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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Deromantizing palayakarars

August 24, 2009

Recently i bought "History of Tirunelveli" by Robert Caldwell. The book (atleast the tamil translation) is a dry screed which makes me sleep within a couple of pages. It would have ended somewhere near the bottom of the "never to be touched again" book pile, but was rescued by my mother. Till recently her view of history has been the kalki/sandilyan historical romances singing paens to kings and emperors. And this book turned her historical world view upside down. Robert Caldwell has that effect on you - dude was a evangelist curmudgeon who leaves none spared in his scathing narratives. All the childhood heroes and demigods whose larger than life images have been carefully built up by a thousand movies/dramas, non-detail texts and tireless myth making by jathi sangams are exposed to be nothing more than common thieves, bandits and charlatans.

Anyone who needs a sober reading of southern tamil nadu history, ought to read this book.

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posted by Bala, 12:18 PM | link | 1 comments |

Doing Democratic Duty

August 17, 2009

There is a vote to be cast tomorrow. My MLA jumped parties and had to resign, now there is a fierce contest between the also rans for the second place - There is no ADMK in the fray and the ruling party wins 90% of all by elections. This would be the last time i vote in this particular constituency (a huge rural one, where suburbs like ours are immaterial) . In the next election, reorganization kicks in and there will be brand new seat to vote for - a smaller one made of suburbs.

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posted by Bala, 10:46 AM | link | 1 comments |

The content mind

August 03, 2009

is not prone to ranting - thus the paucity of posts. Living at home for the past five months has made me domesticated. But this too will come to pass. I have had much time to do stuff in the past months. I have read a lot - about a hundred books in five months, became a part of an open source community and then came out of it in a schis and i have gained 10 kilos. I guess regular posting will resume soon

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posted by Bala, 11:30 AM | link | 2 comments |