Pack Up 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015 3 Comments A+ a-

Pack Up 2015

Only few hours left to down the curtains for 2015. It's 'Samay Samapt Hone Ki Goshna' for 2015 the year which gave us 365 days to learn, to love, to fight, to hug, to make enemies, to make friends it was our call how we have used it. The coming year have 366 days i.e one day more than this year to think, act and do something better than before, to mend our mistakes and to try ones more for a failed attempt. 

Lets look back at events of this year and pack up its memories. While searching about events of this year I realized that we have more bad news and negativity this year like Paris Attack, Charlie Hebdo attack, Nepal Earthquake, Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi, Intolerance, Beef Ban, Award Wapsi, Nepal border problems, Chennai floods, inflation in Dal prices, Syria migrant crisis, floating Rohingya Muslims of Burma, farmers suicide, racial abuses, riots and the list pile on and on and on but lets take out good from them. Humanity found new hope when people open their gates for refugees , Love wins with gay/lesbian marriage legalization in USA, helps poured from all corners for farmers, Nepal earthquake and Chennai floods removed all caste,color and religion barrier between people of Chennai. World became more united in the time of crisis. If somethings have not bring something positive then they became our mistakes and given us new opportunity to learn. 

World now looks more united against terrorism and India looked more concerned for development. So leave all what you think not good in this year, learn from mistakes and resolute for a fresh more powerful start. I have compiled events of this year into a video with words from my poem 'New Year, New Beginning'. Till next year God bless India, God bless the world, Happy New Year to all.

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Naive Traveler : Visit To Rashtrapati Bhavan Part 2

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Naive Traveler : Visit To Rashtrapati Bhavan Part 2

Read Part 1: Here

Rare front view by an unauthorized photographer

Our next stop after museums was a corridor which leads to an open area called the heart of Rashtrapati Bhavan. At the heart area bust of Edwin Lutyens the architect of Rashtrapati Bhavan is placed opposite to this on other side of that open area stands a statue of Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated by current president Pranab Mukherjee after completing one year in office. This open area give the nearest view of RB dome. 'Edwin Lutyens loved geometrical shapes which he mostly used in designing this building. Apart from geometrical shapes you will notice pillars and chandeliers have bells in their design these are called silent bells. He created these bells to denote India as Britisher's mute colony,' our guide said and took us from a 20m high door to see dining hall.

She told us about the light controlled dining etiquette of that hall in which butlers act silently through signals of light by head butler. In front of dining hall we have Ashoka Hall which is used to click pictures of special guests in the president house, this hall has beautiful pictures on its ceiling. During British rule this hall was used as ballroom and hence it has wooden flooring. Then we saw meeting hall where president meets foreign delegates, Library having collection of rare books and finally Darbar Hall where oath ceremonies of PM's, Chief Justice of Supreme Court and Padma award functions were held. In darbar hall behind the president's seat stands Gupta period Budhdha statue which aligned in a way to stand at top of India gate. A central line passed from this hall which divide RB in two equal halves and a British period chandelier weighing 2000 kg is hanged to its ceiling. This room is right below the dome of RB.

Jaipur Column gifted by King of Jaipur, this also the place where RB's foundation stone was laid.

She told us about some rare paintings hanging on the wall and about some things placed there which were gifted by different nations. This ended our visit to Presidential Estate. Presidential Estate is like a city in itself with Golf course, swimming pool, petrol pump, Mughal Gardens, residential area for staff, farm land for growing vegetables, etc. After the end of tour our guide showed us things which Britishers left incomplete sadly they are incomplete till now. When I hear about building of new Parliament I wonder how they would create such brilliant structures when they are unable to complete the things left unfinished by them. Only there policy of divide and rule is superbly adopted and continued well by Indian politicians in the course of history.

Rashtrapati Bhavan is build with red stone and marbles, there is no use of iron in it. Its a marvelous structure one must visit as an Indian in his/her lifetime. More area should be shown to visitors and there should be arrangement for photographs at least a group photographer in front area of Rashtrapati Bhavan as a remembrance. But the memories you carry in your mind will always remain with you. I feel privileged to have that opportunity and hope to visit again to that place. I recommend RB visit to everyone.

Book Review : Deception Point

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Book Review : Deception Point

Deception Point is a Corgi Books publication written by Dan Brown. Like Dan Brown's other novels this book too looks at the possibility of truths behind conspiracy theories but not of the ancient world as in Robert Langdon series but the mysteries of modern world.

Cover: The cover is similar to other Dan Brown's book, snow mountain in the background is indication of the set up of mystery and a creature like black image in the foreground at the center of the book is part of the mystery explored in the book. But mainly the cover has Dan Brown's name covering half the book which was enough to generate reader's curiosity.

Plot: President of United States Zach Herney summoned Rachel Sexton who was an analyst at National Reconnaissance Office, Washington and also the daughter of his competitor Senator Sedgewick Sexton to confirm a NASA discovery. Senator Sedgewick Sexton was attacking president Herney for bailout packages to NASA in spite of failure of its program, Rachel he thought would be a great asset to verify this discovery along with some famous scientists including television celebrity oceonologist Michael Tolland.
A discovery which would change our views about earth and universe have some faults discovered by Rachel, Tolland and other scientists. But before they could confirm their theory and tell the world about this deception some unknown soldiers tried to kill them. NASA director, President Herney or someone else, who was trying to kill them to hide the greatest deception of all times. A heart-racing thriller would answer all your questions and glued you till the end.

Review: The book is fast paced thriller which keeps you engrossed once you reach its threshold point unlike other Dan Brown novels I have read which keep you on the edge right from the opening sentence. The pacy thriller has a slow start but author make up for it with action packed scenes and a nail biting finish. I liked how he used the conspiracy regarding extraterrestrial life with American politics giving it a touch of reality. The narration is so that all happenings stand clear in front of your eyes. I feel story lacks conviction he had in his other books or reading/knowing about much bigger alien theories made this story simple for me. Overall impact of the story is great and you enjoyed reading it.

Verdict:  A treat for thriller lovers. Great book to explore political ambitions and scientific advances.

Rating: I would give it 3/5. 

Naive Traveler : Visit To Rashtrapati Bhavan Part 1

Sunday, December 27, 2015 6 Comments A+ a-

Naive Traveler : Visit To Rashtrapati Bhavan Part 1

Fountain situated at Vijay Chowk in front of Parliament House

Rashtrapati Bhavan of India is the official residence of President of India situated at Raisena Hill in Lutyens Delhi i.e the area of New Delhi designed by Edwin Lutyens. Edwin Lutyens is also the architect of this house, he also designed Indian Parliament and other such important buildings. It was build as an official residence of British Viceroy of India after Britishers declared Delhi as new capital of India in Delhi Darbar of 1910. Its construction started in 1912 and completed in 1929.

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Don't think I remembered above information from the speech by guide of my group in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Wikipedia is source of above information. Rashtrapati Bhavan was one of many things I haven't visited while living in Delhi since my birth. During Internet search I came to know about the way of visiting inside Rashtrapati Bhavan. You have to request it through a link on official President of India's site . There you have to fill your details, identity proof (Aadhar Card is the best options for Indians) and pay non-refundable charges of Rs 25 per person. It's an easy procedure, you receive an acknowledgement on your phone and email address with request number after completing the transaction. The entry is open an Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. I applied on 12th December for visit on 19th December with my cousin. I received the confirmation mail with in an hour. We both jumped in excitement and the week passed in anticipation of that visit.

A cannon at front gate of Rashtrapati Bhavan 

We traveled there through metro, Central Secretariat is the nearest station to Rashtrapati Bhavan and after exiting from gate number five it is on a walking distance via Vijay Chowk. At the gate Delhi police constables checked our names in the list of visitors, matched our Aadhar Card number and directed us to the passage from gate number two. 'First straight, turn left then right,' he said with a smile. After following instructions and walking over the finest/cleanest road in Delhi we reached the entry gate where our identities were checked and they ordered us to give any electronic items which they kept in a bag and gave us a numbered slip. So no photography inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

We entered a large waiting hall after climbing stairs where other people were also waiting. We were photographed and a ticket with our pictures were given to the guide of our group. Anvita Singh was our guide who took us inside and instructed to remain in the group and to not touch anything. We first entered a small room inaugurated by current president Pranab Mukherjee displaying science models of a gesture piano, robotic dog and 3D printer. Then we entered RB Museum displaying a red stone model of Rashtrapati Bhavan, it was complete replica of the building. Large framed paintings, busts, statue of British emperors, Queens, Viceroys were present in that museum. A staircase downwards from there took us to Kitchen Museum opened on advise of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam which displays cutlery and kitchen utensils used by Britishers. Cooper, Silver, porcelain all types of utensils are on display there. 

I missed utensils and cutlery sets related to our previous presidents. In these two Museums I felt we are still burdened with British slavery adoring things related to them. I wondered why a democratic country have a position reserved for President who was treated as Royal king and then these things in that house hailing Britishers disappointed me. Here I also mention that the place where Rashtrapati stands today were acquired by Britishers by displacing poor villagers. The land belong to Jaipur royalty who gave it to British to show his loyalty to them without thinking about the villagers.  I don't have any problems with Britishers now, there things are valued processions for our country and very much part of our history too but why not things related to our former Presidents were displayed with them. There was lot more in this guided tour which I will tell in my next post.                                                                                                               

Tera Saaya Saath Hoga

Friday, December 25, 2015 4 Comments A+ a-

Tera Saaya Saath Hoga

Yesteryear beautiful actress Sadhna passed away today on 25th December 2015. I have watched almost all her films on either television or on Youtube. She was among the top heroines of 60's who after retirement remained away from the media spotlight because she wanted to be remembered as young and beautiful. We can hardly recollect her looks in our memories any after 70's. During the period after 70’s when other heroines of 60’s started taking character roles of sister-in-laws (bhabhi) or mothers she took a backseat and spend her life in hiding. 

I was aware of her name in my childhood even before recognizing her by face due to discussions and references to 'Sadhna Cut' a hairstyle in which hair strands fall over forehead almost covering it. This style of female hairs became synonymous to her name and will remain so as always as a tribute to her. I read somewhere that a director suggested this style of a Hollywood actress of that time to her but I am sure most of us in India hardly knew who this Hollywood actress was.For her movies Mera Saya, Anita and Woh Kaun Thi she got the title of mystery girl as all these movies were suspense thriller.  Sadhna was also blessed to have pictured in some of the melodies and evergreen songs of Indian cinema along with acting in some of the greatest hits of that time.  

'Mera Saya',' Lag Ja Gale', Tera Mera Pyaar Amar', ' Jhumka Gira Re,' 'Mujhe Teri Mohabbat Ka Sahara', 'Abhi Na Jao Chodkar Ke Dil Abhi' these and many more songs comes alive in front of my eyes when I read or heard her name. Mera Saya, Hum Dono, Woh Kaun Thi, Arzoo, Mere Mehboob, Asli-Naqli are some of her memorable films. She was a beautiful, graceful and a great actor who graced the Indian screen in 60's. Everyone who is a die-hard fan of classic Indian cinema like me knows that a crucial part of Indian cinema has departed today from this world. But I am sure her beautiful Saya with compelling eyes will remain with us through her songs, her movies and an enchanting smile. 

Cricket Mein Kuch Kala Hai

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Cricket Mein Kuch Kala Hai.

'Where There Is Uncontrolled Money, There Is Also Black Money' 

Cricket is an Indian religion without any formal god and temple but yet like religion people showered their praises and hard earned money on unofficial gods and their priests for their love for the game. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is a private entity uncontrolled by any government agency and out of the reach of RTI (Right To Information). In spite of irregularities, immoralities, corruption and unlawful acts in this organisation no political party is bothered to clean it. On the contrary political parties and business tycoons enjoy representation in various state cricket boards nobody knows why and nobody has any objections about it. Hum Saath Saath Hain on such issues. 

BJP MP Kirti Azad lost his party membership on raising DDCA (Delhi Districts Cricket Association) corruption issues and alleging Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who headed DDCA during that period for hiding its financial irregularities. Hum Bolega To Bologe Ke Bolta Hai but why a government who said that it is intolerant to corruption not remove the one who has spots of allegations but sacks one who raised corruption issue. Earlier Ajay Makhan of Congress too faced the similar fate when he was demoted from its post of Sports Minister for bringing a bill to regularize the working of BCCI during his tenure in Congress lead UPA 2 government.

Arun Jaitley also filed a defamation case against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and four other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders for framing him in DDCA scam. Why? Kyun? If he is innocent he should resign , face an inquiry , come out clean and hurrah! Your opponents fall flat on their face completely exposed in front of people of the country which is bigger than any penalty or punishment. Par Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai, our politicians more keen on politicizing the issues than to kill them for always. Remember Babri Mazjid, Godhra riots, 1984 riots, emergency, JP movement, Anna Movement, these and many more issues are brewing in Indian political diaspora to mislead public from real issues of poverty,unemployment and hunger. 

Corruption in cricket now is not a new topic, match fixing, money laundering and other economic offenses are commonly reported but sadly no strong action against any culprit ever happens which further encourage these irregularities. Choddo Kal Ki Batein, it's never too late Modi government should set an example, hopefully next year we have better cricketing atmosphere till then God Bless India. 

Book Review : The Bestseller She Wrote

Sunday, December 20, 2015 4 Comments A+ a-

Book Review : The Bestseller She Wrote

The Bestseller She Wrote is written by Ravi Subramanian and is published by Westland Ltd. I have received this author signed copy from BlogAdda as part of their Book Review program. This is I would say a thriller love story by Ravi Subramanian whose previous thrillers were also bestsellers.

Cover: The cover is attractive and catchy the way it should be. The image of a man and woman behind pages of a book ignites your interest in the book and later after reading the book when you recognized them as protagonist Aditya Kapoor and his protege Shreya whom he help to be a bestseller you liked the cover even more. Full marks to cover from me. 

Plot: Aditya Kapoor was a professional banker and a bestseller author who lived happily with his wife Maya a social worker and son Aryan. He met Shreya Kaushik during his lecture at IIM, Bengaluru. Shreya after a conflicting argument with him during lecture read his book and started admiring him. Her admiration, attractive looks and a confident personality insisted Aditya to force his friend Sanjay who was HR head of same bank as Aditya to hire her as a management trainee when they went for campus placements in IIM, Bengaluru. Aditya become addicted to her leaving all rights and wrongs about this relationship aside. Aditya even get ready to help her in getting published. Maya who trusted her husband blindly broke when she knew about his adulterous relationship with Shreya. She threw her husband out of their home and her life. At this moment she came in contact with Ebola while her trip to Paris for a conference on education. Aditya cursed his illicit relationship for her condition and started maintaining a distance with Shreya. It was then he discovered a new side of Shreya and the story took sudden turns which changed Aditya's life forever. Will Maya survive? Does Shreya's love have a hidden purpose? Will Aditya ever bring back his personal and professional life to normalcy? An unexpected climax would answer all your questions.

Thriller: I liked the conceptualization of the story. It is simple yet has the complexity of a thriller. The climax is spellbinding and when each piece of the puzzle started fitting in right places the book became unputdownable. The language is simple and the flow of the story is just apt for the story. The backstage work behind a book is well narrated and in a way helpful for a debut ant writer. The characters are connectable to real life persons and leave an impact on you after reading it. 

Spoiler: More than half the book ends without generating any curiosity. Author took a lot of time before coming to the real story. The plot is not new and while reading I feel I have watched it somewhere on screen. The story is bit stretched till it reach the climax.

Verdict: You must read it for the writer's approach towards the story and its fantastic end. 

Rating: I would give it 3/5

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Family Tradition

Sunday, December 13, 2015 7 Comments A+ a-

Family Tradition

Malini quickly reached the temple to stop the marriage of his son Neeraj with Rashmi an acid attack victim as soon as she heard this news from her neighbors. When she reached there all marriage rituals were over. Neeraj and Rashmi were standing in front of her with garlands in their necks. She didn't know how to react; scold him for marrying without informing her or hug him to maintain the family tradition. His grandfather married a widow, his uncle a prostitute and his father a rape survivor. 'It's a family tradition you have maintained.' They touched her feet for blessings. 

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Noorullah's plan against Salman failed.

Friday, December 11, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Noorullah's plan against Salman failed - Victory of Justice.

Salman Khan’s acquittal by Bombay High Court in 2002 hit and run case is yet another victory of justice in India. With the verdict it has became cleared that Noorullah the man who died that night on pavement in front of American Bakery in Bandra, Mumbai was plotting against Salman Khan. He hated Salman Khan for an incident from his childhood.

Noorullah came to Mumbai in 90’s with a clear intention of maligning Salman’s image even if it cost him his life. He skipped his exam for Maine Pyaar Kiya Salman's first hit movie which became a worldwide hit. When he got failed in his exams his father scolded and beat him badly for his failure and stopped his school. He blamed Salman Khan for his miserable condition and pledged to take revenge. If Salman's would have released his movie on a different date he could have saved his precious year. He came to Mumbai and took a job in A1 bakery which was on the way of JW Marriot hotel and Salman’s home in Bandra. He knew one day Salman would come in his Land Cruiser and would ram it on the pavement when they were sleeping there. He convinced his friends to get injured, permanent handicapped for his plan's success. When Land Cruiser crushed him to death and injured four other people his plan became successful. He was such a shrewd man.

This case raises suspicion on improper working of Bombay sessions court who took notice of all statements of witnesses including security constable Ravindra Patil. The law declares a missing man dead when he remain untraceable for seven years keeping this in mind dead man’s statement which in this case is the statement of Ravindra Patil becomes null and void after his death in 2008. Session court judge knowingly acted on each and every statement which shows his personal grudges for the star and closeness to victims.  The session court’s judge’s role should be investigated by the government. Bombay High Court on the other hand took notice of inefficiency of lower court and acquitted Salman Khan.

We can now hope speedy judgments in another high profile cases where victims by pretending their rapes, deaths and injuries are trying to demean a celebrity or public figure. Asaram Bapu, Indrani Mukherjee, Tarun Tejpal, Shiney Ahuja, Manu Sharma all have now hopes to come out clean. Today we must applaud efforts of Mumbai Police whose weak charge sheet against Salman Khan helped to uncover Noorullah’s plan.

Living In A Gas Chamber

Sunday, December 06, 2015 2 Comments A+ a-

Living In A Gas Chamber

"Living In Delhi Is Like Living In A Gas Chamber" - Delhi High Court

National Capital, crime capital and now pollution capital, Delhi is gaining popularity in all negative things thanks to negligent approach of government authorities and callousness of Delhihites for necessary issues. This statement came from the bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva while reading the action plans filed by the environment ministry and Delhi government on dealing with pollution of Delhi. They said that action plan is not comprehensive as they did not contain specific responsibilities of each authority and the timeline for carrying them out.

Delhi registered almost 1400 vehicles daily which add to the already severe pollution level. The pollution by dust particles comes second after vehicular pollution in making Delhi's air unfit for breathing. Apart from this pollution created by burning of dry leaves by Delhihites, burning of coal in thermal power stations and construction site's dust emission have turned Delhi into a Gas Chamber. According to health surveys in last ten years lung capacity of newborns have decreased in Delhi, respiratory problems have increased up to 65% and now there are more cases of lung cancer as compare to the cases registered 10 years ago. 

Rapid urbanization and metro construction have removed large areas of green cover which have never replaced and cared by any agency. Although CNG is used in state Autos and Buses cars are increasing because public transport vehicles not sufficient to cater ever increasing population of Delhi. After high court orders Delhi government have planned to introduce Odd-Even scheme for private vehicles which allows odd and even number cars on alternate days. This plan will reduce vehicles on road by half but with lack of public transport system to incorporate all those who leave their cars there is little hope for success of this plan. The other move of closing down two thermal plants which are not running with their peak capacities will hardly change air quality. Government's have taken steps in haste without proper consultation from experts. 

Some immediate and long term measures are required to control pollution:

  1. There is a need to limit cars on Delhi road. Limit the vehicle registered in Delhi. Check and verify parking spaces before giving vehicles.
  2. Government and private both companies and agencies with more than 50 employees should provide buses for transportation. This will not only reduce traffic and pollution but also put an end to VIP culture and make employees more punctual.
  3. The traffic which is not bound to Delhi should not allow to enter Delhi roads. Western and Eastern highway project for this purpose is under construction from last ten years which should be completed as early as possible.
  4. Allow only those supply vehicles in Delhi which uses green fuel or device a system to collect and deliver items from border areas. 
  5. Construction sites should take proper measures to reduce spread of pollutants in the atmosphere. Those working in such sites must provide with proper masks. Build elsewhere assemble here formula should adopted which not only reduce the time but offers better quality and reduce pollution.
  6. The condition of public transport should be improved, introduce more buses, mono rail should also be used at small distances, increase metro frequency in peak hours.
  7. Awareness should be spread about ill effects of pollution.
Rich can afford air purifiers but poor don't have that luxury. They face smog directly. Children, elderly and sick people are more prone to ill effects of pollution, they must avoid outing at peak pollution hours of morning and evening. Government alone can't fight this evil, it needs our support to curb pollution. We should work hard to make Delhi air save and fresh for us as well as for coming generations. 

Chennai Floods

Thursday, December 03, 2015 8 Comments A+ a-

Chennai Floods

Chennai received its heaviest rain in a century resulted in a flood like situation. The death toll has reached around 200 in the rain affected parts of Tamil Nadu and the condition is still critical. Army and Navy have arrived for the rescue operations in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. The excess rain coupled with improper drainage system resulted in disastrous circumstances in the city of Chennai.

Chennai always receives more than normal rainfall in every twelve years, although situation became out of control due to heavy rains the authorities were not prepared for even the excess rains. According to environmental surveys of Chennai city, natural drainage system has been destroyed for the development purposes. Ponds, marshes, streams and other natural waterways have been damaged and replaced with illegal constructions. 

Chennai is not the exception; every metropolitan city is prone to such urban floods which caused due to excess rains as these cities have altered their natural drainage and sewage system for the sake of development which is unplanned and not researched for effects on environment. The changing climate has affected the seasonal pattern of the world over and many world cities receive untimely rain, excessive rain or no seasonal rain. The climate conference going on in Paris i.e. COP21 (Conference of Parties) is useless if they can't find the way of development without hurting and destroying the environment. We have only one world which has limited resources which need to be conserved and cared.

Hope for relief from rain in Chennai soon. Pray For Chennai #chennaifloods, #ChennaiRains 

Coming back to the current problem of Chennai, I can only hope and pray for conditions to normalize soon and hope for discussions on strategy to deal with such problems in future and to find out ways to prevent them. One think I also like to mention is that every human being in Chennai is helping other irrespective of caste and religion.The country is concerned for Chennai even though the mainstream media has not given it much space. I appeal same concern for climate related issues. Governments act when there is a public outcry, crops are being damaged, islands country feeling threat of submerging, people leaving in coastal regions are migrating to the main land due to rise in sea level, climates have altered patterns and air quality have worsen, this is the right time to raise your voices and jolt your governments to act for the environment.

Pray for Chennai. Pray for world.  

Book Review - Train To Paksitan

Sunday, November 29, 2015 4 Comments A+ a-

Book Review - Train To Pakistan

Train To Pakistan is a classic novel written by eminent writer, columnist, humorist and satirist Khushwant Singh in 1956. This book is a hard hitting account of atrocities during the partition of India. I have bought a paperback edition published by Penguin India.

Cover : Cover is showing a steam engine train of India of early year of independence. Though it didn't give you idea about the content of the book but you came to know the effect of this picture after reading the book.

Plot: The story is based in a village Mano Majra on the border of India and Pakistan. After partition of the country Muslims were migrating to Pakistan and Sikhs and Hindus to India. Mano Majra was the only village unaffected by the partition here Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus were all leaving peacefully. Juggat Singh aka Jagga a bad character in police record was in love with Nooran daughter of Muslim priest Imam Baksh. A robbery and a murder happened in Mano Majra resulted in Juggat's arrest under suspicion. Police also arrested Iqbal a political activist from Delhi who came to calm down situation in border villages. Every thing was fine until a train full of corpses arrived from Pakistan. This incident made the atmosphere tense in the village. Magistrate Hukum Singh's order to police superintendent further increased the drift among the communities. Muslims were forced to leave the village. Police suddenly decide to release Juggat Singh and Iqbal when a train going to Pakistan with Muslims of Mano Majra was planned to be assassinated by a group of Sikh youths. Juggat Singh also had a role to play. What he did? What happened to the train?  

Review : The book presents an unbiased account of the tragedy of partition. How communities living peacefully from centuries turned violent against each other just by a line drawn on paper. You will realize by reading this book where the seed of animosity was sown between the communities which affect the Indian diaspora even in present time. Kushwant Singh with his simple yet powerful style of story telling left you with some questions to think as a human being. A story which beautifully highlights the human emotions and displays the tragic turn of events with sincerity. 

Verdict : A must read of you want to know about the India at the time of partition. It will also help to understand current political situation of the country.

Rating : I would give it a full starts i.e 5/5.

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Delhi - Drive,Design and Connect

Thursday, November 26, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Delhi - Drive, Design and Connect

Delhi is a city which drives you crazy when you look at its age old architecture, feel its zealous past and peep into its mystical history. From ancient architectures to the modern marvels this city offers everything you crave for. The rulers which have ruled India from this city designed it in their own style. Even now in the modern times it is the center of all political and governmental activities. It was and it is the point of connect of people of this country. The special thing about Delhi is that it belongs to everyone. People from all states have settled in this city and has enriched it with their culture and traditions. I like it for its composite culture where a road (Chandni Chowk) having a Temple, a Church, a Gurudwara and a Mosque displays the India full of different cultures living together in harmony.

This city drives in you the real spirit India. No other city offers you the hullabaloo of news makers, the patriotic flavor of armed forces, the charm of ancient world, the charisma of modernity and a sense of power. The city in which flows the fuel of energy and enthusiasm of India. Since this city is driven by power it always remain a focal point of change which helped in churning our democracy for better results. (Remember J.P.Movement, Anna Movement.) 

It is designed by different rulers at different times according to their own tastes and comforts. From Hastinapur to Indraparastha, from Tughlagabad to Daulatabad, from Mehrauli to Old Delhi and to Lutyens Delhi it is fully equipped with different flavors of architecture, culture and traditions. In a way it is a timeline of history of India. Most recently the addition of Metro Rail project which have joined, combined and connected different eras of Delhi have given a unique addition to its design. 

It is a place which connects with everybody easily due to its diversity. It is this city where the phrase unity in diversity suits the best. You can have Goa's Christmas, Maharashtrian Ganesh Chaturthi along with Bihar's Chath Puja, if there is a glimpse of Bengali tradition during Durga Puja then you have also fragrances of South Indian festivals of Onam, Pongal,etc. There is a busyness of Eid' one road and buzz of Diwali on another. Similarly you have food here which not only connects you to India but to the world. Just ask for anything Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mediterranean, Mughlai, Hyderabadi, Gujrati, etcetera, etcetera and they are available to sooth your palate. Moreover since no one is from Delhi, this city is for everyone and besides feeling connected to traditions and cultures of different parts of India you feel connected to you country and yourself.

This city binds India together like Tata Motors which by providing different vehicle range is catering to the needs of every household of India. I sum up Delhi in words of Prasoon Joshi 'Yeh Delhi Hai Mere Yaar, Bus Ishq Mohabbat Pyaar' which means that this is the city which is only filled with love.

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Certificate of Indianness

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Certificate of Indianness.

The ruling party and its parent organisation RSS (Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh) have now distributing certificate of Indianness. According to their leaders and spokesperson one who is born in India and who respect Indian constitution,culture, heritage and value is only entitled to be Indian if he follow rules laid by them like having a Khaki nikkar (half pant) in wardrobe, must follow politics of hate and so on. I got a specimen of this certificate which will first awarded to prime minister Narender Modi so that his absence in India should not give wrong impressions about his nationality.

Their spokesperson said that this procedure would be helpful in their earlier venture of Travel Agency where they are distributing free tickets to Pakistan. On question of news related to closing of travel agency after Bihar debacle and the loss in firecrackers brought to distribute in Pakistan he said travel agency is still working and they have sold crackers to Mahagadbandhan at cost price to minimize their loss. 'If Aamir Khan is planning to leave the country, he can contact us for better travel deals.' Mohan Bhagwat will distribute first Certificate of Indianness to Prime Minister as soon as he will return to the country. 

Safe Skin Healthy Baby - 2

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Safe Skin Healthy Baby - 2

In a joint family like mine when a child comes, he/she becomes the responsibility of whole family and not just the parents. My involvement and observation of child care prompted me to right one more post for #SoftestForBabySkinActivity. Naturally child's skin is soft because it remains submerged in amniotic fluids and sebum (oil on baby's skin) keeps it moisturized. Thus to maintain a soft skin we must adhere to the natural ways. Vernix outer covering of child which go away in two to three weeks after birth protects child skin from wrinkling inside amniotic fluids and maintain natural oils in the body after birth. As I also mentioned in the first post frequent bathing should be avoided in first few weeks. 

Here are some more points which helped in keeping baby skin soft : 

  1. Lukewarm water should be used to clean baby skin. It helps in keeping child skin soft and also keeps a child warm which further protect him from Pneumonia, cough and cold. Even when you are using lukewarm water ensure that bath frequency should not exceed in first few weeks or should be restricted to cleansing of diaper area which only gets dirty in an infant. This will protect child skin from much exposure to external environment and hence keep skin soft.
  2. Cotton soft diapers should be used to avoid skin infections and rashes. Cotton let air pass through it which keeps child skin dry. Cotton cloth made diapers are good for this purpose but during winters and in rainy days, it becomes difficult to dry them quickly. Moreover you need to change them instantly because they don't keep skin dry resulting in itchiness, redness and rashes. New Pampers cotton soft pant style diapers is good alternative for cotton cloth made diapers , they are convenient to use without any shortcomings of cotton cloth diapers.
  3. Oil massage before giving bath will not only keep skin soft but also makes bones healthy. You should be careful while messaging for temperature around, cold temperature leads to cough and cold. If possible massage under mild sun rays as intense sun rays may cause skin burns. 
  4. Treating baby acne or pimples softly. Baby acne or pimples are not like one we develop during teenage years they go by themselves and squeezing them or applying some chemical lotions may harm baby skin. Pimples or Whiteheads on baby skin are due to fungal infection and not because of excess oil secretion, thus proper baby cleansing is enough for treating them. If you squeeze them they may left a mark or tight the baby skin on that area snatching its natural softness.
  5. Avoid excess powdering. Infant skin doesn't really need powdering just dry clean the area and its done. Powder may stick to wet areas making it prone to infections. Moreover infants if powdered frequently can inhale powder particles which may cause lung problems in the future. If powdering is necessary use natural ingredient based powder which is soft on skin and if inhaled doesn't harm much to the baby.
This points and a mother's love care will keep the bay skin soft and healthy.  

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The Teacher From Bihar

Saturday, November 21, 2015 16 Comments A+ a-

The Teacher From Bihar

"You Can't Imagine How This Poor Bihari Boy Climbed The Wall Of This Big Private Institution."

I can still remember these words uttered almost twelve years ago were enough for you to judge the importance and impact of these words on me and my life. His facial expressions and moist eyes are still fresh in my memory. His eyes conveyed his entire story to me in a second. I don't know what others present in that class felt at that time, perhaps some have laughed at his emotions but those emotions touched my heart which inscribed these words for always.

I am talking about my Math teacher of 11th and 12th class Mr. Pathak. He was from Bihar an upper cast who was affected by V.P.Singh's government agreeing and applying of Mandal Commission report in 1989-90. The Mandal Commission was formed to analyze social differences in society which effected in increase of quota of reservation for SC, ST and OBC. Bihar being the initiator of Mandal movement experienced most discrimination on caste lines resulted in neglecting of upper caste students. Mr Pathak being from the upper caste was caught in this politics which lead him to leave his village and state to study in Delhi.

He usually told us the stories of his village school which was devoid of any modern facilities. He was impressed by his math teacher who was devoted to his students even in such a poor condition. He wanted to be like him and teach his village students. The sentence I mentioned above was showing his pain of leaving his native place and his struggle after enforcement of Mandal commission. At that time I was not much aware of Mandal-Kamandal politics, neither I understood his mention of it in the class room, I was just touched by his emotions and experienced his pain of struggle. I think he was driven by his pain of leaving his native place which helped him performing strong in the big city.
This became the reason of pursuing my higher education through correspondence than regular college. Although I secured marks enough to get admission in a good reputed college but my passion was and is writing which I thought I could pursue without a regular college degree so I left my seat for someone more deserving who was nurturing dreams like my teacher from Bihar to teach his people and make an impact on their life.

I never met Mr Pathak after school but two years with him in school realized me that he was #madeofgreat.  He crossed all economical, political and social hurdles to become a teacher of a reputed school which was looking impossible at one point of time in his life. Perhaps one day he would fulfill his dream to open a school in his native village to teach his people. He was a good teacher whom I remembered even today. I don't know why I never met him again but now I think it’s time to have a rendezvous with him.

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The T - Day

Thursday, November 19, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

The T - Day

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to a toilet - a basic human need. It also focuses on the health and hygiene problems arising due to improper sanitation. 2.4 billion People do not have adequate sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open and shamefully India is home to half of these people. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.

In India not only villages but cities are also facing this problem. Even in the capital of India - New Delhi people defecate in the open compromising their dignity, health and privacy. Besides creating health problems, open defecation give rise to safety issues for women and girls. Most of the rapes reported in rural India are of those girls and women who went to defecate in open alone. Some mischievous elements of society waited for such opportunities to execute the ongoing of their dirty minds. Lack of toilets also leads women and girls to compromise their menstrual hygiene.

The lack of toilets is not the only problem. Improper toilets are also a problem. From improper toilets I mean toilets lacking equality. A physically challenged person needs a special toilet, a woman or a girl for menstrual hygiene required a toilet having sanitary pads, so there must be toilet for different needs also. But in a country where even basic toilets are scarce you can't hope for toilets for special needs. Lack of toilets resulted in unhygienic environment which further causes deadly diseases among children thus snatching valuable lives of our children. 

Talk shit today to tell the world #wecantwait anymore for proper toilets and sanitation #WorldToiletDay    

Apart from government we should also take things in our hands. Ensure those working in your offices and houses as helpers are using functional toilets in their homes. If not you must encourage them to do so and if possible lend them loans to do the same. Those who have relatives leaving in villages check for toilets there and initiate building of toilets in those areas. Government should not only erect toilet buildings but should also take care of their cleanliness and maintenance. #wecantwait more for this basic facility to reach every home so we must act fast and more responsibly. 

You can visit World Toilet Organisation's website to know more about this problem and to donate for this cause. 

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IS - Islamic State or International Slackness

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4 Comments A+ a-

IS - Islamic State or International Slackness.

Paris Attacks on 13th November 2015 which killed around 200 people opened world's eyes to a new threat to the world peace i.e Islamic State or IS. It was not the first attack by IS but it became their 9/11 moment which garnered them worldwide headlines and hours long news coverage. Facebook even offered safety check feature for people affected by the attack and France flag as DP (display picture) for those who want to show their solidarity with Paris and France. For few more days people will outburst their anger on social sites and then terrorism will go out off discussion from public debates.

Islamic State is creating havoc from last one year or so, it has captured a large part of Iraq (including some oil well), Syria and Egypt. Islamic State is involved in killing of innocent people of these nations which forced many to leave their country and demand refuge in other countries. The reckless attitude of America and European countries for happenings in these middle eastern countries have helped in spreading of their terror networks in other parts of the world. They are using internet to spread their hate messages converting many innocents to be their sympathizers and support their cause. Turkey and other such countries are buying oil from IS thus funding them with money. Many NGO's in America and Europe are also providing funds to them. They are using sophisticated modern weapons made in America, Iran and European countries. This international slackness towards their activities is giving them more power and money.

Why World Is Not Uniting Against ISIS For World Peace? #terrorism #ParisAttacks 

When Russia attacked Syrian hideouts of IS and drive them away from many parts of Syria neither Europe nor America supported this action. Are they using IS as a tool to spread Islamophobia? The sudden emergence of IS immediately after killing of Osama-bin-Laden is also a matter of suspicion. Why not ban the organization selling ammunition to them? Why not ban NGO's providing funds to them? Isn't terrorism used as a tool to sideline a community which was also suffering from these terrorist attacks? Few know that Beirut in Lebanon was also attacked by IS two days before Paris attacks killing at least 43 people. Attacks in Syrian mosques & residential colonies, Iraq's minorities, Nigeria, Algeria, Saudi Arabia etc were also conducted by IS without much international reporting and coverage. 

The time has come to form an international community which not acts as a puppet of developed nations like United Nations. A body which can handle all crucial issues of human right violation, terrorist funding, illegal arm trade, international drug peddlers and other such issues more strongly than United Nation did today. World stood together in tough time is a good gesture which would not be limited to attack on Europe and America. I also support PM Narender Modi and other world leaders' demand to define terrorism to separate it from religion and for strong actions against their sympathizers. Pray for peace for Paris and for the world.  

Book Review : The Lost Symbol

Monday, November 09, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Book Review : The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is third in the series of Robert Langdon adventures after Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Robert Langdon a symbologist from New York is destined to solve another puzzle of mysteries of the mythical world hidden in secrets of Washington D.C. 

Cover : It's a simple cover with a key having symbol of Masons which connects this book to masons and there secrets. The US Capitol building in the bottom signifies involvement of this building in this mystery. Both images suits to the title and story of the book, hence full marks for that.

Plot: Robert Langdon's old friend Peter Solomon's secretory calls him for an urgent lecture in US Capitol building due to unavailability of any person after the assigned speaker became unavailable. He also urged Langdon to bring a sealed box once given to him by Solomon. He also send a private jet to pick him from New York to Washington D.C. The truth revealed after reaching Capitol building put Langdon in a fix. Peter Solomon's kidnapping to reveal some hidden secrets of history brings Langdon face to face with CIA chief Sato

On the other hand Katherine Solomon a Noetic Scientist sister of Peter Solomon was excited about some new revelations of her experiment was eager to share them with her brother who was unreachable on his phone. She was unaware that someone was planning to kill her. Langdon caught between Solomon's captor and CIA in trying to uncover the mystery of ancient symbols. Will Langdon solve this mystery of symbols? Who is trying to kill Katherine? Who is behind Peter's kidnapping? What is Washington D.C.'s history hiding which has became threat for national security. This impossible to put down book will reveal a new world to you.

Review :  You were always on the move while reading this book. The style of writing is so that you remain restless like the characters in the book to solve the puzzles coming on the way. The way fact and fiction are blended is commendable and extraordinary. The book not only is an entertaining read but also left some questions in your mind to think over and over again. The end is bit stretched but that extension is enlightening than boring. An informative read invoking positive thoughts.

Verdict : Go grab your copy of this book which keeps reader always on the go. Interesting, astonishing, enlightening, entertaining and informative read. 

Rating : I would give it 5/5

Safe Skin Healthy Baby

Monday, November 09, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Safe Skin Healthy Baby

With a baby comes a responsibility of keeping him/her free from infections, rashes and other ailments. Keeping your baby warm and nourished thus becomes your priority. Newborn skin is delicate and so is the baby's immune system. Chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products can cause newborn skin irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. It is important to select correct products and apply proper care to keep a child healthy. I have witnessed caring of several babies around me, babies of my sisters and brother. Most recently i.e. in August 2015 my Bhabhi (sister-in-law) gave birth to twin boys which mean double responsibility which we all share with her. This recent experience makes me learned if not an expert in baby care.

My recent and past experiences with babies helped me formulate these five points to keep babies' soft skin safe:

  1. Resist the urge to bathe your baby frequently. Too-frequent bathing -- more than three times per week during the first year of life removes the natural oils that protect baby's skin. That may leave baby's skin vulnerable and dry. It may also aggravate eczema. Except for drool and diaper changes, newborns don't get very dirty.  For the first month or so a sponge bath two or three times a week will keep your baby safely clean. In between, simply clean baby’s mouth and diaper area with a little water or cleanser.
  2. Proper Diapering is must to prevent skin rashes. If you don't select a proper diaper, it may leak making baby's skin wet for longer time causing skin rashes. So you must check diapers regularly and changed them if they get wet, let the diaper area air-dry before putting a new diaper to prevent rashes. It is necessary to select a proper diapers and Pampers is an excellent brand for this.
  3. Don't use scented baby products during early months. They may contain harmful chemicals which can irritate baby's delicate soft skin. It is better to select baby products on doctor's advice. Today's babies are more sensitive than they used to be in past so old home made traditional products should also be used with care. 
  4. Clothing material for babies should be selected carefully and there is also a need to wash baby's clothes, bedding and blankets separately from family's laundry. Use only baby laundry detergents that are fragrance and dye-free. It is recommended to read labels carefully for manufacturing and expiry dates along with the ingredients of the product.
  5. Message baby's skin regularly, if possible in mild sunlight before bath. This will not only keeps the skin soft but also makes bones and muscles strong. Here also selecting the correct message oil is necessary. Try to use herbal and Ayurvedic products. 
It is also necessary to avoid outings during first year. Exposure to sunlight and pollution can also harm baby skin. Above all these points a mother knows best what is good and bad for her baby and she take all measures to ensure baby's good health. Selecting products which are #SoftestForBabySkin becomes her priority. 

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Modi Lost Bihar Battle

Sunday, November 08, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

Modi Lost Bihar Battle.

The month long elections of Bihar assembly ended today 8th Nov, 2015 with victory of Nitish Kumar lead Mahagadbandhan. The all efforts of prime minister Narender Modi lead National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were lost in vain. The election which fought on subjects of Chemistry (DNA remark by Modi), Mythology (Lalu's Nar Pishach and Rakshas remarks), Biology (Cow and Beef politics) and Tourism ( Fire Crackers in Pakistan and sending critics to Pakistan) more than political and developmental issues concluded with victory of Indian values of tolerance, peace and unity.

BJP attempted to polarize these polls by bringing Hindutva and cow in between the development (vikas) model. Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar did their best to play caste card and Bihar honor issue which have nurtured them a sweet fruit of victory. It seems the issues which were point of hot discussion in the nation also played an important role in this elections. Bhartiya Janata Party and Narender Modi's attitude towards rising price of pulses, Nepal Blockade issue, award returning and their intolerance in dealing with their critics have cost them a defeat. Every state election is not as important as this one because this will shape the future politics of the country and will help central government to rethink their policies in running the country.

Here are few takeaways from this election: 

  • The caste equations which thought to be broken with Modi wave have returned to haunt the nation thanks again to Modi patronage RSS head's remarks against reservation.
  • Hindu and Muslim both understand development is necessary for their sustenance as human.
  • Cow issue was more political than religious.
  • Lalu is not tired and retired, he still has role to play in national politics.
  • Narender Modi as Prime Minister of India must respect the decorum of his post by selecting his words wisely.
  • Indian Muslims have nothing to do with Pakistan and presence of Pakistanophobia proves government's weakness.
  • Awardees who have returned their awards are raising genuine questions. They are not anti- national as portrayed by ruling government. 
We have still to witness many ups and downs in Indian politics but I wish all these up and down prove in favor of the country. Till then God Bless India.

BJP - Bhartiya Janata to Pakistan

Thursday, November 05, 2015 1 Comments A+ a-

BJP - Bhartiya Janata to Pakistan 

The ruling party of India always comes up with novel concepts to spread their ideas. After successful campaigns of Rath Yatra, Chai Pe Charcha, Achche Din, they have come out with another interesting idea i.e. Ticket to Pakistan to send all critics to government and its policies to Pakistan. They have partnered with Hafiz Sayeed in Pakistan who will receive the people send by them with open hands. When Hafiz Sayeed was asked about how he would accommodate Indians in already populated Pakistan he said that he was sending thousands of Pakistani residence to India from several years after fore-sighting this scenario.

BJP also revealed the hidden meaning of their name as Bhartiya Janata to Pakistan. While briefing a media gathering their spokesperson said that they were working on this type of travel agency even before 2014 general elections. The idea is brainchild of BJP MP from Bihar Giriraj Singh and Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Prachi and Sakshi Maharaj promoted it to their full capacity. Now after BJP president Amit Shah's nod party officially announced their travel wing to cater all tasks related to it under Kailash Vijayvargiye who wants Shah Rukh Khan to be the first person to take benefit from this scheme. 

This travel wing along with handling Prime Minister's foreign tours would provide free transportation to Pakistan for all those opposed to them. 'This looks like a daunting task but we are fully prepared to do this with RSS support,' a BJP party worker said on promise of anonymity. 'Shah Rukh Khan is our favorite and he will be the first person to get his ticket from Prime Minister himself,' he further added. Opposition is terming it as a gimmick for Bihar poll because none from the opposition have received an invitation for Ticket to Pakistan

It is not yet cleared that this scheme is meant only for Muslims or others could also benefit from the scheme. BJP has also not announced the amount they have given to Hafiz Sayeed for preparing for the project in Pakistan. The people are waiting for travel packages to other countries as well but that seems impossible since India have faced only one partition its history. 

Criticism- An Anti-National Activity

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 2 Comments A+ a-

Criticism - An Anti-National Activity

A man was building a house. He put the base stone right but as he progressed with side walls, the structured started looking clumsy. His neighbors pointed out his mistakes and he realized where he was going wrong. He changed his strategy, consulted some professionals and then came out with a wonderful building praised even by those who didn't like him.

Another man on some other street was also doing the same thing making a building by his own. He also put the base stone right and his building too became clumsy. His neighbors pointed out his mistakes to which he became defensive and said that he knew what he was doing and they were criticizing him because they didn't like him and his ways. He keep on building in the same way as a result walls start tumbling when he reached the half way and eventually fell down. He looked at his neighbors in shame but now it was too late. Rainy season has arrived and he reached nowhere with his strategy. 

Similar things are happening in our country and the ruling party is behaving like the second man the one who is unable to tolerate criticism not even when his labors who were helping him in constructing a strong building returning their tools like our authors, writers, scientists, historians, film makers returning their awards. Their affiliation to other ideologies consider alien by ruling party have snatched their right to protest according to the government. Is abusing them and labeling them anti-national tolerance? 

When someone points at your weaknesses, your short comings you must thank them and pledge to overcome your weakness that is tolerance. Taking criticism in a positive way make one a better person. I a democratic country criticism help government in formulating better policies. A government neglecting criticism becomes authoritative. 'My way or the highway' attitude of the government create unrest in people which in turn inculcate intolerance in society. Take for instance increasing rate of road rage, hate crimes, rapes, etc. There is a Hindi proverb ' Jaisa Raja Waisi Praja' which means citizens are what the king is, the PM's indifference to some important issues in society are helping in their promotions and the common man is becoming indifferent to these issues being engulfed in earning bread and butter.

The economy is down, markets are slow even in peak festive season, crop yield is less due to which farmers are in pathetic conditions, inflation is high, property market showing no scope, no influx of foreign companies, estranged relations with two of our crucial neighbors - Nepal and Pakistan, no new employment opportunities and dealing with many other problems is need of the hour. It’s sad that we have no discussions on these issues on national level because those who criticize government for these problems are marked as anti-national.

Criticism uncovers truth hidden behind arrogance and egoism #quotes

 If raising these national issues is anti-national then I am also anti-national, if criticizing government is anti national then I am anti-national, if questioning government's intention when its leader talks about Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi, is anti-national then I am anti-national. Tolerance was and tolerance is the main ingredient of Indianness i.e. the unique quality which have sustained India in difficult times and if it is lost I fear about communal clashes, caste fights, regional discrimination and the India we know today will again gets shattered and tattered into pieces. God bless us, God Bless India. 

Book Review : Murder On The Orient Express

Friday, October 30, 2015 2 Comments A+ a-

Book Review : Murder On The Orient Express

Murder On The Orient Express was written by Agatha Christie regarded as Queen of Crime. This book is published by Harper Collins. I was so unfortunate to not read her till now. Although I was aware of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot but this book recommended by +Anmol Rawat on Goodreads provided me chance to experience her writing.

Cover : The placement of title on the smoke coming out from chimney of old steam fueled engine train is enough to create mystery right from the cover page itself. Moreover author Agatha Christie's name appearing bigger than the title was proof enough of her popularity.

Plot: Private detective Hercule Poirot cancels his stay at Tokatlian Hotel in Istanbul after reading a telegram calling him back to London immediately in relation to a case. He booked a seat in first class compartment of Orient Express and departs for London the same night. Mr Ratchett a millionaire believes that his life is in danger and asks for Poirot's help to which he deny for his busyness in other cases. The train is stopped by a snowdrift somewhere near Vincovi on the second night of journey and it was discovered that Mr Ratchett was killed brutally. 

The next morning, Mr. Bouc, an acquaintance of Poirot and director of the company operating the Orient Express, informs him that Ratchett has been murdered and asks Poirot to investigate. He examines the body, interviewed all passengers travelling in that coach along with rail coach conductor, search passenger's luggage and so on. From his initial investigations he found that Mr Ratchett was actually Casette involved in a kidnapping and murder of a girl in America. This discovery lead Poirot to deduce that he was killed for that crime of his past. Who killed him? Was the killer still present in the train? Eventually all twelve passengers travelling in that coach comes under suspicion. How all passengers come out as suspects?  Hercule uncover each layer of the mystery to reveal the identity of the murderer.

Review : The book is unputdownable. I have finished reading it in just two days. The simple yet interesting investigation style of detective Poirot keep you hooked to the narration till the end. Even though story is set in Pre-World War 2 era it could be easily connectable to today's time. The characterization, language, pace of the plot, all give you correct material for an engrossing read. It is funny to find a fault in a book which has sold over a million copies but use of French words in the narrative without their meaning is hard to understand for a reader outside Europe.

Verdict: Go grab your copy immediately if you are fan of detective fictions and if you haven't touched that genre then read it to be in love with it. A wonderful example of pure detection without modern day techniques.

Rating : I would give it 5/5.