Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Recently I read a very interesting book on the Taj Mahal by a Prof Oak. This man has had a checkered career from the INA, Bose to the government of India. Prof Oak's appointments are only incidental,but what he has written is revolutionary. But what interests me is the evidence by Prof Oak that the Taj Mahal is in reality a ancient Hindu temple. Much proof is given by Prof Oak. He points out that inscriptions and carvings at many places are of Hindu origin. He also by a string of photographs that substantiate the claim of Oak. It appears the Taj was a palace of a Rajput king which was taken over by Shah Jehan. This is indeed a debatable topic, but there could be some truth in it. Unfortunately the plea of Prof Oak for further research was rejected by the Congress government. That is politics. One will have rise above petty points for the truth to come out.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Mythology has its own charm. Every myth may not be true but all myths have some basis and they enliven our life. One such myth concerns Lilith who is a beautiful woman from pre-biblical period. As per Hebrew mythology Lilith was the first wife of Adam. This is against the popular grain of Eve being the wife of Adam. This myth does not deny that Eve was the wife of Adam, but ancient Hebrew chronicles mention that she was the wife of Adam after Lilith
The Myth tells us that Lilith was a very beautiful woman. When God gave her to Adam, she refused to submit to Adam in any matte r. Adam was exasperated and tried force, to make Lilith submit to him. This had an adverse reaction and Lilith ran away from Adam. A distraught Adam appealed to God, who instructed 3 angels to proceed and bring Lilith back to Adam,
The 3 angels pursued Lilith and reached her. They advised her to return to Adam, but Lilith refused. The angels then told her that in case she did not return to Adam all her children would die. This had its effect and the Angels were able to bring Lilith back to Adam. Adam duly exercised his right over Lilith. But Lilith was angry and she cursed all young children v born in the future. She cursed that boys in their 8 day and girls after their 20 Th day from child birth would be cursed. This was the reason that Jewish women used amulets and charms to ward of the evil effect of Lilith on new born children
Friday, July 27, 2012
Beauty contests are a funny game. There was a time when Indian girls ruled supreme in beauty contest all over the world. This was during the nineties of the last century. At that time a string of Indian girls like Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Aishwarya Rai , Diya Mirza ET all won a number of beauty contests. These wins had come after a lapse of 3 decades when Rita Faria won the Miss World crown in the early sixties of the last century. At that time Rita was not given any honor and she ultimately settled in UK.
Some time back I heard the famous writer Salman Rushdie commenting that Pakistan was a repressed nation and it was no 1 in the world for pornography search on the net. At that time I didnt lay much stress on what Rushdie said. But now when google has given the figures one is startled.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Batman is a character loved by all. The masked crusader against crime is an icon. But what happened at Denver at the Century theater that was showing the movie on Batman is sickening. A masked gunman entered the hall and started indiscriminate firing. The result as on time 14 dead and over 50 injured.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Is there any man in this world unless he is gay who does not dream of dating a lovely girl? I refer to men of all agesfrom the very young to the older men, even grandfathers ! Age of the man is not a factor as the dreams and fantasies never go away. There is one site that can help out in fulfilling these dreams. The site is doubleyourdating.com which is conceived and operated by David DeAngelo.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I recollect that some time back when Mullah Omar and his ilk were ruling Afghanistan, a decision though perverse was taken to dynamite ancient Buddhist sculptures at Bamian. Despite an outcry from the world the famous statues of Lord Buddha were razed by dynamite.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
My previous boss Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani for whom I worked as the Vice President was one of the few Indians who bought a Bentley. This iconic car cost him a small fortune, but it set the roads of Mumbai on fire where ever it went. In India the Bentley is a rarity. It is a car for the well heeled only.
The Bentley is an English car made by the parent Rolls Royce company. Just to get an idea the least expensive model costs $ 176,725. The least expensive model is the Bentley Continental GTV-8. This car has a all wheel drive and a 8 speed transmission power train. It is powered by the V-8 4.0 liter engine. A veritable monster.This is also the model that has the maximum sales.
The biggest market for the Bentley is the USA and China. Yes ! China. This will surprise Indians who have no knowledge of the economy of China which is the second largest in the world. The Bentley is extremely popular and as per information global receipts for the car for the first six months of this year stand at $ 694,352,525.. Over all sales could be over $1.5 billion. The largest number of Bentleys sold this year is in the USA. it is the largest car market for Bentley's in the world way ahead of China. Read more: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/748772_which-country-has-the-largest-sale-of-the-iconic-bentley#ixzz200FUbjjD
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I have been wondering what is in store for Egypt. The country is passing through a tough time. The economy is sliding down and unless the USA does not give its'gift' of a billion dollars periodically, the Egyotian economy can just flounder. No oil and no minerals, Egypt is one of the less blessed nations of the Middle East in this regard. The matter is compounded by the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate as the President of Egypt. It is not an overwhelming victory as his opponent polled almost 49% of the popular vote compared to 51% for Morsi.