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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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New Year, Old Life

Today is the New Year's day according to the Hindu calendar.

The festival Yugadi (a.k.a Ugadi and Baisakhi) supposed to signify the good (sweet) and bad (bitter) parts that constitute life. It is symbolized by exchange of bitter and sweet edibles with elders, friends, and even with those you've had a fight during the past year.

This joyous lamentation is depicted beautifully by poet Bendre in his Song of Yugadi:

As the flowers of Yugadi rejoice
in their daily birth, daily death

Man laments his only one childhood
only one youth.

Yugadi is also the day the construction of the town chariot begins in Honavar for the annual Car Festival.

Revenge Killings Lead Nowhere

As the Government of Israel and people of Palestine engage in revenge killings, I am reminded of a profound message:


An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
-- Mahatma Gandhi


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, April 12, 2002
Last Modified: 1/26/2003

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