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The Big Daady of Conspiracy Theories! March 20, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in conspiracy theory, Secret rulers of the World, youtube.
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Price of my Faith! March 12, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in Sai Baba, Shanideva, Shignapur, Shirdi.
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This weekend the wifey and I decided to visit Shirdi and request the almighty for a soul cleansing, good luck for the year ahead, and basically to help us through the tough times that seem to pervade everywhere.

So we took the 10:30 bus at night, which would take us to Shirdi just in time for the first aarti of the morning – the Kakad Aarti, meaning ‘prayer at the dawn’. We reached Shirdi at 4 am, and felt very happy having made it just in time.

Our happiness was to last for sometime before the so called soul cleansers approached us with offers of VIP darshan, the best place to refresh our bodies before we begged god to clean our souls, and what not. After having refused the ‘ godly’ services, we proceeded to buy the ritualistic prasad and other offerings. And here came the shocker – there were ‘packages’ that were on sale. I was taken aback to see this kind of blatant commercialization of my religion, and this ‘let me make as much money of you as i can right away’ attitude of these thugs. The package cost me 350 bucks, which was not a problem at all, but the fact that all i got for the 350 bucks was a very badly done garland, one coconut, one chaadar for Baba and some prasad. When we reached the prayer hall, these offerings were not even accepted by the chief priest. Infact, he very rudely threw away a lot of offerings that other devotees has bought with them! Literally threw them in their faces. Fortunately, by the time we reached, this old ‘man of god’ was apparently no where to be seen. We had a great darshan, and thanking the lord we came out of the prayer hall very glad.

After Shirdi, we decided to pay homage to the most feared of all lords- ‘Shanideva’. It is said that if Shanideva is angry with you, then you can be sure that nothing in one’s life will be ok. and if he is pleased, one will have the best of times always. Now, i didn’t know if he was happy or angry with me, so to avoid his wrath we decided that it would be best to go pay our respects :).

Now, Shanideva’s temple is about 70 odd Kms from Shirdi in a place called Shani Shignapur, and there are these shared cabs that operate. The only hitch is, you have to be prepared to be stuffed into the cab with as many people as possible, and expect a deathly ride. Atleast that’s what we got.

Anyways, about 90 minutes later, and with our hearts in our mouths, we reached Shani Shignapur. The cabby, took us to a place where we could ‘purchase’ the needed offerings etc. What we did not realise was, that this bugger would be getting a ‘cut’ out of whatever we spend in that shop! How dumb could we get! So this new dacoit in disguise gave us the ‘must be followed’ rules for the prayer. Only men can pray to lord Shani, and that each male must have a bath, be dripping wet, and have a basket of offerings to please the mighty one. I did not have a problem with the first three, but the last one – ‘offerings’ was what cheesed me off. Again. Arre, my logic is, god is not going to love me more, or hate me more only if i dont take these offerings along. I could be a pauper with no money to eat, and god would understand would he not? But no, we had to buy some offerings, and this cost me another 250 bucks. I found out later, that some other vendor, was giving the same basket of offerings for 5o bucks! Imagine my frustration at the cartelized dacoity! But since we had traveled a long distance just for some soul cleansing, we decided best to let the matter rest. But learn from these events.

What irritates me the most is that in the name of religion, profiteers have stooped to such a low level that it actually makes people question these practices. No one would like to offend the gods, and everytime people will end up paying these dogs who claim to be doing service to mankind.

And everytime i return from a pilgrimage, i don’t want to be upset by the blatant in-my-face commercialization!

I think i have learnt a very important lesson from this trip.

Why are we Tolerating Pakistan? March 4, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in India, Society.
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Why?
Your options are:

  1. Because the Mahatma said so
  2. Because our own leaders are too busy with their own election campaigns
  3. Because we don’t know what to do
  4. All of the above

Pakistan is a certified rogue nation. I still dont understand why our own leaders are still in ‘dialogue’ mode with them. Pakistani leaders are just taking India for a ride, what with their constantly changing statements and all. Why cant we just shut them up once and for all? Why so much ‘baatcheet‘?

Ever since i am stepped into this world, Pakistan has meant nothing but trouble. Constant infiltration into Kashmir, rising number of terror camps, continuously increasing political instability, and an economy gone to the dogs because of the dogs.

The Mumbai attacks and now, the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. How much longer before someone starts shouting and getting Pakistan to get their act together? I for one thing feel, that the trouble is just around the corner for India. Lahore is about an hour away from Amritsar. What stops these gun totting Quran preaching asses to jump the border into our country. Many already have.

Why are we as a nation entertaining anything Pakistani? Till a few years ago, we tried opening up relations with Pakistan, in hope that one day things will turn around. We gave space to their musicians, artists, comedians, actors, cricketers and everyone in between. But to what avail? I think we should stop all of this now. Enough of having any sorts of Pakistanis in India. Send back Adnan Sami, Shakeel, Atif Aslam and the rest of the jing bang.

What, you may ask is their fault? What, i will counter, was the fault of the people who died in Mumbai? What was the fault of the children of the folks who died in the attacks? What was Karamvir Kang’s fault?

The thing about terrorism is, it is everyone’s, and no one’s fault. The people in position to do something, are either to scared to ruin their images or they haven’t a clue as to what to do.

Who suffers? It is people like you and me, you face the misdirected bullets.

Why are we Tolerating Pakistan? March 4, 2009

Posted by Chatore Diaries in action, India, Pakistan, Terrorism.
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Why?
Your options are:

  1. Because the Mahatma said so
  2. Because our own leaders are too busy with their own election campaigns
  3. Because we don’t know what to do
  4. All of the above

Pakistan is a certified rogue nation. I still dont understand why our own leaders are still in ‘dialogue’ mode with them. Pakistani leaders are just taking India for a ride, what with their constantly changing statements and all. Why cant we just shut them up once and for all? Why so much ‘baatcheet‘?

Ever since i am stepped into this world, Pakistan has meant nothing but trouble. Constant infiltration into Kashmir, rising number of terror camps, continuously increasing political instability, and an economy gone to the dogs because of the dogs.

The Mumbai attacks and now, the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. How much longer before someone starts shouting and getting Pakistan to get their act together? I for one thing feel, that the trouble is just around the corner for India. Lahore is about an hour away from Amritsar. What stops these gun totting Quran preaching asses to jump the border into our country. Many already have.

Why are we as a nation entertaining anything Pakistani? Till a few years ago, we tried opening up relations with Pakistan, in hope that one day things will turn around. We gave space to their musicians, artists, comedians, actors, cricketers and everyone in between. But to what avail? I think we should stop all of this now. Enough of having any sorts of Pakistanis in India. Send back Adnan Sami, Shakeel, Atif Aslam and the rest of the jing bang.

What, you may ask is their fault? What, i will counter, was the fault of the people who died in Mumbai? What was the fault of the children of the folks who died in the attacks? What was Karamvir Kang’s fault?

The thing about terrorism is, it is everyone’s, and no one’s fault. The people in position to do something, are either to scared to ruin their images or they haven’t a clue as to what to do.

Who suffers? It is people like you and me, you face the misdirected bullets.