote:
Apr. 11th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)