Friday, May 13, 2005

Conflicts

The first 15 days of May was busy. I had a lot of work at office with my current project. Outside of work, I would go to Sai Mart and chat with my dear friend Nagendra. During one of the visits, he told me that there was a robbery at his shop the previous night. Someone had broken the glass and carried away the cash box. He also briefed me of a similar theft on his bank account. The culprit is now behind bars for three years. Slowly, the other side of the developed nation has begun to surface. After all, not everything is always rosy. 

Sundar and I enjoy a walk in the cottonwood creek park. During one such walks, he mentioned to a me about his experience at a New Life church he visited in the US. The visiting speaker, a pastor, was narrating his experience in India. He had apparently visited a slum in Chennai and thus had lot of bad opinion about India in general. He talked about how people were extremely poor, how parents threw their kids away into trash and on the contrary, how lucky they were to be living in the US. That was very embarrassing for the indians because generalising an experience is always wrong. The pastor went a step ahead and identified the root cause for all this chaos - Hinduism, the religion. This experience has made me more proud of my own religion and country. At least, we do not show disrespect to other religions and traditions. We do not promote that as a religion. 

At times, I drove alone in the town and driving is always a liberating experience. Tomorrow, Jonah, Seb and I are to leave to Indianapolis. We will be working there for a month. I am super excited to be in a new place. 

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