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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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Unequal Blood

I donate blood several times a year; have done so since I discovered that I have a rare type. The American Red Cross even tracks me and reminds me as soon as I qualify to donate again.

But not this year. Because I visited India, they said, and gave me "I tried" sticker. I was disappointed, and joked that my blood, due to exposure to germs, and having developed immunities, is a better quality blood. But I understand their point of view.

FYI: The Red Cross does not accept blood from gay men either. I undestand that too.

But some people are upset. I undestand them too.

Times of India: What's wrong with our blood?

Return to Normalcy

I have encountered social tragedy before; fellow children burnt alive during a circus (Bangalore, 1980), the Bhopal gas tragedy (Bhopal, 1984), the massacre of Sikhs (Delhi, 1984), the series of cyclones and earthquakes India regularly faces, etc. But no event has depressed me more than the 911-01. I am trying to find refuge in tennis, software, libraries, movies, and music, and none is working 8-(

I thought of taking a vacation, but my wife feels that this is a time to work harder than normal (I already work 12-17 hours a day), and I tend to agree..

But I am not productive, my mind wanders non-stop from how easy it is to get fake passports in India to my own personal safety... from my dislike of Microsoft to the hope that XP and XBox would provide the necessary boost the American economy needs...and what to do about the sad state of soup the airline industry is in ...and where are all my critics now who said everything should be controlled by the marketplace without interference from the Government? Without the Government interference now, we won't have an airline industry... but without Microsoft we will have a software industry?.. there's a new worm/virus on the Internet today..and someone asked me if I wrote it.. What?! perhaps this person also thinks I am sympathetic to Osama Bin Ladin?...

Perhaps there is no such thing as a normal life; by definition, life is something that is changing.. so what do they mean by stable life?... see I told you, I am disturbed.

Is this midlife crisis?

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Last Modified: 1/29/2003

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