UMM! Chilli!

When I was about 8 or 10 years of age, my mother used to cook curries without red chilli(chili) powder or green chilli peppers since my father had stomach ulcers.  Chilli pepper – green, red, cayene or many other varieties, is an ubiquitous ingredient of Indian, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines! The curries looked very bland to others but we were used to it.  As my father got cured,  he started eating chilli peppers again and mother’s curries changed too.  But I did not graduate fully and I am not fond of this spice.  Recently, I realized what happens when I eat chilli peppers.

I noticed that when I put chilli peppers  in the mouth (as part of curry! Never I dare to eat it alone), it pricks the tongue at points it comes in contact.  As long as some portions of the tongue are spared, I could manage it. If its in excess, my mouth is on fire. You need water or sugar to cool off.  If my mouth is burning, what do you think might be happening in the food pipe and stomach?  I can sense it in the mouth,  but not many of us are sensitive enough to know what is happening in the stomach and intestines until food gets to the end of  intestines – My A*** is on fire! Paper will not work,  Need water. Menthol water would have been better!

Many people like the pricking of chilli and enjoy it. I am sure they had to go through “the fire at the end of the line” initially before the body got used to it. What I noticed is,  chilli pepper (with food of course!) when ingested,  inhibits saliva generation which is crucial for digestion of the food.  It’s like, touching a hot surface.  When you come in contact with fire, you retract based on how hot the surface – hotter the surface, faster the retraction. It’s  same case with food with chilli pepper – the hotter it is, the faster you try to swallow the food (touch and go). This is not like watching  a movie, where most of the action happens inside the theater and not at the counter. It is like playing a match- though you have to perform in the field, practice and warmup is very important. Chewing is important for digestion!

Over  time, getting used to chilli pepper,  we lose the habit of chewing food and just enjoy the taste and swallow.  This may be affecting the overall digestion process of which mouth is an important portion.  Hope you have seen cows sitting leisurely chewing the food! Our food is cooked but it still needs some chewing.

Black Pepper vs Chilli Pepper

When I added black pepper to my food, it actually generated more saliva (similar to lime or lemon) and I chewed longer and enjoyed food more. Black pepper creates heat but does not prick the tongue as chilli.  My daughter has difficulty eating food with chilli but no issues with black pepper. Children resist chilli in food but we force them to eat until they get used to it and cannot go without! Now don’t say chilli helps with constipation – You cannot use fire to dry a wet cloth, it will burn after some time!

I am writing it here and dare not tell you in person.  I do not want to risk chilli powder thrown at me!  You can replace it with Paprika or black pepper. Try it out and see.

You could argue that people are using chilli for centuries. Our lifestyle has become more sedentary. May be it does not matter when one’s job is physically very intensive.  Culture is good as a template for us to evolve and grow, but not as an excuse for our compulsions.





NYAY scheme – Flawed to begin with

Its another election gimmick from Congress party.  After being in power for over 50 years and now they have woke up to do social justice!
Giving Rs 72000 per year to 20% poor people of India, by no means will alleviate poverty.
From being in power for over 50 years, Congress did not learn a thing about poverty. Poverty is not about just lacking money, its also lack of  basic amenities, lack of support from the system, lack of opportunities to participate in economic and social activity.
Only way to alleviate poverty is to make basic needs available to all the people, provide infrastructure, bring business friendly environment, cultivate a sense of nationhood so that everyone can participate in the work force.  That is what Mr. Modi has done for 4 years. made electricity accessible to every house hold, build roads, support startup companies, provide interest free loans to women.

Where will you get this money from? Trump?
If you give money to 20% of  poor people called A.  next year another set B is formed… and this is a endless cycle. no matter how much money you give, few people will be poor compared to others if you gage them in terms of money they possess!
And where are you getting this money from? Will Trump give it? Will EU give it? You only take it from middle class who are already under burden of heavy taxes?

Vetted by Raghuram Rajan!
This scheme is purportedly vetted by former RBI Governor Mr. Raghuram Rajan.
“It has to be a way of creating a platform for them to become regular contributors of the workforce,” The New Indian Express quoted him as saying. Rajan said the scheme, which promises Rs 72,000 per annum to the poorest 20% families of the country, is doable.

I want to ask this great economist on what basis this is could pave way for contribution to workforce? Where on earth did this happen? Giving away free money makes people do no work.  And seeing that more people will follow suit, destroying the whole economy.
Idle people are booze stores’ workshops.  This will lead to more hardships to women.

What about Inflation?
Mr. Rajan did not mention anywhere about the effect of free money on the inflation.  Extra cash leads to higher prices and thus at the end of 5 years, Rs.72000 will only be worth 7000 compared to present value.

I did not expect this from an Economist of his calibre, unless he wants to pay back to Congress for making him RBI governor or for some future favors!

God vs Sentinelese Tribe

John Allen Chau,  with an  intention to take word of God to North Sentinelese island, home to Sentinelese who, often violently, reject any contact with the outside world, and are among the last uncontacted people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. He was killed by an arrow possibly on Nov 17. John broke the rules by bribing the fishermen to take him to the island which is off-limits to outside people by Indian law.

His death raises a few questions in me.  After all, John was not seeking any adventure. He was spreading God’s word but God has deserted him.  Does this mean God was not on the side of John? Did God switch sides for this time?  Or did God lose to godless Sentinelese? Or the God’s words that John carried were truely not God’s words.

This creation of God is so diverse and it is foolish to think people with diverse cultures, beliefs, appearances, customs are not his creation. Every human being on this planet share the same earth, water, air. They are born and dead as all creatures.

The experience of life by an individual is inside him/her and very personal.  The  Sun, Moon, Earth, water and Sky are same for everyone but we experience them through your senses. Similarly, God may be one for all,  but the experience of God, interaction with God are very personal. We may call him with same name as others or with a different name, we have a shape for him/her or is formless, our method of invoking God is same as others or different but God is very personal.  Striving to reach God is individual. No one can take you there, except you. You can take help of an experienced person but you have to make the journey.

The first step to God is respecting other’s choice of path to God. Our path may be the shortest, but may not suit others. They may want to take a longer, less risky path.  If we are in harmony with everyone and everything around us, that is first step to Heaven!

May John’s soul rest in Peace!

India MODI’fied!

On this counting day in India, I got up dreaming about Narendra Modi giving victory speech and this is one of the rare days the reality is no different but more pleasing!

India has Won!

India has Won!

Its time to congratulate Shri Narendra Modi for giving the BJP this stellar performance. Partly vexed with the ruling party’s inept performance and inability of its Prime minister candidate Rahul to please the country, India has chosen its man of the hour NAMO.

Shri Narendra Modi on this performance says ” Bharath has won! Hope it is as India is in need of a dynamic leader who can steer India in the right direction.

Jai ho Bharath! Jai ho Bharathwaasi!

An Interview with Constitution of India

INTERVIEWER: Wish  you all, the fellow citizens of India a very happy 65th Republic day. Today we have with us the book who is born on this day 64 years ago  which is celebrated as Republic Day. On this day India has got its constitution. The one that has rules, rights and duties  that are  binding to all people of India.  Please join me in welcoming THE CONSTITUTION of India to our studio.  Welcome to our show

CONSTITUTION of India: Thank you very much, I wish all the people of India a very Happy Republic Day. Thank you for inviting me, privileged to be in your show.

INTERVIEWER: Tell me how are you feeling on the occasion of your 65th Birthday, the day you came to validity and as an Identity to  Indian Independence and marking the country becoming an independent republic

CONSTITUTION of India: Honestly I am very thrilled for being valid! India has done well in keeping me upheld as the supreme precedent. Though they made a few changes, I am still the same person!

INTERVIEWER: Tell me about the Drafting committee under the chairmanship of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Do you miss them?

CONSTITUTION of India: Dr. Ambedkar was really a great scholar. I am fortunate to have him as one of my creators. Others were wise and learned. They were successful in creating a very good constitution. Yes I miss them in a way that the amendments done to me did not have  people’s good as the sole purpose.

INTERVIEWER: Are you proud that you are the longest national constitution in the world?

CONSTITUTION of India:  Hmm, I feel I am going to stay incomplete until all the people have a sense of pride in it and desire to uphold its sanctity in all situations. There is no use until people are looking for loopholes and turnarounds.

INTERVIEWER: Do you feel that you are still incomplete?  Do you feel that still there is scope for a better draft?

CONSTITUTION of India: I am complete and more than adequate but to a utopian society. Dr. Ambedkar and team envisioned that the freedom earned would be dear to people and that Indians would be very law-abiding and ideal people.

INTERVIEWER: Do you feel that Indians do not deserve you?

CONSTITUTION of India:  I do not imply that. See, Indian Constitution was made for an ideal society.  The draft committee and the contributors may have thought people of country would stay together keeping aside the regional, language, caste differences. They thought people would take pride in their freedom and work for it. That did not happen, people in power largely used it to further their interests.

INTERVIEWER: So, do you think we failed as a nation?

CONSTITUTION of India:  We did not fail as a nation. We are successful in keeping the enemies at bay. We have built missiles and boast of a good Space program. We have a good foreign policy.  We are still evolving as a society.  We don’t appreciate our freedom anymore and take it for granted. We put ourselves before the country’s  good.

INTERVIEWER: Why do you think we do not appreciate our freedom?

CONSTITUTION of India: Since early days we existed more as individual communities largely ignorant of happenings outside. We once came together  to drive the British out. We went through a painful partition but again moved ourselves into our comfort zones.
I think Poverty and fear of it  is one of the reasons for not appreciating the freedom.  The lack of economic opportunities for the people and largely dysfunctional government programs made life a constant struggle.  Excelling in exams, getting job, getting married, taking care of kids, parents has become the priority in life.  No one has the freedom to choose their field of study, which is decided by parents or the economic conditions. So where is the freedom?  These factors have largely influenced our way of thinking and our opinions of others.  In spite of the recent economic boom we did not lose our insecurities, we are still the same selfish, self-indulgent, future fearing people. We do not strongly identify with anything national but with caste, region, religion…
It’s easy to divide us on any petty issue. But its time we value our freedom, and work to stay united.

INTERVIEWER:  How can we do that?

CONSTITUTION of India:  We have to stop being hypocritical.  Any leader saying he is fighting for a cause, has something in it for him. Lets clarify about what they want and we decide whether having him as our leader  is beneficial for all and the nation as a whole.

I am proud that 1.2 billion people are under me! but not many are aware of me. Rather than adding more to the hungry mouths, we need to be aware that population is no more an asset.

INTERVIEWER:  Do you have anything to say to the youth?

CONSTITUTION of India: The way the social studies and Civics are taught in our schools, for students I am just another subject.  They have to know that I am not a fixed or done deal but an evolving one. It’s in their hands to make or break this nation. They have to become sensible to the challenges this nation is facing and take part in politics actively or passively.

INTERVIEWER:  Thanks a lot for sparing your time. Wish you again a very happy birthday.

CONSTITUTION of India: I am all yours! thank you  and  I am getting old and its time you all gave me a facelift!

Sachin’s Final Symphony

Mumbai, India and world is preparing for Sachin’s final test, many praise him for his records, his 24 year career, some laud him as the contemporary best batsmen in the world. There are a few who question his greatness. But why do we look forward to seeing him play, watch him in the field?

Personally I find his strokes soothing, whether it is straight drive, cover drive, a flick, or a lofted shot. There are many others who are better players of these strokes but there is some finesse to the way Sachin moves his bat to meet the ball. It’s like a natural flow of a stream, a stroke of a painter’s brush. We are glued to his play with an awe of  watching an artist perform his moves, a gymnast going around the high beam. No matter whether the stroke results in a four, six, no run or out its pleasing to watch him get into position to play his shots.



More than his records, number of years he has played, Sachin has given us a better reason to watch, play cricket. We may analyze, judge is batting but when he going to bat we like watching him. Though he has not been among runs these couple of years, he has worked hard all these 24 years to be relevant to the team with his contribution on and off the field. His humility, enthusiasm in the field and scandal free career will be remembered.


Its Terrorists every where!

US has decided to close down its consulates in Middle East this week, thanks to it the consulates get a holiday for Ramadan!
This proactive closure is against the terror threat  from Al-Qaeda which is classified until recently as not so dangerous..
While many analysts disapprove US move to close shop, its hard to imagine in the shoes of Consulate officials working  with a possible terror strike in their minds….

Whistle blower Edward Snowden has posed/continues posing a serious threat to USA  and his asylum in Russia has been indigestible to US officials. Their efforts to bring Snowden through diplomacy on the Eastern side failed, they have to see if they can learn something from Sara Palin’s look-West idea and scoop him into Alaska..

5 Indian soldiers are killed by purportedly killed by Pakistani Army in the Indian territory and Indian Defense Minister says its was carried out Militants in guise of Pakistani soldiers.  If they are militants in guise of soldiers, then Indians are ruled by people in guise of leaders….

Yemen military claims to have successfully thwarted an Al-Qaeda attack on port cities and oil ports.  Fortunately no blood shed and, US and other countries have one less reason to hike the fuel prices!

While many wait to have a look  skywards for a crescent moon,  lets hope this Ramadan brings with it a terror free world.