Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Morrison Estate

Morrison Estate is a beautiful, southern Western Ghats mountainous based, 199 acres estate. The estate is in 2500 ft above sea level, and it was developed by an Englishman James Morrison when Britain ruled India. After India's independence, James sold the estate to Verghese Kurien, a local entrepreneur, since then Kurien family solely owned the estate. All the Southern estates are same, home of tea, rubber plants and some rare spices like cinnamon. But Morrison estate was pioneer to all other estates, Morrison taught all “how tos” to local farmers including special irrigation techniques and how to sell it through various markets. So the locals always has gratitude to Morrison even though they sold the estate 50 years ago. They named the road after Morrison which leads to estate from town.

The current owner of Morrison estate is Sebastian Kurien, grandson of Verghese Kurien, who is retired professor and ex serviceman. He started his career with Indian Army as solider and studied his masters while in service, after completing army service, he became professor at local college. He is an honest man, after retirement he decided to spend most of his time in estate home, which was built by Morrison, a beautiful castle styled home. Even though his family insisted him to stay in town, he refused to do so. One of the main reasons is town pollution, unbearable noise, law and order. Kurien always want to be with his wife and relatives, friends but his compulsive straightforwardness keeps him away from town.

Kurien was right because the town is ridden by ideology driven politicians. Some times there were as many as 5 meetings at same location, the sound from loud speaker are unbearable to any one living in the town. Irony is, same ideology but different flavors also yell at each other and fight with each other. For example, at the national level a right ideology driven party decided to split their party for better management, they created a small fraction for students, one for labors, and one for hardcore religious. But Kurien’s town people didn’t know the management’s intention but fought with each other, even though they are all belong to one party technically but politically not, then just imagine, the situation between different ideologies. Kurien knows it all very well, sometimes he himself stops some party meeting to ask this kind of questions, obviously they don’t like and Kurien gets into some troubles later.

Kurien’s schedule was very well planned, he left home at early morning on Monday to estate, stayed there until Friday. Friday evening he starts from estate to home. His Saturday mainly with account settling, deposit money in banking, his Sunday with Church going. Kurien’s wife happy by seeing his peaceful mind after his stay away from home, but her only worrisome is forest animals. Kurien’s human interaction in estate is local indigenous people who are still decided to live in forest. They have some special respect to Kurien because he is the first one to introduce them the "Indian constitution’s affirmation policy for indigenous people". Many people from the indigenous group benefited from those affirmation actions. Most of them left the forest to settle down in town since they got good education and job. But for some, they don’t want to leave the forest since they emotionally attached and they think that they belong to forest. Most of the indigenous people now employees for the estate, but now due to depopulation, Kurien and other local estate owners employ people from town. The farming business is not much popular as before. Kurien decided to cut the farming land by at least 50% because of rising labor cost and other logistical issues.

The work week for Kurien started as usual, he bought many items from town for indigenous people. They always give a list of items required from town with Kurien, he buys all of them. Sathaiappan showed up around noon, Sathaiappan is leader of the local indigenous people.

“Good Afternoon, Professor, How are you? “ Sathaiappan started with his usual greeting.

“Afternoon, Sathaiappan, I’m fine” Professor replied.

“Sir, be careful, I heard from my boys that 2 leopard on loose in this area, double check the estate gate before dusk”, Sathaiappan showed up whenever there is a news like this and Kurien knows it. Kurien acknowledged it. But Sathaiappan’s visit has more intention than his usual warning messages.

Sathaiappan continued “Sir, my son’s marriage scheduled at town on next month. I’m planning to take all of our people to there. What do you think? “Kurien little shocked because some of them are in forest since their birth, they can not manage in town for even one day. Sathaiappan said “Sir, as you know my son now working in town, he is going to marry town based girl, they are very adamant to keep the marriage in town, I got some worries that how my people can manage out there? How can town people behave to us? I’m kind of confused”.

Kurien also thinking in same way as Sathaiappan, but Kurien encouraged him “Sathaiappan, your people have to come out of forest to join with our main stream, why don’t you take this as chance to introduce town life style to your people, may be they encourage their kids to go school and may some more people even adopt town life style”. Even though Kurien encouraged Sathaiappan to take all of his people to town, he is little hesitant and doubtful, Kurien sees lot of risks like their clothes, food and other habits might trigger friction between them and town people. In order to mitigate the risk, Kurien advised Sathaiappan that “Sathaiappan, please ask your people to dress like town people, ask them to learn town style, some haircut also okay, learn some basic town style language, I can help you, no issues”

Sathaiappan is very happy with Kurien’s advice, he left the place. But Kurien instinct tells something wrong with the plan. Kurien called his home to inquire about whether any meeting or procession planned on the day when Sathaiappan’s son marriage date, his wife confirmed that there are 36 meetings and 15 procession planned already but still 30 more days to go.Kurien now has moral obligation to train indigenous people to get to know about town life style as much as possible. They all also willing to learn some basics.

Sathaiappan’s son marriage date came, all people from forest ready to go town to attend the marriage. Kurien’s plan is to take all of them in two buses. Sathaiappan very thankful to Kurien. The journey would take 3 hours from estate to town,Kurien followed the bus in his jeep. Since it is early morning, the travel is fast and they reached marriage hall on time. After marriage all are ready to go back to forest, now this time town is busy with meetings and processions are getting ready. The bus struck in traffic, people started noticing some unfamiliar and different faces in bus. Kurien prayed god to clear traffic to move fast. By the time there was a big party’s procession coming towards them, police getting ready to control them. Some one from procession start throwing stone towards police. The place became war zone within 20-25 minutes. People starting to scatter from the fight between police and party men which grown out of control. The innocent indigenous people also coming out of bus to save their life. The mob set fire on first bus but no body is in there. Some one from mob shouted to indigenous people that "hey, kill this guys they never vote for us". Even though the indigenous people looking like a town people, the political party mob identified them. The mob got some indigenous people and start beating them. Kurien used his force to separate the innocent people from mob, by the time some one from mob stab Kurien from back. Kurien looks back and noticed he is his ex student.

After all violence, police rescued all indigenous people and took them to forest safely. But 3 of them died in violence. Kurien is admitted in the hospital but his health deteriorates day by day, as wound is not the problem, his mental pain creates more damage, after 5 days in hospital Kurien dies.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Adventures of a Genius Boy from 3rd world country

Chennai, 1958
The Harvard University's invitation letter was placed on University Of Madras's Dean's room table, where dean Senthinathan and Krishnan sitting facing each other. Dean started "See Krishnan, I submitted your thesis paper to Harvard university because i thought your research well deserved to be continue, it is not a easy one to experimentally prove Bose-Einstein condensate theory. You have done a marvelous job here. I want you to continue the experiment at Harvard". Dean looked at Krishnan's face, he noticed some hesitant from his face. Dean continued "You are only 4th person from our university to pursue research in Harvard with full scholarship. Don't waste this golden opportunity".

Krishnan was a genius guy, he was brought up in Srirangam, which is about 300 KM south from Madras. Until his age 10, he was home schooled, after 10 he got admitted to direct 9th grade as he was a bright and super intelligent boy. After completing his Bachelor degree in Physics, he went to Madras to pursue his masters and Ph.D. He took very complex "how to experiment Bose-Einstein condensate theory" for his research. Now his thesis was liked by Harvard so they sent the invitation for him to continue the research and experiments. Krishnan took some time to think about it, and finally he accepted the offer. The voyage to U.S.A was tough at those times. First Krishnan had to travel Madras to Calcutta by train and Calcutta to London by ship and finally trans Atlantic from London to New York. Krishnan started his journey to Calcutta.

Srirangam,1958
The letter came as thunder to Nammalwar (Nam-mal-War) family, they came to know about Krishnan's U.S.A travel only by his final letter from Madras, which he posted just before starting to Calcutta. Krishnan did not inform his family about his U.S.A travel because he knew that getting consensus from them was really cumbersome. Those days who are bound to U.S.A from India, especially from Southern States was considered as death. Because India was a 3rd world country, no telephone, no communication and letters were took 6 months to reach those places. Basically once they left country, there will not be any short of communications.

Nammalwar shocked and sat on floor as he holding the letter and screamed "Meenal, we lost our son...oh my god what can i do now?". Meenal joined with him and other kids also joined. Their cry rattled the street, everyone from street were in front of Naammalwar's home. The major worrisome of Nammalwar was about the marriage between Krishnan and his Sister's daughter Vasantha. His plan was to make Krishnan a professor at local college and stay with in his reach, he want to see his grand children and so on. But man proposed god deposed.

Vasantha's mom and dad also joined with Nammalwar to console the family with many other relatives and friends.Parthasarathi a close friend of Nammalwar started "Alwar, be strong, the 3rd street Gopal's son also went to foreign country, see how they are managing". Vasantha quickly interrupted "Uncle, he went to Bombay which is part of India". Vasantha internally happy with latest developments, because she was not ready for marriage, her age was only 16 and she want to study more like Krishnan. Moreover she sees Krishnan as role model not husband. Vasantha's mom yelled at her "Vasantha. please go inside, don't interrupt grown man's discussions". Nammalwar said "Partha, I'm much worried about Vasantha, who is going to marry her, we started telling about Vasantha for Krishnan since her birth". The state of Krishnan's home was not good, everyone offered some opinions and their experiences with same situation at distant relatives or close friend's sons.

En route to London,1958
Krishnan took his second class cabin from Calcutta, after initial sea sick and motion sickness, the voyage was smooth. The ship was filled with Doctors, Engineers, mass migrates and some research fellow like Krishnan. All were en route to U.S.A or various European countries after reaching London. Their major mistake was they were born as super intelligent in a 3rd world country hence they have to travel far away places to fulfill their dreams or to just work in their mastered field.

They kill their time by exchanging books between them, each one become good friends and shared about their experiences. One morning, Krishnan started feeling pain and became very tried. His temperature went high, as per ship policy they have to quarantine high fever persons from general passengers if he/she from 3rd world country since malaria fear. Since Krishnan's fever didn't come down in a specified time, hence the ship guards rushed to his cabin. "Sir, we afraid that we have to quarantine since your temperature is high". Krishnan replied "can i ask a n board doctor to check my vital signs before we proceed". The same guard said "No sir, here we don't have any doctors or lab facility, since you are from 3rd world country we have to do this procedure". Krishnan got angry and shouted "what is going on here? are we human or what? i need a doctor and lab test to confirm my malaria? then only i would go to quarantine room...". The guards left the place since co-passengers also agreed with Krishnan. After some time, more guards showed up with some one who appeared higher official, the official said "Mister, this is our ship policy, you have to co-operate with us, otherwise we have to arrest you". This time Krishnan had no other way but go to a separate room.

The room was 8X8 small cabin, food and all other necessities would be provided on time, but Krishnan should not come out of the room until it reaches London. There a doctor would come to the ship and test him, after doctor gives his clearance certificate, Krishnan can come out of ship. The voyage still had 1 month to go, even though Krishnan's fever had gone and he was completely normal, he had to stay at the small room due to the 100 years old policy. Those olden 19th century times doctors were rare, since they did not employ one at ship, but what about now at this 1958, Krishnan started thinking about all those things.

Harvard, 1960
Krishnan completed his thesis with his fellow scientist Tracy, they decided to marry to start their family life. Krishnan got a job at GE but he refused it since he want to stay with educational. He took a professor job at University of Texas. Tracy happily backed him, they both started working at University of Texas. In the mean time, Krishnan exchanged 3 letters with his family back in India. Nammalwar's last letter was a bitter one since he decided to marry an American. Nammalwar wrote that they forgot a son they had in this life. Krishnan had no other choice to take it lightly, but he thought they would be fine after some time.

Houston, 1973
Now Krishnan had 2 kids, one boy and girl. He was very much settled in U.S.A. He became part of many million immigrates who represented the great nation of India. This doctors, engineers and scientists were main reason for demolishing the negative stereotypes of India as well as many other 3rd world countries. Krishnan didn't go to India since he left in 1958. Because he didn't want to go through the ship voyage, moreover he did not want to take 1 year vacation, which includes 6 months of travel. But Tracy insisted him to made a trip to India, because now there was a flight service started from London to Bombay, which was well affordable. After nearly 13 years, Krishnan wrote a letter to his father.


Srirangam,1973

Nammalwar received the letter with detailed travel plan from Krishnan, even though he was angry with him, he always remembered him time to time. After some point of time, Nammalwar realized that we have to go towards opportunities, the opportunities will not come towards to you. Nammalwar family was jubilant with Krishnan's home coming after nearly 15 years. They started all the planning and ordered new cloths, repaint home. But they realized that their daughter in law was an American, so how to readjust for her. So they decided to change home, installed western toilets and many more things.

The day came for Krishnan's plane landing at Madras, all were expecting, how Krishnan must have forgotten Tamil and Indian culture and his wife might not like them. But Krishnan and Tracy landed wearing traditional dhoti & saree and Krishnan opens his mouth with pure Tamil "Appa(father), Amma(mother)".

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

OMG,You Screwed Up

The day was perfect for Marion to meditate for million dollars from God as usual. Marion doing this ritual for last 50 years since he was 4 years old. He usually wakes up at 5.00 AM, after his usual matutinal duties, he sits in front of god to meditate for money. The mantra is "Please, God, come in front of me to give million dollars". As of today, he had meditated almost 3 billion times, God became impatient, God decided to show up in front of him. First Marion was surprised that God was very simple and clean shaved, god looks very young.

God said "Son, I was watching and listening your mantra since you started 50 years ago, I was very impressed with your determination" and continued "do you know that you spent exactly 1,000,000 minutes for the meditation and if you use those time for other job like milk/paper distribution and invested in even municipal bonds, you would have made 1 million already".

God was little tired, god asked some water, Marion gave water. After drinking water God continued "Anyway you begged me, I’m here to help you but some string attached". Marion was very happy with God’s encomium, he is now expecting something bigger from God. God said "Son, I will give you a suitcase which is filled with diamonds, each one costs more than 1 million,total worth of all the diamonds is more than 1 billion but you have to satisfy one condition for me, if you do, you can take all the diamonds".

Marion became very tensed, God continued " the condition is, you have to give this suitcase to someone you know, they have to keep the suitcase for 3 days in their possession, if they try to open or steal it the deal breaks, whenever they try to open or steal it you will get text message, only opening has no issues but stealing is unacceptable, you then take the suitcase from them and give to other, you can rotate to 3 persons, if all 3 persons do fail, you won’t get this suitcase, when giving to them you have to disclose all the details about this suitcase but you should not tell that I gave you, and you should not give the suitcase to person who’s age is below 18" Marion is very happy that this is the dumbest condition, he thinks that he can satisfy God’s condition very easily.

God took his mobile number and suddenly become invisible. Marion is very happy that he is going to own 1 billion very soon.

Swami(Priest) Shakalakalavallavan(Shak)

Marion knows Shak for more than 25 years. Shak lives in a hut and eats only raw vegetable. Shak claims that God directly speaks with him daily.He offered many solutions to some of his followers. Marion was one of his hardcore followers. As soon as, God told all conditions, Marion starts thinking about Shak. Because Shak is a priest, he has no wife, kids, no bad habits, he even didn’t get money from followers for his spiritual services. He even doesn’t know how a 100 dollar bill looks like. Marion decided to give the suitcase to Shak. Marion meets Shak and said "Swamiji, I have something for you to keep, it is a suitcase full of diamonds, worth more than 1 billion, I want you to keep this for 3 days. Shak opens his eyes said "Kid, I don’t know what you meant by 1 billion, is it weight of the diamonds? You can keep it in my personal room, I will take care for you,pukka". Marion is very happy and left the suitcase in Swamiji’s room.

First 2 days no text messages, Marion started thinking about how he wants to spend that 1 billion dollar. He wants to buy a shoe immediately since his shoe become very old, want to buy a house in Hawaii, Florida and buy a diamond nickels for his wife. His day dreaming stopped when he got text that suitcase was open, and then followed by stealing text. Marion was shocked and rushed to Swamiji’s hut.

As per design, whenever someone try to open the suitcase and touches the diamond, they become paralyzed, they can’t move until they see Marion. Swami’s hand is stuck in suitcase until Marion showed up in his room. Marion asked "Swamiji, you try to steal the diamonds, why swamiji, why?". Swamiji cried that "sorry my son, I was little disturbed with huge money, how many more days I’m going to spend in this hut, I also want to buy a private island to mediate peacefully". Marion took the suitcase and left the place.

Businessman Boughut

Marion’s one of close friend is Boughut, he is one of the top world’s richest person. As per latest Forbes, his rank is 10th. Marion now thinks that if he gives the suitcase to richest man, his suitcase will be safe because Boughut already owns 300 billion dollars, he will not try to steal from this suitcase. Marion got the appointment to meet Bought, he explained all to Boughut. Boughut said "See Marion, I don’t have time to open this suitcase, I travel all over world, I might forget this conversation because I have so much to do, so little time, I will keep this for you 3 days, 1 billion is like 100 dollars for me,you know" Marion again becomes confident that he will own the suitcase.

As soon as Marion came out of the meeting he enters bathroom, he just opened his pants zip he got first text that the suitcase was opened, even before he completes pee, he got second message that diamond are about to be stolen. Marion ran to Boughut office. Boughut explained that "see Marion, the difference between me and my next richest man is only 50 million, you see my company stock also dent now, to make those 50 million I try to steal 50 diamonds, sorry, You know slipping from 10th rank to 11th rank is soo hard". Marion now very saddened, Boughut's greediness bollixed up the deal between him and God.He takes the suitcase and left Boughut’s office.

Prof. Paratha

Prof Paratha is Marion’s classmate and roommate. Both of them are thickest friends. Prof. Paratha dedicated his entire life to researching Aliens and UFOs. One time Prof. Paratha absconded from University and claimed that he was abducted by Aliens. But he went to Arizona desert to hide under bunkers because he got a credible message from outer space that aliens preparing to attack human immediately.

Marion now thinks that Prof. Paratha is the only resort to keep the suitcase because academics would not follow money like spiritual or businessman. Marion meets Prof. Paratha explains all about suitcase and diamonds. Prof. Paratha said, "Marion, don’t worry, I will not even touch the suitcase, you can keep it in my lab".

Marion comes out the university campus with renewed hope that he will own all diamonds. This time Marion didn’t get text messages 2 days. Marion starts ordering his shoe, his wife’s necklace, and some emails to Hawaii realtor. 3rd day came and time passes by, Marion is holding his breath. But he got first open text message and followed by steal message. Prof. Paratha disappointed he couldn’t even see Marion eye to eye, but he insisted that "I didn’t steal any diamonds, but I was very curious to see whether this diamonds came from other space, usually earth based diamonds won’t weigh this much you know".

The suitcase became invisible with in seconds, and a text message come from God to Marion which simply stated "OMG, you screwed up".

Monday, February 08, 2010

The dance of Cobra

Sajo determined to take revenge on the 3 men who she believed the reason for her husband’s suicide. Sajo and Mitch loved each other very much. Mitch was overly ambitious man with countless of fantasy. He started many ventures but all went under water. Sajo was with him for all ups and downs, she encouraged him for all sad events and she completely, insanely love with him. Mitch turned his corner when he met 3 of his old friends, Shamu, Andy and John. The 3 men were successful with their joint business for last 3 years, they need one more partner to grow the business better. They need some money with mainly ambitious one. Mitch was the greatest fit for them. He had some money from his inheritance estate money and he obviously ambitious. Mitch joined with them and business boomed after his hard work and some invaluable advices.

One morning Sajo found Mitch was lying down in bathroom with lot of blood,he was almost moribund. Apparently Mitch cut his vein himself, Sajo called ambulance but Mitch died on the way to hospital. Sajo became mentally disturbed after the incident, she simple could not forget the love with Mitch. She became monomaniac with Mitch’s death. She thinks that Mitch died because of financial strain caused by his other 3 partners. There was no evident to that, but she strongly believes that. Because she checked his bank balance it was very low, no balance in business, investment account either. She went to his partners, and they simply showed empty hand, they claimed that Mitch took all of his money and profits. They said he had to pay back some money to firm which he took as loan.Sajo abstruse to Mitch’s intention of more money. Sajo decided to take revenge, she has a plan to do it also. Her first target is Shamu.

Dance at Old Tavern
Shamu usually drinks at Old Tavern. He usually goes there at 9.00PM on all Fridays. Tavern reserved a table, he usually drinks 2 cocktails. His cocktail would be ready by 8.00PM and placed it in table. The cocktail he drinks is “Fireoneverest”. The special cocktail is only available at some tavern in city. The cocktail first filled with ice water, vodka, whisky, mango juice and then orange juice. After one hour all drinks separated based on density, first mango juice, whisky, orange juice, vodka and then ice water. The drinks give a different taste and hotness based on which one drinks. Shamu likes it. Sajo knows it. Sajo enters at tavern exactly at 7.30PM, her plan was, sit in front of Shamu’s reserved table, talk with Shamu for sometime, after he finishes first drink, he usually goes to bathroom, at that time poison the second one and leave the place. Shamu arrived at tavern exactly 8:55PM.

Shamu scanned all around the place and noticed Sajo. He smiled at her and waved her. Sajo went to his table.

“Hello, Shamu, how you been?” Sajo asked,

“Fine, how you been? And how are you holding up with Mitch’s loss?” he replied. Sajo said “going on good, holding up but his death unforgettable for me”.

Shamu noticed that she is about to cry, he try to provide some solace her “if you want to work for our firm, you are always welcome to, you know some change may help to forget Mitch and to start new life”.

Sajo grudges inside that “you want me to die also, you sucker!!! You’re life also going to end very end”. Shamu completes his first drinks and excuse himself for man’s room break. By the time, Sajo added the poison. Shamu comes back and started drinks the second one. Sajo inside started her revenge dance. Shamu completes his mango and then whisky and then slowly towards poison. Sajo left the place as more virago.

Dance at City Gym
Sajo knows that Andy usually goes to City gym at very late after work. The gym is located near to his workplace. Her plan was to enter bath room when Andy takes shower to shot him. She knows that entering the gym is walk in the park but how to enter inside men’s bath room. She decided to wear man’s costume, mustache and a cap. She enters the gym and directly whisks to men’s bath room, but no one is there other than janitor.

Janitor looks at her doubtfully “Sir, can I help you?”, she said “no, thanks”. She comes out of bath room. Where is Andy? She looks around and finds Andy at gym, he was busy with talking with some one. She thinks that to abort the plan and come back later. But she doesn’t want to, she want to kill Andy now with out delay, her revenge minds take over her thoughts, and she is impulsive. Andy completed his conversation and took his bag. Sajo knows that he is going to enter bath room. She again rushed to bath room, this time no one was there. Andy enters inside and Sajo take her gun and shot him. Andy died on the spot. Sajo ran away from the place with more rancor.

Dance at 14th floor City Hotel
Finally Sajo wants to kill John, but killing John is not an easy task. John is a Good Samaritan. He comes to office and return to home. It is rare to see him alone any where. Sajo plans several ways to take out John but she can’t find anything safe and sound. Only way to take out John is, book a room at city hotel next to John’s work place, and sniper shot from there. Because John clearly visible from there. Sajo executed brilliantly the plan and she killed John and she killed herself. Her revenge was completed.

But Sajo is completely wrong about those 3 partners. Mitch has some other extramarital affairs with other lady. She blackmailed him for money. Mitch doesn’t want to jeopardize his family life hence he paid money to her. She started again and again, but one point of time Mitch refused to give her any money. She murdered Mitch at his house by cutting his vein. Sajo missed all those things. She blindly targeted those innocent partners.