Archive for May, 2011

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you just got it worng baby!

I had always heard and seen the fascination westerners had for India’s mythological tales and their attraction towards the Hindu Gods. All these years it was common seeing celebrities from the west tattooing the names of their loved ones in devanagari or starting to practice Hinduism. A religion and its many Gods has become a style statement for many. But recently the woman who made heads turn with her love for Hinduism  was Lisa Burke.
An Australian designer, Lisa Burke showed the world her most bizarre side when she and her models walked the ramp at the Australia Fashion Week in Bikini’s having photos of Goddess Lakshmi. What do I term that? A perfect synonym for a brainless bimbo. In reply to this act of dumbness, the Australian weirdo said, ‘The use of images of Goddess Lakshmi was not in any way a measure of calculated risk taking, simply it was a desire to celebrate different cultures and share that through our brand.’ Now she got to be kidding me with her reply. Did she just say ‘IT WAS A DESIRE TO CELEBRATE DIFFERENT CULTURES AND SHARE THAT THROUGH OUR BRAND’. If it was to celebrate cultures, I would have been more happy if she depicted the aborigines from her own backyard on her ass.
Lisa and her team of models’ ‘Lakshmi on my ass’ act was not fashion but insane. I never understood why was there any need to do something that was bound to become controversial. Or sometimes the people from the west are just so fame hungry that they want to catch the eye of the world with something like this. I would say a Rakhi Sawant or a Mallika Sherawat  are better than such idiotic and stupid firangs. Atleast their acts aren’t as dumb and displeasing as these morons. They are just irritating:-)
The Lisa Burke adventure has not only made her a controversy amongst billions of Indian’s but also put a question mark over the fact that, can’t there be a rule which says, Hinduism is a religion and any act that goes against the sentiments of the religion and its people shall lead to serious consequences. I don’t know whether such a thing exists at present. If it doesn’t then I would be very happy if those in control can ring in such rules and if it already exists then I think Lisa Burke got to be the first lady on whom this rule should be spanked upon first.

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The thought of putting this blog came to my mind just the other day when I read about  a weird desire that Sachin Tendulkar had mentioned in the media. Now my opinion isn’t to pull the legend down on what he said or to criticize the maestro for his decision, but it is just the first thought that shot up in my head when I heard about it.
So what Sachin said was that he wants to make a gold plated statue of the late Satya Sai Baba who passed away a couple of days back. There was a sarcastic smile when I got to know this. That reaction, was due to the reason that, he was the man I idolized till date for the way he has lived life, for the way he has been grounded, for the way he has never let success go to his head. I have always hailed the kind of decisions he has taken in life. But the decision that he took about the gold plated statue, that was a blunder according to me. But I would not say that amongst a billion Sachin is the only one that I blame for getting it wrong. There are several others who are treading this path.
The self obsessed Mayawati is one such person. A woman who is always in the news, more for building her statues and gardens after her name rather than doing some fruitful work for her state. Her crazy birthdays just show the kind of madness that the woman has installed within herself. She has a series of statues in her state and the number is still going up.
Another  example is that of the Shivaji statue that is due to be built in the Arabian sea. I happened to ask a localite, about what he felt about the state’s decision to build the statue and he replied, ‘channgla aahe na…Marathi maansaacha satkar hou de’. That was silly for me.
The reason I gave the three examples is for a simple reason that our country is still developing and in this process, has a hell lot of problems to be dealt with in which people can play a major role. What will the building of statues give the nation? Bullshit. Why can’t the same money be utilized to build a school, hospital or used for the rehabilitation of slums? I don’t mind if a Sachin Tendulkar builds a hospital called Satya Sai Baba. Infact more than me, the Baba would be more happy to look from the skies at the hospital rather than looking at his own gold plated statue. The dumb politicians like Mayawati should atleast think once on how their state can be developed and made better with proper funds and planning rather than wasting money and  putting up their own ugly ridiculous statues which no one is bothered about except their party. Lastly the BMC who has come up with  the outrageous idea of the Shivaji statue in the middle of the Arabian sea should see the various other problems that the city is facing. They can use the same money for the rehabilitation of the slums. They should remember that the reason why a foreign director won an Oscar after shooting a movie in India was not because he showed the Marine Drive but because he showed the slums and the poor and hungry India. That in itself is one big tight slap on our nation. And then when I hear these people obsessed with statues, it just gets more irritating for me.  Isn’t it a shame that the people who have power, who have money fail to identify how they can utilize it to the optimum. I, as a person strongly feel that this trend of making statues and making people demi Gods at various chowks and signals should be replaced by the building up of hospitals, educational institutions, houses for slum dwellers etc. Atleast we won’t be a society that has beggars on one side and then people owning the most expensive homes in the world on the other. Preferences should be listed looking at the condition in which the nation is running.
I feel this statue obsession should be replaced by letting one’s common sense strive for philanthropic activities so that people whom we hail or admire are also proud at what we have done and that in itself would be a great tribute to the great people than building statues.

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It was just another day that I was returning from college, but   there was something unusual about that evening. I was not   stable from within. There was one thing that my mind was continuously thinking and that was about my friend, a close friend, a special friend.  I had suddenly started having a special corner for my best friend in college. She was the one with whom I spent hours together in the college campus. Bunked lectures with her to go out and enjoyed with her like hell.
On my way home, I couldn’t control my emotions and I thought it’s time I confess my love to her. I called her up only to find her number is busy. I was agitated, ‘How can she talk to somebody else even though she knows I am on the line’. This continued for about 15 minutes before I finally surrendered and stopped calling her. She finally called me back. I was angry at her. This might be silly for most people. The moment I received the call I said, ‘Couldn’t you hang up and talk to me?’. She asked me whether I was mad to be so hyper. She said, ‘Why are you behaving like this?’. I gathered all the guts in my pants and said, ‘because I cannot live without you’. She asked , ’What?’ and I repeated, ’Because I cannot see you with anyone else’. Girls will be girls and their ‘What do you mean’ syndrome won’t ever end. So she again asked me the same thing, ‘What do you mean?’. I had lost my mind. Never thought she won’t understand what I am saying. Finally I said, ‘I can’t be repeating the same thing all night’. And then alas she said, ’Ok fine, I understood what you wanted to say’. She had just understood my heart. Sometimes just beating around the bush proves to be effective. Without saying the magic words I had won her.
That was just the beginning, to what was, the best journey of my personal life. Just a matter of few minutes and my message was conveyed and my girl had understood it. We weren’t friends anymore. I had just taken it to the next level. The person who was my best friend had suddenly become my first love.

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Even the 99 virgins are scared of this man
The biggest news that hit the world today was the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. After almost a decade since he had plotted one of the deadliest attacks in the USA by bombing the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre, his death today, can be marked as one of the most important dates in the modern era.
The Americans  are all gaga over this victory that they are terming is a victory of the American citizens. Listening to the speech given by Mr. Barrack Obama, I was surprised to hear how many times he said that ‘this is the victory of the American citizens’. I agree its a victory but it would have been much better if Mr. President would have termed this operation as a victory of mankind because the crash of the twin towers was not the only terrorist activity that shook the world. There were several more such things and there were several other nations trying their best to fight terrorism.
On one hand where the Americans are celebrating, our country is up with a big worry. And this worry is due to the fact that the Al Qaeda leader was shot dead in the neighbouring  Pakistan. The Pakistani’s since long have been denying their connection with terrorism but now the Osama death clearly shows the country is being a shelter to major terrorist organizations. This death of the polygamy master has not only created a big question mark on Pakistan and its so-called support to fight terrorism but has also given our country first hand proof and reason as to why we were blaming their state for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Meanwhile, as I am writing this blog watching the news flashing on my TV set, I see the most hilarious response that has come in from across the border. As I am typing here that terrorism has a Pakistani connect, the Pakistan government has just said that ‘The death of Laden in Pakistan shows that even Pakistan is supporting terrorism since we allowed the CIA to undertake this operation in our country’. No one was aware of this CIA operation until Obama came up with the press conference to inform the public about it. The response from Pakistan could not have been more dumb. I wish those handling the state of Pakistan soon get some brains to work with.
The end of this husband of a million wives might be termed as just a beginning to the World’s unanimous fight against terrorism.
May God Bless Us and May God Bless……THE WORLDJ Sometimes it fun to be sarcastic.

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With the increasing number of daily soaps using the same old saas-bahu formula, I had lost hope that the cable TV would ever introduce something that would cater the urban cities. But then Reliance TV made a tremendous attempt to bring in CBS network to the major cities of the country and as a part of this alliance, the urban audiences have got an all together new channel called LOVE BIG CBS.
I would not be wrong to say that until the launch of this channel, there was nothing interesting in store for the urban crowds. At present, due to the wide reach of the cable TV, the television has become an industry that targets the rural parts of India by designing concepts that go down well with rural India and in turn result in high profits for the channel. Everythings just too commercial.
The whole thing is that ke bhaiyya, sabse bada rupaiyya.
But amongst all this, the people who suffered were the poor and hungry urban audiences. Poor and hungry, due to the reason that, since so long, we were deprived of classic urban entertainment.
 The fact that even today on facebook I still find people giving their likes and comments for shows like Small Wonder show the kind of entertainment the urban audiences ONCE liked. As a kid I saw serials like Small Wonder, I Dream Of Jeannie, Bewitched etc. but then, since the time the television industry was affected by a virus called Ekta kapoor, I could do nothing but simply browse and turn off the set.
But now with the introduction of LOVE BIG CBS, the urban crowds have something to cheer about. The list of programs that are aired on this channel speak for themselves. The Oprah Winfrey Show – the greatest talk show to have ever hit this world, The Late Show With David Letterman – best stand up show with the ultimate David Letterman hosting it. Then we  have seasons of Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. These three shows display pure situational humour hard to miss out on. 
Another interesting thing that I noticed about this newly launched channel was the way it had positioned itself in the market. It has termed itself as a channel for the ‘Urban Contemporary Couple’. The positioning in itself explains the channel’s aim of being launched in urban cities.
LOVE BIG CBS is real entertainment and real fun. After a long time, has come a channel, which has made me addicted to it due to the kind of programs it is offering.
 Hopefully the channel very soon widens its reach so that it is available to a larger chunk of urban audience, as at present, it is only available on limited cable networks.