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Isn’t it sad that there is a group of people working diligently to bring down what genuinely seems like a change in the health care system in the country? This is probably the only system in the US that has largely remained untouched for decades. And here comes a bold President, who wants to change it and the political pillars of D.C. are creating a panic like never before. The rich do not want any change to the system because it works well – too well for them. The poor don’t know any better – because many don’t have any coverage at all today..And those in the middle know the best – because they have seen ups and downs. And they know what has worked for them and what has not. They know why the system is broken and why a more universal (and not necessarily social) option will help the country help progress. They know why borrowing a leaf out of European and Canadian health care systems is not a bad thing. They know only damn well that by doing that  the country does not become communist leaning. “Ridiculous”, they would say.

But none of the above matters to the Republicans. Because they are the catalysts to creating an eclipse to this massive reform. For a “Change”, How about giving it a chance?

Talking about Eclipses, Solar Eclipse’09 in India has already started spreading superstitious clouds over the people there…and it is time for all Astronomers(!) and whoever else to start making some quick bucks.

Who can act as a catalyst for creating an eclipse over this monster called superstitions there?


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

2 thoughts on “Eclipse

  1. Ganpy: I beg to differ on the so called monster.

    Let alone India and its inhabitants, Superstitions are deep rooted in Mankind cutting across cultural and geographical boundaries.

    Every superstition has its seeds in some related past events of mankind, which over the ages was not communicated to the next generations in the form it was supposed to be told.

    Now, it requires a little introspection from an individual to analyze the practical implication of the same and thereby drawing a clear line between what is a bogus superstition -not delivering any good and genuine one -which has some inner meaning and affects our lives in one way or another.

    As Saint Thyagaraja quoted in one of his keerthana “tera dIyaga rAdA” (Pleading Lord Balaji, Won’t You remove my inner screen called pride and envy?, the path to this introspection will come from a little guidance from elders -who have been through these and peers -who have tried to analyze it themselves.

    The eclipse is there “within” our mindset which must be removed before looking for another eclipse to remove the monster.

  2. Very good point Rajesh. I totally agree with you as far as how superstitious beliefs have been inherited from older generations without explanations. And since my post is not about Superstitions in general, I didn’t talk about superstitions across the world. Of course, each culture has its own share of superstitious beliefs. I can talk with authority about the superstitious beliefs that I am more familiar with…

    All I am saying is that if there is no rational explanation, then I am not approving or following that belief just for the sake of it. And I don’t want to assume that there has to be a good reason behind every superstitious belief.

    The monster you are referring to – “pride and envy” should absolutely be eclipsed from our minds. Thanks for the reference to Thiagaraja…I didn’t know about it and will read about the keerthana.


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