Saturday, January 22, 2011
Amavassai is a Tamil word for new moon or black moon .
Usually somebody is named that as a pun the person being dark skinned .
Iam going to tell about an Ammavasai this story incidentally is a true one .
Our Ammavasai was a seven year old beggar who was also a rag picker ,an orphan he drifted into Kannur and once while picking a rubbish bin found a steel vessel .
Like any other child would he broke it open with a stone but it blasted on him taking an eye and maiming his hands for it was a country bomb .
The next days newspapers were full of an orphan Ammavasai lying in the local government hospital .
Iam now going to tell you about Saigramam a centre near Attingal 30 km off Trivandrum city the capital of Kerala .
I went there yesterday as my work in Trivandrum ended earlier than expected and my friend wanted to go there .
Saigramam is situated in natural surroundings full of rubber trees hillocks and ponds ,it has lovely cottages with white ducks walking around ,there was a beutifulk white horse too donated by someone .
Saigramam had been functioning for years quitely doing it charitable work guided by the principles of Sri Sathya Sai Baba .
It ran a Gurukulam model school for tots upto fourth standard who continued thier education later in a local school ,this was for the children nearby and also for the orphans stayting in the ashram .
It had some mentally challenged children ,some abandoned elders ,and orphans too staying there and looked after with great love and affection
We had thier simple fare with them in the dining cottage ,anyone who came there could partake food from there .
So coming back to our story when the gramam authorities heard of the abandoned and injured Amavasai they brought him here and he too became on of its inmates .
They changed his name to Poornachandran which means full moon as they gave more meaning to his life
over the years Poornachandran imibed the best of education and lifestyle values included in the Sai curriculum .
He was talented in singing and once when Dasettan the singing icon of Kerala and other celebrities visited the Gramam and heard him singing they advised the authorities that he should be taught music formally as he had an inborn talent for it .
so Poornachandran learnt music and now is in his second degree course music in Swathi Thirunal music college in Trivandrum .
Thus This is the story of hown An Ammavasi turned into a Poornachandran just by the swish of a magic wand of Sai .
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Stefan Hanna, a Centre Party councillor from the town of Uppsala,Sweden demands a 'fat tax' in his blog, upsetting both the public and his party .
He argued overweight people place higher demands on public than those who stay trim and should thus pay a greater share of the costs,
Swedish newspaper The Local reported. "If it costs more to live unhealthily the collective society doesn't say no! The society says do as you want, but if you elect to live unwisely then you have to pay extra so that we can fund any additional costs that you will cost society, if you get older,"
However, his readers weren't amused.
Call it the Calorie tax or the Fat Tax whatever you will .
Yours truly being firmly classified under the Fat people if not overtly obese ( people who dont focus on my middle bulges even dare to call me reasonably trim ! )
I too was not amused of this .
One knows todays beautiful people need to have that skinny hungry gawky look to make it into page three
Thier schedules are full of sweating out thier hard earned calories in the gym or dancing to aerobics and looking at the other side at the sight of good food ,it sure doesnt come easy .
Fat people have all the fun in the world ,to them eating is a passion they indulge in but it shows up in the wrong places !
why should fat people pay for thier lard ?
Arent they paying by consuming more and buying goods for that,
Imagine what happens when only the models in fashion show populate this whole world
All the chefs would have to retire ,all the gol poppas ,bhelpuri stalls ,tikka chiken haunts and shawarma shelters would close with a bang,what would happen to those juicy kababs of Karims not to mention the ghee dosas of MTR Bengaluru and those lovely dripping evil rasogollas of amchi kolkata
all juicy steaks rare or well made would go uneaten and what pray would Macdonald do with his burgers
The models would throw it away with disgust and turn to thier dry salads
The world wouldnt be a very intresting place to be in .
Food after all brings humour with it ,no not the looking at fat people type of humour
According to my observation plumpier men and women definitely have more fun in them than the scrawnier ones ,hunger drives most of fun elements .
So why tax fat poeple they may be heavy but they lighten the surroundings for this they should be provided with a tax concession .
Our Swedish minister also goes on to say that those who defraud the state fat or thin should be made to wear hyena suits and made to stand outside shopping malls ,
wow I like that bit
Imagine our suresh Kalmadi of the commonwealth games fame ,
our A Raja of the 2 G scam and our former Maharasthra state Chief minister of the Adarsh scam dressed as the three monkeys and standing outside a Delhi mall
Nice feel right ?
Or even imagine a day comes when our descison makers plan to make Kasab earn his living with washing the jail toilets for 20 hours of the day till he gets sentenced which could be his lifetime
well here is someone who should be taxed for all his biriyanis
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