WPC: Prolific


A Beautiful glasswork from one of the many prolific ones in Canterbury Cathedral. It was a huge place and we spent close to two hours just to look around the Cathedral.

All about the beef

It is a tricky word to use here in India, what with all the #BeefBan and all the jazz that is surrounding that. (In short, in India, especially in Maharashtra, they have banned Beef. Check the news article for more details if you are interested) And I am not going to go into the subject at all. I don’t really care. But I am not sure how well it will go for the future if these kind of bans keep coming on.
This video by Shaze called #AgainstLabels sort of talks about all those that are happening in the recent times. Not a good thing actually if you see it from a social angle. But then…I never understood politics nor religion and definitely not the people who make these kind of decisions.

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “beef.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

SoCS Badge by HopeFloats@ My Leaky Boat


Having a discussion about religion with someone you meet for the first time is a little daunting. Because if the other person has a very strong opinion about their belief or non-existence of it, then the whole conversation can become very uncomfortable in a matter of seconds. When I was asked how religious am I , all I did say was ‘I am a believer’. But how much , what extent etc… I didn’t elaborate. And when I asked the other person about it, he said he was agnostic. That according to me is neither here nor there. And I remember a conversation about religious beliefs from a blog post some long time ago, where the discussion sort of turned ugly but most of them were very wary of agnostics rather than the atheists 🙂 I remember the words that I read as (and its paraphrased) ‘You can believe an atheist, because we know that they just don’t believe, but agnostics are like the cat in the wall, they can jump on either side based on where the benefits lie’. And saying something like that to someone you are getting to know is totally an unwise thing, but then I am known to take some risks in life and am curious by nature. So I went ahead and told him about it. He obviously disagreed, albeit in a very gentleman like manner and went on to say what his version of agnosticism meant. It means that they are in search of faith, and once they find it, they would definitely turn into a believer. Until then, their judgement is reserved 🙂 Today, when I am back at my parents place, because both of them got sick and injured within a day this week, I had to take the role of a driver to take my dad to places. He has some problems with his vision and today after a very very long gap, went to a temple and that too because I need to take him for his weekly visits. That is when I remembered the discussion I had with this person about our beliefs. And when I read these lines which is almost equivalent to what this person believed,

The realization of knowing that “we cannot know everything” is the backbone of the agnostic belief.
Christian Zealot: God loves you and everyone. He will save you
Agnostic: Prove it.

Athiest: There is no way that a god can exist.
Agnostic: Prove it.

it definitely brought a smile 😀 What about me? I know what I don’t believe in much better than what I believe in. I believe that the supreme power or the God, will not be able to help us in any small way unless we are not ready to help ourselves.

Is it just about cricket ?

Yesterday was a big day in Indian Sports. India vs Australia World Cup semi final cricket match. No wonder the roads were empty, in spite of it being a week day and I had immense pleasure in driving through the streets with so less traffic and reaching office way earlier than I usually do during other week days. And to come to an office which was so empty that I could find my favorite parking spot empty…heavenly I say. Not to mention an empty wing with just a couple of people spread across the wide space. I go up to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee and what do I see? The meager amount of people in the office have managed to setup a projector and were relaying the cricket match in a huge white screen. No wonder all the floors were empty. In fact a meeting that was scheduled in the cafeteria was moved later to a conference room. The patriotism of people here….(sighs) I am sure none of them left to their work place until the match was done. And yes, India lost, with a huge margin too. That sucks. I used to be an avid fan but since last year, I have somehow lost interest. And cricket here is almost a religion. So we cannot expect anything less than this. And it isn’t just my organization. It was the same in all of my friend’s work places too. And not to mention the kind of word wars that went on between friends regarding the match, who will win, why people are crazy about cricket etc etc. It reminded me of Hermione’s dialogue with Harry and Co. Sometimes I wonder if it is just about cricket at all.

“That’s the trouble with Quidditch,” said Hermione absentmindedly, once again bent over her Rune translation, “it creates all this bad feeling and tension between the Houses.”
She looked up to find her copy of Spellman’s Syllabary and caught Fred, George, and Harry looking at her with expressions of mingled disgust and incredulity on their faces.
“Well, it does!” she said impatiently. “It’s only a game isn’t it?”
“Hermione,” said Harry, shaking his head, “you’re good on feelings and stuff, but you just don’t understand about Quidditch.”
“Maybe not,” she said darkly, returning to her translation again, “but at least my happiness doesn’t depend of Ron’s goalkeeping ability.”