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A new year

Tonight 2016 ends. I don’t know if it was a good year or a bad year. I do believe it was a year with a lot of change.

Change brought about for good (or for bad) as some may believe. I lost my last grandparent, I lost a dog, I spent 10 days in New York, and I read a few good books. I found a place for myself in my own eyes and in the work I do.

I don’t believe change is about resolutions. A new year is an arbitrary deadline. How will I decide something without understanding how it will affect the rest of my year.

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What’s your resolution for 2015?

As another year comes to a close, and the time for resolutions comes around, I thought of something which stayed with me from a movie I watched a while ago. Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator – is both an amusing and a thought provoking movie. The caricature of Hitler in the form of the Romanian dictator and the Jewish barber who is so similar to him, that the Dictator’s own soldiers mix up the two of them. The comedy in the movie highlights the absurdity of Hitler or in this case Henkel’s rise to power culminating in one very powerful speech where the barber impersonates the dictator, to denounce him in front of his people. With that thought I leave you with some words from Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the Great Dictator.

100 Posts

In cricket I think this is a ton… And just like that with my last post – I have made 100 posts on this experiment of mine. On 13th August 2008 – I made my first post – Questioning Google. Google bashing continues to be one of my favourite topics. What with questioning the abilities of Google Translate, or when Google decided to lock me out of my account (my most popular post to date BTW). Newer and newer experiments, with my posts on Exploring Hinduism; have me writing long format posts on an intriguing topic, examining the history of my faith. While my identifiable love for all things technological can be found scattered all over. What started out as an experiment for me has grown into a regular part of my daily life. Whether I am just tracking visitors, researching topics or playing around with themes (oh god do I play around with themes :)) It is fun –

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True inspiration

my scars are not ugly they mean I’m alive Inspirational is a word thrown across very lightly. Very rarely do you come across something that is truly inspiring. This is the story of Beth Whaanga. Who dared to do something that an increasingly puritanical society may find distressing or inappropriate. Like the people who flagged this album as inappropriate. Beth has published a photo set of herself, unclothed, showing how her breast cancer treatments have affected her body. With a hope of inspiring us to think about people and how cancer may affect anyone. Do share the album. Under the red dress by Beth Whangaa and Nadia Post