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Been A Long Time

The writers block takes a hike yet again. Between then and now managed to go through “yet another” breakup, trips across three continents, 4 countries and 5 cities. Managed to set up my company, did some industry first implementations and then of course had some major setbacks that needs to be addressed, but as the saying goes -”This too shall come to pass”

I have never felt so insecure while traveling, as I am feeling right now in Johannesburg. The city is wonderful and the weather cannot get any better, the irony however is that I cannot do anything in this city. Everyone seems to be warning me about the hazards of venturing out by myself. It sucks big time to be imprisoned in the hotel room.

The dangerous part about the famous “mugging scene” in Joburg, I am told, is that once you are robbed you are killed. I need more drama than this to die!

I am not sure if it is just me, but I think the animosity between the whites and the natives is palpable. Really feel uneasy about the whole thing. A case in point is the public transport system (if you can call it a public transport system that is). Only the natives use it, the whites drive the fanciest of cars (yeah, the Porsche, Ferrari and the top of the line BMW’s). This observation may also be biased in a way, because I am holed up in the most opulent neighborhood in the city.

Well this is not to say that my own country is free of all malice. There are places where one can be far more insecure and in danger of physical assault if one does not belong to a certain “class”. It’s the caste/tribe you are born into in the east, while it’s the color of the skin in the west. No man is foreign!

Give a man a horse, he will ride;
Give a man a boat, he will sail;
Give a man a reason, he will hate!

I also noted the stoical fanfare with which the middle-east greeted the Annapolis meet. I am sure Mr. President will come up with something more monumental that General Gaddafi’s IsraTeen. Everyone is invited for the Annapolis party but not the Hamas! The Saudis are going too

The world mulls a solution for Palestine without inviting a party that was given a mandate by the people of Palestine. While I seriously feel for the Palestinians and pray for peace in the region, the Annapolis meet seems as good as – pink elephants flying and shooting arrows. I do not approve of all that Hamas does, but the bottom-line is that unless one gives Hamas a fair chance to learn the tricks of the trade that is called democracy, it would be an exercise in futility to dismiss them. I mean a solution for Palestine without Hamas is like finding solution for Northern Ireland without the IRA!

Asia and Africa are probably cursed to deal with the scars of imperialism for one more life time.

Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons of God!


November 26, 2007 at 6:05 pm 2 comments

The North & South Of The Evergreen State

Managed to rent a Dodge (The RAM of God), Caliber over the weekend. Rental cars are cool! They are always clean as crazy, all shiny and nice all the time 🙂

I decided to be behind the wheels the entire weekend. Drove close to 25 hours. The destination was, well NOWHERE.

On Saturday, I headed south and hit the paddy fields and some unexplored regions here. I was so glad that I did not have a destination on mind. The fun of driving aimlessly is freedom. Nowhere to go, yet so much fun. The lovely village green, the sometimes dry and husky paddy fields, railway tracks and canals snaking thru the fields were special indeed. The weekend was not sunny, but I don’t care really, thankfully I am a winter person.

On Sunday, headed north and the sights here were even better or I must say spectacular. Mountains are always fun. It was cold up there (needless to say),lot of fog meant that I missed the lakes around the mountain for trails were closed! I cannot wait to get back from NYC and drive up to the Big Sky Country, I am sure I will need 4GB card to capture the Big Sky Country

The pictures should give you the idea of what I was drunk with over the weekend.

May 22, 2007 at 9:37 am 1 comment

Sleepless In The Pacific Northwest

Seattle? Nay far from it. Owe my sleeplessness to a riot. The master mind behind the riot is writing this post. The riot was a laugh riot. Dude! I am so glad you are here and I am sure we are now gonna paint the city RED!

The waitress at Dennys was amused beyond words watching us guys talking and laughing our brains out. We downed some coffee (ahem… bout 12 cups between the two of us) in a span of 1 hour (ok that’s like 1 cup every 10 mins). Coming back to the amused waitress, she said “you guys take care and have fun. I ain’t gonna charge you” so Awhat on earth does that have to do with this post, oh! , now I have been sleepless and the caffeinated mind to hand coordination is at its best. This will be one heck of a disconnect post (a delayed warning I know :P)

Finally KG is here and bhoy I am ‘Oh so glad’. Trips to NYC and Seattle on the cards. Driving around NYC in Ford Mustang 2007 convertible (simply irresistible).

After considering the various considerations that have been considered, the consideration to consider the consideration indeed seems considerably considerable. With the consideration having been considered, I hereby consider to consider the following consideration

To walk down the aisle with Mocha Frappuccino (double blend, no whipped cream) if “it” were a “she”. But good God up there, we all know is crazy so He willed it otherwise, He turned “she” into an “it”. Trust me, it is ever so easy to pass the blame on to Him, He never questions (psssst….sometimes He chooses not to answer too :P)

Please don’t tell me you suffered the ordeal and are actually reading past zzzzz….

May 16, 2007 at 1:40 pm 2 comments


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