I've tried reasoning with them, and they've only come back with weasel-word clever arguments, and not really understood the problem we were pointing out.
So long LJ, it was a great time we had together.
I call them the "god jukeboxes" - little pocket radio sized devices that are dedicated to play religious music. I saw some in the Mylapore area being hawked by the roadside vendors. They are made in China and play little audio clips of devotional songs presumably off a flash ROM. They have pictures of Hindu gods on all sides and there is a knob that you turn to get the desired song.
I also saw this buddha machine today that's similar - http://www.fm3buddhamachine.com
It's a very convenient accessory for the religious I suppose - plug it in and twiddle the knob to get sweet religion flowing through your ears.
More pictures from my new G10 are here - http://cheeni.net/mypix/Bay%20Area,%20No
Until I shell out for a pro flickr account, which I guess I should, I'll be uploading most of my pictures to a non-flickr location to be under the 200 image limit.
It was October and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.
Since he was a Chief in a modern society he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.
But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?” “It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,” the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
A week later he called the National Weather Service again. “Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?”
“Yes,” the man at National Weather Service again replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.”
The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later the Chief called the National Weather Service again. “Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”
“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever.”
“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked.
The weatherman replied,
“The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy.”
At a concert by Sikkil Sisters. I can't imagine there are too many places in the world where a 78 year old can perform music professionally.
Kalakshetra is breath taking in its beauty and purpose. The Kathak performance (Murali Mohan & Nandini Mehta) that followed was sheer magic. It didn't lend itself to photography as well, since it was quite dark most of the time for effect, and I didn't want to be the loser with a bright LCD in the audience spoiling it for everyone. However, there's this youtube video of one of the performers. He appears right at the beginning.