31 March, 2014

Quotas

India is a huge country, with varying tastes, traditions and beliefs. From the start, we interact with multiple thoughts and ideas be it faith, festivals or biases.

But when these differences turn out to be beneficial for some, and not so for others... when these differences get documented in the constitution as quotas, financials aids, that's the start of the problem.

Some might say that these quotas are justified....
If I am from a Brahmin family, where the last many generations are educated (even if it was the Vedas earlier, and English education now), the odds that I would get a fair education as against someone whose last few generations have been fighting for survival.... True...
But there is no end to this... with all the differences we have as a society, we will alsways be able to identify some "difference" which will benefit us....

It is important that the government, instead of focusing on such quotas, should try and provide facilities for all.. Providing extra facilities to those having economic difficulties is a better basis for the government to show the bias than castes...

Its actually a vicious circle... as long as the voter keep voting for a candidate because his propaganda involved betterment of a sect, the more a parliament is motivated to make such moves.... 

So the next time you vote, give a thought to the real reason you are voting for the candidate.

24 March, 2014

Anger

There are always moments when you loose your cool...
When for atleast a split second, you want to shout... 
make the other person realize how annoyed you are...

But is it really worth it ?
Afterall, some wise man has rightly said...

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

26 February, 2014

Circle of Life

I am a believer of the ripple effect...
Everything we do, has an effect, and the ripple continues... and somewhere it moves a full circle, and what goes around, comes around....

But at the same time, if I am looking to start over, there is no better time than today... since the present will continuously keep becoming the past, and the baggage will only increase with time...

Like Oscar Wilde wisely said, 
The only difference between the saint and the sinner
Is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

09 February, 2014

On the Way

While driving, besides following all traffic rules (yaah, that's part of the job !), we rely on the view in front and the rear view mirror to manoeuvre through all the traffic, to reach our destination... sometimes reaching the wrong place, and sometimes slightly late...

However, in trying to focus on the rear view for too much, we end up losing sight of what is coming our way... Likewise, not paying any attention to the past, might come and hit you at some point in time....

So it's important to be cognizant of both views, and have a clear destination :)

18 January, 2014

3 As

There are 3 things needed to achieve anything... Aspiration , Ability & Approach...
Most of us seem to concentrate on 2 out of these 3 requirements, leading to partial success, or even failure...

Though aspiration is important, it has to be supported by your ability, or atleast someone able enough should be supporting you. The same goes for approach...

There is no benchmark for these things I guess... and no tried and tested proportion either...

14 January, 2014

Year of Change

With the run up to the General Elections in India, it is amazing to see how policies (across states) are being pushed, and decisions are being made. It almost makes you wonder why they were sitting on all of it for the last 4.5 years when they were agreeable to the change in the first place. 

Be it the Lokayukta Bill, or the Environmental clearances to 70 odd projects... The running government (please read ruining government) is making amends in their style, as if the box has suddenly been open, and all decisions will be made overnight.

The Aam Aadmi party is attempting to make the phenomenon in Delhi nation wide, and they just might succeed in some pockets...

Eitherways, this will be an year of change.. 

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

~ J R R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

22 December, 2013

2013.. The Good, the Bad.. the Ugly...

The last week of December always leaves me with a nostalgic feeling...
Between looking back at the year gone by... and what the coming year might hold....

So  here's some of the stuff the year brought by...

Movie of the year: Jolly LLB & Table No 21
Both movies from lesser known directors.. and none of the cliched A league stars.... but both Jolly LLB & Table No 21 proved that if you've got the right story, and directors & actors to pull it through, the audience will shower praise... I think such cinema is the biggest boon multiplexes have given us.

Most hyped book of the year: The Oath of the Vayuputras
I understand the emergence of this cult of authors who have taken to writing plots intermingled with ancient history/mythology... I guess the trend was started by Dan Brown internationally, and successfully encashed by Amish Tripathi & Ashwin Sanghi amongst other.... 
But with this book, Amish stretched the concept (which sounded like a nice one in the first book - Meluha) a little too much.. I writer needs to reinvent... and can't be harping over the same in thing over and over again.

Teleseries of the year (India): 24
I accept that this isn't an original script... but one has to accept that Anil Kapoor has done a good job of Indianizing it.... also, he successfully avoided the trap which most tele-directors face and trying to extend the series for a few more episodes... He keep it crisp, chose a brilliant star cast.. and executed it with panache.

Will keep updating the list as and when I think of more items on this list.... afterall I only have this one week to rewind, after which its all about looking ahead :)

10 December, 2013

Delhi Elections

AAP has taken the Delhi political scene by storm.
Its an affirmation, not just that everyone is fed up of the corrupt ways of the stereotypical political leaders.. its also proof that when someone suggests a change, the common man (literally) has the courage to extend support and stand by the change...

No one thought Aam Aadmi Party would come so close to getting majority in the state elections, within one year of their formation...

I was recently watching an interview by Barkha Dutt, where she was questioning Kejriwal about the way forward. 
There is no doubting the motive or honesty of Arvind Kejriwal, or the genuine intent in representing the issues faced by the common man. Now that they have achieved a milestone, they need to put in some serious thought into how they plan to achieve what they have so successfully started.... a movement by the people, for the people...

Its time to convert their idealism into more tangible, practical solutions... else what has risen so high, will die a terrible death....

PS: Before I forget, thank you Delhi for the record voting for these elections :)

08 December, 2013

Dil Aakhir Tu Kyu Rota Hai..

Seem to be in this mode of enjoying shayari.. 
What better way than this...

Jab jab dard ka baadal chhaya
Jab gham ka saya lehraaya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aaya
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraaya
Hum ne dil ko yeh samjhaya
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai?
Duniya mein yun hi hota hai
Yeh jo gehre sannate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain
Thoda gham hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa
Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai

Credits: Lines written by Javed Akhtar for Farhan Akhtar in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

06 December, 2013

Talaash

Recently read these lines... 

Apne gham ki numaish na kar,
apne naseeb ki aazmaish na kar...
jo tera hai tere paas khud aaega,
har roz usse paane ki khwaish na kar...

Chuu le tu aasmaan, zameen ki talaash na kar..
jee le tu zindagi, khushi ki talaash na kar..
Taqdeer badal jaegi apne aap he aey dost..
muskurana seekh le, wajah ki talaash na kar...

So true....

25 November, 2013

Vote.. Please !

In today's world, we seem to take our freedom, our democracy for granted...
Maybe it's because our generation hasn't fought for it.....  or maybe, we haven't seen the other side... 

That's why, Polling day has just become another Holiday,when most of us just unwind, and don't bother to Cast the Vote.. the reason why we have been given a day off in the first place....

The other worrying part is the total ignorance on the part of the voter, as to what is happening all around us...
We are ever-ready to crib about the corrupt politicians, misbehaving cops and pathetic civic amenities, but won't open our ears to be aware about what is happening, or lift a finger to vote...

This combined ignorance and laziness will cost us our freedom someday.

Please Vote !!! It is one of the few chances we get as citizens to express our opinion !

24 November, 2013

Fresh Blood

Just whiling away time on the internet, I came across this website Friends2Support, which allows you to list yourself as a blood donor, and also look for one.

In today's world of PE's, it makes me feel nice, and reinforces my faith in new ventures... when entrepreneurs take the plunge and not just generate revenue, but manage to touch the needs of our society..

Do go the website & signup....

21 November, 2013

Stranger Help !

In the middle of hustling bustling traffic, my car broke down.
Not only did the cop not create a scene, he pushed it to a bylane, with the help of few strangers..
The surprises the day threw up didn't end there...
4 - 5 drivers waiting around helped restart the car when I  opened the bonnet to look for the possible fault... and finally an inquisitive student just came by, and literally plugged the problem...

Don't have enough words to thank them all... Didn't know any of them, but am sure to remember how they helped me yesterday ! 

So the next time I am on the road, and I find someone in need of some help, I'll stop for sure...
Because I am a firm believer....
What goes around, comes around..

16 October, 2013

Simplicity.. Genius !

You and me... we talk.. discuss... 
pen down our philosophies.. the challenges we face....
We are the Surplus educated..

And this is what the concern of (what he himself calls), a little educated man can result in...

Kudos !!!

15 October, 2013

Gender Equality ?

A man is free to use the streets as his toilet, and flick out their p**** not bothering who all they are showing it off to....
And the slightest sign of a cleavage is sufficient to say that women don't dress up properly... they provoke the "man"kind...

And then we talk about Gender Equality !!!!



05 October, 2013

Midnight

Midnight
MG Road, Gurgaon
Inside a Car
Waiting
No street lights
Long queue of trucks
Truck drivers
You enter the Car
And I weep
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Finally relieved that I am not all alone



PS: What amazes me is our vulnerability in such a situation... no one can understand unless they experience it..

02 October, 2013

Balance

Few know what we deserve... and even fewer get what we deserve...
Because in our view, we always have a justification to give.. an answer worthy of the situation... It is for the other to decide... to react as per their senses...

Because there ought to be a greater cause... a bigger picture... a balance... that makes it all worthwhile...

Because sometimes... the truth isn't good enough... Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded....
~ Dark Knight

29 September, 2013

Life

Life comes a full circle.. as much as we try and take shortcuts, detours... 
What we give is what we get...
Needless to say, we came into the world holding someone's hand, learning from what we saw...
and we'll leave it, holding someone's hand, seeing the world, and wondering why they haven't learnt !


Photo Credit: Raghu Rai

14 September, 2013

...

Contradictions do not exist.
Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises.
You will find that one of them is wrong.
~ Ayn Rand

24 August, 2013

India Shining !?!

I am a patriot. I am proud of what our country has achieved so far, and think we have great things going for us. But if the biggest factor going for us is people... the biggest factor going against is also the people of the nation.

If we have the likes of Ratan Tata & Dr Anji Reddy, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw & Verghese Kurien, to name a few, who have showcased the ability of what an Indian is capable of... we also have a flip-side. Whether it is corruption, illiteracy, female infanticide or crime, India figures among the few countries on top. 

We never seem to think twice before strutting with pride on the mention of Tata or Kurien at any international forum. Then why does it take us so long to accept that we are the ones responsible for the worst as well.
That WE need to take the initiative to move things towards the better... 
That WE take it on ourselves to stop paying bribes, to educate everyone in our circle of influence, to be brave enough to identify crime and have the courage to cooperate with the police...

That WE stand up and take small steps...
It doesn't always take giant steps to take a leap of mankind...