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“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.

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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 !

Mandar

Coffins on the Highway

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

 

Swinging left to right,

No blinkers I can see.

Some bodies glued to their mobiles,

Some bodies without seatbelts.

 

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

 

Some bodies have enough alcohol within themselves to burn their pyre instantly.

Eager to embrace the demons of death.

Sure these bodies have loved ones who care about them.

A mother, an old father, a caring and supporting wife with kids.

 

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

 

Bang I saw another thud in front of me.

And I pulled over to inspect the coffin ahead of me.

Blood all over,

And broken limbs.

 

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

 

With no one willing to bother to stop by, forget a willing gesture that one cares,

I put these listless limbs on my wheels.

We spin to the hospital,

To revive these fellow coffin travelers.

 

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

 

Back at the hospital,

After some easy yet routine formalities,

They started the treatment,

And we informed the kin of these coffin travelers.

 

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

 

Another life saved, or may be reborn.

Never neglect a coffin on the highway.

Do help other coffins out of sheer fear or pure duty.

The next coffin could carry your loved ones or you !

 

Coffins on the Highway,

Zip past me.

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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.

Can we more responsible coffin drivers ?