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Birthday with a message – Kamal Haasan

One has to listen to Kamal Haasan’s birthday celebration speeches at these events organized by his socially conscious welfare associations to get to read the real man, his angst for society (not just local but global), his quest for knowledge, his rationalism, etc. Because these speeches are delivered for an audience who almost in a self-questioningly silly & an ironic way, idolize him. So he delivers these speeches not in a “preachy lectorial” manner, not in a rousing demagoguery manner to stir up emotions, not in a “Holier than Thou Spiritual Guru” sermonic manner..but in a “good friend who takes liberty to admonish you and advise you” kind of manner. So you could feel the anger, disappointment, embarrassment and guilt, all with a heavy dose of optimism for future.

This year’s speech was no exception.

From politics to Dawkins to the beef controversy to the science behind eating insects to the ‘in vougue tolerance’ debate (and of course a sly dig at the AwardWapsi movement and the silliness of it all), he covers it all with an underlying powerful rationalistic theme – delivered in a simplistic way, so his audience could get the core message. His mastery of the language ensures that if you don’t follow the speech careful enough, you would miss several gems (some hidden).

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Part 2:


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.

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