Recycling – Human Organs.

Delirious has a fascinating post about organ donation. There is nothing new about the donating of human organs when one dies and I know that some of my readers as I, intend to do that and have made the necessary arrangements.

I have just a few days ago, lost a dear friend to kidney failure as he was unable to get a suitable donor kidney and was unable to pay and get one due to our laws here. He had been on thrice weekly dialysis for the past many years and finally the time came for him to go at a relatively young age. I hope that my kidneys will find their way to some deserving people.

What I find fascinating about Delirious’s post is the use of the phrase, ‘Recycling’ for donating organs. When you come to think about it, it is precisely that and I wonder why we have not been using the term for organ donation and transplants.

I intend to henceforth. Will you?

The Shoe Bomber And Justice Young’s Judgment.

Our own terrorist Kasab is facing trial in a high security court in Mumbai in India and I hope that the Judge reads this magnificent judgment by Justice Young of the USA.

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge’s comments on TV or Radio?

Didn’t think so. A few people do know about it !!!

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say.  His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his ‘allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,’ defiantly stating, ‘I think I will not apologize for my actions,’ and told the court ‘I am at war with your country.’

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid.

Judge Young:   ‘Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

‘On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the  United States  Attorney General.  On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively.  (That’s 80 years.)

‘On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed.  The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an aggregate fine of $2 million.  The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

‘The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it.. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

‘This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes.  It is a fair and just sentence.  It is a righteous sentence.

‘Now, let me explain this to you.  We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid.  We are Americans.  We have been through the fire before.  There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.  Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals.  As human beings, we reach out for justice.

‘You are not an enemy combatant.  You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war.  You are a terrorist.  To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not —– you are a terrorist.  And we do not negotiate with terrorists.  We do not meet with terrorists.  We do not sign documents with terrorists.  We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

‘So war talk is way out of line in this court.  You are a big fellow But you are not that big.  You’re no warrior.  I’ve known warriors. You are a terrorist.  A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders.  In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said: ‘You’re no big deal.’

‘You are no big deal.

‘What your able counsel and what the equally able  United States  attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific.  What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

‘I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing?  And, I have an answer for you.  It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

‘It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom..  Our individual freedom.  Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.  Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom.  It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea.  It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.  It is for freedom’s sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

‘We Americans are all about freedom.  Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.  Make no mistake though.  It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to Preserve our freedoms.  Look around this courtroom  Mark it well.  The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here.  The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

‘Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across  America  , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.  The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

‘See that flag, Mr. Reid?  That’s the flag of the  United States of America  .  That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag Stands for freedom.  And it always will.

‘Mr. Custody Officer.  Stand him down.’

So, how much of this Judge’s comments did we hear on our TV sets?  We need more judges like Judge Young.  Pass this around.  Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.

An Italian Meal From An American.

We had an Italian meal recently as a new neighbour, actually wanted to go on a picnic to our local park but since my father and I cannot sit down on the lawns, and there are no picnic tables there, we compromised with an early dinner at our home. Our neighbour is an American lady, Susan, who teaches here at an International Baca Laureate School, to children with special needs,

The meal was assembled with cold pasta salad, toasted flat bread with pesto, fresh garden tomatoes and mozzarella cheese slices for toppings and olives on the side, and fresh fruit salad. All laboriously prepared by Susan and brought over for the occasion. The cold fresh fruit salad of water melon, strawberries and pine apples was filled in a green water melon carved to look like a picnic hamper and was a treat visually as well as for the palate.

Susan took two photographs on the occasion. One is of my father alone and the other with me in the picture too. Unfortunately, I was too hungry to start eating the visually appealing and inviting food and did not take a photograph of Susan. I shall sometime soon and post it for my readers. I also wish now that I had taken a photograph of the spread. Perhaps one of these days, we shall have another occasion to have a similar meal and I shall.

My Desire And Some Reality Check.

I am overwhelmed with the invitations from so many of my blog friends to visit them when I fulfill my desire to travel at the earliest possible time.

Recently however, I have been having a problem with my partial denture that keeps popping out when I chew something a bit harder than normal.  I have already been to the dentist a few times for tightening up the ****** thing and am just about beginning to lose patience with the whole exercise.

In the meanwhile, I just came across this cartoon which makes me wonder if I should risk traveling at all!

What do you think?


“When all the desires that surge in the heart are renounced,
The mortal becomes immortal.
When all the knots that strangle the heart are loosened,
The mortal becomes immortal.”

“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your DESTINY.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never had great desires. No, I am not subnormal, more like practical. I grew up with very sound conditioning that taught me and my siblings to accept our lot and do the best that we could under whatever circumstances that came our way. It is to my complete satisfaction that by and large we have lived like that and many material things have come our way. I think that my three siblings will agree with me that, the things that have come our way have come without great desiring for them or striving towards obtaining them.

If I could replace the word ‘Desire’ with ‘ambition’ my thoughts would still be the same. My regular readers would remember the post ‘Ambition’ which more or less reflects the contents of this post too.

From about the end of the year 2001, however I developed a great desire and prayed for it with all my heart and soul. That was that I outlive my wife to provide her the best possible care that she could get. My prayers were answered and as I write this, I have outlived her by over a year.

I now have a desire. It is not a burning, all consuming desire, but one I hope comes true, and if it does not, so be it. It will not make me unhappy if it does not come true. That desire is to travel again to the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand to meet up with relatives and some old friends and to meet face to face, some new ones made via the blogworld.

Not much to desire for is it?


RSVP – “Répondez s’il vous plaît” “Please Respond”, in English, is a graceful way of requesting people to respond to invitations to confirm acceptance or regrets to the event for which the guest has been invited.

I have used RSVP on many invitations and have experienced frustration with people not responding. I respond to RSVP requests without fail as I know how important it is to the host to know whether one is attending or not. Recently, I had to attend two lunches which kept getting postponed due to some reason or the other and finally both materialized after much toing and froing on the phone. The point however was that there was communication from both sides till the events took place and the hosts were not inconvenienced or out of pocket.

I also know of a recent case where expected number of people did not attend a function as the response for the RSVP request was minimal. The host rued the waste and almost wept when the final bill was presented.

And suddenly, as it keeps happening in my life over and over again another agonized soul has written about it and it is worth a read. I like his idea to change the system.

Have you had frustrating experiences with the RSVP? Do you think that we should change over to RVOM?