Wednesday, December 28, 2005
But reporting on him on a daily basis [His Tirumala/Sidhivinayak trips etc.] and wasting costly newsprint that otherwise could have highlighted other much serious causes is criminal.
Instead of the regular newspapers and tabloids, i find the articles of Dilip Dsouza, Amit Varma and the incredible Sonia Faleiro 100 times better and worth reading.
Friday, December 23, 2005
3:00 AM? What was the media doing there at 3:00 AM?
And if a journalist says something like "Aap baate to mithi karte ho, lekin jalebi ki tarah tedhe ho." to anyone it's definetly offensive and provocative.
This is like taking on a soft target. It seems Rajat Sharma has started a dangerous trend of "Sting Operation" to get publicity.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
JNU girl student beats boy in hostel
- By Our Correspondent
New Delhi, Dec. 13: A student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was allegedly beaten up by some girl student of the university inside his hostel room. These students then alleged that the boy had been harassing them for the past two months and that they have even lodged a complaint with the police authorities and the university authorities against the boy.
Tuesday saw students staging a protest outside the administrative block demanding to speed up the inquiry, which has been ordered by the university authorities after the matter was taken up to them.
According to some section of the students community, the group of girls belonging to Democratic Students Union first went to the Vasant Vihar police station, lodged a complaint against the student and then came and beat him up in his hostel room. The incident occurred on December 9 at Jhelum hostel. At an all-party meeting held on Monday, student representatives from various students bodies urged the authorities to take action against the guilty and also to avoid a lengthy probe.
Read the link below: A freelance writer taken for a ride by tehelka.com.
And these are people who talk about bringing a change in indian society. Hypocrites all.......
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The shivsainiks should first ask themselves some questions:
1. What has been the progress of the marathi manoos under their leadership?
["Marathi Manoos" does not include leaders of the party]
2. Apart from changing bombay's name to mumbai, what has the leadership done to improve the day to day conditions of the manoos?
3. Inspite of a fantastic local and rural support of the masses in terms of numbers, why has the leadership failed to guide and gain power?
4. Why is the personal growth of every leader in Sena spectacular whereas their constituency's progress miserable?
The answer to this questions is shivsena is short of leaders of substance and tragically the sainiks do not have much to choose from.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Dalmiya factor is at work again here, there is no doubt about it. Although the game is supposed to be bigger than individuals, apparently there are few individuals who are bigger than the game.
There have been instances of performers being neglected by the selectors in the past. The media hyped up a non-issue or was the media used as a pawn.??
Well dada ki dadagiri ka jawaab nahi...Will Chappell keep the ball rolling?
New moniker comes with promise of cash, documentary deal
Halfway, Oregon officials say being known for one year as Half.com brought the city $75,000 and 20 computers for its schools. “Even to this day, we still have people come through and talk about Half.com,”
Read about it on http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10146800/
Hey thats a good idea, I think the BMC should put up all the suburbs for sponsorship.
We can change Churchgate to TATA Terminal, Bandra to Ambani Station and Andheri to Film Nagari [ Film City should take up the sponsorship ].
If we get good roads, excellent uninterrupted clean water supply than who cares if its ambani station or andheri station.
I seek your permission to introduce myself to you.
I am Mrs Suha Arafat,wife of Yasser Arafat the late
Before the death of my husband,I had to close my swiss
bank accounts and relocated the funds.I proceeded to
deposit the money as valuables in different private
security companies for safe keeping.This I did when the
French Prosecutors started an inquiry into transfers I
made into banks accounts I have in France.
Would you believe that!!, the fraudsters are running out of names of african dictators, i wouldnt be surprised if similar mails in the name of Indira are being circulated abroad.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
"My check is in the post;"
"Of course I'm not only interested in sex;" and
"I'm from Head Office and I'm here to help you."
I want to add a fourth: "I didn't have time."
What this pitiful excuse means is either "I didn't want to" or "I didn't know how to" or "I was doing something else more important to me."
Lack of time is an attractive excuse, because it implies you're blameless — a helpless victim of stress, overwork and external circumstances. Of course, you may object that you truly do have far too much to do and something had to be left out. But who decided what you did in the time available? Either you set those priorities yourself, or you're the helpless slave of some all-consuming power that decides how you spend every moment of your time.
An excellent post by Adrian Savage..read ahead
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Some nigerians have been arrested lately for the famous email fraud.I received this email. The email looks like below. Those who fall in the trap, are asked to shell out some money for a bag full of scrap, which they insist on opening later.
I am a consultant with the federal ministry of works
and housing here in Nigeria, and I represent a group
of top Government Officials that is interested in
engaging your service as manager for investment
Purposes of a large volume of fund in your humble
country. The major thing I need from you is assuring
me safety of this money when it finally gets to you.
Further information and arrangement will commence as
soon as trust; confidence and good working
relationship is established between us. I shall be
most grateful if you maintain the Confidentiality of
this matter. Please confirm your interest via the
below email address.
However, the fact is that there was an over-inflated
contract that was executed for Ministry of Works and
housing worth $32 million, which has been lying fallow
since the original contractor has been paid leaving
the over-inflated amount which was done by this group
I’m representing. They are in charge of the accounts
section and have perfected all documents to back up
the payment as to avoid any trace whatsoever which
makes the transaction 100% risk free. The issue of the
kind of service I request from you would be that I
need your assistance in receiving the amount of $32m
and thereafter you invest it for a period of 2 years.
Secondly, you would be entitled to 20% of the total
fund in question as the fund manager while 5% will be
set aside for any sundry expenses incurred by both
parties in the course of this transaction.
Meanwhile, I believed that you would be able to handle
this project trustworthiness and confidentially as
this is only what I demand from you as to protect my
highly exalted position without denting my image and
person in this regards. I really need your assurance
and I want you to give me your maximum co-operation as
far as this project is concerned.
I have a wife with seven children; four girls, three
boys and I want to ensure that their future is secured
financially with this project,therefore, you can
understand my position towards this issue. I implore
you to include your private telephone, fax for safer
and more confidential communication. Please if this
proposal is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me
immediatly, so that we can work out the procedure for
the execution of this transaction. You can get back to
me on firstname.lastname@example.org May God bless you.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
It will do natwar good to wait for the probe to get over if he is not guilty, and if he is guilty he may well be out of sonia's favour forever.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Suddenly, my workplace became a place filled with people doing their best to either avoid deeper dilemmas or face them and grow.
The previous importance of titles and roles began to melt away before my eyes. . . . My own change of perspective led me to see a new organization without having changed anyone but myself.” — JEREMY FISH
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
"Their [indian team] walk had a tinge of unity" [Y just a tinge i wonder..]
"The Wall has shown that he is a down to earth person and has all the makings of a great captain..blah blah blah.."
After the victory,
The Wall received a call...Boss says "dada is very much there - Don't get carried away",
The Wall received a call...Living Legend says "dada is the greatest captain - Don't get carried away"
The Wall received a call...The King says "Tennis Elbow still not cured - Don't get carried away"
The Wall received a call...Pathan says "Dunno how i did it, can i repeat it - Don't get carried away"
The Wall received a call...Dada says "I could've added another hundred - Don't get carried away"
The Wall rumbles and mumbles "Don't get carried away"
"Don't get carried away - Says the Wall.." [Sudden APPLAUSE..]
He has is head on his shoulders, the statement proves it, gushes a beauty on tv...
'These women who are opposing the ban, we will make their mothers dance ... .' (The comments have to be translated into Marathi to gauge its impact.) During the campaign we had been asked, 'Will you send your daughter to dance in a bar?' But on the floor of the House, the situation had regressed, from our daughters to our mothers! They sniggered: "Isha Koppikar ... she is an atom bomb, atom bomb ... " This evoked great deal of laughter and cheer ... "The dancers wear only 20 per cent clothes" ... More laughter and cheering ... "These women who dance naked (nanga nach), they don't deserve any sympathy". A round of applause.
An esteemed member narrated an incident of his friend's daughter who had committed suicide because she did not get a job. He said it was more dignified to commit suicide than dance in bars. And the House applauded! The message for women is clear: If you happen to be born in a poor family, you are better off dead!
Check out the article...
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Tapes though a good find for the Intelligence Bureau, has nothing new to show.It's common knowledge that actors were bullied by underworld and made to attend shows and work in their films.
In fact what has been established by this interviews is that govinda was used by the criminals than, and now is being used as a pawn by the politician and the media.
Amarsingh requested him not to come to UP to campaign [the so called powerhorse from samajwadi was afraid of govinda...??].
Ram naik has the cheek to ask govinda to resign, i think we can cite many reasons for him to resign from an active life in politics.
Rajat Sharma does not think twice before threatening govinda live on tv "Hamare Pass aur bhi aise tapes hai aapke...hum chaahe to...", what journalism is this?
Instead of just presenting the tapes couldn't they have contacted the authorities and asked them whether they knew about it or atleast brought one current serving authority on TV along with a lawyer so that the public could be enlightened about what is criminal activity and what is not?
Bollywood is a soft target, show some guts Mr Rajat Sharma and show us tapes of Politicians and Police too who we know are not totally clean.....
1. So does that mean that stress can be the only reason for a person to commit rape and that means he is different from other criminals or rapists and deserves a lenient approach.
2. If the above courses can be thought of and introduced by the top brass for the department, can it be made available to the prisoners too.?
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,"Hi"
You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
10 yrs later, 2 get 3-yr RI for Rs-1500 robbery
Mumbai: A sessions court on Monday sentenced two men to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for stealing Rs 1,495 in 1994.
Suryakant Talkar and Anand Langde were both 29 years old at the time of the incident. The duo robbed a roadside vendor, Navnath Birje, selling boiled eggs at Kalbadevi Road on April 13, 1994 by threatening him with a knife. They robbed him of the Rs 1,400 he had earned during the day and also snatched Rs 95 from a customer S Patel. According to public prosecutor Ashok Deshmukh, when Talkar and Langde tried to flee the spot, they were nabbed by passers-by and handed over to the police. They were booked under the stringent sections for “voluntarily causing hurt’’ while committing a robbery. Talkar and Langde were identified in court by their victims and sentenced to undergo three years’ rigorous imprisonment.
Just a few days back i was at the andheri court with a application to withdrew a case filed some years back. The application typed by a vendor at the court said the complainant wished to withdraw the case due to the long dates that he has been receiving for hearing. The judge on reading this asked me whether i would still like to go ahead with the case and he promised in 2-3 months time i can get the summons. I told him the accused [ the case was about bounced cheque ] is not available and is absconding than the honourable judge asked me to mention in the application later that i am withdrawing the case not because of the long dates of hearing but becoz the accused is absconding. The lawyer did the necessary.
After reading the above article, i am compelled to think that i could fend for myself and family but what about the people mentioned in the article above. They are daily wage earners, they have a family to support and can ill-afford lawyers. Is this justice.?
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Would this be taken lightly in any other country? Forget the western world, where the judiciary and the police would be sued for millions, even the middle east would have been better than india.
You also realised why the north-easterners consider India as a foreign land....dont believe it ? Go for a trip there.....read the story in the link below.
Amit Varma of India Uncut also a link...
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
A public interest litigation is filed against the Govt; BMC, MTNL, Railways & Police for the blatant apathy of the Govt. & Civil admin towards our City. We have guaranteed that the citizens of Mumbai will not sit back this time and are determined to get 1 million signatures to reitrate our collective anguish. If you agree , SMS " jaag and your full name" to 8558 also send this to all those who wish to make India a true Democracy.
Please SMS to 8558 as it's good for us only.
[Eg: Jaag Raj Khanna]
Friday, July 15, 2005
Me: This Salman is a nut yaar...Cant keep his trap shut once drunk...His poor father has to write a open letter in the media to ask him to get married...
Pal: Yaar, yeh sab game hai, badi game...
Pal: Is main salman, aish, police, government sab saammil hai...
Pal: Dekh Salman ki picture release ho rahi hai, thode din main Rising bhi ho rahi hai...Varma ki James bhi ho rahi hai...islye Big Opening chaaiye....kuch naatak...kuch dhamaal...controversy is big money in bollywood...
Me: Accha!? But..[Interrupted]
Pal: Tum public log yeh sab real main le lete ho....Hindustan Times ka Launching pad kitna zordar raha yeh news ki wajah se....Paper wale ka faayda....picture hit salman ka faayda....Aish aise bhi bina hit picture ke news main rehti hai...uska bhi faayda....Government ka bhi faayda....
Me: Government ka kya Faayda??
Pal: Media busy rahegi - behind the scenes, shivsena ko todne ka game chalu rahega jo speaker ne kiya hai...samjha kar yaar....itna simple theory nahi samajte tum log....Chal Shaam ko kya kar raha hai....
Pal: Salman ki MPKK ki do ticket hai....
Me: [Felt like banging my head...ouch still hurts...]
Friday, July 01, 2005
Who are citizens’ groups to check and seek accounts of how we used our funds, ask over dozen corporators
I can’t do any work because of ALMs. Please get this harassment stopped
— Kavita Rodricks, Congress corporator
[ People getting organized and following up on community work is harassment !!]
Tell ward officials that ALMs are not MLAs’ men
— Waqarunnissa Ansari, Congress corporator
[ MLA ka aadmi ho to kaam karne ka kya? ]
Gang war. That’s the only word to describe their working
— Prakash Bobdi, Congress corporator
[ True, That is your domain [gang war], people should not encroach on it!!]
Are ALMs going to contest elections? Who are they to demand information on how we used our funds?
— Trushna Vishwasrao, Shiv Sena corporator
[ Kalyug hai yaar! Vishwasrao pe Vishwas nahi!! ]
The fact is people are still not minding their business, if they had, you all would not have been corporators.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
As given in the TOI - Maintaining that Advani had only placed a “historical truth’’ before the world, Fernandes suggested a “country-wide debate on those really behind partition’’.
So now the country will debate and try to find out who was responsible for the partition.
It doesn't matter that
- almost all the leaders from that era are dead.
- that India has more important and current issues that need to be looked at.
So switch on your TV sets and get set for a ride. Advani will be back in action and BJP will bend down on its knees to take him back, to hell with RSS, only advani has the charisma and the image of a national leader. Murli is no competition, Swaraj and Mahajan are kids.
Times also reported about Togadia's wish to be the CM of Gujarat. Forget it Togadia, forever, you shot yourself in the foot. You will know soon who is the big boss.
Hey Am I turning into some political forecaster or whaaat...??
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I have used the same title.
Madhu Trehan wrote an article. She writes regularly for "Outlook" and in this she is replying to a letter by a reader. Both the letters are shown below.
A letter she received.
I have read your articles ever since I was a kid and you were at India Today. You have often come across as a balanced person not prone to Gandhi nonsense, until now. I live in a White Nation (the US) and have never felt like a second class citizen. Only a blind and a deaf person can compare the pride of a US citizen with the indignity of being an India. A US citizen trusts his government, knows his/her death will never go unpunished, while an Indian solider is there to die. Elite is a bad word in India because 95% of our country lives in abject poverty. Next time ask the waiter in Taj who served you the Rs 400 drink, how much he makes in a month. The Durban who opens the door for you, ask him how much he makes? I bet his monthly salary will be around your dinner bill. Shame on you and journalists like you who have failed India in the past with colored reporting and are doing so now. They should feel ashamed. Rather than calling Bush names, maybe we should hang our heads in shame on PM's like Vajpayee who is too old to walk, too much of a coward to protect his people.
Maybe, just maybe, the day people like us (the English educated hence smarter) start feeling ashamed enough we will start making changes in India rather than just exploiting our servants and labor class. It anguishes me to read this national character articles. A nation that cannot feed its people (a la Orissa) has no character, a nation whose children move around naked (Mumbai) has no reason to feel proud, a nation whose elected reps call religious riots "opposite reaction" has no future. Once again, shame on you and all of India. I am ashamed to be an Indian and shame on you for suggesting anything else.
Madhu Trehan's response was:
I will answer your letter point by point. Your name. You can be Chet or Jet, stay away from the sun, fake an american accent, but you will never be able to run away from Chaitanya. He will always be there even though you hate him today.
Gandhi, whom you hold in such contempt, despite all his controversial behavior, is largely responsible for the fact that there is no white boot on a part of your anatomy today. You live in a white nation but you are not white and never will be. You can fool yourself to believe that you are not treated as a second class citizen. You choose to forget the Dot Busters, the Sikh who was killed because he looked foreign and rampant racism.
How many times a week do you have to explain where you are from and spend your time EXPLAINING India to Americans? I cringe to think what you say to them about India. We do not need spokesman such as you. You will never be able to share a good desi joke with any of your new friends. If you can’t laugh together; you cannot understand each other. You will always be an alien.
Yes, we are economically poor compared to US but we do not have to suffer the highest rate of teenage pregnancies, kids coming into schools and killing students and teachers, the highest rate of suicide among college students, alienated parents and children, lonely old people dumped into old age homes, drugs being offered to eight year olds (as my daughter was when she was in the UN school in New York), serial marriages and divorces. The US had a president who was senile and deaf (Reagan), one who turned out to be a serial sex offender (Clinton), and now you have one who didn’t know the heads of state of major countries and ignored warnings of a terrorist attack months before it took place.
The US is responsible for massacres in Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Chile and the list goes on. The rest of the world does not view America with the rose-colored glasses you have been brainwashed by the US media to see through. And, how much does a waiter in Jean Georges restaurant in Trump International Hotel in New York make compared to the price of the drink he is serving? The labor class is exploited all over the world.
You seem to very upset that I am pointing out we have a national character to be ashamed of and we should do something about it. Your insistence that we stay ashamed and do nothing about it is perhaps to make it easier for you to live in a country where the only religion is to hang out at malls and accumulate consumer items you don't really need but have been dictated by advertising to buy to keep the US economy going.
It is not by accident that Americans are flocking to yoga and meditation classes to buy happiness. You have done well to leave a country you are ashamed of. Call yourself an American but sooner or later your disguise and American Halloween costume will frighten you enough to get rid of it. I love America's energy and have good friends there. New York is a center for an enormous outpouring of creativity and imaginative thinking.
Every country has its own problems. It is for the people who belong there to take responsibility for change. If you are so far removed from India, ask yourself why you are so anguished with my article. Chaitanya is raising his head, Chet is in trouble.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The immediate reaction of our fellow indians would be now of hauling the brigadier over live coals. We do not trust Pakistan but if they come out with such things our first instinct is "Yea it is possible".
We have still not learnt our lesson from the Samba Spy Scandal.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
MUMBAI, MAY 16: They talk of moderate consumption to tide over the severe power crisis in Maharashtra. But when it comes to walking that talk, the state’s ministers seem to have fallen short by miles—government records show that the Energy Minister and Rural Development Minister have run up electricity bills of around Rs 30,000 each.
All paid by the Public Works Department, from the taxpayer’s pocket.
The official bungalows of Energy Minister Dilip Walse-Patil has 10 ACs and that of Rural Development Minister Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil at least nine.
And this when their home constituencies—Walse-Patil’s Ambegaon near Pune and Mohite-Patil’s Aklooj down south—are reeling under nine-hour power cuts.
The Energy Minister’s power bills, records show, were Rs 28,789 in January, Rs 27,551 in February and Rs 29,201 in March. And the Rural Development Minister ran up bills of Rs 34,808 in January, Rs 30,870 in February and Rs 31,265 in March.
Lastly the minister says On his power bill, ‘‘I don’t pay. The government takes care of all that for ministers.’’
We know, Mr.Minister, We know we are to blame......we elected you.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
"Whatever the politicians and the business-booster types may be saying, the simple truth is that there are not nearly enough jobs available for the many millions of out-of-work or underworked men and women who need them. The wages of those who are employed are not even keeping up with inflation."
"Two-thirds of this generation are not living up to their parents' standard of living"
"The economy is growing and real output is up," said Mr. Sum, who is also a professor at Northeastern. "But the distribution of income, in terms of how much is going to workers - well, the answer is very little has gone to the typical worker."
Gains among recently arrived immigrants seem to have accounted for the entire net increase in jobs from 2000 through 2004.
Please note though the scenario seems very familiar, the article is about USA not India.
Click on Bob's name and read the article.....
Since the marine drive rape incident, Indian Media [TV, Newspaper] is full of reports of rape, sodomy, etc. Its not that this were not happening. It was there all the time.
I saw a constable, trying to manage traffic at Lilavati Hospital, bandra.I and a few friends were having Cutting Chai nearby.
The poor constable was sweating and whistling out loud and running around to manage the unruly traffic.
There was this young chap buying a smoke, he shouted at the constable "Abe ae - phi phi kya karta hai". On this the constable came running towards him and said "Aapka problem kya hai". The guy just murmured something and walked away.
I think every policeman must be cursing Sunil More for what he did to the image of the police force.
Friday, April 29, 2005
"From May 1, the Queen’s Necklace will loose much of its lustre."
- loose?? gain would be the right word.
"With an annual turnover of Rs 700 crore, Mumbai’s billboards often reviled, are also regarded as one of the city’s cultural icons."
- Cultural icons!!! Now when did that happen. When did those semi-nude, gross visuals became cultural icons...[ Ofcourse except for a Amul or even a Traffic Awareness campaign which was creative ].
‘‘It is a sad situation—we are talking of transforming this city into Shanghai—look at all the beautiful cities of the world, they are known for their illuminations,’’ argued Imtiyaz Vilatra, Ogilvy and Mather’s management supervisor for Landscapes, their outdoor advertising company. ‘‘I feel the state should look for more ways to generate power.’’
- Will someone enlighten Imtiyaz about the strict guidelines set by Shanghai with respect to semi-porn/nude and double entendre and the punishments meted out otherwise. Also you can check out the various ZEHER / KHAMOSH -KHAUF whatever / FUN -Dangerous Illuminations of monstrous sizes at various signals in the city. Some are right in front of the windows for all to see. As for the advice, there are people who rarely saw a lit bulb in this state, in remote villages...so wish you could have offered it earlier....heard of SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY..?
‘‘More than the monetary losses it’s a loss of creativity,’’ said Manish Jain, general manager of Bright Advertising.
- Spare me will ya...
‘‘People will miss the illuminated presentation of the city.’’ again Manish Jain.
- Not me!! I like one Illumination though and that is the Illumination of CST and Municipal Office [both heritage buildings].
While the police insist it was an accident, his hostel mates suggest it was suicide over a love affair gone wrong."
It seems he had approached the girl many times and had received a slap too from her in front of 25 students. He was in a depression since then.
What does the dean have to say? ‘‘Aditya was Senior Manager, Placements for his batch. He was a very good student and we’ve lost a good life. This has nothing to do with our affiliation problems’’. The affiliation problems are apparently giving the dean some nightmares, that's for sure.
As for such students, don't waste your life, because by doing so, you kill your family members too in a single stroke.
And yes please include COUNSELLING as a compulsory option in my earlier post for education, for students.
The article from Indian Express, in mumbai expressline dated 28th April proves it. Read some of the quotes:
1. I don’t know who the PM is: Ishita, Std IX
2.‘‘I’m not interested in the Parliament; I don’t think it’s relevant to my life in any way,’’ declared Chaitali Palav, a Std IX student of St Mary’s Convent, Mulund.
3. ‘‘I know nothing about Parliament or its functions,’’ admits a cheerful Ishita Madanpura, another Std IX student. In fact, Madanpura says she doesn’t know who the prime minister is.
4. Tejas Prabhu, a Std VIII student of Saraswati Vidyamandir, Thane, was a little more interested. ‘‘All I know about Parliament is how it looks,’’ he admits. ‘‘But I’d like to know more.’’
5. Amruta Moholkar, a Std VIII student of Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane, was not too keen to know more about Parliament even if the information was ready-made. ‘‘I’ve heard the term Parliament in Civics. I know they make rules there,’’ she said.
Some on the positive side...
1. Aakash Jhaveri, a Std VIII student of Cathedral and John Conon School. ‘‘I read three newspapers every day. I think it’s very interesting to know what’s been happening in Parliament and in the rest of the country,’’ he said.
2. Rushank Kariya, a Std VIII student of St Joseph School, Wadala, was also quite
knowledgeable. ‘‘I read two papers every day. I follow the Sensex very
closely,’’ he said. As for Parliamentary affairs, he keeps tab on the “most
‘‘I know that the Parliament has two houses and I know their functions.
But the textbook only gives us theory,’’ said Shriya Moghe, a
student of R P Wagh High School, Vasai.
Ask me, I am a part timer too in Management.
REVAMP the Education System, and see the changes in society.
1. We need uniform subjects across india, especially with respect to Indian History [ Past and Modern ].
2. English and Hindi should be made compulsory. Or there is no point in refering hindi to as our national language. English because there is a urgent need to bring the students from the rural and urban at the same level.
3. 2nd Language should be the language used in majority in the state. Offer other languages too, as optional subjects that gives student an opportunity to learn their mothertongue.
4. Form a national committee, to set guidelines and prevent the syllabi from being used as a platform to preach pseudo ideological thoughts.
5. Involve the youth and the industrialists of the country to make the education system dynamic, ever evolving and practical.
6. Specialised courses in colleges, that give a fair idea to students of choosing the career path not as per their ambitions or because the career is lucrative but also whether they have the aptitude for the same.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Go thro the powerpoint presentation to see the detailed description of the harassment meted out to them. The slide that depicts the career path of the rude counter clerk takes the cake.
A damn good idea, but in India i guess, everyone would be a powerpoint expert just after a week of experiencing rude rickshawwallahs, bus conductors, taxi drivers, hawkers, BMC [ everyone ] , police, phew............
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Can the state government [Tamil Nadu] step in and take drastic action against the so called holy persons who conducted this rituals? This is worse that what shankaracharya is accused of....
Go ahead and read it on the following link....
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Salman gives a huge amount to the victim's kin without waiting for any such directive from anyone. Whereas in the Mhatre case, the victim needs to go to court for compensation. The critics are unusually silent too on this issue and not much of paper reams is wasted on the Mhatre Case compared to the Salman case.
Manu Sharma is successful in getting bail after cold bloodedly murdering jessica lal in full public view, is the law bending backwards to accomodate the high and the mighty...??
Monday, April 11, 2005
You gave me an angel from heaven,
Who tended to me every day.
She saw me through trials and errors,
Watched and prayed as I went on my way.
My angel protected me always,
And vigilant ever was she,
While fasting and praying for others,
And faithfully calling on Thee.
My angel from heaven did love me.
I was blessed from the day I was born,
For that angel was my precious mother;
And now, her departure I mourn.
So please, Father, give her that mansion
She talked about time after time.
Let her sing in your heavenly choir
Among angels' voices sublime.
Please bless her and keep her forever
In heaven, away from all pain,
And help me to be much more like her,
So I can be with her again.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Not the complete poem, but i produce a part of it...
Jahan Gyan ki Bhrastachar se Pehchaan...
Jahan Vidya ki Dhan se Pehchaan....
Us Desh main mere bhai bolo...Mera Bharat Mahaan ????
Jahan Insaan Bhool betha
ki hai pehle woh insaan....
Phir Hindu ya Musalmaan....
Us Desh main mere bhai bolo...Mera Bharat Mahaan ????
Jahan Mandal ka kafn pehnakar...
Ek Chandal Neta ne ki Masoom Vidyarthiyo ki
Atmavilopan [Death by Fire] se pehchaan....
Us Desh main mere bhai bolo...Mera Bharat Mahaan ????
Jahan gumrah insaano ki
karvayi gayi Andhkar se pehchaan.......
Us Desh main mere bhai bolo...Mera Bharat Mahaan ????
Jab is desh ke nawjawan
Jalake Kranti ki Mashaal....
Karvayange is desh ka naye Atmasamman se pehchaan....
TAB MERE BHAIO GARV SE BOLNA "MERA BHARAT MAHAAN"
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
The article produced can be viewed at the following link -
The Taj Mahal,located near the Indian city of Agra, is one of the world's greatest architectural treasures. The almost supernatural beauty of the Taj Mahal and its grounds transcends culture and history, and speaks with a voice of its own to visitors from all over the world of feelings that are common to all humanity.
There are two stories of how the Taj came to be.
The Taj's Love Story
It has been called the most beautiful temple in the world, despite the fact that it was built at the cost of much human life. The Taj Mahal is a real monument of one man's love for a woman. The story is a sad one, told many times. But it never hurts to tell it again.
In 1631, when his wife died in childbirth, the emperor Shah Jahan brought to Agra the most skilled craftsmen from all Asia and even Europe, to build the white marble mausoleum that is the Taj Mahal. He intended to build a black marble mausoleum for himself, and the link between the two was to be a silver bridge. This fantastic plan suffered a dramatic and permanent setback when the Shah himself died.
Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond description, particularly at dawn and at sunset when it seems to glow in the light. On a foggy morning, it looks as though the Taj is suspended in mid-air when viewed from across the Jamuna river.
This is, of course, an illusion. The Taj stands on a raised square platform with its four corners truncated, forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and a symmetry of architectural elements.
If you don't want the huge crowds to distract you from your view, try arriving just as it opens or is about to close. A few minutes alone in the perpetually echoing inner sanctum will reward you far more than several hours spent on a guided tour. Especially if your tour guide is Murbat Singh, who makes it his job to find a new comic slant on the Taj story every time he tells it.
To really do the Taj Mahal justice, you should plan to spend at least a full day in the grounds, to see this stunning piece of architecture at dawn, midday, and at dusk. The colours and atmosphere of the gardens and the Taj itself constantly change throughout the day. Under moonlight the marble glows.
The Taj's Other Story
If you have ever visited the Taj Mahal then your guide probably told you that it was designed by Ustad Isa of Iran, and built by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Indian children are taught that it was built in 22 years (1631 to 1653) by 20,000 artisans brought to India from all over the world.
This story has been challenged by Professor P.N. Oak, author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, who believes that the whole world has been duped. He claims that the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz Mahal's tomb, but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya), worshipped by the Rajputs of Agra city.
In the course of his research, Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace had been usurped by Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife's memorial. In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz's burial. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur is said to retain in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for the surrender of the Taj building.
The use of captured temples and mansions as a burial place for dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers. For example, Hamayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried in such mansions.
Oak's inquiries begin with the name Taj Mahal. He says this term does not occur in any Moghul court papers or chronicles, even after Shah Jahan's time. The term 'Mahal' has never been used for a building in any of the Muslim countries, from Afghanistan to Algeria.
'The usual explanation that the term Taj Mahal derives from Mumtaz Mahal is illogical in at least two respects. Firstly, her name was never Mumtaz Mahal but Mumtaz-ul-Zamani,' he writes. 'Secondly, one cannot omit the first three letters from a woman's name to derive the remainder as the name for the building.'
Taj Mahal is, he claims, a corrupt version of Tejo-mahalaya, or the Shiva's Palace. Oak also says that the love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan is a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists. Not a single royal chronicle of Shah Jahan's time corroborates the love story.
Furthermore, Oak cites several documents suggesting that the Taj Mahal predates Shah Jahan's era:
Professor Marvin Miller of New York took samples from the riverside doorway of the Taj. Carbon dating tests revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan.
European traveller Johan Albert Mandelslo, who visited Agra in 1638 (only seven years after Mumtaz's death), describes the life of the city in his memoirs, but makes no reference to the Taj Mahal being built.
The writings of Peter Mundy, an English visitor to Agra within a year of Mumtaz's death, also suggest that the Taj was a noteworthy building long well before Shah Jahan's time.
Oak also points out a number of design and architectural inconsistencies that support the belief that the Taj Mahal is a typical Hindu temple rather than a mausoleum.
Many rooms in the Taj Mahal have remained sealed since Shah Jahan's time, and are still inaccessible to the public. Oak asserts they contain a headless statue of Shiva and other objects commonly used for worship rituals in Hindu temples.
Fearing political backlash, Indira Gandhi's government tried to have Oak's book withdrawn from the bookstores, and threatened the Indian publisher of the first edition with dire consequences.
The only way to really validate or discredit Oak's research is to open the sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal, and allow international experts to investigate.
Mommy went to Heaven,
but I need her here today.
My tummy hurts and I fell down.
I need her right away.
Operator, can you tell me
How to find her in this book?
Is heaven in the yellow part?
I don't know where to look.
I think my daddy needs her, too;
At night I hear him cry.
I hear him call her name sometimes,
but I really don't know why.
Someone hit her car, he says.
It fell in the river and sunk.
Someone hit her car,
and daddy calls him a drunk.
Why did he drink and drive?
If he had not done it,
My mama would be alive.
Maybe if I call her,
she will hurry home to me.
Is Heaven very far away?
Is it across the sea?
She's been gone a long, long time.
She needs to come home now!
I really need to reach her,
but I simply don't know how.
Help me find the number, please.
Is it listed under "Heaven?"
I can't read these big, big words.
I am only seven.
I'm sorry, operator,
I didn't mean to make you cry,
Is your tummy hurting, too?
Or is there something in your eye?
Maybe I should call my church,
Maybe they will know.
Mommy said when we need help
that's where we should go.
I found the number to my church
and tacked it on the wall.
Thank you, operator,
I'll give them a call.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Wow, now thats interesting!!!The Indian Police should arrest Modi immediately, as the US through its intelligence network has found out the real villain of Godhra riots...
But who did grant tourism/business visa to modi in the first place, will that officer be sacked by US Dept of Immigration.
Relax, Modi Bashers, I am not Modi Fan but America has no moral standing to act righteous and teach us about Racial Discrimination, Racial Hatred etc.
For more info contact the Hispanic, Afro-Americans, Asian-Americans, Arab-Americans who were at the receiving end after 9/11.
Nobody is mightier than the Indian Public, even the the great Indira Gandhi was jolted by it...remember the emergency...
But I really love the functioning of the US Congress, just imagine if indians similarly could pass resolution to ban the entry of American Leaders, I am sure Bush, Powell, Rice and maybe an MJ too!! would be restricted from entering india too.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
"I think she was stupid to die like that. She thought I was going to die. I have had this disease for the past two years; nothing happens. I’m just a little tired, nothing else!”
[ *@#!--forget it, not worth commenting...]
The wife was not aware of his disease, she was told that he had contracted TB.
Read about the pathetic state of AIDS awareness and I feel human relations...
Monday, March 14, 2005
“The initial years of my profession made me a robot who went about cutting bodies without any emotion. With the passage of time, dead bodies of children and women killed in blasts and gunfire changed the robot in me to an emotionless statue"
Maqbool is Kashmir's only post-mortem specialist, he has been religiously performing this gory duty for last 15 years. How can it be that the government that spends crores on J&K could not find some more staff for performing autopsies.
He buys autopsy kits from his own pocket at times!!
“I have nightmares. Whenever I sleep, the faces of the dead keep on turning in my dreams.”
Isn't this duty too a violation of Human Rights??
Monday, February 28, 2005
I've seen them vanish at dawn.
But I've realized enough of my dreams, thank God,
To make me want to dream on.
I've prayed many prayers, when no answers came,
Though I waited so patient and long,
But answers came to enough of my prayers
To make me keep praying on.
I've trusted many a friend who failed
And left me to weep alone,
But I've found enough of my friends to be true
To make me keep trusting on.
I've sown many seeds that fell by the way
For the birds to feed upon,
But I've held enough golden sheaves in my hands
To make me keep sowing on.
I've drained the cup of disappointment and pain
And gone many days without song,
But I've sipped enough nectar from the roses of life
To make me want to live on.
Friday, February 25, 2005
The class comprised of students younger and older to me too [That helped me relax !! I was not the odd one out].
Not quite a part of academic intelligentsia, I never had any pretensions of joining IIM or something equal. Still I managed to get into a college with very good infrastructure and a damn good library, [Yea! You will find me mentioning that quite often !!]. Where else would you get to read Khuswant Singh, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, P.L.Deshpande, Grisham, J.D.Krishnamurthy along with the management regulars like Jack Welch, Peter Drucker, Arindam Chaudhari to name a few.
And the friends I made? Couldn't have asked for better inspiration and motivation. I have for colleagues, a lady with college kids, 2 Sisters who stay at Kalyan, Work at Andheri and come to Bandra everyday to study !!, A smart talking business kid with a great sense of humour, Some highly exploited [ :( ] and yet always cheerful Coke Sales guys, A guy from a faaaaar away place called Belapur who recently had to give up his newly acquired bike due to accident and some beautiful and determined to make it in life kinda gals too [ With Brains !!! ]......
If I had a dream cam like the one i mentioned in my earlier blogs, i would have shot a new episode daily and believe me it would have been a super duper hit series....
More of my college pals later....
MAIL FROM S. Dinesh Gopinath, I.A.S, Director of Medical & Research Div, Chennai.Dear All,Kindly take a couple of minutes to go thru this mail. If useful may advise others also . Please pass this on to othersThis happened in Paris recently and may happen elsewhere also. A few weeks ago, in a movie theatre, a person felt something poking from her seat. When she got up to see what it was, she found a needle sticking out of the seat with a note attached saying
"You have just been infected by HIV".
The Disease Control Center (in Paris) reports many similar events in many other cities recently. All tested needles were HIV Positive. The Center reports that needles have been found in cash dispensers at public banking machines. We ask everyone to use extreme caution when faced with this kind of situation.
All public chairs/seats should be inspected with vigilance and caution before use. A careful visual inspection should be enough. In addition, they ask that each of you pass this message along to all members of your family and your friends of the potential danger.
Recently, one doctor has narrated a somewhat similar instance that happened to one of his patients at the Priya Cinema in Delhi. A young girl, engaged and about to be married in a couple of months, was pricked while the movie was going on. The tag with the needle had the message "Welcome to the World of HIV family".
Though the doctors told her family that it takes about 6 months before the virus grows strong enough to start damaging the system and a healthy victim could survive about 5-6 years, the girl died in 4 months, perhaps more because of the "Shock thought".
We all have to be careful at public places, rest God help! Just think about saving a life by forwarding this message.
Please, take a few seconds of your time to pass along.With Regards,S. Dinesh Gopinath, I.A.S, Director of Medical & Research Div, Chennai. Rather than forwarding irrelevant mails, kindly pass this to every one. Probably ur mail can help some save his/her life.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
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Some people in Gwalior are opening a temple dedicated to the former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. A gentleman named Vijay Singh Chauhan, a lawyer by profession, is the man behind the project. He says, "The temple will be a source of inspiration for future generations and will be important from the tourism point of view." Vajpayee's idol will be installed in the temple on December 25, his 80th birthday anniversary, after being dipped "in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers". What astonishes and repels me is that, at the time of writing, Vajpayee hasn't yet spoken out against this. Is this how he wants to be remembered, as the idol of an irrational bunch of zealots? On the other hand, he did lead the political arm of the Sangh Parivar for quite some time, didn't he?
Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.
God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts...
Some folks wear their halos much too tight...
Some marriages are made in heaven, but they ALL have to be maintained on earth...
Unless you can create the WHOLE universe in 5 days, then perhaps giving "advice" to God, isn't such a good idea.
Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up...
Standing in the middle of the road is dangerous. You will get knocked down by the traffic from both ways.
Words are windows to the heart.
A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it's a forgery.
It isn't difficult to make a mountain out of a molehill, just add a little dirt.
A successful marriage isn't finding the right person-it's being the right person.
The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
Too many people offer God prayers with claw marks all over them.
The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can't hold it.
To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the prisoner was you.
You have to wonder about humans, they think God is dead and Elvis is alive.
It's all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
You'll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck...
From a very nice blog: http://surinderxx.blogspot.com/
Friday, January 14, 2005
The inscriber insisted that such an inscription would be confusing, for passersby would tend to think that three men were buried under the stone. However he suggested an alternative:
He would inscribe, "Here lies a man who was both honest and a lawyer.
That way, whenever anyone walked by the tombstone and read it, they would be certain to remark: "That's Strange"!
The old farmer got off his tractor and went to investigate. Soon he dug a hole and buried the politicians. A few days later, the local sheriff came out, saw the crashed bus and apsked the old farmer where all the politicians had gone.
The old farmer told him he had buried them.
The sheriff asked the old farmer, "Lordy, they were ALL dead?"
The old farmer said, "Well, some of them said they weren't, but you know how them crooked politicians lie."