Wednesday, February 23, 2011


We all have seen this advertisement (I am generalizing that everybody watches DD News) released by Ministry of I & B on the occasion of 62nd Republic Day celebrations.
I wonder from where the government got those smiling faces of villagers ploughing field and fetching water from well. The director of the ad must have been completely out of senses and I fail to understand if he was making a comedy movie or what in the whole world did he had in his mind while asking all the villagers (fake certainly) to keep smiling during the entire length of that hypothetical AD.
I think that there must have been an AD-Mad competition organized by I&B ministry and the winner would have been chosen for telecast. The government thinks that it can showcase anything no matter what the public would see it would certainly acknowledge it well.
H-R-B-N reminded me of the INDIA SHINING campaign kicked by BJP which finally got kicked over by the voters from the second term.
Congress got 2nd term purely because its stars were good. BJP didn’t have a core issue to speak about in its campaign (this is because of poor homework done by the party) and the party quite overtly lacked a strong stance in front of public. Moreover, people were already pissed off by Godhra Riots and were not willing to vote a party just because of its Hindutva campaign. The riots have already assured all muslim votes to congress and other local parties for a large numbers of elections to come. Apart from a weak opposition, Congress was able to woo the people at large because of the 6th Pay Commission. The pay commission fell in the last year of congress’ first term and people were in a high mood and it just rubbed off all the shortcomings of the ruling party (majorly price rise). In the rural areas NREGA was able to influence people to continue voting for the same party. NAREGA was definitely a shot-in-the-arm for the congress. It helped the party to dispel the burden of CPI(M) from its shoulders as a coalition.
Four years down the line, the price rise continues but the paychecks don’t swell anymore, NREGA has been renamed as MGNREGA and the minimum 100 Rupees wage rule is being curbed by the govt citing budget problems. To add to the colors, 2G scam, Balck money, Adarsh society scam, Wakf board land scam, Radia Tapes (barkhagate),CWG scam…...etc( I don’t remember the rest right now). According to Mulayam Singh-‘Each new born baby comes in this world (INDIA precisely) with a debt of Rs.2200 because of all these shoddy dealings’.
Apart from these scams above, govt. fails to provide justice and resolve issues like- Maoist, China Border issue, Dr. Binayak Sen, Aarushi murder, Telangana, Gorkhaland, Prasar Bharti (Mr.B.S Lalli), talks with Pakistan…..etc.
Our honorable P.M for whom I HAD immense respect, has been so moulded by politics that firstly he doesn’t dare to answer all such cases and secondly he calls for a press conference through video conferencing and that to with his favorite editors who must have been given a list of questions to be followed strictly and may have been directed aswell regarding who will ask what. That is why nobody raised an eerie over why govt is not ready to declare the names of all the people accused of hoarding money in foreign banks and why govt. is planning for an amnesty for such people. Dr. Singh certainly deserves a role in Hindi films for playing his scripted role well. That was certainly a role-well-played as a new comer in the industry.
And still the govt. wants us to hum H-R-B-N.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Directors make movies based on their native places likewise I am writing this blog especially to pay a tribute to my birthplace………DELHI.

Delhi, better known as dilli, is a place where everybody can’t survive yet everybody throng this place from each part of India. Sometimes called cold-hearted….sometimes called cunning, this place leaves an indelible mark (not pleasing most of the times) on the memory of people visiting it.

I decided upon writing this when I was having a short stay at Trivandrum. Of all the things I missed Delhi the most.The title of my blog was the answer to my facebook status question('what's on your mind') in those days. This city has got something in its air or rather in its roads and may be its just that other places are too different from it.

To start with C.P is one place where I can go everyday. It is like the heart of the city from where arteries emerge and pump blood into the rest of the city. One can find top brand showrooms with higher than highest price tags and similar brand merchandise available at shocking price in the shops running just BENEATH the former. They work together in same place as if one is not aware of the other. This is the place where you can find the richest of the rich and at the same time poorest of the poor. This is the place to be where you can find prettiest of the girls, living in Delhi, any time any day. From pizzas to samosas everything is available here. It is one long circular place where people love to go round and round and round and so on and so forth. Surely, I have left my heart somewhere in this part of the city only.

Another most prolific part is Old Delhi. Its just one place in delhi where you would love the intensity of crowd. People here seem to be so much engrossed in themselves that they don’t even react if they get shouldered by someone while walking. From aunties who come in groups to shop around to uncles who are busy strategizing about their business to kids who come in search of books or projects, there is no one here without a purpose. You can see foreigners mounted on rickshaw and busy making a video of the organized mess around. On 15 August the place is abode to political top brass. During Dusshera the Ramlila ground is the mecca for whole city. If you want to taste from the best of chicken to the best of chole-bhature, you need to fix a date with this place.

Although CWG was surely a mess for most of the people but one has to appreciate the improvements in infrastructure done throughout the city. You can actually drive through the city in night with headlights turned off(I have experienced this thing). Roads not just only gleam but beam at night. Moreover, with around 20 flyovers constructed over the last two years makes up for a smooth ride in most parts of the city. Gradually, like Mumbai, Delhi has also developed a night life. You can have dinner as late as 1:00 am in the restaurants. There are many shops which now open for 24 hrs.

From posh areas to slums, Delhi has it all. But it does have an attitude which no other city can match. Its just that we don’t realize its capacity. It is the place where people gathered to bring justice to cases like Jessica Lal’s murder. It is this place which houses the best colleges in country. It is this place which boasts about some of the most religious places in the country. It is this place which has the highest judicial and administrative centers in the country. It is this place which is the capital of the largest democracy in the world. It is this place for which political parties are ready to kill each other.It is this place which gives 137,000,000 results in google search. It is this place which is the Heart and Soul of India. I feel elated for it is this place where I was born.