Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Oct 2001, 16:58 p.m.

The Sunnyvale Hindu temple -- one of the temples where…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

The Sunnyvale Hindu temple -- one of the temples where my family regularly worships and socializes -- renovates and renovates and renovates. But the altar is always there, the children always run around and play, the women always sing, the bell always sounds the same when the priests ring it, and the shoes always lie askew on the ground and the floor near the shoe-shelves.

For years, in one of the multipurpose spaces, a large advertisement has hung on the wall. It reads:

"The HATHI BRAND People"

[a seal depicting two elephants' heads, raised in joy, and the words "HATHI BRAND TRADE MARK"]
Union City, California

This poster has hung in that temple for years. Yesterday I visited the website. After a fancy animated splash screen, most of it displays a fancy animated "Under Construction" logo.

In the five years since that poster went up, you'd think they'd have had time to add some product info. Maybe it took this long to animate the "Under Construction" image.