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Sunday, September 25, 2016


I was traveling by train from Chennai to Calcutta to attend the annual Sales Managers Conference. The train stopped at Visakapatnam Junction. I was sitting in the First Class compartment with co-passengers. Opposite me a lady was sitting. She was traveling alone. When the train halted, she was idly looking out of the window. Her hand bag was at her side unprotected.

 A well dressed young man came, sat next to her and started talking to her. The way he was talking to her we thought he was her relative. We paid no attention to them and were busy ordering  tea and snacks. I heard the young man telling her  that her relative was on the station looking for her. So she started looking out of the window looking for her relative. 

In the meanwhile the whistle blew and the train started moving. and gradually gathered  momentum. The woman was still looking desperately out of the window for her relative.In the meanwhile, the young man took her bag very casually, walked up to the door and jumped out of the moving train. Although we saw this we did not suspect the young man of robbery since we presumed he was her relative. The woman was still looking out of the window. Soon the train picked up speed and moved out of the station. 

After a while the woman stretched her hand to take bag. The bag was not there. She turned and looked at the place where she kept the bag. Suddenly she started screaming, "my bag, my bag! Where is my bag? Did any of you see my hand bag?" We told her that her relative took it. She started wailing, "He is not my relative. He robbed my bag. Oh, what will I do now. I had money, my ticket and a gold chain in that bag. What will I do now? What will I do?" She was crying inconsolably. We tried to pacify her. On hearing the commotion, the ticket checker came there. When he was appraised of the robbery, he advised her to get down at the next station and register a complaint with the Railway Police. He told us that such robberies regularly happened in the train. The robbers are well dressed and they look like gentlemen. They are smooth talkers. It is difficult to catch them because they commit the robbery when the train starts moving and jump out of the speeding train with their booty.
We felt foolish and very stupid to let the robbery take place right in front of us. When you travel by public transport be wary of strangers talking to you and keep a close watch on your belongings.
If you have similar real life stories, I will be delighted to hear them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Violence begets violence. This is a simple, pure, unadultrated fact of life.

Yet we find at different times in the history of the world violent people terrorizing mankind and wantonly killing innocent people and destroying property. They have all met a violent death in the end.

The free world which wants to live in peace and harmony will ultimately catch up with the murderers and give them a befitting punishment. The vast majority of the people in the world shun violence and they have to be protected from demented, cruel, murderous, inhuman people who constitute an insignificant minority.

Appeasing evil doers will only go to encourage and motivate them to do more and more despicable acts. A thorn can be taken out only by a thorn and any amount of cajoling, persuasion and incentives will not produce the desired results. It will only be misread as a sign of weakness.

In any case those who take the sword will die by the sword. This happened to Hitler, Mussolini, Maximilien Robespierre and many other evil men who stalked the world unleashing violence and perpetrating mindless murders.

Peaceful people should always expect a violent man to come on the scene at some time or the other and it is the duty of all peace loving nations to nip violence in the bud.

Sometimes the leadership of a nation is violent and they encourage, sponsor, train and arm terrorists and sent them to other countries to cause havoc. Then it is the duty of United Nations to step in keeping aside their narrow national interests, take strong punitive measures and ensure that the evil leadership is removed without much loss of time.

What is your view on terrorism and terrorists?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Lawlessness is the hallmark of democracy
In democracy we have freedom but how is this freedom used. Consider the following cases.

One, a politician’s son shoots dead a seventeen year old boy because the car in which the teenager was traveling overtook the politician’s son’s car.

Two, a low caste man falls in love with a high caste girl and marries her. The parents of the high caste girl organize a gang to kill the low caste man in broad day light.

Three, a police officer falsely implicates a man in a murder case and gets him arrested because the man did not pay a bribe to the police officer.

Four, a gang of young men beat to death a man in broad day light because of some argument they had previously.

Five, a gang of young men beat to death two men because they objected to the gang teasing a young girl on the road.

Six, a man forcibly carries away a girl in full public view to a remote building to rape her. But this girl bit him badly and escaped. The police did not register a case when the girl complained and she had to bring a video footage from a spy camera to prove her charges.

Seven, a reporter is shot dead because he wrote against a mafia politician.

Eight, people smoke in public although there is a ban on public smoking.

Nine, shop keepers  spread their wares on foot path and make the pedestrians walk on roads with busy traffic risking their lives

Ten, when a mother checked the bag of her school going daughter she found condoms to her horror. When she confronted the daughter with the discovery, the daughter admitted she was having sex with her classmate in an apartment owned by the boy’s  father.

I can go on and on.

Don’t you think democracy breeds lawlessness?

Saturday, February 6, 2016


The belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain’s most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time. Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shared his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with The Guardian. He said this about a week back.

I am not vilifying Hawking. He is one the few people who is looking for a short cut to fame and fortune. After all what he is propounding is only a theory and not a fact. Heaven is for the soul and not for the physical body. A man with a physical body with a limited brain cannot see heaven. God's ways are inscrutable. When man thinks he has reached one boundary another boundary appears. There is no limit to knowledge. There is a famous saying in Tamil language --- What we know is only a handful and what we don't know is as much as the universe. If Hawking thinks he knows everything there is to know and the collective wisdom of mankind from early stages of life is false, then his theories are preposterous He is misleading youngsters who have no proper grounding in religious faith and turning them away from God.

Hawking is an Atheist. It is not easy to convince an Atheist. He doesn't know that we have a physical body that is corruptible and a soul which is incorruptible. It is the soul which goes to heaven or hell depending upon what we do here.

Stephen wants to see heaven with his physical body which is not possible. He must die to see heaven or hell. I am sure he will go to hell because as I said he has sold his soul for the sake of earthly fame to satan who is just waiting in the corner to carry his soul to hell. He will also be doubly punished for misusing his position as an eminent scientist and misleading people by his preposterous views. We should pray for this man.

Any one who wants to understand Stephen Hawking should first read and understand Christopher Marlowe's book Dr. Faustus first published in 1604.

Stephen has sold his soul to the devil for fame.

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