When I opened the bedside drawer
— to store my wallet, phone & car keys.
Both ‘Hindu’ books promote ‘Krishna’.
The Manager a very NICE Indian has this small shrine outside the main door.
One morning, around 7am, I saw him doing his ‘rituals’ by it,
wafting the incense all over his body — which is how I noticed.
Very cute & TOUCHING.
It is true that I no longer spend (at least) 3- to 4-nights a week in hotels as I once did — for around 12-years in total. But, I still spend more nights a year in hotels than most. So, I have seen my share of hotel rooms.
Yes, I have seen ‘The Book of Mormon‘ in hotel rooms before — mainly when staying in Utah. I don’t think I ever saw it along with a ‘standard’ Gideon Bible. I have never seen a non-Christian missive in a hotel room drawer, in the U.S., prior to this — & it is true that I have done NO international travel in decades.
Of the three hotels we spent a total of 6-days during this week-long road trip, two were Indian owned; one also 100% run by Indians. Only one of these hotels, & I will not mention which, had these Hindu/Krishna books. I thought it was CUTE.
I actually looked it up. There is NO REQUIREMENT, let alone a law, that says U.S. hotels must provide a Bible. This was just a convention — encouraged by the Gideon Organization (which provides the Bibles).
Hotels can opt for whatever, & I read that close to 20% now provide no books, whatsoever, in their rooms. Now that I think about it, that seems right. One of the hotels we stayed in, had nothing & their drawers had NOT been cleaned in a long time. I actually had to line it with paper towels!
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Wasn’t sure how to react.
How could this have happened? Wait 5-years — yes 5-years — to create your OWN Bible and then you discover you have a book missing? God in heaven!
Plus … Plus … Plus.
Then you give it away?
What kind of person would do this? Lose a book, miss a life’s opportunity and then abandon it.
I am at a lost.
One book missing!
Luckily “God’ Final Word” is at that very same facility on a regular basis. Maybe he can find the missing words and complete the works.
I was not impressed. If anything I was kind of bored for much of the time. It might WOW the young and the impressionable, but I found its constant attempts to shock us with over-the-top ostentatious plain vulgar and rude.
I, as an Asian, found the in-your-face Christian angle insulting. Only 19% of Singaporeans are Christians. Only 3% of Chinese are Christians. I have met a highly educated native-born Chinese, who had spent many years living in the U.S., who had never heard of the pope! But, in this movie all the rich Chinese are Christians. Our first introduction to Singapore involves a Bible reading group. The whole wedding is centered on a church. Come on! Give me a break. Plus, ALL the main characters have English names! Give me a break.
I expected it to be along the lines of a fast-paced, light-hearted Bollywood movie with lots of music, dance and fun. It wasn’t. Did I say that it was boring.
Yes, it gloried wealth and a mindless pursuit of happiness. It did not impress. Shame. It could have been a lot of fun.
We paid $5.00 to watch it on Prime Video. That was $4.99 too much. So, no, I will not recommend it.
National Geographic typically does do a Christianity related feature for its December issue and over the years, I recall, we have had some good ones. If I go and look and my ‘small’ pile of SAVED NatGs I might even be able to tell you what some of them were. Well, I will be keeping this one too.
To be honest, given that I studied the history of the Bible for a couple of years, I knew most of what I have read so far. But, what makes this special is the peerless NatG graphics, photographs, research and access. The graphics are SUPERB. There is one which is a pictorial summary of what is contained in each book of the Bible — Old and New Testament. Neat.
If you are interested in this topic you really should ‘read’ this. I haven’t tried to read it online. I faithfully subscribe to the printed version every year.
Well, I just wanted to make sure you knew about this.
by Anura Guruge
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‘Wisden’, the name borne by the annual bible on cricket (and for a time also a very popular cricket magazine that I used to subscribe to, airmail from the U.S.), is one of the most iconic names among cricket aficionados, only bettered by “Lord’s“. [What other sports has a holy of holies named “Lord’s” — and that after the name of a rather ‘humble’ professional cricketer, as opposed to a blue-blood or mythical person?]
The Wisden Cricket Almanack is treat to any cricket lover: both tactile and intellectual.
I started buying them annually as of 1977. By then I was working for IBM and had my own money to indulge in cricket books. I just went and checked the price on what I paid for the 1977 edition. £3.75 (probably about U.S. $8.50) for the soft (cloth) cover. I really can’t remember what I was getting paid those days. The 2013 edition is £23 at Amazon U.K. and $64.80 in paperback on Amazon U.S. Wow.
There was a time that I had promised myself that I would purchase an ENTIRE Wisden collection for myself. If I remember right, in the early 80s, I could have got (close) to an entire set for about $4,000. I never did, and that was another bad decision on my part. They now have entire auction houses devoted to selling Wisden collections. There is even a book on how to collect Wisdens.
The last one I have is 1999. A client from the U.K. bought it and brought it for me when he flew over to meet with me in Manchester. Bringing me a Wisden, and saving me having to order one, was a guaranteed way to get a good discount from me on my services. Some of my U.K. clients had worked it out. Every £1 they spent on getting cricket stuff for me would probably get them $100 in reduced pricing from me. So it was ‘win-win’.
Not sure why I stopped collecting Wisdens. Probably because I didn’t have access to watching cricket, and unless you are really up to date reading the Wisden is pretty frustrating because you are not familiar with the backgrounds and context. Maybe I will start collecting. Maybe I will drive Deanna nuts by telling her I want the 2013 edition for Christmas. The other reason, to be honest, is the Internet! In the 1970s IF you wanted to check or verify a cricket record or check a player’s lifetime statistics your ONLY source was the latest Wisden. Now CricInfo has more statistics and records than even I know what to do with.
But, I am DELIGHTED that Google honored John Wisden.
Kind of bummed that they did NOT make it visible across all ICC countries. Possible that the folks at Google don’t know all the ICC countries and never thought of Googling it. That they only displayed it in Australia, India, New Zealand and the UK is kind of RACIST. Pakistanis should be BUMMED. Yes, I can appreciate that most of the folks at Google have never heard of Sri Lanka. But, what about South Africa? NZ and not SA? Come on Google. You can do better than that. But, I am not complaining. Kind of glad that Google renewed my interest in Wisdens. I think I still have a few magazines around too. Wished I kept them all!