The Conceited Indian

Even if Mr. Amartya Sen would tag us Indian’s as Argumentative one’s, the events unfolded in the country’s political stage that have unfolded in past one week, or for that matter, one month, have made it evident that a certain class of elected representatives not only take their appointed offices as their birthright but also have consummate disregard for the opinion of anyone opposing them, even if it is same electorate that got them there in the first place. These so called ‘leaders’ are conceited, arrogant and literally threaten and scorn on any person or opinion against them. The spokesperson’s of the current Government of India leading all the way in this behavior. Few people who have particularly caught the attention of nation and mine also, who also happen to be senior Congress leaders – Renuka Choudhary, Kapil Sibal and Digvijay Singh. These are the people who have been mostly representing the Government right now and I must say that no one else could have suited the profile more. Though Kapil Sibal has not been appearing in direct discussions on any news channel, his attitude and body language speaks haughtily for him.

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No – Title

Yea right, I just didn’t feel like putting up a title on this one and now that I think about it, there actually can be more posts like this. Why the hell do I need to put up a title if all I want to blabber about stuff not leading to any decision, direction or conclusion (Up your’s if you think I am drunk right now 😛 ). So, I got back home on wed from the much anticipated trip, which ended me becoming the victim of this pleasant Indian summer atrocities. Fever everyday after that and when I finally was feeling better on a well spent sunday, I realized a few hours back that it WAS sunday and tomorrow the week (yet another one) begins with the accompanying monotony. Its one week before I start prep for my gre and hence I thought it would be only auspicious to clean up my cluttered desk ( read workstation) which also gave me the much needed enthusiasm and push to make my room walls look somewhat close to my college room’s. Two hours into the work on a saturday night, I finally managed to clean up all the mess and now have Cobain, Morrison and Floyd shining their glory upon me.

Altar of Ghisai So here is a glimpse of the place where the extreme word cramming sessions are going to take place for a couple of months at least and yes ‘this’ is my definition of clean so no comments better be directed towards that.

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RIP…maybe not

So finally, the greatest terrorist of our times is dead and buried; although being fed to sharks or any other marine life form isn’t that much of a burial. The president(of US) gave a confident and assuring speech to his nation and the world that his efforts have bore fruit and he is happy to get rid of one big prick, while promising that he will take down others soon enough. The tv channels are full of reports, discussions and speculations as to what led to the eventual demise of the lord of terror and how people standing at ground zero are reacting. In conclusion, after creating a worldwide nuisance for past one decade, blabbering lies after lies, invading nations without proper reason, killing people on the pretense of ‘war on terror’ which included even its own soldiers, the most powerful nation in the world has finally achieved what it started pursuing.

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Indian Curry

We, the people, never did like to keep it simple and the way things are going, I don’t think we ever will. We have always liked to mix things up, put in a bit of spice, boil, roast, fry and do all sorts of things to eventually make something totally different from its initial appearance, look, feel, smell and anything and everything that made that thing, that thing. Its been a while since my last post, which was related to the then ongoing war against corruption and the act of almost entire educated population of the country backing it. Just a few weeks down the line, the scenario, instead of heading towards a conclusive end, its getting so convoluted that the attention of nation has miraculously shifted suddenly from one point to a multitude of issues with only one thing in common, every issue is against the present government. Not that I am, in any way, against any of the developments taking place but it makes me feel like all these years we have chosen, I repeat ‘chosen’, to shut our eyes and let everything happen silently, steadily and exponentially. I really don’t know how we could’ve acted against it or have done anything about it, but that doesn’t make me excuse myself of this fact, and I am sure many of us know this. Now suddenly, everything is being put into light and we are gasping for breath as scam after scam unveil. It does not end here, the people investigating the scams are from the same group from which they themselves were a few days back.

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Now or never…

42 years is an awfully long time for any decision to be pending, more so if its for the betterment for half a billion people, and even more so, if the responsibility to take that decision is vested on the select group which was elected precisely to take decisions of this sort. After watching the developments of the protest started by Mr. Anna Hazare for the second day and subsequently going through both the proposals for the bill, it did become pretty clear what is the value of a common man in this country. Before going ahead with this post I strongly recommend the reader to have get an overview of the points for which the nation is uniting. You can find the salient features of the Jan Lokpal Bill here and all the relevant information you want to know about the movement here. The pace with which the protest is now catching up has really surprised almost everyone, and the youth everywhere are doing their best to get involved in any way possible. The media is doing its part of making this a mass movement and trying to get everyone and anyone involved as actively as possible. There are discussions, debates, politicians being  grilled, questions being asked, allegations flying around and even a couple of futile efforts to gain political mileage.

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The good, the lame and the lamest.

One other thing to which the viewers were exposed in the recently concluded world cup, apart from brilliant cricket and stupendous individual performances, was  the streak of advertisements in between any sort of breaks.  As is the general opinion, these can sometimes amaze us in the creativity they exude or many a times, can be consummately absurd, ridiculous, irritating or simply lame and one has to watch many of those in a cricket match, especially a world cup. I don’t watch quite a lot of television and whenever I do, I usually have an auxiliary entertainment source with me just for the ad-scenario. This wasn’t the case while watching the word cup and after that I just had to give my opinion on what I thought were the good, the bad, and the lamest of the lot. I would really like any comments/additions/modifications on this.

The good ones first. This was a choice of many, and after reading it on various forums, loads of tweets and realizing it myself, I would put the Spice Mobile ad on top for creativity, presentation and being extremely catchy. Few of us can deny humming it at least once. The theme just sticks to the mind and its difficult to stop singing with it. Plus the product also is something of an innovation and after a bit of survey I found out that except for having a low battery life, the gadget is good buy for the price.  The next one was that of Fevistick. They kept is short and sweet and even if it showed a famous boxer(or his poster) punching a totally moronic looking guy and telling him to use fevistick, all in a hilarious haryanvi accent, I always found it more creative and amusing than most of the counterparts. In fact the ad’s from Fevicol are almost always interesting. Pepsi did an amazing job by getting the players and even the famous Billy Bowden and for becoming the official sponsor of the doosra, slinga, tedhi ungli among others. This was even better when everything was put into traditional Indian context. Personally I loved the Bowden piece. The last ones I found bearable were by Vodafone 3G(though I never did like that zoozoo thing a bit).

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Indiaaaa India….

The fact that I was not a cricket fan changed about a couple of weeks back, during which, somehow, my old love for the game was reincarnated in unexpected colors. I cant really put a finger on any particular match, player, innings or moment which was able to incite the change, but as long as I felt good about it, it didn’t really matter. So after following almost all the matches of India ball-by-ball I feel pretty happy to realize today that once again, after about eight years, we are back into the finals of the worldcup.

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Slow and steady

Well, its the second weekend I am working on my android app(my third app on the platform btw) called Word Cram, which, as the name suggests is something that is supposed to help me(and hopefully others) learn(read cram) words for exams like GRE/GMAT. What prompted me to try such a thing was the slow pace at which I was going when I started to prepare for GRE in second week of march, and after browsing through the app market for quite some time, I concluded that there were no apps available which suited the specific requirements I had.

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?!?!?!

That’a a dude, that’s a gal, hey wait, he can be both, or maybe a new species from planet gayward. NO, its BIEBER. I would like to make a little contribution to the thousands of anti-beiber posts. Frankly, I didn’t give two hoots about this guy before one of my friends made me follow this link. What happened was the exact opposite of the phrase ‘falling in love in the first sight’, as many of you must have felt and as for others, I will pray.

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Finally…

FINALLLLY…. after spending some weekends and a quite some energy on trying to make things work, I think I will now stop trying to do any visual customization of the site and get on with just posting content while thanking WordPress and Sayontan Sinha for making my life much much easier, though it did take up a large chunk of my time to figure out where everything went. Anyway, I think I will be on my way now and celebrate by just wasting the rest of this weekend 😛

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