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.
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.
‘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 !
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’.
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 🙂
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.
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.
Flying can be fun, if you enjoy observing people. Every-time I fly, I somehow pigeon-hole fellow passengers in one of my prejudiced slots. I get amused by the way each of these kinds behave. Here is my express list of air travelers these days.
The Pyjama Party Hoppers
Well this cool dude will be comfortable surfing in his pyjamas or shorts and slip ons all over the place. For him, the Goan beach or an airport lounge, life is always a party. Well and you know this saves him lot of time while he dashes from one city to another. With ruffled hair and droopy eyes, a lot of time I get a feeling that these people are innocent sleep walkers who have lost their way to the airport lounge. May be next time I will be the good Samaritan to help him back to his shack.
Miss Louis Vuitton
Madam LVMH is all set to capture the eyeballs on this mega event called Flying. Ever before you spot her in the crowd, her, strong if not always mesmerizing perfume makes her presence felt. And even before you could see her, a lot many times you get nudged by her entourage of vanity bags and boxes. Maintaining a minimal eye contact with most menial people around (thanks to those Big Versace sunglasses) , she ensures that her business comes first. A lot of time she is the most dreadful passenger for the ground staff and the in-flight crew to handle, for her business always come first !
Mr. Gadget Freak
Mr. Apps is so fully loaded with his gizmos, that all the security checkpoints he gets alarms buzzing. Minute after minute he keeps juggling between his gizmo inventory. The ‘ipod’ is his constant adaptation, may be the one he uses is even water proof, so that he is never without one. Suddenly you will see him bobbing his head to some trance music may be paying homage to Mr.Jobs. By the time he settles down in the waiting lounge, up comes the ‘ipad’. In the mid-air just when all the cabin lights are dimmed, pop goes his overhead light and out comes his ‘Kindle’. Mr.Gadget freak always reminds me of the ‘Salesmen’ we spot on local trains in Mumbai. Have your ever noticed how easily they keep fishing out their wares in the crowded trains for eager buyers. Mesmerizing ! Finally Mr Gizmo switches to his “PSP”. Once I almost got knocked off when one Gadget guru was racing on his ‘PSP’. Well life is a ‘Game’ isn’t it ?
This kind gets his inspiration from Mr.Gadget freak; the only difference being, for him life is “all work and no play”. He is normally the last one to board the flight. A business suit in one hand, an open laptop flap in another and in between dangles part of his luggage. By the time the safety announcement requests’ passengers to switch off all electronic devices, Mr.Workaholic is still on his blackberry closing the mother of all mortgage deals in some part of the world. After repeated requests he will finally pretends to shut down his devices. He incidentally believe that safety comes first. The moment the seat belt sign is put off, he frantically dangles and leaps over the overhead compartment to grab his laptop. From now on till the aircraft prepares to land, he is the only visibly awake passenger on the flight. The pilots these days I understand feel it safer to be on auto-pilot!
The Big Momma
Well I pity this woman for being in charge to manage a mischievous and handful pre-schooler and a whining infant junior part II. She is all geared for this dreadful flight. One back pack, one sling bag and multiple trolley bags, which seem to have missed the ‘laws of motion’ she is one of the last people to enter the aircraft. I can’t blame her. Her back pack has all the ration to keep the two kids in good spirits. Starting with some Choco snack bars, gums, juice tetra packs, sandwiches, biscuits, milk foods for the infant, diapers, toys just all. Phew may be much more. Airport assistance or no assistance, she is a woman on mission.
The First Time Flyer (FTF)
We all have been through this stage. Been through those awkward moments when you do not know what to do. For this gentleman it’s not as much the joy of flying but the list of don’ts that he keeps memorizing. He is a butt of all the suspicion for the security personnel. His nervousness about flying gives him a hue of a shady criminal unsure of his business. His luggage accessories have yet not been upgraded for the air travel. A trunk or a large suitcase always add to his awkwardness. But well one can’t blame him for that. That’s the first time he is flying. From getting into wrong boarding queues to getting on the wrong aircraft, this kind is always at its wits to brace up. Once airborne, they keep jutting out of their seats to look outside the window. And yes some do not refrain from calling the pretty air hostess “Madam”.
Mr.Snooz, is always snoozing. From later arrival to the airport to catching a wink at the waiting lounge, he is always at peace with his surroundings. Nothing can stop him from catching wink in busy places. He also at times is the last passenger on board. Some of them snore loud enough to make propellers shudder. I strongly feel this set of passengers can cause interruptions with radio waves and all possible communication of the pilot with the Air Traffic Controller (ATC). Well this may not have been proved in the popular series of “Aircraft Crash Investigations”, but there could be a case for my theory ! Anyone wants to second me on this one ?
Note : This post has gender specific references. You could liberally change the usage if you consider it appropriate 🙂 No offence to any gender intended.
Road accidents are on the rise across the world. Statistics apart, what is important is that how responsible are we when we are behind the wheels. Most people consider ‘driving’, to be a right. Seldom is it emphasized that it is a privilege.
Yes there are idiots on the road. At time we ourselves drive idiotically. But may be 90% or more of the accidents can be avoided, provided we drive exercising our privilege responsibly.