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Nadodikattu V: A Proud Heretic!!

January 18, 2009

(please forgive the font;experiment gone bad)

Once upon a time there lived a hard core heretic called Mr. FR (of the egg-scapade incident). Well, that was what we thought until now.

It was only recently that I realized that he had been fooling us and his family all this while!!

When people ask FR about his religious standing, he would say, “Well actually I am not an atheist but I do not believe in God either”.

He does have a few claims to greatness. First of all, he is six foot three inches, which automatically qualifies in the top 5 % of all desi’s and he says that girls dig that!!

This ordinary guy, on the other hand thinks that FR resembles a lamp post with extended arms (like an orangutan) and legs, on which sits a nice oval shaped childish face!!

His every movement looks odd as if his arms and legs use a mechanical pump and not flesh and muscles.

His sense of style is very simply outlandish but he still continues in the same vein.

He does have a few idiosyncratic mannerisms but he never changes.

As a result of all the above, there are very few people who would actually forget him after they meet him, unless that person happens to be Sanjay Singhania…….

His next claim to greatness is that he shares his first name with a certain illustrious and controversial revolutionary who has made many politicians of the free world have nightmares in their sleep. The very mention of his name can, I have heard, make a few Americans piss in their pants….

As a result of which, mere normal god fearing mortals generally play a guessing game when they meet him and end up losing.

When Mr. FR meets people, and declares with that winning smile, “Hi, I am F—-“; different people behave differently.

The firangi American would first cringe and look at him suspiciously and act as if a devil lurks behind that smiling cherubic face.

The average Indian would look at him from head to toe assessing his ethnicity first, before asking him, “Are you an Anglo-Indian”?

A Malayalee, especially a sakkavu (comrade) would welcome him with wide arms and follows that up with, “Aliyaaaaaaa (brother in law), How are you?”

A Latino would look at him with a glazed look and starts talking in Spanish and FR would say, “Gracias Gracias”.

Well the truth is that, he is from Kerala, the land of coconuts, coconut oil and kallu with a few million commies thrown in…..

And he comes from a family with an incurable belief and he did get his name thanks to a granddad who was a staunch Communist. It is also said that the Das Kapital gets recited religiously in the mornings in his house and the Puja Room has photos of Karl Max, Stalin, Lenin and Che Guevera and not Krishna or Rama.

Coming back to the story,

Last Sunday afternoon when this ordinary guy and Mr. FR had nothing better to do, we decided to pay our respect to the Malibu Hindu Temple!!!!!!!


People who knew this ordinary guy asked, “Why a temple in America dude, when you visit none in India”?

And people who knew FR were outraged, “Youuuuuu in a temple….. How can that be when you do not believe in God”?

“Elementary, my dear Watson”, we said in union when asked this question. That particular temple serves some great sambar sadam(sambar rice) for three dollars; a typical mouth watering Tamizh fare that is hard to letup and hence this Sunday, we did go to the temple.

When we did finally visit the temple, one thing that I noticed immediately was that it was CLEAN!!!!! Unlike our great Indian temples and it was so serene.


I prayed to all the Gods in the temple for world peace (just kidding.. 😛 ) and FR followed and acted as if, he was praying, thanks to the truculent looking Iyengar mama who followed us with his vulture eyes and finally we had our food in peace!!

(A Sunday well spent I would say)……

Is that not reason enough to visit a temple???????

Keep it simple and there would not be a problem. Religion is as simple as that for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was only in the evening when I realized the significance behind FR’s statement, “Well actually I am not an atheist but I do not believe in God either”……………………………

The truth was that he did pay his respects to a few privileged Gods like Gambrinus and Dionysus as shown below:

The point of this whole (meaningless) post being; we are all comfortable with what works for us and we need to define what is religion for ourselves and not let others decide that for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An atheist is happy in his beliefs and a religious person is also happy; so why do we insignificant midgets in this universe try to force our views on others…………………………..

FR ain’t a communist, he ain’t a capitalist but he is merely a pragmatist… and he is happy!!!!

PS:

Later in the evening, when I told my mother that I had gone to the temple, she asked me as to which God it was meant for and only then did I realize that I had not looked that up at all…… 😛

She was happy that her son at least visited a temple and her son was happy that his mom was happy!!!

Life can be that simple!!!

And I hope everyone who is reading this has guessed FR’s first name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. conanima permalink
    January 18, 2009 6:38 am

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  2. Ajit permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:06 am

    Thanks Conanima

  3. Solilo... permalink
    January 18, 2009 9:05 am

    Ha! Ha! Nadodikattu continues aliya.

    I have been to Malibu temple and love it. I mean what is not to love in Malibu 🙂 Also at this temple someone thought I am an Indian actress and came to me for an autograph. So the very mention of the temple makes me smile.

    Hope your friend doesn’t see that Orangutan comment.

  4. Indyeah permalink
    January 18, 2009 10:20 am

    beautiful point that you have put across once gain……
    A very amazing way to get your point across Ajit!

    ”we need to define what is religion for ourselves and not let others decide that for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!An atheist is happy in his beliefs and a religious person is also happy; so why do we insignificant midgets in this universe try to force our views on others………”
    Yes,Absolutely!!!way to go!If only everyone understood…:)
    No,the post is certainly NOT meaningless…far from it….

    And Gambrinus and Dionysus!!lol!(my GK is certainly improving):)

    and F is a pretty strong name :D…
    but fortunately for us in India we love all things Cuban!:D

    Ps:-the temple looks very pristine and beautiful…and what a brilliant reason to visit a temple..:D

  5. Ajit permalink
    January 18, 2009 4:50 pm

    solilo…
    which actress did he mistake you for??? 🙂
    and I made my friend read it before posting it …..

    Thanks Indyeah,
    F is a pretty strong name and FR is a great guy….. 😉
    I visit the temple every sunday…
    (religious me)….

  6. Indyeah permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:17 pm

    :)am I right or is the F the other FDR you are talking about?Or is it FC????
    lol!I am confused now..:D

  7. Usha Pisharody permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:19 pm

    When one keeps things really simple like in Food being Faith, matters do become simple 🙂

    Puja, for the stomach is well in keeping with that faith 🙂 Neat way to express that notion of really what it is that keeps us happy, keeps Him/Her happy too! I am sure it does!

    Thanks for the visit and the wishes too! 🙂

  8. Ajit permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:19 pm

    u guessed right, it is FC

  9. Ajit permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:21 pm

    Thanks Usha,
    you hit the nail on th head…
    we just need to happy without having all these “isms” in our dictionary…..

  10. Smitha permalink
    January 18, 2009 8:09 pm

    Ajit, Lovely Post as usual 🙂 This reminded me of a lot of my bachelor colleagues, who used to be quite secular when it came to ‘Pet-puja’ 🙂 They used to indiscriminately, go to the temples, gurdwaras – wherever the food was free – yes there were some temples in London, where the food was free on Sundays 🙂

  11. Ajit permalink
    January 18, 2009 8:36 pm

    yeah, we are all the same…. 🙂
    thanks!!!

  12. Solilo... permalink
    January 18, 2009 8:48 pm

    I would like to believe it was Angelina Jolie though my husband thinks it is most probably Rakhi Sawant :)):)):))

    I think they mistook me for some Bengali actress. Don’t know the name.

  13. Ajit permalink
    January 18, 2009 9:01 pm

    hahahahaha 🙂 Solilo,
    Self confidence is always the key 😛

  14. Indian Home Maker permalink
    January 19, 2009 2:18 am

    Love this post and the other one about your escapad-ing adventures friend ….

    And I totally like the idea of keeping religion simple and personal 🙂

    And doing what you believe in not what is expected of you … I am enjoying all your recent posts very much. Soon your blog will be reviewed as a ‘Humour’ blog, or more like ‘Meaningful Humour’ Blog 🙂

  15. Ajit permalink
    January 19, 2009 2:27 am

    Thanks IHM,

    I am trying to infuse a little bit of humour into my posts…. 😛
    after all, laughter is the best medicine….. 🙂

  16. Indian Home Maker permalink
    January 19, 2009 2:41 am

    Typos corrected:
    Love this post and the other one about your eggscapading adventures friend ….

    And I totally like the idea of keeping religion simple and personal 🙂

    And I also believe in doing what you believe in , not what is expected of you … I am enjoying all your recent posts very much. Soon, you’ll find your blog is reviewed as a ‘Humour’ blog, or more like ‘Meaningful Humour’ Blog 🙂

  17. Renu permalink
    January 19, 2009 10:15 am

    True, make evrything simple,and life will be less complicated, but i dont believe in doing whatmakes ME happy, we are social animal and we need to see other’s happiness also, IF that is comnnected with us. Sorry for disagreeing, but I couldnt resist saying this, I always believe..do what nakes you happy as long as you are not hurting anyone or making others( ur people) unhappy…that much resposibility we have as human beings.

  18. Indyeah permalink
    January 19, 2009 10:35 am

    Please drop in and pick up something!:)

  19. How do we know permalink
    January 19, 2009 10:43 am

    I m clueless.. who is F??

  20. Indian Home Maker permalink
    January 19, 2009 2:59 pm

    My new post is inspired by your this post …and also a few of your past posts.

  21. Ajit permalink
    January 19, 2009 3:05 pm

    hey Renu,
    you are absolutely right….
    I also belive in the same…
    have fun, have your beliefs but within a circle…. there is a boundary which should not be crossed by which i mean hurting others….
    we are all social animals but we are also free souls at the end of the day

    HDWk,
    F stands for Fidel…. as in Fidel Castro….
    was the post so bad that you did not get it??? 😛

    IHM and Indyeah,
    I am coiming over now….

  22. Ajit permalink
    January 19, 2009 3:18 pm

    Renu,
    making others happy is also a difficult question….(scenario)

    If your parents are hard core religionists…. and if you are an athiest… you are hurting them, but I believe that you need to do exactly what you want in this scenario…..

  23. J P Joshi permalink
    January 19, 2009 4:48 pm

    A lovely real life episode with a great moral lesson. Loved it ….. like always.

  24. Ajit permalink
    January 19, 2009 4:52 pm

    Thanks JP Sir….

  25. Indyeah permalink
    January 19, 2009 9:09 pm

    nice pic!makes the blog more lively:)

  26. Ajit permalink
    January 19, 2009 10:26 pm

    hey… thanks… 🙂

    just trying to jazz up things 🙂

  27. Renu permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:27 am

    Yes Ajit, i wanted to convey this only that getting what you want at the cost of hurting people is never worth it, In our life people should be more important than anything else. Secondly,like you said parent s are hard core religious…so OK..but dont shove it iun their face by being very open and vocal….U can keep quiet also in front of them, if they want u to do something..like go to the temple or do some Pooja..do it without believing in it, because this is not pooja u r doing, u r making ur parents happy.and its not bad or considered ambiguity or something negative.
    U need not to bend backwards to make evryone happy but there is always a way, if there is a will and as far as parents are concerned, we have no right to hurt them, and i have a supreme faith that only parents blessings get us everlasting happiness in life.
    I dont believe in today’s philosophy of being socially aware, doing charity and keeping ur own people unhappy…first love ur parents, serve them with love then go outside to serve old homes etc.
    sorry for the long comment and please..this is my personal opinion…..my life mantra

  28. Ajit permalink
    January 20, 2009 4:01 am

    Secondly,like you said parent s are hard core religious…so OK..but dont shove it iun their face by being very open and vocal….U can keep quiet also in front of them, if they want u to do something..like go to the temple or do some Pooja..do it without believing in it, because this is not pooja u r doing, u r making ur parents happy.and its not bad or considered ambiguity or something negative.
    ————————
    you are right Renu, I do that all the time….. 🙂
    there are so many traditions that I dont care about but I still follow them…..
    what you say is right, i accept them…

  29. Chirag permalink
    January 20, 2009 12:09 pm

    Ajit point driven home. Excellent meaning less story with a good moral :). We all believe in God as long as he’s/she’s working for us.

  30. Ajit permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:55 pm

    Thanks Chirag….
    Our thoughts seeem to run along similar lines…
    Thanks!!

  31. Neha permalink
    January 21, 2009 8:21 am

    hahhh!!! FR ko orangutan bola… lol… has he read tht??? did he beat u up after reading tht???

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