Monthly Archives: August 2011
No one’s more lame
Your jokes are a pain
Whether there’s sun or rain
You should be picked by a crane
Should be throw under a train
or thrown off a plane
It’ll be the World‘ gain
As you are totally InSaNe!!!
It was 11 in the morning. Mohammed Rehan Khan replaced the ATM card in his wallet and counted the crisp new notes he’d just withdrawn from the machine. Rs. 6000? “This can’t be right!” thought the young and dashing civil servant. He counted again. It was indeed Rs. 6000. “All I’d asked for was Rs1200,” Khan told his friend Sohail Mukhi who was standing nearby, busy using the messenger on his Blackberry.
“You pressed the wrong buttons silly”, said Mukhi.
“No way!” exclaimed Khan as he pushed his card back in again, keyed in his numeric password and asked for Rs 1000. Beep, click……… whirrr, beep!! Rs 5000 popped out and a little transaction slip that read WITHDRAWAL Rs 1000.
“Let’s try again,” said Khan. Card, password, 4-0-0-0——–beep! But he got Rs 10,000. By now it seemed certain that the ATM was giving away 500-rupee notes instead of hundreds.
“May be something’s wrong with your card,” Mukhi told Khan, “let me try mine.” Mukhi’s balance was low- only Rs 1300. He pushed his card in and asked for Rs 1000. The machine spat out 5000.
“ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) are extremely secure and among the hardiest of machines. Look up the Encyclopedia Britannica for “ATMs” and you will find entered under “Locks”- it is virtually impossible to fool an ATM. And the probability of an ATM overpaying is virtually nil. But here they were, two buddies with Rs 26000 between them- Rs 20,800 of it was “free” money.
There were no other customers in sight on that warm June afternoon. And they could have kept on going. Instead, Khan and Mukhi went outside the ATM’s enclosure and summoned the guard on duty. “The machine is all mixed up,” they told him. The two men then gave the guard a demo: “look here,” said Khan as he inserted his card the last time and hits the buttons, “I’m withdrawing Rs 500…………. but here’s 2500!” “Don’t let anybody near this place,” they told the guard as they hopped into an auto rickshaw and sped off with all the money. It looked like a daylight robbery-in reverse. For they drove two kilometres, to the nearest branch of the bank that owned the ATM, placed the cash on the manager’s desk and complained about their faulty machine.
This is the kind of honesty we can only dream about. Had Mohammed Khan or Sohail Mukhi ever think of keeping the money during their moment with this “machine machine”? “not once,” says Khan. Adds Mukhi: “never”.
*Contains no spoilers*
‘Not a love story’ a movie based on Neeraj Grover Murder case.
Its a story about obsession, passion , murder and guilt. A better result out of RGV’s experiment movies.
The movie revolves around Anusha (Mahi Gill) who is a wannabe actress and her journey towards a fate, you can rhyme her fate as
” Koi khud se bura nahi hota, Pal to kisi ka saga nahi hota”
Here goes the story:
Cinematography and background score (Rangeela song) of the movie is the most criticized part. Talking about cinematography it’s quite unique and catchy, the cameraman was continuously seeking something inside the undergarments of the heroine, all the scenes of were shot as to make some mark of preference on them.
Also by the time you reach the court scenes, the wavering hand held camera goes haywire and one feels dizzy at points. I have read that camera was held by some NFDC students at court scene shots, and yes it seems like a school project rather than a movie.
Rangeela song the theme song and ringtone of actress irritates one in the whole movie. The best part of movie is the acting of Robin (Deepak Dobriyal), pappiji of ‘tanu weds manu’, great acting by him, Mahi Gill is average.
Watch this movie if you want some different taste in all departments of cinema.
Movie Rating 2.5/5
In the journey of life I found some faces
The faces which left dark traces.
Some faces made me smile at nights,
Some faces made me cry.
Of all those faces you are the one face →
In spite of all happenings you are the one ACE,
You don’t know my SWEETY
What I did to be wittyI’ve become a complete CLOWN.
“Not even renown”She says to forget the love
And you know what my SWEETY In life of a lover, love is all above
Nothing can even shove.
So my dear SWEETY never ever feel pity
Because in the journey of life everybody finds some faces,
The faces which leaves dark traces.
And in my life you are the one face, undoubtedly ace.
Rahul Dravid, take a bow!! :)
*stands and applauds in appreciation*Sachin is God, Dravid is Lord.
There are some sporting personalities that comprise from Michael Schumacher to Roger Federer to Cristiano Ronaldo who have defined sporting culture in an entirely different arena making it more beautiful. Rahul Dravid is truly a dependent variable of the function, hence truly a legend.
He has often being called The Wall of Indian Cricket, a batsman that even happened to keep wickets. He is another legendry who could firmly sit back and entertain on those glorious days he had. On some glorious days, he scored a century while on others he lifted the trophy. Rahul Dravid is an intense man who prefers his bat to do all the talking. A man who remarks cricket as a gentlemen’s game.
Running with a Reebok kit, a well smart man who has shaved with Gillette with efficiency like the Castrol oil and ensured with Max Life Insurance is no other but Rahul Dravid. It doesn’t end here, he has several more brands to promote like Bank Of Baroda, Sansui, Samsung, Karnataka Tourism , Citizen etc.
It all began in 1996 though the seeds had been sown much before. A Benguluru boy who had flown to London after being replaced of an eminent cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar. Along with him travelled another boy, the boy from Bengal ‘DADA’. Hence, came the Lord with a historic score of 95 at the Cricket Macca- the Lords. Rahul had made things clear, the cricketing era was witnessing something new.
He had compensated hard with due concentration to become a perfect athlete, he had been termed as a liability in the one-day arena by few but it was his consistency that made him a master for the same. While the giants were seen anguished, the man of silence kept climbing high.
Has the farewell happened?
I still wonder, there are columns in the daily these days. While some write about the crucial statistics the others are known to compare him with a wide range of cricketing seasons that Rahul had acknowledged. They are bread-earners who would work to be fed, while there are sportsperson who are fed for their work.
The Dravid story is narrated in a similar passion to that of Kumble.
Another Benguluru boy who lost his identity some years back from the time he retired in the one-dayers. Time hence, they are being called back for sake to retire. It happened in the case of Dada, Jumbo and it happens in case of the Wall.
Are these sportsmen deceiving themselves?
Going through a lean form in the one-dayers, Dravid was dropped from the squad in 2007. After being called back in 2009 for just 6 matches as the young branch of Indian fertility weren’t capable enough to face the foreign soil. He has further being called back, for the English tour in the same basic requisites.
What does BCCI stand for?
BCCI- Board of Cricket Control in India
BCCI- Board of Credit and Commerce in Investment Cricket
They treat players as a commodity, one traded on the stock market. Purchase it when they perform and sell it, when they fail. When legends have a temporary price attached to it, consider the ones who struggle to play.
All this has made Dravid adieu cricket, nothing more than few columns would boast about his cricketing career and would be further seen in some leagues or commentating others.
It is simply another Cricketer and another farewell story.
Good-Bye – Rahul Dravid- The Lord.
26th August was observed as Mother Teresa’s 102nd birth anniversary. So , while the whole world is busy dealing with
their own issues, let us all Indians shift our focus from Anna Hazare and Lokpal Bill
to this issue, for a little while…
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, she was the Mother of the underprivileged-gifted with immense amount of kindness, love, affection and tenderness. She could not bear to see the pitiful condition of the children on the streets. Hungry, malnourished children, begging on the streets-ached her heart the most. For the poor, the orphaned, the sick, the under-privileged, she was a ‘Messiah‘. Till this day, the world observes her contribution as something that is unmatched, yet so simple. She is not with us anymore, but it was always her dream that people-irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and place-always lent a helping hand to those who were needy.
But how far have we succeeded in doing so?
Today we are so happily participating in rallies, staging a peaceful protest, associating ourselves with pride, in this August Kranti…but how many of us really remembered our obligations towards the underprivileged of the society?
Everyday, I see a million of rag-pickers-most them being 4-8 yr old kids. When asked, they give a confused expression. It seems that the very idea of not dreaming, was infused in them. Everyday whenever I go out, and there is a stoppage at the signals, I would see children coming out of their hoods-some start cleaning car-bonnets, some sell roses, some try their best to woo us with toys made of cheap plastic, and some, just beg-a clear sign of their desperation and an inability to satisfy their hunger. Cannot blame God but, we the people overlooked something, somewhere, which resulted to this.
Statistically speaking,India’s one of the major democracies where child labour is a raging issue-hideous in its own terms. And this gets worse as soon as you get down to the core of the issue, because then , evils such as Human Trafficking too come to play. Our Govt. has taken up initiatives, and has churned out certain policies too, but these alone are not sufficient to track down and destroy this problem.
WHAT ONE NEEDS TO DO-
Yes, it’s us, the people, who should really look into this matter.
See a child selling roses-ask him/her, why is he/she doing this. compel them to question themselves-why should they leave this. Make them dream-give them hope by offering them some help-maybe a few hours of our work would be sufficient enough to make their life better like never before. Take up a “social- drive”, where you and your friends can go to slums to offer simple but priceless education, some basic amenities, and, just a little love. I have done that, and I am sure that the smile that will light up in those kids’ face, will be rewarding enough for your noble work.
With that note, I conclude, with this beautiful quote by Mother Teresa:
“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”
Indiatoday is facing a widespread disease in its administrative government functioning known as CORRUPTION. The very prevalence of the disease is due to its nature and strength to influence the human mind. It poses a challenge to the moral, ethical and behavioural conduct of humans.
It has a fascination towards the human social needs and an ability to penetrate through the system quickly which lacks a strong mechanism to fight and curb it. This can threat a country’s dignity and reputation. In spite of all the efforts towards making the government administrative functions free from its spread, it has been receiving overwhelming figures in scams every year. The very question stands, that where is the loophole or if an appropriate antidote has been devised till date to fight the menace? The answer is “yes”, the antidote has been devised long back and it is the Lok Pal Bill. To understand the very functioning and nature of the Lok Pal, one definitely has to go through its base in the Constitution of India and its very nature. Let us have a look at the present and proposed Lok Pal bill of the Civil Society and its difference, also eventual effect upon the system.
• -No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government.
• –Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.
• -No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.
• -No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges. Nowhere to go – People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.
• -There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.
• -Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies. •-Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.
• –Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.
• -Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years.
SYSTEM PROPOSED BY CIVIL SOCIETY-
• –Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission
• –Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
• –Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
• –Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.
• –Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to inquire into and hear every complaint.
• -All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public. Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be inquired and punishment announced within two months.
• –Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
• –Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
• -Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.
• –Enhanced punishment – The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.
Now if we make an evaluation of the proposals of the civil society , a very effective bill has been proposed taking into consideration the very nature and aspects of the corruption in the Government administration , the point that has to be noted here are very clearly mentioned in the draft itself , that the bodies like CBI and ACB will be made independent of the government administrative control , hence making them more liberal and free in carrying out the investigation proceedings against the government officials and politicians. Moreover, Lok Pal has been made much more powerful in terms of taking any immediate action after the establishment of the facts against the officer concerned. He has been conferred the powers of their dismissal which is not present in the existing system .Lok Pal can initiate inquiry against judges accused of misconduct/misbehaviour without the consent of the Chief Justice. The investigative proceedings have been kept extremely transparent in nature. It is clearly stated that after the investigations transparency will be maintained and all the records will be made public (also through the website). The selection of the Lok Pal at the centre and the Lok Ayukt at the state level will be transparent and with public participation. With the whole process being transparent and in the public domain, there will be no room for any confidentiality of the matter under investigation and henceforth leaving no room for corruption to take place. Under the new draft proposed by the civil society , specific provisions have been kept for recovery of misappropriated money . The Punishment has also been increased to a minimum of 5 years and max life imprisonment. Therefore, it is pertinent that a strong draft has been prepared and the intentions of the draft makers have been very serious towards curbing corruption in all the areas, i.e. procedure, process and punishment.
I leave it for the readers now to pose questions and queries regarding this and initiate a room for discussion as to which system would be better or rather to say that which antidote will work much effectively.
AUTHOR : Ankur Mudgal
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let’s Go Carbon Free, Go Sugar Free, Go Cholesterol Free and Let’s Go Anna Free for now.
It’s not about the first, second or even third page, but Anna has reached still the tenth page of the daily journals. Name it and he is there, from newspapers in different languages to the various magazines and blogs like the present one “ANNA ANNA AANA”.
Questions are many, solutions are few. For some, he has instilled the tablets of patriotism for the nation while for others he has recalled the lost Gandhian principles. I often wonder if Gandhi Ji would be sitting in the heaven reading journals comprising all about Anna, would wear a T-shirt with a funky quote on it “I Love Anna” like people do for Salman and Sharukh. The answer has been simple; no person could read better the psychology of a human mind than what these media-men do.
They have bought the Anna ink from the cheap Wholesale market and have further gone endless in printing journals out of it. There has been a stock market that has crashed, British office being attacked in Afghanistan, Dhoni & Co ready to make a 0-4 and a new version of Swift to be launched soon by Maruti Suzuki.
Even the guardian and the economist in London have started mentioning him. Anna has been a hot cup for daily bulletin, but certainly it’s not a fight for nation interest, but describing what is national interest.
Is the voice against the corruption prevalent a matter of national interest or the voice against the elected government?
Certainly, the present day Journalist has inflicted the minds of their reader. They are no more a thinker in the present day society; they have been hard on reading text which may infuse their thinking bulbs.
It’s not wise, to relate this old socialist activist having some affiliations with other political parties, but he has been hard on the present-day Congress from the state-level to the centre. The issue is not in relation with it a political party, but has Anna being trying to relate himself with ‘Anarchism’.
It’s no secret that one single person has shivered the Prime Minister’s Office, no secret he fights for a noble cause, no secret he is doing something which should have been done by someone amongst us. Has he taken the right track or would his sheer arrogance disturb the Indian Society for even worse. Columns have been filled while one-minute bulletin flashes with slogans like, “Fight for Corruption” and “Death of Democracy” but no great has analyzed the impact of Jan LokPal Bill. How good it would be to bring Prime Minister’s Office? Won’t it kill the independence of Judiciary?
Let’s command our brains to think, let’s command our souls to be stir, let’s command our eyes to see. Let’s not follow others blindly, let’s bring our own perception. Candle-lights are not a solution, but just a perception and support towards one form of solution that one attains.
GO Anna Free!!!