“AAP Yahan Aaye Kis Liye? AAP ne Bulaya Is Liye”

Barely two months after the debut of Aam Admi Party in Indian politics, the abrupt resignation of its founding leader & Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal has startled many of us. The most inspiring Startup Of Indian Politics, had its own set of teething troubles. It is expected that the resistance it faces with all political parties may escalate with the upcoming run up for national elections. A lot of startup styled testing of ideas and approach may take place to generate more shock effect, may be new scams unearthed all with the objective of scaling up fast and gaining momentum for a larger vote bank base.akejriwal

But I am apprehensive, that AAP the political outfit is losing focus of the other ‘AAP-The Aam Admi Power’. AAP has come to power because ‘Aam Admi Power’ called for this radical change.

AAP’s senior Party leaders seem oblivious to the popular Bollywood duet song of yesteryear’s, “Aap Yahan Aaye Kis Liye? Aap ne Bulaya Is Liye” (This reads as ‘Why are you here, because you invited us). They apparently have missed the point that the people of India did not bring them to power to solely to fight corruption and bring about Lok Pal Bill. Yes, an effective Lokpal Bill would be imperative to fight corruption, but AAP seems so very myopic to make it as its sole purpose to come to power.

Mr.Arvind Kejriwal, as quoted by you, you may be eager to relinquish your CM’s chair a thousand times, but we do not need your sacrifices. We need you to stay in power, establish stability, clean up the system, pick development agenda’s as you did when you took on Delhi Jal Board scam & unfair pricing by power companies. Staying in Power does not mean you are greedy for power. It could also be utilized to reiterate your commitment  to use your Power to govern better. We want your innovative startup to scale, scale fast, enter new states, work on your transparent and efficient governance model; but certainly not face an untimely death.We want your startup to sustain. We want you to ‘STAY IN BUSINESS’.

Some say the resignation was an aptly timed move with a larger agenda. Prove us wrong and get back in Business.

IST (India Standard Time) & Gen Next

‘On time is a wonderful thing’ . I remember one of the leading Indian domestic airlines blasting their ad campaign few months ago with this as the main feature of their airlines. Alas we Indians seldom appreciate this  ‘On Time’ concept. Not being On time, is so culturally set in our body clocks that no amount of attempts to reset our body clocks  may alter our being  on time priorities.

Generations after generations of Indian children have been demonstrated that not being on time is just who we are as a nation.   Even auspicious moments like weddings are manipulated by dutiful pundits only to suit their own pockets. Actually not being on time is rarely considered a vice.

With such low regard to the ‘Time Axis’ in our lives, aren’t we conditioning the next  generation to disregard the time axis altogether. Anyway with the technological and societal changes our time lines are as it is getting crunched and jumbled up.

In my opinion when children are young their relationship with time is not truly corrupted. For them a school friends birthday party at 7 pm is sacrosanct. Being on time for the new animated movie and having popcorn on time is high on their agenda. If you have promised them, that you will play a board game at home or take them to the park at 6 pm, then their agile brains do trigger an alarm periodically, nagging you to deliver your promise.

How about next time we have to go for a wedding, a birthday, a movie or even being punctual while leaving for office daily we reset our IST body clocks to be on time. When someone invites us for a party at 7pm, we take the bold step to be on time and yet not be embarrassed.  May be that’s when the collective IST timers for the Gen Next gets reset and syncs with the actual IST time !


Once upon a time in Lego Land



My 5-year-old and daughter is adept at using all the new age gadgets at home with ease. Well most children these days are smarter, aren’t they? Smarter than the previous generations. And that’s what the evolution theory is about as well

But I have noticed that BOARD games are slowly being minimized to BORED games and Angry birds have already invaded most households, either as iPhone/iPad games or original and duplicate merchandise from school stationery to inner wear.

Incidentally board games were played with neighboring friends in my childhood.  Board games were more of a group activity than a lonesome activity of playing angry birds on an iPhone.  Messy yet fun. But with digital games on a phone or a tablet it’s far easier to clean up.  One  swipe and, Mama I am done!

A lot of games on the modern gadgets are interactive and do develop rational and creative skills, but on the flip side may not induce the added push to develop motor skills. From holding a pack of cards to play Uno, to rolling a dice, to fusing and dismantling the blocks of a Lego game, all boost motor skills. Yes, playgroups and nursery schools do their share to enhance the motor skills.

But the same generation could be very soon having a Tablet as part of their stationary list  the moment they step in 1st grade.  And all this familiarity and comfort with using gadgets is a like a prep course for more techno learning that is getting promoted.

When we got computers in our school, I remember I was in the 5th grade.  And my parents were awed and proud to see me navigate those beefy IBM  & BBC machines with ease.

Gaming on phones and tabs will keep getting better and attracting kids , but yes, monitoring and setting rules of usage of all these gizmos is challenge that all parents need to brace for.

Cannot resist but link one of my older posts on Facebook and Kids, tagged ‘Facebook page of a Toddler’.




Driving Personalities & Past Life theory

I was not a strong believer in Past Life theories for a long time. At least not since my birth in Present Life.  But things changed.  They changed, after I took my driving test and got behind the wheels on my own.  It was one busy morning in my driving seat and I was speeding on the highway. Atleast for a novice driver like me, 50kmph was like a full throttle charge. And just then I got a Vision. All my fellow drivers on the highway zipping past me, had transformed into some possessed creatures from the animal kingdom. Unfortunately this vision has been haunting me every time I am behind the wheel.

So here is my dreadful list of Past life forms of most of my fellow drivers that I have been encountering everyday.

The Mighty Rat:

This past life species drives with only a singular objective. Find a gap between two cars and encroach that space. They are ready to jeopardize their and others life through every minute of their driving. Some how a large population of Autorickshaw drivers in India fall under this Past life form.

The Zig- zag Cobra: 

Drivers with tendencies of this past life form bear a strong resemblance with ‘The Mighty Rat’. Yet one of the biggest difference being the speed at which the Cobra souls drive their bodies. Lethal in attack and also unfortunately with may be the highest mortality rates in Present Life.

The Sleepy Snail:  This Past Life form has actually absolute disregard for any laws of motion, but still adheres to the 1st law of motion- If an object experiences no net force, then its velocity is constant: the object is either at rest (if its velocity is zero), or it moves in a straight line with constant speed (if its velocity is nonzero).  They also prefer to defy laws of time and space.

The Scorpion King:

Empty road or crowded roads, these  Past Life souls prefer to drive their vehicles crossways. They may not be always fast,but straight road is not for them. Somehow they also display a higher degree of vengeance to fellow creatures  on the road and are abusive like their Rat and Cobra counterparts. No one escapes a sting by the Scorpion King.

The Gentle Horse:

This one is the safest Past Life species to befriend, atleast for me. They mend their own way, gentle yet assertive on the lane.  Traffic or no traffic, these gentle souls do not fret. For them, life is journey. Destination and time to destination is secondary. Safety and pleasure of the ride are some past life instincts of this genre. Interestingly, in  Present Life this species has demonstrated longer life span.

The Raging Bull:

This one seems to be the most dreadful of the all the Past Life forms to me. With their dark evil shadows looming over me all the time, they cannot stop honking their ‘Horns’ ! I have almost got mowed down by them, thanks to my single lane driving instincts.

My dreadful visions have not stopped yet; I am anxious that more species might get discovered. Do feel free to report any new findings.

And yes, no matter who you were in your past life, Wish you SAFE DRIVING🙂

Dhanbad-The belly of a Coal mine

It was not even a minute since I got off at the Dhanbad railway station and the whiff of Coal in the air was overbearing. No wonder it is called the Coal Capital of India with almost 110 official coal mines in the region. Incidentally Dhanbad-Jharia region is said to be one of the most polluted areas of the world.

So after long trip to Asansol and back to base-Dhanbad, I requested my cab driver to take me around to get a glimpse of one the these coal mines.

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I  am no expert on Coal mining and its  social, political, environmental or economical effects. But i managed to do some primary reading and got some revealing insights. And I can tell you there is more to Dhanbad than the movie ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and the slang.

All those who would like to know more please follow the following link http://sanhati.com/excerpted/3798/

It’s an investigative report and all the rights and thoughts of content are of the owners of the given website. I do not share any affinity to the third-party content on this above link.

And yes, for all the fans of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, Wasseypur is for real !

Cheers !


Thermo COOL Art

Just a silly attempt to keep Shanaia engaged last weekend turned out to be an interesting work of art by her.

I was about to junk this piece of Thermocol,  and just then I got an idea to give an innovative surface to  Shanaia to draw upon.

Frankly, as a child in good old days when Hamleys- The Toy store,  had not invaded Mumbai, I had used a large piece of thermocol from my mom’s food processor mixer and made a Battleship out of it. So just junking a precious piece of Thermocol was not really an option I was keen to choose!

Following are some pics of ThermoCOOL art by Shanaia.

Kites, Water Bottle and Faces

Tick Tock Clock

Do not miss the face drawn around the embedded circle

Do not miss the Faces drawn around existing embedded circles

Pigeon Holed Faces

This one is my favorite.  Intelligent use of the existing holes to draw faces within.

Art by Dad...

Art by DAD

No Shave, No Lipstick…the new dating mantra

Not sure how many of you have noticed the ongoing “No Shave, No Lipstick” movement in the media. Well it’s actually a daring ad campaign smartly tagged as ‘Movement’ for the new Gillette shaving blades.

Well,  to decode the ‘Movement’ as stated in the advertorial, it’s all about how women consider men to be undesirable, uncool and as per some extreme comments less trustworthy, if they are with a stubble!

And all this research by AC Nielsen with a record-breaking massive sample set of 150 women in few metros! That’s it..well that’s why it’s called a Sample set.

This is a dreadful statistics for all the Lipstick companies. Behind every unshaven man, there will the one or may be many (could vary in some case I believe) women; who are committed not to use their most preferred  weapon from their vanity box, the Lipstick.

Thank god that I am married by now. So no imminent threat with my weekend stubble.  But yes, for all the bachelor men out there, you better take this seriously.

Looking forward to some FB posts as follows.

Chulbul Pandey added an update to March 25, 2012 on his  timeline – Clean shaven today

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Shiela Chulbul Pandey, let’s go for a coffee today. What say ?