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Sathya Sai Baba (Sathyanarayanana Raju) was Interred today. Born in 1926, November who himself deemed as reincarnation of Shiridi Sai Baba, he died 24th April 2011 at the age of 84 after Multiple organ failure at hospital established by himself at Puttaparthi.Sinve the time he claimed to be an avatar at a young age of 14, he had millions of devotees who followed him in whatever he did. From cabinet ministers, industrialists, chief justices, and cricketers he had more than 500,000 people who attended his funeral. Who was he actually, a demi-god or a fraud(! no offenses) ?

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This will be a huge debate if we go critical. Sai baba preached once,”’My objective is the establishment of sanatana dharma, which believes in one god as propitiated by the founders of all religions.” The apparent materialising of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces and watches by Baba has been a source of both fame and controversy – skeptics consider these simple conjuring tricks while devotees consider them as signs of divinity. Sathya Sai Baba claimed to be the reincarnation of the spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi, whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs.

 

Believing in the Baba was easy. Devotees were not required to adhere to any particular set of beliefs or renounce worldly pleasures; non-Hindus did not need to change their religion. "I am God," he would say. "You too are God. The only difference between you and me is that while I am aware of it, you are completely unaware." With that approach, he attracted a following of some 6 million people and amassed a fortune in the form of a charitable trust valued at an estimated $8.9 billion. According to its most recent filings with India’s Home Ministry, the Sathya Sai Trust received $19.5 million in foreign donations in 2009 alone.

The Sathya Sai Organisation reports that there are an estimated 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 114 countries worldwide. In India itself, Sai Baba drew followers from predominantly upper-middle-class, urban sections of society who have the "most wealth, education and exposure to Western ideas." He was a cultural icon in India and drew an audience with presidents and prime ministers from India and beyond who have become his devotees; in 2002, he claimed to have followers in 178 countries.

He built free hospitals, free water-projects, schools Universities (one of University he built is the only university with A+ grade among University rankings). But many people believes that all the philanthropic activity were alibi to cover all his bad deeds. With his death, his free medical cenetrs and hospitals (which many people from my village have also seen benefited), the free drinking water projects and all universities and schools that has benefitted more than 3millions all over the world will remain with us. It’s a false belief that he was revered because he looted millions of money to the needy. You have to earn to give away, and he (and his trust) spent not more than 20 percent of the anonymous money they have.

regardless of how much money he spent, his philanthropic works are unparalleled to all other works in India. You need to respect him for that. For me he wasn’t a god? but what does god are meant for, aren’t they are supposed to bring smile to dejected faces? He obviously brought many such smiles in whoever came to his hospitals and some 5 million people who are benefitted from his free water projects.

He came into prominence during 1950s and 1960s when India was in Transition. It is not the philanthropic works he did that we should remember. It was a time when India was developing in the field of science and technology, and he did enormous damage to the mindset of people at that time propagating that the miracles can work and are the solution. In-fact, all the devotees believed him for his miracles rather than his philanthropic works. To be precise his philanthropic works started to take substantial shape during the late 80’s only. In the country where the people are gullible, he used the gullibility of people with his well established mechanism to spread his miracles. All these brought him enormous reverence, millions of followers and billions of riches.

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All his works are summed by one of the most heard quote of his, “Love All, Serve All. Help Ever, Hurt Never”.

I don’t know how he got all his money and followers, but he really did a great job with the philanthropic works. I am a non believer of his GOd part but I respect him for his philanthropy.

“Adieu Sathya Sai – The Philanthropist” 

you might wanna look following links as well;

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2067431,00.html#ixzz1KiuGNpGu

http://in.news.yahoo.com/sathya-sai-baba-village-boy-became-demi-god-052347056.html

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/whys/whys_20110425-1256a.mp3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba

p.s if the post was boring and inconcluive, I have all ears to hear your complains and comments. Smile

Friday Midnight;

Dad: “Hey! son why did I send you to (Some Foreign countries)? To read or to do Online dating?”

Son, Rubbbing his eyes: “Hya! what are you saying dad?”

Dad: “Its your tweet in the paper, that says you are the person who does online dating?”

and that follows numerous wise words from dad and some explainations from son. All this because of one tweet that was published in the “Satako tweet haru” or “Weekly tweets” in a Friday suppliment of leading national daily of Nepal, Kantipur.

And some tweet that was published in the same paper almost cost a job of one. It was an friendly tweet about his boss in skirt that was done with a friend of him, and was published without notice to the tweeter. Imagine the worst case scenario about his boss seeing that tweet in paper!

Publishing tweets in National daily is an entirely new practice in Nepal. Twitter as a form of social networking has enormous potentials. Kantipur, as I thought earlier was doing good job giving place to such tweets in the paper. But, as my tweet never got published (and I don’t want them to) I never knew how all the tweets were published. But this friday when I inquired with, Ashish Luitel, the correspondent of Hello Sukrabaar about how all the tweets were published, he told me that those tweets were published as per the Journo’s selection without any Information of the tweeter.

He, and Dinesh Wagle, a senior Journalist of kantipur, said that according to UK ruling(well if you feel what the Hell is about UK ruling being practised in Nepal you are not the only one. @Ashish Luitel, Why not we use UK’s constitution in Nepal instead of making one here?) all the tweets in Public twitter account is public and anyone can publish them. (Here are some of the replies of him:_

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Well, as you can see, the arrogance of the Journo in the tweets.

Ok, I agree.. twitter is a public place and you can publish it. But don’t you guys have a common sense. In your own language Twitter is a public place, like Tundikhel where everything is public. And what you see in Tundikhel? Some people dating, Fighting, Someone eating peanuts, some drinking cold-drinks, some selling the chineese products, and some people doing really good things like helping kids, oldies and beggers and not to mention the always-happening political drams. But what will you write if you have to write a line from tundikhel? Can’t you use your public sense about what will happen to that dating jodi if you publish about them? or what is the use of publishing that, “He/she was eating peanuts in the Tundikhel.” What is the use of such tweets.

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Twitter is a public platform, no offense with that, but isn’t anyone allowed to roam in Tundikhel without any reason? or Does Democracy provides freedom to write to journalists only? Aren’t we allowed to speak what we want, regardless of what platform it it, be it Twitter or Facebook or any other sites. How can we do so if we have a constant fear that some journalist may sneak into my public timeline and publish whatever-the-hell they want to publish (coz they are the one to dictate) and that too without any information to us? Isn’t that sneaky journalism? or a tablod Journalism or Yellow journalism or Ratnaparke Journalism or what ever you like to call.

If you are a photojournalist you are allowed to take photos. But you are not allowed to take photos of private moments of people, regardless of what they are not doing. You are the one to dictate terms doesn’t mean that you can publish a girl’s photo in Bikini from swimming pool (its also public place I guess) or a beach and not inform the girl? can you Mr. Ashish Luitel? Mr. Dinesh Wagle?

And what hurted us the most was the way those two journos dealt with us, complainers. Fingers crossed for a ‘big coverage’ about this issue on Friday from Hellosukhrabaar, justifying this thing was all our(tweeters’) fault. We can expect worse than this.

btw, Hey @Aashisluitel , print this on your kantipur, ┌П┐ ("►_◄")┌П┐, see my tweets aren’t protected nd it’s funny enough! #crap

And here are few lines of @Ushaft that I am copeying from his blog:

“उधाहरणको निम्ति मानौँ कुनै सार्वजनिक स्थल, जस्तै बाटो, टुँडिखेल वा बसमा कोहि प्रेमी-प्रेमीका झगडा गर्दैछन्, या त प्रत्यक्ष या फोनमा । प्रेमीकाले प्रेमीलाई परस्त्रीसँग संबन्ध राखेको विषयलाई लिएर नानाथरी कुरा गर्दै गाली गर्दैछिन् । यो हामीले बारम्बार देख्ने गरेको, हेर्ने गरेको दृष्य हो । समाजमा यस्ता धेरै कुराहरु छन् जो हुन्छन्, घटिरहन्छन् भनेर हामीलाई थाहा छ, तर ती सम्बन्धित व्यक्तिहरुका नितान्त निजी जीवनका घटनाहरु हुन् । विवाद गर्न सकिएला कि निजी कुराहरु सार्वजनीक स्थानमा गर्न हुने कि नहुने वा कस्तो किसिमले गर्ने । सम्बन्धित व्यक्तिहरुले हामीलाई पटक्कै मननपर्ने र असभ्य शैलीमा आफ्ना क्रियाकलापहरु गरिराखेका पनि हुनसक्छन्, त्यसको समाधान कसरी गर्ने भन्ने कुरामा लामो बहस गर्न सकिन्छ । ती व्यक्तिहरुलाई मैला लुगाहरु घरमै धोउ, बाटोमा ल्याएर नधोउ पनि भन्न सकिन्छ ।
तर माथी उल्लेख गरिएको झगडाको संवाद भोलिपल्टको पत्रिकामा, ठूला, रङ्गिन अक्षरमा, सम्बन्धित व्यक्तिहरुका नाम सहित प्रकाशित गर्न हुने हो कि नहुने हो ? अझ देशको सबैभन्दा बढि बिक्रि हुने पत्रिकाले ? सो कुरा प्रकाशन गर्ने सम्बन्धित पत्रकार-सम्पादक र ती व्यक्तिहरुबिच केहि व्यक्तिगत रिसिबिको कारण यसो हुनगएको सम्म अनुमान गर्न सकिन्छ, तर पनि त्यसो गर्न हुने हो कि नहुने हो ?”

and here are some of the few other blogs and debates dealing with this issue;

Letter to Kantipur publication (#snkyjrn)

Discussion about this issue in #tweetdebate.

An incompetent talks Twitter, Kantipur, ethics and the law

एउटा लामो ट्वीट

Twitter, Silliness Policing and Kantipur

Taking Twitter for granted – Hello Sukrabar

Jimmi Hendrix, Bon scott of  AC/DC, Sid viscous, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jim Morrison what is common in these names? Well, no prize for guessing, they are all rock/pop stars and all died young. Some died due to suicide, overdose, addiction and heart attack or what ever the cause may be but rockstars are prone to die young.Rock stars – notorious for their "crash and burn" lifestyles are more likely than other people to die before reaching old age.
A study of more than 1,000 mainly British and North American artists, spanning the era from Elvis Presley to rapper Eminem, found they were two to three times more likely to suffer a premature death than the general population.
Between 1956 and 2005 there were 100 deaths among the 1,064 musicians examined by researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University.

More than a quarter of all the deaths were related to drugs or alcohol abuse, said the study in the Journal of Epidemial Community Health."The paper clearly describes a population of rock and pop stars who are at a disproportionate risk of alcohol and drug related deaths," said Mark Bellis, lead author of the study. "In the music industry, factors such as stress, changes from popularity to obscurity, and exposure to environments where alcohol and drugs are easily available, can all contribute to substance use as well as other self-destructive behaviors," the report said.

Was Def Leppard right when they philosophized that it was better to burn out than fade away? Live fast die young is what they are famous for. While it may be some bad numerology Karma but most of them died at the age of 27. Here are the list of some who died young:

Elvis Presley: When “The King” was found dead at his bathroom on August 1977 at the age of 42. The doctors said its because of Heartattack but it was obviously due to drugs and sleeping pills. He really was the greatest star of the Rock and roll.

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John Lennon: The Beatles front man was shot by Mark Chapman at the age of 40, well he was probably not a drug addict but the world wasn’t the Utopia he imagined.

Jimi Hendrix: The picture of this iconic figure in a deep pink bandana playing the "Star Spangled Banner"at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 remains one of the most enduring images of rock music. The American guitar virtuoso with hits like Purple Haze, Voodoo Child, Foxy Lady was found dead in a London hotel room on September 18, 1970, aged just 27. It is believed that he died in bed after consuming wine and nine Vesperax sleeping pills and then said to have asphyxiated on his own vomit.

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Jim Morrison: When this charismatic rock star sang "Come On Baby Light My Fire" with his eyes closed and a shock of curly hair like a halo around his face, thousands sighed and more dreamed of being him. They still do. The singer, poet and filmmaker front man of The Doors is believed to have killed himself with a heroin overdose. Morrison was 27. However, it was later revealed that he had inhaled heroin thinking it was cocaine.

Kurt Cobain: The Nirvana front man also died at 27, though not from an overdose despite being a heroin addict. The official story behind his death was that he had shot himself in the head, although over the years many new theories of murder have surfaced, one of them involving his wife, Courtney Love.

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Sid Viscious:We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye!” on his suicide not, Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie 10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979) was an English musician best known as the bassist of the influential punk rock group Sex Pistols.

Janis Joplin: The wild haired woman with a wide grin and a voice to die for. She was no. 46 on the list of greates stars of all time by Rolling stones, if you are wondering who she was. The one who convinced you that it was okay to ask the Lord to buy you a Mercedes Benz. She was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel in 1970. She had overdosed on heroin and had possibly combined it with alcohol. And oh, yes, Joplin was 27 when she died.

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John Bonham: The legendary drummer of Led Zeppelin also died young, at 32. He downed four quadruple vodkas (sixteen shots, amounting to about half of an imperial quart or 565 ml, approximately 2/3 of a fifth of vodka). He then continued to drink heavily when he arrived at the rehearsals. A halt was called to the rehearsals late in the evening and the band retired to Page’s house, The Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight, Bonham had fallen asleep and was taken to bed and placed on his side. He was found dead the next morning.

and also there is that hairy guy called Bob Marley whose death is more suspicious than any of the above mentioned. The zion never was here for this redemption singer…

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I have excluded the man who moon-danced the whole world time and again, Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time who died due to unknown reason.

While those who survived:

John Lee Hooker – The blues singer died in 2001 at the age of 83. He was performing right up until his death

Charles ‘Chuck’ Berry – Born in 1926, one of the pioneers of ‘rock and roll’. Still going strong at 81

Richard Penniman – Better known by his stage name Little Richard, the singer started performing in the 1940s. He is now 75.

and will some years letter the list will grow with the names of Lindsey Lohoan. paris Hilton and etc..

Yes, I am a dork, I am an introvert,I don’t socialize too often, I don’t play games like you do,.. I say it in Bold letters. What I do or not, its none of your business j**ks! Why do people always tend to think about ‘just’ the things that we are unable to do. Why they always make lemony faces out of lemon and not even try if they can find a way to make lemonade out of it? Why can’t thy say that the cup is half full instead of seeing it half empty. The answer my friend is, just as Dylan said, ‘Blowing in the wind’.

I don’t have many friends, I lived by a pretty small friend circle, and all of them are special. There are some who are be-friending me since the day we together felt this earth, from those toddling days to this time when my life has seen 22 dry and ruthless winter, they have always been the one who showed me the spring.Not just them,there are some whom I met in the school (they never let me feel winter in my life), and few more when I was in High-school. For all of them, I don’t have words to say how much they are important for me. (They will probably kill me in unison) Since we are not together chatting and skyping is what binds us together. I confess I am a terrible Chat-person, sometimes I pretend to be offline or most of the times I forget I am in the middle of conversation or skype call, how can I say sorry to you guys?school ka sathiharu1

I never drank(occasionally I did, not gonna lie), don’t smoke a cigarette, I don’t know anything about pot or acid or sugar. I am not even a bathroom singer, A terrible-terrible dancer, horrible gambler. Guess, that makes me introvert and unsocial? does it? well, then shut the f**k off u maroon! I don’t care abt a s**t about what you will say.

About the things I do; I used to play cricket, was good at it too (wasn’t i? @rishav,anish,binod,lekhe,saroj) a medium pacer who bowled his hearts out but batted always out-of-shorts, I stopped playing cricket when I broke my toe when trying to bowl like Zaheer Khan(No one in my family knows about it), sometime after high school. I never liked playing football. I was good at chess and chequers, that doesn’t qualify as sports I guess.

I have to confess that I like reading books compared to watching movies, I always liked “Five point some one” to 3-idiots, or Angels and Demons, the Da Vinci code the books compared to the films(No problems with the,probably, everyone’s favourite Tom Hanks). Harry Porter series, though I prefer book compared to movie, but excuse me Emma is awesome! I am not a bookworm but I love reading them, pretty much anything. Anything means anything but some boring lecture sheets, just as one of them pissed me off and I ended up writing this post.

I go to bed every night(or morning you can say) with the hopes of seeing dreams I wish to see, but I will never see them. May be I am destined to see dreams while awake(oops! that was my ID speaking by the way). When I have to wake at the dawn, I have to keep all my alarms alert for 9 am so that I will be able to take my morning class at 10am.(just like shethinksofherself di said, 9am is buttercrackofdawn in my world). After numerous snoozes when I finally get up at 9:30am I have to rush to the bathroom to finish my daily dosage of routines, I just water my hair and give it any casual style and run for the university. Thank the holy lord that it usually rains in the night, I hate using umbrellas.

When it comes to MO:MOs I am a monster. I can eat pretty much anything if it is labeled “non-veg”(I don’t like competing with animals for their food), but cant even kill a pigeon. I live by coffees, colas and chocolates, and hate those food labeled “I am full of Oil” allover it, but I guess I don’t have any choice while I am here. Almost always my day starts with Kabir Mama ko Khichuri and generally ends it there, I between which there are always innumerable numbers of Chiyas.

Although I have read a lot of religious folktales, Never did I believed any of them. Here I am now is agnostic form of me, who by birth is Hindu, believes in Buddhist principles, respects all the traditions/religions and follows none. If I am to point out the type of person that freaks me out, the Astrologers tops the list.

Hey, you may wonder, I ended up writing this post with so many pointless lines, but  didn’t try to offend myself. Sorry but I don’t think I have any problems with me( no its not my ego speaking, and you can call me anything you like to  call coz. I simply don’t care). Just as Kurt cobain once said,”I would rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I am not”

ok! that probably justifies I am a dork!

Viruses may cause disease but some can fall ill themselves. For the first time, a group of scientists have discovered a virus that targets other viruses. This new virus-of-viruses was discovered by Bernard La Scola and Christelle Desnues at the University of the Mediterranean, who have playfully named it Sputnik, after the Russian for "fellow traveller". It is so unique that they have classified it in an entirely new family – the "virophages" – in honour of the similarities it shares with the bacteriophage viruses that use bacteria as hosts.

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The story of Sputnik started in 1992 with some dirty English water. A group of scientists were studying an amoeba taken from a cooling tower in Bradford, England, when they discovered a microscopic giant – a virus so large that it was originally mistaken for bacterium. It was only in 2003 that La Scola and colleagues conclusively showed that the new find was indeed a virus. But what a virus – APMV, or ‘mimivirus’, measures a whopping 400 nanometres across.

The search for giant viruses continued. La Scola’s team identified another strain of APMV by inoculating the same species of amoeba with water taken from another cooling tower, this time from Paris. The new specimen seemed to eclipse even the original giant in size, and the researchers decided to call it ‘mamavirus’.

When this record-breaker infects amoebae, it forms gigantic viral factories that pump out new copies of itself. When the team looked at these under an electron microscope, they found the equivalent of microscopic Russian dolls – tiny viral particles, just 50 nanometes in size and distinct from mamavirus itself. It’s all very meta, and to the researchers, the fact that mamaviruses can "get sick" themselves is further evidence that viruses are indeed living things.

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La Scola and Desnues found that Sputnik couldn’t multiply within the amoeba by itself; it could only sprSputnik.jpgead within cells that had also been infected with mamavirus. But Sputnik is no partner – by hijacking the mamavirus’s replication machinery, it spreads at the expense of its larger host and substantially hinders its reproduction. In the presence of the tiny intruder, mamavirus particles assemble abnormally and surround themselves with unusually thick outer coats. As a result, their ability to infect the amoeba fell by 70%.

The virophage name is perhaps a bit misleading. Bacteriophages reproduce within the cells of bacteria, whereas Sputnik is a satellite virus, in more than name only. Like hepatitis D, it depends on another virus coinfecting a host in order to spread. But it’s the fact that it does so at the expense of the mamavirus that makes it a true parasite.

In comparison to its sizeable host, Sputnik is tiny and sports a genome that is almost a hundred times smaller. Its 18,000 base-pairs of DNA contains just 21 genes and when La Scola and Desnues analysed these, they found that Sputnik is a genetic chimera – a mish-mash of different genes from different sources. Thirteen of these have no equivalent in any other known virus, while the remainder have similarities to genes from other viruses, bacteria and even more complex cells.

Three of these are closely related to mamavirus genes, suggesting that this tiniest of parasites has been raiding genetic material from its host and from other viruses. La Scola and Desnues even suggest that Sputnik could be acting as a genetic mule, shuffling genes between giant viruses. It could even explain why mimivirus has mysteriously and recently picked up bacterial genes of unknown origin.

Reference: Nature doi:10.1038/nature07218

Images: courtesy of Nature

other links-

a)http://www.virology.ws/2011/03/22/virophage-the-virus-eater/

b)http://http://www.virology.ws/2011/03/30/virophages-engineer-the-ecosystem/

c) http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080806/full/454677a.html