11 July, 2011
Now, one needs to showcase the different side, even if that means you take the most common way to tell the world !!
08 July, 2011
Is it the good.. the better.. and the best...
Is it the good.. the bad.. and the ugly...
PS: If you haven't already guessed.. this is one of the many masterpieces created by MC Escher. If this has intrigued you enough, you'll find more of his stuff here.
06 July, 2011
the underlying assumption was always that the way is being sought for doing the right things :)
I guess doing things wrong doesn't need directions (unless you are seeking directions while circling the roads of delhi ;)
But as things progress from the mono-colour world of black n white to the land of grey's.... discussions about "the right way for the wrong thing" shouldn't have come as a surprise...
I mean... haven't we always known that there is only 1 unique right thing - right way combination... imagine the confusion in picking the "right" way to do the "wrong" thing...
So if I had to choose simply, isn't it easier to pick the right thing - right way option... easy on the brain you know !!!
25 June, 2011
Besides the fact that you'll probably be unconscious (or maybe you wish you are), what is the first thing that will come to your mind...
Thank god I am alive !!
But what happens if you've just witnessed someone getting rammed!
Whats your first impulse ?
Wonder what the sign means ?
What sounds like music to our ears needn't always be true...
But what if the words are well meant, and you think its flattery...
What is worse... believing flattery.... or hurting someone you love...
Where do we draw the line....
Or do pessimists always assume the worst !!!
10 June, 2011
If we dwell deeper in the word, it brings out the past - the good, the bad, the ugly... and so, is a strong tool to develop opinions....
Needless to say, most poeple are "taught" history as children....
I remember pouring through books of history in school to scrape through my history test.
However, almost 20 years later (goodness, its been very long !!), I realize that history should not be taught... poeple should be allowed to explore it for themselves, and the society should just provide the tools... to explore freely, whichever aspect we wish to...
Though my liking for history stems from school, it is more due to my teacher, who acted like a narrator of the events that have gone by, rather than someone trying to preach a moral outcome.... school only touches the tip of the iceberg...
History is unbound, and growing every moment... even as I write this blog...
It's just about growing with it... by dwelling into it.. not being held back.. but by understanding the reason....
31 May, 2011
Some are taken by others on our behalf...
and for some, we manage to summon the courage to take the leap ourself...
But each and every decision taken has a bearing on our circle of influence....
So when we take the plunge (I mean when we try and decide for ourselves), do these people figure in our consideration set at all..
And having said that, didn't we always dream of being independent people, where our mind and thought was free from any other constraints...
25 May, 2011
some would say god... some would say themselves...
but somehow, whenever I make an attempt to concentrate on something is precisely the moment when my mind begins to wander....
Maybe our subconscious loves playing the Devil's Advocate...
trying to challenge us to not let us do what we have set out to do :)
Isn't that the case always... for everything....
I wonder how people concentrate on anything ;)
16 May, 2011
- don't bother clearing the passage for it - a dumb ass who doesn't bother about rules, not even when it's a matter of life and death for someone else
- clear the way, and the immediately follow it - an opportunist who has found a way to beat the traffic
- clear the passage, wait for it to pass by, and then proceed with wherever you were driving to - normal bahaviour (or so I thought) of a cool headed individual
- clear the passage, and remained on the sidelines - laid back individual, who is not bothered about pace
19 April, 2011
But most of us (or maybe all of us) tend to miss such gifts of nature right in our backyard...
- The early morning sunrise (though m sure all of us stake claim to having watched sunrise at a hill station :))
- the twitter of birds (not celebrities!!) after sunrise
- the early morning dew, and the smell of grass wet because of it
- the smell of wet mud after the first rainfall in summer
neatly tucked in bed ?? or working in those concrete jungles??
Is it worth it????
14 April, 2011
08 April, 2011
03 April, 2011
Signs people give..
Signs life decides to show us...
So what does it mean, when in a single day, I almost ran over someone... almost fell from a staircase.... and then got jacked at work...
I guess it means that I should treasure what I have, and not take it for a ride....
Or is it that I'm living life on the edge and could fall any moment.....
22 March, 2011
17 March, 2011
Our previous generations had blind faith... in their elders/forefathers or who ever they chose to believe....
M not saying blind faith is good... atleast they had the strength to stand by their belief...
What are all of us doing now???
In the name of experimentation, we dabble in different things, without understanding the reason/basis of it... just for the sake of experimentation, we are not only letting go what we have, but are getting into some new unknown....
Call me old fashioned, if thats what this is.. but I've always learnt to question...
I'm not averse to change or experimentation.. but not without a basis....
Remember the science experiments we used to do in school..
Aim... Apparatus... Theory.. Method....
That's the way to follow here also...
11 March, 2011
I guess that's why, when Onida had launched the campaign "Neighbour's Envy, Owner's Pride", it was such a huge success.
But there is another catch... is the pride subject to the fact that what you have is someone's envy !?!
PS: Another thought... I wonder why it is symbolized by the Devil ;)
08 March, 2011
23 February, 2011
15 February, 2011
13 February, 2011
20 January, 2011
11 January, 2011
28 December, 2010
14 December, 2010
The happy ones.. the sad ones...
The playful ones.. the ruthless ones...
The meaningful ones... Some with none at all....
The ones that say it all... the ones that don't say a thing...
Some meant to fill the spaces... Some meant to create them...
As much as we claim to know a person.. I often wonder if it is ever possible to understand the silences that pass a conversation.....
08 December, 2010
30 November, 2010
25 November, 2010
Clouds are like dreams... we see them give shape of our thoughts..
19 November, 2010
27 October, 2010
Petrol , Gas , Nuclear Fission , Fusion , Photoelectric....
Here's a new source.. Words..
They can propel your thought.. Move you to action...
Make you realize your potential.. and if the push (read words) is strong enough, then ensure action :)
They can hold your thoughts and build your potential...
break the dam of patience and result in a flood...
19 October, 2010
03 October, 2010
14 September, 2010
06 September, 2010
He [the voter] reacts to sound and to the din, he reacts to repetition and he produces either a dictator or a dumb politician who is insensitive..."
This is what Nehru had to say about the Indian Democratic System when the Indian system was being created....and to think the description is even more apt today, where we have politicians & citizens who lack the passion that existed in those days..
Jinhe Naaz hai Hind par wo Kahaa hai..
Kahaa hai kahaa hai kahaa hai !!!
17 August, 2010
but every sponge has its capacity to absorb..
So till we dry up or throw out some of the stuff we've got inside... we'll stop soaking it up...
"Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments. "
~ Marcel Proust
16 July, 2010
29 June, 2010
could have been anyone... who's to tell the difference...
the fact that it was the middle of the night (don't we all haunt the streets of Delhi at odd hours)..
or that they were with a pimp..
made me feel insecure... sad....
13 June, 2010
02 June, 2010
So when we go out to watch movies, most of us go for sheer enjoyment... so the farther the movie from reality, the greater the chances of the crowd enjoying it..
Don't get me wrong, there are still few connoisseurs of good serious cinema which is closer to reality.. but the breed is fast depleting...
N why not...
Blame it on our lifestyles !!!
27 May, 2010
"The nuclear bomb is the most anti-democratic, anti-national, anti-human, outright evil thing that man has ever made.
If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man's challenge to God.
It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created.
If you're not (religious), then look at it this way. This world of ours is four thousand, six hundred million years old.
It could end in an afternoon."
For anyone who wants to atttempt reading them, here is one of them, titled "The End of Imagination", which featured both in Frontline & Outlook.
24 May, 2010
23 May, 2010
Not only is it a satisfying experience (because the plants suddenly seem alive ! ), the smell of wet mud is intoxicating.
It somehow isn't important whether the plants thanked me in words.. what I gave led to the satisfaction, that of good use, and that's all that matters.
28 April, 2010
21 April, 2010
We do learn quite a lot from our parents, but then blaming it all on them, and simply passing the buck (for not doing something the right way) is just escapism..
Its about time (considering we've spent about a quater of a century on this planet) that we stake claim to our actions and doings.
02 April, 2010
Main logon se mulaqaton ke lamhe yaad rakhti hoon,
Main baatein bhool bhi jaon, toh lehje yaad rakhti hoon,
Sar-e-mehfil nigahein mujh pe jin logon ki parti hai,
Nigahon ke hawale se main chehre yaad rakhti hoon,
Zara sa hut ke chalti hoon zamane ki riwayat se,
Ke jin pe bhoj main daloon woh kandhe yaad rakhti hoon!
24 March, 2010
17 March, 2010
15 February, 2010
Maybe because that's our first tryst with reality.. the touch of our parents..Or our first understanding of support... holding your finger I walk..
So whenever I'm afraid.. I need assure.. I try to reach out.. for that warm touch....
05 February, 2010
Extract from Burnt Norton ~ T S Eliot
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
31 January, 2010
09 January, 2010
As long as we are not the subject of all this emotional seesaw, we seem to handle it well... But unfortunately, the true test, which most of us fail, is the way we handle it all...
It's not about whether those tears finally trickle down your cheek after you reach the finish line.. or that you simply shrug your shoulders without any change...
It's about how you were through the race, if you can call it that..
whether you can be happy, with others, even though the fruit is still forbidden... and face it all without finding faults..
My only conclusion is this..
Adversity shows us the worst.. only to bring out the best.. if we really try :)
01 January, 2010
26 December, 2009
Not for others benefit, but our own..
Not that anyone would cross them..
But so that our thoughts don't cross them...
And then we open a small window..
For those special few...
Without realising, that the window will open you to all...
29 November, 2009
31 October, 2009
just humour me..
Beauty... seen through other's eyes..
Vision.. seen through my own...
Wind.. blowing in my face..
Rain.. beating against it...
Things... with names..
Secrets.. bottled up inside..
Truth.. staring at me..
Structured thoughts... randomly expressed..
My life.. an oxymoron...
26 October, 2009
Needless to say that the realisation of how few of them I've had in the past really gives me a sinking feeling.. of how it will be in the future, when all of us will get busier, trying to fight our way to our professional goals...
It all sounds good in books and movies that relationships are a thing of the heart, and they are never lost... blah blah blah... but in reality, it is essential to keep in touch...
So here's to all my friends... I hope we all stay in touch...
"Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers."
19 October, 2009
There is some kind of jinx...
I'm not a celebration kind of person... I don't attach too much importance to birthdays etc....
I guess this is life's way of teaching me a lesson...
The one time I really felt like celebrating... when I thought I had finally earnt it.. I am unable to...
I deserve it !!!
20 September, 2009
16 September, 2009
On your palm an endless wonder
Lines that speak the truth without a sound
In your eyes awaits the tireless hunger
Already looks for prey to run down
So why do we keep up this charade
How do we tell apart the time to leave from the time to wait
What does tomorrow want with me
What does it matter what I see
If it can't be my design
Tell me where do we draw the line
The dance of flames and shadows in the street
Make poetry nobody's ever heard
The weight of loneliness stands on your feet
The cage already there around the bird
So why don't we join the masquerade
Before it all falls apart before our love becomes insatiate
What does tomorrow want with me
What does it matter what I see
If I can't choose my own design
Tell me where do we draw the line
Where's the cooling wind
Where's the evergreen field
Where's my mother's open arms
Where's my father lionheart
S'like the sun's gone down
Sleeps in the hallowed ground now
With the autumn's browns leaves
With the one who never grieves
What does tomorrow want with me
What does it matter what I see
If we all walk behind the blind
Tell me where do we draw the line
Whatever tomorrow wants from me
At least I'm here, at least I'm free
Free to choose to see the signs
This is my line
31 August, 2009
"One must learn by doing the thing,
for though you think you know it,
you have no certainty until you try."
18 August, 2009
I'm yet to learn to cope with the feeling.. the sadness...
It suddenly makes me feel weak.. or maybe I deserve it..
Maybe I had become overconfident.. and this was just a touch of reality...
10 August, 2009
06 August, 2009
30 July, 2009
20 July, 2009
You might think I've become senile.... but that's how I felt recently... It's not that I enjoyed the moment of miscommunication...
It's just that the relationship suddenly seemed more real... As if there was still life in it...
Relationships having life :)
09 July, 2009
08 July, 2009
Every new step looks like a giant leap, till taken.. and then it looks like a thing too small to talk about... All the same, every step is movement.. a change... and any change takes courage...
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
~ Nelson Mandela
17 June, 2009
10 June, 2009
So I thought I should share some of them.. here goes...
Fresh blades of grass on my palm...
My fingers moving through running water...
The feel of the strawberry seeds while eating it..
The smell of freshly ground coffee..
The intoxicating smell of the first rain beating the soil...
We encounter most of these things regularly... but do we ever notice them....
Small joys come, not once in a while.. but quite regularly..
its just that we never recognise them...
28 May, 2009
You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
26 May, 2009
20 May, 2009
But in each phase, we give importance to a different relationship..
our parents are our lives when we are young... we move on to school and friends move into our lives... their relative importance increasing as we move towards adolescence and adulthood... and so at each stage, we have different people by whom we get gravitated....
and its all good, because each of these relationships come of age, and we outgrow them when the time comes...
What I'm trying to say, everything has a time, purpose, reason, season... and so does every relationship....
Or am I just looking for a reason to sever my ties with people !!
मे मरासिम बनते है , लम्हों मे भला क्या टूटेंगे
तू मुझ से बिचादना चाहे तो , दीवार उठा धीरे धीरे
~ ललित कॉल
14 May, 2009
Im ready to go
Im standin here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
Already Im so lonesome
I could die"
All of us have a time of entry and exit.. not just in this world, but also interms of each others lives..
So even though its good to treasure sweet memories, it isn't a good idea to cling on to them.. or you won't let new people enter your life..
12 May, 2009
There is also the debate on whether chivalry is good or bad...
whether a man should take pride in being chivalrous.. and a woman should happily accept...
or does it become a battle of egos between the two genders...
The bigger problem of course is when the thin line of difference between chauvinism and chivalry is lost. Again, I m sure many people of the fairer sex (keep guessing whether I'm referring to the males or the females) tend to enjoy it all... but is it right..
Isn't giving help to the other sex irrespective of whether it is required, an attempt to show their superiority.I've met many men :) who take pride in not just being chivalrous but also chauvinistic.
I really don't know if there is one right answer to this one... there are lots of people who enjoy the attention and help, and lots who detest it...
The point is that the guy needs to be smart enough to understand what women want !!!
17 April, 2009
I know this not a very origional way of expressing my thoughts, but at this point in time, these seem to be the most appropriate...
This song featured in Hazaaron Khwahishae Aisi.. sung by Shubha Mudgal....
Bavra Mann Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna
Bavre Se Mann, Ki Dekho Bavri Hain Baatein
Bavri Se Dhadkaane Hain, Bavri Hain Saansen
Bavre Se Is Jahan Main Bavra Ek Saath Ho
Is Sayani Bheed Main Bas Haathon Mein Tera Haath Ho
Bavri Si Dhun Ho Koi, Bavra Ek Raag Ho
Bavre Se Pair Chahen, Baavron Tarano Ke, Bavre Se Bol Pe Thirakna.
Bavra Mann, Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna...
Bavra Sa Ho Andhera, Bavri Khamoshiyan
Thartharati Low Ho Maddham, Bavri Madhoshiyan
Bavra Ek Ghooghta Chahe, Haule Haule Bin Bataye, Bavre Se Mukhde Se Sarakana
Bavra Mann, Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna....
14 April, 2009
I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe that whatever happens is for the good...
Like Steve Jobs said, in one of his famous speech, that we might not understand the significance of all that we are doing... but somewhere down the line, if we look backwards, we are able to join the dots, and then, it all makes sense...
I guess I’ve successfully confused you n myself with my thoughts, so I’ll let the lyrics of the song by Byrd’s do the talking, or rather, explain :)
To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together
A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!
03 April, 2009
Questions keep popping up in our head..
Here's my two pence to the debate...
Who decides what is right.. the majority ?!??
Is there any common guiding principle ?
And if not, then doesn't it all boil down to what you think is right, and what you think is not...
Who is anyone to judge you and your thoughts.. one can only give their opinions...
Just the way I am :)
31 March, 2009
28 March, 2009
Everyone's watch shows different time from others.
But, everyone believes that their time is correct."
All of us like talking our mind... expressing our opinions...
But what happens when your thoughts create a furore... was it worth the expression ?!?
20 March, 2009
19 March, 2009
But very often, the event we plan the most is exactly the one which doesn't seem like its going our way...
From whatever little I've seen... which is actually quite less ;) ...
Since we have planned so hard, we should execute it anyway...
Then we atleast have the satisfaction of having tried !!
08 March, 2009
I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone
My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone
I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone....
I think we've all been there and done that... as much as we'd like company and support in whatever we are doing,
we ultimately walk the lonely street all alone :)
Ironically, we give the maximum number of justifications to the ones we love... though these are the people whom we shouldn't be giving explanations to at all ?!?
Or is that just a myth ? Like most things in a relationship ;)
02 March, 2009
सोचा नही था के आपसे कभी मुलाक़ात भी होगी..
आज आपसे मिले..
तो तस्वीर की तकदीर पे तरस आता है...
For those who donot have devnagri script..
tasveer banake rakhi thi maine apne khayalo mae
socha nahi tha ke aapse kabhi mulaqaat bhi hogi..
aaj aapse mile..
to tasveer ki taqdeer pe taras aata hai...
01 March, 2009
Is it that it should be something we like... or is there an underlying requirement that it should be extraordinary..
It has become a repeated occurrence that people demand not what they like, but something extraordinary...
As if the ordinary is not good enough, even of they like it...
“If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
25 February, 2009
Bina sajaawat milaawat
Na jyaada na hi kamm
Tuhje chaahon jaisa hai tu
Mujhe tere barish mein beegna hai ghuljaana hai
Tujhe chaahon jaisa hai tu
Mujhe tere lapat mein jalna raakh ho jaana hai
We all dream of ideal love.. and Prasoon Joshi has expressed it perfectly..
But the point still remains, do we ever let the person be...
24 February, 2009
It vents its frustration just the way I do.. it rains..
But it all seems so ironic.
Rain seems to bring joy into so many lives... it is the indicator of the pleasure all let loose in one single burst of the cloud...
Like the peacock which doesnt even waste a moment...
11 February, 2009
13 January, 2009
ATLAS SHRUGGED : FROM FICTION TO FACT IN 52 Years
~ Stephen Moore
Some years ago when I worked at the libertarian Cato Institute, we used to label any new hire who had not yet read "Atlas Shrugged" a "virgin." Being conversant in Ayn Rand's classic novel about the economic carnage caused by big government run amok was practically a job requirement. If only "Atlas" were required reading for every member of Congress and political appointee in the Obama administration. I'm confident that we'd get out of the current financial mess a lot faster.
Many of us who know Rand's work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that "Atlas Shrugged" parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit.
Rand, who had come to America from Soviet Russia with striking insights into totalitarianism and the destructiveness of socialism, was already a celebrity. The left, naturally, hated her. But as recently as 1991, a survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found that readers rated "Atlas" as the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible.
For the uninitiated, the moral of the story is simply this: Politicians invariably respond to crises -- that in most cases they themselves created -- by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism.
In the book, these relentless wealth redistributionists and their programs are disparaged as "the looters and their laws." Every new act of government futility and stupidity carries with it a benevolent-sounding title. These include the "Anti-Greed Act" to redistribute income (sounds like Charlie Rangel's promises soak-the-rich tax bill) and the "Equalization of Opportunity Act" to prevent people from starting more than one business (to give other people a chance). My personal favorite, the "Anti Dog-Eat-Dog Act," aims to restrict cut-throat competition between firms and thus slow the wave of business bankruptcies. Why didn't Hank Paulson think of that?
These acts and edicts sound farcical, yes, but no more so than the actual events in Washington, circa 2008. We already have been served up the $700 billion "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act" and the "Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act." Now that Barack Obama is in town, he will soon sign into law with great urgency the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." This latest Hail Mary pass will increase the federal budget (which has already expanded by $1.5 trillion in eight years under George Bush) by an additional $1 trillion -- in roughly his first 100 days in office.
The current economic strategy is right out of "Atlas Shrugged": The more incompetent you are in business, the more handouts the politicians will bestow on you. That's the justification for the $2 trillion of subsidies doled out already to keep afloat distressed insurance companies, banks, Wall Street investment houses, and auto companies -- while standing next in line for their share of the booty are real-estate developers, the steel industry, chemical companies, airlines, ethanol producers, construction firms and even catfish farmers. With each successive bailout to "calm the markets," another trillion of national wealth is subsequently lost. Yet, as "Atlas" grimly foretold, we now treat the incompetent who wreck their companies as victims, while those resourceful business owners who manage to make a profit are portrayed as recipients of illegitimate "windfalls."
When Rand was writing in the 1950s, one of the pillars of American industrial might was the railroads. In her novel the railroad owner, Dagny Taggart, an enterprising industrialist, has a FedEx-like vision for expansion and first-rate service by rail. But she is continuously badgered, cajoled, taxed, ruled and regulated -- always in the public interest -- into bankruptcy. Sound far-fetched? On the day I sat down to write this ode to "Atlas," a Wall Street Journal headline blared: "Rail Shippers Ask Congress to Regulate Freight Prices."
In one chapter of the book, an entrepreneur invents a new miracle metal -- stronger but lighter than steel. The government immediately appropriates the invention in "the public good." The politicians demand that the metal inventor come to Washington and sign over ownership of his invention or lose everything.
The scene is eerily similar to an event late last year when six bank presidents were summoned by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to Washington, and then shuttled into a conference room and told, in effect, that they could not leave until they collectively signed a document handing over percentages of their future profits to the government. The Treasury folks insisted that this shakedown, too, was all in "the public interest."
Ultimately, "Atlas Shrugged" is a celebration of the entrepreneur, the risk taker and the cultivator of wealth through human intellect. Critics dismissed the novel as simple-minded, and even some of Rand's political admirers complained that she lacked compassion. Yet one pertinent warning resounds throughout the book: When profits and wealth and creativity are denigrated in society, they start to disappear -- leaving everyone the poorer.
One memorable moment in "Atlas" occurs near the very end, when the economy has been rendered comatose by all the great economic minds in Washington. Finally, and out of desperation, the politicians come to the heroic businessman John Galt (who has resisted their assault on capitalism) and beg him to help them get the economy back on track. The discussion sounds much like what would happen today:
Galt: "You want me to be Economic Dictator?"
Mr. Thompson: "Yes!"
"And you'll obey any order I give?"
"Then start by abolishing all income taxes."
"Oh no!" screamed Mr. Thompson, leaping to his feet. "We couldn't do that . . . How would we pay government employees?"
"Fire your government employees."
Abolishing the income tax. Now that really would be a genuine economic stimulus. But Mr. Obama and the Democrats in Washington want to do the opposite: to raise the income tax "for purposes of fairness" as Barack Obama puts it.
David Kelley, the president of the Atlas Society, which is dedicated to promoting Rand's ideas, explains that "the older the book gets, the more timely its message." He tells me that there are plans to make "Atlas Shrugged" into a major motion picture -- it is the only classic novel of recent decades that was never made into a movie. "We don't need to make a movie out of the book," Mr. Kelley jokes. "We are living it right now."