Unadulterated Arrogance

Thursday, October 28, 2004

My life's turning point

24th October, 2004 and the love of my love, my grandmother, my princess bids adieu to me and leaves for her heavenly abode. My life will never be the same again. She was more dear to me than everything and everyone else; she had been invalid for the last few months and in a way I am glad that she didn't have to suffer much. She went away peacefully. Everyone is surprised that I, who would fly down to see her at her slightest cough didn't turn up for the funeral. The reason being that she had confided in me a long long time ago that when the inevitable happened, she didn't want to be kept, she wanted it to be over as early as possible; it would have taken me around 2 days to reach there and hence I told pops to go ahead with the needful immediately. I was always with her when she was alive, always at her side when she needed me, took care of her, bugged her, hugged her and she was happy when she was amongst us and hence I pacify myself.

It will not be the same without her around, she was always a calming influence on me, its an end of an epoch. She was my portal to my childhood. At heart all I am is just a little kid who likes nothing more than a big warm hug&; and I could always count on her for one… without her I guess my extended childhood also come to an end... for the last few days on and off I've been sobbing around the house...my office staff will bear the brunt of my misfortune and may God save them from me.

I have no idea how I’m going to enter my house in India, forget the house, even the drive up to the yard from the gates will be heart breaking. If I was late, she would hear the gates being opened and wait near the balcony in the front yard to see me drive up. I had this habit of giving her a peck on the forehead the moment I entered the house; its going to be a very difficult proposition for me to go back to that house again. But even death will not part us, I know that my baby girl is with me in spirits and am sure that she is watching me from above making sure that I ate and slept on time as she always used to do.

Revelation 14:13
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

It's a woman's world out there

It’s a woman’s world out there, do you know that an average woman has the power to wrap 90 percent of the male populace around her fingertips. The male psyche is dominated by his hormones and any woman with the knowledge of this can use her ‘assets’ as a stimulus to control her male counterpart.

Have you ever noticed on tech bulletin boards/forums, technical help questions posted by a female gets lot more replies than a similar one by a male? …Or in college, it’s the girls who get all the help with their mundane chores. There was this female in my college who used this to her advantage, she would get guys to bring her books from the library, bring this and that and what not. Go out on a date and you get, free food and drinks. So stop cribbing and use your powers to bend the will of the gullible males. Oh woman the world is yours for the taking.

It’s a woman’s world but career wise woman are primarily still underachievers, it is so because the upper echelons of management are still dominated by arrogant bastards like me, who themselves being manipulative are not easy prey for the fairer sex and cannot be enticed easily. Moreover they have the policy of use and throw once the goals are achieved. Well my female friends, forget the upper echelons of management, be satisfied with having 90% of the fallible males groveling at your feet… may the force be with you.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Jaguar F1 Team bows out.

It’s a sad day for F1 enthusiasts as the curtain falls on one of the very illustrious marques of automobile manufacturers F1 outfits viz. Jaguar F1. This weekend the Jaguar Racing team will contest its final Grand Prix. The Brazilian Grand Prix will be the last time a team by the name of Jaguar will race although the outfit remains hopeful that a buyer will be found to keep the operation on the road for 2005. I'm a hardcore Ferrari fan and not a Jaguar fan but losing established marques is always detrimental to the sport. Anyways Jaguar F1; earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Taming the tiger.

Fondly referred to as the 'Tiger' by his acolytes, Bal Thackeray; the strongman of Indian Politics has been finally tamed , or should I say skinned... the Shiv Sena under his aegis was beaten comprehensively by the Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra and I must say that I am delighted with the result. The Shiv-Sena is a parochial party with Bombay as their stronghold,(P.S I will never refer to Bombay as Mumbai) the shiv sena lacks vision and is just a right wing Hindu fundamentalist party. The self proclaimed Hindu Hridaysamrat (Ruler of the heart of the Hindus) is no more a towering figure.

There are many reasons for the falter of Bal Thackeray and Shiv Sena, the predominant reason being nepotism. The heir to the Shiv Sena throne should have been Bal Thackeray's nephew Raj Thackeray and not his son Uddhav Thackeray. To incite a crowd, oratory skills are the only prerequisite but for proper governance, administration sills are a necessity which the shiv sena sorely lacked.

The bottom line here is that Hindutva doesn't sell. On an average every Hindu is tolerant and secular in their outlook. Its not that I'm against the Shiv Sena just because I'm a Christian and the Shiv Sena is a Hindu Nationalist party. The truth is far from it, I despise the Shiv Sena for their lack of vision and tolerance. They indulged in corruption at the highest levels; which is evident from a multi million dollar fake stamps scam and I'm cheering away at the scene of the congress skinning the tiger.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Only in America

A provision in the U.S. tax code provides small businesses with a tax write-off of up to $25,000 for a vehicle weighing more than 6,000 pounds. While the original intent behind this provision was to encourage investments in pickup trucks, minivans, and other needed service vehicles, it has helped to subsidize some SUV's like the Hummer and the Escalade. There are debates out there for the banning of SUV's but little do the ignoble Americans know that the govt. of the great U.S of A rewards buyers of these sexy monster trucks with tax write offs.... me being someone who puts the 'A' in attitude, I love the hummer and feel that the U.S is me paradise.. ahh I can hear the beckoning of the American Dream... the U.S senate is planning to plug the loophole by raising the weight limit to 14,000 pounds which would rule even the hummer out of contention for the tax breaks but I don't see it becoming a law anytime soon.. Tax breaks for buying a Hummer???, its a dream come true..... ready or not, America here I come.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Pooled out

Yesterday I and Rajesh had a marathon pool session. Now mate, let me just add insult to injury by publishing the results of the marathon online...muahahahaha (evil laugh)... I won 8 games to 1.. a total white wash I say. We both have been practicing for quite some time now and are regular visitors to this pool parlour near the airport road called Hotshots. Yesterday when we went to play, there were three guys in front of me... one Qatari, a Jordanian and a Pakistani. All three of them were told that all the tables were booked and that they'd have to wait.. I was last in line and when I approached they smiled and told me that table 15 on the top floor was available. I guess that’s the advantages of being a regular at a certain club.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Bush vs. Kerry

I was watching the last round of American presidential debates and was quite impressed by Kerry, he is a true diplomat. He gave a befitting answer to a question that could either break or make him. On being asked, ”what is your opinion about channeling the taxpayers money towards killing of unborn babies"... Kerry replied that he is a catholic, brought up with catholic views himself, has been an altar boy but as the President, when he makes legislations which affects individuals of all religious denominations; he cannot let his faith be the over-ruling factor. Kerry won this round of the debate too in my opinion.

Where Bush wins is in 'conviction'... whether right or wrong; Bush has convictions whereas Kerry seems too 'wishy washy'... I like Bush, he has that evil smirk on his face which I like..haha.. I know its horrible to elect somebody on account of that but hey I'm not an American citizen and hence I can without looking at the repercussions.

Monday, October 11, 2004

What is love?

What is love?... basically it is two vowels, two consonants and two fools....I might get shot for saying this but its true... when I see a couple supposedly in love I call them fools.. Its not because I think to love somebody is to be a fool... But pretending to love somebody is foolish.

There is no true love in this world anymore.... I feel that love is sacrosanct and it should be treated with that reverence... I know people who have said I love you to a dozen people in the last one year. True love is you loving just one person and pledging your future with him/her... there should be no trial mechanism here as in returning the goods if you are not satisfied. A majority of married couples get divorced and the most common excuse is that, "we fell out of love" and my response is that if you fell out of love then it means that you were never truly in love... why is it so difficult to make monogamous commitments to your spouse?? If you are truly in love you will be able to; the moment you wander away to the other side; it shows the lack of love. The bottom line is that out of a 100 so called couples who are in love, only a miniscule minority of the same are actually in love.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Liverpool F.C - I stand tall with you.

One of the most decorated clubs in the History of football; Liverpool F.C, the club I grew up admiring are trying to regain lost form. There is a new manager and its only natural that it takes some time for him to utilize the full potential of the team, get to know the pros and cons of each player etc. Our games at home have been good but we are struggling away from home.. it was disheartening to see us lose to Man Ure at Old Toilet..err I meant Man Utd at Old Trafford. Though we have had continuous success in the international arena till date; domestic league championship is something that we haven't won for over a decade and its gotten to the point where I'm almost frustrated. But I'm a very loyal person and being the true kop that I am, Liverpool F.C I stand tall with you... you will never walk alone!!! When the transfer window opens in January I hope to see an influx of new stars and by then Raffa and the new players should have settled in well.. and god willing we will win some more silverware.

Since I am on football, it was recently disclosed that Arsenal's new stadium will be named "The Emirates Stadium", the price for the sponsorship deal is rumoured to be around 100 million pounds. This made me think what if Liverpool also did this, we would make a lot of money and would be able to buy a lot of good stars... but then better sense prevailed and I realized that our stadium cannot be named anything other than "Anfield" and no amount of money can influence that decision... and how would the fans feel like touching the "this is emirates" sign rather than "this is anfield" sign??

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Saddam Hussein - Forgotten Hero?

The internet or for that matter the whole media has become mouthpieces of some political entity or other. On account of the excellent work done by the American spin doctors, the media called him a ruthless megalomaniac... but I call him a Hero.

Saddam Hussein Al-Tikriti, the President of the Republic of Iraq, I salute you... and as Saddam himself emphasized at his arraignment I too emphasize the part about him being the President of Iraq. He is the president elect, the people's mandate... he was not impeached or voted out of power by his countrymen and hence he still is the President elect.

I am with the Americans on their war against terror but Saddam has had nothing to do with international terrorism. He never approved of Al Qaeda or Bin Laden au contraire he was a victim of cross border terrorism from Iran aided Kurds. Saddam was never a religious fundamentalist, he gave women freedom and power, minorities like Christians were a part of the Baath party... he is the only secular Arab leader I can think of...

During the Iran-Iraq war, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iranian forces and Kurdish separatists. On March 16, 1988 Iraqi troops, on orders from Saddam to stop a Kurdish uprising, attacked the Kurdish town of Halabjah with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents killing 5000 people, mostly women and children. Dissenting opinions dispute the numbers and have said the incident was actually a battle in the Iran–Iraq war where chemical weapons were used on both sides and a significant portion of the fatalities were caused by the Iranian weapons. When you are dealing with terrorist outfits like the kurds, hard-handed measures are a must and as the president of Iraq, Saddam did what he had to safeguard the interests of his countrymen.

Contrary to popular beliefs, Saddam Hussein never surrendered...he fell into the hands of fighters from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) after he was betrayed by a man belonging to the al-Jabur tribe; they then sedated him and negotiated for political gain before leaving him for the Americans to find.

Yes, he did rule with an iron fist but he served the interest of his country, Iraq a country of a thousand tribes were united under him and were a potent force. He in my books will always be remembered as a great leader.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

A taste of my own medicine

A major chunk of my business antics are based not on what is right or wrong but on whether I can getaway with it or not. Today I had a meeting with a Senior Manager of Qatar Petroleum and I was kvetching about the excessive rates being levied on us by Qatar Petroleum. He looked me in the eye and told me that there was a saying in his homeland; South Africa - He asked me, "why do dogs lick their balls?"... I replied in the negative that I didn't have a clue, to which he shot back..."They do it because THEY CAN"..... and he is right, QP has the full discretion to levy any rates they so please on any contractor within Ras Laffan Industrial City and they can get away with it. I understand and live by the same rule but when you get a taste of your own medicine its rather insipid.

Sunday, October 03, 2004


What do I dislike?.. Well I dislike linguistically challenged nitwits whose vocabulary involves the erroneous usage of the word “like”. You would presume blue eyed blonde bimbettes to be the greatest offenders in this respect but alas it’s crept into the lexicon of mainstream society as we know it. I’m not against the usage of it in normal conversation as long as the frequency with which it is used is kept down to a bearable minimum but when someone says, “and she is like he is like so cool like no one else in Qatar” and I want to pull out an Uzi and spray bullets.

Like maybe use as a preference: He likes it, it maybe used as a preposition too, its allowed to be used when making comparative statements but Like should never be used as a conjunction, its grammatically correct to say, “the house looked empty as though no one had lived there for ages” rather than, “the house looked empty like no one had lived there for ages”. But my biggest pet peeve is when its used as substitute for said and even more frustrating is when you come across this in professional spheres of life.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Under my Skin

Currently I'm listening to Under my skin by Avril Lavigne... to put it mildly I have never liked female artistes (for their music that is ahem ahem)... but there are quite a few exceptions like Anastacia and now Avril Lavigne... she will not make it to the roll of honours at the school of rock but hey its a start..and time is on her side... so she might still... and its artistes like her who keep the ignoble populace hooked to rock.... and as a true hardcore rocker my hats off to her.... her music is quite good too and the fact that she says she will not "sell out" a la the bugglegum brigade likes of Britney is very assuring, her music may help in many a teenybopper conversion to rock... and amen to that.