28 June 2011

Food

FOOD DOES NOT COME IN A BOX. And it is not food if it lasts for an year !

23 June 2011

Stealing in Broad Day light

I cannot get over the fact that Americans did not protest, or raise a hue and cry over the fact that Wall street stole from them. Is Democracy walking on its last leg in America? The press lied to the teeth and the Journalists ran under cover.

With the Republican government keeping an iron rule in this country, the citizen squirmed in fear....It reminded me of India. We do not talk about the shiv senas on the train in Bombay. Many Rich Indians do not pay taxes, and steal from the government bank in terms of loans that are never paid...that is why some people stay poor even when they work very hard every day.
People become poor when they are exploited of fair wages.

It is the imperialistic tendencies to keep the people squirming...those are countries that are termed "Under developed", because people are squished under the tyrannical power of the ruler - democratic/dictatorial/monarchical/communist government. Is America moving in the direction of a third world country? Is America becoming like Saudi Arabia where 6 people control the oil wealth of the country? Where democracy thrived and freedom reigned, people are unable to raise their heads and say - give my money back. Even Courts and Judges lose the power of justice in a tyrannical land.

The testimony lies in the fact that young people do not have jobs, the corporates are cutting back pay, basic health care is becoming a luxury and illness means bankruptcy.The ponzi scheme called the insurance has its roots every where, and only a chosen few can grow in wealth and want to keep it that way - yes, this is the new America of the early 21st century.

Like the under-developed countries, where without connections, power and corruptions thrives even in the parched land, America is also starting to see the same colors...

05 June 2011

....a great lunch.

..To get a break from work, I walked into a restaurant primarily to collect my thoughts and also grab a bite. The area has a large international population and Spanish speaking outnumbers everybody else, just like almost every other metro downtown in the US generally is these days. By the door, they had put up pictures of how food looked like - I spotted the one in banana leaves and seeing my curiosity, the people at the table understood that I may not understand Spanish and was quick to explain the food. How warm I thought ! I did not even ask , because there was nobody else to be spotted around.

The restaurant was more a hole in the wall and I waited impatiently for the restaurant owner/waiter to turn up. A woman with blondish red hair appeared and in Spanish motioned me to sit at any table . She apologized to me that she spoke little or no English and our warm guests on the other table continued to translate for me. The owner apologized again for not speaking English ! Growing up, I heard many languages in my neighborhood and was accustomed to non-English speakers ...The idea of not speaking English was not foreign to me, because as a child the first langauge I spoke was not English.

Why should she apologize for not speaking English? In essence America was not an English speaking country before the Europeans came on the shores. Most of the Europeans who came to the US knew polish, dutch, german,italian and their respective native languages. When I was in Zurich recently and the receptionist at the hotel did not speak English fluently either. Finding a way to communicate, I thought I might practice the little french I knew. She said she didn't speak French, which surprised me, because I went by the fact that Europeans know many languages,which she did . She spoke - Italian, swiss-german, Portugal and Spanish and broken words of English to get by !

And wouldn't you like to know what I ate - Tuna and mashed raw banana in spices steamed in banana leaves with Tamarind/Tomato salsa ! Can it get better than this? I was greateful.

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