Monday, April 26, 2010

Matches made in heaven.. ?? Are you sure !!

A match-making process is surely an experience to remember for the lifetime..
there are so many facets and things involved that in the end the guy finds it out that everything is not that hunky-dory as is portrayed in the bollywood movies.

It all starts when the guy crosses the critical age bar of 25 years (this criticality of the age depends on the socio-economic background of the family hence is not a sacrosanct figure).

Once that age is reached, then even if the guy is having certain other dreams to pursue but the society (which includes neighbours, near relatives, distant relatives, friends and friend of friends)start giving free advices to the parents like: "arey wo srivastava jee ki ladki bahut khoobsurat hai, Engineering/MBA/MBBS kar liya hai..aapke ladke ke liye acchi jodi hai"

[In some other cases, when the concerned guy goes for a social gathering.. the relatives and friends start staring at you as though you are the next and we would like to have a feast at your function next !!]

and one day when the guy reaches his home he finds out that Srivastava jee is actually sitting there over a cuppa with his parents with the photographs of his daughter. One look at the photgraphs and u'll find out as though the girl is trying to woo you from the photograph itself (with loads of make-up off-course).
Then Srivastava jee starts praising the girls various qualities..which are highly unlikely for any person to have all of them together.

When he finds that the prospective groom's mother wants to have a simple girl with all the homely girl qualities then according to Srivastav jee his daughter is well versed with cooking, stitching, respecting Indian values and ethos as well as very religious minded and also Saree-wearing.

When the prospective groom's father wants his would be Bahu to be strong, confident, capable of taking care of a family, Srivastava jee has numerous examples to put forward his point for the same.

Then the viva-voce (torturous Q&A session) starts for the guy all with that idiotic smile on Srivastava jee's face ( as though he is thinking that "murga toh phans gaya").

Then a formal meeting is arranged whereby the guy and the gal can meet for the first time and probably the last time before getting betrothed.
At that meeting the guy finds that the gal has been to a parlour shop for last five hours for that "Aishwarya Rai" look. Also she has no qualms in wearing anything Jeans, Tank-tops to name a few.

(*God knows and only the girls father knows that how come the girl is goin to keep up the Indian ethos with that deep neck, tight-fitting Patiala dress*)

When every issue's are settled, a "Pandit" is summoned to fix a date to end the guy's free days and put him behind bars (jailed for life-time with the nuptial knots..)

[P.S.: The above post is purely fictitious]

Monday, April 19, 2010

Twitter Minister resigns !!

Shashi Tharoor a.k.a Twitter Minister.. (as some of the sections in media calls him) resigned from his ministry yesterday.

To be precise, he was the "Minister of State for External Affairs" and not the Minister or Marketing professional for a website which acts as a micro-blog. But the New-Yorker kinda minister was an active Twitter-er/Tweeter so much so that sometimes he was alleged of letting his views on Government's decision out in the public fora prior to even consulting the top bosses !!

After a successful career at the United Nations, Mr. Tharoor jumped into politics and contested on Congress's ticket in the General Elections of 2009. He represents Kochi (Kerala State) constituency at the Lok-Sabha (Parliament).
Being a first-timer in the politics and still getting a junior ministry in the cabinet surely indicates his good relations with the residents of 10 Janpath.

But during his short stint, Mr. Tharoor many times forgot that he is a minister now and hence should think before speaking up !! As the saying goes: "With great power comes great responsibility", but it seems the twitter minister forgot this very saying whenever he tweeted.

First during the dramaybaazi of "austerity drive" whereby every minister was supposed to cut costs on the indecent expenses and thus follow the then need of the hour (as inflation was going up and the recession had engulfed most part of the world). Mr. Tharoor at that very moment tweeted travelling in the normal class as "travelling in the cattle-class" thus thereby equating the great Indian middle-class as the "cattle-class" which seemed to be a statement against the principles of "Socialism" enshrined in the Indian Constitution. This drew a lot of criticism for the central government and the various spokespersons of the Congress party started hiding their faces from the media during those days, all because the twitter minister a.k.a. Shashi Tharoor had tweeted this thing on his Twitter account.

Secondly, during the Prime Minister's recent visit to the Saudi Arabia, the blabbermouth Twitter Minister, tweeted on his twitter account that he would appreciate Saudi Arabia acting as an "Interlocutor" between India and Pakistan over Kashmir thereby again putting the government at the backfoot. After getting harsh opposition from within the government and surely from the opposition Mr. Tharoor said that i've used the term "Interlocutor" and not the "Mediator" !!
This time again he was saved by a whisker just because the dictionary meaning of both the words is a bit different. :)

Finally, Mr. Tharoor wanted to do something for his constituency, but the poor chap followed a wrong way. It is felt that he used his power to influence the IPL team selection panel in providing a new team for the Kochi. After winning the bid for IPL-Kochi team, it is alleged that Mr. Tharoor made his lady friend (some media sources term this friendship as affair..which is probably true too) Ms. Sunanda Pushkar obtain "sweat equity" in the Rendezvous Sports upto the tune of about Rs. 70 crores !! and that too without investing a single penny (read: sweat).

When the IPL commissioner Mr. Lalit Modi asked the Team Kochi owners i.e. Rendezvous Sports to reveal the shareholders name.. it is stated by Mr. Modi that Mr. Tharoor prevented him to dig deep into the shareholding pattern of Rendezvous Sports. This clearly showed that Mr. Tharoor had some financial interests in the IPL Kochi team or to say he was a "Benaami" shareholder of the Kochi franchisee.

This was a very serious allegation to which the opposition stuck. Even Mr. Tharoor was not able to clarify his stance this time around as their was no "dictionary" to change the meaning of his intentions !! :)
Even the Congress party after seeing their popularity dip had to change their stance and had to make a hard decision for them and hence sack the twitter minister a.k.a. Mr. Shashi Tharoor.

As per my opinion I was happy when for the first time I heard the news that Mr. Tharoor has become a cabinet minister. I was happy because as most of the young generation of our country, even i wanted a good, young, energetic and a presentable leader representing my country. Even 'am not averse to Ministers using technology and latest social networking sites to reach the masses.
But the thing, which went against in Mr. Tharoor's case is his "Tweeting without Thinking" approach

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kashmir: From the perspective of a common Indian (Part III)

The three parties which are associated in this issue revolving around Kashmir have their own perspectives for it.

Perspective of China:

China wants its connectivity with Xinjiang province to be emboldened hence it wants to have only those parts of kashmir which are geographically connected to its Northern province of Xinjiang (Aksai Chin)

Perspective of Pakistan:

Pakistan wants to secure its water resources for the future hence it wants to capture the origin of its most precious river i.e. Indus and its tributaries.

Perspective of India:

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of Indian Union with a valid proof (i.e. Instrument of Accession signed by the king of Jammu & Kashmir himself).

Some points to ponder:

a) If Pakistan Government says that they are worried about Kashmiri's then why they have acceded the part of land (Shaksgam Valley) which belongs to the Kashmiri's to the Chineese ??

b) Why does Pakistan only shows concerns for the Kashmiri Muslims but never has voiced its concerns for the Kashmiri Pandits ??

There are many issues which are associated with Kashmir and hence needs more attention and not just the military presence on the Indian side of the border. I've just tried to be precise on certain issues and it is one of my humble try to focus on the important issues of Kashmir.