Friday, September 7, 2018

Autobiography of a Road

I am the Pipeline Road at Balkum, Thane. I know I am not dressed to perfection today but I cannot do much about it. My mother BMC has disowned me and does not bother anymore about my upkeep. TMC too doesn't care much because it has got nothing to do with me. The only people who care for me are residents of a nearby society who too worry about me because I am of use to them. Else, I am sure no one would have bothered about me and I would have died long back. In fact, it would have been better to die in a dignified manner long back in comparison to the life that I am leading right now. 

The pipeline nearby gets the needed attention from BMC but I get a step motherly treatment. I really do not know what caused BMC to behave like this with me. If I would have known I would have taken every step in my capacity to address it. Come election time and somehow I get special attention. I wish everyday could be election day because my wounded body gets bandaged. Even though the happiness is short lived, it does give me few moments to smile about. Post elections when the sun and rain Gods play their part,I am back to the same situation as before. I hope that someday BMC will own me up and embrace me the way it did on day one of my existence. I still long for it. It may be a futile effort but still as long as I am alive, I will keep aspiring for it.

People from nearby society, out of their need, sometimes contact TMC to see whether they can do something for me. However, they get rebuked by them stating that they have no obligation to take care of me. Bureaucracy is not just your problem, roads like me also have to face the red tape. I know nutrition meant for me and accounted for me is being enjoyed by someone else. Maybe an aadhar card linked account for me could have helped prevent this. However, I do not have a retina or a thumb impression to identify myself. Birth marks if any have been wiped out as well. I really do not know how to create a distinct identity for myself because most roads more or less look the same during monsoon time. 

Humans who are in a hopeless situation like me desire for an incarnation of God to arrive and lead them to true happiness. Maybe, in my case it would have to be a human who comes to birth to lead me to salvation. Until then I will keep waiting.....................

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Pappu he was and Pappu he will be

I have always believed in perseverance and strongly feel that one should never give up. However, in Rahul Gandhi, I see a living example of the fact that even perseverance has a shelf life. There are certain things that are out of scope and it is futile to keep trying. I am not sure when the Congress Party will realize this. They have persevered with him to the extent that their very existence is at threat. Yet, they haven't given up on a leader who doesn't know what he is doing and is not conscious of what he is saying. 

A leader should be a reader is a statement I heard recently. Unfortunately, Rahul Gandhi either doesn't read or he reads without understanding. Maybe to some extent the education he got should get the blame for this. He may have been used to just mugging up without understanding the logic behind something. So, he can blurt out things but really cannot understand the meaning of what he is saying or comprehend the impact it can have.

Just yesterday in the Parliament, he uttered nonsense and acted in a childish manner. In his efforts to defeat Modi, he did not think twice before questioning the credibility of the surgical strike done by our army. He quotes the French President wrongly and his claims fall flat when the French government issues a statement proving it. The least thing a leader should ensure is credibility. This is difficult for someone like Rahul Gandhi who is a leader because of his lineage and not because of his leadership abilities. History has proven that the most powerful of empires had to relinquish their power at some point and that is true even for the Gandhi empire which has ruled this country in a democratic setup. Gone are the days when the illiterate and uneducated of this country kept on voting for Congress just because it was headed by the Gandhi family. There may be few educated people too who have hopes from Rahul Gandhi but is more because of their hatred for Modi and less likely due to their faith in Rahul's leadership abilities. 

In a democracy, each and every person has the right to vote for the person or political party of his choice. They may have valid reasons for it. However, I really doubt any sane person can think that Rahul Gandhi is that person who could lead this country in the future. If hate for Modi is prompting one to vote against Modi, atleast ensure that you vote for someone who is a credible leader. At the same time, if the collective conscience of this nation can still perceive Rahul Gandhi as PM then I think not even God can save this country from doom. 

Pappu he was and Pappu he will be.

Friday, July 6, 2018

I want my birthday changed to 1st January


No, it is not me but my daughter who wants her birthday changed to 1st of January. I thought I will make it clear upfront.

Couple of days back, late evening my daughter came up with this weird request to get her birthday changed to 1st of January. Upon probing as to why she would want to get it done, she answered that her birthday being in December, comes last. She wants to celebrate her birthday before everyone else does. I told her that if she wants her name changed, I can do something about it but cannot help her with getting her birth date changed. However, she was adamant and started crying.

I was sure that this must have been an outcome of some discussion that happened in her school with her classmates. My wife ultimately did figure out from her that one of her classmates did comment about her birthday being last and it was the reason for this weird request. I was left wondering how a seemingly innocent comment of a classmate could have such an impact.

On one hand, I found it very amusing. I was initially laughing at her weird demand. However, the very next moment I thought that the whole reason was to come first or be ahead of others. We as adults are no different. Most of us, if not all are fighting to be ahead in the rat race. In fact, we may be doing things more harmful than changing birth date in order to be ahead of everyone else. 

On the last day of our life if we are conscious enough to reflect on our life, I think each one of us would realize that it didn't matter how many times we were first but the kind of impact we had with our presence on people around us.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rahul Gandhi is better than Narendra Modi





The topic of my blog will come as a big surprise for anyone and everyone who knows me in person. I have been a very vocal supporter of Modi and suddenly when I post a blog with the title Rahul is better than Modi, it is bound to shock many.


Without wasting much time let me elaborate on my reasons for rating Rahul ahead of Modi and it will clear things off for everyone.


Inspiration


Look at Modi and you will realize that becoming the PM of the country is such a daunting task. One has to live like a monk, work hard at the grass root level in a party, struggle through your way up, rule a state to prove that one has administrative and leadership qualities and finally make it as PM of the country.


Now look at Rahul Gandhi and you will be inspired to think big. He is one of the most foolish person in the country and yet he thinks that he can be the PM of this country. Does he not inspire you to go beyond all your limitations? Think positive is what you get to hear a lot in most motivational talks that you hear by all the motivational speakers in the world. Who better than Rahul Gandhi to be a living example for this?


Compare Modi and Rahul based on my above statements and you will realize that Rahul inspires you more than anyone in this country. Modi doesn’t even look worthy to stand in the same frame as Rahul.


Humor sense


Modi has made us cry. Demonetization, GST, Fuel prices etc have cost us more pain. I think even a very close friend abusing you and insulting you does not hurt as much as Modi’s actions. He can only bring tears in our eyes. Forget about ever making us even smile.


On the other hand, even thinking of Rahul Gandhi is enough for us to laugh. Just imagine how much more laughter is in store if you get to see and hear him. He just doesn’t let you down. No matter how much the Congress has looted this country through rampant corruption, one just feels like forgetting everything and keep laughing when Rahul Gandhi is talking.


On humor sense front also as you can see, Modi just can’t beat Rahul Gandhi. In fact, he doesn’t even come a close second.


Poverty


Modi does not understand poverty at all. He wears the priciest of clothes and is always visiting foreign countries. He seems more like a sales and marketing guy roaming around and spending the taxpayer’s money on his foreign trips. Modi has dinner with high profile Prime ministers and Presidents from different nations.


Think Rahul Gandhi and you will remember how he had once reached a venue to give a speech wearing a torn kurta. He didn’t even have money to get the kurta stitched. He can be seen having food with poor people in their huts.


Who do you think understands poverty better? Isn’t it Rahul Gandhi?



It is my appeal to every Indian who will vote next time during Lok Sabha elections that they should vote for Rahul Gandhi for PM. With Rahul Gandhi as the PM of this country, one can be assured that no matter how much pain we would go through in his governance, he will ensure that tears do not roll out of our eyes. Even if it does roll out, it would be because of the excessive and uncontrollable laughter induced pain in the stomach that would be the reason for the tears and not like the ones Modi brings to our eyes.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mumbai local - a conversation

It has been a long time that a blog post has been written by me. However, today's post makes me think that it was worth the wait. Writing just for the sake of it does not make sense. Today while traveling by Mumbai local train from Thane to Bhandup I witnessed a conversation which I felt was worth sharing on my blog.

I boarded a CST bound local from Thane and moved closer to the door on the other side as I needed to get down in Bhandup which is just a 10 minute journey from Thane. Within few minutes the train reached Mulund station. A man boarded the train guiding his 4-5 year old son ahead of him and his wife following him. The wife then moved past her husband and stood diagonally opposite to her husband and at a slight distance from me. As soon as the train started moving the lady started to talk to her husband in Marathi and I realized that she was actually not happy with her husband for allowing their son to board the train first. She felt it was risky because if they could not have managed to board the train, they could have been separated from their son.

It was husband's turn to speak up and I was eager to see his reaction. He initially spoke in Marathi and after noticing that his wife was not feeling comfortable, started talking in English. It seems, he felt it would have helped keep the conversation private. He responded calmly and explained his logic to his wife. He said that he had ensured his son board the train first because he was sure that he would have managed to board the train even if he would have had to run a bit and then catch it. Any other way of doing it could have been risky. Having their son sandwiched between him and wife could have been more risky as he would have to keep looking behind to ensure son is boarding safely or not.

The wife who was initially upset seemed to have understood husband's logic and said that the discussion helped figure out his thought process. Husband replied stating that it is better to ask why some action was taken before concluding whether it is right or wrong.

Bhandup station arrived and this family of 3 got down. I also got down and was thinking about the whole conversation. I found it funny because they assumed that switching the conversation to English would have prevented others from listening in. Even though I did not intend to be involved, I was still a witness. Overall, I liked the way the whole situation was handled because the conversation could have triggered a conflict between the couple but it went smoothly.

Monday, November 14, 2016

MODIfied India




8th of November, 2016 will go down in history as a day that triggered one of the biggest financial reform in India. PM Modi’s initiative of demonetizing currency of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 did come as a big surprise to all Indians. Was there some numerology involved behind in date selection? Modi is a number 8. His birth date is 17th September, 2016. J Even if there was, it does not matter since the decision taken is in the best interest of the nation.

Demonetization has caused lot of hardships to the common man. However, it is the common man who despite all the hardships faced is still not complaining or agitating against Modi. There has been no violent protest by the mob. Strangely it is the political parties who are complaining. Some opposition parties even tried to instigate people against the government. Yet, people of India have shown great resilience. Point to be noted here is that in India, we have a good share of the population who are either illiterate or not highly educated. They do not fully understand the rationale behind the decision taken by the government. Despite this, they have rallied behind the government. In a country like ours where riots can break out due to public anger has not seen any violent protest after demonetization was announced. The opposition parties, instead of appreciating this decision of the government are trying to mislead the people. 

In one of the discussions I was having in a WhatsApp group, one person happened to link this decision as a step taken because of upcoming elections in few states in India. This same person also mentioned that Modi’s decision was bad for the country and the poor people of India. When it comes to elections, if my understanding is correct, it is the poor who go and vote in elections more passionately than the rich and the middle class. So, causing inconvenience to the poor people of this country will only have a negative impact on Narendra Modi’s party. Basically, if the overall mood of the nation due to this decision is grossly negative then Narendra Modi’s decision will lead to a major upset in upcoming elections for the BJP. This means that Modi haters and the opposition parties should be happy because this initiative will turn out to be suicidal for Narendra Modi as his image will be harmed.

Communists are morons is a statement I always make because of how they have conducted themselves as a political party. The CM of Kerala is the biggest moron is something that gets proved by this article where CM Pinrayi Vijayan claims that demonetization won't help because black money lobby was prior informed. If there is a black money lobby, it will cut across political parties, businesses and even states. In other words, his own party would have been aware of this action well in advance. However, until the action was taken there was no indication that any political party was aware of such a move. Also, the Left have no moral right to speak about disruption caused to public due to this action. They are pioneers in declaring hartals and disrupting life of common people. The reason for hartal can be as bizarre as a mark of protest for Saddam Hussain's hanging in Iraq. They feel for Saddam more than the soldiers of our country who sacrifice their life for securing ours. I think in any decision taken by any government at the center if you see opposition coming from the Communists, be assured that the decision is for the betterment of the nation.

Arvind Kejriwal (AK) and Rahul Gandhi (RG) seem to be competing to prove who is the biggest fool by making stupid comments regarding demonetization initiative. AK should be a case study for IIT. How come an IIT produce such an idiot? RG we can still understand, he is intellectually challenged. AK is a big surprise. Need an RCA for AK.

I would like to conclude by stating that radical steps need to be taken for the nation to grow. Just as for humans so for the nation: No pain No gain!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

India strikes back

Pakistan has been testing India's patience for quite some time now. Restraint shown by India was seen as weakness by them. All that changed on 29th of September, 2016 when India decided to strike back by doing a surgical strike across the LOC to avenge the Uri terrorist attack.

The Uri terrorist attack on our soldiers was painful for the entire nation and every one was waiting for some action. All were about to give up hope for any retaliation from India based on the history of similar attacks in the past. However, this time around our Prime Minister Modi had something else in mind. Our army was always the same. No one ever had the doubt in their strike capabilities. The thing lacking was support from politicial leadership and the strong will to back our army for action against our enemies. This was the difference that made the surgical strike successful today.

Destroying terrorist launch pads, killing terrorists and Pakistani soldiers without a single casualty on our side shows how efficiently the operation was planned and executed. Kudos to Indian army for avenging the death of fellow soldiers. This will not bring back the soldiers we have lost to terrorism. However, now atleast their families will think that their life was not lost in vain and that the Indian army is capable enough to make the killers of our soldiers pay.

I know this attack on Pakistan will hurt some liberals and some anti Indian news channels who sound more like Pakistanis. I feel really sorry for them. This time around we have a no nonsense PM who knows when to talk, how much to talk and also when to act and how much to act. With Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs we can rest assured that Pakistan will now think 100 times before planning any attack on Indian soil.

There are some politicians who even at such times when the country has to unite decides to endorse anti-India tweets. It is a real shame that some people are not able to keep national interest above petty self-interests. No matter how much you hate or like Modi, no one can deny that the surgical strike conducted by the Indian army would not have been possible without his strong and decisive leadership.

I would like to end this blog by a salute to our Indian army and a heart felt thanks to our PM Mr. Narendra Modi for showing the courage to allow the surgical strikes against terrorist camps in POK
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Krishna!



Today is Krishna's birthday and the atmosphere in Mumbai makes one realize that it is a special day. There is lot of energy in the air due to the Govindas who would be traveling the length and width of Mumbai and its suburbs for the Dahi Handi festival. Huge sum of money is waiting to be won by the Govindas for breaking the handis (clay pots) hung at great heights. Some as high as 9 or 10 tier high. It is exciting to watch the human pyramids being built and on few occasions you feel your heart popping out when you see the human pyramids fall like pack of cards.

Krishna's birthday may have been commercialized and politicized these days but his teachings has stood the test of time. He is the most practical God. Even a non-believer will not be able to counter the Law of Karma as it is something even science talks about. Cause and effect is a universal phenomenon. A believer talks about Law of Karma while a non-believer understands Newton's third law of motion. Krishna does not want one to denounce the world. He does not want to restrict anyone yet he wants everyone to understand that action will have to be taken and the effects of the action will have to be borne. There is no running away. The ultimate aim of action matters more than the means of achieving it.

Krishna does not impose rules to bind you. He in fact even encouraged Arjuna to break some rules and overcome limitations to fight a righteous war. When you are fighting an enemy who does not follow rules, sticking to rules will not help. As long as the ultimate goal is good, the means used to achieve it should not be fretted upon. Krishna is all about focusing the mind. Arjuna, the best archer of his times was in self-doubt and his hands were getting numb at the idea of fighting his own relatives. Krishna was able to give him clarity of purpose and that one pointed focus which was necessary to win. To know what you are here to achieve in life is the first step towards attaining it. Krishna was able to give that knowledge to Arjuna who did not look back after receiving words of wisdom.

Krishna taught us that meditation need not be done by sitting idle in one place. If action is taken without any emotional attachment for the outcome of the action, it is meditation. When you can handle both success and failure with equanimity, you are in a meditative state. Life becomes a journey in meditation.