Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Swamy Who Is Not A Sage

A Swamy Who Is Not A Sage


Subramanian Swamy is a unique character of Indian politics. He always grabs the limelight for accusing someone for something. From last two decades since I am observing the Indian politics, I saw him suddenly come up with issues creating a media hype by blaming people in power and then going back to oblivion. Since he is a lawyer at many occasions he has fought court battles also but except 2G scam he didn't delivered anything significant in any case. 

Swamy is active in politics for more than 40 years but never hold any important government post except few months as minister in Janata Party government. He was the active member of Jan Sangh, Janata Party and now Bhartiya Janata Party but currently his role is limited to some vague statements and accusations with which his party detaches itself. Is this the frustration of not getting a portfolio even after so many years of active politics for BJP and RSS? Or he is under some secret mission to destroy the reputation of his own party's Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitly? His latest target after Raghuram Rajan is Arvind Subramanian - Chief Economic Adviser to the government which directly comes under finance ministry. While Rajan was appointed by UPA-2, Arvind was chosen man of Narender Modi and Arun Jaitly, his attacks that Arvind is working for America are direct attacks on the government. 

How can a government appoint an incompetent person to such a high post? How they not know if he is working against the government? Raghuram Rajan episode has earned criticism for the government from foreign media also and these allegations by Swamy against Arvind have irked many experts including Finance Minister Jaitly. Prime Minister Narender Modi and BJP President Amit Shah didn't respond to party member's useless talking which indicates their silent approval to such acts. Swamy's comment either sidelined by saying that they were his personal views or used to target opposition leaders whatever seems appropriate for the situation.

Most of Swamy's allegation were either baseless as against Jayalalitha, Raghuram Rajan or politically motivated as against Arvind Kejriwal, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi because they are not proved yet in the public domain or against the court of law. He speak against someone at significant point either to threaten them or to divert their attentions. It is also possible for him to sue me if he read this article criticizing him for his hatred and vengeance politics. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Book Review : Thousand Unspoken Thoughts

Book Review : Thousand Unspoken Thoughts


Thousand Unspoken Thoughts is a poetry book written by Prerna Khatri who is an Advocate by profession. The book is published by Virgin Leaf Books of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd. I have received this book from the publishers. 



Cover: Cover is simple, the feather and ink-pot on it looked like waiting to write these unspoken thoughts. I think the cover is suitable for this kind of book.

Content: This book is a collection of prose poems without written in any particular form or rhyme scheme. There are 50 of such prose poems making us aware of the thoughts of poetess Prerna Khatri. The poetess's dreams,aspirations,imaginations,thoughts,messages,reality check, etc are woven in this 97 pages book.

Comment: I liked the thought behind many prose like 'On Change, Freedom In Chains, In Conversation with the Devil, Reflections, Let There Be Light and many more other poems. Some poems are straight and I didn't find any artistic imagery, poetic scheme or any thing like that which make reading poems different from paragraph or prose reading. If the poems were characterized by themes or thoughts the readers's understanding of the idea behind the poem would be more clear. Thoughts as the poetess called them looks impressive but up to an extent and doesn't leave an impact on your minds once you are over with the book.

Verdict: Read in one go book. Small so munch it in free time.

Rating: I would give 2/5.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

LOL - Laugh Out Loud

LOL - Laugh Out Loud


In our tension filled life, we hardly get any chance to laugh. I ran a manufacturing unit with my brother where we make male ethnic garments like Kurta Pajama, Sherwani, Indo-Westerns, Nehru Jacket and Suits. There we also face the similar tension filled atmosphere to complete orders and to handle working staff but this cutting master of ours is a stress buster. This dance video was recorded by another employee who encouraged him that he dances well , now you decide he dance well or not but one thing is guaranteed that you will laugh out loud after seeing this. 

Note: If you are injurious to laughing don't watch this video

Here is the real Indian belly dance:



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Muhammad Ali - The Only Boxer I Know

Muhammad Ali - The Only Boxer I Know




The title statement is not an exaggeration but a fact. I have never watched a boxing match even on television and neither I am interested in this sports but I know who Muhammad Ali was. I know what sport he played and that he was the boxing champion who was almost undefeatable during his playing years. I know him, I recognize him and I respect him for the life he lived for the rights of American Blacks and a true champion of the sport he played. 

My knowledge about him is what I have read in Wikipedia and other such sites on internet but his certain quotes, reading stories about his struggles from other greats made me aware of him. He was such a sportsman that this sport Heavyweight Boxing became synonymous with his name. If you asked someone about boxing he would definitely mention his name in this conversation. He died on 3rd June 2016 leaving a world with his life full of inspiration for generations to come coincidentally this day is also the death anniversary of my father. I have read about his opposition of Vietnam War. He was the first celebrity to openly criticize that war and as an army man refused to go there to fight. Government cancelled his boxing licence after this incident and he served term in jail for the same. Later on after he won the court battle he fought for nearly four years he came back to the boxing world. He was also the most popular person who converted to Islam. 

He became inspiration for many  to oppose that war which was criticized even by the world leaders. The reason he gave to refuse to fight in the war made him champions for the rights of blacks,poor and oppressed: 
"My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape or kill my mother and father.... How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail." 

He was running a charitable organization before his death which is still working to make this world better for underprivileged people. World always need such greats and the void created by their absence always remain difficult to fill. Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Fun, Freedom, Confidence

Fun, Freedom, Confidence

image source : Indiblogger brand cover

We the modern generation wants everything instantly. We are ready to go at once rather than waiting for the best time to do a thing. So the things around us must have the capability to match our styles, to match our free spirited self, that's why we keep faster, sleek, stylish smartphones, wear clothes which suits our personality and prefer a vehicle which give us these things but sadly in this category we have little options to explore. 

The soon to be launch Datsun rediGo by Nissan provides everything today's generation deserves and demand. Datsun rediGO gives a unique combination of style and comfort, with the best of Japanese technology. The three most interesting features which attracted me towards this modern machine are:

  1. Exterior: It has a modern and sleek design. It doesn't look bulky or a heavy vehicle but a modern machine to drive you across your destinations. With a style to flaunt on roads to make other jealous it doesn't compromises with the safety as it has a strong outer body. Lean and dynamic side character lines give it an appealing look. Best in class ground clearance makes it an easy drive on Indian conditions. 
  2. Interior: It has the space for entire family as well as for luggage which makes it a family vehicle. The seating arrangement for five people is spacious giving you enough opportunity to interact with your family or friends you are driving with. The dashboard on your Datsun redi-GO is a thing of beauty. Radio, CD, MP3, USB, Aux-in – it’s all here in one convenient audio system thus fulfilling the entertainment requirement of the whole family.
  3. Comfort: Without comfort any vehicle is useless. If you don't feel relax in your car, you will never prefer to drive long distances. Datsun redi-GO’s 5-speed manual transmission gives you smooth control, with precise shifting for a more seamless response to your demands. Drive computer makes it easy to understand the functioning and superior air-conditioning make you feel at home inside the vehicle. 
Beside these things it is fuel efficient and give mileage of around 25 kmpl which I think is commendable for vehicle in this class, small turning radius helps in easy driving on congested areas and help taking easy turns. It has not compromised with safety in providing comfort and style. It has energy absorbing steering and airbags to protect you at the time of accident. Its seats give correct posture to your back making long drive a cake walk. 

It would be fun to test it in village areas and see it crossing the raw Indian roads. I would test it for reliability on such roads because if you travel long distances in India then the most part you travel are such kind of roads which are not smooth as in cities. But for its features and characteristics I am sure it's an high end urban vehicle giving you world class feel. What is important is that Japanese companies and technologies understand us Indians better than we know ourselves in terms of driving and comfort. Nissan have done well in the past and with Datsun -rediGo it will definitely impress us in the future. 

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Political Tamasha

The Political Tamasha


Time has changed, time is changing and time will change; things also change according to it but I prefer they change for the positiveness, for the good. Modi government's show on completing 2 years in power was loaded with Bollywood stars and cabinet ministers. ' Ek Naye Subah (A New Dawn) as it was called kept public broadcasting channel busy for the whole day in self praise of the government ,if you have done something you pat your back for it and wanted everybody to do the same but why at the cost of public money. My problem lies in the expenditure and the grandness of the whole event.

Firstly the day long telethon on DD channels devoid viewers from choice to watch any other thing on television. Secondly the front page ads on all national and regional daily newspapers would have cost government around millions, we the people have no access to the figures of that government expenditure. Lastly I believe that if you have done something for the people they will know it for the change in their living or working condition. In that case a mere one or two hour show on government achievements would be enough to tell the people about the source of change in their life. Such shows are acting like an expensive carpet which his hiding the tattered condition of the floor beneath it. 

The drought condition in around sixteen states is not hidden from anybody, farmers are committing suicide on daily basis for unable to pay their debts, banks lending power have decreased due to increase in bad loan amounts, local businesses are on all time low, employment generation in last two years is zero, exports have reduced to negligible, in such a situation government is celebrating its achievements which some believe is to calm down unrest in people by showing little successes as huge achievements. Some experts also raises questions on what they called their successes like Jan Dhan Yojna which have more zero balance accounts than operating ones, Digital India which is only looks a dream when we can't even solve the call drop problem. 

Similarly Make In India facing competition from China and there are little foreign companies interested in setting up factories in India after seeing the effect of Jat Agitation in Haryana. Skill India has failed because government is unable to generate employment for people they have trained, Start Up India has slow progress and companies like Ringing Bell which have not given a single phone yet at Rs 501 have yet to get common man's confidence. So my advice to Mr Modi is work for India and its people and then your work will speak for you without you taking pain to remind us what you have done in all these years. Till next post God Bless India. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Review : Come Rhyme With Me

Book Review : Come Rhyme With Me

Come Rhyme With Me is written by Mary Kunte and published by Virgin Leaf Books of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd. Its a collection of poem written in simple rhyme. I have received this book from the publishers. 



Cover : By seeing the cover you got the feel that book has poems for children. I like the cover design because it is simple yet catchy for the readers. 

Content : Book contains poems written by poetess in different style and forms. It has twenty poems of VERSE & RHYME style, four poems in ACROSTIC POEMS category, eight poems for RICTAMETER, twelve HAIKU, one ONOMATOPOEIA style poem and four songs. In short it has almost all style of poems for the readers neatly arranged without creating any confusion for readers. It also describes what a particular type of poem stands for making it easy to understand for the readers. 

Comment : I like the idea of compiling different styles of poem in this poetry book. The poems written in simple rhyme have social messages, natural beauty, emotional bonds, imaginative situations and poetess's different thoughts expressed in a page, few sentences as in Rictameter or few lines as in Haiku. I liked many poems like Anger, Night, Life, Cornucopia, Alone, Bombay, Daughter, Sunset, Jai Hind My India, etc. Poetess's thoughts were clearly presentable and understandable. But these poems are too simple and flat for those who demand deep meanings, allegory, metaphors or sufi touch in the poems. There is no such poem which made you think about it. I would also prefer some pictures with poems perhaps this would increase reading pleasure. 

Verdict : There is no harm in reading it. Its short and you can read it in one go. 

Rating : I would give it 2.5/5