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An unposted letter…to Mr. Bal Thackeray!!!

India is a diversified country…so we are bound to have diversified opinions. But then one has to watch his/her tongue when they try to influence someone else or a group of people with their opinions/ideologies.

I am referring to none other than Mr. Bal Thackeray for his immature statements. Being an old tiger in the jungle he should have known how to embrace grace than to time and again embarass it. ShahRukh Khan (SRK) has the right to air his opinion about the current affairs and most importantly about IPL and its selection debacles as he owns one of the franchisees. He’s right about being disappointed for the kind of treatment dished out to the Pakistani cricketers at the IPL bidding. There was no clear statement about why all the IPL franchisees ignored them.

I repeat again that SRK was right in voicing his opinion. But my question is, why and what does the sena chief want to prove by making statements that target SRK? Is he trying to gain political mileage by attacking a top movie star? Does he need to stoop down to such low standards? Afterall why? Statements like “SRK should make Kasab the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Afzal the vice-captain” showcase how immature he still is, or how low he can stoop. All of this in the sunset of his life, just doesn’t suit him…So I felt like writing a letter to him. Here I go:

Dear Mr Bal Thackeray,

I write this letter to you, with the hope that you don’t get angry that its not in Marathi as well as not written by a Maharastrian. I love Mumbai/Maharasthra as much I love the rest of India. Looking at myself in the mirror, I see no difference in you as a Marathi Manoos and me as an Indian. We are like any other human beings, but then why do you see a difference? I really don’t know…

You need to stop this mockery…the tiger seems to be roaring for the wrong reasons.
You need not bother about the following things:
1) What all SRK or Saif says…
2) About to whom Mumbai belongs. The Marathi Manoos are best without your suggestions.
3) About taxes on cricket matches played in Maharasthra…

Instead if you need political mileage, pick on these topics:
1) Ask the Government to expedite the Kasab Trial…ask why his trail is wasting so much of public money…
2) See to it that no terrorism activities ever happen in and around your beloved cities. I wouldn’t like to see you or your partymen hiding in your respective dens in times of need. Where the hell were you when 26/11 happened? You have no right to pick on your country men over that when you yourself were hiding when those terrorists took charge of your city!!
3) Ask your son Udhav take on serious issues rather than pick on movie stars.

As I conclude, I want to ask you one question that I always wanted to ask you – Have you watched the movie Spiderman? – If not, pls watch it…maybe have it translated in Marathi just incase you feel its too unethical to watch the English version. Do not miss the scene where Spiderman is adviced by his uncle, “With great power, comes great responsibity”…you need it the most…cos I guess you never had such an uncle.

Expecting more positive actions from your end.

Regards!

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in I~do~such~things, Thoughts

 

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[Indian 60th Republic Day]~ Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara! :)

As the Indian Republic attains its senior citizenship in the world today, Times of India in association with Zoom TV and a few more sponsors bring back to us, the song which had touched most of our hearts in the late 80s. Old wine in a new bottle, but to suit the taste of today’s generation… πŸ™‚

In 1988, what Dr. Bhimsen Joshi did for Prasar Bharati in bringing out “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” on DoorDarshan (DD), Louis Banks does the same in 2010 for Zoom….Titled “Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”, it retains its old classic touch while showcasing the icons of today’s generation. Only Amitabh Bachchan seems to be ageless,Β being the only icon to be retained from the DD version into in thisΒ latest one. The number of icons in the new version have gone beyond 60 while the older version had only 26 of them.

The song basically talks about how unity in diversity, can do wonders…and India being a place, where ‘n’ number of languages and ‘n+1’ number of diversified people stay together – this song, must say that it did its bit in getting people together!! πŸ˜€

You can watch the old DD version HERE.

And you can watch the promo of the new version as well, over HERE.

Celebrating Incredible India…Happy 60th Indian Republic Day!! πŸ˜€

Jai Hind!! πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Thoughts

 

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[Unapologetic Bakwaas]~Of Sarcasm and PJs!! ;)

Disclaimer: This post is for matured morons..err…mortals.
1. If you are hurt – sentimentally or religiously – by the contents of this post, you should stick to DoorDarshan and not venture into Cable Television. A definite NO on “Dish karo, wish karo” for you guys. Hmmph!
2. If you happen to smile at any letter/word/letter during the read, you deserve a pat on your back.
3. If you are expression-less – you would know what you are (or have become) by the time you have completed reading the post.

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Certain things in the world cannot be explained. There seems to be no certain way of putting things across if people don’t get the point right away.

Sarcasm is one such thing. If you are being sarcastic to someone, and if that someone doesn’t get the point – the whole point of being sarcastic is lost.

When a friend of mine was dumped by her boy friend, my two lines of sarcasm – “You had separated him from his friends, why did you not do the same with his parents? He would have wagged his tail only behind you” – was replied with a “Haan yaar…I should have consulted you before”…was not only off the target, but also made me think if her “I should have consulted you before” liner was a sarcasm-in-return too…
We were both lost in sarcasm…me knowingly and her, I guess unknowingly.

“Why being sarcastic? Can’t you tell it directly?” – had asked a friend…
She was the very one who then went on a week long “I-won’t-talk-to-you-for-being-so-insensitive” silence for me being direct about her dressing sense.
For over a year I had been telling her “With the kind of dresses you wear, you should be only on the 70mm screen and no where else”…and I would then be witness to her having 32 just-this-morning-brushed-all-white-teeth!! πŸ˜€
My year long sarcasm seemed to be of no use…she continued to wear yellow top with red bottoms, with green shoes and “matching” (??) purple purse…GGGGGGGGovinda…Β  πŸ˜‰
But when she asked me to be direct, I put the same sarcasm in simple English – “What a color combination yaar? Even B-grade actresses seem to look good on the big screen”!! πŸ™„

As far as the question, “Why being sarcastic?” – the answer is simple, “There’s no point in arguing with someone who make a fool out of themselves over a certain thing!” πŸ˜€

Another thing which is pretty tough to be explaned, is a PJ (poor joke). If the other person doesn’t understand the PJ you have just cracked – you feel like a total loser. You may try to make up for it, by cracking another one – but then the whole agenda behind it will seem to have lost its very effect. Moreover, it would be worse if you had laughed just after concluding your PJ. You wouldn’t know where to run, looking at the blank expression on the face(s) looking at you.

For instance, a PJ like: “If they call Vodka+Tomato Juice as Bloody Mary and Vodka+Orange Juice as Screw Driver,Β  then would one call Vodka+Tomato Juice+Orange Juice asΒ  – Bloody Mary Screwed Driver?” – could have multiple reactions.

A like-mind would laugh out loud.
A moron would give a blank expression.
A bartender would try it out.
The pope (read – disclaimer) would possibly call a convention.
Mom would ask “How do you know about these cocktails?” – “Internet maa, Internet”!! :mrgreen:

So as you see, mastering the art of sarcasm and PJ-ing isn’t as easy as eating a piece of cake from another’s plate!! πŸ˜› You can feel like a loser, not only because of you but also because of other person. Its simply of no use if they are one-way…the recipient should atleast feel that he’s being taken case of (in case of sarcasm) or is supposed to laugh (in case of a PJ). Else as I said, you wouldn’t know which direction to run towards. πŸ˜‰

As I was writing this, I got a forward on my cell from a dear dost – “A woody PJ” it was titled and it read like:
“What would happen if you had a wooden car…
…with wooden seats…
…wooden tyres…
…n a wooden engine?

…it wooden start”

How many of you got this one? πŸ˜›

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Thoughts

 

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[Travelogue]~The DNIT – 5 (New Delhi)! :)

As we packed our bags past midnight we knew we had not much time to sleep. The Gareeb Rath (Poor man’s chariot) to New Delhi was scheduled to leave Amritsar sharp at 4:50 am!! Even then, we slept keeping a series of alarm every 15 mins with the first one set at 3 am. We were finally all up by 3:30 and reached the railway station by 4:15am right on time to dump our luggage (which was now 14 in number) into the coach and get a cup of chai.

As the train started on time, I dunno what others did cos I had already climbed up to the upper berth and gone to continue from where I had left…sleeeep… πŸ˜€

Btw, if you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series you can read them HERE!!

Left Amritsar: 26th Dec’09 4:50am – Gareeb Rath
Reached New Delhi: 26th Dec’09 11:30am
Weather: Cool (8-10 deg) but having got used to the chill weather for the last 7-8 days, we found it warm!! πŸ˜‰

The accomodation at Delhi was free of cost, courtesy the company of my friend’s dad…and the 3-BHK guest house was located in South Delhi at Greater Kailash-II.
It is at this place, where we got to see why someone’s called “stinking rich”!! If not every house, 99% of the houses had a minimum of 3 cars with the least priced one being a Mercedes…else it was either a BMW or Bentley or Audi…we heaved a sigh of a relief when we got to see a Santro parked…Btw, we roamed around that locality in a black n yellow painted Ambassador!! πŸ˜‰

On to the pics,

By the time we reached to see Qutub Minar, it was already late evening.

The entire area where the Qutub Minar stands was lit here and there in various colors, which gave the whole area a very semi-vibrant look!!

On the second day, we went to the Humayum’s tomb which is an area that’s now under the Archaeological society of India and was very well maintained…

Inside Humayum’s tomb – Under one of this, lies Humayum…not sure which one…didnt find any board in English/Hindi…

Humayum would have been a man who loved his barber (no, not that way)…his barber’s tomb is also a huge dome structure in the same compound…The above is the writing in Arabic (or is that Urdu) over Humayum’s barber’s tomb.

Before going to the Lotus Temple, we had been to the Akshardham Temple….It was breath-takingly beautiful but no photography is allowed inside the temple…and nothing much is seen from the outside…
Lotus Temple is a place of worship of the Baha’is. Beautiful and peaceful.

This Birdy – the king of the skies – was shot at the Lotus Temple while it had perched on one of the huge focus lights!! πŸ™‚

And finally as our journey came to an end, we closed it off with visit to the India Gate – a memorial to the lost lives of our soldiers.

Thank you one and all. Β With this post, ends the series of travelogue of my DNIT!! πŸ™‚Β 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[Travelogue]~The DNIT – 4 (Amritsar)! :)

We were looking forward to our touching base at Amritsar…mainly for two reasons…one, the Golden Temple and two, the cold weather which was expected to be around zero degree centigrade.

Since we were not able to get our tickets booked in 3AC, we took the risk of booking in sleeper class for the night journey to Amritsar from Haridwar. Thankfully, Haridwar was a starting point for the train and so the compartments were clean. And this time, the windows closed with very minimum air gap.

Btw, if you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series you can read them HERE!! πŸ˜€

Left Haridwar: 24th Dec’09 9:40pm
Reached Amritsar: 25th Dec’09 8:30am
Weather: COLD!! It was around 2-3 degrees when we reached and went max low upto -1 deg. πŸ˜€

We had booked a hotel…through my friend’s dad…it kinda happened to be a star hotel but then the rates surprised us. πŸ™‚ It was 2-3 kms from the Golden Temple to which autos plyed us to and fro for 50 bucks one way.
Though we didnt find the authentic roadside dhaba, we managed to have lunch and dinner in the dhaba’s – with glass full of lassi’s ofcourse!! πŸ˜›

Chalo, moving to the pics. πŸ™‚

We first went to the Jallianwala Bhag (then a park, now a memorial) which is like 300-400 mts away from the Golden Temple. This was where thousands of Indians were shot at, on the orders of General Dyer in the year 1919. The above pic is of a painting on display in the small museum at the memorial.

This structure is a memorial built later, remembering all the lives that were lost on that fateful evening.

There is also Amar Jyothi, a flame lit at the memorial…

We went to the Golden Temple twice altogether….this one was shot in the morning…though its bright, the temperature wasn’t more than 4 degree celsius. The insides of the temple, was heavenly and peaceful inspite of a huge crowd. We are supposed to cover our hair/head when we enter the temple area…

The Temple pond, had huge and beautiful fishes…in the above pic, you can see one of our catch!! πŸ˜‰

We started off to Wagah (Indo-Pak) Border around 3pm (which was late…if you are going, pls start by 2pm atleast) and reached there by 3:45pm only to find a huge crowd that had reached well before us. You can see the Indian gate with a soldier at the top…this shot was taken past 5:30pm – Flag has been lowered and taken off the pole, if you observe.

You can see the crowd….I took this pic standing on a arch…far off is the Pakistani Gate..We were about 2000+ people on our side of the border while there were hardly 300-400 people on the other side!!

This was taken by my friend…You can see me standing/hanging on the arch to get a better view!! πŸ˜‰

We got to witness the crossing of the Lahore bounded bus from Delhi…There were happy cheers and local whistles as the bus crossed into Pakistani territory. πŸ˜€

On return back from the Wagah Border, we went back again to the Golden Temple…to enjoy its glory in darkness!! πŸ™‚ You can see me all bloated….I was in 5 layers of clothing!! πŸ™‚

Well to bore you guys, there’s me again….which one? Take your pick!! πŸ˜›

We stayed at the Golden Temple till about 11pm before returning back to the hotel as we had to catch an early morning train to Delhi…more on that, in the last post of this series (I know I know…at last!! πŸ˜› )!! πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[Travelogue]~The DNIT – 3 (Haridwar-Rishikesh)! :)

If you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series you can read them HERE!! πŸ™‚

Moving on from Jaipur, our next destination was Haridwar-Rishikesh. This was going to be our longest overnight journey of the trip…a total of 14-15 hours. The train left Jaipur almost on time for us to catch up with enough sleep, and it being a 3AC coach helped us not worry much about the luggage either.

Left Jaipur: 22nd Dec’09 11:15 pm
Reached Haridwar: 23rd Dec’09 12:45pm.
Weather: Cool when we reached…but dipped close to 2-4 degree by nightfall.

We had booked a guest house as our accomodation. Not a very good one, but decent enough for bachelors – more importantly cost effective. When it came to go around the city, we had two options…a cab or an (Vikram) auto and we being we chose an auto, for the thrill of it. We planned to cover Haridwar that day and Rishikesh which is about 40 kms away, the next day.

Here we go, photo-time!! πŸ˜€

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We took the rope way (Udan Katola – flying basket) to the Chandi Devi temple and must say it was one awesome ride…the power-cut on the way up, gave us some breathing space during the breath-taking ride!! πŸ˜€

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I’m standing in the Ganges at ‘Hari ki Pauri’, the ghats where Goddess Ganges is worshipped every evening…The sides of the river are chained, as its very slippery and the water that day was ICE COLD….from the moment I got out of the water both my feet went numb for like 2-3 minutes. Water was super clean though. πŸ™‚

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Thousands, if not lakhs of people (crores during this time…currently Kumbh ka mela is being organized at Haridwar) gather each evening to offer their prayers to the Ganges.

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Just on cross the ghats, is a street where sweets are prepared on the spot and sold…yummy!! Gulab Jamoon above, FYI!! πŸ˜‰ – This pic is post processed to make the jamoons look yummy….go slllluuuuuurrrppp!! πŸ˜›

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The next day we went to Rishikesh in the same auto…The unpleasant noise making vehicle ride, was enjoyed to the core…moreover we had a talkative driver too…who went on yapping happily, even with those folks among us who didn’t understand Hindi!! πŸ˜› The picture above is of Ram Jhula (Bridge)…we walked across that and returned by boat below the Lakshman Jhula.

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Your’s truly on the Ram Jhula when it wasn’t crowded. πŸ˜› You can see the multi-floored temples on the right side behind the Jhula.

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All I wanted was a picture with the extremely handsome bull, but then it wasn’t my intention to wake him up. I swear. πŸ˜›

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Guess what?? There was a coffee day in Rishikesh!! πŸ˜› And we didn’t miss it…Their 4 Cappuchinos and my non-alcoholic whiskey flavored Irish Coffee did strike a pose for the camera!! πŸ˜‰

Ok…I’m done with all the pics of Haridwar…but then during the trip, there were several other species that we clicked…me being an animal/bird lover, clicked almost every other creature that came by…Here are a few snap shots!! πŸ™‚

This Sparrow was shot at the Jaipur City palace.

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The Birdy seemed to be searching for its “dove” while standing on the walls of the Amber fort, in Jaipur.

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The pair of ducks swimming in the ganges were shot at full zoom from the top of Ram Jhula… πŸ˜€

The squirrel seems to be searching for me as it gets clicked in the gardens of Humayum’s Tomb in New Delhi.

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This one was clicked in Humayum’s Barber’s tomb vicinity.

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Nah…before you guys say anything, let me clear the air…This isn’t me :mrgreen: …on the walls of Agra fort!! πŸ™‚

Before leaving Haridwar, we did some shopping…among that I picked up a woolen blanket for my sister but it came of good use for us, during our next train journey to the coldest destination of our trip….AMRITSAR.

This and more, in the next post of this DNIT series. πŸ˜€ Keep watching!! πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in Friends, I~do~such~things, Pics

 

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[We Can]~Sponsor a Child…

It’s very fortunate that we have had our parents to look after, pamper as well as support us for our daily care and needs.
But not all children are as destined as, say you and me.
Some kids are so ill-fated that they don’t even get to see their adulthood.

So on this festive day as we celebrate, let’s do something good and karmic. Though it might not directly benefit us, I would say that it’s simply worthwhile an effort from our end.

With the dawn of 2010, Paripoorna Bala Suraksha in association with Ekam and Disha, have come up with a project to provide quality health care for all (10,000 for this pilot run) the poor and under-previleged children in Tamil Nadu, India.

The basic idea is to sponsor a poor kid’s health care by taking care of the annual premium of Rs.221/- ($5).

Please do have a look at their presentation HERE to know more….about what and how they plan to do as well as how you can help them in your own small possible way.

I could have done this with slogans like – How about, let me say “Let’s forego this month’s pizza to help a poor child gain a decent living”?? …et al….

But then – How about we do it, cos we can? πŸ™‚

Wish you and all at home a very HappY and ProsperouS PongaL/Makara SankrantI/LohrI !! πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2010 in I~do~such~things

 

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