October 12, 2001

I couldn’t figure out how to get Blog to upload from Sri Lanka till today. So, the entry I made soon after I got to Sri Lanka finally went online. In fact, in trying to upload that entry, I had managed to completely wipe out the main page for my Tripod site but couldn’t even look into that since I had been away from Colombo (the capital of Sri Lanka and where I normally live when here …) visiting relatives and doing the normal rounds that are to be expected after being away from Sri Lanka for so long :p I finally got back and am now able to try to chronicle all the stuff that’s been happening at my end …

First on my list of course is the initiation of the assault on Afghanistan – which as far as I can tell has had not much effect on the Taliban or Bin Laden but has certainly resulted in the deaths of at least four US citizens (who were incidentally in an identified US location – the current story is that that was the result of a “rogue” missile … wonder how many of those are going around these days what with the other rogue missile which took down a passenger air craft a week or two ago …) and perhaps more innocent civilians than anybody remotely connected to the Taliban – but who really cares about the deaths of some unknown people in a country far away, right? Of course, the US stance now is that it might take months or even years instead of the initial three days that they claimed was necessary to take down Bin Laden and the Taliban. I just hope that this won’t turn into another Vietnam but I do have this dreadful suspicion that that’s exactly where the US is headed …

Aside from that rant, the other major rant is about politics here in Sri Lanka since nothing really seems to have changed but since not much of what I say will make any sense to anybody, I will refrain from saddling you with that particular verbal barrage :p I haven’t really been doing much here except to travel around all over the place visiting relatives from both my parents’ families. The first day or two since I got to Sri Lanka was spent on shopping for gifts for everybody and the last two days have been spent visiting about ten to twenty different families of my parents’ siblings and their kids. Now I’m finally back in Colombo and will probably start visiting my former work places and catching up with people I’d known and worked with somewhere around Monday. Time seems to be whizzing by since there is only about nine more days before I am to leave for the US – and that too only because I had to revise my flight plans due to the fact that certain flights were canceled due to the current situation in Afghanistan …

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