Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Greedy Gowda

Deve Gowda is one of the masterpieces of Indian politics. He is the latest brand ambassador for the great Indian political factory for he symbolizes greed in its truest form. He has given a whole new meaning to the politics of 'aaya Ram-gaya Ram' , the phrase which describes Indian politics in four words.
Three cheers to Gowda!

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

The Left Hater in me

Dear Mr. Prakash Karat,

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 Delhi if

You know you’ve lived in Delhi if

  1. You decide your car on the basis of your neighbor’s recent purchase
  2. You decide your new mobile model based on your friend’s latest acquisition
  3. You decide your house must be made bigger than your neighbor’s
  4. You visit Palika Bazaar to get all kinds of CDs dirt cheap
  5. You attach snob value to South Delhi
  6. You travel by Ring Road but don’t know Ring Rail exists
  7. You frequent your neighborhood snooker/pool club / bowling alley
  8. You are a regular at PVR
  9. You are bothered by a dozen beggars outside every PVR
  10. You are a regular at McDonalds
  11. You are a regular at your street-corner chaatvala (More unclean, more frequent)
  12. You frequent Gurgaon and more recently, to a certain extent Noida
  13. You (woman) are afraid of traveling alone in the dark
  14. You (man) think every woman is your property
  15. You (North-Indian) refer to South-Indians as Madrasis
  16. You (Tam) become happy since you’re actually from Madras
  17. You (Gult/Mallu/Dig) explain that you’re not a Madrasi
  18. You are afraid of a Blueline Bus
  19. You go for a walk in the DDA District Parks
  20. You travel in the metro but lack courtesy to fellow passengers
  21. You prefer your car to the Metro / Bus
  22. You play loud music in your car
  23. You don’t know Old Delhi exists
  24. You name an address in Lutyen’s Delhi when a cop catches you
  25. You are always on the look out for ‘jugaad’
  26. You call a North-Easterner a Chinki
  27. You employ a Nepali as your car cleaner
  28. You call an autowala or shopkeeper as bhaiya
  29. You refer to ‘Malai Mandir’ (Hill Temple) as ‘Malaaai Mandir’ (Cream Temple)