Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Zhubaiynyzdin aty-zhene kim?

My friend, Harish, who had gone to the United States a few weeks back, got a real shocker of a news recently. Apparently his company wants him to go to Kazakhstan for some troubleshooting. Now I’m sure that Kazakh is a very nice place to visit, and Harish is eager to go, and I quite envy him. But all the same it doesn’t have a really good human rights record does it?

And apparently, you cannot get a visa for Kazakhstan from the US, so Harish will have to fly to Israel where he’ll get a Kazakh visa. Even stranger, supposedly, if you have an Israel visa on your passport, you cannot visit other middle-east countries later. So the plan is now to get a visa stamped on a separate piece of paper and then pin it on the passport.

So, anyways, when I heard about his trip, of course I advised him to watch Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. That should get his attention !! I really need to see this movie. Sasha Baron Cohen is a comic genius, and I was absolutely in splits when I used to watch his shows on TV. He pokes abundant fun at Americans for their misogynistic, racist views and ignorance. Just have a look what wikipedia says about him –

Borat was born in 1972 in Kuçzek, Kazakhstan. He is the son of Asimbala Sagdiyev and Boltok the Rapist, who is also his maternal grandfather. He is also the former husband of Oksana Sagdiyev, who was the daughter of Mariam Tuyakbay and Boltok the Rapist. …

Borat has a sister named Natalya, regarded as the fourth-best prostitute in Kazakhstan (and best sex-in-mouth), with whom he often fornicates. He also has a younger brother named Bilo, who is mentally retarded and must be kept locked behind a metal door or in a cage. Bilo also has a pouch were he stores all the porno he looks at inside.

What did I say – hilarious! Just don’t get offended. The funny thing is that the Kazakhstan government has taken this all seriously, and have condemned Sasha Cohen in a press release and stated that his portrayal of Kazakh's people is totally untrue. Borat responded in kind -

"In response to Mr. Ashykbayev's comments, I'd like to state I have no connection with Mr. Cohen and fully support my Government's decision to sue this Jew. Since the 2003 Tuleyakiv reforms, Kazakhstan is as civilised as any other country in the world. Women can now travel on inside of bus, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats, and age of consent has been raised to eight years old. Please, captain of industry; I invite you to come to Kazakhstan where we have incredible natural resources, hardworking labour, and some of the cleanest prostitutes in whole of Central Asia. Goodbye! Dzienkuje!"

Anyway Harish, have a great trip and send us some pictures for the blog.

1 comment:

  1. good luck Harish and have fun with natalya :-)


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