oru poyyaavadhu sol kaNNae…un kaadhal naandhaan enRu… andha sollil…andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen…andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen oru poyyaavadhu sol kaNNae un kaadhal naandhaan enRu andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen (2) pookkaLil unnaal saththam adi mounaththil unnaal yuththam idhaith thaangumaa en nenjam idhaith thaangumaa en nenjam peNmaiyum menmaiyum pakkampakkamdhaan rombap pakkampakkamdhaan paarththaal rendum vaeRudhaan paalukkum kaLLukkum vaNNam onRudhaan paarkkum kaNgaL onRudhaan undaal rendum vaerudhaan oru poyyaavadhu sol kaNNae un kaadhal naandhaan enRu andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen iravinaith thiratti oaaa iravinaith thiratti kaNmaNiyin kuzhal seydhaaroa kaNmaNiyin kuzhal seydhaaroa nilavin oLi thirattik kaNgaL seydhaaroa oa viNmeen viNmeen kondu viralin nagam samaiththu minnalin keetRugaL kondu kairaegai seydhaanoa vaadaik kaatRu pattu vayadhukku vandha pookkaL konduth thangam thangam poosith thoaL seydhaanoa aanaal peNNae uLLam kallil seydhu vaiththaanoa kaadhal kaNNae uLLam kallil seydhu vaiththaanoa oru poyyaavadhu sol kaNNae un kaadhal naandhaan enRu andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen nilavinai enakku arugil kaattiyadhu needhaanae arugil kaattiyadhu needhaanae malarin mugavarigaL sonnadhu needhaanae oa kaatRu bhoomi vaanam kaadhal paesum maegam aRimugam seydhadhu yaar yaar en anbae needhaanae gangai gangai aatRaik kavidhaigaL kondu tharum kaaviri ootRaith kaNNil kaiyil thandhavaL needhaanae aanaal peNNae nenjai mattum moodi vaiththaayoa kaadhal kaNNae nenjai mattum moodi vaiththaayoa oru poyyaavadhu sol kaNNae un kaadhaal naandhaan enRu andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen (2) andha oru oru oru oru sollil andha oru oru oru oru sollil naan uyir vaazhvaen uyir vaazhvaen andha oru sollil andha oru sollil andha oru sollil andha oru sollil sollil andha sollil uyir vaazhvaen uyir vaazhvaen uyir vaazhvaen

The mystery “carpet man” alleged to be closely linked to self-proclaimed First Lady of Malaysia Rosmah Mansor said today said she is like an “older sister” to him, nothing more.

Deepak Jaikishan, the carpet dealer mentioned numerous times by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, said Rosmah “is a good person, if you know her personally”.He denied Raja Petra’s claims in a recent posting on Malaysia Today that he was trying to get back into Rosmah’s good books, saying that the extent of their relationship was confined to carpets and the gossip around town.

“I first got to know her about six or seven years ago, when she visited our family shop. I know her, and treat her like an older sister,” he told a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.Deepak rubbished Raja Petra’s claims that he was Rosmah’s “confidante” and “toyboy”, saying instead that she and her husband, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, had been kind enough to write commendation letters and introduce his family’s carpet business to new clients.
He denied that he had gone about either “bad mouthing or praising” Najib and Rosmah, claiming that the people behind Raja Petra’s post on Malaysia Today are simply trying to create “discord” between him and his clients.

“I don’t know … the criteria. I don’t know. It came to me as a very pleasant surprise. But I was told by the vice-chancellor that they were looking for a woman who has leadership qualities, does charity and social work and also a programme that is beneficial to the country. They are looking for a candidate and they said that my name cropped up. They read about all the work things I have done for Malaysia, the speeches I’ve given in other countries and they decided that I am the deserving one. I am extremely honoured.”
At last, Malaysia’s First Lady Rosmah Mansor got to poke her critics back. After being the butt of countless media attacks for her lavish spending sprees and arrogant ways, Rosmah finally got to tell her “frustrated and jealous” critics to fly kites if they did not approve of her receiving an honorary doctorate from Australia’s Curtin University.
“Are you questioning Curtin University or are you questioning me? Curtin University decided to give it to me. You question them, not me,” she told reporters who couldn’t figure out why the the institute would want to bestow such an honor on her.
Gaddafi’s son Saif holds a PhD, awarded to him by the London School of Economics for a thesis on how civil society makes for democratic government. Unfortunately, academically at least, it’s not all cakes and ale for Dr. Gaddafi these days.
LSE Director Sir Howard Davis has resigned and is facing an internal probe after WikiLeaks disclosed a deal for the LSE to annually receive a million pounds in Libyan funds in exchange for training 400 graduate and post-graduate students from the Gaddafi clan. The post-graduate students included Saif, and the money came from a foundation under his personal watch. Some 300 thousand pounds have been paid so far.
Saif Gaddafi is a handsome guy, a fluent English speaker and an expert socialite. He spent his five years at the LSE mingling and networking with influential figures like Nat Rothschild and Tony Blair. His PhD thesis was put together with the help of the Boston-based Monitor company, which turned a blind eye to numerous instances of blatant plagiarism in the work. Symptomatically, Saif’s friends Tony Blair and Sir Howard Davis were frequent guests in Tripoli to advise Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on how he manages an estimated 65 billion pounds set aside from his country’s mammoth oil revenue.
Shortly before his step-down, Sir Davis faced angry demands to return his university’s Libyan money to the Libyan people. He even promised to spend this money on scholarships to African students.
In the meantime, Saif Gaddafi himself is in the midst of an LSE inquiry which may result in a decision to strip him of his PhD.

meetuThe business of breaking people up.

The business of breaking people up. Sounds so similar to the French film, Heartbreaker. And yet, the name and the love-in-the-air notion that February brings, give away what the film is going to be about. Not to mention the romance between the two Jodi breakers of the film.

A stylized Madhavan as DEEPAK might be fresh to look at but might cumbersome soon enough because we have seen ALL the lead stars do that. Bipasha Basu AS ROSMAH looks as ravishing as ever, but that’s the problem too, right? It doesn’t look like she’s going to do anything different or new over here.

However, barring the one homophobic joke seen in this trailer, it does leave enough curiosity as far as the humor of the film is concerned. The trailer doesn’t give away punch lines, which is why it creates interest as far as the fun in the film goes. Other than that, I guess we can look forward to the performance by Madhavan for Deepak

What does the good book have to say about everyone’s favorite subject at this time of the year — love? Describing a biblical view of love turns out to be no simple matter. First off, the Bible was written in both Hebrew and Greek, and each of these languages has multiple words that we translate as “love.” (On this count, Hebrew wins out with about a dozen words expressing a range of emotions from sexual desire to intimate friendship, and from covenantal fidelity to acts of mercy and kindness.)

There are also understandings of love floating around among different authors. So what the author of the Song of Solomon says about love isn’t the same as what the author(s) of Genesis say, which isn’t the same as what John says, which isn’t the same as Paul … and so on. All of which means that not only is there no single view of love in the Bible but any larger scheme you propose by which to organize these various treatises on love will inevitably fall short.

Nevertheless it may still be a useful, if far from perfect, endeavor. To get at it, I’ll borrow the classic formula that distinguishes between three Greek words: eros, romantic, passionate love, from which we get our word “erotic”; phileo, the love of great friends and siblings, from which we get “Philadelphia,” the “city of brotherly love”; and agape, parental, self-sacrificing love that seeks only the welfare of the other. All three kinds of love are represented in the Bible, which means that all three are considered to be created and blessed by God.

Eros is the emotion we probably think of first when thinking of love, especially the love of Valentine’s Day and pop music. While the word itself is not present in the Greek New Testament, it depicts the passionate desire that unites lover and beloved praised in the Song of Solomon. Its presence in the Bible testifies not only that humans are moved by beauty and desire, but also that passion, romance, and sexual intimacy are an essential element of God’s good creation and the human experience.

Phileo, in contrast, is a more stable and constant emotion. Constancy not withstanding, however, phileo it is also a powerful emotion that captures the love of great friends. Jesus weeps for Lazarus, whom he loved (phileo) (John 11:35), while Jonathan and David share a bond so strong that it induces Jonathan to forsake allegiance to his father in support of his beloved friend. Phileo is ultimately not about passion as much as it is about commitment, the love that binds one to another in enduring friendship.

Agape dominates the New Testament but is more rare in contemporary literature of the Greek-speaking world of the first century. Scholars agree that it best captures what we might call “Christian love.” Agape depicts the self-sacrificing love of a parent for a child and describes both God’s love for the world as shown in Christ and the love Christians should show each other and all people. As to the former, think of Tim Tebow’s – and, indeed, the world’s – favorite Bible verse: “For God so loved – agape – the world that he gave his only Son…” (John 3:16). As to the latter, think of Paul’s great hymn to love: “Love – agape – is patient and kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Cor. 13:4-8a).

As nice and neat as these distinctions are, however, as soon as you make them you begin to watch them unravel. For many have wondered if Jonathan’s friendship with David was not tinged with a hint of eros even as it also embodies the self-sacrificing love of agape. And, truth be told, agape and phileo are often used interchangeably in the New Testament. Jesus, as it turns out, loves Lazarus in terms of both phileo (John 11:35) and agape (11:5). And while Paul at points depicts marriage as a remedy for the consuming, burning passions of sexual desire we associate with eros (1 Cor. 7:9), he – or at least his disciples – also expect husbands and wives to exhibit agape for each other by being subject to each other as Christ loved and sacrificed himself for the Church (Ephesians 5). What, then, are we to make of “love” in the Bible?

But maybe this somewhat blurry picture of love suits the complicated nature of the subject at hand. I mean, even Valentine’s Day itself has a peculiar and complex history. Originally named for a saint (or saints, depending on the tradition) that were martyred for their commitment to their faith, over the centuries Valentine’s Day came to epitomize the romantic ardor of lovers represented by the Roman god of desire, Cupid (the Romanized version of the Greek god Eros). And today one might be forgiven for thinking that V-Day is mainly about love for chocolate and lingerie.

Perhaps, then, the Bible’s convoluted treatment is fitting. After all, isn’t this mixture of emotions and motivations pretty representative of our experience? We love our partners and our children and our pets and friend and, if we’re lucky, our jobs and hobbies and much more, but not all in the same way. And even our love for a single person varies and changes, not just over the years, but over the span of moments, as passion can turn to tenderness, which can turn to a desire to protect and serve, and then turn back to desire, all between the beats of a simultaneously fickle and courageous heart. In light of this, maybe the best we can say is that love in the Bible, like love in our everyday lives, is important, complicated, and at times a bit squishy. That is, it is too powerful and mysterious to be fully defined or grasped by any of us.

So perhaps for now it’s enough to recognize that all the different kinds of love we have explored are part and parcel of our life in this world, that God created and blessed them for our nurture, and that behind and beyond all of our expressions of love is God’s love for each of us. That’s not everything we could say, of course, but I think that if we get that much straight we’ve probably gotten the heart of what the Bible has to say about love.


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