A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The week that was

Last week I took a week’s leave from work. So did Maitri. We spent a good time together. We were just thinking that this was 1 week of leave after 51 weeks of work! We decided to spend the week at home, so that we do not stress ourselves further. The whole intention was to relax and rejuvenate ourselves. So, we did not go anywhere much and stayed at home for most of the period. Even though we enjoyed ourselves from within the warmth of our home, we travelled to a few adjacent places in and around Bangalore during these 9 days.

We went to Nandi hills on the first Sunday along with three others. We did not hire a car as the idea was to roam around and feel the travel. So, we took a bus ride till Chikballapur and from there we went straight to Nandi Hills. The travel was not so good, as you may guess, but what we saw after being there was awesome – simply. The place is a hilltop with a temple of Nandi, one of the two bahana (vehicles) and servant oxen of Lord Shiva; the other one being Bhringi. The scenery from the top of the hill was too picturesque and magnificent. The rocks where we were standing were having ditches of high altitude going straight down to the foothills, from where we boarded the bus. People come here either with their partners and newlyweds or to commit suicide. Well, this is the information I got about that place.

We had a tiresome journey and both of us fell ill and the next two days were spent at home – which meant a boon in disguise as per plan. The following days were also spent at home coming out only to buy supplies. On the Christmas night, we went to the nearby Forum Mall which was decorated like hell this time. There were many irrelevant decorations, which I did not like. Maitri enjoyed it, as this was her first Christmas in Bangalore. Last time, we were in Wayanad, Kerela on our yearly tour.

The next day was again a rest day. On Saturday, we went to Old Airport Road, where there is a Shiva Mandir (temple). Well, I have heard about it many a times and have seen lot of pictures but never could manage to visit the place. My wife has gone there before and she was all enthusiastic to have me visit the same. The idol of Lord Shiva in there is something one should see. Once you look at the magnificent 65 feet high formation of Lord Shiva sitting in Padmasana (Lotus position), you will just fell in love with the place. The journey through the tunnel with replica of 12 Shivalingas situated in different parts of India was also informative and interesting. The day was saved with our visit to this place.

On the last Sunday, we decided to execute our plan of visiting the ISKCON temple here in Bangalore. The temple is huge and is well known to people all over India. Many national and international devotees visit this place of worship every day. We planned to be there many times, but could not do so due to several misfortunes. It was decided that the co-travelers of last Sunday would also join us, but they had to cancel at the last moment. We two accompanied each other (holding hands) and went to the temple. It is another spectacular place to be. After toddling through a long swarming queue which went through some 734,246,290,127 (lol) turns and barricades, we reached the main temple where we saw the bravura – the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha, the idols of Lord Jagannatha and Balarama and the idols of Lord Nitai and Gouranga along with the interiors of their surroundings were all covered in pure Gold! Nice it was – not so peaceful though, because of those ISKCON missionaries who actually work there as salesmen and marketing personnel. Maitri noticed and mentioned one thing which was so true. When we were in the queue or in front of the Lord, standing there to utter our prayers and take His blessings, there were people (who named themselves sevaks) shouting at us to move ahead. There were so many people to check if anyone is standing in the queue or if they are spending more time in front of the idols. However, when we went downstairs where the missionaries were ‘selling’ food and books and other materials just like shops in Forum Mall, there was not a single person asking anyone to move forward. The place was a chaos and a literal marketplace. Interestingly, they managed to have a queue all through until the point you get out of the temple premises. They also offered free Khichudi (food made of Rice and Pulses boiled together), but that was almost at the end of the queue – after passing through the shops selling food. By the time you reach the food stalls, you would be so hungry that you have to buy and eat something and once you are fed and happy and move ahead towards the exit, you will see the free Khichudi. They do not allow you to carry a camera inside – we took it, however. A lady searched in Maitri’s bag but did not see it. But, respecting the security concerns of the temple and the country as a whole, we did not take out the camera inside the temple.

During the time we were held inside our home, we managed to watch quite a few movies. We saw Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Sorry Bhai and Yuvaraaj (Hindi), Eagle Eye (English), Sreeman Prithviraj and Utsab (Bengali). Nice good movies. The best one of course was Sreeman Prithviraj – a very nicely depicted life of a teenager who gets thrown out of school and gets married. Then he falls in love with his wife and rescued her back from his in laws. There was also a touch of patriotism where he punched a British Officer and threw a few bombs to help an escaping Freedom Fighter. Overall, it was a good movie on a story of before independence time. Even Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was good. I liked it. Eagle eye was a true portrayal of technology and its (probable) bad effects on us. Yuvaraaj was a disappointment. Utsab was a serious story. Sorry Bhai was shockingly a good film. By and large this was a nice mini movie festival for us.

That was the week. It was a good time we passed together. The last few days in this year 2008 were spent in jolly mood. Hope we spend the next year in a similar fashion. Amen!


Friday, December 19, 2008

Awesome Speech by the Center Head!

Wow! What a speech by our center head today! I was fortunate enough to be in a meeting with him when he addressed all the employees of our center. He is a tremendous speaker and a very down to earth man – well, that’s what I felt. Today is the last day of work before the holiday season starts. Many of the employees are going for leave and some of us have to work in some part of this period. The center head addressed us with an overview of the last year’s performance and the plan for next year. He talked about all the issues – from the market conditions, Indian and Global economy, performance of HP as an organization worldwide to our personal budgets and holiday preparations. I have been into public meetings with various speakers and I was privileged to have listened to many politicians and management heads too. This speech by him today was so engrossing and down to earth that I could not know when (almost) two long hours passed. I was standing at the back, as I reached late and he was also walking while talking. The examples he gave were exemplary. He seemed to know what is going on in every individuals mind working in this organization. He meant it very clearly that in this situation of crisis all over the world, we need to stand together to go through this storm. That’s what a perfect leader would tell and that is exactly what he proved in his speech. He made us feel that we are better off than many of the competitors and fellow IT/ITES companies. I could see what he was talking about. And that last approach with that King Cobra? Phew! That was some relation. He called himself the King Cobra in our organization and yes, he is. And I am proud that he is the King here. It was a mesmerizing experience and I will look forward to such coffee talks in the future too.


বাংলা লেখা।

ইন্টারনেটে বাংলায় লেখা যত না কঠিন, ঠিক ততই উত্তেজনাপূর্ণ। ভাবলেই ভাল লাগে যে আমি বাংলায় লিখছি। খুব মজা। সত্যি। গত দুই দিন ধরে আমি শুধু বাংলায় লিখছি। আমি খুব খুশি।

পরশুদিন আমি ইন্টারনেটে কিভাবে বাংলা ব্লগ লেখা যায় তা খুজছিলাম। বেশিদুর জেতে হয়নি। কিছুক্ষণ খোজাখুঁজির পর পেলাম এই অভ্র কিবোর্ড। কি দারুন সৃষ্টি। অবলিলাক্রমে বাংলায় লেখা যায়, যা দিয়ে চিঠি পত্র, ব্লগ বা ওয়েবসাইট – যা খুশি লেখা যায়। অদ্ভুত! খুব ভাল লাগল। আমার বঊ বলেছিল যদি ওকে বাংলা ব্লগের সন্ধান করে দেই, তবে ও লিখবে। আমি খুব যত্ন করে, ইন্টারেস্ট নিয়ে বাড়িতে এবং অফিশে সব ইন্সটল করে রেখেছি। এবার ওও ইচ্ছা করলে লিখতে পারবে।

খুব মজা লাগছে বাংলায় লিখতে পেরে। প্রযুক্তি বিজ্ঞান অনেকদুর এগিয়ে গেছে। আমি এখনো পেছনেই পরে আছি। অভ্র কিবোর্ড খুব ভাল সফটও্যার। খুবই সুন্দর এবং খুবই সরল। আমার একটুও অশুবিধে হচ্ছে না লেখার কৌশল রপ্ত করতে। অবশ্যই ইউনি কোডে লেখা একটু কঠিন, কারন সেখানে যা কিবোর্ডে ছাপা আছে তা লেখা হয় না। তবে এছাড়া বাকি যা লেআউট আছে সেগুলো খুব সরল। আমার বিশেষ অশুবিধে হচ্ছে না এবং আর কিছুদিনের মধ্যেই একেবারে এক্সপার্ট হয়ে যাব।

এখন যখন বাংলায় লেখা আর কোন অশুবিধেই নয়, তবে একখানা বাংলা ব্লগ খোলা যাক, কি বল? তাই ভাবছি। এর মদ্ধে কাজও শুরু করে দিয়েছি, তবে একটা ভাল টেমপ্লেট পেতে হবে এবং সুন্দর করে সাজাতে হবে। জানি না করতে পারব কিনা, তবে চেস্টা তো করবোই। সেটা তৈরি হলেই এখানে লিঙ্ক পোস্ট করব। অপেক্ষা করো।

অভ্র কিবোর্ড –এর লিঙ্কের জন্য এখানে ক্লিক কর।

If you cannot read the above written in Bengali, please do the following steps:
(In Microsoft Windows XP)

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In Control Panel, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
3. Click Add other languages.
4. On the Languages tab, click to select the Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai) check box.
5. Click Apply.
6. Click OK.
7. Restart your computer when prompted. If you are not prompted, click Start, click Shut Down (Or Turn Off), and then click Restart.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blogging Engagement

Engagements in life are good, when they are in a good direction and aimed at good goals. I am actually loving the engagement I am practicing right now – my engagement with the writers, in the lounge. So many writers – with so many stories – depicting their talent and brilliance! Thanks to the people there, for letting me in.

I was engaged in various things all my life. I could really think of many of those now, in retrospect. Recently, I have been with Orkut, where I made 500+ friends and met so many people worthy to befriend. Then Travian, the online strategy game? I loved it soooo much. Then, for a few days, I roamed around Yahoo Answers. There were a row of web engagements – Dhingana, BigAdda, Hi5 etc. I loved them – being with them. Real good pastimes!

I was always engaged with cricket, as I am now. I just love the game; have spent days and nights playing cricket. I tell my wife often, that I have done only two things in life, so far – playing cricket and loving her. Hehehehehe …

As of now, I am only with the lounge; the blog which has actually inspired me to write more. Now, I write more, I read more and frequently and regularly. I visit different blogs and read people. I like the rendezvous with blogs now. Want to find one Bengali Blog for my wife … searching it now …
I am also engaged in one more thing – indirectly. Will get into it more specifically from this week! Will reveal it, once it is done… keeping the fingers crossed.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Writer’s Lounge

Another new blog! This time, it was an accident that I got involved in it. I was browsing through different blogs, as usual. And while jumping from one blogger to another, I ended up in this one – The Writer’s Lounge. I was about to read a few posts when I saw the first post – a challenge to write a short story within 400 words on rain. They were running a contest and none posted in that so far. I was tired and feeling dizzy that time, but something just churned the thought in me – the thought of doing something new and get involved. I started writing and finished my piece in some 15 minutes. I was not a member then, so I could not post it there. I put the story as a comment and asked them if they would let me in. They were kind enough not only to praise my story but invite me to be a member in that blog. Wow! I joined and posted two short stories in two days in there. I was very happy to get the welcome there. The league is good and all of those are very talented writers. I feel happy to be with them. That community feeling is awesome. Please visit the blog and check out the literary geniuses working there – silently. Awesome!

Get all my posts in The Writers Lounge here.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Me, me and me!

What do you want in life? Materialistic? Spiritual? What are those things that you would really want? It will be tough for you to answer – if you are not a saint, you would have a long list. That is not bad – truly. It is just human nature – to want everything we perceive to be good. As Shafin tells, very few people want to have their own private aeroplane – I beg to differ! Most of us, would at least once in life, want to have their own aeroplane. If not an aeroplane, may be a Mercedes or a Maruti 800 or whatever. I am not trying to attract you to the size of the dream – what I am telling is that everyone of us would have a dream, which would seem impossible in some phase of our lives, but we would aspire to achieve it. Everyone has a dream – a big one – as big as that person can think of.

Getting married and having a partner who will be your better half (literarily) is one of those things I dreamt of, as many others. Many people ask for this and would seriously put this in the top few listings in the roll mentioned above. The feeling of love comes into affect here – the feeling of being in a relationship; the feeling of owning and being owned. They say, “Love is perfect when it is shared.” Not many would share it – not many could!

I know a relationship is giving and taking. It is there, but one thing we tend to miss out. I just want to add to that thought of give and take. The thing we miss out is WHAT – what you are giving and what you are getting is a big question. You might be giving things I do not want to get. I may be expecting something else. I am giving you what I felt I should. You may find it inappropriate or not just enough. So, only giving and taking does not help. It should answer the question WHAT. (Here 'I' means the person you have a relationship with - your partner) One needs to answer, or at least check if what s/he is giving is being accepted or not. One needs to find out if her/his giving is enough for the other one – does it reciprocate; does it count, at all?

Hehehe. Many a time, it does not!

What do you do when it does not work out for you? What do you do when you see the two of you moving apart – slowly, but steadily – like the Tectonic Plates? Does the thought move you? Well, the first things we look for in such a situation are the basics – the basics of a relationship. Give and take policy is one. The other important things are trust, respect and love for each other. Very easily taken name are these – very tough to stick onto them. There is no trust, on the first hand. No trust at all. When we do not believe each other and we lose the respect for each other too. We cannot respect anything we do or our partners do. And this in turn affects the love. The love – for which has everything been done. No love anymore. Shouldn’t it end? Is it well to stretch a thing which is not going to click? (Well, I have told the same thing to at least 10 people recently – that a thing that is not going to exist should not be made longer. And now, I am in a process of searching for the answer for myself. Damn!) I am not sure; maybe I am not clear enough too, today – for I do not know. It has to be a process – some retrospect – some introspect. Shafin told that it is all about I, Me and Myself (me, me and me) – I do not agree, but I would not throw out that argument as yet. Let’s hope for the best!


Friday, December 5, 2008

A Place Called Zero

Recently, I came across a write-up named A Place Called Zero. Premangshu, my buddy sent it to me a few days ago and asked me to read it in one go. Well, I did not find time until yesterday, when I was a bit relaxed yesterday. Less of work and much of tension in personal life – I thought to divert my attention to something else. Was searching for new templates for blogs etc. and got bored intermittently. Fortunately I remembered the write-up and I opened it and started reading.

I was very much absorbed into it and was ignoring people calling me from behind. The start itself was wonderful and attractive. Well written, of course! I could not leave my desk until I finished reading the whole piece. Remarkably well written!

This is just a start of a swim into the world of knowledge – knowing about yourself and about others around you – known and unknown. This is a story that should inspire you to do something more. You would understand only after reading the story fully. I am not concealing anything here – just that I do not want to tell you anything more, as you would lose the in interest in it.

Click on this link below and read the article. I am sure you will like it. Once you read it, it depends on you how you carry on with the thought. Post your thoughts on this post, if you like this piece of writing.

A Place Called Zero - Part 1.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye

Yes, you are lucky. You are lucky because you are able to read this post. Even I am lucky being able to write it. In this environment, where there is more terror in the air than Oxygen, we need to be lucky to be still alive. Hence, the heading!

India is not united. We are diversified to the core and hence, we are falling apart like a castle of cards. There is no unity in diversity – there is no unison in anything now – no feeling of brotherhood – no sense of oneness. The last few days, during the post math of what happened in Mumbai, I have seen and noticed that all around. Every time I opened the TV, I heard some news promising me the above thoughts. They say India is most prone to terror attacks. They never try to ask why. People are afraid of raising this issue. People are afraid of telling what they can feel around them. The media or the common man always tries to stand with things they would regard as ‘modest’ or ‘polite’ moral values. We know that these values are not practiced anymore, but still we do not say so – afraid of annoying certain groups of the society. So, we keep mum and wait till we get killed in another such incident.

Let me tell you how I feel, before something happens to me. I have been combing through NDTV, Aaj Tak, Times Now and CNN IBN for news regarding Mumbai attack. These four channels were major ones during the last few days. It was hilarious to browse through different channels when one channel showed (zoomed in close up) videos which the other channel did not show due to security reasons. How united the media is! In one of the channels, news readers were more than happy and content to say, “Delhi stands with Mumbai” or “Kolkata stands with Mumbai” or even “India stands with Mumbai.” How ridiculous can that be! If there is a theft in your house, do you say that you are beside your father in this time of dismay? No. It is a problem of the whole house – all stand with each other and face the situation together. An attack on Mumbai is attack on India and we are acting like segregated foreign strands wishing good luck to each other. If the US President elect Barak Obama says that he or the US stands with India, it is more likely. This gesture gives a clear indication that we are isolated and separated. Hope the terrorists do not laugh at us after seeing this reports. Only the old pro, Pranoy Roy said that we all should stand together – he never mentioned India or Mumbai or Delhi in particular.

Politicians played a role that can be kept as benchmarks for all the aspirants in this field. Wow! Three cheers to them. First of the lot was Maharashtra Deputy CM R.R. Patil who reiterated the famous lines from DDLJ: ऐसे बड़े बड़े शहरों में ऐसी छोटी छोटी बातें होती रहती हैं! Was he joking? Was he making a shaggy dog story of the selfless martyrs? Or does he not know Hindi? Cannot ask him any more – he resigned and went absconding. Then there was the CM himself, bringing his son and the not so famous film maker Ram Gopal Verma while visiting the devastated Taj Mahal hotel. I did not find it much irrational – but it did not amuse people all around for their own reasons. He is going to resign too. There were a few more comments from a few more leaders that caught attention of the press and we saw on the TV. The best one, however, came from the CM of Kerela, Mr. V S Achuthanandan. When he went to meet the martyr NSG Commando, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s family and wanted to probe that these people originally came from Kerela, the martyr’s father denied his presence and asked him to leave. The old man who lost his hero son recently could not see the Marxist CM to gather political compassion on his son’s grave. In return, the honorable (??) CM said, that if it would not have been for Major Sandeep, not even a dog would have visited his house. Can anyone think of any leader in all history telling something as ignoble and as disgraceful as this? Shame, shame Mr. CM!

This is how the country has reacted. This is how the leaders lead here. I should be happy that I am allowed to work in Bangalore even though I am from North Eastern part of India. I should be grateful to the people of Bangalore that they have let me to stay here and work. I was stunned by a comment by a crook a few days ago in office when he told me that it is a shame that I am in Bangalore and I do not know Kannada. I wanted to tell him where he was standing is a part of a country – of which I am a citizen too. But you would agree if I say that he would have been the last person to understand that. Such narrow mindedness is not only in here in Bangalore – it is spread all over the country. In a country where Academic Gold Medalists from big metros (Mumbai, in this context) do not know where Agartala is, I can expect people with little knowledge to say so. People in Chennai (Tamil Nadu as a whole) take pride on being Tamil to the extent that they paint boards and road signs in Hindi all black. Such low lives! Raj Thakrey – the youth icon in Maharashtra – how can one forget him? He waters the seeds of communalism and racism in India like no one else. Where is he now? After all the havoc in Mumbai, he is nowhere to be seen. Is he busy with personal meetings with the militants? I do not disagree with the same. People from Bihar are all over India, as Gujrati people are all over the world. Still they cannot stand other Indians staying in Bihar. One reason why I do not want to work in Kolkata is because of the communal feeling in the common man there. There is less of communism and more of communalism in Kolkata these days. You need to be a Bong to be there amongst the Bongs.

I have travelled extensively through the villages and cities in India. The best of hospitability I received was in North India. Yes Mr. Raj Thakrey, if you are reading me – the best people in India are still the North Indians. The greenery that they live in has gone into their hearts too. I have lived in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan and have seen people behaving with someone from the other end of the country. I felt I was in my own backyard – roaming with my own family – which I am yet to feel here in Bangalore. The same sorrow story when I was in Chennai – in fact, it was worse than here. I have stayed for 6 years in Arunachal Pradesh – amongst the tribal from all North Eastern part of India. I have seen then become ferocious off no cause at all. I have seen them creating massacre and being bully – but in spite of that they were not bound by narrow minded communalism. They always told that that was their place so, they would rule it – that came out of under-civilization and low levels of education. There was a sudden flow of money into Arunachal Pradesh in past 20 – 25 years (thanks to varied 5 year plans) which they did not know what to do with. They were like self declared kings of their kingdoms. But they never indulged into cheap communalism. More or less, the same situation prevails in all the North Easter States.

I wanted to write more; but then, you would say it’s getting long. I do not mind making it long as long as you read it. Thanks for reading. I have just mentioned the problems – have not given any solutions to any of these. The truth is that I cannot think of one solid solution to this situation. I have thought of many-a-things – as my mind was denying to sleep when all the countrymen are awake for days now. But none of those thoughts could actually come out victorious. We do not want another ‘Operation Blue Star’ or another case of Iraq or Afghanistan to happen; but in case this is unavoidable, we should go for it whole heartedly. I do not see myself as a good troubleshooter at this point in time – but I am quite assured that you would like to think about it too – now that you have read it this far. If we think together; if we could stand together; if we would stay together, we would be in a better position to counteract these terror strikes. Think about it. We need to be united again – for a better India – for a better tomorrow.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Outrage in Mumbai

Terrorist attacks again – now in Mumbai. Yesterday, on November 26, 2008 evening at around 9 PM when I was in office and was about to go out for a break, terror broke on Mumbai. There were blasts and gunshots in 10 different parts of the city and three major international hotels were taken hostages. It was evening time yesterday when the terrorists came in the waterway, got down in Chaupatty, near the Gateway of India and just walked in to the city. Is it possible in the commercial capital of as huge a country like India? Well, it was made possible yesterday, by a handful of anti social elements. The Government just stared at them who went on killing people at will. They hijacked a car and started shooting people all around them. The places that were brought under alarm are Leopolo Café, Nariman House in Colaba, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Hotel Taj Mahal in Colaba, Oberoi Trident Hotel, Vile Parle, G.T. Hospital and Cama Hospital, Metro Cinema, Wadi Bunder, Girgaun and Chaupatty.

The terrorists were inside Taj, Oberoi Trident and in Nariman House and kept people hostage inside. The Mumbai Police Services and National Security Guards (NSG) did a good job all these hours and now the Indian Army has taken control of the situation. The Anti Terror Squad (ATS) jumped into the situation yesterday too. The ATS Chief along with a few other policemen died while fighting terror yesterday and today. The operation is still going on as I am typing this. Hostages in Hotel Taj have been rescued and all the terrorists were killed except one, who is injured but still inside the hotel. There are few more disruptive dogs inside the other two buildings and they are sure to be brooded out by the next few hours. The Indian Army is operating and I have full faith in them.

Its high time mates! The citizens of India are too much tolerant and they have shown all lenience and broadmindedness as they could to all these attacks through all these months. Now, the water is going above the mark and this is the point we should act.

India is dangerous now. There is no more security. There is no assurance that you would be alive tomorrow to see your family or to pay your mobile bill. All these time, I thought that the ministry will take some action against terrorism in the country; but, nothing happened all these days. I can see them only when there is some problem. Only when people die they come up with pre-written speeches that do not have any impact or meaning at all. I was listening to Dr. Manmohan Singh speaking to the country at about 2:34 PM today – what a speech it was! I did not understand what he meant when he said to have patience and not to panic. Did he mean those things? I am sure he did not. He knew we would panic and we cannot be patient any more. Politicians will be politicians – whether they are sitting on the throne or they are barking for it. We do not need them no more. We have had enough now and we need to see things happening now. This is time to act not to vote. If you are not voting – you are doing the right thing. Disobey rules and abandon government offices – it has to be a Civil Disobedience movement again now, until the government starts working for the people as it should do.

The last two One Day Internationals between India and England are dissolved and will not happen now.
Wikipedia has put an entry on Indian Terror Conditions.
The world is looking into Mumbai right now and everyone is focusing on the fact that the Britons and Americans were targeted in the hostage situation.
Huge sections of the architectural marvel – the Taj Mahal Heritage hotel is burnt.
The outrageous situation is still not under control and the operations are going on.


Failure is the pillar of success

Life is a game – rather a series of games – you fail in one and succeed in the other, and the series goes on until you win. The end result is planned already. However, the journey to that end does not always see you wining. The journey is bejeweled with an exotic mix-n-match of triumph and defeat. Sometime you lose, sometime you win. Every time you lose, you get an experience – an understanding of the situation around you. You use this knowledge to move ahead in life and ensure that you do not repeat the same mistake. This is what you get from failures. When you have failed many times, you will be equipped enough not to fail any more. Next time you try to do the same thing, you would not commit all the mistakes that have brought failure to you previously, and thus you increase your chance to complete the work.

Failure was seen in lots of different ways by lots of people from all over the world. Some explained failure as the stepping stone to success, some portrayed failure as the key to all great achievements. I read a lot of quotes today and these are a few I loved most. Everyone who said something about Failure agrees on one thing, that Failure is not the end of anything. They agree that man should not stop on failure, but should rise, pull up the socks and try even more hard to move ahead in life. Hope you would like the following quotes:

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”... Sven Goran Eriksson

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently"... Henry Ford

“There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them.” ... Meimei Tom Krause

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”... Colin Powell

“Success builds character, failure reveals it” ... Dave Checkett

“Try and fail, but don't fail to try.”... Stephen Kaggwa

“Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities” ... Napoleon Hill

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”... Malcolm S. Forbes

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”... Elbert Hubbard

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”... George Bernard Shaw

"My reputation grows with every failure.”... George Bernard Shaw

"Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.”... James Russell Lowell

The idea is to carry on – to move on with life. Moving on with life means to forget about what has happened, stand up, look straight into the eyes of the next challenge that the life throws at you and face it and beat it to win. This is how we move on in life. We may face some hurdle in life which might look and sound too much difficult to be overtaken. We may fail the first time to solve it. We may fail a thousand times to jump over it until that one leap – that one hop – which will take us all the way to the top – the top where we can be the winner. This tells us that we need to keep on trying and should never give up. The moment we give up may be the moment prior to success. Can it be not? How aptly said:

“Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”

Failure is the pillar of success. It should strengthen us and make us better prepared for the job. We know what not to do (as Benjamin Franklin told) while on that (specific) job. Having known all these, we go on trying and achieving what we desire and we get what we deserve. We never stop trying to achieve our most wanted wishes in life and we keep on trying on the path and we meet failures in between, but at the very last of the path, we ought to get success and that’s what we shall.

Cheers mate!!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Life is like a box of chocolate

“Life is like a box of chocolate – you never know what you are going to get.” That’s what Forrest’s Mom said. One of my favorite lines! It means that there is no certainty in life. Life is unpredictable. I agree – you might agree too.

However, there is another face of the same. I like this one too. Life is a box of chocolate. So, whatever you get, will be a chocolate – good to eat – I love to eat chocolates – be it the sweet Made-in-India chocolates or the milky indigenous chocolates of the Niligiri Hills (Specially from Ooty) or the hard, bitter Swiss chocolates. Whenever you put your hand in a box of chocolates and take one out, it will be a chocolate – the flavor or taste may vary. So, you are a winner every time you put in your hand to fetch a chocolate. You get different flavors which you may like or dislike – but you get to eat a chocolate every time.

This means, that whatever you get in life – it will always be for good. My mother use to say, “What God does, does for the Best.” And this is the best way I can describe the sentence told by Forrest’s Mom. The two ladies have never met but they think alike – staying thousands of miles away from each other. Coincidence!

There is one more facet to this. However, it tells about the difference of a box of chocolate and our lives. A box of chocolate has to end somewhere – when you take out all the chocolate pieces from it. How much ever big a box you get this Christmas, it will finish sometime (call me home; I will show you how it gets emptied). Well, this is not the case with life. It never gets out of ‘chocolate pieces’ and keeps on giving us one after the other. We get new chocolates – we get more chocolates every time – throughout. All of those are new challenges – with different flavors. It is us who have to deal with these challenges and move forward. This is the best part in life. You never get bored of it. The moment you find yourself having settled all the issues, you are faced with new ones. You meet the new challenges and face them with the right attitude and you move ahead. This is how life is – never out of surprises – never out of fresh opportunities. Keep putting your hands in the box and taking out new pieces of chocolates. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

A New Blog!

The story of two pillows! Yes, the blog talks about the story of two pillows – pillow as a yard stick. It talks about the will power – it talks about one’s self composure – one’s self control and one’s way of living – when compared to that of the pillows.

Its not a new blog. It is in existence for some time now. I am only a co-author. There are other awesome writers in that. You got to check out the blog. Click here.

Click here for all my posts in this blog.


Monday, November 10, 2008

India Wins and retains Border-Gavaskar Trophy

India won the Border-Gavaskar trophy beating the awful Aussies. India clinched the series 2-0, wining the second and fourth match in the four match test series. The last match at Nagpur was a historic one. It was the 100th test match for V.V.S. Laxman. Harbhajan Singh also took his 300th wicket during this match. On top of the list – it was the last test ever played by Sourav Ganguly. The legend goes away leading from the front. He led the team into the field on this last day. He captained the team for some time – after the 9th Aussie wicket fell. Thanks to Dhoni.

Aussies started the day with 10 wickets and 300 runs to make for a win – that did not look impossible when Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich took the stance and went on a rampage. Ishant Sharma, the man of the series, came into Indian rescue. A wonderful fielding effort from the fat Amit Mishra took away Ricky Ponting’s precious wicket. Hayden and Hussey wanted to stand against the spinning Indian attack. Dhoni did not give the leg spinner Mishra a bowl before the lunch break on a breaking wicket. Just after lunch Mishra rout Hussey with a bouncing leg break – that too, in his very first over of the inning. Then the downfall of the awful guys started. No one could stand up in between these mates and they surrendered in front of Harbhajan and Mishra’s spinning deliveries. It did not take much time for Dhoni and Co celebrate their victory.

Gavaskar and Border came downstairs to hand over the Airtel-Border-Gavaskar trophy to the Indians; and guess who took it from them – Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Wow! What a gesture from Dhoni. He will be remembered for this. Ishant Sharma was named the man of the series for his brilliant bowling. Mahinder Amarnath pointed out an important thing. Ishant is able to pick up important wickets – what is very important for wining a match.

It was a brilliant scene when Sourav was carried on shoulders of the Indian team out of his last test match. This series will be remembered for many reasons. Everybody contributed – with bat and ball. The batsman Sehwag bowled fabulously to take 5 wickets. Bowlers Harbhajan and Zaheer khan saved the day with their bats. Fielding was immaculate most of the length in the series. An all-round performance that India can be proud of! We are proud of you guys – just carry on!

For more on Sourav, visit Sourav Ganguly – the Phenomenon!

PS: The Aussie media is furious over Ponting and has already started to spit venom on him. Read this Report from PTI for a quick overview on what they are writing on him and the series.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama takes over

There was a change in guard today. The man in charge from now on is Barack Obama. He has brought the hope to change things around aimed at a holistic progress of America and of the World. Barack Obama has won the US presidential Elections 2008 after a long election campaign that lasted for 21 months. He is the new head of the United States of America.

A black in the White House, at last! Breaking all racial barriers, the African American has become the 44th president of the United States. I hope he will prove to be one of the greats that the world has seen so far and would prove to be a helping hand to all the developing and under developed countries. Being a Leo (Born on August 4, 1961) he should be spreading love all around him. Hope India continues to have a good relation with the US and the countries come together to grow as global powerhouses.

I have kept my fingers crossed hoping to see a better tomorrow. I wish him all the luck and expect him to look into the growing and underlying aspects and issues that have been shaking the world – be it economy or terrorism. I look forward to a happy reign of Barack Obama and I am optimistic that “Barry” will prove to be a boon for the US and for the world as a whole.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Anil Kumble bids Goodbye to international cricket

Jumbo, as we all know him better has declared his inning and has retired from international cricket on Sunday at the Firoz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. A long career of 18 years came to an end on the last day of the 3rd Test Match between India and the awful Aussies, when Kumble bid goodbye. India has always managed to produce heavy weights in the department of spin bowling through the history of cricket. Anil Kumble is probably the best of the lot. He took 337 wickets in ODIs and a mammoth haul of 619 Test wickets during his career that started on August 9, 1990 against England and ended on November 2, 2008 against the awful Aussies.

A true team player and a strongly determined and hard working cricketer saw many ups and downs and criticism throughout his career; however, he came out with wondrous performances to seal the critics mouths every time. The reigning captain of the Indian Cricket Team was compared with all other huge names in spin bowling and has successfully created his own niche in the history of international cricket. He was always an integrated part of the Indian Test Team. The same people who criticized him for his performances in ODIs have seen him roar and hit back hard with better performances in ODIs. Who can forget his match winning 6/12 haul against the West Indies in the Hero Cup finals in 1994!

He wanted to be a fast bowler at the beginning of his career. His brother told him that spin bowling will be a better option as the-then Karnataka team was lacking a spin bowler in their team. The desperation and single mindedness to be in the state team coerced him to take to spin and after all these years, one can blindly say that he has spun well – hasn’t he? Probably his love for fast bowling made him the fastest spin bowler of all time. We are thankful to this brother of his. :)

I am sure one will be very interested and exited to have a look in to his career. The following links would take you to independent websites which has all the information in detail. Please use the same for more information (lol):

§ Anil Kumble.com
§ Anil Kumble: Statistics from CricInfo

I take this opportunity to thank Anil Kumble – the most loved Indian Cricketer overseas.

We have been thrilled by your game – be it your 10 wicket spell against the Pakistanis or be it your century in England. You have always entertained and elated us by your cricket. You have been the one most honored and followed cricketer. Your modesty and honesty were your strengths in your life off the ground whereas your consistency, endurance, hard work and focus were your strong points in your life on the ground.

As always, you have taken a very apt decision at a very good (if not the peak) point in your career. We welcome your decision. We will surely miss you and your googlies and flippers and so will be the cricketing world. Have a lovely life ahead and we wish you all luck in whatever you do in future. We are sure that you will continue to make us proud!


Friday, October 31, 2008

Welcome the World Champion

The Tiger from Chennai, Viswanathan Anand has retained his World Chess Federation (FIDE) World Chess Championship title by pounding Russian Grand Master Vladimir Kramnik in a Championship match held in Bonn, Germany. What a sensational feeling! Three cheers to the World Champion!

Vishy won the title last year, when he won the FIDE World Championship held in Mexico in 2007. Kramnik was held the second position. Even after being second to Vishy, he commented in a rather treacherous way that he merely let Vishy to have the World Chess Title. Laugh out loud! What anguish! He made a deal with FIDE before playing in that tournament that if he loses the title in 2007 he would be given a chance to regain it by playing a Championship match with the winner in 2008. See the worry and fear he had even before starting of the tournament! He lost the tournament and the Championship Title to Vishy that time and it was his second chance to regain the title and he failed feebly – again.

This time, the one – on – one championship of a 12 – game match was scheduled to be held in Bonn in Germany, another neutral venue. Anand ridiculed Kramnik for the second time in a row beating him here, with 3 wins, 7 draws and only one (negligible) loss. The 12th game was not required to be played to settle on the World Champion. We are also thankful to his seconds, viz. Radoslav Wojtaszek from Poland, Rustam Kasimdzhanov from Uzbekistan, Peter Heine Nielsen from Denmark, and Surya Shekhar Ganguly from India. The last one is a five time Indian National Champ.

I still remember the welcome he got and the press conference he made after returning to India. Vishy was very much surprised to see the mass welcoming him in the airport and outside his house. He even mentioned that he thought only cricketers are welcomed in India, not other sportsmen. Hope he gets a much warmer reception this time – at least he has won the World Championship for the second time. Who else from India did it prior to him? None! Absolutely!

Join me in thanking and cheering the leader who has proved his mettle write from his childhood and International Master days. Well done Vishy, or should I say the World Champion! We are proud of you.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Serial Blasts in Assam!!

Another series of blasts – now in Assam! Another part of India – another set of people died – another set of people got injured – all Indians! After blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore, Delhi and Agartala, today it was Guwahati, the gateway of the North East and a few other parts of Assam where there were serial blasts. Scores of people died and more than a hundred got injured.

  • Where are we heading to?
  • Will this ever stop?
  • Is the Government responsible?
  • What should we do?
  • What should the Government do?

These (and many more) are the questions in our minds now. Who is going to answer? It does not matter anymore if the responsible group is Huji, ISI, ULFA or ATTF or some other – what matters now is the condition of the country.

The Economy is down, along with the Global economy. The markets are falling like castles of cards. Companies from various sectors are firing people and people in masses are going jobless. There is no surety of. Prices of food, power, oil, LPG and everything else is going up. No one is having any answers to why all these are happening.

I’m not against any political party or any other organization; but I have a few questions to ask and I am searching for the ears who can hear me. I think we should stop fighting on ‘Gay Rights’ and shoot anti social leaders on the spot (without wasting any more time) and take out our precious time to think about national security and other issues. Who will take the responsibility? Who will answer my questions? If not the Government, whom do we go and ask these questions?

I am no leader – cannot take a call on anything that is happening around me. I have to think 1000 times before I could join a highly financed course in Florida, USA. I have to stay thousands of miles away from my home to earn money. I have to look up to my manager for my salary – for a better appraisal. I have to leave all my near and dear ones to marry the woman I love. I have to take permission from my wife before going out for a movie with my friends. I have to lie to the world, to smoke a cigarette. I do not have a say anywhere. All I want is a handsome salary at the end of the month so that I can run my family. I am a common man. However, I have a voice – want to shout it out to those ears that matter. This is high time we raise each of our individual voices and scream together – unless we want to see India go down on the slide on whose top we are standing now. Where would we go? Where do I go from here? What is safe for me – Bangalore or Jail?


Sunday, October 26, 2008

My New Digital Camera

Kodak EasyShare C813 Zoom Digital Camera!
After all these months of fight against desire, we have settled on buying Kodak EASYSHARE C813 Digital Camera. This is the one we chose depending upon two things, mainly: Cost Effective and Necessity.

We do not actually need a SLR or a DSLR Model – for our daily usage. We would like to take some picture which can show our face and the sceneries behind us. That would be enough.

The above thought told me that I need not go for a 50K Model and hence, I should spend as less as possible. The MRP of this Model is INR 8999/- I bought it for INR 5499/- from Big Bazaar, who gave me a Koryo 500 Watts Steam Iron absolutely free (worth Rs 499/-)!! Cost Effective!

So, you can expect a few more pictures in my Picasa Album. You may expect a few more pictures in my profile too or in this blog. Who knows, I may start taking historical pictures all over again! Let’s keep the fingers crossed and let’s hope best for my new friend.

Happy Diwali to all of you!!!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

End of the Internet!!

The End of the Internet

Congratulations! This is the last page.

Thank you for visiting the End of the Internet. There are no more links.

You must now turn off your computer and go do something productive.

Go read a book, for pete's sake.

What the hell is this?? You have any idea? Check this link. Kindly login with gmail ID if you are asked for one and see .. let me know what this is, if you find out ... (Njoy!!!)


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gilchrist questions Sachin! What a shame, Aussie...

Adam Gilchrist, the Australian Wicket keeper has stopped sledging from behind the wickets and have took the streets now, talking rubbish to attract attention and cause mental pressure on Indians during the ongoing Aussie Tour of India. He started shouting against the Best Boy and Gentlest Gentleman in the Game - Sachin Tendulkar - about (against) whom only his mother can talk! Adam has questioned Sachin's honesty and his stance during the Harbhajan - Symonds incident at the SCG s few months ago! It all started here ..
Gilchrist has played a lot of cricket with Sachin Tendulkar for a long time. He has seen Sachin thrashing Aussie bowlers out of the ground like this:
He has seen greats like McGrath and Warne getting lost into the crowd with severe Sachin blows like this one. It was a known sight for Gilchrist in any 'India - Australia' Series.
Even at this age, Sachin would easily play better of all Aussie bowlers - pace or spin - with equal perfection and wonder. Probably, Gilchrist does not have a big enough heart or pinch of Sportsman Spirit to digest all these.
And then, in the recent past, Tendulkar shined in almost all Test Matches against these Aussies.
He was seen in a punishing role in all the Test matches - whether at home or in their own den.
Smashing, flicking and sweeping the best of (so called) unbeatables. Gilchrist has seen it all standing behind the wickets. What a hard time he has spent behind the stumps - day in and day out!
The Pain was unbearable for him. He had to take revenge. Not many options were there with him. He has left playing - cannot do anything on the field. So, he decided to take this cowardly step - Off the field!
Its time that he should realize that he represents Australia when he talks, writes or signals (like his old senior, who has taken resort to spying, at last). He should realize whom he is speaking about. He should realize what his contribution to the game is and what the contribution of the man that he is speaking about is. At least once he should have asked himself, if he actually has the right to do what he is doing! He would see it clearly, that he is no way near to the stature of Sachin Tendulkar.

Adam Gilchrist was one of the (very) few Aussie men who are liked by the Indians. I am sure many (like me) have even compared him with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. So, such low-life act would not only blemish his image in the Indian minds (no other nation care about what Gilchrist or any other Tom, Dick and Harry speaks about) but also ruin the respect that India has for them (the Aussies). He was lucky enough to be able to shake hands with Sachin sometime - he should do the same now (However, Sachin should not let him come near at all). Adam should apologize immediately and put it in writing that he would never do such pusillanimous act again. I hope he is still in his senses - and has not lost it. Would request him to start working on the Apology letter right away and implement it before it gets too late. Shake Hands again and get lost, Adam!
Who cares, actually, if Gilchrist apologizes or not! The result has been foretold and is vivid. As always:
And the Diamond keep on shining!

The Elephant will not change his path because of the barking Dogs around him. He will always Kick them and move on. For this Elephant, though, his bat has been talking for last 20 years and his bat will talk forever!!

Click Here, for the details of the skirmish, as published in an Aussie newspaper.


Friday, October 17, 2008

What a day!

An eventful day – this one – October 17, 2008! Let us start from the start of the day. India and Australia face each other in the second test match of the tour. Anil Kumble, the birthday boy misses out due to shoulder injury and Mahendra Singh Dhoni takes charge as a captain. He wins the toss and India marches down to bat, in a batters heaven. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar becomes the highest run getter in Test Cricket surpassing Brian Charles Lara. He scores his 50th Test fifty and goes on to reach the 12000 run marks in Tests. He raises his bat thrice during the day. Sourav Chandidas Ganguly also gets to his own milestone of 7000 Test runs in his last ever international test cricket series. Had India given Babu Moshai* enough chances as they gave Chhota Babu*, the tally would have been no worse than that of the former.

*Sourav and Sachin call each other by these names.

The Sensex has fallen below the 10,000 mark; closes the day at 9975 – 606 points below the opening. Sensex has fallen below the 10,000 point mark for the first time in last 27 months! Its counterpart Nifty has fallen too through the same percentage and closed at 3046. This is not the bottom – that is what I hear the excerpts from the experts point to. Who knows what is there in the future! Nothing is safe here – not the road you travel on, nor the house you sleep and neither the money that you have. A few days like this, and people would enter your house and ask you for money that you have lost in the share market.

In between these fight between the Bull and the Bear and also between Lee and Sachin and the
Aussies and the Indians, I seem to get a bit of lucky. I have been writing this blog for a long time now – and never ever have I seen it being listed by Google – anywhere, for that matter. However, now, if you search with the name of my blog (Thus Spake Tan), you get my blog listed – right at the top! WOW! A dream comes true! A wonderful sight that was! I saved it and am putting it back here, for you to see…


Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Smoking

I wrote some time back, ‘A gentleman knows when to leave.’ That is so true that I am trying to change my life radically and I am leaving things that blemish my image – my persona – my mentality and my health and wellbeing. It was my birthday on 14th of this month. And I have decided to quit smoking once and for all. I have not been smoking all these days – only one or two – here and there. Now, it’s totally stopped. I said, TOTALLY!

Cigarette smoking is not a crime. But it is now punishable offence in India. Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, the health minister has made a rule preventing the citizens from smoking in public places. You may not smoke in public. I heard that the owner of the building gets summoned if you are caught smoking in front of that building. This idea will surely not end in smoke.

I dislike the smell of smoke or the cigarette and felt uneasy while I smoked through these years. I never liked smoking myself – but somehow, got into it and continued, till October 14, 2008. Have not smoked from then – will not smoke ever.

I know I will leave some months less – may be some years; but quitting smoke will make sure that I do not decrease life any further. Got hold of a few funny one liners while searching for the pics. Here they are:

# It was 6 inches what brought you to life and it will take 4 inches to take it back! - Shashank Jha, IIM Indore
# It is easier to stay out than get out. - Mark Twain
# The only 'safer' cigarette is your last one. - Duane Alan Hahn
# You're always better off if you quit smoking; it's never too late. - Loni Anderson
# The best way to stop smoking is to just stop - no ifs, ands or butts. - Edith Zittler


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Serial Blasts in Agartala ...

What is going on guys? What is happening in my city, my state, my country, our country? There is news of bombs exploding every week now. Sometime in Delhi, sometime in Ahmadabad and most recently in my home town, Agartala! 6 bombs detonated in various parts of the city killing a couple and injuring almost around 200 people. Serial blast is not something we see every day in that part of the country. That was new and that was spine chilling as well as surprising. India is under attack – for an alarming time now!

Yesterday, when my wife gave me the news, I was in office. I was horrified to know about it. Within 5 minutes, I got the news from various sources, through SMS and officials IMs. I tried calling my home, as scores of others and was diverted to numbers in Kolkata, Mumbai and some other parts in India. I spoke to at least ten people before my father called me. I said, “Hello, Baba?” He said, “We are fine; don’t worry, don’t worry.” I got my breath back. He informed me whatever he knew. The bombs started blowing up at around 7:30 PM and kept on blowing one after the other. He as well as most of others in our family, were home that time. My Uncle (father’s younger brother) and his two sons were in the same market (GB Bazaar) where one bomb exploded. They were near that place – but were safe. My Aunty (Wife of my mother’s younger brother) was shopping along with her sisters, in the main market in Agartala (Kaman Choumuhani) when the blasts took place. They were helped by a car from a local newspaper office (Dainik Sambad) to get back home. All were safe.

But, many in Agartala were not! Many people saw the bombs blowing up one after the other, as they move across the city. Many more were injured. People were rushed to the Govind Ballabh Pant hospital. I will tell you, more than half the city did not sleep yesterday night. I am not sure, if they can sleep till Durga Puja gets over.

I was talking to my Uncle (Mother’s younger brother) while a bomb blasted somewhere. They heard it from their house. It is such a small place and all the points were crowded like anthills yesterday evening. They said there were low intensity blasts. Would they have been high intensity ones, you would have Agartala removed from the map altogether!
These are the various places where the blasts took place. Please Click here...
This is the time when Agartala is crowded. This is one of the few days that such big haul of people take the roads, in the city. October 1, 2008 – everybody got their salaries and some got Durga Puja Bonus also. It was the eve of Eid – Ramzan time! Whole of Tripura was waiting for this date and when it came they dived on the roads to shop. People from all around the state must have poured in to shop for the forthcoming Durga Puja and Eid. The rascals chose the absolute day and the precise places to setup the blasts. It worked – people were killed, injured and the whole state panicked – if not the whole country. It was disturbing for Tripuris outside Tripura, shocking for those who were there and have heard about it and devastating for others – who got involved unintentionally.

Role of Media:
I know the media is the lifeline of flow of news across the globe and I love the same. Wanted to be a part of it sometime, but that is a totally different story. I was not happy with the role played by media in this incident. I am not sure what local media in Agartala has done. But, what national news channels did was not at all impressive and was rather disappointing.

There was no power in our house, here in Bangalore. My wife was there, but she could not watch the TV until power came back at around 9:45 – 10:00 PM. She switched on the TV and was going through the news channels. There was absolute silence! Nobody talked about it. A few channels had the news in the lowest but one rolling news strips. Only a few lines! There were no other news – no details in any of those freaking news channels which went on shouting for days when bombs blasted in Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Jaipur and Delhi! Why were they taking the narrow and hushed road while it came to Tripura? Was this because it is in North-East, which they merely consider to be a part of India? Or was it because they had more important news to be shown?

Yes, undoubtedly, they had. They were showing release of Drona – the film. They were showing news on Narendra Modi – what he had to say on his degree of corruptness. They were showing the list of Indian players selected for the forthcoming Indo-Australian test match series. Saurav Ganguli took the center stage as he got his position back in the team. This was the news shown after merely 2 and half hours of serial blasts in Agartala. Thanks for that news strip in the lower band on the screen. I still see the name of the state there. Thanks Media!

And what are our ministers doing, when the whole country is burning and is under unveiled threats? The most important matter in recent times is being discussed. Cabinet ministers are fighting over enabling Gay Rights in India. How appropriately!

Did you see the newspapers today? Well, I do not get paper versions. I saw a few in the office though. Rest, I was seeing on the internet, when I found that most respectfully, they have put up a small inch long column about the blasts in Agartala. Thank you guys, for considering us! I am not talking of small 1000-copies-a-day newspaper. I am talking about the market leaders in providing news in India. This is how they are doing what they are doing!! Look into the following screenshots.

My question:
The question in my mind is straight forward. It is the same question in anyone else’s mind – provided s/he is a responsible Indian citizen. We are clear about the strategy followed by the terrorists. Every time, when a blast happens somewhere, we can find out the pattern and strategy within minutes. So, what is the strategy of the government now? How are we supposed to face or react on this? I still remember Naseeruddin Shah telling in (the film) A Wednesday: We are happy that our family and our friends were safe in the last blast and we thank God that we missed the train and we are still alive.

Does the government want me to be happy thinking that I am still able to write my blog? Will they ‘eventually’ take any action or will they alternatively continue to support and to disagree with Gay Rights to Indian citizen? Do you think we are in a mood to think if we have homosexual desires in us?


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