11 March 2012

Aahatein

Okay, this one's my favourite!! :) Been a while since I'd written any poems, that too one in Hindi... Nevertheless, the final outcome is quite satisfying, by the look of it :D ..

Kyun bhari dhoop mein andher lage
Kyun bheed mein yun tanhayee base

Kyun  honton pe aate nahin dil mein chupe armaan
Kyun hai yeh saara jahaan tere liye kurbaan

Kyun khaamosh hai sehmi hui saanson ki dor
Kyun bandishon ki zanjeerein kheenche mujhe teri ore

Kyun hain bheetar ki dooriyaan sagar ke kinaaron jitni
Kyun iss betaab mann ko tumse milne ki aarzoo itni

Kyun labb pe khaamoshi hai par nigaahein kuch kehti hai
Kyun khayalon ke pinjre mein kaid meri aahatein rehti hain


Birthday Bells

Composed this poem for my cutest friend Vishal, on his Birthday (07-03-2012)!!! Happy reading :)


The air is abuzz with excitement
Crazy thoughts inundating the mind
A silent smile, an anxious yelp 
Confirm the wait to be a grind

At long last, the clock strikes twelve
The moment is here to cut the cake
But look at you, so eager to delve
In search of elusive gifts for you to take

A year wiser you are, I doubt if that’s true
The future is bright, great things are due
But listen my friend; life’s a bundle of surprises
A bemusing cluster of good and bad memories
At every stage the pressing need arises
To retain the treasures and weed out the worries

19 December 2010

All Scam and no Play

“ Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. ”         
                           --- Ronald Reagan, former U.S President

The perennial epitome of Indian politics has resurfaced like a phoenix from the ashes; only trouble is: it isn't nearly as pretty. Rather, it's a sombre tale of a decrepit political system that laughs its way into beguiling its citizens. The dreaded epidemic of scams has resurfaced again, threatening to drill further holes into an already tarnished reputation of the nation in the global arena.

For a 21st century India gaining increasing prominence and credibility to its claim of being a super power in the foreseeable future, the unfailing recurrence of scams involving corrupt politicians and bureaucrats has been a giant hurdle in its path to glory. Quite unsurprisingly, the faith of a common citizen on the government dwindles in such circumstances. Sadly though, that's as far as it goes for a majority of the nation's population who seem to have adopted a callous "forget and move on" attitude. Perhaps the first step towards challenging a hollow administration is to start being ethical at an individual level. The tougher supplement to this task is the commitment to stay firm in the face of adversity. Private organisations, NGOs and illustrious personalities should lead the way in setting an example for others to follow. An immediate thought directs one to suggest the dominant role of media in ensuring a fair and transparent democracy. Recent happenings though, have been anything but reassuring. The Nira Radia expose' were testimony to the obsession of a section of the media to gaining TRPs, come what may, thus jeopardizing public faith in a responsible and effective fourth estate.

Here are a few among a plethora of scams that have rocked the shores of Indian democracy in 2010:

1. 2G Spectrum scam - Undoubtedly, the show stopper of the moment, it has taken the nation by storm.  The spectrum chicanery exposed loopholes involved with coalition politics, further endangering a species that would be remembered in history as "accountability". The biased licensing burdened the exchequer with a  1.7 lakh crores loss with another 171 crores sacrificed to the ruckus created by an indiscreet opposition that  boycotted the winter session of the parliament with the very purpose of protesting these losses to the treasury!

2. Adash Society Housing scam - Black sheep in the army conspired, wily politicians and bureaucrats obliged and lo and behold - flats worth 8 to 10 crores meant for Kargil war heroes and their families were sold at throwaway prices! 31 storeys were erected in place of the 6 proposed, an initial list of 40 members extended to 103 and only 37 of these residents belong to the army. Rules were conveniently tweaked to allow the top brass of  Maharashtra politics to get access to priceless flats in the high rise. While the deserving soldiers wait in anticipation for their dues, controversies abound their canvass of dreams.

3. "Common-Wealth" Games - The lesser said about it, the better. Suresh Kalmadi and his band of merry men grabbed the party invite with both hands and suavely managed to pilfer taxpayers' money with an irresistible urge only found with spoilt kids going gaga over chocolates. A stupendous show by the athletes and last minute reinforcements saved the blushes but only after rampant corruption again painted an utterly morose picture of Indian administration to the rest of the world. Quite amusingly, voices for hosting the Olympics were doing the rounds just after the CWG ended. Dil maange more, you would say!

4. Radiagate scam - The leaked Radia tapes brought to fore the close nexus between corporate powerhouses and government agencies. The power game at the heart of Indian politics tumbled out into the open, giving further insights into the 2G scam and A.Raja's adamant push towards retaining his post in the telecom ministry for the second time running. Allegations were brushed aside by the accused as conspiracies to defame them but the truth might still be lying buried deep in the quagmire of the controversy.

5. Institutional Public Laundering(IPL) - The perfect epitome of the downside of social networking . IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi shot himself in the foot when he tweeted that MOS Shahi Tharoor requested him to keep the ownership pattern of Kochi Franchise a secret. Hell broke loose in the ensuing chain of events - Mr. Modi lost his job, Mr. Tharoor his post in the ministry and what followed was a bitter legal battle between BCCI and Mr. Modi. All this happened as an audience mesmerised by the glam and glitter of IPL came to terms with reality.

All said and done, the biggest winner in such morbid times is the unwavering leap of faith that we show as citizens, a robust belief that things will someday change for the better. We need to toughen our resolve!

15 August 2010

Independence @ 60

"The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over"
                                                                                                                       -  Jawaharlal Nehru

63rd Independence Day...wow...we've gone a long way since the time we got independence!...But the question lingers...are we really independent?...Perhaps Yes,Perhaps Not...

       'Yes', when we don't have the time to care for thy neighbour in thy time of need; when we take law in our hands because we are "independent" enough to voice our opinion in whatever way we like; when we feel free to offer and accept bribes and then soothe our conscience believing that it's the system that is to be blamed; when we think the best way to secure an identity and be united is to fragment an existing state into several small partitions; when self-centered authorities given the task of glorifying the nation do just the opposite by indulging in blatant corruption, bringing disrepute and tarnishing its image on a global platform; when the easiest way out is to disassociate oneself from the macro-environment and say, "This nation's going to the dogs".

       Now the 'No' part - No, when a person from a different caste cannot enter an area or region belonging to a different caste; when someone from another state is treated as an outsider in a different state that is part of his own nation; no when marriage cannot happen beyond one's own caste, and in case, it does so happen, would lead to a mass hysteria among the "elders" of the caste to support and attempt to legalise heinous honour killings; no when communal rift leads to a curfew being enforced that prevents people from stepping out on the streets; no when self-induced inflation makes it impossible for the BPLs to earn two square meals a day but there is enough grain rotting in godowns for rats to have parties of magnitudes that could put IMTians to shame!;no when a united opposition whimsically holds a nationwide strike to oppose rising inflation only to handicap the common masses and put a bigger dent in their pockets than ever before.

     Wake up India!!...It's now or never...yes, you have made amazing progress in every field that comes to mind. But then, there's miles to travel before you sleep. Let's not let those unfathomable sacrifices of valiant sons of our soil who gifted us independence, which we tend to use so recklessly, go in vain. Let's put an unsurmountable price to their contribution and build an India of their dreams; an India of prosperity,equality,justice,harmony and above all, peace! Let this not be an Independence day which we treat as just another holiday, as one of the two rare occasions we remember those sacrifices.
                      Let's be a billion strong, than a billion weak!

Jai Hind!

19 June 2010

Family Potpouri

It's been a week or so since I was put through this ordeal....perhaps the most commonplace problem for any student in India, if not elsewhere.
        A few of my relatives came over for a round of gossip followed by sumptous dinner prepared by mum. As is customary when elders meet a 20+ youth who has freshly graduated from college, the talk diverted towards my future endeavours and (finally!) the fact that I had made it to a premier B school . Evidently, the kudos flowed in and my day was just seeming to get better! . But then, as it always turns out, all good things are ephemeral .... the can of worms was let loose....the discussion took a completely different course...

Guest 1: My neighbour's daughter is equally bright (me thinking : equally means u refer to me also being bright?.. :-) )...she made it to IIM-B last year!!!!!
Guest 2: Oh yeah....she's been brilliant and consistent with her studies ever since childhood. No wonder she's made it big. This is what it takes to make it to an IIM!
Guest 1: Her perseverence helped her to crack the IIT....
Me: .....zzzzz....(Wow, now the IIT bug's caught hold of them!)
Guest 2: Blah blah blah....(some more of the same talk)
Me (thinking): Guys!...I thought the discussion was about something else....now, where's this goin!!
Guest1: Now she's working in this big multinational....what else do u want?...
Me: (and why's all this talk relevant to me?...for heaven's sake, can someone please stop treading forbidden territories!)...

Luckily, before the chin-fest could get more dramatic, my wish was fulfilled....."dinner's ready"....said a lovely, soothing voice to relieve me of my agony. The colloquy carried over to the dining table and was eventually drowned out, losing favour to other brighter topics . Thanks a lot mum, ur always there for my rescue!

A situation of this kind is quite a common scenario in Indian homes. There are quite a few things to ponder upon:
1. More often than not, parallels are drawn with someone who performed better than you, intentionally or otherwise - i wonder if that's necessary at all, even at the pretext of starting a discussion.

2. The pressure to make it big in terms of academic excellence is always there in Indian homes, especially in south indian context, more so from the surrounding environs rather than the immediate net of parents. I hardly remember such a debate taking place on my interest in cricket or passion for swimming or tennis!

3. 60 years past independence and most of us are still stuck with the age old career paths of engineering or medicine, though law is gaining fast ground as another potent option. The exposure and awareness that should be offered to young teenagers regarding other avenues is minimal or non-existent in most places. Without a diverse working population, India's charge as an economic and cultural powerhouse would suffer a great deal.

    The situation is not much different as far as sport is concerned. We live cricket, eat cricket, sleep cricket....wat abt the remaining sports?....Brazil is as obssessed with soccer as we are with cricket....bt it has 5 World Cups to show for its fanaticism....China won 100 medals in the Beijing Games, India won its first gold! Money laundering and outrightly greedy sport bodies have done nothing to make the sports popular. While cricketers bathe in bucks, hockey players don't even get their dues...perhaps 75% Indians don't even know that Pankaj Advani is the world's best snooker player!....too much importance is given to acads over sport.....things must change!

4. At the end of the day, only numbers and grades make the cut, learning and reasoning don't. Its like an epidemic gone out of control. Mr Kapil Sibal has been remarkably proactive in trying to revamp our staid educational system but change needs to come from within.

It's upto us to bring forth a change rather than clinging to false hopes parleyed by deceptive demagogues. Change is round the corner, change is here to stay.....all it needs is a little bit of conviction to make it happen..

11 June 2010

At Last...Touchdown!

So, finally hell's broken loose and the demons of procrastination been shied away to pave way for my belated appearance on blogger space! Well, I wouldn't be honest if I pretend to project my entry like a bolt from the blue or like an enigma unravelled overnight. However, its taken some time coming, what with my topsy turvy encounters in college before and a hectic final year thus technically sparing me no breathing space for nourishing a self maintained blog!!
        Ok...now here's hoping that I can carry on with my blogging experience on a fairly regular clip. As far as possible,  I shall discuss matters that should merit valuable public notice and opinion, alongside intermittent discussion of personal merit. No matter what I attempt to convey through my posts, its u, the reader whose valuable inputs and constructive criticisms will make the blog tick. Hence, I humbly request one and all to come and explore a world of possibilities to share, debate and communicate diversified opinions....coz no one's rt, no one's wrong....there's always a middle path!