Posted by: Sharique | September 2, 2006

Shifted

This blog has been shifted to Serendipity

Posted by: Sharique | July 14, 2006

I did it!

I finally made him confess few things about me, which under normal circumstances he would never have.

“Aside from that, he’s a nice person, very dynamic, sharp and intelligent, sensitive, quite knowledgeable on many things, with a nice sense of humor 🙂 and has a penchant for gadgets and electronics. He’s very concerned about those who he cares about and is a true friend to them.”

I had to adopt a crooked way though but still 🙂

Posted by: Sharique | July 14, 2006

History of my name

I was named ‘Shariq’ by my grandmother (who along with my mother are the 2 most respected women in my life). She claimed to have heard a divine voice regarding my name!! So my family didn’t object. I was the first child in my family and perhaps brought happiness on everyone’s face after years of suffering and hardships. I was pampered by my father and uncles. I had this name till class 9th. Then my mom did some numerology on my name and added ‘ue’ to it so it was ‘Sharique’ and still remains so. But people while pronouncing my name don’t stress on ‘a’ and i hate being called that way. So i have now an extra ‘a’ in my name. Hotmail,gmail,rediff,blogger you name it..its all shaarique. btw my ebay id is shaariquee 😀

THAT’S ME

class photo


Part of the dramatics team in school (ADLS sunshine, Jamshedpur)

School night dramatics

Posted by: Sharique | July 12, 2006

Research in a IIT

People talk at length and many flaunt about the prospects of research in IIT. Outsiders often wonder the level of research and the kind of equipments available in an IIT, the premier institute of engineering in the country. I have talked to people and they often express their awe at the facilities available in the labs here. Well the truth of matter is IITs exist because of JEE and not because of the research. IIT is ranked 5th in the world when it comes to Btech but that rank touches 3 figure when it comes to post graduate education. The reasons, well there are many and the most prominent among them is lack of funds. I understand India is still a developing country and to be at par with the world class institutes you need much more than brain power. No doubt Indians have out-performed their counterparts in US universities but with foreign facilities right?

My previous guide left his job in California to teach here in IIT Madras. But he soon realised that things are a lot different as they appear from outside. He resigned within 1 year and is now back to where he came from. Facilites are pathetic and so are the bureaucrat procedures to get a job done. Just to buy a book he had to wait for months!! Considering the fact that it is Madras, where are people are more educated compared to other parts of the country and it is expected of them to realise the value of time. Corruption is a lot lesser as compared to the place where i come from. (Bihar to be precise :P)

I had to take few print outs today. When i asked the person responsible, he denied me saying this is for the final copy ones so use the other one. Well this ‘other one’ was a wipro printer (perhaps the first one to be come on the scene!!). I was wondering how do u feed papers in it? Finally i left because i had no mood to experiment.

Update- I am sweating but still can’t switch on the fan! the reason; i am suffering from severe cold and would be comfortable if my fan runs at speed level 3. But the regulator doesn’t work! damn we pay 13,900 per semester to the hostel office which includes 3,500 as hostel maintenance charges and look what facility. If i lodge a complaint tomorrow then it would take weeks before someone is sent. Where does the money go? in the pockets of concerned officials! I have heard there has been lot of politics regarding allocation of mess contract and lot of exchanges below the table (unconfirmed reports say that there are a slew of court cases pending against the authority). Well so why is IIT ‘the’ institute in this country because you see its all relative!!

that’s my hostel

Posted by: Sharique | July 7, 2006

Women in Hinduism enjoy only superficial freedom

 
 
 

NOT ONE but two women have created a storm of protest by claiming that they have entered the shrine of Sabarimala. The Sabarimala shrine, where women between the ages of 10 and 55 are strictly prohibited, is a shrine to male celibacy. Lord Ayappan is said to be the god of the brahmachari. If women are allowed into Sabarimala, says the thantri or priest, the entire edifice of the temple will collapse and the very reason for the arduous pilgrimage will be nullified.An ancient monastic pilgrimage will be demolished for the sake of contemporary notions of gender justice. A sanctified tradition that exists precisely because of its transcendental distance from the 21st century will be brought into the dull ambit of everyday political correctness. Are the voices calling for the entry of women into Sabarimala guilty of forcing a lumpen modernism into the stern austere place where the god’s traditions have been kept alive for hundreds of years?

According to Sanal Edamaruku of the India Rationalist Association, Sabarimala might originally have been a Buddhist site, where men came as monks to a monastery. So while Sabarimala’s restrictions on women may not be consonant with modern notions of gender equality, its traditions are Buddhist and monastic, where celibacy is the philosophical undertow. Rahul Easwar, the long-haired, English-speaking grandson of the thantri, says Sabarimala is about a certain ‘psychological space’, the space for the brahmachari ideal. If that ideal is lost, an important distinctive cult will be ironed into the uniformity of ‘modern acceptability’.

To call for Sabarimala to be open for women is like saying that women should be allowed to enter monasteries, or men should be allowed inside nunneries. It’s like saying that the orders of the Jesuits and the Benedictines should admit women, or that the Loreto order of nuns should admit men.

A deeper question arises from the Sabarimala controversy. Are religions hostile to women? The writer Polly Toynbee believes many of them are. Eve, forever the reason for Adam’s lust, must always be subjugated. Sex pollutes god and sex invariably means women. Thus religion is pure and women are dirty. Women must, therefore, be shaved, bathed, purified, placed in a convent or isolated behind purdah, and unclean menstruating woman must be kept out of holy rituals. The perverted hatred of a woman’s body, Toynbee believes, places religions on a collision course with modernity, and unless religions reform them selves, societies will never change.

The Catholic Church’s ban on abortion and contraception has long placed it in opposition to feminists worldwide. Many have suggested that the reason why Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is so successful is that it revives an old heresy within the Catholic Church, the heresy of a female apostle. After all, if Mary Magdalene was so close to Jesus, is it not possible that she too could have been one of the carriers of the word of God, just like Luke, John and Peter?

By contrast, women in Hinduism seem nowhere near as subjugated as they appear in the Catholic tradition. The mother goddess, the Shakti cults, the naked, rampaging Kali, the avenging Durga, and the hundreds of little traditions of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati and Santoshi Mata are all evidence of a plethora of female goddesses. On the face of it, there are no strictures against birth control; women participate in worship as equally as men, pilgrimages are undertaken as couples, and whether it’s a ganga snan, an evening arti, temple entry or Amarnath yatra, men and women are relatively equal in the holy realm.

But gaze a little closer at the practice of Hinduism today and you’ll find that women, for whatever reason (because of the dominance of the Brahmin male or because women have perhaps never needed to assert themselves in a tradition that is seemingly open), have not played as vital a role as they could have given the role models in the form of goddesses.

Every student of history learns about the debate between Yajnavalkya and Gargi in the Brihadarnyaka Upanishad. Gargi Vachaknavi was the ancient Upanishadic scholar, who was seen to challenge the men of an elite Brahmin academy when she asked Yajnavalkya, the leading scholar of the time, to participate in a debate with her. But all Gargi did, we learn to our disappointment, was simply ask two questions of Yajnavalkya about space, at the end of which he shut her up with the firm retort: “Do not question beyond this. You may go crazy.” So much for Gargi.

The ladies of the Hindu epics are truly feisty dames. Yet, at the same time, none of them seems to ever leave the wife/mother trap and play roles that show her acquiring any sort of direct relationship with divinity. Kunti refused to play adoring mother. Instead she floated her son down a river and had five other sons from five other fathers. But Kunti’s chief identity seems to be frozen as the errant mother of Karna, rather than as a woman with a complex relationship with divinity, as represented perhaps by the ‘Sun’, the ‘Wind’ or any of the ‘fathers’ of her sons. Aditi, according to a captivating play I had the privilege of seeing, was so determined to win the battle of egos with her sons that she buried one of them under the earth with an elephant for company! But in the end her son triumphed over her too. Savitri stared down Yamaraj himself but only to rescue her husband Satyavan from untimely death. And Draupadi, bless her soul, was not only married to five husbands, but according to some accounts, even had Krishna for a lover. But again, the former fact remained her main identity. The sexuality of the Hindu woman is neither apologetic nor hidden, yet the Hindu woman’s path to God seems to always be through her family, her husband, her children or her lovers.

In a universe teeming with female goddesses, there are still very few women priests or religious scholars today. Most godwomen exist outside the ambit of formal religion. Tulsidas’s notorious phrase, Dhol, ganwar, shudra, pashu, nari, yeh sab taadan ke adhikari (lower castes, animals and women should be thrown away), is still recited.

One of the few goddesses of the big league, a woman who seems to have broken the cosmic glass ceiling, is Durga, who rules supreme in her corner of Bharat. But again Durga’s is hardly a mainstream Vedic cult and is located primarily in the folk traditions of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.

In north India, Karva Chauth and Raksha Bandhan are festivals centred around appeasing a male relative. As for Manu, the doughty lawgiver, didn’t he roundly declare that a woman must be protected by her father, husband and son at different stages of life, as she is never fit for independence? Many Hindu traditions seem to clothe their exclusion of women under a shimmering veil of superficial freedom.

So Sabarimala may be a brahmachari shrine where women should not enter. Yet for all Hindu women who meekly accept their religion’s rituals and pieties, the Sabarimala shrine is also a symbol of a need to question why their ancestral faith tries to exclude them.

The writer is Features Editor, CNN-IBN sagarika.ghose@gmail.com

Posted by: Sharique | July 4, 2006

My new hair cut!!

Posted by: Sharique | July 4, 2006

I live in a jungle

Today I got late for the second time in a row. The last time i got late..here is the story
My entry (exhausted because of running…was late by 15 mins) “He is going to rape me today…no chance…May i come in Sir?”
Sir: “Sorry Sharique, I got late”
me: “No problem sir” 😀
Actually he also got late and assumed that i was on time….luck seems to favour me on rare occasions.

The reason, there monkeys in the wing! some were loitering and some searching for food in the dustbin. They then go for releaving themselves in the bogs and then finally drink water from the tap. There are monkeys every where!! infact there is rat beneath my bed, monkey in the wing, cat in the mess and aliens everywhere.



Posted by: Sharique | July 3, 2006

Muslim World Cup Players Promote Image

Muslim World Cup Players Promote Image
By Ahmad Atta, IOL Correspondent

“They can help clear misconceptions about Islam and prove that the Muslim faith is a way of life,” Tikriti said.

CAIRO — Superstar Muslim footballers leading several high-profile European teams in Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup are contributing to a paradigm shift, showing a face of Islam some have not seen and many others have claimed never existed.

“Muslim players in European soccer teams are a proof that their faith and cultures are not stumbling blocks hindering contribution to the development of their societies in all domains,” Anas al-Tikriti, former chairman of the Muslim Association of Britain, told IslamOnline.net.

“They can help clear misconceptions about Islam and prove that the Muslim faith is a way of life,” he added.

\n Many Muslim players have captured the limelight\n during their participation in the world football gala.

\n Among them is French playmaker legend and\n three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane.

\n His expected successor, midfielder Franck Ribery,\n has also made headlines during his country\’s opener against\n Switzerland.

\n Ribery, a native French revert, raised his hands\n and supplicated to God like a typical Muslim before the kickoff.

\n Among the other prominent Muslim names in the\n mondial are Dutch Boulahrouz Khalid and Van Persie Robin as well as\n Swede Ibrahimovic Zlatan.

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\nBurgat said the successes refute misconceptions about Islam and ease hardships facing Muslim minorities in the West.\n

\n Renowned French intellectual Francois Burgat said\n successes in sports and other fields help refute allegations about\n Muslims and ease hardships facing the Muslim minorities in the West.

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Many Muslim players have captured the limelight during their participation in the world football gala.

Among them is French playmaker legend and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane.

His expected successor, midfielder Franck Ribery, has also made headlines during his country’s opener against Switzerland.

Ribery, a native French revert, raised his hands and supplicated to God like a typical Muslim before the kickoff.

Among the other prominent Muslim names in the mondial are Dutch Boulahrouz Khalid and Van Persie Robin as well as Swede Ibrahimovic Zlatan.

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Burgat said the successes refute misconceptions about Islam and ease hardships facing Muslim minorities in the West.

Renowned French intellectual Francois Burgat said successes in sports and other fields help refute allegations about Muslims and ease hardships facing the Muslim minorities in the West.

\n "The consecutive selection of Zidane as\n France\’s most popular man is a step in this direction," Burgat\n believes.

\n Tirkriti agreed, saying such stars can help in\n better integrating Muslims in their European societies and being\n accepted by fellow citizens.

\n "A footballer can have a greater influence\n than a scholar or a preacher if he offers a good example to\n others," noted the activist.

\n He recalled one incident while delivering a sermon\n at a mosque in Aberdeen, Scotland, during the last holy month of\n Ramadan.

\n "The place of worship was unusually teeming\n with people and when I asked the imam about it he said that two\n Muslims who play in the Scottish league attend prayers during\n Ramadan."

\n Tirkriti said European Muslims who make it to the\n top in any field serve as models for fellow Muslims.

\n He believes that such superstars can also\n contribute to solving many of the problems young European Muslims\n suffer.

\n The British Muslim leader regretted the lack of\n self-confidence and engagement by many young Muslims because of the\n increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric.\n “,1] ); //–>”Those players are giving the best example of the true nature of Islam,” he told IOL.

“The consecutive selection of Zidane as France’s most popular man is a step in this direction,” Burgat believes.

Tirkriti agreed, saying such stars can help in better integrating Muslims in their European societies and being accepted by fellow citizens.

“A footballer can have a greater influence than a scholar or a preacher if he offers a good example to others,” noted the activist.

He recalled one incident while delivering a sermon at a mosque in Aberdeen, Scotland, during the last holy month of Ramadan.

“The place of worship was unusually teeming with people and when I asked the imam about it he said that two Muslims who play in the Scottish league attend prayers during Ramadan.”

Tirkriti said European Muslims who make it to the top in any field serve as models for fellow Muslims.

He believes that such superstars can also contribute to solving many of the problems young European Muslims suffer.

The British Muslim leader regretted the lack of self-confidence and engagement by many young Muslims because of the increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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Is Zidane a muslim?

Here are the reports regarding his religion
1.) Yes, he is a Muslim, there is video of him praying from the 1998 World Cup, although to be honest, I don’t think he practices the religion regularly. His wife is Christian. As for his kids??? Three have Western names, one has an Arabic name. I’m guessing the kids are secularized.
2.) Zidane represents rare values. In a celebrity culture of excess — David Beckham’s tabloid flash, Diego Maradona’s apocalyptic appetites — he is a shy family man devoted to his wife and four sons. In a crabby society in which everyone has an opinion or a complaint, he minds his own business. He refuses to discuss politics, except for terse criticism of Le Pen in 2002. He calls himself a “non-practicing Muslim.”
3.) His wife, Veronique, is a former dancer and model of French Spanish ancestry. They married in 1993 and have four sons named Enzo, Luca, Théo and Elyaz (إلياس). Zidane calls himself a “non-practicing Muslim”
4.) Zidane’s parents were Muslims (who Follows Islam) but he himself has married a Christian dancer and has named his children after Christian football players. But due to his secrecy of religion and background we cannot confirm weather he is Muslim or not .So we are taking him of following his parents religion and he has also kept a Muslim name.

Faith is a personal thing and we are not allowed to label anyone as Kafir based  on his activites. His parents were muslims, his name is Arabic and Allah knows best!!

Posted by: Sharique | July 3, 2006

Friendship and love between a man and a woman

I know keeping girlfriend will destroy the family and so on but what
if we were just friends secretly were no one knew. this way we will
we will stay togethr until marraige and we can garentee we wont
perform any zinna. are there any cases in the old times of love .

Answer :

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Taking a girlfriend does not only destroy the family, it destroys
society, and those who do this are threatened with the punishment
and wrath of Allaah. Love is a sickness that destroys the heart and
leads to evil and immorality. The Shaytaan will keep tempting them
and pushing them until they commit immoral actions and thus each
gets what he or she wants from the other.

There are many forbidden matters associated with this, such as
transgressing against the honour of others, betraying trust, being
alone with a member of the opposite sex, touching, kissing, speaking
immoral words, then the greater evil which occurs at the end, which
is the sin of zina.

The fact that the questioner says “no one knows about us” is
strange. How can he forget about his Lord Who knows what is secret
and what is yet more hidden, and who knows the fraud of the eyes and
all that the hearts conceal. (cf. Ghaafir 40:19).

Our advice to you, as you are still young, is to discipline yourself
to obey Allaah and always remember that He is watching; fear Allaah
concerning people’s honour; strive for the Day when you will meet
your Lord with your deeds; remember the scandal that may happen in
this world and the Hereafter. Remember that you have sisters and
will have a wife and daughters, so would you like for one of them
what you are doing with the daughters of the Muslims? The answer is
that you would certainly not like it, and other people do not like
it either. Remember that you may see the results of your sin in some
of your family members as a punishment to you from your Lord.

You have to look for righteous friends, and you have to keep
yourself busy doing that which Allaah loves and is pleased with. Pay
attention to the best and most sublime things and leave alone the
worst and most vile things. Make the most of your youth in obeying
and worshipping Allaah, seeking knowledge and calling others to
Allaah. Remember that there were those of your age and younger who
were men who had memorized the Qur’aan, who sought knowledge, whom
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sent to call
others to Allaah and to enter the religion of Islam.

We advise you to get married to a righteous, religiously-committed
woman who will help you adhere to your religion and encourage you to
adhere to the laws of Allaah, who will look after your children and
bring them up with good morals and religious commitment. Give up
this woman who agrees to go out with a man who is a stranger to her
(a non-mahram) and meet him and talk to him; if she agrees to do
immoral actions now then what is going to prevent her from
continuing to do so in the future?

Remember that you are angering your Lord with such sins as being
alone with her, meeting her and talking to her, and anything more
than that is even more serious.

You should realize that zina does not only involve the private
parts, rather the eyes may commit zina, the ears may commit zina,
the hand may commit zina and the foot may commit zina, as was proven
from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). All of
that leads to the zina of the private parts. So do not let the
Shaytaan deceive you, for he is an enemy to you who wishes you evil
and tells you to commit immoral actions.

Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih al-`Uthaymeen said:

Contact between lovers in improper and unlawful ways is a calamity
and a real disaster. It is not permissible for the man to contact
the woman in this case, or for the woman to contact the man. If he
says that he wants to marry her, then he must tell her wali
(guardian) that he wants to marry her, or she should tell her wali
that she wants to marry him, as `Umar (may Allaah be pleased with
him) did when he offered his daughter Hafsah in marriage to Abu Bakr
and `Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them).

But if the woman contacts the man directly, this is the source of
fitnah (temptation).

As’ilat al-Baab il-Maftooh (Question no. 868).

Secondly:

With regard to your question about such forbidden relationships in
the ancient love stories, the fact that such stories existed among
those who came before us cannot be taken as proof with regard to
shar’i rulings, because the rulings of sharee’ah having to do with
what is forbidden and what is allowed are to be taken from the
shar’i evidence of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and the commands and
prohibitions contained therein.

Some of those mentioned in these stories came before Islam, such as
`Antarah and others, and such stories are to be found in other
cultures as is well known. But we cannot take shar’i rulings from
this because Islam came to bring people forth from being controlled
by their desires to complete submission to Allaah the Lord of the
Worlds.

We ask Allaah to guide us and you and to give us strength.
Islam Q&A (www.islam-qa.com )

Posted by: Sharique | June 25, 2006

Chennai Bloggers meet

Got late because there were monkeys in the bogs (bathroom of graduate students) so i had to wait until they relieved themselves.

I don't know where to begin and where to end. I was like a dumb ass siting through out the meet. I was the only non-chennaite! Some people there were classmates, some college mates and some other mates. Well if u have to pic one guy who really impressed me, it has to be Varun. I have talked about arbit people on my blog who would never know that there's a guy called sharique who wrote about them!
His casual remarks and his kewlness impressed me. When u crack a joke then ur impassive face further augments its effect and he was a master at that. Normally you can notice a person's 30 teeth before and then 32 after he cracks one but then the effect is lost.
I always seem to like such people…LED how can i forget him!! he rocked in my 1st year and then kept doing that for next 3 years (well in other words he is a big fan of rock music and for me malyalam is music compared to rock! and he has always been my neighbour during our stay here)
I tried breaking my silence by talking about a blog i used to visit frequently http://reve3.blogspot.com/ "Her posts are really hilarious. I remember once she mentioned this incidence; her mother asked about her marriage but she was lost in her own world, she then exclaimed 'what a pregnant sparrow looked like' " i expected everyone to realise the irony of the situation but no one did and i ended up explaining them that look, a sparrow is itself a small creature and how awkward will it appear when pregnant but then suddenly an IITian remarked about it being a mammal so and so and so and expectedly he was raped for this.

But the fun was lost and I ended up making fool of myself.

It was the biggest gathering of bloggers chennai has ever seen, 25 and it had girls even. I had nothing to contribute to the discussion that was going on simply because i seldom visit someone else's blog (this is an exception) and they all were dedicated and avid bloggers. My blog stands no where in front of theirs, there have been just 1100 visitors on my blog since october 2005 and theirs is a well knit network of friends with hits in excess of several thousands
I was surprised to know that Anna nagar is not a part of chennai. I had this notion that it is one of the poshest areas here. In fact a localite suggested me that place for a hang out. I never found the place but the impression still lingers in me.
Anyways the meet was really exciting and i hope to be a part of them in future.
Here are the pics

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