Saturday, December 29, 2007

Thoughts about Benazir Bhutto as I saw the final moments of her Assassination

I don’t remember if it was from her autobiography or from her syndicated column that I learnt about the behind the scene activities of ‘Shimla agreement’ that was signed after India -Pakistan 1971 war. Benazir must have been 26 then when she accompanied her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for the summit talks with Indira Gandhi. Benazir wonderfully portrayed the defeated mindset of Pakistani rulers whose pride was brutally wounded after their defeat in war and partition of their country. I think the opportunity to be present at the Shimla Pact must have been the moment for Benazir’s baptism into Pakistani politics.

In 1993, I saw Benazir’s mother at hotel Intercon in Abu Dhabi. She was tall, fair and it seemed she bestowed her physical traits to Benazir. I do not know if she is still alive or not, but if she is- this must be the most cruel moment for her. Her husband was hanged, her one son – Murtuza was murdered in Cannes, second son – Shahanwaz ambushed and killed by Pakistani forces and now her daughter Benazir brutally assassinated by terrorists.

Both Benazir and Rajeev Gandhi came to power around the same time, both were the first generation rulers that were raised after the partition and did not carry bias and malaise towards their favorite enemy. Both were keen to take country forward. I had read an article that commented about the uneasiness of USA with a possibility of seeing India and Pakistan coming together under Benazir and Rajeev and blunting their objective of selling arms in the subcontinent. Both had charisma with the masses and thanks to common Oxford/Cambridge background between them had rare bonhomie that always eluded before. Both had modern approach and were keen to turn the new page away after decades of war and hostility between but US fears were so easily allayed by respective bureaucracy that successfully throttled both these leaders and made sure they didn’t succeed. Both these leader had uncanny similarities. Both were born with inherited legacy of leadership, both studied in same universities, had seen their parents suffer gruesome deaths, both resumed mantle of premiership at young age with huge public mandate and at the end both died young from horrible suicide terrorist attack during election campaigning.

Benazir as a prime minister didn’t much impress me nor did she when she brokered a secret deal with Parvez Musharuf for power sharing and removal of pending corruption cases against her. But she carved a special place in me with her articulate expressive and persuasive communication skills and command over English language, her charm and dignity during interview and above all her courage to come to Pakistan despite seeing her death written and pronounced all over Pakistan.

Pakistan has lost their most visible modern face for international community and terrific public speaker.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

akshta -7th & 8th Month


Three countries, Four cities, from temp of high 40's and heat to mid 20's with lots of rain, Akshta seem to have taken tumultuous hectic journey in her side. But not without some anxious moments in Mumbai and Abu Dhabi by rushing to doctor. Her new look without her disheveled flowing hair - her very own trademark of first six months- may have delighted her Srilakan hair stylist at Safeer Mall, but I was sad to reconcile to her new image. She must have felt as helpless as Samson in her new avatar.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Beauty of Mathematics

Normally, I refrain from pasting forwarded mails on my blog - but not always. This email is one that made me wonder - not so much by the artistic nature of numericals but the person who discovered this magic who must be playing with numbers like people do with words.

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this... 101% From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?
We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help answer these questions:

If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
If:
H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
And:
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But:
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D
12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:
While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!
I wont agree more with this mystical, magical, mathematical conclusion

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