Happy New Year & Welcome 2012

Wherever in the world you are I hope you have a nice, safe New Year’s Eve party. This is one of those special days that we all celebrate around the world in much the same fashion. Good food, some drinks, having a party with friends. It doesn’t change much around the world, just the actual food and beverages according to what’s preferred. Granted it’s the end of the Christian calendar or whatever but we all follow this calendar.

2011 has been the shittiest year for me so far. When I think of all the crap that happened this year, I just hold my head in my hands in shame. Of all the years in my life, this has got to be a personal & professional low. There are just some good highlights here and there but mostly it has been bleak. I never though this was coming. Things have started to look up for me as the years ends and I’m happy for that. But I won’t forget the stuff that happened this year. It was bad. I’ve kept most of it away from my family & friends and haven’t even scratched the surface of it on this blog. Some thing are best suffered alone.

Anyways, I hope 2012 is good for me and for you. I hope it is as awesome for us as 2011 was shitty for me. And we’d deserve it a lot cause you know the world is gonna end on December 21st of 2012! :) Mayans!!

2011 : A Few Photos

From MSN.com, here are a few striking photos of 2011. Ofcourse there were more events & things happening in the last 12 months but these are the ones I chose.

This sightseeing boat, Hama Yuri, was pulled 1300 feet from the coast and somehow balanced itself on a two story house during the tsunami in Japan.

Members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1

A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an ‘Occupy UCD’ demonstration in Davis, California, one of many Occupy demonstrations.

Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate.

Temple Makes A Load Of Cash

Year end income for Thirupathy Temple, the famous shrine in the name of Venkateswara has been declared for 2011. Do you wanna know how much? Rs. 1,700 crores (1 crore = 10 million). Holy Fucking Shit! That’s just one temple, as important as it is, in India. 1,700 crores! Could you imagine what all could be done with that money?

Rs. 1,100 crore comes as cash offerings from devotees and interest on investments including gold deposits in nationalized banks, sale of daily tickets for rituals and darshan (prayer offerings) fetched a cool Rs.200 crore. Devotees also offered jewellery, diamonds,  gold & silver worth several crores during the year. Among the many VVIP visits were the ruling heads of Nepal & Sri Lanka along with the Indian president and her husband. Talk about a bullshit story – how powerful, all knowing & all mighty gods – fuckers always need a lot more money!

This is peanuts I suppose to all the other temples, churches & mosques in India. And India is a 3rd world nation, a developing nation with millions of homeless; estimates put it at 78 million (more than the population of several nations put together)! There are millions who go hungry daily, whole families living on the streets. I won’t brag – i don’t have much money, infact I am almost broke. But I try to give money to the poor on the streets. I’ve donated to small committees that have arranged food for the poor. In my very small humble way, I”ll give some cash if I can. I will never donate to any temple, church or mosque as I don’t trust them. Who knows how much money is going to their purposes, how much for the poor and how much for whatever else!

India is rich enough! A lot of it might be black money true, and a lot of it is wasted with no use to anybody. I have a plea to the citizens of India – please do not donate to temples, churches, mosques or any places of worship and especially not to any evangelists of any religion! Just find an orphanage or an institute that helps the poor & needy and donate it freely. It will benefit someone who needs it!