A governor sacked in India and believe me that is a big news

It indeed is a big news because how often do you see governors being sacked because they had corruption allegations against them or how many times you see govt taking action on that front. But this time amazingly it did and I kinda like it!!

See I do not hate politicians or bureaucrats or administrators or anyone, but for some good reasons I am loving the fact that Ms. Kamala Beniwal has been sacked (from post of Mizoram Governor) for gross misuse of Gujarat Governor’s office during her tenure from 2009 to 2014.

Why is that so? For various reasons but primarily, she is sacked for all the good reasons. Police found her involvement in various cases ranging from corruption to misuse of power. And these corruption charges are not minor ones they involve, for example, she made some shocking exaggerations to claim prime agricultural land. Well you can all it use of power more than misuse but sadly it is crime against law. Well we all have to agree laws and lawmakers are kinda assholes.

Moving on, major charges against Ms. Kamala Beniwal are:

The main charge against Ms Beniwal involves a land scam in Rajasthan, sources say. She is accused of claiming cheap land after falsely stating in an affidavit in 2012 that she had tilled the land for 14 to 16 hours a day for 50 years, though in that time she had been Rajasthan minister and governor.

The other allegation is that the 87-year-old spent just one day in Mizoram, where she was posted a month ago, and mostly stayed in Rajasthan, her home state.

The third charge is that Ms Beniwal frequently used the state aircraft in Gujarat, where she was governor till July. She reportedly took the nine-seat Beechcraft 53 times to fly to Jaipur.

Again they do sound like good use of power vested in you but are actually offence against law. Probably finally some steps are being taken to restore faith of people in institution of government and judicial system and majorly LAW but the road is still rocky and not easy and most importantly very long. Lets see how far they reach!!

MODIfied Nepal: India-Nepal promising ties for good of both Nation

Modi visited Nepal, addressed Nepal’s parliament went to Pashupati temple. All these things tell a few characteristics of a Man he is. He is focusing on building strong ties and win trust of our neighbors. He assured Nepal of India not interfering in their internal affairs and also wanted to have great ties and support on Indo-Nepal Border. 

Nepal is a place with great natural resources, the solution to their problems lies with them. All Modi is doing is to help them use those for their betterment. Nepal has the highest peak on Earth, the mighty Himalayas, fast flowing rivers, Natural vegetation, is historically and culturally rich, has religious importance as well, and all of the above can be endorsed to make it a great tourist destination. 

Also we need to understand his stand on development of border as bridge and lending a helping hand in developing the export of herbal medicines. He has promised another billion dollars for the development of Nepal.

One noticable incident is his pooja at Pashupatinath Temple. He is a man of strong religious and spiritual belief. And he is strong with his stand when it comes to his beliefs. He did not try to monetize this event in any sort of people pleasing event, but people in Nepal too were “Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi”. That is Aura of a true leader. 

India Is emerged as a leader in BRICS, Bhutan and now is rising in Nepal. It brings a lot of diplomatic leverage to the nation. And we all have to agree in order to rise we have to take our allies along with us. The hope is together SAARC nations should wage a war against common enemy poverty, terrorism and help each other in bringing peace.

Live Long and Prosper… \\//

Go Kabaddi, Pro Kabaddi!!

I have started watching PRO KABADDI on Star Gold these days and I have to say this is one of the most amazing thing done. Firstly because it is a great sport to watch, secondly it promotes an Indian sport that was falling behind by a hell lot and third and most important for the sheer thrill of a match of Kabaddi.

It gets more and more interesting with each and every minute passing by.  The thrill and the way game turns every minute with every raid is inexplicable. The game is of 40 minutes with half time at 20.  They have got some new rules which makes it more interesting like a raider can’t make 3 empty raids, in case he does he will be out for a while.

The team name and their owners are as below:

Team Name City Owner
Bengal Warriors Kolkata Kishore Biyani Future Group
Bengaluru Bulls Bengaluru Kosmik Global Media
Dabang Delhi Delhi Radha Kapoor DO IT Sports Management
Jaipur Pink Panthers Jaipur Abhishek Bachchan
Patna Pirates Patna Rajesh Shah
Puneri Paltan Pune Sumanlal Shah Insurekot Sports
Telugu Titans Vizag Veera Sports
U Mumba Mumbai Ronnie Screwvala Unilazer Sports

I watched two games today, Pune Vs Bengaluru and Delhi Vs Vizag. Pune and Delhi both were underdogs today and they both ended up winning the match. How is that? Well they played really well and their competitors lost by a very minute difference, know more here: ProKabaddi

Interestingly they promoted the event well and that also got people’s attention and the result is there on Star Gold at 7:45 pm. It is a li’l disheartening though that this league is not getting as much attention in Media as it should but it is a remarkable start nonetheless.

Watch the promotion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmHQL6P9c0Y

Also I would want to congratulate all the people involved in bringing this cool sport on National TV. So for the first time a sport other than Cricket will be noticed by people of the country. And importantly the some great Kabaddi players who were earlier non-existent will be known to Indians.

Go Kabaddi, ProKabaddi!!

MyGov is the platform you were asking to help India grow, now Join it

Crowdsourcing ideas that would improve governance is a great idea, ain’t it? So in a country where everyone wants to participate in discussions on governance and everyone has an idea to improve social, political and economical growth of the country, a platform to facilitate that will be something people will love more than anything. And guess what Indian Government has launched something on the very similar lines. PM Narendra Modi on Saturday launched Mygov, an interactive website that seeks to foster participatory governance.

It is a great initiative. Of course it would have been better to have something a lot earlier but it is better late than never. There are so many people who want to contribute towards nation-building, and devote their time and energy. The only thing they required was an opportunity to shine and showcase their contribution. Now outlook of this website is good and it has two threads Discuss and Do. 

mygov

 

Now you can chip in your ideas for a better nation, on how things can be improved, how problems faced by nation can be resolved. The ideas presented will be taken further by discussion forums and worked upon based on their feasibility. You can participate in the work to be done or being done. Citizens can volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would then be reviewed by other members and experts. Approved task would earn credit points for completing the task. 

So all the folks who have been saying all they need is an opportunity, here is the platform. Now it is up to people to make this project a success or failure, I would want to see this as a success from Government of India to introduce more transparency. I expect people to differ from my views though I would request everyone to signup, it doesn’t take more than a minute and do whatever you can, discuss, raise concerns, chip in your ideas or help other ideas flourish. 

Do all you can because this time it is one platform you have been asking and now you have got. No further excuses please. Try to make it a success before condemning and start complaining about it. 

 

Plight of Indian Cinema: Good cinema is probably a myth

I have a back pain so I thought of staying home this weekend literally HOME except only time I went to see my doctor. So I switched on the TV and thought will watch a couple of flicks playing on TV.

Now first movie that was playing in the noon was Rowdy Rathore which btw is a hilarious watch. I mean nothing in that movie will make you wonder if that is possible or not as nothing is practically or scientifically possible. And on a side note this movie made 100 Crore in the year of its release.  Just have a look of the poster of the movie:

The movie shows how even bad guys thieves get good, educated girls. The movie also educate us about how Akshay Kumar manage to fight 40 men alone. The question that hit me hard was “Are the claims of poverty in India all false or what”? Coz if people were aware of poverty they won’t waste their hard earned money on something like Rowdy Rathore.

But again that was just the start, next in line was Youngistaan which has an amazing and unbelievable(literally) story. Oh yes!! a stupid one as well. Here because PM of India dies so the political advisory of Ruling party advised to appoint the only son of former PM as current PM. Brilliant!! Just Brilliant!!

Our guy the new PM has no relation with Politics, even his girlfriend asks if he is qualified enough for the position and also HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE PM. Bloody hell!! How did they make him PM? What is it a documentary on Rahul Gandhi? I mean he doesn’t do anything. All the while I thought now he will create some policy or act like PM but hell he does not and the movie’s end comes in no time. Indeed it is story of Gandhi family.

I was yet not disappointed enough. It is night already and they are playing Jai Ho and Yaariyan on some channels. Now Yaariyan is so concerned about animals and their safety that in a scene in order to save a cat the actor does a stunt where he crawls down on tower top wall and saves the cat, I don’t understand how the fuck did cat get there in first place if reaching to that spot is impossible. LOGIC Suckers!!

Then they reach Austrailia where our hero sees a firangi and thinks of her as his soul mate, then they do a rock show in Hindi to which all foreigners are grooving and singing along. Hindi is so mainstream there days even in Austrailia although Indians are rejecting it. BTW they lose the competition coz they are Indian, how is that? Racism prolly!!

Protagnist Lakshya’s lakshya in life is to find a ‘hot si, sexy si’ girlfriend, who is a ’36-24-36′ so he can kiss her in public and show her off. And that is not sexist or against women. The film is truly on DeshBhakti and shit, primarily SHIT.

So I switched on to Jai Ho, which is a Salman movie so it is not good or bad, it is Salman’s movie where they are selling an idea of “Helping 3 persons in place of saying Thank You” and people are reluctant to help and he roars like a lion[as loud as that] and says the guy has a good face, he can be a good CM and helps everyone selflessly and beats the shit out of 100 armed goons bloody alone. There is so much going on in just one movie no wonder it made 100 Crore. Also it was without any doubt a milestone in Indian Cinema though it did not make any sense.

 

I do not understand what happened to the concept of Mass Media which is supposed to educate people through visual message. I still remember India produced movies like Boot Polish, Salaam Bombay!, Saraansh, Anand, Zakhm, Bombay, Bheja fry, Swadeshm Gangs of wasseypur. Ooops I forgot they are not entertaining to the falling IQ of the country’s youth. It would probably fry their brain to watch something logical or may even blind them for indefinite time.

Though I am watching the movies but my soul is crying WHAT THE FUCK!! WHAT THE FUCK!!

Did you listen to #AaogeTumKabhi? If not then go ahead and do it right now

So do you believe in good music or #MusicThatDontMatch? I know it is real tough to believe these days but some dudes are trying real hard to do that for you. Listen to this new track by The Local Train, Aaoge Tum Kabhi. It is beautifully composed and amazingly written.

Here is the link to absolute awesomeness for 4 min 25 sec:

It is the official video of the song released by the band. And guess what, in just three(3) days it has already got over 12k views.

The Local Train is a Delhi based band and their last track Chhoo Lo was their success key.  It has over 150K views on youtube and these guys are identified by this view. So just go ahead and make believe in good music.

They are launching the album pretty soon and The Local Train, you guys got my best. Your album is going to be sold out in no time post release. Thanks for such amazing music!! #MusicThatDontMatch

The Last Samurai of Test Cricket & definitely the best test cricketer ever

The Wall aka Rahul Dravid(Jammie)

To start with lemme quote Matthew Hayden

“All this going around is not aggression. If you want to see aggression on cricket field, look into Rahul Dravid’s eyes”

It is people like him who keep cricket Gentlemen’s game. He is probably the best test cricketer ever. Also he was the kind of a player who puts team first.

He was everything Indian Cricket Team wanted him to be. They needed an opener he was there, they needed a class fielder on third man or slip or gully, he was right there. India needed an extra batsman he becomes the wicket-keeper and performed very well. India needed a captain, he was captain reliable

What has been remarkable is the consistency with which he’s been able to do it overseas. In 2006, Dravid scored two fifties in the Jamaica Test as India won their first series in the Caribbean in 35 years. He lead the side to series victories in England for the first time in a generation too, as captain.

I doubt I can put it better than Bhogle, who said, “Ask him to walk on water for his team and he will ask you how many miles.

In 286 Test innings, Dravid played 31,258 balls. More than anyone else, ever. Just to add to his ability to endure and push himself beyond limits:

He was challenged every time and he challenged the challange every time.

When they called him ‘slow’ for limited overs cricket, scored 50 off 22 balls.

When the opposition never hesitated to appreciate (See the player behind him, even though he reached Pavilion)

You want avhievement how about this:

Some Quotes to make it understandable:

Try to take his wicket in first fifteen minutes, if can’t then try to take the remaining wickets” — Steve Waugh

Vijeta(his Wife):

Glenn McGrath once said that if there was one Indian player who could get a direct entry into the famous Australian team of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.

Dravid has been a class player for a long time now and we know his ability better than anyone. He’s not like the other guys who love scoring off every ball, and there’s no real weakness in his game either.” — Glenn McGrath

If you can’t get along with Dravid, you’re struggling in life ” — Brett Lee

Rahul Dravid being known as ‘The Wall’ is pretty much spot on. ‘The fortress’ could also describe Rahul. Because once, Dravid was set, you needed the bowling equivalent of a dozen cannon firing all at once to blast him down,”” — Shane The Warne

If I have to put anyone to bat for my life, it’ll be Kallis or Dravid“. — Brian Lara

“Time and Tide waits for nobody, except Rahul Dravid” — MTV India

It is a sad thing that we won’t see more of his cricket any further and the greatest of the people around the world will never say such beautiful things about anyone.

May God Bless the Wall!!

To sum it up with the Batman Series:

Rahul Dravid was not the player India asked for, but he was the player they needed.

 

Spending too much on any phone like a brainless monkey is no good so wake up and read

I recently bought a phone, a smart one!! Yeah!! ;)

So this was my first thought, for a product which costs very little to manufacture (compared to selling price), you end up paying extra costs for advertising. People waste precious productive time trying to acquire it and to add to that they feel an emotional connect to it.

I did not want to spend too much money on phone neither I wanted to make emotional connect with a Phone. So I spent 7000 INR (~$130) bucks to buy Moto E. But that is not the agenda, I am talking about this obsession of owning a super expensive smartphone.

Yeah lets take a scenario of two statements:

a) I own a fascinating smart phones which has a glistening high resolution screen, powerful camera, extra ordinary battery life, has a great connection contract, the large number of supported apps mean that I can keep this single device for both my professional and personal needs.

b) I own an iPhone.

Now think of the impact which second statement makes, it’s massive isn’t it? Why? I will tell you because it conveys your status and more importantly it says that you have spent quite a handsome amount on buying the phone which does exactly what is done by statement (a).

Now lemme tell you a fact there were over 300 million iPhones in active use by December 2013 and yet if you own one you are unique, HOW??

Apple or Samsung or HTC or any company for that matter sells their high end product at a stupendous price which btw is manufactured for very less. Amazed, not really, you probably knew it. Then why do they charge such a hefty amount? Because they spend too much in advertising and promoting and running tests rejecting models etc. but primarily it is advertisement. You pay so much not for the product but the ad which made you buy the product. So watch this one:

Now this advertisement boosted the sale of iPhone to a hell lot, but look closely how many of iPhone features are talked about in this ad?

By the way did you know that selling a product at out of the world prices is a PR/Sales strategy for luxury goods? If something is cheap it is not a status symbol, hence it will not be bought by rich people, and middle class will not “dream” of “owning it”. And if it is priced at a lesser margin then it will remain unaffordable for some and yet of no interest to rich. This is the reason why successive phones still continue to remain pricier than previous while cost to manufacture them and need for advertising comes down.

I am not asking anyone to stop buying iPhones or Samsung S5 or HTC 1 M8 or whatever, so proud owners please do not release a fatwa against me. However, my $120 Moto E, does everything I want from a smartphone, it tells me directions, news, views, good blogs on WordPress, get all the knowledge on Quora, stay connected to Twitter, watch videos on youtube/coursera, let me edit docs/excels and entertains me when I need it to.

Nonetheless it is your hard earned money so it is your decision to spend it on a product that you need or on advertisement campaigns of a super expensive product.

P.S.: I am not promoting any Moto product whatsoever.
P.P.S.: I am not anti-iPhone, in fact I love their designs but that doesn’t change the fact that they are overly priced.

 

Ridiculing achievers be it Sarthak Agarwal or Gaurav Agarwal won’t bring any good to you, so please stop!

I miss the time when we used to admire the achievements and achievers. I do not understand what is wrong with the new ALL-TIME-ONLINE junta out there.

First I saw people ridiculing Sarthak Agarwal,  the Class 12 CBSE topper who got 99.6% marks. First thing first, Congratulations dude!! We are proud of you!! Now he did something which most of the people will not achieve even if they are given a  1000 chances or even if we let them write their exam even with an open book.

So instead of understanding that and asking kids to admire him and find a role model or atleast congratulate him, what we do ….. we ridicule him. Well that is something great ain’t it?  C’mon folks he is what 17 or 18 or 19(max) and you are making trolls about him, did you for once thought how is it going to affect him. Probably not coz had you thought of it you would not dare do that.

Now today I saw a useless post on my facebook page which take about Gaurav Agarwal, who holds Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow and now has topped  the prestigious examination of IAS.

 

Now lemme tell you an amazing fact: For the first time in four years, a male candidate topped the prestigious examination who by the way is Gaurav. So he deserves some applause and not some sick and third class jokes.

I understand that they are overachievers and everyone[parents, aunties, teachers and god-knows-who] around you compare with them every now and then to make you feel bad about you but giving low standard comments and making abusive memes are not going to help anyways. Internet can be used for other things, don’t be another angry kid sitting in his dorm and abusing whosoever the kid doesn’t like. Be a sport not hypocrite!!

Live long and prosper \\//

Why AAP failed to get people’s support?

Okay this is a late post in the series, so what?

#AAP lost the elections on most of the seats they contested for, they got 4 of their candidates in Loksabha which is a great news but people thought they are going to be in double digits atleast(being pessimist). Then what exactly went wrong.

It is not people like me who stopped supporting AAP were the reason why AAP failed, it was their supporters who argued in their favor even when they were wrong and in fact an absolute measure of wrong.

Well first thing first,  the party wasn’t ready to compete in the Lok Sabha elections. It didn’t have the necessary reputation among most of the Indian masses to make a big impact in the final analysis. This was, in my humble opinion, a case of jumping the gun. The Aam Aadmi Party was crying from the rooftops that they were prevented from passing the Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly. But guess what, people do not want to hear Delhi’s story they want to know what you have to offer.

The specter of Aam Aadmi Party’s ill-fated 49-day government in Delhi was always going to hang over their head. It was the job of Arvind Kejriwal and his think tanks to show people that they were right in resigning prematurely. The party campaign instead focused solely on the opposition candidates, most of all on Modi, and we all know how this strategy works out (Think 2004). The tag of escapist which they got stuck to them and took them down in this Lok Sabha.

Another important aspect of being established as a party are the supporters. It is their job to convey the message, values for which party stands but instead they were busy fighting everyone they could find who was speaking against their messiah Arvind Kejriwal. Mr. Kejriwal is just a human being so he has all the rights to be wrong. It is supporter’s job to make his stand clear, but they were too busy maligning oppositions that they could not even make Mr. Kejriwal look good.

Also, during their government, Arvind Kejriwal took up protest against central government and conducted mohalla sabha for taking decisions for the country.

When people go vote for you, they hope you’re gona govern them with right understanding and judgement. Its your skill they trusted. Your coming back to them for every decision is childish and many people took it as sign of incompetence.

The expectations were never set properly. Goals were never clear and the execution (to spread too thin with very limited resources) was flawed as well. It was never going to yield anything satisfactory. They put all their energy in bringing down the opposition and did not focus on their rise. They often told what would happen if Modi/Gandhi come to power but they forgot to tell what would happen if they come to power.

The things are yet not over forever, they still can be the answer to several political setback questions. Remember there is no permanent crisis in politics and AAP is just in their beginning phase. They can reach to a place where they can bring the fix they say and can change India for good as they promise. But that road is rocky and I do not know if they will resign again in middle or not? Though I do not want them to.

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