Tuesday, October 01, 2013

We need this election option

We have come to a stage where any movement from any politician is thought to be a deliberately calculated political move. Notice the slant of the word "political" in the previous sentence. It automatically a search for power and thus profit.

Now power by itself isn't such a bad thing. Justice without power is weak but power without justice is violent. And this is exactly what BJP and Congress look like. The former is violent and the latter is weak.

But I digress. Suppose Rahul was in fact making a political move by opposing the right for criminals to rule us. In that case, I would say, more power to him. It would have been worse if someone hadn't said anything about it at all. I frankly don't care much for Modi but if he had raised the same point as Rahul, I would have given him his due. Am surprised that we have reached such a state of pessimism that we automatically analyse the motives of others who make points like these but we don't ask questions about the points themselves. Instead of wondering why Rahul is asking this question late, a more appropriate question is, why is the choice for not voting any of the candidates in the election, late in coming?

To make matters worse, every time we get a glimpse of Parliament in session, we cringe at the scene of our leaders barking like misbehaving children who want to oppose each other for the sake of opposing. Present mistakes of one side are compared with past mistakes of the other. And that finishing line of cacophony is reached when the session is adjourned.

I would like to tell our leaders that we are not paying them to watch their silly drama. What you say to each other, do on your own time. Why we pay our taxes is for you to govern us. And deep inside we know that you cannot govern us when you cannot conduct yourself with a minimal form of decency. For eg, let the other person finish speaking before you howl your views out. You are all senior citizens for gods' sake. Act like it. And don't let me get started on why you senior citizens are still sitting up there.

And after all is said and done, we as human beings are ready to forgive you anything if you can clean up your act once and for all.

In some ways, being under British oppression was better cause we were united towards the common goal of freedom even though we didn't agree on how to achieve it. Today, it is like we traded our British oppressors for new indian ones. And we have had more than enough.

We don't want criminals ruling us. We don't want those who sit quietly and fan the flames of anti-communalism. We don't want those who sell the minerals of our lands for personal profit. We don't want murderers sitting on elected seats. And we don't want you to ask us to vote for you with that shameless smile on your face that hides a rotting soul that won't make amends.

I vote for the choice to not vote any of the above candidates. Bring it!

Friday, April 30, 2010

A Fireflies Parody (Mosquitos)

You would not believe your eyes
If ten million mosquitos
Made lunch of me as I fell asleep

'Cause they'd fill the open air
And leave blood-drops everywhere
You'd think me rude
But I would just stand and... scratch

I'd like to make myself believe
That mosquitos drink nectar really
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake itching when I would rather be asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems

'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand biting bugs
As they tried to teach me how to karate

A Hammerhand strike above my head
A Circling kick beneath my bed
My patience is just hanging by a thread

I'd like to make myself believe
That mosquitos drink nectar slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake itching when I would rather be asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems
When I (finally) fall asleep

Leave my door open just a crack
(Please take me away from here)
'Cause I feel like such an insomniac
(Please get me mosquito coil or amatiri)
Why do I tire of counting sheep
(Please bring me mosquito spray)
When I'm far too tired to fall asleep

To ten million mosquitos
I'm weird 'cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell (sarcastic)

But I'll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
'Cause they come back again to f*** me from afar

I'd like to make myself believe
That mosquitos drink nectar slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake itching when I would rather be asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems
When I (finally) fall asleep

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Better Version of You (Rather Than a Bitter One)

Its been a while and a lot of unwritten thoughts. Today's will be about the way we handle difficulties in learning a new skill. Lets take stamp-collecting as an example. Its a rather tame one but I have chosen it for a reason :). I go to the stationary store, buy a stamp album, start writing loads of snail mail to my facebook friends in exotic countries and blackmail them to at least send me a blank letter back for the sake of those little square pieces of paper that are probably licked onto the envelopes ;). Then I have to learn the value of each stamp which depends on its rarity, categorization of stamps according to shapes (diamond, triangle, regular, etc), countries, year, blah. And then I learn the fine art of shameless bargaining. "I will give you two triangles for one of your 1980 retros". And the learning continues.

This is easy compared to skills you have to build that involves people like Public Speaking, Sales, Leadership, Dating, etc. Why? I am sure you didn't ask me that LOL. The reason being that there is this teeny weeny thing called rejection. You try this, you try that and you look for the things that click, discard the ones that flop. Same as in any skill acquisition but the feedback is instantaneous about whether what you are doing is a success or a failure. And this is one thing I have learned to handle. The only way to get through all the shit is to-get-through-all-the-shit. Because when you get used to people getting bored of your speeches, people not being impressed by your sales talk, people being put off by your social etiquette, thats when you learn and most importantly, that's when you realize that what other people think should never stop you but inspire a tough person like you to get it correct the next time.

(thumbs up)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

saints and sinners

Heard at church the other day...

dad, mom, daughter: (praying)

son-in-law: There's a picture of thieves posted on the wall of the church.

son: I guess people might end up thinking they are saints and praying to them.

son-in-law: LOL

Friday, November 21, 2008

gmail theme-it-up

Looks like Neo is using gmail these days ;-). The google customization craze (beginning with being able to change the themes in iGoogle and Orkut[yuk... learn from facebook, guys]) has spilt into the popular email as well. Have fun wasting time wisely...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

mass production

So dad had gotten one of his teeth "uninstalled" for the price of a... shall we say, a whole new head? And that triggered a spontaneous murmur of appreciation of Heaven from mom:

mom: imagine if the price the dentist charged for doing this is so high, how does God afford to make so many human beings, with all their parts perfectly

son: well, looking at the population, i am guessing He is cutting costs by mass producing us... maybe there's a factory in china or something

dad: hahaha

Sunday, November 02, 2008

mama's boy

So i was looking at a resume of one of my friend's friend and i was thinking to myself "the guy's got some nice work experience... hmmm... wait a frickin second..." and thats when i reached the hobbies section. And here it is in its full, copy-and-pasted, glory:

Hobbies: Surfing Internet, playing Cricket, Helping mother.

okay kid... its not like the rest of us don't give a hand once in a while... and i just can't help wondering: "what about dad?" ;-)