Pu La Deshpande's views on Nashib (Luck)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u2BT4f25...re=related

This one is in Marathi but its totally worth it.
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(20-Jan-2011, 11:32 AM)United_Floyd Wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u2BT4f25...re=related

This one is in Marathi but its totally worth it.

After implicating the concept of 'luck' as the chief impediment to human progress and decrying the suppression of the interrogative spirit, Pu La relates the tragicomic incident of his seeing a group of fawning devotees offering ritual sacrifice to the statue of a colonial official in Mumbai. This is an Indian version of a cargo cult, and what is shocking is that this is not in an inaccessible Pacific island untouched by civilization but in the bustling port city and cosmopolis of Mumbai!
Like cargo cults, perhaps we can coin the term 'cookie-cutter cults' for transparent imitations of existing cults. The most egregious example I stumbled upon recently is here. At first I thought this was a spoof (maybe it was Poe's Law at work) and to my consternation found after some googling that this is indeed another cult, based in Kurnool, just 229 km from the temple-casino complex of the original hoax this mirrors. It is incredible how such large numbers of people buy into the notion that one thing which all the incarnations of assorted deities must mandatorily sport, is a Jimi Hendrix wig!

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