21 July, 2013

Elections 2014

With the General Elections due next year, one would have thought (or rather, hoped) that the political parties would be working in full swing, to prove their mettle, and show that they are worthy of making the next government.
Unfortunately, most of them are spending their time pointing fingers at each other.
Don't get me wrong, I am a strong believer of the fact that a strong democracy is only when we not only have a strong ruling party, but an equally strong opposition....

But the current scenario is such, where neither is ruling nor the opposition are worthy... as a result, a majority of their time is spent slinging mud at each other & proving themselves innocent & the opposition guilty...

The irony is that, even in the most tragic events, be it the Uttarakhand flood or the Poisionous Mid Day meal in Bihar, all the parties are scrambling in the race of finger pointing... No one has used the opportunity for finding a solution/relief in the crisis....

As voters, the onus is on us, to expect more from each of them.. to raise the bar, and hope that they rise too...

11 July, 2013

No Cricketomania

Living in a nation that loves cricket, and married in a household where everyone breathes cricket, I would've thought (or atleast hoped) that I'd come to love the game too.

Instead, it has brought me to this ludicrous idea. 


What if our the sport of cricket was banned in India for an year....
I know it is almost an impossible occurrence, but just humour me for a while...

Besides bringing a smile on most teachers faces, who keep fuming over their class watching cricket matches and not studying, it might achieve much more....




  • It will definitely bring down the advertising cost on all channels at prime-time (since cricket has also become an almost daily source of prime-time entertainment).
  • Other sports (which might provide similar excitement in smaller games), will finally see the light of the day or rather, will finally get a spot for telecast.
  • With all the spot fixing and other controversies surrounding cricket, am hoping the black money in circulation through the year will reduce. Games like tennis & hockey are probably not popular enough to be fixed. Else, why would Britain have to wait for 76 yrs for a Wimbledon win. If this was the case for a cricket tournament in India, I am almost 100% sure, someone would've arranged it to happen. 
  • Maybe other modes of entertainment will be created. Just the reality shows were created to beat the daily saas-bahu serials, some innovation could come out of this situation too.
  • The more we see on the screen, the more it influences us. So maybe we'll have more of gully football, badminton & tennis. Afterall, these games can also be played with just a ball & a bat.. oops, racket !

09 July, 2013

India - Engineering the "Engineers"

When we are 16, most of us are wondering what we want to do with our life (i mean careers here)... Some of us find our calling by interest, some by force, and some just manage to dabble through different things and get there....

However, in India, one of the most "chosen" careers is that of an Engineer. Its almost a national hysteria - an admission in a good Engineering college. This phenomena has had a ripple effect..
The first being that now there a huge number of Engineering colleges (with little or no infrastructure whatsoever) which are full of students trying to soak in the practical aspects of science and technology... none of them realizing that they'll soon become a part of this ocean.. of Engineering graduates (i refuse to refer to the likes of us as Engineers!!! )...
The second is the total ignorance towards the other lesser known career options, be it psychology, journalism, law, photography, medicine, architecture, design and the many others...

A direct result of this can be seen in today's B schools, where 80% of the class comprises of Engineers.
Please note, that you won't find a law student, a doctor or an NID graduate sitting in those classes... turning specialists into generalists....
Don't get me wrong, even I am belong to the league of B Tech - MBA... and am a strong advocate of the thought that even the most Purposeless thing/person has its own Purpose in the larger scheme of things :)

I am just trying to find the hidden secret behind the success... or is it ?