Different people perceive things differently. This is my take on things, I, an average human being...speak now...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

9/11? We've had lots of those!

The recent benumbing attacks on the Taj hotel as well as The Oberoi, The Nariman House etc. will be remembered for a long time. My sincerest condolences to the deceased and the immortal soldiers who laid down their lives.

I heard several media personnel comparing the attacks to the 9/11 attacks in the US. Probably it was similar, but only because of the planning that had gone underneath. I ask myself, we had a similar attack on 7 trains a couple of years ago and several people lost their lives then too. Then why do we see people waking up and thinking of restructuring the system only now?

Comparison is what we never fail to do, and it is what we'll always keep on doing. We've had 17 blasts in Ahmedabad, lots of those in Delhi and Bangalore as well, so why are the people and the government "waking" up now?
Is it only because a bunch of millionaires bit the dust in the Taj, and the people who died before were "nothing"?
I am afraid that is the only reason anybody can offer, coz that's the damn truth.

If every instance of destruction of peace and property was treated as 9/11, the government and the people can prevent further such devastating onslaughts. The US has only one such 9/11 to talk of, we have a dozen of them in the last year itself. Every life lost is precious, be it a slumdog or a tycoon, because it is a human (not even an Indian, here) and if people understood that, then we won't have to regret ever again.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Maharashtra has 100% electrification...(A bunch of baloney)!!!

I come home after a tiring day at college, at the time when the sun's said goodbye and I am welcome to absolute darkness. Yes, that is how it is, at least four times a week, in the homes of my town Vasai, located on the outskirts of Mumbai. When Mumbai flourishes with brightness after 5 PM, Vasai has to stay in darkness.

What aggravates me most, is that a state which boasts of 100% electrification, i.e. Maharashtra cares about nothing but a chalked out portion of a city called Mumbai. This state has population more than 10 crores but still not ready to invest money in power supply. And what is even more interesting is the surplus MSEB charge. Mumbaikars pay much lesser for wasting electricity than Vasaikars, Kalyankars and Dombivlikars who pay more and get thrust into darkness everyday.

Imagine the students of this locality struggling to study smeared with candle drippings and some flimsy snapshot of a semi-nude model being lit up with a hundred lights on a billboard in Bandra.
That is what Mumbai is all about. Mumbai is about taking care of one's own profits kicking the backs of the people who strive to build those profits for the capital investors.

I have passed my 10th, 12 th and am now passing out of engineering but the problem just doesn't seem to end. I have got used to the dark days and candlelight. When the problem of Marathi Maanoos is getting electricity, why can't these linguistic politicians get a hold of this problem and try to get actual 100% electrification?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: BIG B just farted

The Indian Television media just never seem to shed the tag of being juvenile. The News Channels probably maintain a Hit-List of celebrities whom they would have marked as Good or Bad and present the most absurd of news material justifying what they say. The Bachchan Parivar visited Tirupati (What the heck do I care!!!!). Or SRK likes Paneer Tikka (The Somalian hungry children might want some!!!). It is almost as if they are manufacturing news items out of paltry facts and normal situations. Well, gone are the days when 5 items of politics and 2 items of sports constituted the half hour of news. Having unlimited airtime empowers News Channels to repeat a sentence 20 times rephrasing it as they like, each time.

Or the much-hyped up Aarushi murder case. Forget SRK and Big B, The Talwar family came to limelight because of the news channels. It's true that the girl was brutally killed, but aren't there other more important matters? The most irritating part is that the News Channels air reruns of Comedy Shows and Reality Dance and Song Programmes. The Hell with them.....!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Skin! Is it In?

Living in India, we have heard a lot about English "whites" and their harsh treatment of us so-called "blacks". But aren't we ourselves getting into the skin-feud?
Obviously, almost everyone has seen the commercials on television and newsprint about fairness creams and all that they offer to get oneself looking "great"...(at least that's what they claim to do). But are they not indirectly fuelling the fire...meaning to say that being skin-dark is a sign of primitivity? Is someone who is born dark at a disadvantage? Why these double standards, when on the one hand, we are trying to eradicate the mythical and irrational beliefs of our culture? And on the other hand, we are as narrow-minded as to accept that skin colour is lord and master and decides our personality...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

We are Mumbaikars, too!

I am a pure Tamilian born and living in this state of Maharashtra, studying in the huge city of Mumbai. I have never lived in Tamilnadu for a duration of more than 20 days. Am I still an outsider? What is the definition of an outsider? Is language all that matters, in Mumbai? We are Tamil, Malayali, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Odisi, etc etc etc but does this city ever make us remember our roots? Do we get the "time" in our hectic life, to remember our roots? These are the questions we must put to the population of this city, the population that strives to put the wheels of the nation in motion.....It is not Marathi which is required to put oneself into the Mumbai map, but the willingness to earn bread that makes us fall into place.