Saturday, 22 December 2007
But no doubt that this film will be welcomed to a good response at the box office like other duds like Heyy Baby (complete with the dirty diaper on Akki's face. God save him!) For, even our audiences aren't mature enough!
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
The early morning walks with the really cold air brush past my face.
The late night walks with the really cold air brush past my face. This time I have hot peanuts to pop into my mouth. (unfortunate that the moongfali wala is not there in the morning)
The windowpanes covered with fog in the morning (when i was younger, i used to draw all sorts of figures on the foggy glass of my car window)
Sunday, 9 December 2007
Pratibha Patil needs to visit her hometown at least five times a year. And so the till-now sleepy town will get a whopping Rs 400 crore airport soon. The place I’m talking about is
There is nothing new in this. We all knew that Patil would never be able to come anywhere near the high ideals set by the previous occupant of the country’s glamourized but powerless office.
This again brings back us to the question if the President is required at all. Well, certainly the president is required. She, as Head of State, represents the country. She is the figurehead. The Prime Minister belongs to a party whereas the President is supposed to be ‘above party lines’. So, a President is very much required. But, is this sort of ostentatious expenditure required to support her office?
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Three cheers to Gowda!
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
You do not care for the middle class for you believe that power lies with the 'people'. You do not hesitate in labeling Narendra Modi as a mass murderer. You call him a modern day Nero. You may be right. Gujarat 2002 is nothing to be proud about.
But, what about West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee when he said, "What I am simply saying is that they were paid back in their own coin”? What about the shameless manner in which you defended him? Yes, what about Nandigram 2007? And, do you remember the source of Mr. Bhattacharjee's first name? Well, you may not. For that is all the Left is about.
You have ruled Bengal for 30 years, returning with brute majority every five years. Is your track record in Bengal outstanding? By no means yes. You are an average performer. But how do you get back each time? It's though the cadre system you have built. The very cadre that now seeks the license to kill in Nandigram. They are the ones who ensure your periodical affirmations of majority every five years. And today, these armed cadres are active in Nandigram. So, what do have to say to the 4000 refugees in a camp sharing three toilets between them?
You speak of anti-Americanism. You speak of anti-imperialism. Your armed cadres block Mamata Bannerjee's convoy. Your armed cadres don't allow the media inside Nandigram. Is this freedom? Or is this the very imperialism you look down upon?
P.S. Mamata Bannerjee is right this time, for a change!
Thursday, 1 November 2007
You know you’ve lived in
- You decide your car on the basis of your neighbor’s recent purchase
- You decide your new mobile model based on your friend’s latest acquisition
- You decide your house must be made bigger than your neighbor’s
- You visit Palika Bazaar to get all kinds of CDs dirt cheap
- You attach snob value to
- You travel by Ring Road but don’t know Ring Rail exists
- You frequent your neighborhood snooker/pool club / bowling alley
- You are a regular at PVR
- You are bothered by a dozen beggars outside every PVR
- You are a regular at McDonalds
- You are a regular at your street-corner chaatvala (More unclean, more frequent)
- You frequent Gurgaon and more recently, to a certain extent Noida
- You (woman) are afraid of traveling alone in the dark
- You (man) think every woman is your property
- You (North-Indian) refer to South-Indians as Madrasis
- You (Tam) become happy since you’re actually from
- You (Gult/Mallu/Dig) explain that you’re not a Madrasi
- You are afraid of a Blueline Bus
- You go for a walk in the DDA District Parks
- You travel in the metro but lack courtesy to fellow passengers
- You prefer your car to the Metro / Bus
- You play loud music in your car
- You don’t know Old Delhi exists
- You name an address in Lutyen’s
when a cop catches you Delhi
- You are always on the look out for ‘jugaad’
- You call a North-Easterner a Chinki
- You employ a Nepali as your car cleaner
- You call an autowala or shopkeeper as bhaiya
- You refer to ‘Malai Mandir’ (
Hill Temple) as ‘Malaaai Mandir’ ( Cream Temple)
Monday, 29 October 2007
Last Thursday, former CEC, Mr. T.N. Seshan delivered a talk spanning over an hour at IIT M. After that, he answered questions for nearly an hour. His energy at his age amazed me.
Here are some of his more memorable quotes (in no particular order) from the talk. Many of them are funny. The fun element may not strike one now but Mr. Seshan’s manner of conveying them made the audience burst into peals of laughter.
- ‘What do you call yourselves? IIT Chennai or Madras? Still Madras. One of these days, they’ll pass a legislation and make you change your name!’
- ‘From just about 20 universities at the time of independence, we now have 300, some deemed, some doomed, some open, some closed!’
- ‘There is an age for making love too.’ – when asked by a student that the minimum age for Lok Sabha should be reduced from 25 to 21. No doubt that the question was stupid and the guy kuntry.
- ‘In medieval North India, there were many kings. A fought with B, B with C, C with D and D married A’s daughter.’
- ‘The Portuguese gave away
as dowry to get their princess married. What an ugly princess she must be! My father-in-law did not even give me two plots of land. But my wife isn’t ugly.’ Bombay
- ‘I’m not referring to any family.’ – after talking about dynastic politics
- ‘Some things are best left undefined.’ – when asked if the Constitution clearly defined the roles of the judiciary and legislature especially in the light of recent controversies and a hyperactive judiciary.
- ‘Someone remarked that the Calcutta HC has the right to pass an order to make a pilot flying in mid-air stop.’ – on the Indian judiciary
- ‘I will not talk about reservation. OC! BC! BBC!’
- On Mughal Rule:
- ‘Sher Shah built the roads which Mr. Vajpayee now made four lane.’
- ‘Akbar wanted integration of Hindus and Muslims. He started Din-I-Ilahi and for integration, started marrying Rajput princesses. By the time he died, Din-I-Ilahi was gone and the princesses widows.’
- ‘Aurangzeb was the first Taliban.’
- ‘Follow your dharma always. And don’t tell me it’s Hindu.’
Friday, 19 October 2007
For two years in
My cousin looked annoyed but somewhere inside I felt happy. After all, the number of vehicles in
However, soon I was to realize that my biggest problem was that I'd driven in
The traffic in
I had to be extra careful not to bump into the road divider. Here, the corporation's idea of a road divider is a string of hap-hazardly placed stones, most of them out of line. The best example:
There are one-way regulations even on arterial roads which require massive lane changing operations at junctions though they remove traffic signals. Effectively, you need to pause if the car or bus next to you wants to change lanes. Better to stop at the signal! A case in point is the triangular one-way involving
The fact is that these roads are wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic. Though the system does away with three traffic signals, you lose the time you save in traveling the extra distance (also leads to extra fuel) and the lane changing in junctions.
If a road needs to be declared one-way, I would say it should be
The best part was that we still managed to reach our destination safely. Thanks to God, my cousin offered to drive on the way back. I lost the bet but no regrets here.
P.S. How can driving in
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
The same evening I boarded a flight to Chennai and arrived at Chennai Airport around midnight. I boarded a pre-paid taxi to IIT. The driver of another pre-paid taxi from the airport stopped us at Guindy(near Mount Road). He told us that his car had suffered us an accident and he wanted this taxi-driver to ferry his lady passenger to her home in Besant Nagar. The lady and her luggage were transferred to my taxi. The lady in question didn't know Tamil, the local language. As I wondered if I should ask the driver to drop the lady first (Besant Nagar falls after IIT), the driver broke the silence. He asked me if I minded if the lady were dropped first. I agreed at once. The lady was dropped off at her home and she thanked us. I felt it was good thing since the roads were deserted and it was past midnight. But more than that, the sincerity of the taxi-drivers amazed me.