A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sex: as mentioned in Bible!

Hi Friends,
I was just thinking about it .. and wanted to know if there is anything different that is being told in Christianism and in Hinduism - since there is so much of difference in the daily choice of sex in people following these two religions. To my utter surprise, there was not much difference! No one can challenge the writings - nor the religions; but there are many things that work similarly in both of them. May be - there are similar things in other religions also; but Tan is yet to discover the same. Please read through. I have also mentioned the exact section of Bible where you can get these. If you need more info, please visit: www.biblegateway.com.

Genesis 19:5
They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."

Exodus 19:15
Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations."

Exodus 22:19
"Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death.

Leviticus 18:1
[ Unlawful Sexual Relations ] The LORD said to Moses,

Leviticus 18:6

" 'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.

Leviticus 18:7
" 'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

Leviticus 18:8
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.

Leviticus 18:9
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

Leviticus 18:10
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.

Leviticus 18:11
" 'Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

Leviticus 18:12
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.

Leviticus 18:13
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.

Leviticus 18:14
" 'Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

Leviticus 18:15
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.

Leviticus 18:16
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.

Leviticus 18:17
" 'Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

Leviticus 18:18
" 'Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

Leviticus 18:19
" 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

Leviticus 18:20
" 'Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.

Leviticus 18:23
" 'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

Leviticus 20:15
" 'If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.

Leviticus 20:16
" 'If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Leviticus 20:17
" 'If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible.

Leviticus 20:18
" 'If a man lies with a woman during her monthly period and has sexual relations with her, he has exposed the source of her flow, and she has also uncovered it. Both of them must be cut off from their people.

Leviticus 20:19
" 'Do not have sexual relations with the sister of either your mother or your father, for that would dishonor a close relative; both of you would be held responsible.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Connected to the WWW

Tan is online! Now I have got an internet connection at home. Its a TATA Indicom WiMax Broadband Service. The connection was installed in the beginning of last week. I applied for the same the previous weekend. The procedure was simple and fast – I liked it.

My wife always insisted on having a net connection and finally its here. So, hence forth, we can be online for more time and hopefully will spend some quality time on the net. What is Quality time? What do you mean by that? Well, I’m in a good mood today and do not want to get into any controversies. So, would not go ahead defining the same. However, I will stress that quality time for you, me and her are all different – its like how you see it. Hahahahaha!

So guys, get yourself used to the fact that you will be seeing me online for more time from now on. So, blogging will be more frequent. Take care …


Monday, June 2, 2008

Indian Premiere League – T20 World War I

June 1, 2008: Jaipur Royals beat Chennai Super Kings to win the first ever DLF IPL Twenty20 tournament. This concluded the 45 days long series of T20 matches which saw many extravagant over-boundaries and shameful moments that ever took place in the history of the game. The tournament was all covered with controversies – the Harbhajan slap, the Ganguly-Warne brawl, the quest against the cheerleaders, umpire controversy with Mumbai Indians etc.; however, the end of all these was good – in fact very good. This is by far the most famous and most flourishing Twenty20 tournament in recent times. We can easily say that the best team has won the tournament.
Team Jaipur has shown high class in their cricket throughout the tournament showing the world that T20 is not only about thumping the ball every time. They were at the top of the table throughout the league period and went into the semi finals as number one team. They thrashed Delhi Daredevils by a mammoth 105 runs in the Semi Final to go into the Final and beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets to clinch the title. This was the only team led by a foreign player. Shane Warne had a dual role to coach as well as lead the team which he did royally. He has been instrumental in bringing the cup home for Jaipur. Greame Smith, Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan and Sohail Tanvir gave him high class support on the field.
Team Chennai had a good tournament too and was also leading the league table for a small period. They went into the Semi Final as the second best team and edged passed Punjab Kings XI to enter the Final. Led by Indian Captain M. S. Dhoni and carried on the strong and responsible shoulders of Parthiv Patel, Suresh Raina, Abie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan and Makhaya Ntini the Super Kings had shown swanky cricket to the world. With high percentage of wins in the league they were having equal change of grabbing the cup, which however, did not happen. They had to be happy with USD 0.6 Mn while the champions gained a colossal USD 1.2 Mn on their way back home.

Team Mohali and team Delhi had a lot to offer as per the team composition but could not impress the cricket lovers with their middling performances. They managed slots in the Semi Finals but could not leave any impression behind. There were huge differences in performance in the Semi Finals and both the teams had to accept big defeats. Delhi was led by the run machine Virendra Sehwag, who failed to switch on the engine at any point in time. Gautam Gambhir, Glen McGrath and other devils could not dare enough to go past the Jaipur royals in the Semi Finals. Punjab team was led by Yuvaraj Singh, the present Indian heartthrob who also could not perform to his caliber. Shaun Marsh shone in the series accumulating highest runs in the series but could not do much and failed to take the team past the Semi Finals.
Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders played below par cricket and went drown the stream without much agitation. They were of no much difference than the Semi Finalists who failed to make it to the Final Match, but could not feature in the top four because of inconsistent cricket and some close finishes. Team Kolkata, led by the one and only Sourav Ganguly started with a bang thrashing Bangalore Royal Challengers by huge difference but fell prey to Jaipur, Punjab and Chennai on regular basis and could not rise any higher. The absence of foreign star players like Ricky Ponting and Brendan McCullum after a few initial games hurt the team strength; however, some brave cricket by Salman Butt and the captain himself had brought the team a few wins, but was not enough to overcome the spirited Semi Finalists. Mumbai Indians started worse, with injured (captain) Sachin Tendulkar and four defeats in a row. They lost Harbhajan Singh, the replacement captain over a controversy with S. Sreeshanth of the Punjab team. They came back strongly as Sachin joined hands with Shaun Pollock, Dwayne Bravo and Sanath Jaisurya with consecutive wins, but a narrow loss against Team Punjab threw them out of the contention.
The two teams at the bottom of the league table were Deccan Challengers, Hyderabad and Team Bangalore or Royal Challengers. The Team Hyderabad was a set of promising individuals like V.V.S. Laxman, Andrew Symonds, Scott Styris, Rohit Sharma and Adam Gilchrist, who could make no difference to the outcome of their fate in the tournament. The Bangalore team was arguably a ‘Test Team’ with heavy pillars of International (Test) Cricketers like Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Wasim Jafar, Daryl Steyn, Marc Boucher and Zaheer Khan. These pillars could not be moved and they remain in the bottom half of the league table. The Under 19 pair of Virat Kohli and Shreevats Goswami showed far better cricket than the senior test players but their effort was too feeble to break barriers like Team Jaipur and Team Chennai.

Along with millions of joyous fans, there was a huge lot of heart broken people too who did not see their favorite team win. I am one of them. I always knew that supporting one team may not fetch me a good sleep every night. So, to be on a safer side, I supported two teams – my home team: Bangalore Royal Challengers and my own team: Kolkata Knight Riders. While Kolkata was having the potential to settle for the cup, I was not too impressed by the composition of my home team. Later I felt that Rahul has one of the fastest Indian Fifties in ODIs. Also, Kallis and Boucher are from a team which chased 400+ runs twice. Steyn is the numero uno rated bowler at present. Pravin Kumar and the under 19 guys were also in good form and would add to the youth factor in the team. All these could make up for the overall team composition. Everything was fine; the only thing that happened was that all these stars failed to be a working constellation and they fell apart. The Knight Riders started well, but could not hold on to their spree. Neither the batting maestros like McCullum, Ponting, Salman Butt and Sourav nor the speedsters in Shoiab Akhtar, Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda could click together and see gold for their team. One thing that lacked in my teams was team spirit. There were stars that kept on shining in different parts of the sky and hence, failed to lighten up the night sky bright!
To my utter desperation, I could not watch many matches of the tournament. Sometimes, it was a wildly calling night and sleep and sometimes it was the want of waking up early in the morning to attend office duties. However, I managed to witness some great fights in the tournament which again strengthened by faith on Twenty20 Cricket. Heard people saying that ‘Twenty20 is also Cricket’ and I laughed – not because I do not think that Twenty20 is not cricket, but because of the fact that BCCI earned over INR 350 Cr within 45 days of the tournament. Well, even if this is not cricket this is being enjoyed by you and me and all around. That is entertainment and sport has always been a mode of entertainment to the mankind! Congratulations Jaipur Royals. My heartiest congratulation to BCCI and incessant thanks to Mr. Lalit Modi et al. We will long for the next season of IPL.


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