Tag Archives: Religion

Land of the Snake Charmers

25 Jun

Who can argue against that?
I’m on my way to a glitzy IT office in India in the 21st century, walking on the narrow path along a 8-lane flyover. The path is only wide enough to allow 2 people to walk alongside each other. So who happens to come from the other side but 2 young, sturdy fellows dressed in the most… well, religious attire. He starts asking me for a rupee, thrusting his vessel before me.
Now I don’t mind giving 10 bucks to a slightly handicapped person but I’ll be downright damned if a fellow asks me for as much as half a rupee in the name of religion!
But hark, in one hand this man has a harmless vessel but in his other, a small snake!!
I try walking right past him but his other comrade blocks my way with another snake in his hand! No wait, this one has 2! Gosh, so does the first one! I hadn’t noticed the python around his neck! So i’m confronted by 2 men and 4 snakes for a measely rupee… In the name of Religion!!
The second one comes closer, and they’ve blocked my way entirely. I must choose between cutting my way through snake-bearers or stepping onto a road on which cars are moving at the speed of torch-light (assuming torchlight moves slower than sunlight.)
Alternatively, I must choose between life and principles.
I keep yelling at them to let me go, to get away from me. They keep flashing the snakes and asking me for one rupee!
But I’m not going to let myself be held ransom for a rupee! Somehow, after a few minutes of squirming and wondering what to do, they let me pass. They do not realise why I did not part with a rupee, they probably think I’m extremely miserly. So be it. I refused to be extorted by religion, in the land of the snake charmers.

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(Modern) Lessons In Mythology

9 Jun

No, I didn’t sit through yet another extremely corny “Modern Ramayana”, but instead watched a most delightful feature called Sita Sings The Blues, whose link Rakesh was broadcasting some time ago. Needless to say, I’m once again eternally grateful to him. This film gave me more than simply a delightful viewing experience… It so turns out that I had little idea of how exactly Ramayan ended! I thought the entire story involved Ram rescuing Sita from Ravan, and it ended right there but Lo Behold…. It doesn’t! It so turns out that Ram is quite a hell of a prick (tons of offense intended) and pushes around his dutiful and vision-of-perfection wife into fires and oceans and what-not to prove her “purity” to him, and refuses to reuinte with her each time, even as she passes survives every test! Eventually, she dumps him because, frankly, a woman eventually gets sick of it all.

His conduct is utterly shameful, I say! Certainly not deserving him a temple at a disputed site. Chandu, D… Where are all the feminists on this one?

Oh yes, more about the film. It was done absolutely beautifully, no doubt. The narrators were hilarious, Sita looked sexy in many parts of the film. Nina Paley, with this film, has clearly outdone everyone else who attempted such a feat!

So now that you’ve read this post, you are obliged to download the film (It’s legal!!), watch it, come back here and post about it (or write about it on your own blog, and lemme know), and if you happen to be friggin’ rich, they contribute a bit to the artist towards recovering the costs of making the film (and buy me an Armani! 🙂 )

 

Here’s a trailer :

‘Tis the season to be jolly

26 Dec

Merry Christmas.

I dislike the new pope immensely. I disliked him the moment I saw him. He looks like a cunning rodent. And his comments are going to make Catholicism even less popular in the time to come.

Nice 🙂

Oh, and everyone’s suddenly all quiet on Blogosphere. No new posts, no comments on old ones.
Where is everyone?

Currently Reading…

15 Nov

Wow! I think this is happened for the first time, over here.
Nonetheless, I’m truly enjoying reading again. It’s been a very long while, but it had to happen I suppose. I was quite an avid reader through most of childhood; such habits should never die.

Either way, I suppose the reinstatement of my interest in books is quite temporary… until my exams end! There’s something about examinations that fuels the old passion again. Once the exams have passed, it is marked by a return to benightedness.

So what am I reading anyway?

Well, two books actually. (If the first doesn’t interest you, scroll down to the second. That everyone must read about!)

One that I read in the library (which I take breaks from now and then, to study) is a collection of plays by Agatha Christie. I know, I know. Very 17-year-old. But, well, I did not read them while I was seventeen, and I don’t want to lose out for that reason!
I completed “An Appointment With Death” yesterday, and was appalled to discover that they have actually changed the conclusion in the play. As in, they literally changed the murderer! Why would anyone do that? Just so that it would be easier to dramatise? Rather disturbing. Next up is “The Hollow”. I’m afraid to move on to the play-version of “And Then There Were None”, should they have spoiled that somehow as well.

At home, au contraire, I’m reading something far removed from AgathaC. I wish I could carry this to the library, but that would mean carrying my laptop with, as it’s in PDF format.
Yes yes, I know! Piracy! Shame on me 😦 But I don’t think this author is too bothered about making money off his book. He’s more concerned about spreading the message, because the cover explicitly says “Please Support the site from where you got this book”. Now whatever is that supposed to imply!)

Anyhow, the book was recommended to me by Jack, who I was having a quick chat with the other evening. Noting my atheistic inclinations, he thought this book would concur with my thoughts. It was awfully sweet of him to recommend this book, because his own opinion on the matter tends to differ.
Oh yes, the goddamn book is called “The God Delusion” and it’s by Richard Dawkins. Until a few weeks ago, though I felt that religion was definitely not for me, I comfortable with other people instilling full faith in old dusty books and dressed-up dolls, as long as they kept it confined to their homes. But after all the Hinduism-inspired violence that’s ensuing in the country at present, I’ve slightly modified that to “Religion can be done away with, altogether. Thus, I hope that all the fundamentalists who’re spreading terror somehow end up killing their own believers and leaving this country a little less insane than it already is.” I know it’s wrong to wish mass-killings, but if mass-killings are happening anyway, I’d rather it targeted those that are causing or supporting it.

Yes, I’m becoming a bit intolerant myself. Intolerant of religion. Not Hinduism, Islam, Christianity etc. but of religion. I think I despise them all equally. Though maybe not Buddhism so much… those are peace-loving fellows as far as I know (but something tells me one of you are going to disillusion me on that!)
Anything that inspires a person to slaughter lots of other people cannot be good for anyone. So yes, Religion is not very different from the-T-word. So I might just become, besides a gay-rights activist, a messenger of Peace, aka Atheism. And if people want something to unite them, bring them together… they can use Nationalism instead. Hell, use regionalism if you absolutely must be evil, or linguism, but not religion!

Oh yes, on the book. The preface made promises of convincing me that my earlier beliefs on religion (that I was questioning) were actually untrue. Unfortunately, I was already convinced that most of them were. Nonetheless, I shall enjoy reading his reasonings and being able to use it when I spread the word.
I also was beginning to fancy myself as an agnostic, just so that I could believe that there is something unknown and interesting out there, but it seems he’s taken up the challenge of convincing me I’m an atheist. I shall see where that leads me!

Anyway, I shall continue with the book at the moment, and will share my opinion on the same at a later date. If you guys are questioning too, or are already convinced, I think you should check the book out as well. If you wish, drop me a message in my inbox and I’ll email you a copy.
Oh, but the cover says you must support the site where you got the book from, so you’ll have to support me (hehe!) I’m thinking Hugo Boss 😉

“Yes” after all?

6 Nov

It was while I was reading Closetalk’s recent post that it struck me. Do I care if California wishes to define Marriage as exclusively between Heterosexuals? I do not think that I do.

“Marriage” is not really an institution but a “status” that the conservatives wished to retain. That is because marriage is a religious concept, a religious word. And I, for one, am anti-religious. No, not atheist. I feel strongly against religion.

So what is it that I hope for, if not the right for gay people to be allowed to marry? “Civil Unions” or anything else that they would wish to call it. The same set of rights, hospital visitation rights, adoption rights. The entire lot.

What I would not want is for gay couples (and even straight ones) to be branded “married” because Marriage, like Satan, is a religious concept, and I hope that the concept, along with its entire basis, will cease to exist in the time to come.

Religion was supposed to infuse faith and love. It does everything but. And I know… I’m an Indian.