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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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