Directhit’s random blah blah’s

January 23, 2006

How much can you PAY!!!

Filed under: Religion — Directhit @ 6:52 am
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This weekend i was on a trip to trichy. Usually I dont go to temples other than for accompanying (!!) my family … We reached there early Saturday morning and then went to the Srirangam temple.. the rudest shock awaited me there. Seperate queues to meet God each lined up differently categorised by Money. Pay 20 Rs and you get to see God before 1000 people.. pay 50 Rs and meet before 400 people.. PATHETIC to say the LEAST.
We went and stood in the Special Dharshanam queue after being scared seeing the “a(dharma)” dharshanam queue paying 20 Rs each. Then comes one guy (yes a typical guy with a kudumi and the sacred(!) thread) and he told us “this queue would take u more than 3 hours”.. we were confused and asked him “isnt this the queue for the dharshanam” he replied back “yes but this would take more time, wanna go faster?” we replied “yes and wht should do for that” and he states “anga irukkaravaa konjam adhigama edhirpaarpa .. 200 rs kudungo seekirama poyidalaam ! (The people inside would expect some extra money .. gimme 200 rs and we can go in faster… ” i jus gave him a stern look and said “its okie we would stand in line” .. then after about 1 1/2 hours in the line we almost reached the entrance of the diety. There the same guy was there and he even had the guts to ask us “oh ippo dhaan varelaa (Oh now only you are coming!) ” i was shocked at the way this person was cooly asking BRIBE when the same thing might be done in private EVEN in a Government office.
One person like that was not going to spoil my mood and off we went inside with the Archana chit… there came a person who took our chit and the coconut and other stuff for Archana from us.. i thought he is taking it from us to hand it over to the gurukal or whatever and when we reached the God, there the same person was waiting with full commitment to help us get what we wanted.. I cudn’t help but think that something is wrong…. Meanwhile the gurukal inside the temple was pestering me and saying “podunga dhaaralamaa podunga aayiramo (1000) aynooro (500) paravayillai (put put dont hesitate 1000 or 500 rs is okie) …. i was shocked…… outside only had i seen so many beggers asking me with rights “ayyaa oru rooba picha podunga” (Pls spare one rupee for me) here inside the temple also was the same fate the difference just being a higher amount…. i gave him a far far less amount than he had even imagined and he openly comments “Sanikizhama adhuvuma vandhurukkara aalunga paarthiyaa” (See the people who have turned out on Saturdays) …. we didnt get time to reply to him after being pushed out by the crowd gathering in and ofcourse the gurukal werent making us have a nice dharshanam once they knew we werent giving more money!
We came out and saw the great person who helped us get into this mess with the archana thattu with him…he then took us to a mandapam sort of thing inside the temple and asked our stars/names etc and started telling out some mantrams……. i knew trouble was coming 🙂 he finished it and as it is without disappointing us started 40 brahmana kudumbam irukku anna daanam pannanum…….. (there are 40 brahmin families you have to give them food) I was like “mm why should i?” he told “they are not having money to eat and now only magara jothi is over etc blah blah blah” i wanted to know his expectation and asked him how much?? he cooly told
atleast 10 rs per family !! i cudnt help laughing and we walked out from that guy with great difficulty not before losing 50 rs from my pocket! and from then on it was more of a comedy ((well comedy to think back but cudnt stop worrying how bad our nation is turning out to be and that too the people visiting us would have such a bad opinion on us) trip of all sorts … every now and then when a poojari came towards us helping us with something we knew something was up their sleeves and mind u they didnt disappoint us in any ways! there was this poojari who helped us put the prasadham into a plastic cover and asked us money !! there was this person who just showed us the direction for “ambal sannidhi” (Goddess place) and asked us money!!

Gandhiji and his paper was the mark of the day…….. everyone in and around the temple was jus having one thing in their mind!! MONEY!!! I do accept and understand the importance of money, but fact that the people inside the temple itself seemed to worship it more than God shook me…….
Finally we were out of the temple and we were going towards Samayapuram, yet another temple……… the same policies followed here too!! By then all the happenings weren’t surprising to me!! Then finally to finish of the day we were in Thiruvanaikkavil where the Diety of Lord Shiva was inside water……. surprisingly the temple was empty and the Dharma (Free) dharshanam was a good choice….. but after going inside yet another surprise awaited……. If you go through the free dharshanam here you get to see the God through a wall and its holes… there was some group of people who were allowed to go inside through a opening……. upon querying I understood that it was another SPECIAL entrance which you get with 5 Rs… It was a painful sight that so many old ladies and people who had probably come from far to get a glimpse of the God not being able to pay this 5 Rs (in most other places this was far more higher) and get to see God nearer …….
well I knew Money can almost get us everything……..but didnt know that God too came with a PRICE TAG!!!

July 8, 2005


Filed under: Poems,Religion — Directhit @ 6:13 am
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Blossomed in the minds of our ancestors,
Now we have many many forms of God;
His stories have been real braintwisters,
for those who never ever believe in Lord.
‘He who believeth in God never fails’,
-words said by those who believeth him;
Here the woes & miseries forever ails,
the powerful Almighty being still Grim.
Yet this universe still proves to be a mystery,
Theories on it’s evolution growing great;
there is perhaps one who owns all this mastery,
the topic which might lead to a debate!
Call him by any, any one name,
which may never alter his fame.

July 6, 2005


Filed under: Advije,Religion — Directhit @ 5:45 am
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its really pathetic to see attacks on temples and mosques by terrorists for the sole reason of starting a chaos in the country……. and to top it all the state government blames the central government… the opposition blames the ruling gov… its high time all this is stopped and some serious action is taken against such stuff…… politicians dont waste any opportunities such as this to make a nice publicity for themselves…. but at the end the people are left to distress…….

May 24, 2005

"Jo Bole… " — So?

Filed under: Religion — Directhit @ 4:56 am
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am back after hols… thought of posting something cool but well well well the happenings in our country seldom allow space for that …………….
its ridiculous to see such happenings in our country which is hailed as a country supporting multiple religions…. if this is the way we are gonna support multi religions we can as well dont support it at all …. well am talking abt the blasts in the theatres if you guys havent figured it yet …… and out here in our place its all issues with English names for movies / no violence in movies etc……. violence and politics seems to be synonyms but these politicians doesn’t miss one opportunity to condemn anyone else using their copyrighted stuff i guess …. now as a common man u tend to question ! why such a fuss over all this stuff! what if the religious slogan was used in the title of a movie? what if violence is shown in movie…. u as a citizen of an INDEPENDENT nation decide what and what not to watch ? isn’t it? who gives the religious parties and the politicians the rights to decide what is right for the general public? these sort of things makes us all think “Are we in a peace loving country?” and what is our government doing against all this? Nothing i suppose……… because if they raise their voice against this then the opposition makes use of this to topple the government…… well democracy at its best whew!!!! Here is something more interesting

May 18, 2005

India to Progress?

Filed under: Advije,Religion — Directhit @ 9:35 am
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jus pondering over what Dilip and Yazad and Amit have been saying in their blogs on poverty and india going down in the statistics i cudnt resist starting this blog….
i had a few solutions to the issues which i feel are more important to the growth of our nation…. comments are welcome… .
1. Beggary.. this is the worse thing i have ever seen in india which cud easily bring down the level of respect foreigners have on us… go to any temple / or in train travel or for that matter most public places and you wouldn’t have to worry about being alone coz you would have atleast a dozen beggers to visit you every one minute….. give them something to eat and you get a disgusted look… money is what they want. not for their sake … but to give the people who is the head for their group…… begging is a business for most of them. Governments change, but nothing seems to be changing their state. You feel pity for those young children who are made to beg in an age where they should be playing (forget studying in a school) …
Now, can begging be made a crime… do that and the ruling party would go for a toss…. ofcourse you cant stop these people from doing so before giving them an alternative (ofcourse depends if they are ready to take up that alternative) … well a solution which i could think of is to build huts/houses for all of them in a government place and start utilising them for various works pending within the nation… give them some work to do… it can be cleaning the roads/cultivating crops and a huge number of jobs which is still suffering from lack of manpower… dont think most of them would complain with food / shelter and something to do through the day.. ofcourse not many would be happy to forego begging which is easy life without sweat shed… the government needs to take a decision on this and people get a way to live. There is no point in encouraging people to not work and live their life happily at the cost of the nation’s embarassment.
2. Cleaning the Country even before thinking about making India a better place i think the initiatives gotto start from the state level and the people in the group above can be used to clean each roads in the state and also a rule that garbage should not be thrown on the roads should be established. I failed to understand why is that not being incorporated in here… the only trouble i can think of is how to execute such a rule…. well as we see we have enough manpower to take care of this and we can even establish groups to ensure that people who dont follow the “no garbage” rule should be punished. After all its only in our country, people act with a fear to government laws and not on self conscience… otherwise we would not have stories of NRIs spitting on the roads the moment they land in India.
3. Traffic Awareness yet another place where government with some strict laws can bring a lot of change in the way people think and also how people react to laws. Most traffic signals are jumped depending on whether the traffic police is standing on the other side of the road or not. Our public show the fact that they need someone to be strict to them for them to follow the rules. Government can have cameras set up at signals to take pictures of people jumping the signals.. (one camera per 20-25 duplicate cameras) could solve the issue of budgets for the same also ……..
4. Corruption No words …. i am stuck dumb at thinking a solution for this .. coz right from the top administration it exists and there is no point in trying and correcting the bottom group with such a setup. Only a solution similar to Indian (Hindustani) movie of Shankar would be a possibility i suppose. Worrying factor is that even our people are ready to shed their money to get their work done in a normal (not faster) pace….
5. Auto trouble too small to be in this list but this is one pain for most middle class people. I have even considered buying a car coz of the trouble i have with these guys and their meters …. Why cant government raise their per meter rates and then ensure that the meters work fine …. they should get a device which should be able to tell if the meters have been tampered to … and public should be able to register a complaint if any auto is suspicious of tampering in their meters.
I jus wrote the list of stuff which came to my mind….. I know there are more than thousands of people out there who can increase this list and can have other and even better ideas/solutions to above issues…. you are welcome to post them….

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