Month: December 2016

2016..

2016 –

The year will definitely be remembered for Modi’s demonetization drive, the intent of which I do feel is the right one to clear the mess left behind by the Congress.

However what appalls me, is the behavior of the BJP cadre and this includes the so called elite media and some oft quoted intellectuals, who seem to take offense on any simple query from a layman – such as why 100 Re. notes were not printed in advance in higher number and other points.

Any stance of yours that questions the implementation and the manner is trolled by either public or private abuse..as if it is derogatory and a personal affront to the Modi persona.

Hence the current behavior is equal to what we term as a mob frenzy and is scary to say the least. The confession of a social media professional troll employed by BJP media cell is not limited to the BJP only but to other political parties and also the corporate, as we see on a daily basis between Mistry and Ratan Tata – who till yesterday seemed above reproach. This does not absolve BJP though.

Media too is scarily divided and is focused either on the neighbors – China/Pak, or Political rivalry [Samajwadi etc.] or Bollywood shenanigans [Hrithik/Kangana etc] or the never ending trial of Indrani/Peter or some political honchos in jail..

When did you last see a debate [a sane one] on national television on healthcare, education and civic amenities or a performance review of each of the elected representatives..

What we need to be worried about right now – I do not include the self enlisted followers and workers of political parties in “We” – is the threat to Freedom of Speech and the threat to the secular fabric of this country.

So in 2017 –

I promise to self that I will not get swayed by the rhetoric of any political parties.

I promise to self, will continue to celebrate Diwali, Eid, Christmas, Baisakhi with equal fervor.

I promise to self, will continue to exercise my right to the Freedom of Speech.

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Munnabhai, Circuit aur Demonetization…

[Watching TV news about demonetization]
Circuit – Kamaal hai bhai, Modiji ne 500 aur 1000 ka rokda bandh kar diya.

Munna – Ha yaar…Bapu khush ho jayega.

Bapu – Nahi Munna..[Munna is shocked by sudden appearance of Bapu].

Munna – Kyu Bapu?

Bapu – Muje modiji ki niyat pe bilkul shaq nahi, par kaam tarikke se hona chaihye, warna takliff dene main congress ki kya kami thi…

Circuit – Bhai..kis se baat kar rahela hai…

Munna – Aam insaan ki ruh se Circuit, tu quarter maar, tuje nahi samjega…

Circuit – Bhai woh to thik hai.. apna quarter wala bola, digital payment kar warna jyaada rokda lagega..

Munna – Yeh Digital kya hota hai..

Circuit – Wahich main bola, saala pure bharat varsh main ghumke sikhana padega..

Munna – Sikhna padega sab ku, akele pradhanmantri thodi mehnat karega..

Circuit – Sambhalna bhai, aisi baat se public aajkal nayi gaali deti hai..

Munna – Kya gaali deti hai..

Circuit – BHAKT bolegi aapko…

Munna – Abe yeh gaali thodi hai…

Circuit – Ha lekin, bolte waqt THOBDA aise banate hai log, ki gaali lagti hai…

Munna – Chal bank jaate hai…

Circuit – Bhaiii.. itni badi line..Daaru ke alawa kabhi apun khada nahi raha line main…

Munna – Ruk main aata hu…
[Munna returns all bruised]

Circuit – Kya hua bhai..

Munna – Kuch nahi, Amitabh ka dialogue maar ke line main khade rehne gaya..jahan hum khade hote hai..wahich line shuru..Bahut maara public ne…Gandhigiri bhi nahi chali..

Circuit – Bhai..aap ke paas to Bapu hai…kuch direct connection lagao na ROKDE ke liye.. puri vaat laga di Modiji ne…

Munna – Aisa mat bol Modiji ke baare main, tu bhi maar khayega – deshdrohi bolege tereko…

Circuit – To bhai karne ka kya..

Munna – Jane de..Udhaari pe quarter maarte hai aur chup beth ke tamaasha dekhte hai…

Don’t look back, you’re not going that way

As you travel through life, there are always those
times
When decisions just have to be made;
When the choices are hard and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is to simply let go and move on,
Gather courage together and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward-
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead,
If you can be stalwart enough.

There could be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend –
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can’t yet comprehend.

Perhaps you’ll find warmth and affection and caring –
A “somebody special” who’s there
To help you stay centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do –
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They’ll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day.
There’s a brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road,
Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.