Monday, January 21, 2008


I was watching a presidential primary debate on CNN. Every candidate was talking about how he/she would usher in universal health care.

I am pretty surprised that no one spoke about how they are going to handle the volume as a result of this. No one seems to be questioning whether the present infrastructure is capable of handling increased volumes. I would think that increasing the number of doctors and taking steps to reduce the cost of medical education would help bring down health care costs. Maybe they could find ways to reduce opportunistic law suits that drive up the cost of health care. Anyways I am not very knowledgeable about this issue, but that brings me to another point.

While I believe in the virtues of a free market system, and think it played an important role in making US a world power, I have also noticed a few drawbacks to it here.

A developed country should ensure that every citizen has easy access to

1) Health care
2) Higher education
3) The law

but all three of these are extremely expensive to a middle class citizen here.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


This is one of my favourite Tamil aphorisms

Paramasivan kazhuthul iruntha pambu kaetadhu "Garuda Saukiyama"

Adhuku Garudan sonathu" Yavum irukum idathil irunthu vital yellam saukiyamae"

It puts across a fact of life so wonderfully, and also explains why we people act the way we do at times.

I am not going to attempt translating for the fear of distorting it.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Name Change

Came across a blog with a name very similar to my blog's previous name - " Ruminations of a Roving mind", and that blog was started much before mine. So I decided to change the name of mine to a name containing my pseudonym.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Selfless non-vegetarians

In my view non vegetarians are considerate,compassionate people.

here is why.

The chicken in going to die anyway, so why not help it on its way.

If the chicken were to die of old age , it would be a miserable slow death. The motive of non-vegetarians is to not see the chicken suffer.

Even in terms of karma, if the chicken is killed to be eaten it accumulates good karma because it has died for a useful purpose.

Non-vegetarians go through the abominable task of eating meat, so food grains are left for others .
This they do in spite of knowing they will be accumulating bad karma. See how selfless non-vegetarians are.

I think I will remain a selfish vegetarian all my life, even if it means no vimochanam for thousands of chickens and goats

Monday, January 7, 2008

Nature's Nature

Oceans that span the world,
Land that covers the rest.

Mountains of unfathomable heights,
and valleys equally deep.

Yet the earth that contains all,
is a speck in the Universe.

God alone knows the expanse of that which
contains the Universe.