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Sunday, 13-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Faces Through The Ages - 13. Kandisa

At The Window. Grant Road. Bombay. 1984
Chowpatty. Bombay. 1984
Little Kid. Crawford Market. Bombay 1984
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"Kandisa" is an ancient Catholic Syrian Hymn, over 1,000 years old and, is sung in Aramaic. A newer version has been sung by a superb Indian group called Indian Ocean. The word "Kandisa" means praise.

Praise be the kids of today, because they are our tomorrow. The lessons we teach them today become the fate of the world tomorrow.

I used to be shit scared of kids. Until I had my own, that is. They give you unquestioned love. Unconditional.

So, if we teach them hate, we get Osama. What say?

Monday, 24-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Boat to the Other World

Boat To The Land Of Dreams
Journey to The Underworld
Blue Consciousness
I think that water is something that is pretty much a part of our subconscious. It probably has to to with both, our aquatic ancestry as well as our pre-birth life, which is spent in a watery, cushiony sac.

After death, as per some ancient mythology, we are rowed across the Styx. In my country, the Lord of the Underworld, Yama, greets you and then, rows you across to the underworld. Incidentally, one of our great philosphical texts, the Kathopanishad is the result of a conversation between Yama and, one person who descended to the Underworld to meet him.

And, in certain occult beliefs, when we dream, our soul temporarily leaves our body. And, this is the time, our soul can be captured. Or, our bodies can be possessed.

As above, so below. Thus spake Hermes Trismegistus.

Tuesday, 11-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Qian Dao Hu.

Boats On Water
Boats, boats, boats
Boats against the Island
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Hi All, From Morristown, NJ. I thought that I would go to New York on Sunday and, take some B&W pics. But, the rains and, the terrorist threat kept me away. Oh well, "Man proposes, God and Terrorist disposes" as they say nowadays. Those guys are a pain in the butt, I say. I had to make a budget proposal on Monday. And, I live to tell the tale.

Anyway, here are some pics of Qian Dao Hu. I am not sure if it is a natural or, artificial lake. I am not too sure of what the guide was saying. Anyway, it is 6sq km larger than Singapore and, has 1,078 little and not so little islands or, islets! Qian Dao Hu means, literally, Thousand Island Lake.

I was there in April for the conference. Beautiful, sunny days until the day I went out with my camera. Then, we had mist. So, here they are: Boats and Islands in the mist!!

I go to Redwood Shores tomorrow. I have to leave my hotel at 4:45 am

Friday, 7-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Answer. And, I'll Be Back.....

Hey all, well I paid 45 USD for that suite! Edy and Mark were pretty close. The room came with free breakfast, by the way. A nice, nice buffet breakfast. With eggs, bacon, fruit, cheese, breads an cakes, tea, dim sums etc etc etc. But, no Chinese girlfriend!.

Anyway, I am off to Morristown and San Francisco tomorrow and, I'll return after a week, I am still alive. I don't know if I can post pictures or follow up on your posts while in Morristown as, some of the American hotels I have stayed in don't have broadband. And yet, they charge tons of money.

So, I'll be back....

Monday, 3-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
My Hotel Room in Qian Dao Hu

My Bedroom
My Bathroom
My Living Room
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This is a bit of a fun entry until the next one. It's a guessing game!

I had gone, in April, to Qian Dao Hu. This is a 5 hour drive from Shanghai. I went there for a conference with my team, all 150 of them.

And, my room. Quite something, as you can see. And, I had it all to myself. No wife and family and, no secret Chinese girfriend either . My wife will kill me if she reads this .

Anyhow, how much do you think I paid for all of this?

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