Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why Blogging ?

The question of many internet users who are yet to enter this world of blogging or have already entered but still wondering why they had done so. I suffered from the same confusion a few days back - after starting vigorously with 4-5 blogs in a week. But soon, I was wondering why I am writing blogs and what draws me into it. This blog comes as a result of the same question raised by my friends and my take on it. 

First of all, it is one nice way to share your experience and thoughts. It is the only medium thru which your ideas reach the public. Look at the cluster maps and see how many people from all corners of the world see your blog. Do you think your friends are gonna listen to you patiently about your opinions on various things? 
You can never get that pride from anything else. It is like publishing books only to a few hundred readers.

I started to blog just as an effort to retain the memorized GRE words in mind by using them often. I believe that your vocab is gonna improve with those abstract blogs, leave alone the reader's vocab. You get the art of writing on any topic. Sometimes, you start on some topic without any plans or definitive idea and end up in a good post. The feedbacks you get are really motivating. 

One good example I can quote is Vignesh. I never knew that he can write such a good blog. I saw a different person in him and his skills getting honed because of blogging. So, you get to know other's experiences and opinions on various issues.

I have read some blogs (including some of mine too) where people try to showcase their prowess in english vocabulary leading to prolixity. This, at times, might be annoying the reader when he has to refer to dictionary many times to understand a single sentence ! :)

Before making my contribution to this area, I thought I can create wonders by writing many topics. But, once I started, I realized my potential - I ran out of ideas soon and understood how difficult it is to impress someone by your writing. 

But, the very thought of building a profile as a good writer is what makes me go on. Hope someday, even I write good blogs and gain the heart of my readers !  :-)

To know some of my friends' opinion on the same question, you can see the following blogs:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An agnostist's vision

"God is there? Yes, He is. No, He is not". 

When multiple perceptions can sneak up even for a concrete information, it is apparent that people can easily be mislead to pandemonium based on some canard. There are certain things that are beyond man's reach and intellectual ability. Are you wondering what I am up to? Let me throw it straight. "Who created us? What is this super power that controls these known and unknown cosmoses? Do you have religious beliefs?". I am not mouthing anything new. This seems to be the unanswered question since mankind evolved. 

Raised from a pious Brahmin family, I was totally blind for the first 20 years of my life - with great reverence for deities and zeal for Brahminism. I do not know when exactly I moved out of this baseless faith of mine. But this drastic change, I guess, should have come when I started reading 'Angels and Demons' two years back, where Dan Brown had brilliantly described the conflict between Science and Religion. Science requires solid evidence for any claim; on the other hand, religion depends on the magic word - faith. This conflict has been in existence for ages - a fight that never appears to cease. I realized that I am a sort of person who tends to accept those that science approves - in other words, that which seems rational. 

In this context, I should not fail to mention the movie named "Zeitgeist". The first section of the movie explores the origin of God according to various religions. According to the film, most of the Gods like Krishna, Jesus etc., are based on the Egyptian counterpart named 'Horus'. There were other information on how these Supreme beings have many attributes in common - DOB as December 25th, adored by 3 kings, 12 disciples, burial for 3 days, resurrection etc. All these similar traits of Gods seem to have been derived from Astrology. 

The basic principle of religion, it is said, is to enforce moral fear for the good. But the supreme power of religions seem to fuel the conflicts between people and nations than to appease them. Religion & politics - the most deadly combo, constantly stir camouflaged 'holy' wars thereby causing partitions of people. Though their funda is peace, the characteristics of religions are unique - tolerant Hindus, preaching Christians, jihadi Muslims etc. ensuing provocations. Take Indo-Pak split for instance - the differences in religion and its effectuated attributes are the major reason for the division. It is sad that many of us have never met a Pakisthani in our lives, yet we hate our neighbour.

A recent survey has divulged the effect of religion in globalization. Wonder how? Religion has the power to impact a society on its culture, customs, food, ethics, art, literature and last but not the least its politics. Hence, the adaptability of the societies to a mixed culture open by liberalisation depends to a greater extent on religion. That is one of the major reasons why 'some' Muslim countries (exc. Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai etc.) find it difficult to foster adaptability and adoptability thereby embracing western culture. When it comes to literature, many of the literary work in almost all the languages are devotional. I have pondered how a non-believer of God will be able to appreciate the Devarams, Thiruvasagams & Tiruvaimozhis. 

Philosophies apart, let us think practically. Honestly, how many of us become mindful when sighting girls of other religion (even other caste)? Atleast I do when I look at some beautiful Muslim misses. I always see one image flash by my mind - my dad with a Thiruppatchi aruva. I can never see her as yet another soul in this world who can be a perfect match for me. :-)   

After all these claims, I am sure you would have presumed me as an 'Atheist'. But I am not. I suggest you call me an 'Agnostic' or 'Autotheist' (Anbe Sivam concept). I am still one among the elite group searching for a convincing answer. :)

Note: This is my personal opinion. If somebody is offended by this, please pardon me.