Saturday, July 01, 2006

Wooden cross and the round beads

I have a splitting headache,I hardly slept for 4 hours the before day.I had just completed writing one of my semester's final exams.As usual I get cranky during high stress time.The flight I was going to fly was cancelled.I was supposed to take another flight and my whole journey was messed up.During this whole confusion I saw this guy standing quietly with a wooden cross and quietly chanting with his holy beads.Suddenly out of no where a conversation was struck ..It lasted for an hour..

me means "me"

mj means "mind's judegement" converstion between me and my mind.

mr means "the man with wooden cross and round beads".

mj:Here is one more god's answer to religion.A fanatic..A big cross and Are those hindu beads???Why is this guy using beads?May be he is on a mission to convert hindus into christians??I have a allergy towards anyone who wants to change me ..so that they can stop me from going to hell?What's the time??

mr: hi..patience,patience..Might well enjoy rather than compalin about the bad circumstances.The guy who was standing back of me in the line for tickets compalins so much and irritated the officials.You can't change things always.

me:hiiii

mr:me going to Dallas then Oklahomaa.

mj:Run when you have the chance.He has a very peaceful face.

me:I am headed towards Dallas too.

mr.Basically I have to go to this far off place and then go to Mexico.I work at this company $$$$$$$$ ...My job is I have to travel and inspect all these places.Where do you study/work?

me:I am a master's student in electrical engineering .

mr:Even I work in the electronics and electrical field.I set up huge labs for research.

mr:What are your plans after master's?

me:Get into control systems and do research.

mr:Why do you want to do research?Do you think some theory is going to help the third world countries?Why dont you consider going to places like Mexico and India and do some rural projects?Keep some wind mills!!!

mj:Why does he consider me an outcast?I have lived in India for 21 years I know what India is going thorugh?What does he know??

me:(feeling superior)I feel solar powered plants will make a more positive effect than wind mills.India has sunshine all the time.

mr:I know one of my friends, an electrical engineer,saw how the mexicans suffer without electricity and built few wind mills.Now he supplies electricity at a very low cost and good quality for four towns.You should consider doing such things.Solar panels cost a lot.Wind mills are cheaper.

me:Indian government basically owns the electricity industry.There can be no private enterprise.Politics in India makes things worse.Farmers commit suicide due to high debts incurred due to poor living standards.

mj:I think I should tell him that theory/research helps mankind.

mr:My dad worked in the merchant navy.I have been to India and all the third world countries.I have seen bags of rice stored on docks of Bombay and I asked my dad why don't they distribute it to the poor.It rots for weeks.The insects have the luck to satisfy the hunger and not the poor people.

me:I know there is great misery in my country.But there is always the back lash of caste system .Reservation....All the brain drain is caused due to that.But we have a very secular India..we have a muslim president(who is a scientist),a sikh prime minister even though the major religion in India is Hinduism.

mr:These things dont work.A person with honors does not know how to run a country.Even Portugal is having the same problem.You used to have a politician who was a economist isn't it?The economy of India stooped lower.Idealism never works...The problem between have and have nots will always last for ever.If you take the worlds wealth and distribute it equally still by the end of the day there will be people who wil have more or less wealth.Because there is one thing which is not distributed equally and that is intelligence.Knowing the value of what we have.I go regularly to Mexico and once I went to this village.There was flith all around .There were these huge lava stones thrown at ever nook and corner.I told one of the villagers to get a saw.I cut the stone into a square and told the villagers to use the stone lying around to make houses.It will keep them cool and it is cost effective.It can also save them from earth quakes.But there was no change.I wanted to sweep up the streets,but the vilagers dont want to work unless they get paid for cleaning up.No one wants anything in charity and no one wants to work and not be paid.The moral and social conscience doesn't exist.

me:I agree totally.There are huge shopping complexes in India, which have sprung up where there used to be slums.These people now have to move to more dirtier places.
Their livelihood is being kicked.

mj:Our mind runs into the judgement mode the moment we lay eyes on anything.We start the difficult part of guessing about the person even without knowing them.Having a clean slate and looking at the world through acceptance is the easiest way of being more clear about life in general.There are many people in the world who care about the have- not's and work towards finding better solutions.They don't get featured in the newspaper or any thing is told about them in the idiot box.But they exist.They dont get nobel prize for peace,but they give us precious conversation sometimes if you bump into them unknowingly.

2 comments:

Sridhar(mutRupuLLi) said...

Preethi you wrote....
"There are many people in the world who care about the have- not's and work towards finding better solutions.They don't get featured in the newspaper or any thing is told about them in the idiot box.But they exist.They dont get nobel prize for peace,but they give us precious conversation sometimes if you bump into them unknowingly."

Point ma'm. I am reminded of one quote I read somewhere.
"The real work of the world is not done by people who wear ties and suits."
And to get Noble Prize for peace, one should be an american president and also bomb a few cities if not countries. Since most good people won't do both jobs, they won't be eligible for the Noble Peace Prize.

astrocrazy2005 said...

sridhar,
nice quote..