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Sunday, August 15, 2010

क्या सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है?

Despite of over one billion population, despite of millions of problems, depsite of having no hope for solution, despite of mounting frustration, one thing is not going to change - Love for my beloved motherland.

Sharing this wonderful poem written by a crazy man, who loved his motherland to the core, who shared his passion with millions of others who were honest, committed, partiotic and ready to die for the nation - something unheard of nowdays.

Spare few minutes to read this heart touching poem. You may have read / heard first few lines. However this is one amazing piece of creation which every Indian must read to understand what our forefathers went through just to ensure we can breath in free air.

सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाज़ू-ए-क़ातिल में है

(ऐ वतन,) करता नहीं क्यूँ दूसरी कुछ बातचीत,
देखता हूँ मैं जिसे वो चुप तेरी महफ़िल में है
ऐ शहीद-ए-मुल्क-ओ-मिल्लत, मैं तेरे ऊपर निसार,
अब तेरी हिम्मत का चरचा ग़ैर की महफ़िल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

वक़्त आने पर बता देंगे तुझे, ए आसमान,
हम अभी से क्या बताएँ क्या हमारे दिल में है
खेँच कर लाई है सब को क़त्ल होने की उमीद,
आशिकों का आज जमघट कूचा-ए-क़ातिल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

है लिए हथियार दुश्मन ताक में बैठा उधर,
और हम तैयार हैं सीना लिए अपना इधर.
ख़ून से खेलेंगे होली अगर वतन मुश्क़िल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

हाथ, जिन में है जूनून, कटते नही तलवार से,
सर जो उठ जाते हैं वो झुकते नहीं ललकार से.
और भड़केगा जो शोला सा हमारे दिल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

हम तो घर से ही थे निकले बाँधकर सर पर कफ़न,
जाँ हथेली पर लिए लो बढ चले हैं ये कदम.
ज़िंदगी तो अपनी मॆहमाँ मौत की महफ़िल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

यूँ खड़ा मक़्तल में क़ातिल कह रहा है बार-बार,
क्या तमन्ना-ए-शहादत भी किसी के दिल में है?
दिल में तूफ़ानों की टोली और नसों में इन्कलाब,
होश दुश्मन के उड़ा देंगे हमें रोको न आज.
दूर रह पाए जो हमसे दम कहाँ मंज़िल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

वो जिस्म भी क्या जिस्म है जिसमे न हो ख़ून-ए-जुनून
क्या लड़े तूफ़ान से जो कश्ती-ए-साहिल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाज़ू-ए-क़ातिल में

-Bismil Azimabadi

Vande Mataram. Long Live Bharatmata.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Commonwealth Shame 2010

Though I never have any liking for the grand old party and its politicians, for once I am supporting Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer on his views and comments on commonwealth games.

Holy Shit! I mean what on this earth is the reason to burn thousands of crores of rupees for a game, which does not have any standing at the world level or relevance for a country like ours? Oh did you say Delhi metro and International Airport? Sorry mate. I just can’t buy this argument that Commonwealth games brought metro rail and international airport and other infrastructure improvement to Delhi. What the hell is that argument? Can’t we develop our cities just because we want to develop them? Only games can bring such development? If so, do we need to have such games hosted in each of our cities to have infrastructure upgrades? My bloody foot. That’s CRAP.

I may sound like a traitor but I won’t be disappointed if Commonwealth games turn out to be a fiasco. Yeah that’s matter of shame for me as an Indian but at the same time; a nation which is always in slumberous mode or prefers to be an ostrich while awake, we need something drastic to wake us up. Though it may not yield anything in long run (as usually our conscience and concerns dies very soon), at least there must be furor for a while. At least some head should roll. At least someone should be held accountable once in our political history. My worry is if games are conducted smoothly, all the wrongdoing will go unnoticed and even worst, there will be demand for hosting more and more of such games in future. We certainly don’t need / deserve such games. Period.

Let’s look at the other aspect. I do agree that such games can bring lot of tourists and revenue; puts you on the world map, gives you great sporting infrastructure for future and whole bunch of other benefits. However, all these stands true for any other nation on this planet except ours. After all, there must be a strong desire; sincere and honest efforts, excellent planning and political accountability to drive home such benefits. However for a nation like ours, such events are nothing but a great source of corruption for a whole bunch of people to take home millions and million paid by poor taxpayers like you and me. Guess what, nah, we aren’t even surprised about this mess. After all, we are a morally bankrupt society and corrupted nation. Nowdays corruption is in our DNA. Corruption is part of our life – just like oxygen.

If you bother to look around, London is going to host 2012 Olympics and guess what; a lot of infrastructure is already in place and being tested. Glasgow is going to host 2014 Commonwealth games and if you guessed that work is already in full swing for early completion, you are spot on. Compare this with our great nation! Its 62 days to go before the game starts and here is harsh reality -

Nehru stadium’s ultra-modern roof reported water leaking; just after being inaugurated! There is water puddle inside the stadium, in corridor, at changing room; player’s longue has to be completed! Ideally, infrastructure should be ready a year ago so that 1) its tested well in advance 2) It gives local athlete enough time to prepare at the actual venues. After all, there is no other reason why it’s called “home advantage” and usually host counties have lot better performance compare to when they are not hosting such events.

Aha and I just saw on a news channel, a road gave up and caved in – half of Honda City was right inside the gigantic pothole! Damn!

Now let’s hear what our politician have to say about these issues except being in denial mode 24x7.

LOL… This has to be one of the funnies comments made by a Minister and truly reflects Indian mentality. Out 74 years old sports minister Mr. M.S. Gill; who had few days ago condemned preparation of the games; all sudden changed his tune and recently said - hosting such events are like arranging marriage of your daughter. There will always be lot of things pending till the last moment and you need to wrap it up for a successful event. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez! Can somebody on this earth explain to us idiots like me, what is this lame excuse for last minute preparations in 2010 when the marriage venue and dates were finalized way back in 2003!

Take another one and this has to be one of the poorest, sleaziest, hopeless, useless, senseless, bullshit comments of the year. As soon as Nehru stadium was inaugurated and there was water leakage from multiple corners of state of the art ceiling. Now Mr. Jaipal Reddy, who inaugurated this venue, said : “This leakage is at only some places. For rest, it’s not leakage, it’s the system designed to get rid of excesive rainwater!”!!!!!!!!!!

Now 1) Either we really want to find out architects of this world class facility, who designed this world class water leakage system to get rid of excessive water and to ensure it falls right inside the floor of the stadium OR 2) We suggest our beloved minister has his mental checkup done ASAP to avoid any further verbal Diarrhea.

It looks like WEALTH is the only COMMON thing about India hosting Commonwealth Games 2010.

It’s not a game. It’s NATIONAL SHAME.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Oh! When I Saw Her..!

Visit to Pench Forest - Part 3

A very simple question but give an honest answer – close your eyes, think and tell me, when was the last time you looked at moon?

Sounds silly? Well, this was the question one of my friends asked me when I went to USA in 2008. I was zapped. I thought for a while and I realized I didn’t even know when I looked at the moon last time! Damn! It’s right above my head, every single night shining in fully glory and I just fail to notice! This is again exactly the same thought I had when during night safari, our jeep stopped on a narrow road at midnight right under the dark sky.

Night safari started almost at midnight (shut up...isn’t that the reason why it’s called a night safari!) and we had only half of our gang loaded in two jeeps along with Dr. Ghosh and his gang. Rest of our gang was already flirting with fairies in their dreams :-) Though I am not sure if fairies were enjoying it :D... Alright! From ferries in dreams, lets come back to walking beasts! Night safari cannot happen in core forest area for very obvious reasons (use your brain and still if you can’t make out, ask me these obvious reasons. After such a statement, I am sure nobody is going to ask me.. LOL). During night safari, jeep moves slowly on narrow roads in reserve forest leading to highway. There is ABSOLUTE DARKNESS all around you except torchlight in Dr. Ghosh’s experience hands. This excited bunch of newbies were curious to spot animals at night and Dr. Ghosh was helping us with all his knowledge. Aha! A fox! Where where where? Phew… By the time you turn your head and spot a fox in torchlight, there are all chances that Mr. Skylark fox would have vanished in the dark! It was a pure game of hide and seek! LOL… while we were enjoying this game, all sudden jeeps stopped. Not sure if it was preplanned but the moment jeep stopped, even headlights and torchlights were switched off. While we were wondering what’s happening, all sudden someone from Dr. Ghosh’s team asked us to look up... we just followed the instruction and looked up…

.........STUNNING! MESMERISING! MIND BLOWING!

I just do not have words to describe what I saw and felt when I looked up!!! Imagine this – an absolutely dark night, a narrow road surrounded by trees on either sides, pin drop silence, you look up into the sky and you witness an unbelievable view of thousands of stars sparking like diamonds! Oh My! In fact it was looking like a beautiful diamond studded sari drapped in the most glorious way! As if god is at his creative best! As if he wants you to realize how much he has given to us which we fail to notice every single day! It was just IMPOSSIBLE to take our eyes off or stop looking at the sky! We just don’t know how much time we spent just like that, silent and speechless! And before we moved, I took a promise from Dr. Ghosh that on the way back to resort, we will stop once again to witness this marvel :-)

There are moments which are impossible to capture through words. Either you need to be present at that moment or you need to be Shakespeare to describe it in words! Though I am not Shakespeare (and even my name says so – after all, there is a lot in a name!), I was fortunate to be present at that particular moment, to witness a marvel which I will cherish and treasure for the rest of my life!

Jungle safari ended after three hours which included driving on narrow roads, spotting sporadic wildlife, having tea and lemon juice at a roadside hotel on a highway and taking some creative photos using slow shutter speed. Wonder how creativity starts flowing at 2am! :-)

WAKE UP!

Now either you want to scream or even better, you don’t even want to respond to someone when he is trying to wake you up at 4.30am! What makes it even worse? You just slept at 3am! But not today :-) I took few moments to gather my senses (what else do you expect after a hectic day and one and half hours of sleep?), looked around and jumped out of my bed to get ready. After all, we were going for early morning safari, which was the best chance to spot the king of the jungle! BANG BANG! Who wants to miss that!

By 6am, we were outside the main gate of the core jungle waiting for our turn to enter inside. By 6.15am, we were inside the jungle. We drove a bit further and found bunch of jeeps were stopped on the road and folks inside these jeeps were standing and looking at somewhere far in the jungle. WOOOO HOOO!! Adrenalin started pumping because someone from the other jeep whispered – “TIGER”! Oh My My!! Hey Mr. driver, take our jeeps little backward to avoid those trees, let us pull out our camera, wide open our eyes and.. ah..we couldn’t spot the tiger :-( LOL.. Never mind.. It’s just that our eyes are not so used to spotting wildlife.. It took few more seconds and then… and then… and then… OH YEAH BABY! We spotted THE KING!! Oh wait, not a king but a QUEEN with two little prince / princess :-)!! Oh! I saw her! The famous Tigress of Pench along with her two cubs!!

You need not visit Buckingham palace or go to Mysore palace to feel what is royalty. All you need to do is just spot a tiger in full glory in wilds! Nothing defines royalty, pride and confidence better than a ROYAL TIGER! What a royal walk! She moved with such elegance and pride with who-cares-for-your-presense attitude written all over her! She started walking in the wild from the right hand side of our jeep, crossed the road right in front of us and slowly vanished in the wild on left hand side of our jeep. We traced her with our eyes till the farthest possible distance and then just couldn’t control our joy! BINGO! Our trip was OVER! After all, that’s all we wanted to see! WOO HOO!

It took some time to sink in this wonderful sight as there was pin drop silence inside the jeep for quite a while :-). However, the god of the jungle (and I don’t know who he is) was very happy and kind on that day as he gave us chance to see some amazing sights like – an eagle sitting on a branch holding his prize possession of a snake that he had just killed! Followed by a very rare sight of a peck of wild dogs! Oh I didn’t even bother counting umpteen deer, monkeys, colorful birds, insects, rabbits and god knows what else! But I must remember this dancing peacock :-) Though not sure if he was successful in attracting a female (oh please let me know Mr. peacock.. I need some lessons from you if you had succeeded.. or else, we are in the same boat!), I am sure he provided an amazing view which we clicked in our camera and captured in our mind though human viewfinder.

Some of my friends in other jeep were even luckier as they got a chance to witness a tiger couple playing watersports in a pond! Though they had to sit in scorching heat for an hour waiting for his royal highness and her queen to arrive, it was worth every single moment of wait.

Evening safari was another attempt at spotting a tiger but I guess we all were content by that time. Nah, we didn’t have enough of the jungle – it’s just that we had satisfied our biggest wish of spotting the BIG CAT!

It was 6pm and time for us to leave Pench to get back to Nagpur to board a bus to Hyderabad. Though the Volvo bus had a speaker right about my seat with loudest possible volume, I was dead tired to even bother about it. I rested in peace till someone woke me up at the border of Hyderabad.

That ended a wonderful, memorable trip to relatively unknown area of “Incredible !ndia”. We are bestowed with such beautiful landscapes and god’s wonders that even a lifetime won’t be enough to cover it. However, I will – as much as I can!

Wanna join :-)?

Disclaimer : The subject line of this post has no relation with any human walking on this earth. I am pretty sure you must have realized that by now :). Also you must have realized why I asked Mr. Dancing Peacock for his help :-)

Note : I visited Pench along with 20 other fellows through a trip organized by Great Hyderabad Adventure Club. If you are interested in such trips, you can join @ http://meetup.ghac.in/


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wild Forest...Here We Come!!

Visit to Pench Forest - Part 2

With all due respect to my beloved motherland, I must say in India, we are used to mediocrity. We are used to see substandard facilities, shabbily maintained places and chaos all around. We are so so so used to see non performing, careless government and government servants. Being an Indian who is used to see frustrating maintenance of most of the tourist places we have, I was shockingly surprised during my visit to Pench!

Pench forest is extended across two of the biggest Indian states, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Now I must appreciate MP government for the way they have maintained this jungle – very much like a jungle! I heard from locals that just few years ago, this area was totally neglected without any basic tourist facilities or even electricity. Though electricity is still sporadic, I must say the way the government is preserving park is really commendable. Take this – in our three jungle safaris in different parts of this jungle, we didn’t see a single plastic bottle, a piece of paper or any sign of loitering!!! This sound may be a small thing but if you close your eyes and imagine most of the places that you have visited, you will agree that to keep a natural place intact is such a big deal and truly deserves due appreciation! I also heard that Maharashtra side of this forest is shabby and not so tourist friendly. So if you have any plan to visit Pench, I strongly recommend you to visit part of this forest which is inside Madhya Pradesh.

Now let’s get back to the trip…

Saturday evening around 4.30pm. A very hot afternoon at Pench. After finishing formalities (transferring from a cab to a jeep and having a forest guard allocated to our jeep), a bunch of enthusiastic block entered into an unknown, unfamiliar territory which is ruled by wilds!

The moment you enter inside the jungle, what really strikes you is the difference in landscape. Asphalted roads are replaced by dry and dusty trails, tall building and lamp posts are replaces by dry grass and abundance of trees. Nonstop noise of vehicles and humans all sudden disappears. It’s calm, very calm and serene. In fact except occasional talk inside the jeep, you can feel even your breath! Irrespective of how hot and dry the jungle is, what really makes it thrilling is the just the feeling of it! Wide open your eyes, spread your arms and take a deep breath! Feel it.. Smell it.. Hug it! This is the surrounding that our ancestors lived in once upon a time when your modern day Pepe and Lee brands were nothing but a bunch of leaves for them which they tied around – you know where :-)

When jungle safari starts, there are bunch of jeeps that enter the park driving one after another. However in no time, all of them goes on different trails inside the vast forest and very soon you find your jeep is the only vehicle till horizon! This makes it even more exciting, thrilling and exclusive experience. Take a bow, the jungle is yours!

Dr. Ghosh had made wonderful arrangement for us – that is to have an expert driver / guide who knows jungle more than Prabhu Deva knows dancing or a Punjabi knows aaloo paratha! After all, it’s a jungle and you have to search / spot animals as they won’t oblige you just like that! Aha, who likes infiltrators after all :-)

The moment we entered, all we wanted to see was a TIGER! Guess what, we came agonizingly close to spotting a tiger in the very first ten minutes of our trip. We saw a kill (an animal killed by a tiger) lying in a narrow stretch. All sudden, there was a buzz in the air! Sniff sniff! Tiger must be around! We spent almost 15 minutes to spot a tiger but were left disappointed :-( Guess what, while coming out of the jungle in the evening, we did spot a tiger nearby the kill in almost fading daylight and those forest guard told that the tiger must have been there since last few hours as he doesn’t like to move much.. sigh, we just couldn’t spot him in broad daylight :-(

However the moment we entered inside the forest, we were greeted by – guess what – our ancestors :D They were there, everywhere! Oh yeah doesn’t matter how many times you see a monkey, it’s still interesting and amusing to spot a monkey as they are always unpredictable with their reactions :-).

Now this bunch of wildlife enthusiasts and bugged photographers started shooting every single thing that they happened to see! Trees, birds, monkeys, deer and even just dry and dusty trails! However nothing thrills like spotting and shooting an animal. You may have seen them few times at the zoo and may be a hundred times on TV... but the experience of seeing wildlife with your naked eyes in wild is – as they say in MasterCard ad - PRICESLESS!

I was little surprised to spot monkeys and deer together plenty of times. Our forest guide and driver added to our poor knowledge that a monkey and a deer is always a great friend! Monkey helps deer by breaking branch of trees and throwing them on the ground while deer helps monkey by raising an alarm when he senses danger (read – a predator).

Soon we realized that there are more monkeys and deer in this jungle than memory in our camera. We can run out of memory but certainly not of monkeys or deer! As soon as we realized this fact, we became little sensible in using our camera :D

Pench has beautiful landscape. You are traveling on a trail surrounded by trees and all sudden you find yourself crossing a small bridge over a dry river having vast open ground on either side! Drive down little further and you see shrinking water body with animal’s footmarks all around it. Then there are dry patches, rocks, hills, curvy roads (as they say in VW beetle ad - curves are back :D), sharp turns and everything that you can ask for in a jungle!

There is no way you can hold your enthusiasm and sit like a decent civilized man in a cab. After all, you are in the jungle and you have all the rights to be a beast! BWAHAHAH…! Yeah.. Yeah.. Yeah! When our jeep entered in the jungle, we were sitting on our seat (by the way, these are open jeeps) and within no time, we all were standing in a jeep looking at the beautiful jungle while hot and dry air tried to blow us away! Little later, we were standing on the top of our seat! LOL! After all, you want to stand as tall as possible to have uninterrupted view of the jungle and nothing beats standing on top of your seat! Beasts!

We spent two good hours in the jungle exploring as much as possible, clicking as many photos as possible and feeling every moment of it! Jeep moves on trails. Stops whenever driver spots something or whenever we ask him to do. Pat comes out cameras and then click-click-click-click till we are satisfied! Then jeep starts again and here starts our conversation in hush-hush voice till the jeep stops once again.

So what all we saw during this two hours of our first jungle safari? – Glimpse of a tiger, a kill by the same tiger, monkeys, deer, plenty of peacocks, owls and bunch of other colorful birds which I don’t remember by name.

It turned out to be a satisfying evening. Though we didn’t see a tiger in full glory, we were very happy to have our first feel of the jungle! So what was there in the store for the evening and night? – Dinner, endless funny talks while sitting on the lawn under the open sky followed by a night safari!

And by the time night safari will end (3am), we will be very much on our way to an early morning safari (5am)! So we will have just couple of hours to sleep but, who cares! Who wants to sleep!

<--Stay tuned for more to come...-->





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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Chaddi Pahen Ke Phool Khila Hai :-)

Visit to Pench Forest - Part 1

Heavy downpour. Power failure. Powerful wind banging your doors and windows making it feel like one of those horror movies made by Ramsay brothers in 1980s. An open manhole and your leg slips inside it while you are carrying a heavy backpack on your shoulders and trying to find a way to walk in the pool of water called road. Certainly not the best way to start any trip.

While holding my paining and bleeding right leg and arguing with an auto driver for fare, I was wondering - for what on this earth, am I traveling to a faraway place in this condition?

After all, you must be either a FOOL or an EXTREME ENTHUSIAST to travel to one of the hottest part in India in the hottest month of the year! Aha, before you label me, let me tell you I had company of another such 21 fool or enthusiastic fellows on my trip to the Pench Forest Reserve :-)

Pench is a special place. You may not have heard about Pench but I am sure you must have seen / read Jungle Book stories and love this chap called MOWGLI. Rudyard Kipling was inspired by Pench forest to write his write Jungle Book". Hence, this place is rightly called “Mowgli’s Den”. Aare chaddi pahen ke phool khila hai phool khila hai :-)

So starting at 10pm from Hyderabad, it took overnight journey to reach to Nagpur (a place, where normal temperate in summer is around 45 degrees centigrade). After having crispy Wada for breakfast along with Gulab Jamun (as one fellow traveller from Denmark described - "Sweet Round Balls" :)), it took us another couple of hours by cab to reach Pench.

Before the trip, we were informed that Dr. Abheek Ghosh, a medical professional and a wildlife enthusiast will be assisting us on this trip and sharing his knowledge with us. Now it's not your fault if you imagine Dr. Ghosh to be the one wearing a round panama hat and khaki clothes, having grey/white hair. However we all were ZAPPED to see a dashing young guy sporting a goatee to be Dr. Ghosh! It took a little while to come out of our imagination and for the reality to sync in :-)

The journey from Nagpur to Pench ended once we spotted out resort just outside the core forest. Well we had a collective sigh of relief as AC refused to work in most of the cabs we had.

Now you do not have a better occasion to realize how slowly time moves when you are waiting in dormitory to kill time with help of bunch of ceiling fans to fight 42 – 44 degrees of heat. Yeah after dumping our luggage and having welcome drink, to sit, talk and kill the time was the only productive task we had. After all, we had to wait till 4.30pm before we can venture out in the Jungle. Dare we go early, we would have returned roasted! Mummmmaaaaa…..

Well while resting in dormitory, I had fun playing with 2 cute little girls who were hell bent on spoiling my life until I say “Girls are better than boys”. The story does not end here - as even after I said that, they continued their play (throwing pillows, tickling etc). Why? The answer I got was – “Because girls are better, they can do whatever they want...” :-)

So after talking, eating little spicy food, drinking ample amount of water and playing with 2 kids, at last we stepped out of our resort to “feel” the jungle! WOO HOO! After all, this is the moment we all were waiting for! To venture into the wild to meet the undisputed king of this jungle - THE TIGER!

Moments. There are moments which soothe your entire existence. There are moments which mesmerize you… Which leaves you spellbound… Takes your breath away (and I am not advertising any deodorant product here you stinking pig :-)). Moments, which make you realize that all the hardship and pain were worth for just this one moment! In our two days at Pench, we came across so many such moments!

The moment we entered into the jungle in an open jeep, the world around us changed - COMPLETELY! It’s just amazing to know that on the same earth, just few hundred kilometers away from where we live; there exists such a different world with entirely different landscape, creatures and rules! Oh yeah, the jungle has its own rule and better you follow that or...

Let’s venture into the jungle now…

<--more to come in next post….-->

Here is couple of snaps... You can have a visual tour of Pench through my camera @ http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001271897081&v=photos#!/album.php?aid=177777&id=538361385

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar's Appraisal :D

Had Sachin Tendulkar been in IT industry, this is how it would have been...

200 Runs/ 147Balls/ 25X4 / 3X6

Team Manager to Sachin : Agreed that you have done GREAT……BUT BUT BUT BUT....

You see...

25 x 4s = 100 Runs
3 x 6s = 18 Runs

It implies that you have done 118 Runs in 28 Balls.

And 12 x 2s = 24 Runs
58 x 1s = 58 Runs

It means you have done all 200 Runs in only 98 balls

So you have wasted 147-98 = 49 balls

Considering only 1 run scored on each of these balls you could have earned 49 valuable RUNS FOR OUR TEAM.

MANAGER’S COMMENT: So you only met the expectations and NOT EXCEEDED (though anyone of our team could not do it) and your rating is 3 out of 5...

Sounds similar? :D

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cna yuo raed tihs?

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Azanmig huh?

Taken from a forwarded email

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sharad “???” Pawar

I am not an economist. Neither have I known intricacies and nitty-gritty of economics to understand why prices of essential commodities are sky rocketing.

But do I need to know economics to talk about price rise? I am the one who suffers. I am the one who has to pay 100 Rs for 1 kg of daal and 50 Rs for 1 kg of sugar. Being a sufferer, I have all the right to speak up against price rise.

I just saw this very interesting debate on Times NOW involving Abhishek Manu Singhvi from Congress, Ravishankar Prasad from BJP and Sitaram Yechuri from CPI – M. Even as a super ignorant soul having no background of economics, it was easy for me to make out that our grand party has screwed up this nation – once again – just like they have done since 1947.

For a change, there was no cunning smile on Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s face and he was struggling to answer the questions. Though being a lawyer of Supreme Court, he didn’t have any conniving answer and was fumbling, going round and being super defensive in his approach. After all, how long can you defend wrong doing?

Its rubbish to say it’s global phenomenon and prices in Vietnam and Pakistan has increased by 100% while in India, it has increased only by X percent and hence we are a better nation. Give me a break!!!! India is not Vietnam or Pakistan! When it comes to positive, you want to compare India with China and USA and when it comes to negative, you want to get away by giving reference of Pakistan and Vietnam? My foot.

BTW, rest of the world praises India for being the largest democracy in the world. LOL. They don’t know that our democratic system is so farce that largest democracy in the world is suffering at the hand of just one man named Sharad Pawar. And those 1 billion people are absolutely helpless to do anything! What a system! And what a spineless population!

And do you know even bigger irony? Our food economy is screwed up and common men like you and me are suffering at the time when this government is headed by an eminent economist! Oh looks like you have forgotten Mr. Manmohan Singh :-) ? LOL! Not your fault. It’s difficult to remember puppets for long after all.

Now I never had any liking for Sharad Paward and this price rise issue has taken my disliking for him to a new level. I hate to see his face, hate to hear his voice and am extremely annoyed whenever he makes statement about price rise. Honestly, I am trying very hard to find out someone who I hate so much as Sharad Pawar (…and someone who can come close is our esteemed foreign minister S M Krishna due to his super impotent statements and lack of competency to be a strong foreign minister).

What has Sharad Pawar done as an agriculture minister? Except making statements which further increases price, is there any other thing that this incompetent minister has done in last one year? This guy did everything to wash off his hand from something which is his primary responsibility : Right form blaming states to climate changes, he has tried all possible tricks to divert the blame. If you want to know some of the samples, here we go…

I must say “Disgusting” must be the middle name of this man. Suggest me a better name if you know.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dedicated To All Pseudo Secularists Of India

If you are a pseudo secular, you know this and it won't make any difference to you.

If you are one of those who loves their motherland and have at least few drop of patriotism in your blood, read and think and if possible, act.

  • If you cross the North Korean Border illegally you get 12 years of hard labor.
  • If you cross the Iranian Border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
  • If you cross the Afghan Border Illegally, you get shot.
  • If you cross the Saudi Arabian Border illegally you will Be jailed.
  • If you cross the Chinese Border illegally you may never be heard again.
  • If you cross the Border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
  • If you cross the Cuban Border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.
  • If you enter in Britain illegally you will be arrested, prosecuted and sent to prison and deported.
HOWEVER...

If you are a Pakistani or a Bangladeshi and you illegally cross the Indian Border, you get -
  • A ration card
  • Passport (1 or more)
  • Subsidy for pilgrimage
  • A driver's license
  • Credit cards
  • Subsidized rent Or a loan to buy a house
  • Free education
  • Free health care
  • A lobbyist in New Delhi, with eveready television channels & group of expert human right activists
  • The right to talk about secularism, which was not heard of back home
And Of course - Voting Rights!!

Hats off to the a****** in New Delhi and pseudo secularists in society, who support and elect them.

Do you agree?

No copyright for this post. It's been taken from an email forward.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Speechless after reading this...

ફૂટપાથની ધારે રાત્રે સાવ ભૂખ્યા સૂઈ ગયેલાં
બાળકની આંખોમાં
કેવા સપના આવતા હશે, ખબર છે ?
એના સપનામાં પરીઓ આવી
બરાબર સિન્ડ્રેલાની વાર્તાની જેમ જ
એમને નવાંનક્કોર કપડાં પહેરાવી
પિઝા-બર્ગર-પેસ્ટ્રી એવું ખવડાવી જતી હશે ?
કે પછી
સવારે જ એની ઉંમરનાં બાળકને
એની મમ્મી સાથે હસતું-રમતું જતાં જોઈને
એના મનમાં જે કલ્પના ચાલેલી
એવું જ કંઈક
સપનામાં આવીને સાન્તાક્લોઝ
સાચું કરી જાય ?
પણ હમણાં તો,
એને સપનામાં દેખાય છે
કપ-રકાબી ધોતાં-ધોતાં તૂટી ગયેલાં
બે નંગ કપ-રકાબીનાં પૈસા
મહિનાના જરા-અમથા પગારમાંથી કપાઈ જવાના છે તે.
ચોકલેટ લેવા માટે બચાવી રાખેલા પૈસાનો
બાપ દારુ પી ગયો છે -
આ બધાં જ સપનાઓ હમણાં હમણાં તો એને ઉંઘમાંથી ઝબકાવીને
જગાડી દે છે
પણ, ચિંતા ન કરો
થોડા દિવસ પછી એ ઝબકીને નહીં જાગે,
કારણ કે
એને સપનાઓ જ નહીં આવે !

- એષા દાદાવાળા

Read @ http://networkedblogs.com/p22875644

Friday, January 1, 2010

3 Thieves...

I am sure you must have seen the movie 3 idiots. It's refreshing! It's absolute fun. It's laughing riot!!!!!! And yeah, it's racking crores and crores.

Also to note, this movie is made by a director and a producer, who had earlier made a movie on the preaching of Mahatma Gandhi.

However, it's unbelievable that the same gang of producer and director, forgot the preaching of Gandhi in their very next movie and resorted to dirty act of plagiarism and are shockingly shamless to defend it.

If anyone of you have read "Five Point Someone" by Chetan Bhagat, it wouldn't have required to use any of your brain cell to conclude that the movie is clear adoption of the book.

Unfortunately, these preacher of Gandhi does not have same intent or guts or wish to acknowledge the same.

Shocking?

Well on the very first day of the year 2010, read this shocking news in the newspaper and I couldn't help to jump to Chetan Bhagat's blog to read his side (or the real side) of the story.

Here is what Chetan wrote on his blog. I am reproducing the text as it is for all those who would like to know the truth. You can read the same on his site as well.

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A book, a film and the truth

December 31, 2009 in general Posts

Dear All,

The 3 Idiots story credit issue has been making some noise now. The news is coming out in bits and pieces, and I think it is important I clarify a few things. Yes, clearly, the makers of the film have been unfair and thousands of my readers have been saying so. I am aware of this, and this is not an issue that has ‘just come up’. I’ve been grappling with it for two years, but kept silent about it.

The only reason it has surfaced after the movie’s release is because Five Point Someone has a few million readers, and when you copy a popular story claiming it as ‘original’ and ‘completely different’, people are going to find out. People did, and so did a lot of media journalists.

The case is as simple as the makers claiming the story as their own, and clearly it is not. Pre-release, the makers made press statements like the movie is only ‘very loosely’, ‘2%-5% inspired by the book’. After release, those who have read the book and seen the movie (and frankly, I think those are the only people who have the right to comment) find the film to be an adaptation of Five Point Someone. The setting, characters, plotline, dramatic twists and turns, one-liners, theme, message – almost all aspects that make up the story are from FPS. Yes, there are some changes, any adaptation requires that – but it is no way an original story. Leading movie critics have privately admitted to me that the film is 70% the book. Still, don’t take my word for it – go read the book, watch the film.

I, frankly, was shocked to see this. This is because I was also fed ‘this is an original movie’ line a lot. I wanted to see the final script – it was never shown to me. I wanted to see the film before release – it was not shown to me (even though trials had been done for people). What’s more, the makers had called me to their office and pressured me several times to withdraw my ‘Based on a novel by’ credit, which was by contract. They told me they’d replace it with something like ‘initiated by’ – a credit that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. I still told them that if the film is indeed original, I’ll happily withdraw the credit, but somehow the promos don’t tell me so. I asked them to show me the film and they fell silent.

Soon, they started doing media promotions for the film, and kept me completely out of it (you’ll never find me in an interview with them). Crores was poured into publicity on shutting me out and cementing the fact that 3 Idiots is not based on Five Point Someone. However, the book had been read by millions of people and the FPS buzz just did not die down.

Ten days before the release, I was called into their office. They said ‘we should be friends now’. I said I am always up for friendship, and the success of the film is good for me as well. They also said, and I quote verbatim ‘even though this is an original film, we have given you a great credit, right upfront. After all, we love writers and a king should treat another king with respect. You are family’. I believed them.

I called my family before release, and told them all not to expect FPS. I even gave a few interviews where I said don’t expect FPS.

Then I went for the premiere. My family sat in the theatre shocked, as sequence after sequence came from the book. 2%-5% means 3-6 minutes, and I had told my family to look for the few FPS moments and note them. However, there were so many that it became impossible to keep track. The plot line was same – people meet at ragging, the first class with definition of machine, the friends separate, Alok (Raju) moves with Venkat (Chatur), Ryan (Rancho) helps Alok’s father, Alok rejoins group etc etc. From Alok (Raju) jumping to stealing the papers and calling out from Cherian (Virus’) office – the book came alive on screen. I was surprised and happy that FPS has made it in such a grand way.

However, my family had not spotted my credit in the beginning (there was none) and they were feeling let down. A screenplay associate credit to VVC had a prominent upfront placement. The story credit was not shared with me. And yes, all the office talk of a ‘king treated like king’ was a white lie.

I knew they had played with me, and that ‘based on a novel by’ credit, which they were legally bound to give would be hushed away at the end – with the clear intention of making sure people miss it. And indeed, it came after the junior artists and still photographer of the movie, and zoomed away fast. My own mother missed seeing my name, and for that she cried after seeing the film. I told her it doesn’t matter, as people know FPS. But yes, that hurt me a lot.

I went up to the makers after the premiere, and they said it is a hit so chill and forget about it. I guess I could, but it is hard. Only a writer or a creative person knows how this feels. I am one of the lucky ones that people have read FPS. Imagine the fate of other writers in Bollywood. Anyway, I came home and thanked God for making my story reach so many people.

Upon the film’s release – my mailbox and twitter account, literally became flooded. Fans and readers wrote stunned mails. They had seen the makers’ interviews which had denied FPS links and they missed seeing the credit on screen. I kept quiet, though I did send a message to the makers telling them audience reactions. They did not respond. Soon media journalists saw the film. They called me and said they have to do a story on this as they are on my side. I tried my best to avoid them. However, many have helped me in the past and I can’t avoid their call forever. One HT journalist from Delhi called, and asked me how I felt about the credit. I used one word – I said ‘strange’. And that’s when the news exploded.

This my friends, is the story. Meanwhile, the makers have accused me of seeking fame – when clearly it is the other way round. They’ve taken my story to make fame for themselves, and shut me out of it. I know my readers will spot it immediately. However, the film also reaches millions of other people who do not read books – and they deserve to know who wrote the story. And that is why I am talking about this issue (and I admit for people who’ve read the book, they may wonder it’s so obvious so why I am going on about it).

I hope my explanation helps. I do have a few additional points to make.

  1. This has nothing to do with Mr. Aamir Khan – while the makers are fronting him to talk about the issue (as he has the credibility), this is not about him at all. I am a big fan of Aamir and he has made my story reach people. However, he was told by the makers not to read the book, and he hasn’t. Thus, he cannot comment on the issue in a meaningful manner. The media should stop questioning him. When I met him, both of us were told that the movie is original and not the book. He was asked not to read the book – and I wasn’t shown the script. Go figure.
  2. I don’t need this kind of fame – It doesn’t do anything for me. Like I said, I am lucky to have channels to express my opinion. Other writers don’t. I can’t tell you how much it hurts when this happens. Imagine someone takes your child, dresses him up and tells the world it is theirs. I’ve felt the pain for two years on this issue but I kept silent on it. I can’t help it if millions have read the book and see the movie upon release and spot the issue themselves.
  3. I don’t want anything from them – They’ve taken the story credit. Let them keep it. All Bollywood award functions have an award for ‘story’, apart from other categories. They’ll collect it all year around and feel good about it. I didn’t write the story for awards. I wrote it as I felt I had something to say about the education system and the race for grades. I have my fans’ love and I am more than happy with it.
  4. The odds - They have an army of people to promote their side of the story, crores of media budgets and are sparing no efforts to bring me down. The only thing I have is my fans, and the truth. But then, the truth is Krishna, and the Pandavas had only that while there was an army on the other side. Remember who won that battle?

Some people have told me that I should keep silent. I did try to be silent but didn’t work. Also, people say this is how Bollywood works. Sorry, I disagree. Not all Bollywood works like this. There are a lot of good people too. And every event like this helps change things for the better. And that is what I am all about anyway.

I urge you to not believe me at face value. Read the book, see the movie – and like the movie says – think for yourself and decide.

I want to thank the media journalists who are supporting me. Yes, the makers on the other side have a lot of stature – but truth comes above stature – that’s the first rule of journalism. I salute you for having the courage to stick to that. Our country does have free press, and thank God for that.

Like I said, I don’t need anything. Even if I have no more movies made on my stories or nobody wants to read my books and columns, I’ll happily join ISKCON and dedicate my life to Krishna.

But I will not shy away from the truth – ever.

Blessings,

Me
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I am with Chetan Bhagat. You can decide your side.

Let the truth prevail.

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