Is Steve Jobs a Konkani?

He certainly sounds like a Konkani in this article in The Economist.

Mr Jobs, a pescatarian (ie, a vegetarian who eats fish) … . (you want more?)

… he proclaims his belief in karma and in love. … love of one's ideals. Always do only what you love, and never settle, he advised … . His brush with cancer, in particular, seems to have focused his mind. “Death is very likely the single best invention in life,” Mr Jobs told his young audience. “All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Overall, an excellent article!

Pia Awal and Tim Dutta: A touching story

A very touching story in today's New York Times

Pia Awal and Tim Dutta grew closer after the bride underwent chemotherapy for leukemia. They were married on July 30 in a Hindu ceremony.

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Movie Meme!

1. Total number of movies I own:
VHS = >50 (this is after I donated about 80 VHS tapes to a local library)
DVD = 66 [57 Bollywood; 9 non-Indian)

2. The last film (DVD) I bought:
Buena Vista Social Club – This was about a year ago. Stopped buying movies – joined Netflix.

3. The last movie I watched:
In theater: Matrix III – yeah, a long time ago.
On DVD: Cinema Paradiso (Italian)
On TV: Sorry, don't watch TV at all!
On video: Pulled out the “Brother Cadfael” Series from my collection. Set in 12th century England. Derek Jacobi acts as a Benedictine Monk. With some Crusader experience he is the local healer, as well as the detective. Beautifully done series! Check with your local library. The Episode “Virgin in the Ice” is my favorites. I recently downloaded and listened to the related Audiobook by Peter Ellis. The video series is one of my all time bests! If I buy another DVD set, it will be this one.

4. Movies that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
– Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman) All time favorite!
– A Walk in the Clouds (Keanu Reeves & Aitana Sanchez-Gijon)
– When Harry Met Sally (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan)
– Matrix (Keanu Reeves& Laurence Fishburne)
– Broken Arrow (John Travolta and Christian Slater)
– Albela (Bhagwan & Geeta Bali 1950's)

5. Pick others to include in their journal:
– Whoever has not done one yet

Libertarian! and proud of it

I knew it even before I took the quiz!

The political description that fits you best is…

LIBERTARIANS support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

The RED DOT on the Chart shows where you fit on the political map.

Find out what you are: take the World's Smallest Political Quiz

Economists and Inflation!

We all know that Economists are quirky folks. Here’s what The Economist says about inflation (Feb 5th, 2005):

… inflation remains tame. America’s headline inflation rate was 3.3% in December; the core rate (excluding food and energy) was 2.2%.

Food is things you eat to live. Energy represents costs for natural gas for heating homes; oil primarily for home heating, electricity for heating, lighting and running computers; gasoline for running automobiles. With winter’s sub-freezing temperatures upon us, heating is a big part of our non-discretionary expenses.

Economists seem to suggest that as long as you don’t heat your homes, or eat, or drive your vehicle, or use your computer – inflation is actually very low. Like I said, a funny bunch these economists!

Which Hindu God or Goddess are you like?

You are closest to the Lord Ganesha. Althogh he has an interseting feature of looking like and elephant, his power makes him strong and faithful. Lord Ganesh is the God to remove all obstacles in life. And because of his unique figure, one of his forces is that he looks beyond one's outer apearance. You are most like this Great God because you are strong and not all that judgemental but, you are human and it can be something in you like all the rest of us. Well Lord Ganesh like many other gods and goddess are just all incarnations of the one almighty god.

What Hindu God or Goddess are you like?
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Helping Victims of Tsunami

Consider IDRF to make a donation to help the victims of the Tsunami.

Due to their excellent record in rural India, particularly empowering women, I have personally contributed to them for several years now. IDRF is run by true volunteers who are not paid any honorarium and the organization does not have an overhead. So 100% of your contribution goes directly to the organizations (NGOs) working on the ground. I have checked their financials for several years, and it amazed me that with the interest they earn on the money, they end up disbursing more than they actually collect in donations!

Lead us not into temptation!

I can handle most of the fine offers I get in my email; Italian Rolex for $75; super Viagra; pics of Anna Kournikova; and free cruises. These I unblinkingly tag for extermination!

But there is one which I look longingly at, before deleting

  • You have Won a Free iPOD mini MP3 Player

One of these days, I'll give-in and click!

Mona Lisa Smile

We saw Mona Lisa Smile over the weekend. It’s a decent movie, made more bearable by Julia Roberts and a great performance by Kristen Dunst.

The movie is about an Art History Teacher at Wellesley College who encourages her student to think freely. Wellesley is practically in our backyard. It was hard to imagine Wellesley students as very staid and conforming, considering today it is probably the most liberal women’s college in the US. Did you notice the reference in the movie to “future leaders of our country?” I think they were referring to famous alumnae Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeline Albright.

Do It Anyway

Kent Keith penned these phrases as a student in 1968. Over the next 35 years, these phrases traveled the globe, appeared in speeches, poems and even from the preacher's pulpits. Mother Teresa put it up on the wall of her children's home Shishu Bhavan in Calcutta. I want to put it in my diary.

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001
Paradoxical Commandments

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